KDP’s Arms Flailing, Sinking, Lost Again

The American Civil Liberties Union says a Kentucky county clerk’s office should reissue altered marriage licenses even though the governor has promised to recognize them as valid. [H-L]

In the lead-up to Thursday’s House vote for tightening restrictions on Syrian refugees seeking entry into the United States, senior Democrats warned fellow members that they faced a massive backlash next fall if they didn’t support the bill. [HuffPo]

Dawn has barely broken, and Melanie Lowe is already in a hurry. She’s on her way to court. A familiar route, timed to the minute. Jericho Road to avoid the train. Burks Branch to skip the lights. She scarfs a protein bar and dials a colleague. No, she can’t cover for another public defender in juvenile court. Too many cases. [C-J/AKN]

Basically, Democrats don’t have a chance now that Matt Jones has realized it’d be dumb to run for congress. [Roll Call]

Guess he learned from weed in Ohio and maybe from the last dozen times he’s tried gambling bills. Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo pre-filed legislation that, if passed, would ensure that no business could acquire more than one horse-racing license except under special circumstances in Kentucky. [WMKY]

First-hand accounts like this won’t deter pandering bigots like Rand Paul and Matt Bevin. Until last year, I was one of 4.3 million people at the mercy of the legal immigration system, waiting for the chance to stay in the U.S. for good. [BuzzFeed]

Republican Gov.-elect Matt Bevin told a statewide gathering of county officials the crisis in state pension systems requires immediate attention and the solution will have to come from the general fund at the expense of other spending needs. [Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump tweeted a series of inaccurate murder statistics from the “Crime Statistics Bureau — San Francisco.” The bureau doesn’t exist and the statistics were fabricated. [ThinkProgress]

Steve Riley, one of two Republicans who have voiced their intent to be candidates for the 23rd District Kentucky House of Representatives seat, said he’s been interested in politics for a long time, but it wasn’t “the right thing” for him to be part of it before now. [Glasgow Daily Times]

When it comes to terrorism, more Americans trust Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton than the top Republican candidates in the field, according to the latest results of an ABC News/Washington Post survey released Monday. But among those who worry most about terrorism, Donald Trump is the preferred candidate. [Politico]

It took six tries but Rowan Fiscal Court on Tuesday finally passed a longevity pay scale for full-time county employees. [The Morehead News]

This Turtleman charade is certainly embarrassing for Kentucky. But it’s not as dumb as the handful of New Yorkers that constantly scream about it every chance they get in an attempt to shame Kentuckians in some bitter, vengeful rage. A Kentucky farmer has accused Animal Planet of setting a fire, damming a creek, chopping down trees, and illegally trespassing and building structures on his property during the production of the reality TV show Call of the Wildman. [Mother Jones]

Terrorist attacks like the one in Paris make me fear for America’s future. I don’t fear the terrorists so much as the reaction they prompt among America’s fearmongers and the people who listen to them. Their actions are capable of doing far more damage to this country than jihadists could ever accomplish. [Tom Eblen]

Weather-related disasters such as floods and heatwaves have occurred almost daily in the past decade, almost twice as often as two decades ago, with Asia being the hardest hit region, a U.N. report said on Monday. [HuffPo]

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Berea: Bright Spot In Darkness Of Delusion

Yesterday, 218 colleges and universities signed the American Campuses on Climate Pledge:

“As institutions of higher education, we applaud the progress already made to promote clean energy and climate action as we seek a comprehensive, ambitious agreement at the upcoming United Nations Climate Negotiations in Paris. We recognize the urgent need to act now to avoid irreversible costs to our global community’s economic prosperity and public health and are optimistic that world leaders will reach an agreement to secure a transition to a low carbon future. Today our school pledges to accelerate the transition to low-carbon energy while enhancing sustainable and resilient practices across our campus.”

The White House (yes, corrupt Montgomery County buttcramps, we’re on the press list) sent out a list of those institutions and there’s but a single school from Kentucky with sense enough to take part — Berea College.

Here’s the list:

  1. Agnes Scott College
  2. American University
  3. Antioch University of New England
  4. Appalachian State University
  5. Auburn University
  6. Augsburg College
  7. Ball State University
  8. Bard College
  9. Bay de Noc Community College
  10. Bentley University
  11. Berea College
  12. Bergen Community College
  13. Boston Architectural College
  14. Boston University
  15. Bowdoin College
  16. Bowie State University
  17. Brandeis University
  18. Bristol Community College
  19. Brown University
  20. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  21. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  22. California State University Maritime Academy
  23. California State University San Marcos
  24. California State University, Bakersfield
  25. California State University, Channel Islands
  26. California State University, Chico
  27. California State University, Dominguez Hills
  28. California State University, East Bay
  29. California State University, Fresno
  30. California State University, Fullerton
  31. California State University, Long Beach
  32. California State University, Los Angeles
  33. California State University, Monterey Bay
  34. California State University, Northridge
  35. California State University, Sacramento
  36. California State University, San Bernardino
  37. California State University, Stanislaus
  38. Carnegie Mellon University
  39. Cedar Valley College
  40. Central Community College
  41. Chesapeake College
  42. Claflin University
  43. Clark Atlanta University
  44. Clarkson University
  45. Cleveland State University
  46. Colgate University
  47. College of Lake County
  48. Colorado State University
  49. Columbia University
  50. Coppin State University
  51. Cornell University
  52. Cuyahoga Community College
  53. Dartmouth College
  54. Denison University
  55. DePaul University
  56. Desert Research Institute
  57. Dickinson College
  58. Duke University
  59. Eastern Connecticut University
  60. Emory & Henry College
  61. Estrella Mountain Community College
  62. Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
  63. Florida A&M University
  64. Florida Climate Institute (FCI)
  65. Florida International University
  66. Frostburg State University
  67. Furman University
  68. Gateway Technical College
  69. George Mason University
  70. George Washington University
  71. Georgetown University
  72. Goshen College
  73. Goucher College
  74. Governors State University
  75. Hampshire College
  76. Harvard University
  77. Harvey Mudd College
  78. Haskell Indian Nations University
  79. Haverford College
  80. Howard University
  81. Humboldt State University (CSU)
  82. Iowa State University
  83. John Carroll University
  84. Johns Hopkins University
  85. Kaua’i Community College
  86. Kent State University
  87. Lane Community College
  88. Lasell College
  89. Lewis and Clark College
  90. Macalester College
  91. Maricopa County Community College District
  92. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  93. Middlebury University
  94. Michigan State University
  95. Millersville University
  96. Missouri University of Science and Technology
  97. Montgomery County Community College
  98. Morehouse College
  99. New York University
  100. Northeast Lakeview College (Alamo)
  101. NorthWest Arkansas Community College
  102. Northwest Vista College (Alamo)
  103. Northwestern University
  104. North Lake College
  105. Norwalk Community College
  106. Oberlin College
  107. Onondaga Community College
  108. Pacific University
  109. Palo Alto College (Alamo)
  110. Paradise Valley Community College
  111. Paul Smith’s College
  112. Pitzer College
  113. Pomona College
  114. Portland State University
  115. Princeton University
  116. Quinebaug Valley Community College
  117. Radford University
  118. Ramapo College of New Jersey
  119. Randolph College
  120. Raritan Valley Community College
  121. Rochester Institute of Technology
  122. Rutgers University
  123. Salisbury University
  124. San Antonio College (Alamo)
  125. San Diego State University (CSU)
  126. San Francisco State University (CSU)
  127. San Jose State University (CSU)
  128. Santa Clara University
  129. School of International Training
  130. School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  131. Scottsdale Community College
  132. Shaw University
  133. Smith College
  134. Sonoma State University (CSU)
  135. Southern Connecticut State University
  136. Spelman College
  137. St. Phillip’s College (Alamo)
  138. Stanford University
  139. Stonehill College
  140. SUNY Albany
  141. SUNY Binghamton
  142. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  143. SUNY Cortland
  144. SUNY Empire State College
  145. SUNY Oswego
  146. SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  147. SUNY Sullivan
  148. SUNY University at Buffalo
  149. SUNY Upstate Medical
  150. Swarthmore College
  151. Syracuse University
  152. Temple University
  153. The New School
  154. The Ohio State University
  155. Towson University
  156. Tufts University
  157. Tulane University
  158. Unity College
  159. Universities at Shady Grove
  160. University of Alaska – Southeast
  161. University of Arizona
  162. University of Baltimore
  163. University of California, Berkeley
  164. University of California, Davis
  165. University of California, Irvine
  166. University of California, Los Angeles
  167. University of California, Merced
  168. University of California, Riverside
  169. University of California, San Diego
  170. University of California, San Francisco
  171. University of California, Santa Barbara
  172. University of California, Santa Cruz
  173. University of Colorado
  174. University of Connecticut
  175. University of Delaware
  176. University of Hawaii – Kauai Community College
  177. University of Hawaii – Hawai’I Community College
  178. University of Hawaii – Hilo
  179. University of Hawaii – Honolulu Community College
  180. University of Hawaii – Kapi’olani Community College
  181. University of Hawaii – Leeward Community College
  182. University of Hawaii – Manoa
  183. University of Hawaii – Maui Community College
  184. University of Hawaii – West O’ahu
  185. University of Hawaii – Windward Community College
  186. University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign
  187. University of Maryland – Eastern Shore
  188. University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences
  189. University of Maryland University College
  190. University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  191. University of Maryland, College Park
  192. University of Massachusetts – Amherst
  193. University of Michigan
  194. University of Minnesota
  195. University of Minnesota, Morris
  196. University of Mississippi
  197. University of Nevada, Reno
  198. University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  199. University of New Hampshire
  200. University of North Carolina Wilmington
  201. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  202. University of Northern Iowa (UNI)
  203. University of Notre Dame
  204. University of Pennsylvania
  205. University of San Francisco
  206. University of Washington
  207. University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
  208. Vassar College
  209. Vermont Law School
  210. Villanova University
  211. Wake Technical Community College
  212. Wells College
  213. Wesleyan College
  214. Wesleyan University
  215. Western Technical College
  216. Willamette University
  217. Williams College
  218. Yale University

Way to go, Kentucky. You’ve done it again.

All Eyes On Appalachia As Stivers Embarrasses, Abandons His Suffering Constituents

Construction on a Noah’s Ark attraction in northern Kentucky is sailing along, and the builders say they’re ready to announce an opening date. [H-L]

The prevailing view that addiction is a disease, just like depression or diabetes, is wrong, according to a leading neuroscientist. Marc Lewis, the author of Memoirs of an Addicted Brain and The Biology of Desire, insists that addiction is not a disease and that presenting it as such is harmful. [HuffPo]

Oh, man, Dan Johnson really let Jack Conway have it in his letter to the editor. [C-J/AKN]

America’s poorest white town: abandoned by coal, swallowed by drugs. In the first of a series of dispatches from the US’s poorest communities, we visit Beattyville, Kentucky, blighted by a lack of jobs and addiction to ‘hillbilly heroin’. [The Guardian]

Gov.-elect Matt Bevin’s pledge to scale back the Medicaid expansion and dismantle Kynect, Kentucky’s award-winning health insurance exchange, has caused concern among health clinics. [Business First]

Senate Republicans are divided over how far to go with an ObamaCare repeal bill that they plan to send to the president’s desk by year’s end. [The Hill]

Bob Stivers, one of the most gluttonous hypocrites in Frankfort, represents one of Kentucky’s poorest regions. So here he is advocating FOR killing health care by claiming the savings will help shore up the troubled pension system. Still wondering why his staff have slowly abandoned him over the past few years? Now you know. [CN|Toot]

The advertisement portrays the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as a roomful of bureaucratic automatons mercilessly stamping “DENIED” on loan applications, beneath Soviet-style banners depicting CFPB’s director, Richard Cordray, and its principal architect, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. But the ad does not disclose that the group sponsoring it is led by lobbyists for Navient, a student loan company that the CFPB is currently investigating for allegedly cheating student loan borrowers. [The Intercept]

Kentucky’s latest quarterly coal report shows new recent lows in the state’s coal employment and production. During the third quarter of 2015, Kentucky’s mines employed only 9,356 workers — a more than 50 percent decline from this quarter in 2011. Coal production is also at the lowest point since the 1960s. [WFPL]

David Bass, who served 21 years in the U.S. Army, says he tried medical marijuana in a moment of desperation. He suffered from chronic pain and PTSD as a result of multiple active duty tours in Iraq, and his doctor at the VA gave him intense narcotic and psychotropic drugs. [ThinkProgress]

The Glasgow-Barren County Tourist and Convention Commission became one of two tourist commissions that have agreed to help fund the salary of an administrative assistant who will help with the development of a master plan to connect area trails. [Glasgow Daily Times]

At the end of June, ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot kicked off an investigation into the potential effects of Agent Orange on the children and grandchildren of Vietnam War-era veterans. [ProPublica]

As Fox Business News was cutting away to commercial almost an hour into Tuesday night’s Republican debate, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul could be seen walking toward the moderators. [H-L]

Undercover video recorded by an animal rights activist at one of the largest U.S. pork producers appears to show pigs being beaten and dragged across the slaughterhouse floor as workers cheer and throw blood-soaked towels at one another. [HuffPo]

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Bevin: Still Dumber Than Richie Farmer

We still predict this won’t end well for the new commissioner. We were right about the previous two and no one listened until it was too late. Kentucky Board of Education chairman Roger Marcum said Thursday he will call a meeting next week to vote on Stephen Pruitt’s selection as Kentucky’s next education commissioner. [H-L]

A disturbing new report published by the World Wildlife Fund found that the world marine vertebrate population declined by 49 percent between 1970 and 2012. [HuffPo]

Dr. Andrew Moore II is a retired plastic surgeon, but he also could be called a visionary and a pioneer. When the Lexington physician decided to start Surgery on Sunday in 2005 to provide poor Kentuckians with free outpatient surgical care, there was no blueprint for him to use as a guide. [C-J/AKN]

Late last month, 53-year-old Ruddy Quezada was released from prison after serving 24 years for murder. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office conceded that prosecutors in the office for years had failed to turn over potentially critical evidence to Quezada and his lawyers as they mounted repeated appeals of his conviction. [ProPublica]

Matt Bevin insisted Thursday during a stop here he has never changed his position on what he’ll do with the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act if he’s elected governor. But his explanations seemed to cloud the issue even more. [Ronnie Ellis]

We spend vast amounts of time and personal energy trying to calculate the most urgent threats posed by climate change. [ThinkProgress]

Predictions on how long it takes for this to go belly up? A fund created by the Federal Communications Commission will pay AT&T $30 million a year for the next six years to make high-speed Internet available to more than 84,000 rural Kentucky homes and businesses. [WKYT]

For Republican pretzeldential candidates, everything in the United States of America is terrifying as hell. That’s called xenophobia. [Politico]

Of course Grayson’s backward mayor is proud of how his backward, bigoted town handled the Kim Davis circus. [Ashland Independent]

US consumer prices fell in August as petrol prices dropped and a strong dollar curbed the cost of goods, the US Department of Labor has said. [BBC]

Circuit Judge Phillip Patton has denied a request from a Glasgow Police Department lieutenant colonel to move the trial outside Barren County for his civil case against the city and interim police chief. [Glasgow Daily Times]

It’s called the Heartland virus disease. Since it was first detected in 2009, there have been only nine reported cases in the Midwest, including two deaths. [NPR]

Told ya these old school Dems were dropping. Longtime Kentucky lawmaker Larry Clark, who held the No. 2 leadership post in the state House for more than two decades, will not seek re-election next year. [H-L]

Sen. Turd Cruz (R-Texas) introduced himself to the crowd at Wednesday night’s GOP presidential debate, describing himself as a proud father and the “son of an Irish-Italian mom and a Cuban immigrant dad who fled oppression and came to America seeking freedom.” The audience responded with a resoundingly awkward silence. Seriously, not a single person clapped. [HuffPo]

Watching Kim Davis Lose Is A Relief

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The Kentucky Board of Education voted Tuesday to move five candidates forward in the search for the next state education commissioner. The candidates, who have not been named, are in-state and out-of-state educators. However, the board did not preclude adding finalists when it meets Friday in Lexington, before the start of second-round interviews. [H-L]

Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a dire report about the state of the planet: July 2015 was the earth’s warmest month on record, dating back to 1880. [HuffPo]

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a request from Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to stay a federal injunction that called on her to provide marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [C-J/AKN]

The secretly recorded videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing how fetal tissue may be used for medical research spurred Republican governors in several states to announce a cutoff of Medicaid funds to the group’s clinics. This certainly won’t make Matt Bevin and other opportunist buttcramps happy. [LA Times]

The Madison Fiscal Court voted Tuesday to join the county school and library boards in opposing Eastern Kentucky University’s effort to exempt from property taxes the privately owned Grand Campus residential complex it leases. [Richmond Register]

A small group of county clerks in Kentucky have said that they will defy the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality and refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. One of them, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, recently lost her case in federal court and is likely to lose on appeal. [Right Wing Watch]

Big Run Landfill supporters made their strongest effort yet to speak up for jobs at the waste facility that has been at the center of controversy in Boyd County for more than a year. About 500 attended Tuesday’s public hearing with the Department of Environmental Protection to record comments regarding the site’s current permit renewal application being deliberated upon by the state. [Ashland Independent]

The nation’s second-most powerful court handed a victory to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Tuesday, dismissing a challenge to a five-year-old agency rule that puts restrictions on investment advisers’ contributions to political campaigns. [The Hill]

Wondering just how confused and scared people in Eastern Kentucky happen to be when it comes to the gays? The SCOTUS is taking away all their freedumbs. [The Morehead News]

Applications for U.S. home mortgages edged up last week as interest rates declined, an industry group said on Wednesday. [Reuters]

Foiled in state court, a Jefferson County Public Schools teacher filed a federal court suit Monday claiming the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System illegally raised teachers’ share of pension contributions to shore up a retirement plan that is only half-funded. They sure have shopped this story around an awful lot. [WFPL]

After the Charleston, S.C, church shootings, Kentucky banned the sale of Confederate flag merchandise at its state fair next year. Vendors are under pressure not to sell it at this year’s fair. [NPR]

A state ethics panel has filed two additional charges of misconduct against Pike Circuit Judge Steven D. Combs, who has been suspended while awaiting a hearing. The new charges allege that Combs presided over a number of cases involving EQT Production Co. but failed to properly disclose that he has a financial relationship with the company. [H-L]

How did the four planets known as gas and ice giants form in the early solar system? The latest theory on Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune just received a big boost from a new computer modeling study. [HuffPo]