Abused Kids In Kentucky? Outta Sight, Outta Mind

An independent panel tasked with reviewing case files of children who have been killed or nearly killed from abuse or neglect agreed Monday that they needed complete case files and that the panel’s meetings should be closed to the public. [Bluegrass Politics]

Republicans have a problem. For years they could shout down any attempt to point out the extent to which their policies favored the elite over the poor and the middle class; all they had to do was yell “Class warfare!” and Democrats scurried away. In the 2012 election, however, that didn’t work: the picture of the G.O.P. as the party of sneering plutocrats stuck, even as Democrats became more openly populist than they have been in decades. [NY Times]

State leaders, local farmers, and business owners gathered this morning to discuss the proposed bill to legalize industrial hemp. [WKYT]

The GOP and taxes: in the states, it can get complicated. When Republican Mike Pence replaced Mitch Daniels as governor of Indiana this month, he wasted no time setting out to establish his conservative fiscal bona fides. [NPR]

In case you missed it? Catholic Health Initiatives is sure up to some hypocritical nastiness on the abortion front. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Judges and Harry Reid agree: Mitch McConnell runs the country. Senate Democrats’ epic filibuster cave coincides with a decision giving the GOP the right to block all appointments. [Salon]

With momemtum (sic) building for an effort to license hemp farming in Kentucky, law enforcement leaders lashed out on Monday, saying hemp’s supporters are looking at the issue “through rose-colored glasses.” Jamie Comer’s stretching the truth about there being enough votes in the House right now. There are barely enough votes in the Senate at the moment. Primarily because of the behavior of his staffers and his arrogant attitude with the Kentucky State Police. [WHAS11]

A Tennessee state senator has figured out why children from poor homes aren’t doing well in school — it is because their families’ situation is not quite precarious enough! To motivate the lazy Poors to become better parents, Stacey Campfield (R-HardKnoxville) has introduced a bill that would cut Temporary Assistance to Needy Families benefits by up to 30% if children fail to make “satisfactory academic progress.” [Wonkette]

Despite their objections, new GOP lawmakers enrolled in pension plan. Campaigning for the Kentucky House last year, Brian Linder said state lawmakers do not need public pensions. [John Cheves]

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Sunday signed a law allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses, in a move he said would improve road safety. [Reuters]

This is Kentucky so you know more than 17% of people will vote for Mitch McConnell. [WaPo]

Governments need to spark a lightweight revolution in the way things are made so the world can keep up with the demand for resources, say scientists. They say homes will have to be built with less cement; cars with less steel; and gadgets with less plastic. [BBC]

1 thought on “Abused Kids In Kentucky? Outta Sight, Outta Mind

  1. “They Make Morons in Knoxville”

    Keisha, clean up the fallin’ asbestos on your bed. OK, so we need to replace your broken windows; it’s cold in here. Were they rat droppins on your rug? Did you say your prayers for that ignorant politician from Knoxville who wants to cut or assistance because you flunked geometry? He sure needs any help he can get, darlin.’

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