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the morning cram [bipartisanship? edition]

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President Obama and Congress worked to pass three bills this week in a rare bipartisan effort.

NPR reports trade deals passed by Congress this weel marked rare bipartisan economic success for President Obama, but the moves aren’t popular among many of his supporters.

Kentucky~ Paducah police busted 14 for drugs and guns. Madisonville Community College has high grad rates.  A Henderson racetrack looks forward to instant racing.   Williams is adding nuclear power to his campaign. Treasurer cand Crosbie has more money to spend.

Tennessee~ Police found more ganja than they realized.

the morning cram [sickly coral edition]

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Evolution kicks it into high gear: Coral can now get sick from humans.

NPR reports that bacteria in the human gut is making Caribbean Coral sick and is making its way into the ocean through sewage runoff.

Kentucky~ Purchase kids are pulling out the stops on their ACT’s. Todd P’Pool gets some backing from Virginia’s Attorney General. Man kills himself and daughter. A huge hospital merger may change reproductive options for women. Early Childhood Education advocates say don’t forget the country.

Illinois~ The Cairo bridge is a no no this morning. Jesse White says the fifth term is the charm.

Tennessee~ Henry County officials were audited for taking the drug dealer’s seized car for a spin. A Tennessee man commits the first self-inflicted drive-by. Tennesseans asked to evaluate their kids’ textbooks.

morning cram [freezer cash edition]

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The top Libyan opposition official is stopping by the White House today.

NPR reports Transitional National Council Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril’s goal is to persuade US officials to recognize the TNC as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people — and to give it some of Khadafi’s frozen cash.

KENTUCKY~ Harrah’s Casino-Metropolis parent company Caesar’s Entertainment donates $100k to local Red Cross efforts. Parts of US-60 are reopened. Police: a driver dragged a gas station owner after a pump ‘n run (see photo). Road work closes KY-83 in Graves Co. A mysterious house fire in Sharpe injures a resident. State tourism revenue$ had a 5% bump last year. Check out the difference between this year’s GOP Secretary of State candidates. The NAACP and a Confederate heritage group differ on a proposal to issue rebel flag license plates.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville Police are now using stats to fight crime. GOP lawmakers want to wrap it up by next week. A bill progresses which would (again) allow Nashville businesses that discriminate against homosexuals to do work with the city.

SPORTS~ OVC Softball Tourney: MSU > UTM; MSU < JSU.

Kentucky’s Senators Respond to State of the Union

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Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul both delivered a response to last night’s State of the Union address. If you missed the President’s speech, NPR has the transcript.

Click below for the comments from our state’s Republican Senators.


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Written by Angela Hatton

January 26, 2011 at 11:00 am

morning cram (AOL edition)

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Over the hill and still truckin’!

KY~ A shooting in Hopkinsville over the weekend claims 1 woman; injures 2. Calloway County swipes Livingston Schools’ superintendent; so they plan to shop for a new one. McCracken County’s proposed budget includes employee raises. Livingston County’s $4mil super public office building breaks ground. Republicans UNITE! The ($64k-a-day) special session begins.

TN~ Lawmakers hope to scrape a budget together this week.


And So It Goes…

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by Todd Hatton

Yesterday’s primary vote capped off months of intense international interest in Kentucky’s Republican contest between Secretary of State Trey Grayson and Bowling Green eye surgeon Rand Paul.  I expect the months of intense international media interest in the general election campaign to begin any minute now.

And there’s plenty for them to consider.  But, as the vote totals filter through the political and media landscape, I must respectfully disagree with the assertion floating around out there that Paul’s victory is as telling overall as it’s being portrayed.  This obviously isn’t a referendum on an incumbent and it isn’t as much of a referendum on a given agenda as it is, in this one race, an expression of the Republican base.  Consider: Grayson had accrued endorsements from former Vice president Dick Cheney, Conservatives of America, and the conservative-leaning U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  Those are the ones he kept, anyway.  Dr. James Dobson, formerly of Focus on the Family, rescinded his earlier this month and switched to Dr. Paul claiming that he had received wrong information about Paul’s platform.

Grayson did, however, score a relative rarity, a pre-primary election endorsement from U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell just a few months after he said he wouldn’t do so until after the primary.

And yet, Trey Grayson lost.

It could therefore be said that the Republican Party lost yesterday’s Republican primary, the institutional party at any rate, and if we concede McConnell’s tacit approval of the Tea Party, one has to wonder if there’s any soul-searching going on in the minority leader’s offices today.

Now, the $64,000 question is how the race between the Tea Party-backed Paul and MoveOn-endorsed Conway will play out.  Paul’s win has significantly energized his base; his highly organized supporters turning out in droves this November goes without saying.  And considering that Paul’s total far outstripped anyone else’s, he’ll have a strong showing.

On the other hand, Conway’s vote totals were higher than Paul’s by almost 22 thousand.  And if you add Lieutenant Governor Dan Mongiardo’s numbers (224,989) to Conway’s (228,531) and factor the Grayson vote (124,710) into Paul’s column (and throw Johnson’s, Martin’s, Scribner’s, and Stephenson’s in for good measure to bring the grand total to 351,927), it could presage a Democratic victory in the fall.  That is, if Conway can get those voters to the polls.

Conway also cannily reached out to Grayson voters who may be disenchanted with Paul’s particular brand of populism.  If he peels enough of them off while retaining his former Democratic competitors’ votes, Conway may have a close, though substantial win on his hands.

Of course, this is all predicated on Jack Conway having an easier time appealing to more moderate Republicans than Rand Paul would drawing off conservative Democrats from Conway.  And that’s further balanced by the fact that the Republicans tend to be an ideologically more disciplined group most of the time.

Either way, no matter how significant Paul’s win yesterday may be, it’s still too early to tell if any damage has been done to the establishment wing of the Republican Party.  After incumbent President Lyndon Johnson’s landslide 1964 victory over Senator Barry Goldwater, the pundits got busy writing the Republicans’ obituary only to have it thrown back at them when Richard Nixon beat Hubert Humphrey in 1968.  It may be that the best gauge of where the Republicans are will come in the fall, when we’ll find out how a Tea Party candidate fares against a moderate Democrat in a rather red state.

Written by Todd Hatton

May 19, 2010 at 4:25 pm