Papaw’s Funtimes Tax “Reform” Party Says Stuff

Rand Paul told a Washington, D.C., radio station Wednesday that actress Ashley Judd was “way damn too liberal for our country and our state.” [H-L]

Hey, remember that Mittens Romney guy? Yeah, us neither, really, but apparently he was expecting to be president, since it was his birthright or something? And now, he’s just wandering around in a sad daze, with only his hundreds of millions of dollars for company. Poor dude. [Wonkette]

After 10 months of studying the Kentucky tax system, Gov. Steve Beshear’s tax reform commission plans to hold its final meeting Thursday to resolve what has been its most divisive issue — what rate, or rates, to recommend for Kentucky’s income tax. [C-J/AKN]

Two by two, dozens of same-sex couples obtained their marriage licenses in Washington state early Thursday, just hours after Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a law legalizing gay marriage. [HuffPo]

Recent scattered showers are not nearly enough to pull Berea out of a high-alert water shortage, according to City Administrator Randy Stone. [Richmond Register]

Just in case you missed it: Kentucky Retirement Systems is even more of a disaster than we previously thought. [Page One]

What the heck is going on in Lexington these days? A man was rushed to the hospital after a fiery crash in Lexington Wednesday afternoon. It happened around 3 p.m. On Montavesta Road between Lansdowne Drive and Dove Run Road. [WKYT]

President Barack Obama takes his “fiscal-cliff” campaign to the home of a family in Northern Virginia on Thursday to illustrate the impact of letting taxes go up on the middle class, as signs emerge that Republicans are contemplating a change in strategy in their battle with Democrats over deficit reduction. [Reuters]

The Kentucky Department of Education is changing the way it assesses the state’s lowest performing schools and Commissioner Terry Holliday says some may be subject to more state oversight soon. [WFPL]

Parents of a gay Michigan teen who committed suicide last month say bullying is to blame for their son’s death. Seventeen-year-old Josh Pacheco of Fenton came out to his mother just two months ago, and was frequently bullied both inside and outside of school prior to his death on Nov. 27. [HuffPo]

The Kentucky Board of Education on Wednesday approved taking over day-to-day management of the Breathitt County school system after finding significant problems in the local administration of the district. Education Commissioner Terry Holliday had recommended state management of the district. The board voted yes on Wednesday. [H-L]

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