Monday Chatter: More EPA rule fallout, Paul's plans and the curious case of Sherman's computer

06/08/2014 11:12 PM

Kentucky might be able to absorb the effects of new regulations on coal-fired power plants, according to a New York Times article Sunday .

The article, which focuses on a plant in Burgin near the Boyle County-Mercer County line, says shutting down coal-fired power plants could have a devestating effect on communities. But it indicates that Kentucky might be able to handle the shift without closing most of its coal fired power plants — at least not all at once.

From the article:

John Lyons, Kentucky’s assistant secretary for climate policy, is cautiously optimistic that the carbon limits will not raise electric prices sharply enough to drive out manufacturers, who set up in the state for rates that are among the lowest in the country. “I think our electric prices are going to go up, regardless of what’s done with this rule,” he said.

Paul plans foreign policy speech, more traveling this summer

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has added a major foreign policy speech and key speaking engagements in Utah and Cincinnati this summer in addition to a six-day trip to Guatemala in August to perform pro bono eye surgeries, Politico reported this weekend .

Paul, in his march to deciding whether to run for president in 2016, will be speaking at a summit next weekend organized by Mitt Romney in Park City, Utah. At the end of July, Paul will address the Urban League National Conference in Cincinnati, Politico’s Mike Allen reported.

He also reported that Paul is planning a “major foreign policy speech” in late summer or early fall.

By the end of the weekend, Allen’s article about Paul’s plans was the second-most read story on Politico.

Police never reviewed Sherman’s computer records

The Kentucky State Police didn’t review records that had been “accidentally deleted” from the computer of former Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman before closing the investigation into possible evidence tampering, the Courier-Journal’s Tom Loftus reported on Friday.

Sherman’s computer was wiped before he resigned last year after the surfacing of revelations that then-Democratic Rep. John Arnold had sexually harassed legislative staffers. That saga raised questions about the handling of the allegations by LRC officials, including Sherman.

Sherman admitted to shredding documents after announcing his retirement. And the Kentucky State Police was brought in to investigate.

Loftus reported Friday that the investigation report showed that the state police recovered files that were wiped from Sherman’s computer but didn’t review those files before closing the case.


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