Rand Paul Loves To Embarrass The Commonwealth

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Steve Beshear’s/Jerry Abramson’s faux “tax commission” filed its official report today. [External PDF Link]

Even before the mass shooting on Friday at a Connecticut elementary school, gun control advocates were making a furious push to convince U.S. lawmakers that their long-ignored issue was a political winner. [Reuters]

Advocates of what’s come to be called the “talking filibuster” are closing in on the majority needed to reform the rules, according to a whip count compiled by The Huffington Post, based on interviews with Democratic senators and with reform advocates who have spoken with senators. [HuffPo]

Anne Caudill, wife of Harry Caudill, talks about how he created the book Night Comes to the Cumberlands and its lasting effects on the region. [H-L]

The House Ethics Committee is considering whether to launch a formal probe of GOP Rep. Aaron Schock’s solicitation of a $25,000 donation from Majority Leader Eric Cantor for use in a brutal Republican-on-Republican primary. [Politico]

J. Blaine Hudson, dean of the University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences since 2005, is stepping down at the end of this month. [UofL]

Wondering why most people in the thinking world believe Rand Paul to be an idiot? Here you go, kids. [Wonkette]

Rachelle Autry’s five-year addiction to painkillers and heroin left her jobless, homeless, alone — and in desperate need of help. [C-J/AKN]

Immediately following the devastating school shooting Friday in Newtown, Conn., a new poll suggests a bump in support for stricter gun laws, with half of Americans saying they support making the nation’s gun laws stricter. [HuffPo]

An eastern Kentucky prosecutor says he expects multiple arrests during an investigation into nude photos of minor girls being passed around on cellular phones. [H-L]

What? Could it be that the killer’s family was a bunch of screwed up end timers? [TPM]

Kentucky has the misfortune of being a state whose residents know the horror of a deadly school shooting. It was 1997, and a 14-year-old freshman at Heath High School in Paducah took aim at fellow students gathered in a prayer group. [Richmond Register]

A video recorded secretly during a tea party meeting this summer in Michigan shows the finance chair for the Republican National Committee making disparaging comments about voters in Detroit. [Politico]