McConnell Is Giving Democrats The Obstruction Thing Again, They’ll Fail To Use It Against Him

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This should be a nice disaster. State Rep. Sara Beth Gregory, R-Monticello, will face Democrat Bill Conn, a Williamsburg teacher and a first-time candidate, in a Dec. 18 special election for an open state Senate seat in Southern Kentucky. [H-L]

After taking out Kentucky Democratic incumbent Ben Chandler congressman-elect Andy Barr is in DC learning how to maneuver his way around Capitol Hill. [WEKU]

Mittens Romney was lonely. A week after the election, and all anybody was laughing at was Karl Rove and Fox News and Dick Morris and Gallup, and people had kind of forgotten Mittens himself, the onetime standard-bearer of the GOP. [Wonkette]

Students of Crabbe Elementary have been working to raise money for the Ashland Animal Rescue Fund, an organization that rescues animals from shelters and promotes adoption. [Daily Independent]

On the eve of his meeting with President Barack Obama on the nation’s fiscal crisis, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he was “realistic” about a deal but adamant that it not raise taxes on wealthier Americans. [C-J/AKN]

Women who attempted get abortions but were denied are three times as likely to fall into poverty than those whose efforts were not blocked, a recent study conducted by researchers at University of California San Francisco found. [HuffPo]

No, Obama isn’t about to crack down on Wall Street. In President Obama’s second term, financial regulation would finally appear to have the leverage. [ProPublica]

The Legislative Research Commission must pay $186,855 in legal fees incurred by House Republicans and Democratic state Sen. Kathy Stein, who successfully challenged the redrawing of legislative district boundaries earlier this year, a judge ruled Thursday. [H-L]

President Barack Obama laid out his second-term agenda on Wednesday, expressing a willingness to work with Republicans in Congress and a resolve to defy them if necessary. [Reuters]

The chair of Eastern Kentucky University’s faculty senate has been added to the panel appointed to search for EKU’s next president. The move came after two days of campus and community forums conducted Monday and Tuesday by two representatives of the search firm the board of regents retained to assist with the process. [Richmond Register]

Thursday afternoon, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) claimed that Obama’s opening bid of $1.6 trillion in tax increases over 10 years is a “joke” and more than any deficit commission recommends [WaPo]

The Morehead mother of an abducted daughter heads to the nation’s capitol to protest. She hasn’t seen her daughter in nearly a year because the state department says the girl’s father abducted her and took her to Africa. [WKYT]