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“AOC for Attica” – Rumor is the Squad will back Scott in race to replace Yarmuth

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could be coming to Kentucky next year in support of state Rep. Attica Scott as she campaigns for the open 3rd Dist. Congressional seat. The rumors are not confirmed, but multiple sources indicate Scott will bring AOC to Louisville to campaign for her next year. (KY Fried Politics)

‘Swift and decisive’: McConnell praises Biden for quick KY tornado relief

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell lauded President Joe Biden’s administration on Monday for expediting federal help to assist with recovery efforts in the aftermath of this weekend’s catastrophic tornado outbreak.

“President Biden cut through the red tape to approve our request at an accelerated pace, providing the rapid support we need to recover,” McConnell said on the Senate floor, specifically praising Homeland Security Chief Alejandro Mayorkas and FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell. “I could not be more grateful for their swift and decisive response to this crisis.” (Herald-Leader)

Candle factory news

State will investigate tornado-hit Mayfield candle factory where eight people died

Kentucky will investigate safety protocols at the candle factory in Mayfield where eight people were killed when a tornado roared through the area, Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday. But Beshear quickly added that the investigation does not suggest any wrongdoing. (Herald-Leader)

Mayfield candle factory tornado survivors sue company, allege 'flagrant indifference'

Several survivors of the Mayfield candle factory tornado collapse have filed the first lawsuit against the company since the deadly storm, alleging that Mayfield Consumer Products showed a "flagrant indifference" to workers' safety the night of the tornado.

Elijah Johnson, one of the 110 workers in the facility at 112 Industrial Drive when it fell Friday night, and "on behalf of others similarly situated" filed the lawsuit against Mayfield Consumer Products in Graves Circuit Court Wednesday evening. (Courier-Journal)

A single Kentucky Republican travels with Biden to survey tornado and storm damage

On nearly any other day in Washington, Republican Congressman James Comer would likely be calling for oversight investigations into the Biden administration.

But on Wednesday, Comer -- who represents Kentucky's 1st District and is the top Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform -- accompanied President Joe Biden throughout his trip to Kentucky to survey damage in the wake of deadly tornadoes. (CNN)

House abortion restrictions champion running for Kentucky Supreme Court against incumbent

Northern Kentucky state Rep. Joe Fischer, a socially conservative Republican who has led his party's fight to restrict abortion in the House, has filed to run for the Kentucky Supreme Court in 2022.

Fischer hopes to unseat Sixth District incumbent Justice Michelle Keller, who was first appointed by former Gov. Steve Beshear in 2013 and was reelected to her current eight-year term in 2014. (Courier-Journal)

IRS announces tax relief for Kentucky victims of severe storms

People in Kentucky affected by the December severe weather have until May 16, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced Tuesday.

The IRS said taxpayers in certain areas will receive tax relief, including individuals and households affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes that reside or have a business in the following counties qualify for tax relief: Caldwell, Fulton, Graves, Hopkins, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Taylor, Warren. (WHAS)

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