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Spoiler Alert: Rand Paul Won’t Be The President

December 23rd, 2013 · 1 Comment

A state law that would prevent U.S. Sen. Rand Paul from seeking the presidency and his seat in Congress on the same Kentucky ballot in 2016 is unconstitutional, claim supporters who are girding for a fight over the law. [Sam Youngman]

Where do we get our political beliefs? Are they drilled into us by our parents? Did we “borrow” them from friends and colleagues? There’s no doubt that environmental factors influence our beliefs and behavior. But a provocative new study shows another big contributor to our political views. We’re talking genes. [HuffPo]

Attorney General Jack Conway has closed his investigation into an allegation that a former Beshear administration official targeted cabinet employees for contributions to the governor’s re-election campaign. Conway’s office told Deputy Justice Cabinet Secretary Charles Geveden Sr. attorney in a letter late last month that there was “insufficent evidence” to bring charges against him. [C-J/AKN]

The stereotype of the low-income people enrolled in government programs is that they spend the money on frivolities and are unwise with their budgets. But the data proves otherwise. [Bill Moyers]

‘Tis the season, so here are tongue-in-cheek gifts for some we cover. You’ll want to read all of this. [Ronnie Ellis]

Secret documents reveal more than 1,000 targets of American and British surveillance in recent years, including the office of an Israeli prime minister, heads of international aid organizations, foreign energy companies and a European Union official involved in antitrust battles with American technology businesses. While the names of some political and diplomatic leaders have previously emerged as targets, the newly disclosed intelligence documents provide a much fuller portrait of the spies’ sweeping interests in more than 60 countries. [NY Times]

After more than 6,000 layoffs in the Eastern Kentucky coalfields have been reported since 2011, it would seem that for many in the industry night has come to the region. However, a program for out-of-work miners in the area provided with funds through the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP) may be helping the region find its way through the dark. [Hazard Herald]

Some medical conditions require and receive immediate care. People who are having heart attacks or who have suffered life-threatening injuries are typically seen by doctors as soon as they arrive at the hospital. But in less urgent cases, patients arriving at the emergency room can wait for hours before seeing a doctor, receiving pain medication, having tests, or being admitted to the hospital. [ProPublica]

A February 2014 trial date was set Thursday in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky in Covington for former Buffalo Trace/Gateway Area Narcotics Task Force Executive Director Timothy G. Fegan. [Ledger Independent]

Of course Steve Beshear loves fracking. He also loves all that oil campaign cash his son will now receive. [Forbes]

Wineries in a southern Kentucky county can now peddle their wares on Sundays. The Warren County Fiscal Court this week approved an ordinance allowing Sunday sales on licensed small winery premises. [H-L]

Here’s a little bit of reality about fracking for Steve Beshear and his crew. Hormone-disrupting chemicals linked to cancer, infertility and a slew of other health problems have been found in water samples collected at and near hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” sites in Colorado, according to a new study. [HuffPo]

A Kentuckian was involved in that awful Tennessee cross burning. [WDRB]

With just a handful of prescriptions to his name, psychiatrist Ernest Bagner III was barely a blip in Medicare’s vast drug program in 2009. [ProPublica]

Tags: Campaign Finance · Corruption · Discrimination · Eastern Kentucky · Environment · Health Care · Jack Conway · Kentucky Business · Kentucky Tourism · Poverty · Presidential Race · Rand Paul · Senate · Steve Beshear · Wiretapping

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  • 1 Jinx // Dec 23, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Nobody who can round up votes for Jack Conway ever commits a crime. That’s a fact- Jack!

    Just ask Conway’s brother.