Mitch Still Fighting Against Campaign Finance Law

Some Kentucky board of education members asked Wednesday whether the goals set by the state are high enough to lift up low-performing schools. Since test scores were released in November, critics have questioned why low-performing schools only have to move up one point next year to be considered improving. [H-L]

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) is working to build a firewall in the House against new campaign finance reforms in the face of possible defections within his own caucus. [The Hill]

Changing the high school dropout age from 16 to 18 is a legislative priority once again for the Kentucky Board of Education. During the board’s regular meeting Wednesday, board members approved a legislative agenda for the upcoming session that starts in January. [WFPL]

Health care reform rules aimed at pressuring health insurance companies to become more efficient saved consumers nearly $1.5 billion last year, according to a study released by the Commonwealth Fund on Wednesday. [HuffPo]

The conservative polling group Resurgent Republic is out with a great new graphic this morning breaking down turnout among key demographic groups in the 2012 election. [WaPo]

Now that the father of 17-year-old Jordan Davis has buried his son, he is turning his grief and anger over the high school student’s shooting death into a crusade against guns and Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law. [Reuters]

If you’ve been laid off, there’s a good chance state government will pay your mortgage until you get back on your feet. But Kentucky and Indiana have spent only a fraction of $371 million the federal government awarded them last year to help struggling borrowers. [C-J/AKN]

Oscar and Jennifer Cruz knew that crossing the border would be the easy part. The Salvadoran brother and sister made their way over the international line between Guatemala and Mexico with the help of a smuggler who guided them through the jungle. [ProPublica]

A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected the government’s request for the full court to hear a case on the Food and Drug Administration’s graphic tobacco warning labels, setting up a potential Supreme Court showdown with Big Tobacco. [Politico]

A group of students from the University of Kentucky are trying to raise awareness for hunger through their art. Students in this semester’s “Pathways To Creativity” class, part of UK’s required core curriculum, worked together to design and paint murals with the theme of hunger. [H-L]

After spending close to $270,000 of his savings on a nursing home and around-the-clock care for his wife, John McCann was horrified to learn that doctors discovered 57 maggots had hatched in her ear. [HuffPo]

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