36 votes

Do you think third party candidates should be included in debates?


I know quite a few in the community refuse to have Facebook accounts, but I came across this poll/question posted by Lex 18 (Lexington, Ky News Station) this morning in my news feed:

Simple question regarding the Kentucky Senate Race- Do you think third party candidates should be included in debates? The comment section is essentially 100% for inclusion of David Patterson, our Libertarian Candidate for Senate here in Ky.

I just figured I'd share this with you all. I know it's difficult to remain optimistic at times, but this definitely put a smile on my face.

This is also my first post, so take it easy on me!

3 votes

Grimes’ campaign workers caught on hidden camera: "It's a lying game”

Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Grimes has vehemently and repeatedly claimed to oppose President Obama’s coal and environmental policies in what has become an increasingly significant campaign issue. See what her campaign workers have to say.

Part Two: Top Grimes donor: “She’s going to f**k ‘em as soon as she gets elected” .

7 votes

Expect Blowback: Don Rasmussen, Fmr RP2008 Consultant wants to "purge" R3VOL of Heretics à la Jack Hunter 2.0; 'Cause: $AIPAC!

This is a response to an intentionally obnoxious OpEd polemic by Don Rasmussen on The Daily Caller today titled The Ron Problem: Rand Paul Must Publicly Denounce His Father To Win The GOP Nomination. Pardon me, before you read on, the following may be peppered with the occasional...

7 votes

Alison Lundergan Grimes Leads Mitch McConnell in Latest Kentucky Poll

by James R. Carroll | October 8, 2014

New poll shows Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell trailing Alison Grimes

After two polls in his favor, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has slipped behind Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in his re-election bid, according to the latest Bluegrass Poll.

Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state, now leads the five-term senator 46 percent to 44 percent among likely voters, the survey found. Libertarian candidate David Patterson had 3 percent support in the poll, while 7 percent of likely voters said they were undecided.

While Grimes' advantage is within the poll's margin of error, it represents a 6-point swing to the Democrat since the survey was last conducted in late August.

4 votes

Grimes Vs McConnell

I'm wondering if Grimes would be worth a vote. I know that i'm not voting for McConnell at all, but why im posting this is to ask you guys, other than compromising with the minimum wage with her, what else would i (as a libertarian) would have to compromise with her?

I know it doesn't get much worse with McConnell, but would i just be helping another evil get in office? I'm starving for more info on grimes.

8 votes

When will the dollar collapse? (Trying to Time a Gift)

Our Expectation for the Economy
Over time, as our debt rises, creditors will become less enthusiastic about financing our spending. Washington's approach to this problem will probably be to print more (instead of spend less). Supply of dollars will rise.

Over time, as our economy remains lackluster, foreign investment in our assets will decline - as will demand for dollars (in which those assets are denominated).

Bottom line: increased supply and decreased demand will bring severe devaluation to the USD.

My Question
I am planning a gift of precious metals to someone important. I do not want them (necessarily) to sell the precious metals now (with the values relatively low).

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.

12 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.

1 vote

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.

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