Kim Davis Just Won’t Effing Quit It

Despite Kentucky’s socially conservative streak, more than half of the state’s voters think Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis should have to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [H-L]

In a speech last week, Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen inadvertently told us why Congress should set a 4 percent unemployment target for the Fed in its conduct of monetary policy, as is proposed in a new bill put forward by Michigan Representative John Conyers. The context was Yellen’s dismissal of such a target. [HuffPo]

Don Childers and others affiliated with Childers Oil Co. combined to give $4,000 to the Kentucky Democratic Party this summer while Governor Steve Beshear’s administration was negotiating a secret settlement with the company over a 2011 spill of diesel fuel into the North Fork of the Kentucky River. [C-J/AKN]

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is the favorite to succeed John Boehner (R-OH) after his surprise resignation as the House Speaker last week. The appointment of McCarthy, who represents a heavily Latino district, to preside over a more radically conservative Republican caucus could have implications for immigration reform. [ThinkProgress]

Ann Stewart, executive director of the Glasgow-Barren County Tourist and Convention Commission, has been reappointed to serve another term on the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s board of directors. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Secret Service reportedly leaked sensitive personal information to the press about Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz as the Utah Republican was investigating the beleaguered agency. [Politico]

Steve Beshear’s lawyers are using the words “absurd,” ”forlorn” and “obtuse” to describe the legal arguments a county clerk has used to avoid issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [WAVE3]

Can we quit it with calling Drew Curtis “quirky”? It’s an insult from a bunch of old-ass white men and seems to get thrown around a lot lately. The only people who think he is quirky are people who have no idea what “URL” means. And can we quit acting like the RGA pulled out because Bevin sucks? Sure, he sucks, but the RGA’s man on the ground said six months ago their budget was $3 million. RGA never thought Bevin could win, really. Which is worse than abandoning him now. [Larry Sabato]

Kentuckians are continuing to default on federal student loans at one of the highest rates in the nation. [WFPL]

Rand Paul’s (R-Cookie Tree) daddy hauled in more money in one day than he’s raised in three months. Surprising that anyone thinks his presidential campaign is anything more than a stunt to raise his senate campaign profile. [Mother Jones]

Attorneys for a Magoffin County judge have asked the Kentucky Supreme Court to review a lower court decision that would force the judge out of office for election fraud. [WKYT]

In an interview with NPR, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country will use its added billions of dollars from the nuclear deal for boosting the Iranian economy. [NPR]

This year’s Historic Paris-Bourbon County house tour Sunday is at the boyhood home of one of Kentucky’s most interesting and least known Civil War generals, who ended his short life as an American diplomat in South America. [H-L]

Thirteen people were killed and as many as 20 were wounded Thursday in a shooting at a small community college in Roseburg, Oregon, according to multiple reports. Another day, another mass shooting. [HuffPo]

Papaw’s People Pony Up The KDP Cash

Former state Rep. John Arnold, who was accused of sexually harassing two female legislative staffers, said in a deposition earlier this year that he “spanked the knee” of Rep. Sannie Overly, this fall’s Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor. Which is fine and dandy. But when I asked one of the victims about Overly earlier this week? They said that after going to Overly, she got shut down by leadership and she avoided the victims like the plague. No amount of spin will change that. [H-L]

President Barack Obama is “cautiously optimistic” about the prospect of a global climate agreement emerging from negotiations in Paris at the end of this year. [HuffPo]

The Kentucky Democratic Party continued to rake in big contributions in August, much of it from state contractors and appointees of Gov. Steve Beshear. [C-J/AKN]

The Obama administration is gearing up for what it expects to be the toughest healthcare sign-up season yet, officials said Tuesday. [The Hill]

Wondering what Joshua Powell’s attorney, Mike Owsley, is up to at other school districts? You’ll love reading about his latest shenanigans. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Los Angeles officials on Tuesday called homelessness an “emergency” in the city and proposed spending $100 million to provide permanent housing and shelters for the city’s 26,000 indigent. [Reuters]

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear isn’t on the ballot this year; he’s finishing up his second term and is ineligible to run. But his legacy in health care is very much at stake in this fall’s gubernatorial election. [Ronnie Ellis]

This weekend, Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia’s Curran-Fromhold Jail as part of his visit to the United States. In addition to severe overcrowding, Curran-Fromhold inmates also have to contend with a bevy of private firms that make money providing services inside the jail. While it is nominally a correctional facility, life inside Curran-Fromhold is shaped at least as much by the profit motive as by the spirit of rehabilitation and penance. [ThinkProgress]

When U.S. District Judge David Bunning jailed Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis for contempt his instructions were for her not to interfere with issuance of marriage licenses. [The Morehead News]

Sales of CDs in the US dropped by 31.5% in the first half of 2015, according to music industry figures. [BBC]

State Auditor Adam Edelen says he’s looking into the financial management of the University of Louisville Foundation, which manages the university’s $1.1 billion endowment, and the university’s board of trustees as part of an ongoing investigation. [WFPL]

After more than four years of civil war in Syria, what’s driving people to Europe in such numbers now? [NPR]

Sam Walton believed in private enterprise, but that probably didn’t include selling hemp from the back of a pickup truck in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Danville police arrested a Harrodsburg man on Tuesday for allegedly doing just that. [H-L]

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said the idea that she started the birther movement, which questions the validity of President Barack Obama’s American birth certificate, is “so ludicrous.” [HuffPo]

Mitch McConnell Is Right, Democrats

Like it or not, Democrats, Mitch McConnell is right. If Matt Bevin wins the gubernatorial race, Democrats are likely going to maintain control of the state house. Unless Conway’s people run all the house races, that is. Then they’re doomed. Bevin could fire up the Dems.

But if Bevin loses? Republicans will likely take over the state house within two years — not four or six. Honestly, once Republicans get to 51 votes, you know all the old Dems will start to retire out of anger and frustration and then, boom, majority like woah.

How crazy is that? Matt Bevin — the guy RPK insiders say is dumber than Richie Farmer (that’s really, dangerously dumb) — could be your governator.

And how crazy is it that Andy Beshear could lose to someone (Whitney Sweaterfield) with 10x less money? All because he and his family are afraid to say the word “gay” and stake out a position that isn’t backward.

What the hell year is this?!

Fun thing: if Republicans do get power in the state house, at least it could potentially motive Democrats to get their shiz together and draw in competent young people. This pat-a-caking hasn’t worked the last decade.

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?

Campaign Craziness Kicks Into Gear

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Even while fighting blindness in the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere this week, Republican presidential contender Rand Paul intensified political attacks against rivals in both parties, vowing to continue pressing billionaire businessman Donald Trump in particular as the Kentucky senator embraces the role as the GOP’s leading pit bull. [H-L]

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the government should have broad surveillance powers of Americans and private technology firms should cooperate better with intelligence agencies to help combat “evildoers.” [HuffPo]

In a high-profile report issued in 2010, then-state Auditor Crit Luallen rebuked Passport Health Plan for wasteful spending of Medicaid funds on things like lobbying, travel, public relations, donations and sponsorships. But in May of this year, Passport made a $25,000 contribution to the Democratic Governors Association, an organization which already this year has given $600,000 to a Democratic super PAC supporting the election of Attorney General Jack Conway as governor. [C-J/AKN]

Hanni Fakhoury, a senior staff counsel with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said courts have not yet settled the question of how specific or broad email search warrants should be, and this case is one of the most prominent illustrations of how users can fight back. [Mother Jones]

Seems like only yesterday Jack Conway and his people were touting a study indicating that testing welfare recipients was a waste of time and resources. Attorney General Jack Conway says he supports drug testing some welfare recipients in Kentucky, echoing the position of his Republican opponent. [WFPL]

Amid the horrors of war in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, it’s become easy to overlook Afghanistan. Remember Afghanistan? Back in the mid-2000s, it was known as the “forgotten war,” eclipsed by the bloodshed in Iraq. Now it’s overshadowed all over again. But there’s plenty of reason to pay attention. [NPR]

Two same-sex couples in this small eastern Kentucky county got everything they wanted in a ruling from a federal judge Monday, except for one sentence. [Ashland Independent]

Climate change is increasing the risk of severe ‘food shocks’ where crops fail and prices of staples rise rapidly around the world. [BBC]

Of course the racist rednecks are coming out of the woodwork at the state fair. [WAVE3]

Donald Trump’s immigration plan is huge in every aspect — including its price tag. Think $166 billion. And that’s on the low end. [Politico]

Just weeks after a Kentucky man gained national attention for shooting down a drone in his backyard, a state lawmaker is proposing new legislation. [WDRB]

As concerns rise about a security menace posed by rogue drone flights, U.S. government agencies are working with state and local police forces to develop high-tech systems to protect vulnerable sites, according to sources familiar with the matter. [Reuters]

Lyman T. Johnson was a grandson of slaves who grew up in the deeply segregated community of Columbia, Tenn. One day, his father, the principal of the segregated black school, sent him on an errand to the white school, where Johnson saw for the first time the truth of Jim Crow laws that created separate and unequal facilities. [H-L]

A year ago, after 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, police responded to even peaceful daytime protests in the St. Louis suburb by deploying attack dogs and tactical vehicles, pointing sniper rifles at peaceful protesters, arresting people for simply standing still on public sidewalks, flooding demonstrators with tear gas — often without warning — and shooting them with bean bags, wooden pellets and balls filled with pepper spray. [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. []

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]