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N&N for Friday, 8/12 – Medical MJ; Paul and McConnell; mental health commission; barista union efforts; the Berg-Peden race

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Committee says 98.5% of Kentuckians surveyed support legalizing medical marijuana

The committee tasked with finding out how Kentuckians feel about medical marijuana said most of those surveyed are on board.

The Team Kentucky Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee formed in June at the direction of Gov. Andy Beshear in an effort to help him decide whether to take executive action to legalize access to medical marijuana.

The 17-member panel toured the state and held several town hall meetings to hear from the public. Officials said 150 people attended in person and that every Kentuckian that showed up expressed a positive opinion about medical marijuana. (WDRB)

Rand Paul says relationship with McConnell needs 'repair' after anti-abortion judge saga

Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell have always been a political odd couple of sorts in the Republican caucus of the U.S. Senate. Their ideology and votes have often differed greatly on issues of federal spending and foreign policy.

Even so, the Kentucky senators have rarely taken direct shots at each other in public since Paul first vanquished McConnell's chosen candidate in the 2010 GOP primary for his Senate seat.

That changed last month, though, over President Joe Biden's desire to nominate an anti-abortion, Federalist society attorney for a lifetime federal judgeship in Kentucky, leading the senators to publicly point fingers at each other for sinking the nomination. (Courier-Journal)

Kentucky launches judicial commission on mental health

Kentucky's Supreme Court has launched a commission aimed at improving the judicial system's approach to cases involving mental health, substance use and intellectual disabilities. The new Kentucky Judicial Commission on Mental Health will work to improve the practice, quality and timeliness of the judicial response to cases involving those needs. (Herald-Leader)

Union efforts brew across major Louisville coffee shops

Both Heine Brothers’ and Starbucks have issued statements saying they do not want their employees to unionize, but will respect the results of any elections. Both companies say unions are an unnecessary intermediary between workers and leadership.

“The thing you hear a lot is, ‘You don’t need a third party getting between you and me.’ It sounds almost like an abusive relationship,” said Hayth.

Workers at both companies name similar reasons for wanting to unionize: better health protections, higher wages, and more workplace control. (WFPL)

Senate Republicans to engage in Berg / Peden race

Republicans in the state Senate say they have a shot to take a Democratic seat in Louisville this fall and increase their majority. New polling suggests state Sen. Karen Berg (D-Louisville) is vulnerable this election cycle to Republican Louisville councilman James Peden. “We did a poll and surprisingly it came back where it looks like it could be pretty competitive,” said Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer. (KY Fried Politics)


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The Daily Wrap for Monday, 5/20

The Daily Wrap for Monday, 5/20

A very light news day, with most of the focus on the arrest of the golfer at the PGA last week. Of note, though, is Heather Cox Richardson’s summary of President Biden’s commencement speech at Morehouse.

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