Corrupt Tim Conley Whines From Prison

Corrupt as hell Tim Conley now wants to go back on the plea deal he took! Because of this asshole, Jake’s hometown is still in shambles, occupational taxes have had to be increased out the wazoo, countless people have lost their ability to maintain a home, countless more are still displaced and lives have been lost. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK? Fuck Tim Conley. Let him rot in prison. Let anyone defending him rot alongside him. [H-L]

The White House announced on Friday that a small number of U.S. troops are heading into northern Syria to assist local ground troops in the fight against the Islamic State. [HuffPo]

Looks like Scott Jennings and crew will be spending a lot of money for Brett Guthrie in 2016. And probably a little bit if someone credible runs against Candy Barr. [C-J/AKN]

Rand Paul’s heart isn’t even in filibustering anymore. Because he knows his presidential bid is dead in the water and knows he’s gonna have a tough time getting re-elected to the senate next year. [WaPo]

I wish I could say who will win the governor’s election Tuesday but I can’t. [Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump and Ben Carson together command more than half of voters’ preference atop the Republican field after Wednesday night’s debate, while Texas Sen. Ted Cruz rose to third place in the latest national NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll released Friday evening. [Politico]

Kentucky’s gubernatorial candidates responded to a questionnaire from Preservation Kentucky regarding Kentucky’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit. [Click the Clicky]

U.S. jobs data due in the coming week may hold the key to whether the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates for the first time since 2006 in December, signaling its intention to end an era of almost-free dollars. [Reuters]

Oh, look, the Kim Davis preacher is trying to run for office. “Citizens united for a better Kentucky for a better tomorrow.” That is what Randy Smith said about his bid for the Republican nomination for the 99th District House of Representatives seat. You might know him as the fiery preacher who led the rally cries against gay marriage over the summer on the lawn of the Rowan County Courthouse. [The Morehead News]

President Obama and his FBI director are sparring over whether the so-called “Ferguson Effect” is real, complicating the president’s push to loosen the nation’s sentencing laws. [The Hill]

Steve Beshear has appointed District Court Judge John T. Alexander as the interim circuit court judge, according to an executive order obtained Friday from the governor’s office. [Glasgow Daily Times]

I applaud the Democrats and Republicans who came together [Friday] morning to pass a responsible, long-term budget agreement that reflects our values, grows our economy and creates jobs. This agreement will strengthen the middle class by investing in education, job training, and basic research. It will keep us safe by investing in our national security. It protects our seniors by avoiding harmful cuts to Medicare and Social Security. It is paid for in a responsible, balanced way – in part with a measure to ensure that partnerships like hedge funds pay what they owe in taxes just like everybody else. It locks in two years of funding and should help break the cycle of shutdowns and manufactured crises that have harmed our economy. This agreement is a reminder that Washington can still choose to help, rather than hinder, America’s progress, and I look forward to signing it into law as soon as it reaches my desk. After that, Congress should build on this by getting to work on spending bills that invest in America’s priorities without getting sidetracked by ideological provisions that have no place in America’s budget process. If we can do that, we’ll help our workers and businesses keep growing the economy and building an America full of opportunity for all. [President Barack Obama]

This is big news for the state’s most important newspaper but the six lawsuits and myriad scandals in Montgomery County are not. It’s like Nancy Rodriguez all over again. A freshman course has been abruptly disbanded at Henry Clay High School and the principal has apologized to the school’s decision-making council, saying he gave students academic credit without necessary council permission. [H-L]

Paul Ryan said on Sunday it would be ridiculous to work with President Barack Obama on immigration reform, saying he cannot trust the president on the issue. [HuffPo]

Election 2015: Why KY Can’t Have Nice Things

In their last debate before voters go to the polls next Tuesday, Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway continued to trade jabs, but in the end, one candidate did manage to compliment the other. [H-L]

Just before midnight on Monday, congressional lawmakers and the White House tentatively agreed on a major budget deal that would end such standoffs in the Obama presidency and solve a potentially catastrophic debt default coming within days. [HuffPo]

Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway picked up Monday where they left off on Sunday, bickering over whether Conway cut his office’s budget and whether he has been a leader fighting the Environmental Protection Agency on coal issues. [C-J/AKN]

President Obama’s most senior national security advisers have recommended measures that would move U.S. troops closer to the front lines in Iraq and Syria, officials said, a sign of mounting White House dissatisfaction with progress against the Islamic State and a renewed Pentagon push to expand military involvement in long-running conflicts overseas. [WaPo]

Matt Bevin, the Republican running for governor who’s been called a “pathological liar” in ads by his opponent, Democrat Jack Conway, told Conway to “stop lying to people” during a contentious debate Sunday evening at Eastern Kentucky University. [Ronnie Ellis]

Rand Paul, once again, proves he’s dumb as hell. And maybe a maniacal racist just like his daddy? Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) is warning that democratic socialism, embraced by fellow presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-Sesame Street), can lead to a government that will “exterminate” people who step out of line. [The Hill]

Crews working at the Maxey Flats Nuclear Disposal site in Fleming County are about halfway finished with construction, according to onsite officials. The Walker Company is in charge of completing the cap that will include a geo-synthetic liner, according to Scott Wilburn and Jeff Webb, who work with the Kentucky Environmental Cabinet. [Ledger Independent]

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Friday denounced as “pathetic” and “totally ridiculous” a Republican congressman’s call to impeach her on her first day in office if she is elected to the White House next year. [Reuters]

Few pieces of legislation drew as much attention this year as the bill addressing Kentucky’s recent surge in heroin abuse and overdose-related deaths. [WFPL]

Here’s an OH SNAP moment for Hobby Lobby. It’s always the christianists pulling corrupt moves like this. One of America’s most famously Christian businesses is amassing a vast collection of Biblical antiquities. The problem is some of them may have been looted from the Middle East. [TDB]

Forbes says Kentucky is one of the nation’s worst for labor supply. A new Forbes magazine ranking indicates that Kentucky has gaps to close to become a premiere state for doing business. [Business First]

Here are 13 crazy-ass things Ben Carson actually believes. [ThinkProgress]

Oh, looky, Dale Emmons/Jerry Lundergan pal, Jack Brammer, has written a half-baked story about the race for Commissioner of Agriculture. Why isn’t he moved to the role of editor or “retired”? The paper has tons of people who do a better job. [H-L]

A Yemeni hospital run by medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) was hit by a Saudi-led air strike, the group said on Tuesday, the latest bombing of a civilian target in the seven-month air campaign in Yemen. [HuffPo]

Mike O’Connell Can’t Catch A Break These Days

Kentucky’s race for attorney general has featured attacks worthy of a courtroom drama, pitting a venerable political name against an up-and-coming lawmaker. The candidates bad-mouth each other’s qualifications, right down to teeth-cleaning habits. [H-L]

The number of U.S. police officers charged in fatal shootings has hit the highest level in a decade in 2015, new research shows, driven by greater scrutiny over use of deadly force. [HuffPo]

A Jefferson district court judge on Friday ruled that the traffic school program that has generated more than $1.2 million in revenue for County Attorney Mike O’Connell’s office is unconstitutional. [C-J/AKN]

Before Joni Greenberg started working to raise awareness of mental health issues in schools, she spent more than 20 years as a high school guidance counselor in West Virginia. [NPR]

Jack Conway says he can work with Republican Senate President Robert Stivers if he wins the governor’s election, but the Democrat made clear he can’t go along with several Republican priorities. [Ronnie Ellis]

U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders contrasted his record with that of Hillary Clinton on key issues, including his early support for same-sex marriages and consistent opposition to the Iraq war, during a Democratic fundraising dinner in Iowa on Saturday. [Reuters]

It’s common during the last days of an election for candidates to go out on the trail to gin up the enthusiasm of supporters and make sure they go to the polls and pull the right lever on Election Day. [Ronnie Ellis]

On May 10, 2007, in the East Room of the White House, President George W. Bush presided over a ceremony honoring the nation’s most accomplished community service leaders. Among those collecting a President’s Volunteer Service Award that afternoon was Kay Hiramine, the Colorado-based founder of a multimillion-dollar humanitarian organization. [The Intercept]

Oh, look, the teevee people dug up an issue we’ve been talking about for years and are acting as if it’s new news. [WDRB]

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) has been able to count on his Facebook page for stalwart support during his long-running battle with the House Republican leadership, including a successful effort to oust House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Orange Face). [WaPo]

A Bullitt County District Court Judge has dismissed all charges against a man who shot down a drone he said was flying over his property. [WDRB]

Republicans in the US Congress have reached a compromise budget deal with the White House to avert the prospect of a renewed government shutdown. [BBC]

The second in a series of meetings to solicit public comments about a proposed bypass around Versailles will be held Tuesday. [H-L]

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) came out in favor of the Obama administration’s effort to cut carbon pollution by power plants on Sunday, bucking Senate leadership that has worked to derail the emissions plan. [HuffPo]

A Rowan County man has been arrested in connection with a body that was found inside a wooden box in Louisville. [WKYT]

Is It November 3rd Yet? Or At Least Friday?

Democrat Sannie Overly promised a Jack Conway administration would spend more money on public preschool programs while Republican Jenean Hampton said it was a “non-issue” for Matt Bevin during a statewide televised debate of Kentucky’s major party nominees for lieutenant governor just two weeks before the election. [H-L]

Oldham Co. Kentucky Attorney John Carter is facing criticism for a statement in which he appeared to suggest being Hispanic is “probable cause” for getting pulled over in a traffic stop. A video of the Oct. 14 court appearance captures pieces of the exchange. [HuffPo]

The Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas group known for its caustic anti-gay rhetoric, took aim at Kim Davis on Monday, accusing the county clerk of hypocrisy and adultery. [C-J/AKN]

Canadian Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has promised that improving relations with the Obama administration will be a top priority if elected prime minster. [BBC]

A monetary gift made more than 25 years ago continues to reap benefits for the Western Kentucky University-Glasgow library. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Hobby drones are becoming a new kind of headache for air traffic controllers. The future of drone traffic is such a big concern, NASA is already working on a system to manage it. [NPR]

Between answering phone calls from Morehead citizens, managing property tax notices, and preparing information for a City Council meeting, new City Clerk Crissy Cunningham is settling into her second week in that position. [The Morehead News]

The Supreme Court appears to be giving serious consideration to a case that, if taken up by the justices, could strip lawmakers of much of what remains of their ability to address America’s gun violence epidemic — 33,636 people were killed by firearms in the United States in 2013. Indeed, should the justices ultimately side with the plaintiffs in this case, it could set off an arms race where gun makers and the National Rifle Association sprint to ensure that new methods of killing people are widely available as fast as possible so that those methods will gain special constitutional protection. [ThinkProgress]

The two women who want to be Kentucky’s next lieutenant governor offered sharply contrasting views on education and economic policies in a televised debate on Kentucky Education Television Monday evening. [Ronnie Ellis]

Wait til Kentucky has another budget battle and the state’s rating gets downgraded again. [Reuters]

Most people we speak with are skeptical of these bullying task force recommendations released by Steve Beshear’s office. And that’s putting it lightly, sadly. [External PDF Link]

Vice President Biden on Tuesday offered a different account of his advice to President Obama on the Osama bin Laden raid, an issue that could haunt him if he decides to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. [The Hill]

University of Kentucky researchers will study UK’s local food purchases more carefully in order to increase how much is bought from Kentucky farms. [H-L]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… A group of scientists has found evidence that life on Earth may be much older than we thought. But good luck baking a birthday cake big enough for a proper celebration: It’d need to hold around 4.1 billion candles. [HuffPo]

UofL’s Great For Fraud & Sports Sexytime

ESPN reported Tuesday that five former University of Louisville basketball players and recruits told their “Outside the Lines” reporters that they attended parties at a campus dorm from 2010-14 that included strippers. [H-L]

A key House Democrat suggested Monday that Vice President Joe Biden can’t win the Democratic nomination on his own and should not enter the contest. [HuffPo]

The candidates for Kentucky lieutenant governor drew sharp distinctions between one another on a Kentucky Educational Television debate that was dominated by education issues. [C-J/AKN]

Hillary Clinton asserted at Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden “stole very important information that has unfortunately fallen into a lot of the wrong hands.” [The Intercept]

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted Kentucky a one-year extension for meeting requirements of the stringent new identification security law known as REAL ID – meaning a Kentucky driver’s license is still sufficient for gaining access to the vast majority of federal installations. [Press Release]

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has his work cut out for him in passing a bill to raise the $18.1 trillion debt ceiling. [The Hill]

The Republican Governors’ Association is returning to the Kentucky airwaves with a $1.6 million ad buy on behalf of Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin. [Ronnie Ellis]

The CIA has told Congress that the name of an alleged secret agency source, mentioned but then partially redacted by the U.S. State Department from an email received on Hillary Clinton’s private server was not considered by the agency to be secret at all. [Reuters]

The City of Glasgow and the Electric Plant Board’s innovative Infotricity model has garnered statewide recognition. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Inside a sleek Denver condominium, George W. Bush let a hundred donors to his brother’s campaign in on a secret. Of all the rival Republican candidates, there is one who gets under the former president’s skin, whom he views as perhaps Jeb Bush’s most serious rival for the party’s nomination. [Politico]

A former Upper Big Branch mine section boss, a superintendent and a fire boss testified Monday about Massey Energy executives’ unwillingness to provide the amount of manpower or equipment needed to safety produce coal, all the while demanding high production numbers. [Richmond Register]

Ohio has put executions on hold until at least 2017 as the US state struggles to acquire the lethal drugs needed to carry out death sentences. [BBC]

A prominent businessman who is a county magistrate in Harlan County has been charged with two felonies, Kentucky State Police announced Monday. [H-L]

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission notified Planned Parenthood on Monday that it will terminate the reproductive health provider’s Medicaid contract. The move is a response to the sting videos created by an anti-abortion group that showed the organization’s staff members discussing the donation of fetal tissue to medical researchers. [HuffPo]

Education Does Not Matter To Frankfort

Kentucky’s two candidates for attorney general agreed on many issues Monday on KET’s Kentucky Tonight, including drugs and voting rights, while sharply criticizing each other’s experience and character. [John Cheves]

Appalachia struggles with a disproportionate disease burden, and poor sleep is part of it. [HuffPo]

The man elected governor on Nov. 3 will be required to quickly propose a way to fund the need for huge additional appropriations for the state’s ailing public pension systems — a need that far outstrips anticipated state revenues. But with the election for governor just three weeks away, the three candidates — Republican Matt Bevin, Democrat Jack Conway and independent Drew Curtis — all point to an array of options rather than a firm plan to address the dilemma. [C-J/AKN]

How to know when someone trying to be your Commissioner of Education was just job shopping and less than serious? Here you go. [Click the Clicky]

You wouldn’t believe some of the things we’re hearing from Rowan County. Rather, you wouldn’t believe them if you hadn’t followed the Joshua Powell saga. Concerns about construction at Rowan County Senior High School started when students returned to a school where the kitchen was not in working order. [The Morehead News]

More people should be talking about this. But this is Kentucky, so you know education doesn’t really matter. The Federal Perkins Loan Program died on Wednesday, the victim of a senator who has made it his mission to simplify student aid. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

Of course some Kim Davis supporters claimed to have a meeting scheduled with Governor Steve Beshear. Only to have Beshear’s office say there was no such meeting scheduled. [WTVQ]

America’s out-of-date, unfair laws for collecting debts could be dramatically improved by these simple steps. [ProPublica]

Members of both major political parties and both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly were working together Saturday afternoon along with volunteers from several agencies and the community at large to package meal packets for the Campaign Against Hunger. [Glasgow Daily Times]

An ancient African genome has been sequenced for the first time. Researchers extracted DNA from a 4,500-year-old skull that was discovered in the highlands of Ethiopia. [BBC]

Kentucky’s gubernatorial candidates run the gamut in how they say they would handle upcoming federal climate regulations. [WFPL]

Over the summer, the Texas Forensic Science Commission, which sets standards for physical evidence in state courts, came to an unsettling conclusion: There was something wrong with how state labs were analyzing DNA evidence. [NPR]

Is there a doctor in the house? Republican Matt Bevin’s campaign for governor has been falling apart, struggling with self-inflicted wounds and in danger of flatlining in the closing days of the race. [H-L]

You don’t have to be a molecular biologist to know that deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) has a “double helix” structure. But if you think the molecule of life is nothing more than the “two helical chains each coiled round the same axis” outlined by Watson and Crick in their classic 1953 paper, think again. [HuffPo]