Republican Gubernatorial Hypocrisy Fun

Kentucky’s Republican primary for governor heated up during a debate Wednesday when Hal Heiner was confronted by two rivals who called on him to repudiate attack ads bankrolled by an outside group supporting Heiner’s campaign. [H-L]

A year after Americans recoiled at new revelations that sick veterans were getting sicker while languishing on waiting lists — and months after the Department of Veterans Affairs instituted major reforms — government data shows that the number of patients facing long waits at VA facilities has not dropped at all. [HuffPo]

A wrongful death lawsuit against a tow truck driver and a local newscaster has been filed by the daughters of a woman who was run over twice in a downtown crosswalk in January. [C-J/AKN]

Five years after the passage of sweeping food safety legislation that gave the Food and Drug Administration power to prevent future outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, lawmakers haven’t fulfilled their obligations in fully funding the programs that would realize the goals of the law. [ThinkProgress]

Devastated residents of two Carter County villages are cleaning up and recovering from what Judge-Executive Mike Malone calls the worst flooding since 1997. [Ashland Independent]

A study of blind crustaceans living in deep, dark caves has revealed that evolution is rapidly withering the visual parts of their brain. [BBC]

When Tyler Whitaker has a bad day inside a busy department store, people will often point and whisper, advising his mother to give him a whipping. It’s something she said she has grown used to, but will never quite understand. [Hazard Herald]

Welcome to the 2016 presidential campaign. Republican Rand Paul officially entered the race Tuesday, and was greeted with a TV ad calling him “wrong and dangerous” on Iran. The money behind the ad is secret. [NPR]

Yep, all hell broke loose in Morehead. Just be thankful you don’t have Walter Blevins calling the shots in your town. [The Morehead News]

The rush to humiliate the poor. Rick Brattin, a young Republican state representative in Missouri, has come up with an innovative new way to humiliate the poor in his state. [WaPo]

PEE ALERT! Folks in Richmond are still fighting over a fence. [Richmond Register]

Rand Paul (R-Miniature Texan) has raised $1 million in donations through his website to a day after officially launching his presidential campaign. [The Hill]

With an aircraft carrier as his backdrop, Rand Paul will seek Thursday to reassure hawkish Republican voters and donors during his presidential campaign roll-out week that he isn’t the same politician who called for cutting defense spending in 2011. [H-L]

The Drug Enforcement Administration on Wednesday recommended that the federal government produce almost 900 pounds of marijuana for research in 2015, more than triple the amount it had estimated it would need. [HuffPo]

Old White Kentuckians Freaking Out About The Pending Gay Takeover & Redecoration

A sports thing apparently happened and a lot of people are upset. [H-L]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz are among 57 Republicans in Congress who are calling on the Supreme Court to uphold state bans on same-sex marriage. [HuffPo]

Paul — who is expected to announce his bid Tuesday at Louisville’s Galt House — cut his political teeth on the theme of reducing the size of government and slashing spending. [C-J/AKN]

PEE ALERT! PEE ALERT! Social conservatives are doubling down on their push for state-based religious freedom laws, lashing out at businesses that have vigorously opposed the measures and accusing Democrats of trampling Christians’ civil rights. [Politico]

Let’s watch the Bowling Green Daily Fat White Guys freak out about equality: Obama also supports same-sex marriage, as does Conway, who said in his announcement of not appealing the ruling that denying same-sex marriage is discriminatory. [BGBS]

Gay rights advocates are hoping to parlay the momentum from their legislative victories in Indiana and Arkansas in the past week into further expanding legal protections for gays and lesbians in those states and others. [WaPo]

Adam Edelen tried to hide part two of a massive state audit on Friday. Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen has released the second part of the annual statewide audit of the Commonwealth of Kentucky for fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. The audit contains one material weakness and 19 significant deficiencies and notes more than $2 million in questioned costs. [External PDF Link]

A fringe right-wing radio host who believes the government was behind 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, and several other catastrophes, has been a key figure in the political rise of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who will reportedly announce a run for president on April 7. [MMFA]

Local union workers voted on Friday to end a two-month-old strike and return to work at the Catlettsburg Refinery. [Ashland Independent]

Former Gov. Martin O’Malley, D-Md., now positioning himself as progressive populist among potential 2016 presidential candidates, told USA Today that he differs from Hillary Clinton because he opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement he said will “hollow out our middle class and middle class wages.” But just two years ago, there was no criticism to be heard when O’Malley discussed the TPP. [The Intercept]

Barren County Judge-Executive Micheal Hale appointed Jeremy Runyon as county road supervisor Tuesday. [Glasgow Daily Times]

President Obama launched a program Friday to train outgoing military personnel and veterans to work in the solar power sector. [The Hill]

More than two years after Kentucky education department officials took over the daily management of Breathitt County schools, they are offering the locally elected school board the chance to recommend candidates for a new superintendent. [H-L]

The Obama administration on Friday finalized its recommendation to expand protected areas of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, calling on Congress to block about 12 million acres (5 million hectares) from oil and gas drilling. [HuffPo]

Fayette Co Health Department Is Stepping Up On The Needle Front

The nonprofit North Limestone Community Development Corp. will get a $550,000 grant to help turn a former Greyhound bus station into a public market and local food hub focused on the surrounding neighborhood. [H-L]

The Justice Department urged a federal appeals court Monday to reverse a hold a judge placed on President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action. [HuffPo]

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says the state’s ban on gay marriage should be upheld in part because it is not discriminatory in that both gay and straight people are barred from marrying people of the same gender. [C-J/AKN]

Congress was one vote away from ending its perennial Medicare “doc fix” dilemma for good, after nearly two decades of last-minute deals to prevent a healthcare meltdown. But instead of capping a rare week of productivity on Capitol Hill with the approval of a bipartisan fix ahead of a crucial Tuesday deadline, the Senate punted on the legislation in the wee hours of Friday morning. [The Hill]

Olive Hill is asking the Kentucky Department for Local Government for $65,000 to build restrooms and upgrade its trail system. The money would cover construction of a restroom near the historic railroad depot that is the trailhead for the city’s burgeoning trail system. [Ashland Independent]

This is what happens when mouth-breathing teabaggers try to meddle in education. [WaPo]

Hundreds of middle and high school students from across the state traveled to Eastern Kentucky University on Saturday to exhibit their science experiments at the Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair. [Richmond Register]

Two people tried to run their vehicle through the National Security Agency’s gates near Washington on Monday before guards at the spy agency fatally shot one of them, said officials, who added there was no evidence of a link to terrorism. [Reuters]

The Louisville Metropolitan Service Area’s population has increased by 2.8 percent since 2010, according to U.S. Census data released Thursday. “Most of the growth is happening on the periphery,” he said. “If you were in, what we call, the city, you’re not seeing any change at all.” [WFPL]

Daniel Swann is exactly the type of person the National Security Agency (NSA) would love to have working for it. [NPR]

The director of the Fayette County health(sic) Department said a needle-exchange program for heroin addicts will reduce the risk of getting jabbed by a dirty needles. He said Fayette County health officials are ready to get it going as soon as they figure out logistics. [WKYT]

Ants carried to the International Space Station were still able to use teamwork to search new areas, despite falling off the walls of their containers for up to eight seconds at a time. [BBC]

Rand Paul likes to say that the Republican Party should follow the advice of painter Robert Henri, who said people should “paint like a man coming over a hill singing.” [H-L]

A supervisor at the Veterans Administration office in Honolulu was manipulating data to make it look like the agency was processing veterans’ benefits claims faster it actually was, according to a new report by the VA Office of Inspector General. [HuffPo]

No, The Presidency Is Not Some Crown

“I’m going to move on my casino bill and ask for hearings on it during the interim. It’s part of my personal agenda,” Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said after the 2015 session ended. [H-L]

A U.S. district judge in Texas on Thursday issued a stay to halt the U.S. Labor Department from implementing a rule that would expand medical leave protections for same-sex couples, saying the move impinges on the rights of states that ban gay marriage. [HuffPo]

The most fascinating vote of the entire 2015 legislature happened a few minutes after 3 a.m. on the final morning of the session when a wide-ranging group of Democrats and Republicans banded together in the House to beat back a leadership bill. [C-J/AKN]

The state of the U.S. labor market in March will consume economists and investors in the week leading up to Easter, adding to the seesaw debate over when the Federal Reserve will spring its first interest rate hike. [Reuters]

Democrats are apparently seething over this one. A Louisville woman has been appointed to serve on the newly created National Women’s History Museum Commission. Bridget Bush, a lawyer, was appointed by Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell. [WLEX18]

Senators approved a budget amendment Thursday that would give married same-sex couples access to Social Security and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits. [The Hill]

Everybody is freaking out… President Barack Obama will be coming to Louisville April 2. [WHAS11]

The House Ethics Committee is launching a full-scale investigation into whether Kentucky Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield improperly aided his wife’s lobbying work for the Humane Society Legislative Fund. [Politico]

W. Keith Hall is apparently doing everything he can to stall the inevitable. A former Kentucky lawmaker facing a bribery charge has asked that his trial be postponed following a guilty plea by a co-defendant. [WLKY]

A man who won an auction to shoot an endangered black rhino in Namibia has been given a US permit to import the trophy if he kills one. [BBC]

The frustration of one-lane paths along U.S. 60 in Summit won’t last much beyond next weekend, although the overall project will continue for months to come. [Ashland Independent]

New rules put forward by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would have a major impact on the high-cost loan industry. But if history is any guide, lenders will quickly find some loopholes. [ProPublica]

The Cave-In-Rock Ferry is resuming operation in western Kentucky between Crittenden County, Kentucky, and Hardin County, Illinois. [H-L]

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley spoke about his potential run for the Democratic presidential nomination on Sunday, seeming to take a shot at the idea of another Clinton in the White House. “Let’s be honest here, the presidency is not some crown to be passed between two families. It is an awesome and sacred trust to be earned and exercised on behalf of the American people,” O’Malley said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.” [HuffPo]