Sideshow: Ashley Judd for U.S. Senate?!

Actress Ashley Judd is a wanted woman, some political analysts say - sought by Kentucky Democrats to run for Senate.
Actress Ashley Judd is a wanted woman, some political analysts say - sought by Kentucky Democrats to run for Senate. (CARLO ALLEGRI / AP)
Posted: November 09, 2012

The dust hasn't even cleared from the elections on Tuesday and there's already debate about who should run in the 2014 midterm elections. One name in particular stands out: Ashley Judd.

If certain pundits and Democratic Party honchos have their way - and Fate is on her side - the Kiss the Girls star may become the next U.S. senator from Kentucky. USA Today and MSNBC say Judd, 44, a committed University of Kentucky basketball fan, is being recruited to run against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014.

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth (D., Ky.) tells the Louisville Courier-Journal that Judd's fame would ensure that campaign funds would "pour in" for her.

Huffington Post political analyst Howard Fineman recently told MSNBC the Dems are serious about Judd. "They want her. I know they want her," he said. "The money people in Kentucky want Ashley Judd."

Judd told The Tennessean during the summer that she had not been approached to run in the election just past, and she wouldn't have accepted such an offer.

Ariel Winter not abused, says mother

Chris Workman has responded to allegations that she beat her 14-year-old daughter, up-and-coming Modern Family starlet Ariel Winter.

"It's all untrue," Workman tells People mag.

In court papers filed last month, Ariel claims her mom subjected her to "ongoing physical abuse (slapping, hitting, pushing) and emotional abuse . . . for an extended period of time."

Ariel was promptly removed from her home and placed with her sister, former One Life to Live actor Shanelle Gray. Gray has filed to be named Ariel's legal guardian.

Meanwhile, the National Enquirer says Ariel fell out with her parents because they don't approve of her beau, 17-year-old A.N.T. Farm hunk Cameron Palatas. The tabloid claims Ariel wants legal emancipation.

So much happiness for Sara Ramirez

In a shocking admission about the effects of a wedding on the human psyche, Sara Ramirez freely says her recent nuptials have made her a happy woman. "I have a very romantic outlook on life right now," the Grey's Anatomy star tells Latina mag. "I'm really happy and I'm focusing on the light and the love all around."

Sara, 37, wed business analyst Ryan Debolt on Independence Day.

"We had a very intimate ceremony with friends and family and there was so much love in that space, I can't even tell you," she says.

Marriage was even more special, she says, because her life experiences had convinced her that "I would be one of those gals that never got married."

Wedding, schmedding. Don't sweat it

Miley Cyrus is decidedly more nonchalant about the whole wedding thing. The country-pop megastar, who during the summer became engaged to Liam Hemsworth, said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday she's not going to sweat the details.

"I don't care what color the napkins are, to be honest. I really don't care," Cyrus, 19, tells DeGeneres. "Because I didn't really realize until I got a wedding planning book what you have to decide on."

The wedding-planning ritual doesn't impress her. "It's a lot of weird detail," Cyrus said. "I don't want to be doing too much and be crazy and forget about the moment of it all." ( Moment? She means meaning, right?)

When's the happy day? No idea, but it won't be this winter: Miley's too busy finshing up her next album and planning another world tour.

Tidbits 'n' pieces

Teen singer and model Diamond White was un-eliminated Wednesday from The X Factor. "We believe we made a mistake" by cutting her, Simon Cowell told the audience. This means the Top 12 is now a baker's dozen. . . . Daniel Day-Lewis, 55, on Wednesday won the BAFTA Britannia Award for Excellence in Film. His turn as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln has leading EntNews prognostigators prognosticating that he's a lock for the Oscars.

Name change for Michael Jackson's bro

Jermaine Jackson, whose last name marks him as a member of one of the most famous families in pop culture history, is doing away with the moniker. He's filed legal papers to change the name to Jermaine Jacksun for "artistic reasons." JJ's friend, Steve Dennis, tells the Associated Press, "Phonetically, it changes nothing."

Chef Jose Garces signs

Chef Jose Garces will sign copies of his new book, The Latin Road Home, at the Verizon Wireless store at 11th and Market Streets Friday from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m.

'Red' stays atop album charts

Taylor Swift's new LP, Red, stays atop the Billboard album charts for a second week, selling 344,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Red debuted last week with sales of 1.2 mil, the biggest first-week sales in 10 years.

Rapper Meek Mill's Dreams & Nightmares debuted at No. 2 with 165,000, while Rod Stewart's Merry Christmas, Baby sold 88,000 in its first week to take the No. 3 spot.

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