Kim Davis Circus: Act 2 Begins Now

The city of Somerset agreed to drop its lawsuit challenging the authority of the state auditor’s office to do special examinations of cities, officials announced Friday. Auditor Adam Edelen’s office will bill Somerset $50,000 to cover the costs of doing the exam that led to the lawsuit, said Edelen’s assistant auditor, Libby Carlin. [H-L]

An extraordinary meat-eating dinosaur has been discovered Down Under. The prehistoric beast was certainly no match for T. rex, but with its huge hook-like claws it must have been pretty ferocious. [HuffPo]

Five months ago, Matt Bevin was almost an afterthought in the Republican primary. Today, the Louisville businessman is still something of a mystery – but he’s more likely than not to be the next governor of Kentucky, and he even says so! [C-J/AKN]

Just in case you didn’t already know that Mike Huckabee is crazier than a shithouse rat. Mike Huckabee on Thursday said the Dred Scott decision denying U.S. citizenship to African-Americans is the law of the land. [The Hill]

Of course Tom Riner connected backward-ass hater Kim Davis with the Liberty Con Artists. Leave it to Riner to be worried about Davis losing everything and not about the LGBT folks across the Commonwealth who face job loss and homelessness as a result of their sexual orientation. [Ronnie Ellis]

Republican anti-gay bigotry threatens the First Amendment. We’re looking at all of you Republicans who are afraid to stand up to your colleagues. This past June, in the heat of their outrage over gay rights, congressional Republicans revived a nasty bit of business they call the First Amendment Defense Act. It would do many things, but one thing it would not do is defend the First Amendment. To the contrary, it would deliberately warp the bedrock principle of religious freedom under the Constitution. [NY Times]

Few new superintendents have started the job with as many major projects and problems as Michael D. Taylor, who came to the Fairview independent district this summer in the wake of two state investigations. [Ashland Independent]

Mitch McConnell said in an interview Friday he will back a plan to fund the government into December with no conditions, rejecting in his strongest terms yet calls from within his party to defund Planned Parenthood as part of a larger budget bill. [Politico]

Some Louisville workers haven’t seen their pay grow fast enough to keep up with the national inflation rate during the last five years, an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show. [Business First]

Shell Oil Co.’s president Marvin Odum made the trip on Sept. 2 from Houston to this northern-most town in the United States, a spot whose traditional name, Ukpeagvik, means “place where snowy owls are hunted.” [WaPo]

The attorney representing a former Glasgow Police Department chief, Guy J. Turcotte, in his civil lawsuit against the City of Glasgow and interim GPD Chief James Duff argued Friday in Barren Circuit Court that excessive media coverage made it impossible for his client to receive a fair trial in the county. [Glasgow Daily Times]

U.S. prosecutors sought to drop wire fraud charges on Friday against a physicist at Temple University in Philadelphia, nearly four months after he was accused of sharing proprietary U.S. technology with China. [Reuters]

Here’s your NO SHIT, SHERLOCK moment regarding schools rating themselves too high in program reviews. [H-L]

Kamilah Brock says the New York City police sent her to a mental hospital for a hellish eight days, where she was forcefully injected with powerful drugs, essentially because they couldn’t believe a black woman owned a BMW. [HuffPo]

It’s The Big Day For Anti-Gay Kim Davis

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The heat on Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis rose a few more degrees Wednesday afternoon when a U.S. attorney expressed “grave concerns” about her refusal to issue marriage licenses in the face of a federal court order. [Ronnie Ellis]

Now Rand Paul says it’s part of the “American Way” for government to refuse services on the basis of sexual orientation. [H-L]

The top executives at the largest publicly held fossil fuel companies in the United States have made nearly $6 billion in the last five years — enough to double the U.S. commitment to addressing climate change abroad. [HuffPo]

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who two decades ago spirited the headquarters of the nation’s largest hospital chain out of Kentucky, says he is coming back to the state to plunder some more. [C-J/AKN]

Candidates and their super-PACs are finding previously unimagined flexibility. [The Hill]

As of 9:17 a.m. Tuesday, Eastern Kentucky University’s enrollment stood at 16,940, a new record. And nearly 60 percent of them are women, EKU President Michael Benson said as the university opened an on-campus women’s health clinic. [Richmond Register]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… One of the most impressive weapons to appear during the dinosaur arms race of the Cretaceous Period was the big bony tail club wielded by some members of a group of tank-like plant-eaters. [Reuters]

Lewis Williamson, 61, of Louisa, filed a lawsuit on Aug. 11 in Rowan Circuit Court alleging that asbestos exposure during his time as a student and employee at Morehead State University caused him serious health problems. [The Morehead News]

Over the 18 years Denise Doheny has worked as a child care provider, she’s experienced a number of tough financial spells. She was homeless twice, once living with her mother, another time with friends. She had a hard time affording food. [ThinkProgress]

All but one member of Barren County Fiscal Court voted in a special-called meeting Tuesday to increase the 2015 real estate property tax rate to 14.3 cents per $100 of assessed value. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Attempting to force reporters to reveal information about sources is a serious threat to democracy. A First Amendment showdown may be looming with new indications that journalists are about to be pulled into litigation over leaks about the government investigation that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus and, ultimately, his conviction on a charge of mishandling classified information. [Politico]

Kentucky transportation officials say the state is getting close to finalizing details of a new law that will require some drunken drivers to get ignition interlock devices on their vehicles. [WKYT]

Maintaining her stand against same-sex marriage, a Kentucky clerk on Wednesday rejected a gay couple’s request for a marriage license and braced for a Thursday morning hearing before the federal judge who will decide whether to declare her in contempt of court. [NY Times]

About two weeks ago, as the golfers were finishing their rounds at Bardstown Country Club, Jack Conway stood in a clubhouse dining room and saw the end of summer approaching and with it, an end to some of the issues that threatened to derail his Democratic campaign for governor. [H-L]

If you’re a working-age person without a job, a disability or a kid, then soon you’re not going to have access to food stamps, either. In another sign of eroding sympathy for the jobless amid a tepid economic recovery, states are restricting benefits for the unencumbered unemployed. [HuffPo]

Another Day Of Dumb Republican Crap

The gloves came off Wednesday as the four Republican candidates for governor squared off in a live debate on Kentucky Sports Radio. [H-L]

Food stamp recipients are more likely to be obese than the general population, according to new research from the federal government. [HuffPo]

The state Alcholic Beverage Control department is hiring Louisville law firm Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs to defend the new law that will force Anheuser-Busch to surrender distributorships it owns in Louisville and Owensboro at year’s end. [C-J/AKN]

The anti-human trafficking bill whose unanimous passage in the Senate last month was widely hailed as a triumph of bipartisanship includes language that could send publishers of certain adult advertisements to prison, civil liberties advocates have warned. [The Intercept]

Naomi Judd, the Kentucky-born country music star, once lived near Berea with her two daughters while she attended nursing classes at Eastern Kentucky University. [Richmond Register]

Rand Paul paid more than $100,000 to buy a domain name shortly before launching his presidential campaign, according to campaign finance records. [The Hill]

As state Rep. Ryan Quarles enters the last two weeks of his primary campaign for agriculture commissioner, he began his northeastern election tour at Texas Roadhouse in Ashland with a local steelworker. [Ashland Independent]

Last year’s bid to undo Obama’s immigration actions deemed a failure, time to move on to other priorities. [Politico]

The Kentucky chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit for a case in Muhlenberg County over song lyrics in a Facebook post. [WFPL]

As Benjamin Shayne settled into his back yard to listen to the Orioles game on the radio Saturday night, he noticed a small plane looping low and tight over West Baltimore — almost exactly above where rioting had erupted several days earlier, in the aftermath of the death of a black man, Freddie Gray, in police custody. What Shayne’s online rumination helped unveil was a previously secret, multi-day campaign of overhead surveillance by city and federal authorities during a period of historic political protest and unrest. [WaPo]

Audio from air traffic control that has just emerged reveals a pilot’s last words before his small plane crashed in Kuttawa, Kentucky, killing everyone on board except a 7-year-old girl. [WHAS11]

Yevgeniya Bulayevskaya, ‎national director of major gifts programs at City Year said she and her husband, Etai Aviel, a moving specialist with Oz Moving and Storage, plan to put only $2,000 or so away for their 2-year-old son’s college education. She says that the plan could change, but the family has decided it would be better to save for other things that benefit their son, and let him pay for it when he’s in school, and in turn teach him the value of working for an education. [ThinkProgress]

An Army board will consider new evidence to decide whether a Clinton County native should receive the Medal of Honor. [H-L]

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) signed a bill Tuesday that will overhaul the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws. [HuffPo]

Fun Political Things Happening At Morehead State

Mitch McConnell has opened up a five-point lead over Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes and appears well positioned to win a sixth term, according to the final Bluegrass Poll before Tuesday’s election. McConnell leads Grimes 48 percent to 43 percent in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, with Libertarian candidate David Patterson pulling 3 percent. [H-L]

Appalachian Air is celebrating its first round-trip commercial flight. The maiden flight had fewer than 10 aboard, but Appalachian Air officials say they think seats will fill up as more people learn about the service. [More H-L]

Through trade talks, meetings with foreign governments and negotiations with multiple U.N. bodies, the Obama administration has aggressively pursued policies that prevent poor countries from accessing low-cost generic versions of expensive name-brand medications, despite persistent calls from Doctors Without Borders for the White House to reverse course. [HuffPo]

Despite having effectively no physical presence, the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition now ranks among the largest social-welfare nonprofits in Kentucky—bringing in more money, according to Internal Revenue Service records, than some of Kentucky’s more high-profile nonprofits, such as the Kentucky School Boards Association and the Kentucky Derby Festival, the group behind two weeks’ worth of events surrounding the Kentucky Derby. [TDB]

The “Daily Show” host on Tuesday first took aim at Democratic Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who has been widely panned for refusing to say whether she voted for the president in 2008. [TPM]

The Harlan County Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Meet the Candidate Forum on Tuesday at The Harlan Center, with candidates for several of the most-watched local races taking part. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Surgeons in Australia say they have performed the first heart transplant using a “dead heart”. [BBC]

Tim Scowden, a write-in candidate for Morehead City Council, was asked recently to leave a meeting held by a student organization at Morehead State University. Since then, Scowden has contacted the Kentucky American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) regarding the school’s policies. [The Morehead News]

Even in the bleakest of years, incumbent lawmakers almost always get re-elected. Here’s one reason why: They have a powerful built-in advantage in something called constituent services. [NPR]

It is a case that left a family and community on edge. More than one year ago police found, Timothy Austin, dead inside his apartment. Since then, very few details have been released in the case and officials are asking folks with information to come forward. [WYMT]

Lobbyists, bearing gifts, pursue attorneys general. But Jack Conway doesn’t get a mention. [NY Times]

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has completed its review of an Aug. 21 accident that killed one Campbellsville firefighter and injured three others. [Press Release & Extern PDF Link]

Wanna see Whitney Westerfield wet himself with excitement? Go watch him as he gets excited to see faux patriot Lee Greenwood and Granny Mitch McConnell fluff each other up. [WaPo]

There’s no “Thou shalt not” on vote buying in the Bible, but it’s a sin nonetheless, according to a group of Magoffin County pastors trying to discourage the pernicious practice in a place where it has long corrupted the fabric of politics. [H-L]

Rand Paul wasted no time turning a Hillary Clinton remark about jobs into a laugh line on the campaign trail. [HuffPo]

Are Democrats Ignoring Everything Alison Does?

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes promised to defend Kentucky’s coal industry during a fundraiser with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last week, but she never mentioned coal during an 11-minute speech at the Washington, D.C., event. Because she is not a woman of her word. People think she’s nice and a breath of fresh air purely because she’s not Mitch McConnell. But that’s not enough. [Sam Youngman]

The Justice Department is formally backing a proposal being considered by the U.S. Sentencing Commission that would shorten the amount of time that federal drug offenders currently behind bars would have to spend in prison. [HuffPo]

Is this really what this U.S. Senate race has come down to? Just over two weeks into the general election campaign and the two campaigns are carping at each other over the use of stock photos of actors in advertisements rather than dealing with issues that are important to Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

Climate change is driving up the number of children who are living with asthma, according to a new White House report out Friday. [The Hill]

Chaney’s Family Farm Milk was removed Friday from the shelves of local Kroger stores, Priceless IGA and Chaney’s Dairy Barn. [BGDN]

A study finds that more corrupt states spend more money on construction, highways and police protections and less on health, education and other public services. States like KENTUCKY, of course! [Governing]

Just in case you’re wondering how dumb some people in elected government positions can be? These ignorant asshats have no concept of the First Amending and they’re Democrats on Louisville’s Metro Council. [The ‘Ville Voice]

The peril of whistleblowing on Wall Street. [ProPublica]

Danville has become the latest city in the state of Kentucky by passing a LGBT Fairness law Monday. [WHAS11]

As U.S. lawsuits seeking gay-marriage rights move toward a likely showdown at the Supreme Court next year, major law firms are rushing to get involved — but only on the side of the proponents. [Reuters]

I have had mixed emotions since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its long-awaited plan to reduce coal-fired power plant pollution, setting a goal to cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels. [Tom Eblen]

Americans view Congress more negatively now than at any point in our nation’s history. Which raises the oft-asked question: what’s the matter with Washington? [HuffPo]

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Walking Around Money? A Fifth? Sold Votes?

On the eve of what some had said would be the most difficult election of Mitch McConnell’s career, the Senate minority leader scarcely mentioned the tea party-backed challenger who tried to capitalize on the anti-incumbent fervor that has toppled others in recent years. [H-L]

The net neutrality fight will enter a new phase on Tuesday when the embattled head of the Federal Communications Commission faces questioning from Congress over his controversial proposal to revamp how the Internet works. [HuffPo]

Six states are holding primary election contests on Tuesday to set the ballots for some of 2014’s most consequential general election battles. [C-J/AKN]

The rapidly changing climate poses a threat of sparking greater global conflict, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday told the graduating class of Boston College, urging the graduates to play a role in pushing for new energy policies. [Reuters]

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These are just a few of the six-word essays written by high school students in Tuscaloosa, Ala., when asked to describe their perspectives on race and education in America today. [ProPublica]

Officials in eastern Kentucky are celebrating the opening of the Scholar House of Central Appalachia. [WHAS11]

The conservative outside-spending behemoth American Crossroads is preparing to launch a nearly $10 million ad campaign aimed at flipping control of the U.S. Senate and focusing on four of the states with the most competitive races of the year, strategists familiar with the group’s plans said. [Politico]

Recently approved legislation could impact a slew of Kentucky businesses, requiring them to implement data-security safeguards. [Business First]

El Nino events can have a significant impact on the yields of certain major food crops, a study has shown. Researchers say the climatic phenomenon, which triggers changes in temperature and rainfall, can reduce maize yields by more than 4%. [BBC]

Montgomery County Schools superintendent Joshua Powell is just now beginning to realize that what we report doesn’t just disappear into the ether. Mainstream media outlets take it and run with it, the political class digests it, educational leaders spread it and our readership turns anything legit into a major issue. What was that, Josh, about this site being a joke? Joke’s on you… As are the eyes of the Commonwealth. [WLEX18]

You know what’s missing in the housing recovery? New houses. [NPR]

Although a closely watched primary election awaits him Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell never mentioned challenger Matt Bevin as he campaigned across south-central Kentucky on Saturday. [Sam Youngman]

A new survey reveals that a gay or lesbian American president could one day become a viable reality. [HuffPo]