Gah, The Economy Just Cold Ruins EVERYTHING

Thank goodness State Rep. Mike Cherry wants to ban placement agents. Maybe he’ll also work to nix the state code prohibiting KRS documents from being subject to the Open Records Act. It’s fine and dandy to find out what a state employee makes. But the moment they retire? Haha, nope, can’t find out. [C-J/AKN]

Here’s our favorite one-liner regarding the KRS audit: “Governor candidate Steve Beshear publicly thanks Auditor Crit Luallen for not uncovering scandal in an audit of Kentucky Retirement Systems” [KY Club for Growth]

Really, you can’t tell me that audit wasn’t political. Not after the way Steve Beshear has behaved – both before and after. [Press Release]

Why shouldn’t public companies have to compare CEO and worker pay? [WaPo]

You should take a look at this fancy chart/map. It’s gasoline taxes state by state. [Click the Clicky]

Woah, this dude on MSNBC said Mitch McConnell is “suffering some kind of mild dementia or long-term memory loss.” That’s pretty extreme. [Daaaaang]

State Senator David Givens says Papaw Beshear is implementing managed care for Medicaid too quickly for it to be effective. [CN|2]

The Federal Election Commission is all up on SuperPACs. [Politico]

You bet your hide that Republican resolve on taxes is beginning to show cracks. [NPR]

The United States caught China buying more debt than disclosed. [Reuters]

Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund is warning the United States that its debt burden is on an unsustainable trajectory. [BBC]

Public employees are striking in Great Britain over pensions. Is this next for Kentucky? [NY Times]

A teabagger-birther is taking a pro-bullying stance toward gay teens. Imagine that. So when will this guy get caught in a restroom stall with another man? [Wonkette]

40% of Americans believe the economy is in a permanent decline, according to the latest polling. [HuffPo]

The Texas decision to let TSA pat-down bans expire is certain to rattle some teabagger cages. [The Hill]

Annual Drinking Water Compliance Report Is Here

The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Department for Environmental Protection has released its 2010 compliance report on public water systems in Kentucky. The Division of Water releases the annual summary of violations incurred by public water systems in compliance with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

The DOW oversees 468 public systems in Kentucky. In 2010, 698 violations were issued. Of those, 16.6% were related to health-based standards. The rest involved monitoring or reporting violations.

You’ll probably want to check the compliance report out so you can see whether or not your local system is up to snuff.

We Used The Google To Help Jack Conway Out

Since Jack Conway is attempting to avoid the Republican Party of Kentucky – and has been doing so for nearly 60 days – we thought it’d be a good idea to help him out.

Jack’s clearly not going to respond, so, we used the Google machine to come up with a list of things that you can accomplish in 60 days or less:

  • Repair your credit report
  • Sell your home
  • Understand Israel
  • Jumpstart your dating life
  • Find a job
  • Learn Italian
  • Double your blog subscription rate
  • Learn how to attract and capture 10,000 visitors (We think this refers to blogs, but you never know)
  • Lose weight
  • Become a recognized authority in your field

Maybe Jack has accomplished some of those things the past sixty days.

Mitch McConnell Might Just Ruin Our Economy

Yesterday Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson questioned Jack Conway for the 57th day: “Asking Jack Conway to come clean is like asking cats to bark,” said Robertson. “I guess it’s possible…but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it. We will continue to remind voters every day that they are held to a different standard than Jack Conway’s family and political buddies.” [Press Release]

Crossroads GPS launched a $20 million advertising campaign pretending to take on jobs, the economy and debt. [WaPo]

Let’s talk about the absurdity of Steve Nunn continuing to receive his legislative pension. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell says discussions of the deficit are nothing more than a parody. Yet we see him offering no alternative. [HuffPo]

Rand Paul was on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer yesterday. Go watch his appearance. [YouTube]

The U.S. House is finally stepping into this century by allowing Skype and other videoconferencing options for congresscritters. [The Hill]

Thank goodness you’re not a gay living in Little Rock. Otherwise the newspaper would refuse to publish your name as a survivor when your significant other dies. [Reuters]

53% of Americans say the economy/jobs is the most important issue. Just 7% say the budget deficit is the most important. [NY Times]

Mitch McConnell demands national bankruptcy of total capitulation on public policy. [TPM]

Why would you even waste your time calling on Hal Rogers to do the right thing for his constituents at this point? Seriously asking. [KFTC]

Greg Stumbo says he’d heard Steve Nunn was drinking in the morning before things got bad. [WAVE3]

The SCOTUS is apparently going to ignore issues of church and state and allow all kinds of fights to break out. [HuffPo]

A woman in Perry County has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting her brother’s companion. [H-L]

The most absurd things continue to happen at Louisville Metro Animal Services. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Here’s more on the man who crashed his car into a pond near Morehead. [WKYT]