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The First-Ever Food Joint For Squirrels Is Booming In Lexington, Kentucky

There’s a lot of squirrels in Lexington, Kentucky. So many that it’s tempting to try and tune them out. But that isn’t right. Squirrels are our buddies. And just like bored pandas deserve to have their own magazines, squirrels deserve more adventurous dining options. So this business made them a little burrito restaurant. SquirrelsSquirrelsSquirrels Burritos is the culinary collaboration of GirlsGirlsGirls Burritos, the locally-owned spot for exceptional Tex-Mex fare made by people who care, and Cornett, a Lexington ad agency with a knack for fun attention-grabbing work. The rodent-centric establishment…

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Why did this US governor pardon child rapists and brutal killers?

Matt Bevin has horrified opponents and allies alike with a slew of extreme pardons that also disproportionately benefited white offenders In May 2014, Patrick Baker and two accomplices set out to rob a house in Knox county, Kentucky. Baker knew the hardest part of the home invasion would be getting past the front door, so he devised a plan to dress up as police officers conducting a routine investigation. Once inside the Mills family home, Baker revealed his true colours. He tied up the mother of the family, ignoring the…

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Kentucky: outgoing governor pardons killer whose brother hosted fundraiser

Pardons of violent offenders, including a child rapist and a man who beheaded a female victim, provoke widespread backlash Days after leaving office, the former Kentucky governor Matt Bevin is facing widespread backlash and calls for an investigation following a number of controversial pardons of violent offenders on his way out the door. Pardons are traditional at the end of a governors term and most of the Republicans more than 400 pardons were for drug offenses. But a number of the pardons were for particularly violent crimes, like a woman…

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Kentucky’s new Democratic governor allows 140,000 ex-felons to vote

Andy Beshear signs executive order allowing those with non-violent felony convictions to vote after completing their sentences Governor Andy Beshear of Kentucky signed an executive order on Thursday that will allow people with non-violent felony convictions to vote once they complete their criminal sentences, a major voting rights victory that could allow up to 140,000 people to cast a ballot in the state. Since 1891, the state has banned anyone with a felony from voting for life, unless their voting rights are restored by the governor, making Kentucky among the…

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Democrats Big Night Is Bad News for Trump

Donald Trump has deprived us of so much: newscasts the children can watch, Vladimir Putin as our enemy, Angela Merkel as our ally, forgoing Latin phrases like quid pro quo in everyday conversation. And now hes taken away the truism that All politics is local. Trump made the Kentucky governors race all about him, traveling to the state Monday night to throw his full weightfor an hour and 20 minutesEven Mitch McConnell might need an extra lump of sugar. Already at an 18 percent approval rating, and with his likely…

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Kellyanne Conway Spins Matt Bevins Apparent Loss Into Win for Trump

Kellyanne Conway is known for her unmatched ability to spin, but the White House counselors take on Tuesday nights gubernatorial election in Kentucky took her gift to new heights. During a Wednesday morning appearance on Fox & Friends, Conway spent several minutes cherry-picking the handful of wins for Republicans before co-host Brian Kilmeade stopped to remind her that the state of Virginia did not go the presidents way, pointing out that the state legislature there is to the AP, with 100 percent of precincts reported, Beshear leads Bevin by 5,333…

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Senate Intelligence Committee releases first volume of its investigation into Russian election hacking

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today released the first volume of its bipartisan investigation into Russia’s attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections. Helmed by Select Committee Chairman Richard Burr, the Republican from North Carolina, and Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner, who serves as Vice Chairman, the committee’s report Russian Efforts Against Election InfrastructureThrough two and a half years the committee has held 15 open hearings, interviewed over 200 witnesses, and reviewed nearly 400,000 documents, according to a statement and will be publishing other volumes from its investigation…

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Fighter Pilot Amy McGrath Wins Kentucky Primary

In the Democratic primary in Kentuckys 6th Congressional District, initially cajoled into the contest by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, campaigns last minute decision to air an ad McGrath viewed as negative on Friday evening may not have helped his case either. It used her service in the Marine Corps to paint McGrath as somewhat of a carpetbagger and drew a condemnation from the campaign.

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