Daniel Mongiardo Should Try Running For Governor

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Daniel Mongiardo is considering a run for governor and he could probably do it this time. Would be awesome to watch him beat Jerry Abramson. [H-L]

We long for the days when Americans of all stripes could come together to show our mutual disdain for the Homosexican Agenda, but now that ‘Murka has gone and voted for the black guy again, our coalition is broken and fractured, to the point that we cannot even agree on the best way to hate the gayness. [Wonkette]

Debra Hoskins, who left the top job at the EKU Center for the Arts in Richmond earlier this year, has been named executive director of the Lancaster Grand Theater in Lancaster, the Danville Advocate Messenger reported. [H-L]

Social issues worked in President Obama’s favor on Election Day — the same day that multiple states voted for the first time to legalize both gay marriage and recreational marijuana. And that confluence has some suggesting the country is shifting to the left on social issues. [WaPo]

Harlan County officers were involved in a shootout Friday night. It all began at apartment number two. [WKYT]

Anyone who really thought John Yarmuth could run against Mitch McConnell is deeply delusional. [The Hill]

Senate Republicans did last week what everyone who was paying attention expected — they selected Manchester Republican Robert Stivers to replace longtime Senate President David Williams, who resigned to become a circuit court judge in southern Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

Even though his second inauguration is still weeks away, the work of his presidential library starts soon: Libraries take years of planning and decisions by the president and his inner circle, from choosing a location, to picking achievements to highlight. [Politico]

Steve Beshear said Friday he finds no reason to remove Republican David M. Cross, an Albany attorney, from the state Board of Elections. [Bluegrass Politics]

An unsettling trend appears to be underway in Arizona: the use of private prison employees in law enforcement operations. The state has graced national headlines in recent years as the result of its cozy relationship with the for-profit prison industry. [PR Watch]

Amid the media frenzy over former CIA director David Petraeus’ extramarital affair, we were struck by a quick reference in a Washington Post story about Petraeus’ time running the war in Afghanistan. [ProPublica]

Enrique Pena Nieto took over as Mexico’s president on Saturday, promising to end years of violence and sluggish economic growth, and giving the party that shaped modern Mexico a shot at redemption after 12 years out of office. [Reuters]