Ugh, We Can’t Even With This Today

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Jack Daniel’s continued to bring the heat for Brown-Forman in the first quarter. Sales were up 7 percent but gains were overshadowed by the impact of unfavorable foreign exchange rates, leading to an overall drop of 2 percent, to $900 million, compared to the previous year, Brown-Forman reported Wednesday morning. [H-L]

You won’t feel well after you read this. Not in the least. [HuffPo]

Can a high-fat diet lead to breast cancer in obese women? University of Kentucky researchers hope to help answer that question by studying the mechanisms behind the link between obesity and breast cancer. One of those researchers, Fredrick Onono, recently received a $750,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute for the work. [C-J/AKN]

As the U.S. government’s budget deficit has declined, so has anxiety about it in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail, but one family and the Washington “deficit hawk” community it bankrolls are unfazed. [Reuters]

What organizers believe will be the largest-ever gathering of Appalachian writers will take place Sept. 9-10 at Berea College. The Appalachian Symposium will include two days of public conversations focusing on the state of the region’s literature and will feature keynote addresses by famed feminist author and activist bell hooks as well as Pulitzer Prize finalist Maurice Manning. [Richmond Register]

Shortly before Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation last September, he told an interviewer: “Any attorney general who is not an activist is not doing his or her job.” One of Holder’s more activist initiatives received attention last week when The New York Times highlighted how Holder’s Justice Department began the novel practice of filing arguments in state and county courts. [ProPublica]

Two inebriated men were injured after being struck in the head by a hatchet-wielding man from Lexington around midnight Saturday in Central Park, according to the Ashland Police Department. [Ashland Independent]

People of all ages — not just the elderly — are more at risk of death and emergency room visits as the earth warms, a recent study has found. [ThinkProgress]

An opinion in writing from Glasgow’s city attorney affirmed the Glasgow Management Control Board’s interpretation of documents that say the director of the city’s 911 dispatch center has supervision, control and disciplinary authority over all the center’s employees – even the ones whose salaries and benefits are provided by a different agency. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Stock prices took another beating Tuesday, with all major stock measures falling. Two closely followed market indicators, the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500, each fell roughly 1.3 percent, despite opening the day with big gains.

An Eastern Kentucky resident says he’ll sue the state and federal government next month over coal mining permits he says were illegally issued. [WFPL]

US scientists have identified the chemicals responsible for the mosquito-repelling activity of sweetgrass, a plant traditionally used by some Native Americans to fend off the bugs. [BBC]

Let’s just say it: Jean-Marie is dumb as hell. State Rep. Ryan Quarles, the Republican nominee for state agriculture commissioner, alleged Thursday that the father of his Democratic opponent, Jean-Marie Lawson Spann, has texted answers to her during their debates and forums. [H-L]

Andy Parker, the father of slain WDBJ journalist Alison Parker, is demanding that politicians restrict access to firearms, saying he will personally become a crusader for this issue if need be. [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]

Kim Davis Is Still The Absolute Dumbest

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The state is looking for volunteers to review cases of children placed in foster care in 35 counties. [H-L]

College students this past fall likely borrowed the least amount for higher education in five years, federal data show, amid declining overall enrollment and a drop in lending to students at for-profit schools. [HuffPo]

Louisville leaders have spent decades preaching about the need for a better-trained workforce to strengthen the local economy and improve prospects for workers facing increasingly complex and technologically advanced workplaces. [C-J/AKN]

Hillary Clinton’s break with President Obama on Arctic drilling this week represented a public shift left for the Democrat, a move greens say could be the start of a push to shore up support among environmentalists ahead of primary season. [The Hill]

Maintaining a healthy heart or testing for those who are suffering from heart-related illness became a lot closer and simpler for Richmond residents Tuesday after the opening of KentuckyOne Health’s Heart and Vascular Imaging Clinic. [Richmond Register]

“The Wire” creator and former Baltimore Sun reporter talks about a historic public housing fight, race and what makes white people go “batshit, batshit crazy.” [ProPublica]

A “Stand Fast Kim” banner attached to a plane rippled across the sky above thousands of roaring religious freedom advocates at the state Capitol. [Ashland Independent]

Every year, 40 percent of the food grown in the United States ends up in the garbage. A lot of that waste happens at the consumer level — according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), about 25 percent of the food that Americans buy is thrown away. [ThinkProgress]

Kentucky Senator and Republican Presidential Candidate Rand Paul visited Corbin Friday where he had a chance to meet with local citizens. [Times-Tribune]

Donald Trump on Saturday sought to give Jeb Bush a black eye over a black hand. Trump wailed on the former Florida governor for a Photoshopped picture in a campaign leaflet sent out by a pro-Bush super PAC that shows him with a black left hand, and his body apparently super-imposed on a picture of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. [Politico]

As required by state law, the Rowan County Board of Education has scheduled a public hearing in the board’s meeting room on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. [The Morehead News]

The US government is launching a $5m (£3.2m) initiative to combat the use and trafficking of heroin, with a focus on prioritising treatment rather than punishment. [BBC]

But they can still access every other horrible site on earth. A website that helps married people have affairs is now off limits to Kentucky state employees on their state-issued computers and phones. [H-L]

If you are running for office as a Republican today, you have to mention your reverence for the Constitution at least as much as you mention your love for Ronald Reagan. But Republican politicians have a few glaring blind spots when it comes to the Constitution. One of those is the 14th Amendment, a pillar of our inclusive democracy, a key component of which Republican presidential candidates are now asking us to ignore or change. [HuffPo]

Rand & RPK Melted Everybody’s Brain

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Magoffin County Judge-Executive Charles “Doc” Hardin has hired a man with a felony vote-buying conviction to be an administrative assistant in his office. [H-L]

Jeb Bush said while he supports granting birthright citizenship to the children of immigrants, the policy needs “greater enforcement” to prevent “abuse.” [HuffPo]

These poor, dumb people think their religion is under threat because their government isn’t permitted to discriminate on the basis of hate. Get it together, you jackasses, because you’re really harming what little bit of a positive image Kentucky was developing. [C-J/AKN]

Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) can run for both the White House and to keep his Senate seat in 2016, the Republican Party in Kentucky decided Saturday. [The Hill]

Richard Nelson, founder and executive director of the Commonwealth Policy Center, told the group of people who came Thursday evening to hear him at Immanuel Baptist Church that our culture is in a moral freefall and in a period of spiritual darkness. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Kentucky GOP’s central committee voted Saturday to adopt a presidential caucus system next year, clearing the way Republican Sen. Rand Paul to run for president and reelection at the same time. [Politico]

This is written on Friday, the day before Kentucky Republicans were to decide whether to conduct a presidential caucus next year rather than a primary. [Ronnie Ellis]

While Donald Trump’s recent position paper on immigration dominates headlines, a new study of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. digs into the latest numbers. [NPR]

The EPA recently announced the Clean Power Plan, which entails stricter emissions standards for states, and the Power+ Plan, which promises $1 billion in federal money to help coal country towns get back on their feet. I support both these plans wholeheartedly. They’re good for Kentucky communities, good for the economy, and good for the environment. [Drew Curtis]

Two American women have passed the gruelling training programme of the US Army Rangers – one of the military’s most elite special operations forces. [BBC]

Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes on Rand Paul and RPK this weekend: “It is unfortunate that today a few insiders were able to disenfranchise over 1.2 million Republican voters. One candidate should not be able to buy an election. Democracy demands that all eligible Kentuckians be a part of the election process. That didn’t happen today and won’t happen with a caucus.” [Press Release]

The phone rings just as Katrina Fingerson and Latoya McClary are about to leave to start their shift at the Goddard Riverside Community Center. [ThinkProgress]

It was like a Klan rally with an extra dose of fat, white homophobia. Headlined by Bob Stivers and Matt Bevin, of course. [H-L]

Americans use prescription drugs and they know these medicines help people, but they still don’t care much for pharmaceutical companies and think the industry is too money-hungry, according to a new survey. [HuffPo]

Campaign Craziness Kicks Into Gear

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Even while fighting blindness in the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere this week, Republican presidential contender Rand Paul intensified political attacks against rivals in both parties, vowing to continue pressing billionaire businessman Donald Trump in particular as the Kentucky senator embraces the role as the GOP’s leading pit bull. [H-L]

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the government should have broad surveillance powers of Americans and private technology firms should cooperate better with intelligence agencies to help combat “evildoers.” [HuffPo]

In a high-profile report issued in 2010, then-state Auditor Crit Luallen rebuked Passport Health Plan for wasteful spending of Medicaid funds on things like lobbying, travel, public relations, donations and sponsorships. But in May of this year, Passport made a $25,000 contribution to the Democratic Governors Association, an organization which already this year has given $600,000 to a Democratic super PAC supporting the election of Attorney General Jack Conway as governor. [C-J/AKN]

Hanni Fakhoury, a senior staff counsel with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said courts have not yet settled the question of how specific or broad email search warrants should be, and this case is one of the most prominent illustrations of how users can fight back. [Mother Jones]

Seems like only yesterday Jack Conway and his people were touting a study indicating that testing welfare recipients was a waste of time and resources. Attorney General Jack Conway says he supports drug testing some welfare recipients in Kentucky, echoing the position of his Republican opponent. [WFPL]

Amid the horrors of war in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, it’s become easy to overlook Afghanistan. Remember Afghanistan? Back in the mid-2000s, it was known as the “forgotten war,” eclipsed by the bloodshed in Iraq. Now it’s overshadowed all over again. But there’s plenty of reason to pay attention. [NPR]

Two same-sex couples in this small eastern Kentucky county got everything they wanted in a ruling from a federal judge Monday, except for one sentence. [Ashland Independent]

Climate change is increasing the risk of severe ‘food shocks’ where crops fail and prices of staples rise rapidly around the world. [BBC]

Of course the racist rednecks are coming out of the woodwork at the state fair. [WAVE3]

Donald Trump’s immigration plan is huge in every aspect — including its price tag. Think $166 billion. And that’s on the low end. [Politico]

Just weeks after a Kentucky man gained national attention for shooting down a drone in his backyard, a state lawmaker is proposing new legislation. [WDRB]

As concerns rise about a security menace posed by rogue drone flights, U.S. government agencies are working with state and local police forces to develop high-tech systems to protect vulnerable sites, according to sources familiar with the matter. [Reuters]

Lyman T. Johnson was a grandson of slaves who grew up in the deeply segregated community of Columbia, Tenn. One day, his father, the principal of the segregated black school, sent him on an errand to the white school, where Johnson saw for the first time the truth of Jim Crow laws that created separate and unequal facilities. [H-L]

A year ago, after 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, police responded to even peaceful daytime protests in the St. Louis suburb by deploying attack dogs and tactical vehicles, pointing sniper rifles at peaceful protesters, arresting people for simply standing still on public sidewalks, flooding demonstrators with tear gas — often without warning — and shooting them with bean bags, wooden pellets and balls filled with pepper spray. [HuffPo]

Westerfield Is Really Sweating The Gays

Republican Whitney Westerfield says he’s got tons of experience, he’s a saint, yadda yadda.

And then there’s this gay-panicked hilarity:

Westerfield said current Attorney General Jack Conway has been unwilling to “take on the federal government” in areas where he feels like state’s rights are being violated, or regulations are being promulgated that hurt Kentucky industries. He said he would join other states in lawsuits to oppose the Affordable Care Act and fight alongside Kentucky County Clerks who want the burden of issuing marriage licenses lifted because they object to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

How you gonna claim to have tons of experience with Kentucky law — claim to truly know it — but remain incapable of realizing county clerks like Kim Davis are violating the law?

Kim Davis Is Still The Absolute Worst

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In the early 1880s, James M. Bond walked from Barbourville to Berea, leading a young steer that he sold to pay for tuition. Bond, who was born into slavery, graduated from Berea and later from Oberlin College with a divinity degree. [H-L]

For more than 20 years, conservative Christians have been building the case that laws protecting gay people and legalizing same-sex marriage place an unconstitutional burden on the rights of religious people who believe homosexuality is a sin. [HuffPo]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he still supports the idea of a caucus for Kentucky Republicans to choose their presidential nominee despite Sen. Rand Paul’s stalled campaign. [C-J/AKN]

The poor are treated like human ATM machines, and our politicians are actively encouraging their exploitation. In the 1960s, the Lyndon Johnson administration launched an official War on Poverty. Needless to say, poverty has emerged victorious. [Salon]

The attorney for Freddie Travis, who has sued Glasgow Independent Schools’ Board of Education claiming it violated Kentucky’s open meetings law, has filed a response to the board’s counterclaim against Travis. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is promising to level the playing field for the middle class in a new campaign ad released on Tuesday. [The Hill]

Big Run Landfill will begin cutting back rail-borne garbage from New York and New Jersey almost immediately and will eliminate it completely by the end of 2016, parent company EnviroSolutions announced Tuesday. [Ashland Independent]

Americans broadly support providing federal funding for free women’s health exams, screenings and contraception services, a Reuters/Ipsos poll has found, suggesting that Republicans could be in risky territory if they continue criticizing Planned Parenthood as a key part of 2016 campaigns. [Reuters]

Eastern Kentucky University President Michel Benson reminded faculty and staff at the University’s annual fall convocation Tuesday, “We can control our own destiny.” [Richmond Register]

Donald Trump clashed with Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday night over the part of his immigration plan that would take away citizenship from the children who were born in the United States but whose parents came to the country illegally. [Politico]

An old distillery in Kentucky soon will start spirits production again. In May 2014, Peristyle LLC announced plans to restore and reopen the historic Old Taylor Distillery in Woodford County. Work has been taking place at the facility since. [Business First]

Donald Trump regularly boasts that he was opposed to the Iraq War. [Mother Jones]

A Lexington council meeting to discuss raising the minimum wage will be postponed from Thursday until Sept. 10. [H-L]

Discussions of economic issues in policy circles often suffer from a “which way is up?” dilemma; it’s not clear what the problem is that needs to be solved. The massive fretting over China’s devaluation of its currency last week is one such example. [HuffPo]