It’ll Be Non-Stop Rand Paul For A Year

University of Pikeville President James Hurley announced his resignation Monday, citing “personal reasons.” [H-L]

Rick Santorum cited the Westboro Baptist Church’s “God Hates Fags” slogan while defending Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act this weekend. [HuffPo]

The gloves are coming off in a legislative fight over efforts to repeal state guidelines about which spirits can be labeled as “Tennessee Whiskey.” [C-J/AKN]

Sen. Rand Paul is poised to become the first top-tier presidential candidate from either party to make marijuana reform a major campaign issue. [The Hill]

U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, toured the Housing Authority of Glasgow’s HERO Center Thursday afternoon, taking time at the end of the tour to shoot hoops and to play patty-cake with some of the children at the club. [Glasgow Daily Times]

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Monday threw his weight behind the Obama administration’s bid to clear the way for a pan-Pacific trade pact, arguing that time was running out and that without a deal, U.S. influence and Asia-Pacific stability were at risk. [Reuters]

An air quality check was made on the Magoffin County Justice Center, those results lead officials to close the building. [WKYT]

At first glance, newly-declared Presidential candidate Rand Paul might seem like a breath of fresh air on climate change — at least compared to most other Republicans. [ThinkProgress]

Rand Paul of Kentucky entered the campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a declaration that he’s running for the White House to “return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government.” [Ashland Independent]

Rand Paul and Nate Morris were thousands of miles from their home state of Kentucky — and the United States — when Morris­ realized just how fixated Paul was on a certain address back in Washington. [Politico]

Emergency crews responded to multiple rescue calls Friday during flooding that damaged homes, vehicles, and businesses. [The Morehead News & Photos]

A man released from prison after nearly 30 years on death row in Alabama has blamed his conviction on being black and poor. [BBC]

A former Franklin County narcotics officer accused of stealing cash, jewelry and gift cards from drug dealers was sentenced Monday to a year and four months in prison. [H-L]

Sen. Rand Paul announced Tuesday that he’s running for president in 2016. “I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government,” Paul said in a message on his website. [HuffPo]

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.


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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
Subject: CONGRESSMAN GUTHRIE TOWN HALL MEETINGS
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.

Clay & Laurel Counties Back To Winning Awards

Eight Clay County residents convicted of taking part in a widespread vote-buying conspiracy should receive a new trial, a federal appeals panel ruled Wednesday. [H-L]

Individuals buying health insurance on their own will see their premiums tumble next year in New York State as changes under the federal health care law take effect. [NY Times]

Corbin’s Fairfield Inn was a busy place Sunday afternoon when a bizarre incident took place. The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office says a naked woman was causing a big scene at the pool area. Way to go, Laurel County! [WKYT]

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, boosted by a fundraising assist from President Barack Obama, will report on Wednesday that it has erased its remaining debt from the 2012 campaign. [Politico]

John Rosemond has been dispensing parenting advice in his newspaper column since 1976, making him one of the longest-running syndicated columnists in the country. And now he’s filed suit in Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

Rand Paul said he would put a hold on the nomination of James Comey, President Obama’s pick to head the FBI, until the administration answers his questions on domestic drone use. [The Hill]

Republican Second District Congressman Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green announced Tuesday he’ll seek re-election next year and is also taking himself out of the 2015 gubernatorial race. [Ronnie Ellis]

US regulators have upheld a fine on Barclays and four of its traders of $453m (£300m) for allegedly manipulating electricity prices. Barclays must pay $435m within 30 days, while one trader must pay $15m and three others $1m each. [BBC]

An ethics watchdog group in Washington has named Gov. Steve Beshear among the worst governors in the United States because of his dealings with the coal industry. Citizens for Responsiblity and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, awarded Beshear the dubious honor because of the firing of Ron Mills, the director of Kentucky’s division of mine permits, in 2009. [C-J/AKN]

What? Of course Jack Conway has become the focus of laughter and ridicule around the country. [Click the Clicky]

Mmmm hmm, interesting how that works out. The leader of a Kentucky agency that licenses psychologists said Wednesday that its actions against parenting advice columnist John Rosemond were not intended to block publication of Rosemond’s nationally syndicated column. [H-L]

Hundreds of protesters staged boisterous but peaceful protests in Los Angeles and San Francisco late on Tuesday against the acquittal of a neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. [Reuters]