All Eyes Are On Kim Davis Once Again

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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]

Kim Will Not Have A Great Thursday

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A federal judge has ordered Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to appear in his courtroom Thursday and explain why she should not be held in contempt of court, according to Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins. All of her deputy clerks are supposed to join her, Watkins said. [H-L]

All across the country, Americans are finding that the prices of the prescription drugs they need are soaring. Tragically, doctors tell us that many of their patients can no longer afford their medicine. As a result, some get sicker. Others die. [HuffPo]

The weather during this year’s Kentucky State Fair has been ideal, the best in years, and will help push fair attendance back to a respectable level after a dismal dropoff last year, fair officials say. [C-J/AKN]

Yes, Kim Davis is being taken for a ride by her lawyers at Liberty Counsel. That’s why we call her dumb as hell. It’s not an attack on her person. She refuses to understand that we don’t hate her, we just want equality and safety. But Kim Davis knows what she’s doing, she knows she’s involved with people (Liberty Counsel) from an organization that believes gay people should be burned at the stake. [Slate]

The Northern Kentucky University student accused of bringing a gun into a school library on Thursday remains in jail after appearing in court Friday morning. [Cincinnasti.com]

Homeschooling has been legal throughout the United States for about 25 years, but regulations vary dramatically by state. Only two states require background checks for parents who choose to homeschool, and just ten require parents to have a high school degree. [ProPublica]

Jean-Marie went to Morehead and it was as embarrassingly bad as you’re imagining. [The Morehead News]

As many as 6.9 million Americans haven’t made payments on their student loans in nearly a year, which is up 6 percent from last year, according to data released last week by the U.S. Department of Education. A 2013 Federal Reserve Bank of New York report shows that the delinquency rate may actually be higher than people think because half of student loans are in forbearance, deferment or grace periods. [Think Progress]

Guess they learned their lesson with Terry Holliday and Joshua Powell? At least this story isn’t a puff piece about Holliday. [WDRB]

On a rare sunny morning in the northern Pacific Ocean, biologist Douglas Causey takes to the sea to conduct his research — binoculars in one hand, and a shotgun in the other. [NPR]

Ginseng harvest season in the Daniel Boone National Forest opens soon, but there are some rules to know before you go. [Ashland Independent]

Last Friday, in a courthouse in New Mexico, special prosecutor Randi McGinn asked police psychologist William Lewinski whether he advised investigators to wait several days before interviewing an officer involved in a shooting. [Mother Jones]

In a world grappling with pollution and imperiled species, Eastern Kentucky’s white-haired goldenrod shows the possibility of recovery. [H-L]

Chalk up another big win for public health: The smoking rate among U.S. adults appears to have hit a new low. [HuffPo]

A Fun Terry Holliday Fluff Piece For Ya

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Burst pipes. Backed-up toilets. Cranky elevators. Those are the typical types of calls property managers receive on weekends. [H-L]

More than 15 years have passed since this small a share of Americans didn’t get medical care they needed because of the cost, a new federal government report reveals. [HuffPo]

Imagine a solar city in a leading coal state. Increasingly, advocates and some public officials are doing just that in Louisville, as the price of using the sun to keep the lights on continues to fall. [C-J/AKN]

In late July, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a 2016 federal agency funding bill that came with instructions to the Internal Revenue Service to vastly expand the paperwork for the Earned Income Tax Credit. [Mother Jones]

This fluff from KET about Terry Holliday will make your eyes bleed. What the living eff? That entire thing is a case study in intellectual dishonesty. [KET]

The phrase “police militarization” conjures up an image of cops wrapped in Kevlar, barging into homes with semi-automatic weapons. [NPR]

Kentucky lags behind national averages for ACT college-readiness benchmarks in core subjects, with the biggest deficit in math. [WFPL]

A new report from Citibank found that acting on climate change by investing in low-carbon energy would save the world $1.8 trillion through 2040, as compared to a business-as-usual scenario. In addition, not acting will cost an additional $44 trillion by 2060 from the “negative effects” of climate change. [Think Progress]

At 4.7 percent, Madison was among the 11 Kentucky counties will the lowest jobless rates in July. [Richmond Register]

A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a judge’s ruling that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting phone metadata under a controversial program that has raised privacy concerns. [Reuters]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made his first stop in Hazard since taking that position. [WYMT]

Legal watchdogs are calling on the Supreme Court to weigh in on whether it is constitutional for police to have access to telephone records without first obtaining a search warrant. [The Hill]

Watch a group of scared white people couch their fear of the gays in religion. [H-L]

This is the biggest duh ever. DUH. [HuffPo]

Media Circus Descended On Morehead Again & Kim Davis Pranced Around

Kim Davis wants to be a martyr.

From John Cheves:

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis told two couples who asked for marriage licenses early Tuesday that she would not issue them, despite a federal court injunction ordering her to do so.

In a brief but tense encounter between Davis and a couple dozen marriage equality demonstrators, the clerk said she will be comfortable facing judgment for her actions, and she hopes they are, too, telling them she is following God’s law.

Probably time for her to pull a Palin.

UPDATE —

Motion to hold Davis in contempt has been filed:


CLICK TO ENLARGE — PDF

Asking for her to be fined instead of jailed:

So this should be fun.

Jack Stops Sleepwalking For A Moment

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Seventy-two historians from 16 public and private colleges and universities in Kentucky want a controversial statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis removed from the state Capitol. [H-L]

The White House is considering applying sanctions against companies and individuals in China it believes have benefited from Chinese hacking of U.S. trade secrets, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. [HuffPo]

More proof that Kim Davis is dumb as hell. A transgender man and his wife stepped forward Saturday with paperwork showing that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis apparently issued them a marriage license in February even though she has blocked forms for same-sex couples over the past two months. [C-J/AKN]

In July 2013, GCHQ, Britain’s equivalent of the U.S. National Security Agency, forced journalists at the London headquarters of The Guardian to completely obliterate the memory of the computers on which they kept copies of top-secret documents provided to them by former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. However, in its attempt to destroy information, GCHQ also revealed intriguing details about what it did and why. [The Intercept]

The University of Louisville’s chief lobbyist has resigned to join Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway’s campaign for governor. Maybe this is a sign that Jack Conway is no longer going to sleepwalk? [WDRB]

Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) is panning calls to build a wall along the nation’s northern border with Canada, something GOP rival, Gov. Scott Walker (R-Constipation Face), would not rule out. [The Hill]

The national campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs through Labor Day weekend and is aimed at reducing deaths and injuries caused by motorists driving drunk or impaired by drugs. During the 2014 Labor Day holiday, there were six alcohol-related highway deaths on Kentucky roadways. Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 55 people for DUI during that same time period. The 2015 Labor Day enforcement period begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept.4 and extends through Monday, Sept. 7 at 11:59 p.m. [Press Release]

Backers of Vice President Joe Biden are reaching out to donors and activists in the gay and lesbian community to line up financial and political support if Biden, who endorsed same-sex marriage before Hillary Clinton, decides to run for president. [Reuters]

Will micro-breweries, distilleries or wineries be coming to Richmond? The small-scale, beverage-alcohol making businesses are becoming popular in urban areas. [Richmond Register]

Donald Trump is once again equating undocumented immigrants with criminals, this time through an attack ad released Monday against fellow 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. [Think Progress]

The chair of the Rowan County Republican Executive Committee believes a Republican caucus could make Kentucky and Rowan County serious players in the 2016 presidential election. [The Morehead News]

Three top Jeb Bush fundraisers abruptly parted ways with his presidential campaign on Friday, amid internal personality conflicts and questions about the strength of his candidacy. [Politico]

An Alpha Natural Resources executive has left the coal producer amid a financial restructuring. [H-L]

A statue of Jefferson Davis was removed from its pedestal Sunday on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, days after a court rejected an appeal from a Confederate heritage group. [HuffPo]

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against a Kentucky county clerk who says her Christian faith should exempt her from having to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Supreme Court on Monday denied Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ request for a stay while she pursues an appeal. [AP]

Anything Bourbon-Related Is Good News

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Sometimes the best ideas really do come while enjoying a glass of bourbon. [H-L]

A universal flu vaccine — one that provides immunity against every strain of the influenza virus for multiple years — is the holy grail of flu research. It would be a medical breakthrough on the order of penicillin, with the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives every year. And scientists just got one crucial step closer to making it a reality. [HuffPo]

As the 2014 legislative session drew to a close with casino legislation dead, House Speaker Greg Stumbo vowed the issue would be his top priority the next year. [C-J/AKN]

The science of predicting hurricanes has come a long way since Katrina caught New Orleans officials off guard 10 years ago. [Reuters]

On October 1, 2014, many local residents visited Berea’s Boone Tavern Inn to mark what they believed would be a milestone. After years of being alcohol free, wine and spirits were on the menu in the tavern restaurant. [Richmond Register]

In the fall of 2003, police in New Jersey received a call from a concerned neighbor who’d found a boy rummaging in her garbage, looking for food. He was 19 years old but was 4 feet tall and weighed just 45 pounds. Investigators soon learned that the boy’s three younger brothers were also severely malnourished. [ProPublica]

We live in cynical times and my job exposes me to lots of people and events which feed cynicism. [Ronnie Ellis]

If conservatives are so convinced that gun-free zones attract killers, then why do so many conservative places and events ban guns? [ThinkProgress]

The Caverna Board of Education needed less than 10 minutes to complete a public hearing and subsequent vote in favor of increasing the tax rate for the 2015-16 school year during Thursday’s special-called school board meeting. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Remember way back to two weeks ago when the Donald Trump candidacy was the best thing to ever happen to Jeb Bush? [Politico]

Casey County Clerk Casey Davis, who recently embarked on a bicycle ride from Pikeville to Paducah, made a stop at the Rowan County Courthouse on Friday morning to show his support for Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who is still refusing to issue marriage licenses despite a federal court ruling. [The Morehead News]

The White House has appointed its first presidential envoy for hostage affairs as part of the US government’s review on responding to hostage situations. [BBC]

Open spaces, communication and environmental responsibility were the focuses of the recent $5.5 million renovation to the Council of State Governments building off of Lexington’s Iron Works Pike. [H-L]

West Virginia lawmakers will begin talks next month about establishing an independent state inspector general’s office tasked with coordinating investigations into corruption, waste and fraud across state agencies. The new office would be modeled partly on successful examples of IG offices in other states, including Virginia, Louisiana, Indiana and Ohio. [HuffPo]

Kim Davis: You’re So Dumb It Hurts

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Going to school saved James Mouser’s life in early April. Mouser, then a senior at Northpoint Academy in Pike County, cut his hand while at school on a Friday. Unable to see a doctor because he has no car, he lanced his own hand over the weekend after it became infected. [H-L]

Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk who has received international attention for defying the U.S. Supreme Court, is still refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples today, more than two months after the high court’s historic ruling in Obergefell. [HuffPo]

Neither Republican Matt Bevin nor his Democratic opponent, Jack Conway, seem to be exciting their parties’ bases. Jack Conway is sleepwalking once again. [C-J/AKN]

The pollution caused by China’s coal use gets a great deal of attention, and for good reason. It causes health problems in both China and America — helping to kill 4,000 Chinese people per day and traveling across the Pacific Ocean to increase smog levels in the western United States. [ThinkProgress]

When Hardin County voters help pick their party’s presidential nominee next spring, Democrats will be assigned one of 60 polling places while Republicans will converge at one. That’s never happened before, according to Hardin County Clerk Debbie Donnelly. The only reason it’s happening now is because the GOP is holding its own primary, in the form of a caucus, which allows U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to bypass a state law banning candidates from appearing on a ballot more than once. Paul is seeking the presidency and re-election to his Senate seat. [News-Enterprise]

A federal appeals court in Kentucky on Wednesday affirmed a ruling ordering a county clerk who objects to same-sex marriage on religious grounds to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [NY Times]

The Kentucky Board of Education has chosen two finalists in its search for a new state education commissioner. It’ll be someone the opposite of great and, sadly, you know I’m right. [WKYT]

The go-to dealmaker in the market for tobacco bonds is gone from her post – a surprise departure that raises questions about the future direction of a once-burgeoning corner of Wall Street. [ProPublica]

Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins on Thursday referred a charge of official misconduct against clerk Kim Davis because of her two-month refusal to issue marriage licenses to the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office despite the ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that same-sex marriage is legal. [Ashland Independent]

President Barack Obama on Saturday defended his decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean under what he said were rigorous standards, fending off criticism by environmental groups. [Reuters]

Here’s another supreme wasted of taxpayer dollars. A drug bust that featured the seizure of 77 marijuana plants resulted in a pair of arrests on Wednesday in Hart County near the community of Magnolia. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The two journalists killed by a gunman while broadcasting in Virginia were shot in the head, officials have said. [BBC]

With the race for governor nearing the Labor Day starting gun, Americans for Prosperity will unleash significant attacks this week to try to tie Democrat Jack Conway to President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act. [H-L]

Kim Davis: dumb as hell. A county clerk in Kentucky who petitioned the Supreme Court to allow her to refuse to wed LGBT couples unknowingly married a trans man and a pansexual woman, the couple says. [HuffPo]