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]

Where There’s A Groob, There’s Turmoil

But you already knew that.

Remember the Gateway mess in Northern Kentucky?

Here’s the latest:

The first two weeks of August haven’t been the greatest for Gateway Community and Technical College as the college’s students head back to class Monday.

Last week, long-standing conflicts among state and local school administrators and the college’s board of directors exploded into public view. That eruption comes at a time when questions about the performance of one of Northern Kentucky’s most important workforce development tools have resurfaced, raised by a candidate for Kentucky governor.


Yet board chairman Jeff Groob remained unapologetic about his role in raising questions and the board’s recent actions.


But Jay Box, president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, said that the local board only has “an advisory role” and that Groob and the rest of the board “was way out of line” in allowing public comments about personnel matters at the Aug. 6 board meeting.


Jim Parsons, a well-known local attorney and former civic administrator who chairs the Gateway Foundation Board and sits on several other civic boards including TANK, was heard by this reporter calling Groob “a complete a******” before storming out of the building.

“It really wasn’t much of a conversation,” Groob said. “I don’t know how he (Parsons) got so angry.”


Box criticized how Groob handled the meeting.

“The action of having the students testify at that board meeting was out of order as was a board to getting into personnel issues,” Box said. “

Box added that Groob and the board should have directed those students to make their comments to Hughes.

You’ll want to click here to read all about it.

Then roll you eyes really hard as you remember this is all Steve Beshear’s fault for involving these shysters.

And you wonder why Kentucky can’t have nice things.

Major Matt Bevin Pee Alert Moment

Okay. Watch these 16 minutes with Matt Bevin and the Mountain Advocate:


  • He grew up with no central heat
  • Lots of fake smiles
  • Zero use of “Commonwealth”
  • No specifics for Eastern Kentucky, just generalizations
  • Blamed EPA for everything
  • Nope, wait. Blamed the government for everything
  • Educational hypocrisies galore
  • Suggested school district audits are bad but wants to audit other agencies
  • Said transparency is great but offers no transparency about his experience(s)
  • He knows they don’t “harvest baby parts” for profit but continues the lie because… stupid?
  • Says all the factual claims made about him are lies
  • Bigots have rights, too. Burn the gays!
  • Derp derp derp

Still wondering why most people — including folks in the McConnell world — think Matt Bevin is an embarrassment?

Jack Conway may be a terrible candidate but… good grief.

Enjoy the weekend!

We’ve Got Work To Do In Rural Kentucky

Loving rural Appalachia can be tough when people in positions of power spout hate and ignorance at every turn.

Take this deputy sheriff in Harlan County for instance:


His face is blurred with the hope that people like him will snap out of it.

He’s got a penchant for freaking out about people who aren’t white. With a healthy dose of Islamophobia:


Complete with intentionally misleading crap about the very people he’s tasked with protecting — the most impoverished people in the state.

And gay or transgender individuals? Yep, backward and fearful there, as well:


Still wondering what’s wrong with rural Eastern Kentucky?

Elected leaders and law enforcement are freaking out about ISIS and spreading general ignorance. If you don’t think it spreads like wildfire as a result, just visit any rural community in the state.

We’re better than this, Kentucky. We’ve got to be better than this.