Matt Bevin (R-Turd) Now Fears Refugees

YET ANOTHER University of Louisville official is under investigation for allegedly squandering hundreds of thousands of dollars! [The ‘Ville Voice]

Former Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley’s appeal of his guilty plea in a corruption case should be dismissed, a federal prosecutor has argued. Conley waived his right to appeal his plea and conviction as part of the deal, in which the government dismissed some charges, Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles P. Wisdom Jr. said in a motion. [H-L]

Apparently, if you are a Democratic presidential candidate, there is no longer such a thing as being too strict about gun safety. All three candidates were locked in a fierce battle to prove their gun control bona fides at the Democratic debate at Drake University in Iowa on Saturday night. [HuffPo]

Just a few years ago, Louisville’s Family Health Centers were on the brink of closing clinics and laying off staff. More than half the patients at the network of seven community clinics had no health insurance. Operating losses for the clinics, a medical safety net for the poor, had reached $2.5 million. [C-J/AKN]

The Federal Reserve is emerging as one of the most popular punching bags on the GOP campaign trail. [The Hill]

Here comes Backward Bevin! Way to go, Kentucky, you’ve elected an actual dog turd. Echoing the stance of several Republican governors, Matt Bevin on Monday said he opposes the resettling of Syrian refugees in Kentucky. [WFPL]

Capital punishment in the United States has moved into the slow lane, with the number of executions and new death sentences likely to hit lows not seen for more than 20 years. [Reuters]

Mayor Jim Tom Trent on Thursday signed a proclamation declaring November as Adoption Awareness Month in the City of Morehead. [The Morehead News]

Astronomers have identified the most distant object yet in the Solar System. Observations with Japan’s Subaru telescope reveal the likely icy body to be some 15.5 billion km from the Sun – about three times further away than even far-flung Pluto. [BBC]

Tucked away in the back roads of Rowan County lies a piece of Morehead State only a few know exist. Since 1967, the Derrickson Agricultural Complex, also know as the University Farm, has been a part of the Department of Agricultural Sciences. Recently, 24 agriculture students have been given the privilege of living in the newly built Lundergam Hall that rests in the middle of the farm. [Ashland Independent]

Almost 20 percent of the people in low-income communities who die of colon cancer could have been saved with early screening. And those premature deaths take a toll on communities that can least bear it. [NPR]

The Kentucky State Police is urging all motorists to be aware of the increased dangers posed by deer wandering onto roadways during November and December. [Richmond Register & Press Release]

20 percent, or 1 in 5, were reporting patients to credit agencies or placing liens on their properties or garnishing wages, practices that aren’t supposed to happen if hospitals are following the rules. [WaPo]

Marriage licenses altered by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis this summer don’t meet the state’s legal requirements, but they still should be considered valid, lawyers for Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear told a federal judge Friday. [H-L]

Federal and state prosecutors are poised to announce a settlement with Education Management Corporation, one of the nation’s largest for-profit college chains, that would resolve allegations it defrauded taxpayers out of $11 billion, according to people familiar with the case. [HuffPo]

Let’s Hope Hampton Tones Down Extremism

Republican state Rep. Mike Harmon defeated state Auditor Adam Edelen, denying a second term to a politician many have seen as a rising star among Kentucky Democrats. [H-L]

Years before the high-profile deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, more than half of African-American millennials indicated they, or someone they knew, had been victimized by violence or harassment from law enforcement, a new report says. [HuffPo]

Coal no longer burns at the LG&E Cane Run power plant, ending decades of production of waste products such as ash and sludge that brought blowing ash and foul odors. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky’s newest lieutenant governor-elect is unique in many ways. She and her running mate, Gov.-elect Matt Bevin, are some of this election cycle’s first victorious political outsiders. (Bevin had been likened to Donald Trump). Jenean Hampton is also the first African American to be elected to statewide office in Kentucky. And she’s just one of a handful of black women on the national level to identify with the tea party movement. [WaPo]

The Harlan Fiscal Court met in a special called session on Friday to discuss a few topics including an agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet concerning $275,000 in discretionary funds for Harlan County roads from the Governor’s Office. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

In the long legal struggle against the death penalty, the future has in some ways never looked brighter. [NY Times]

An investigation is underway after a deadly shooting in Rowan County. [WKYT]

A new design for lithium-air batteries overcomes several hurdles that have stood in the way of this “next-generation” concept. [BBC]

The only local race in Pulaski County’s general election has ended with former Ferguson Councilor Linda Hughes once again filling a seat on that city’s governing body. [Commonwealth Journal]

California jails could soon stop locking up tens of thousands of people who haven’t even appeared before a judge yet simply because they’re too poor to post bail, if a class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday succeeds. [ThinkProgress]

In a close decision, Henderson County residents approved the nickel tax in Tuesday’s election. [Henderson Gleaner]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… The well-preserved partial skull and skeleton of a gibbon-like creature that lived 11.6 million years ago in Spain is shedding new light on the evolutionary history of modern apes. [Reuters]

Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes narrowly won a second term Tuesday, blocking a challenge by Republican Steve Knipper, a former Erlanger city councilman. [H-L]

If you don’t think teachers are important and deserve mega raises, you ought to think again. [HuffPo]

Hold On To Your Wigs, It Ends Tomorrow!

For about the last two years, Matt Bevin, the Republican candidate for governor, has angrily lashed out at anyone who questioned whether he has had tax problems in the past. When voters have asked him about it, Bevin has called the claims bogus and bunk. And if you own a television, you’ve probably seen the clip of him saying “I have no tax delinquency problem, nor have I ever.” So it was pretty remarkable earlier this week when Bevin admitted to the Associated Press in an interview that he had in fact been late in paying his taxes at least 30 times. [H-L]

Newly elected Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has pledged that his tenure will feature a different tone and approach than how the House has operated in the past few years. But on measures of policy, the issues that he seems poised to tackle look very much the same. [HuffPo]

The problems here are Teresa James and her regional DCBS head. James turns a blind eye to their foibles and plays pat-a-cake with some of the most unbelievably unconnected people in state government. Most social workers in the area (and in surrounding counties) breathe fire when you bring them up. [C-J/AKN]

By the time George W Bush left the White House, perceptions of the United States in the wider world were overwhelmingly negative. As the Obama presidency enters its final phase, how have attitudes shifted? (This is about Matthew Barzun) [BBC]

A fugitive accused of shooting a Tennessee police officer and firing at a Kentucky trooper was killed in a shootout with authorities early Friday, ending a nearly weeklong manhunt. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Every year American taxpayers spend more than $100 million to produce original, top-notch policy research for federal lawmakers. The reports issued by the Congressional Research Service are unclassified and nonpartisan—a remarkably useful set of factual distillations of everything from the Pentagon’s budget to an election in Haiti. And the public doesn’t have direct access to them. [Politico]

Judge-Executive Walter Blevins last Wednesday gave NewCity Morehead members an update on the progress of the new Rowan County Detention Center. [The Morehead News]

Ben Carson is seeking to rally Republican candidates to end most actual debating at future Republican debates. Instead, candidates would spend most of their time taking turns delivering speeches. [ThinkProgress]

The race to succeed Democrat Jack Conway as Kentucky Attorney General features two young, ambitious attorneys but the similarities pretty end there. [Ronnie Ellis]

We’ve heard a lot about the negative effects of climate change in the arctic and subarctic. But some Alaskans, like farmer Tim Meyers, are seeing warming temperatures as an opportunity. [NPR]

Flakka may be part of a new wave of drugs inundating communities along the northeastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio border, but Kentucky lawmakers have been preparing legislation to combat synthetic drugs for years. [Ashland Independent]

When big data uses bad data, discrimination can result. Federal Trade Commission chairwoman Edith Ramirez recently called for “algorithmic transparency,” since algorithms can contain “embedded assumptions that lead to adverse impacts that reinforce inequality.” [ProPublica]

A county clerk from Kentucky jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and secretly recorded videos that reignited the debate over abortion dominated national politics this summer. But in Kentucky, home to Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and the most competitive governor’s race in the country, Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway have scarcely mentioned those issues in TV ads and debates in the final weeks of the campaign. Instead, the focus has stayed on issues of everyday concern to voters, such as health care and education. [H-L]

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said he is conflicted about the death penalty and wants to see reforms in how it is implemented. [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]

Al Mohler Is Gay Attention-Starved Again

A little fish called the Kentucky arrow darter — up for listing under the Endangered Species Act — isn’t likely to create as much of an uproar as its famous Tennessee relative, the snail darter. [H-L]

Three former CIA detainees are suing over being tortured at the agency’s infamous “black sites,” the first suit to seek accountability in a U.S. court for the CIA’s tactics since the Senate Intelligence Committee released the executive summary of its groundbreaking torture report. But the ex-detainees aren’t suing the CIA. [HuffPo]

Al Mohler, who fleeces people like woah (check out his mansion and fancy clothing), says “Christians” should boycott gay weddings. We think “Christians” should boycott these alleged leaders who get rich on the backs of poor people buying into their religious business. [C-J/AKN]

A reassessment of ancient rocks has led scientists to estimate that Earth’s inner core started to form earlier than was previously thought, around 1.3 billion years ago. As it started to freeze, the core began generating a bigger magnetic field, which continues to today. [BBC]

Lexington-based Columbia Gas of Kentucky is in the early stages of gathering environmental information for a possible natural gas infrastructure improvement project in Rowan County. [The Morehead News]

The political network led by billionaires David and Charles Koch is building what’s meant to be a seamless system of grassroots groups, designed to advance the network’s conservative and libertarian goals year in and year out, while also helping like-minded politicians. [NPR]

Cheerleading, once a grounded activity with cheers and dancing, has grown into a high-risk sport involving flips, tumbling and the throwing and catching of bodies. [Ashland Independent]

Presidential candidate and television star Donald Trump is scheduled to host “Saturday Night Live” on Nov. 7, NBC announced in a release Tuesday. [Politico]

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway says he would support legislation to expand casino gambling in Kentucky to bring in more money for the cash-strapped state budget. [WFPL]

The Taliban announced Tuesday they have withdrawn from Kunduz, the northern Afghan city that briefly fell under insurgent control last month. [NPR]

The two candidates for attorney general went after each other Monday night in a spirited debate on Kentucky Education Television. [Ronnie Ellis]

U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed concern on Tuesday that Florida gives judges undue sway in determining death sentences at the expense of juries as the court weighed the appeal of a man convicted of murdering a fried-chicken restaurant manager. [Reuters]

Lexington officials will wait to see what changes the federal and state government may make to regulations on the use of drones before they pursue any local ordinances. [H-L]

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Tuesday he had no doubt Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine by Russian special forces because “drunken separatists” could not have operated the missile. Yatseniuk made his charge shortly before publication of the Dutch Safety Board’s final report on its investigation into the causes of the downing of MH17 over territory held by pro-Russia rebels on July 17, 2014. [HuffPo]

Happy Friday! Everything Probably Sucks

Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway enjoys a sizable cash advantage over Republican Matt Bevin as the two men head down the home stretch of the governors race. [H-L]

Syria’s chief-of-staff on Thursday declared a wide-ranging ground offensive by government forces, a day after Russian airstrikes and cruise missiles launched from the Caspian Sea backed Damascus’ multipronged advance into two Syrian provinces. [HuffPo]

Former Louisville basketball recruit JaQuan Lyle, in an interview with the NCAA this week, confirmed “the gist of allegations” against U of L in a new book. [C-J/AKN]

When David Martine arrived at the redbrick federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, in the summer of 2011, he was three years past his retirement and had not participated in an interrogation since 2007, when he was one of the CIA’s top inquisitors. On this day, however, he was not going to be asking questions. He was going to be answering them. [Newsweek]

There were some frightening moments at a southern Kentucky elementary school on Wednesday. [WKYT]

The Obama administration has formally threatened a veto on a House bill that would lift the federal ban on crude oil exports. [The Hill]

The Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Executive Board has given the green light for communities in the region to apply for grants up to $250,000 for job creation and broadband expansion via the Kentucky Appalachian Regional Development (KARD) fund. [State Journal]

A U.S. jury on Wednesday awarded a cancer patient $1.6 million after finding DuPont was liable for leaking a toxic chemical used to make Teflon into drinking water near one of its plants. [Reuters]

Following a report this summer showing Floyd County led the state last year in the per capita number of drug-overdose deaths, House Speaker Greg Stumbo is gathering state and local leaders in Prestonsburg on Friday morning to discuss solutions. The public and community partners are invited to attend. [Floyd County Times]

In March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition began bombing Yemen in an attempt to support the embattled regime and counter the advances of the Houthi rebels. This coalition, supported by logistics and intelligence provided by the United States, has now been accused of war crimes in a recent report by a prominent international rights group. [ThinkProgress]

Some prominent Northern Kentucky Republicans have told the Enquirer they support Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway. The bitterness among many Republicans against the tea party, which has challenged many in leadership recent years, might catch up to Republican candidate Matt Bevin, often seen as an outsider candidate who has heavy tea party support. []

The death penalty reared its head again at the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday. It was the first time the court publicly considered a death case since last term, when a constitutional challenge to lethal injection procedures erupted into a rare, nasty and vituperative debate among the justices. This time, the issues were far more technical but still a matter of life and death. [NPR]

The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy will train pharmacists across the state to distribute naloxone, a medication used to prevent overdoses from heroin and other opioids. [H-L]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… If you’ve ever wanted to experience space from the perspective of an astronaut, here’s your chance. [HuffPo]

Conservatives Also Oppose Death Penalty

A group called Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty and Northern Kentucky Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty are holding a meeting in Covington on the 14th and you’ll probably want to pay attention. Here’s a link to a Facebook page regarding the event.

Rather than do some flowery piece, let’s just take a look at the press release:

Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty (CCATDP), a national network of conservatives and libertarians questioning the alignment of capital punishment with their principles, is pleased to announce it will be taking part in an event with Northern Kentucky Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty (NKCCATDP).

NKCCATDP, a project of the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, will be holding an organizational meeting in Covington on the evening of October 14th (details below).

“I remember as a young teenager asking a mentor of mine a simple question: Does it make sense to execute a person in order to affirm how much society cares about human life?” said Andrew Vandiver, a supporter of NKCCATDP. “I have revisited this question over the years and have never received an answer that satisfies my concern that the death penalty conflicts with the viewpoint that all life is sacred.”

Marc Hyden, the national coordinator of CCATDP, will be making a presentation entitled “The Conservative Case Against The Death Penalty.”

“As conservatives, we want to limit the power of government, including the death penalty, which is a broken and wasteful government program that has the real potential of killing innocent Americans,” said Hyden.

The event will take place Wednesday, October 14, at 7pm at Covington Catholic High School, 1600 Dixie Hwy, Park Hills. The news media and the public are invited.

You don’t have to identify as conservative to go.

If you oppose the death penalty? Show up.