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November 13, 2013

What a Week

Louisville’s Weekly Zeitgeist Radar

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Commissioner of agriculture James Comer announced that Homegrown by Heroes — a state initiative to label products by farmers who are veterans — will be expanding on the national level. At Monday’s event, Rep. John Yarmuth noted that bipartisanship is usually found on veterans and agricultural issues, then turned to his GOP colleagues, Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. Andy Barr, adding “other than food stamps.” Yes, 28,100 veterans in Kentucky are in the SNAP program that was just cut.

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The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which bars discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity, passed the U.S. Senate by a bipartisan 64-32 vote, with Sen. Mitch McConnell and allegedly socially tolerant Sen. Rand Paul voting no. The bill will most likely not come to a vote in the GOP House, so unless our state legislature has a dramatic change of heart next session, bigots will remain free to discriminate in most of Kentucky for the time being.

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When GOP Senate candidate Matt Bevin first entered the race, his campaign spoke cryptically about threats and bribes offered by McConnell allies to push him out of running. According to a National Review report, those allies happened to be K Street lobbyist friends of Mitch, who threatened to destroy the career of vendors if they worked for Bevin, or hint at lucrative jobs if they didn’t. Ain’t American democracy grand?

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A Nancy, Ky., man charged with animal cruelty for keeping animals in filthy, inhumane conditions still has, and is attempting to sell, 58 dogs — many of them puppies. In a rare case of decent journalism, Eric “Troubleshooter” Flack reported that Pulaski County didn’t have the resources to take all 70 of the dogs found during their raid of the puppy mill property, meaning most were left behind with nothing more than a still-unfilled promise of improved living conditions.

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