Does Anyone Remember Ron Lewis In KY-02?

Of course you don’t.

He’s a former congresscritter you wrote off in 2008 because he abruptly ran away from his office, allowing his chief of staff to file in his place… and he just endorsed Jamie Comer’s campaign for governator.


From a release:

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture and candidate for Governor James Comer received a third big endorsement last night…this time from the Republican-heavy Second Congressional District. Former Congressman Ron Lewis told a large crowd at an Elizabethtown fundraiser why Comer is his choice for Governor.

“The people of the Second Congressional District appreciate good government and crave strong leadership,” Lewis said. “James Comer is a breath of fresh air in the Republican Party and his achievements at both the state and national level make him our best choice for Governor.”

Comer, who now holds endorsements from former Congresswoman Anne Northup of Louisville and Congressman Ed Whitfield of Hopkinsville, said the support of Lewis and his wife Kayi shows campaign momentum is only getting stronger.

But… okay. Momentum?

Not exactly sure we’d call an endorsement by Ron Lewis “momentum”.

Woah, Prestonsburg Produced A Big Ass Pumpkin

State regulators and a watchdog agency for people with disabilities have reached an agreement that advocates say will dramatically improve the lives of 600 people with serious mental illness who are living in personal care homes. [H-L]

There has been lots of reporting on the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs in recent months. But the most politically significant moment might well have been Barton Gellman’s revelation late Thursday that the NSA in recent years has committed thousands of privacy violations — per year. [WaPo]

Dear Central Kentucky Teabaggers: Brett Guthrie has already said that the defund amendment is a supreme waste of time. [BGDN]

More than half of all homes sold last year and so far in 2013 have been financed without a mortgage, according to an analysis by economists at Goldman Sachs Group. [WSJ]

State House Democrats Friday released their latest proposal to re-draw House legislative districts and it pits two sets of Democratic incumbents, including Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins and Kevin Sinnette, and two sets of Republican incumbents against each other in new districts. [Ronnie Ellis]

Matt Bevin went on some teabagger podcast thing no one has heard of and then promoted it. But if you take a look at the podcast host’s remarks, he’s no fan. [Click the Clicky]

Alison Grimes certainly isn’t alone when it comes to avoiding questions from the press. Here’s the latest involving Mitch McConnell. [Ashland Independent]

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Saturday called for a Supreme Court review of the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s top-secret surveillance programs, arguing that congressional hearings and new safeguards announced by President Obama might not be sufficient to ensure privacy rights. [The Hill]

Once able to make appointments for breast and cervical cancer screenings at HealthFirst Bluegrass, women are now having to line up outside the clinic at 7:30 a.m. to be seen and still might not be screened that day. [H-L]

The acrimony between the Republican establishment and Ron Paul supporters who took control of state parties in 2012 has begun to fade as a new period of détente – even cooperation – starts to shape their often-fraught relationship. [Politico]

An agreement has been reached that will lead to better care for some residents at personal care homes. [WKYT]

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday offered an endorsement for a proposal to grant citizenship to children who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents. [The Hill]

Whether you go for the food, the rides or the exhibits, your first fair attraction will be the parking. After many people complained about time and hassle in the past, the Kentucky State Fair says it is off to a much better start this year thanks to a revamped system. [WDRB]

The 20-year-old document – labeled the Hotel Custody log by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office – is not easy to decipher. [ProPublica]

Dwight Slone, a Prestonsburg grower, grabbed first place in the fourth annual Largest Pumpkin Contest at the Kentucky State Fair. His pumpkin, which was grown in a patch of sand, weighed 1,034 pounds. Slone was the 2011 State Fair runnerup in the largest pumpkin competition. [C-J/AKN]

Central Kentucky Teabaggers Ambushing Guthrie

The Central Kentucky Teabaggers are planning to ambush Brett Guthrie with their intellect and political skill.

Check this recent email blast:

Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:19:52 -0400
From: Central KY Tea Party Patriots
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

Below are the date of the town hall meetings for next week. Please try to attend and hold our elected officials feet to the fire and make them answer your question. Bret is getting very good at “non-answer” answers so don’t let him get away with it.

Aug. 20 – LaRue County Town Hall Meeting *at 4:30pm EST*
Lincoln Museum, Community Room
60 Lincoln Square
Hodgenville, Ky.

*Aug. 20 – Hardin County Town Hall Meeting at 7pm EST*
Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau
1030 N. Mulberry Street
Elizabethtown, Ky.
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*Aug. 21 – Bullitt County Town Hall Meeting at 7pm EST*
Shepherdsville City Hall
634 Conestoga Parkway
Shepherdsville, Ky.

Aug. 22 – Hart County Town Hall Meeting *at 4:30pm CST*
Horse Cave City Hall
121 Woodlawn Avenue
Horse Cave, Ky.

We especially love the incorrect spelling of their congresscritter’s name.