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Richie Farmer’s Mess Just Won’t Quit It

October 29th, 2014 · No Comments

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]

→ No CommentsTags: Corruption · Eastern Kentucky · Education · FEAR! · Health Care · Kentucky Business · Law Enforcement · Polling · Rand Paul · Richie Farmer · Senate · Stats · Wasted Money · Wiretapping

Should Jensen Run For Something Statewide?

October 28th, 2014 · No Comments

In what has been a marathon race to the bottom, both the campaigns of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes continued to be in fine form this past Friday. [Sam Youngman]

A bipartisan duo of Senate heavyweights is set to unveil an unusual bill that would give lawmakers an incentive to fund biomedical research and, potentially, add billions to that mission. [HuffPo]

Joe Gerth is really mad at all the stupid campaign ads on the teevee and so is everyone else. [C-J/AKN]

Former President Bill Clinton says he had it worse than President Barack Obama but was still able to get things done. [NY Times]

Republican state Senate candidate Dr. Ralph Alvarado filed a civil defamation suit against his Democratic opponent Senate Minority Floor Leader R.J. Palmer over an ad running in the district. [CN|2]

The making of a warrior cop. Do police really need grenade launchers? [Mother Jones]

With less than one week to go before the election, Sen. Mitch McConnell made an appeal to Perry County voters at Kentucky Power’s Hazard offices, turning a loading dock into a stage for country singer Lee Greenwood. [WYMT]

A federal jury found four former security guards with the company Blackwater guilty in connection with the shooting of dozens of Iraqi citizens in 2007 at a Baghdad traffic circle. That shooting revealed the leeway given outside contractors and became a symbol of the U.S. intervention in Iraq. [NPR]

The Kentucky State Parks are offering lodging discounts to current and former members of our nation’s armed services with the “USA Military Discount” program from Nov. 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015. The program is available to those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists. Proof of military service is required at check-in. [Press Release]

EU leaders have reached a landmark deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels. [BBC]

Keep your fancy polls and pundits’ predictions. If you really want to know what’s going on in these parts, you’re better off getting your intelligence from Quillen’s. [Ronnie Ellis]

A senior Arctic official for the U.S. unveiled the nation’s priorities last week as it readies to take over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council next year, and climate change is on top. [The Hill]

Democrat Elisabeth Jensen came out swinging Monday night in a televised debate with U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, seeking to brand him a week before the election as a do-nothing member of a gridlocked Congress. [John Cheves]

The number of American troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 was 6,488. The number of American women who were murdered by current or ex male partners during that time was 11,766. [HuffPo]

→ No CommentsTags: Alison Grimes · Andy Barr · Barack Obama · Eastern Kentucky · Environment · Health Care · Iraq · KDP · Kentucky Tourism · Law Enforcement · Mitch McConnell · RPK · Senate · Stats · Veterans

Alison Grimes Apparently = Barack Hussein Obama

October 28th, 2014 · No Comments

This Kentucky Opportunity Coalition ad is the first one in a long while that isn’t flat-out racist or spinning about coal.

But it’s a doozy:

Did you know Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes and Barack HUSSEIN Obama (heh) are the same person?

→ No CommentsTags: Alison Grimes · Barack Obama · FEAR!


All Kinds Of Crazy $ In Richard Henderson’s Race

October 28th, 2014 · No Comments

We thought briefly (for a second) that Richard Henderson may not be in the fight of his political life.

Boy, were we wrong.

His district is being flooded with mailers like this from Hal Heiner blaming him for health care reform:



And look at these gigantic ads Henderson has purchased in his local paper:


Craziness for such a small town race.

→ No CommentsTags: Campaign Finance · Spotted

Rep. John Yarmuth Discusses Fight Against Ebola

October 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Rep. John Yarmuth appeared on the teevee this week to discuss the Kentucky service men and women fighting EEeeeeeeebooooolllllaaa:

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

Mitch McConnell Let The Bloodhounds Out Again

October 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Okay. We’ll put our hatred for Mitch McConnell aside a moment.

This ad isn’t so terrible:

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Gays, Immigration, Feeding The Homeless, Obama

October 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Business seemed slow at the Fitch’s IGA Saturday. There was a single cashier on duty as shoppers strolled slowly through the well-stocked, mostly empty aisles. [H-L]

With a week left before Election Day, Obama is fanning out to campaign in six states, betting that his last-minute appeals will mobilize core Democratic voters who have a history of sitting out midterm elections. [HuffPo]

In June, 16-year-old Elivar Mazariegos stepped off a bus in the desert town of Altar, Mexico, 1,900 miles north of his rural village in Guatemala, where a death threat had pushed him to join a surge of unaccompanied children fleeing violence and poverty. [C-J/AKN]

Local television stations across the country are flush with cash thanks to a midterm election campaign that has featured an estimated $4 billion in spending. [The Hill]

Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott made it clear Friday that a new program designed to connect troubled military veterans with available resources “is not a get-out-of-jail-free card.” [Ashland Independent]

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Saturday the U.S. government will recognize same-sex marriages in six more states, bringing to 32 the number of states where couples in gay unions qualify for federal benefits. [Reuters]

Listen to voters from either end of the political spectrum and you’ll hear a similar complaint: most are tired of the inability of members of Congress to work together to get something done. [Ronnie Ellis]

A few hours before dawn on Wednesday morning, city counselors in Fort Lauderdale, FL passed a bill to make it harder to feed the homeless. [Think Progress]

Governor Steve Beshear has announced a $1.5 million project designed to improve the water treatment and distribution system in Hazard and Perry County. [Hazard Herald]

Their bitter 55-minute debate had just ended. Greg Orman walked across the stage, looked Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in the eye, shook his hand and smiled. [Politico]

Dr. Emily Champion, a 2008 Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine graduate who practiced at Delta Downs racetrack in Vinton, La., was found dead from gunshot wounds with both of her parents at the family’s Cadiz, Ky., home in Trigg County. [Paulick Report]

The Republicans still hold an edge in what has become a very stable fight for the Senate, according to the last round of data from the New York Times/CBS News/YouGov survey of more than 80,000 respondents. [NY Times]

A federal judge is weighing whether to dismiss murder charges against two men accused of killing a federal informant after a Kentucky state trooper mishandled and destroyed evidence. [H-L]

Kaci Hickox, the first nurse to be quarantined under a strict new policy on her return from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, criticized her treatment in a Dallas Morning News op-ed on Saturday. [HuffPo]

→ No CommentsTags: Alison Grimes · Barack Obama · Campaign Finance · Eastern Kentucky · Giving Back · Health Care · Immigration · Law Enforcement · Polling · Poverty · Senate · Steve Beshear · The Gays · Veterans

No One Thought They’d Endorse Mitch, Right?

October 27th, 2014 · No Comments

The Herald-Leader editorial board had to work hard to come up with a creative way to endorse Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes. It’s a shame it couldn’t have been an easier decision. [H-L]

The last U.S. Marines unit and final British combat troops in Afghanistan officially ended their operations on Sunday as they packed up to leave the country and transferred a massive military base to the Afghan military. [HuffPo]

The big city newspaper also struggled to figure out a way to endorse Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes without having to trash her. [C-J/AKN]

During the Obama era, the Republican Party has made the modern revival of the poll tax a point of party dogma. [NY Mag]

Getting the old Sunday editions to every subscriber in town was always among the greatest challenges for local people who can look back and say, “I used to pass the paper” in Ashland. [Ashland Independent]

The short-attention span generation has birthed the shiny-object election. [The Hill]

While her opponent, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Sixth District, cites occasional examples of people who say they lost their low-cost insurance because of the Affordable Care Act, Elisabeth Jensen said she hears more often from many of the 520,000 Kentuckians who have gained coverage because of it. [Richmond Register]

Quarantines imposed on travelers coming from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa who have had contact with the disease could discourage American health workers from going there to help fight the epidemic, a senior U.S. medical official warned on Sunday. [Reuters]

Rowan County residents will have an extra option when they go to the polls on Nov. 4 to pick a new county sheriff. [The Morehead News]

In Niagara County, N.Y., leaders took on 40-year debt to pay for short-term stuff, a case study in the perverse incentives tobacco bonds create. [ProPublica]

Fifty leaders from across southern and eastern Kentucky boarded a tour bus, dubbed by U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) as the “Silicon Holler Express,” on Wednesday. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Former President Bill Clinton on Saturday offered emotionally charged encouragement to a gala gathering of a prominent gay rights group while noting his wife Hillary Clinton’s support for gay rights when she served as secretary of State. [Politico]

Pat Ritz speaks softly, urging the woman she has loved for nearly 40 years to eat more of the sandwich she has prepared for her lunch. [H-L]

A white off-duty St. Louis police officer shot a black teenager six times in the back of the legs and once in the side of the head in what was likely a fatal wound, a doctor who performed a private autopsy for the teen’s family said on Friday. [HuffPo]

→ No CommentsTags: Afghanistan · Alison Grimes · Andy Barr · Corruption · Discrimination · Eastern Kentucky · Embarrassing · Flashback · Hal Rogers · Health Care · Law Enforcement · Military · The Gays · Wasted Money

Gov. Steve Beshear’s Weekly Video Update

October 27th, 2014 · No Comments

Late last week Governor Bigot and his wife, Jane, discuss the Dawkins Line again:

→ No CommentsTags: Eastern Kentucky · Kentucky Tourism · Steve Beshear

Scary Mitch McConnell Maimed The World In 2008

October 27th, 2014 · No Comments

This ad will burn McConnell for sure:

Though, it reeks of spin and desperation. The DSCC should have been pushing stuff like this a year ago.

Because this ad won’t sway anyone so late in the game. People already know they hate Mitch McConnell and that’s not going to change now. Minds are made up.

Here’s hoping there are more scandalous ads like this from both sides. Mud slinging is tons of fun.

→ No CommentsTags: DSCC · FEAR! · Flashback · Mitch McConnell