Monthly Archives: January 2020

A pact with Trump on impeachment? McConnell’s Kentucky backers demand it

A pact with Trump on impeachment? McConnell’s Kentucky backers demand it

FLORENCE, Ky. — It is not easy these days to lose as a Republican running in ruby-red Kentucky. But that is what happened here in November in the governor’s race, when the caustic incumbent managed to alienate enough of his base to fall just short. This year, another polarizing and unpopular Republican will be up…more »

Judge says real estate firm can evict homeless Oakland women

Judge says real estate firm can evict homeless Oakland women

A California judge ruled on Friday that six homeless women who’ve drawn national attention by squatting in an empty Oakland house since November must vacate the property because they have “no valid claim of possession to” the thee-bedroom home. The decision means the women have less than five days to leave or a local sheriff…more »

Iran’s only female Olympic medalist, Kimia Alizadeh, defects with blistering attack

Iran’s only female Olympic medalist, Kimia Alizadeh, defects with blistering attack

Iran’s only female Olympic medalist announced she has defected from the Islamic Republic — posting a blistering online letter over the weekend describing herself as “one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran.” Taekwondo champion Kimia Alizadeh, 21 — who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics — attacked the “hypocrisy, lies…more »

We don’t just have a bushfire crisis. We have an arson crisis, too

We don’t just have a bushfire crisis. We have an arson crisis, too

According to my calculations and estimates, the number of individuals around Australia whose arson has contributed to the current bushfire crisis has now passed 200. This figure is not presented as a counter-argument to those who blame the fires on climate change. Most people (I hope) understand that trees tend not to spontaneously combust, no…more »

A Second Amendment sanctuary movement is sweeping through Kentucky. Here’s why.

A Second Amendment sanctuary movement is sweeping through Kentucky. Here’s why.

Adorned in military-pattern camouflage from head to toe, David Johnson stood in front of a packed courthouse in Letcher County this week and proclaimed his support for a local resolution to designate Letcher County a “2nd Amendment Sanctuary.” The crowd roared in support as Johnson ended his speech, as it did for every other speaker…more »

Legislative preview: Education and health care among 2020 priorities

Legislative preview: Education and health care among 2020 priorities

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) — State lawmakers return to Frankfort on Tuesday with a two-year budget topping the agenda for the 60-day session. Both the House and Senate have a Republican supermajority, and the relationship with former Republican Gov. Matt Bevin was still contentious at times. With Democrat Andy Beshear now in the Governor’s office, will…more »

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