Big Non-Shocker: Steve Beshear Opposing Hemp

Steve Beshear says he wants law enforcement’s concerns about industrial hemp resolved before Kentucky moves ahead with a push to grow the plant. Wondering why it’s failing with Democrats? Because Jamie Comer’s staffers politicized the issue, flaked on reporters and Democrats and were generally flippant in their approach. They should have known better and should have put their egos aside if they really wanted hemp to be a thing. [H-L]

Barely more than a quarter of Americans are satisfied with the way the country is going, though Democrats are significantly more content than Republicans are, a new poll says. [Politico]

First Lady Jane Beshear was on Connections with Renee Shaw recently. She discussed what she hopes to accomplish in her remaining two years in Frankfort. [KET]

Imagine a city with open space larger than the size of Paris, where people are planting hardwood trees and vegetable gardens, and neighbors have plenty of room to spread out. [Reuters]

Senate Bill 50, which creates a regulatory framework for hemp, will land in the lap of House Agriculture Chairman Tom McKee, who is caught between advocates and a prominent farmer from his district who favor it and House Democratic leaders who don’t. [CN|2]

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she opposes a cut in congressional pay because it would diminish the dignity of lawmakers’ jobs. [The Hill]

Cathy Bailey took a long nap or something and has emerged from her sleeping chambers to discuss Republians and women. [C-J/AKN]

Lawmakers complained on Sunday that President Barack Obama had failed to protect Iranian dissidents from persecution by Tehran following a deadly attack on their camp near Baghdad, and urged they be allowed back to their long-time base in Iraq. [Reuters]

Steve Beshear says he’s a fan of Instant Racing for Kentucky’s horse racing tracks—but he’s not sure if legalizing the gambling format would be used to fund the state’s struggling pension system. [WFPL]

The federal government once considered whistle-blowers a nuisance or worse. But over the past few years, that attitude has slowly started to change. More agencies have been reaching out for tips about fraud and abuse in and outside the government, even if digging through the stacks of complaints can present a challenge. [NPR]

Kentucky grocery stores are fighting a proposal in this year’s state legislature that would block their longtime goal of selling wine and liquor alongside other groceries. [H-L]

There’s a certain conventional wisdom that President Obama wants stronger campaign finance laws, and to protect our democracy from the corrupting effects of money in politics. It’s a story that you should no longer believe. [HuffPo]