Bourbon Heist: Rumors Are Flying Like Woah

We hear the tipster is from a law enforcement agency that was working in a rivalry against another law enforcement agency in the county. [H-L]

This past September was the hottest ever worldwide — the seventh monthly record set this year. [HuffPo]

Once again, Jim Ramsey is lying to the media. Only now he has a media veteran to help him craft those lies. [C-J/AKN]

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer plans to invest at least as aggressively in the 2016 presidential election as he did last year, when he became the biggest individual donor on either side of American politics. [The Hill]

The Glasgow-Barren County Industrial Development Economic Authority received a “clean” opinion on the audit of the financial report for its most recently completed fiscal year. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Apple Inc told a U.S. judge that accessing data stored on a locked iPhone would be “impossible” with devices using its latest operating system, but the company has the “technical ability” to help law enforcement unlock older phones. [Reuters]

The Harlan County Economic Development Authority met for the first time on Monday to determine the direction the board will take and elect officers. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

In February 2008, six days before he would win the Wisconsin presidential primary, Barack Obama traveled to a General Motors plant in Janesville, Wis., for a major economic address. [ProPublica]

Frustrating to see school districts spread information like this. You already know Eastern Kentucky schools aren’t tops, in any circumstance, in the state. The Perry County School District has made strides academically this 2014-2015 school year. [Hazard Herald]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… The latest pictures of Pluto show it to have a beautiful blue-tinged atmosphere. And analysis of the scientific data sent back by the New Horizons spacecraft so far indicates that it has one of the most diverse landscapes in the Solar System. [BBC]

The Berea Independent Board of Education reaffirmed its commitment to two goals at Monday’s meeting. The first objective is to reduce the number of students who scored at the novice level in last year’s K-PREP state education accountability tests. The second is to raise student writing scores. [Richmond Register]

The myth of welfare’s corrupting influence on the poor. Does welfare corrupt the poor? Few ideas are so deeply ingrained in the American popular imagination as the belief that government aid for poor people will just encourage bad behavior. [NY Times]

About 180 CSX employees will be furloughed or relocated after the company abruptly closed its Corbin rail shops. [H-L]

Ratifying a treaty to end forced labour will free millions of people trapped in modern slavery, the International Labour Organization said on Tuesday, launching a drive to persuade 50 nations to ratify the landmark pact. [HuffPo]

Bowling Green City Commissioner Melinda Hill announced Wednesday her intent to challenge longtime state Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, for his Kentucky House seat in 2016. [BGDN]

State House Is Within Reach For Republicans

Fewer than half of the 100 seats in the Kentucky House will be contested in this year’s General Election as Democrats and Republicans battle for control of the chamber. [H-L]

The polls say that President Barack Obama is at a low point, but you couldn’t tell it from the tour de force of his State of the Union speech. [HuffPo]

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway filed a complaint Tuesday in Franklin Circuit Court against a Kentucky propane gas provider for allegedly violating the state’s Consumer Protection Act, according to a release from his office. [C-J/AKN & Press Releases]

President Barack Obama on Wednesday will highlight the theme of income disparity by visiting a Maryland big-box wholesaler and a steel plant in a depressed corner of Pennsylvania a day after launching a renewed push to raise the federal minimum wage. [Reuters]

A former Carter County high school principal and basketball coach has filed a lawsuit against the school system in which he alleges he was wrongfully terminated. [Ashland Independent]

A small but significant caveat in a new agreement brokered between the Obama administration and Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft could cast a long shadow over America’s technology start-ups. [NY Times]

Here is the tea lady trying to run against Jody Richards. We can only imagine the kind of hilarity that would go down if they were forced to debate. [Click the Clicky]

A new right-wing media narrative is brandishing out-of-context statistics on inherited wealth to argue that lower-income Americans are disproportionately benefiting from inherited wealth transfers, unlike the wealthiest Americans who earn their wealth with hard work. [Media Matters]

President Barack Obama on Tuesday night hailed Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear for implementing the president’s health care law in Kentucky, praising the governor who attended as Obama’s guest. [Sam Youngman]

President Barack Obama sought during his State of the Union address Tuesday night to link his 4-year-old health care reform law to his broader agenda to address widening income inequality and promote financial security. [HuffPo]

In an effort to change the leadership of the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time in almost a century, Hal Heiner announced this morning the formation of New Direction Kentucky, a political organization that will focus on House races in the 2014 election cycle. Folks involved include: Bill Bishop, Darrell Brock, Doug Cobb, Jess Correll, Larry Cox, Terry Forcht, Bob Gable, Rich Gimmel, David Jones, Sr., Hilda Legg, Todd P’Pool, Bill Stone, Alecia Webb-Edgington and Mike Whitaker. [Press Release]

There was no unified opposition at the conclusion of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. Instead, four different Republicans — representing, in some ways, four different factions of the Republican party — had something to say to the nation. [TPM]

Frankfort Works To Keep Kentucky’s Poor Poor

The Attorney General’s office has ruled that the Blue Grass Area Development District is not a state agency and, therefore, has to follow local zoning regulations. [H-L]

Dollars for Docs mints a millionaire. Dr. Jon W. Draud, the medical director of psychiatric and addiction medicine at two Tennessee hospitals, pursues some eclectic passions. [ProPublica]

It took four years but Gov. Steve Beshear and Rep. Jeff Greer, D-Brandenburg, Monday got their wish to raise the high school dropout age to 18. [Ronnie Ellis]

The American public is split over whom to trust on gun laws — President Barack Obama or congressional Republicans — but supports a variety of gun control measures pushed by Democrats, according to a poll released Tuesday. [Politico]

Still wondering why Cathy Bailey will never be governor of the Commonwealth? No, planting a story about herself raising money for Rand Paul at her home in Florida isn’t the primary reason. But it helps solidify, you know, the reality that it’s never happening for her. Cathy Bailey, the former U.S. ambassador to Latvia under President George W. Bush, held a “meet and greet” for Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul at her Palm Beach, Fla., home over the weekend. [CN|2]

The Securities and Exchange Commission is experimenting with punishments that more closely fit the wrongdoing at issue in a bid to give its enforcement cases more bite. [Reuters]

This is Greg Stumbo’s fault just as it was Jody Richards’ fault before him. Followers of the Kentucky General Assembly might have a hard time guessing that of the body’s 122 rank-and-file members, Rep. Dennis Horlander was — by far — the highest-paid in 2012. [C-J/AKN]

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) complained Monday she was subject to a very uncomfortable screening by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). [The Hill]

Come on, folks, keep meemaw at home after she’s had a sip or two! Frankfort Police arrested a 70-year old woman who they say was driving drunk the wrong way down Interstate 64. [WKYT]

The United States has expelled two Venezuelan diplomats, following the expulsion of US attaches from Caracas. The Venezuelans were asked to leave a day after President Hugo Chavez’s funeral, US officials said on Monday. [BBC]

A measure to regulate hemp farming in Kentucky might not be dead yet. House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Tuesday morning that people were working on modifications to Senate Bill 50, which has stalled in the House. [H-L]

Obama team stops saying ‘Global War On Terror’ but doesn’t stop waging it. After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush often made a provocative claim: He argued that the U.S. was fighting a war without a typical battlefield. In effect, he said, this war is everywhere. [NPR]

Devastating and cruel — those are words being used to describe cuts to Kentucky’s Childcare Assistance Program. Supporters of the program are racing the clock to try and stop the cuts. [WDRB]

Jody Richards Knows Shenanigans Are Underway

Tomorrow at 11:00 A.M., Jamie Comer and Adam Edelen will make an announcement at the Department of Agriculture. It’s billed as being “important” and you can only imagine what it may be. [Media Fun Times Are Ahead]

Jody Richards and Rick Nelson voted no on House Bill 2. And Greg Stumbo’s redistricting map passed along party lines to the State Senate, where it will die. [Deep Frankfort Failures]

Allowing Kentucky school buses to be moving billboards seems silly. The Kentucky Department of Education wouldn’t be hurting so badly if so much cash wasn’t wasted on frivolous crap. There’s no reason Kentucky schools need to be paying for teachers to take their spouses on conference trips. Absolutely no reason. And that’s just scratching the surface. Adam Edelen needs to sack up and audit that mess RIGHT NOW. [CN|2]

Rick “The Froth” Santorum will allow you to own one of his armpit-aerating sartorial staples – a necessity for anyone with anger management issues, because anger causes sweat – for the low, low price of $100. Snatch up your sweater vest today. [Wonkette]

It’s time for a reality check on the meth problem in Kentucky. If we’re gonna get a handle on this issue, we at least need to keep the facts straight. [Page One]

Andy Barr released a statement about House Bill 2 today and tried to tie Ben Chandler into it in the weirdest way possible. We keep waiting for Barr to hit hard and will continue to do so. Surely he can start digging in where Republicans and Democrats want to pay attention. [Press Release]

Are Super PACs the WMDs of campaign finance? Yep. And it’s highly entertaining watching Republicans reap what they sewed in the form of “free speech.” [The Atlantic]

Wait, Rick Perry is still a thing? [Politico]

The State House Education Committee approved HB40, which authorizes a statewide teacher evaluation system. [H-L]

Ron Paul got really mad at CNN again. Just after he finished complaining about how nobody paid attention to him or whatever. [The Hill]

Following the Metro Sewer District shenanigans in Louisville? Then keep your eye on this latest project and make sure nothing nefarious goes down. [C-J/AKN]

The honeymoon is officially over for Greg Fischer. Mr. Buzz Words is being forced to face reality and no longer gets to enjoy the free ride. [The ‘Ville Voice]

The Pope says gay marriage is a threat to the future of humanity. Funny, we thought Brown Coats were the real threat. [HuffPo]