Pee Alert: Jerry Abramson Thinks About Running

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that Republicans must “evolve” on immigration while preventing America from becoming a magnet for immigrants to come and get benefits. [Politico]

Jerry Abramson will not be governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He can dream, though. [WBKO]

When President Obama told supporters that he would morph his campaign into a new nonprofit that would accept unlimited corporate donations, the announcement set off a familiar round of griping from campaign finance reformers. [ProPublica]

At least three death row inmates could be nearing execution as Kentucky moves toward a new lethal injection method, with the governor’s office already having requests to set dates for two and a third man out of direct appeals in his case. [WKYT]

Since Mitch McConnell is so bent out of shape over spending… maybe he should do something about stopping waste, fraud and abuse? Until then, he’s just a whiny ass titty baby without a leg to stand on. [WATB]

Kentucky Republicans and business leaders are promoting an unlikely way to boost the state’s economic development: Grow cannabis. Kentucky leaders want their state to become the king of hemp, a plant that comes from the same species as marijuana, though doesn’t contain enough of the intoxicating ingredient to cause a high. [Bloomberg]

Mitch McConnell raised $715,000 in the last three months of 2012 for his re-election campaign, bringing his campaign total to $7.4 million. [Bluegrass Politics]

After more than a year’s delay, American schools will soon see new U.S. government rules targeting the kinds of snacks sold to students, a move nutritionists say could play an important role in fighting childhood obesity. [Reuters]

Could Mitch McConnell be about to announce support for industrial hemp in Kentucky? He met with Rand Paul to discuss it. [Stay Tuned]

The Obama administration took new steps Wednesday toward implementing the individual mandate in its signature healthcare law, downplaying the scope of the unpopular provision by stressing rules that allow exemptions from the requirement to purchase insurance. [The Hill]

Some families could get priced out of health insurance due to what’s being called a glitch in President Barack Obama’s overhaul law. IRS regulations issued Wednesday failed to fix the problem as liberal backers of the president’s plan had hoped. [HuffPo]

Hey, did you guys hear this not at all completely hypothetical and fictional and made up (that is what “fictional” means) story about how Barack Obama is personally going to tear down Ronald Reagan’s childhood home with his bare black hands? [Wonkette]

Time For A Damon Thayer Gambling Flashback

A year ago, Damon Thayer said he would “think about” releasing his horse industry client list:

State Sen. Damon Thayer, who is expected to file a casino gambling bill in coming days that could bring big bucks to Kentucky’s horse industry, collected at least $208,835 in consulting fees from the industry during 2010 and part of 2011, according to court records.


From his consulting firm, Thayer earned $132,835 in 2010 and $76,000 during the first eight months of 2011, according to an asset disclosure he signed Sept. 12 in his divorce records. In an interview Monday, Thayer said those income figures “sound in the ballpark.”

By comparison, Thayer said in court that he makes $35,000 a year as a part-time senator.

Thayer declined Monday to identify his clients or explain whether they would gain financially from casino gambling. His annual financial disclosure statement at the Legislative Ethics Commission does not require him to name his clients, he said.

“I’ll have to think about it,” Thayer said.

The Legislative Ethics Commission requires lawmakers to identify clients if they employ lobbyists at the General Assembly, as several racetracks do, including Churchill Downs and Keeneland. Thayer’s 2011 financial disclosure form does not list any such clients. On Monday, he said nobody who pays him has lobbyists at the legislature.

Note: as early as 2009, there were concerns about Thayer’s clients seeking slot money in other states.

Thayer went on a spree attacking the media for daring suggest he be transparent over something as serious as casino gambling legislation. For real, it was a spree and a half.

After a mountain of pressure, he finally caved and released the list. Even his racing client stood to benefit from the legislation.

So it’ll be interesting to watch Thayer in his new role in the State Senate as gambling issues inevitably pop up.

(Damon will freak out/complain in 3, 2…)

Mitch McConnell Set To Support Hemp Push?

As Jake offered on Twitter earlier today, it looks like Mitch McConnell is set to announce his support of hemp in Kentucky, since he just issued a statement.

Since he had a lengthy meeting with Rand Paul and Paul’s top staffer, it seems to be a solid move to help stave of tea party opposition.

Here’s McConnell’s statement:

“After long discussions with Senator Rand Paul and Commissioner James Comer on the economic benefits of industrialized hemp, I am convinced that allowing its production will be a positive development for Kentucky’s farm families and economy. Commissioner Comer has assured me that his office is committed to pursuing industrialized hemp production in a way that does not compromise Kentucky law enforcement’s marijuana eradication efforts or in any way promote illegal drug use. The utilization of hemp to produce everything from clothing to paper is real and if there is a capacity to center a new domestic industry in Kentucky that will create jobs in these difficult economic times that sounds like a good thing to me.”

UPDATE: Now some Republicans are suggesting McConnell’s endorsement of hemp is another sign that he plans to support Jamie Comer in a bid for governor instead of supporting Brett Guthrie.

The Latest On The SAC Capital Investigation

Kentucky Retirement Systems will never join this because they’re in bed with Blackstone:

Bernstein Liebhard LLP today announced that it is investigating SAC Capital, the investment adviser of SAC Capital hedge funds, for its alleged mismanagement of the limited partnership and certain hedge funds that hold over $14 billion in assets. SAC Capital Advisors and certain of its affiliates and principals (together “SAC”) are the subject of both criminal and civil investigations by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, respectively, for their alleged practice of procuring insider information and illegally trading on that information on a U.S. stock exchange. In particular, an SAC Capital portfolio manager is under investigation for allegedly receiving from a doctor confidential data on a drug trial. This secret information, authorities say, allowed SAC to earn profits and avoid losses totaling $276 million, which prosecutors called the most lucrative insider trading ever uncovered.

And the legislature will never act to force the mighty hand at KRS because no one has the balls to hold pension meetings in public.