Kim Davis Is Still The Absolute Worst

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In the early 1880s, James M. Bond walked from Barbourville to Berea, leading a young steer that he sold to pay for tuition. Bond, who was born into slavery, graduated from Berea and later from Oberlin College with a divinity degree. [H-L]

For more than 20 years, conservative Christians have been building the case that laws protecting gay people and legalizing same-sex marriage place an unconstitutional burden on the rights of religious people who believe homosexuality is a sin. [HuffPo]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he still supports the idea of a caucus for Kentucky Republicans to choose their presidential nominee despite Sen. Rand Paul’s stalled campaign. [C-J/AKN]

The poor are treated like human ATM machines, and our politicians are actively encouraging their exploitation. In the 1960s, the Lyndon Johnson administration launched an official War on Poverty. Needless to say, poverty has emerged victorious. [Salon]

The attorney for Freddie Travis, who has sued Glasgow Independent Schools’ Board of Education claiming it violated Kentucky’s open meetings law, has filed a response to the board’s counterclaim against Travis. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is promising to level the playing field for the middle class in a new campaign ad released on Tuesday. [The Hill]

Big Run Landfill will begin cutting back rail-borne garbage from New York and New Jersey almost immediately and will eliminate it completely by the end of 2016, parent company EnviroSolutions announced Tuesday. [Ashland Independent]

Americans broadly support providing federal funding for free women’s health exams, screenings and contraception services, a Reuters/Ipsos poll has found, suggesting that Republicans could be in risky territory if they continue criticizing Planned Parenthood as a key part of 2016 campaigns. [Reuters]

Eastern Kentucky University President Michel Benson reminded faculty and staff at the University’s annual fall convocation Tuesday, “We can control our own destiny.” [Richmond Register]

Donald Trump clashed with Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday night over the part of his immigration plan that would take away citizenship from the children who were born in the United States but whose parents came to the country illegally. [Politico]

An old distillery in Kentucky soon will start spirits production again. In May 2014, Peristyle LLC announced plans to restore and reopen the historic Old Taylor Distillery in Woodford County. Work has been taking place at the facility since. [Business First]

Donald Trump regularly boasts that he was opposed to the Iraq War. [Mother Jones]

A Lexington council meeting to discuss raising the minimum wage will be postponed from Thursday until Sept. 10. [H-L]

Discussions of economic issues in policy circles often suffer from a “which way is up?” dilemma; it’s not clear what the problem is that needs to be solved. The massive fretting over China’s devaluation of its currency last week is one such example. [HuffPo]

Good Morning Department Of Bad News

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Everybody freaked out about the minimum wage again this weekend. [H-L]

By his collapsing poll numbers, despite his intense campaigning, we know that Jeb Bush might be one of the worst candidates of all time. But, sometimes, bad politicians make good elected officials. So, the question remains, would Jeb Bush make a good Commander in Chief? No. [HuffPo]

The heavy rains from summer storms and flash floods in the Louisville area this summer were bad enough when they hit but they appear to have left something behind that’s still causing problems — mold in homes. Complaints of mold surged during July, but the Louisville Metro government health department shows that the numbers of complaints have been rising steadily for four years. [C-J/AKN]

Ken Wamsley sometimes dreams that he’s playing softball again. He’ll be at center field, just like when he played slow pitch back in his teens, or pounding the ball over the fence as the crowd goes wild. Other times, he’s somehow inexplicably back at work in the lab. [The Intercept]

It should be easy to come up with a weekly column during a governor’s race, but the 2015 election between Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway is unlike any I’ve ever seen. [Ronnie Ellis]

Two states that had blocked gay marriage are in legal battles over granting parenthood status to same-sex couples: Arkansas is trying to throw out a suit from couples seeking the status and Texas is saying it does not have forms ready. [Reuters]

Beginning Oct. 1, visitors to the Blue Grass Army Depot will have new vetting requirements that include background checks. [Richmond Register]

When we wrote in April about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s budget “sins,” one of the biggest was the money shuffle he engineered after his 2010 decision to kill an $8.7 billion commuter rail tunnel from New Jersey to New York City. [ProPublica]

Flooding is not a new problem in Morehead but a committee formed by Mayor Jim Tom Trent has presented new ideas aimed at tackling the issue. [The Morehead News]

At the outset of the campaign, Nevada was thought to be Rand Paul’s western firewall, a state uniquely suited to the Kentucky senator’s self-described “libertarianish” message. Between the remnants of his father’s political organization and a caucus system that rewards passion and grassroots energy, it figured to be as good a place as any for Paul to plant his flag and pull out an early state win. But things haven’t gone according to plan for Paul, and nowhere is that more obvious than in Nevada. [Politico]

Louisville is obsessed with killing its people. Everything is puppies and rainbows, though. [WDRB]

Democratic presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton has hit back at one of her Republican rivals, Jeb Bush, over who is responsible for instability in Iraq. [BBC]

Just what Eastern Kentucky needs: another damn prison. Because that’ll solve everything. Locking people up in the name of creating government jobs. [H-L]

A St. Louis County policeman who boasted of how he spent his “annual Michael Brown bonus” has prompted an investigation by the department. [HuffPo]

Just Admit Yer A Muslin, Okay!

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Lgzelijizi, who said she lost faith in Obama when he wouldn’t admit he is Muslim and who thinks Osama bin Laden is alive, said she likes Paul because she “can tell by his face he’s speaking from the heart.” She’s probably one of those ladies who gets on YouTube talking about how she sees lizard people. [H-L]

Last month, a group of state attorneys general flew to Maui for the annual meeting of the Conference of Western Attorneys General. For several days, the top law enforcement officers — who are often referred to as “aspiring governors” because of their tendency to run for and win higher elected office — attended panels and swapped legal expertise on issues facing their states. [HuffPo]

The investigation began with a single phone call. A donor to Sen. Mitch McConnell called his campaign office last year and asked why he hadn’t gotten the customary “thank you” note for his contributThe investigation began with a single phone call. [C-J/AKN]

A Washington Post reporter who was arrested at a restaurant last year while reporting on protests in Ferguson, Mo., has been charged in St. Louis County with trespassing and interfering with a police officer and ordered to appear in court. [WaPo]

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Urban League in Louisville. Sadiqa Reynolds is taking over the organization and is sure to drive it into the ground in record time. [The ‘Ville Voice]

A new group supporting Democrats committed to campaign finance reform will officially launch this week with a boost from a valuable network of Hillary Clinton supporters. [The Hill]

From the Drug Task Force to the Drug Court, Madison County has many options in the “war on drugs.” [Richmond Register]

Bubbly and athletic, Heather Padgett, raised in a loving family in the Cincinnati suburbs, would not fit the stereotype of a heroin addict. [Reuters]

The Hatfield and McCoy descendants came armed — with digging tools. Side by side, they worked together to help archaeologists unearth artifacts from one of the bloodiest sites in America’s most famous feud. [Ashland Independent]

The government maintains that it should continue to detain migrant mothers and children when they cross the southern U.S. border, the Department of Justice is insisting through a response to a federal court order calling for their release. [ThinkProgress]

Board members of the Industrial Development Economic Authority of Glasgow-Barren County voted Thursday morning to change direction on a previously approved use of funds based upon the recommendation of executive director Dan Iacconi. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Paul has been furiously lobbying Kentucky Republican leaders ahead of an Aug. 22 decision to rewrite party rules so he can run for president and reelection to his Senate seat simultaneously, a hedge to hold onto power should his Oval Office aspirations falter. Running for the two offices at once creates tricky legal hurdles that are only surmountable with the assent of the Kentucky Republican Party’s leadership and central committee. [Politico]

When he made the transition last year from chief of police to public safety commissioner, Ronnie Bastin left some big shoes to fill. [H-L]

Iraq’s prime minister unveiled a bold plan Sunday to abolish three vice presidential posts and the offices of three deputy premiers, hoping to cut spending amid mass protests against his government as the Islamic State group still holds a third of his nation. [HuffPo]

Not Much Of A Change At Top Of KDE

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Rand Paul’s summer just went from bad to worse. After a series of missteps and frequent bad press, the Kentucky senator already was limping into the first Republican presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle. [H-L]

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a lawsuit against an offshore payday lender on Tuesday. The bureau alleges that NDG Enterprise illegally collected loan payments that consumers did not have to pay — violating the Dodd-Frank Act, which Congress passed in 2010 to reform the country’s financial system. [HuffPo]

With less than four weeks to go before state Education Commissioner Terry Holliday retires, the Kentucky Board of Education has named Kevin Brown to be the interim commissioner as the board continues to search for a permanent replacement. [C-J/AKN]

The Obama administration has drafted an executive order forcing any company that contracts with the federal government to issue paid leave to employees who are sick, are seeking medical attention or need to care for a sick relative. [NY Times]

The Boyd County Fiscal Court will only seek closure of Big Run Landfill by eliminating the remaining total capacity of trash at the site. [Ashland Independent]

A long-simmering dispute between automakers and U.S. regulators over policies to promote electric vehicles spilled into the open on Tuesday, in the high stakes struggle over the future of automotive technology. [Reuters]

Morehead’s status as the third Kentucky Trail Town has been recertified for another year, it was announced Monday. [The Morehead News]

A century’s worth of data. That’s how much researchers looked at for a new study — which showed that the world’s glaciers are melting faster than scientists think they ever have before, and that even if global warming stopped today, they would continue to melt. [ThinkProgress]

The 19-year-old Cave City woman accused of being involved in the setting of a fire at the Happy Valley Learning Center in late January was in Barren Circuit Court on Monday for her final sentencing in that and another case. [Glasgow Daily Times]

In the early morning hours of June 30, 1995, a fire sparked to life in Kristine Bunch’s mobile home. It fanned out across the floor and climbed up the walls, then formed an impassable barrier across the middle of the trailer. Bunch, 21, snapped awake in the living room. Her three-year-old son, Tony, shrieked for her on the other side of the flames. [Mother Jones]

For the first time in more than 40 years, not a single one of the Kentucky governor’s appointees to the University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees is black. The urban university’s board is also the only one among the state’s public universities without a single governor-appointed racial minority since Gov. Steve Beshear’s most recent appointments in June. [WFPL]

It started so well. When Saddam Hussein’s Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2, 1990, the United States swiftly cobbled together a broad coalition, unleashed a stunning new generation of air power and waged a lightning ground offensive that lasted all of four days. Iraqi troops were so desperate to quit that some surrendered to Western journalists armed only with notebooks. [NPR]

A controversial statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis will remain in the Kentucky Capitol rotunda. [H-L]

The United Nations said on Wednesday that an increasing number of women and children were getting hurt or killed in Afghanistan’s war against the Taliban and other insurgents. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin Tanked The RPK’s Finances

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The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking public feedback on dozens of proposed social studies standards. [H-L]

For me it was only after eight years of studying Greenland — installing and maintaining a network of on-ice climate stations and examining how much snow evaporates from the island — that I suddenly realized glaciology textbooks needed a major revision. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin is not good for the Republican Party’s finances. The Republican Party of Kentucky trailed far behind the Kentucky Democratic Party in fundraising through the first six months of this year. [C-J/AKN]

Look, this is the best thing you’re going to read all week. So just go read it. [VICE]

Two Boone County emergency dispatch workers sued the county, alleging a co-worker and supervisor used abusive language to minority callers and slept on duty, including during a police chase. [Cincinnasti.com]

President Obama took sharp aim at critics of the Iran nuclear deal on Wednesday, saying many of those who backed the U.S. invasion of Iraq now want to reject the accord and put the Middle East on the likely path toward another war. [WaPo]

The Greenup County Young Democrats club and local nonprofit Emmaus Respite and Resource Center have taken control of the county’s Meals on Wheels program. [Ashland Independent]

Later this month, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will escape for a family retreat to mourn his late son, Beau, but also to mull, as his dying son urged him to do, a campaign for president. Some of Mr. Biden’s friends and allies worry that he will decide it is a good idea. [NY Times]

A majority of the members of the Glasgow Management Control Board said Tuesday that based on documents approved by the city and the ambulance service director, there is no question about who is in charge of their dispatchers, regardless of which entity actually pays their salaries. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday sent a letter to all Republican presidential candidates pressing them to discuss their plans to deal with climate change. [Reuters]

Rand Paul got plenty of attention Saturday during the Fancy Farm Picnic in Western Kentucky. But it wasn’t the good kind. [WFPL]

On Tuesday, Allan Kauffman (D), mayor of Goshen, Indiana, posted a statement announcing that the City Council would not be voting on a proposed LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance that night. “Despite several attempts to tweak the ordinance amendment to respond to concerns expressed, they have not been enough to gain good consensus from City Council members,” he wrote. [ThinkProgress]

The battle over whether a company can force its workers to pay union dues landed in a Kentucky federal courthouse Tuesday as a handful of labor unions sought to persuade a judge to throw out a series of local laws designed to end closed shops. [H-L]

Critics of the Obama administration’s new rules for power plant emissions have been quick to describe them as “government overreach” and “flagrantly unlawful.” What they don’t say is that congressional inaction and a mandate from the Supreme Court drove the regulatory process to this point. [HuffPo]

Planned Parenthood Hype’s Taken Over

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The KDP is not happy with Mike Harmon’s decision not to fire Jesse Benton after the indictment. [KDP]

Diversicare of Nicholasville has received the largest nursing home fine in the nation in recent years, following an outbreak of scabies that went unabated for months, infecting 45 percent of the residents. The fine of $ 891,350 was levied by the federal government against Diversicare of Nicholasville following a January inspection. [H-L]

U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria likely have killed hundreds of civilians, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday. The coalition had no immediate comment. [HuffPo]

Sara Hall started going to Planned Parenthood when she was in her late teens and needed birth control, and she’s gotten care there ever since. [C-J/AKN]

Documents from a “crisis management” report produced by the cybersecurity firm ZeroFox indicate that the firm monitored Black Lives Matter protesters during the Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore earlier this year. The documents, which surfaced online last Wednesday, also state that the firm “protected” the online accounts of Maryland and Baltimore officials and members of the Baltimore Police Department and Maryland National Guard. [Mother Jones]

Berea citizens will likely be voting for or against restaurant sales of alcoholic drinks by September. [Richmond Register]

In 1953, Dr. John Clements realized something fundamental about the way the lung functions — an insight that would ultimately save the lives of millions of premature babies. [NPR]

The two men running to become Kentucky’s next attorney general leveled personal attacks at each other during their speeches at the Fancy Farm Picnic here Saturday. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Clinton Campaign panicked and started shopping this Biden story around, no doubt. [Politico]

Stress such as bullying, substance abuse, and mental health issues are known to prevent children from reaching their full academic potential and impede positive relationships with fellow students and adults. [The Morehead News]

The stupid is real, kids. President Obama has sort of ruined the whole concept of black presidents, according to Donald Trump. [ThinkProgress]

For Republicans, breakfast on Fancy Farm weekend usually has a lot of red meat on the menu. [Ronnie Ellis]

Civil rights campaigners in the US have begun a 40-day march to highlight what they say is a fresh attack on equal rights for African Americans. [BBC]

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is hosting a program on the cultural and natural history of the river. [H-L]

Senate Democrats blocked a vote on a bill Monday that would have stripped federal funds from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest family planning provider. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin Gets More Lost By The Day

New TV ads in Kentucky’s race for governor focus not on the candidates but on Democratic President Barack Obama. [H-L]

A bill that critics say would make any significant new regulation all but impossible easily passed the House Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin has no idea who his opponent is. His campaign staff is so incompetent they aren’t even aware of the most basic opposition research. [C-J/AKN]

Civil libertarians are worried about an increasingly common form of domestic surveillance that has nothing to do with listening to your phone calls or reading your emails; it has to do with looking through your garbage. [The Intercept]

When a festival benefits the humane society, you can presume pets are welcome. [Richmond Register]

For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. [ProPublica]

It’s not just Kentucky’s Legislative Research Commission that will pay to settle a sexual harassment suit brought by three LRC staffers. [Ronnie Ellis]

Rather than being an effective manifesto of all the arguments against recognizing same-sex relationships as marriages, it serves as a guide for just how weak this already-lost case is, and why continued fights — including the ongoing struggle over using “religious liberty” to justify anti-gay discrimination — will likely not prevail either. Some extremists in Frankfort have been talking about this book. [ThinkProgress]

Cave City Council met in closed session Monday during a special-called meeting to discuss real estate. Upon returning to open session, a motion was made to purchase “the real estate in question,” but the council voted 3-2 not to buy the land. [Glasgow Daily Times]

On the campaign trail, Jeb Bush has repeatedly emphasized his record overseeing Florida’s boom economy as the state’s governor. He says it’s an example of an economy that created a huge number of jobs and benefited the middle class — an example of what he could do as president. “I know how to do this,” he said in Maitland, Fla., on Monday. But according to interviews with economists and a review of data, Florida owed a substantial portion of its growth under Bush not to any state policies but to a massive and unsustainable housing bubble — one that ultimately benefited rich investors at the expense of middle-class families. [WaPo]

A grand jury has indicted Shepherdsville Mayor Scott Ellis on a misdemeanor criminal charge of solicitation to prostitution on July 28. [WHAS11]

A new study of veterans from the Vietnam War has troubling implications for troops who fought much more recently — in Afghanistan and Iraq. [NPR]

Courthouse Plaza Wednesday flared in the midday heat and fiery chants of a crowd that assembled in downtown Lexington to oppose Planned Parenthood and abortion. [H-L]

Russian government-backed hackers who penetrated high-profile U.S. government and defense industry computers this year used a method combining Twitter with data hidden in seemingly benign photographs, according to experts studying the campaign. [HuffPo]