Florida Wants All Its Pills To Come To Kentucky

The most fatal mine disaster in 34 years occurred in West Virginia but Kentucky has felt more aftershocks. [H-L]

On not learning from experience. The GOP plan to choke Medicare is… interesting. [NY Times]

Today at noon Governor Steve Beshear will address the Boone County Education Foundation Governor’s Luncheon in Erlanger. [Press Release]

Here’s what Congressman John Yarmuth thinks about the trial of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. [WFPL]

You should tell Hal Rogers what you think about his budget proposals. [KFTC]

Should also read this story about GE and taxes. Kinda sets the record straight. [Pro Publica]

A former Fletcher appointee and Knott County Judge-Executive had his motion for a new trial denied. Vote-buying doesn’t pay, folks. [H-L]

Independent voters ARE treated like second-class citizens in Kentucky. But that should be motivation for Independents to continue to vote independently and eschewing political parties. [Ryan Alessi]

PUT DOWN YOUR COFFEE. This is potentially the most amazing video you will watch all day. [Wonkette]

Alison Grimes is getting lots of attention in Northern Kentucky. Interesting that her opponent didn’t even get a mention in this story. [Ledger-Independent]

Why is the Florida governor afraid to talk to Daniel Mongiardo? Is he afraid that he may have good ideas about cutting the pill pipeline? [St. Augustine Record]

Republicans in Warshington are distributing a shutdown explainer. Are we all gonna get eated by Warshington? [Roll Call]

John Boehner says that the poor and lazy caused our economic crisis. Now we know what happens when you huff too much self-tanner. [Pam Spaulding]

This actually may be something Kentuckians can answer. Is smoking safer if you’re obese? [HuffPo]

Beshear Crew Think They’re Above Their Hype

It’s always entertaining for me to watch Steve Beshear and his circle of people act as if they’re above their own self-set standards of honesty, decency and transparency.

So I wasn’t the least bit surprised when they fired long-time and uber-loyal staffer Terrell Renfro.

Simply because he supported Alison Grimes over Elaine Nogay Walker (he is now Grimes’ only full-time campaign employee outside of overpaid and overhyped consultants).

Isn’t that slick? Firing people from the inner circle who know where all the skeletons are buried.

Just another in a long line of amateur moves.

Grimes Receives First Major Labor Endorsement

Today Alison Grimes received the first statewide endorsement from the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 227.

“A major focus of the UFCW Local 227 is ensuring that every Kentuckian has access to cast their vote. We are impressed with Alison Lundergan Grimes, and her plan to promote free elections, increase ballot access, and ensure that every vote is counted. Alison shares our values and she will be a strong advocate for working people,” said UFCW Local 227 President Gary Best.

“I am very excited to receive this support. The United Food and Commercial Workers and I share a commitment to standing up for working people,” Grimes said. “This endorsement demonstrates the united grassroots coalition we are building and the statewide momentum our campaign is gaining,” Grimes added. “It further shows the solid commitment I have made to be a strong voice for the hard-working families all across our Commonwealth.”

How bout them apples, Steve Beshear?

Grimes Gets Teamsters Endorsement In SoS Race

Alison Grimes recently received the endorsement of Teamsters Local 651:

While just a local union, it’s a significant moment for Grimes. I hear there are several other endorsements arranged that will be announced sometime soon. Along with at least 100 elected officials – include some folks holding statewide office.

Meanwhile, Elaine Walker seems to be thinking Steve Beshear is going to carry her across the finish line while her state government employees do campaign work on OUR dime.

Happy Tuesday.

Elaine Walker Really Shot Herself In The Foot

We originally thought Beshear appointee Elaine Walker was shaking things up the race for Secretary of State when she hired Larry O’Bryan and Kim Geveden as consultants and strategists:

Like them or not, their take-no-prisoners style and contacts throughout the state is going to give Alison Grimes’ campaign a run for its money. These hires open up doors the standard crew behind Steve Beshear are unable to access on their own. And it now draws a line in the sand for Democratic primary voters. Primarily because this means labor, educational groups and such are likely to trend Walker’s way.

To me, this says that Walker plans to take the media and messaging very seriously. If the races O’Bryan and Geveden have worked in the last few cycles are any indication, that’s gonna be tough to battle. Walker definitely won’t be able to compete with Grimes’ financial prowess but this says to me that she’s most certainly beginning to listen to folks outside the Beshear world.

But that was a couple weeks ago.

I hear that just last week O’Bryan and Geveden resigned from Walker’s campaign over some serious hilarity. You know what that means? Walker’s campaign is back to being as embarrassingly bad as it was in the beginning.

I mean, you know things are bad when Kim Geveden quits. Reference: Worked both the Mongiardo and Fischer campaigns and never quit either race.

Walker has hired Louisvillian Jim McGovern – the guy even Greg Fischer wouldn’t hire to sail her ship. And she’s still using her official deputy, Lindsay, to both work for the state and the campaign.

This is going to be a lovely trainwreck.

Mark Riddle to be hired as a consultant in 3, 2…

Walker Nullifies The Grimes Campaign Platform

For the past couple months Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has been campaigning on a simple issue of turning the office – should she win – into a “one-stop shop” for business. In fact, the press release announcing her candidacy on January 20 included the following:

Grimes says that as an attorney she has worked with the Secretary of State’s office regularly and has the “know-how” to make it work better. She pledged to make the office a one-stop shop for economic development and create an environment that encourages businesses to come to Kentucky. Gimes says, this “means more jobs and a brighter future for Kentucky and its citizens. Kentucky’s next Secretary of State must be an ambassador to business.”

It’s been mentioned during every campaign stop and in every piece of electronic communication from the Grimes campaign. It’s been a big deal to her.

But that may soon have to change.

With little fanfare, the State House unanimously approved Senate Bill 8 last Thursday. And, as you might expect, (Grimes’ opponent) Elaine Nogay Walker issued a press release touting SB8 as her “top legislative priority.” Below is an excerpt:

Secretary of State Elaine Walker applauds the unanimous House passage of Senate Bill 8, which will lead to the creation of a One Stop Business Portal for Kentucky. A One Stop electronic portal will give businesses a direct link to all state agencies within the Commonwealth in one, simple to use online location. Walker made this legislation a cornerstone of her legislative agenda as Secretary of State in her efforts improve the state’s business climate and promote economic development.

“As a small business owner, I understand the benefits that a completed One Stop will provide for small and medium sized businesses. Kentucky’s One Stop will lower the cost for businesses and government alike and make it easier for businesses to relocate, expand and create more jobs in Kentucky,” Secretary Walker stated. Walker added, “this is what we’re able to do when we can come together to work for the commonwealth. We crafted strong legislation and will implement a world-class One Stop Business Portal that will create jobs here in the Commonwealth.”

The successful passage of Senate Bill 8 will require a comprehensive assessment of the processes, potential efficiencies, scope, and cost of a One Stop program. Through a One Stop web portal, businesses will be able to log onto the State’s site, register their business or file their annual report, register with the Finance cabinet, pay their taxes, sign up for unemployment insurance and ultimately acquire their professional board’s license. Entrepreneurs using the new portal will fill in vital information once rather than multiple times on myriad forms thereby streamlining the process allowing businesses to spend time less time filling out paperwork with the commonwealth and more time creating jobs.

While Walker is wrongly claiming credit for the legislation by saying “we crafted” – she had nothing to do with it, it was first introduced to the State Senate on January 4, long before she was appointed to the office – this serves as a bit of a blow to the Grimes campaign platform.

Now that the bill has passed and the Secretary of State’s office will officially be a “one-stop shop,” doesn’t that mean Walker has accomplished (without doing anything) the very thing Grimes wants to do in 2012?