Day 89385298 Of Pension Disaster, Frankfort Blinks

McKee Mayor John Tompkins said Wednesday that he is resigning his second job as a Jackson County school bus driver because he unknowingly left a 5-year-old student on a bus. Tompkins said he did not see the child, who had curled up in a seat and fallen asleep, before Tompkins ended his route for the day. [H-L]

The National Rifle Association’s political action committee raised $1.1 million in January, according to the committee’s latest filing with the Federal Election Commission. [Politico]

Do-nothing Republicans and Democrats in Frankfort continue to act like these little stunts will help the pension disaster. Future state legislators would get no state-funded pensions under a bill approved by the Senate State and Local Government Committee on Wednesday. [C-J/AKN]

More than half of Congress has turned over since the last time the House and Senate tried to move legislation to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws. [The Hill]

When Jamie Teabagger was running for office, he was terrified of Louisville Metro Animal Services and said he’d never get involved in a mess like that. Interesting turn of events. [WDRB]

More Americans than expected filed new claims for jobless aid last week and consumer prices were flat in January, supporting the argument for the Federal Reserve to maintain its very accommodative monetary policy stance. [Reuters]

On February 11, 2013, U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) and Governor Steve Beshear joined federal, state and local officials to announce a unique $29.3 million funding effort to help Morgan County rebuild from the disastrous storm and tornado damage suffered in March 2012. [Salyersville Independent]

The White House has vowed to fight foreign theft of US trade secrets, a day after a report linked China’s military to prolific cyber-theft. The administration’s strategy document warned that such activity threatened US economic and national security. [BBC]

Rand Paul isn’t sure if Louisville businessman Matthew Bevin would pose a problem for Mitch McConnell in a primary election. [WFPL]

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned that the automatic spending cuts due to hit the Pentagon and other branches of government next week will damage U.S. national security. In a letter to Congress, he said those cuts would put the military on a path toward a “hollow force.” But the warnings don’t appear to be moving the needle with lawmakers or the American public. [NPR]

Eastern Kentucky University President Doug Whitlock made an unsuccessful attempt to persuade Madison County’s legislative delegation to support rewriting of legislation that funded the $37 million facility and continues to provide $200,000 annually in operating funds. [Richmond Register]

Republicans would bear more of the blame for a failure to reach a deal on the looming federal spending cuts known as the sequester, but most Americans are tuned out of the debate and many don’t oppose allowing the cuts to go into effect. [WaPo]