They’re Still Spinning For Jamie Comer

Is it really gossip when a woman stands up to her alleged abuser after that alleged abuser forces her to do so?

Is it really gossip when former staffers of a candidate stand up to him? After they attempt to leave his crap in their past and he effectively terrorizes them by trash-talking them to potential employers, friends, relatives, neighbors?

Is it really just political pettiness?

Or maybe — just maybe — is Jamie Comer’s monster of a loss (and it is — he fell something like 20 points to lose to MATT BEVIN, of all people) about everything he tried to pull? About the victim-shaming he and his cohorts coordinated?

Get a load of what these four Comer supporters sent out to constituents in Central Kentucky:

Over the last several weeks, we’ve watched as local Republicans proactively participated in the campaign efforts of a number of candidates seeking statewide office. That is and will ever be a good thing. We need more citizens who are willing to engage in the raucous and sometimes impassioned effort to promote the best candidate for each office.

But, now, the decision of who actually moves beyond the Primary and into a campaign that will culminate in the general election this fall has been made—by Republican voters all across Kentucky.

We would observe that some of the efforts to spread mere gossip and innuendo during the Republican primary do not serve the greater good of our party. We do not suggest that individual candidates promoted such efforts, but we know from experience that every candidate must enunciate clear boundaries regarding how far they will go during a campaign—and how far they will tolerate their own supporters going on their behalf. For those of us who have campaigned and now serve on principles and values that transcend even the Republican Party, we must not lose sight of the reason we are in this party in the first place. We four—and many of you—are Christians first, Conservatives second, and Republicans third. The tone of our advocacy should never stray from those deeper truths, and we hope that the recent tactics otherwise on the part of some will not be an indication of trends to come.

Finally, now that our Republican candidates have been determined, we trust that every Republican will move beyond the intra-squad competition of the last several months. We must unite behind the Primary winners from Tuesday’s election. The alternatives are simply too outrageous to allow.

We remain committed to serving for the good of our entire Commonwealth, and hope that our party—and each Hardin County Republican—will demonstrate going forward that we are indeed united, and determined not to fall for the liberal Democrat who aspires to fill every state office in Kentucky in November. –

– Jim DuPlessis
State Representative, 25th District

– Tim Moore
State Representative, 18th District

– Bart Rowland
State Representative, 21st District

– Russell Webber
State Representative, 26th District

Those backward-ass people are still spinning for Jamie Comer.

Anti-gay bigots like Tim Moore and deluded Jim DuPlessis, who attempts to hide everything he does behind the bible, the last people Republicans should want speaking for them.

Gonna be fun watching the “liberal Democrat” attempt to gut them.

And even more fun watching the homo mafia redecorate their 1950s fantasy land.

Everyone’s Numb Over That Crazy Race

This Woodford County city took the first step Monday toward becoming the eighth in Kentucky to adopt an ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation or gender identity. [H-L]

Louisiana residents may go gaga over Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson when they arrive in the state later this year to film a movie about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. But Louisiana and some other states are starting to question whether they are giving up too much to attract such star power. [HuffPo]

Steve Beshear’s administration has paid $195,400 to a private law firm to defend the state’s gay marriage ban after Attorney General Jack Conway refused to do so. [C-J/AKN]

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is set to unveil legislation that would provide free tuition at four-year public colleges and universities on Tuesday. [The Hill]

Despite efforts by the city to seek a different auditing firm for the next fiscal year, the commission voted to accept a proposal from the same firm that has performed audits for the past 20 years. This move came after Kelley Galloway Smith Goolsby, PSC, in Ashland, was the only accounting firm to respond to the city’s requests for proposals. [Ashland Independent]

The dry, red earth could almost be mistaken for a Martian landscape. It is in fact the Atacama desert in Chile, one of the driest places on Earth. [BBC]

Morehead City Council approved first reading Monday of its 2015-16 budget ordinance which includes a 45-cents-per-hour pay raise for all city employees. [The Morehead News]

A coalition of public policy advocates warned on Tuesday that a group of armed conservative activists who have been guarding a mine in southern Oregon for over a month are a sign of an emerging violent anti-government movement. [Reuters]

The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management announced 46 recycling and 25 household hazardous waste (HHW) grants of more than $3.3 million. [Click the Clicky]

The bitter Kentucky Republican gubernatorial primary is going into overtime. [Politico]

In one of the most exciting and tightest statewide elections in history, Republican Matt Bevin apparently won a razor-thin, 83-vote win over James Comer in the primary race for the GOP nomination for governor. [Ronnie Ellis]

David Clarke, the sheriff in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin doesn’t think federal involvement in policing is going to change much. [NPR]

Nearly 1,300 of the 7,211 Kentucky children and youth in foster care are in group placements instead of with families, a news release from a child advocacy group said Tuesday. [H-L]

Leading Republican presidential candidates in the past week settled on an Iraq war narrative. Yes, the intelligence turned out to be faulty, so much so that there wouldn’t be a strong enough case to authorize the invasion in retrospect. But there was consensus that at the time President George W. Bush made the call, something had to be done about the threat posed by Iraq. [HuffPo]

Jack Is No Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes

It’s no secret that we despise Jack Conway’s campaign people (his office staff is terrific, even if he doesn’t let them do their jobs). But it’s a stretch to compare Jack to Alison Grimes in her mind-bogglingly awful 2014 campaign. Conway had his own bad campaign in 2010 but he still doesn’t compare to the embarrassment that was Grimes. [H-L]

Decades after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling declared segregated schooling of black students unconstitutional, many American schools with high minority populations continue to receive fewer resources and provide an education that’s inferior to schools with large white populations. Kentucky’s in a terrible spot and Frankfort doesn’t care. [HuffPo]

In a push for better Internet service across Kentucky, state government is poised to become a large-scale owner of broadband infrastructure over the next four years, raising new questions about digital privacy and the potential for censorship or bureaucratic snooping. [C-J/AKN]

Leaked video reveals omissions in official account of police shooting. [The Intercept]

A woman who works in Washington, D.C., has accused a visiting Richmond Police officer of “catcalling.” [Richmond Register & Popville]

National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent attacked President Obama and gun safety advocates for calling attention to the deaths of children from guns, calling such efforts “The Big Lie” — a phrase associated with Nazi propaganda. [MMFA]

At a time when most states are restoring funding for higher education after the deep and sustained cuts of the recession, Kentucky has continued to reduce funding and lags behind in several funding categories, according to a new study. [Ashland Independent]

The mother of an 11-year-old girl from Kentucky who was shot dead by her father in a murder-suicide this week was on the phone with her and heard the child’s anguished last words moments before gunfire erupted on the other end of the line. [Daily Mail]

Barren County Schools is working to combat what is commonly called the “summer learning loss” or “summer slide” again this summer with its 21st Century Summer Camps. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The House is looking to use an overwhelming bipartisan vote to raise pressure on the Senate over a medical cures bill on which the upper chamber has been lagging. The House is moving forward on its 21st Century Cures measure, aimed at speeding up the FDA’s approval of new drugs and increasing funding for the National Institutes of Health. [The Hill]

Rowan County Fiscal Court is facing the possibility that the projected $15 million cost of a new jail might not be enough for the proposed 300-bed facility. [The Morehead News]

Of course the Republican National Committee is as backward and anti-gay as Kentucky Democrats. [ThinkProgress]

This is the extent of coverage that’s been provided to the Terry Holliday situation. No wonder people in Kentucky feel like they’ve been kept in the dark. [H-L]

President Barack Obama said that LGBT rights “are human rights” in a statement released Saturday to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. [HuffPo]