33 votes

Police in Kentucky detained and frisked an entire bar full of customers

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A video showing LMPD officers detaining and frisking customers at Cahoots, a bar on Bardstown Road, is making the Internet rounds.

The video -- shot Tuesday night by someone inside the bar -- allegedly shows a LMPD officer telling patrons and employees to sit down, stay there, and wait to be frisked. The video had more than 12,000 views on YouTube in less than 24 hours.

"Show of hands, who has something on them that they shouldn't have?" asked the officer, who then announced they were going to pat down every customer before they would be allowed to leave.

11 votes

Bluegrass Battle – Rand Paul's feud with a powerful Kentucky Republican


This article appears in the September 6, 2014 edition of National Journal Magazine as Bluegrass Battle.

This past March, Kentucky's state Senate took a vote that was rather important to Rand Paul. The U.S. senator and his allies were seeking to undo a state law that prohibits someone from appearing on the ballot twice at the same time—say, both for president and U.S. Senate. This is a problem for Paul because the Republican is widely expected to run for the White House in 2016 while also seeking reelection to the Senate.

The state Senate in Frankfort is solidly controlled by Republicans, so it was no surprise that the bill passed by a wide margin, with debate lasting only 20 minutes. Yet there was one odd thing about the vote: A single Republican broke ranks with his party to oppose the measure. His name—Sen. Chris Girdler—is less important than his allegiances: Girdler is the former top state operative for the longest-serving member of Kentucky's congressional delegation, Republican Rep. Harold Rogers, and he is widely seen as Rogers's proxy in the Statehouse. Girdler did not return my calls for comment, but in Kentucky's political circles, there was little doubt as to why he'd taken such a public stand against Paul.

"It was on direct order from Hal Rogers," alleges David Adams, who managed Paul's 2010 primary campaign. "No doubt about that." Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who is close to Rogers, was more circumspect when asked about Girdler's vote. "I noticed," Beshear told me, repressing a smile.

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Open Letter to the Electors of Kentucky

Please consider some logic from someone of another state as you contemplate an issue within your own state.

I speak of the issue before you of whether or not to change the law that currently forbids someone to be a candidate for Senator and President of the United States of America simultaneously.

6 votes

Poll: Two-thirds oppose law change so Rand Paul can run for Senate, president simultaneously

By Sam Youngman

Though U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is generating national buzz as he flirts with running for the White House in 2016, voters in Kentucky are not as enthused by the idea, according to the latest Bluegrass Poll.

Kentucky voters still have an overall positive view of Paul, but they're divided and lukewarm about what Paul should do in the future, the poll found.

Read more here:

16 votes

Kentucky: Lawsuit Restored Against Cop Caught Lying About Traffic Stop

Video catches Kentucky State Trooper harassing motorist. US Court of Appeals rules cop can be sued for false arrest.

Videotape proved essential for Freddie Gregory, a motorist falsely accused of traffic violations by a high-ranking Kentucky State Police trooper. The US Court of Appeals on Friday allowed Gregory to pursue false arrest charges against Lieutenant Phillip Burnett.

4 votes

THIS Is What Free People In Higher Ed Are Asked To Defend Themselves With

A snippet from a document titled, Emergency Guide for Faculty and other Instructional Staff:

➤ If the gunman approaches you, your actions will depend solely on your judgment and capabilities. No strategy is 100% effective. If left with no other option, when confronted by a person with a gun, fight back with whatever is available (scissors, hot beverages, fire extinguishers).

My reaction includes a decided lack of surprise paired with a healthy dose of disgust for the people responsible for this. Here's a rough decoding and commentary:

2 votes

Colorado man moves hemp operation to Kentucky to make medicine

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — A man form Colorado is staking his time, money and experience on a farm in Kentucky all to make medicine from hemp.

“I use the word phenomenon. Agriculture phenomenon, in Kentucky's very, very near future,” Josh Stanley said.
In Colorado, Stanley is known as a medical marijuana pioneer.

Stanley and four of his brothers have cultivated many forms of medical pot to help control seizures in children. They said they believe it can help others, including cancer patients and veterans.

3 votes

Kentucky U.S. Senate Race: Will McConnell, Grimes ever debate?

Joseph Gerth| July 26, 2014
The Courier-Journal

The students at Paducah Tilghman High School announced Thursday they were asking U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to go there and debate the issues.

It was at least the 13th such offer that the two campaigns have fielded so far in this election cycle and as yet, the two sides haven't been able to agree on a single forum or debate.

As of Friday afternoon, the only place that the two campaigns have agreed to meet is at next Saturday's annual scream-fest at the Fancy Farm Picnic — a great place to go and lots of fun but hardly a place to enter into a deep exchange of ideas.

13 votes

Honest Political Ads: Gil Fulbright for Senate - He's running against Mitch McConnell

What would an honest politician actually sound like?

Old Gil is running for Senate against Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes. Follow his campaign at

1 vote

David Patterson, Libertarian Kentucky Senate Contender, Closer to Making November Ballot

By Phillip M. Bailey | WFPL
July 19, 2014

The Libertarian Party of Kentucky is close to completing its effort to have a candidate on the ballot this fall for U.S. Senate.

The Libertarian Party announced Thursday that its candidate, 42-year-old David Patterson of Mercer County, appears poised to be able to take on Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell, providing voters with a third option.

Independent and third party candidates are required under state law to obtain 5,000 registered voters' signatures to be on the ballot. Independent Ed Marksberry announced this week he was giving up his effort to obtain signatures.

Libertarian Party leaders announced they have collected at least 4,000 signatures toward their target goal of 8,000.

4 votes

The Libertarian Lessons of Star Wars

Anyone interested in "The Libertarian Lessons of Star Wars," go to the following link:

35 votes

Democrats attack Rand Paul for outreach efforts

WDRB 41 and WHAS 11 in Louisville, KY - July 7, 2014

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