Will Andy Stand Up To Gov. Butt Cramp?

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Lexington’s police department hopes to have its officers equipped with body cameras by June. [H-L]

Winners and losers were hard to find, as the defining feature of Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate was its lack of definition. In stark contrast to the first three GOP face-offs, each of which carved an underlying narrative that drove subsequent news coverage, Tuesday’s forum had many moments that stuck out, but few that appeared likely to have a lasting effect on the contours of the wide-open race. [HuffPo]

Amid a national push for more openness in law enforcement, the Louisville Metro Police Department has decided to regularly share information on such subjects as violent crime, crime victims, police shootings and assaults on officers. [C-J/AKN]

Interrupted midway through answering a question about how he would reform the nation’s tax code, Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul was reportedly escorted off stage roughly an hour into Tuesday’s GOP primary debate after falling below the minimum 2.5 percent polling threshold necessary for participating in the forum. [The Onion]

The last time Kentucky elected a Republican governor he ran into trouble with the Democratic attorney general. [Ronnie Ellis]

The White House says it is making strides in its push to end homelessness among veterans and help returning service members get an education. [The Hill]

One of two Democrats to survive Election Day, attorney general-elect Andy Beshear, said the mission of the attorney general’s office has not changed during an announcement of his transition team Tuesday in the Capitol Rotunda. [State Journal]

All recent U.S. military veterans and their families will now be offered in-state tuition rates to public colleges and universities throughout the country, the White House said on Wednesday. [Reuters]

Academic standards may be working for students in Kentucky, Trey Grayson, but you’re ignoring the reality that there is almost no accountability for educators. Proof: everything published here on Page One. [Trey Grayson]

Republican Matt Bevin is the latest political newcomer to make a splash. The newly elected governor of Kentucky has never held office before and says he plans to shake up politics in the state. [NPR]

Oh, look, the Kentucky Baptist Convention is straight up lying about Planned Parenthood. Sooooo Christlike. Sickened and brokenhearted by reports of Planned Parenthood selling the remains of hundreds of thousands of aborted babies each year, Kentucky Baptists called on lawmakers to immediately defund the government-funded agency. [Ashland Independent]

The chief of the Justice Department’s civil rights division says “too many barriers still exist in courts across America” when it comes to providing lawyers to poor criminal defendants. [NPR]

Matt Bevin’s plans to repeal Steve Beshear’s health care reforms could face opposition from Beshear’s son, the newly elected attorney general. [H-L]

The growing calls for a $15 minimum wage have infiltrated not just the Democratic primary campaign, but now the Republican one as well. But while Democrats are debating how high it should be raised, Republicans are explaining why they think it should remain where it’s been since 2009. [HuffPo]

Wild Ernie Fletcher Shenanigans In 3, 2…

Chiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiild. Get the popcorn ready. M. Stephen Pitt, a Louisville lawyer who defended Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher during the state hiring investigation that led to Fletcher’s indictment in 2006, will be general counsel to Republican Governor-elect Matt Bevin. [John Cheves]

Hillary Clinton wants to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous substance in order to allow more research into the drug’s medicinal properties, the Democratic presidential candidate said Saturday in South Carolina. [HuffPo]

Republican Matt Bevin said often during his campaign for governor that he would have no favors to repay if he was elected governor. But he’s totally gonna have all kinds of his wealthy friends pay off his campaign debt to himself. [C-J/AKN]

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear another challenge to the Affordable Care Act, this time to decide whether religiously affiliated organizations such as universities, hospitals and charities can be free from playing any role in providing their employees with contraceptive coverage. [WaPo]

PEE ALERT! Former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup has endorsed Marco Rubio for president and will lead his efforts in Kentucky’s first ever presidential caucus in March. [WFPL]

As the United States prepares to intensify airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria, the Arab allies who with great fanfare sent warplanes on the initial missions there a year ago have largely vanished from the campaign. [NY Times]

“We are doing things in agriculture you can only dream about,” said the director of agriculture policy for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. [Richmond Register]

Let’s say you are Janet Yellen. As chair of the Federal Reserve, you must decide next month whether to hold down — or nudge up — interest rates. This huge decision could affect virtually all Americans who borrow money, which a lot of people do during the holidays. [NPR]

Two newcomers are joining the Fairview Board of Education as the district continues to emerge from a tumultuous period marked by severe penalties to its athletic programs and allegations of financial irregularities. [Ashland Independent]

Accreditation agencies have recently come under fire for failing to keep schools accountable. Now the Education Department is looking to change that. [ProPublica]

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates four children die every year in large school bus crashes. The agency believes seat belts would cut that number in half. [WKYT]

The former U.S. comptroller general says the real U.S. debt is closer to about $65 trillion than the oft-cited figure of $18 trillion. Dave Walker, who headed the Government Accountability Office (GAO) under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, said when you add up all of the nation’s unfunded liabilities, the national debt is more than three times the number generally advertised. [The Hill]

A foundation affiliated with the University of Kentucky that was questioned during the controversial ouster of a UK surgeon must turn over its records for public inspection, Attorney General Jack Conway has ruled. [H-L]

This is the kind of crap you can look forward to with Matt Bevin. An Alabama Board of Education member is drawing criticism for making a number of outlandish claims about the Common Core during a recent GOP luncheon. Betty Peters, the state school board member for District 2, in the southeast part of the state, spoke at a meeting of the Republican Women of Coffee County Oct. 21 during which she espoused views on the Common Core, “transgender values” and the “homosexualist” takeover of education in Southern states. [HuffPo]

Let’s All Roll Our Eyes Really Hard

At Matt Bevin’s transition team.

Because the teabagger is still butthurt at all media daring to question him or hold him accountable, here’s the list we swiped from others.

Here it is:

  • Mac Brown, Chair
  • Jenean Hampton, Lt. Governor-Elect
  • Kristen Webb-Hill, Transition Director
  • Vivek Sarin, Governor’s Office
  • Rep. Jerry T. Miller, Steering Committee Director
  • John Hodgson, Budget & Operations Director
  • John Roach, General Counsel
  • Rep. Tom Kerr, Economic Development
  • Billy Harper, Education & Workforce Development
  • Kathy Walker, Energy & Environment
  • Bonita Black, Health & Family Services
  • Mark Sommer, Justice & Public Safety
  • Garth Kuhnhein, Personnel
  • Julie Denton, Public Protection & Labor
  • Brett Gaspard, Tourism, Arts & Heritage
  • Hal Heiner, Transportation
  • Maj. General Donald Storm, Department of Military Affairs
  • John Farris, Kentucky Retirement System
  • Frank Farris, Finance & Administration
  • Tom Stephens, Transition Personnel Director
  • Jessica Ditto, Communications Director

Wondering what his team is going to be like? There you go. The richest of the rich. The far right.


Julie Denton. A woman who gave up a dog because she didn’t want to give it daily eyedrops. In charge of transitioning the Public Protection Cabinet? Really? The woman who ditched the state legislature in order to beef up her retirement as a councilperson in Louisville? At least she’s not Kim Davis.

Chiiiiiiild. Hold on to your wigs.

Really? Blaming Voting Machines For Bevin?

Holy hell at the delusion outside Kentucky:

As detailed on today’s program with my guest Karoli Kuns of Crooks And Liars, there are a number of reasons to question the reported results. Among them, as Kuns points out today at C&L, the Democrats running in the down ballot races — for Secretary of State, Attorney General (Conway’s current job) and even state Auditor — each reportedly received tens of thousands more votes than Conway did at the top of the ticket!

Bev Harris, of BlackBoxVoting.org, who I spoke with earlier today, described the higher vote totals in the down ballot races as a “significant anomaly”. She tells me that, at least until more records are requested and examined, the KY-Gov’s race “has to be looked at as a questionable outcome, particularly because of the discrepancies in the down ballot races. More votes in those races and not at the top…that just doesn’t happen.”

It’s almost as if these people have no ability to grasp the fact that people just didn’t vote for governor because the candidates sucked.

This is not rare. Happened in 2011 when Jamie Comer raked in something like 60K more votes than Steve Beshear. Happened last year when people avoided Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes.


[O]ne scenario worth investigating and paying attention to concerns identifying the contractors who programmed the voting machines, especially in rural areas that were likely to see GP majorities but perhaps not by as much as were reported in the vote totals. That suggestion is based on a 2005 investigation and 2006 book, What Happened in Ohio: A Documentary Record of Theft and Fraud, by co-authors Bob Fitrakis, Steven Rosenfeld and Harvey Wasserman, into how the GOP suppressed and stole votes in Ohio’s 2004 presidential election.


Rural Kentucky almost always votes for the most bigoted, backwater, delusional candidate. That’s how it works. Kentucky Democrats are further to the right of national Republicans.

Spoiler alert: SurveyUSA was wrong. So wrong that its media partners kicked it to the curb. The polls were wrong.

This is how Kentucky voted, like it or not. It’s not some liberal utopia. The Commonwealth is where a majority of Democrats admit to voting on the basis of race. The state where Democrats made the 2004 anti-gay marriage amendment a reality. Kentucky is where Jack Conway ran as teabagger-light twice and got his ass handed to him by actual teabaggers both times.

This isn’t Florida. There are no hanging chads. The race wasn’t even close.

But this is how it always goes. Blame someone else.

Oh, wait, it gets worse:

Some of the arguments I’ve heard are that Conway ran away from the Affordable Care Act. Okay, but so did Alison Lundergan Grimes in her Senate race against McConnell.

Alison ran during a national election in 2014. She barely showed her face in 2015.

There was an independent candidate who got 35,629 votes. Even if those had all gone to Conway, it still would have been less than the number of votes Grimes and Beshear received.

Because tons of people chose not to vote for governor. The candidates running were terrible. See: the result.

I’ve heard that Conway was linked up with Obama and so the kneejerk reaction was to vote for his opponent. Okay, but Steve Beshear embraced Obama and the Affordable Care Act and didn’t have a problem getting elected.

Steve Beshear never embraced Barack Obama. In fact, he spent millions of taxpayer dollars to come up with the “kynect” branding in order to run quickly away from anything called “Obama” — and he continues to do so today. Steve Beshear, during his second campaign, faced DAVID WILLIAMS and RICHIE FARMER. Good grief. A frozen dog turd could have beat those two. And Richie’s sitting in prison at the moment.

Name recognition? Alison Grimes and Andy Beshear are from long-time Kentucky political families. But Conway was the Attorney General. It’s not like he was a disappearing snowflake there.

Conway is well-known and not popular. See: his race against Anne Northup, his race against Rand Paul, his race against Matt Bevin.

At first, I thought maybe it was the Kim Davis debacle, given that Conway played a role in the whole hoopla around that. But he won Davis’ county by three percentage points, so it’s not that either.

Rowan County is home to Morehead and Morehead State University. It’s long been a progressive haven in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Progressives outnumber mouth-breathers there. Suggesting the county is filled with backwater yokels because Kim Davis lives there is… what? Go there. Read about it. Kim Davis is a Rowan County anomaly. For outsiders wondering about my credentials: I was born in Morehead and lived within 20min of Morehead for 18 years. I’m there more frequently than I care to admit. Morehead and West Liberty are the center of my universe.

In order to believe these results as they are right now, we have to believe Democrats split the ticket and voted for Dems everywhere but the Governor’s race. I’m not sure I buy that.

Again, look at the 2011 results.

Or look at the 2014 results when gobs of people in Louisville chose not to vote in the U.S. Senate race for Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes but still voted for Congressman John Yarmuth.

You know what that leaves for me? Voting machines.

Oh, yeah, it’s voting machines in Kentucky that caused these results and not the Kentucky Democratic Party that runs to the right of everything out of fear. Has nothing at all to do with Jack Conway lying out his ass about supporting every right-wing thing his campaign folks could come up with. Nothing at all to do with the fact that Kentuckians can smell a phony politician from a mile away. Matt Bevin may be a lying, backward, bigoted, cockfight-attending teabagger but Kentuckians could tell he was honest about his stupidity. Jack was faking it.

The stakes were high in Kentucky. Governor Steve Beshear had embraced the Affordable Care Act, Kynect is a rousing success in a red state. Beshear expanded Medicaid by executive order.

Bevin promised to undo all of that. Unwind it. Lock, stock and barrel. Why on earth would Kentucky voters vote against their own interests and split their ticket to do it?

Maybe because the handful of people who voted in the election are easily manipulated and terrified? Maybe they’re the folks who live Fox News 24/7 and believe that President Barack Obama is an undocumented Muslim immigrant from Kenya?

Pro-tip: Kentuckians oppose “Obamacare” by huge numbers but love “kynect” — it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what went wrong.

This is Kentucky, after all. It’s not as if we haven’t seen malfeasance at the voting machines before.

A dozen votes in Magoffin County — land of racists, pills and walking around money — is par for the course. People go to jail for vote buying almost every election in the mountains. But here’s the deal: it’s the Democrats in Eastern Kentucky always going to jail for small time fraud.

Jesus H.

If it’s not neocon teabaggers screaming about the gays ruining everything, it’s hypocritical liberals crying and blaming voting machines.

The blame needs to be laid at the feet of the Kentucky Democratic Party. It’s been controlled the last few years by Steve Beshear and Jack Conway. Their people. Their team. They’ve run, despite Jack Conway stepping up ONCE, consistently from equality, consistently from their national party, consistently from the environment, consistently from common sense. Always toward guns, always toward theocracy, always toward the lowest common denominator.

And we can’t forget the DGA. Those folks coughed up a press release immediately after the election blaming Conway’s loss on DONALD TRUMP. You can’t make that shit up. That’s how disconnected D.C. is from Kentucky. Probably why the rest of the nation looks at Kentucky with extreme prejudice and confusion.

All of this is almost as funny as the Democrats who blame Drew Curtis for their loss.

Next up, Democrats blame the media and then resort to blaming individuals when that fails. They did it in 2010 and they’ll do it again.