Wake Up, Folks, The Youth Suicide Rate Is Crazy

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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell got his first big challenge from the right Wednesday, as the conservative group ForAmerica launched an ad questioning whether the Kentucky Republican is a true conservative. [Bluegrass Politics]

Last week, federal lawmakers trumpeted the passage of the Drywall Safety Act of 2012 as a bipartisan victory for thousands of homeowners harmed by contaminated drywall. Naturally, the home builders lobby is weakening drywall legislation. [ProPublica]

Teabaggers think they’re victorious but they’re still so disconnected from reality that they don’t realize this will die in the House. Republican Sen. Julie Denton, the chairwoman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, Wednesday introduced bills requiring legislative approval before the governor can proceed with implementation of the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare.” [Ronnie Ellis]

More Americans identified with the Democrats than with the GOP in 2012, a new survey says. [Politico]

Way to go, Laurel County, you’re back to embarrassing Kentucky. Police say they seized money, drugs and even televisions during a raid at a southern Kentucky home Wednesday night. [WKYT]

What, that teabagger group was just a money front like the rest of the hate-monger groups? Surely not, Dick Armey, surely not. [Wonkette]

Of course the paper can run a big story about this based on a seven-word press release when it involves UK. But can’t be bothered to dig any deeper into the nasty scandals going on. [H-L]

One week after Barack Obama thumped Mittens Romney to secure the presidency, I pedaled over to the headquarters of the Reserve Officers Association, a six-story building in a prime spot across the street from the Capitol and next door to the Supreme Court. [HuffPo]

Though committee meetings are rare during the opening week of the Kentucky legislative session, Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville, convened the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday, making pointed jabs at the agency charged with protecting Kentucky’s children. [C-J/AKN]

About one in 25 U.S. teens has attempted suicide, and one in eight has thought about it, according to a national study based on interviews with thousands of teens. [Reuters]