KDP’s Arms Flailing, Sinking, Lost Again

The American Civil Liberties Union says a Kentucky county clerk’s office should reissue altered marriage licenses even though the governor has promised to recognize them as valid. [H-L]

In the lead-up to Thursday’s House vote for tightening restrictions on Syrian refugees seeking entry into the United States, senior Democrats warned fellow members that they faced a massive backlash next fall if they didn’t support the bill. [HuffPo]

Dawn has barely broken, and Melanie Lowe is already in a hurry. She’s on her way to court. A familiar route, timed to the minute. Jericho Road to avoid the train. Burks Branch to skip the lights. She scarfs a protein bar and dials a colleague. No, she can’t cover for another public defender in juvenile court. Too many cases. [C-J/AKN]

Basically, Democrats don’t have a chance now that Matt Jones has realized it’d be dumb to run for congress. [Roll Call]

Guess he learned from weed in Ohio and maybe from the last dozen times he’s tried gambling bills. Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo pre-filed legislation that, if passed, would ensure that no business could acquire more than one horse-racing license except under special circumstances in Kentucky. [WMKY]

First-hand accounts like this won’t deter pandering bigots like Rand Paul and Matt Bevin. Until last year, I was one of 4.3 million people at the mercy of the legal immigration system, waiting for the chance to stay in the U.S. for good. [BuzzFeed]

Republican Gov.-elect Matt Bevin told a statewide gathering of county officials the crisis in state pension systems requires immediate attention and the solution will have to come from the general fund at the expense of other spending needs. [Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump tweeted a series of inaccurate murder statistics from the “Crime Statistics Bureau — San Francisco.” The bureau doesn’t exist and the statistics were fabricated. [ThinkProgress]

Steve Riley, one of two Republicans who have voiced their intent to be candidates for the 23rd District Kentucky House of Representatives seat, said he’s been interested in politics for a long time, but it wasn’t “the right thing” for him to be part of it before now. [Glasgow Daily Times]

When it comes to terrorism, more Americans trust Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton than the top Republican candidates in the field, according to the latest results of an ABC News/Washington Post survey released Monday. But among those who worry most about terrorism, Donald Trump is the preferred candidate. [Politico]

It took six tries but Rowan Fiscal Court on Tuesday finally passed a longevity pay scale for full-time county employees. [The Morehead News]

This Turtleman charade is certainly embarrassing for Kentucky. But it’s not as dumb as the handful of New Yorkers that constantly scream about it every chance they get in an attempt to shame Kentuckians in some bitter, vengeful rage. A Kentucky farmer has accused Animal Planet of setting a fire, damming a creek, chopping down trees, and illegally trespassing and building structures on his property during the production of the reality TV show Call of the Wildman. [Mother Jones]

Terrorist attacks like the one in Paris make me fear for America’s future. I don’t fear the terrorists so much as the reaction they prompt among America’s fearmongers and the people who listen to them. Their actions are capable of doing far more damage to this country than jihadists could ever accomplish. [Tom Eblen]

Weather-related disasters such as floods and heatwaves have occurred almost daily in the past decade, almost twice as often as two decades ago, with Asia being the hardest hit region, a U.N. report said on Monday. [HuffPo]

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Abolish The Office Of State Treasurer

There were many surprising numbers in last year’s U.S. Senate election, ending with the margin of victory (15.5 points). But perhaps no other number was as shocking or concerning for Democrats than 12,000. That’s roughly the number of Louisville Democrats who went into voting booths and pulled the lever for U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth and then left without voting for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. [H-L]

Migrants streaming across the Balkans reached Slovenia on Saturday, diverted overnight by the closure of Hungary’s border with Croatia in the latest demonstration of Europe’s disjointed response to the flow of people reaching its borders. [HuffPo]

Just in case you needed another reason to sometimes distrust the mainstream media? Especially when mainstreamers go out of their way to suggest outlets like Page One are unreliable because of perceived political ties? Here you go. All kinds of reporters — or former reporters — throwing mountains of cash at political candidates. [C-J/AKN]

With just weeks to go before the Nov. 3 election, Democratic state Attorney General Jack Conway has a narrow advantage over Republican Matt Bevin in the Kentucky governor race. [Roll Call]

Ray Ray Jones: Might as well stop attempting to cause us financial and personal harm. If it’s truly you who happens to be spreading shenanigans. Because we already have all kinds of depositions, transcripts, emails and such to be published. You can’t bully us like you’ve bullied other people who have merely questioned you. Because we don’t have anything for you to take and know the same judges you know. Public records are public records. [Calm Down]

Hillary Clinton is full of it when it comes to whistleblowers. National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward says Hillary Clinton is wrong to claim he could have come out under whistleblower protection laws. [The Hill]

If you missed it, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has retained Stoll, Keenon & Ogden. This Personal Service Contract shall provide the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (the “KHRC”) with professional legal services for representation in cases involving complex administrative law and constitutional issues, including attacks on the validity of the KHRC regulations. [External PDF Link To Contract]

Turmoil swirled again around the Republican-controlled Benghazi committee on Friday as it questioned a senior aide to Hillary Clinton, prompting fresh accusations that the panel was created to damage the Democratic front-runner’s presidential campaign. [Reuters]

PEE ALERT! Someone thinks Matt Bevin understands taxpayer dollars. [Click the Clicky]

Immigration reform advocates are still hoping to hear some policy proposals from Democrats. [ThinkProgress]

Isn’t it fascinating to watch Steve Beshear try to take credit for something President Barack Obama made happen? Gov. Steve Beshear, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers and the Appalachian Regional Commission have announced $6 million in federal grants to help the economically struggling eastern Kentucky region. [WBKO/AP]

Samaria Rice long ago lost count of how many times she has watched the surveillance video that captured the last few minutes when her 12-year-old son was still very much alive. [Politico]

Hell yesssss that office needs to be abolished. Though calls have been made to abolish the office of state treasurer, two Eastern Kentuckians are running hard this fall not only to win the $117,329-a-year job but add to its duties. [H-L]

Ugh, Joe Biden has got to be just as boring as Martin O’Malley. Can’t the Democrats field a candidate who isn’t boring as hell? [HuffPo]

Al Mohler Is Gay Attention-Starved Again

A little fish called the Kentucky arrow darter — up for listing under the Endangered Species Act — isn’t likely to create as much of an uproar as its famous Tennessee relative, the snail darter. [H-L]

Three former CIA detainees are suing over being tortured at the agency’s infamous “black sites,” the first suit to seek accountability in a U.S. court for the CIA’s tactics since the Senate Intelligence Committee released the executive summary of its groundbreaking torture report. But the ex-detainees aren’t suing the CIA. [HuffPo]

Al Mohler, who fleeces people like woah (check out his mansion and fancy clothing), says “Christians” should boycott gay weddings. We think “Christians” should boycott these alleged leaders who get rich on the backs of poor people buying into their religious business. [C-J/AKN]

A reassessment of ancient rocks has led scientists to estimate that Earth’s inner core started to form earlier than was previously thought, around 1.3 billion years ago. As it started to freeze, the core began generating a bigger magnetic field, which continues to today. [BBC]

Lexington-based Columbia Gas of Kentucky is in the early stages of gathering environmental information for a possible natural gas infrastructure improvement project in Rowan County. [The Morehead News]

The political network led by billionaires David and Charles Koch is building what’s meant to be a seamless system of grassroots groups, designed to advance the network’s conservative and libertarian goals year in and year out, while also helping like-minded politicians. [NPR]

Cheerleading, once a grounded activity with cheers and dancing, has grown into a high-risk sport involving flips, tumbling and the throwing and catching of bodies. [Ashland Independent]

Presidential candidate and television star Donald Trump is scheduled to host “Saturday Night Live” on Nov. 7, NBC announced in a release Tuesday. [Politico]

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway says he would support legislation to expand casino gambling in Kentucky to bring in more money for the cash-strapped state budget. [WFPL]

The Taliban announced Tuesday they have withdrawn from Kunduz, the northern Afghan city that briefly fell under insurgent control last month. [NPR]

The two candidates for attorney general went after each other Monday night in a spirited debate on Kentucky Education Television. [Ronnie Ellis]

U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed concern on Tuesday that Florida gives judges undue sway in determining death sentences at the expense of juries as the court weighed the appeal of a man convicted of murdering a fried-chicken restaurant manager. [Reuters]

Lexington officials will wait to see what changes the federal and state government may make to regulations on the use of drones before they pursue any local ordinances. [H-L]

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Tuesday he had no doubt Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine by Russian special forces because “drunken separatists” could not have operated the missile. Yatseniuk made his charge shortly before publication of the Dutch Safety Board’s final report on its investigation into the causes of the downing of MH17 over territory held by pro-Russia rebels on July 17, 2014. [HuffPo]

Surprise! Horsey Track Slots Instant Racing Machines Bring In The $$$

The gambling parlor at Red Mile took in more than $5 million in wagering in the first 19 days it was open, according to figures reported to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. [H-L]

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wants Congress to establish a Select Committee on Gun Violence in the wake of the Oregon college shooting that left 10 dead on Thursday. [HuffPo]

If the campaign of Republican Whitney Westerfield for attorney general does not have the money to compete with its Democratic opponent Andy Beshear, the Republican Attorneys General Association does. [C-J/AKN]

We might not be able to remember every stressful episode of our childhood. But the emotional upheaval we experience as kids — whether it’s the loss of a loved one, the chronic stress of economic insecurity, or social interactions that leave us tearful or anxious — may have a lifelong impact on our health. [NPR]

The tell-all book claiming that a former University of Louisville staffer hired escorts for players and recruits is topping charts. [WKYT]

All it takes to officially run for the Republican presidential nomination is a one-page form sent to the Federal Election Commission, the US government entity in charge of overseeing campaign laws. [BBC]

The Department of Justice has issued a statement of interest in a federal lawsuit over children being handcuffed by a school resource officer in a northern Kentucky district. [WHAS11]

Girls, many of whom have suffered a range of trauma at home, make up a growing share of children arrested and detained across the country. [ProPublica]

It’s been more than two months since Beshear’s comments and it’s hard not to believe this controversy hasn’t cost the state of Kentucky more than the $60,000 day it would have taken to call a special session. Aaaaaand this guy is straight up lying to the folks in Richmond as he pushes for more separate but equal nonsense. You wondering why average Kentuckians remain in the dark? People in the media push that sort of crap. [Richmond Register]

Here’s what the world thinks about the American response to the Oregon massacre. [ThinkProgress]

People who live in Eastern Kentucky are a lot less impressed with this Mountain Parkway business than media would have you believe. [Floyd County Times]

About two dozen Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday sent President Obama a letter urging him to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan through 2016. [The Hill]

Do you smell the backroom fun things going on here? [H-L]

Looking back, nearly 20 years later, Jay Dickey is apologetic. He is gone from Congress, giving him space to reflect on his namesake amendment that, to this day, continues to define the rigid politics of gun policy. [HuffPo]

Remember The Jack-Kinder Morgan Fun?

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is taking the lead in an investigation of whether black Fayette County Public Schools employees are victims of discrimination. [H-L]

At CVS pharmacies in 12 states, friends and family members of people suffering from opiate addiction will now be able to get the overdose reversal drug naloxone without a prescription. Just not in Kentucky. [HuffPo]

Society may be getting more politically correct, but there’s new evidence that the trend hasn’t trickled down to operating rooms. [C-J/AKN]

Now random gays are trying to fame whore on the back of bigoted Kim Davis. And big city shysters are hyping it up. [TDB]

Members of a task force appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to develop recommendations to shore up Kentucky’s teacher retirement system are fast learning it won’t be easy. The group’s consultant, William B. “Flick” Fornia of Pension Trust Advisors, ran through a number of potential options Friday but several of them met with concerned questions from members of the group. [Ronnie Ellis]

Rumors of Donald Trump’s demise may have been greatly exaggerated. Ever since rival Carly Fiorina was widely perceived to have bested Trump at the second GOP debate in California on Sept. 16, media outlets have been lining up to suggest that the front-runner is waning. [The Hill]

When Louisa West Elementary first-grade report cards go out on October 12, parents will not see the traditional A-B-C-D-F grading system. Instead, they will see a detailed list, written in plain English, assessing their children’s mastery of specific skills. [Ashland Independent]

A proposed four-year labor agreement between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and the United Auto Workers union encountered strong opposition from rank-and-file union members in early ratification voting. [Reuters]

The Madison County School District collected $238,720 less in property tax than state projections, according to a report during the district’s budget meeting Thursday evening. [Richmond Register]

For the second time this year, a speech by a foreign leader to Congress caused American politics to come to a standstill. But the pope’s remarks were the polar opposite of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s on March 3—they united more people than they divided, and they spoke with such humility and other-centeredness that they seemed to be coming from a village priest, rather than the head of a church with 1.2 billion adherents. [Politico]

It’s been a few months since any new information has been released about Kinder Morgan’s plan to repurpose the Tennessee Gas pipeline through Rowan County. [The Morehead News]

Khaled Alkojak is one of the few Syrians to have made it to the U.S. since the start of the Syrian civil war. Even here, though, the 31-year-old remains in limbo, unsure of how long he’ll be allowed to stay. [NPR]

At the Red Mile, horse racing evolves into something that looks like a casino. Because that’s what it is — a casino. [H-L]

The day that Pope Francis asked Americans to respond humanely to refugees and other migrants, GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee dismissed the idea of being welcoming — insisting it could lead to admitting “some of the most violent and vicious people on Earth.” [HuffPo]

Family Foundation’s Right About 1 Thing

We’ve written quite a bit and broken some news here and there on the instant racing horsey gambling front.

So here’s the latest from the Faux Family Foundation:

The group that has challenged the legality of Instant Racing machines has called on the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to clarify its remarks about how the machines operate.

In previous court documents, the Commission, along with several of the state’s horse racing tracks, have claimed that, despite looking like slot machines, the way Instant Racing machines work is indistinguishable from pari-mutuel betting, the form of betting used in the horse racing wagering system, which is considered constitutional. But legal documents recently filed with the court admit that the random number generation used by the machines is broader than it first had indicated to the courts.

“If the Racing Commission has discovered that its previous statements were incorrect about the very heart of this case,” said Martin Cothran, spokesman for The Family Foundation, “then it needs to come clean about it. We don’t think that’s too much to ask.”

Stan Cave, counsel for The Family Foundation, sent a letter to the Commission today asking it for specifics about how Instant Racing machines use random number generation. “Their recent court documents leave it very unclear as exactly how Instant Racing wagering uses random number generation,” said Cothran. “And we think the court also needs to know whether the way these machines use random number generation disqualifies Instant Racing wagering from being called pari-mutuel.”

“This is what the court case is about: whether Instant Racing qualifies as pari-mutuel betting, which is the only legal form of betting allowed in Kentucky. The racing industry has said that the odds are set based on previously run horse races. But if they are set randomly, they’ve got a problem.”

Nothing to see here, move along, puppies and rainbows… amirite horsey gambling folks?


We All Want Kim Davis To Go Away

Home to hippies, artists, farmers and university staff, Morehead is not a place I would have predicted to host a battle in the culture wars. Morehead is a progressive enclave in Eastern Kentucky and a first destination spot for many gay people in Appalachia. Indeed, the university’s motto is to be a “light to the mountains.” Bible Belt residents, especially gay ones, learn to tread carefully around issues of gay rights because when one says something supportive of gay people, one is immediately assumed to be gay, and frequently subject to sanctions. [H-L]

A super PAC backing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is going negative, circulating an email that yokes her chief rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to some of the more controversial remarks made by Jeremy Corbyn, the United Kingdom’s new Labour Party leader, including his praise for the late Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan leader who provided discounted fuel to Vermont in a deal supported by Sanders. [HuffPo]

The folks in Montgomery County are probably watching this thing closely. [C-J/AKN]

Senior U.S. and Chinese officials concluded four days of meetings on Saturday on cyber security and other issues, ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Washington later this month, the White House said. [Reuters]

I spent three days last week in Carter and Rowan counties covering the Kim Davis saga and experiencing a sort of information and sensory overload. It was more than disconcerting. [Ronnie Ellis]

To the best of his knowledge, Jim Smith never saw or handled Agent Orange on the Navy ship he served on during the Vietnam War. “I never sprayed the stuff, never touched the stuff,” said Smith, 65, who lives in Virginia Beach. “I knew later, vets started getting sick from it, but I didn’t think it had any impact on me.” [ProPublica]

No opposition was voiced Friday morning as the Richmond City Commission conducted a public hearing on its proposed property tax rate for 2015. [Richmond Register]

We are living amid the largest refugee crisis in recent memory, but according to one GOP lawmaker, the United States shouldn’t resettle any migrants from war-torn areas because “they only want the free stuff from America.” [ThinkProgress]

Glasgow Independent Schools Finance Officer Sue Furlong broke down the district’s working budget for 2015-16 to the Board of Education during Monday’s monthly meeting, and the bottom line looks healthier than it has in a number of years. [Glasgow Daily Times]

New research has shown that aggressive treatment of high blood pressure can significantly reduce risks of heart disease and death in people over 50. [BBC]

“How far did you come today to persecute Kim Davis? California?” Elizabeth Johnston asked a same-sex couple as they entered the Rowan County clerk’s office to apply for a marriage license, not mentioning that Johnston, herself, came from out-of-state to persecute those she believed were living in sin. [The Morehead News]

President Obama on Saturday abandoned his two-year effort to have the government create a system that explicitly rates the quality of the nation’s colleges and universities, a plan that was bitterly opposed by presidents at many of those institutions. [NY Times]

While standardbreds took to the track outside during Red Mile’s regular meet Saturday night, fans of casino gaming took their seats inside for the historic track’s first night of slots-style wagering. [H-L]

A Michigan resident is recovering from the state’s first ever confirmed case of bubonic plague, state health officials said on Monday. [HuffPo]