Another Failed Opportunity For A Gambling Bill

Anyone have a favorite web developer/graphic designer? Send them our way. Hiring folks for a new project. [Jake]

Legalizing casino gambling in Kentucky appears to be off the table for this year’s legislative session. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said Friday there was little desire among the Republican caucus to pursue the issue. [Bluegrass Politics]

It would seem like a Republican fantasy: a famous actress, who has been described by her own grandmother as a Hollywood liberal, is floated as a Senate candidate in one of the country’s most conservative states, where she does not even live. [NY Times]

The Energy and Environment Cabinet on Friday announced that it was reorganizing its Division of Forestry by consolidating offices and cutting staffing to eliminate a $1.2 million budget shortfall. [C-J/AKN]

Outgoing Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue has some parting shots for Congress, the White House and advocates for seniors. They have all “really walked away from Social Security,” he says, leaving the program “fraying because of inattention to its problems.” [MSN Money]

Some double-talk in Frankfort. Jamie Comer, Julie Denton, Steve Beshear and Greg Stumbo all get chapped. I’d like to say I’m prescient, but in reality I simply wrote a column last week about the funny, ironic and sometimes hypocritical things people say a week too early. [Ronnie Ellis]

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday brushed off a leaked immigration proposal by the White House, which Sen. Marco Rubio has called “dead on arrival” in the Senate as the chamber cobbles together a bipartisan bill. [Politico]

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, will hold an open house for constituents on Monday at his district office in Lexington from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. [Bluegrass Politics]

In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama again called for Congress to take quick action on gun control. “These proposals deserve a vote,” he said. [ProPublica]

More than 100 people gathered at the State Capitol Saturday afternoon in support of gun rights. They wanted to get their message across as new bills are introduced concerning gun control. [WLEX18]

A draft of a White House immigration proposal would allow illegal immigrants to become legal permanent residents within eight years, USA Today reported on Saturday. [Reuters]

Maker’s Mark finally realized it was doing something stupid. [Maker’s Mark]