Greg Fischer: Still Not Remotely Transparent

A religious group is threatening to sue the state of Kentucky over a year-old policy that prohibits anti-gay comments to youths at the state’s juvenile detention centers. [H-L]

Disastrous sea level rise is an issue for today’s public. [HuffPo]

Of course Greg Fischer’s stunt broke state law. Did anyone ever expect this man to truly be transparent? To truly be up-front? Please. Not even the Brown Family is in his corner. First-rate shyster that the Democrats are afraid to oust. The news director of WAVE-3 is accusing Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer of violating Kentucky’s open meetings law after banning photographs and video footage during a press briefing to review new designs for the downtown Omni Hotel project. [C-J/AKN]

The Senate on Sunday rejected a GOP-led amendment to repeal ObamaCare that fell several votes short of a 60-vote threshold to advance. [The Hill]

Pension spikes have become the city’s newest finance problem, and the board of commissioners is wondering how to handle this unbudgeted expense. [Ashland Independent]

The Associated Press is making thousands of hours of archival news footage available on YouTube. [NPR]

One of the defining characteristics of democracy in the 21st century is that nearly every member of the public can watch the government in action. Through live broadcasts and daily TV news reports, citizens can see and hear the deliberations and decisions that affect their daily lives. [WAVE3]

The U.S. government is violating a 1997 settlement by detaining unauthorized immigrant children, and an order may be forthcoming to require the release of the minors and parents detained with them, a judge in California has ruled. [Reuters]

A death investigation is underway in Bell County after a man was bitten by a snake Sunday during a church service. [WKYT]

Studies have shown time and again that humans are pretty effective at driving other animals to extinction — but a new study published in Science this week suggests that when it comes to some species, that blame might have been misplaced. [ThinkProgress]

Climate change will begin to have a demonstrative effect on Kentucky’s economy within five years. [WFPL]

New York state recently announced an increase in the minimum wage for fast food workers, to $15 an hour. It’s the fruit of a three-year labor campaign. But there’s another group of workers out there that hasn’t had a real wage increase in decades. [NPR]

Wealthy libertarians are giving big to Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul. Three super PACs supporting the Kentucky senator say they raised a combined $6 million through June 30. [H-L]

President Barack Obama freed dozen of nonviolent offenders earlier this month to draw attention to the harsh and often unfair sentences given under mandatory minimum sentencing rules for drug offenders. [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]

Election 2015 Sure Is Awfully Meh

The four men seeking the Republican nomination for governor agreed on many key points in a debate Wednesday night, including their support for the coal industry and “right to work” legislation that would end workplace requirements for union membership. [H-L]

Looks like Frankfort’s bigots aren’t alone in hating the gays. [HuffPo]

Targeted for elimination just 15 years ago, syphilis has been rebounding in Kentucky and across the nation in recent years, mainly among men — part of an uptick that is leading public health officials to seek expanded testing and education. [C-J/AKN]

Orange man John Boehner wrote a thing about Mitch McConnell. [Time]

The Cumberland City Council performed the first reading of an animal control ordinance designed to allow for easier enforcement of animal control issues during a meeting on Tuesday. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

House Democrats on Thursday vowed to fight any attempt by Republicans to tuck gun provisions into government spending bills. [The Hill]

Last Tuesday, City of Hazard Mayor Jimmy Lindon and City of Buckhorn Mayor Pat Wooton approved a proclamation to set April 7 as National Service Recognition Day to celebrate volunteerism and to encourage residents to recognize the positive impact of national service in the region, to thank those who serve, and to find ways to give back to the community. [Hazard Herald]

As a historic constitutional showdown over gay marriage looms this month at the U.S. Supreme Court, attorneys are fighting over another bitterly disputed issue: their fees. [Reuters]

Churchill Downs Racetrack officials wanted to provide a little more “tender loving care” for owners of Kentucky Derby horses by improving their access to the track and their horses while also providing a better view and amenities. [Business First]

A blog hosting posts from former and current New York City officers reinforces the worst kinds of stereotypes. [ProPublica]

Here’s a bit of Greg Fischer-Animal Shelter shadenfreude for ya. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Partisan tensions over a human trafficking bill are bogging down another key piece of congressional business: patent reform. [Politico]

Kentucky officials say the state’s unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in March, the lowest rate since June 2001. [H-L]

The private prison industry’s growing role in immigrant detention is due in part to Congress’ requiring the federal government to maintain some 34,000 detention beds, according to a report released Wednesday. The report, drafted by Grassroots Leadership, a nonprofit based in Austin, Texas, calls on Congress to eliminate the immigrant detention quota from its 2016 appropriations request. [HuffPo]

Louisville’s Racial Divide Bubbles To Top

The University of Kentucky will pay a Washington D.C. lobbying firm with connections to U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, more than $500,000 over the next three years to represent UK on the federal stage. [H-L]

A pair of lawmakers behind a historic congressional amendment protecting medical marijuana operations from federal crackdown issued a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday demanding the Department of Justice stop prosecuting cases against medical marijuana patients and providers in states where the substance has been legalized. [HuffPo]

“I am offended. … I am deeply offended that they would be victimized by an individual and express some kind of fear of all black men,” he said. [C-J/AKN]

Rand Paul tells pastors and religious leaders at a private prayer breakfast that ultimately Washington, D.C., politicians won’t solve America’s problems and instead a spiritual revival is what is needed. [PEE ALERT]

The amounts Glasgow city employees receive in their next pay raises is expected to correlate with performance evaluations, which will be done with a new format. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Drunk Son On A Plane) is reportedly trying to downplay his connections to fringe conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones. [MMFA]

The White House highlighted a bunch of Kentucky trade and such. [Click the Clicky]

The lights went out on an interview with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Butt Cramp) on Friday after a tense encounter with a reporter from the Guardian. It’s just the latest flare-up between Paul and the press in the days following Tuesday’s announcement that he’ll run for president. [The Hill]

Watching Greg Fischer’s inept team dig themselves deeper and deeper is frightening. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Investors will cast a wary eye on the latest gauges of the United States’ economic health this week, while troubled Europe shows early signs of turning the corner. [Reuters]

As Louisville’s murder rate continues to climb, local groups continue efforts to stem the violence in the community. [WLKY]

Hillary Clinton’s campaign-in-waiting held its final pre-game briefing Saturday at its Brooklyn Heights headquarters, just ahead of her expected official entry into the race on Sunday. [Politico]

A contentious and controversial yearlong school redistricting process in Fayette County is now finished, officials said. The proposed final maps for elementary, middle and high school attendance zones will be presented to the public Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in Norsworthy Auditorium at the district office, 701 East Main Street. [H-L]

Jack Conway’s name was on the letter. Top state prosecutors from Oregon to Massachusetts, who contend they have evidence that thousands of Americans were fraudulently urged to take out federal student loans to attend dodgy for-profit schools, urged the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday to forgive the borrowers’ debts. [HuffPo]

Be Thankful Fischer Has No Frankfort Influence

The House and Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 119, which includes language allowing school districts to waive some of their mandatory 1,062 instructional hours this year because of snow days, if the districts cannot make up the time by June 5. [H-L]

This man helps American cities hide their homeless populations. His tactics are being put to use in Louisville by Greg Fischer. But no one wants to talk about it because how dare anyone question puppies and rainbows. [HuffPo]

The Greg Fischer kiss of death is a real thing and it is alive and well. [C-J/AKN]

A New York-based FBI official is warning the public to prepare for major cyberattack given the increasing sophistication of hackers around the world. [The Hill]

Barren County Fiscal Court began paving the way Tuesday to refinance its 2010 bond sale used to fund construction of a new jail a few years ago. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A case of bird flu confirmed Wednesday in the heart of America’s poultry region, is certain to mean more export restrictions, increasing U.S. supply and likely forcing the world’s biggest poultry companies to trim prices. [Reuters]

Even though the two sides have narrowed their differences, the Democratic-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate still have no agreement on how to attack the rise in heroin addiction and trafficking. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Federal Reserve Board’s inspector general has reopened an investigation into a two-year-old leak of confidential monetary information amid rising Congressional scrutiny into how the Fed has handled the matter. [ProPublica]

Get ready! The Rogers folks are set to enrich themselves again with a fancy vacation to Atlanta. U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) and Operation UNITE will put the drug abuse issue back in the national spotlight during the 2015 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Atlanta, Ga. April 6-9, 2015. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Of course Martin O’Malley wants to run against Hillary Clinton. Why the heck else would Elisabeth Smith be working for him? He’s the opposite of Lundergan-style Democratic shenanigans. [Politico]

Two Southeastern Kentucky men are working to re-frame the region’s view on an alternative energy source that they think could help put laid-off miners back to work—and they’re starting this work by appealing to those they have called “tomorrow’s leaders.” [Hazard Herald]

Of the million or so women who have abortions every year in the U.S., nearly a quarter end their pregnancy using medications. But just as states have been passing a record number of restrictions on surgical abortion, more are trying to limit this option as well. [NPR]

Kentucky officials are praising the ideas of state employees who are helping save on costs and improve productivity in government offices. [H-L]

Two police officers were shot outside the Ferguson Police Department just after midnight Thursday, police and eyewitnesses said. The shootings came during protests following the Ferguson police chief’s resignation on Wednesday afternoon. [HuffPo]