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.

Jack Is No Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes

It’s no secret that we despise Jack Conway’s campaign people (his office staff is terrific, even if he doesn’t let them do their jobs). But it’s a stretch to compare Jack to Alison Grimes in her mind-bogglingly awful 2014 campaign. Conway had his own bad campaign in 2010 but he still doesn’t compare to the embarrassment that was Grimes. [H-L]

Decades after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling declared segregated schooling of black students unconstitutional, many American schools with high minority populations continue to receive fewer resources and provide an education that’s inferior to schools with large white populations. Kentucky’s in a terrible spot and Frankfort doesn’t care. [HuffPo]

In a push for better Internet service across Kentucky, state government is poised to become a large-scale owner of broadband infrastructure over the next four years, raising new questions about digital privacy and the potential for censorship or bureaucratic snooping. [C-J/AKN]

Leaked video reveals omissions in official account of police shooting. [The Intercept]

A woman who works in Washington, D.C., has accused a visiting Richmond Police officer of “catcalling.” [Richmond Register & Popville]

National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent attacked President Obama and gun safety advocates for calling attention to the deaths of children from guns, calling such efforts “The Big Lie” — a phrase associated with Nazi propaganda. [MMFA]

At a time when most states are restoring funding for higher education after the deep and sustained cuts of the recession, Kentucky has continued to reduce funding and lags behind in several funding categories, according to a new study. [Ashland Independent]

The mother of an 11-year-old girl from Kentucky who was shot dead by her father in a murder-suicide this week was on the phone with her and heard the child’s anguished last words moments before gunfire erupted on the other end of the line. [Daily Mail]

Barren County Schools is working to combat what is commonly called the “summer learning loss” or “summer slide” again this summer with its 21st Century Summer Camps. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The House is looking to use an overwhelming bipartisan vote to raise pressure on the Senate over a medical cures bill on which the upper chamber has been lagging. The House is moving forward on its 21st Century Cures measure, aimed at speeding up the FDA’s approval of new drugs and increasing funding for the National Institutes of Health. [The Hill]

Rowan County Fiscal Court is facing the possibility that the projected $15 million cost of a new jail might not be enough for the proposed 300-bed facility. [The Morehead News]

Of course the Republican National Committee is as backward and anti-gay as Kentucky Democrats. [ThinkProgress]

This is the extent of coverage that’s been provided to the Terry Holliday situation. No wonder people in Kentucky feel like they’ve been kept in the dark. [H-L]

President Barack Obama said that LGBT rights “are human rights” in a statement released Saturday to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. [HuffPo]

Alison Complained About Rand Again

Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes has to insert herself (wonder where she learned that from?) into everything.

So here she is attacking Rand Paul in a plea for fundraising:


GRIMES EMAIL BLAST

Text:

Rand Paul just announced he is running for president and the U.S. Senate at the same time. But, he’s got one little problem: legally, you can’t run for two offices at once in Kentucky.

As Secretary of State, I’ve vowed to uphold the laws of the Commonwealth; however, when I said the law is clear that he can’t be on the ballot twice, he said I was confused. (I’m not.)

Paul has been bashing me, Hillary Clinton and anyone who might stand in his way.

That means I need your help!

Can you donate $15 and help me stand up to Rand Paul?

Rand Paul’s ambitions do not trump a Kentucky law that’s been on the books for more than 50 years, and as long as I’m Kentucky’s Secretary of State I’ll make sure he follows the law.

Will you make a stand — not just for this election but for future elections?

Best,

Alison

It’s almost like Daddy’s Girl has no idea what she’s running for. Is she running for re-election? President? Does she know what day it is?