Pray The Drugs Away, Meemaw! Keep Trying!

President Obama made history today when he mentioned both the Stonewall uprising and gay and lesbian people being treated “like anyone else under the law” during his second inauguration speech. [HuffPo]

Meanwhile, Kentucky Democrats are stuck in the 1950s – just like in this interview with that party’s “chairman.” [Flashback]

Something tells us it’s going to take more than prayer to clean up the drug problem in Eastern Kentucky. Wishful thinking is nice, though. Officials and residents in a small eastern Kentucky town are praying for “a new beginning” in an effort to heal the area of the scourge of drugs. [H-L]

Tide detergent: Works on tough stains. Can now also be traded for crack. A case study in American ingenuity, legal and otherwise. [New York Magazine]

In the last decade, local option elections have taken place in nearly every corner of the state with communities voting, more often than not, to allow or expand alcohol sales rather than to limit or prohibit them entirely. [Ashland Independent]

Here’s Senator Mitch McConnell’s statement on the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. [Click the Clicky]

You won’t want to miss this program tonight at 8:00 P.M. Eastern on KET. [Renee Shaw]

Just two weeks after pleading guilty in a major federal fraud case, Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology firm, scored a largely unnoticed coup on Capitol Hill: Lawmakers inserted a paragraph into the “fiscal cliff” bill that did not mention the company by name but strongly favored one of its drugs. [NY Times]

Has Mitch McConnell, Kentucky’s senior U.S. Senator and the Republican Minority Leader, concluded he faces little or no danger of a primary challenge in 2014? [Ronnie Ellis]

If things had gone differently in November, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) might have departed the Capitol on Monday as the vice president of the United States. Instead, he faced a chorus of boos as he left the building to attend President Barack Obama’s second inauguration ceremony. [HuffPo]

Oh, look, the people in Lexington have noticed that Cordish (in Louisville) selectively uses its dress code to get away with racial profiling. [WKYT]

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