Matt Bevin: Kentucky’s Own Republican Hot Garbage

As Kentucky has turned red over the past decades, it has become harder for a Democrat to win offices in the state. This interactive provides a breakdown of what it would take for Jim Gray to beat incumbent Rand Paul in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race. [H-L]

Last month, several American white nationalists traveled to an anti-immigration conference in Wismar, Germany, and told attendants that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign represents a win for the movement—even if he loses the election. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin is just as disgusting as Donald Trump. As if you needed any sort of reminder. [C-J/AKN]

For years, police and prosecutors have used special presentations to sell judges on the ​​​​​reliability of drug tests that help convict thousands. [ProPublica]

Kentucky’s top election official estimates 60 percent of the state’s registered voters will cast ballots on Tuesday. [WFPL]

The president has been reluctant to weigh in on FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s email practices. Obama briefly addressed the situation for the first time, saying in an interview this week that there was a norm for how investigations are handled. [WaPo]

Some Democratic lawmakers are questioning the timing of Monday’s announcement of raises for some Transportation Cabinet workers only a week before an election which will determine majority control of the state House of Representatives. [Ronnie Ellis]

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a regular surrogate for Donald Trump, became agitated on Wednesday morning after being peppered with direct questions about whether Trump’s campaign boosts Vladimir Putin and white supremacists. [Politico]

Eastern Kentucky always knows how to get your attention. A 47-year-old man allegedly stole an ambulance from near the King’s Daughters Medical Center emergency room and sped through Central Park briefly before police apprehended him. [Ashland Independent]

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Wednesday blasted Mylan NV’s announced $465 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over the drugmaker’s classification of its lifesaving allergy treatment EpiPen as a generic, saying the amount was “woefully deficient.” [Reuters]

More Rowan Countians than usual are expected to vote in next Tuesday’s general election, primarily because of the intensity of the U.S. President’s race. [The Morehead News]

Donald Trump has called the American media “disgusting”, “corrupt”, “biased” and “dishonest”. If he could read Russian, I suspect he’d appreciate the way the media here have been covering the US election. [BBC]

Lexington has tightened financial oversight of a division that manages more than $600,000 annually in programs that help poor people stay housed and pay city trash and sewer bills, city officials said Tuesday. [H-L]

Here’s your pee alert for the morning. Sean Hannity apologized for sharing a fake story about Hillary Clinton on his popular radio show. [HuffPo]

Where’s The Statue Of Tina Conner?

Former Gov. Paul Patton joked Tuesday that while supporters don’t usually put up statues of people before they die, he might not have been able to make sure a likeness of him was done correctly if they had waited. [H-L]

Donald Trump on Wednesday said he hopes Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails have fallen into the hands of Russian hackers. [HuffPo]

This little birdy is singing a really long song. The sentencing date for former Kentucky Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Sept. 22 in federal court in Lexington. [C-J/AKN]

President Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday he’s “hopeful” about race relations improving in the country. [The Hill]

A new board to develop strategies for agricultural water use in Kentucky is closer to its first meeting. [WFPL]

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Friday a bill to require anyone planning to build a homemade firearm to first obtain a serial number for the weapon and submit to a background check, his office said in a statement. [Reuters]

Messy hands happily smeared strips of paper across large sized figures as creatures began to take form Wednesday morning at a camp hosted by Berea Art House. [Richmond Register]

President Barack Obama charged Sunday that divisive rhetoric from Donald Trump on Muslims and terrorism is “ultimately helping do ISIL’s work.” [Politico]

Boyd County will spend $80,000 for a one-question “wet” election on packaged alcohol sales — three months before it spends another $90,000 on the presidential election. [Ashland Independent]

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine has attended his first rally as Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate, saying: “America was not built on fear”. [BBC]

Rowan Fiscal Court has agreed that the Tri-County Animal Shelter is for dogs and cats only and the feline capacity is limited to 30. [The Morehead News]

Donald Trump made clear this weekend that he has not rolled back his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, despite top allies insisting that he had. [WaPo]

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes used her speech Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to paint Hillary Clinton as caring and inquisitive and “a fighter for every single thing Donald Trump is against.” [H-L]

A quarter-century after winning his party’s nomination for the presidency, Bill Clinton took the Democratic National Convention stage to tell a story on the night his wife officially won it herself… [HuffPo]

It’s Fun Watching The RPK Meltdown

A natl television station wants to hear from millennials in Kentucky who have no interest in the current election or are overwhelmed. Contact Jake for details. [Get In Touch]

“Get out! Leftist scum! Get out!” In the video, the bearded white man wears a black shirt and a red baseball cap with the words Make America Great Again. He is yelling at a young black woman. He shoves her once, then again, screaming at her to leave. The crowd around him is agitated. Others push the woman as well. Many are yelling. [H-L]

Illinois State Trooper Douglas Balder sat in his squad car, its red and blue lights strobing into the frozen night of Jan. 27, 2014. He was about to be set on fire. [HuffPo]

The old University of Southern California basketball coach, George Raveling, once quipped that if he ever needed a heart transplant, he wanted former Indiana coach Bobby Knight’s. “It’s never been used,” Raveling said. [C-J/AKN]

NPR’s Rachel Martin talks about the state of the Democratic presidential race with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni. [NPR]

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes visited the Morehead State University campus Thursday, April 14, to hold a town hall meeting to promote the “GO VOTE Kentucky! Tour.” [The Morehead News]

The US Defence Secretary, Ash Carter, has visited an American aircraft carrier in the contested waters of the South China Sea. [BBC]

The executive director and CEO of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) will deliver the keynote address at the annual College of Health Sciences Scholars Day at Eastern Kentucky University on Tuesday, April 19. [Richmond Register]

Hillary Clinton in the first three months of the year raised $33 million into a joint account her campaign formed with Democratic Party committees, according to a report filed Friday night with the Federal Election Commission. [Politico]

Cave City dentist Chris Steward, a former Barren County magistrate, was arrested and made an initial appearance in federal court Wednesday following his April 6 indictment on multiple charges related to prescription drugs and other health care issues. [Glasgow Daily Times]

U.S. federal, state and local government agencies rank in last place in cyber security when compared against 17 major private industries, including transportation, retail and healthcare, according to a new report released Thursday. [Reuters]

Stories of families of recently laid off steelworkers and dreadful economic impacts of mass layoffs were told to DC trade officials by Ashland economic leaders Tuesday. [Ashland Independent]

The Obama administration issued a suite of offshore drilling safety standards Thursday meant to prevent disasters like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill from occurring in the future. [The Hill]

Kentucky Republicans continue to elect uncommitted delegates to the national convention as tensions rise between frontrunner Donald Trump and national party leaders. [H-L]

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton sowed some confusion in Thursday’s debate when she said she would sign a bill setting a $15 federal minimum wage, despite saying in the past that $15 could be too aggressive for many parts of the country. On Sunday, she tried to clear things up. [HuffPo]

H-L Still Failing Montgomery Countians

The most important newspaper in the state assigned random staffers to cover the non-renewal of a superintendent in Knox County. But couldn’t be bothered to keep track of what’s gone on in Montgomery County the last several years. It’s either complete laziness/terrible reporting on the paper’s part or a lack of integrity. It can’t be both, as it was with Nancy Rodriguez during the Robert Felner years. Surely it can’t be both. [H-L]

Bill Clinton slammed the “awful legacy of the last eight years“ on Monday, which Republicans quickly claimed was an attack on President Barack Obama. However, the former president was really talking about Republican obstructionism. [HuffPo]

Of course this asshole says Donald Trump isn’t racist. She’s a far-right white woman of privilege with a history of excusing homophobia, racism and discrimination in general. [C-J/AKN]

President Obama says he used stark language in warning Judge Merrick Garland of the bruising confirmation battle he would face if he accepted his nomination to the Supreme Court. [The Hill]

We’ve been telling you for years that Laurel County is the absolute worst place in Kentucky. A grand jury has indicted a Laurel County constable in the fatal shooting of a Manchester man. [WLKY]

You can’t fix this brand of tea people. A man who took part in January’s armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon has been arrested after threatening to kill federal agents investigating the six-week-long standoff, a county prosecutor said on Friday. [Reuters]

More than 10,000 Kentuckians have registered to vote or updated their registration using, the Commonwealth’s new online voter registration system. “ publicly launched last week and is already a huge success,” said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. “Over 10,000 people have used the site to register to vote or update their information. And anyone can use it – we’ve seen users from the age of 18 to 98!” [Press Release]

The more money doctors receive from drug and medical device companies, the more brand-name drugs they tend to prescribe, a new ProPublica analysis shows. Even a meal can make a difference. [ProPublica]

Some Republican state senators spent a long weekend back and forth between family and working on their version of a two-year state budget. [Ronnie Ellis]

While introducing his nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, President Barack Obama said he wanted to “play it straight”. [BBC]

State regulators are continuing to monitor an Eastern Kentucky creek that ran red due to mine discharge over the weekend, though they say it wasn’t responsible for dead fish and turtles reported in the area. [WFPL]

Undeterred by questions of delegate math or political momentum, Senator Bernie Sanders brushed off suggestions on Friday that his campaign had no way forward and forcefully made the case that he was the Democratic candidate better suited to defeat Donald J. Trump in a general election. [NY Times]

Fayette County Public Schools officials have made some headway on the problem created by a redistricting plan in which some schools would be too crowded and other schools in close proximity would have empty rooms. [H-L]

Most Americans want Republicans in the U.S. Senate to consider the president’s Supreme Court nominee, new surveys show. [HuffPo]

Will T. Clay Beat The Bevin Administration?

Two men have been charged with trespassing after they purposefully went over Cumberland Falls in kayaks Saturday, according to the state Department of Parks. [H-L]

Hacker group Anonymous is pledging once again to take on Donald Trump. “Dear Donald Trump, we have been watching you for a long time, and what we see is deeply disturbing,” an Anonymous representative said in a video posted to YouTube earlier this month. [HuffPo]

Accusing the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin of a “jaw-dropping display of authoritarian hypocrisy,” a lawyer for Planned Parenthood is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that Bevin’s general counsel filed last month alleging the organization was operating an unlicensed abortion facility. [C-J/AKN]

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Coward) reiterated Tuesday that he would support Donald Trump if he wins the GOP nomination, even as the Speaker called on the party’s front-runner to tone down his rhetoric amid a spate of violence at recent campaign rallies. [The Hill]

After nearly four years, the City of Glasgow has reached a settlement agreement with a former Glasgow Fire Department sergeant who was fired in 2012. [Glasgow Daily Times]

One one think Obama might have a different attitude when someone like Matthew Barzun so close to him. U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday made a passionate case for mobile devices to be built in a way that would allow the government to gain access to personal data if needed to prevent a terrorist attack or enforce tax laws. [Reuters]

Poor Morehead is fighting over a hookah lounge because 1997 has apparently just arrived there. [The Morehead News]

How hot was it last month globally? It was so hot that the famed Iditarod sled race in Alaska brought in extra snow from hundreds of miles away by train. [ThinkProgress]

He pushes the button and the mechanism inside the case retracts the thin metal strip. As it snaps back into place, a small cloud of sawdust erupts in the air. He’s measured twice, so he makes the cut. [Richmond Register]

When Bernie Sanders won the primary in Michigan last week, it shook up the narrative of the Democratic race. [NPR]

What the poop? No wonder folks are leaving. She defrauded her publisher, got caught up in her husband’s crimes & basically paid herself instead of helping veterans. [Ashland Independent]

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is asking the U.S. Justice Department for information about how aggressively it pursues elder abuse in nursing homes, particularly cases in which workers share degrading photos or videos of residents on social media. [ProPublica]

We still maintain that this is probably one of Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes’ biggest accomplishments. [H-L]

The United States on Tuesday eased some of its Cuba restrictions before President Barack Obama’s to the former Cold War enemy next week, allowing Cuba and its people greater access to U.S. financial institutions and relaxing travel limits. [HuffPo]

In deciding on Judge Garland, Mr. Obama picked a man who persevered through a lengthy political battle in the mid-1990s that delayed his own confirmation to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by more than a year. [NY Times]

A Republican Named Scott Jennings Cowardly Tip-Toed Around Donald Trump’s Blatant Bigotry And Racism

A federal agency is investigating the Bluegrass Area Development District’s spending of federal money for aging services, according to a letter obtained by the Herald-Leader. [H-L]

Another Donald Trump supporter was caught on video evoking Nazis as he yelled at protesters following a rally in Cleveland on Saturday. “Go to Auschwitz,” the man said to the protesters after raising his arm in an apparent Nazi salute. “Go to fucking Auschwitz.” [HuffPo]

Of course Scott Jennings wrote an entire column attempting to explain the rise of Donald Trump as an authoritarian without once mentioning bigotry or racism. Because Jennings, like his Republican colleagues, are afraid to be up front about what’s going on. It’s cowardly and as shameful as what Trump’s actually doing. [C-J/AKN]

The modern Republican Party is an awkward contraption that harnesses a politics of white ethno-nationalism to a policy agenda dominated by the Ayn Rand–inflected anti-statism. Donald Trump has exploited the wedge between the party’s voters and the ideologists of its master class, placing the latter in an awkward spot. In the face of this threat, there are many possible responses for an advocate of traditional Goldwater-Reagan conservatism to make. The most bracingly honest may come from National Review’s Kevin Williamson, whose antipathy for Trump has expanded to include Trump’s white working-class supporters. [NY Magazine]

The policy council for emergency management of Boyd County unanimously chose Tim England as its new director on Friday. [Ashland Independent]

The House Budget Committee on Tuesday unveiled a GOP spending vision for 2017 that promises to cut $7 trillion from the national deficit over a decade – the sharpest cuts ever proposed by the committee. [The Hill]

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is pushing for Kentucky to join most of its neighbors — and the majority of the United States — in offering expanded early voting. [Richmond Register]

In April 2014, the administration of President Barack Obama announced the most ambitious clemency program in 40 years, inviting thousands of jailed drug offenders and other convicts to seek early release and urging lawyers across the country to take on their cases. Nearly two years later the program is struggling under a deluge of unprocessed cases, sparking concern within the administration and among justice reform advocates over the fate of what was meant to be legacy-defining achievement for Obama. [Reuters]

Even after Morehead Utility Plant Board spent close to $6 million for flood damage expenses incurred in 2010 to the wastewater treatment plant on Bullfork Road, some nearby residents say the odor from the facility is worse than ever. [The Morehead News]

The Obama administration is expected to withdraw its plan to permit oil and gas drilling off the southeast Atlantic coast, yielding to an outpouring of opposition from coastal communities from Virginia to Georgia but dashing the hopes and expectations of many of those states’ top leaders. [NY Times]

Monroe County residents have contacted the sheriff’s office to report at least one loud explosion over the weekend. It was probably Jamie Comer fuming over his hemp mess falling apart. [Glasgow Daily Times]

More than two decades of studying Agent Orange exposure hasn’t produced a solid understanding of how the toxic herbicide has harmed Vietnam War veterans and possibly their children, according to a report released Thursday. Additional research is long overdue, the report said, but the federal government hasn’t done it. [ProPublica]

When people call from the U.S. or Canada to rent a U-Haul trailer, one representative they reach is Mary Kibbey, working from the small office at her house in the hills of rural Owsley County. [H-L]

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is out with a new ad tying vulnerable Republicans to Donald Trump, the first in an initiative that will no doubt pick up in the coming weeks. [HuffPo]