Why Would Abramson Even Consider Running?

Two Perry County deputy jailers face manslaughter charges in the death of an inmate after a grand jury issued indictments, according to court documents. [H-L]

A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans. [Reuters]

There were three statewide constitutional officers speaking here Saturday who aren’t on next year’s ballot – but many believe they all want to be on the ballot in 2015. [Ronnie Ellis]

When Rochelle Bing bought her modest row home on a tattered block in North Philadelphia 10 years ago, she saw it as an investment in the future for her extended family — especially for her 18 grandchildren. [ProPublica]

This will be one of the most traumatic stories you read all week. Lawnmower rolls over, kills Lincoln County man. [WKYT]

Rothenberg hints that Matt Bevin is considered premature. [Roll Call]

A 54-year-old Louisville man has been charged with murder after police said he allowed a woman to die in his bed without doing anything to help her. [C-J/AKN]

One of the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston bombings was in possession of right-wing American literature in the run-up to the attack, BBC Panorama has learnt. Tamerlan Tsarnaev subscribed to publications espousing white supremacy and government conspiracy theories. [BBC]

Here’s yet another article that one of Hal Rogers’ staffers wrote for him. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Ron Hosko, the assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, tells NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday that the Internet has become a key tool for recruitment of child prostitutes and that cutbacks at the federal and local levels have made it harder to clamp down on the problem. [NPR]

University of Kentucky Police Chief Joe Monroe was put on administrative leave for a week in July because he had not completed state training requirements, the university confirmed Monday. Does nothing at UK function these days? [H-L]

The U.S. government may continue to play an outsized role in the nation’s roughly $10 trillion home loan market under a proposal President Barack Obama is set to endorse on Tuesday. So how will Jack try to take credit for this? [HuffPo]

It would be so much fun to watch him lose in a primary – even to Jack Conway. Jerry Abramson will likely make a big announcement Tuesday at noon about whether or not he plans to run for Kentucky Governor in 2015. [WAVE3]

Rogers On Food Stamp Revisionist History Tour

Wanna see one of Hal Rogers’ staffers lie about Republican attempts to destroy the food stamp program? It’s your lucky day. [H-L]

If you missed it, Jack Conway is trying to hitch his gubernatorial dreams to this matter that has nothing to do with him. Unfortunately for Jack, his trailer hitch is already occupied by his intervention into his brother’s drug scandal. [Click the Clicky]

Mitch McConnell said the 2014 election for his Senate seat comes down to a simple question for Kentucky voters. [Ronnie Ellis]

More than three-quarters of the Senate Republican caucus signed onto legislation introduced Wednesday by Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Rand Paul (R-KY) that could render it virtually impossible for Congress to enact any legislation intended to improve working conditions or otherwise regulate the workplace. [Think Progress]

Is anything Greg Stumbo does ever not a political stunt? Of course not. Good on Jeff Hoover for refusing to play petty politics for a change. [C-J/AKN]

Aaaaand it begins. Teabagger Matt Bevin is demanding that Mitch McConnell “be a man.” Insinuating that… you can just assume. [TPM]

Protesters call for Obama’s impeachment. A small group gathered on an Interstate 65 overpass Saturday afternoon to protest President Obama. [WLKY]

The menu outside the Knights of Columbus hall boasted 9 tons of barbecue pork and mutton, 225 pounds of purple-hull peas and 1,400 pounds of potato salad. [NY Times]

Again, we ask if this man has any sense at all because he ought to be disbarred. In a bench conference during Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin’s fiery misconduct trial, her lawyer said the prosecutor couldn’t be trusted to tell the truth because he “does not believe in God” or in “heaven or hell.” [C-J/AKN]

The dead can’t vote, but they can give money to politicians. Funny how that works. [USA Today]

Officials with Sustainable Pike County say they hope a community garden under construction in downtown Pikeville, Ky., is the first of many. [H-L]

The happiest states in the United States of America? Don’t worry, the Commonwealth of Kentucky isn’t one of them. [HuffPo]

Lexington is trying to out-murder Louisville lately. A Lexington family got a fright overnight when several bullets came flying through their home. [WKYT]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) kicked off the 2014 campaign season at Kentucky’s rowdy Fancy Farms picnic and wasted no time personally attacking his likely Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes. [The Hill]

Some Central Kentucky Teabagger Senate Fun

Guess who held a funtimes straw poll or something.

Yep, everybody’s favorite Central Kentucky Teabaggers.

Here you go:

Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:06:56 -0400
Subject: First Poll
From: Central KY Tea Party Patriots
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

Hope lots of you are going to Fancy Farm Saturday. I plan to have
tear-sheets listing the website of 28 page document showing Mitch being one
of the biggest sellouts in DC. He didn’t get his multi millions by just
being a senator.

In the Kentucky Republican Primary for US Senator, who will you vote for?
Matt Bevin 57%
Mitch McConnell 40%
Other 1%
Total Votes: 658

If the Kentucky General Election for US Senate were held today, would you
vote for . . .
Matt Bevin (R) 57%
Mitch McConnell (R) 41%
Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) 0%
Other 1%
Total Votes: 654

You can be certain they don’t dislike Mitch McConnell because he’s an obstructionist who never does anything. It’s because he’s not extreme right enough.

Pee Alert: Teabaggers Worked Up Into A Froth

Breaking news! The tealiban (translation: the two people in Kentucky who hype up people like this in order to personally profit) is freaking out over Matt Bevin, going out of their way to play down the racism of the organization that endorsed him:

As we made quite clear yesterday, the author’s race doesn’t change the racist, disgusting content.

Funny, though, that the guy who lost to David Williams (of all people to lose to – a guy who got his ass handed to him by Steve Beshear) and a guy with a rap sheet a mile long with his own history of race-baiting are defending this hogwash. Right.

Carry on, teatoots. You’re digging your own hole again. Carry on.

Rand Paul May Be Squashed By Chris Christie

After more than three days of testimony, a Franklin Circuit Court judge said Wednesday that state lawyers still need to explain why they deleted key information from case files of abused kids who died or were critically injured. [H-L]

Will this be the next Citizens United? McCutcheon Supreme Court case targets campaign contribution limits. [HuffPo]

If you missed it, Matt Bevin has been endorsed by an organization that’s published some of the most racist garbage we’ve ever seen. [Page One]

Big Money often gets what it wants in Washington. But not always. In few policy debates is that more true than in the proposed overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws. [NPR]

Way to go, Franklin County! Franklin County Sheriff, Pat Melton says an investigation lead to the arrests of 35-year-old, Robert Washington and 35-year-old, Heather Hughes. “There has been a quantity of heroin recovered,” says Melton. [WKYT]

There’s no shortage of items left on the Senate agenda before the August recess, but it’s a routine spending bill that best foreshadows September. [Roll Call]

In Kentucky’s 2010 Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, the national party stayed out until after Jack Conway defeated Daniel Mongiardo. This time around, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee already is gearing up to help Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. — even though she is in a primary with three other Democrats. [C-J/AKN]

Liberal group PCCC, using pollster PPP, says 40% of Kentuckians approve of Mitch McConnell’s job, 51% disapprove, 9% undecided. 44% would vote for McConnell now, 45% for Grimes, 11% undecided. 38% say McConnell deserves re-election, 54% say no, 8% unsure. [Press Release]

Have you grabbed your giant bag of popcorn and settled in to watch the Rand Paul-Chris Christie fight? [Wonkette]

A Kentucky judge is seeking input from the state attorney general’s office before deciding whether a law exempting spouses from testifying against each other applies to two women in a civil union from Vermont. [H-L]

Two things: Marfy Jane lives! And Alison just needs to let her meemaw handle all the events. She sells much better than people like Greg Stumbo. [WaPo]

The number of Medicaid providers in Kentucky dropped by 8 percent since the introduction of a managed care system of delivering medical services to Kentucky’s poor and disabled, according to a report released Tuesday by Auditor Adam Edelen. [Ronnie Ellis]

A pro-Mitch McConnell super PAC has raised $1.2 million since it was created in April, bringing in donations from big names such as Donald Trump and deceased megadonor Bob Perry. Trump contributed $50,000 to Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, and Perry, who died in April, gave $100,000, according to reports filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission. [Politico]