Whattya Mean The Poors Get Treated Differently?

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When George H.W. Bush looked at his watch in a 1992 debate with Bill Clinton and Ross Perot and absolutely bungled a question about how the national debt had affected him personally, he cemented the impression that he was out of touch with real Americans’ lives. [NYT]

Have you seen the way poor residents in Louisville get ignored by their government officials? All because they’re annoying and filled with nervous concern. [The ‘Ville Voice Here & Here]

Meanwhile, full-time legislative pensions for part-time work remain beyond lucrative. Healthcare costs for thousands of state retirees could increase at the start of the new year – leaving many with sticker shock this month while they sign up for next year’s health plans. [WDRB]

The state campaign finance agency has ruled that an independent Democratic group called Kentucky Family Values may not give information such as polling data to two Democratic Party committees. Now there’s absolutely no question about the two working together. [C-J/AKN]

Haha, you really thought the Cabinet for Health and Family Services was going to change. Just more of the same flustercucks. [WFPL]

Had Mittens Romney been president in 2009, he would not have signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law, a top adviser to the Republican nominee told The Huffington Post Tuesday night. Now that the law has been passed, Romney has no plans to get rid of it, that adviser, Ed Gillespie, added. But Romney didn’t support it while it made its way through Congress. [HuffPo]

The five ways Mittens Romney alienated women in the second presidential debate: 1) Refusing to speak out in support of equal pay for women. 2) Falsely claiming he initiated a study to seek “binders full of women” to fill leadership roles in his administration as the governor of Massachusetts. 3) Obscuring his position on providing women with access to contraception. 4) Invalidating single mothers, unmarried mothers, and LGBT women. 5) Repeatedly steamrolling over the female moderator. [Think Progress]

Kristal Doolin, a language arts teacher at Corbin Middle School in the Corbin Independent school district, is the 2013 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. [WKYT]

Two Kentuckians were named Fall 2012 White House interns: Mary Pellegrini of Louisville (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor) and Mattie Toma of Lexington (The University of Chicago). [Press Release]

Kentucky’s chief justice is being asked to disqualify Senior Judge Martin McDonald from hearing a death penalty case. [H-L]

There’s a conspiracy afoot, kid detectives! After the debate, the networks posted “transcripts” of the debate. “What’s a transcript?” your dumb friend might ask. Well, a transcript is when someone writes down everything people said and then you cite from it on the internet! Well, Fox News “transcribed” the debate last night, but there was a mysterious four minute audio gap. [Wonkette]

Repubs Freak, More Farmer Corruption Seeps Out

Need a laugh, Kentucky? A handful of House Republicans (Jeff Hoover, Jim DeCesare and the like) are literally losing their minds over Chris Hightower’s campaign advertising on Page One. It’s like they’re willing to just hand the race to Martha Jane King. And it’s proof that any rhetoric they offer about supporting small business is just that – rhetoric. Coming after our ability to earn a living is a mistake on the part of Republicans in Frankfort. [Republican Hypocrites]

Another day, another Richie Farmer-related scandal. A former marketing director for organic foods at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture allegedly used his state-issued email and car to do private consulting while on state time, an ethics panel charged on Monday. There’s a nice Kentucky Retirement Systems tidbit hidden in there, too. Will the KRS continue to give the tidbit guy free legal services after the ethics charges? [Bluegrass Politics]

Former President Bill Clinton vouched for Barack Obama’s economic record on Sunday, making his case for the president to have a second term. In an appearance on CBS’ “Face The Nation,” Clinton reasoned that no president would have “magically” delivered a “fully healed” economy in four years. [HuffPo]

Mittens Romney is a science genius who thinks airplane windows should open. Yes, you read that correctly. [Wonkette]

Way to go, Steve Beshear, for continuing this mess. The CEO of a major Medicaid managed care company (MCO) is criticizing Kentucky for the way the state deals with businesses like his. [WFPL]

As Mittens stumbles, the President regains his mojo. The recent shifts in the polls may be less about Mittens Romney than they are about President Obama. [WaPo]

Poor Andy Barr is silly to think threatening a lawsuit for pointing out someone portraying a lowly coal miner as a coal company executive is going to help him get votes. [H-L]

New voting laws in 23 of the 50 states could keep more than 10 million Hispanic U.S. citizens from registering and voting, a new study said on Sunday, a number so large it could affect the outcome of the November 6 election. [Reuters]

With important details still hazy, The Associated Press asked the Romney campaign five questions about how his Medicare plan would affect consumers on critical matters of costs and benefits. Some of the questions remained unresolved after the campaign’s responses. [HuffPo]

Kentucky officials are set to hold a public hearing on a new proposal for the execution method for condemned inmates. [WKYT]

Those emergency rooms work really well for medical problems that require long-term treatment, don’t they? Way to go, Mittens Romoney! [DailyKos]

State Government Never Ceases To Embarrass

Lawwwwd, Virginia Republicrats are about as dumb as Kentucky Democrats. Almost as hateful, too. The gays will want to check this one out. [Politico]

Not all Kentucky State Police officers are like this guy. Not all officers try to get a little sexytime in exchange for not making an arrest. [H-L]

This Winchester man did such a great thing that he became a hot topic throughout the national media yesterday. [HuffPo]

Clarence Aaron seemed to be especially deserving of a federal commutation, an immediate release from prison granted by the president of the United States. At 24, he was sentenced to three life terms for his role in a cocaine deal, even though it was his first criminal offense and he was not the buyer, seller or supplier of the drugs. [ProPublica]

Here comes Ben Chandler trying to pretend he’s responsible for keeping the USPS facility in Lexington open. [WKYT]

U.S. crime statistics show illegal drugs play a central role in criminal acts, providing new evidence that tackling drugs as a public health issue could offer a powerful tool for lowering national crime rates, officials said on Thursday. [Reuters]

If you missed it? Almost everybody is getting killed in Louisville these days. You can’t do anything without getting shot. It’s almost like being in Lexington. [C-J/AKN]

Almost nobody is going to go vote on Tuesday. All those television advertising dollars? Completely wasted. [H-L]

Okay, this latest thing from Chuck Schumer seems a bit ridiculous. If these douchebags want to renounce their citizenship, why not just go ahead and push them out forever? [Wonkette]

Only in Kentucky. A condemned killer’s fight to receive surgery for agonizing hip pain pushed Kentucky officials into an uncomfortable debate over security, politics and even the possibility of inviting scorn from Fox News pundits. [WLEX18]

Did you know that President Barack Obama is a scary dictator monster because he wants women to be able to decide whether or not they do things with their bodies? [Wonkette]

Yep, the House voted to continue the war with Afghanistan. Which may be a bigger blunder than Iraq. But that’s the American way. [HuffPo]

Kentucky Wants To Kill As Many People As Texas

The faux Family Foundation continues to rail against instant racing and anything that it thinks will upset Jesus or whatever. So the appeals court will offer a ruling in 4-6 weeks. [H-L]

A top Obama administration official on Tuesday accused lawmakers in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives of living in a world of “fairy tales and falsehoods” when it comes to energy. [Reuters]

Are coal and oil sands exports raising risks of another major spill? [HuffPo]

Mitch McConnell accused someone else of using something for political gain. He complained. Didn’t offer an alternative. That’s how it always works with him. [The Hill]

Yet another Eastern Kentucky miner has died in an accident. Is it just the cost of doing business? [WYMT]

In Tennessee, the mouth-breather legislators say gay kids who kill themselves just lack proper principles. Once again making Kentucky look really good. [Wonkette]

Kentucky is gunning for Texas on the killing front. In a ruling that could force Kentucky to change the way it carries out executions, a state judge on Wednesday ordered the state to consider using one drug instead of three to put inmates to death. [C-J/AKN]

Eastern Kentucky can’t can’t a break when it comes to weather. Flooding in Rowan County left many roads impassable. [WLEX18]

Did you know? The mouth-breather governor of Mississippi says the Democrats’ one mission in life is to abort children. We’re not Democrats, so we can’t offer much in the form of proof. But we are starting a wire hanger factory. [HuffPo]

Seems the woman the KDP, Beshear and Conway folks are working against in the 19th State Senate District is gaining traction. Much to the dismay of organized labor and a couple blowhards. [The ‘Ville Voice]

People freaked out – severely – when news first broke that the postal center in Lexington would close. Now that it’s off the list? There’s been next to no reaction. [H-L]

Will Thayer Have The Balls To Be Transparent?

The Democratic Governors Association is for sale just like every other political group in the country. [Pro Publica]

Growing inequality, environmental decline and “teetering” economies mean the world must change the way it does business, a UN report concludes. [BBC]

KC Crosbie isn’t running for re-election in Lexington. Will she try running for something else at the last minute? [H-L]

How would Steve Beshear know if there are 23 needed votes for a gambling amendment? He hasn’t spoken to legislators. [WFPL]

Hurry and put up that pay wall, Gannett, so your first quarter earnings can fall another 33%.Hurry up! [C-J/AKN]

Some people are trying to “occupy” Mitch McConnell again because it got them so far the first… 10,000 times. [Press Releases]

Rand Paul isn’t the only U.S. Senator to return unused portions of his office funds to the federal government. He’s not even the first. [Politico]

Damon Thayer claims he’s a man of the people. So why won’t he name his clients in the horse industry as he takes part on the push for casino gambling – which most of us actually support? Transparency would go a long way. But Damon doesn’t have the balls. [John Cheves]

Rick Santorum wants everything he does to be illegal for everyone else. That’s how it works in his mind, apparently. [Wonkette]

Ralph Baze killed these two law enforcement officers 20 years ago. But giving him death is the easy way out. Why shouldn’t murderers be kept alive so they have to actually suffer for what they have done? [WKYT]

Almost half of U.S. households are just a single crisis away from the bread line. [HuffPo]

A former employee of Louisville Metro Animal Services spoke out yesterday against a letter that appeared in A Kentucky Newspaper. Naturally, the paper wouldn’t publish her response. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Mainstream Ignores Significance Of Mongiardo Statement On Redistricting Flustercuck

Today former Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo blasted the nasty redistricting process in Kentucky. He hit Steve Beshear, praised Kathy Stein and pointed out the shenanigans with Alice Forgy Kerr. [Page One]

Fresh on the heels of Rand Paul’s TSA encounter, this piece of legislation would require an independent study of x-ray body scanners. [Pro Publica]

You, the taxpayer, are spending $84,400 on a study to determine whether or not the University of Pikeville should become a state school. [C-J/AKN]

Earlier today Republican Erwin Roberts – who once wanted Anne Northup’s seat – filed to run in the 10th State House District. [SoS]

Redistricting may face court scrutiny but – again – here’s hoping the Republicans have a clue what they’re up against. [Ronnie Ellis]

Here’s more on Jeff Hoover being really made that he was duped by Greg Stumbo. [H-L]

Raise your head if you think Frankfort will do the right thing when it comes to halting executions. [WHAS11]

Madison County has been divided into four State House districts and locals don’t seem to be too happy about it. [Richmond Register]

Today Adam Edelen announced plans to audit the Quality and Charity Care Trust. [The ‘Ville Voice]

We can’t wait until the press start to re-discuss Newt Gingrich’s role in an international arms and bribery or whatever plot. [Wonkette]

Phillip Bailey got the headline wrong: “Mongiardo Rips General Assembly, Williams Over Redistricting Plan” – the REAL story in that release today, as we told you, was that he called out Alice Forgy Kerr and Steve Beshear while supporting Kathy Stein. [WFPL]

Urbody so mad over redistricting that people are getting all sue-happy. Republicrats shoulda made this a federal issue, though, because Greg Stumbo has the state judges in his back pocket, for the most part. [Ryan Alessi]

Even Bill Gates says the mega rich should pay more taxes. Because it’s, you know, just. [HuffPo]

Two twists in the dragon’s tail? China’s consumption ration is no longer falling and its reserves are no longer rising. [The Economist]

New Music Tuesday Is Great for Kentucky Stars

Stallions are leaving Kentucky at an alarming rate. There’s no doubt about that. So why isn’t anybody trying to do something to save the horse industry outside of expanded gambling? Kentucky is losing ground and we need to do something. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell’s lackey is all about some transparency in judicial elections. Interesting that there’s been nary a peep about transparency in U.S. Senate elections. Because it still takes a dick year to get Senate FEC reports published and McConnell is fine with that. [John David Dyche]

Louisville was named one of the top ten saddest places to live in the country! You know it’s all gone to pot when flipping Detroit is better off than we are. Thanks to an astute reader to dropped this our way. [Gallup]

I linked to this story about lack of oversight for state contracts earlier today. But what’s really interesting? The Herald-Leader didn’t bother talking to the current House co-chair, Dennis Horlander, who just secured a big job with Jefferson County Public Schools. He was working for Codell Construction last year, but it “didn’t work out.” That’s what’s interesting. [H-L Again]

Kentuckians Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore have released “Dear Companion” so go buy it! The album was produced by Jim James/Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket fame and he’s featured on the album. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Appalachian Voices in the fight against mountaintop removal. For those of you who hate buying local (damn you), it’s also available on iTunes. [Click the Clicky]

Oh, what’s that? You want to preview the album before buying it? You can stream the entire thing on the album’s website. [Click This Clicky, Too]

The Human Rights Campaign needs to stop playing pat-a-cake with Barack Obama and Washington. [AMERICAblog]

No one here is gonna dispute that 1984 was a jacked up place. So take a trip down memory lane to see where Louisville was projected to be in the year 2010. It’s a hot mess, for sure. Hair and everything. The footage of Steve Beshear will blow your mind. [More LEO’s Fat Lip]

Kentucky is altering its lethal injection execution protocol after major outcry. [AP via H-L]

That former Mongiardo girlfriend? She’s not just any former girlfriend. Her name is Francene. And if I’m forced to discuss everything (I won’t reveal anything I don’t already have approval to share – going back months and months), you know it’ll make major news. [Bluegrass Bulletin]