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]

No Wonder The U.S. & A. Can’t Have Nice Things

Really, people? You need to calm down. Even Daniel Logsdon says Bob Farmer’s “jokes” weren’t funny. And you’ll note that Farmer did NOT apologize for making the remarks – he apologized “if it offends anyone.” [H-L]

The NRCC has twice as much cash in its pocket than the DCCC. Which means Candy Barr is pretty happy these days. [Politico]

Florida’s teachers union has sued that state over pension reform and plans further action. What will happen in Kentucky if we ever bother to stave off our own looming pension disaster? [HuffPo]

Wait, Orrin Hatch what? $40-per-bottle fruit juice? Huh? [NY Times]

Let’s see how long it takes Mitch McConnell and Hal Rogers to figure out a way to move this Yucca Mountain crap to Kentucky. [Reuters]

Kentucky is the 32nd-most free state in the country. Which, uh, maybe isn’t terrific. [Mercatus]

Apparently this lady who could be Thailand’s first female prime minister went to Kentucky State University? [Yahoo!]

Are you buying the right kinda produce that won’t kill you dead, ladies and ladydudes? [Click the Clicky]

Bobbie Coleslaw gave the city of Louisville a $1.9 million surplus check. She has time to write a check but no time to share her biscuit recipe. Shame. [C-J/AKN]

Of course Barack Obama can cash in on small dollar donors. That is, if he quits with the Republican-lite mega cash grab. [Seattle Post Intelligencer]

Mitch McConnell’s op-ed was published again and it’s all about how he thinks we should try the Bowling Green Terra-ists in Gitmo. He did not mention whether or not we should send Karen Sypher to Gitmo. [WaPo]

Don’t be shocked that Senate Republicans now oppose a jobs program they once supported. [HuffPo]

It’s borderline insane that our tax dollars are giving the controversial and fired/resigned/whatever Fayette County Health Department head a ten-month paid vacation. [H-L]

We can’t decide if Mitt Romney is crazy from all the cult stuff he’s been exposed to or if he’s really gone teabagger insane. [Wonkette]

Have You Seen Lexington's Water Rate Increase?

Want to see a great show at Actors Theatre this Halloween season? Enter to win two tickets to see The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful. [Page One]

An Assistant Attorney General in Michigan is attacking a gay college student for promoting a “radical homosexual agenda.” What the fuck country is this?  Something tells me this guy had a few homo moments and freaked out. [HuffPo]

I’m usually all for supporting the police and go out of my way to support law enforcement. But seeking the right to seize evidence after you mistakenly break into the wrong home? Right. That makes tons of sense. [H-L]

How do you feel about Jim Newberry’s faux outrage over the Kentucky American Water Company mess? [B&P]

Joe Arnold caught up with Rand Paul and he’s published a thing about it. [WHAS11]

The Kentucky Democratic Party’s new Republican chairperson said in an urgent email blast that Dick Durbin will address Democrats at a dinner in October. [Important Email Blast]

The DCCC isn’t even bothering with a response to the NRCC in the 6th District. That’s because Andy Barr has turned into one of the worst candidates in Kentucky. [WaPo]

Yup, Kentucky’s on yet another list of poorest states. Complete with a photo. [HuffPo]

Did you know? Instant racing is the most important issue facing Kentucky, ever, amen. [WLEX]

Let’s say you’re one of the first Republicans in decades with the chance to become mayor of Louisville. What would you do? Run quickly away from social justice events and ignore inquiries, of course! That way you don’t have to deal with the poors, the non-whites or the gays. In Kentucky’s biggest, gayest, most liberal city? That’s called losing. [The ‘Ville Voice]