Inside Higher Education sets the stage:
In 1934, Ann Rice O’Hanlon painted a fresco — then the largest one ever painted by a woman — in the University of Kentucky’s Memorial Hall. Ever since, thousands of students have walked past it …
Bevindicated! The Big 2015 Election Roundup
From the midweek edition of the Morning Jolt:
This is one of the joys of politics — the voters get the final say, and sometimes they surprise you.
Matt Bevin became the first governor from Louisville in a century and …
Kentucky Trooper Shot Dead; Killer Reportedly a Ferguson Protester
The Washington Post reports:
The man accused of fatally shooting a rookie Kentucky State Police trooper Sunday night has been shot and killed, according to authorities.
Kentucky State Police Sgt. Michael Webb told The Washington Post that Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks, 25 — …
When Defiance of Marriage Law Was Hailed as Heroic
Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who will not issue marriage licenses to anyone because, she says, she cannot in good conscience issue them to same-sex couples is being sharply criticized for lawlessness and abuse of her office.
Democrats Looking Surprisingly Weak in Kentucky’s Race for Governor
This year, three states hold gubernatorial elections — Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Louisiana operates under the odd “jungle primary” rule, where if no candidate gets 50 percent, the top two finishers go on to a runoff, regardless of party. Sen. David …
The Year Ahead in Politics
The coming year doesn’t feature a presidential or congressional midterm elections, but there will be some intriguing gubernatorial and mayoral campaigns, and a lot of positioning for the 2016 presidential campaign.
Repreasentative Michael Grimm, Republican of Staten Island, is resigning …
Mitch McConnell Hasn’t Trailed a Poll Since June
Remember when Alison Lundergan Grimes was the Democrats’ hot rising star and big hope for the 2014 midterms?
Apparently her “I’m not Barack Obama” ads aren’t working.
Hollywood Democrats, Digging Deep for Lundergan Grimes and Nunn
The Democrats’ friends in Hollywood are making a big push to help Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.
On Tuesday, Nunn — who has been a frequent visitor to LA’s Westside this season, arrives back in …
Might Want to Check Kentucky Eavesdropping Law, Fellas.
Apparently they really meant this:
The single most important thing: Defeating Mitch McConnell. Join the campaign here-> ow.ly/jEoMR
— Progress Kentucky (@ProgressKy) April 11, 2013
Much more important than, say, obeying Kentucky law. You see, Kentucky requires at least one …
Do You Like McConnell? Well, Compared to Whom?
Earlier this month, I scoffed a bit at web ads being run against Senator Mitch McConnell, declaring,
The high-profile grumbling about Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell — seen in a new ad campaign from ForAmerica, a non-profit 501(c)4 run by Brent …
The Lesson of Kentucky and Houston: Social-Justice Bullies Lose
This was not supposed to happen. In Kentucky, Matt Bevin, “tea-party extremist,” embraced Kim Davis — the notorious county clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses — and he won. In Houston, all the right celebrities and corporations endorsed …
Obamacare Loses Big In Kentucky
Yesterday’s election was a clear black eye for Democrats. The Washington Post headline they will wake up to today is: “From coast to coast, conservatives score huge victories in off-year elections.”
The biggest victory came in Kentucky, where every …
Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who has gone to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, has become a cause celebre on the left. As Ian Millhiser, an attorney and writer for ThinkProgress, put it: “She’s …
Kentucky Governor’s Race Now Rated ‘Pure Tossup’
Meanwhile, down in Kentucky, things are looking surprisingly good for GOP gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin and surprisingly ominous for the Democrats, who hope to keep control of the governor’s mansion. Stu Rothenberg concludes:
The bulk of the campaign is still …
Change is afoot in Kentucky.
Senator Rand Paul, who has spoken at length about Republicans’ need to reach out to previously hostile constituencies, appears to be on the verge of persuading the Bluegrass State GOP to shift from a presidential …
Chuck Todd on Grimes: ‘I Think She Disqualified Herself.’
The gang at MSNBC’s Morning Joe rips into Democratic Senate candidate Allison Lundergan Grimes for refusing to say whether she voted for Barack Obama or not:
Kentuckians expect her to cast a tough vote on anything? Is she …
‘These Are Serious Times.’
The reelection campaign of Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, declaring “these are serious times.”
After a series of polls showing Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race trending for incumbent Mitch McConnell, Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes has released a …
Get Ready for a Rough-and-Tumble GOP Primary in Kentucky
Moments before Lousiville businesman Matt Bevin announced he was running for Senate in Kentucky, challenging incumbent Mitch McConnell, McConnell’s press team spotlights a Louisville Tea Party board member resigning from his post in a show of support for McConnell: “Scott …
American Crossroads Salutes Ashley Judd
American Crossroads engages in a bit of “battlespace preparation” by running a faux ad saluting actress Ashley Judd, who’s rumored to be considering a bid for Senate in Kentucky . . . even though she currently lives in Tennessee.
American Crossroads says …
Other Than That, Obama Had a Great Primary Night
The midweek edition of the Morning Jolt features the latest sudden lapse from the “new tone” of political civility in South Carolina, the latest from Wisconsin, and then last night’s… somewhat surprising primary results:
Happy Arkansas and Kentucky Primary …