Late Capitolism: Trump re-approves KY Medicaid rules, Adkins stumps westward

Trump admin: Medicaid rules re-approved – Work requirements (or a suitable alternative) for Kentucky’s Medicaid population got another green light from the Trump administration after a judge blocked the state’s first attempt earlier this year. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services said the new rules can begin as soon as April 1, will be phased in regionally over several months. [AP]

AG: PSC should ‘seriously consider’ merger – The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office of Rate Intervention told the Kentucky Public Service Commission recently that it should “seriously consider” a merger between the Southern Water & Sewer District and the Prestonsburg City Utilities Commission. [Floyd County Chronicle]

Adkins stumping – House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, and running mate Stephanie Horne hosted a meet and greet in Bowling Green Tuesday, Nov. 20, to tout reform measures he would implement as governor. Also attending: Retired Simpson County judge Bill Harris, Reps. Wilson Stone, Jody Richards, and Patti Minter [WKU Herald]

Gun issues:

  • Guns at school – A former Betsy Layne High School student accused of bringing a gun on school property has been charged as an adult. [Floyd County Chronicle]
  • Mass shooting thwarted – Police believe a Lebanon man, armed with multiple weapons, planned to carry out a mass shooting before he was arrested Monday afternoon at a factory in Springfield. [News-Enterprise]
  • KET gun convo – Kentucky Tonight explored gun violence and mass shootings with guests Mark Bryant, executive director of the Gun Violence Archive; Rev. Nancy Jo Kemper of New Union Christian Church in Versailles; Kentucky Concealed Carry Coalition Vice-President Stephen McBride; and Ken Pagano, a National Rifle Association-certified firearm instructor and former Louisville pastor. [KET]

Farm cash receipts, 2015-2017 – Kentucky’s 75,800 farms produced nearly $5.7 billion in crops and livestock products in 2017 from their 12.8 million acres. [Lane Report]

Rural economy falls behind – A new report from the Brookings Institution shows how the rural-urban economic divide developed and offers ideas for closing it. [Rural Blog]

Wrastlin’ a wildcat  – In Old Kentucky Tales S4, Ep5: “My Teacher ‘Wrastled’ a Wildcat” Jason and Brent look at John “Wildcat” McKinney, an early teacher in Lexington, KY, who became a hero and legend for having fought off a ferocious bobcat who entered his classroom in 1793. I mean… Day made, right? [WKMS]

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