Your Crazy Morning Turns Into Crazy Evening

Wanna see Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer live in concert? Then you’ll want to win one of these pairs of tickets I’m giving away. [CLICK TO ENTER]

We’ve been poking around to find content about GPS use in domestic violence situations. Check these two stories out. [KWTX & Womens Legal Resource]

What? Mom and pop pot growers are cutting drug cartel profits? Bet this is making Gatewood’s day. [MSNBC]

Finally, the Environmental Protection Agency is studying the risks of Atrazine, a terrible pesticide. [NY Times]

Conservative media types need to get over whatever it is they’re on. This anti-gay witch hunt against Obama Administration officials is absurd. [Air America & The Media Matters Minute]

Greg Stumbo says Kentucky has faired well during the recession. We are unable to confirm if he was just cold makin’ this stuff up to make the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce feel better or if he just wanted to make our eyes roll back in our head. [Commonwealth Journal]

Got a love/hate relationship with Michael Moore? Then read Matt Taibbi’s piece about how his problems are our fault. [True/Slant]

Beshear a shoo-in to win re-election? Read this Republican’s take on Beshear, Mongiardo, Williams and others. [Elendil’s Journal]

Just who IS Mitch McConnell fighting for? Other than Red China, that is. [Talking Points Memo]

We love how he’s whoring out Democratic governors that are also beholden to McConnell’s favored industry. [Washington Post]

The Fairness boycott of Woody’s has gone national. [Towleroad]

Andy Barr, the Republican running against Ben Chandler, raised $185,000 in just two weeks. Looks like Chandler has a real opponent. [Press Release]

The Latest From Attorney General Conway

Here’s the latest column from Attorney General Jack Conway:

Outstanding or unserviceable warrants not only slow the criminal justice system, they jeopardize public safety. To address a backlog of some 300,000 warrants, Kentucky became one of only a handful of states to begin using an electronic warrant management (eWarrants) system. The system currently operates in six Kentucky counties and has proven effective, increasing six-fold the service rate of warrants. I am pleased to say that the eWarrants system will be installed in virtually all of Kentucky’s rural counties over the next two years.

On April 22, 2009, I applied for an American Resource & Recovery Act (ARRA) grant to expand the eWarrants system. Our grant request was approved by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and my office has been awarded $3.94 million to install the eWarrants system in rural counties in the Commonwealth. In this effort, my office will work closely with Kentucky’s County Attorneys, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, Kentucky State Police and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), which provides administrative support to the state’s judges. Each of these agencies played an integral role in the initial implementation of the eWarrants system in Kentucky.

How does the eWarrants system increase public safety? eWarrants is an automated system that facilitates the sharing of information concerning active warrants among law enforcement agencies throughout the Commonwealth. Any backlog of this system can allow individuals charged with multiple offenses, or even violent crimes such as domestic violence, to remain at- large in communities to possibly victimize again.

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Jim King Speaks About Campaign Finance

You know, I could go on for days and days about hypocrisy and campaign finance. But the fact of the matter is its a laughable cause in Kentucky.

Jim King wrote a letter to the editor you should read:

Your Sept. 18, 2009, editorial regarding a preliminary draft report from the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance (KREF) correctly points out that no laws were broken when King Southern Bank granted credit to my daughter, Judge Katie King during her campaign in 2008. However, I believe your editorial incorrectly and unfairly passes judgment on my actions as a father with respect to family gifts I made to her. Since the preliminary report acknowledges any violations arising from those gifts were non-knowing and caused by the KREF’s unauthorized email to me, I would ask that you respect the process and my effort to do the right thing.

-SNIP-

Your editorial goes on to discuss the resources you assume I have and that those resources somehow give me a special insight into the law. I can infer that you believe I should have sought legal advice to be sure I was right in my interpretation of the KREF advice. The truth is I did send the KREF’s e-mail answer to my lawyers and asked them if I could make the gifts based on the KREF answer.

Click here for the rest.

I think it takes some guts to be man enough to accept sole responsibility.

The Kentucky Registry of Election Finance and the mainstream media can spend nearly three years with the Steve Henry case. They know fully well that he faces indictment and hundreds upon hundreds of charges. And they barely discuss it. He gets fined $50,000. And they never discuss it. The Commonwealth literally spends three years allowing the KSP’s Special Investigations Unit to dig and produce a 4,000-page report. And nothing ever happens. It’s ignored.

But Jim King gives his spoiled daughter some money after asking the advice of the Registry and he’s instantly “guilty”? That’s some bullshiz. The real crooks are walking free. I know because I turned over all the evidence and people are now just sitting on their hands. The efforts of investigators totally being ignored.

That’s our Commonwealth.

Steve Nunn Pleads Not Guilty

Ashlee Clark of the Herald-Leader has details:

Former State Rep. Steve Nunn pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges of murder and violation of a protective order in the Sept. 11 shooting death of former fiancée Amanda Ross.

Nunn, 56, was arraigned by video in Fayette District Court. He is being held in the medical mental health unit of the Fayette County jail, according to jail officials.

Nunn is under maximum observation and is in a cell by himself, said Sgt. Jennifer Taylor of the Fayette jail.

This has been a nightmare of a week.

UPDATE: Like a commenter just said, here’s this from an H-L story–

“It seems to me that the state police overreacted,” she said.

Lemkins has said Nunn’s life started to unravel when a judge granted Ross a domestic violence order against him. He resigned in March from his post as Gov. Steve Beshear’s deputy secretary for Health and Family Services.

From that point on, Lemkins said, Nunn was treated negatively.

“The governor is from Fayette County. … I’ve lived here 13 years and find it to be a very unforgiving community,” she said.

Read it all yourself. Just. Wow.

Another Update: From Ryan Alessi

Two days before former state Rep. Steve Nunn allegedly shot her to death, Amanda Ross told a state official that Nunn “was going to kill me.”

Ross made that comment to her boss, Department of Insurance Commissioner Sharon Clark, after Ross had an apparent chance encounter with Nunn, her ex-fiance on Sept. 9 at a Frankfort Rite Aid.

Our hearts are breaking.

Woe Unto Thee, Eastern Kentucky!

Attorney General Jack Conway just announced the indictments of two Magoffin Countians on charges of jury tampering and retaliating against a participation in the legal process.

Gladys Allen, 64, was indicted on one count of retaliating. Her grandson, Jarred Allen, 18, was indicted on three counts of jury tampering. The charges are Class D felonies and carry a sentence of one to five years per count. Both have entered not guilty pleas.

The charges come from events that took place during a trial last month in Magoffin Circuit Court of family member Chester Allen on charges of first degree sodomy. Jurors were allegedly being intimidated by Allen’s relative and someone threatened Commonwealth’s Attorney Graham Martin.

If convicted, their crimes are, you know, pretty bad.

Attorney General Jack Conway’s Monthly Column

There is an epidemic in Kentucky that is claiming lives and shattering families. Prescription drug abuse is the second leading cause of accidental death in Kentucky, and during the past five years, fatal drug overdoses have doubled. Sadly, Kentucky led the nation in the use of prescription drugs for non-medical purposes in 2008. This addiction is killing people, young and old, in every corner of the Commonwealth. Far too many families, mine included, have been touched by this problem.

On August 20, I was pleased to announce the creation of Kentucky’s first statewide prescription drug abuse task force. A $50,000 grant from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) will serve as seed money to intensify our investigations statewide into doctor shopping, drug trafficking, overprescribing physicians and illegal out-of-state pharmacies. The task force currently has five investigators from my office and two from law enforcement departments in Eastern Kentucky, once considered to be the prescription pain-pill capital of the U.S. We are in the process of soliciting participation in the task force from law enforcement agencies in communities across Kentucky. The task force should be up and running this fall.

As Attorney General, I have made fighting prescription drug abuse a priority. One of the first meetings I had after taking office was with 5th District Congressman Hal Rogers (R-Somerset) to forge a partnership that continues today with Operation UNITE, a task force Rogers founded in 2005 in Eastern Kentucky. Investigators from my Drug Investigations Branch are now assigned to Operation UNITE. They have also worked closely with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force and the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting (KASPER) system, which tracks controlled substance prescriptions dispensed in the state.

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