Monthly Archives: February 2013

A great day for women in Kentucky

The rights and safety of women in Kentucky were protected by three major votes today — two in the Kentucky General Assembly and one in the U.S. House of Representatives. This morning the Senate Judiciary Committee easily passed HB 9, which expands domestic violence protections to dating partners, with only Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, voting […]

R.I.P. Progress Kentucky: Dec. 2012 – Feb. 2013

The past four months have been like a train wreck for Sen. Mitch McConnell. In November he failed on his No. 1 goal of defeating President Barack Obama, as well as whiffed on his lifelong goal of becoming Senate majority leader, somehow managing to lose two seats to the Democrats. He followed up in December […]

GOP House set to cave, allow expanded Violence Against Women Act reauthorization

We wrote in this week’s issue of LEO that the House GOP was holding up passage of the Senate’s Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill — instead offering a different version that stripped protections for the LGBT community, Native Americans and immigrants — but the word out of Washington this morning is that Republicans are […]

Ashland man face of LGBT discrimination in Buzzfeed story

Buzzfeed, the HuffPo-meets-lol cats aggregation site, has profiled the unique and unfortunately more-common-than-you’d think story of Kevin McCaffery, a former Ashland public school teacher-turned-llama farmer and his battle against discrimination in the Bluegrass State, which the site points out is one of 38 states where gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees can be fired simply for being themselves. […]

Kentucky State Police unit spends millions to catch paltry few

  A task force under the jurisdiction of the Kentucky State Police (seen here in their natural, helicopter-rappelling environment) spends more than $1 million in federal grant money each year to apprehend a small number of suspects, records show. According to data obtained from the KSP via an open records request, the agency’s Marijuana Suppression […]

Clock is ticking for Kentucky’s sequestration bomb

With the deadline to come up with an alternative to the sequestration meat cleaver ending Friday — which Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Thomas Massie are cheering on to expire with no deal, saying the budget should be cut even more — last night the White House released numbers showing what this would mean for […]

PCCC launches another ad slamming McConnell’s ties to gun industry

With a big Senate hearing on new gun control measures coming up this week, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee has launched another new ad calling out Sen. Mitch McConnell’s opposition to common sense gun legislation, while he’s taken in almost $200,000 from the gun industry. Counting their previous ad, this one — airing in Louisville, […]

Planned Parenthood hits McConnell with new TV ad

Sen. Mitch McConnell isn’t just one of the 22 male GOP senators to vote against the Violence Against Women Act — and a consistent no vote for equal pay — he’s also leading the charge to deny women guaranteed coverage of birth control under their insurance. Today, Planned Parenthood joined the bipartisan group of organizations […]

Rand Paul claims to not know anything about the abortion legislation he’s co-sponsoring

Sen. Rand Paul visited Fourth Street Live yesterday with a giant cardboard check made out to the big bad federal government for $600,000, money his Senate office saved by cutting back on staff for constituent services. After belatedly answering questions from the press about running for president and supporting Sen. Mitch McConnell’s re-election over his […]

The NYT does the ORBP

And the results ain’t pretty. From Gov. Steve Beshear humping the old talking points of job growth to the perpetually quixotic counterpoint of 8664, The New York Times’ article does a decent job of portraying the Ohio River Bridges Project as a depressing, illogical boondoggle. A choice excerpt: The project comes at a time when […]