Your Morning Dept Of Awful Things

Jack Conway stuck to the script and Matt Bevin continued his seemingly spontaneous campaign during an hour-long debate before the rabid fans of Big Blue Nation on the state’s most popular sports talk radio show. [H-L]

U.S. airstrikes hit Taliban positions overnight around a key northern city seized by insurgents this week as Afghan troops massed on the ground Wednesday ahead of what is likely to be a protracted battle to retake Kunduz. [HuffPo]

It wasn’t a miscommunication until they were called on the carpet. People trying to communicate with the Kentucky Division of Water on new water quality standards using email were told this week to buy a stamp and send their comments via snail mail. [C-J/AKN]

A bipartisan group of senators on the Judiciary Committee is preparing to unveil a criminal justice overhaul proposal as early as Thursday. [NPR]

Jack Conway, Kentucky’s Democratic Attorney General who is running for governor, and Greg Stumbo, Kentucky’s Speaker of the House, are in the same party and are on the same side when it comes to coal, which they both defend. But they don’t always agree. [Ronnie Ellis]

Pope Francis met privately in Washington last week with Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who defied a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a Vatican spokesman confirmed on Wendesday. [NY Times]

Last week, I was proud to join with the father of Kentucky State Police Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder and other legislators as we stood together to advocate for additional safety measures for law enforcement. [Greg Stumbo]

LaserLock Technologies, a firm that sells anti-counterfeiting products, won a powerful congressional ally on Capitol Hill after recruiting a Kentucky congressman’s wife. Representative Ed Whitfield, a senior Republican lawmaker from western Kentucky, personally submitted company documents on behalf of LaserLock to the congressional record in support of legislation crucial to the firm’s business. [Lee Fang]

The former chairman of the Republican National Committee is upset he was quoted in a television ad for Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway. Duncan – who is from Inez, Ky., and now heads the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity – told WYMT his comments were taken out of context. “The comments that I made were as the chief executive officer of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. It had nothing to do with the Republican National Committee,” Duncan said Tuesday night in a phone interview. [WYMT]

U.S. bombs somehow keep falling in the places where President Barack Obama “ended two wars.” [The Intercept]

Laurel County is back to being the worst place on earth. A woman has been arrested after sheriff’s deputies say they found a man’s body inside a freezer at her Laurel County home. [WKYT]

It could have been Hillary Clinton’s tweet that did it. Just after the US government had given the go-ahead for Shell to restart its exploration in Alaska, the Democratic presidential candidate took to the social media site. [BBC]

Every community in Kentucky should be serving alcohol and selling it by the package because it’s not the dark ages. Berea voters on Tuesday approved the sale of alcohol by the drink in certain restaurants. [H-L]

After enduring a marathon House hearing on Tuesday during which GOP representatives frequently interrupted her, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards accused them of political grandstanding and using the hearing to demonstrate how “they are obsessed with ending access to reproductive health care for women in America.” [HuffPo]

Jack Conway’s Inaction On Full Display

Keith Hall is under indictment and could wind up in prison and Jack Conway thinks this UMG/Mountain Water mess is a-okay. He’s refused to investigate and has pocketed gobs of cash from that bunch. Fun note: Adam Edelen has referred probably more than 100 cases (that he’s keeping track of) that Conway has ignored. [John Cheves]

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) announced on Saturday that he’s running for president in 2016. [HuffPo]

Kentucky has no procedure for tracking rape kits. There is no standardized policy for getting them from hospitals to law enforcement to the Kentucky State Police crime lab. No one knows how many are sitting untested at agencies across the state. Estimates range from 2,000 to 10,000. [C-J/AKN]

The newly legal hemp industry is entering its second growing season with some big questions for producers experimenting with marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin. The federal government has allowed limited imports of hemp seed — in Colorado’s case, this month — for research and development purposes. Companies trying to create a U.S. hemp industry are seeking investors not only for unproven products but for a plant that is still classified under the federal Controlled Substances Act with marijuana and thus cannot be patented. [ABC News/AP]

Saturday night’s statewide Republican dinner was supposed to be about unity, and it was, in more ways than one. But none of his former opponents showed up. [Ronnie Ellis]

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley strongly rejected Saturday the idea that another Bush or Clinton should ever enter the White House. [The Hill]

County residents whose lives have been affected by landfill odors met with The Independent last week and said they are calling on the Boyd County Fiscal Court to help find a solution to the problems. [Ashland Independent]

The Obama administration on Wednesday issued a new rule to protect streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act, a step it said would help keep drinking water safe, but farmers and industry groups argued the regulation will be costly. [Reuters]

Two episodes for the upcoming season of the reality television series, “Fat Guys in the Woods,” was filmed in Kentucky; more specifically in the Red River Gorge and eastern Kentucky cave country areas. “Fat Guys in the Woods” airs on The Weather Channel and will begin its second season on June 7. [Glasgow Daily Times]

How Mike Bloomberg, red-state businesses, and a lot of Midwestern lawyers are changing American energy faster than you think. [Politico]

County Attorney Cecil Watkins filed suit against the Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) Friday for architectural and engineering costs for the new Rowan County Detention Center. [The Morehead News]

Back in 2013, authorities in Frankfort, Kentucky, discovered that the Buffalo Trace Distillery was bleeding bottles of Pappy Van Winkle. More than 200 bottles of the super-small batch brown were missing, and it attracted international attention because Pappy Van Winkle (which bottles a mere seven to eight thousand cases of its ultra-premium bourbon, about one-thousandth of the output of Jim Beam) is the sort of thing that millionaires will fight each other for, because people who can buy anything go crazy when they can’t buy something. [Thrillist]

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was not in the audience, but that didn’t stop his former rival and GOP gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin from trying to put tensions between him and McConnell to bed. [H-L]

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-Wingnut) was so incensed by Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Troll) comments on the Islamic State and Iraq that he issued a statement on official state letterhead calling the presidential candidate “unsuited to be Commander-in-Chief.” [HuffPo]

People Came, Thing Happened, Normalcy Returns

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Some people came to Kentucky yesterday and a thing happened. Hundreds of people gathered on the Centre College lawn Thursday afternoon to enjoy live music during the Vice Presidential Debate Festival. [H-L]

An Owen County woman has been arrested by State Police after they say she attempted to shoot her sheriff father. This guy’s son was involved in a murder in Franklin County earlier this year. [WLEX18]

President Barack Obama’s record on addressing climate change in his first term is coming under scrutiny. [HuffPo]

For months, Kentucky lawmakers have been studying how to handle Kentucky’s underfunded pension system. But the problems of the system have been occurring for longer than just a few months. Various proposals are on the table, but lawmakers may not have much time to come to a compromise. [WKYU]

Organized labor is playing “Moneyball” this fall, and President Barack Obama isn’t winning. [Politico]

You can’t even go to sleep in Lexington these days without getting robbed. A man tells police he woke up to find a burglar in his home. It happened at a home on Pontchartrain Court in Lexington. [WKYT]

Mittens Romney may have seized the advantage in terms of poll numbers and momentum, but there’s one area where President Obama enjoys the upper hand. [NPR]

Lawyers for 12 Oregon National Guardsmen suing contractor KBR Inc for negligence and fraud told a jury in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday that the soldiers were knowingly exposed to toxic chemicals in Iraq that made them ill. [Reuters]

Mike Duncan doesn’t get too high or too low as presidential polls bounce around. He says the race is a toss-up. [Ronnie Ellis]

Last week, we got a friendly reminder of the power of that special, enlightened voting bloc that likes to look at facts and say “no, thank you.” [Wonkette]

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Bowling Green, told CNN on Thursday that he will campaign for Mitt Romney but disagrees with the Republican presidential nominee on his call for U.S. intervention in Syria. [H-L]

A joint report by Save the Children and First Focus has awarded the U.S. a C-minus overall grade when it comes to providing for and ensuring educational opportunities for the nation’s children. [HuffPo]

We’re A Militant Community Of Scary Homosexuals

The Kentucky Historical Society Foundation elected four new board members: Mike Duncan, John Greenebaum, Crit Luallen and Bosworth Todd. Should be great for the KHS, as there couldn’t be a more diverse group of individuals to add to the board. [Press Release]

President Barack Obama is treading fearfully – not carefully – on gay issues in his bid for re-election. [Reuters]

Today Taiwan gave Kentucky a $20,000 donation for the American Red Cross of Kentucky for storm and flood damage. So what on earth does Taiwan want from Kentucky? [Press Release]

Could a tax cut lift the debt ceiling? [WaPo]

University of Louisville President Jim Ramsey says the state pension system should turn into a 401(k)-type plan to save money/so you can lose it all faster. Call us crazy, but we’re not so sure Jim Ramsey has a clue what he’s talking about. Not exactly the sharpest tack on the wall when it comes to speaking in public [Ryan Alessi]

We have to wonder if anyone is shocked that Steve Beshear is attempting to politically benefit from AT&T’s investment in Kentucky. [H-L]

Louisville mayor Greg Fischer caused a bit of a problem for himself by downplaying tornado damage. [The ‘Ville Voice]

And caused yet another problem for himself by causing EVEN MORE drama with Louisville Metro Animal Services! [More VV]

Some teabagger legislator lady decided she would just pass a law making a law she hates illegal. Teabagger logic never ceases to amaze us. [Wonkette]

Yep, Republicans are going to jack around with the budget so they can force meemaw and poppop out of nursing homes. [HuffPo]

President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan exit strategery is drawing mixed reviews in Congress. [NY Times]

Environmentalists and liberal celebrities are planning a White House protest. It’s just a shame they don’t come to Kentucky where they could make an impact on a deeper level. [Politico]

Because the war on drugs totally works, amiright??? The United States is going to sink umpteen million more dollars into the fight. [BBC]

The U.S. is set to release 30 million barrels of oil from its reserve. Folks in Old Yerp are figgna release another 30 million. [NPR]

Al Mohler, head of the Southern Baptist Cult, says he needs to brainwash a “very militant community of homosexuals.” Yep. We’re all militant. We think Mohler needs to focus on the sin of gluttony and greed. [C-J/AKN]

Your Cold, Sleepy Snow Day Wrap-Up Post

You a child of the 80s? Neverending Story at the Lexington Children’s Theatre will float your boat. Good way to introduce your hellrat children to a terrific story from your childhood. [H-L]

It is sad that Michael Steele might not run for the Republican National Committee chairmanship. Mike Duncan won’t be nearly as entertaining. [NY Times]

Oh, there’s hope after all! He may be running again! [HuffPo]

Even *I* think Rand Paul’s win over Jack Conway was one of the top ten political moments of 2010. It didn’t make the Washington Post list, though. [WaPo]

The Public Service Commission says a split of the 270 area code in Western Kentucky isn’t needed at this time. So the new 364 area code won’t be happening. [Press Release]

What are your redistricting predictions for Kentucky? Thoughts? Hopes? [Amanda Van Benschoten]

Those of you with older loved ones and family members, take note: good cholesterol has been linked to a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s Disease. [Bloomberg]

Wanna help a child? Here’s your chance to give back this year. [Family & Children’s Place]

The Kentucky Horse Park wants a hotel on its grounds. Does it need it? [H-L]

If you live in Northern Kentucky, you’re woah more familiar with orange man John Boehner than the rest of the state. And you’re way more familiar with his self-tanner addiction. [Wonkette]

Maybe Mitch Will Cry On The Senate Floor Again

It’s true. Mitch McConnell’s top dog – Billy Piper – is headed out for greener pastures. [Page One]

How much more of a panderer could he be? Can’t wait til the Ark Park discriminates in hiring on the basis of religion so we can then ask Steve Beshear WTF he’s thinking. Tax incentives for a religious institution. Ha. [H-L]

We can thank Papaw Steve Beshear for the national embarrassment this week. There’s plenty where this came from. [Wonkette]

Like this segment from Countdown on MSNBC last night. It’s only going to get worse. [Countdown]

Have you seen this hilarious new ark park cartoon by Marc Murphy? Funniest man alive. In Kentucky, I mean. [Fakebook]

A 28-foot Norway Spruce was delivered in Frankfort yesterday to serve as the Capitol Christmas tree. Guess the gullible mouthbreathers can’t freak out about how Papaw Beshear hates Christmas this year. [Press Release]

The Public Service Commission ordered the Magoffin County Water District to upgrade its supply sources. The PSC says it lacks a sufficient water supply to deal with drought or heavy usage. [Press Release (Warning: PDF Link)]

Sarah The Quitter Palin came to Lexington to sign a book she claims to have written. Rascal scooters came from miles around. [H-L]

Remember all those Mike Duncan text messages? He’s finally admitted that he’s considering another bid for the the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee. [Enquirer]

Wall Street got a blank check. Literally borrowing money from the Fed at 0.0078 percent interest. While two million Americans are losing unemployment benefits. [HuffPo]

Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of the bus 55 years ago yesterday. [Politico]

Mike Duncan Gunning For RNC Chair Again?

Looks like Mike Duncan really is hoping to be chairman of the Republican National Committee – again.

Duncan’s folks is running a text message campaign that sends this message (paraphrased) to his database of contacts:

Can you go to and vote for Mike Duncan? Can you also get some of your other friends to do it too?

Here’s a screengrab of the site the message directs recipients to:


The messages come from various state & local Republican Party chairpeople – folks we thought were required to remain loyal to known crazy person and current chairman, Michael Steel.

Will the teabaggers like that Duncan was once a director of the federal reserve bank?

Guess things are gonna get interesting.