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Citizens agreed to pony up taxes to save LexTran—responding to the better nature in all of us appealed to so clearly by the recent ad campaign suggesting, essentially, You may never ride, but your hired help does. (Still no ads on bringing back the trolleys!)

•In another successful amendment, marriage will now be defined as between a man and a woman…Precisely the way it was before the election.

•Urban County Council will experience a likely...flip flop...on the water issue, with a new majority opposing condemnation of the Water Company.

•Jim Bunning narrowly bitch-slapped Mongiardo in one of the uglier races this year, where Bunning stopped just short of calling Mongiardo a rag-headed queer (not quite a paraphrase), implying that he was both a "furriner" and "gay." Maybe that's unfair: to clarify, he said Mongiardo looked like one of Saddam Hussein's sons, and he called him a limp-wristed switch hitter. Bunning's tactics and victory earned Kentucky a shout-out on everything from The Daily Show to MSNBC. And not in a good way. Out of respect for elders who seem to be losing their faculties, one can only hope that when he finally succumbs to whatever ails him, perhaps his appointed successor will be slightly less of a national embarrassment.

•With state and national GOP bucks and staffing focused on simultaneously shoring up and muzzling Bunning, Ben

Chandler handily trounced state senator Tom Buford, hanging on to the U.S. Rep seat he won in the February special election.

•Three Kentucky towns went "moist" yesterday (allowing liquor by the drink in some restaurants): London, Williamstown, and Franklin. Many small Kentucky towns had been held in a successful economic vice by an unlikely alliance of "baptists and bootleggers" who joined forces to keep towns dry in a nod to God and private…commerce. This year's election suggests that tide may be turning, and that perhaps the infusion of meth labs and OxyContin into small town economies has simply replaced alcohol as the dominant issue. n