Kim Davis Melted Your Thinky Parts

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You have to wonder: With all of the challenges our state and nation faces, why do we still spend so much time arguing about the Civil War? Well, there are a couple of reasons. [H-L]

In a recent blog post, Michael Brown, the host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show “The Line of Fire” and the president of FIRE School of Ministry, challenged HuffPost Gay Voices Editor-at-Large Michelangelo Signorile to a debate related to Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who refuses to provide licenses to same-sex couples based on her religious views. [HuffPo]

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway needs to more forcefully reject Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to one Louisville lawmaker. [C-J/AKN]

A federal judge here on Thursday ordered a Kentucky clerk jailed for contempt of court because of her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [NY Times]

Officials with the Kentucky State Fair say attendance numbers for this year increased from 2014. [WDRB]

No one will be surprised to learn that the campaign to build a national movement against gentrification is being waged out of an office in Brooklyn, New York. [The Atlantic]

More than four years after state officials began investigating the Mason County School District’s financial dealings, former Superintendent Tim Moore had his day in court Tuesday. [Ledger Independent]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… One of the earliest big predators to prowl Earth’s primordial waters was a sea scorpion nearly 6 feet (1.7 meters) long whose body looked a bit like an ancient Greek warship. [Reuters]

Madison County homeowners whose yards frequently suffer from standing water can receive a rain garden grant to alleviate pooling, according to Crystal Barnes, communications specialist of Bluegrass Greensource. [Richmond Register]

With the school year just beginning in many districts, parents at two schools are already expressing outrage that transgender students are being allowed to use the bathrooms that match their identities. [ThinkProgress]

The Glasgow City Council Infrastructure Committee has decided to take a company up on its offer to evaluate city facilities and operations for ways they could be more energy efficient. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Donald Trump knows the United States will never deport eleven million undocumented immigrants or do away with birthright citizenship. But what if we did—what would be the political impact if Trump and other angry nativists in the GOP actually achieved most or all the changes they desire, cutting immigration back sharply? [Politico]

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is not the only county clerk who has stopped issuing licenses in the wake of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling. [H-L]

Donald Trump signed a pledge on Thursday to back the Republican presidential nominee and not to run as an independent should he not win the party’s nomination. [HuffPo]

It’s The Big Day For Anti-Gay Kim Davis

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The heat on Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis rose a few more degrees Wednesday afternoon when a U.S. attorney expressed “grave concerns” about her refusal to issue marriage licenses in the face of a federal court order. [Ronnie Ellis]

Now Rand Paul says it’s part of the “American Way” for government to refuse services on the basis of sexual orientation. [H-L]

The top executives at the largest publicly held fossil fuel companies in the United States have made nearly $6 billion in the last five years — enough to double the U.S. commitment to addressing climate change abroad. [HuffPo]

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who two decades ago spirited the headquarters of the nation’s largest hospital chain out of Kentucky, says he is coming back to the state to plunder some more. [C-J/AKN]

Candidates and their super-PACs are finding previously unimagined flexibility. [The Hill]

As of 9:17 a.m. Tuesday, Eastern Kentucky University’s enrollment stood at 16,940, a new record. And nearly 60 percent of them are women, EKU President Michael Benson said as the university opened an on-campus women’s health clinic. [Richmond Register]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… One of the most impressive weapons to appear during the dinosaur arms race of the Cretaceous Period was the big bony tail club wielded by some members of a group of tank-like plant-eaters. [Reuters]

Lewis Williamson, 61, of Louisa, filed a lawsuit on Aug. 11 in Rowan Circuit Court alleging that asbestos exposure during his time as a student and employee at Morehead State University caused him serious health problems. [The Morehead News]

Over the 18 years Denise Doheny has worked as a child care provider, she’s experienced a number of tough financial spells. She was homeless twice, once living with her mother, another time with friends. She had a hard time affording food. [ThinkProgress]

All but one member of Barren County Fiscal Court voted in a special-called meeting Tuesday to increase the 2015 real estate property tax rate to 14.3 cents per $100 of assessed value. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Attempting to force reporters to reveal information about sources is a serious threat to democracy. A First Amendment showdown may be looming with new indications that journalists are about to be pulled into litigation over leaks about the government investigation that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus and, ultimately, his conviction on a charge of mishandling classified information. [Politico]

Kentucky transportation officials say the state is getting close to finalizing details of a new law that will require some drunken drivers to get ignition interlock devices on their vehicles. [WKYT]

Maintaining her stand against same-sex marriage, a Kentucky clerk on Wednesday rejected a gay couple’s request for a marriage license and braced for a Thursday morning hearing before the federal judge who will decide whether to declare her in contempt of court. [NY Times]

About two weeks ago, as the golfers were finishing their rounds at Bardstown Country Club, Jack Conway stood in a clubhouse dining room and saw the end of summer approaching and with it, an end to some of the issues that threatened to derail his Democratic campaign for governor. [H-L]

If you’re a working-age person without a job, a disability or a kid, then soon you’re not going to have access to food stamps, either. In another sign of eroding sympathy for the jobless amid a tepid economic recovery, states are restricting benefits for the unencumbered unemployed. [HuffPo]

Conway Says He Has More Republican Pals

Yesterday Jack Conway announced a “new wave” of Republican support.

But… uh… it appears to be a list of people who are spouses or otherwise connected to the other no-name Republicans already supporting him.

What the heck? Why not push for someone a bit more well-known?

Here’s the list:

  • Barry Chaney, city commissioner, Pike County
  • Judith McGarvey, homemaker, Jefferson County
  • Everett Gulley, retired, Bell County
  • Ed Thomas, retired, Bourbon County
  • Kay Thomas, retired, Bourbon County
  • Danny Bowman, salesperson, Clay County
  • Anthony Paolilli, logistics, Fayette County
  • Dina Bartlett, attorney, Jefferson County
  • Tom Musselman, hotelier, Jefferson County
  • Craig Sherman, retired civic leader, Jefferson County
  • Tim Rogers, corporate manager, Jefferson County
  • Dr. Shiao Woo, physician, Jefferson County
  • Dale Warren, teacher, Jefferson County
  • Richard Plouffe, graduate student, Jefferson County
  • Nick Van Hooser, operations supervisor, Jefferson County
  • Teresa Kelley, homemaker, Jefferson County
  • Travis Workman, small business owner, Jefferson County
  • Dwight Young, attorney, Jefferson County
  • Craig Ludwick, sales, Jefferson County
  • Brian Woolridge, business, Jefferson County
  • Kristy Effinger, homemaker, Jefferson County
  • James Sproul, retired educator, Knox County
  • Anna Lee Morris, homemaker, Shelby County
  • Ron Hebner, retired, Shelby County
  • Danny Baker Jr., camp youth worker, Wayne County
  • Delmar Mahan, school board member, Whitley County

Merely a handful of non-bigoted people who don’t support Bevin because he’s 15 kinds of loony. Most of them in Louisville.

Sleepwalking is apparently the new normal on the Democratic Party front. Trotting out a list of people no one knows (okay, I know some of them but I live and breathe this crap) in an attempt to prop up a limp campaign.

Jack Stops Sleepwalking For A Moment

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Seventy-two historians from 16 public and private colleges and universities in Kentucky want a controversial statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis removed from the state Capitol. [H-L]

The White House is considering applying sanctions against companies and individuals in China it believes have benefited from Chinese hacking of U.S. trade secrets, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. [HuffPo]

More proof that Kim Davis is dumb as hell. A transgender man and his wife stepped forward Saturday with paperwork showing that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis apparently issued them a marriage license in February even though she has blocked forms for same-sex couples over the past two months. [C-J/AKN]

In July 2013, GCHQ, Britain’s equivalent of the U.S. National Security Agency, forced journalists at the London headquarters of The Guardian to completely obliterate the memory of the computers on which they kept copies of top-secret documents provided to them by former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. However, in its attempt to destroy information, GCHQ also revealed intriguing details about what it did and why. [The Intercept]

The University of Louisville’s chief lobbyist has resigned to join Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway’s campaign for governor. Maybe this is a sign that Jack Conway is no longer going to sleepwalk? [WDRB]

Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) is panning calls to build a wall along the nation’s northern border with Canada, something GOP rival, Gov. Scott Walker (R-Constipation Face), would not rule out. [The Hill]

The national campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs through Labor Day weekend and is aimed at reducing deaths and injuries caused by motorists driving drunk or impaired by drugs. During the 2014 Labor Day holiday, there were six alcohol-related highway deaths on Kentucky roadways. Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 55 people for DUI during that same time period. The 2015 Labor Day enforcement period begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept.4 and extends through Monday, Sept. 7 at 11:59 p.m. [Press Release]

Backers of Vice President Joe Biden are reaching out to donors and activists in the gay and lesbian community to line up financial and political support if Biden, who endorsed same-sex marriage before Hillary Clinton, decides to run for president. [Reuters]

Will micro-breweries, distilleries or wineries be coming to Richmond? The small-scale, beverage-alcohol making businesses are becoming popular in urban areas. [Richmond Register]

Donald Trump is once again equating undocumented immigrants with criminals, this time through an attack ad released Monday against fellow 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. [Think Progress]

The chair of the Rowan County Republican Executive Committee believes a Republican caucus could make Kentucky and Rowan County serious players in the 2016 presidential election. [The Morehead News]

Three top Jeb Bush fundraisers abruptly parted ways with his presidential campaign on Friday, amid internal personality conflicts and questions about the strength of his candidacy. [Politico]

An Alpha Natural Resources executive has left the coal producer amid a financial restructuring. [H-L]

A statue of Jefferson Davis was removed from its pedestal Sunday on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, days after a court rejected an appeal from a Confederate heritage group. [HuffPo]

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against a Kentucky county clerk who says her Christian faith should exempt her from having to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Supreme Court on Monday denied Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ request for a stay while she pursues an appeal. [AP]

Sleepwalking Dems Are Trying To Lose

Last week we wondered if the Democrats were sleepwalking again.

The answer? Yes, yes, yes.

Here’s what went down on Thursday:

  • SILENT protestors were arrested at the ham breakfast for… who knows? Scaring Jack Conway’s campaign advisers? Wearing ugly orange t-shirts?
  • Democratic candidates opposed background checks
  • Andy Beshear wasn’t sure where he stood on anti-discrimination/fairness laws
  • Gay-panicked Republican Whitney Westerfield says he’s open AND he’s the furthest to the left when it comes to the death penalty
  • The Kentucky Fart Bureau’s policies are to the right of the Faux Family Foundation but Democrats like Jack Conway get weak in the knees over the organization’s barely relevant support

Way to go, Democrats, for maybe making effing MATT BEVIN your governor.

Who will you blame this time? Got your defamation campaign ready to go?

Kim Davis: You’re So Dumb It Hurts

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Going to school saved James Mouser’s life in early April. Mouser, then a senior at Northpoint Academy in Pike County, cut his hand while at school on a Friday. Unable to see a doctor because he has no car, he lanced his own hand over the weekend after it became infected. [H-L]

Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk who has received international attention for defying the U.S. Supreme Court, is still refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples today, more than two months after the high court’s historic ruling in Obergefell. [HuffPo]

Neither Republican Matt Bevin nor his Democratic opponent, Jack Conway, seem to be exciting their parties’ bases. Jack Conway is sleepwalking once again. [C-J/AKN]

The pollution caused by China’s coal use gets a great deal of attention, and for good reason. It causes health problems in both China and America — helping to kill 4,000 Chinese people per day and traveling across the Pacific Ocean to increase smog levels in the western United States. [ThinkProgress]

When Hardin County voters help pick their party’s presidential nominee next spring, Democrats will be assigned one of 60 polling places while Republicans will converge at one. That’s never happened before, according to Hardin County Clerk Debbie Donnelly. The only reason it’s happening now is because the GOP is holding its own primary, in the form of a caucus, which allows U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to bypass a state law banning candidates from appearing on a ballot more than once. Paul is seeking the presidency and re-election to his Senate seat. [News-Enterprise]

A federal appeals court in Kentucky on Wednesday affirmed a ruling ordering a county clerk who objects to same-sex marriage on religious grounds to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [NY Times]

The Kentucky Board of Education has chosen two finalists in its search for a new state education commissioner. It’ll be someone the opposite of great and, sadly, you know I’m right. [WKYT]

The go-to dealmaker in the market for tobacco bonds is gone from her post – a surprise departure that raises questions about the future direction of a once-burgeoning corner of Wall Street. [ProPublica]

Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins on Thursday referred a charge of official misconduct against clerk Kim Davis because of her two-month refusal to issue marriage licenses to the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office despite the ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that same-sex marriage is legal. [Ashland Independent]

President Barack Obama on Saturday defended his decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean under what he said were rigorous standards, fending off criticism by environmental groups. [Reuters]

Here’s another supreme wasted of taxpayer dollars. A drug bust that featured the seizure of 77 marijuana plants resulted in a pair of arrests on Wednesday in Hart County near the community of Magnolia. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The two journalists killed by a gunman while broadcasting in Virginia were shot in the head, officials have said. [BBC]

With the race for governor nearing the Labor Day starting gun, Americans for Prosperity will unleash significant attacks this week to try to tie Democrat Jack Conway to President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act. [H-L]

Kim Davis: dumb as hell. A county clerk in Kentucky who petitioned the Supreme Court to allow her to refuse to wed LGBT couples unknowingly married a trans man and a pansexual woman, the couple says. [HuffPo]

Are The Democrats Sleepwalking Again?

From extreme narcissist Damon Thayer on Matt Bevin:

“I’ve met Matt a couple times, he’s obviously successful and a nice guy. But he’s a rookie engaging in a Don Quixote-like episode of jousting at windmills that ultimately will prove unsuccessful for him.”

Remember that fun?

Republicans were hitting Matt Bevin harder in the U.S. Senate primary than Jack Conway’s gubernatorial campaign has done in its entirety.

Should be a real WTF moment for Democrats who fear all of those non-merit jobs and board positions being lost to some delusional teabagger whims.