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With the year’s news cycle slowly coming to an end, Politico has published a list of this year’s top political quotes. Wouldn’t you know it, two Kentuckians made the list.

First, Attorney General and Democratic Senate Candidate Jack Conway:

“And secondly, when is it ever a good idea to tie up a woman and ask her to kneel before a false idol, your god, that you call Aqua Buddha?”

Many of the top quotes come from Senators or Senate candidates. Kentucky’s second entry is no different:

“Excuse me! This is a senators-only elevator!” — Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning 

Tracking politicians around the halls of Capitol Hill is difficult enough; it doesn’t help when you encounter a stiff rebuke from your subject upon finally finding him or her.

But that’s what happened to ABC’s Jon Karl when he caught up with the Kentucky senator as he got into an elevator in the Hart Senate Office Building. Karl wanted to ask Bunning about blocking a bill that would extend unemployment benefits, but in just eight words, Bunning made it clear that those would be the only comments he’d be offering on the subject.

 

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One month after a General Assembly committee began reviewing for-profit colleges, Attorney General Jack Conway has announced another investigation.

Public Policy Polling’s latest survey shows Rand Paul with 55% of the vote and Jack Conway with 40%.

Conway’s unfavorables are high in the poll. A majority of those who responded also say they do not approve of the job the President or Kentucky’s current two Senators are doing.

A new WHAS-11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll gives Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul a nine-point lead over Democrat Jack Conway, with a 4% margin of error.

  • Paul (R) 52%
  • Conway (D) 43%
  • Undecided 4%

The poll was conducted between Sunday and Wednesday, after the Aqua Buddha ad kerfuffle and before and after the debate violence.

According to the crosstabs, Paul leads in every region (but narrowly in Louisville), with men and with every age group except 18-34 year-olds.

American Crossroads is helping fund a series of ads against Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway. Because the sources of the group’s funds may remain hidden, it’s not always clear who is supporting the ads.

ABC News, however, reports on one Kentuckian who is financially fighting Conway through contributions to Republican Rand Paul and through work with Crossroads.

The businessman’s name is Terry Forcht. And like many super-wealthy conservative donors who are quietly stoking the GOP’s mid-term election surge around the nation, the extent of his investment in the 2010 campaign is both vast and, for now at least, largely unknown.

In addition to donating personally to Republican Rand Paul’s upstart campaign, Forcht is the banker handling funds for American Crossroads. The conservative group was founded by Republican strategist Karl Rove and has, through its non-profit arm, American Crossroads GPS, channeled millions into this year’s campaigns without identifying its donors.

 

We’ve seen Crossroads GPS’s ads attacking Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway. While other outlets have reported about Crossroads and other groups that have poured cash into campaigns since Citizens United ruling, we haven’t heard much about how the groups operate.

NPR has a chart that shows how close some of the various outside groups are.

The NRSC has a new ad out that takes aim at Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway.

Conway himself, however, as a new ad that criticizes Republican Rand Paul.

Speaking of criticizing Republican Rand Paul, the NEA has released this ad.

And then there’s this…an editorial in the Lexington Herald-Leader about the recent violence outside of Monday’s Senate debate.

The Paul campaign condemned the attack, disassociated itself from the volunteer who stomped the woman’s head and called on activists “on both sides” to avoid “physical altercations of any kind.”

The problem with the Paul statement is that only one side, his side, resorted to violence.

We keep hearing this is the year of the angry voter. But what motivates people to physically assault a woman who’s carrying a political sign they don’t like?

Certainly not respect for the Constitution, which enshrines the right of all citizens to express their opinions without fear. Not a belief in the rule of law. Not common decency.

Some members of Paul’s Tea Party issue paranoid warnings that President Barack Obama and Democrats are totalitarians out to impose Marxist control over our country.

But look which side produced the goon squad.

 

The latest poll from Public Policy Polling gives Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul a 13-point lead over Democratic candidate Jack Conway. Paul has 53% of the vote, Conway has 40%.

Those polled were also asked about Conway’s Aqua Buddha ad. 56% said they thought it was inappropriate.

 

Kentucky Public Radio’s Alan Lytle has the story.

Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul says he was so upset over Democratic candidate Jack Conway‘s Aqua Buddha ad that he might not debate the Attorney General on KET next Monday. On Friday, Paul decided to appear on the show.

Through our friends at KET, WFPL will broadcast the show live.

I was out of the newsroom for a large part of today working for the pledge drive. There have been a few updates in the Senate race. Here they are, starting with news related to policy and issues:

*Paul has said he wants to first cut spending before talking about tax changes, but he’s open to anything that will lower income taxes.

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