Eastern Kentucky Is Waiting For You To Visit

For some federal candidates in pro-coal Kentucky, the “D” behind their names is an inconvenient truth. In an interview Friday with the Herald-Leader, likely Democratic Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes demonstrated just how tough that truth can be as she continued her defense of coal in striking contrast with her national party. [Sam Youngman]

Philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates pitched an optimistic future for the world’s poor and sick in their annual letter Tuesday, arguing passionately against three myths they say hurt efforts to bring people out of poverty, save lives and improve living conditions. [HuffPo]

Officials in Appalachia are gearing up for what they are describing as a one-of-a-kind steam train excursion. [C-J/AKN]

A few days after Christmas, ITT Educational Services, one of the nation’s largest operators of for-profit technical schools, reported some unwelcome news. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau had warned the company that it might seek penalties and remedies against it for possible student loan violations. [NY Times]

Kentucky employers are being offered incentives to hire workers laid off from coal-related jobs. Tonita Goodwin, president of the Madison County Industrial Management Club, shared that information at the group’s Friday meeting. [Richmond Register]

Just what Kentucky needs – more negative attention. Jamie Comer ought to be chapping ass left and right. The Animal Legal Defense Fund has ranked Kentucky as the worst state in the country for animal protection for the last seven years in a row, in part because of weak enforcement. [Mother Jones]

Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race took center stage on Monday at a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. motorcade and rally in Louisville. For the 42nd year, a motorcade to honor the slain civil rights leader wound through West Louisville; this year with the campaign bus of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. [WHAS11]

Everybody knows that red state officials aren’t enthusiastic about Obamacare. Some of them are even trying to undermine it. [TNR]

Some guy named Michael Coblenz said he’s decided not to run against Andy Barr in Kentucky’s 6th District. [Press Release]

Astronomers have discovered the largest known gas cloud in the Universe. The mammoth nebula may be the first imaged filament of a spidery arrangement of galaxies, gas and dark matter that traces the large-scale structure of the cosmos. [HuffPo]

Gurley L. Martin, the Owensboro retiree who was running in his second GOP U.S. Senate primary in four years, withdrew from the race Tuesday, according to paperwork filed with the Secretary of State’s office. [Ryan Alessi]

What will extremists do if/when Kentucky is ever in the news for the gays like this? Will heads spin like crazy? [Reuters]

1 thought on “Eastern Kentucky Is Waiting For You To Visit

  1. Comer is to busy trying to know every move his potential opponents for another election and office are doing instead of focusing on his own offices job duties. I mean come on, it is really getting almost desperate watching him work to get on tv and in the paper for everything other than Ag stuff. Maybe he can make animal abuse protection a part of his domestic abuse stance he has now. At least that would show he was taking care of his elected duties.

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