Late Capitolism: GOP fires sex harassment whistleblower, Unemployment rises in 76 counties

House GOP Fires Sexual Harassment Whistleblower — “Daisy Olivo was the communications director for the House Republican caucus. Nearly a year ago she filed a lawsuit alleging she had been punished for sounding the alarm on an inappropriate relationship between then-House Speaker Jeff Hoover and a staffer. Olivo’s attorney, Shane Sidebottom, said that she wasn’t given an explanation for her dismissal on Friday. ‘Nothing was said. The security showed up at her office and they walked her out of the door today.'” [KRP]

(…Meanwhile…)

KY Lawmakers Honored for Protecting Survivors of Violence — The three-day Ending Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Conference wraps up today with special awards for people who have gone above and beyond to help victims. Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs Eileen Recktenwald says that includes kudos for state Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, and Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville. [Public Service News]

Kentucky Healthcare Sign-Ups Lag — Open enrollment ends soon: December 15. And “the latest available data show fewer Kentuckians have purchased plans so far this year compared to the same time last year. During open enrollment this time last year, 27,979 Kentuckians had signed up for coverage, compared to 22,565 people so far this year.” [WFPL]

Hit me baby, one more time — Confederate statue once again vandalized, this time with a message to house the homeless and remove borders. Louisville “officials announced in August that the Castleman statue and another Confederate statue would be relocated by the end of the year. The removal announcement happened around the same time as the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, marked that a year had passed since a white nationalist rally that left a woman dead.” [AP]

Unemployment rates rise in 76 Kentucky counties — Per Kentucky Center for Statistics, from October 2017 to October 2018. Jobless rates fell in 34 counties, stayed the same in 10 counties. Counties with highest rates: Magoffin at 11.3 percent, Elliott at 7.4 percent, Harlan at 7.3 percent, Carter and Leslie at 7.2 percent, Clay and Owsley  at 7.1 percent, Knott and Wolfe at 6.9 percent. Counties with lowest rates: Woodford at 3.2 percent, then Campbell, Fayette, Oldham and Scott at 3.3 percent. Kenton, Shelby and Spencer at 3.4 percent. [AP]

Volunteers sought for foster care review boards — The Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts says it needs more volunteers to review cases of children in foster care. [AP]

Hep A confirmed in Winchester — The Clark County Health Department was notified Friday and is investigating a case involving a diagnosis of Hepatitis A in a food service worker at the Applebee’s, located at 1525 W. Lexington Ave. in Winchester. Customers who ate at the restaurant Nov. 14-25 are advised to get a hepatitis A vaccination. [Winchester Sun]

Educators to Lewis: Slow down on Kentucky grad req’s — “Despite pleas on Thursday from concerned educators, parents and business owners, Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis is moving full-steam ahead on adopting Kentucky’s new high school graduation requirements. ‘I have had other people ask me what is taking so long,’ Lewis told reporters after Thursday’s public hearing on the issue.” [C-J]

Kentucky ranks fifth for overdose deaths in 2017. More than 70,000 died nationwide. — “A record 70,237 people died from drug overdoses in the United States in 2017, a 10 percent rise from the year before, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control. Kentucky’s death rate was ranked fifth in the nation behind West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Twenty states, mostly in the upper Midwest, had death rates above the national average.” [H-L]

Need more needle exchange? — “Northern Kentucky Health also has people on hand should patients come in looking for help with their addiction. Northern Kentucky Health says about a quarter of the people they see have come back in looking for help with treatment.” [Pure Politics]

Massie still voting ‘no’ on everything… except maybe the Wall —  “I think the money that the President is asking for, for the wall, is going to eventually prove to be small in comparison to the welfare and the other issues we will have if we don’t do something about illegal immigration,” Massie told Spectrum. But “libertarian leaning Cato Institute say undocumented immigrants don’t impose much of a fiscal cost and that though they consume some public services, they are ineligible for almost all welfare benefits and entitlement programs” [Pure Politics]

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