Julie Denton Proves Her Brain Is Super-Small

A new Harper Polling survey released on Wednesday shows McConnell leading Judd by nine percentage points aomng likely voters. [WHAS11]

President Obama set the tone for his second term Tuesday, going through a litany of policy proposals that he will pursue in the months and years ahead. And polls suggest most of his big proposals have broad public support. [WaPo]

A bill to exempt a Christian medical needs sharing program from some Department of Insurance regulations cleared the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee on Tuesday. [Ronnie Ellis]

Republican State Senators are proving just how corrupt and ridiculous they are. Julie Denton deserves a solid slap in the face from about a hundred grandmothers currently rotting in a corrupt nursing home for pushing this hogwash. Same goes for Bob Stivers (R-Same As David Williams) and Chris McDaniel (R-Pension Corruption Apologist). You know something is a disaster when flipping Ray Jones is opposed to it. [Bluegrass Politics]

Steve Beshear’s office said yesterday that: Kentucky’s 2012 exports set a new all-time annual record, with $22 billion in sales of Kentucky-made products and services. With exports to 199 nations, the record represents a 10 percent growth from 2011, more than double the U.S. average growth rate of 4.5 percent. [Press Release]

In 1996 the actor Woody Harrelson, who has a sideline as an activist for legalizing marijuana, was arrested in Kentucky for planting four hemp seeds. [NY Times]

Way to go, Williamsburg. For real. Officials in a southern Kentucky city have decided to ban smoking. [WKYT]

[Rand] Paul, who joined Congress at the same time as Rubio in January 2011, acknowledged Wednesday that he is weighing a presidential run. Which means he’ll waste a bunch of cash sent in by snowed supporters just like his daddy repeatedly did. [H-L]

Several House Republicans are signaling support for the once-controversial Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a development that carries political ramifications as the GOP seeks to repair its image among female voters in time for 2014. [The Hill]

Heroin, a drug much cheaper than many pain pills, is starting to become a problem for Madison County, Coroner and EMS Director Jimmy Cornelison told the Madison County Fiscal Court on Tuesday. [Richmond Register]

Rand Paul plans to block John Brennan’s nomination to head the CIA until he more fully lays out his views about the executive branch’s authority over its drones policy. [Politico]

House Democratic leaders planned to meet with Gov. Steve Beshear on Wednesday night to discuss proposals for funding a long-debated pension overhaul that passed the Senate last week. Which means absolutely nothing. [C-J/AKN]