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Kentucky man charged with threatening congressman - Lexington Herald Leader

Kentucky man charged with threatening congressman
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A central Kentucky man was charged Tuesday with threatening U.S. Rep.
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Karl Rove Group Attacks Democrats—For Wanting to Cut Entitlements - Reason (blog)

Karl Rove Group Attacks Democrats—For Wanting to Cut Entitlements - Reason (blog) | Politics That Matter To Kentucky | Scoop.it
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Karl Rove Group Attacks Democrats—For Wanting to Cut Entitlements
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Crossroads is knocking both Democratic candidates from the left—criticizing both candidates for wanting to cut and reform entitlements.
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EXCLUSIVE AUDIO: Mitch McConnell's Senate Agenda

At a secret strategy meeting for millionaire and billionaire donors hosted by the Koch brothers, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) outlines his agenda should Republicans take control of the Senate...
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The cost of austerity: 3 million jobs

The cost of austerity: 3 million jobs | Politics That Matter To Kentucky | Scoop.it
The Republican Party's deficit mania has made the Great Recession far worse than it had to be.
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Spending cuts and tax increases since 2011 have cut the deficit by about $3.9 trillion over the next ten years. The sequester accounts for $1.2 trillion of that, about a third of the total. So a rough horseback guess suggests that the total effect of our austerity binge has been a GDP reduction of 2 percent and an employment reduction of nearly 3 million.

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Poll: Should Taxpayers Fund Political Campaigns? | Coffee Party News

Poll: Should Taxpayers Fund Political Campaigns? | Coffee Party News | Politics That Matter To Kentucky | Scoop.it
In this week's episode, Bill talks with two fair elections advocates working to get big money out of political campaigns. One approach they support is public (Yes! MT @MoyersStaff: Should tax $$ instead of large donors pay for political campaigns?
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McConnell to take lead in entitlement talks, with Boehner in back seat - The Hill

McConnell to take lead in entitlement talks, with Boehner in back seat - The Hill | Politics That Matter To Kentucky | Scoop.it
Legislation may move first in the Senate and put McConnell in the driver’s seat.
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Kentucky's pension debt to hit local governments' balance sheets

Kentucky's pension debt to hit local governments' balance sheets | Politics That Matter To Kentucky | Scoop.it
Despite roughly $27 million in net assets, a $7 million cash reserve and an AA- credit rating, the city of Hopkinsville, Ky., could be broke in less than two years — at least on paper.
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Social Justice « CitizenVox

Social Justice « CitizenVox | Politics That Matter To Kentucky | Scoop.it
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The survey shows that forced arbitration has permeated checking account contracts. Not only do banks force their customers into a corporate-run system that lacks oversight, but most of them also deny their customers the right to band together in class actions — a surefire ‘get out of jail free card’ for corporate misconduct.

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Home | HealthCare.gov

Home | HealthCare.gov | Politics That Matter To Kentucky | Scoop.it
Take health care into your own hands; find out how the Affordable Care Act affects you. Get the answers at HealthCare.gov.
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Mitch McConnell in Hot Seat on Cliff Deal

Mitch McConnell in Hot Seat on Cliff Deal | Politics That Matter To Kentucky | Scoop.it
Focus shifts to Senate minority leader for a hail Mary deal on cliff.
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"Right now, the Senate bill is the only bill that can become law and House Republicans owe it to middle class families to let it pass with Democratic and Republican votes."

Boehner has declined to bring the Senate proposal for a vote, though it is widely expected to pass with the support of all Democrats and some Republicans, because he is operating under the custom that unless most of the majority supports something it shouldn't be voted on. Speculation is also swirling that he fears doing so would threaten his ability to retain his speakership when House members vote on their leadership Jan.

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James R. Carroll | NRA has given $143,650 to Kentucky and Indiana lawmakers

James R. Carroll | NRA has given $143,650 to Kentucky and Indiana lawmakers | Politics That Matter To Kentucky | Scoop.it
If you believe that, following the horrific shootings of schoolchildren and teachers in Connecticut, changes need to be made to the nation's gun laws, what you are about to read will be unsettling.
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Stateline — State Transferable Tax Credits Explained: Tax Breaks for Sale

Stateline — State Transferable Tax Credits Explained: Tax Breaks for Sale | Politics That Matter To Kentucky | Scoop.it
States offer billions of dollars of tax incentives that businesses can sell to other businesses. Here’s why they do it and how it works.
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Advertising Standards Authority rules Peabody's 'clean coal' ad misleading - The Guardian

Advertising Standards Authority rules Peabody's 'clean coal' ad misleading - The Guardian | Politics That Matter To Kentucky | Scoop.it
The Guardian Advertising Standards Authority rules Peabody's 'clean coal' ad misleading The Guardian These images were found in a recent advertising campaign by Peabody Energy - the world's largest private sector coal company - bearing the headline...
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Republicans Threaten To Shut Down The Government If Obama Extends Relief ... - ThinkProgress

Republicans Threaten To Shut Down The Government If Obama Extends Relief ... - ThinkProgress | Politics That Matter To Kentucky | Scoop.it
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There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower

There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower | Politics That Matter To Kentucky | Scoop.it
Peaks around Glacier National Park store water that irrigates a large section of North America. But a warming climate is shrinking that snowpack, with ominous consequences for wildlife and people.

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40% of Americans Now Make Less Than 1968 Minimum Wage

40% of Americans Now Make Less Than 1968 Minimum Wage | Politics That Matter To Kentucky | Scoop.it
You may have seen charts like the one to the right from the Economic Policy Institute, showing how working people’s wages stopped going up along with productivity gains.

This means the gains went…s
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“If the minimum wage had risen in step with productivity growth [since 1968], it would be over $16.50 an hour today. That is higher than the hourly wages earned by 40 percent of men and half of women.”

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How to target untaxed wealth

How to target untaxed wealth | Politics That Matter To Kentucky | Scoop.it
There are far too many provisions that favor a small minority of very fortunate taxpayers.
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High Court Says No To Anti-Abortion Group

High Court Says No To Anti-Abortion Group | Politics That Matter To Kentucky | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from an anti-abortion group that wanted to be exempted from campaign finance disclosure regulations.
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One in four Kentucky kids living in poverty, report says

One in four Kentucky kids living in poverty, report says | Politics That Matter To Kentucky | Scoop.it
A quarter of Kentucky children live in poverty — more than 240,000 across the commonwealth. And those numbers are on the rise, according to a new report prepared for release today.
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“Kentucky ranks 35th in the country in the overall well-being of children,” said Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, referring to the state’s ranking in the national Kids Count report. “

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Robert Reich: Cliffhanger: Why Republicans Don’t Care What the Nation Thinks - Truthdig

Robert Reich: Cliffhanger: Why Republicans Don’t Care What the Nation Thinks - Truthdig | Politics That Matter To Kentucky | Scoop.it
Are House Republicans – now summoned back to Washington by Speaker John Boehner — about to succumb to public pressure and save the nation from the fiscal cliff?
- 2012/12/28
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Public opinion is already running strongly in favor of President Obama and the Democrats, and against the GOP. In the latest CNN/ORC poll, 48 percent say they’ll blame Republicans if no deal is reached while 37 percent blame Obama. Confidence in congressional Republicans is hovering at about 30 percent; Obama is enjoying the confidence of 46 percent. And over half of all Americans think the GOP is too extreme.

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Arch Coal gets OK for Colorado expansion - St. Louis Business Journal

Arch Coal gets OK for Colorado expansion - St. Louis Business Journal | Politics That Matter To Kentucky | Scoop.it
The Bureau of Land Management has decided to allow Arch Coal to expand coal mining... (Arch Coal gets OK for Colorado expansion http://t.co/PwWCltc9)
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One in four Kentucky kids living in poverty, report says

One in four Kentucky kids living in poverty, report says | Politics That Matter To Kentucky | Scoop.it
A quarter of Kentucky children live in poverty — more than 240,000 across the commonwealth. And those numbers are on the rise, according to a new report prepared for release today.
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“Kentucky ranks 35th in the country in the overall well-being of children,” said Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, referring to the state’s ranking in the national Kids Count report. “With the big game coming up this weekend, I don’t think the fans of the University of Louisville or the University of Kentucky would be satisfied if their team was 35th in national rankings.”

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The Fiscal Cliff and Unemployment Insurance Benefits - Pew Center on the States

The Fiscal Cliff and Unemployment Insurance Benefits - Pew Center on the States | Politics That Matter To Kentucky | Scoop.it
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