Kentucky Has Made Another Terrific List Of Awful

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SHOCKER! Kentucky is NUMBER EIGHT (8) on the death spiral state list. This is not exactly great economic news. [Forbes]

Do you really need evidence of severe ignorance and lack of education in Eastern Kentucky, Greg Stumbo? Letter writers like this are the reason you need to stop trying to screw people for the benefit of your friends. Wait, who are we kidding? You denied the existence of your own child for 18 years. Surely you’d deny everything to your constituency… where you don’t even live. [Hazard Herald]

The Heartland Institute, a libertarian think tank skeptical of climate change science, has joined with the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council to write model legislation aimed at reversing state renewable energy mandates across the country. [WaPo]

A Kentucky engineering firm that caters to the coal industry is closing its branch office in Wise, Va. Summit Engineering Inc. of Pikeville made the announcement on Monday in a statement from Lisa Daniels, a business development representative for the firm. [H-L]

Judges and lawmakers across the country are wrangling over whether and when law enforcement authorities can peer into suspects’ cellphones, and the cornucopia of evidence they provide. [NY Times]

You’ll probably want to remember little things like this when Greg Fischer tries to run for higher office again. [The ‘Ville Voice]

A majority of Americans don’t approve of how the White House has handled the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi but don’t believe there was a coverup, according to a poll released Tuesday. [Politico]

If you ever find yourself in the unenviable position of being interviewed on Fox News, there is a very easy way to cut that interview short, apparently! [Wonkette]

You can’t even discriminate against the gays in Lexington these days for Jesus without the Kentucky Human Rights Commission (which means nothing) folks interfering. [WKYT]

Meanwhile, Republicans and Faux News continue to hype Russia as being magical and not corrupt. [ProPublica]

Smoking “rots” the brain by damaging memory, learning and reasoning, according to researchers at King’s College London. A study of 8,800 people over 50 showed high blood pressure and being overweight also seemed to affect the brain, but to a lesser extent. [BBC]