Publisher’s Note: As announced in our newsletter, we are starting a new “News and Notes” feature to cover Kentucky politics. This will essentially be a bullet list of political items from across the state that don’t merit a story on their own, but that we think you would want to know about. Some will be a sentence, some will be a graf or two, some might just be a tweet or a picture. Essentially, it’s an expanded version of the Forward Five that we email each M-F.
We will post these “Kentucky Politics News & Notes” whenever we get enough items to make it worth your while. (So, not daily, usually.) And, a couple of notes about News and Notes: You won’t be able to get these via email, and you won’t be able to read them on Facebook or Twitter. You’ll have to come to the web site to read them.
So, tell your political-junkie family and friends to bookmark the site and begin checking it daily, so they don’t miss a Kentucky Politics News and Notes when it posts. And you do the same.
Kentucky Politics News and Notes for Monday, July 9
- The Bevin administration’s cuts to Medicaid dental and vision benefits continue to be in the news.
- KCEP put out an article outlining why the cuts are a bad idea.
- They also created an interactive map, which they shared and which we posted on our site. Go check out your county’s numbers.
- The KY House Dem caucus sent a letter to the secretary of the KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services asking why they removed the benefits, and raising questions about process and refunds.
- And Congressman Yarmuth (D-KY3) sent a letter to the secretary of HHS pushing for answers on the legality of the action.
- Also, many stories out there about impact, including some dental clinics reporting their appointment list has been cut in half.
- The Poor People’s Campaign came to Frankfort again on Tuesday – but this time they were allowed inside the capitol as a group, rather than two at a time. This came after AG Beshear had ruled that the “two at a time” process was illegal.
- The U.S. Senate passed a non-binding resolution by a vote of 97-2 in support of NATO. Our own Rand Paul was one of the two voting No.
- OccupyICELou continues to camp in front of the ICE headquarters in Louisville as a form of protest – but the city is forcing them to shrink their camp footprint.
- Gov. Bevin visited a youth chess club in West Louisville for a video he was shooting – but caused an uproar by saying “Not something you necessarily would have thought of when you think of this section of town.”
- The KY Department of Education has hired Deanna Durrett, a former New York charter school official, as general counsel. Before working for Success Academy Charter Schools, she held various legal jobs, including working in the U.S. Department of Justice.
- On Tuesday, State Representatives Angie Hatton and Chris Harris were joined by Rocky Adkins and several state leaders in a public forum in Pikeville where they urged Governor Bevin to reverse his decision to cut vision and dental from Medicaid coverage and immediately reinstate the benefits.
- And finally, the TeamMitch Twitter account trolled the protesters that confronted him at the Bristol restaurant:
— Team Mitch (@Team_Mitch) July 9, 2018
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