Your Presidential Race Has Turned Into A Circus

Steve Beshear appointed Neil Howard to the Kentucky Horse Race Commission. He also reappointed Wade Houston Sr., Alan Leavitt, Harold Northup and Elizabeth Lavin. [Press Release]

The Medicare debate promises to be front and center in this fall’s presidential campaign, as not just seniors but aging baby boomers focus on retiree healthcare. [Reuters]

Awash in secret campaign donations, Republicans are reversing their support for campaign finance disclosure. [HuffPo]

All Kentucky courts will be closed Tuesday, the second of three scheduled furlough days for the cash-strapped court system. [Bluegrass Politics]

Billionaire industrialist David Koch, who is helping steer millions of dollars to elect Mittens Romney and congressional Republicans, on Thursday told POLITICO he disagrees with the GOP’s stance on gay marriage and believes the U.S. needs to consider raising taxes to balance the budget. [Politico]

Don’t miss Comment on Kentucky tonight because Ronnie Ellis will be on – he’s maybe the best political journalist in the Commonwealth and is certainly the leader of the pack. Scheduled guests other than Ronnie: Janet Patton and Laura Ungar. Comes on at 8:00 P.M. Eastern on KET. [KET]

Here’s yet another look at why we should be giving extra scrutiny with any deal involving India or the Indian government. [Bloomberg]

While Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell recently called the tens of millions of uninsured Americans “not the issue,” not having health insurance can prove both tragic and fatal. A 2009 study showed that uninsured patients are twice as likely to die during emergency room visits. [HuffPo]

What happens to US-born children when their parents are deported? They’re often put up for adoption against their parents’ wishes. [AP]

Police believe the skull of a woman found in southern Kentucky may be a victim of a murder and a hate crime. [WAVE]

It’s almost sad that the Republican Party’s new theme is built on half of a quote taken severely out of context. Because, you know, there’s nothing else on earth they could use that’s a bit more truthful. [NPR]

The African-American camerawoman who had nuts thrown at her by attendees of the Republican National Convention said she was “not surprised at all” by the incident. [The Hill]

Greed and debt: the true story of Mittens Romney and Bain Capital. How the GOP presidential candidate and his private equity firm staged an epic wealth grab, destroyed jobs – and stuck others with the bill. [Rolling Stone]

Now Rand Paul Wants To Teabag The Entire Country

The national profile of Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator, Rand Paul, continued to grow this week at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. [Ronnie Ellis]

The CNN camerawoman who was pelted with peanuts by attendees at the Republican National Convention said that the incident was disheartening, and that it should serve as a wake-up call to black people. [HuffPo]

A western Kentucky man charged with fatally shooting a mayor has been found incompetent to stand trial. [H-L]

Kentucky’s whiskey fungus lawsuits are getting some national attention. The New York Times ran a piece yesterday about the fungus–scientifically called Baudoinia–that’s prevalent on the outside of distilleries and homes near them. [WFPL]

Here’s why Perry Clark’s medical marijuana proposal will fall flat on its face. Refusing to return a reporter’s call tells you all you need to know. [WYMT]

The Campbell Lodge Boys’ Home has lost its child-care license five months after the state removed the at-risk boys living there because some were being improperly medicated with psychotropic drugs. [Enquirer]

Condi Rice can’t really name any Obama foreign policy failures except maybe bowing. Because, uh, that would require her to talk about all of her foreign policy failures. [Wonkette]

Former Gov. Ernie Fletcher has sold his Shadrick Ferry Road home for $400,000 to a local couple. [State Journal]

Hypocrisy/irony alert much? Republicans banned small vendors from the Republican National Convention. [HuffPo]

The Pew Center on the States is projecting that Kentucky’s annual pension costs will rise to $3.8 billion over the next two decades without major reforms to the state retirement system. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky has taken another step toward a statewide health insurance exchange with the appointment of an executive director to head the initiative that resulted from federal health care reforms. [WLEX18]

Steve Beshear will implement new regulations for the use of medications in standardbred and thoroughbred horses despite a legislative panel’s near unanimous vote against the controversial measure. [H-L]

Rand Paul Couldn’t Lift That Flag Very High, Kids

The nation’s top civil rights lawyer visited the Fayette County Public Schools in Lexington on Wednesday, urging students to stand up and get involved in efforts to end all forms of bullying in schools. [H-L]

On Tuesday Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Mittens Romney’s most prominent Mormon supporter in the U.S. Senate, broke with the presidential candidate on amending the Constitution to ban gay marriage, saying that even though he doesn’t agree with marriage equality, “I’m a believer that the states should make their own determination” and “have a right to do it.” [HuffPo]

It was, by any reasonable standards, a staggering, staggering lie. Here’s Paul Ryan about Barack Obama. [WaPo]

Rand Paul did not hoist the flag high for the libertarian cause Wednesday. [Politico]

When Golden Valley Electric Association of rural Alaska got an administrative subpoena from the Drug Enforcement Administration in December 2010 seeking electricity bill information on three customers, the company did what it usually does with subpoenas — it ignored them. [WIRED]

A handful of apparently ignorant Republican women from Kentucky have spent the entire day trolling Facebook to talk about Kid Rock and how President Barack Obama is a liar. They clearly have no idea what their vice presidential fellow has been up to. So it’s necessary to rehash it all. [Wonkette]

Police say they have the DNA of the person who killed an elderly northern Kentucky couple more than a year ago. [H-L]

Rand Paul’s biggest applause during his Wednesday evening speech at the Republican National Convention came from a line about protecting civil liberties, suggesting a heavy presence of libertarian-leaning supporters, including those of his father, Ron Paul. [HuffPo]

Are we all gonna maybe die of the West Nile again this year? [WKYT]

A Northern Kentucky lawyer and past president of the Kentucky Bar Association has lost her battle to share in about $18.5 million in fees that famed Cincinnati attorney Stan Chesley received from the Diocese of Covington sex-abuse settlement. [C-J/AKN]

You can’t even steal electricity from city parks in Richmond these days without getting arrested. [Richmond Register]