Don’t Worry, Frankfort Won’t Do Anything

We might as well admit it: too many Americans love their guns more than their children, or at least more than other people’s children. No matter how many kids are murdered and maimed in schools such as Marshall County High, politicians will never have the courage to stand up to the National Rifle Association and enact common-sense gun-control laws. [Tom Eblen]

Donald Trump said he would be willing to speak with special counsel Robert Mueller under oath regarding the ongoing Justice Department investigation into his presidential campaign’s ties with the Russian government. Trump’s White House lawyer, Ty Cobb, told the Times the president’s comments were made off-the-cuff and tried to downplay the gravity of the statements. [HuffPo]

Many retired teachers would pay thousands of dollars per year more for health insurance under Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed 2018-20 state budget, say advocates for retired teachers. [C-J/AKN]

In a class action federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, 15 low-income Kentucky residents enrolled in Medicaid sued the Trump administration for giving the state’s Republican governor a green light to impose work requirements and other eligibility restrictions on the health program. [TPM]

A county prosecutor sought to head off criticism from his traumatized community on Wednesday as he explained why a 15-year-old charged with murder in the shootings of two classmates doesn’t yet face attempted murder charges as well, even though more than a dozen other students have bullet wounds. [Richmond Register]

What was that, again, about Trump doing everything he can for the working man? Oh, right, that’s not remotely based in reality. In the latest sign that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is pulling back from aggressive enforcement, it dropped an investigation triggered by a 2013 ProPublica story about a lender that charges triple-digit interest rates. [ProPublica]

The time-honored tradition of naming state buildings and roads after living politicians in Kentucky would be curtailed under a bill approved by a state Senate committee. [The Morehead News]

Kentucky’s new Medicaid waiver will ask low-income people to jump over hurdles to keep their coverage. Evidence suggests that many will fail. [NY Times]

One of the main topics of discussion for members of the Smiths Grove City Commission Monday night was how the city will be affected by increases to the County Employee Retirement System during the 2018 fiscal year for hazardous duty and non-hazardous duty retirement benefits. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Donald Trump’s voting commission asked every state and the District for detailed voter registration data, but in Texas’s case it took an additional step: It asked to see Texas records that identify all voters with Hispanic surnames, newly released documents show. [WaPo]

Heather Adams sat in a line of cars along Kentucky Route 95, cars filled with parents who had just received the call no parent wants to get: A shooting at her child’s school, Marshall County High in Benton, Kentucky. Two 15-year-old students were killed and another 18 injured. [WFPL]

Illegal shipments of the powerful and addictive opioid fentanyl are pouring into the United States by mail from China and the U.S. Postal Service must step up the use of high-tech detection methods to fight the problem, according to a congressional report unveiled on Wednesday. [Reuters]

Who knows if state Rep. C. Wesley Morgan’s resolution to expel fellow Republican Jeff Hoover will go anywhere, especially now that Hoover, who admitted to sexting a staffer, has resigned as House Speaker? Expulsions are rare in the Kentucky General Assembly, but early in the Civil War, 10 lawmakers were expelled, not because of a sex-related allegation, but because they were considered traitors. [H-L]

Remember when Mitch McConnell spent months helping install that corrupt leadership? Veteran U.S. diplomat and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson abruptly resigned on Wednesday from an international panel established to advise Myanmar on its explosive Rohingya crisis, decrying the country’s lack of “moral leadership” in a scornful letter. [HuffPo]

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