Make The Adult Abuse Registry Happen, Frankfort

You know what the mainstreamers are missing? Alison Lundergan Grimes could run for U.S. Senate, beat Ashley Judd and give Mitch McConnell a run for his money. Regardless of what her folks say publicly, she wants to and is talking about it. Pay close attention to discussions when Bill Clinton is in Kentucky. And pay close attention to the politicos around her – their moves are telling. [Deep Senate Thoughts]

The Kentucky Board of Education on Wednesday rescued a small southern school district from the brink of closure, voting to allow emergency funds to be used to pay the bills in what members called an unprecedented move by the state. [H-L]

National Rifle Association President David Keene on Wednesday told an unfriendly audience at Harvard University the assault weapons ban proposed by a leading congressional gun control advocate was a “feel-good” measure that would do nothing to stop violence. [Politico]

People who are in dating relationships, but who have never lived together, could seek protection with a domestic violence order under a bill passed from the House Wednesday afternoon. [C-J/AKN]

More than half of U.S. citizens believe that most or all of the country’s 11 million illegal immigrants should be deported, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday that highlights the difficulties facing lawmakers trying to reform the U.S. immigration system. [Reuters]

A drunk guy in Louisville allegedly broke into a fire house and masturbated on uniforms. We couldn’t make this up if we tried. [WHAS11]

Signaling an attempt to break an impasse, President Barack Obama on Thursday placed calls to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell about the looming spending cuts set to kick in on March 1. Neither side reported progress, however, and aides taunted each other with Twitter messages. [HuffPo]

Make this happen, Frankfort! A bill that would place those who have been convicted of adult abuse on a state-wide registry now heads to the full House for a vote. [Bluegrass Politics]

So remember how Al Gore, Green Hitler, up and sold his near-imaginary teevee station to the Qatari government, in the shape of Al Jazeera? And the conservatives, they did not like that all but could not quite put their finger on “why” besides just “Muslims”? [Wonkette]

Changing Kentucky’s tax code to squeeze out more revenue is the only way to restore funding to a program that helps low income families pay for child care, Gov. Steve Beshear said Thursday. [Ryan Alessi]

Under pressure from the health care industry and consumer advocates, seven Republican governors are cautiously moving to expand Medicaid, giving an unexpected boost to President Obama’s plan to insure some 30 million more Americans. [NY Times]