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Fischer Thinks He’s Mayor Of The Commonwealth

January 17th, 2014 · 2 Comments

When Rand Paul, a likely Republican presidential candidate, signed up for the photo-sharing app Shapchat on Wednesday, it set off a predictable round of mockery about the Kentucky senator. [CNN]

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, along with Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, will announce Friday that Kentucky is one of four new “StrikeForce” states, which will mean increased access to the USDA’s programs targeting rural poverty. [H-L]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is seeking to block new rules from the Environmental Protection Agency regarding carbon emission limits for coal-fired power plants before the rules are even finalized. On Thursday, McConnell announced that he is filing a “resolution of disapproval” to stop the EPA “from imposing its anti-coal regulation.” [HuffPo]

Alison Lundergan Grimes on Thursday rolled out an economic plan that she said will create jobs and make Kentucky more competitive both nationally and internationally. The plan contained no cost estimate or jobs estimate. Interesting note: Alison’s policy director is a former editorial board member of the paper, which will surprise no one. [C-J/AKN]

Drawing on their own stories as kids from families of modest means who used education to succeed, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama enlisted colleges and universities on Thursday to do more to help low-income students get into college. [Reuters]

Sorry, Greg Fischer, but you’re delusional – maybe even beyond hope – if you believe local options sales taxes will save Louisville from being beaten by Indianapolis, Nashville and other cities. [WFPL]

The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents. [The Guardian]

Gov. Steve Beshear is pledging to seriously consider options for restoring some or all of the cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program. [WUKY]

Florida may soon become the latest state to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana. Advocates there are gathering signatures to put a medical marijuana referendum on the fall ballot. [NPR]

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes went to the heart of coal country Thursday night to talk to coal supporters about her jobs plan. Which contained absolutely no details. She also says Kentucky won’t need tolls when she’s in the Senate, which, well, riiiight. [Ronnie Ellis]

Congressional Legion of Doom members Louie Gohmert, Michele Bachmann, and Steve King appeared on a panel at the Heritage Foundation Wednesday and somehow, Gohmert managed to out-stupid both other members of the trio. [Wonkette]

This situation in Rowan County gets crazier and crazier. Hearing from local DCBS employees that supervisors there have ignored problems for years. [WKYT]

Surgeons in Oxford have used a gene therapy technique to improve the vision of six patients who would otherwise have gone blind. The operation involved inserting a gene into the eye, a treatment that revived light-detecting cells. [BBC]

Greg Fischer referred to working people who can’t afford tax hikes cowards who can’t think long-term. Sure is convenient for millionaires who inherited their fortunes to say such things. [More C-J/AKN]

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told the Las Vegas Sun Thursday that he supports legalizing medical marijuana use. [TPM]

We’re not sure why the Republican Party of Kentucky is calling on Greg Stumbo and Alison Grimes to apologize for Stumbo’s bizarre-o Nazi comments. His disgusting, insensitive, Anti-Semitic statement resonated with the crowd and there’s little chance Alison will distance herself much from Stumbo in Eastern Kentucky. Anyway, here’s the RPK statement: Greg Stumbo’s comment comparing Senator McConnell to the Nazis is not only appalling but also completely inappropriate, and that kind of hateful rhetoric has no place in public discourse in our beloved Commonwealth. Greg Stumbo needs to immediately apologize for his disrespectful remarks, and Alison Lundergan Grimes owes a heartfelt apology to all of the Kentuckians that had to listen to his hate-filled comparisons during her event. [Statement]

Tags: Alison Grimes · Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Education · Environment · Greg Fischer · Greg Stumbo · Humor · Jobs · Mitch McConnell · Poverty · Rand Paul · RPK · Steve Beshear · Taxes

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jinx // Jan 17, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Why is anybody surprised about Greg Stumbo statements? The man sued the woman who bore his love child because she dared to file for child support against him.

    Stumbo is that vile.

  • 2 Luke Barlowe // Jan 17, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I think that Kentuckians should file a ‚Äúresolution of disapproval” against McConnell”!