Stop Being So Fat And Costing Us Tax Dollars

College enrollment in Kentucky is now at an all-time high. That’s more than 270,000 students, a four percent increase over last year. [Ronnie Ellis]

National politics could be in play in Louisville’s crazy ass mayoral race. [WFPL]

Did you see the person get their panties all in a twist over the bigots in Oldham County? [We Get Comments]

Funeral arrangements have been made for the victims of the trailer park massacre in Jackson. [H-L]

Bruce Lunsford spent $450,000 on a horse Monday night (he already owned half the horse). So those of you wondering what he’s up to these days? Horses. That’s what. And spending fortunes. [Thoroughbred Times]

Will these issues of getting arrested in 1993 for using a fake driver’s license, public drinking in 1999 and then lying about those arrests on his application for a government job be a big deal in the 6th District congressional race? [DCCC]

Is Frankfort going to turn into Kentucky’s shooting capital? One man was shot dead and another was wounded last night. [State-Journal]

The Herald-Leader editorial board wants an increased tobacco tax to help shore up the state’s health care nightmare. I think we need a fat tax. [H-L]

Jack Conway’s beloved Bush tax cuts are causing some serious problems in Warshington these days. [Politico]

The U.S. power sector is changing, even without a climate bill. [SAGA]

The recession is dragging on and crime keeps calling, because America is too fat. [Wonkette]

Did lobbyists cause the decline of the middle class in the 1970s? [Baseline Scenario]

Beshear Wants Private Business To Lose Money

Y’all interested in holding a bible burning ceremony on Liberty Terror 9/11 Day to counteract the Koran burning??? [Deep Thoughts]

Rand Paul snubbed the Kentucky Narcotic Officers’ Association. Everyone is so surprised. [Bluegrass Politics]

More details on the jacked up guy who threatened Jim Bunning’s life. [HuffPo]

Ugh. Looks like the Waffle House bit is going to be beaten into the ground this election cycle. [DSCC]

Rand Liberty Christ Paul will hit the teevee airwaves today. [Ryan Alessi]

Roger Alford has more on Rand’s “substantial” ad buy and his first ad, highlighting his work as a physician. [AP]

Sometimes we get comments from folks in Washington, D.C. telling me how wrong I am. [We Get Comments]

The NRCC may want to get its ducks in a row. Lest Democrats start leaking all the personal info they’ve got on Republican staffers. [Jesus]

Instead of Steve Beshear asking private landlords for a 5% break in rent to the state, maybe he could cut a few dozen of his personal advisers? [Just A Thought]

Does the U.S. Senate race help Andy Barr in his bid against Ben Chandler? [Southern Political Report]

Mitch McConnell is lending out his staffer, Josh Holmes, to help the NRSC. Guess the Paul campaign is fully embracing Mitch like woah. [Roll Call]

Reeeeechie is addicted to that new car smell. Prolly gets stuck all in his mustache. [H-L Editorial]

Rick Santorum has a … problem. Remember when he endorsed Trey Grayson? [Mother Jones]

Monday Afternoon, Near 70, Frankfort Sucking

We heard through the grapevine that the medical malpractice suit against Steve Henry brought by Amie Fuchs has been settled. We checked with Charlie Cunningham’s court and that is, indeed, the case. Maury Kommor and John Doyle of the firm Maury Kommor and Associates confirmed that it was resolved in the form of a settlement. Under the terms of the settlement, however, details cannot be released. Very interesting stuff. [Never-Ending Henry Snafu]

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee just announced its second phase of the Families First Campaign, hitting freshman Republican members of Congress. Here’s the text of the automated call targeting Brett Guthrie in KY-02: “Hello, I’m calling on behalf of the DCCC with an important message about the economy. Did you know Congressman Brett Guthrie voted against economic recovery that would immediately create and save nearly 330,000 Kentucky jobs? Times are tough, tell Congressman Guthrie to put families before politics. Check out www.dccc.org to learn more. Paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, 202-741-1350, not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.” [Press Release]

House Bill 70, a proposed constitutional amendment for the automatic restoration of voting rights for former felons who have completed their sentences, is expected to get serious consideration in the Kentucky House tomorrow morning. There’s a hearing at 8:00 A.M. with the House Elections & Constitutional Amendments Committee and will be followed at 10:00 A.M. by a Voting Rights Speak-Out and Press Conference in Annex Room 131. [Press Release]

Daniel Mongiardo is the latest bailout recipient. [KY Progress]

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TGIF. Where All The White Women At?

Speaker Jody Richards and Brent Yonts are sponsoring a bill to cancel Bobby Sherman’s 8 billion dollar pay raise. Or $62,160 pay raise, to be exact. Because that shit is crazy and a total scam. Sources are now telling us Sherman agreed to a contract that would keep his pension exactly the same as if he’d retired now.  But we’ve seen no evidence. [PolWatchers]

Wonder why like 66% of Americans have more confidence in Barry than Gramps when it comes to the economy? Maybe it’s because Gramps said he didn’t know much about it? Or maybe it’s because Gramps’ running mate is a complete embarrassment? [Mark Hebert]

David Boswell was lying about not having seen the DCCC ad. I received an email from a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee staffer who was coordinating with Boswell’s people on the response to Guthrie’s reaction. I KNOW he’d seen the ad when he said he hadn’t. [PolWatchers]

First Lady Jane Beshear is hosting a Breast Cancer Awareness Event tonight. At Turfway Park in Florence. 6:30 P.M. Horses and Hope Breast Cancer Awareness. [Press Release]

Thursday Night Deep Thoughts with a known homosexual and Joe Sonka. Joe asks, “Isn’t it amazing how Sarah Palin makes any hack reporter who interviews her look like Mike Wallace?” And the homo said, “She should make an appearance on The View with those mean bitches. That would be priceless.” [Barefoot & Progressive]

Bruce Lunsford unveiled his Bill of Rights for women. The event was an inspiring success. According to those in attendance, Bruce didn’t stick to his script at all… and everyone at the event left impressed. Great move on the Lunsford camp’s part. Guess who didn’t show her face: Jennifer Moore. Hypocrite. [Kentucky Women]

Our Intrepid Reporter brings you Sarah Silverman in the Great Schlep. Fly your Jewish butt to Florida to talk nanna into voting for Barack Obama. Also, this is not safe for work and it is absolutely hilarious. Jews Vote. [The Great Schlep]

Thursday Afternoon Blah Relaxed 9/11 Stuff

Okay. So we’re kinda overwhelmed with stuff today. Four television appearances and all kinds of crap. No time to do what we love: blog like drunken losers. So, for that, we apologize. But in our defense, no one has sent us any fancy Orbit chewing gum as requested many days ago.

Greg Stumbo formally announced he’s running for Speaker of the House. He says he’s got 40 votes but in reality it’s only 16. Greg & Mary Karen: Don’t bullshit people, I can prove you wrong. I love you both but let’s get real here. Alessi: You know he doesn’t have th votes, so force these people to go on-the-record. [PolWatchers]

Hillary Clinton is coming to eastern Kentucky to help Bruce Lunsford on September 20. Bet Barry Obama won’t be mentioned at all for any reason, ever. Which is fine and dandy because this is Kentucky. [Joe Arnold]

Slutty Sarah Palin dolls? God. We almost threw up. And it’s not because we had got tipsy at lunch with a bunch of fancy Republicans on this most holy of holy days. [The Arena]

And more from The Arena’s Joe Gerth: WTF? Why are you jumping on Mitch McConnell’s talking points? You’re better than that, holmes. [The Arena]

U.S. Senate debate will be streamed live on KYPost.com at 9:10 A.M. Eastern this Saturday. So wake up early or whatever. We may liveblog it or comment on it or something. Maybe. [KY Post]

David Boswell was just named to the top list of United States Congressional races by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The DCC has added Boswell to their ‘Red to Blue’ progra that will help fund the race and make things much more competitive come November. [Press Release]

Hot rumor: We hear something is coming down the pike at the University of Louisville tomorrow that will make a lot of people happy. Particularly involves the fancy little committee that Jim Ramsey announced yesterday. Developing. [Fancy Reports]

Taking Bets: How Badly Will Dems Screw Up?

Now that the Democratic Party has a strong advantage over Republicans when it comes to swing voters – and now that fewer people identify as Republican – how long will it take the Dems to throw it all away? How long will it take for the average democratic voter to recognize that their support is wholly taken for granted?

From the Pew Research Center:

The balance of party identification in the American electorate now favors the Democratic Party by a decidedly larger margin than in either of the two previous presidential election cycles.

In 5,566 interviews with registered voters conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press during the first two months of 2008, 36% identify themselves as Democrats, and just 27% as Republicans.

The share of voters who call themselves Republicans has declined by six points since 2004, and represents, on an annualized basis, the lowest percentage of self-identified Republican voters in 16 years of polling by the Center.

The Democratic Party has also built a substantial edge among independent voters. Of the 37% who claim no party identification, 15% lean Democratic, 10% lean Republican, and 12% have no leaning either way.