Andy Barr Mansplains Silly Republican Budget

You wanna see (c)Andy Barr take time out from his busy day of being full of himself?

Yeah?

Here he his promoting the crazy ass Republican budget that focuses on the mega wealthy and ignores, you know, everyday Kentuckians:



Something tells us that Andy may want to take off his weird cowboy boots (WTF?) and familiarize himself with the term “sustainable” before using it in public again.

A Drug War Soldier Is Finally Calling It Quits

Elisabeth Jensen, a Lexington Democrat who ran for Congress this year, spoke with the Herald-Leader last week about that experience. [H-L]

And you wonder why homeschoolers have a bad rap. It’s because of ignorant wingnuts like this. [HuffPo]

Was the Clean Air Act meant to be a floor or a ceiling, a bare-minimum set of requirements upon which states can build, or cap preventing more robust action? [C-J/AKN]

New rules against racial profiling by federal agents will exempt officers in airport security and at border points of entry. [The Hill]

Mayor Jim Barnes and Susan Lillis, the city’s Section 8 Housing director, signed a commitment earlier this week to end veteran homelessness in Richmond. [Richmond Register]

A ProPublica analysis found that many health insurance plans offered in the federal Affordable Care Act marketplace are changing their benefits heading into 2015. [ProPublica]

Park City’s mayor-elect, Shannon Crumpton, has plenty on her to-do list for her first year in office. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Don’t forget that you have self-professed progressive legislators in Kentucky supporting this nonsense. [Think Progress]

One of the people loosely responsible for locking up hundreds of people in the silly war on drugs is finally retiring in Eastern Kentucky. [The Morehead News]

Does the media care about labor anymore? With the middle class still down in the dumps, the beat’s more important than ever. [Politico]

The number of Kentuckians who are “underbanked”—that is, people who don’t participate in the banking system—has increased. Nearly a third of Kentuckians (33.2 percent) are considered “underbanked,” according to a recently released report from Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. [WFPL]

An “awareness gap” about emissions from livestock could hamper efforts to curb climate change, a report warns. [BBC]

When one corrupt politician leaves office, there’s always an even more corrupt politician ready to fill their shoes. And his replacement swindled gobs and gobs of cash. [H-L]

The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF declared 2014 a devastating year for children on Monday with as many as 15 million caught in conflicts in Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and the Palestinian territories. [HuffPo]

The Rand Paul Show Is Now In Full Swing

Woah, Elisabeth Jensen only put in 30 hours a week for fundraising call time. No wonder she got her butt handed to her by Andy Barr. We don’t know any congressional candidate — Republican or Democratic candidate — spending less than 55 or 60 hours a week dialing for dollars. That’s why new candidates have call time managers and finance staffers to keep them on the phone. [John Cheves]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Won’t Understand… Art may be a lot older than we ever imagined. [HuffPo]

The deep philosophical – and, dare we say, political – differences on foreign policy between Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona erupted in public Thursday when Paul tried to get a vote on his proposed declaration of war against the Islamic State. [C-J/AKN]

Ferguson, Mo., has captured the nation’s attention for the better part of the past four months. But in just a few short days in the national news, Eric Garner has become the political rallying point that Ferguson never has. A new poll shows considerably more unhappiness with the lack of an indictment in Garner’s case than in the one in Ferguson. And, perhaps most important as far as its impact goes, that unhappiness is significantly less connected to a person’s race. [WaPo]

Did anyone expect something less from one of the highest paid people in education? Please. Save the feigned outrage. As Michael McCall winds down his 16-year career as president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, he will leave behind an operation that ran a budget deficit in his final three years. [WFPL]

Former Rep. Ron Paul says it is “pretty obvious” that his son, Sen. Rand Paul, is preparing for a presidential run. [The Hill]

The maximum homestead exemption on real estate owned by qualified persons has been set at $36,900 for the 2015 and 2016 tax periods. The 2015-2016 exemption reflects a $900 increase over the 2013 – 2014 exemption of $36,000. [Press Release]

Detroit might not be ready to exit the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history until Dec. 15, a spokesman for the city’s emergency manager said on Friday. [Reuters]

Duke Energy Kentucky will become the sole owner of the East Bend electric power plant in Boone County following Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) approval of the company’s purchase of a minority interest held by Dayton Power & Light Co. (DP&L) of Ohio. [Press Release]

Flashback: A ProPublica analysis of killings by police shows outsize risk for young black males. [ProPublica]

Many of my colleagues can’t wait to get next year’s gubernatorial election under way. Some are writing already about 2016. After last fall’s dispiriting campaigns by both parties, I’m tempted to say cease and desist. [Ronnie Ellis]

Kentuckians have long known that Rand Paul’s outreach in the black community only started because he wants to run for the presidency. [Politico]

The Kentucky Equine Education Project announced Friday that on Tuesday the board voted unanimously on a resolution stating that for the 2015 session it will not support casino legislation. [H-L]

An outgoing Senate Democrat wants to take federal money from low-income college students to pay student loan contractors, whose tactics toward borrowers have been criticized by consumer advocates, federal regulators and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. [HuffPo]

Will Kentucky Take These Heroin Issues Seriously?

Should Congress change campaign-finance law to require that donors to all political groups be fully and immediately identified? [H-L]

Legal changes in the wake of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s February death of a drug overdose have dramatically expanded access to a lifesaving drug that can reverse overdoses from prescription painkillers and heroin. [HuffPo]

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Victims Advocacy, along with University of Kentucky professor TK Logan and fellow members of the Statewide Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee, released the Domestic Violence Special Report: Kentucky 2010 Homicides. [Press Release]

In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations. [NY Times]

A longtime girls basketball coach for the Harlan County School System has been indicted on multiple charges including attempting to promote a sexual performance by a minor under the age of 16. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Environmental groups are warning that a new European agreement to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 sets the bar far too low. [Mother Jones]

The election is less than a week away and officials are doing everything they can to get polling information to registered voters and encourage turnout. [Ashland Independent]

Researchers at Dundee University are to lead a £1.1m study into whether eye tests can reveal the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. [BBC]

By about 7 p.m. on Nov. 4, Rowan County voters will finally learn who will lead county government for the next four years as judge-executive. The highly-contested race features Democratic candidate Walter Blevins and Republican Richard White. [The Morehead News]

NPR has gutted its staff dedicated to covering environmental and climate issues. Given the nation’s and world’s renewed focus on the threat posed by unrestricted carbon pollution, this baffling move is already receiving widespread criticism from scientists and media watchers. [Think Progress]

The polls don’t open until Tuesday, but more than 35,000 people have already voted in Kentucky. [WHAS11]

If Republicans win control of the Senate in the midterm elections they should say a prayer of thanks for Christian conservatives. [Reuters]

Two men vying to lead Lexington’s Urban County Government made their final pleas to voters Tuesday night, exactly one week before the Nov. 4 general election. [H-L]

Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve just declared the U.S. economy well enough to leave intensive care, though it is not yet the picture of health. [HuffPo]

Should Jensen Run For Something Statewide?

In what has been a marathon race to the bottom, both the campaigns of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes continued to be in fine form this past Friday. [Sam Youngman]

A bipartisan duo of Senate heavyweights is set to unveil an unusual bill that would give lawmakers an incentive to fund biomedical research and, potentially, add billions to that mission. [HuffPo]

Joe Gerth is really mad at all the stupid campaign ads on the teevee and so is everyone else. [C-J/AKN]

Former President Bill Clinton says he had it worse than President Barack Obama but was still able to get things done. [NY Times]

Republican state Senate candidate Dr. Ralph Alvarado filed a civil defamation suit against his Democratic opponent Senate Minority Floor Leader R.J. Palmer over an ad running in the district. [CN|2]

The making of a warrior cop. Do police really need grenade launchers? [Mother Jones]

With less than one week to go before the election, Sen. Mitch McConnell made an appeal to Perry County voters at Kentucky Power’s Hazard offices, turning a loading dock into a stage for country singer Lee Greenwood. [WYMT]

A federal jury found four former security guards with the company Blackwater guilty in connection with the shooting of dozens of Iraqi citizens in 2007 at a Baghdad traffic circle. That shooting revealed the leeway given outside contractors and became a symbol of the U.S. intervention in Iraq. [NPR]

The Kentucky State Parks are offering lodging discounts to current and former members of our nation’s armed services with the “USA Military Discount” program from Nov. 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015. The program is available to those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists. Proof of military service is required at check-in. [Press Release]

EU leaders have reached a landmark deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels. [BBC]

Keep your fancy polls and pundits’ predictions. If you really want to know what’s going on in these parts, you’re better off getting your intelligence from Quillen’s. [Ronnie Ellis]

A senior Arctic official for the U.S. unveiled the nation’s priorities last week as it readies to take over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council next year, and climate change is on top. [The Hill]

Democrat Elisabeth Jensen came out swinging Monday night in a televised debate with U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, seeking to brand him a week before the election as a do-nothing member of a gridlocked Congress. [John Cheves]

The number of American troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 was 6,488. The number of American women who were murdered by current or ex male partners during that time was 11,766. [HuffPo]

No One Thought They’d Endorse Mitch, Right?

The Herald-Leader editorial board had to work hard to come up with a creative way to endorse Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes. It’s a shame it couldn’t have been an easier decision. [H-L]

The last U.S. Marines unit and final British combat troops in Afghanistan officially ended their operations on Sunday as they packed up to leave the country and transferred a massive military base to the Afghan military. [HuffPo]

The big city newspaper also struggled to figure out a way to endorse Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes without having to trash her. [C-J/AKN]

During the Obama era, the Republican Party has made the modern revival of the poll tax a point of party dogma. [NY Mag]

Getting the old Sunday editions to every subscriber in town was always among the greatest challenges for local people who can look back and say, “I used to pass the paper” in Ashland. [Ashland Independent]

The short-attention span generation has birthed the shiny-object election. [The Hill]

While her opponent, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Sixth District, cites occasional examples of people who say they lost their low-cost insurance because of the Affordable Care Act, Elisabeth Jensen said she hears more often from many of the 520,000 Kentuckians who have gained coverage because of it. [Richmond Register]

Quarantines imposed on travelers coming from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa who have had contact with the disease could discourage American health workers from going there to help fight the epidemic, a senior U.S. medical official warned on Sunday. [Reuters]

Rowan County residents will have an extra option when they go to the polls on Nov. 4 to pick a new county sheriff. [The Morehead News]

In Niagara County, N.Y., leaders took on 40-year debt to pay for short-term stuff, a case study in the perverse incentives tobacco bonds create. [ProPublica]

Fifty leaders from across southern and eastern Kentucky boarded a tour bus, dubbed by U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) as the “Silicon Holler Express,” on Wednesday. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Former President Bill Clinton on Saturday offered emotionally charged encouragement to a gala gathering of a prominent gay rights group while noting his wife Hillary Clinton’s support for gay rights when she served as secretary of State. [Politico]

Pat Ritz speaks softly, urging the woman she has loved for nearly 40 years to eat more of the sandwich she has prepared for her lunch. [H-L]

A white off-duty St. Louis police officer shot a black teenager six times in the back of the legs and once in the side of the head in what was likely a fatal wound, a doctor who performed a private autopsy for the teen’s family said on Friday. [HuffPo]