Alison Says She Has A Map But Clearly Doesn’t

Did you pee a little bit when Alison Grimes pretended she’s a regular gun shooter? Because we did. And most of us are gigantic gays who shoot guns way more often than anyone reading this. Lois Combs Weinberg tried the same thing at Fancy Farm in 2002. You McConnell folks save the lip service, as well. That old grandmother doesn’t shoot, either. Who the hell is running Alison’s campaign?!?! [Sam Youngman]

In our nation’s capitol, calls for cutting Social Security benefits and shifting the ever-rising costs of health care from Medicare onto the backs of American seniors are ubiquitous. But context matters, and these ideas are nothing short of perverse given the depths of the massively painful retirement crisis that working America faces today. [Bill Moyers]

As more than a decade of war winds down in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Kentucky National Guard is initiating a new effort to treat combat trauma among returning veterans who often have to wait for help. [C-J/AKN]

Deep in the heart of Kentucky’s rugged Eastern Mountain region there lives a woman who has fascinated and inspired me for two decades. She is known locally these days as “Mayor Nan” — the octogenarian chief executive of Hazard and advocate for its 5,467 residents. [Elaine Chao]

Ever wondered just how jacked up Kentuckians can be when it comes to hating others in the name of religion? Get a load of the comments section on this story about Illinois and gay marriage. [WKYT]

In other words, the Kentucky senators – who both voted to deny cloture and let companies keep firing queers – are urging ENDA better tackle “discrimination” by weakening unions, which will remain the main bulwark against anti-gay firings after House Republicans strangle the bill. The technical term for this is chutzpah. [Salon]

Mitch McConnell loves to scream at the EPA because he gets so much campaign cash from the coal industry. But he also, as part of his elected duty, needs to take concerns of people who oppose mountaintop removal seriously. He’s yet to do so. [Mitch McConnell]

Alison Grimes bowed to criticism and has finally started talking to the press. Unfortunately for her – and for Kentuckians – she’s only been giving interviews to Hollywood outlets that focus on no political issues. It’s all makeup and appearance and the crap you’ve come to expect from her. [Magazine for Rich White Ladies]

Every time we mention Damon Thayer, he gets a little more bitter. Especially when we talk about his dream of becoming Lieutenant Governor. And how he’s one of the people directly responsible for Kentucky’s pension disaster. He even freaks out so badly that he gets angry with folks who advertise with us. [Page One]

The number of homeless students in the United States reached a record high last year, according to new data from the Education Department showing that 1.2 million children had no place to call home. 35,658 of those students are in Kentucky. [PBS]

Included in the legislation to reopen the federal government was a provision that curbs at least one instance of runaway public spending. A group of lawmakers that includes Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, delayed construction of the controversial, expensive design proposed for the presidential memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower. [H-L]

The White House is backing a proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to at least $10 an hour. [NY Times]