- Associated Press - Saturday, August 30, 2014
McConnell campaign manager resigns

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager resigned Friday amid fallout from a scandal in Iowa involving a presidential campaign he worked for in 2012. Jesse Benton said he didn’t want to become a distraction as McConnell tries to win a tough re-election campaign in Kentucky.

“This decision breaks my heart, but I know it is the right thing for Mitch, for Kentucky and for the country,” Benton said in a statement.

Benton’s resignation, effective Saturday, comes barely two months before Kentucky voters choose between McConnell, a five-term incumbent and the top-ranking Senate Republican, and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

In Iowa this week, former state Sen. Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from his switch of support from one Republican presidential candidate to another before the 2012 Iowa caucuses. He received thousands of dollars in “under the table payments” before switching loyalties from candidate Michele Bachmann, whose Iowa campaign he headed, to candidate Ron Paul, then lied to federal investigators about the money, the Justice Department said. Prosecutors refused to say which campaign paid Sorenson.

Benton, a tea party insider, worked as a top aide to Paul. On Friday he said that he has been the target of “inaccurate press accounts and unsubstantiated media rumors” about his role in past campaigns that are “politically motivated, unfair and, most importantly, untrue.”

In a separate statement Friday, McConnell’s campaign said the senator “obviously has nothing to do with the Iowa presidential caucus or this investigation, so it would be inappropriate for his campaign to comment on this situation.”


Purchased pie crust could void woman’s blue-ribbon

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Linda Horton is picky about the ingredients in her prize-winning buttermilk pie. That’s what led her to use a store-bought crust before dropping off her entry to be judged at the Kentucky State Fair.

Now that quest for the best may cost Horton the blue ribbon that her pie won.

Horton, 67, of Louisville, said Friday she just hasn’t been successful making homemade pie crust.

“I tried and tried, but it either comes out too buttery and flaky and falls apart, or else it’s hard,” she said.

She even told The Courier-Journal she used a store-bought crust when the newspaper asked to print the recipe after she took the top prize this year. The newspaper first reported about the questioned pie crust Friday.

People who read the recipe published earlier this week asked Kentucky State Fair Culinary Superintendent Stephen Lee whether it was permissible to use store-bought crust.


Senate candidates release new TV ads

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates launched new statewide TV ads on Friday ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ 30-second ad touts her push for a state law that created a new ballot delivery system for overseas military voters and describes how she volunteered as an attorney to assist domestic violence victims. Grimes said she knows how to fight for those with no voice and win.

McConnell’s ad criticizes Grimes for being a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention that nominated Barack Obama for president. The ad says Obama’s energy policies will bankrupt Kentucky’s coal industry and says Obama needs Grimes to defeat McConnell.

Grimes was a delegate for Hillary Clinton in 2008 and a delegate for Obama in 2012. She has said Obama is wrong about coal.


Harlan ER doctor suspended by Kentucky board

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) - A Knoxville, Tennessee, doctor practicing at Harlan Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hospital has had his license suspended by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1zSRj9Qhttp://bit.ly/1zSRj9Q ) reports board documents say emergency room doctor Donald Ramsey was prescribing diet pills to nursing staff, and they allegedly used them to stay alert during night duty.

The Drug Enforcement Administration told the board in February that Ramsey didn’t have a Kentucky DEA registration and said that meant he was prescribing controlled substances illegally in the state.

Ramsey told the board he believed the nurses were legitimate candidates for the drug and didn’t know of anyone using it to stay awake. He said he didn’t know he needed a Kentucky DEA license.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.comhttp://www.kentucky.com

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