Steve Beshear Presided Over Yet Another Loss

Can you thank Steve Beshear for this? Kentucky has dramatically fewer farms and much less land devoted to farming, according to the latest snapshot by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Between 2007 and 2012, the Bluegrass State had the greatest percentage decrease in farmland of any state in the country, the Census of Agriculture says. [H-L]

President Barack Obama will seek more than $2 billion to respond to the flood of immigrants illegally entering the U.S. through the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas and ask for new powers to deal with returning immigrant children apprehended while traveling without their parents, a White House official said Saturday. [HuffPo]

The 2015 gubernatorial race is Jamie Comer’s to lose. That’s why people like Jack Conway are fumbling nervously to get a head start. [C-J/AKN]

The endless conservative quest to locate new and ever-more-exotic reasons to hate Obamacare has discovered virgin territory: The health-care law is crushing the economy by brutally suppressing the growth of the health-care sector. [NY Magazine]

Let’s look at some things other than the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. (A year ago, reporters couldn’t wait to cover that race; we’re already weary of it.) [Ronnie Ellis]

Mitch McConnell may be married to a woman of Asian descent but he still can’t believe a black man is more important and more powerful than him. [The Hill]

A Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that prohibits police from searching a cell phone without getting a warrant won’t change the way Richmond and Berea police conduct investigations. [Richmond Register]

Just how badly does the American Red Cross want to keep secret how it raised and spent over $300 million after Hurricane Sandy? The charity has hired a fancy law firm to fight a public request we filed with New York state, arguing that information about its Sandy activities is a “trade secret.” [ProPublica]

Two men have filed paperwork with the Barren County Clerk’s Office to seek the Cave City mayoral seat — J.R. Poynter and Mike Houchens. Both candidates are Democrats. [Glasgow Daily Times]

How immigration reform died. President Barack Obama paused for what felt like an eternity to the immigration reform activists seated around the Roosevelt Room. [Politico]

During the jury selection process of a civil case involving a Perry County School District employee being tried in Perry County Circuit Court last month, another district employee may have inadvertently caused the declaration of a mistrial. [Hazard Herald]

Rand Paul says Republicans are too eager for war. It’s just a shame that he’s so far off in the deep end that no one will take him seriously. [Mother Jones]

Most regions of Kentucky are adding jobs, but most of those jobs don’t pay very much, according to a recent analysis of the state’s economy by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. [H-L]

Many companies in the United States are less LGBT-friendly than they’d like you to believe. [HuffPo]

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