Jack Conway: The Corruption Enabler

Mitch McConnell says a Republican takeover of the statehouse is inevitable. He’s right. But it’ll only last a few years. [H-L]

The close of 2015 brought with it decisions from grand jury not to indict anyone in the deaths of Tamir Rice and Sandra Bland, who both died in high-profile police encounters. [HuffPo]

On his last day in office, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway issued a ruling that said public officials can use their private cell phones to conduct public business, such as sending text messages. If Andy Beshear is worth his weight, he’ll immediately issue a differing opinion. Otherwise, Kentucky corruption is about to go up ten notches. [C-J/AKN]

Republicans had advance notice that Obama planned to take action on guns and they still couldn’t come up with anything. [The Hill]

Median household income was flat or declined in all but four of Kentucky’s 120 counties in the years following the Great Recession, according to new Census Bureau data. [WDRB]

E-cigarette companies are reaching about seven in 10 U.S. middle- and high-school students with advertisements employing themes of sex, independence and rebellion that hooked previous generations on regular cigarettes, a government study released on Tuesday said. [Reuters]

The director of an animal rescue group in Laurel County had a hearing Monday in District Court. [WKYT]

Here’s how Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton differ on Wall Street. [ThinkProgress]

Drivers may see some changes the next time they approach a traffic checkpoint, including signs warning them that they are approaching a police roadblock. [The Morehead News]

With only weeks before GOP primary voters first cast their ballots, the level of alarm among establishment Republicans about the enduring dominance of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz is reaching new heights. [Politico]

The Kentucky College & Career Connection (Ky3C) coalition invites middle and high school students to create 30-second Public Service Announcements promoting the idea that there’s more than one way to pay for college. [Hazard Herald]

The FBI now tracks animal abuse like it tracks homicides. It was more than 10 years ago that Mary Lou Randour realized she couldn’t answer what should have been a simple question: Was cruelty against animals on the rise or in decline? [WaPo]

The coal industry is seeking to forestall new standards aimed at cutting miners’ exposure to breathable dust that can cause deadly black lung disease. [H-L]

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Tuesday sharply criticized Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton during a fiery Manhattan speech about Wall Street reform. [HuffPo]