Gray Cowers In Corner, Fischer Speaks Up Loudly

Oh, look, now Jim Gray is afraid to take a stand against the anti-gay “religious freedom” bill. If he had any sense about the position he holds and wasn’t an absolute coward, he’d speak up. Even Greg Fischer did the right thing. [H-L]

Even Ronnie knows pension reform is never going to be a real thing in Frankfort. Steve Beshear, the Democratic House and Republican Senate apparently are no closer to agreement on how to fund changes to the state pension system, a key difference on perhaps the most important issue still facing the 2013 General Assembly. [Ronnie Ellis]

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, said the party’s platform on gay marriage has not changed despite the massive effort spearheaded by the RNC to make the party more inclusive. [HuffPo]

BREAKING NEWS! Jack Conway wants attention, since no one wants him to run for governor, so he’s hyping his appearances today in Clark and Jessamine Counties. (Yes, we’re slightly joking here, this isn’t a bad thing) [Press Release]

Wouldn’t it be nice if creepy endtimes dominionist thinking, combined with crackpot climate science denying, was just limited to weird guys haranguing you on street corners? [Wonkette]

Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes still isn’t saying if she’s seriously considering a U.S. Senate bid. She’s being pressed hardcore by her dad and the folks around her. She’ll run quite a bit to the right of Ashley Judd, which is unfortunate. Because Kentucky needs a Democrat who isn’t afraid to say the words gay, equality, jobs, mountaintop removal, etc. Surely there’s a way to create a hybrid of the two. [C-J/AKN]

The majority of Americans favor giving millions of illegal immigrants a way to earn citizenship, according to a survey released on Thursday, highlighting public support for efforts in Congress to reform immigration law. [Reuters]

Joining Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., has introduced a bill to allow judges greater flexibility in sentencing federal crimes where a mandatory minimum punishment is considered unnecessary. [WFPL]

The lesson of JPMorgan’s whale trade: nothing was learned. [ProPublica]

The Republican-led Senate is drafting a plan to help pay for an overhaul of the state pension system, according to House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg. [H-L]

More than 45 million U.S. residents didn’t have health insurance during the first nine months of last year, according to survey findings released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even more people, 57.5 million, were uninsured for at least part of the 12 months before being polled. [HuffPo]

Lawwwd, you can’t even own a business in Lexington these days without getting burgled and having some thief fall through your ceiling. [WKYT]