Woah, People Are Fighting Over Bill Monroe!

Three legislative leaders called Friday for a meeting of all legislative leaders on Wednesday to deal with “a leadership vacuum” caused by the resignation of Legislative Research Commission director Robert Sherman. [Bluegrass Politics]

Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism – close down the news bureaus of NBC and ABC, sack 90% of editors in publishing and get back to the fundamental job of journalists which, he says, is to be an outsider. [The Guardian]

It only took three years since their contentious race for U.S. Senate but Jack Conway, the Democratic attorney general, and Rand Paul, the Republican winner of that contest, actually see eye-to-eye on a key policy issue: restoring voting rights for felons. But only because it’s a convenient position to take. [Ryan Alessi]

The House of Representatives early on Sunday brought the federal government closer to a shutdown as it voted to delay President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law for a year as part of an emergency spending bill. [Reuters]

Let’s all act surprised that big campaign money comes from outside the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Let’s also pretend the same thing doesn’t go on with Democrats. [C-J/AKN]

An an ACLU lawsuit, a scientist demolishes the NSA’s “it’s just metadata” excuse. [Ars Technica]

Legislative leaders want to address the “leadership vacuum” created by the resignation of their staff director at a meeting of the Legislative Research Commission next week. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Kentucky Supreme Court has denied a request to review a case over how the name of legendary bluegrass musician Bill Monroe can be used. [H-L]

Steve Schmidt, the political adviser who suggested that John McCain choose a fresh new face from Alaska as his running mate, now says he has “deep regret” for his role in helping to bring on the “freak show that’s been running wild for four years” in American politics. [Wonkette]

The Northern Kentucky District Board of Health is getting behind an effort supporting a statewide smoking ban. [WKYT]

Alison will love the cash but she probably won’t love the Republican attacks over this story. [Hollywood Reporter]

Kentucky transportation officials are urging lawmakers to increase spending on the state’s roadway maintenance program, warning that the budget isn’t keeping up with rising costs. [WDRB]

A New Jersey judge ruled Friday that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry, since failing to do so would deprive them of rights that are now guaranteed by the federal government. [NY Times]

This is the best Colonel Sanders trick ever. With a pack of ketchup, even. [Click the Clicky]