Ronnie Ellis Brought The Funny With His Latest

Those who long saw McConnell as an establishment Republican appropriator have of late been wondering what he’s been smoking. [Ronnie Ellis]

President Barack Obama’s decision to transform his campaign into the freestanding lobbying group “Organizing for Action” is groundbreaking in many ways — but the idea of creating an outside organization to put pressure on Capitol Hill dates back at least to Ronald Reagan. [Politico]

Bring on the challengers — whoever they may be, Sen. Mitch McConnell told more than 60 key supporters who packed into his 2014 re-election headquarters Saturday. [Ryan Alessi]

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, nearly a quarter of Kentucky’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition and nearly a third of its bridges are deficient or obsolete. Kentucky faces a growing maintenance backlog, and the state has borrowed $1.1 billion in the past decade to improve its major interstates. But Steve Beshear and Hal Rogers both want to spend zillions building interstates in their hometowns. [McClatchy]

Kentuckians overwhelmingly oppose raising taxes — even if means fewer government services and programs, according to The Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll. [C-J/AKN]

A Supreme Court decision last year upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s authority to fine TV stations for airing indecent material, but the agency has shown little interest in exercising that power. [The Hill]

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said Saturday that legislation that would license Kentucky farmers to grow industrial hemp if federal restrictions are lifted needs further study. [H-L]

Go read this crazy story about a Kentucky woman in Montana. A Kentucky woman’s efforts to get a felony case against her dropped were denied by a Gallatin County District Court judge this week. [Click the Clicky]

Way to go, Paducah, you win the award for crazy em effers. Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a McCracken County man after he reportedly broke into a home while the family was out of town, and killed their pets. [WPSD]

The United States is ready for direct talks with Iran if it is serious about negotiations, Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday, backing bilateral contact many see as crucial to easing a dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program. [Reuters]

Kentucky officials say the state is ready to resume executions with new rules that change the drug concoction used in lethal injections. [WDRB]

Fare thee well, homophobic uncles. Fare thee well, high school friend that isn’t racist but just hates black people. Fare thee well, conspiracy-minded cousins. Fare thee well, mommies who don’t believe in vaccination. You finally have a place where you belong. [Wonkette]