Corrupt? Hal Brags About Throwing Cash At Family

HAHAHA! Rand Paul hired Mica Sims to work for him. Hahaha. You are welcome. Rumor is she wants a job with Jamie Comer, as well. [Happy Thursday]

A book by a former official at Susan G. Komen for the Cure alleges that Karl Rove told the charity to reverse its decision to end its cancer screening funding of Planned Parenthood — raising eyebrows among conservatives who wanted Komen to stand firm amid the uproar. [Politico]

The city of Frankfort will receive assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to make street improvements for pedestrians and to add bike lanes between the historic downtown and the state Capitol. [H-L]

The U.S. Census finds that there are 46.2 million impoverished Americans as the median income drops. [HuffPo]

A new study bins the foreclosure blame on big banks. As a result of banks’ disorganization and understaffing — particularly at the peak of the crisis in 2009 and 2010 — homeowners were often forced to run a gauntlet of confusion, delays, and errors when seeking a mortgage modification. [ProPublica]

The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to consider two additional legal challenges to a federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman, after submitting similar cases for review in July. [Reuters]

The United States’ southern border bristles with technology and manpower designed to catch illegal immigrants and drug smugglers. Since 1986, the government has spent hundreds of billions of dollars on fences, aircraft, detention centers and agents. [NPR]

Foreign policy hands voice disbelief at Romney’s Cairo statement. Mittens Romney’s sharply-worded attack on President Obama over a pair of deadly riots in Muslim countries last night has backfired badly among foreign policy hands of both parties, who cast it as hasty and off-key, released before the facts were clear at what has become a moment of tragedy. [BuzzFeed]

Democratic State Sen. Joey Pendleton of Hopkinsville has suspended his campaign after the death of his opponent’s father. Which means little other than respect, as Pendleton will win, right? [H-L]

Fancy Pants Hal Rogers was named one of CREW’s most corrupt members of Congress. [Click the Clicky]

Here is a fun fact about gay people that Mittens Romney learned courtesy of a group of hero gay rights activists: gay people have families! [Wonkette]

Ron Paul’s political director/Rand Paul’s campaign guy, Jesse Benton, quit his job at Campaign for Liberty. Lots of rumors floating around. [Reason]

Oh, wait, here he is serving as Mitch McConnell’s new campaign manager. This should send teabaggers into a tailspin. [Click the Clicky]

Kentucky Once Again Ranks At The Very Bottom

Trey Grayson, the former Kentucky secretary of state and Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2010, is running a political action committee formed by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that will try to elect Democrats who want to work with Republicans. [C-J/AKN]

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Tuesday that the state would not comply with a court ruling and restore early voting in the final weekend before the election until an appellate court rules on the matter. [HuffPo]

The confusing process of setting up Kentucky’s health insurance exchange should get clearer later this month. [WFPL]

Records and publications that chronicle the Works Progress Administration, which provided millions of jobs at the height of the Great Depression, have found a home at the University of Kentucky. [H-L]

A shining bigot on the hill. This not at all racist teabagger lady chairwoman whatever went on the CNN teevee to explain why President Barack Obama doesn’t love American like ‘we’ do. [Wonkette]

A book about the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden by a former Navy SEAL who participated in the mission contains classified information and the Pentagon is reviewing legal options, a Defense Department spokesman said on Tuesday. [Reuters]

Way to go, Laurel County, you couldn’t help yourself to win the awful award again. Officials with the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department are investigating an alleged stabbing that happened early Sunday morning. [WYMT]

A national financial magazine has ranked Kentucky 47th in overall fiscal health, thanks to its rising pension obligations and relatively high debt levels. [H-L]

A pro-Mittens Romney super PAC released a new ad this week targeting President Obama’s support of gay marriage, urging voters to look to the Romney campaign as an alternative with “values.” [HuffPo]

The Kentucky Lottery will end its nightly televised drawing show on Sept. 15. Instead, drawings will be streamed live and archived. [Business First]

The bus is always the center of attention. Partly because it’s a hulking 1970s tour bus that somehow made it from Arizona all the way to Charlotte, but mostly because of what’s inscribed on the side of it in thick, black letters. “Sin Papeles, Sin Miedo,” it reads in Spanish. “No papers, no fear.” [NPR]

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]