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Inspector general said Elaine Chao misused position, referred case for prosecution

The U.S. Transportation Department's inspector general's office investigated Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for potential violations of ethics rules — and ultimately referred the case for criminal prosecution in late 2020.

Keeping guns from those in crisis is as important as protecting the right to ownership

Not everyone gets the chance to look death in the face and come out on the other side with an opportunity to make an impact and save lives. But on September 6, 2018, the opportunity found me when twelve bullets ripped through my body.

Capitol Police officials say intel on possible March 4 plot being taken ‘seriously’

U.S. Capitol Police officials said they have "obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4" – the date that far-right conspiracy theorists believe former President Trump will return to power.

3/3 update — With supply of new J&J vaccine to be boosted by Merck deal, Beshear says state may need FEMA help to get doses in arms

The concern before was not enough vaccine; the concern now is not enough vaccinators.

Franklin Circuit judge issues injunction blocking three new laws the legislature passed to limit the governor’s emergency powers

"Tthe court believes those decisions should be made based on medical and scientific evidence, not on arbitrary deadlines imposed by statutes irrespective of the spread of the virus."

KYGA21 Update for Thursday, 3/4

Our daily KYGA21 update includes three sections: a list of actions on key legislation from yesterday, a list of actions on key legislation planned for today, and the published calendar for today.

Diverse coalition sends letter opposing gutting of open records law

A diverse coalition of forty-nine groups and individuals have sent a letter to the KY Senate asking them to vote no on a bill that would make significant changes to Kentucky's open records law, which the coalition believes would cause significant damage to the law.

‘Let the workers organize. Let all thoughtful citizens sustain them, for the future of Labor is the future of America.’

Richard Trumka's words this week echo those of John L. Lewis, after both their presidents expressed support for labor unions and union membership.

Mitch McConnell throws shade after Donald Trump takes credit for his reelection

The Kentucky Republican had a sassy comeback to the former president’s remarks during his first speech since leaving office.

Ky. House votes to ban death penalty for severely mentally ill

The Kentucky House of Representatives passed a bill Monday banning the death penalty for people with some severe mental illnesses.

3/3 update — Beshear says low case and death numbers in nursing homes show vaccines work; calls Texas governor’s relaxations ‘reckless’

As all the metrics used to measure the coronavirus continued to improve, Gov. Beshear took special note of one that hasn't received much attention lately: single-digit case and death numbers in the state's long-term care facilities, where vaccinations are almost complete.

KYGA21 Update for 3/3/21

Our daily KYGA21 update includes three sections: a list of actions on key legislation from yesterday, a list of actions on key legislation planned for today, and the published calendar for today.

Credit where due — Repubs in Frankfort pass some GOOD bills

With Repubs controlling pretty much everything in this year's General Assembly, we give them much grief for some of the horrible bills they sponsor and pass. So, it's only fair that when they actually pass some GOOD bills, we call those out as well.

Biden proves he’s got our backs

Going on 86 years ago, Franklin D. Roosevelt made the most pro-union statement ever uttered by an American president. Joe Biden just broke FDR’s record.

Senate committee advances bill to give Louisville civilian review board subpoena power

A Senate committee advanced a bill Monday to give subpoena power to Louisville's new police civilian review board, a measure supporters say would give it the teeth needed to provide significant oversight of the city's police department.

Republicans are trying to kill what’s left of the Voting Rights Act

In two Supreme Court cases from Arizona that will be heard on March 2, Republicans are trying to kill what remains of the VRA. And Mitch McConnell approves.

3/1 update — Capacity limits increasing; Beshear says ‘the most optimistic report I’ve been able to give’

Following seven weeks of declining cases and positivity rates, along with more vaccines, Gov. Beshear announced Monday that many businesses would be able to increase their capacity limits, starting Friday, from the current 50% to 60%.

KYGA21 Update for Tuesday, 3/2/21

Our daily KYGA21 update includes three sections: a list of actions on key legislation from yesterday, a list of actions on key legislation planned for today, and the published calendar for today.

Can Biden and the Dems end the power of Repubs and white supremacists?

Ken Wolf, a history prof at Murray State, challenged me to write a column on how Biden and other Dems might “end the power of Republicans or White Supremacists." Here's my answer.

Journalists association opposes bill that damages open records laws

The Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has officially come out in opposition to House Bill 312, a bill that significantly weakens or eliminates Kentucky's open records laws.

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