Nope, The Current KDP Can’t Beat Mitch McConnell

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Former Olive Hill Mayor Danny Sparks pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of marijuana trafficking and having an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle. [Daily Independent]

With three weeks to go before the Bush tax rates expire and the Pentagon and other federal agencies face tens of billions of dollars in spending cuts, a reality for Republicans has set in: Tax rates are going up, and the only real question is by how much and for whom. [Politico]

A western Kentucky sheriff offering his own reward money in three unsolved murders is being asked to show up in court and hand over his file in one of the deaths. [H-L]

Federal officials have given energy and mining companies permission to pollute aquifers in more than 1,500 places across the country, releasing toxic material into underground reservoirs that help supply more than half of the nation’s drinking water. [ProPublica]

It was almost a tale with two versions. Kentucky’s Commissioner of Medicaid Services, Lawrence Kissner, seemed pleased to tell the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare how well the state’s move to managed care for most Medicaid patients is progressing. [Ronnie Ellis]

A central Kentucky man had to rescue his dog Tuesday night from a burning barn. [WKYT]

Will Kentucky Kingdom actually happen this time or will Ed Hart get screwed over again? [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky Democrats still can’t beat him as they currently stand. Oh no: a new Public Policy Polling survey reveals that Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell is “the nation’s least popular senator.” [Vanity Fair]

Crist, a former wax figurine of Steve Martin at Madame Tussauds London, entered politics after a stray bolt of lightning animated him, charring his edges and rendering him incapable of portraying Steve Martin in wax. [Wonkette]

Writer and Fox News contributor Steven Crowder aired video of his violent physical confrontation with opponents of Michigan’s right-to-work legislation, who gathered in Lansing to protest the bills’ passage through the House. [HuffPo]

If Democrats believe Daniel Logsdon is going to lead them to victory against Mitch McConnell, they’re smoking some weird Whitney Houston-style drugs. Logsdon’s only where he is because of his daddy. And no one wants to rehash the era of his daddy. [Ryan Alessi]

George Zimmerman must remain under 24-hour GPS monitoring while awaiting trial in the fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and must stay in the county despite the defense’s concerns about his safety, a judge ruled Tuesday. [HuffPo]