Breathitt County Wins All Kinds Of Prizes This Week

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Former Breathitt County Schools superintendent Arch Turner has been sentenced to serve 24 months in federal prison and pay a $250,000 fine. Turner admitted he took part in buying votes in the 2010 primary election in the county, in which two factions were fighting for control of local politics. [H-L]

This is just one of the many, many reasons Kentucky can’t have nice things. [SoS]

Here’s even more on that mess. Steve Beshear’s tax reform commission on Thursday supported preliminary recommendations that would tax a larger share of Social Security benefits, reduce itemized deductions and limit tax breaks on pension income. [C-J/AKN]

Child poverty has reached record levels with over 16 million children affected. One in 13 Americans are jobless, and many children are growing up with little hope for their future. [Frontline]

The State Senate is remaining the same. It will not change. Bob Stivers reiterated that. [Ryan Alessi]

House and Senate minority leaders Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell surrounded themselves with the triumphant faces of newly elected lawmakers Tuesday. But the glow of victory couldn’t hide the leaders’ own Election Day failures. [WaPo]

Eastern Kentucky University “has not been managed efficiently for many years” and needs “a change agent” as its next president. Harry Moberly, a former state representative and university administrator, expressed that view Monday night as representatives of the firm contracted by the EKU regents to assist it in selecting a new president conducted a community forum. [Richmond Register]

Nation horrified to learn about war in Afghanistan while reading up on Petraeus sex scandal. [The Onion]

Maybe Breathitt County is trying to be the next Laurel or Clay County. A standoff in Breathitt County has come to an end. It began around 4:45 a.m. Tuesday at a home on Broadway Spur Street. [WKYT]

It is so much fun to watch the Party of Personal Responsibility point fingers and self-implode, isn’t it? Today’s finger-pointing blame-game session comes courtesy the Tea Party, which has engaged in about a week of sober reflection and concluded that the GOP lost because Mitt was too moderate. [Wonkette]

Kentucky has one of the nation’s worst drug problems, but not the kind of drugs you might think. Kentucky and other southeastern states continue to overuse antibiotics, contributing to a dangerous decline in the effectiveness of the drugs, according to a study released Tuesday by a group affiliated with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [H-L]

President Barack Obama lifted the spirits of a room full of progressive leaders on Tuesday when he pledged to tackle immigration reform early in his second term. [HuffPo]

1 thought on “Breathitt County Wins All Kinds Of Prizes This Week

  1. “Searching for a Good College Honcho”

    EKU search man: “The campus has been run like dead for many years now. You need a real change agent.”

    EKU skeptic: “Is that Felner guy out of prison yet?”

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