Thursday Evening Dept Of Awful

Democrats are pulling out the long knives, questioning Bevin’s commitment to agriculture and pressing the theme that Bevin “can’t be trusted.” During a conference call Wednesday morning organized by the Kentucky Democratic Party, one Kentucky farmer even made note of Bevin’s New Hampshire upbringing. [H-L]

Veterans were exposed to toxic chemicals and they’re accusing the VA of dragging its feet. [HuffPo]

West Virginia coal operator Jim Justice, who invited Gov. Steve Beshear to play a round of golf with the great Tiger Woods at Justice’s Greenbrier resort early this month, was the biggest contributor to the Kentucky Democratic Party last month. [C-J/AKN]

Hillary Clinton trails three top Republican presidential candidates in matchups in three key swing states — Iowa, Colorado and Virginia — a new Quinnipiac poll finds. [The Hill]

Rowan County resident Serena Smith has supported Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and her decision not to issue marriage licenses since the day protests began in late June. [Ashland Independent]

Michigan’s Wayne County, home to Detroit, is in a financial emergency due to chronic budget deficits and a big unfunded healthcare liability, a state-appointed review team announced on Tuesday. [Reuters]

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, met Monday with constituents at a Glasgow restaurant. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Missouri cattle farmer Greg Fleshman became so concerned about keeping his local hospital open that in 2011 he joined its governing board. “I mean they’ve saved my dad’s life twice,” Fleshman says. “He had a heart attack and a stroke and they life-flighted him out of here both times.” Keeping the doors open at Putnam County Memorial Hospital in Unionville, Mo., seemed crucial to the community — but maybe an impossible task. [NPR]

Turns out Greg Fischer has another director-level hire with a drinking and driving in their city vehicle problem. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Though most states are slowing their emissions, the report shows eight states moving in the opposite direction, each seeing an increase in its emissions rate between 2008 and 2015. They include Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas, Nebraska, Utah, Idaho and Alaska. [Climate Central]

The Casey County Fiscal Court says homophobic County Clerk Casey Davis is wrong. May be behind a paywall but the headline and sub-head will tell you everything you need to know. [Casey County News]

Logically, Iraqi refugees shouldn’t exist, according to Sen. Rand Paul, because the United States already “won” the Iraq War. In an interview with Boston Herald Radio this week, Paul attempted to justify why he wanted to restrict the number of refugees the United States takes in, particularly from certain areas of the world like the Middle East. [ThinkProgress]

The Boyd County Fiscal Court unanimously voted Tuesday to seek closure of Big Run Landfill. [More Ashland Independent]

With a little over one week left before funding for the nation’s transportation infrastructure dries up, the Senate has reached a deal on a multiyear bill, parting ways with the House. However, the bill immediately hit some bumps. [HuffPo]

Please accept my apologies for the caching issue that made the site appear to have stopped publication on July 16. Everything should be getting back to normal. If not, clear your browser’s cache and you should be good to go. [Jake]

Yet Another Awful Gubernatorial Race

In a sparsely populated Appalachian county, the young couple is recounting how they met while a language researcher captures their story with a high-end audio recorder. [H-L]

It was September of their sophomore year at Tufts University in 2012 when John Kelly went to a party and saw someone who had sexually assaulted them only two weeks earlier. [HuffPo]

HOW many times has this welfare drug testing myth been debunked? Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin called for drug testing of those receiving public assistance at a forum Tuesday organized by the Council of Agency Executives. [C-J/AKN]

The acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration says he was shocked by how many people die every day from opiate overdoses. [NPR]

In spite of the continued rainfall, the U.S. Forest Service and partners are making progress in cleanup and repairs after record flood levels at Cave Run Lake. [Ashland Independent]

A Super PAC that supports Republican Chris Christie’s bid for the White House said on Tuesday it had raised $11 million since launching in February. [Reuters]

The Barren County Schools Board of Education approved Thursday the purchase of a property off Broadway Street that Superintendent Bo Matthews said “could solve multiple issues” regarding the district’s increasing population. [Glasgow Daily Times]

After fines totalling many billions of pounds from UK and US regulators, a new threat is about to hit the major banks found guilty of manipulating the foreign exchange market. [BBC]

U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie’s reelection campaign filed its second quarter report with the Federal Election Commission showing $1.61 million cash-on-hand. [Press Release]

Freshman Rep. Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.) says he’s the latest GOP lawmaker to face retaliation for bucking leadership last month and opposing a procedural vote on major trade legislation. [The Hill]

How to suck at everything: scream about the gays and persecution of Christians when caught with your tax pants down. Of course, Jack Conway would do the same thing. Much as he does when you bring up his Roger Clinton brother and his involvement in getting the cops off his back. [WAVE3]

Before this year, natural gas had never accounted for more electricity generation than coal in the U.S. That is no longer the case. [ThinkProgress]

Kentucky will start a statewide campaign July 20 to encourage parents to get their children vaccinated against human papillomavirus, a virus that can cause cervical and oral cancer. [Bluegrass Politics]

The Obama administration is making good on its promise to limit the detention of immigrant families by beginning to release women and children seeking asylum or other relief in the U.S. [HuffPo]

It’ll Be Non-Stop Rand Paul For A Year

University of Pikeville President James Hurley announced his resignation Monday, citing “personal reasons.” [H-L]

Rick Santorum cited the Westboro Baptist Church’s “God Hates Fags” slogan while defending Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act this weekend. [HuffPo]

The gloves are coming off in a legislative fight over efforts to repeal state guidelines about which spirits can be labeled as “Tennessee Whiskey.” [C-J/AKN]

Sen. Rand Paul is poised to become the first top-tier presidential candidate from either party to make marijuana reform a major campaign issue. [The Hill]

U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, toured the Housing Authority of Glasgow’s HERO Center Thursday afternoon, taking time at the end of the tour to shoot hoops and to play patty-cake with some of the children at the club. [Glasgow Daily Times]

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Monday threw his weight behind the Obama administration’s bid to clear the way for a pan-Pacific trade pact, arguing that time was running out and that without a deal, U.S. influence and Asia-Pacific stability were at risk. [Reuters]

An air quality check was made on the Magoffin County Justice Center, those results lead officials to close the building. [WKYT]

At first glance, newly-declared Presidential candidate Rand Paul might seem like a breath of fresh air on climate change — at least compared to most other Republicans. [ThinkProgress]

Rand Paul of Kentucky entered the campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a declaration that he’s running for the White House to “return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government.” [Ashland Independent]

Rand Paul and Nate Morris were thousands of miles from their home state of Kentucky — and the United States — when Morris­ realized just how fixated Paul was on a certain address back in Washington. [Politico]

Emergency crews responded to multiple rescue calls Friday during flooding that damaged homes, vehicles, and businesses. [The Morehead News & Photos]

A man released from prison after nearly 30 years on death row in Alabama has blamed his conviction on being black and poor. [BBC]

A former Franklin County narcotics officer accused of stealing cash, jewelry and gift cards from drug dealers was sentenced Monday to a year and four months in prison. [H-L]

Sen. Rand Paul announced Tuesday that he’s running for president in 2016. “I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government,” Paul said in a message on his website. [HuffPo]

Does Anyone Remember Ron Lewis In KY-02?

Of course you don’t.

He’s a former congresscritter you wrote off in 2008 because he abruptly ran away from his office, allowing his chief of staff to file in his place… and he just endorsed Jamie Comer’s campaign for governator.


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From a release:

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture and candidate for Governor James Comer received a third big endorsement last night…this time from the Republican-heavy Second Congressional District. Former Congressman Ron Lewis told a large crowd at an Elizabethtown fundraiser why Comer is his choice for Governor.

“The people of the Second Congressional District appreciate good government and crave strong leadership,” Lewis said. “James Comer is a breath of fresh air in the Republican Party and his achievements at both the state and national level make him our best choice for Governor.”

Comer, who now holds endorsements from former Congresswoman Anne Northup of Louisville and Congressman Ed Whitfield of Hopkinsville, said the support of Lewis and his wife Kayi shows campaign momentum is only getting stronger.

But… okay. Momentum?

Not exactly sure we’d call an endorsement by Ron Lewis “momentum”.

Woah, Prestonsburg Produced A Big Ass Pumpkin

State regulators and a watchdog agency for people with disabilities have reached an agreement that advocates say will dramatically improve the lives of 600 people with serious mental illness who are living in personal care homes. [H-L]

There has been lots of reporting on the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs in recent months. But the most politically significant moment might well have been Barton Gellman’s revelation late Thursday that the NSA in recent years has committed thousands of privacy violations — per year. [WaPo]

Dear Central Kentucky Teabaggers: Brett Guthrie has already said that the defund amendment is a supreme waste of time. [BGDN]

More than half of all homes sold last year and so far in 2013 have been financed without a mortgage, according to an analysis by economists at Goldman Sachs Group. [WSJ]

State House Democrats Friday released their latest proposal to re-draw House legislative districts and it pits two sets of Democratic incumbents, including Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins and Kevin Sinnette, and two sets of Republican incumbents against each other in new districts. [Ronnie Ellis]

Matt Bevin went on some teabagger podcast thing no one has heard of and then promoted it. But if you take a look at the podcast host’s remarks, he’s no fan. [Click the Clicky]

Alison Grimes certainly isn’t alone when it comes to avoiding questions from the press. Here’s the latest involving Mitch McConnell. [Ashland Independent]

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Saturday called for a Supreme Court review of the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s top-secret surveillance programs, arguing that congressional hearings and new safeguards announced by President Obama might not be sufficient to ensure privacy rights. [The Hill]

Once able to make appointments for breast and cervical cancer screenings at HealthFirst Bluegrass, women are now having to line up outside the clinic at 7:30 a.m. to be seen and still might not be screened that day. [H-L]

The acrimony between the Republican establishment and Ron Paul supporters who took control of state parties in 2012 has begun to fade as a new period of détente – even cooperation – starts to shape their often-fraught relationship. [Politico]

An agreement has been reached that will lead to better care for some residents at personal care homes. [WKYT]

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday offered an endorsement for a proposal to grant citizenship to children who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents. [The Hill]

Whether you go for the food, the rides or the exhibits, your first fair attraction will be the parking. After many people complained about time and hassle in the past, the Kentucky State Fair says it is off to a much better start this year thanks to a revamped system. [WDRB]

The 20-year-old document – labeled the Hotel Custody log by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office – is not easy to decipher. [ProPublica]

Dwight Slone, a Prestonsburg grower, grabbed first place in the fourth annual Largest Pumpkin Contest at the Kentucky State Fair. His pumpkin, which was grown in a patch of sand, weighed 1,034 pounds. Slone was the 2011 State Fair runnerup in the largest pumpkin competition. [C-J/AKN]

Central Kentucky Teabaggers Ambushing Guthrie

The Central Kentucky Teabaggers are planning to ambush Brett Guthrie with their intellect and political skill.

Check this recent email blast:

Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:19:52 -0400
Subject: CONGRESSMAN GUTHRIE TOWN HALL MEETINGS
From: Central KY Tea Party Patriots
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

Below are the date of the town hall meetings for next week. Please try to attend and hold our elected officials feet to the fire and make them answer your question. Bret is getting very good at “non-answer” answers so don’t let him get away with it.

Aug. 20 – LaRue County Town Hall Meeting *at 4:30pm EST*
Lincoln Museum, Community Room
60 Lincoln Square
Hodgenville, Ky.

*Aug. 20 – Hardin County Town Hall Meeting at 7pm EST*
Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau
1030 N. Mulberry Street
Elizabethtown, Ky.
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*Aug. 21 – Bullitt County Town Hall Meeting at 7pm EST*
Shepherdsville City Hall
634 Conestoga Parkway
Shepherdsville, Ky.

Aug. 22 – Hart County Town Hall Meeting *at 4:30pm CST*
Horse Cave City Hall
121 Woodlawn Avenue
Horse Cave, Ky.

We especially love the incorrect spelling of their congresscritter’s name.