Jack Conway Wishes He Were Your Governor

How on earth is this bit about annual reports and Alison Grimes even a story? What a waste of space. [H-L]

Kathleen Sebelius has been facing down opponents since she was a schoolgirl campaigning for her father — a gregarious, outspoken liberal Democrat in Cincinnati, then one of the most reliably Republican big cities in the nation. [NY Times]

Steve Beshear says he wasn’t given a heads up before fellow Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes announced her U.S. Senate bid last week. Which is a surprise to us, as Beshear’s own staffers told us quietly that he was informed the Saturday before the event/launch/announcement/rollout of her campaign. [BGDN]

Of course the gay sex having Republicans are still freaking out about the food stamp program. Can’t be letting the poors do things like eat. [Wonkette]

Joe Gerth neglected to mention that Chris Hightower’s MySpace profile remarks were not made by Hightower. And he portrayed Hightower as a 9/11 truther, which he is not. Rand Paul’s racist ass (that little troll is racist, period) obviously needs to be called out for crap like this. But Gerth is showing unbelievable laziness here. Unbelievable for a mainstream journalist to continue to do crap like that. [C-J/AKN]

Quick, everybody act like it’s surprising and a full-on shock that Matthew Barzun will be the UK’s new ambassador![SF Gate, USA Today, The Telegraph, The Guardian]

Jack Conway is still considering a 2015 run for governor and said Tuesday that the expected competitive race for U.S. Senate next year won’t overshadow or delay the governor’s race. Unfortunately for Jack, Adam Edelen has locked up all of his funders. Even the big money families in Louisville have turned their back on Jack in favor of Adam. We don’t even need to explain why because anyone with a brain should be well aware that Jack shot his political wad with Rand Paul and again with his involvement in his brother’s drug scandal. [Ryan Alessi]

A distillery in Bowling Green made a list of America’s Coolest Distilleries! [Travel & Leisure]

Here’s the latest newspaper column that Greg Stumbo is pretending he wrote. We all know he had nothing to do with it and we all know other Democrats are having the same thing published – in their name – in their hometown papers. [Floyd County Times]

Congratulations to Lindsey Shepardson from Owensboro on her selection to the Summer 2013 White House Internship Program. Shepardson is a Wellesley girl and will do Kentucky proud. [Press Release]

A newspaper column lampooning Southern Baptists, calling the group “the crazy old paranoid uncle of evangelical Christians,” is causing quite a stir in a small Kentucky city and put a pastor’s job in jeopardy. [WKYT]

As Christmas 2011 approached, U.S. Army medic Shawn Aiken was once again locked in desperate battle with a formidable foe. Not insurgents in Iraq, or Taliban fighters in Afghanistan – enemies he had already encountered with distinguished bravery. [Reuters]

Whether we like it or not, Kentucky’s dependence on electricity generated by coal-fired plants will decrease in the next decade and a half, according to Dr. Len Peters, Secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet. [Ronnie Ellis]

Top policymakers and lawmakers have increasingly acknowledged over the past year that despite a new law and numerous regulations enacted in the wake of the financial crisis, some banks remain “too big to fail” — and a threat to the economy. [HuffPo]