Northup Has Crawled Out Of The Darkness

Fayette County Public Schools’ e-school program allows as many as 400 to 500 students who have good reading test scores to take online courses on a full- or part-time basis. [H-L]

Oh, nowwwwww we know why Anne Northup is five Old Fashioneds deep in Marco Rubio’s world. Gay panic beams are on high, henny. [HuffPo]

Scott Jennings is attempting to whitewash history in claiming that Ernie Fletcher didn’t lose the election for himself. Almost as fascinating as watching he and his friends try to kiss Matt Bevin’s butt after spending years trashing him. Yes, the Kentucky Democratic Party is burning to the ground. It has been for years. That fire will burn out in a year or so and a new crop of people will take over and flush the Republicans back down the drain. It always happens like that. One party gets into power and turns corrupt, wasteful, awful. Happened to Democrats and it’s about to happen to Republicans again. If Republicans like Scott Jennings can’t see the writing on that wall, then it’s no wonder they always find themselves pleading the fifth when called to the accountability altar. [C-J/AKN]

In December 1988, Jörg Winger was a West German Army radio operator eavesdropping on Soviet military channels when he overheard a startling message: The Russians wished him Merry Christmas by name. “That was the moment where we realized that we had moles on the base,” he recalled. [NY Times]

Kentucky’s environmental sanctions plummeted under Steve Beshear. Acrid smoke blanketed a neighborhood off Dixie Highway in Southwest Louisville on an unseasonably warm fall day last November. For more than 24 hours, a 30-foot-tall pile of tires burned at Liberty Tire, a tire recycling center on Bohannon Avenue. Those living within a mile of the site were urged to shelter in place. [WFPL]

Oil giant Exxon Mobil is being investigated for misleading the public about the impact of climate change. [BBC]

Good grief, what is going on in the mountains these days? A woman is dead and two people are in the hospital after a triple-shooting in Wolfe County. [WKYT]

After six years of environmental reviews, permitting battles, and vocal opposition from climate activists, the Keystone XL pipeline is officially dead. [ThinkProgress]

Council members, restaurant owners and concerned citizens all came out Monday night for a public form over a 3 percent restaurant tax. [Ashland Independent]

It’s customary for members of the House of Representatives to file an explanation when they miss a vote. These Personal Explanations are a glimpse into the pace and trade-offs inherent in modern government. [ProPublica]

Bob Stivers is straight up lying to you. Sen. Robert Stivers, president of the Kentucky Senate, said here Thursday that the funding shortfall in the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System (KTRS) is not as critical as many believe. [The Morehead News]

Where the lunatics running for president in 2016 stand on immigration, in one chart. [NPR]

The military says about 500 soldiers from the 101st Airborne headquarters at Fort Campbell are deploying to the Middle East to support military actions against the Islamic State group. [H-L]

If countries fail to sustain policies that combat the impacts of climate change while also providing safety nets for the world’s poor, global warming will drive an additional 100 million people into poverty by 2030, a new World Bank report finds. [HuffPo]

Wild Ernie Fletcher Shenanigans In 3, 2…

Chiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiild. Get the popcorn ready. M. Stephen Pitt, a Louisville lawyer who defended Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher during the state hiring investigation that led to Fletcher’s indictment in 2006, will be general counsel to Republican Governor-elect Matt Bevin. [John Cheves]

Hillary Clinton wants to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous substance in order to allow more research into the drug’s medicinal properties, the Democratic presidential candidate said Saturday in South Carolina. [HuffPo]

Republican Matt Bevin said often during his campaign for governor that he would have no favors to repay if he was elected governor. But he’s totally gonna have all kinds of his wealthy friends pay off his campaign debt to himself. [C-J/AKN]

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear another challenge to the Affordable Care Act, this time to decide whether religiously affiliated organizations such as universities, hospitals and charities can be free from playing any role in providing their employees with contraceptive coverage. [WaPo]

PEE ALERT! Former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup has endorsed Marco Rubio for president and will lead his efforts in Kentucky’s first ever presidential caucus in March. [WFPL]

As the United States prepares to intensify airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria, the Arab allies who with great fanfare sent warplanes on the initial missions there a year ago have largely vanished from the campaign. [NY Times]

“We are doing things in agriculture you can only dream about,” said the director of agriculture policy for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. [Richmond Register]

Let’s say you are Janet Yellen. As chair of the Federal Reserve, you must decide next month whether to hold down — or nudge up — interest rates. This huge decision could affect virtually all Americans who borrow money, which a lot of people do during the holidays. [NPR]

Two newcomers are joining the Fairview Board of Education as the district continues to emerge from a tumultuous period marked by severe penalties to its athletic programs and allegations of financial irregularities. [Ashland Independent]

Accreditation agencies have recently come under fire for failing to keep schools accountable. Now the Education Department is looking to change that. [ProPublica]

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates four children die every year in large school bus crashes. The agency believes seat belts would cut that number in half. [WKYT]

The former U.S. comptroller general says the real U.S. debt is closer to about $65 trillion than the oft-cited figure of $18 trillion. Dave Walker, who headed the Government Accountability Office (GAO) under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, said when you add up all of the nation’s unfunded liabilities, the national debt is more than three times the number generally advertised. [The Hill]

A foundation affiliated with the University of Kentucky that was questioned during the controversial ouster of a UK surgeon must turn over its records for public inspection, Attorney General Jack Conway has ruled. [H-L]

This is the kind of crap you can look forward to with Matt Bevin. An Alabama Board of Education member is drawing criticism for making a number of outlandish claims about the Common Core during a recent GOP luncheon. Betty Peters, the state school board member for District 2, in the southeast part of the state, spoke at a meeting of the Republican Women of Coffee County Oct. 21 during which she espoused views on the Common Core, “transgender values” and the “homosexualist” takeover of education in Southern states. [HuffPo]

So Much For Obamacare Being The Scary Devil

Fact-checkers find fault with several claims made in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race. [Bluegrass Politics]

The Obama administration on Thursday finally revealed how many people paid for Obamacare on the national and state health insurance exchanges: 7.3 million. [HuffPo]

The U.S. Census Bureau reported this week that the nation’s poverty rate has declined slightly, which might seem good news for the country. [C-J/AKN]

Construction has begun on a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon basin to monitor climate change. [BBC]

A former eastern Kentucky judge who pleaded guilty to charges alleging wide spread vote fraud has been permanently disbarred. [WKYT]

Leave it to Rand Paul to literally (we’re using that correctly) be too stupid to catch on. He’s eating up the hoax that John McCain met with ISIS. One of the many head-scratching (aka stupid) things about Syria he’s had to say. [TDB]

Louisville Metro Police have filled in the details of an arrest that came more than 40 years after the crime. [WAVE3]

Emails sent by liberal activists and obtained by The Hill reveal significant dissatisfaction with Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. [The Hill]

Alison Lundergan Grimes is again turning to her grandmother, Elsie Case, for help in her bid to oust Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, this time going after McConnell on the issue of Medicare. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is suing Corinthian Colleges, one of the largest operators of for-profit colleges in the U.S., on grounds that it deceived students and harassed them to collect on student loan debts. [Businessweek]

Don’t miss Comment on Kentucky tonight at 8:00 P.M. Eastern on KET. Scheduled guests: Ronnie Ellis, Sam Youngman, the girl from CN|2. Should be a fun conversation about Jamie Comer scoring the endorsement of Anne Northup in Louisville… which means that Hal Heiner will have an impossible mountain to climb in his home city. [KET]

Way to go, Alison, for embarrassing the living crap out of Kentucky. What snowmobiles are to Alaska’s Senate race, rifles are to Kentucky’s. [Salon]

The Affordable Care Act allowed Robin Evans, an eBay warehouse packer earning $9 an hour, to sign up for Medicaid this year. She is being treated for high blood pressure and Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder, after years of going uninsured and rarely seeing doctors. [H-L]

The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found. [HuffPo]

Boom. Hell Has Officially Frozen Over In Kentucky.

Just look:


Anne Northup may be the devil (there’s evidence suggesting that she is) but this is a significant moment in gubernatorial politics. Here’s why:

  • Her former political team is working for Heiner and couldn’t secure her endorsement. Heiner’s team has long claimed they’d receive her support. They now claim Northup’s a has-been living in the past but they worked furiously to get her to sign on. They’ve built their entire careers on this woman’s coattails.
  • This makes Louisville competitive for Comer, it’s not locked up for Heiner, despite it being his hometown
  • Northup’s endorsement now means both wings of the Republican Party of Kentucky are involved in Comer’s camp
  • Comer’s laying the groundwork for a general election campaign. Northup once beat Jack Conway (2002) in a heated congressional race that pushed Conway into what most would consider a serious political depression. Seems like a warning shot of sorts.
  • Northup praised hemp during today’s endorsement presser. She’s a hyper-conservative witch and she praised hemp. That’s kind of a big deal.

Like it or not, the 2015 gubernatorial election is under way.

Let’s all try to hold our collective breath and pray that the political ads don’t start any time soon.

Anne Northup Playing Pat-A-Cake With Your Safety

Comparing Frankfort, Kentucky and Jackson, Mississippi doesn’t make much sense when it comes to discussing President Barack Obama’s hunt for votes in the south. Since Kentucky isn’t really the south. [The Economist]

The wife of DeWayne Bunch will replace her husband in the December 20 special election. Democrats say they’re not picking a candidate because they can’t beat Bunch. [H-L]

Arresting anti-Wall Street protesters is just going to send this country further into turmoil. Eventually, people will get a grip. Silencing legitimate concerns will get this country nowhere. [Reuters]

Students at the University of Louisville are protesting rising tuition costs. A 77% increase from 2004 is insane. Meanwhile, Jim Ramsey continues to make ten billion dollars a year. [C-J/AKN]

Of course the government subsidizes the lifestyles of the mega-wealthy. That’s how this country works. [HuffPo]

Sexytime Herman Cain apparently has no clue what Barack Obama has done with Libya. Further proves that he may, indeed, be one of those gross pizzas he was responsible for. [Wonkette]

Northern Kentucky leaders probably shouldn’t be listening much to what Greg Fischer has to say about Louisville’s Waterfront Park. [Amanda Van Benschoten’s Replacement]

Jerry Abramson promises to be an “active” lieutenant governor. Which is 99% of the problem in Louisville: his actions. Until he tries to run for the U.S. Senate, of course. [FOX41]

The Personnel Board is holding off on the expansion of an investigation against adult baby Richie Farmer. Why? Because it was all politically motivated. Just like everything the Beshear crew has done for the past few years. [H-L]

A recession in Europe could hit Appalachian states the hardest. While Kentucky isn’t mentioned, West Virginia certain is. And you know what that means. [HuffPo]

Lexington should learn from Louisville’s history of trying to mess around with take-home police cruisers. [WKYT]

Wondering what Anne Northup is up to these days? She’s involved in the partisan gridlock threatening the Consumer Product Safety Commission, that’s what. [WaPo]

We told you Bill Johnson’s ignorant push for voter ID legislation was part of a broader mouth-breather effort to institute poll taxes and stifle the democratic process. [The Hill]

Abramson Wasted More Than Originally Thought

Jerry Abramson didn’t spend $180,000 out of his fancy discretionary fund. Turns out he spent some $214,000. And you know what? Receipts for what the money was spent on are essentially non-existent. So no wonder Matt Erwin at the KDP lost his shiz last week. [C-J/AKN]

Activists are calling for stronger enforcement of the Clean Water Act in Kentucky but that’s never going to happen. [H-L]

Today at 10:00 A.M. Papaw Beshear, Meemaw, Lexington’s own Uncle Jimmy and some other dudes and a lady will make a fancy and “important tourism and economic development announcement” at the Kentucky Horse Park. [Press Release]

New York state doesn’t hate the gays. So why are Kentucky Democrats – including Steve Beshear – so afraid of them? Check out all the front pages in New York from Saturday. [NY Times & Poynter]

Passage of gay marriage in New York marks the first time a Republican-controlled chamber has approved such a measure. And before you say New York Republicans are really liberal, uh, think again. [WaPo]

Check out what the experts believe could be the national impact of gay marriage in New York. [Reuters]

You bet your rear end Republicans are trying to kill the entire economy again. [San Francisco Chronicle]

And here’s a fancy question and answer session with one of those people working hard to kill the entire economy – Mitch McConnell. [Christian Science Monitor]

Habitat for Humanity donated its first “green” home in Lexington recently. [WKYT]

Wait, are we still supposed to pretend this “organization” matters, despite the female leaders with brains and sense ditching it long ago? [H-L]

Anybody wanna bet Anne Northup has something to do with this decision to gut a safe products database operated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission? [Consumerist]

The City of Carrollton violated Kentucky’s Open Records Act and Jack Conway actually admitted it. Can you believe he’s actually doing the right thing for open records issues? Tough to believe. [Madison Courier]

Will the Sprint Cup at the Kentucky Speedway really have a $150 million impact on the area? [Kentucky Enquirer]

Is a bipartisan vote to end ethanol subsidies a small but heartening sign? Is it really fiscal sobriety? [The Economist]

U.S. Economic growth has been revised up. Our economy grew at an annualized rate of 1.9% during the first quarter of the year, which was slightly faster than previously thought. [BBC]