Walls Are Closing In On Republicans

There was more sophistication in my last b.m. than Matt Bevin has ever encountered in his entire life. [H-L]

There may have been a brief moment Monday morning when the White House thought the week wouldn’t be so bad. The federal grand jury indictment unsealed against Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and his longtime associate Rick Gates, dealt with much of their lobbying work before the 2016 election. [HuffPo]

Dealing a major blow to efforts to curb supposedly frivolous malpractice claims, a judge has struck down a new Kentucky law creating medical review panels to screen such cases before they go to trial. New Republicans are the party of restricting your constitutional rights. [C-J/AKN]

Consider, if you will, these two indisputable facts. First, the United States is today more or less permanently engaged in hostilities in not one faraway place, but at least seven. Second, the vast majority of the American people could not care less. [Bill Moyers]

The city of Ashland is interviewing six candidates for its new top communications job after it received 20 applications. [Ashland Independent]

Here’s where a lot of that laundered money went. You’ll want to check the chart out. [CNBC]

The Democratic Minority Leader in the Kentucky House of Representatives still doesn’t know what’s in a proposed Republican measure to alter the benefit structure and strengthen financially the state’s public pension plans. [Ronnie Ellis]

Manafort’s business partner remained a key player in Trumpworld long after Manafort himself was forced out of the campaign over concerns about his work abroad. [TPM]

Matt Bevin began his sales pitch for pension reform Monday before 300 attending a public policy luncheon sponsored by Commerce Lexington. But his pitch reflected what he has said previously about the bill released Friday which would move most state employees into 401(a), defined contribution plans. [More Ronnie Ellis]

Heh. These people should visit Frankfort sometime. [NY Times]

Some Louisville residents in need of help with heating bills can now apply for aid through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – or LIHEAP. [WFPL]

To understand what the Trump administration faces as it tries to sharpen focus on the opioid epidemic, consider the “diseases of despair” that have hobbled the Appalachian region for the past two decades. [WaPo]

Get rekt, Ralph Alvarado! A new law aimed at limiting medical malpractice lawsuits in Kentucky is unconstitutional, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Monday. [H-L]

In an impassioned speech Saturday, Hillary Clinton laid into the Trump administration for its stance on LGBTQ rights, acknowledging that “tough battles” lie ahead for the queer community and other minority groups. [HuffPo]

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