Frankfort Works To Keep Kentucky’s Poor Poor

The Attorney General’s office has ruled that the Blue Grass Area Development District is not a state agency and, therefore, has to follow local zoning regulations. [H-L]

Dollars for Docs mints a millionaire. Dr. Jon W. Draud, the medical director of psychiatric and addiction medicine at two Tennessee hospitals, pursues some eclectic passions. [ProPublica]

It took four years but Gov. Steve Beshear and Rep. Jeff Greer, D-Brandenburg, Monday got their wish to raise the high school dropout age to 18. [Ronnie Ellis]

The American public is split over whom to trust on gun laws — President Barack Obama or congressional Republicans — but supports a variety of gun control measures pushed by Democrats, according to a poll released Tuesday. [Politico]

Still wondering why Cathy Bailey will never be governor of the Commonwealth? No, planting a story about herself raising money for Rand Paul at her home in Florida isn’t the primary reason. But it helps solidify, you know, the reality that it’s never happening for her. Cathy Bailey, the former U.S. ambassador to Latvia under President George W. Bush, held a “meet and greet” for Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul at her Palm Beach, Fla., home over the weekend. [CN|2]

The Securities and Exchange Commission is experimenting with punishments that more closely fit the wrongdoing at issue in a bid to give its enforcement cases more bite. [Reuters]

This is Greg Stumbo’s fault just as it was Jody Richards’ fault before him. Followers of the Kentucky General Assembly might have a hard time guessing that of the body’s 122 rank-and-file members, Rep. Dennis Horlander was — by far — the highest-paid in 2012. [C-J/AKN]

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) complained Monday she was subject to a very uncomfortable screening by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). [The Hill]

Come on, folks, keep meemaw at home after she’s had a sip or two! Frankfort Police arrested a 70-year old woman who they say was driving drunk the wrong way down Interstate 64. [WKYT]

The United States has expelled two Venezuelan diplomats, following the expulsion of US attaches from Caracas. The Venezuelans were asked to leave a day after President Hugo Chavez’s funeral, US officials said on Monday. [BBC]

A measure to regulate hemp farming in Kentucky might not be dead yet. House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Tuesday morning that people were working on modifications to Senate Bill 50, which has stalled in the House. [H-L]

Obama team stops saying ‘Global War On Terror’ but doesn’t stop waging it. After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush often made a provocative claim: He argued that the U.S. was fighting a war without a typical battlefield. In effect, he said, this war is everywhere. [NPR]

Devastating and cruel — those are words being used to describe cuts to Kentucky’s Childcare Assistance Program. Supporters of the program are racing the clock to try and stop the cuts. [WDRB]

Jody Richards Knows Shenanigans Are Underway

Tomorrow at 11:00 A.M., Jamie Comer and Adam Edelen will make an announcement at the Department of Agriculture. It’s billed as being “important” and you can only imagine what it may be. [Media Fun Times Are Ahead]

Jody Richards and Rick Nelson voted no on House Bill 2. And Greg Stumbo’s redistricting map passed along party lines to the State Senate, where it will die. [Deep Frankfort Failures]

Allowing Kentucky school buses to be moving billboards seems silly. The Kentucky Department of Education wouldn’t be hurting so badly if so much cash wasn’t wasted on frivolous crap. There’s no reason Kentucky schools need to be paying for teachers to take their spouses on conference trips. Absolutely no reason. And that’s just scratching the surface. Adam Edelen needs to sack up and audit that mess RIGHT NOW. [CN|2]

Rick “The Froth” Santorum will allow you to own one of his armpit-aerating sartorial staples – a necessity for anyone with anger management issues, because anger causes sweat – for the low, low price of $100. Snatch up your sweater vest today. [Wonkette]

It’s time for a reality check on the meth problem in Kentucky. If we’re gonna get a handle on this issue, we at least need to keep the facts straight. [Page One]

Andy Barr released a statement about House Bill 2 today and tried to tie Ben Chandler into it in the weirdest way possible. We keep waiting for Barr to hit hard and will continue to do so. Surely he can start digging in where Republicans and Democrats want to pay attention. [Press Release]

Are Super PACs the WMDs of campaign finance? Yep. And it’s highly entertaining watching Republicans reap what they sewed in the form of “free speech.” [The Atlantic]

Wait, Rick Perry is still a thing? [Politico]

The State House Education Committee approved HB40, which authorizes a statewide teacher evaluation system. [H-L]

Ron Paul got really mad at CNN again. Just after he finished complaining about how nobody paid attention to him or whatever. [The Hill]

Following the Metro Sewer District shenanigans in Louisville? Then keep your eye on this latest project and make sure nothing nefarious goes down. [C-J/AKN]

The honeymoon is officially over for Greg Fischer. Mr. Buzz Words is being forced to face reality and no longer gets to enjoy the free ride. [The ‘Ville Voice]

The Pope says gay marriage is a threat to the future of humanity. Funny, we thought Brown Coats were the real threat. [HuffPo]

First Day Of Session Drove Everyone Crazy, Kinda

What a crazy day. Here’s your round-up a little bit late.

Want to win tickets to the Actors Theatre-Second City production of It Takes A ‘Ville!? Here’s your final chance. [Page One]

You know how I said Jody Richards is a TERRIBLE vote counter? He’s a terrible vote counter. [Bluegrass Politics]

Dear Jim Gray: You’re taking a dangerous risk with your new administration. Hiring Jane Driskell? REALLY? Have you not read about ANY of the problems in Louisville? Wow. [H-L & The ‘Ville Voice]

R.J. Palmer beat Julian Carroll to become leader of the Democrats in the State Senate. Julian says people are afraid of him. No shiz. [Ruh Ro?]

This bit from yesterday’s Kentucky Democratic Party press release is still cracking us up today: “I can’t overstate the hard work that went into creating this application and how pleased we are with the outcome,” said Logsdon. “We’re a party that believes in inclusiveness and transparency and this application goes a long way in achieving both. Now our party’s leaders, our events, our elected officials and a host of other information are literally one click away; that’s something we’re very proud to be providing.” [Press Release]

Mitch McConnell is a master manipulator, strategist and strict obstructionist. That’s his way. And that picture is terrifying. [The Atlantic]

State House Republicans elected their new leadership: Jeff Hoover remains as Minority Leader for his sixth term. Bob DeWeese will serve as Caucus Chair. Danny Ford is Minority Whip. [Press Release]

Tomorrow, State Rep. and Chicken Lady Susan Westrom, Clark County Health Department Public Health Director Scott Lockard and Danny McGoldrick, Vice President for Research at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids will make announcements regarding a new poll showing widespread support for a statewide smoke-free law in Kentucky. [Press Release]

Steve Nunn’s attorneys are expected to try to use the mental defect defense. That trial is going to be unbelievable. [WLEX]

The University Press of Kentucky announced today that Albert Schmid was named the winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for the U.S. in the category of cooking with beer/wine/spirits for The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook. A well-deserved award! [Buy It For $25 To Celebrate & More]

The Houston Chronicle says Kentucky’s gubernatorial race is one to watch in 2011. That may be because there are very few big races around the country. [Houston Chronicle]

Sorry, Bowling Green, but pretending that Steve Beshear and David Williams would leave politics aside until after the legislative session is completely juvenile. [BGDN]

Jerry Doesn't Like What Papaw Beshear's Up To

Crazy and embarrassingly thin-skinned Democratic State Rep. Rick Nelson wants to make anonymous commenting on websites illegal in Kentucky. [Page One]

Jerry Abramson, Steve Beshear’s running mate, doesn’t seem to be on the same page with Papaw when it comes to the dineysore ark park. [WFPL]

Mitch McConnell is right about Net Neutrality. The internet should be left alone! [The Hill]

So it’s time for him to put his money where his mouth is and do something about it. It’s beyond time, really. And beyond time for him to stop blaming this mess on some Barack Obama conspiracy. [HuffPo & More HuffPo]

Will Jody Richards beat Larry Clark in the House leadership race? No one knows. But Jody is, as we all know quite well, pretty gullible when it comes to vote counting. [Ryan Alessi]

Will proposed legislation from John Tilley stop the use of synthetic meth? [Bluegrass Politics]

Kentucky won’t get any more crazy people to send to the U.S. Congress, but Texas and Florida will. Can you imagine just how crazy they’re going to be? Hot messes, for sure. Thank goodness for the slowest growth since the Great Depression. [Wonkette]

The Kentucky Fairness Coalition’s State Equality Fund was awarded $50,000 by the Tides Foundation to promote LGBTQ equality across the state in 2011. Those organizations include: Lexington Fairness, Kentucky Fairness Alliance Foundation, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, Fairness Campaign. [Press Release]

Outgoing Lexington failure Jim Newberry certainly has some interesting thoughts about his biggest accomplishments. Really, they’re things that exist only in his imagination. [B&P]

Like clockworth, the mouthbreathers are setting out to punish senators who voted for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. What this means: A bunch of closet cases are freaking out and want to harm people for not hating them. [AlterNet]

Do You Take Your Tea Hot On Days Like This?

No one in their right mind believes Jody Richards thought he could become governor of this Commonwealth. He was just playing political roulette.  Even Jonathan Hurst jokes about it. [Larry Dale Keeling]

Dear Politico: Jack Conway loses young people because young people are disinterested and aren’t being given a reason to vote for Democrats this cycle. [Politico]

This is a terrific profile of University of Kentucky trustee Joe Peek. UofL needs someone like this. [H-L]

Monkeypox is going to be awesome! Maybe the next pig flu? Bird flu? West Nile-like virus? [The Economist]

Really? When was global warming “proven to be a fraud”? If you’re going to comment, you should maybe know what the hell you’re talking about. [We Get Comments]

Karl Rove’s bullshiz organization is lying in a television spot? You don’t say. [Bluegrass Politics]

It’s totally Big Love but in real life form. What a hot mess. [Sister Wives]

What was that about teabaggers not being violent and not hating the gays? [Think Progress]

Tomorrow at 10:00 A.M. at the Bridge on Cox Street in Lexington, Papaw Beshear will appear with First Lady Jane Beshear, Ben Chandler (R-Kentucky), Lexington Failure Jim Newberry and Mike Hancock to cut a ribbon for the Newtown Pike Bridge Extension. [Press Release]

Then at 1:30, First Lady Jane Beshear will appear at the Galt House in Louisville for the Governor’s Local Issues Conference. Joining her will be Adjutant General Edward Tonini, Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Mike Hancock and Adam Edelen. [Another Press Release]

Lt. Dan will be speaking there at 3:30, int appears, as Miss Val just told us via press release. [Yet Another Release]

NOW the Obama crew are getting antsy about the teabaggers? Where were they four or five months ago? They’re a little late to the party. [HuffPo]

Oh Snap Monday! Jody's Glasses Are Famous

Papaw Beshear and Jody Richards (with his metrosexual glasses) were on AutoBlog last week. Totally missed that! [Click the Clicky]

State Government killed contracts for organizations providing services for youth leaving foster care. Something about overloaded, understaffed state workers being able to do a better job. $625,000. Like the good folks in Frankfort couldn’t have found something less important to cut? Like take-home cars? Or fancy trips for executive branch staff? If it’s not broke and you aren’t saving anyone any money, it’s ridiculous to change it. You’ll have to find Debby’s story on your own, as I won’t link to the plagiarist newspaper in round-ups any longer. [A Kentucky Newspaper]

Real estate and financial experts say even a scaled-down version of CentrePointe is both unlikely and unneeded. Wonder how Jim Newberry will spin that? I hear the Webbs are also growing disenchanted with him by the day. [H-L]

Also, go read this great piece about the Hopewell Museum in Paris. [Tom Eblen]

Oh, look, Jim Newberry was spotted on Google Street View. Shouldn’t he be in Lexington leveling historic city blocks and illegally withholding public documents from the city council? [HuffPo]

Kentucky facing budget woes because federal aid isn’t coming? This is what Frankfort gets for screwing around and never doing the job. [Ronnie Ellis]

Want to know why some Democratic campaign staffers and advisers should have lost their jobs weeks ago? Jack Conway won’t be showing up for Joe Biden’s visit today. His campaign refused to say what his “scheduling conflict” is. And when there’s a legit scheduling conflict, there’s never a refusal like that. [Fox41 & Politico]

You could win a Ford Focus by giving blood at the Holiday Hero Churchill Downs Blood Drive. Paddock Pavilion, July 6 – 8, Noon – 7:00 P.M. Every presenting donor will receive a ticket to King’s Island, they’ll be served Stoker’s Broaster Chicken and will get a coupon for a free pint of Graeter’s ice cream (I recommend the Coconut Chip – forget about the carbs, it’s worth it) – which means you must go give blood. [Press Release]

Million-year-old (okay, 92) Senator Robert Byrd passed away. [NY Times, WaPo, Charleston Daily Mail, CBS, Politico]

Rand Paul is afraid to speak to the media, so he spoke with a teabagger. [Click the Clicky]