Round-Up: Monday March 11
Take a look at what's making news around Covington and around Kentucky:
ASHLEY JUDD COULD BE A PROBLEM FOR MITCH MCCONNELL
There are more signs that actress Ashley Judd is poised to make a run against US Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014:
On balance Judd can become a strong candidate. If she wins, her victory will resonate well beyond Kentucky. If a progressive like Judd is able to unseat a powerful Republican senator in a conservative state like Kentucky it will be unambiguous evidence of the weakness of the Republican Party and disarray within the conservative movement. Judd is obviously not just any progressive, she has several advantages and strengths that most ordinary politicians do not enjoy.
Judd's voice, should she win, will be a welcome one in Washington; and not just because she would be replacing McConnell. Most, but not all, senators come to the senate either by working their way up through their state's local political structures or from after successful careers in the private sector. This leads to a relatively narrow understanding of the world and the country from the upper chamber of our congress. Few senators are elected to that body after working, or even after becoming engaged, with bigger picture or global issues.
Full story: Huffington Post
SEE ALSO: Ashley Judd set to run against McConnell MSNBC
SEE ALSO: Judd's residency in Tennessee subject of mock fundraiser Huffington Post
SEE ALSO: How Ashley Judd can win Buzzfeed
SEE ALSO: The Senate prospects of Ashley Judd Huffington Post
SEE ALSO: Former President Clinton and former Senator Ford holding out for Grimes over Judd? cn|2
CAMPBELL CO. DEM LEADER: IF JUDD WON'T DO THE HARD WORK, SHE SHOULD GET OUT OF THE WAY
Paul Whalen, chairman of the Campbell Co. Democratic Party, wrote an op-ed for KY Forward:
While Ms. Judd would make a formidable candidate against McConnell and a great U.S. senator, the question is—will she run an effective campaign? Or will she be a “shooting star”—one that shows a lot of potential at the beginning and burns out quickly.
To win statewide in Kentucky, it takes more than winning Jefferson County and Fayette. She is going to have to do more than have twitter and Facebook followers. In addition to going on the offensive early and often via paid media, she is going to have to personally appear in most of the Commonwealth’s 120 counties appear at Jefferson and Jackson Day Dinners; Fire Houses; as well as fairs and festivals and be able to appear at four or five parades in a single day on Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day.
The national media seems to believe that Obama is unpopular in Kentucky. That perception is probably because President Obama and the first lady have never spent any time in Kentucky outside of Louisville and Lexington and then only for a couple of hours. People in Kentucky do not know the president. This is compounded by the conservative media in the Commonwealth and the numbers in Electoral College which makes Kentucky a low-priority state therefore a self-fulfilling prophesy exacerbated every four years by the National Democratic Party and its affiliates such as the DCCC.
Full story: KY Forward
POSSIBLE REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER TO MCCONNELL DENIES INVOLVEMENT IN TRADING SCANDAL
McConnell may not only face competition from the left, but also from the right. One possible candidate, however, is forced to deny involvement in a trading scandal:
(Matt) Bevin’s tenure as director of product management at a division of Invesco from 2001 to 2002 could provide McConnell’s campaign with a target. The Securities and Exchange Commission found Invesco Funds Group participated in a market-timing scheme from 2001 to 2003 that diluted shareholder value for the benefit of large privileged investors.
Invesco settled the SEC enforcement action by agreeing to pay $325 million in disgorgement and penalties after the agency determined its market timing trades were “detrimental to Invesco funds’ shareholders.”
Bevin said he had no knowledge of the market-timing activities connected to Invesco Funds Group, based in Denver.
Full story: The Hill
SEE ALSO: Filibuster shows close but shrew relationship between McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul WFPL
LAWMAKERS REMAIN AT IMPASSE ON PENSION REFORM Herald-Leader
PRODUCTIVE DISCUSSION DOESN'T BREAK PENSION LOGJAM Herald-Leader
HOUSE SPEAKER: HOUSE WON'T VOTE ON HEMP BILL Herald-Leader
SPEAKER CHALLENGES AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER ON HEMP Ledger-Independent
REDISTRICTING PLAN APPEARS TO BE DEAD Courier-Journal
HOUSE LEADERS STILL PUSHING REDISTRICTING WFPL
HEADS UP, THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IS STILL IN SESSION Courier-Journal
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BILL PASSES Press Release
COMPROMISE REACHED ON DROPOUT AGE Herald-Leader
WHAT HAPPENED TO KENTUCKY TAX REFORM? Herald-Leader
SEN. DAMON THAYER'S FRANKFORT REPORT Click Here
EVER WONDERED HOW MUCH YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS MAKE? LOOK: Courier-Journal
FIVE CHILDREN, TWO ADULTS KILLED IN WEEKEND HOUSE FIRE
Tragedy in Gray, Kentucky over the weekend:
A family member rushed to the scene of a house fire in Knox County on Saturday to try to save the people inside, but the two adults and five children in the small house all died.
The woman who died was three months pregnant, according to relatives of the man with whom she was living.
The two adults and three of the children lived at the house, but two little girls who died were there for a sleepover, family members of the victims said.
Full story: Herald-Leader/Bill Estep
SMALL TOWN MOURNS FIRE VICTIMS:
"It's heartbreaking losing them kids like that. Those kids were helpless," said Bobby James Disney, whose nephew was one of the adults killed.
At the nearby J&G Market convenience store, which doubles as a coffee shop and community gathering point, clerk Amy Weddle said: "Everybody's just so sad."
Full story: AP/Brett Barrouquere
TRIAL DATE SET IN FORMER BENGAL CHEERLEADER'S LIBEL CASE WXIX
CONSTRUCTION OF ARK-THEMED AMUSEMENT PARK IN NKY TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION NEXT YEAR Cincinnati Enquirer
PURSES SERVE PURPOSE FOR THE POINT IN COVINGTON Cincinnati Enquirer
NKY NURSES TO OPEN FREE CLINIC Cincinnati Enquirer
FLORENCE FIRM'S SALES SOAR Cincinnati Enquirer
RECALLED PILLS CIRCULATING IN SOUTHERN KENTUCKY Herald-Leader
KY STUDENTS INJURED IN TN BUS CRASH Herald-Leader
GUNS: KY MAN'S BUSINESS IS BUILDING AR-15'S AP
LOUISVILLE BOARDING SCHOOL A NEW MODEL? Insider Louisville
LETCHER CO. RESIDENTS ACCUSED OF STEALING $1 MILLION IN HEAVY EQUIPMENT Herald-Leader
IRAQI SENT TO PRISON IN EASTERN KY Herald-Leader
KY POLICE OFFICER FINED TWO DOLLARS FOR STRIKING MAN WLWT
ELIZABETHTOWN ASKS RESIDENTS FOR HELP WITH NEW BRANDING EFFORT WKYT
MADISON CENTRAL, WHICH DEFEATED HOLMES, WINS SWEET 16 TITLE Herald-Leader
MADISON CENTRAL FANS: DO OR DIE WITH TEAM Herald-Leader
MAD. CENTRAL STAR HAWKINS TALKS OF KENTUCKY'S INTEREST IN HIM UK Recruiting
HOLMES COULD BE BACK IN SWEET 16 NEXT YEAR Cincinnati Enquirer
MIKE WYNN, FORMER HOLMES BASKETBALL COACH, STEPS DOWN AT HIGHLANDS Cincinnati Enquirer
Compiled by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News