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]

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]

Anything Bourbon-Related Is Good News

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Sometimes the best ideas really do come while enjoying a glass of bourbon. [H-L]

A universal flu vaccine — one that provides immunity against every strain of the influenza virus for multiple years — is the holy grail of flu research. It would be a medical breakthrough on the order of penicillin, with the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives every year. And scientists just got one crucial step closer to making it a reality. [HuffPo]

As the 2014 legislative session drew to a close with casino legislation dead, House Speaker Greg Stumbo vowed the issue would be his top priority the next year. [C-J/AKN]

The science of predicting hurricanes has come a long way since Katrina caught New Orleans officials off guard 10 years ago. [Reuters]

On October 1, 2014, many local residents visited Berea’s Boone Tavern Inn to mark what they believed would be a milestone. After years of being alcohol free, wine and spirits were on the menu in the tavern restaurant. [Richmond Register]

In the fall of 2003, police in New Jersey received a call from a concerned neighbor who’d found a boy rummaging in her garbage, looking for food. He was 19 years old but was 4 feet tall and weighed just 45 pounds. Investigators soon learned that the boy’s three younger brothers were also severely malnourished. [ProPublica]

We live in cynical times and my job exposes me to lots of people and events which feed cynicism. [Ronnie Ellis]

If conservatives are so convinced that gun-free zones attract killers, then why do so many conservative places and events ban guns? [ThinkProgress]

The Caverna Board of Education needed less than 10 minutes to complete a public hearing and subsequent vote in favor of increasing the tax rate for the 2015-16 school year during Thursday’s special-called school board meeting. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Remember way back to two weeks ago when the Donald Trump candidacy was the best thing to ever happen to Jeb Bush? [Politico]

Casey County Clerk Casey Davis, who recently embarked on a bicycle ride from Pikeville to Paducah, made a stop at the Rowan County Courthouse on Friday morning to show his support for Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who is still refusing to issue marriage licenses despite a federal court ruling. [The Morehead News]

The White House has appointed its first presidential envoy for hostage affairs as part of the US government’s review on responding to hostage situations. [BBC]

Open spaces, communication and environmental responsibility were the focuses of the recent $5.5 million renovation to the Council of State Governments building off of Lexington’s Iron Works Pike. [H-L]

West Virginia lawmakers will begin talks next month about establishing an independent state inspector general’s office tasked with coordinating investigations into corruption, waste and fraud across state agencies. The new office would be modeled partly on successful examples of IG offices in other states, including Virginia, Louisiana, Indiana and Ohio. [HuffPo]

Ugh, We Can’t Even With This Today

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Jack Daniel’s continued to bring the heat for Brown-Forman in the first quarter. Sales were up 7 percent but gains were overshadowed by the impact of unfavorable foreign exchange rates, leading to an overall drop of 2 percent, to $900 million, compared to the previous year, Brown-Forman reported Wednesday morning. [H-L]

You won’t feel well after you read this. Not in the least. [HuffPo]

Can a high-fat diet lead to breast cancer in obese women? University of Kentucky researchers hope to help answer that question by studying the mechanisms behind the link between obesity and breast cancer. One of those researchers, Fredrick Onono, recently received a $750,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute for the work. [C-J/AKN]

As the U.S. government’s budget deficit has declined, so has anxiety about it in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail, but one family and the Washington “deficit hawk” community it bankrolls are unfazed. [Reuters]

What organizers believe will be the largest-ever gathering of Appalachian writers will take place Sept. 9-10 at Berea College. The Appalachian Symposium will include two days of public conversations focusing on the state of the region’s literature and will feature keynote addresses by famed feminist author and activist bell hooks as well as Pulitzer Prize finalist Maurice Manning. [Richmond Register]

Shortly before Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation last September, he told an interviewer: “Any attorney general who is not an activist is not doing his or her job.” One of Holder’s more activist initiatives received attention last week when The New York Times highlighted how Holder’s Justice Department began the novel practice of filing arguments in state and county courts. [ProPublica]

Two inebriated men were injured after being struck in the head by a hatchet-wielding man from Lexington around midnight Saturday in Central Park, according to the Ashland Police Department. [Ashland Independent]

People of all ages — not just the elderly — are more at risk of death and emergency room visits as the earth warms, a recent study has found. [ThinkProgress]

An opinion in writing from Glasgow’s city attorney affirmed the Glasgow Management Control Board’s interpretation of documents that say the director of the city’s 911 dispatch center has supervision, control and disciplinary authority over all the center’s employees – even the ones whose salaries and benefits are provided by a different agency. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Stock prices took another beating Tuesday, with all major stock measures falling. Two closely followed market indicators, the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500, each fell roughly 1.3 percent, despite opening the day with big gains.

An Eastern Kentucky resident says he’ll sue the state and federal government next month over coal mining permits he says were illegally issued. [WFPL]

US scientists have identified the chemicals responsible for the mosquito-repelling activity of sweetgrass, a plant traditionally used by some Native Americans to fend off the bugs. [BBC]

Let’s just say it: Jean-Marie is dumb as hell. State Rep. Ryan Quarles, the Republican nominee for state agriculture commissioner, alleged Thursday that the father of his Democratic opponent, Jean-Marie Lawson Spann, has texted answers to her during their debates and forums. [H-L]

Andy Parker, the father of slain WDBJ journalist Alison Parker, is demanding that politicians restrict access to firearms, saying he will personally become a crusader for this issue if need be. [HuffPo]

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]

Kim Davis Is A Kentucky Embarrassment

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Kim Davis, who, like her mother, has hired half the family, is an Eastern Kentucky disgrace. A proud, lazy bigot set on making life hell for an entire community while she rakes in her taxpayer-funded salary and her hate group attorneys get attention. Rowan County ought to get it together and oust her. Now. People like Walter Blevins, who has plenty of gay relatives, should stop playing the role of coward and kick her ass to the curb. Stand up, Morehead. [H-L]

The Obamacare health insurance exchanges appear to be doing a good job when it comes to one of their most important yet underappreciated functions: offering a fallback option to people who lose their health coverage during the year. [HuffPo]

The University of Louisville has been named one of the most LGBTQ-friendly campuses in the South by Campus Pride Index. [C-J/AKN]

Bruised by criticism after a reality TV show surreptitiously recorded and aired a man’s death, New York City hospitals will no longer allow patients to be filmed without getting prior consent. [ProPublica]

Barren Circuit Judge Phillip R. Patton has decided he will retire by the end of this year. [Glasgow Daily Times]

What? Bush Republicans are showing their racism? Surely not! [ThinkProgress]

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]

A close American friend tells the story of her son’s graduation from Georgetown University. To celebrate they had booked a restaurant close to the campus, and as they are walking in, who is coming out but “Veep” – Vice President Joe Biden. [BBC]

Virgil and Bonnie Cornett are still cleaning up after a major flood affected their home in mid-July. [The Morehead News]

Two murders in California are stoking debate about undocumented immigrants and how state and local authorities cooperate — or don’t — with federal officials. [NPR]

Responding to backlash over his leadership changes at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he will appoint Prospect cattle breeder Jack Ragsdale as chairman emeritus of the committee he led for 41 years. [WFPL]

Every year, thousands of innocent people are sent to jail only because they can’t afford to post bail, putting them at risk of losing their jobs, custody of their children — even their lives. [NY Times]

Voters in Berea will have an opportunity Sept. 29 to determine whether they want alcohol sold by the drink in certain restaurants. [H-L]

Rand Paul may have forgotten that he represents Kentucky. We live in the greatest, freest, richest, most humanitarian country on earth — and I’ll be damned if I sit around and watch my generation screw up the future of our nation’s young people. [HuffPo]

Maybe Rand & Donald Will Slap Fight

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The Tricorder wielded by Star Trek’s Dr. Jim McCoy is the go-to, whiz-bang medical technology best known to the masses. Seemingly able to do everything but give birth to a human, the gadget continues to be a mostly unobtainable medical aspiration. But in ways that would have been no less fantastic 50 years ago, the digital age in medicine is changing lives. [H-L]

President Barack Obama isn’t backing down from comments linking Republicans and Iranian hard-liners, telling CNN in a recent interview that the comparison was accurate. [HuffPo]

Befitting the strangest competitive race for governor of Kentucky in living memory, the political speaking at the 135th Fancy Farm Picnic had its weird moments, brought to you mainly by Republican nominee Matt Bevin. But in saying hardly anything substantive, he did manage to illustrate the strange campaign he’s running. [Al Cross]

Several Planned Parenthood officials and three private bio-medical firms were targeted on Friday by a U.S. congressional panel as lawmakers dig deeper into a controversy swirling around the women’s health organization. [Reuters]

As students across WAVE Country get ready to head back to school two Republican state senators plan to renew their efforts on legislation that would prohibit Kentucky’s school districts from starting classes before Aug. 26. [WAVE3]

Robert Freeman has been helping people extract public information from New York state agencies for four decades. He is the executive director of the New York Committee on Open Government, a division of the New York Department of State that advises the public on the Freedom of Information Law — the state statute authorizing access to public records. [ProPublica]

The Lewis County clerk’s and sheriff’s offices lack adequate segregation of duties, according to Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen. [Ashland Independent]

Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) is the rare GOP presidential candidate who has acknowledged that climate change is a real problem requiring us to “protect” the “creation that the Lord has given us.” But just days after earning plaudits for his relatively moderate-sounding approach in Thursday’s GOP presidential debate, Kasich adopted a climate-change denialist approach on Sunday. [ThinkProgress]

This caused an Ernie Fletcher flashback for some reason. The concept of noodling turns fishing on its head. Let me first say, I haven’t tried it, but I’m fascinated by the concept. [BGDN]

Wild bonobos use a single high-pitched call in a variety of contexts, showing a flexibility in their communication that was thought to be uniquely human. [BBC]

An area festival showcased the wide variety of hemp – a crop many are hoping to bring back to the Bluegrass. [WLKY]

Today there are 7.3 billion people on planet Earth, according to the United Nations. If you think that’s a lot … just wait. [NPR]

Less than a month ago, Rand Paul wouldn’t talk about Donald Trump. On a break from the presidential campaign trail in mid-July, Paul demurred as reporters asked him about the bombastic GOP frontrunner at events in Elizabethtown and Louisville. [H-L]

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) preserved support from his hawkish pro-Israel base with his promise to vote down the Iran nuclear deal on Thursday night — but will now have to answer to a group of anti-war liberal advocacy organizations who claim that Schumer’s opposition to the diplomatic accord with Iran renders him unfit for the role of the party’s leader in the Senate. [HuffPo]