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Kentucky leaders slam Obama’s new EPA rule to combat climate change Monday, Aug 3 2015
The President, Pulling Out, Fire, Rain Highlight Louisville KY’s Week Friday, Apr 3 2015
Barack Obama and Business and Culture and Dr. Louis Heuser and Education and French Lick and Health and Indatus and Joe Gerth and Louisville and media and Mike Pence and Politics and Rusty Satellite Show and Sport and Steve Beshear and University of Kentucky 9:35 am
Some of the highlights of a week of living in Louisville KY:
JCPS Canceled Classes for Rain: On the last school day before Spring Break, JCPS canceled classes because it was raining too much. Remember when the only weather that could get you out of school was a foot of snow? I fully expect JCPS officials to cite oppressive sunshine, which could damage young eyeballs, for calling off school one of these days.
Obama Leaves Town with a Weapon, Bourbon: Despite a few hours’ delay, the President’s visit to tech firm Indatus went smoothly, and highlighted the city’s focus on tech jobs. Mayor Fischer gave Barack a Slugger and a bunch of bourbon. (KY.com)
Indiana May Want You, But Few Are Going Back There: No, Gov. Mike Pence didn’t think the Religious Freedom Act would prompt national outrage and put him in the bulls-eye of a nation that no longer tolerates discrimination against gays. The list of businesses, celebrities and events critical of the law includes NASCAR and the NCAA. Some basketball coaches aren’t attending the NCAA Tournament in Indy. (Mother Jones)
It’s All Blue There: Big Blue Nation is not boycotting Indiana, and if you are, UK fans will pay scalper prices for your tickets to the cavernous Lucas Oil Stadium. And if Duke and Kentucky win on Saturday? (Indy Star)
Cards Begin Off-Season: Rick Pitino announced that some players (Anton Gill, Terry Rozier) won’t be back, and another (Shaqquan Aaron) will.
Beshear “especially absurd”: We’re not gonna let Indiana get all the national ridicule over discrimination toward gays. In defending Kentucky’s gay marriage ban, Steve Beshear’s attorneys argued that since no one can marry someone who is a different gender, it’s not discriminatory. Next thing you know he’ll say gay marriage will affect birth rates here. Wait a minute. (Courier)
Big Blaze at GE: Friday morning’s fire at the GE plant is causing major damage. (USAToday)
KY Goes Gardening: Welcome to Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley, who will be sharing her gardening experience with us. (KY.com)
Hear Joe Gerth and Dr. Louis Heuser on the Rusty Satellite Show: The veteran reporter talks about covering presidents and reporting on politics; and you’ll be motivated to get healthier after hearing from Dr. Heuser. (Rusty Satellite Show)
Get Away to French Lick (it’s in Indiana): Read about my venture west in search of peace, love and golf. (KY.com)
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War on Coal: Mitch McConnell’s contributions from oil and gas industry almost double that from mining (coal) Friday, Aug 8 2014
|Contributions to McConnell by industry through 2012.|
As the gas and coal industries are competing industries, this disparity in contributions may cause McConnell difficulty convincing Kentucky voters his opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, is waging a war on coal.
This is especially true following a story broken Friday by Chris Moody with Yahoo News that McConnell's wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao sits on a board working to kill the coal industry:
"McConnell’s wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, sits on the board of directors of Bloomberg Philanthropies, which has plunged $50 million into the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal initiative, an advocacy effort with the expressed goal of killing the coal industry."
Through 2012, McConnell raked in $1,336,211 from oil and gas industry, almost double the $751,599 his campaign received from the mining industry in the same period. From a report released by the Public Campaign Action Fund:
"In fact, oil and gas interests have given $1.3 million to McConnell’s campaign committees and leadership PAC over his career, a top10 donor industry for him despite having almost no presence in Kentucky."Numbers suggest McConnell is second only to President Barack Obama in political contributions from the oil and gas industry.
While he has been in the senate since 1985, McConnell's taken in over $2 million from the oil, gas, and coal industry just since 1999. If the Kentucky Senate race is truly about a war on coal, McConnell's time grazing in the pastures of the gas industry suggests it is he, not Grimes, who may be the number enemy of Kentucky coal.
McConnell's lack of commitment to Appalachia's signature industry is no secret to Kentucky coal miners. Over the weekend, Grimes was endorsed by the United Mine Workers of America.
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The President Takes a Surprise Walk Video Thursday, May 22 2014
Barack Obama 11:34 pm
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President Barack Obama With Zach Galifianakis Video Tuesday, Mar 11 2014
Barack Obama 8:10 pm
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Do you really support our troops? Thursday, Sep 5 2013
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