Dear Regina: No One Needs To Drive 109MPH

Steve Beshear and his wife, Jane, released 2012 state and federal income tax returns Tuesday that showed a total joint gross income of $252,164 — an increase of more than $55,000 from 2011. [H-L]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is using footage of President Richard Nixon and recently testifying IRS officials to bash President Barack Obama in a new web video. [Politico]

The collapse of a major bridge outside of Seattle is raising concerns about infrastructure across the country. Indiana and Kentucky transportation officials, however, say there is no need to worry. [WDRB]

Two top donors to President Obama’s super-PAC are now helping out one that supports Hillary Clinton for president. [The Hill]

It’s kind of sad watching Heather French Henry pretend she’s a viable political candidate for any office. Even more sad that any media outlet would give her claims that she’s being needlessly attacked attention without ripping them apart. [WFPL]

In the furious fallout from the revelation that the IRS flagged applications from conservative nonprofits for extra review because of their political activity, some points about the big picture — and big donors — have fallen through the cracks. [ProPublica]

Sen. Mitch McConnell blamed spending by the federal government for the country’s economic problems in a speech to a Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce audience here Tuesday, calling for an increase in the eligibility age for Social Security and Medicare. [Ronnie Ellis]

People who have surgery towards the end of the week are more likely to die than those who have procedures earlier on, researchers say. [BBC]

During a naturalization ceremony hosted for the first time in conjunction with Mayor Greg Fischer’s office, 145 new Americans recited an oath and became citizens Tuesday morning. [C-J/AKN]

Michele Bachmann, the firebrand conservative 2012 presidential contender, said Wednesday she will not seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives when her term ends but did not rule out another run for the White House. [Reuters]

State Rep. Regina Bunch, R-Williamsburg, was cited shortly after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday by Lexington police for traveling 109 miles per hour in a 70 mph zone on I-75 near the 108-mile marker. [H-L]

Howard Lincoln of White Mountain, Alaska, doesn’t always hear it when people knock on his door. He’s 82 and he still has a little shrapnel in his jaw from a mortar shell that nearly killed him in the Korean War 60 years ago. [NPR]

Toronto Tries Hard To Be More Like Frankfort

A student-led prayer went on at a central Kentucky high school graduation, despite the opposition of at least six students. [H-L]

The Affordable Care Act, a k a Obamacare, goes fully into effect at the beginning of next year, and predictions of disaster are being heard far and wide. There will be an administrative “train wreck,” we’re told; consumers will face a terrible shock. Republicans, one hears, are already counting on the law’s troubles to give them a big electoral advantage. [NY Times]

This must mean John Yarmuth has absolutely no confidence in anything. But he’s right about Alison Grimes needing to piss or get off the pot. Every minute she wastes, she kills her political career a little bit more. [WFPL]

Depending on your point of view, U.S. General Keith Alexander is either an Army four-star trying to stave off a cyber Pearl Harbor attack, or an overreaching spy chief who wants to eavesdrop on the private emails of every American. [Reuters]

Louisville largest church is cutting ties with the Boy Scouts. It comes just days after the national organization decided to drop its ban on gay youth. No wonder so many gay folks who are affiliated with that church commit suicide. And before anyone gets their panties in a twist: there have been several. [WDRB]

In the days since a tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., talk of constructing safe rooms in public schools has become commonplace. In southwest Missouri, officials have built a few of them already, and they are seeking funding to build more. [NPR]

Several hundred people attended a solemn Memorial Day ceremony Sunday in Jeffersontown’s Veterans Memorial Park. It’s the 18th year for the event, organized by the American Legion G.I. Joe Post 244. [C-J/AKN]

A little-noticed amendment from Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is winning support from the NAACP and other civil rights groups that have been cool to the underlying immigration reform bill. [The Hill]

National park officials in eastern Kentucky say bears have returned to Middlesboro and along the periphery of the city. There have been multiple sightings of bears around the city, but rangers believe many of those are coming from one particular bear. [H-L]

As the United States grows warmer and extreme weather more common, the federal government’s flood insurance maps are becoming increasingly important. [ProPublica]

A complex battle over the wishes of a deceased Berea College graduate and professor has embroiled the college and the man’s relatives in a lawsuit in which at least $1.7 million in assets is at stake. [Richmond Register]

And you thought Kentucky political scandals were a hot mess. Seems the Toronto mayor has everybody beat for the next little bit. [HuffPo]

Louisville Wealthy Surprised Poor People Exist

Kentucky House leaders have appointed state Rep. Derrick Graham, D-Frankfort, to be chairman of the House Education Committee. This wasn’t earth-shattering news, so we didn’t hype it up on Friday as other outlets did. [H-L]

Turns out it wasn’t a hedge funder who bought that naked Golden Girls painting. Damon Thayer can rest easy. [Gawker]

Republican Rand Paul will run for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2016 regardless of any decision to launch a presidential bid. And he will campaign for his Kentucky colleague and Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014. [Ronnie Ellis]

A significant majority of Americans favor legalizing hemp, according to a HuffPost/You Gov poll. The poll found that 56 percent of Americans support the plant’s legalization. Twenty-four percent are opposed, while 20 percent are unsure. [HuffPo]

Instead of actually doing work this morning, go watch this Hal Rogers interview with Bill Goodman on One to One. [KET]

Wondering just out disconnected from reality Jonathan Miller is? He seems to think major scandals – involving Heather French Henry herself, not just her husband – are no big deal. Fitting, really, when you consider his own. No wonder the Kentucky Democratic Party has fallen apart the past several years. People like Henry and Miller muck everything up. [The Daily Beast]

That entire bunch is responsible for the hot mess that has become the U.S. Senate non-race. Really says a lot when the potential Democratic challengers have so many scandals that they’re afraid to face one of the most corrupt men on earth. [C-J/AKN]

When CVFC, a conservative veterans’ group in California, applied for tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service, its biggest expenditure that year was several thousand dollars in radio ads backing a Republican candidate for Congress. [NY Times]

Kentucky State Police say Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis was ambushed Saturday morning while picking debris off the roadway. [WKYT]

In Kentucky, Republicans are getting the last laugh on Democrats when it comes to the U.S. Senate. In Minnesota, Al Franken is getting the last laugh on Republicans. [Politico]

Three of the largest industries that buy power from Big Rivers Electric Corp. have created a lobbying coalition to oppose a pair of large rate increases that Big Rivers is proposing as it braces for the loss of its two largest customers. [Henderson Gleaner]

The biggest overhaul of U.S. immigration laws in a generation won bipartisan approval from a powerful U.S. Senate committee last week, but there is a strong chance that Republicans in the House of Representatives will end up killing it. [Reuters]

The number of suburban poor grew substantially in the 13 counties surrounding Louisville, up 72 percent since 2000. The trend mirrors a pattern of increasing poverty outside the urban core in 100 metro regions nationwide, according to the Brookings Institution. [C-J/AKN]

In the classic American story, opportunity is always in front of you. You finish school, find a job, buy a home and start a family; it’s a rosy dreamscape. [NPR]

Some Rare Positive News From Laurel County

An eight-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police has been recognized as Trooper of the Year. Trooper Charles J. Senters was singled out for the award Thursday. [H-L]

Something unexpected and newsworthy happened on the Senate floor Thursday morning during an otherwise commonplace argument between Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell over confirmations and the “nuclear option.” [TPM]

Officials with the state agency overseeing state financial aid say funds ran out earlier than ever before and most Kentucky students who are eligible for the aid programs will not receive funding this year. [WFPL]

You know you love you some Republican race-baiting in Warshington. Because that’s all Steve King is apparently good for. [HuffPo]

After clearing the scene of a single-vehicle crash Thursday that killed an elderly Tennessee woman on Interstate 65, firefighters found the body of her husband more than 970 feet south of the crash. [News-Enterprise]

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) equated the nursery rhyme “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” to the three controversies President Barack Obama’s administration is facing. [ProPublica]

Kentucky’s Transportation Cabinet and a Laurel County resident have been recognized for their efforts to restore rather than replace a landmark bridge. At least one good thing is happening in Laurel County. [WLEX18]

Two-thirds of American voters say that the nation’s economic conditions are poor, but optimism about the state of the country’s financial system is rising, according to a new poll released Friday. [The Hill]

A Louisville lawyer who passed out and caused a mistrial in a medical-malpractice trial may now be punished for it financially. [C-J/AKN]

New government figures add to evidence of a decline in teen pregnancies across the nation and point to a notably large drop in births among Hispanic teens. [NPR]

A Laurel County man who was working as a U.S. Postal Service officer was indicted Thursday for embezzling mail sent from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Way to go, Laurel County, you win the awful award week after week. [H-L]

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose more than expected in April, a hopeful sign that a contraction in factory output could soon run its course. [Reuters]

Many people continue to ask where Mitch McConnell stands on immigration reform. Reality: no one ones, as he won’t answer questions. [Page One]

A strain of cockroaches in Europe has evolved to outsmart the sugar traps used to eradicate them. American scientists found that the mutant cockroaches had a “reorganised” sense of taste, making them perceive the glucose used to coat poisoned bait not as sweet but rather as bitter. [BBC]

Rand Paul Taking Whimsical Jalopy To Henderson

Franklin Circuit Judge Philip Shepherd denied a request by Gov. Steve Beshear to dismiss a Tea Party lawsuit challenging the legality of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange. [H-L]

After years of vilifying prominent religious and conservative leaders, gay activists on Wednesday turned their ire to an unlikely target: Democrats. [Politico]

The Louisville Metro Council on Monday approved a resolution urging Norfolk Southern Railroad to allow cyclists and pedestrians on the K&I Bridge, which connects the city’s Portland neighborhood with New Albany, Ind. [C-J/AKN]

The Boy Scouts of America have reportedly voted 61-38 to allow gay Scouts. According to multiple media sources, the scouting organization has chosen to eliminate sexual orientation as youth membership criterion. Under the new ruling, gay Scout leaders are still prohibited from serving. [HuffPo]

The Olive Hill Council met in regular session Tuesday night to accept the resignations of former Council members Tony Williams and Angie Johnson Fultz. [Ashland Independent]

Abrupt climate change in Africa helped trigger technological and cultural advances in early modern humans, according to new research. Archaeologists had long noted that the complexity displayed by human groups moved in fits and starts. [BBC]

Drivers will be hitting the roads in full force this weekend for Memorial Day which also means that the potential for accidents will increase. [WKYT]

Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday. [NBC]

Looks like Rand Paul is going bagging in Henderson on July 1. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a prospective candidate for president in 2016, will speak at a luncheon here this summer, the Henderson Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday. [Henderson Gleaner]

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blamed former President George W. Bush for the IRS’ targeting of tea party groups in the lead-up to the 2012 election. [HuffPo]

Wondering who in Frankfort causes the entire country to laugh at the Commonwealth of Kentucky? Start with Mike Wilson and his mind-blowing… click the clicky, you’ll see. [Page One]

Danger everywhere! Perhaps it would be better for concerned parents to just keep their children home every day, where they will be guaranteed a solid, no-liberal-claptrap education about how the earth is 5,000 years old, gravity is just a theory, Jesus chose America to be extra special, and the zombied arm of Harvey Milk cannot fondle them from the grave to make them gay. [Wonkette]

A Bourbon County chemistry teacher can remain in the classroom even though he violated state law by not disclosing previous misconduct investigations against him at the University of Kentucky, a state board has ruled. [H-L]

Edwin Oliva, a 29-year-old petty thief and drug addict, says he was a wreck as he sat in a chair in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office in winter 1995. A year earlier, he’d told police a lie that helped implicate a possibly innocent man in a murder. [ProPublica]