Of Course Rand Paul Is Afraid Of Immigrants

Oh, how convenient for Greg Stumbo to complain those wasted coal severance funds are no big deal. According to Greg, everything is being taken out of context and the average person doesn’t know the rest of the story. Unfortunately for Greg, that story of his has changed about a dozen times since he was called on the carpet. [H-L]

The U.S. Senate approved a landmark immigration bill on Thursday that would provide millions of undocumented immigrants a chance to become citizens, but the leader of the House of Representatives said the measure was dead on arrival in the House. [Reuters]

Kentucky and Indiana have decided not to pursue lower tolls for poor and minority drivers on Ohio River Bridges despite finding that the charges would be “appreciably more severe or greater in magnitude” for them. [C-J/AKN]

Roughly 2.7 million temp workers are currently employed in the U.S—a sector that’s “roaring back 10 times faster than private-sector employment as a whole,” wrote reporter Michael Grabell. [ProPublica]

The state has sounded the alarm by asking the Kentucky Court of Appeals to keep Medicaid managed care company Kentucky Spirit from bolting for another two months or else it will “jeopardize the health” of 125,000 people. [Ryan Alessi]

Rand Paul is not pleased with the passing of the immigration reform bill in the Senate, but he hasn’t given up hope that conservatives will get what they want out of the bill yet, as he plans to rally the House. [Politico]

You can’t even go to work in Richmond these days without someone robbing you and taking your shorts right off of you. [Richmond Register]

Washington Democrats are planning a full-court press on John Boehner now that immigration reform is squarely in the Speaker’s court. [The Hill]

Summer is just getting started, but a program that helps folks stay cool could soon end without donations! The Community Action Council’s Summer Cooling Program loans out air conditioners to low-income families. [WKYT]

Climate change seems like this complicated problem with a million pieces. But Henry Jacoby, an economist at MIT’s business school, says there’s really just one thing you need to do to solve the problem: Tax carbon emissions. [NPR]

State and federal officials say they’ll begin cleaning up the neighborhood around the old Black Leaf chemical plant later this summer. But residents are skeptical about whether enough is being done to make their homes safe. [WDRB]

Some 7 million college students will see their borrowing costs double next week after Republicans and Democrats paid little attention to the issue for 11 months, then spent the past month vainly squabbling over a solution. [HuffPo]

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training says unemployment rates have risen in 78 counties between May 2012 and May 2013, decreased in 32 counties and remained the same in 10.M [H-L]

There Should Be Live Feeds From The SCOTUS

The redistricting special session to waste your tax dollars will begin on August 19. [Press Release]

Faculty, alumni and students at Georgetown College are encouraging former Gov. Martha Layne Collins to consider becoming president of the liberal arts school. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell has often assumed the role as the key Republican in high-stakes negotiations with the White House. But not on immigration. [Politico]

Still wondering why people say Jack Conway has no firm position on anything and blows in which ever direction the wind takes him? While Kentucky Attorney Jack Conway ponders a run for governor, he’s taking steps to shore up his pro-coal cred — joining with other attorneys general to try to help ward off new EPA rules on climate change for power plants. [C-J/AKN]

A Christian group that once promoted therapy to encourage gays and lesbians to overcome their sexual preferences has closed its doors and apologized to homosexuals, acknowledging its mission had been hurtful and ignorant. [Reuters]

Tomorrow Jack Conway, according to a release: “will help celebrate the opening of the new Family & Children’s Place Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center. The Center will also be the headquarters for LMPD’s Crimes Against Children Unit and Child Protective Services. In addition, it will have dedicated space for doctors and prosecutors.” [Press Release]

Ahead of major Supreme Court rulings, Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) reintroduced legislation to put cameras in the chamber and televise all of the court’s open proceedings. They described it as a matter of transparency and accountability. [TPM]

A pair of national Democratic super PACs unveiled their campaign theme against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell on Tuesday starting with a new ad declaring that “30 years is too long” for McConnell to have been in Washington. [Ryan Alessi]

When Max Kelly, the chief security officer for Facebook, left the social media company in 2010, he did not go to Google, Twitter or a similar Silicon Valley concern. Instead the man who was responsible for protecting the personal information of Facebook’s more than one billion users from outside attacks went to work for another giant institution that manages and analyzes large pools of data: the National Security Agency. [NY Times]

The state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a Lexington man’s manslaughter conviction in the 2010 death of Lexington Police officer Bryan Durman. [H-L]

Margaret Doughty, an atheist and permanent U.S. resident for more than 30 years, was told by immigration authorities this month that she has until Friday to officially join a church that forbids violence or her application for naturalized citizenship will be rejected. [HuffPo]

Jerry Abramson on Wednesday urged school superintendents to support proposed tax code recommendations if they want to see public education funding increased. [BGDN]