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MOKP — COVID-19 court cases and other updates

This week, Jazmin runs down Daniel Cameron's lawsuit against Andy Beshear's COVID-19 restrictions and the religious arguments he has been making. Plus, criminal justice quick hits, and talk about some pieces of journalism they've been reading lately.

Beshear’s education group aims to help students ‘from cradle to career’

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday the formation of a multi-agency group to assist students as they transition through the state’s public education system.
Map showing hospitals that will get initial vaccine deployments

12/3 update — COVID hospitalizations in Ky. and U.S. at new highs; positive-test rate passes 10%

As the pandemic set more records in Kentucky and the nation, Gov. Andy Beshear announced allocations of the first doses of the first coronavirus vaccine expected to be approved.

Repubs called out for not wearing masks at the Capitol

If you are a Republican, wearing a mask is optional, because this whole COVID thing is a hoax. Even after being asked to put one on, most Repubs at the meeting would not. The Democrats present have called them out for it.

Rep. John Yarmuth reelected chairman of House Budget Committee

Today, Representative John Yarmuth (KY-03) was reelected Chairman of the House Budget Committee by the Democratic Caucus. This will be Chairman Yarmuth’s second term serving as leader of the Committee.

The tsunami is coming

Like any tsunami, the wave started innocuously enough. Even disconcertingly calmly. Elective surgeries weren't scheduled over the Thanksgiving holiday anyway, which meant the emergency department, for once, had a manageable caseload.
Graph showing rising number of deaths in KY due to COVID

12/2 update — Deadliest day yet, with 37 reported dead

This week's White House pandemic report praised Gov. Beshear's orders to thwart the coronavirus, and said they will work "if compliance is high." If there was ever a time for that, it would be now, Beshear said after reporting the state's deadliest day from COVID-19 and a rapidly rising positive-test rate.
Gallup poll results on abortion

Abortion and Kentucky politicians

“We've been told repeatedly that Democrats can't win because of 'God, guns and abortion,’” said Nicole Erwin, communications manager for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky. “We've got to change the narrative.”
The Supreme Court building (by Mr. Kjetil Ree; CC BY-SA 3.0 via

Danville Christian, AG Cameron asks SCOTUS to intervene in dispute over in-person classes at religious schools (updated)

Less than a week after the Supreme Court lifted New York’s COVID-related limits on attendance at worship services, Danville Christian school and AG Cameron asked the Supreme Court to allow in-person classes at faith-based schools.

12/1 update — Worst coronavirus day yet: more than 4,000 new cases, 35 deaths, and other record measurements of misery

Gov. Andy Beshear announced record numbers for almost every metric the state uses to measure the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday, calling it "a terrible day."

AG uses open records decision to undermine COVID reporting to the state

A headline in the Herald-Leader reads: “Reporting someone to Kentucky’s COVID-19 tip line? Don’t count on anonymity.” Or perhaps you can. It depends on which open records decision issued by the AG you prefer.
Kay Tillow from Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care

Beware the Medicare Coverage Helpline

“It sounds like a public service announcement from Medicare, but it's not,” warns Kay Tillow of Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care. “It’s a scam to sign up for the privatized, for-profit Medicare Advantage plans.”
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