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Kentucky’s Small Towns Remain In The Dark

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Mitch McConnell drew a crowd of about 100 at the Republican Party headquarters here Saturday, a number that will undoubtedly be dwarfed by the crowd to see former President Bill Clinton when he stumps here Tuesday. [Sam Youngman]

Predicting the ways in which Obamacare would fail and ruin America has been something of a cottage industry for conservative politicians and talking heads since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. [HuffPo]

Although state and national attention is focused on Kentucky’s race for the U.S. Senate, the average Kentuckian’s life could be more significantly and immediately affected by the outcomes of key races for the Kentucky House on Nov. 4. [C-J/AKN]

How America punishes people for being poor. Predatory subprime auto loans are just the latest in a long line of policies and practices that make it expensive to be poor. [Bill Moyers]

House Speaker Greg Stumbo spoke of watching a dream become reality, during a groundbreaking event Thursday for the start of a project to complete a four-lane corridor across the entire state. [Floyd County Times]

Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, and with good reason: She suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2011, spending weeks in a hospital intensive care unit, and has a second, smaller aneurysm that needs monitoring. [NY Times]

The right-wing Bowling Green Daily News endorsed Mitch McConnell for re-election. The choice in the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky couldn’t be more clear. [BGDN]

The voters who would be alienated by a straightforward answer are probably already lost to Grimes. [WaPo]

I’d wager you’re as weary of reading about the dismal Senate campaign between Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes as I am writing about it. [Ronnie Ellis]

On Friday, Janet Yellen presented a thorough speech outlining the inherent problems income inequality presents to the American ideology, proving once again she is committed to using her role as Federal Reserve chair to tackle widening income inequality rates. [Mother Jones]

The Morehead News wrote about Kim Davis’ candidacy and didn’t mention her involvement in the coverup of her daughter’s crime. And you wonder why small town Kentucky remains in the dark. [The Morehead News]

The controversial oil and gas drilling technique of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, triggered 400 small earthquakes in Ohio over a three-month period in 2013, according to new peer-reviewed research. [Think Progress]

If Hal Rogers ever had a credible opponent, here’s betting the paper wouldn’t endorse him. [H-L]

“The only person Washington’s been benefiting is Senator McConnell and the millionaires and billionaires that have bankrolled him,” Grimes said. On that occasion, McConnell declined to respond. [HuffPo]

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Governor Bigot’s Weekly Video Update Fun Stuff

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Late last week Papaw Bigot discussed anti-bullying efforts in Kentucky:

Unfortunately for Beshear, we all know this is just a sad charade. To be taken seriously, he’d need to actually step in and stop people like Joshua Powell in Montgomery County.

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Rep. John Yarmuth On The Ebola Teevee Circuit

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Did you miss Congressman John Yarmuth on the teevee talking about Ebola?

Here he is during the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations:


And on MSNBC again:


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Jessamine County Sheriff Has Deputized Criminals

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

The hits just keep coming for embattled Jessamine County Sheriff Kevin Corman:


Take a look:

  • Mega Appearance Of Impropriety In Jessamine Co [June 10]
  • Sources: Big Federal Investigation In Jessamine Co [October 6]
  • Jessamine Sheriff Confirms Ongoing Investigation [October 9]
  • Jessamine Co. Deception Gets Crazier By The Day [October 10]

We’ve told you for months about potential nightmares related to his hundreds of illegal special deputies. Just a week or so ago Corman was trying to sugar-coat the situation by claiming most of the special deputies weren’t appointed by him. It took us less than a day to prove the opposite.

But some of those deputies? Some have criminal histories. Take #73 on that list we published for instance.

His name is George Marlowe and he was convicted of theft by unlawful taking. He was sentenced on April 18, 1984 in Jessamine County (84-CR-00001) after pleading guilty to taking thirty-seven (37) treated bridge timbers that were owned by the Southern Railroad Company.

Have a look at his old case file that had to be dug up in the state archives in Frankfort:


Corman deputized a man convicted of TBUT — nice man though he may be — who served time for his crime.

Lest Corman attempt to suggest he had no hand in deputizing him, here’s proof:


Not exactly the kind of problem a man with a mountain of scandals needs on his hands at the moment.

What should we focus on next? The folks who swore to investigators they received special deputy badges in lieu of payment for services?

What a mess.

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Jessamine Judge Candidate Skips KREF Report

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

You already know about Jessamine County Republican candidate for Judge-Executive David West’s ahem… shenanigans.

No, he had no shot of winning with or without a scandal like that.

But things have gotten worse for him.

Common sense says West has raised and spent enough money for the general election to require filing a report with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. And since he filed one in the Primary for just over $200, there’s no reason he shouldn’t have filed one for the General.

From the Primary:


Get a load of what’s going on for the General:


West’s report was due at KREF on October 3 and his grace period ended on October 8. It’s now 17 days beyond the deadline and 12 past the grace period. That means he’s apparently standing in violation of campaign finance law — quite a few parts of KRS 121.

What on earth is this guy doing? Trying to hide something? Just incompetent overall?

He won’t respond to inquiries, so we have no answer.

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President Obama’s Weekly Video Address

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

This week President Barack Obama tried to calm all the mouth-breathers down by reassuring them about Ebola:

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Dems: Stop Trying To Out-Repub The Repubs!

October 20th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Candidates in Kentucky’s combative U.S. Senate race are bringing in outside help with two weeks to go as Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes will campaign with Bill Clinton on Tuesday and a trio of Republican congressmen will stump for Sen. Mitch McConnell beginning Monday. [H-L]

Rand Paul is now making up his on Ebola facts that contradict actual health care experts. Kind of like making up his own ophthalmology credentialing program because he couldn’t pass the official test. [HuffPo]

Three decades have passed since an almost 43-year-old, former Jefferson County judge-executive took the oath of office as a newly minted U.S. senator from Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

This is what happens when Democrats try to out-Republican the Republicans. Democratic strength in Kentucky is ebbing fast, according to a new Gallup poll, and that could mean more trouble for Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. [McClatchy & Gallup]

Wednesday’s visit to Murray from U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell had little to do campaigning for reelection. McConnell spent more than an hour at the city’s Briggs & Stratton plant meeting with management and salaried workers. [Murray Ledger & Times]

McConnell has now led in 17 of the 19 independent polls conducted since June. A Grimes upset is still plausible, but it’s getting less so by the day. [FiveThirtyEight]

If these buttcramps were serious, they’d be funding a needle exchange. With Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers in Northern Kentucky, Republican senate leaders gathered Thursday morning to slam House Democrats and drum up support for a bill to curb heroin abuse. []

Democrats on a congressional panel responsible for funding the government’s health agencies are intensifying their push for a hearing to assess funding for the Ebola response. On Friday, the Democrats wrote to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers asking that he push his Republican colleague to convene a health subcommittee hearing immediately. [The Hill]

The embattled director of the Centers for Disease Control has at least one Kentucky advocate — Fifth District U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers. [Ashland Independent]

John Deasy is lying — he was in a polarizing atmosphere of his own making from his first day on the job and his strong ties to Robert Felner broke his career. Former Los Angeles public schools Superintendent John Deasy said on Friday, a day after resigning from his post, that his testimony in a landmark case on tenure rules for teachers created a polarizing atmosphere over his leadership. [Reuters]

There is something obviously wrong when 8 percent of Kentucky’s workforce is unionized and the other 92 percent is not and that small number and their lobbyists have been able to keep us from becoming a right-to-work state. [BGDN]

Alison Lundergan Grimes is the Todd Akin of 2014. [Politico]

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, is being criticized for his opposition to “Operation Choke Point,” a U.S. Department of Justice crackdown on banks that assist online payday lenders and other businesses with alleged consumer fraud. [H-L]

Both Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes and Mitch McConnell are lying about health care. Because that’s what you do when you’re a first-rate shyster. [HuffPo]

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KY Still Wastes Money Naming Roads & Bridges

October 17th, 2014 · 1 Comment

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Kentucky Voters finds McConnell with 52% support to Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes’ 44%. [Rasmussen Reports]

Mayor Jim Gray and challenger Anthany Beatty sparred Wednesday night over public utilities and public safety. [H-L]

According to the latest FiveThirtyEight Senate forecast, Republicans have about a 60 percent chance of taking control of the Senate. [FiveThirtyEight]

There still is no consensus among Iowa Republicans on a favorite for the 2016 presidential nomination, though former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads the field at the moment, according to a new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll. [C-J/AKN]

Sen. John McCain’s daughter said on Wednesday that her father and Sen. Rand Paul “hate each other.” [The Hill]

Seems Morehead has unfortunately had its share of murders lately. [The Morehead News]

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed a $8.9 billion election-year budget on Wednesday, keeping mum about looming pension challenges that could further damage the third-largest U.S. city’s credit ratings and trigger payments associated with its debt. [Reuters]

Rep. Rocky Adkins, D-Catlettsburg, joined Gov. Steve Beshear in a recent ceremonial signing for House Bill 493, a tourism economic development bill passed in the 2014 legislative session. [Ashland Independent]

A new form of solar cloud has been identified by research into “space weather” led by Dundee University. [BBC]

Barren County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Bennett takes his job as Barren County Schools Resource Officer very seriously. [Glasgow Daily Times]

As tax revenues increased and spending cuts took effect, the deficit dropped to 2.8 percent of GDP — in dollar terms, the lowest level since 2008. [NPR]

The Madison Fiscal Court took time during its Tuesday morning meeting to remember the late Sheriff Jerry Combs before state officials unveiled a road sign that will mark a section of KY1016 in southern Madison County as the “Sheriff Jerry Combs Memorial Highway.” [Richmond Register]

Of course, Kynect is more than just a Web site, but a delivery mechanism for health insurance. [WaPo]

Kentucky health officials are learning from the mistakes made by the Dallas hospital coping with the country’s first Ebola case. [H-L]

Congress never authorized Obama to use force in Syria, and Russian President Vladimir Putin gave him an out by brokering a deal to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons. But Obama’s statement on the need for congressional consent, and the noted contrast with his predecessor, are nonetheless clarifying in their irony. [TNR]

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Your Weekly Not Transportation Lady Video Update

October 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Without the Transportation Lady on staff, the folks at KYTC are slower than the day is long. So they were late getting their weekly video out. (We’re being mean because it features Steve Beshear. Also, meanness makes you more likely to click things.)

Steve Beshear can’t tease his hair out or use Aquanet or whatever, which is not fun. Bring the Transportation Lady back!

This one is about the Mountain Parkway Expansion Project:

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We Still Get Awesome Cockfighting Email

October 17th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Every five seconds we get some bizarrely misspelled email about cockfighting.

Today is no exception:

Subject: gamefowl

Message: god gave dominion of the fowl to man!we don”t have vary many things that god lets us get away with anyway whats the difference in hunting turkeys ?and fighting game the ancient knights of old who envented the sport. giving them a chance to do what there designed to do?

They’re almost always the same. Always misspelled or always laced with a bit of snorted oxy (a little too real?) and Stumbo support.

It’s rare, however, that they don’t include death threats and this one does not! Maybe the cockfighting crowd is turning over a new leaf in Kentucky.

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