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6 January 2021- Washington DC- A protester stands with a Confederate flag after storming the Capitol during a Joint Session of Congress in which members were to certify the 2020 Presidential election. (photo by Chris Kleponis/Sipa USA via AP Images)

The Confederate battle flag, which rioters flew inside the US Capitol, has long been a symbol of white insurrection

Confederate soldiers never reached the Capitol during the Civil War. But the Confederate battle flag was flown by rioters in the U.S. Capitol building for the first time ever on Jan. 6. The flag’s prominence in the Capitol riot comes as no surprise to those who, like me, know its history: Since its debut during the Civil War, the Confederate battle flag has been flown regularly by white insurrectionists and reactionaries fighting against rising tides of newly won Black political power.

1/16 update — Most measures of pandemic ease slightly, but 32 more deaths keep that trend at a high

Kentucky recorded 3,096 new cases of the coronavirus Saturday, lowering the seven-day average for the fourth straight day, to 3,438. But at the same time, the mortality rate trended to new highs.
Kentucky State Capitol Building (photo by Daderot [public domain] via Wikimedia Commons)

Security at KY Capitol increased for next several days; area closed on Sunday

Gov. Beshear announced expanded security at the state capitol, including closing the grounds and the area around it on Sunday.

Attack, Impeachment – Now What?

It's been a traumatic and historic time in our history. We talk with Cong. John Yarmuth and Prof. Josh Douglas about the attack on the Capitol, the vote to impeach, the strains on our democracy, and what comes next.

KYGA20 open-records-exception-bill resurfaces in KYGA21

Current law already allows for an exception to open records statutes to protect privacy concerns. HB 293 is a solution in search of a problem.

Impeachment committee meetings must be fully transparent

After observing the first meeting of the impeachment committee, any lingering hope that the committee would adhere to the requirements of the Open Meetings Act vanished.
Brig. Gen. Hal Lamberton, adjutant general for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, speaks to a group of Soldiers and Airmen from the Kentucky National Guard at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., on Jan. 14, 2021. The Guardsmen are deploying this weekend to support the Presidential Inauguration at the nation’s capital Jan. 20. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Ky. National Guard will be in DC, State Capitol on inauguration day

KY National Guard is sending 270 members to Washington for the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden. In addition, the Guard will be assisting with security at the Kentucky Capitol.
Lit cigarette (photo by Tomasz Sienicki [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons)

KY counties seek local control of tobacco marketing, sales

A dozen states, including Kentucky, have laws on the books preempting local tobacco ordinances. These bills would restore local control over tobacco and vaping ordinances.

A medal for Presidential lickspittles and look-alikes

What if Trump, his time almost up, got busy and made the Presidential Medal of Freedom retroactive back into history? What kindred spirits might he choose? Here's a Trumpian list.

1/14 update — On a day with many COVID deaths, governor touts progress, optimism about rollout of coronavirus vaccines

As the specter of COVID-19 deaths grew larger, Gov. Andy Beshear announced progress on getting Kentuckians vaccinated to quell the pandemic.

Kentucky PSC limits utility rate increase and protects rooftop solar – for now

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and others have been pushing the Public Service Commission on a number of issues. On Wednesday, the PSC agreed with KFTC on a number of those issues.

Emerge announces most diverse class in program’s history

Emerge Kentucky is proud to announce its 12th class, a group of 27 women that hails from across the state and is the most diverse class in the program’s history, with over half being Black women and women of color.
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