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Marshall County voters have chosen by a slim margin to allow alcohol sales for the first time since 1938. [H-L]

Sen. Bernie Sanders blasted Senate Republicans Wednesday for working to defund Planned Parenthood, calling it “an attack on women’s health.” [HuffPo]

When Gov. Steve Beshear replaced the Rev. Kevin Cosby on the University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees last month, he did more than remove his only African-American appointment on the board. He also removed his only appointee who has not been a strong and steady contributor to Beshear’s political causes. Note: You’ll love seeing Terry Sebastian deliberately and purposefully lie to Tom Loftus. [C-J/AKN]

Could an excess of caution hurt Hillary Clinton? This query is coming to the fore again after she dodged a question on Tuesday over whether she supports or opposes building the Keystone XL Pipeline. It’s like watching the Grimes Campaign on a national stage. [The Hill]

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says food stamp benefits can be used at an increasing number of farmers’ markets in the state. Which means ignorant people in, say, West Liberty are going to scream about how all benefits recipients ought to be drug tested. [WLKY]

Some Republicans gleefully scripted Donald Trump’s political obituary in the wake of his scathing comments about Sen. John McCain’s military service earlier this month, hoping that his freewheeling presidential campaign had finally imploded. [Reuters]

Republican Matt Bevin said Tuesday that if elected governor he would not immediately end the state’s expansion of eligibility for the federal-state Medicaid program, contrary to what he said for months. [Al Cross]

In the US, poverty, deprivation and exploitation draw thousands of its own children down into a dark underworld that offers few ways out. [BBC]

Rowan County argued it is “immune from suit” and that a recent federal lawsuit against the county and its clerk Kim Davis fails to find fault with the county government since Davis decided not to issue marriage licenses last month. [Ashland Independent]

Senator Rand Paul is invested in a fund that would skyrocket in value if the United States economy were to default. He’d also like your vote for president. [The Nation]

Christopher D. Steward, a former Barren County magistrate, was served with an arrest warrant early Thursday morning and charged with third-degree terroristic threatening, fourth-degree assault (minor injury) and menacing, according to documents released by the Barren County Sheriff’s Office. [Glasgow Daily Times]

It’s not easy being the DEA these days. After an unprecedented losing streak on Capitol Hill, the once-untouchable Drug Enforcement Administration suffered last week what might be considered the ultimate indignity: A Senate panel, for the first time, voted in favor of legal, recreational marijuana. [Higdon/Politico]

Convenient that this AP story doesn’t mention that people dressed up as Native Americans will chase you for a fee. Because Kentucky can’t do anything without a touch of racism, apparently. [H-L]

Seven in 10 homeowners who apply for help under the federal government’s signature mortgage aid program are rejected, according to a government report released Wednesday. The program, called the Home Affordable Modification Program, is meant to help homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure stay in their homes by reducing their monthly mortgage. [HuffPo]

EKY Medicaid Fraud Mess Is Not Over

Told ya Jack’s probably gonna win. Conway, the Democratic nominee, leads Bevin 45 percent to 42 percent, with 13 percent of voters undecided. Curtis polled at 8 percent, leaving Conway with 43 percent and Bevin with 38 percent. [H-L]

The Kentucky Derby was very good for Churchill Downs, but Big Fish has been even better. The Louisville-based gambling and racetrack company announced late Wednesday that it had record revenue of more than $409 million in the quarter that ended June 30. [H-L]

There’s a simple, popular solution that Republican leaders in Congress could grab hold of to get themselves out of their embarrassing public fight over the highway bill, and President Barack Obama could help force them to do it. [HuffPo]

A federal judge has dismissed most of a whistleblower suit filed by two federal employees who alleged that Eastern Kentucky disability lawyer Eric Conn colluded with a judge to rig Social Security cases in favor of Conn and his clients. [C-J/AKN]

The Obama administration is poised to change some deadlines for states to comply with its climate rule for power plants when the regulation is made final. [The Hill]

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet will hold a public hearing on the Big Run Landfill permit renewal next month at the Boyd County Community Center. [Ashland Independent & Press Release]

Republican Donald Trump on Wednesday pushed back against a lawyer he had berated when she requested a break to pump breast milk for her infant, the latest controversial remark to emerge in his presidential campaign. [Reuters]

After several tense exchanges between Kentucky’s candidates for governor, Republican Matt Bevin during a media interview accused a WAVE 3 News reporter of working for his rival. [WAVE3]

Great news like this hits and inevitably some wingnut GMO-denier crawls out of the woodwork to yell. [ThinkProgress]

Rowan County has thrown bigoted hypocrite Kim Davis to the wolves. [WFPL]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… A human tooth dating to around 565,000 years ago has been found by a 16-year-old volunteer in France. [BBC]

His story made national headlines in less than 12 hours and a lot of people are standing behind the Bullitt County man who was arrested after shooting down a drone. [WDRB]

The United States is emerging as the world’s hog farm—the country where massive foreign meat companies like Brazil’s JBS and China’s WH Group (formerly Shuanghui) alight when they want to take advantage of rising global demand for pork. [Mother Jones]

Woodford County residents like the small-town atmosphere of where they live, but they say the lack of available goods and services is a major downside, according to the results of a countywide survey released Tuesday. [H-L]

A fight over an incarcerated Alabama woman’s ability to have an abortion took a strange turn as the state moved to terminate the woman’s parental rights in order to prevent her from accessing the procedure. [HuffPo]

State Media Ignoring Glasgow Messes

A lawsuit filed in federal court in California against Maker’s Mark Distillery was dismissed on Monday. The plaintiffs had alleged that they were mislead by the premium bourbon’s claims on the label to be “handmade” but U.S. District Judge John A. Houston found that the claim “cannot reasonably be interpreted as meaning literally by hand nor that a reasonable consumer would understand the term to mean no equipment or automated process was used to manufacture the whisky.” [H-L]

New research indicates that Washington, D.C., is rapidly sinking into the ocean, news that might not make the rest of the country all that sad. [HuffPo]

Unless you’re traveling through Woodford County because Woodford County is the traffic devil. Kentucky speeders get off easier than drivers in other states, according to a 2015 WalletHub study that ranked the “Strictest and Most Lenient States on Speeding and Reckless Driving.” [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump’s explosive rise in the polls has come at the expense of every other GOP presidential candidate except for Jeb Bush and Scott Walker — who arguably have been helped by the businessman’s rise. [The Hill]

There weren’t many substantive insights drawn from Monday’s debate between Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway before a Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Business Summit crowd. [Ronnie Ellis]

Opponents of President Barack Obama’s soon-to-be-implemented policy to cut carbon emissions from power plants are planning to use an unlikely and potentially potent weapon against him: the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that saved Obamacare. [Reuters]

A hearing has been set for next week regarding whether to take a former police chief’s lawsuit against the City of Glasgow and the current, interim chief outside Barren County. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Despite his plum position, Rogers finds himself at odds with GOP leadership on a path to stave off a government shutdown. [Politico]

The latest column Greg Stumbo’s LRC staffers have written for him is about drug abuse. [Floyd County Times]

The Eagle was built by the Nazis and fought for Hitler in World War Two – so how did a tall ship that once flew the swastika end up as a training vessel for new US Coast Guard cadets? [BBC]

The first extension of Mountain Parkway in a half-century is set to begin next year with the reconstruction of a wider, safer Restaurant Row in Salyersville. While visible road work is underway to the west, teams are busy finalizing construction plans, land acquisitions and utility relocation efforts to prepare for a summer start. [WTVQ]

The United States is emerging as the world’s hog farm—the country where massive foreign meat companies like Brazil’s JBS and China’s WH Group (formerly Shuanghui) alight when they want to take advantage of rising global demand for pork. [Mother Jones]

Lexington gets a lot of things right. The University of Kentucky opened a new bike path Wednesday at the Arboretum to connect bicyclists from south Lexington neighborhoods to campus and downtown. [H-L]

It was 50 years ago Thursday that President Lyndon Johnson signed the legislation that created Medicare, dramatically altering life for America’s seniors. But as debate over the program rages on, its conservative critics have learned to be more crafty about what alternatives they propose — and how to justify them. [HuffPo]

Conway Says Business Has His Back

Does anyone out there still think Matt Bevin is going to beat Jack Conway?

Didn’t think so.

But it’s still kinda funny to see Conway’s camp release lists like this — touting business leaders endorsing him:

  • Bill Samuels, Maker’s Mark
  • Jimmy Kirchdorfer, ISCO Industries, LLC, Louisville
  • Frank Shoop, Frank Shoop Automotive, Georgetown
  • Matt Thornton, Thorntons
  • Herb McKee, Financial Protection Services, Inc., Henderson
  • Darrell and Lorna Littrell, Sunron International, LLC, Henderson
  • Bruce Brockenborough, Hannan Supply Company, Paducah
  • Don McNay, McNay Settlement Group, Inc., Richmond
  • Timothy Mulloy, Mulloy Properties, Louisville
  • Lesa Seibert, Mightily, Louisville
  • Neville Blakemore, Great Northern Building Products, LLC, Louisville
  • William Bucher, Square Deal Lumber Company, Park City
  • Keith Murt, Murtco, Inc., Paducah
  • Paul Shaughnessy, Shaughnessy & Shaughnessy, Louisville
  • Nathan Smith, SSK Communities, LLC, Erlanger
  • Ambrose Ethington, Classie Car Care, Louisville
  • David Handmaker, Multi Fund Management, Louisville
  • Craig Miller, Miller Lumber Company, Augusta
  • Bruce Cohen, B.C. Plumbing Company, Louisville
  • Joseph Kelley, Kelley Construction, Louisville
  • Michael Houlihan, Evergreen Rehabilitation, Louisville
  • Clay Bigler, McNay Settlement Group, Lexington
  • Tommy Elliot, Old National Bank, Louisville
  • Matt Ott, Air Hydro Power, Louisville
  • O’Malley Dreisbach, Dreisbach Wholesale, Louisville
  • Kevin Borland, Peritus, Louisville
  • Kent Stevens, Laketown Motors, Lawrenceburg
  • Dick Heaton, Conway Heaton Motors, Bardstown
  • G. Marcus Woodward, Woodward and Associates, Ashland
  • Ed Worley, WG&T Builders, Richmond
  • Cindy Whitehouse, Ascential Care, Lexington
  • Joe Costa, Red Mile, Lexington
  • Dale Romans, Romans Racing Stable, Louisville
  • Aaron Yarmuth, LEO Magazine, Louisville
  • Harry Dennery, Dennery Enterprises, Inc., Louisville
  • Robert English, VanZandt Emrich & Cary, Inc., Louisville
  • Kris Mueller, Mueller Appraisals, Louisville
  • Jodie Haydon, Nally & Haydon, Bardstown
  • Nick Phelps, Louisville
  • Mike Blacketer, Blacketer Company, Louisville
  • Ann Bakhaus, Kentucky Eagle Beer, Lexington
  • J. Bruce Miller, J. Bruce Miller Law Group, Louisville
  • Dave Orwick, Elite Printing, Nicholasville
  • Doug Hall, Evergreen Rehabilitation, Louisville
  • Bill Yarmuth, Almost Family, Louisville
  • Dave Easterling, Fall’s City Brewing, Louisville
  • Alan Stein, Stein Group, LLC, Lexington
  • Frank Jones, Recreonics, Louisville
  • Tracy Farmer, Tracy Farmer Investments, Midway
  • Adrian Wallace, Hatemi & Wallace Consulting, Lexington
  • Jack Dulworth, The Dulworth Group, Louisville
  • Steven Ford, E.M. Ford & Company, Owensboro
  • Debbie Scoppechio, Louisville
  • Lindy Karns, Blue and Company, Lexington
  • Natalie Lile, Natalie Lile Law, LLC, Frankfort
  • Ben Quinn Sr., American Engineers, Glasgow
  • Chad Carlton, C2 Strategic Communications, Louisville
  • Honi Goldman, HMG Media Relations, Louisville
  • Allan & Kate Latts, Heaven Hill Distilleries
  • Nana Lampton, Louisville
  • Sterling Lapinski, ClipperData, Prospect

Mostly regulars who pop up on nearly every campaign finance report in the state.

Particularly interesting that Nathan Smith is still one of Jack’s favorites. Despite all his slumblord-sewage-trailer park drama.

Fascinating that the Groobs are nowhere to be found on that list. And that Jack’s still tight with some of the people who helped enable the worst pension system in the country.

Louisville Shootings Are Out-Of-Control

Lexington is crowding in on Louisville’s obsession with shootings. [H-L]

At no point in recent memory have consumers been as excited about bourbon as they are today. [HuffPo]

The old Cane Run power plant stacks that have towered above the Ohio River for decades are silent now, their coal burners no longer sending plumes of pollution across the Louisville sky. [C-J/AKN]

The U.S. trade deficit widened in May, fueled by a drop in exports that could heighten concerns over weak overseas demand and a strong U.S. dollar. [Reuters]

The Greenup Meals on Wheels program will cease activities at the end of the month because of issues in funding and attracting volunteers. [Ashland Independent]

Two years after going bankrupt, is Detroit still Detroit? [Mother Jones]

This is the big news in Glasgow. At 2:31 a.m. Tuesday, the Park City and Cave City Volunteer Fire departments, plus the Barren-Metcatcalfe Emergency Medical Service responded to a wreck with injuries at the 45 mile marker in the north bound lane of Interstate 65. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is none too happy about the amount of money he’s had to hand over in federal taxes. [BBC]

A new effort to collect unpaid county occupational tax is underway by Rowan Fiscal Court. [The Morehead News]

Nineteen years after President Bill Clinton endorsed conservative ideas about fighting poverty and signed sweeping welfare reform into law, one of the most poorly thought out elements of that political pact is on the verge of crumbling. [ThinkProgress]

Eight shootings in a single weekend. Jones was shot and killed Saturday evening outside his home, one of eight weekend shootings that Louisville Metro Police are investigating. Jones and two other people, including a Louisville musician and a 60-year-old woman, died of their injuries. [WAVE3]

The GOP-controlled Senate is on track this year to confirm the fewest judges since 1969, a dramatic escalation of the long-running partisan feud over the ideological makeup of federal courts. [Politico]

As South Carolina lawmakers debate Monday on the the fate of the Confederate flag flying outside the Capitol, see the presidential candidates who support removing the flag. [H-L]

Nearly three months after Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy, she remains the favored choice of most Democratic voters, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds. [HuffPo]

Remember Iraq? Still A Horrible Mess

About 550 engineers in the state Transportation Cabinet got raises averaging 20 percent last month in hopes of curbing high turnover and costly contracts for private engineers. [H-L]

Iraqi Shi’ite fighters and army troops made gains north of Falluja on Sunday but their efforts to seal off Islamic State militants in the city met heavy resistance, including suicide bomb attacks, army sources and militia fighters said. [HuffPo]

Aetna’s acquisition of Humana appears to be part of a merger frenzy as the five biggest U.S. health insurers look to get bigger. But any acquisition or merger of this proportion must overcome potential hurdles. [C-J/AKN]

Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls Scott Walker and Rick Santorum are suggesting a potentially controversial way to boost Americans’ job prospects: admit fewer legal immigrants into the United States. [Reuters]

The News-Enterprise has finally stopped discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. [News-Enterprise]

When the official watchdog overseeing U.S. spending on Afghanistan asked the U.S. Agency for International Development recently for details about the 641 health clinics it funds there, the agency readily provided a list of geospatial coordinates for them. But when the office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) went looking for the $210 million worth of clinics, the majority of them weren’t there. [The Intercept]

Mitch McConnell didn’t offer a Commerce Lexington lunch crowd many surprises or much real news, but he offered a couple of insights into his own political thinking Thursday. [Ronnie Ellis]

New data on payments from drug and device companies to doctors show that many doctors received payments on 100 or more days last year. Some received payments on more days than they didn’t. [ProPublica]

Par for the course in the Beshear Administration but Democrats don’t want to talk about that. The hiring of a Kentucky cabinet official’s husband has been questioned by critics who say the hiring represents a conflict of interest and a misuse of funds that could be better spent on helping overworked and underpaid social workers. [WKYT]

Mitch McConnell is still an obstructionist but that’s something Republicans don’t want to talk about. [Politico]

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul has fashioned himself as one of the fledgling legal marijuana industry’s greatest advocates on Capitol Hill. That’s why he’s in a prime position to ask cannabis business leaders for campaign donations. Last week, he did just that. [WFPL]

Bipartisan legislation that would make changes to No Child Left Behind will be up for debate in Congress this week. [ThinkProgress]

Let the racist bigots fly their flags. Makes it easier to identify people to cut out of your life. [H-L]

Hillary Clinton had an incredible response for a gay child who expressed fears about what his future might hold. [HuffPo]