FRANKFORT — U.S. District Judge David Bunning denied Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' request for a stay of his injunction ordering her to do her job and start issuing marriage licenses again, something she has refused to do since the U.S. Supreme Court decision recognizing same-sex marriage as a constitutional right.
Bunning then stayed his denial of her request for a stay, which effectively granted her a stay (until Aug. 31) while she seeks relief from the injunction from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Deny the stay, but stay the denial of the stay? Some U-turn ruling. Enough so to leave a person, if not bewitched, at least a bit bothered and certainly bewildered.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wrote a letter to members of the Republican Party of Kentucky's central committee telling them he had transferred $250,000 to the RPK as a down payment on the cost of the presidential caucuses he begged the committee to approve so he could run for the Oval Office and seek re-election to the Senate without coming into conflict with a state law prohibiting his name from appearing on the 2016 primary ballot as a candidate for two separate offices.
Except the Paul camp had not transferred the money when he wrote the letter and apparently had no intention of doing so until the committee approved Paul's caucus plan.
As a semi-retired curmudgeonly pundit, I'm not going to waste a perfectly good weekend evening by waiting until after Saturday's committee meeting to write a Sunday column. But whatever Saturday's outcome, you have to believe getting caught with his $250,000 transfer claim down around his ankles had to cost Paul a vote or three.
"Stuff" happens in groups of three. Thus, Bunning's 180-degree ruling and Paul's claim of a $250,000 transfer when the check wasn't even in the mail have to be followed by some other "now you see it, now you don't" reversal in the world of Kentucky politics and government.
But don't expect it to be Attorney General Jack Conway retracting any of the negative comments about Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt's Bevin's history of tax problems in the attack ad the Conway campaign launched Tuesday.
Conway and Democrats in general got the opponent they wanted when Bevin upset Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer and former Louisville Metro Council member Hal Heiner in the Republican primary.
But Bevin, an outsider who has shown no inclination to raise money (he self-financed his primary campaign), who has shown no inclination to seek help from the RPK and the usual suspects among the party's activists, who has no discernible ground game to get out the vote in November and who consequently shouldn't be a serious factor in the gubernatorial conversation, remains in a virtual dead heat with Conway in the polls.
What this says about Conway's campaign and his ability to connect with voters as a retail politician should be worrisome for Democrats. And the fact the Conway camp opted for negative ads this early in the campaign (as opposed to letting supportive super PACs do the attacking while the campaign stays positive) should be worrisome, too, because it suggests Conway knows he's in trouble, just as he was in his unsuccessful Senate race against Rand Paul.
Question is, did Conway learn from his 2010 loss? Or come late October in a tight gubernatorial campaign, will he again stumble as badly as he did by treating Paul's "Aqua Buddha" episode as a serious matter of faith instead of using it to poke fun at his opponent?
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