KET Will Host Most Interesting Debate This Evening

The Senate likes to think of itself as the world’s greatest deliberative body. But is it some big, arcane mess with negative consequences? [The Economist]

With the House voting to give states control over coal ash, Kentucky is truly and royally fucked. Hardcore fucked. [WKYT]

Here’s part of the reason why. Steve Beshear’s concerns for King Coal are sorely misplaced. [H-L]

Matthew Barzun is once again making it rain for President Barack Obama. This time for his re-election campaign. [ABC News]

What do you expect to happen during tonight’s KET forum with Jack Conway and Todd P’Pool? We expect P’Pool to foam at the mouth about Obama, because Todd still doesn’t realize we already know he’s afraid of a black man more important than him. But we also expect Todd – if he’s decided to sack up and bother being honest – to press Jack on several issues he’ll refuse to talk about. Should be highly entertaining. [Deep KET Thoughts]

This is what we mean by mainstream media failures. The headline: Beshear Administration allegedly receives large amount of money from state workers. Allegedly? The story itself is almost as bad. [WHAS11]

The University of Louisville Hospital merger mess is getting dirtier and dirtier. But with the tens of thousands of dollars Steve Beshear raked in from those who stand to gain from said merger, nothing is likely to slow it down. [C-J/AKN]

Brave patriot turd frother Rick Santorum warns America about dangerous single mother voters. [Wonkette]

Turns out a 14-year-old swiped those three flags from the Healing Field Memorial in Lawrenceburg. [WLEX18]

David Axelrod says Republican candidates don’t understand the anger behind Occupy Wall Street. Maybe it’s because they’re incapable? Meemaw n poppop are also having a tough time figuring things out. [HuffPo]

Marching for jobs and economic justice in the name of Martin Luther King Jr. makes way more sense to most people, though. [NPR]

Could this be the guy who finally saves the United States Postal Service? [WaPo]

Of course crazy ass Herman Cain is going to stumble on taxes and immigration. He comprehends neither. [NY Times]

Giving Silly Awards Instead Of Protecting The Commonwealth Of Kentucky’s Environment

The Energy and Environment Cabinet has nothing else better to do so it’s giving YET ANOTHER award to a coal company. No, wait, it’s giving TWO awards! [Press Releases]

We’re surprised Kentucky Democrats haven’t sought this horrible racist out for his thoughts on immigration. [Wonkette]

Seems like there’s never any hope in Eastern Kentucky. Now small towns can’t afford to pay their power bills. [H-L]

Will Jim King and the rest of Louisville’s Metro Council ever sack up and do the responsible thing with Metro Animal Services? Greg Fischer clearly isn’t capable. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Really? Jobless claims UNEXPECTEDLY rose? What planet are you living on if you were surprised by a rise? [HuffPo]

David Jones is putting his money where his mouth is and he’s offering $10 million of his own cash to build an East End Bridge in Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

Now the United States Postal Service wants to close 250 mail processing facilities. Closing all these facilities in Kentucky is crazy! [WKY]

John Boehner’s ideas for tax reform are no doubt insane. But no one can deny that comprehensive tax reform is needed. [Politico]

President Barack Obama has decided to exclude Social Security from the deficits plan. [Reuters]

Mitch McConnell and Steve Beshear are both praising Kentucky’s Medal of Honor recipient. [WFPL & Press Releases]

Adam Edelen is talking about pension reform. Just like David Williams. Can you believe that? [Ryan Alessi]

OH MY GOD! THEY’RE TRYING TO GET US THROUGH THE CANTALOUPE SUPPLY! And you know we buy like 50% of all cantaloupe that is sold in Kentucky. [ABC News]

Sorry, You Can’t Pray Kentucky’s Problems Away

Don’t worry! Nothing to see here! Just ignoring the burning drinking water well that’s impacted from mining. [Ronnie Ellis]

This is the 114th day Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson questioned Jack Conway: “Voters in this state are sick of politicians who simply refuse to answer important questions,” said Robertson. “Jack Conway is going to be in for a rude awakening on November 8th when the voters finally get their chance to retire him for good.” [Press Release]

The aliens are all coming to get you. Are you packed? Ready to take a trip? [HuffPo]

Really, who the flip cares about public prayer? It’s ridiculous. Get over it. If you wanna pray? Do it where you’re not using my tax dollars – like at public school athletic events. The fact that anybody would politicize this is absurd. This is just as dumb as the Ark Park. Clutch those pearls! [AP]

As the United States pushes immigrants away, the East snatches them up. Putting ourselves at a competitive disadvantage. [The Economist]

David Williams offered an educational alternative. The Democrats ran from it, essentially, and offered no other ideas. [CN|2]

The economy only grew one percent this spring and that means we’re all gonna die of the poverty again. [WaPo]

John Yarmuth is none too happy with Barack Obama on the jobs front and he is making sure everybody hears about it. [The Hill]

Crazy old John McCain and some other poop leaches tried to give Qadhafi/Gaddafi all kinds of arms. [Politico]

People are literally freaking out over the labor board’s new poster rule. [HuffPo]

Water balloon fighting can be fun. But can you imagine the amount of time, energy, effort and resources wasted on this? [H-L]

There are all kinds of new numbers and geography for the gays. They are coming to recruit your children. [NY Times]

Taking a page out of the Carter County playbook. An Ohio Congresscritter had police seize cameras at a town hall meeting. [Poynter]

Central Kentucky Must’ve Been Alien-Invaded

David & Reeechie’s campaign manager is moving along, apparently. Here’s what MG (Ret.) Donald Storm had to say about Luke Marchant: “Luke had some professional opportunities he wanted to pursue and we wish him all the best. Although he is no longer the day-to-day manager he will continue to be available to the campaign for consultation. There are no other staffing changes, and David and Richie continue with an excellent team of people who are executing an aggressive grassroots and fundraising operation that will carry them to victory come November. Sen. Williams is looking forward to next week’s forum in Louisville where he will discuss his positive ideas for the future, and where Steve Beshear is apparently going to be a no-show.” [Press Release]

If Little Todd Hollenbach’s financial literacy program had worked, do you think John Calipari would be launching a joint effort with some banks in order to teach kids financial literacy? [H-L]

The U.S. Postal Service wants to cut 120,000 jobs and pull out of federal benefits plans. Let’s see how long it takes half that workforce to, uh, go postal. [HuffPo]

There are some crazy things going down in Richmond these days. It’s gotta be something in the water in Central Kentucky. [Richmond Register]

What was that, again, about religious hospital systems being a-okay safe? We have a system right here in Kentucky that cheated the government out of $9 million. [C-J/AKN]

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided a Mexican restaurant in Harlan. So you know meemaw and poppop are going to be even more askeerd of the foreigns. [WYMT]

Here’s a weird story about Bruce Lunsford living in a condo in Saratoga during the summer. [The Business Review]

Just in case you were wondering why Perry Clark has gone full-on teabagger using the Hitler-Obama bits lately? It’s rampant with all the teabaggers and the Rascal crowd. [Wonkette]

Remember that psych job pastor who wanted to burn the Koran? He’s planning a 9/11 Ground Zero visit. [HuffPo]

Remember when everybody freaked out over criticism of Kentucky Farm Bureau? Remember when that organization admitted to discriminating against people who didn’t hate the gays enough? Here’s Farm Bureau receiving and doling out tons of government cash. [Ashland Independent]

Want to win copies of The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook and The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book? I’ve got ten copies of each to give away. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Smokers are apparently avoiding the cancer stick tax by using self-rolled cigarettes and buying small cigars. [H-L]

Dewayne Bunch, a legislator injured breaking up a school fight, is continuing to recover. [WLEX18]

Louisville Metro Government Doesn’t Hate The Gays

This marks the 73rd day in a row Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson has questioned Jack Conway over his involvement in his brother’s drug scandal: “Jack Conway cannot play hide and seek much longer,” said Robertson. “He will eventually have to answer for his political and professional bad judgment. And when voters are reminded of who this man actually is…we will see another crippling Conway defeat.” [Press Release]

The editorial board is on the money about David Williams’ crazy ass proposal for Jefferson County Public Schools. But Sheldon Berman and the JCTA? Give us a goddamn break. There’s a reason Berman got kicked to the curb. That man took JCPS to the bank and the JCTA does nothing but waste mountains of cash that would be better spent on the teachers who depend on the organization. [What A Farce]

Beginning July 1, 2012, employees of Louisville Metro Government will be eligible for domestic partner benefits. It’s a shame the rest of the state doesn’t follow suit. [The ‘Ville Voice]

No one is shocked that the Republican “budget” guts economic data. Naturally, they want to kill anything and everything unless it makes them money. [HuffPo]

So Gatewood Galbraith is forever going to be known as a kooky, fringe candidate. Way to go, folks, way to go. [CN|2]

If Gatewood is able to make his candidacy official on Thursday? It will likely mean a whole lot less without Ralph Long on board. [H-L]

A fisherman found a body on a log in the Cumberland River in Whitley County. [WKYT]

See? It’s not just about getting a pill or visiting an emergency room. Patients need treatment from actual people. [Reuters]

Westerners could be programmed for fatty foods and alcohol. If, by westerners, they mean everyone on earth. [BBC]

A judge says the federal government has misled the public on a controversial immigration program. [Pro Publica]

Standard & Poor’s is the second credit agency to warn the United States of a downgrade if debt talks fail. [Slate]

Gene Robinson, a Lexington native and the country’s first openly gay Episcopal bishop, says he relied on his faith to weather the storm. [H-L]

Remember that girl who got nude and draped herself in a flag? The one Rand Paul hired? She should probably enter this contest. [Wonkette]

Ben Chandler has more campaign cash in the bank than Candy Barr. He’s also probably more of a Republican. [WLEX18]

President Barack Obama is now backing means-testing for Medicare in an attempt to cut a deal for raising the debt ceiling. [HuffPo]

2011 Immigrants’ List Hall Of Shame Announced

Immigrants’ List just announced its 2011 Hall Of Shame and no one from Kentucky made the list!


Here it is, anyway:

Hall of Shame – April 2011 Inductees

1. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) — A man who cites the Bible in his opposition to immigration reform, King favors an electrified wire border fence, arguing “we do that with livestock all the time.” King believes that undocumented immigrants can be detected from their clothing and “the type of grooming they might have,” and labeled the DREAM Act “amnesty.” Alarmingly, King vice chairs the House Immigration Subcommittee – the first stop for every immigration bill.

2. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) — According to Lamar Smith, the guaranteed 14th Amendment right to birthright citizenship is a “misinterpretation,” which Smith plans to remedy with a ban on that right that can “get five votes” on the Supreme Court. Such a posture would be troubling enough from any member of Congress, but coming from the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, it’s downright dangerous.

Peep the other eight inductees after the jump…

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Gatewood’s About To Steal Tons Of Beshear Votes

Should the State House and State Senate forget about their approaches to immigration and take a new path? Of course they should. Father Pat knows they should. He also knows they won’t and knows what a farce it is that they’re just cold focused on executing people. [Ryan Alessi]

Ralph Long is gonna manage the campaign of Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley. That has to sting for Steve Beshear and the good old boy Democrats in Frankfort. Lots of Democratic votes will roll Gatewood’s way in the general, for sure. Lots. [Bluegrass Politics & Ralph Long]

A federal investigation couldn’t find a single homeowner wrongfully foreclosed upon. Our heads are about to spin. [HuffPo]

Portraits Of The Poor: Dignity In Times Of Despair. This is right up our alley. Maybe it’s right up yours. [NPR]

Ben Chandler is co-sponsoring oil price gouging legislation. Seems a little too common sense for him. What gives? [WLEX18]

If you missed it earlier today, Jonathan Miller quit his job in state government. [Page One]

A former Kentucky teacher who was fired for her past in pornographic films has been fired in St. Louis. For the same thing. Who cares? Jesus H. [H-L]

The AARP is suing the United States over effects of reverse mortgages. Guess Fred Thompson’s career as a reverse mortgage spokeshack is gonna be short-lived. [NY Times]

Three Kentuckians are prominently involved in the Yale Environmental Film Festival. [The ‘Ville Voice]

A study says melting ice sheets are now the largest contributor to rising sea levels. But global warming isn’t happening, right? Just a hoax. [HuffPo]

Remember the attempted MLK bombing in Spokane? The nutbag arrested for it yesterday apparently left a trail of hate on the internet. [TPM]

Republicans love free speech when it comes to pocketing millions in campaign cash but they hate it when it comes to the internet and free flow of information. [Engadget]