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Senate Race Is Probably Good For Bourbon Sales

October 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race remains a dead heat two weeks before Election Day, with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell regaining the slimmest of leads over Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in a new Bluegrass Poll. [H-L]

As the saying goes, it’s all in the name. Obamacare is no exception. [HuffPo]

The Kentucky Democratic Party received $550,000 in transfers from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in September, which drove total receipts for the party during the month to $979,338. [C-J/AKN]

The United States issued stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear that leaves no skin or hair exposed to prevent medical workers from becoming infected. [Reuters]

In the six legislative races directly affecting Madison County, incumbents have big fundraising leads in all but one contest. [Richmond Register]

A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord. [BBC]

Perry County Coal Corporation, a subsidiary of TECO Coal, will have a new owner by year’s end according to a press release from TECO Energy on Monday. [Hazard Herald]

If you’re a 12th-grader right now in the Los Angeles schools, that means you probably started kindergarten back in 2001. It also means that, as of this week, you’ve seen four superintendents come and go. [NPR]

There’s been a lot of rain across the area this month, much more than is normal, according to the National Weather Service. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

From dark money to a mysterious super PAC donor, here are a few of the best investigations of money in politics since the last elections. [ProPublica]

If you missed the latest in Jessamine County, you’ll want to get caught up. Law enforcement officials tell us the you-know-what is hitting the fan on all blades. [Page One]

From every angle, campaigns for Democratic and Republican candidates are targeting voters concerned about energy and climate change. [NY Times]

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, and Elisabeth Jensen, his Democratic challenger, laid out stark differences in their ideologies Monday night during a televised appearance on KET’s Kentucky Tonight. [H-L]

The conservative think tank the American Enterprise Institute posted a video on Monday telling women they should stop worrying so much about date-rape drugs. [HuffPo]

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October 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Surrounded by cheering supporters, Mayor Jim Gray recently stood in the center of the airy first floor of Gray Construction as he detailed the accomplishments of his first term in office. [H-L]

September brought more record heat globally, and meteorologists say Earth is now on pace to tie for the hottest year ever recorded. [HuffPo]

In just over the two-year minimum it takes to age straight bourbon, the number of Kentucky distilleries has tripled, according to a economic impact survey released Tuesday. [C-J/AKN]

In her race to defeat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes has barnstormed Kentucky, talking up her support for raising the minimum wage and criticizing the GOP’s so-called war on women. But the restaurant owned by Grimes’ family doesn’t always practice what she preaches, and Kentucky Republicans have been happy to point that out. [CNN]

Did an inmate try to dig a hole in the jail wall? Damage to the wall of a shower at the Madison County Detention Center would not likely have facilitated an escape or provided a conduit for drugs or other contraband, according to Jailer Doug Thomas. [Richmond Register]

The Kentucky Republican Party is offering volunteers all-expenses-paid trips to join Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign bus tour and “contribute to an enthusiastic atmosphere” at his events. [The Hill]

Officials with the Housing Authority of Glasgow want to address the availability of emergency housing in the near future. [Glasgow Daily Times]

UN human rights officials have called for Detroit to restore water service to poor customers in arrears on their bills, arguing the shutoffs discriminate against minorities. [BBC]

Morehead City Council voted against the second reading of an ordinance Monday that would increase the property tax rate to generate four percent more revenue than last year. [The Morehead News]

The United States’ visa program for crime victims is hit-or-miss. [Reuters]

The shock of the recession still lingers in public schools across Kentucky. [WFPL]

Standing at the top of a dirt and gravel hill, past the sand-filled barriers that enclose a small base of Kurdish forces, a soldier looks through binoculars. [NPR]

Environmental officials are conducting tests to determine the spread of hazardous chemicals at the former site of a steel plant in Ashland that closed three years ago. [H-L]

One person in the United States has died from Ebola. So everybody has to freak the heck out. [HuffPo]

→ No CommentsTags: Alison Grimes · Eastern Kentucky · Education · Environment · FEAR! · Health Care · Humor · Hypocrisy · Immigration · Iraq · Kentucky Business · Mitch McConnell · Poverty · RPK · Spotted · Taxes

Heiner PAC Hits Richard Henderson… With Obama

October 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment

Did you know? Richard Henderson is the same as Bablack Oblackma!

Get a load of the latest direct mail piece from Hal Heiner’s PAC (the one he’s raising money for while meeting with the very candidates the PAC is supporting… and soliciting gubernatorial support at the same time):



It’s a real stretch.

Richard Henderson is one of the most backwater bigots in the Commonwealth and all Heiner could do was compare him to the scary black man in the White House. Because extremists in Kentucky know that racism runs rampant in the foothills.

They couldn’t come up with anything to hit Henderson with? Really?

Pbbbbt. Right.

→ 1 CommentTags: Barack Obama · FEAR! · Wasted Money


NRSC Works To Keep Meemaw Scared & Ill-Informed With Ebola Nonsense

October 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Want to see the craziness the National Republican Senatorial Committee is hitting Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes with today?


Yeah. Ebola.

Because there’s nothing else going wrong with Grimes.


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Hugh Jass But Not A Living Wage, Apparently

October 21st, 2014 · 3 Comments

Polling aside, this is what ate the media alive yesterday:

Democrats can complain that this is unfair, sexist, typical, petty, whatever. But it’s pretty damaging with meemaw and poppop voter.

Unlike John Yarmuth, whose restaurants are franchises, this is a joint owned and operated directly by Grimes’ family. Paying both low wages and sexualizing her family members.

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Of Course They’re Playing Judicial Politics

October 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment

The latest numbers are in and the most current Bluegrass Poll has Mitch McConnell regaining a narrow lead over Alison Lundergan Grimes. [WHAS11]

Last year, long-time Lexington politician Kathy Stein stepped down from the state Senate to fill a vacant judgeship in Fayette County Family Court. One year later, she will fight for that seat against a veteran family court attorney. [H-L]

President Barack Obama seems to have changed his tune on gay marriage, telling The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin he believes same-sex couples in all 50 states should be allowed to marry under the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. [HuffPo]

Churchill Downs is looking for a new track announcer to replace Larry Collmus, who next year will become the voice of the New York Racing Association. Collmus will replace the now-retired legendary announcer Tom Durkin. [C-J/AKN]

All of these stories will make your head spin. [ProPublica]

Jack Conway is nervous about the prospects of facing Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes in a gubernatorial primary whether he admits it or not. [WHAS11]

Italy will become the first country in Europe to legally require “advanced biofuels” in cars and trucks, the BBC has learned. [BBC]

Despite the attempt of federal mediators of spur negations, employees of AllSource Global Management, a Bluegrass Army Depot contractor, remain on strike after two weeks of picketing at the depot’s main gate, said union spokesperson Bob Wood. [Richmond Register]

When the Bush administration revealed in 2005 that it was secretly interpreting a treaty ban on “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” as not applying to C.I.A. and military prisons overseas, Barack Obama, then a newly elected Democratic senator from Illinois, joined in a bipartisan protest. [NY Times]

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes met with The Independent’s editorial board Friday morning to discuss a wide range of topics with its four present members. [Ashland Independent]

Jeff Leen, the Washington Post’s assistant managing editor for investigations, begins his renewed attack on the late Gary Webb’s Contra-cocaine reporting with a falsehood. [Click the Clicky]

This is the second year that Barren County High School student Deanie Pedigo, 16, of Glasgow, has been on the Kentucky Department of Education Next-Generation Student Advisory Council. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A U.S. judge said on Monday he would rule during the week of Nov. 3 on Detroit’s plan to adjust its debts and exit the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy. [Reuters]

A beer giant’s application for a distribution license in a western Kentucky city has stirred complaints that the venture would upset the state’s long-held system for distribution of alcohol. [H-L]

Scientists from around the world met last week to decide whether to call time on the Holocene epoch after 11,700 years and begin a new geological age called the Anthropocene – to reflect humankind’s deep impact on the planet. [HuffPo]

→ 1 CommentTags: Alison Grimes · Barack Obama · Discrimination · Economy · Education · Election 2015 · Environment · George W. Bush · Jack Conway · Kentucky Business · Labor · Mainstream Mistake · Mitch McConnell · Polling · Senate · The Gays

Kentucky’s Small Towns Remain In The Dark

October 20th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Mitch McConnell drew a crowd of about 100 at the Republican Party headquarters here Saturday, a number that will undoubtedly be dwarfed by the crowd to see former President Bill Clinton when he stumps here Tuesday. [Sam Youngman]

Predicting the ways in which Obamacare would fail and ruin America has been something of a cottage industry for conservative politicians and talking heads since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. [HuffPo]

Although state and national attention is focused on Kentucky’s race for the U.S. Senate, the average Kentuckian’s life could be more significantly and immediately affected by the outcomes of key races for the Kentucky House on Nov. 4. [C-J/AKN]

How America punishes people for being poor. Predatory subprime auto loans are just the latest in a long line of policies and practices that make it expensive to be poor. [Bill Moyers]

House Speaker Greg Stumbo spoke of watching a dream become reality, during a groundbreaking event Thursday for the start of a project to complete a four-lane corridor across the entire state. [Floyd County Times]

Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, and with good reason: She suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2011, spending weeks in a hospital intensive care unit, and has a second, smaller aneurysm that needs monitoring. [NY Times]

The right-wing Bowling Green Daily News endorsed Mitch McConnell for re-election. The choice in the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky couldn’t be more clear. [BGDN]

The voters who would be alienated by a straightforward answer are probably already lost to Grimes. [WaPo]

I’d wager you’re as weary of reading about the dismal Senate campaign between Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes as I am writing about it. [Ronnie Ellis]

On Friday, Janet Yellen presented a thorough speech outlining the inherent problems income inequality presents to the American ideology, proving once again she is committed to using her role as Federal Reserve chair to tackle widening income inequality rates. [Mother Jones]

The Morehead News wrote about Kim Davis’ candidacy and didn’t mention her involvement in the coverup of her daughter’s crime. And you wonder why small town Kentucky remains in the dark. [The Morehead News]

The controversial oil and gas drilling technique of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, triggered 400 small earthquakes in Ohio over a three-month period in 2013, according to new peer-reviewed research. [Think Progress]

If Hal Rogers ever had a credible opponent, here’s betting the paper wouldn’t endorse him. [H-L]

“The only person Washington’s been benefiting is Senator McConnell and the millionaires and billionaires that have bankrolled him,” Grimes said. On that occasion, McConnell declined to respond. [HuffPo]

→ 1 CommentTags: Alison Grimes · Campaign Finance · Corruption · Discrimination · Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Environment · FEAR! · Greg Stumbo · Hal Rogers · Health Care · Mainstream Mistake · Mitch McConnell · Poverty · Senate

Governor Bigot’s Weekly Video Update Fun Stuff

October 20th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Late last week Papaw Bigot discussed anti-bullying efforts in Kentucky:

Unfortunately for Beshear, we all know this is just a sad charade. To be taken seriously, he’d need to actually step in and stop people like Joshua Powell in Montgomery County.

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Rep. John Yarmuth On The Ebola Teevee Circuit

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Did you miss Congressman John Yarmuth on the teevee talking about Ebola?

Here he is during the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations:


And on MSNBC again:


→ No CommentsTags: FEAR! · Health Care · John Yarmuth · Spotted

Jessamine County Sheriff Has Deputized Criminals

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

The hits just keep coming for embattled Jessamine County Sheriff Kevin Corman:


Take a look:

  • Mega Appearance Of Impropriety In Jessamine Co [June 10]
  • Sources: Big Federal Investigation In Jessamine Co [October 6]
  • Jessamine Sheriff Confirms Ongoing Investigation [October 9]
  • Jessamine Co. Deception Gets Crazier By The Day [October 10]

We’ve told you for months about potential nightmares related to his hundreds of illegal special deputies. Just a week or so ago Corman was trying to sugar-coat the situation by claiming most of the special deputies weren’t appointed by him. It took us less than a day to prove the opposite.

But some of those deputies? Some have criminal histories. Take #73 on that list we published for instance.

His name is George Marlowe and he was convicted of theft by unlawful taking. He was sentenced on April 18, 1984 in Jessamine County (84-CR-00001) after pleading guilty to taking thirty-seven (37) treated bridge timbers that were owned by the Southern Railroad Company.

Have a look at his old case file that had to be dug up in the state archives in Frankfort:


Corman deputized a man convicted of TBUT — nice man though he may be — who served time for his crime.

Lest Corman attempt to suggest he had no hand in deputizing him, here’s proof:


Not exactly the kind of problem a man with a mountain of scandals needs on his hands at the moment.

What should we focus on next? The folks who swore to investigators they received special deputy badges in lieu of payment for services?

What a mess.

→ No CommentsTags: Corruption · Flashback · Law Enforcement