Is it the weekend yet? Updates & Such.

Frankfort is playing all kinds of games with our $1,000,000,000,000,000 budget or whatever. Way too boring to write about. But if you have the intestinal fortitude to read about it? Then. Please let us know what you learn. [PolWatchers]

Ben Chandler tried to offer his 14-year-old daughter to Bill Gates. Creeeeeeeepy joke. Won’t be able to sleep after reading about it all. [Politico]

Lookit how leader-y Greg Stumbo is becoming in the State House: State Representative Greg Stumbo, (D) Prestonsburg, a former Attorney General, supports Kelly’s concept. “It’s not being soft on crime,” said Stumbo, “it’s being smart on crime.” Old orange hair’s days are numbered! [WTVQ]

Some folks (American Rights at Work) are woah fired up over Labor Secretary Elaine Chao’s alleged on-the-clock campaigning for her husband, Sen. Mitch McConnell. While we definitely believe Mitch & Elaine would totally whore out their marriage for zillions of dollars (hell, we’d do that! let’s get real, here), we just aren’t sure what to make of this. Go make up your own minds and tell us what you think. [Shame on Elaine]

This professor from Georgetown is a great photographer. Not sure how we found his site but we’ve been visiting every day for a while. Check it out. [Georgetown Professor]

Medicaid Cuts Save the World

Compassionate Conservativism saves Medicaid and prevents Kentucky from receiving $1 billion in federal Medicaid funds. Kentuckians everywhere are obviously cheering because the pretzeldent has decided to balance the budget with flipping Medicaid.

Screw the already bankrupted state Medicaid program! Who cares about those 722,000 people, anyway?!

Kentucky would face more than $1 billion in Medicaid cuts over the next five years under new federal rules restricting how states can use money from the federal-state health plan for the poor and disabled, a new report says.

The report, released by a congressional committee this week, said the rules cut spending on such services as school programs that assist poor children with medical needs, public universities that train physicians and help for abused and neglected children in foster care.

Yay! We’re saved! Who cares if, oh, everyone who doesn’t make $100k/year dies? And who wants to be around poor people when you go to the emergency room? Ugh.

Oh Snap Monday! LG&E Sucks Edition

Kentucky’s Democratic superdelegates can basically do whatever, whenever, because that’s how the game is played in our jacked up political system that the rest of the world scoffs at. Don’t forget to peep the photo of Yarmuth in the multimedia section. [C-J]

Sorry, but we just don’t see Mitch McConnell as vulnerable. But we get what they’re saying about Bruce’s press release last week. [Enquirer]

Bruce Lunsford plans to spend unlimited amounts of money on his campaign. So. Look out, folks. Millionaires’ Amendment will be kicking in. Greg Fischer is effectively done in this race. Ryan Alessi also touches on this issue. [Hebert, H-L]

Lots more updates after the jump…

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Hot Topic: UofL Students Fired Up

In response to Governor Steve Beshear’s wonderful educational leadership, students everywhere are standing up and fighting back.

Students at the University of Louisville, as we reported a few weeks ago, will most likely be the first to stand up and speak out. On Wednesday, March 26 at 1:11 P.M., students will walk out of classes and make their way to the circle in front of President Jim Ramsey’s office.

So, media, this is your warning. Make plans to be at UofL in March.

  • What: Students to walk out at UofL
  • When: Wednesday, March 26 at 1:11 P.M.
  • Where: Rally in front of The Thinker / President’s office

Louisville Arena Drama – Overspending, Corruption?

A Louisville contracting company president claims the Louisville Arena Authority is spending at least $1 million more than necessary to demolish two buildings on the arena site. Furthermore, it claims the Authority ignored the only bid from a qualified local contractor in favor of a Cincinnati company.

In January, the Authority announced it would pay O’Rourke Wrecking Company, of Cincinnati, $2.8 million to demolish the LG&E power substation and the Riverview Square building. Jon Davies, president of CRS Demolition of Louisville, says his company put in a bid to demolish the buildings for $1.6 million, but wasn’t even interviewed by Authority managers.

Davies said the bids were supposed to be considered on a point system — with 50 points for the amount in the bid, 10 for minority participation, 30 for qualifications and 10 for time frame. Davies said that based on that criteria, CRS would have had 100 points.

Another company, Dore and Associates of Michigan, submitted a bid that was less than O’Rourke’s, at$2.6 million.

Davies said he has been pitching the story to local media outlets, including the Courier-Journal, which he said has shown little interest in the story.

BARACK OSAMA IS PRESIDENT OF EVERYWHERE UPDATE!!11!

Import everything from China. Learn to further screw the economy and small business everywhere. China is the answer. So is India. Outsource, outsource, outsource. [Business First]

Louisville’s smoking ban has improved air quality 97% since it went into effect. Imagine that. No smoke to choke you and give you cancer means the air is cleaner. Wow. [C-J]

See? Barack really is the president of everywhere. Or at least Wisconsin. And every other state. [BGR]

Gov. Steve Beshear’s budget recommends a 58 percent cut for school safety programs, and the news couldn’t have come at a worse time. Ouch. [C-J]

Steve Beshear’s Chief of Staff Jim Cauley is taking heat from hardcore Beshear supporters these days. Talk of kingmaking, student newspapers in Connecticut, Democratic Party anarchy, third party emergence. Ruh ro. [The Rural Democrat]

The scary gays are taking over our schools! All the more reason for school vouchers, religious proselytization in public schools, killing public schools, bankrupting teachers, teaching creationism as fact, killing teachers, making it impossible to further education by slashing educational budgets, etc. [C-J]

Uncle Steve’s casino legislation got an overhaul and a cut to nine locations, down from twelve. Woops. Joni stuck it to the man. [H-L]

527 groups/Beshear slush funds now have stricter reporting guidelines in Kentucky. The runoff is dead. And Kentucky will probably vote for pretzeldent on Super Tuesday in a few years. [C-J]

Breaking: Hebert Has Pension Plan Details

Mark Hebert has snagged a copy of Steve Beshear’s pension plan. It’s likely to be unsettling for some.

A draft of Governor Beshear’s plan to overhaul and financially stabilize Kentucky’s public employee retirement systems has been obtained by WHAS 11 News.

The draft summary shows new state and county employees will have to work longer and contribute more of their pay to get full retirement benefits. The plan would take effect July 1st and only impact new employees.

All new workers will have to put in 30 years before retiring (hazardous duty folks will do 25), everyone – including teachers – will contribute an additional 1% of their salary into the retirement system to pay for health care. And all retirees are only guaranteed a 1.5% cost of living increase each year. Many now receive 5%

Look for full details to be released Thursday.