Your Presidential Race Has Turned Into A Circus

Steve Beshear appointed Neil Howard to the Kentucky Horse Race Commission. He also reappointed Wade Houston Sr., Alan Leavitt, Harold Northup and Elizabeth Lavin. [Press Release]

The Medicare debate promises to be front and center in this fall’s presidential campaign, as not just seniors but aging baby boomers focus on retiree healthcare. [Reuters]

Awash in secret campaign donations, Republicans are reversing their support for campaign finance disclosure. [HuffPo]

All Kentucky courts will be closed Tuesday, the second of three scheduled furlough days for the cash-strapped court system. [Bluegrass Politics]

Billionaire industrialist David Koch, who is helping steer millions of dollars to elect Mittens Romney and congressional Republicans, on Thursday told POLITICO he disagrees with the GOP’s stance on gay marriage and believes the U.S. needs to consider raising taxes to balance the budget. [Politico]

Don’t miss Comment on Kentucky tonight because Ronnie Ellis will be on – he’s maybe the best political journalist in the Commonwealth and is certainly the leader of the pack. Scheduled guests other than Ronnie: Janet Patton and Laura Ungar. Comes on at 8:00 P.M. Eastern on KET. [KET]

Here’s yet another look at why we should be giving extra scrutiny with any deal involving India or the Indian government. [Bloomberg]

While Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell recently called the tens of millions of uninsured Americans “not the issue,” not having health insurance can prove both tragic and fatal. A 2009 study showed that uninsured patients are twice as likely to die during emergency room visits. [HuffPo]

What happens to US-born children when their parents are deported? They’re often put up for adoption against their parents’ wishes. [AP]

Police believe the skull of a woman found in southern Kentucky may be a victim of a murder and a hate crime. [WAVE]

It’s almost sad that the Republican Party’s new theme is built on half of a quote taken severely out of context. Because, you know, there’s nothing else on earth they could use that’s a bit more truthful. [NPR]

The African-American camerawoman who had nuts thrown at her by attendees of the Republican National Convention said she was “not surprised at all” by the incident. [The Hill]

Greed and debt: the true story of Mittens Romney and Bain Capital. How the GOP presidential candidate and his private equity firm staged an epic wealth grab, destroyed jobs – and stuck others with the bill. [Rolling Stone]

Marilyn Parker Will Save You From The Messicans

You already know that Brave Patriot Marilyn Parker is going to get gay married by a Muslin.

You already know she’s about as loopy as Peppy Martin after a few glasses of bourbon in a carpet dress.

And hoo boy, you know she’s askeerd of the dang Messicans.

So here she is foaming at the mouth about them before Jerry Abramson’s fake tax commission the other night:

One has to wonder how disconnected from reality people will have to be in order to cast a vote for her in that Metro Council race.

And then one will wonder why her opponent is apparently missing in action.

Republicans Have No Significant Immigration Plan

Ruh ro, the U.S. Senate rejected a resolution on coal backed by Mitch McConnell. [H-L]

Nearly a week has gone by since President Obama announced a new immigration policy that could halt the deportation of some 800,000 young people brought to the country illegally. While Republicans on Capitol Hill were quick to criticize the president for bypassing Congress, they’ve been unusually silent on the question of whether these illegal immigrants should be getting such a break. [NPR]

Bill Adkins has his first television commercial against Thomas Massie and, well, that’s about it. Thomas Massie will win in the fall – not because he’s the best candidate but because the fourth district is so heavily Republican. [Bill Adkins]

Two House Democrats are asking company officials of a Kentucky mine where five miners died and of another mine that was shut down after a safety blitz to submit a plan for paying $1.5 million in overdue fines to the federal government. [C-J/AKN]

You can’t even take a school bus for a joy ride in Mercer County these days without getting into trouble. [WKYT]

Have you seen Mittens Romney’s education plan to turn the country into Louisiana? Wants to privatize K-12 education, loosen regulations on for-profit colleges, kill teachers’ unions. [Wonkette]

Archaeologists hope to find traces of original fort at Boonesborough. You should definitely take your kids this summer. [H-L]

Now Mittens Romney’s campaign is asking Republican governors, like that feller in Floriduh, to downplay good economic news. [HuffPo]

The police chief at the center of the Trayvon Martin shooting case has been fired. [CNN]

Mitch McConnell says he’s deferring to Mittens Romney on immigration. But Mittens’ campaign is remaining essentially silent on the matter because Jesus or white salamander or something. [Reuters]

With announcement of former executive director’s Debra Hoskins’ resignation Tuesday morning, the Community Operations Board of Eastern Kentucky University’s Center for the Arts appointed a committee Tuesday afternoon to seek her successor. [Richmond Register]

You can’t even get into a fight in Lexington these days without three people getting hit by a car. [WLEX18]

Mitch McConnell Maybe Doesn’t Like Mittens Much

House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s policy change on immigration makes it less likely that Congress will be able to reach a bipartisan, final solution on the matter — a curious claim given that Boehner snuffed out that possibility months ago. [HuffPo]

Steve Beshear won an award from some people for being the “2012 person of the year.” It came from Southern Business and Development so maybe they’re all on oxy or opana or whatever it is these days. [WYMT]

Here is your favorite troll, Rand Paul, supporting an organization focused on indoctrinating youth with teabagger delusions. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell is maybe not totally upbeat about Mittens Romney winning in November. And he says he’ll only be the leader of the Republicans until that point. [Wonkette]

Crews were out in force searching for a missing man in the Red River Gorge when they had to respond to another crisis Tuesday afternoon after a climber fell to his death. [WLEX18]

John Yarmuth and twelve others in congress have proposed a moratorium on mountaintop removal. This is certain to anger a handful of mouth-breathers who think that means he’s anti-coal. [C-J/AKN]

For many years, Rebeccah Pearson, a retail store manager in Newburyport, Massachusetts, was among the state residents who had to forego medical insurance. “It was pretty much pay rent and eat, or go to the doctor. I chose the rent and food,” she recalls. “I would have to save up for two months before going to the doctor because it was ridiculously expensive.” [Reuters]

A new analysis of Kentucky’s energy potential shows renewable sources could provide more than a third of the state’s energy by 2025. It points to several renewable sources—including solar, hydro and biomass—that aren’t being tapped to their full potential. [WFPL]

State child-protection workers knew about the violent, abusive past of a Western Kentucky man more than a year before he killed his infant daughter, but they decided he posed no threat to his family. [H-L]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell passed the ball Tuesday to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to present the GOP response to Obama’s recent deportation decision. McConnell put pressure on the former governor to say how he would address young undocumented immigrants — and soon. [HuffPo]

Several dozen wealthy donors have taken advantage of this post-Citizens United world, writing seven-figure checks to political superPACs. Yet it seems there’s something wealthy donors weren’t counting on when they wrote those checks — attracting attention, including from the political opposition and the media. [NPR]

Shocked That A Whistleblower Got Some Justice

American children, now struggling to adjust to life in Mexico. Jeffrey Isidoro sat near the door of his fifth-grade classroom here in central Mexico, staring outside through designer glasses that, like his Nike sneakers and Nike backpack, signaled a life lived almost entirely in the United States. His parents are at home in Mexico. Jeffrey is lost. [NYT]

A judge has ordered a Kentucky miner reinstated to his job and told a coal company to pay a $30,000 fine for discriminating against a whistleblower. [H-L]

Tom Riner and Jim Wayne have refused to accept payment for the legislative special session. [BGDN]

Given President Obama’s current low standing in West Virginia, it’s not surprising that most of the state’s top Democrats – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Sen. Joe Manchin and Rep. Nick Rahall – announced Monday that they would not attend their party’s national convention in September. [Politico]

The US Supreme Court has ordered the government to repay Native American tribes the costs of providing public services, in a ruling that could be worth millions of dollars. [BBC]

Only a matter of time until someone in Frankfort tries this mess with KET. The board that oversees Alabama’s Public TV network has fired two top managers who, for some crazy reason, didn’t want to go along with board members’ innovative programming idea to air a 10-part revisionist history of the US produced by renowned fake historian David Barton. [Wonkette]

As states repurpose welfare funds, more and more families are falling through the cracks. [HuffPo]

Looks like you can’t go to Knott County these days without being stabbed to death by your ex-wife. [WYMT]

Remember, you can’t go to Elizabethtown these days without getting killed by some lunatic with a hatchet. [H-L]

Questions remain over Louisville Metro Government’s massive check to Kentucky Retirement Systems. [The ‘Ville Voice]

No, Crit Luallen and her team absolutely did not do everything they possibly could have done when auditing Kentucky Retirement Systems. [Page One]

Pretending that the University of Louisville is the 9th “most crime-rattled” campus is dumb as hell. [WFPL]

Even Louisville Gets You-Know-What By The KRS

Can Louisville Metro Government continue funding the Kentucky Retirement Systems mess? Of course not. But it absolutely will. [The ‘Ville Voice]

This woman has been to the Newport Aquarium, right? Because it’s definitely not in the top nine places to visit in Kentucky. Definitely not one of the best aquariums in the country. What on earth? [H-L]

Legislators seek support by doling out little honors and resolutions have absolutely piled up. But this isn’t news. It’s not even remotely the most wasteful thing Frankfort does. [C-J/AKN]

The U.S. military is expanding its secret intelligence operations across Africa, establishing a network of small air bases to spy on terrorist hideouts from the fringes of the Sahara to jungle terrain along the equator, according to documents and people involved in the project. [WaPo]

You can’t even go to Lexington these days without getting robbed and violently beaten. [WKYT]

Don’t tell your meemaw! Undocumented Mexican youths who came to the United States as children reacted with joy to an Obama administration rule change on Friday that could spare them deportation, although opponents slammed it as amnesty and ridiculous. [Reuters]

The economy has so much going for it: low inflation, low interest rates, affordable homes, falling gasoline prices and 27 straight months of job growth. Good times, no? No. Here are three frightening phrases you should understand. [NPR]

Of course motorcycle helmet laws reduce deaths. But this is the Commonwealth of Kentucky where dumb crap is, you know, welcomed. Darwinism will always win out, though. [WLEX18]

President Obama acknowledged the frustrations in the gay community at the pace of progress — saying that gay activists had every right to push for change forcefully. [Politico]

Here’s one of the many reasons Adam Edelen will never get to the bottom of the Kentucky Retirement Systems disaster(s). [Page One]

The sad thing? These health department cuts are going to hit the hardest in rural parts of Kentucky where there is no other basic care available. [H-L]

It is hard to be Mittens Romney trying to decide what he wants people to think he believes about immigration. He has to strike just the right note: not alienating Latino voters while being totally and constantly bug-eyed, Jan Brewer-style racist for the GOP base. [Wonkette]

Hal Rogers Pretends To Be Unaware of Protestors

He can keep wishing in one hand… Republican Senate President David Williams said his beef with Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear isn’t personal. Instead, he said he’s disappointed that the governor hasn’t done more while in office. [Ryan Alessi]

So this priest sexual abuse thing is not exactly new. One of Kentucky’s longest-serving state lawmakers and strongest advocates for children has publicly acknowledged that he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest while in junior high school. [H-L]

President Barack Obama’s streak of getting pounded in major fossil fuel states’ Democratic primaries may be over. [Politico]

A freshman Democratic senator thinks he may have found a way to encourage investment in wind, solar and biofuel projects without sapping too many taxpayer dollars or injecting new venom into a bitter partisan battle over energy incentives. [Reuters]

Military suicides have surged – nearly one per day this year. That’s 50% more suicides than Afghanistan combat fatalities, the fastest pace in a decade of war. [HuffPo]

WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!1! Indiana health officials say the West Nile virus has been confirmed among mosquitoes in the state weeks earlier than last year. [WFPL]

You can’t even go to Lowe’s in Pikeville these days without almost getting shot. [WKYT]

LG&E and KU want to jack your gas and electricity rates up again. Meanwhile, the company continues to play pat-a-cake with a coal ash/waste pond that is causing nothing but nightmares. [C-J/AKN]

The Department of Defense has announced four units, including two from Fort Campbell, that will deploy to Afghanistan this year. [H-L]

One of the many reasons Kentucky is screwed: House Republicans have included a provision in a transportation bill that prohibits EPA regulation of coal ash. Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield says that’s an important provision. [WEKU]

You can’t even sit at home in Lexington these days without having armed men break into your house. [WLEX18]

Country club gossip bulletin the New York Times has finally done the important journalistic work of sending a reporter down to southern California to lurk around the driveway of Mitt Romney’s beachfront La Jolla mansion and quiz the neighbors for dirt on all of his annoying domestic habits. [Wonkette]

Obviously, abortion is the number one problem facing the United States of America. The banks are fine, economy is fine, jobs situation is perfect. [HuffPo]