Comer Made Another Bogus Claim

This time? That he went after Richie Farmer.

But here’s the deal, according to current/former Comer employees and one lobbyist aligned with Comer’s campaign:

Holly Harris, with the assistance of former Farmer staffers, did that. She opened up her office on day one and people lined up out the door.

Jamie Comer had to be forced into doing the right thing. He fought tooth and nail out of paranoia. Not just with Harris but with auditors and Ag staffers.

They all worked with Adam Edelen’s office to push for the audit. It was not Comer.

Full disclosure time: If Jamie doesn’t stop calling the women (plural) who used to work with him “drunk whores” and “angry sluts”? I’m probably going to have to start spilling the T. You know I know it. Starting with what women at the LRC have come forward to discuss…

Would have done it already if not for his young children.

Richie Farmer’s Mess Just Won’t Quit It

The Secretary of State’s office says there are more than 3.1 million people registered to vote in the general election next week. [H-L]

He’s not on the ballot this fall, but Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is launching new ads to help Republicans in key elections across the country. [HuffPo]

A state hearing officer has found that former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer’s girlfriend did little work in her state job and recommended that she be found guilty of violating state government’s ethics code. [C-J/AKN]

The fight for control of the U.S. Senate could last far past the Nov. 4 election, with possible run-offs in Louisiana and Georgia and surprising surges by independent candidates in Kansas and South Dakota creating new uncertainty for both parties. [Reuters]

All kinds of interesting things are happening in the Phelps community in Pike County these days. [WLEX18]

The mid-term elections in the US are one week away. Unlike the presidential vote, with one clear winner, these polls are a bit more complicated. [BBC]

Kentuckians enrolling in Kynect, the state’s health care exchange, can expect changes in the way they shop for health insurance beginning Nov. 15. [WFPL]

Polls typically ask people which candidate they want to win. But some researchers have come to believe that another question — which candidate voters expect to win — produces more meaningful results. [NY Times]

The autumn months are attracting thousands of visitors to the White Oak Pumpkin Patch in Morgan County. [WYMT]

Officers use “Stingrays” to mimic a cell phone tower and intercept information from phones in a whole neighborhood. The federal government and police have kept such devices under wraps for years. [NPR]

Time to scare the bejeebers out of meemaw and poppop in Eastern Kentucky. Although the chances of an Ebola outbreak in East Kentucky are rare, officials at St. Claire Regional Medical Center (SCR) have been planning to deal with the hemorrhagic fever just in case. [The Morehead News]

A refinance of Niagara County’s tobacco bonds was good news — but for investors, not taxpayers. [ProPublica]

Parent Jacques Wigginton told the Fayette County school board members Monday night that people in Lexington had trusted them to close the achievement gap and they should approve recommendations to get the job done after years of inaction. [H-L]

Despite the best efforts of Lil’ Jon, the most recent Gallup poll suggests that turnout in the upcoming midterm election will be one of the lowest in the last five cycles. [HuffPo]

EPSB Continues Circling The Powell Wagons

Campbellsville University should just ditch that million bucks from the Kentucky Baptist Convention closet cases and tell them to suck it. [H-L]

One of the biggest riddles in Earth’s history is why animals did not evolve after a spike in oxygen levels approximately 2.3 billion years ago. Instead, despite what scientists had thought was a period of relatively high oxygen, the evolution of life on Earth stalled for what is dubbed the ‘boring billion’. [HuffPo]

Two employees of the state Agriculture Department under former Commissioner Richie Farmer were found guilty Monday of violating the code of ethics for state employees. [C-J/AKN]

The pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC “Ready for Hillary” raised more than $2.5 million in the second quarter of 2014, its biggest to date, with 33,000 new donors, officials with the group said. [Politico]

An effort is afoot to save barn owls roosting in structures at the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site while officials also work to restore the area to its condition during the Civil War. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

A U.S. appeals court on Monday partially overturned the Guantanamo war crimes conviction of an al Qaeda publicist, saying a military commission lacked authority to convict him on two of three charges. [Reuters]

Brandon Smith argued in the Courier-Journal that his comments were taken out of context, and his underlying assertion was that climate change is bigger than one industry only — the coal industry. This isn’t news because it’s Kentucky — land where even Democrats like Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes seem to decry climate change as a myth. [CN|2]

Members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Monday ripped the Veterans Affairs Department for covering up mistakes as it rushed to reduce its mammoth disability claims backlog. [The Hill]

Highway officials believe those driving on the new US 460 in Pike County are creating a huge safety concern and causing damage to a new road. [WYMT]

Democrats are in a perilous position in 2014 Senate races. Mitch McConnell, a Republican, has all the fundamentals going for him: President Obama is deeply unpopular in Kentucky, McConnell is an incumbent, and Democrats haven’t won a statewide federal race in Kentucky in 18 years. They haven’t won a Senate race in 22 years. In May, I estimated that these factors knocked down Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’s chances of winning by nearly 30 percentage points, from the low 40s into the teens. [FiveThirtyEight]

If you missed it yesterday, the Education Professional Standards Board is making an epic move toward more secrecy and educational corruption. [Page One]

High-profile Democrats — from Donna Brazile to Jennifer Granholm — are saying enough is enough re: charter-mania. [Salon]

Worldwide Equipment Inc. is suing the Internal Revenue Service to try to get back $2.5 million in taxes. [H-L]

Citigroup Inc said it agreed to pay $7 billion to settle a U.S. government investigation into mortgage-backed securities the bank sold in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis. [HuffPo]

Richie Farmer’s Stuff Is Gonna Be Auctioned Off

Matt Bevin is making it a family affair, and Mitch McConnell wants Kentucky to think of him as a conservative “workhorse.” [Sam Youngman]

Eight million Americans are insured through the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges, President Barack Obama announced Thursday. [HuffPo]

Some say the real estate market in Louisville is beginning to pick up. Which may be the case for people with tons of money. [C-J/AKN]

Because of course they did. The Boy Scouts of America has revoked the charter of a scouting group at a church in the US state of Washington after learning its leader is gay. [BBC]

The judge-executives of Campbell, Boone and Kenton counties are looking to take advantage of their captive audiences in their jails by offering a heroin recovery program for inmates. [CN|2]

A committee of state lawmakers wants the Energy and Environment Cabinet to explain apparent inconsistencies between its position and that of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency on a new regulation governing how much selenium mining operations may release into Kentucky streams. [Ronnie Ellis]

President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2015 budget request would boost U.S. tax revenue by nearly $1.4 trillion over 10 years if fully enacted, cutting deficits by $1.05 trillion while funding new spending, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday. [Reuters]

The lead attorney for Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley has requested his client’s trial date be pushed back again. [Ashland Independent]

In a surprising discovery, scientists have found evidence of a tundra landscape in Greenland that’s millions of years old. The revelation goes against widely held ideas about how some glaciers work, and it suggests that at least parts of Greenland’s ice sheet had survived periods of global warming intact. [NPR]

Henderson County school district employees should have a little more money coming in to their bank accounts starting in July. [Henderson Gleaner]

Republicans say no to CDC gun violence research. Giving the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention money for gun violence research is a “request to fund propaganda,” a Georgia congressman says. [ProPublica]

A man who filed for an appeal in a case against T.J. Samson Community Hospital is seeking his day in court to explain his position. The case concerns whether the hospital was “under the statutes which govern capital stock corporations or those which govern religious charitable and educational institutions,” which would determine control of management over the hospital. [BGDN]

The American middle class (which is barely a thing) is no longer the richest in the world. [NY Times]

Looking for an unusual gift to give? Consider a rifle or knife from former state Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer’s administration. [H-L]

The U.S. consumer financial watchdog warned on Tuesday that some student loan borrowers could be thrown into default if relatives who co-signed their loans die or declare bankruptcy. [HuffPo]

Everybody Should Go To Thunder Over Louisville

Steve Beshear signed into law several major bills Thursday, including limited use of marijuana oil for people with seizures, tax breaks for a proposed 21c Museum Hotel in Lexington and the state’s bourbon and beer industries and a ban on selling e-cigarettes to minors. [H-L]

“Addison, I love you. I love you.” Those words, cooed by her mom, were some of the first sounds that 10-month-old Addison Elander had ever heard. [HuffPo]

Churchill Downs will take a bigger cut from each bet when its spring meet starts later this month — a move that could add $8 million to its revenues and increase purses by a similar amount. The increase, which takes effect with the start of spring racing on April 26 and includes the Kentucky Derby, means gamblers who cash a winning ticket will collect less money. [C-J/AKN]

A GOP-led House committee voted Wednesday to seek criminal charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner, who used to run the IRS division in charge of tax-exempt groups. [ProPublica]

On April 1, Kentucky State Police telecommunicators started providing dispatching service to 131 Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) Conservation Officers throughout the state. [KSP Release]

President Barack Obama sharply criticized what he called the least productive U.S. Congress in modern history on Wednesday in a fund-raising speech that he used to try to energize Democrats to vote in November congressional elections. [Reuters]

Nearly three weeks after an outbreak of violence in downtown Louisville, city leaders continue to reassure the public that the city is safe — but some people we spoke with are still concerned. [WDRB]

Until very recently, Rand Paul’s project of insinuating himself comfortably within the Republican Party, and positioning himself as a plausible presidential nominee, had gone along with remarkable ease. [NY Mag]

Nope, Yolanda, it’s a lack of non-whites, period. Not just a lack of women of color. Frankfort is just plain backwater and it’s run by a bunch of local yokel good old boys. [WFPL]

Here’s how the foreigns look at the United States on paycheck fairness. Republicans in the US Senate have blocked a Democratic bill aimed at closing the gap between what men and women are paid. [BBC]

Just in case you anti-Louisville folks needed another reason to hate Rick Pitino. University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino asked a federal judge to show mercy when sentencing ex-Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer and allow him to “become a productive citizen again” after the basketball star’s fall from grace. [WLEX18]

Obamacare has won. And that’s why Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius can resign. [Vox]

A $47 million expansion project at the Appalachian Regional Healthcare hospital in Hazard is nearly complete. [H-L]

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had some harsh words Thursday for Republicans who won’t allow a vote on comprehensive immigration reform, saying she believes it would be an easier haul for the GOP if undocumented immigrants were mostly from somewhere like Ireland. [HuffPo]

Ruh ro moment. Juan E. Monteverde, a partner at Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities firm headquartered in New York City, is investigating the Board of Directors of Churchill Downs Inc. for potential breaches of fiduciary duties in connection with their conduct in seeking shareholders’ approval for the Company’s 2007 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Business Wire]

The Alex Johnson Story Just Got More Horrific

When Gov. Steve Beshear and Rep. Hal Rogers launched their Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) project last year, they promised it would be different. So far, it isn’t looking much different. [Tom Eblen]

Florida judicial nominee Darrin Gayles just inched a little closer to becoming the nation’s first black, openly gay man to serve as a federal judge. [HuffPo]

Despite reservations about passing a retroactive tax and taxing something that’s in the middle of a lawsuit, the Kentucky Senate approved a 1.5 percent tax on Instant Racing with a stipulation that the legality of the games is still something for a long-running lawsuit to decide. [C-J/AKN]

At the end of last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave the go-ahead for a 10-year project testing our ability to generate electricity from the movement of the ocean. [Think Progress]

Heroin is a drug on the rise across the United States. When it comes to Kentucky, the drug is beginning to pop up in different areas. One area that has yet to see extensive use of the drug is Bell County. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

The Obama administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in health-care plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline. [WaPo]

Something else you’ll likely not hear Alison Grimes talk much about? Mitch McConnell’s absenteeism. Specifically when it comes to farm bills and things like that. [Page One]

Want to help support the next phase of our project? These document dumps barely scratch the surface. We’ve got gigs upon gigs upon gigs of research files to sort through and digitize. Literally months of work for a team of people. Wouldn’t it be useful to have everything we possess pertaining to U.S. Senate candidates prior to November? One person working eight hours per day for six months would barely get it done. [Click Here If You’re So Inclined]

Steve Beshear is absolutely going to hate this because the industry is working to fund his son. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is in the late stages of working on rules to stop predatory payday loan sharking. [Consumerist]

As the University of Kentucky Wildcats prepare for their NCAA basketball tournament showdown with Louisville on Friday, one of the most popular players from UK’s storied past is reporting to federal prison. [WFPL]

Air pollution kills about 7 million people worldwide every year, with more than half of the fatalities due to fumes from indoor stoves, according to a new report from the World Health Organization published Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Two people witnessed an attack on University of Kentucky employee Alex Johnson the night he was killed in December and called 911, according to an attorney and private investigator hired by Johnson’s parents. [H-L]