The Best U.S. Senate Photo Moment In History

This photo is brazenly stolen from Joe Gerth but it is too hilarious not to share:


That’s notorious bigot Frank Simon, Matt Bevin’s cheap ass sign, Matt Bevin and David Adams.

Now you know why Bevin’s campaign sucks harder than a … (we were going to say something referencing Greg Stumbo and Kent Downey but stopped ourselves)… is terrible. It’s because Frank Simon and David Adams are directly involved.


Corporate Welfare: Great. Food Stamps: Devil.

Poverty rates increased in Kentucky in 2012 and the state had one of the top five poverty rates in the United States at 19.4 percent, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. [H-L]

The Obama administration will press ahead Friday with tough requirements for new coal-fired power plants, moving to impose for the first time strict limits on the pollution blamed for global warming. [HuffPo]

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce new carbon emissions standards Friday for U.S. coal-fired plants. Why, exactly, is Alison Grimes pretending to be a coal candidate? She’s not and that’s why Democrats support her. [Ronnie Ellis]

It seems that every time researchers estimate how often a medical mistake contributes to a hospital patient’s death, the numbers come out worse. [ProPublica]

The Legislative Research Commission said Thursday it gave prompt and appropriate attention to sexual harassment complaints made in February by two women staff members against then-state Rep. John Arnold. [Pee Alert]

Businessman Matt Bevin, the Republican running to the right of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), said last year that he was “disheartened” by what he saw as a growing “ideological divide” in America. [WaPo]

How on earth is Oakwood still open? A second man now faces charges in connection to an abuse case at a center for the developmentally disabled. [WKYT]

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved sweeping reforms to the nation’s food stamp program that would cut some $40 billion in nutrition aid over 10 years and deny benefits to millions starting in 2014. [HuffPo]

Steve Beshear has paid a visit to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to discuss issues of mutual interest, including the ongoing work to construct bridges across the Ohio River to connect the two states at Louisville. [H-L]

Hal Rogers, Brett Guthrie, Andy Barr, Ed Whitfield and Thomas Massie all voted to cut food stamp benefits. John Yarmuth voted against cuts. [Click the Clicky]

According to Morningstar, Kentucky’s pension systems are absolute disasters. While more than half of all states fall below Morningstar’s fiscally sound threshold of a 70% funding ratio? Kentucky’s three main plans are nightmarish. [Page One]

Kentucky will receive a total of $5.49 million in grant funding to support skills training capacity building at community colleges and other public institutions across the state. Gateway Community & Technical College received $2,742,797,West Kentucky Community & Technical College received $2,754,866 as part of a $23,869,372 consortia led by Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois. [White House Release]

Bevin’s Mind Just Like A Bell: Empty, Ringing

Matt Bevin is right. People have to make a decision about who is best to lead them going forward. Usually, that person is required to have the most basic grasp on government and law in the United States of America. Especially when they’re running for the United States Senate.

Here he is demonstrating not only his supreme ignorance of the document he claims to represent but his unbelievable unpreparedness for the job he wants:

Really, we’re being too nice in claiming he’s ignorant.

This is more important than Matt Bevin:

No One Surprised By Thieneman’s Latest Move

U.S. Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, and GOP challenger Matt Bevin served up the sharpest exchanges of the 2014 U.S. Senate race Tuesday at Constitution Day ceremonies at the University of Kentucky. You’ll want to read this because Bevin comes off as dumber than anyone ever thought. [H-L]

The percentage of Americans living in poverty remained steady last year at 15 percent after rising for several years in the wake of the recession, while the number of people without health insurance fell slightly to 48 million, U.S. government data released on Tuesday showed. [Reuters]

Mitch McConnell blamed President Barack Obama for a loss of coal jobs even though the company shedding workers cited other factors? Surely not! [C-J/AKN]

Just after 1 a.m. this past Sunday, police in Shreveport, La., stumbled upon a horrifying scene at the city’s Cedar Grove neighborhood. Lying on the pavement with a gunshot wound in his upper body was Sidney Thomas. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin’s latest anti-McConnell attack site is embarrassingly bad. It’s not that Mitch thinks Bevin is part of the lunatic fringe – it’s that most Kentuckians KNOW he is. [Teabagger Meltdown]

Looks like that guy from Murray State has a hot mess on his hands these days. [The Advocate]

Whoopsiedaisy? Social Security attorney Eric C. Conn pleaded guilty Friday, in Franklin Circuit Court, to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to recruit a straw donor to contribute to a Supreme Court candidate. [Floyd County Times]

The Census Bureau released its income, poverty and health insurance numbers for 2011 on Wednesday and contrary to expectations, poverty was essentially unchanged, falling from 15.1 percent in 2010 to 15 percent in 2011. But more and more poverty experts are dismissing the official poverty figure. What gives? [WaPo]

Hoo boy, Karma really is a bitch. An awesome bitch that you will love after reading this. Chris Thieneman, a former candidate for Louisville Metro mayor and Kentucky Senate, was arrested Monday in connection with an altercation with a woman near the intersection of North Ewing Avenue and Brownsboro Road. [C-J/AKN]

It was only a coincidence that Larry Summers withdrew as a candidate for Federal Reserve chairman five years to the day after Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. But it was, in a way, fitting: Mr Summers’s surprise decision, conveyed in a letter to Barack Obama on September 15th, would not have been necessary without the forces unleashed by Lehman’s failure in 2008. [The Economist]

The Sheriff’s Department in Elliot County is looking for two people responsible for a case of suspected animal hoarding. [WKYT]

Bevin Proves To Be Crazier Than You Thought

Kentucky will continue pressing federal officials for flexibility in meeting greenhouse gas emission rules as it tries to shore up the state’s ailing coal industry and hold down electricity prices, Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday. [H-L]

Kentucky Senate candidate Matt Bevin (R) told TPM in a recent interview he would have voted against the Violence Against Women Act that passed Congress earlier this year because he believes it’s unconstitutional. [TPM]

This time last week, we knew exactly where one major Senate candidate in Kentucky stood on Syria, had an idea where another was heading and had absolutely no idea where the third was. [C-J/AKN]

President Barack Obama on Monday stepped onto a podium and lamented the deaths of a senseless mass shooting — just as he did after Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn. [Politico]

A western Kentucky lawmaker who resigned last week still faces the possibility of censure from his colleagues if allegations that he sexually harassed legislative staffers are proven. [WKYT]

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warned Tuesday that the long-term outlook for the national debt remains dire, despite a near-term drop in the deficit that has been lauded by the Obama administration. [The Hill]

An Olive Hill man was arrested about 3 this morning after a late-night standoff with Kentucky State Police. [Ashland Independent]

The ex-US Navy reservist who killed 12 people and wounded eight at a Washington DC Navy installation had received treatment for mental health issues, US media have reported. [BBC]

Did former state Rep. John Arnold sexually harass at least two female workers at the state Capitol? That’s the question a special committee is now looking into. [WDRB]

A U.S. congressman, speaking after a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, said he understood a year-long investigation of security at the country’s Navy installations had shown serious flaws partly driven by cost-cutting. [Reuters]

A $4.5 million grant has been awarded to school districts in Kentucky and Tennessee near Fort Campbell to help students in military families. [H-L]

No wonder so few Americans seem to think their economy is in recovery: They keep getting poorer. Unless they are rich, in which case they keep getting richer. [HuffPo]

Frankfort Again Causes National Laugh Fest

What happens when you put five of the dumbest people in charge of anything related to education? Your kids get dumber. Those five people are Bowen, Gregory, Harris, Bell and Turner. [H-L]

Those concerns that Obamacare will make the nation’s part-time recovery even worse may be a bit overblown, according to the findings of a recent survey of more than 500 Chief Financial Officers. [HuffPo]

Following several high profile cases of embezzlement and misuse of funds at the University of Louisville, the school’s board of trustees is taking steps to make sure that the school’s finances are secure and quickly catch future attempts to steal. [C-J/AKN]

Buried in a Brazilian television report on Sunday was the disclosure that the NSA has impersonated Google and possibly other major internet sites in order to intercept, store, and read supposedly secure online communications. [Mother Jones]

The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission voted to move forward with writing regulations for a hemp farming permit program Thursday as Attorney General Jack Conway considers the impact of a U.S. Department of Justice memo on recreational marijuana. [State Journal]

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is hosting a fundraiser for Alison Lundergan Grimes, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) Democratic opponent. [The Hill]

Changes are coming to the way students learn about hot-button issues like evolution and climate change. On Wednesday, Governor Steve Beshear approved new state science standards despite push back from the state’s Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee. [WYMT]

Four years after the recession officially ended, many American adults are still struggling to recover financially with lower incomes and, in some cases, going hungry, according to two surveys released on Thursday that underscored the unevenness of the U.S. economic recovery. [Reuters]

We’re just three weeks away from when the affordable health care act kicks in. Except, no, we’re not. That’s when open enrollment begins. It doesn’t kick in until 2014. [WHAS11]

Matt Bevin was awarded four Pinocchios for his claim that Mitch McConnell has done nothing to fight health care reform. [WaPo]

The city of Richmond is looking to hire at least six new firefighters, which would allow the fire department to have 20 people available on each shift. [Richmond Register]

Taxpayers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars each year to care for the victims of gun violence, according to a report from the Urban Institute released Friday. [HuffPo]

We Thought The Earth Was Just 6K-Years-Old???

A panel charged with reviewing Kentucky’s child-protection system needs funding, staff and specific recommendations if it hopes to prevent deaths from abuse and neglect, a national expert told the group Monday. [H-L]

The flat earthers at the Ark Park won’t like this at all. Archaeologists have dated bones found in the 1990s as the earliest known human remains from northern Britain. Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Nottingham analysed a leg bone found in Cumbria and found it to be more than 10,000 years old. [BBC]

This poor woman claims A Kentucky Newspaper misrepresented Mitch McConnell’s record on woman. But, uh, no, that couldn’t be further from reality. [C-J/AKN]

Isn’t it funny watching outsiders act as if they’re breaking news when they run stories revealing that Mitch McConnell and David Jones are friends? Folks in Kentucky have known that for ages and ages. [Politico]

The real story isn’t that Bob Damron has decided not to run for re-election in order to run for Judge-Executive to beef up his monstrous retirement fund. It’s the person who wants to run against him in that race, the people supporting that person and how they could finally take bigot Damron out of the political game. [Ryan Alessi]

Matt Bevin says he’s going to raise enough money to beat Mitch McConnell. Will anyone tell him how funny that sounds? [Roll Call]

The government has fired the latest salvo in a war of words between attorneys in a federal court case involving an interstate motorcycle theft ring. [Ashland Independent]

Unions, after a contentious and difficult process, are on the cusp of issuing formal criticism of ObamaCare at the AFL-CIO convention. [The Hill]

Whoopsiedaisy, the architectural firm involved in PeckerPointe’s design has pulled out. [WKYT]

A University of Kentucky committee voted to extend President Eli Capilouto’s contract by two years and to give him a 5 percent raise and a $50,000 performance bonus. [H-L]

When you read this story about a New York drug clinic, you’ll feel like it’s taking place in Kentucky. [ProPublica]

An audit of the Bell County clerk’s office has been referred to a regional ethics commission due to a claim of nepotism. [H-L]

Of all the world’s birds, perhaps none are more mystical than cranes. From Asia to North America, these tall birds with haunting cries have been woven into paintings, literature and folk tales. But today, 10 of the world’s 15 crane species are threatened, and some are on the brink of extinction. [NPR]