Larry Dale Hit The Nail On Its Head

About 50 people came out on a rainy Saturday morning to see U.S. Sen. Rand Paul rally for Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin. [H-L]

Last week, the Taliban began the process of retaking Afghanistan, starting with the northern city of Kunduz. [HuffPo]

Republican Whitney Westerfield and Democrat Andy Beshear are locked in a dead heat for attorney general with just over a month before election day, according to a new Bluegrass Poll. [C-J/AKN]

Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday praised gay rights activists for the progress they have made in recent years. The vice president gave the keynote address at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner, during which he honored past civil rights leaders and commended current ones for working to fulfill the principles embodied the Declaration of Independence. [The Hill]

While it’s not the winter just yet, area homeless shelters are bracing for their busiest months now before their supplies run out. “With the winter coming, what we have isn’t going to last,” Beacon of Hope Emergency Shelter director Michele Bradford said. “It won’t last.” Employees at the 24-hour Beacon of Hope shelter in Winchester say their food supply is quickly dwindling. [WKYT]

The Associated Press properly identified Liberty Counsel — the legal group defending Kentucky’s Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis — as an anti-LGBT hate group, in an all-too-rare example of a major news outlet accurately informing its audience about Liberty’s extreme views. [MMFA]

What no one is saying here? Rand Paul and his wife, Kelly, are miffed at Matt Bevin over some nasty remarks Bevin allegedly made to Kelly some time ago. It’s a big enough rift that the McConnell crew talk about it all the time. [CN|Toot]

The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are set to wade into contentious social matters in their new term beginning on Monday including affirmative action, union powers and voting rights, and could add major cases involving abortion and birth control. [Reuters]

The head of the high tech company coming to Morehead was a guest speaker at Wednesday’s meeting of the Kentucky House Special Committee on Advanced Communications and Information Technology. Robert Schena, CEO and cofounder of Rajant Corporation, told committee members that his company’s technology aboard MSU’s miniature satellites could create a network in space that could be used to keep military defense systems running if the U.S. were ever attacked. [The Morehead News]

The National Rifle Association and other anti-gun-control groups are formidable, but political trends may be loosening their grip on lawmakers. [ProPublica]

Barren County magistrates voted to adopt an ordinance on second reading Friday to set the county’s real estate tax rate for for the current fiscal year during a special-called Fiscal Court meeting. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Edward Snowden is still waiting on the Justice Department to take up his offer of a plea deal, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked thousands of classified documents says. [Politico]

Bevin is the most inept candidate in either party since Peppy Martin won the 1999 GOP nomination after Republicans decided to make a statement about public financing of gubernatorial campaigns by not fielding any legitimate contenders. Still, given Kentucky’s anti-Obama sentiment, Conway cannot win in November unless he gets the Democratic base to turn out 100 percent. So far, he has done little or nothing to make this happen. His campaign has been only marginally better than Bevin’s. [Larry Dale Keeling]

The Supreme Court on Friday issued a posthumous response to Alfredo Prieto, a serial killer on Virginia’s death row whose lawyers had petitioned the court several times to put his execution on hold. [HuffPo]

Rand’s Crew To Abandon Matt Bevin?

Can you believe Jack Conway thought it was appropriate to fight this nonsense? [H-L]

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is stepping down in December after 7 years in the Obama administration. [HuffPo]

Privately, Rand Paul’s people tell a far less kind story about Matt Bevin. Calling it a “minor thing,” U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said on Saturday it doesn’t matter that Matt Bevin doesn’t support his presidential campaign. [C-J/AKN]

Polls released Sunday morning show real estate mogul Donald Trump holding his leads in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, although those leads are smaller than one more ago. [The Hill]

Maybe David Byerman, the new director of the Legislative Research Commission, is a fan of singer-songwriter Sam Cooke. On his first day on the job, Byerman, 44, the former secretary of the Nevada state senate, promised his new employees that change is gonna come. [Ronnie Ellis]

One Vatican official said there was “a sense of regret” that the pope had ever seen Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who went to jail in September for refusing to honor a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and issue same-sex marriage licenses. [Reuters]

The Russell City Council will host a special meeting Monday morning to take a final vote on a slight increase in property taxes. [Ashland Independent]

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said Saturday that his home state of Kentucky needs a governor willing to stand up to the federal government he aspires to lead from the White House. [ABC News]

Isn’t it fun watching the cowardly shitbirds at the Bowling Green Daily Toilet Paper lose their marbles over Jack Conway not hating the gays? If that’s the worst they can come up with after all the crap Matt Bevin has pulled, he’s a damn saint. And you know we think Jack Conway’s the slimiest cat turd in the sandbox. [Bowling Green Daily Toilet Paper]

On any given day, in any police department in the nation, 15 percent of officers will do the right thing no matter what is happening. [Vox]

What do you expect from a drunken party school? Now your tax dollars will be used to attack and belittle the person seeking relief. Western Kentucky University is being sued after a hazing scandal that shut down the school’s swim team. [WAVE3]

There was plenty in the complex deal to benefit bankers, lawyers, executives and hedge fund managers. Patriot Coal Corp. was bankrupt, but its mines would be auctioned to pay off mounting debts while financial engineering would generate enough cash to cover the cost of the proceedings. [ProPublica]

The archbishop, who was exiled to the United States in 2011 after losing a high-altitude Vatican power struggle that became public in an infamous leaks scandal, now finds himself at the center of another papal controversy. This time, the Vatican is suggesting that Viganò is responsible for giving papal face time to Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk whose refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has made her a heroine to social conservatives. [H-L]

A Fox News host has come under fire this week for suggesting that Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old Texas high schooler who was arrested last month for bringing a clock he built to school, was “not as innocent as he seems” because he was once allegedly caught “blowing soap bubbles” in school. [HuffPo]

Your Morning Dept Of Awful Things

Jack Conway stuck to the script and Matt Bevin continued his seemingly spontaneous campaign during an hour-long debate before the rabid fans of Big Blue Nation on the state’s most popular sports talk radio show. [H-L]

U.S. airstrikes hit Taliban positions overnight around a key northern city seized by insurgents this week as Afghan troops massed on the ground Wednesday ahead of what is likely to be a protracted battle to retake Kunduz. [HuffPo]

It wasn’t a miscommunication until they were called on the carpet. People trying to communicate with the Kentucky Division of Water on new water quality standards using email were told this week to buy a stamp and send their comments via snail mail. [C-J/AKN]

A bipartisan group of senators on the Judiciary Committee is preparing to unveil a criminal justice overhaul proposal as early as Thursday. [NPR]

Jack Conway, Kentucky’s Democratic Attorney General who is running for governor, and Greg Stumbo, Kentucky’s Speaker of the House, are in the same party and are on the same side when it comes to coal, which they both defend. But they don’t always agree. [Ronnie Ellis]

Pope Francis met privately in Washington last week with Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who defied a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a Vatican spokesman confirmed on Wendesday. [NY Times]

Last week, I was proud to join with the father of Kentucky State Police Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder and other legislators as we stood together to advocate for additional safety measures for law enforcement. [Greg Stumbo]

LaserLock Technologies, a firm that sells anti-counterfeiting products, won a powerful congressional ally on Capitol Hill after recruiting a Kentucky congressman’s wife. Representative Ed Whitfield, a senior Republican lawmaker from western Kentucky, personally submitted company documents on behalf of LaserLock to the congressional record in support of legislation crucial to the firm’s business. [Lee Fang]

The former chairman of the Republican National Committee is upset he was quoted in a television ad for Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway. Duncan – who is from Inez, Ky., and now heads the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity – told WYMT his comments were taken out of context. “The comments that I made were as the chief executive officer of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. It had nothing to do with the Republican National Committee,” Duncan said Tuesday night in a phone interview. [WYMT]

U.S. bombs somehow keep falling in the places where President Barack Obama “ended two wars.” [The Intercept]

Laurel County is back to being the worst place on earth. A woman has been arrested after sheriff’s deputies say they found a man’s body inside a freezer at her Laurel County home. [WKYT]

It could have been Hillary Clinton’s tweet that did it. Just after the US government had given the go-ahead for Shell to restart its exploration in Alaska, the Democratic presidential candidate took to the social media site. [BBC]

Every community in Kentucky should be serving alcohol and selling it by the package because it’s not the dark ages. Berea voters on Tuesday approved the sale of alcohol by the drink in certain restaurants. [H-L]

After enduring a marathon House hearing on Tuesday during which GOP representatives frequently interrupted her, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards accused them of political grandstanding and using the hearing to demonstrate how “they are obsessed with ending access to reproductive health care for women in America.” [HuffPo]

Bevin Sucks & Conway’s Folks Do Too

Matt Bevin may be an incompetent bigot and his campaign staff equally useless. That’s kind of a given at this point. But Jack Conway’s folks are unbelievably nasty and vindictive, launching defamation campaigns left and right when a critic steps up. No one’s allowed to question a Democrat in Kentucky without suffering the consequences.

Which is why it’s time to start publishing and sharing all of the fun Conway documents and recordings.

Starting with the NRSC’s 2010 research file on Jack:


Nothing groundbreaking but worthy of a look since he has no credible opponent other than underfunded Drew Curtis.

So keep attacking folks, Conway staffers. Keep up with the nastiness. We’ll keep sharing.

P.S. Drew Curtis should probably examine this big file if he ever finds the time:


It’s Official: Jack In 2010 Is Jack In 2015

“Grace under pressure. Country and institution before self,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday, describing his impressions of retiring Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio. [H-L]

Bigoted fame whore Kim Davis lies again: Now she’s claiming Kentucky Democrats don’t hate the gays as hard as Kentucky Republicans. We all know they hate the gays equally. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin was supposed to be Republican he could beat in this race but as each day goes by, that’s looking less and less like a sure thing. [C-J/AKN]

Renewable energy has for the first time surpassed coal in supplying the UK’s electricity for a whole quarter, according to government statistics released on Thursday. [The Guardian]

Independent Stave Company announced last week that its fifth American oak stave mill – located on Cranston Road (KY 377) – now is fully operational as the second largest such facility in the world. [The Morehead News]

Advocates for abolishing the death penalty are hopeful that Pope Francis’s visit this week will give their cause a jolt of momentum. [The Hill]

The efforts of the Berea College Farm to reduce energy and waste and serve students and the community have been recognized as one of the top in the country. [Richmond Register]

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo renewed his call for national gun control legislation on Saturday as he delivered a eulogy for the top state attorney who was fatally wounded by a stray bullet in Brooklyn earlier this month. [Reuters]

Where the devil is Jack Conway? It’s customary for those who want to be governor to get out among voters and tell them why they should vote for him. Conway’s Republican opponent, Matt Bevin, is traveling the state talking to prospective voters, but unless you sneak into a Conway fundraiser as I did last weekend, it’s hard to find the Democrat. [Ronnie Ellis]

With their top object of scorn, John Boehner, about to leave the scene, conservatives are already training their ire across the Capitol on Mitch McConnell. [Politico]

A change to the Glasgow city ordinance pertaining to the humane treatment of animals that narrowly passed a first reading Sept. 14 is on Monday’s agenda for a second reading by the Glasgow City Council. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Pope Francis has urged a large gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York to respect humanity’s “right to the environment”. [BBC]

Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is calling on the GOP’s top senator to step down. [H-L]

When poor defendants appeared in court over an unpaid fine, the ACLU found that judges did not assign them a lawyer, seek to determine whether they could afford their fine or inform them of their rights. [HuffPo]

Kim Davis Goes Full Fox Fame Whore

Weighing in on an open-records case involving some of Kentucky’s most vulnerable residents, a divided state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an advocacy group failed to qualify for access to documents related to the deaths of some people in the state’s care. [H-L]

A young girl from California delivered a message about immigration reform to Pope Francis on Wednesday and received a blessing in return for her efforts. [HuffPo]

What was that, again, about not wanting the spotlight? Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis said in an interview Wednesday with Fox News that she was prepared to stay in jail as long as necessary to defend her decision on marriage licenses. [C-J/AKN]

Growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector showed no month-over-month change during September, staying at August’s sluggish pace which was the weakest in almost two years, according to an industry report released on Wednesday. [Reuters]

The development of a homeless shelter is something officials with the Glasgow Service Unit of the Salvation Army have discussed at its board meetings. [Glasgow Daily Times]

In Alabama, anti-drug fervor and abortion politics have turned a meth-lab law into the country’s harshest weapon against pregnant women. [ProPublica]

The two women running to be Kentucky’s next lieutenant governor squared off in a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Wednesday evening at Midway College in Versailles, mostly sticking to campaign talking points. But there were a few fireworks toward the end. [Ronnie Ellis]

Few things strike fear into the hearts of politicians like a disgruntled grandparent entering a voting booth. [ThinkProgress]

Good-paying jobs exist in Kentucky, but employers are having difficulty finding workers skilled enough to fill positions, according to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway. [Ashland Independent]

Millions of kids, some as young as 5, now get their schooling online. Just one problem: Nobody knows how well it works. [Politico]

Kelly Bowman knew he was going to be a Kentucky State Police trooper when he was a little boy. His career has always brought him home. [The Morehead News]

The U.S. government says the fingerprints of five times as many people as originally believed were included in the data hacked from Office of Personnel Management computers earlier this year. [NPR]

Every Republican presidential candidate who could be in the room with Pope Francis during the pontiff’s address Thursday to Congress – that is, every senator – was there. Except one. [H-L]

With less than two weeks before the start of the new Supreme Court session, Justice Antonin Scalia is still lamenting Obergefell v. Hodges, the June ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. [HuffPo]