When Will Marty Announce Against Hills?

State officials approved at or near maximum tuition increases at four state universities Friday amid a heated GOP primary for governor where the candidates have lamented the escalating cost of college. [H-L]

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) went after Hillary Clinton Thursday, accusing her of changing policy positions based on polls rather than her convictions. It’s the first time the prospective Democratic presidential candidate has attacked Clinton since she announced her presidential bid Sunday. [HuffPo]

The wounded warrior transition unit at Fort Knox is one of 10 across the U.S. that will be shut down by August 2016, the Pentagon said Friday. [C-J/AKN]

The campaign arm for House Democrats posted its best month of the year in March, boosted by a record number of online donations, according to figures first obtained by The Hill. [The Hill]

Individually, Madison County law enforcement agencies were making some strides against illicit drugs, according to Madison County Sheriff Mike Coyle. Working together, the three agencies have had increased success in the first three months of 2015, he told the fiscal court Tuesday. [Richmond Register]

The UK murder made international news. Meanwhile, Louisville murders happen every five seconds. [Reuters]

Randy Stapleton has been looking for a way to represent those living in his area. He may have found that way in a class action lawsuit filed against Big Run Landfill and other parties. [Ashland Independent]

Really, we’re fighting over a g.d. campaign logo?! [Politico]

The Barren County Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the RBS Design Group contract for the Red Cross Elementary addition project, as well as the schematic design, Thursday during a special-called board meeting at Barren County High School. [Glasgow Daily Times]

More from Felner land… The Los Angeles Unified School District is demanding that Apple Inc. refund millions of dollars for Pearson software that had been loaded onto iPads for the district’s 650,000 students. [NPR]

Heavy rainfall and flooding have caused Cave Run Lake to reach a record high. As of Friday, the lake was over 30 feet above summer pool and still rising. [The Morehead News]

African American and other civil rights leaders infuriated over the stalled confirmation vote on Loretta E. Lynch, the first black woman to be nominated for attorney general, are casting the delay as an issue with racial overtones. [WaPo]

A spontaneous floral memorial bloomed Saturday on a corner of East Maxwell and Transylvania Park in Lexington in honor of Jonathan Krueger, a University of Kentucky student who was gunned down early Friday in an apparent robbery. [H-L]

Support for the death penalty in the U.S. has reached 56 percent, the lowest point in four decades, according to a Pew study released on Thursday. [HuffPo]

Rand Paul Apparently Hiding From Everyone Now

What? Lil Randy bailed again? Surely not! It was just more than a year ago when U.S. Sen. Rand Paul appeared before a state Senate committee to push for a bill that would automatically restore voting rights for some nonviolent felons who had completed their sentences. [H-L]

A lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act received a serious hearing at the Supreme Court Wednesday as lawyers from both sides faced tough questioning from justices, making it difficult to predict how the court will rule and whether millions of people will have to relinquish their health insurance. [HuffPo]

Way to go, Steve Beshear, for letting this happen in the Louisville area. The regional First Steps program is moving under the auspices of a different agency, and some fear the change will disrupt services for children in retaliation for a pension dispute. [C-J/AKN]

Senate Democrats co-sponsoring a bill to allow Congress to vote on an Iran nuclear deal said Wednesday that they will vote no if Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) brings it up for a vote next week. [The Hill]

People in Richmond are seriously still fighting over a fence. [Richmond Register]

House Republicans averted a Department of Homeland Security shutdown Tuesday by approving a funding bill without any of the politicized moves to shut down Obama’s immigration executive action. But in the hours before the vote, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) sought to gin up support for the funding by calling constituents with a warning that terrorists were crossing the border. [Think Progress]

The Boyd County community-based group focused on solid waste monitoring has been meeting regularly since August, but now members are getting serious about organizing in such a way that concerns will be taken seriously by the state. [Ashland Independent]

Around four million unauthorized immigrants are stuck in legal limbo more than two weeks after a federal judge in Texas suspended President Obama’s move to temporarily protect them from deportation. [NPR]

Kentucky is home to two independent school districts which cross county lines, something which is not only uncommon in Kentucky, but rarely is found anywhere in the country. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Rand Paul lacks the ability to interpret writing and to discern humor. He also chickened out of appearing on Parks and Recreation, which was maybe one of the dumbest things he’s ever done. Or not done. [Politico]

Magistrate Darrell Glover says continued growth is his main focus. [The Morehead News]

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it tackled a second major challenge to President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as a likely swing vote in a ruling. [Reuters]

The Eastern Kentucky University Student Senate voted Tuesday to approve a $300 annual fee for the next 20 years to pay for new student facilities. [H-L]

Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of the government’s mass surveillance programs, said on Wednesday he is not being offered a fair trial if he returns to the United States. [HuffPo]

Democrats Supporting Matt Bevin Like Loyal Dogs

Yesterday the DSCC blasted out an email about the Senate Conservatives Fund attacking Mitch McConnell. The reason? He hasn’t fought hard enough to kill health care reform – because the wingnuts don’t realize that they’ve lost the battle. In effect, the DSCC was promoting a pro-Matt Bevin effort.

Prior to that, the only person touting Bevin was Wendy Caswell, a Democrat in Louisville. You already know how that went down.

So… who is actually behind Matt Bevin? He now says publicly that he is not and never has been affiliated with the Tea Party. And the only folks promoting him are Democrats.

Is there any evidence that he’s backed by actual Republicans in Kentucky who aren’t part of an extremely tiny fringe? Because we can’t find any.

Clay & Laurel Counties Back To Winning Awards

Eight Clay County residents convicted of taking part in a widespread vote-buying conspiracy should receive a new trial, a federal appeals panel ruled Wednesday. [H-L]

Individuals buying health insurance on their own will see their premiums tumble next year in New York State as changes under the federal health care law take effect. [NY Times]

Corbin’s Fairfield Inn was a busy place Sunday afternoon when a bizarre incident took place. The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office says a naked woman was causing a big scene at the pool area. Way to go, Laurel County! [WKYT]

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, boosted by a fundraising assist from President Barack Obama, will report on Wednesday that it has erased its remaining debt from the 2012 campaign. [Politico]

John Rosemond has been dispensing parenting advice in his newspaper column since 1976, making him one of the longest-running syndicated columnists in the country. And now he’s filed suit in Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

Rand Paul said he would put a hold on the nomination of James Comey, President Obama’s pick to head the FBI, until the administration answers his questions on domestic drone use. [The Hill]

Republican Second District Congressman Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green announced Tuesday he’ll seek re-election next year and is also taking himself out of the 2015 gubernatorial race. [Ronnie Ellis]

US regulators have upheld a fine on Barclays and four of its traders of $453m (£300m) for allegedly manipulating electricity prices. Barclays must pay $435m within 30 days, while one trader must pay $15m and three others $1m each. [BBC]

An ethics watchdog group in Washington has named Gov. Steve Beshear among the worst governors in the United States because of his dealings with the coal industry. Citizens for Responsiblity and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, awarded Beshear the dubious honor because of the firing of Ron Mills, the director of Kentucky’s division of mine permits, in 2009. [C-J/AKN]

What? Of course Jack Conway has become the focus of laughter and ridicule around the country. [Click the Clicky]

Mmmm hmm, interesting how that works out. The leader of a Kentucky agency that licenses psychologists said Wednesday that its actions against parenting advice columnist John Rosemond were not intended to block publication of Rosemond’s nationally syndicated column. [H-L]

Hundreds of protesters staged boisterous but peaceful protests in Los Angeles and San Francisco late on Tuesday against the acquittal of a neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. [Reuters]

Of Course The Fair Board Guy’s From Another State

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Who could have guessed that President Barack Obama would suddenly be depending on Vice President Joe Biden’s communications skills to get his re-election campaign back on track? That’s right, the same Joe Biden who has an uncanny ability to say the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong time. [H-L]

The DCCC is getting askeerd for Republican Ben Chandler (they even used a photo of him from about 400 years ago) running against hapless teabagger Andy Barr. So they’re going up on the teevee for him. [Roll Call]

Here’s a look at Chandler’s appearance in Richmond late last week. He may or may not be coming out of hiding. No one knows for sure – not even his staff. [Richmond Register]

U.S. President Barack Obama’s campaign and its Democratic allies raised $181 million in September for his re-election effort, the largest total that either side has announced yet in the 2012 campaign. [Reuters]

Political musical chairs that David Williams once denounced could leave him with a really sweet pension deal. [Larry Dale Keeling]

Maya MacGuineas is “a diehard political independent” and has been called an “anti-deficit warrior” by the Wall Street Journal. [Ronnie Ellis]

For critical Senate races, Republicans are turning to the playbook that served them so well in the 2010 elections. They’re saturating the airwaves with political ads detailing the perils of “Obamacare” and the nation’s growing debt. [HuffPo]

A man is accused of shooting another man, then driving him to the hospital. That is the bizarre twist in a Floyd County death investigation where police say William David Gregory shot and killed Willis Sparks, Jr. [WYMT]

So far, the chain-link fences and concrete barriers hemming streets around Centre College are the most visible signs of beefed-up security for Thursday’s vice presidential debate. [H-L]

Just in case you need to see what the teabagger wingnuts are up to? Here they are making up fancy songs about President Barack Obama being gay. [Wonkette]

The new chief executive of the Kentucky State Fair board, a Las Vegas trade show and convention consultant who was hired Friday, will be expected to turn around the board’s waning revenues and set a new direction for the organization that oversees nearly 1.5 million square feet of exhibition space. [C-J/AKN]

The wealthiest one-third of lawmakers were largely immune from the Great Recession, taking the fewest financial hits and watching their investments quickly recover and rise to new heights. [WaPo]

No, Not All Of Kentucky Hates The Gays, GLAAD

The classes are drifting apart. Can the rich save the American dream by preaching what they practice? [The Economist]

No, you weren’t dreaming when we told you Phil Moffett was running for office. So take your pee break now before reading about it from the Associated Press. [H-L]

SuperPACs are worrying the DCCC chairman. Unfortunately, the Democrats were basically voiceless and silent when this mess came to fruition. [Politico]

Louisville has a few new finalists for Metro Police chief. A couple of them are shockingly great. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Now that Papaw Beshear has suddenly decided the bourbon industry is worthy of his attention – after nearly five years – we can only hope he starts paying attention to Kentucky’s ridiculous label taxation and the fact that it’s tough to get many imports in the Commonwealth. [WFPL]

Goodness gracious, isn’t anything safe these days? Some doofus burgled a pharmacy in Georgetown. [WLEX18]

You already know Laurel County is a hot mess. Almost as bad as Clay County. So this won’t surprise you in the least. [WKYT]

Finally some news from Eastern Kentucky that isn’t embarrassing. Some high school students in Morehead made an astronomical discovery. [H-L]

Really, Joe Gerth? When has the legislature ever NOT been meek? The filing deadline issue is just their excuse this time. [C-J/AKN]

What would Jesus do if he was a teabagger wingnut “Christian”? Oh, the jokes to be made. [Wonkette]

We’re still loosely alarmed that these are the people in charge of making sure the University of Louisville Hospital isn’t a nightmare. [Page One]

Did you see Rachel Maddow get into a slap fight on the teevee about the Republicans trying to wage a war on contraception? She ought to remind Americans that Democrats are pussing out and doing the same damn thing. [HuffPo]

GLAAD ought to recognize that you can’t fire someone for being gay in Louisville. Not ALL of Kentucky is a disaster. [GLAAD]

People often ask us why the House Democrats aren’t as organized as the House Republicans. But they’ve finally started putting press releases or something online, occasionally. They just never tell anyone about them. Because 99% of the Dem staffers are 80-years-old and have no clue what the internet is. [Democratic Caucus]

S&P Will You-Know-What In Your Organic Cereal

This marks the 97th day Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson has questioned Jack Conway over his involvement in his brother’s drug scandal: “Kentucky voters are wishing they could recall Jack Conway because of his poor judgment,” Robertson said. “If Conway doesn’t answer these questions, voters will return him to life as a private citizen on November 8th.” [Press Release]

Should the United States Congress really get so much vacation time? Of course not. [WaPo]

Can you imagine the governor of Kentucky doing something as solid and honest as the governor of New York? [The Advocate]

The DCCC just doesn’t care for Andy Barr and is running radio ads against him throughout the district. [Ryan Alessi]

Oh, wait, the NRCC is hitting Ben Chandler over the “balanced budget” amendment with robocalls. [The Hill]

Floridian Ed Whitfield stopped on the side of the road to rescue a stray dog. Rather than keep the dog, he took it to a local shelter and gave them a $1,000 check. This may be the only good thing Whitfield has ever done in or for Kentucky. [H-L]

Do you want to read a story about Richie Farmer that is so long it should be illegal? [The Post Game]

According to the latest polling, John Boehner’s disapproval rating is spiking in the wake of the nasty debt deal. [Daily Kos]

What does the S&P downgrade mean if France is rated higher than the United States? [Pro Publica]

President Barack Obama DID inherit these economic problems. Problems caused by people like George W. Bush and Mitch McConnell. [Reuters]

Standard & Poor’s is right. It is the U.S. Congress’ fault. Take a look at the politics of sovereign debt ratings downgrades. [Slate]

The United States is unlikely to regain its AAA rating any time soon, according to the S&P. Rest of the world is taking notice. [BBC]

Oh, wait, the U.S. Senate Banking Committee is gathering information for a possible S&P hearing. Can’t be having them force responsibility on Congress or anything. [Politico]

Comparing poor people to scavenging raccoons in a political speech? Sounds like something a grifter teabagger in Kentucky would do. [TPM]