Hold On To Your Wigs, It Ends Tomorrow!

For about the last two years, Matt Bevin, the Republican candidate for governor, has angrily lashed out at anyone who questioned whether he has had tax problems in the past. When voters have asked him about it, Bevin has called the claims bogus and bunk. And if you own a television, you’ve probably seen the clip of him saying “I have no tax delinquency problem, nor have I ever.” So it was pretty remarkable earlier this week when Bevin admitted to the Associated Press in an interview that he had in fact been late in paying his taxes at least 30 times. [H-L]

Newly elected Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has pledged that his tenure will feature a different tone and approach than how the House has operated in the past few years. But on measures of policy, the issues that he seems poised to tackle look very much the same. [HuffPo]

The problems here are Teresa James and her regional DCBS head. James turns a blind eye to their foibles and plays pat-a-cake with some of the most unbelievably unconnected people in state government. Most social workers in the area (and in surrounding counties) breathe fire when you bring them up. [C-J/AKN]

By the time George W Bush left the White House, perceptions of the United States in the wider world were overwhelmingly negative. As the Obama presidency enters its final phase, how have attitudes shifted? (This is about Matthew Barzun) [BBC]

A fugitive accused of shooting a Tennessee police officer and firing at a Kentucky trooper was killed in a shootout with authorities early Friday, ending a nearly weeklong manhunt. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Every year American taxpayers spend more than $100 million to produce original, top-notch policy research for federal lawmakers. The reports issued by the Congressional Research Service are unclassified and nonpartisan—a remarkably useful set of factual distillations of everything from the Pentagon’s budget to an election in Haiti. And the public doesn’t have direct access to them. [Politico]

Judge-Executive Walter Blevins last Wednesday gave NewCity Morehead members an update on the progress of the new Rowan County Detention Center. [The Morehead News]

Ben Carson is seeking to rally Republican candidates to end most actual debating at future Republican debates. Instead, candidates would spend most of their time taking turns delivering speeches. [ThinkProgress]

The race to succeed Democrat Jack Conway as Kentucky Attorney General features two young, ambitious attorneys but the similarities pretty end there. [Ronnie Ellis]

We’ve heard a lot about the negative effects of climate change in the arctic and subarctic. But some Alaskans, like farmer Tim Meyers, are seeing warming temperatures as an opportunity. [NPR]

Flakka may be part of a new wave of drugs inundating communities along the northeastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio border, but Kentucky lawmakers have been preparing legislation to combat synthetic drugs for years. [Ashland Independent]

When big data uses bad data, discrimination can result. Federal Trade Commission chairwoman Edith Ramirez recently called for “algorithmic transparency,” since algorithms can contain “embedded assumptions that lead to adverse impacts that reinforce inequality.” [ProPublica]

A county clerk from Kentucky jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and secretly recorded videos that reignited the debate over abortion dominated national politics this summer. But in Kentucky, home to Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and the most competitive governor’s race in the country, Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway have scarcely mentioned those issues in TV ads and debates in the final weeks of the campaign. Instead, the focus has stayed on issues of everyday concern to voters, such as health care and education. [H-L]

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said he is conflicted about the death penalty and wants to see reforms in how it is implemented. [HuffPo]

UofL Wastes Cash In Every Way Possible

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday sharply criticized Matt Bevin, the Republican who hopes to succeed him, for calling Kynect “a disaster” and pledging to eliminate it if elected next Tuesday. [H-L]

The Federal Reserve decided to leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged on Wednesday, citing “moderate” economic expansion that has reduced job growth and inflation pressures. [HuffPo]

With Halloween approaching, the mansion for the University of Louisville president in the Cherokee Triangle is once again decorated for the holiday, and President James Ramsey and his wife, Jane, may hand out treats to trick-or-treaters on Halloween night Saturday as they have in the past. [C-J/AKN]

The universe really is weird, which is bad news both for Albert Einstein and for would-be hackers hoping to break into quantum encryption systems. Eighty years after the physicist dismissed as “spooky” the idea that simply observing one particle could instantly change another far-away object, Dutch scientists said on Wednesday they had proved decisively that the effect was real. [Reuters]

The job of political cartoonist and Ashland native Marc Murphy is to use imagery to provoke the responses the printed word is incapable of doing. [Ashland Independent]

Denis Villeneuve’s movie gets much right about the borderlands but crosses the line into exaggeration. A veteran border correspondent compares the film’s underworld to the one he knows. [ProPublica]

The 2015 general election is one week away and most of the ballot in Rowan County will feature statewide offices. [The Morehead News]

An undocumented immigrant has been denied a visa into the United States to reunite with his U.S.-citizen wife and children based on tattoos that U.S. consulate officials in Mexico say are gang-related. [ThinkProgress]

By all accounts, the former CEO of Massey Energy was a highly demanding man. Prosecutors argue those demands came in the form of profits and coal production, but Don Blankenship’s defense team spent another full day Tuesday cross examining former Performance Coal President Chris Blanchard to show Blankenship demanded compliance to safety regulations, too. [Richmond Register]

Whaaaat? Is this something that’s straight out of House of Cards or what? [Politico]

Glasgow City Council’s personnel policy committee will be recommending to the full council the elimination of the city’s return-to-work program for employees who have experienced an on-the-job injury. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The deputy director of the US National Security Agency (NSA), Richard Ledgett, has warned of the increasing danger of destructive cyber attacks by states. [BBC]

In September 2003, Matt Bevin felt celebratory: he had just settled a stressful legal dispute that justified his risky decision to leave a lucrative investment firm, and paved the way for him to strike out on his own. [H-L]

Finally settling the turmoil that has gripped the House Republican caucus for weeks, members of the party formally nominated Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to be their speaker Wednesday, picking the fresh-faced former vice presidential candidate who had said repeatedly he didn’t want the job. [HuffPo]

Waste Of Time Debate, Nothing’s Changing

Everyone watched the final gubernatorial debate last night and wrote the same thing:

Fortunately, you didn’t have to watch the “debate” to know what would occur. You already knew you’d like to slap the sweat off Jack Conway’s face. Your eyes would roll back in your head every time Matt Bevin opened his mouth to deny something he’d been caught on tape saying. And Drew Curtis? Drew who?

Regardless of the outcome on November 3, not much changes. Regardless of victor, a new crew of greedy buttcramps will crawl into Frankfort near the end of the year to give their friends and donors a bunch of non-merit jobs. That’s about the extent of it.

No, health care won’t be gutted because of Matt Bevin. He’s not intelligent enough and doesn’t have the right people around him to make something like that happen without having a disaster on his hands. And Jack Conway isn’t going to magically clean government up because he’s neck-deep in the muck.

Happy Tuesday!

Who’ll Win The Andy-Whitney Slap Fight?

One of the country’s biggest coal producers, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, is getting ready to sell at 16 inactive mines in four states. [H-L]

Bernie Sanders sharpened the contrast with Hillary Rodham Clinton on a bevy of liberal causes on Saturday, casting himself as a principled progressive before thousands of Iowa Democrats in an appearance that could set the tone for the leadoff presidential caucuses in February. [HuffPo]

Louisville attorney Andy Beshear launched his campaign for attorney general nearly two years ago, and his popular last name immediately made him a political force to be reckoned with. A rich boy and a gay-panicked manboy get into a slap fight. Who will win? [C-J/AKN]

The US Ambassador to the UK has told Sky News that his country’s gun violence problem is the number one issue for the British people he has met in his two years in the London embassy. [Sky]

Prosecutors used testimony Friday from former Performance Coal President Chris Blanchard to show that his boss, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, focused solely on production and profits, disregarding safety regulations. But the defense countered that Blankenship was simply doing his job as the company leader and never actually directed anyone to violate safety standards. [Richmond Register]

Billionaire investor activist Carl Icahn tweeted on Wednesday that he is forming a Super PAC with an initial commitment of $150 million, representing the biggest one-time injection of money in the history of such political action committees. [Reuters]

Editors and copy editors do a great job of making a report look put together, carefully crafted and clean. But every now and then there are instances where the report almost doesn’t get delivered. On Wednesday, I covered President Barack Obama’s remarks and community forum on drug addiction and abuse in Charleston. [Ashland Independent]

University students have less privacy for their campus health records than they would have if they sought care off campus. Schools say they are trying to seek the right balance between privacy and safety. [ProPublica]

It was standing room only Tuesday at Rowan Fiscal Court when dozens of citizens showed up to express their opposition to a recent proposal to demolish two historic buildings located on the old courthouse square. [The Morehead News]

Negotiators meeting in Germany say that questions over cash are the biggest barrier to a new global climate deal. [BBC]

The judge in the case finding that the Glasgow Independent Schools Board of Education violated Kentucky’s open meetings law has agreed that the board should pay attorney fees and costs for the person who pursued the claim against it. [Glasgow Daily Times]

As Democrats gain from the nation’s growing diversity — attracting solid majorities among Hispanic and African American voters — Republicans are gaining among white, working-class voters, a group that was once a Democratic stronghold. Nowhere is this clearer than in West Virginia, where the president touched down this week to talk about drug addiction. [NPR]

The University of Kentucky is going to break with tradition when the General Assembly convenes in January — instead of asking for money for new buildings, UK is going to ask for funding to fix up older ones in the campus core. [H-L]

Targeting one of education’s most divisive issues, President Barack Obama on Saturday called for capping standardized testing at 2 percent of classroom time and said the government shares responsibility for turning tests into the be-all and end-all of American schools. [HuffPo]

Abolish The Office Of State Treasurer

There were many surprising numbers in last year’s U.S. Senate election, ending with the margin of victory (15.5 points). But perhaps no other number was as shocking or concerning for Democrats than 12,000. That’s roughly the number of Louisville Democrats who went into voting booths and pulled the lever for U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth and then left without voting for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. [H-L]

Migrants streaming across the Balkans reached Slovenia on Saturday, diverted overnight by the closure of Hungary’s border with Croatia in the latest demonstration of Europe’s disjointed response to the flow of people reaching its borders. [HuffPo]

Just in case you needed another reason to sometimes distrust the mainstream media? Especially when mainstreamers go out of their way to suggest outlets like Page One are unreliable because of perceived political ties? Here you go. All kinds of reporters — or former reporters — throwing mountains of cash at political candidates. [C-J/AKN]

With just weeks to go before the Nov. 3 election, Democratic state Attorney General Jack Conway has a narrow advantage over Republican Matt Bevin in the Kentucky governor race. [Roll Call]

Ray Ray Jones: Might as well stop attempting to cause us financial and personal harm. If it’s truly you who happens to be spreading shenanigans. Because we already have all kinds of depositions, transcripts, emails and such to be published. You can’t bully us like you’ve bullied other people who have merely questioned you. Because we don’t have anything for you to take and know the same judges you know. Public records are public records. [Calm Down]

Hillary Clinton is full of it when it comes to whistleblowers. National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward says Hillary Clinton is wrong to claim he could have come out under whistleblower protection laws. [The Hill]

If you missed it, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has retained Stoll, Keenon & Ogden. This Personal Service Contract shall provide the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (the “KHRC”) with professional legal services for representation in cases involving complex administrative law and constitutional issues, including attacks on the validity of the KHRC regulations. [External PDF Link To Contract]

Turmoil swirled again around the Republican-controlled Benghazi committee on Friday as it questioned a senior aide to Hillary Clinton, prompting fresh accusations that the panel was created to damage the Democratic front-runner’s presidential campaign. [Reuters]

PEE ALERT! Someone thinks Matt Bevin understands taxpayer dollars. [Click the Clicky]

Immigration reform advocates are still hoping to hear some policy proposals from Democrats. [ThinkProgress]

Isn’t it fascinating to watch Steve Beshear try to take credit for something President Barack Obama made happen? Gov. Steve Beshear, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers and the Appalachian Regional Commission have announced $6 million in federal grants to help the economically struggling eastern Kentucky region. [WBKO/AP]

Samaria Rice long ago lost count of how many times she has watched the surveillance video that captured the last few minutes when her 12-year-old son was still very much alive. [Politico]

Hell yesssss that office needs to be abolished. Though calls have been made to abolish the office of state treasurer, two Eastern Kentuckians are running hard this fall not only to win the $117,329-a-year job but add to its duties. [H-L]

Ugh, Joe Biden has got to be just as boring as Martin O’Malley. Can’t the Democrats field a candidate who isn’t boring as hell? [HuffPo]

Larry Dale Hit The Nail On Its Head

About 50 people came out on a rainy Saturday morning to see U.S. Sen. Rand Paul rally for Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin. [H-L]

Last week, the Taliban began the process of retaking Afghanistan, starting with the northern city of Kunduz. [HuffPo]

Republican Whitney Westerfield and Democrat Andy Beshear are locked in a dead heat for attorney general with just over a month before election day, according to a new Bluegrass Poll. [C-J/AKN]

Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday praised gay rights activists for the progress they have made in recent years. The vice president gave the keynote address at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner, during which he honored past civil rights leaders and commended current ones for working to fulfill the principles embodied the Declaration of Independence. [The Hill]

While it’s not the winter just yet, area homeless shelters are bracing for their busiest months now before their supplies run out. “With the winter coming, what we have isn’t going to last,” Beacon of Hope Emergency Shelter director Michele Bradford said. “It won’t last.” Employees at the 24-hour Beacon of Hope shelter in Winchester say their food supply is quickly dwindling. [WKYT]

The Associated Press properly identified Liberty Counsel — the legal group defending Kentucky’s Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis — as an anti-LGBT hate group, in an all-too-rare example of a major news outlet accurately informing its audience about Liberty’s extreme views. [MMFA]

What no one is saying here? Rand Paul and his wife, Kelly, are miffed at Matt Bevin over some nasty remarks Bevin allegedly made to Kelly some time ago. It’s a big enough rift that the McConnell crew talk about it all the time. [CN|Toot]

The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are set to wade into contentious social matters in their new term beginning on Monday including affirmative action, union powers and voting rights, and could add major cases involving abortion and birth control. [Reuters]

The head of the high tech company coming to Morehead was a guest speaker at Wednesday’s meeting of the Kentucky House Special Committee on Advanced Communications and Information Technology. Robert Schena, CEO and cofounder of Rajant Corporation, told committee members that his company’s technology aboard MSU’s miniature satellites could create a network in space that could be used to keep military defense systems running if the U.S. were ever attacked. [The Morehead News]

The National Rifle Association and other anti-gun-control groups are formidable, but political trends may be loosening their grip on lawmakers. [ProPublica]

Barren County magistrates voted to adopt an ordinance on second reading Friday to set the county’s real estate tax rate for for the current fiscal year during a special-called Fiscal Court meeting. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Edward Snowden is still waiting on the Justice Department to take up his offer of a plea deal, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked thousands of classified documents says. [Politico]

Bevin is the most inept candidate in either party since Peppy Martin won the 1999 GOP nomination after Republicans decided to make a statement about public financing of gubernatorial campaigns by not fielding any legitimate contenders. Still, given Kentucky’s anti-Obama sentiment, Conway cannot win in November unless he gets the Democratic base to turn out 100 percent. So far, he has done little or nothing to make this happen. His campaign has been only marginally better than Bevin’s. [Larry Dale Keeling]

The Supreme Court on Friday issued a posthumous response to Alfredo Prieto, a serial killer on Virginia’s death row whose lawyers had petitioned the court several times to put his execution on hold. [HuffPo]

Your Friday Evening Dept. Of Derp

HELP PROTECT OUR SOURCES! Stop the Montgomery County-Joshua Powell-Phil Rison insanity! [CLICK HERE]

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis continued to withhold marriage licenses from local residents Thursday, a day after a federal appeals court upheld an order telling her to end her protest. [H-L]

McDonald’s, Burger King and every other company that relies on a franchise business model just suffered the legal setback they’ve been fearing for years. [HuffPo]

As West Africa’s Ebola epidemic dissipates, Fort Campbell’s 101st Airborne Division is being recognized for its role in helping fight an outbreak that has killed more than 11,280 people, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. [C-J/AKN]

A new judge in Ferguson, Missouri, has halted court practices that were seen as a major factor in unrest over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown a year ago. [BBC]

The Glasgow City Council Public Safety Committee has decided on its recommendations for changes to the city’s animal welfare ordinance. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Everything that is happening in the solar industry is happening in Nevada right now. [ThinkProgress]

Jack Conway, the Democratic candidate for governor, and his Republican opponent, Matt Bevin, don’t much like each other. [Ronnie Ellis]

Garbage has become an unlikely battleground in the abortion debate, as anti-abortion groups seek evidence of privacy violations in clinics’ trash. [ProPublica]

With several changes coming to The Register beginning in Sept. 1, readers and subscribers have questions and concerns. The staff of The Register would like to help answer those questions with an online Q&A. [Richmond Register]

Planned Parenthood has paid forensic experts to comb through undercover videos released by anti-abortion activists, and their report finds significant distortions and misleading edits. [NPR]

Thousands of Kentuckians went to the Kentucky State Capitol on Saturday to show support for Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and her decision to stop issuing marriage licenses after the U. S. Supreme Court recognized same-sex marriage. [The Morehead News]

President Barack Obama on Thursday heralded the progress New Orleans has made rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina battered the area 10 years ago but said more needed to be done to overcome poverty and inequality. [Reuters]

Tanya Meeks wears a small silver urn on a necklace. On this day, it rested on a bright orange T-shirt with “Stop Heroin” printed across the front, and rubber bands hung from her wrist with hashtags that mirrored the shirt’s slogan. [H-L]

Sea levels worldwide rose an average of nearly 3 inches (8 cm) since 1992, the result of warming waters and melting ice, a panel of NASA scientists said on Wednesday. [HuffPo]