Bevin Proves To Be Crazier Than You Thought

Kentucky will continue pressing federal officials for flexibility in meeting greenhouse gas emission rules as it tries to shore up the state’s ailing coal industry and hold down electricity prices, Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday. [H-L]

Kentucky Senate candidate Matt Bevin (R) told TPM in a recent interview he would have voted against the Violence Against Women Act that passed Congress earlier this year because he believes it’s unconstitutional. [TPM]

This time last week, we knew exactly where one major Senate candidate in Kentucky stood on Syria, had an idea where another was heading and had absolutely no idea where the third was. [C-J/AKN]

President Barack Obama on Monday stepped onto a podium and lamented the deaths of a senseless mass shooting — just as he did after Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn. [Politico]

A western Kentucky lawmaker who resigned last week still faces the possibility of censure from his colleagues if allegations that he sexually harassed legislative staffers are proven. [WKYT]

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warned Tuesday that the long-term outlook for the national debt remains dire, despite a near-term drop in the deficit that has been lauded by the Obama administration. [The Hill]

An Olive Hill man was arrested about 3 this morning after a late-night standoff with Kentucky State Police. [Ashland Independent]

The ex-US Navy reservist who killed 12 people and wounded eight at a Washington DC Navy installation had received treatment for mental health issues, US media have reported. [BBC]

Did former state Rep. John Arnold sexually harass at least two female workers at the state Capitol? That’s the question a special committee is now looking into. [WDRB]

A U.S. congressman, speaking after a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, said he understood a year-long investigation of security at the country’s Navy installations had shown serious flaws partly driven by cost-cutting. [Reuters]

A $4.5 million grant has been awarded to school districts in Kentucky and Tennessee near Fort Campbell to help students in military families. [H-L]

No wonder so few Americans seem to think their economy is in recovery: They keep getting poorer. Unless they are rich, in which case they keep getting richer. [HuffPo]

Frankfort Again Causes National Laugh Fest

What happens when you put five of the dumbest people in charge of anything related to education? Your kids get dumber. Those five people are Bowen, Gregory, Harris, Bell and Turner. [H-L]

Those concerns that Obamacare will make the nation’s part-time recovery even worse may be a bit overblown, according to the findings of a recent survey of more than 500 Chief Financial Officers. [HuffPo]

Following several high profile cases of embezzlement and misuse of funds at the University of Louisville, the school’s board of trustees is taking steps to make sure that the school’s finances are secure and quickly catch future attempts to steal. [C-J/AKN]

Buried in a Brazilian television report on Sunday was the disclosure that the NSA has impersonated Google and possibly other major internet sites in order to intercept, store, and read supposedly secure online communications. [Mother Jones]

The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission voted to move forward with writing regulations for a hemp farming permit program Thursday as Attorney General Jack Conway considers the impact of a U.S. Department of Justice memo on recreational marijuana. [State Journal]

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is hosting a fundraiser for Alison Lundergan Grimes, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) Democratic opponent. [The Hill]

Changes are coming to the way students learn about hot-button issues like evolution and climate change. On Wednesday, Governor Steve Beshear approved new state science standards despite push back from the state’s Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee. [WYMT]

Four years after the recession officially ended, many American adults are still struggling to recover financially with lower incomes and, in some cases, going hungry, according to two surveys released on Thursday that underscored the unevenness of the U.S. economic recovery. [Reuters]

We’re just three weeks away from when the affordable health care act kicks in. Except, no, we’re not. That’s when open enrollment begins. It doesn’t kick in until 2014. [WHAS11]

Matt Bevin was awarded four Pinocchios for his claim that Mitch McConnell has done nothing to fight health care reform. [WaPo]

The city of Richmond is looking to hire at least six new firefighters, which would allow the fire department to have 20 people available on each shift. [Richmond Register]

Taxpayers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars each year to care for the victims of gun violence, according to a report from the Urban Institute released Friday. [HuffPo]

We Thought The Earth Was Just 6K-Years-Old???

A panel charged with reviewing Kentucky’s child-protection system needs funding, staff and specific recommendations if it hopes to prevent deaths from abuse and neglect, a national expert told the group Monday. [H-L]

The flat earthers at the Ark Park won’t like this at all. Archaeologists have dated bones found in the 1990s as the earliest known human remains from northern Britain. Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Nottingham analysed a leg bone found in Cumbria and found it to be more than 10,000 years old. [BBC]

This poor woman claims A Kentucky Newspaper misrepresented Mitch McConnell’s record on woman. But, uh, no, that couldn’t be further from reality. [C-J/AKN]

Isn’t it funny watching outsiders act as if they’re breaking news when they run stories revealing that Mitch McConnell and David Jones are friends? Folks in Kentucky have known that for ages and ages. [Politico]

The real story isn’t that Bob Damron has decided not to run for re-election in order to run for Judge-Executive to beef up his monstrous retirement fund. It’s the person who wants to run against him in that race, the people supporting that person and how they could finally take bigot Damron out of the political game. [Ryan Alessi]

Matt Bevin says he’s going to raise enough money to beat Mitch McConnell. Will anyone tell him how funny that sounds? [Roll Call]

The government has fired the latest salvo in a war of words between attorneys in a federal court case involving an interstate motorcycle theft ring. [Ashland Independent]

Unions, after a contentious and difficult process, are on the cusp of issuing formal criticism of ObamaCare at the AFL-CIO convention. [The Hill]

Whoopsiedaisy, the architectural firm involved in PeckerPointe’s design has pulled out. [WKYT]

A University of Kentucky committee voted to extend President Eli Capilouto’s contract by two years and to give him a 5 percent raise and a $50,000 performance bonus. [H-L]

When you read this story about a New York drug clinic, you’ll feel like it’s taking place in Kentucky. [ProPublica]

An audit of the Bell County clerk’s office has been referred to a regional ethics commission due to a claim of nepotism. [H-L]

Of all the world’s birds, perhaps none are more mystical than cranes. From Asia to North America, these tall birds with haunting cries have been woven into paintings, literature and folk tales. But today, 10 of the world’s 15 crane species are threatened, and some are on the brink of extinction. [NPR]

Teabagger Delusion Can Be Highly Entertaining

Teabagger David Adams’ new scheme sent out an urgent email blast yesterday:

My good friend Richard Lewis asks why editorial boards of commercial newspapers don’t have to follow campaign finance laws but ordinary citizens do. It’s a good question with no answer in Kentucky statute and clear prohibitions of same in Kentucky’s Constitution.

I thought about that this morning when I saw the Louisville Courier Journal declaring falsely victory for ObamaCare in Kentucky after a Circuit Court judge ruled against our two ObamaCare lawsuits on Tuesday.

Not so fast.

The Kentucky Constitution guarantees us an appeal and we are going to take it. In fact, we knew we were going to come to this moment eventually, we have been preparing for this for a long time and we’re ready. The Kentucky Supreme Court is accountable to the voters of all of Kentucky, not just Franklin County. Ignoring the law to promote ObamaCare, you may have noticed, is not very much appreciated outside of Frankfort and Louisville. I like our chances on appeal, a lot.

Meanwhile, I will be back in Franklin Circuit Court on Monday September 9 at 9:00 am ET arguing a new healthcare case. This one challenges the Kentucky Department of Insurance directly for abusing Christians in defiance of a 2010 Kentucky Supreme Court ruling in which case the Department was making exactly the opposite argument they will be making on Monday. Calling them out on it in public will be fun, productive and will open the door to getting Kentucky’s insurance bureaucrats out of the way as their grand schemes fail.

Remember, this is a long-term proposition. Diligence combined with patience will not be defeated.

So allow us to explain to the teabagger a tiny bit of campaign finance law: Editorial boards are permitted to share their opinion. Citizens are permitted to share their opinion. Sharing an opinion doesn’t constitute a campaign contribution.

And, uh, discussing health care reform has jack shiz to do with campaign finance.

Jesus H, the stupid is ripe lately. No wonder Matt Bevin has attempted to distance himself.

Democrats Supporting Matt Bevin Like Loyal Dogs

Yesterday the DSCC blasted out an email about the Senate Conservatives Fund attacking Mitch McConnell. The reason? He hasn’t fought hard enough to kill health care reform – because the wingnuts don’t realize that they’ve lost the battle. In effect, the DSCC was promoting a pro-Matt Bevin effort.

Prior to that, the only person touting Bevin was Wendy Caswell, a Democrat in Louisville. You already know how that went down.

So… who is actually behind Matt Bevin? He now says publicly that he is not and never has been affiliated with the Tea Party. And the only folks promoting him are Democrats.

Is there any evidence that he’s backed by actual Republicans in Kentucky who aren’t part of an extremely tiny fringe? Because we can’t find any.

Pipeline Folks Will Cold Eminent Domain You

A spokesman for a company building a pipeline through Kentucky says the proposed route would avoid land owned by a group of Roman Catholic nuns who have been outspoken opponents of the underground line. [H-L]

That’s right – teabagger Matt Bevin is now saying he is not and has never been a part of the Tea Party. [The Hill]

The children excitedly lined up in front of the exam table Wednesday morning as one-by-one the Daniel Boone Elementary School second-graders said “ahhhh” to the dentist and got checked out for tooth decay. [Richmond Register]

The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents. [NY Times]

Your tax dollars paid for this guy to be arrested for having four marijuana plants in his possession. [Hazard Herald]

US and British intelligence agencies have successfully cracked much of the online encryption relied upon by hundreds of millions of people to protect the privacy of their personal data, online transactions and emails, according to top-secret documents revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden. [The Guardian]

Richie Farmer, once a basketball hero and rising political star, has agreed to a plea deal on federal and state charges of misappropriation of public funds which will likely send him to prison for up to two years. [Ronnie Ellis]

We have to agree with the right wing on this one: Alison Grimes doesn’t make much sense when talking about Syria. [Weekly Standard]

Kentucky officials are taking issue with misleading letters from both Humana and Anthem regarding insurance renewal. Pushing people to select an insurance policy prior to knowing what’s available on the open exchange may not have been a smart idea. [C-J/AKN]

We keep hearing that Allison Jones is now trying to buy her judgeship. Love watching that flip-flop behavior in the judicial world. Oh, the stories we’re hearing. [Fun Judgey Rumors]

You’ll pee your pants over this one: Mother Jones is taking the Central Kentucky Teabaggers seriously. And that’s why everyone rolls their eyes at people stuck inside the beltway pretending that they have a clue what’s going on in Kentucky. [Mother Jones]

With its executive director banned from his office and a $11.7 federal grant in limbo, the board of HealthFirst Bluegrass, which provides health care to thousands in Fayette County, cancelled a special meeting scheduled for Thursday. [H-L]