McConnell-Cruz Slap Fight Is Terrific

Even after years of talk about a “war on coal,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell startled some of his constituents in March when he urged open rebellion against a White House proposal for cutting pollution from coal-fired power plants. [H-L]

President Barack Obama fired back at former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Monday after the 2016 Republican presidential candidate invoked the specter of the Holocaust in comments regarding the Iran nuclear deal. [HuffPo]

Just a reminder that a bunch of butthurt racists cried in Frankfort last week. [C-J/AKN]

In L.A. and cities across the United States, it is effectively illegal to be dirt poor in a country where more than 45 million people live in poverty. [The Intercept]

When thousands of political partisans gather Saturday in the little western Kentucky hamlet with the picturesque name of Fancy Farm, the main attraction will be the governor’s contest between Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Matt Bevin. [Ronnie Ellis]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Granny) and other Republicans on Sunday criticized their colleague Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Cartoon), who on Friday accused McConnell of lying about a deal to revive the Export-Import Bank. [The Hill]

Madison was among the 118 Kentucky counties in which the unemployment rate was lower in June compared to a year earlier. [Richmond Register]

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Saturday that she did not use a private email account to send or receive classified information while she was secretary of state, in response to a government inspector’s letter this week. [Reuters]

A revised search and seizure policy is in place for Glasgow Independent Schools that includes a section about canine monitoring. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Pentagon has urged US citizens not to carry out armed patrols outside military recruitment centres. [BBC]

The state will pay $400,000 to settle two sexual harassment lawsuits against lawmakers and the state agency that runs administrative operations in the state Capitol. [WFPL]

It’s an extremely safe bet that the Republican nominee will not take more action to confront climate change than President Obama has. The question is more how much of the president’s climate agenda the nominee would reverse, repeal, or ignore. [ThinkProgress]

By hedging on gay marriage, embracing his pro-Second Amendment side and following in the state’s bipartisan political tradition of cozying up to coal, Conway risks losing a base he desperately needs if he hopes to offset a motivated conservative electorate in the rest of the state. But it’s really about racism — how many Kentucky Democrats will once again vote against the name “Obama” on the basis of race? [H-L]

U.S. Republican presidential contender Rand Paul said on Sunday he plans to push Congress to cut federal funding for the non-profit reproductive healthcare organization Planned Parenthood in a debate over its treatment of aborted fetal tissue. [HuffPo]

Mailbox Economy Freakout Under Way

Dexter Conn needs a lawyer. So do 1,500 of his neighbors. The 57-year-old from Dana is one of the 1,500 people, mostly in eastern Kentucky, whose federal disability benefits are in jeopardy after the federal government ordered a review of cases handled by attorney Eric Conn. [H-L]

Americans’ views of Sen. Bernie Sanders have grown more favorable as they continue to learn more about him, according to a new Gallup poll. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin has said he opposes gambling on all levels but it looks like when it comes to providing healthcare to working poor families in Kentucky, he’s betting that they either don’t hear what he’s saying or are going to stay home on Election Day. [C-J/AKN]

The Obama administration is planning to devote an additional $100 million to fight the national drug addiction epidemic as deaths from substances like heroin and prescription painkillers reach record-breaking levels. [The Hill]

We’re a week away from the best day of any Kentucky political season, the Fancy Farm Picnic which takes place Saturday in the midst of the oddest governor’s race I can recall. [Ronnie Ellis]

A planet believed to be remarkably similar to Earth has been discovered orbiting a distant sun-like star, bolstering hopes of finding life elsewhere in the universe, U.S. scientists said on Thursday. [Reuters]

Rick Whelan is the new chair of the Rowan County Board of Education. He was elected Tuesday to succeed Bill Redwine, who resigned in June. [The Morehead News]

The American Red Cross met a deadline this week to answer congressional questions about how it spent nearly half a billion dollars donated after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, but the group says details can’t yet be released publicly. And the senator who posed the questions is not satisfied. [ProPublica]

At Tuesday’s regular Fiscal Court meeting, Magistrate Charlie Winkleman recommended the county pay for the new Rowan County Detention Center site out of the general fund carryover from the last fiscal year rather than waiting on the county’s $15 million bond issue. [The Morehead News]

Despite widespread belief to the contrary, no federal law explicitly protects LGBT people from discrimination. Thursday marks the introduction of The Equality Act, a comprehensive bill that would, if passed, add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the protections that already exist based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. But it also would do more than that. [ThinkProgress]

Residents expressed concerns this week that the potential expansion of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Kentucky would pollute the water and air and bring earthquakes to the region. [WFPL]

Americans will have just three big companies to choose their health insurance from rather than five if the latest deals get the go ahead. [BBC]

Fayette County Public Schools have until Sept. 1 to give the Kentucky Department of Education a plan to provide more support for low-achieving schools. [H-L]

When did humans first begin farming? Scientists have long thought that our prehistoric ancestors didn’t start raising crops until some 12,000 years ago. But a new study suggests that the age of agriculture might have dawned much earlier. [HuffPo]

Whitesburg: The Worst Place On Earth?

Way to go, Whitesburg! Now everyone thinks you’re a bunch of dumb effing rednecks. It’s like you’ve escaped from a television sitcom version of a Nathan Smith-owned trailer park and you’re spewing your stupid everywhere. Perfect stereotype: fat, white lady who sells guns is spewing fear and hatred while a confederate flag and anti-Muslim sign hang in the windows. [WKYT]

Rhyan Moseley, a rising eighth-grader at Lexington’s Carter G. Woodson Academy, has spent his summer in a program at Kentucky State University focused on topics including computer coding and programming, mathematics and game design. [H-L]

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived unannounced in Baghdad on Thursday to assess the government’s progress in healing the country’s sectarian divisions and hear the latest on support for the Iraqi army’s coming attempt to recapture the key city of Ramadi from the Islamic State. [HuffPo]

The big city folks finally started paying attention to what’s going on in Boyd County. Willing to reject more than $1 million a year in revenues, elected officials in Boyd County have called on Kentucky regulators to close a stinky, mega dump that’s fed by daily East Coast trash trains. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump says the chances that he will launch a third-party White House run will “absolutely” increase if the Republican National Committee is unfair to him during the 2016 primary season. [The Hill]

Glasgow firefighters sometimes re-enter a burning house to rescue a family pet that did not make it out with its owners. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Even as immigration remains a hot topic in the U.S. presidential campaign, the number of people emigrating from Mexico to the United States, legally and illegally, has dropped sharply in recent years, research published Wednesday shows. [Reuters]

Just before the Greenup Meals on Wheels program went under, two groups stepped up to keep it afloat. [Ashland Independent]

GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush suggested that the United States should figure out a way to “phase out” Medicare, the federal program that provides insurance to more than 50 million elderly and disabled people, at a political event on Wednesday night. [ThinkProgress]

The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded more than $1.2 million in operating support to 91 arts organizations across the Commonwealth including two in Madison County for the 2016 fiscal year. [Richmond Register]

It’s illegal to hire immigrants without legal status. Yet the federal government employs thousands of undocumented workers. [NPR]

This is apparently a sports thing that happened. Rap star Drake has received a cease-and-desist letter from the University of Kentucky. [WKYT]

The documents also raise questions about the accuracy of the Red Cross’ count of how many Haitians it helped, concluding the figures on one project were “fairly meaningless.” [ProPublica]

Nathan Smith’s trailer park business just paid an $11,000 fine for sewage that’s been discharging into waterways for ages and ages. Yep, the big dogs behind Jack Conway and their spokespeople (KATHY FUCKING GROOB) are still all up in some literal shit. [WFPL]

The KFB Thing Was As Sad As Always

A recently settled sexual harassment lawsuit, involving a state legislator and workers at Kentucky’s capitol, will pay $400,000, according to attorney Thomas Clay. Way to go, Democrats, costing taxpayers mountains of cash. [WDRB]

In a preview of what promises to be a bitter fall campaign, Kentucky’s two major party candidates for governor traded verbal blows as they faced off Thursday at the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s “Measure the Candidates” forum. [H-L]

It’s a whole new day for Republican presidential contenders making their second bid for the White House. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is making serious efforts to woo black voters, and is becoming one of the fiercest critics of real estate mogul Donald Trump. Meanwhile former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, known for his stringent opposition to same-sex marriage, is softening his rhetoric about gay people. [HuffPo]

The Kentucky State Fair Board voted Thursday to “strongly discourage” the sale or giveaway of any product bearing the image of the Confederate battle flag at the 2015 Kentucky State Fair in August. [C-J/AKN]

Just not Kentucky Democrats. Democrats are coalescing around a new proposal to rewrite the Civil Rights Act to include protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people, abandoning a piecemeal strategy that won enough bipartisan support to pass the Senate in 2013. [Politico]

Barren County Fiscal Court unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday opposing proposed changes to the 27 miles of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline that runs through the county. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A year and a half after the Affordable Care Act brought widespread reforms to the U.S. healthcare system, Chicago’s Cook County Health & Hospitals System has made its first profit in 180 years. [Reuters]

An environmental advocacy group has asked a federal court to order River Cities Disposal to cease alleged violations of state emissions standards at its Big Run Landfill. [Ashland Independent]

The main federal fund for roads and bridges runs at a deep deficit. If even red states can raise the gas tax, why can’t Congress? [ProPublica]

In a 7-1 vote, the Berea City Council passed a resolution to apply for a $500,000 grant for new police and fire department facilities. The project would be one element of a $9.7 million project to build a new Berea municipal building on Chestnut. [Richmond Register]

After Dylann Roof opened fire on worshippers gathered inside the historically black Emanuel A.M.E Church in Charleston, South Carolina last month, allegedly killing nine congregants and claiming that they “rape our women” and “are taking over our country,” a disturbing image circulated online. [ThinkProgress]

If you want to waste a few minutes of your time, here’s a look at Jack Conway and Matt Bevin playing pat-a-cake at Kentucky Farm Bureau. Because that’s what you do at a homophobic organization like that. You play pat-a-cake. [WKYT]

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is very wealthy. And now, thanks to his recently released Federal Election Commission financial disclosure forms covering the past 18 months, we have some new information about the man and the breadth of his financial domain. [BBC]

A federal judge has ruled there is evidence that officers at the Fayette County jail used excessive force on an inmate who died when he was being held in 2012. [H-L]

Same-sex couples can finally get married everywhere in the country, thanks to the Supreme Court’s long-awaited ruling last month. A couple can exchange rings, dance the night away and then post pictures of the event on Facebook. Just like any other couple. [HuffPo]

Thursday Evening Dept Of Awful

Democrats are pulling out the long knives, questioning Bevin’s commitment to agriculture and pressing the theme that Bevin “can’t be trusted.” During a conference call Wednesday morning organized by the Kentucky Democratic Party, one Kentucky farmer even made note of Bevin’s New Hampshire upbringing. [H-L]

Veterans were exposed to toxic chemicals and they’re accusing the VA of dragging its feet. [HuffPo]

West Virginia coal operator Jim Justice, who invited Gov. Steve Beshear to play a round of golf with the great Tiger Woods at Justice’s Greenbrier resort early this month, was the biggest contributor to the Kentucky Democratic Party last month. [C-J/AKN]

Hillary Clinton trails three top Republican presidential candidates in matchups in three key swing states — Iowa, Colorado and Virginia — a new Quinnipiac poll finds. [The Hill]

Rowan County resident Serena Smith has supported Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and her decision not to issue marriage licenses since the day protests began in late June. [Ashland Independent]

Michigan’s Wayne County, home to Detroit, is in a financial emergency due to chronic budget deficits and a big unfunded healthcare liability, a state-appointed review team announced on Tuesday. [Reuters]

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, met Monday with constituents at a Glasgow restaurant. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Missouri cattle farmer Greg Fleshman became so concerned about keeping his local hospital open that in 2011 he joined its governing board. “I mean they’ve saved my dad’s life twice,” Fleshman says. “He had a heart attack and a stroke and they life-flighted him out of here both times.” Keeping the doors open at Putnam County Memorial Hospital in Unionville, Mo., seemed crucial to the community — but maybe an impossible task. [NPR]

Turns out Greg Fischer has another director-level hire with a drinking and driving in their city vehicle problem. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Though most states are slowing their emissions, the report shows eight states moving in the opposite direction, each seeing an increase in its emissions rate between 2008 and 2015. They include Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas, Nebraska, Utah, Idaho and Alaska. [Climate Central]

The Casey County Fiscal Court says homophobic County Clerk Casey Davis is wrong. May be behind a paywall but the headline and sub-head will tell you everything you need to know. [Casey County News]

Logically, Iraqi refugees shouldn’t exist, according to Sen. Rand Paul, because the United States already “won” the Iraq War. In an interview with Boston Herald Radio this week, Paul attempted to justify why he wanted to restrict the number of refugees the United States takes in, particularly from certain areas of the world like the Middle East. [ThinkProgress]

The Boyd County Fiscal Court unanimously voted Tuesday to seek closure of Big Run Landfill. [More Ashland Independent]

With a little over one week left before funding for the nation’s transportation infrastructure dries up, the Senate has reached a deal on a multiyear bill, parting ways with the House. However, the bill immediately hit some bumps. [HuffPo]

Please accept my apologies for the caching issue that made the site appear to have stopped publication on July 16. Everything should be getting back to normal. If not, clear your browser’s cache and you should be good to go. [Jake]

Faux Family Foundation Hit A Big Nerve

The only reason not allow the demonstration is because they know it harms their case when people see it’s just slot machines by a different name. Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate denied a motion by The Family Foundation to require racetracks to provide an in-court demonstration of historical wagering, or instant racing. [H-L]

One of the nation’s most recognizable names in climate science, Dr. James Hansen, released a new paper this week warning that even 2 degrees Celsius of global warming may be “highly dangerous” for humanity. [HuffPo]

Despite the fact that Matt Bevin opposes gambling “on every level,” two companies that he operated invested heavily in casinos while he was in charge — sometimes owning more than $37 million in gambling stocks at any one time — according to Security and Exchange Commission filings. [C-J/AKN]

Nearly a decade after legislation was put in place to protect U.S. military personnel and their families from predatory financial products, the Military Lending Act received a much-needed update to close loopholes often exploited by shady lenders to skirt the rules and put the financial lives of servicemembers at risk. [Consumerist]

The Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) achieved another milestone this week as the facility’s control room began operating 24 hours per day, seven days per week. [Richmond Register]

Republican insiders are reconciling themselves to the idea that Donald Trump won’t be exiting the stage anytime soon — and their main concern now is limiting his damage to their party. [The Hill]

Kentucky State Police Trooper 1st Class Michael Murriell tackled the tough issue of modern-day perceptions about law enforcement officers during Monday’s Ashland Rotary Club meeting. [Ashland Independent]

President Obama is enjoying a winning streak lately, with the Supreme Court reaffirming his signature health care law and Iran agreeing to curbs on its nuclear program. But one longstanding goal continues to bedevil him: closing the wartime prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. [NY Times]

The Glasgow Independent Schools Board of Education voted this evening in a special-called meeting to accept a new proposal from Reddy Farms LLC that allows for the same donation of land known as the Foster property as in a prior agreement, but with no requirement to change the name of South Green Elementary School to “Reddy Elementary School.” [Glasgow Daily Times]

U.S. charter schools are defaulting on bonds at a rate of 3.3 percent, a level higher than that recorded three years ago but still not one which should concern investors, according to the co-publisher of a report made available on Tuesday. [Reuters]

Almost seven full months into the job, Jailer Wes Coldiron is keeping himself and Rowan County Detention Center inmates as busy as possible. [The Morehead News]

At the end of last year, a group of senators effectively killed the wind energy industry’s most important tax benefit — a $13 billion tax break to help the industry compete with fossil fuels. But now, another group of senators is trying to bring those tax breaks back. [ThinkProgress]

Kentucky Republicans will have their longtime standard-bearer at this year’s Fancy Farm picnic. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he will attend Kentucky’s premier political event on Saturday, Aug. 1 in western Kentucky. [H-L]

Two wingnuts are arguing over when to start new wars. Because that’s what wingnuts do. [HuffPo]

Casey Davis & The Extreme Gay Panic

Casey Davis is so gay-panicked he can barely breathe. [H-L]

Some of the dumbest people on earth work on Fox News. [HuffPo]

Mitch McConnell spoke for more than 40 minutes Monday in Shepherdsville and never once mentioned Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin. [C-J/AKN]

Of course it’s because some butthurt politician complained. [The Hill]

The Frack Free Foothills community group have created an online petition requesting a moratorium of high volume hydraulic fracturing in the state until the implementation of all safety recommendations of the Oil and Gas Working Group. [Richmond Register]

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would increase the incentives for corporate whistleblowers to come forward to report financial misconduct, she said on Monday. [Reuters]

A former Glasgow police sergeant who was arrested in May on a charge of alcohol intoxication was arrested again Sunday morning, this time on a charge of fourth-degree assault, domestic violence, minor injury, according to a citation released Monday by the Glasgow Police Department. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Over eggs at a San Antonio café, a reporter listens as former law enforcement officials and one ex-drug cartel operative swap theories about El Chapo’s latest escape and what it says about the U.S. and Mexico. [ProPublica]

The Morehead Utility Plant Board (MUPB) has the green light to file loan applications for two significant sewer extension projects. [The Morehead News]

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the newest entrant to the crowded Republican field for 2016, and his supporters are trying to steer the conversation towards his economic bona fides. But Kasich’s record on the economy has one major flaw. [ThinkProgress]

Mitch McConnell is voicing his support to get the ball rolling on tens of thousands of untested rape kits. [WHAS11]

Prof Stephen Hawking has launched a new effort to answer the question of whether there is life elsewhere in space. [BBC]

The most ancient Hebrew scroll since the Dead Sea Scrolls has been deciphered, thanks in part to students in the University of Kentucky computer science department, and its chairman, Brent Seales. [H-L]

Really, the dumbest people on earth. Fox News reporter John Roberts called host Greta van Susteren a conspiracy theorist for alleging that the family of the shooter who killed five soldiers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, last week may have concocted a story about his depression and substance abuse. [HuffPo]