The Kim Davis Media Circus Continues

Shouts of joy erupted outside the Rowan County Courthouse Friday morning as William Smith and James Yates obtained a marriage license in Rowan County Friday morning from deputy county clerk Brian Mason. [H-L]

U.S. job growth rose less than expected in August, which could dim prospects of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike later this month, even as the unemployment rate dropped to a near 7-1/2- year low of 5.1 percent and wages accelerated. [HuffPo]

The city is asking residents to help Louisville’s homeless veterans take better care of their feet as more former military service members living on the street come forward. [C-J/AKN]

Many in the West are backing an effort to keep the greater sage grouse off the endangered species list. By saving the bird, they feel they can save the culture and customs of the West as well. [NPR]

In case you missed it: Rand Paul’s top guy, Mr. Morality who was “called by God” is all over Ashley Madison. [Page One]

Murder rates have increased sharply across the US in 2015, with at least 30 cities reporting a rise in violence. [BBC]

Residents offered their two-minute takes in Lexington Thursday on a thousand-page federal coal mining regulation that’s been years in the making. [WFPL]

It was a show of respect to Native Americans when President Obama on Sunday restored the name of the nation’s tallest mountain, formerly called Mount McKinley, to Denali. So it makes a lot of sense that presidential candidate Donald Trump didn’t like it. [ThinkProgress]

Rowan County residents James Yates and William Smith Jr. were the first same-sex couple to obtain a marriage license in their home county. It was also the first license issued in the office since a controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June. [Ashland Independent]

Holding hands, James Yates and William Smith Jr. entered the media-filled courthouse shortly after 8, and began the process of applying for a marriage license for at least the sixth time. By 8:15, the couple had obtained their license. [Jim Higdon for the WaPo]

James Yates and Will Smith Jr. walked out of the Rowan County Courthouse this morning at 8:30 a.m. with their marriage license. [The Morehead News]

The US military has reopened a criminal investigation into some of the most serious accusations of war crimes against US forces in Afghanistan since 2001. [The Nation]

Fascinating how quickly the powerful few give up on talks of holding the University of Louisville Foundation accountable. [H-L]

The GOP presidential candidates love to warn voters of the threat of Islamic terrorists. Not a day goes by without Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) bemoaning the threat of “radical Islamic terrorism.” But amid all of the fear-mongering about terrorists, it might be wise for presidential candidates to be able to identify the names of actual terrorists, like the head of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, and the head of al Qaeda, Ayman al Zawahiri. [HuffPo]

The White House On Kim Davis

Many have asked about the blip at the White House yesterday regarding Kim Davis. But it really wasn’t that big of a deal. Not entirely sure why so many are excited about it.

Here are the relevant bits:

Q Kim Davis is taken into custody in Kentucky. Has this been a conversation in the White House that the President has taken a part in? Does he have a message for her — or anything that he said to you or anyone else about his thoughts on this matter?

MR. EARNEST: I have not spoken to him about this particular matter. I’m obviously limited in what I can say given the ongoing court activity. I will just say on principle that the success of our democracy depends on the rule of law. And there is no public official that is above the rule of law. Certainly not the President of the United States. But neither is the Rowan county clerk. That’s a principle that is enshrined in our Constitution and in our democracy. And it’s one that obviously the courts are seeking to uphold.

If you want to read the entire briefing to understand this in context? It’s available after the jump…

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Will Kim’s Folks Do Their Jobs Today?

Faced with the threat of jail, five deputies of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis told a federal judge Thursday that they will comply with his order to issue marriage licenses starting Friday morning. The only holdout was deputy clerk Nathan Davis, who is the son of Kim Davis. [H-L]

Kim Davis has already become a symbol for what is euphemistically called “Freedom of Religion,” which unfortunately in recent times has just become code for anti-LGBT bigotry. [HuffPo]

We’ve been saying it for years and there’s still hardly anyone discussing Kentucky’s pension disaster. Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services on Thursday lowered its credit rating for Kentucky by one notch — down to ‘A+’ from ‘AA-‘. “The downgrade reflects our view of Kentucky’s substantially underfunded pension liabilities that are the result of chronic underfunding and that we view as placing long-term pressures on the state’s finances,” said S&P credit analyst John Sugden in a news release. [C-J/AKN]

Their goal is not to gain fame or attention, say the Colens. They just want LGBT people to see that Kim Davis has already done what she refuses to do: marry two people of the same sex. [The Advocate]

In case you missed it: Rand Paul’s top guy, Mr. Morality who was “called by God” is all over Ashley Madison. [Page One]

Kim Davis and the anti-gay hate group representing her. Don’t be fooled — the organization representing the woman refusing to give out marriage licenses in Kentucky is no ordinary law firm. They have a history of anti-gay hate and bigotry. [Click the Clicky]

Jack Conway on Kim Davis choosing to go to jail instead of complying with the law: “I understand that passions are high on both sides of this issue, but we are nation of laws and no one can defy an order from a federal judge.” [Press Release]

Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) on Thursday blasted fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump as the two continued a weeks-long feud. [The Hill]

Here’s Steve Beshear on Kim Davis: Judge Bunning’s decision today speaks for itself. The future of the Rowan County Clerk continues to be a matter between her and the courts. Deputy clerks have said they will commence issuing marriage licenses beginning tomorrow. It appears that the citizens of Rowan County will now have access to all the services from the clerk’s office to which they are entitled. [Press Release]

Advances in genetic testing may eventually allow for more tailored care for people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), researchers say. [Reuters]

A published report has identified the two finalists for Kentucky education commissioner as Christopher Koch and Stephen Pruitt. [WLKY]

Both the Nasdaq and the Dow Jones index were hit by losses Tuesday, as concerns again rose about China’s economy. The Dow is now down nearly 10 percent in 2015, after falling 469 points Tuesday to close at 16,058. [NPR]

A needle exchange program, designed to combat the spread of blood-borne diseases, will begin taking used needles and distributing clean ones Friday at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. [H-L]

A Florida gun manufacturer is facing criticism for creating an assault rifle with a Bible verse on it that’s meant to stop “Muslim terrorists” from using it. [HuffPo]

Kim Davis Melted Your Thinky Parts

HELP PROTECT OUR SOURCES! Stop the Montgomery County-Joshua Powell-Phil Rison insanity! Help us pay ridiculous the fees these shysters caused. [CLICK HERE]

You have to wonder: With all of the challenges our state and nation faces, why do we still spend so much time arguing about the Civil War? Well, there are a couple of reasons. [H-L]

In a recent blog post, Michael Brown, the host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show “The Line of Fire” and the president of FIRE School of Ministry, challenged HuffPost Gay Voices Editor-at-Large Michelangelo Signorile to a debate related to Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who refuses to provide licenses to same-sex couples based on her religious views. [HuffPo]

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway needs to more forcefully reject Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to one Louisville lawmaker. [C-J/AKN]

A federal judge here on Thursday ordered a Kentucky clerk jailed for contempt of court because of her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [NY Times]

Officials with the Kentucky State Fair say attendance numbers for this year increased from 2014. [WDRB]

No one will be surprised to learn that the campaign to build a national movement against gentrification is being waged out of an office in Brooklyn, New York. [The Atlantic]

More than four years after state officials began investigating the Mason County School District’s financial dealings, former Superintendent Tim Moore had his day in court Tuesday. [Ledger Independent]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… One of the earliest big predators to prowl Earth’s primordial waters was a sea scorpion nearly 6 feet (1.7 meters) long whose body looked a bit like an ancient Greek warship. [Reuters]

Madison County homeowners whose yards frequently suffer from standing water can receive a rain garden grant to alleviate pooling, according to Crystal Barnes, communications specialist of Bluegrass Greensource. [Richmond Register]

With the school year just beginning in many districts, parents at two schools are already expressing outrage that transgender students are being allowed to use the bathrooms that match their identities. [ThinkProgress]

The Glasgow City Council Infrastructure Committee has decided to take a company up on its offer to evaluate city facilities and operations for ways they could be more energy efficient. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Donald Trump knows the United States will never deport eleven million undocumented immigrants or do away with birthright citizenship. But what if we did—what would be the political impact if Trump and other angry nativists in the GOP actually achieved most or all the changes they desire, cutting immigration back sharply? [Politico]

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is not the only county clerk who has stopped issuing licenses in the wake of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling. [H-L]

Donald Trump signed a pledge on Thursday to back the Republican presidential nominee and not to run as an independent should he not win the party’s nomination. [HuffPo]

It’s The Big Day For Anti-Gay Kim Davis

HELP PROTECT OUR SOURCES! Stop the Montgomery County-Joshua Powell-Phil Rison insanity! Help us pay ridiculous the fees these shysters caused. [CLICK HERE]

The heat on Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis rose a few more degrees Wednesday afternoon when a U.S. attorney expressed “grave concerns” about her refusal to issue marriage licenses in the face of a federal court order. [Ronnie Ellis]

Now Rand Paul says it’s part of the “American Way” for government to refuse services on the basis of sexual orientation. [H-L]

The top executives at the largest publicly held fossil fuel companies in the United States have made nearly $6 billion in the last five years — enough to double the U.S. commitment to addressing climate change abroad. [HuffPo]

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who two decades ago spirited the headquarters of the nation’s largest hospital chain out of Kentucky, says he is coming back to the state to plunder some more. [C-J/AKN]

Candidates and their super-PACs are finding previously unimagined flexibility. [The Hill]

As of 9:17 a.m. Tuesday, Eastern Kentucky University’s enrollment stood at 16,940, a new record. And nearly 60 percent of them are women, EKU President Michael Benson said as the university opened an on-campus women’s health clinic. [Richmond Register]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… One of the most impressive weapons to appear during the dinosaur arms race of the Cretaceous Period was the big bony tail club wielded by some members of a group of tank-like plant-eaters. [Reuters]

Lewis Williamson, 61, of Louisa, filed a lawsuit on Aug. 11 in Rowan Circuit Court alleging that asbestos exposure during his time as a student and employee at Morehead State University caused him serious health problems. [The Morehead News]

Over the 18 years Denise Doheny has worked as a child care provider, she’s experienced a number of tough financial spells. She was homeless twice, once living with her mother, another time with friends. She had a hard time affording food. [ThinkProgress]

All but one member of Barren County Fiscal Court voted in a special-called meeting Tuesday to increase the 2015 real estate property tax rate to 14.3 cents per $100 of assessed value. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Attempting to force reporters to reveal information about sources is a serious threat to democracy. A First Amendment showdown may be looming with new indications that journalists are about to be pulled into litigation over leaks about the government investigation that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus and, ultimately, his conviction on a charge of mishandling classified information. [Politico]

Kentucky transportation officials say the state is getting close to finalizing details of a new law that will require some drunken drivers to get ignition interlock devices on their vehicles. [WKYT]

Maintaining her stand against same-sex marriage, a Kentucky clerk on Wednesday rejected a gay couple’s request for a marriage license and braced for a Thursday morning hearing before the federal judge who will decide whether to declare her in contempt of court. [NY Times]

About two weeks ago, as the golfers were finishing their rounds at Bardstown Country Club, Jack Conway stood in a clubhouse dining room and saw the end of summer approaching and with it, an end to some of the issues that threatened to derail his Democratic campaign for governor. [H-L]

If you’re a working-age person without a job, a disability or a kid, then soon you’re not going to have access to food stamps, either. In another sign of eroding sympathy for the jobless amid a tepid economic recovery, states are restricting benefits for the unencumbered unemployed. [HuffPo]

All Eyes Are On Kim Davis Once Again

HELP PROTECT OUR SOURCES! Stop the Montgomery County-Joshua Powell-Phil Rison insanity! Help us pay ridiculous the fees these shysters caused. [CLICK HERE]

Nearly 5 percent of University of Kentucky students — 1,053 — said they were sexually assaulted in one year, but very few of them reported the assaults to any authorities, according to preliminary data from a broad new survey of students released Monday. [H-L]

The U.S. government just made its largest renewable energy purchase to date. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin truly might be the dumbest man to run for governor in Kentucky history. His lack of basic civics sense is alarming. The man has no concept that the First Amendment protects people from the government, not the government (Kim Davis) from people. Bevin really ought to be more careful because the McConnell folks are close to castrating him again. We all know Jack Conway doesn’t have the guts to cut him down a notch. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump got his start in real estate and over the years he’s owned and sold many of New York City’s great buildings, including the Plaza Hotel and the St. Moritz. His image as a developer endures, even though these days, Trump’s real estate holdings are surprisingly sparse. [NPR]

When he goes to public meetings, St. Joseph Berea Hospital’s director of operations Scott Thompson expects to be asked two questions: When is the Berea hospital closing, or, when will it be moving? [Richmond Register]

Here’s how law enforcement agencies impersonate your friends. We recently received a handbook from the DEA, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, seeking information about the use of impersonation as an investigative technique. [ACLU]

Kim Davis was ordered to face a federal judge in Ashland after she defied a second U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. [Ashland Independent]

Every year, thousands of high school students get ready for the SAT by using The Princeton Review’s test preparation services. [ProPublica]

If the legal battle against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis were to ultimately end in her removal from office, Judge-Executive Walter Blevins would have the sole authority to appoint someone until a successor can be elected. [The Morehead News]

Mitch McConnell is about to lose again and he’s panicked. The Kentucky Republican is facing an uphill battle to reject Obama’s deal with Iran. [The Hill]

A public hearing regarding the proposed General Fund tax levy became a sometimes contentious exchange between members of the Glasgow Independent Board of Education and a group of South Green Elementary School teachers on Tuesday in the Glasgow High School media center. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Donald Trump unleashed his latest Twitter fire against Club for Growth, an anti-tax conservative 501(c)4 group that Republican candidates usually seek out as allies. [Politico]

Before she ignited a firestorm over gay marriage, Kim Davis was known, for decades, as a woman behind the counter of a small county clerk’s office: a mild-mannered conduit for auto tag renewals, lien releases, land records and marriage certificates. [H-L]

He’s been criticized by Catholics and conservatives. He was even called the “most dangerous person on the planet” for his views on climate change. But Pope Francis is refusing to back down on the matter. On Tuesday, the head of the Catholic Church expressed his thoughts on the deteriorating health of the planet, this time urging the rich and the powerful to take care of Mother Earth. [HuffPo]