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You can thank Kentucky Democrats for allowing this informed consent nonsense to happen. Way to go, Democrats! Who you gonna attack and defame now that you’ve alienated everybody? [H-L]

Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) is suspending his presidential campaign, Politico and CNN reported Wednesday. “It’s been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House. Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of Liberty,” the senator said in a statement on Wednesday, following his fifth place finish in the Iowa caucuses. [HuffPo]

Louisville had the sharpest increase of any U.S. city in terms of residents age 65 or older who are scrapping by to pay their rent, according to findings released Monday by a national affordable housing group. [C-J/AKN]

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Gina McCarthy said Michigan state officials misled her agency in the run-up to Flint’s lead contamination crisis. [The Hill]

Allie Secor, manager of the Community Recycling Center, said she plans to retire in June. In a recent meeting of the recycling center board, one idea that was mentioned was for her replacement to be an employee of the city, which would mean adding a benefits package in order to attract qualified candidates. [The Morehead News]

The lawyers who enable an abusive business model for collecting consumer debts are now on the hook for their clients’ screwups. [ThinkProgress]

The 2014 tax audit for Metcalfe County Sheriff Rondal Shirley was released Monday by state auditor Mike Harmon. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Republican Senator Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) has dropped out of the race for US president after a disappointing fifth place finish in the Iowa caucuses. [BBC]

Peoples Bancorp Foundation, a non-profit corporation formed to make donations in Peoples Bank market areas, recently awarded $3,000 to Russell Independent Schools Endowment Foundation, Inc. [Ashland Independent]

The U.S. House of Representatives has subpoenaed the former Midwest chief of the Environmental Protection Agency over the Flint, Michigan, drinking water crisis, Representative Jason Chaffetz said on Wednesday. [Reuters]

Main Street and High Street in downtown Hazard were closed to traffic on the morning of Jan. 28, as a Kentucky State Police dog sniffed through the area in search of possible explosives. [Hazard Herald]

The United States is still lagging the world in the rollout of broadband. Look at the map and you’ll hate people like Brett Guthrie, Jim Waters and anyone associated with them even more than you already do. You’ll rage against just about any telecom-tied lobbyist you can think of after seeing it. Disgusting. [The Register]

When Benjamin Harrison moved from Indianapolis to Washington in 1889 to become the nation’s 23rd president, the White House kitchen steward hired a French chef to prepare meals for the new president and his guests. [Tom Eblen]

Jared Fox, 28, knows first-hand about the perils of intolerance. Just two years ago, when Fox was visiting his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, from New York, he was brutally attacked by a group of teenagers. They beat him, stole his belongings and called him anti-gay slurs. He suffered bruises all over his body. [HuffPo]

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Coal. Just. Keeps. On. Dying. Its. Death.

People can’t stop snickering over the Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes and Jerry Lundergan subpoenas. [H-L]

Tensions soared across the Hawkeye State during Monday’s Iowa Caucuses. Polls were thwarted, two candidates ended their run for the presidency and another decided to leave the state all together to get some fresh clothes. [HuffPo]

Some 300 or more Kentuckians could retroactively earn their GEDs as the state opts to lower the score required to pass the high school equivalency exam. [C-J/AKN]

Barclays and Credit Suisse have been fined a total of $154m (£108m) by US regulators for their US “dark pool” trading operations. [BBC]

Coal production in Kentucky has slumped to its lowest level since the 1950s after declining nearly 21 percent in 2015. [Harlan Daily Independent]

Hillary Clinton narrowly defeated Bernie Sanders in the Iowa caucuses, according to results announced by the state Democratic Party early Tuesday morning, a dramatic finish to a race so close that The Associated Press declined to call it even after every precinct except one had reported results. [Politico]

At a time when private support is more critical than ever, alumni and friends of Eastern Kentucky University are generously giving of their time, talents and treasure. [Richmond Register]

Damn self-haters. The Log Cabin Republicans are interested in holding Democrats to high standards for LGBT equality, but not their own party. [ThinkProgress]

Nine candidates have filed to run for six seats on the Morehead City Council in the November general election. [The Morehead News]

A journalist immerses herself in New York’s Family Court system and finds a mix of misery and modest hope. [ProPublica]

Documents released to the Glasgow Daily Times in response to open records requests shed slightly more information on the situation that led to a Glasgow Police Department sergeant’s firing. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Pentagon’s planned 2017 budget will shifts its focus on future wars against near-peer competitors Russia and China, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday. [The Hill]

A non-profit working to revitalize downtown Middlesboro has been awarded $20,000 under a program aimed at making local foods a greater part of local economies. [H-L]

A great man named Donald Trump once said, “I am a whiner, and I keep whining and whining until I win.” Sadly, this Churchillian testicular fortitude came to nought on Monday, as the country’s foremost wall-promiser and fear-player-onner went down to defeat in the GOP’s Iowa caucuses. [HuffPo]

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Stay Safe During The Snowpocalypse!

Matt Bevin is asking state workers for their input on his budget plan. So he can promptly ignore their concerns. [H-L]

Vice President Joe Biden got visibly heated while discussing the importance of LGBT rights on Wednesday. [HuffPo]

Louisville has been dealing with this stupid mess for years. The JBS pork processing plant in Butchertown stepped out in front by agreeing to make sure all trucks using its large parking lot be equipped with California-compliant refrigeration units that limit soot and other toxic exhaust from burning diesel fuel. [C-J/AKN]

A BBC journalist with dual British-Iranian nationality has been prevented from flying to the US after falling foul of changes to visa rules. [BBC]

White ones, black ones, polkadot or pink ones, the Dressing Room doesn’t care, just as long as they can help residents in need. [Ashland Independent]

Big spending by campaigns and super PACs has clearly not translated into front-runner status for either Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio, according to the latest data on cumulative advertising buys. [Politico]

Glasgow Mayor Dick Doty said he will decide by the end of business Friday whether to sustain the recommendation of the police chief he hired last year and fire a Glasgow Police Department sergeant who is charged with several administrative violations, all related to a seminude photo and text message exchange between two other officers that were later sent to him. [Glasgow Daily Times]

While Amnesty’s latest report doesn’t necessarily rule out the Peshmerga as reliable allies, it might cast a gray cloud over American’s political pandering. [ThinkProgress]

Just a reminder of what Julie Raque Adams has been doing to poor women in Kentucky. While she flits about Frankfort talking about how great she is for wealthy, Republican women? Poor people are suffering as a direct consequense of her imposing her antiquated religious beliefs on the Commonwealth. [Page One]

Attorney General Loretta Lynch defended President Obama’s recent executive actions on guns Wednesday in the face of fierce Republican criticism. [The Hill]

Kentucky’s state parks are offering assistance during the winter storm to people who may be stranded or otherwise need lodging. [WKYT & Press Releases]

Demonstrators from the Black Lives Matter movement interrupted the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ meeting on Wednesday, protesting the killing of a Chicago teenager by police and the lead-tainted water supply of Flint, Michigan. [Reuters]

Senate Democrats on Wednesday blocked a bill that would crack down on Syrian and Iraqi refugees coming to the U.S. as the debate turned into a referendum on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his policies. [H-L]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… Researchers are now pretty certain there’s a ninth planet in the solar system. [HuffPo]

Ramsey Disaster Continues: Day 82938

If you need one more motivation to exercise, eat right and maintain a healthy weight, consider the obesity and cancer link. [H-L]

The nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, Human Rights Campaign, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Jim Ramsey can’t stop being an epic disaster. University of Louisville President James Ramsey contradicted the position of the university’s board of trustees in announcing last week that he agrees with Gov. Matt Bevin that the board has too few minority members – and that the last three appointments to it should be declared “null and void.” [C-J/AKN]

The main reason Trump is leading national polls is because he dominates the white non-college world. [NPR]

The yearly audit of the City of Morehead revealed no financial irregularities or significant accounting problems, according to Kelley Galloway Smith Goolsby, PSC. [The Morehead News]

Candidates for the Democratic race for the White House have clashed on gun control and healthcare in their liveliest TV debate so far. [BBC]

After seeing a near average growth rate in health insurance premiums the last few years, Kentuckians saw a 12 percent jump in 2014. [Richmond Register]

In a recent round of interviews, Charles Koch, the billionaire industrialist and political patron, has been stressing that he only recently became involved in politics. [Politico]

Ashland’s 2015 fiscal year confirmed city government made more money than it spent for a third straight year ­— something Mayor Chuck Charles stated earlier this month. [Ashland Independent]

Mitch McConnell (R-Grandmother) is pressuring Democrats ahead of a procedural vote Wednesday on legislation freezing the acceptance of refugees from Syria and Iraq. [The Hill]

Metcalfe County magistrates took care of a few housekeeping items when they met earlier [last] week. [Glasgow Daily Times]

One European country can’t seem to stop breaking records when it comes to wind power. [ThinkProgress]

A woman died of hypothermia early Monday in Laurel County after she walked away from an assisted living facility in London. [H-L]

Or in Kentucky, it’s the Democrats who want to do this. [HuffPo]

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Perpetual Jim Ramsey-UofL Soap Opera

The public could learn how much a state pension is worth to legislators under a bill unanimously approved Wednesday by a Senate committee. [H-L]

“As frustration grows, there will be voices urging us to fall back into tribes, to scapegoat fellow citizens who don’t look like us, or pray like us, or vote like we do, or share the same background.” [HuffPo]

Maybe Jimbo Ramsey’s finally gonna have to walk away from the UofL foundation. That won’t improve much, though. [C-J/AKN]

MoveOn is endorsing Bernie Sanders for president after the liberal challenger to Hillary Clinton won 78 percent of votes cast by its membership. [The Hill]

A Kentucky state lawmaker says the state’s public universities’ tuition rates border on “the criminal” and he wants to freeze the rates for four years. Sen. Dan Seum, R-Louisville, will sponsor Senate Bill 75 that would freeze tuition rates for four years, and thereafter, the legislature would have to approve tuition increases. [Ronnie Ellis]

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said he was not surprised that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is “neck-and-neck” with Hillary Clinton in the early contests of Iowa and New Hampshire, saying the Vermont senator’s message of income inequality is more authentic. [Reuters]

A bill that would remove county clerks’ signatures from marriage licenses has hit a snag in the state Senate. [Ashland Independent]

Arch Coal, one of the United States’ largest coal companies, filed for bankruptcy on Monday in the hopes of eliminating more than $4.5 billion in long-term debt. [ThinkProgress]

Glasgow Independent Schools Board of Education unanimously approved Monday a “draft” version of the school district’s budget for the 2016-17 school year. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Republicans were salivating for another Iranian hostage crisis. Everyone from Scott Jennings to Mitch McConnell. And then it didn’t happen. [Politico]

Andy Beshear testified before a House panel Tuesday saying a loophole could actually prevent some pedophiles from being convicted, or could overturn their convictions. [WKYT]

U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday in a continuation of a recent rough patch on Wall Street. The Dow Jones and S&P 500 are down by more than 7 percent. [NPR]

How do you know when Julie Raque Adams fears her chances for re-election are iffy? She’s turned all right-wing. First with playing footsie with Matt Bevin over health care and now with abortion. [H-L]

Why is it necessary to write stories about when Kim Davis did and didn’t clap? [HuffPo]

Legislative Hell Breaks Loose Tomorrow

Ron Hink talks about being Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass project manager for the plant that will destroy chemical weapons in Madison County. [H-L]

The troubled campaign of Democratic U.S. presidential contender Martin O’Malley was dealt another blow on Thursday when the struggling candidate failed to qualify for the primary ballot in the political bellwether state of Ohio. [HuffPo]

Yes, UofL could have paid her to go away. UofL loves to pay people to go away. Look at Shirley, the former attorney, nearly everyone else who knows something and hasn’t gone to prison. [C-J/AKN]

This is from a couple years ago but you can’t afford not to re-read it. We hates us some poor people. First, they insist on being poor when it is so easy to not be poor. They do things like buy expensive designer belts and $2500 luxury handbags. [TPM]

The U.S. Alzheimer’s Disease Centers recently awarded Allan Richards and Ann Christianson of the University of Kentucky School of Fine Arts and Visual Studies a grant to study the effects of visual arts activities on quality of life for people with mild to moderate dementia and their caregivers. [Richmond Register]

But not in Kentucky! As the United States marks more than six years without an increase in the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, 14 states and several cities are moving forward with their own increases, with most set to start taking effect on Friday. [Reuters]

Boyd County Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods knew going into his position that it would not be your average 40-hour-a-week job. He understood the challenges that would accommodate the title and has spent his first year in office tackling them all. [Ashland Independent]

This type of consideration when it comes to medical malpractice will never happen in the United States. Primarily beacuse people like Scott Jennings – for money – fight to lie to people about the need for tort reform for the wrong reasons. [ProPublica]

Union officials said Thursday that nearly 600 coal miners could lose their jobs at Murray Energy Corp. mines in West Virginia and Ohio, dealing another blow to the beaten-down industry and Appalachian region. [Harlan Daily Independent]

Why is Middle America killing itself? The fact itself is probably the most important social science finding in years. It is already reshaping American politics. The Post’s Jeff Guo notes that the people who make up this cohort are “largely responsible for Donald Trump’s lead in the race for the Republican nomination for president.” The key question is why, and exploring it provides answers that suggest that the rage dominating U.S. politics will only get worse. [WaPo]

Even media outlets outside Louisville are freaking out about a stupid mall incident. [WKYT]

Donald Trump has again defended his call for a ban on Muslims entering the US after it was used in a propaganda video by Somali militant group al-Shabab. [BBC]

Remember that time Kim Davis thought she could prevent the gays from getting married? She’s a perfect poster gal for being too hateful to breathe. [H-L]

The Affordable Care Act survived a near-death experience, made major progress and faced some significant setbacks in 2015, the fifth year since President Barack Obama’s historic health care reform program became law. These were the biggest Obamacare stories of the year about to end. [HuffPo]

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Bevin Scrooges The Poor More Today

In 1970, a female couple filed a lawsuit in Louisville that may have been a precursor of the 2015 Supreme Court decision to strike down the limitations on gay marriage. [H-L]

Crystal Patterson didn’t have the cash or assets to post $150,000 bail and get out of jail after her arrest for assault in October. So Patterson, 39, promised to pay a bail bonds company $15,000 plus interest to put up the $150,000 bail for her, allowing to go home and care for her invalid grandmother. [HuffPo]

Like two current members of the Kentucky House of Representatives, former State Rep. Bob Damron also recently left the Democratic Party to join the GOP. Spoiler alert: He wants to vote for Donald Trump. Aaaaand… he wants to run for office again so he can sweeten his pension. He’s just trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator so he can win. Which is tough to do, after getting beat by a con artist. [C-J/AKN]

Open data has contributed to dramatic improvements in a wide array of fields over the past few decades, affecting how we look at astronomy, genetics, climate change, sports and more. But until recently, crime has gone without the open analysis prevalent in other fields because crime data has been closely held by law enforcement agencies and has usually only been released in bulk at monthly, quarterly or annual intervals. [FiveThirtyEight]

“We’re afraid that with the implementation of a plan like the Indiana plan, we will see a reduction in the number of those who have Medicaid coverage and an increase in the number of uninsured and an increase in the uncompensated care that we provide,” Wagner said. [WFPL]

The Kentucky attorney general’s office has issued an opinion stating that the state racing commission cannot delegate rule-making authority to private companies like racetracks, putting in jeopardy a plan by Keeneland to write races in which the race-day administration of the regulated medication Lasix would be prohibited. The Kentucky attorney general, Jack Conway, is the son of a racing commissioner, Thomas Conway, who has supported race-day Lasix use. Jack Conway is leaving office in January, to be replaced by Andy Beshear, the son of Steve Beshear, who said in a recent speech that he supports restrictions on medication use. [DRF]

It is a doggone shame, but 15 poor pups at the Madison County Animal Shelter may not get to see the new year. [Richmond Register]

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders lambasted the Federal Reserve on Wednesday as an institution that has been “hijacked by the very bankers it regulates” and called for banning bank executives from regional Fed governing boards. [Reuters]

Last week it was sticking it to the gays, killing minimum wage, revoking voting rights. Yesterday it was privatization of education and handing everything over to the Christian Taliban Televangelists. Today it’s killing Medicaid. Great holiday season in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. [Press Releases]

A US man who says he was wrongly accused of attacking a woman has walked free after 28 years in jail. [BBC]

James Gould, formerly of Morehead, has entered the 2016 Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Rand Paul. So that should be fun. And by fun, we mean horribly embarrassing. [The Morehead News]

Several years ago, Capital One gave Oscar Parsons, 46, his first credit card. At the time, he didn’t need a loan. But he banked at a Capital One branch near his Bronx apartment, and when it was offered, he thought, “Why not?” [ProPublica]

Another Kentucky state lawmaker is switching from the Democratic Party to the GOP, further boosting the Republican Party’s mission to take control of the only Southern legislative chamber still run by Democrats. [H-L]

The National Catholic Reporter has named two of the men at the heart of the Supreme Court’s landmark same-sex marriage case its “persons of the year.” Greg Bourke and Michael DeLeon were two of the several dozen plaintiffs in the case Obergefell v. Hodges. In June, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of these couples and legalized marriage equality nationwide. [HuffPo]

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