Late Capitolism: Bevin must disclose screenshots, Senate GOP maps KYGA19 agenda

Bevin must disclose screenshots of blocked accounts – “Federal Magistrate Edward B. Atkins granted the ACLU’s request for Bevin to turn over screenshots of blocked users’ comments. He also ordered Bevin to disclose text and email messages about his social media policy and a list of keywords he uses to hide comments on Facebook. He denied the ACLU’s request to have Bevin testify.” [AP]

$23M road grant – “Calloway County is getting a $23 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to expand U.S. Route 641 to the Tennessee state line. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the grant in a release on Thursday.” Funds to go toward the construction of a 5.7 mile, rural, four-lane divided highway, eventually connect with a highway being planned on the Tennessee side. React from Judge-Executive Kenny Imes and incoming State Representative Larry Elkins. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesperson Keith Todd says the cabinet’s picking up the tab for the right-of-way and design work ahead of construction. [WKMS]

Bevin finally finds warm crowd – Unsurprisingly for the conservative area, Lindstrom said the governor’s Spencer County forum was packed and friendly. Peak gun-avoidance moment: “Bevin went on to say the removal of religion from schools has, in part, caused the increase in violence. ‘There is a direct correlation. There is. I would defy anybody to show me there isn’t… Look at just the increase–there has been a vacuum created. You take away any sense of higher authority, or morality, you take away the idea that there is a higher authority.'” [Pure Politics]

Guthrie on $26M I-65 interchange, new Congress – Funding the 2-year project: “A lot of people are saying, just increase the gas tax, to try to move it forward, but that means people who are driving with electric cars, whatever, won’t be paying for the road. So we’re trying to figure out what is the best way…” On the incoming Congress: “John Yarmuth will be budget chairman, so that’s a plus for Kentucky. I still wish we had our chairman in place. I can’t say I’m happy about it, but the fact that they’re going to be in charge and we have a Kentuckian in such an important position is a nice consolation prize I could say, and congratulations to John for that.” [Pure Politics]

Senate GOP maps KYGA19 agenda in Whitley – “Kentucky Senate Majority Caucus annual retreat was held Wednesday to Friday last week at Cumberland Falls. Members of the Kentucky State Senate Majority Caucus leadership team for the upcoming 2019 General Assembly session that begins Jan. 8 met with about 30 local officials prior to talking with the press on Nov. 28 at the Whitley County Courthouse and then heading to the retreat.” Attendance: Senate President Robert Stivers, President Pro Tempore Designee David Givens, Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, Majority Caucus Leader Julie Raque Adams, Majority Whip Mike Wilson and Senator Jimmy Higdon. [Times-Tribune]

Stivers, Huff in Williamsburg for Datastream presser – Datastrem is piloting an IT apprenticeship and certification program at Whitley and Hancock County High Schools. Some students will get scholarship opportunities at Morehead and University of Louisville. Rep. Regina Huff said since since 2005, Whitley County has received 579 computers through Dataseam’s cancer initiative in coal counties, and has supplied about 24,000 top of the line work stations to schools in 49 counties. Huff: “Over the next year two years, around 2,500 more work stations will be going into participating school districts. It is exciting that our district will be one of those recipients.” Kentucky Education and Workforce Cabinet Deputy Secretary Josh Benton singing Datastream’s praises.  [News-Journal]

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