Pat Davis Kneed Matt Bevin You-Know-Where

The University of Kentucky will begin negotiations with Aramark Corp. to take over the school’s dining services, President Eli Capilouto announced Friday. The surprise announcement came just two hours after students spoke to the finance committee about their opposition to the privatization, which has been contested for more than a year. [H-L]

An interim director will take over the embattled Phoenix VA Health Care System on Monday, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced. [HuffPo]

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes continues to raise much more money in small contributions (those of under $200) than incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, according to reports the two filed last week with the Federal Election Commission for the month of April. [C-J/AKN]

One day before she begins a 50-county bus tour leading to the May 20 primary, Alison Lundergan Grimes went on the air with her first television commercial. The Democratic Secretary of State is running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Mitch McConnell who has been on the air for nearly a year. [Ronnie Ellis]

What differentiates households that accumulate and carry balances on their credit cards from those that don’t have debt? [Click the Clicky]

This is an interesting story about crashing Kentucky Derby gates. But it reeks of failure of the governor’s security detail and highlights just how easy it is for crazy people to get close to the him/her. [WFPL]

In his first intervention in the Ukraine crisis, the US ambassador to the Court of St James’s issues an unequivocal warning to bullying Moscow. Standing up to violence does not require that we be violent ourselves – but it does demand that we stand up. This is precisely what America, in close partnership with Britain and our other allies, is doing in response to the mounting crisis in Ukraine. [Daily Mail]

The Commonwealth candidates running for U.S. Senate were on our door step right here in South Central Kentucky on Saturday. [WBKO]

In Kentucky, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell holds a dominant 57-25 lead with likely Republican voters over tea party challenger Matt Bevin, whose campaign took a hit after he was caught on video endorsing legal cockfighting at a rally promoting the blood sport. McConnell faces a much closer general election against likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergran Grimes, who he leads by a razor thin margin among registered votes 46 to 45. [NBC News]

Pat Davis, wife of former U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, fired another salvo in their feud with Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin by recording a message for an automated call supporting Mitch McConnell’s campaign. []

Of course Matt Bevin is ignoring campaign finance law and failing to file reports with the Federal Election Commission. [External PDF Link]

Federal and state laws on marijuana collide, forcing veterans to self-medicate on the sly. [Jim Higdon via Al Jazeera]

Mayor Jim Gray and challenger Anthany Beatty have hit Lexington airwaves with new campaign advertisements in the past two weeks that tout their achievements in an effort to woo voters. [H-L]

Yet another reason the whole charter schools “movement” is stupid. Excluding the religious fundamentalists and racists, it seems the push is eerily similar to the teabagger groups. Funded by wealthy people pushing to make themselves more wealthy. But this isn’t about destroying politics — it’s about destroying children who can’t afford to pay for the best of the best. [HuffPo]

Bevin To Get His Butt Kicked By Geoff Davis

Remember when we shared this “rumor” with you way back in October?

All day yesterday folks like Joe Gerth were on Twitter suggesting that Bevin would receive an endorsement in Boone County. That obviously didn’t happen. But that’s not the sad part.

Here it is: Bevin has spent the past six weeks or so working all of those folks in Northern Kentucky. For the past few days, he made personal telephone calls to all of the delegates and power brokers. He was so out-of-touch with political reality that he called the family of former Rep. Geoff Davis and had the nerve to try to tell them they had no idea how Washington worked.

In inviting the press to NKY last night, Bevin’s crew all but assured them he would receive a major endorsement. Then splat, nothing.

Geoff Davis just confirmed it:

Geoff Davis says Matt Bevin was rude to his wife.

Bevin, the tea party candidate seeking to beat Sen. Mitch McConnell, says Davis is a liar.


Davis said Bevin called his wife, Pat, asking for her support. He claimed when she asked Bevin if he could give one reason “to fire the next majority leader of the U.S. Senate,” Bevin cut her off and said she doesn’t understand the political process, Davis said.

“(Bevin) continued to argue with her, not letting up,” Davis said. “It was extremely unprofessional.”

What was that, again, about this not being the best place for fun political “rumors” set to bloom later on down the road?

A couple things: Scott Wartman is wrong about this just popping up this week. It erupted in October 2013. Davis isn’t lying, Matt Bevin is just that kind of delusional, Sarah Palin-style grifter.

Oh, there’s a cherry on top:

”In many meetings with national House and Republican leadership, not only was Sen. McConnell a strong defender of Kentucky values and working tirelessly to defeat that bill and have it repealed and replaced, it is a false assertion that he supported Obamacare,” Davis said. “It is beyond ridiculous. I didn’t go to MIT, but I went to West Point. At West Point, if he (Bevin) conducted himself like that in the military, he’d be dishonorably dismissed.”

Pro-tip to Bevin: the Davis livelihood depends upon Davis and all the connections he made in Washington, D.C. Not Mitch McConnell.

Tread lightly.

Frankfort Working To Keep The Poorest Down

The University of Kentucky plans to privatize its dining services, with the larger goal of bringing in millions of dollars for new dining facilities on campus, UK President Eli Capilouto announced Tuesday. [H-L]

A lot of media outlets botched the CBO’s Obamacare report. That led to tons of confusion for simple-minded people like Rand Paul and Bob Stivers. [HuffPo]

There’s no denying that Mike O’Connell is a hot mess. But he’s certainly not the only good old boy politician playing this game. What about Steve Beshear and the countless other Democrats with their own personal patronage systems? [C-J/AKN]

Right now, Kentucky undoubtedly is the “most watched” Senate race in the country. But does it deserve all that loving attention? Almost certainly not. [Politico]

Anyone listening to the political debate about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare to the law’s critics – in Kentucky has heard claims that large numbers of people saw their insurance plans cancelled. [Ronnie Ellis]

What is the farm bill? The huge, five-year farm bill that Congress sent to President Obama on Tuesday sets policy for hundreds of programs, including farm subsidies and food stamps. [WaPo]

Geoff Davis, the former Congressman for Kentucky’s 4th District, has endorsed Kris Knochelmann in the race for Kenton County judge-executive. [Enquirer]

Matt Bevin is one of the Christian Right’s favorite and most dangerous new recruits running for office. [AlterNet]

As I strolled into the Centre College classroom, I came face-to-face with 23 millennials anxiously awaiting their first day learning about “Politics and Journalism in the Age of Social Media.” They didn’t know what to expect and neither did I. [Bill Goodman]

We’re not sure what planet these people are on but bourbon should never be compared with Tennessee whiskey. [H-L]

CVS Caremark Corp said on Wednesday that it would stop selling tobacco products at its 7,600 stores by October, becoming the first U.S. drugstore chain to take cigarettes off the shelf. Public health experts called the decision by the No. 2 U.S. drugstore chain a precedent-setting step that could pressure other stores to follow suit. [HuffPo]

Fort Knox plans to install its first female commanding general in March. [WLEX18]

America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners face a complex and ever-changing threat in the form of a changing and shifting climate. [White House]

Right-wing extremists in Frankfort are working hard every day to make it more difficult for the poorest of the poor to get by. [Ryan Alessi]

Steve Nunn May Be Kentucky’s Most Awful Person

Multiple errors led Woodford County Clerk Judie Woolums to understate a receipts ledger by $12,000 and to overstate a disbursements ledger by $196,000, according to an audit of the clerk’s 2012 financial statement released last week by State Auditor Adam Edelen. [H-L]

Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them, according to a new poll. It’s a struggle with no heroes. [HuffPo]

Canadian hemp processor Shaun Crew says his company, Hemp Oil Canada, is interested in opening a processing plant in Kentucky — but only if questions surrounding the legality of the plant are settled. [C-J/AKN]

You know how America is No. 1 at everything because we say so? We have THE BEST health care (if you don’t count all the countries where it’s actually better) and THE BEST freedoms (if you don’t count the browns and poors and chicks and gays who don’t have as much freedom, but why would you count them?), and when it comes to invading countries and liberating people with bombs, we can’t be beat. (Okay that part is true.) [Wonkette]

Steve Nunn is this week’s human poop stain. He can afford all that fancy stuff while in prison but can’t afford an attorney? Please. He can’t rot soon enough. Maybe taxpayers will get lucky and he’ll choke to death on some of those noodles. [WLEX18]

US President Barack Obama has said he is willing to hold budget talks with Republicans, but not until they agree to lift “threats” against the economy. [BBC]

Yet another column from Greg Stumbo – that he didn’t write – feigning concern about where Kentucky ranks. [Floyd County Times]

In a press conference that lasted more than an hour, President Obama said he was willing to talk about anything, as long as Republicans reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, even if its for a short period of time. [NPR]

Even the Lane Report folks are getting in on the columns that aren’t written by Greg Stumbo. Because it’s always better to blindly promote a politician than to question them, challenge them or push for the truth. [Lane Report]

A former police sergeant who says he was harassed for being gay, now has the city of Louisville on his side. [WDRB]

With stated support from other elected officials in the audience, Grayson City Council members voted their unanimous confidence for a proposal to build and operate an addiction-recovery center there. [Ashland Independent]

Pointless Congressional perks are deemed essential during the government shutdown. Meanwhile, the public sacrifices. [HuffPo]

Geoff Davis doesn’t regret his decision to leave Congress a year ago. He coaches his one son’s lacrosse team and has built a consulting and lobbying business and will soon start lobbying for his first firm, Teradata, a Dayton, Ohio,-based data analytics company. [C-J/AKN]

Flood Of Awful Awfulness Flowing From Frankfort

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Yesterday, Jamie Comer hyped hemp support from Christian County Sheriff Livy Leavell Jr. in a press release as being a surprise. Only… Comer’s staff have been talking about it for ages on Facebook. So, maybe not such a surprise? Or something that even matters, since hemp isn’t happening any time soon. John Yarmuth supporting the legalization of hemp in Kentucky doesn’t make it any more likely to occur. Remember, this is Kentucky. [Press Release]

A single word comes to Paul Krugman’s mind when trying to describe the U.S. political system: “dysfunctional.” [HuffPo]

Yes, remove him. The law is the flipping law. Steve Beshear is weighing whether a Republican on the state Board of Elections should be removed for possibly violating state law that says members cannot run for public office. [H-L]

The traditionally hard-line stance American officials have held against marijuana is relaxing in some places — but don’t expect Kentucky law enforcement to follow along. [WFPL]

The Mittens Romney campaign did great, right? Yes, says a man who ran Mittens’ campaign. [Wonkette]

Some lawmakers Wednesday indicated they want special taxing districts to get approval of tax rates from fiscal courts, but that might not be the best idea, according to the man who started the conversation about Kentucky’s myriad special tax districts. [Ronnie Ellis]

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad announced Wednesday that his department was revising its pursuit policy to reduce the risk from collisions in car chases that have killed eight people and injured at least 77 since 2007. [C-J/AKN]

Former Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Ky., is joining with veteran lobbyist Hunter Bates in forming Republic Consulting, a lobbying and consulting venture. [Roll Call]

Get a load of these “experts” they talked to who think something is going to change for Eastern Kentucky now that Stivers has taken over Williams’ job. [WKYT]

The Obama administration announced on Wednesday its opposition to the latest House Republican effort on immigration: a bill that would expand visas to certain holders of advanced degrees by eliminating another visa program entirely. [HuffPo]

Two former RPD officers are appealing several rulings in a federal civil suit that accused local prosecutors and law enforcement officers of malicious prosecution in an attempt to convict them of witness tampering. [Richmond Register]

Federal prosecutors in West Virginia charged the highest-ranking executive to date on Wednesday in a broad investigation stemming from the 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine that killed 29 miners, a move that suggests more senior executives at Massey Energy, the mine’s operator, are likely to be prosecuted. [NY Times]

You Playing A Big Game Of Gay Chicken Today?

Have you read about the University of Kentucky’s top medical guy, FrankenGangster? UK knew what it was getting when it hired him and did it anyway. [Page One]

Jerry Abramson may have high hopes for his faux tax reform panel but everybody else has written it off. Completely. [Business Lexington]

A children’s treasury of America’s pilgrimage to Chick-fil-a. It is here, finally: Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, the brainchild of weekend cable television host Mike Huckabee and people who read his Facebook diaries. According to most reports, we’re seeing long fast food drive-thru lines across the nation, as Real Americans everywhere (but mostly in Real America) are rushing out of their homes to stick it to the queers and eat chicken sandwiches. [Wonkette]

The Democrats finally noticed that Geoff Davis resigned. Here’s what John Yarmuth had to say: “I thank Congressman Davis for his many years of honorable public service to the Commonwealth and our country. He is a good friend and colleague, and he has always represented the 4th Congressional District with integrity. I wish him and his family the best.” [Press Release]

SURPRISE! Mittens Romney’s tax plan benefits the super-rich the most. We’re all so surprised. [HuffPo]

Kentucky ranks as the third most expensive state for car insurance. Which shouldn’t surprise you one bit. [Business First]

HAHAHA! Rand Paul has this new teabagger book and you will pee over the title. Government Abuse: Why and How Everyday Americans Are Being Arrested and Imprisoned by the Feds [HAHAHA]

A Paris man who was shot in the head by a police officer Monday died from his injuries. [H-L]

Why are Democrats so afraid to go to Fancy Farm this year? [Kenny Coleslaw]

Of course Kentuckians are standing up to support a company focused on spending millions of dollars specifically to discriminate against the gays. Because we all know that gays don’t really exist and no one has any gays in their own family. [WKYT]

The most ironic thing all day is Lindsey Graham wading into the silly gay chicken fight. Yes, we know that gay chicken is a thing not related to the gay marriage mess. That’s why we said “gay chicken” so people will Google it. You know Lindsey Googles it often. [HuffPo]

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Geoff Davis Resignation Effective Immediately

Statement from Davis:

“I thank the people of Kentucky’s Fourth District for the honor of serving as their Congressman over the last eight years.

“When I was a Cadet at West Point, I internalized the words of the U.S. Military Academy’s motto, ‘Duty, Honor, Country.’ Next, I learned that success was based on honoring God, Family, and Work, in that order. In December 2011, I decided that in order to honor those values, I needed to retire from Congressional service so I could more effectively serve my family as a husband and father.

“Those priorities continue to guide my decisions. Recently, a family health issue has developed that will demand significantly more of my time to assist. As a result, I cannot continue to effectively fulfill my obligations to both my office and my family. Family must and will come first.

“Therefore, I am resigning from the U.S. House of Representatives effective at close of business on July 31, 2012.

“I have served with great men and women in the Congress in both parties, and leave knowing that the House is filled with people who love this country and are working to make our future better. I am grateful to have been blessed by being a part of this great institution.”

Congressman Davis submitted his resignation today to Governor Steve Beshear and Speaker of the House John Boehner.

We wish Davis and his family well.

Davis may be on different political planes than most of us but he’s a good man and sticks to his word.