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Kentucky county’s top official shoots down smoking ban for absurd reason: ‘I’m not black and I’m not Obama’

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A Kentucky elected official used an odd analogy to explain why he would not support a countywide smoking ban.

Grayson County commissioners shot down the ordinance Friday morning, and a local high school student stood up to scold the elected officials, reported WDRB-TV.

“I asked if it’s not the role of the government to protect people, then what is the role of the government?” said Tristan Deering, a senior at Grayson County High School.

Gary Logsdon, the county judge-executive, replied with a racist comment that suggested he believed President Barack Obama was a tyrant.

“I’m not black and I’m not Obama — and I’m not making you do anything,” Logsdon said.

Audio recorded by WKHG-FM showed a 10-second pause before the county’s top elected official continued.

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“And I love blacks and whites,” Logsdon said. “I respect blacks but, you know, I’m not Obama.”

Deering, who was giving a presentation before the board of commissioners, said the official failed to answer his question, and he was baffled by what he meant by the remarks.

Logsdon apologized for his comments and insisted he hadn’t meant to offend.

“I apologize for any misspoken words and I had no intention to hurt anyone,” Logsdon said.

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The teenager said he would ask the Leitchfield City Council for a citywide smoking ban, and he hoped voters noticed the way Logsdon responded to his concerns.

“If people see that maybe this elected official isn’t saying what we like, then maybe it’s time to select a new person,” Deering said.

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Who are all these white men running for president — and why?

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The country’s last presidential election was wide open, with incumbent president Barack Obama termed out of office and his vice president, Joe Biden, opting not to run as his replacement. While the vacancy looked like an opportunity for the 16 Republican men (and one woman) who ran in 2016, Democrats essentially cleared the field for Hillary Clinton, the first woman to win the party’s presidential nomination. Her only two challengers were white men; one who eventually became a star at the center of his own political movement and the other who was shortly reduced to strumming his guitar shirtless for attention.

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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