Kentucky pauses incentives for battery maker whose federal loan was nixed after claims of China ties
Kentucky officials say they won’t begin paying $21 million in economic incentives for a proposed electric vehicle battery facility until the company further explains why federal officials abruptly rejected a $200 million loan. The loan rejection for Texas-based Microvast came after some congressional Republicans argued the firm has improper ties to China. (Louisville Public Media)
Key McConnell aide joining Cameron's KY gubernatorial campaign
A top aide to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has joined Daniel Cameron's gubernatorial campaign in Kentucky, as the GOP nominee adds another political heavy hitter to his team in trying to defeat Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear in one of the nation's most closely watched races. Terry Carmack, the senator's chief of staff, will assume a senior management role in Cameron's campaign, said Sean Southard, a state Republican Party spokesman. (West Kentucky Star)
'Parents' rights' group behind Kentucky book bans labeled as extremist by SPLC
A national nonprofit with Kentucky chapters - one of which pushed for the ban of three books in a Northern Kentucky district - has been labeled as an anti-government extremist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a research organization tracking hate and extremism in the United States. Moms for Liberty, which also has a chapter in Louisville, was added to the center's list of 1,225 hate and anti-government extremist groups across the country. (Courier-Journal)
Republican political newcomer enters race for Fayette County clerk
A political newcomer and long-time manager of a sports apparel shop has been picked by the Fayette County Republican Party to face Democrat Susan Lamb in November in the race for Fayette County Clerk. Dawne Perkins, who has managed the Team Spirit store for 28 years, was selected by the party Monday night, said Fran Anderson, the chairman of the Fayette County Republican Party. (Herald-Leader)
Fayette County board removes elected official with history of stalking, legal woes
The board of the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District voted Tuesday to replace an elected official who has been ordered to stay away from a former board member. (Herald-Leader)
Mammoth Cave National Park expansion proposed by McConnell, Guthrie
A 980-acre expansion of Mammoth Cave National Park is in the works. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. Brett Guthrie on Tuesday unveiled legislation that would allow the park to acquire “critical habitat” within the Green River watershed from The Nature Conservancy.
“The property includes numerous cave passages, including Coach Cave and James Cave that have prehistoric and historic artifacts that the National Park System can conserve and manage,” said a news release from McConnell’s office. (Hoptown Chronicle)
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