Morehead’s Kinda Maybe Stressed A Bit

A federal judge in Wyoming says it’s tough luck that the world’s largest private coal company doesn’t dig a 1970s-era protest song. [H-L]

Chinese president Xi Jinping is leaving behind a struggling economy as he visits the United States this week. That is worrying leaders of other countries that do business with China, including the United States, and is sure to be a topic of discussion when Xi meets with President Barack Obama on Thursday. [HuffPo]

Whenever one of these lobbyists tries to tell you they’re just a common man or woman? Laugh in their face. [C-J/AKN]

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday laid out a stark choice for the cash-strapped city as he proposed a 2016 budget aimed at resolving a financial crisis linked to unfunded pensions — either slash vital public safety and other services, or enact the biggest-ever property tax increase. [Reuters]

Guess we can all look forward to another couple years of only reporting fluff about the state’s Commissioner of Education, regardless of what happens. [WDRB]

After arguing last month that local ordinances criminalizing people for being homeless are unconstitutional, the Obama administration will now tie federal funding to whether municipalities are cracking down on criminalization measures. [ThinkProgress]

A day late means Barren County’s real estate tax revenue will be approximately $94,224 less this fiscal year than it could have been. [Glasgow Daily Times]

NPR follows up on the status of “AK,” one of many Afghan and Iraqi interpreters for the U.S. military still waiting for a visa, and why thousands of interpreters struggle with the process. [NPR]

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes wants all eligible Kentucky voters to be able to register online by next year’s elections. [Ronnie Ellis]

Pope Francis waded into politics during brief remarks on Wednesday at the White House, touching on climate change, immigration and religious liberty before a packed South Lawn audience. [The Hill]

Much of Monday’s regular City Council meeting was discussion about issues facing Morehead. [The Morehead News]

Arne Duncan has tried to reshape American schools. Now will the backlash erase his legacy? [Politico]

Lexington is basically turning into the worst place on earth. [H-L]

A little over a year ago, Sister Mary Scullion received an unexpected call from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The church, she was told, was making plans for the World Meeting of Families — the international Catholic festival that Pope Francis will visit in the city this week — and they needed her help. [HuffPo]

Rand & RPK Melted Everybody’s Brain

HELP PROTECT OUR SOURCES! Stop the Montgomery County-Joshua Powell-Phil Rison insanity! [CLICK HERE]

Magoffin County Judge-Executive Charles “Doc” Hardin has hired a man with a felony vote-buying conviction to be an administrative assistant in his office. [H-L]

Jeb Bush said while he supports granting birthright citizenship to the children of immigrants, the policy needs “greater enforcement” to prevent “abuse.” [HuffPo]

These poor, dumb people think their religion is under threat because their government isn’t permitted to discriminate on the basis of hate. Get it together, you jackasses, because you’re really harming what little bit of a positive image Kentucky was developing. [C-J/AKN]

Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) can run for both the White House and to keep his Senate seat in 2016, the Republican Party in Kentucky decided Saturday. [The Hill]

Richard Nelson, founder and executive director of the Commonwealth Policy Center, told the group of people who came Thursday evening to hear him at Immanuel Baptist Church that our culture is in a moral freefall and in a period of spiritual darkness. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Kentucky GOP’s central committee voted Saturday to adopt a presidential caucus system next year, clearing the way Republican Sen. Rand Paul to run for president and reelection at the same time. [Politico]

This is written on Friday, the day before Kentucky Republicans were to decide whether to conduct a presidential caucus next year rather than a primary. [Ronnie Ellis]

While Donald Trump’s recent position paper on immigration dominates headlines, a new study of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. digs into the latest numbers. [NPR]

The EPA recently announced the Clean Power Plan, which entails stricter emissions standards for states, and the Power+ Plan, which promises $1 billion in federal money to help coal country towns get back on their feet. I support both these plans wholeheartedly. They’re good for Kentucky communities, good for the economy, and good for the environment. [Drew Curtis]

Two American women have passed the gruelling training programme of the US Army Rangers – one of the military’s most elite special operations forces. [BBC]

Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes on Rand Paul and RPK this weekend: “It is unfortunate that today a few insiders were able to disenfranchise over 1.2 million Republican voters. One candidate should not be able to buy an election. Democracy demands that all eligible Kentuckians be a part of the election process. That didn’t happen today and won’t happen with a caucus.” [Press Release]

The phone rings just as Katrina Fingerson and Latoya McClary are about to leave to start their shift at the Goddard Riverside Community Center. [ThinkProgress]

It was like a Klan rally with an extra dose of fat, white homophobia. Headlined by Bob Stivers and Matt Bevin, of course. [H-L]

Americans use prescription drugs and they know these medicines help people, but they still don’t care much for pharmaceutical companies and think the industry is too money-hungry, according to a new survey. [HuffPo]

Come On, Matt Bevin, Quit The Schadenfreude (Just Kidding. Don’t.)

The Council on Postsecondary Education is holding a series of public meetings around the state to get input on a new five-year plan to guide Kentucky’s higher education and adult education systems. Don’t worry, this won’t matter. Don’t get too excited about it. [H-L]

A 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served at the Auschwitz death camp has been convicted on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. [HuffPo]

Since Bevin accused the newspaper of continually trying to perpetuate lies about what he said, I went back and found every reference to him and early childhood education and every reference to him and Head Start after that. [C-J/AKN]

President Obama challenged Republicans to back the nuclear agreement with Iran, arguing it would allow a future GOP president to keep a stronger check on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Obama conceded few, if any, GOP elected officials will back the deal. But he called out Sen. Rand Paul by name, asking whether the 2016 presidential hopeful would support the agreement. [The Hill]

State government faces an unexpected $5 million to $6 million increase in personnel costs in a couple of years but the impact of an Internal Revenue Service ruling could have an even bigger impact on budgets of local governments and school districts. State officials have been informed by the IRS they must start withholding Social Security and Medicare taxes from employees’ contributions to their pension plans and the state — or local government employer — will have to match those contributions. [Ronnie Ellis]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign on Tuesday inadvertently tweeted a promotional photo featuring what appeared to be Nazi German soldiers superimposed on the U.S. flag alongside the controversial real estate magnate’s face. [Reuters]

People in Cave City don’t know how to parallel park and old ladies are losing their minds. Two downtown business owners approached the city council Monday night, complaining about the parallel parking along Broadway Street. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Why choosing the right surgeon matters even more than you know. In February 2012, LaVerne Stiles went to Citrus Memorial Hospital near her home in central Florida for what should have been a routine surgery. [ProPublica]

Numerous homes were damaged or destroyed, family gardens were leveled, and dozens of vehicles were submerged by rushing floodwaters after a flash flood ripped through parts of eastern Rowan County. [The Morehead News]

In three sentences laying out his overarching theory of government, Walker appears to align himself with political theorists, some of whom died more than a century ago, who would radically dismantle the American system of government. He also appears to align himself with more modern constitutional theorists who wish to reinstate long-discredited Supreme Court cases that would eliminate much of the legal framework protecting workers from exploitation. [ThinkProgress]

Tuesday evening’s storms dumped heavy rain on much eastern Kentucky. Many people had to be rescued from their homes because of the high water. [WKYT]

Climate change risks should be assessed in the same way as threats to national security or public health according to a new report. [BBC]

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ efforts to allow online voter registration in Kentucky kept moving through the legislative process Tuesday, though one lawmaker tried to derail it. [H-L]

The New Horizons mission to Pluto has been a dream come true for scientists, who’ve waited years to get their first close-up glimpse of the distant dwarf planet. But some of the informal names they’re giving its distinctive features are straight out of nightmares. [HuffPo]

Kentucky Racists Proudly Fly Their Flag

The Davies household is like any other with small children and working parents at 5:30 p.m. — 10-month-old Caroline scoots across the floor; Kate, almost 3, looks frantically for her baby doll while their parents deal with dinner-making, dog-walking and bedtime-starting. [H-L]

This ought to freak some conspiracy theorists out a bit. Pope Francis appealed to world leaders on Saturday to seek a new economic model to help the poor, and to shun policies that “sacrifice human lives on the altar of money and profit.” [HuffPo]

Before this week at the Kentucky Speedway, Trevor Armes had donned a Confederate battle flag symbol on his belt buckle. The 22-year-old from Fairdale hadn’t flown the real deal atop an RV. [C-J/AKN]

President Barack Obama on Friday created three new U.S. national monuments in Texas, Nevada and California spanning more than a million acres (400,000 hectares) in a move he said helps preserve America’s beauty but that Republicans condemned as a “surreptitious land grab.” [Reuters]

The details in a 63-page report on improper spending and other matters in the Fairview School District paint a picture of poorly controlled financial management and a school board that was poorly informed and in some cases did not know its responsibilities. [Ashland Independent]

A scientific assessment on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing in California found that, in large part, the chemicals used are not being identified or tracked, and it’s nearly impossible to tell how damaging the process is to California’s water supply. [ThinkProgress]

The Cave City Council adopted a resolution during a special-called meeting Wednesday allowing Mayor Dwayne Hatcher to proceed with an application for a homeland security grant. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Over the past 15 years, America’s fortunes have changed with dizzying speed. [BBC]

The U.S. Department of Justice says it is investigating hiring practices at the Bowling Green Police Department. [WHAS11]

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, currently polling in the low nothings, needs attention. He wants to be the lefty alternative to Hillary Clinton, but the leftier Bernie Sanders has been stealing his thunder. [Politico]

A statement from Alison Grimes’ official office on Friday: I commend South Carolina’s leaders for acting to remove the Confederate battle flag from its statehouse grounds. It is unquestionably a piece of history, and it should remain so, but it does not belong on flagpoles above our government buildings or on public grounds. We should not represent ourselves with symbols of division. As the flag comes down today, let us pray for the victims of the tragedy in Charleston and for continued healing of painful divides in our country. [Press Release]

After a nerve-rattling plunge, stocks in Asia, Europe and the United States managed to end the week ahead of where they started. [NPR]

How would Paul Prather feel if those bakery owners were screaming the n-word and refusing to serve anyone with skin darker than Rand Paul? Would it still be too much to fine them for discrimination? Please. Enough with the microaggression couched in religious kindness b.s. [H-L]

It’s one thing to fight the extremist Islamic State group’s recruitment within the United States. It’s another for the U.S. to help partners tackle the group’s fighters on the ground in Iraq and Syria. [HuffPo]

Grimes Campaign Ad Flashback Time

Remember this time last year when Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes released an ad that wasn’t horrible?

Here’s what we wrote about it at the time:

It’s a universe of creativity when compared to [McConnell’s ad]. Even with the guy very obviously reading from a teleprompter with an accent so thick that folks in the city need a translator. Creative despite that infuriating whistle theme that has permeated a so far embarrassingly bad campaign obsessed with misinformation about coal. A universe of creativity that actually panders to the people Alison needs — scared old people who vote Republican.

Is this a sign that the McConnell folks can’t help but stumble and the Grimes crew actually has its act together? Don’t hold your breath.

Here’s the video:

Time flies.

Thank goodness no one held their breath.