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]

Eating crow is never fun but that’s what Jake is doing. Help him get things squared away? If you get something out of this content, consider doing so in order to ensure that it continues. [Click Here For Details]

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]

Eating crow is never fun but that’s what Jake is doing. Help him get things squared away? If you get something out of this content, consider doing so in order to ensure that it continues. [Click Here For Details]

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]

Freaky Gethsemani Scandal Will Melt Your Brain

The Bluegrass Area Development District will retain control of $8 million in annual federal workforce investment funds for the next six months as officials ask the state attorney general to clarify who should be in charge. [H-L]

An overwhelming majority of voters would support sweeping reforms to the Supreme Court, as trust and confidence in the institution has eroded in recent years, according to a new survey by the Democratic-aligned firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner. [HuffPo]

Nestled on 2,200 acres in the hills of Nelson County, the 166-year-old Abbey of Gethsemani is known for its peace and tranquility. But now the oldest operating monastery in America, where 42 monks live, work and pray seven times a day, is roiled by controversy. [C-J/AKN]

Brain training is big business, with computerized brain games touted as a way to help prevent memory loss. But new research shows you might be better off picking up a challenging new hobby. [NPR]

Here’s a lesson at how to fail at reporting – a least in the sense of being anything but fluff. In this story about John Will Stacy’s retirement, nary a legitimate reason was provided. It’s not remotely a secret that the folks in leadership — who have hated him for quite some time — are loosely blackmailing him. At least, ahem, that’s how the “rumor” goes. [WFPL]

Mitch McConnell appears to be cruising to victory against tea party foe Matt Bevin. [Politico]

Here’s the Ronnie Ellis take on Jack running for governator. Jack Conway talked last week with Alison Lundergan Grimes before announcing Tuesday that he is running for governor in 2015 through a video emailed to supporters and the media in advance of a 3 p.m. news conference. [Ronnie Ellis]

In justices’ votes, free speech often means ‘speech I agree with.’ Which comes as a surprise to absolutely no one beyond random tea people who believe riding around on Rascal Scooters makes them actual patriots. [NY Times]

Kentucky’s 20 year transportation plan — also known as the campaign cash patronage system — is up for review. [Click the Clicky]

Don’t worry, Kentucky is not one of the most bike friendly states in the nation. It’s one of the least friendly. [Fast Company]

Whether your interest is in backyard beekeeping, growing nuts, forest gardening, or harvesting and preparing wild edibles, Saturday’s fourth-annual Field to Fork Festival will feature a full day of workshops, local foods and entertainment. [Richmond Register]

How states are turning death row inmates into human guinea pigs. [Think Progress]

A Kentucky company is looking to cash in on the cultural shift to e-cigarettes with the product farmers know best: tobacco. [H-L]

A new CNN/Opinion Research poll on Tuesday showed Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) and former governor of Florida Jeb Bush tied at 13 percent nationally, with Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) just a point back. [WaPo]

Frontline Shines A Light On Sad Louisville Mess

When President Lyndon B. Johnson came to Eastern Kentucky on April 24, 1964, to promote an ambitious attack on poverty, he made clear what he hoped the nation would accomplish. [H-L]

U.S.-grown apples are widely coated with a pesticide that has been newly banned in the European Union amid health concerns, and the United States is at least a year behind in a required scientific assessment of the pesticide. [HuffPo]

Hours after federal regulators announced Wednesday new rules aimed at improving protections for miners against excessive exposure to coal dust, a large mining company insisted it would file a challenge in court. [C-J/AKN]

Inside the sleek hillside headquarters of Valley Health Systems, built with a grant from the health care law, two employees played an advertisement they had helped produce to promote the law’s insurance coverage for young, working-class West Virginians. The ads ran just over 100 times during the recent six-month enrollment period. But three conservative groups ran 12 times as many, to oppose the law and the local Democratic congressman who voted for it. [NY Times]

Controversy where there is none. Because we already know most Republican men in Washington are sexist and almost every man — Democratic and Republican — in Frankfort is a full-on asshole encrusted in 100% sexist bigotry. [WFPL]

Skin grown in the laboratory can replace animals in drug and cosmetics testing, UK scientists say. A team led by King’s College London has grown a layer of human skin from stem cells – the master cells of the body. [BBC]

Chris Harris has outraised corrupt Keith Hall in Pike County. Does this mean he’ll lose next month so the feds can finally move in on him? [Ryan Alessi]

Rand Paul will introduce a bill this week, calling for an end of U.S. aid to Palestine until it recognizes Israel’s right to exist, which could be seen as an attempt to drum up pro-Israel support prior to a possible 2016 bid. [Politico]

Fire officials say they got a call Sunday morning that a young man was trapped between the walls of two downtown Lexington buildings behind the city’s police department. [WDRB]

Detroit and a coalition of 14 city employee unions have reached a tentative deal on five-year collective bargaining agreements, federal court-appointed mediators said on Monday. [Reuters]

You’ll probably want to watch Frontline tomorrow as the program explores a horrible part of Louisville life. [The ‘Ville Voice]

The current conservative Supreme Court majority has a well-earned reputation for protecting the First Amendment right to free speech, whether in the form of campaign spending or protests at military funerals. [NPR]

Ten years after it became law, Fayette County’s smoking ban is gaining acceptance. A dark-haired guy, looking like an extra from a low-rent version of The Sopranos, leans on the porch railing outside Divas Gentleman’s Club, inhaling the mist of an e-cigarette. [H-L]

Attitudes toward the Affordable Care Act continue to shift in the law’s favor, even in Republican-held congressional districts. [HuffPo]