Frankfort Can’t Even Help Our Military Folks Vote

Police changed the investigation into the death of a former eastern Kentucky mayor whose body was found inside his burned home to murder after preliminary autopsy results indicated he died of a single gunshot wound. [H-L]

In his State of the Union address, President Obama returned to a point he’d made on election night: The need to do something about long voting lines. Obama announced his plan for a commission to “improve the voting experience in America.” [ProPublica]

A dispute over emailing completed ballots has fractured the bipartisan support behind a bill designed to simplify voting for Kentucky military personnel overseas. [C-J/AKN]

President Barack Obama intends to nominate air quality expert Gina McCarthy to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz to head the Department of Energy as early as this week, according to a source familiar with the process. [Reuters]

Former Lexington Police Chief Anthany Beatty says he is considering a mayoral run. He’d have a super-tough time beating Jim Gray. [WKYT]

You know who won’t be too serious a challenger to Mitch McConnell? Matt Bevin. The real tea party spent about five minutes googling him – something teevee people couldn’t do (they were too busy being excited about Ashley Judd on Twitter) – and discovered the whole being an investment banker, a former prep schooler, someone who takes state and federal funds to rebuild his business thing. [Not In His Dreams]

Hemp, subject of much speculation in Kentucky and nationally, got only a passing mention in a five-year strategic plan for agriculture that was announced Tuesday. But it probably will get much more attention next week in the House Agriculture and Small Business Committee. [H-L]

Whine whine whine bitch bitch bitch it is Fox Nation, and they are never going to get over the SHOCKING MALFEASANCE that was Candy Crowley’s LIEBRUL LYING LIES in the presidential debate — you remember the one? [Wonkette]

Kentucky’s fen-phen scandal, the state’s biggest legal fraud case, has taken another sordid turn. A lawyer who was hired to help collect a $42 million judgment for the victims injured by the diet drug has been indicted for conspiring to distribute synthetic marijuana and bankrolling the operation to the tune of $100,000. [C-J/AKN]

The prospects of passing an important part of President Barack Obama’s gun control agenda improved a bit on Tuesday when a House Republican announced his support for universal background checks for firearm purchases. [HuffPo]