Let’s Hope Hampton Tones Down Extremism

Republican state Rep. Mike Harmon defeated state Auditor Adam Edelen, denying a second term to a politician many have seen as a rising star among Kentucky Democrats. [H-L]

Years before the high-profile deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, more than half of African-American millennials indicated they, or someone they knew, had been victimized by violence or harassment from law enforcement, a new report says. [HuffPo]

Coal no longer burns at the LG&E Cane Run power plant, ending decades of production of waste products such as ash and sludge that brought blowing ash and foul odors. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky’s newest lieutenant governor-elect is unique in many ways. She and her running mate, Gov.-elect Matt Bevin, are some of this election cycle’s first victorious political outsiders. (Bevin had been likened to Donald Trump). Jenean Hampton is also the first African American to be elected to statewide office in Kentucky. And she’s just one of a handful of black women on the national level to identify with the tea party movement. [WaPo]

The Harlan Fiscal Court met in a special called session on Friday to discuss a few topics including an agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet concerning $275,000 in discretionary funds for Harlan County roads from the Governor’s Office. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

In the long legal struggle against the death penalty, the future has in some ways never looked brighter. [NY Times]

An investigation is underway after a deadly shooting in Rowan County. [WKYT]

A new design for lithium-air batteries overcomes several hurdles that have stood in the way of this “next-generation” concept. [BBC]

The only local race in Pulaski County’s general election has ended with former Ferguson Councilor Linda Hughes once again filling a seat on that city’s governing body. [Commonwealth Journal]

California jails could soon stop locking up tens of thousands of people who haven’t even appeared before a judge yet simply because they’re too poor to post bail, if a class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday succeeds. [ThinkProgress]

In a close decision, Henderson County residents approved the nickel tax in Tuesday’s election. [Henderson Gleaner]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… The well-preserved partial skull and skeleton of a gibbon-like creature that lived 11.6 million years ago in Spain is shedding new light on the evolutionary history of modern apes. [Reuters]

Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes narrowly won a second term Tuesday, blocking a challenge by Republican Steve Knipper, a former Erlanger city councilman. [H-L]

If you don’t think teachers are important and deserve mega raises, you ought to think again. [HuffPo]

Some Things That Happened Yesterday

Matt Bevin won 106 counties and Jack Conway won 14:

Counties Conway won: Union by 99, Henderson by 280, Jefferson by 27,805, Carroll by 56, Marion by 541, Franklin by 3,897, Fayette by 10,432, Bourbon by 308, Nicholas by 294, Bath by 72, Rowan by 142, Elliott by 211, Wolfe by 74, Floyd by 1,002

Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes got 66,656 more votes than Jack Conway — 493,600 to 426,944

Andy Beshear got 52,980 more votes than Jack Conway — 479,924 to 426,944

Adam Edelen, who lost to Mike Harmon, got 23,372 more votes than Jack Conway — 450,316 to 426,944

Whitney Westerfield, Steve Knipper, Mike Harmon, Allison Ball, Ryan Quarles all received more votes than Jack Conway and half of them lost

Drew Curtis received less than 4% of the vote

Jean-Marie Lawson Spann got her rear end handed to her when she lost to Ryan Quarles by nearly 190,000 votes — 563,414 to 374,402:

Counties Jean-Marie won: Jefferson by 15,050, Carroll by 99, Marion by 248, Menifee by 12, Wolfe by 36, Breathitt by 62, Elliott by 185, Floyd by 527. In other words, she barely squeaked by in those counties.

Maybe we’ll post concession and victory speeches here? Maybe. Excited that it’s all over so it’s tough to focus.


Okay, calm down. Here are the videurs:

Jenean Hampton:

Matt Bevin:

Jack Conway:

Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes:

Andy Beshear:

Mike Harmon:

Adam Edelen:

Allison Ball:

Jean-Marie Lawson Spann:

Ryan Quarles:

Greg Stumbo’s Meltdown:

And here’s a statement from Papaw Beshear about gubernatorial transition:

“I called Matt Bevin this morning and congratulated him on being elected Kentucky’s next Governor. I promised an orderly transition as I hand off the reins of state government to him. My office will work with his administration to answer any questions and provide all information necessary to assure consistent delivery of all services. I have assigned Mary Lassiter, secretary of the governor’s executive cabinet, and Shannon Tivitt, deputy chief of staff, as points of contact for the incoming administration.”

Now, let’s watch the Democrats try to blame everyone and every thing under the sun for last night’s epic defeat.

Election 2015 — The Results

Ugh, thank jeebers! It’s finally over!


  • Matt Bevin & Jenean Hampton (R) — 511,771 — 52.52%
  • Jack Conway & Sannie Overly (Aquabuddha) — 426,944 — 43.82%
  • Drew Curtis & Heather Curtis (Donald Trump) — 35,629 — 3.66%


  • Steve Knipper (R) — 471,239 — 48.84%
  • Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes (D) — 493,600 — 51.16%


  • Whitney Westerfield (R) — 477,734 — 49.89%
  • Andy Beshear (D) — 479,924 — 50.11%


  • Mike Harmon (R) — 486,651 — 51.94%
  • Adam Edelen (D) — 450,316 — 48.06%


  • Allison Ball (R) — 572,296 — 60.63%
  • Rick Nelson (D) — 371,573 — 39.37%


  • Ryan Quarles (R-Avoids Pseudoscience/Still Panders) — 563,414 — 60.08%
  • Jean-Marie Lawson Spann (D-High Beams On/Batpoop/Wooomonger) — 374,402 — 39.92%

Thank goodness Jean-Marie lost. Kentucky really won there.

And maybe the rest means the Democrats will finally wake up? Maybe some of the corrupt good old boys will finally get cleaned out or retire? Not holding our breath.

Karma, Jack.

Jorts, Trans Am Not Spotted At Biden Thing

Alison Lundergan Grimes is back on TV for the first time since her 2014 race against Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell shattered state spending records. [H-L]

Vice President Joe Biden said he will not run for president in 2016. Biden announced his decision in a statement given from the White House on Wednesday. [HuffPo]

A man was fatally shot Tuesday afternoon after police say he pulled out a gun on Jeffersontown officers and they opened fire. [C-J/AKN]

There’s nothing juicy in these Kim Davis emails, so don’t feel compelled to look through them. But it’s fascinating people are still obsessed with her bigoted shenanigans. [Muckrock]

Members of the Glasgow Independent Schools Board of Education spent a large portion of Monday’s meeting contemplating a potential gift that could light up the football field at Glasgow Middle School. [Glasgow Daily Times]

We can’t afford to be cynical about the news that the most lucrative college hoops program in the country uses women as a form of currency. On revelations that the University of Louisville basketball program may have paid a self-described “Louisville Madam” to supply recruits with strippers and sex, the reactions have congregated into two camps: moralizers and cynics. [The Nation]

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and D.O.V.E.S of Gateway has been serving those impacted since 1989. [The Morehead News]

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump said late Monday that President Obama is working on an executive order to take Americans’ guns away. [The Hill]

Upper management at Massey Energy used fear tactics and intimidation to get miners to produce as much coal as possible despite numerous safety hazards, a former Upper Big Branch miner testified Tuesday. [Richmond Register]

Oklahoma regulators are cracking down harder on saltwater disposal wells near the vitally important Cushing crude storage hub, where a rash of quakes have stoked concerns its tanks and pipelines may not be designed to handle a major seismic event. [Reuters]

President Barack Obama will announce federal, state, local and private sector efforts to combat prescription drug abuse and heroin use today in Charleston. [Ashland Independent]

When energy booms go bust, the public is often left responsible for the cleanup. That’s because while most states and the federal government make companies put up at least some money in advance to pay for any mess they leave behind, it’s often not enough. [NPR]

No, Republicans cannot save Matt Bevin from himself. Not even if he wins on election day. [H-L]

The Democratic National Committee is benefiting from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s fundraising prowess even before she wraps up the nomination thanks to loosened campaign finance rules. [HuffPo]

New Cast, Same Messed Up Production

What was happening a year ago?

Here we are. A year later.

  • Jack Conway feels entitled, rolling his eyes on television every time he feels better than someone else.
  • Matt Bevin could be standing in front of you with his 25 children and tell you, to your face, that he doesn’t have any children with him.
  • Drew Curtis is treating the race with such milquetoast enthusiasm (is it enthusiasm?) that we’re three weeks from election day and voters still don’t know who he is.
  • All the media can talk about is Kim Davis and how the gays should be treated separate but equal. With absolutely no in-depth examination, no questioning, just foaming at the mouth.

Not much has changed. The outlook in Frankfart Frankfort is grimes grim, vultures buzzing overhead, everybody’s panicked.

It’s all great news for the fine Kentucky bourbon industry.

NOTE: Those are real typos. Freudian typos.

Fairness Folks Issued Their Endorsements

And Jean-Marie Steel Magnolias is nowhere to be found!

Take a look:



KY Fairness PAC Endorses Conway for Governor
KY General Election Tuesday, November 3

(Louisville, KY) C-FAIR, the Political Action Committee of the Fairness Campaign, endorses Attorney General Jack Conway for Kentucky Governor and announces endorsements in several other state and local races for the Kentucky General Election Tuesday, November 3.

Kentucky Governor
Jack Conway and Sannie Overly

Kentucky Secretary of State
Alison Lundergan Grimes

Kentucky Attorney General
Andy Beshear

Kentucky Auditor
Adam Edelen

Jeff. Co. District Court Div. 4
Dawn Elliott

Louisville Metro Council District 10
Pat Mulvihill

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is the clear and compelling choice for our commonwealth’s next governor along with his running mate Rep. Sannie Overly. Jack has been outspoken in his support for a Statewide Fairness Law prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender Kentuckians, and his decision last year not to defend our state’s same-gender marriage ban was a bold move on the right side of history. We believe Jack will work to ensure all Kentuckians have a fair shot at earning a living and protecting their families, just like everyone else.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes continues to fight for many forms of social justice and is an easy pick for reelection. Alison has a solid record in support of voting rights restoration and an increase in the minimum wage, has worked to expand voting through electronic voter registration, and has spoken up for more inclusive discrimination protections.

Andy Beshear is the obvious choice for Kentucky’s next attorney general. Andy will work to uphold the Constitution of the United States and ensure everyone is treated with fairness, dignity, and respect under the law. He’ll be proactive in protecting all Kentuckians from discrimination.

Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen has never wavered in his support of fairness nor in his duties to protect taxpayer dollars, which earns him a strong reelection endorsement. Adam was among our state’s first elected leaders to support the freedom to marry and he has worked tirelessly to protect women’s rights, recently vowing to test 3,000 neglected rape kits in Kentucky.

Dawn Elliott is C-FAIR’s choice for Jefferson County District Court Division 4 Judge. In a diverse and distinguished field of 21 candidates, Dawn stands out for her proven commitment to fairness for all. In late 2013, following the U.S, Supreme Court’s pro-LGBT decision in United States v. Windsor, Dawn and her law partner Shannon Fauver set out to win the freedom to marry for all Kentuckians in Bourke v. Beshear. Their efforts, combined with those of Louisville’s Clay Daniel Walton & Adams, the ACLU, and plaintiffs and attorneys from three other states, were ultimately victorious before the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, legalizing same gender marriage for all Americans.

Pat Mulvihill is the C-FAIR pick for Louisville Metro Council District 10, the seat formerly occupied by longtime Fairness Campaign supporter and Metro Council President Jim King. Pat, who’s lived in District 10 his whole life, will bring years of valuable public service experience as an assistant county attorney and previously as Mayor Greg Fischer’s general counsel and director of legislative affairs.

# # #

Interesting that Andy Beshear would garner endorsement after his questionable and borderline homophobic positioning. But I guess they’re terrified of Whitney Sweaterfield.

The tea people are certainly going to go to town on this one with Jack.

Morehead’s Kinda Maybe Stressed A Bit

A federal judge in Wyoming says it’s tough luck that the world’s largest private coal company doesn’t dig a 1970s-era protest song. [H-L]

Chinese president Xi Jinping is leaving behind a struggling economy as he visits the United States this week. That is worrying leaders of other countries that do business with China, including the United States, and is sure to be a topic of discussion when Xi meets with President Barack Obama on Thursday. [HuffPo]

Whenever one of these lobbyists tries to tell you they’re just a common man or woman? Laugh in their face. [C-J/AKN]

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday laid out a stark choice for the cash-strapped city as he proposed a 2016 budget aimed at resolving a financial crisis linked to unfunded pensions — either slash vital public safety and other services, or enact the biggest-ever property tax increase. [Reuters]

Guess we can all look forward to another couple years of only reporting fluff about the state’s Commissioner of Education, regardless of what happens. [WDRB]

After arguing last month that local ordinances criminalizing people for being homeless are unconstitutional, the Obama administration will now tie federal funding to whether municipalities are cracking down on criminalization measures. [ThinkProgress]

A day late means Barren County’s real estate tax revenue will be approximately $94,224 less this fiscal year than it could have been. [Glasgow Daily Times]

NPR follows up on the status of “AK,” one of many Afghan and Iraqi interpreters for the U.S. military still waiting for a visa, and why thousands of interpreters struggle with the process. [NPR]

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes wants all eligible Kentucky voters to be able to register online by next year’s elections. [Ronnie Ellis]

Pope Francis waded into politics during brief remarks on Wednesday at the White House, touching on climate change, immigration and religious liberty before a packed South Lawn audience. [The Hill]

Much of Monday’s regular City Council meeting was discussion about issues facing Morehead. [The Morehead News]

Arne Duncan has tried to reshape American schools. Now will the backlash erase his legacy? [Politico]

Lexington is basically turning into the worst place on earth. [H-L]

A little over a year ago, Sister Mary Scullion received an unexpected call from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The church, she was told, was making plans for the World Meeting of Families — the international Catholic festival that Pope Francis will visit in the city this week — and they needed her help. [HuffPo]