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Kentucky judge rules GOP governor broke the law by concealing data about his plan to gut retirement benefits for teachers

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On Monday, the Courier-Journal reported that a state judge in Kentucky found Gov. Matt Bevin violated the state’s Open Records Act by concealing an economic analysis of his administration’s 2017 plan to “reform” the Kentucky Retirement System.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ordered Bevin’s administration to release the records, and to pay roughly $73,000 in attorneys’ fees to the person who made the public records request for the documents.

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Bevin’s pension cuts plan, called “Keeping the Promise,” drastically scaled back the benefits available to public employees, including teachers, requiring them to enroll in a cash-balance plan and work longer before becoming eligible. The bill, which was debated and passed in a matter of hours, was unpopular from the start and sparked a wave of teacher protests in 2018.

The Kentucky Supreme Court ultimately struck down the bill, ruling that state lawmakers were not given adequate time to review it beforehand, although the administration has expressed their determination to pass it again.

Bevin, the least popular governor in America, is facing a competitive re-election battle in 2019 with state Attorney General Andy Beshear, who played a key role in challenging the pension law.

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Why key Senate Republicans should be terrified as Trump drags the party down

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Incumbent Republican senators in swing states and blue states find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, criticizing President Donald Trump can result in a burdensome GOP primary battle; on the other hand, being perceived as pro-Trump can be the kiss of death in places where Trump is unpopular. And according to a report by Eli Yokley for Morning Consult’s website, things aren’t getting any better for incumbent GOP senators who are considered vulnerable in the 2020 election.

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‘It was nutso’: Devin Nunes reportedly made himself look ridiculous by obsessing over the Steele Dossier in Ukraine hearing

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While the House Intelligence Committee is spearheading impeachment with its investigation into President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal, it seems Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California can’t stop obsessing about the Steele Dossier.

According to the Daily Beast, the ranking member of the committee launched into an exchange during the closed impeachment inquiry hearings about the dossier on Thursday with Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union who is at the center of the Ukraine scandal. He was a point person in Trump’s efforts to get the Ukrainians to announce an investigation into the 2016 election as well as former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for favorable treatment from the White House.

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Trump was ‘yelling and screaming’: Reporter says GOP source fears Trump is ‘not in control of himself’ — and getting even worse

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CNN correspondent Jamie Gangel reported Thursday that Republicans at the contentious White House meeting the previous day featuring President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were deeply alarmed by the GOP leader’s behavior and demeanor.

Citing a Republican source, who reportedly conferred with others who attended the meeting, said they were “completely shaken” and “shell shocked” by the president.

Pelosi and fellow Democrats had tried to make that point publicly on Wednesday, saying that Trump had a “meltdown,” went on a “diatribe,” and was insulting to the House speaker. Pelosi added that she was also concerned about the president’s “health.” But at least in public, some Republicans tried to turn the tables on Pelosi, saying it was she who behaved inappropriately by walking out of the meeting. However, even these Republicans didn’t really deny that Trump was acting bullying and insulting toward the speaker.

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