3:06pm

Tue February 7, 2012
It's All Politics

Why Missouri Voters Have The 'Beauty Contest' Blues

There's no waiting in line at O'Fallon City Hall. A half-dozen election volunteers have been eagerly hoping that more people will turn up for Tuesday's Republican primary.

After five hours, they've seen a grand total of 33 voters. Normally, the City Hall precinct gets about 250 people to turn out for a primary.

"We haven't had many," says Vince Scully, a retired printer and election official. As for a late rush in the evening, he says, "We won't have that today."

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2:55pm

Tue February 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Flipping 'The Bird' Just Isn't Obscene Anymore, Law Professor Argues

M.I.A.'s now famous finger during halftime of the Super Bowl.
Christopher Polk Getty Images
(Note: This is a post about obscenity. Proceed with caution if the subject bothers you.)

We've got one more thing to say about "the bird" and singer M.I.A.'s flipping of her middle finger on national TV during Sunday's halftime show at the Super Bowl.

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2:40pm

Tue February 7, 2012
All Politics are Local

CHFS Secretary Resigns

Gov. Steve Beshear has announced the secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has resigned her position, effective Feb. 29. Secretary Janie Miller was appointed by Beshear during his first term. The Cabinet is responsible for overseeing Medicaid and social services. Miller’s resignation comes at a time when the department’s transparency is being challenged in court. But Miller’s decision is to seek other opportunities, according to a news release sent from Beshear’s office.

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2:33pm

Tue February 7, 2012
The Commonwealth

Delta Mariner Leaves Accident Site

Salvage work to free the Delta Mariner from the Eggner's Ferry bridge accident site began Saturday and culminated Monday with the huge vessel moving downriver. The ship, carrying rocket parts, struck the bridge Thursday.
Greg Travis/Murray Ledger & Times

The Delta Mariner cargo ship, hauling rocket parts to NASA, has been moved downstream to shallower waters to continue salvage operations and a safety zone has been lifted following a collision Jan. 26 that destroyed one section of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge near Aurora. Salvage workers finished cutting away debris attached to the underwater hull Monday morning.

2:25pm

Tue February 7, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

Two Kentucky Mines Closed

Alpha Natural Resources Inc. has announced the closure of four mines in Kentucky and West Virginia and reduced coal production at others. “In Harlan County, two of the Still House Mining Companies are being closed, one being Mine Number One known as Perkins Branch and the other is Cave Spur,” said Alpha Natural Resources Corporate Communications Vice President Ted Pile. The closing will put 129 miners out of work in Harlan County, Pile said.

1:54pm

Tue February 7, 2012
It's All Politics

Poll: Majority Of Voters Support Birth-Control Benefit Rule

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 1:57 pm

The Obama administration's controversial decision to require religiously affiliated institutions like universities and medical centers to provide workers with health insurance that covers prescription birth control without a co-pay appears to have support from a majority of voters, according to a new poll by Public Policy Polling.

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1:10pm

Tue February 7, 2012
It's All Politics

For Obama, The SuperPAC Rubber Has Met The Road

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 3:41 pm

President Obama telegraphed his campaign's reversal on superPAC funding during an interview aired Monday with NBC's Matt Lauer.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

The late conservative writer William F. Buckley Jr. once said that "idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive."

That seems to be the political calculation being made by President Obama and his campaign team when it comes to opposing superPACs.

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1:01pm

Tue February 7, 2012
The Two-Way

California's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional, Court Says

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 6:26 pm

At the top: Proposition 8's supporters (who oppose same-sex marriage). Below: Proposition 8's opponents. Outside the court today in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today in a much-anticipated decision from the nation's most populous state. The judges upheld a lower court's ruling.

As you'd expect, the ruling has drawn praise from those who support same-sex marriage and condemnation from those who oppose it. Both sides acknowledge that the decision isn't the last word on the subject — an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is expected.

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12:45pm

Tue February 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Ticker-Tape Sure Sounds Better Than 'Recycled Unprinted Newspaper' Parade

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 1:59 pm

As the paper falls, New York Giants fans cheer during today's parade in Manhattan.
John Minchillo AP

Ah, the ticker-tape parade.

A celebration of heroes. A welcome home for champions. An outpouring of joy.

And since the late '60s, a ticker-tapeless affair.

As the NFL champion New York Giants parade Broadway's Canyon of Heroes today in the 200th-or-so "ticker-tape parade," let's take a moment to consider just what is floating down from buildings above.

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12:30pm

Tue February 7, 2012
The Commonwealth

Snow Returns to Parts of Commonwealth

Winter across Kentucky returns to reality tonight. Gone will be the spring-like conditions of recent days as light snow showers will fall across much of the state. No significant accumulations are expected, according to the National Weather Service office in Louisville.

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