Steve Beshear Is Now Using Children As Pawns

In a new ad from Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, retired coal miner Don Disney looks straight into the camera and asks Mitch McConnell why he voted to raise his Medicare costs by $6,000. The only problem? McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, cast no such vote. [ABC News/AP]

A proposal to rezone agricultural land for heavy industry has galvanized opponents, who are expected to pack Wednesday’s meeting of the Clark County Fiscal Court. [H-L]

Ken Ham isn’t just an embarrassment who received a hundred million bucks from Steve Beshear for his bigoted, ignorant, backwater beliefs. He’s now actually harming children in public schools in the south. [HuffPo]

Here’s a look at Steve Beshear using CHILDREN as pawns in his egotistical game. Louisville foster children could become the latest group caught up in a roiling pension dispute between Seven Counties Services and Kentucky’s underfunded retirement system. State lawmakers — frustrated with Seven Counties’ efforts to exit public pensions — rejected a $3.7 million contract with the group Tuesday to provide family services in Jefferson County. [C-J/AKN]

In a four-part series, the Texas Tribune investigates the cost of the “miracle” economy that Gov. Rick Perry and other state leaders have touted over the last decade: more worker fatalities than any other state, 500,000 workers without workers comp and lax regulation of those with private occupational. [Texas Tribune]

Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers joined the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Executive Committee on Monday to announce new investments into the region and new partnerships. [Floyd County Times]

In June, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said, “we’re in the forever business; our charge in national parks is to preserve them unimpaired for future generations.” A new study from National Park Service scientists William B. Monahan and Nicholas titled Climate Exposure of U.S. National Parks in a New Era of Change shows just how much of a challenge this will be. [Think Progress]

Hold on to your wigs, ladies, cause you’re about to be taken for a ride! Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said no other U.S. lawmaker is doing more for minorities and their civil rights than his latest efforts. [WFPL]

Researchers say they have translated the meaning of gestures that wild chimpanzees use to communicate. They say wild chimps communicate 19 specific messages to one another with a “lexicon” of 66 gestures. [BBC]

Looks like John David D-bag decided to pile on Hal Heiner after we did. That whole narrative his campaign hand, Joe Burgan, came up with about career politicians fell flat on its face. And on an unrelated note: Jamie Comer ought to tread lightly when saying he differs 100% from Jack Conway on all social issues. That’s a quick way to guarantee a loss in the general election. Particularly if he wants to play games with gay marriage and equality. [WDRB]

For the typical Democrat running in 2014, frequent condemnation of the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision is a no-brainer as a rallying cry to raise money and energize voters — especially women. But some Democrats have to be more constrained than others in their objection to the decision, namely those running for the Senate in more conservative-oriented states. [NPR]

A national community service organization is investing $1 million in eastern Kentucky to help the region recover from the downturn in the coal industry. [Ashland Independent]

Is climate change destabilizing Iraq? [Mother Jones]

Jack Conway continued his effort to lock up the Democratic nomination in next year’s governor’s race with an overwhelming show of force, announcing Tuesday that his campaign has raised more than $750,000 since entering the race in early May. [H-L]

House Republicans have requested nearly $3.3 million to operate the select committee investigating Benghazi, which gives the GOP-launched committee a bigger budget than that granted to the committee overseeing the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs. [HuffPo]

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