Jack Is No Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes

It’s no secret that we despise Jack Conway’s campaign people (his office staff is terrific, even if he doesn’t let them do their jobs). But it’s a stretch to compare Jack to Alison Grimes in her mind-bogglingly awful 2014 campaign. Conway had his own bad campaign in 2010 but he still doesn’t compare to the embarrassment that was Grimes. [H-L]

Decades after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling declared segregated schooling of black students unconstitutional, many American schools with high minority populations continue to receive fewer resources and provide an education that’s inferior to schools with large white populations. Kentucky’s in a terrible spot and Frankfort doesn’t care. [HuffPo]

In a push for better Internet service across Kentucky, state government is poised to become a large-scale owner of broadband infrastructure over the next four years, raising new questions about digital privacy and the potential for censorship or bureaucratic snooping. [C-J/AKN]

Leaked video reveals omissions in official account of police shooting. [The Intercept]

A woman who works in Washington, D.C., has accused a visiting Richmond Police officer of “catcalling.” [Richmond Register & Popville]

National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent attacked President Obama and gun safety advocates for calling attention to the deaths of children from guns, calling such efforts “The Big Lie” — a phrase associated with Nazi propaganda. [MMFA]

At a time when most states are restoring funding for higher education after the deep and sustained cuts of the recession, Kentucky has continued to reduce funding and lags behind in several funding categories, according to a new study. [Ashland Independent]

The mother of an 11-year-old girl from Kentucky who was shot dead by her father in a murder-suicide this week was on the phone with her and heard the child’s anguished last words moments before gunfire erupted on the other end of the line. [Daily Mail]

Barren County Schools is working to combat what is commonly called the “summer learning loss” or “summer slide” again this summer with its 21st Century Summer Camps. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The House is looking to use an overwhelming bipartisan vote to raise pressure on the Senate over a medical cures bill on which the upper chamber has been lagging. The House is moving forward on its 21st Century Cures measure, aimed at speeding up the FDA’s approval of new drugs and increasing funding for the National Institutes of Health. [The Hill]

Rowan County Fiscal Court is facing the possibility that the projected $15 million cost of a new jail might not be enough for the proposed 300-bed facility. [The Morehead News]

Of course the Republican National Committee is as backward and anti-gay as Kentucky Democrats. [ThinkProgress]

This is the extent of coverage that’s been provided to the Terry Holliday situation. No wonder people in Kentucky feel like they’ve been kept in the dark. [H-L]

President Barack Obama said that LGBT rights “are human rights” in a statement released Saturday to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. [HuffPo]

Alison Complained About Rand Again

Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes has to insert herself (wonder where she learned that from?) into everything.

So here she is attacking Rand Paul in a plea for fundraising:


GRIMES EMAIL BLAST

Text:

Rand Paul just announced he is running for president and the U.S. Senate at the same time. But, he’s got one little problem: legally, you can’t run for two offices at once in Kentucky.

As Secretary of State, I’ve vowed to uphold the laws of the Commonwealth; however, when I said the law is clear that he can’t be on the ballot twice, he said I was confused. (I’m not.)

Paul has been bashing me, Hillary Clinton and anyone who might stand in his way.

That means I need your help!

Can you donate $15 and help me stand up to Rand Paul?

Rand Paul’s ambitions do not trump a Kentucky law that’s been on the books for more than 50 years, and as long as I’m Kentucky’s Secretary of State I’ll make sure he follows the law.

Will you make a stand — not just for this election but for future elections?

Best,

Alison

It’s almost like Daddy’s Girl has no idea what she’s running for. Is she running for re-election? President? Does she know what day it is?

Alison Stands Strong For What Doesn’t Matter

Oh, look, Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes is still campaigning and she wants to “stand with students” — which is not a real thing:


EMAIL BLAST

Of all the fake/non-issue nightmares facing education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky? Alison chooses to “stand up” for allowing hormonal, inexperienced, insulated (these are not bad things! they’re just young. spare the WATB meltdowns) kids to help select the next Joshua Powell.

Rather than sit at home stress eating like the rest of her campaign team (the normal thing to do)? This is what Alison is all worked up about. A non-issue.

Instead of this dumb situation, she could have called on Jack Conway to hold corrupt educators accountable. She could have demanded Adam Edelen conduct a forensic investigation or two instead of random spot-checks that are purely self-promotional tools for him. She could have demanded the legislature fully fund education instead of starving our kids of knowledge.

But no. Always gotta be in losing campaign mode. Always gotta be hyping up crap that doesn’t matter.

Way to go, gurl. Way to go. You shake them pom-poms real hard. Ramp things up to run against Candy Barr.

Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes Panders Like A Pro, Co-Opts Military Kids

On March 11, Alison Grimes’ state government office sent out the following release:

Text from the release:

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes today recognized players and coaches with the Fort Knox Knights youth football team for their efforts in completing an undefeated regular season. Even during a rebuilding year, the team—and community—overcame obstacles such as relocations and scheduling issues on their way to a 6-0 regular season record and conference championship.

“The Knights players and staff demonstrated exceptional teamwork and dedication this year, and they are proof that hard work and loyalty pay off,” said Grimes. “They are excellent ambassadors for the entire Ft. Knox community and should be extremely proud of their accomplishments.”

Grimes, along with Ft. Knox military personnel, parents, guests, and supporters, participated in a recognition ceremony for the Knights, offering her congratulations and praise. She also thanked the community, in particular Child, Youth & School Services, which provided equipment for the team, for rallying around the Knights and offering them the support they needed to succeed.

Grimes presented each of the 29 team members, ages 11-13 and including one female, with Commonwealth Ambassador certificates in recognition of their demonstrated commitment and character. She also designated head coach Captain Josh Shaver a Kentucky Colonel in honor of his contributions and service to the team, community, and state. Grimes also recognized Master Sergeants Victor Diaz and Vince Blackmon, who relieved Cpt. Shaver of his work load in the evenings so he could be on the field for practice four days a week, with Kentucky Colonelcies.

“These young athletes and the adults who devote their time to instilling in our youth values like responsibility, respect, and resiliency are truly outstanding Kentuckians,” said Grimes. “They represent the best of Ft. Knox, the Ft. Knox community, and our Commonwealth.”

Great job, Fort Knox Knights.

But… what on earth does this have to do with Grimes’ job?

Is this just military pandering for votes? Using kids to score brownie points?

Shoo.

Yep, Scott Alexander Is Still A Hot EKY Mess

Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes is really mad that the Republican Party of Kentucky might have a caucus for Rand Paul. Check out this statement her office released Saturday evening: “The decision by the Republican Party of Kentucky to take steps toward holding a presidential caucus next year could create potential chaos in our electoral process and severely undermine the integrity of the Commonwealth’s elections. Under Kentucky’s current primary system, all eligible voters are afforded protections to ensure that they are able to meaningfully participate. As the Commonwealth’s chief election official, I have serious concerns as to whether or not these protections – if in place at all – would be effective for a party caucus. Over the coming days and months, I will continue to monitor the situation. In the meantime, I call on the Republican Party of Kentucky to provide details on how all their voters would be able to participate and how the party intends to uphold the integrity of the process.” [Press Release]

We tweeted about this last week but here’s a story. The Kentucky Public Service Commission said Friday that it has approved a proposal by East Kentucky Power Cooperative to move tons of coal ash away from an aging power plant in Clark County. [H-L]

Senator Jim Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, became the object of global ridicule recently when he sauntered onto the floor of the world’s greatest deliberative body with what he declared was persuasive evidence climate change was a hoax. In his hands was a snowball. Inhofe is not some backbench member of the upper chamber, but is in fact the chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, with jurisdiction over the allegedly non-existent climate problem. And so it may have been deeply disturbing for a man with so much power over the fate of the planet to display such stunning ignorance. [HuffPo]

The Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau has formed a task force to see if it can attract tourism-related business involving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. [C-J/AKN]

The United States government on Friday urged the Supreme Court to strike down bans on same-sex couples’ marriages across the country, concluding, “There is no adequate justification for such a discriminatory and injurious exercise of state power.” [BuzzFeed]

A U.S. Supreme Court decision about whether patients who get insurance through federally administered exchanges should have their costs subsidized is not expected to have an impact on Kynect, Kentucky’s insurance exchange. [Business First]

A Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that about two-thirds of Americans believe men are generally paid more than women, a finding that suggests that Democrat Hillary Clinton’s message on pay inequality could resonate broadly with Americans should she run for president in 2016. [Reuters]

Braving temperatures in the 30s on a recent Wednesday morning, the 25 or so people bunched in the Kroger parking lot in west Louisville had plenty of grounds for complaint. [WFPL]

No, the banks aren’t losing. A surprising new line of argument has emerged: Financial regulation is working, Dodd-Frank is one of the major accomplishments of the Obama administration, and the banks are even “humbled.” [ProPublica]

The Perry County Fiscal Court and County Judge-Executive Scott Alexander are under fire this week following a lawyer’s allegations that they acted “erroneously.” [Hazard Herald]

Scores of U.S. lawmakers are converging on tiny Selma, Alabama, for a large commemoration of a civil rights anniversary. But their ranks don’t include a single member of House Republican leadership — a point that isn’t lost on congressional black leaders. [Politico]

Despite a second snow-shortened week, the General Assembly passed some major legislation last week, including a bill to strip Anheuser-Bush of two beer distributorships, another to deregulate the telecommunications industry and one to help construct a health research facility at the University of Kentucky. [Ronnie Ellis]

One of the Anti-Obamacare plaintiffs finally appeared in public. But he refuses to say anything about the case that could strip millions of their health coverage. [Mother Jones]

Friday marked the 27th day that public school classes have been canceled as a result of snow and ice this school year in Perry County. [H-L]

The World Bank, created to fight poverty, has admitted that it’s failed to follow its own rules for protecting the poor people swept aside by dams, roads and other big projects it bankrolls. [HuffPo]