Alison Got It Mostly Right On The Second Try

When the ambulance crew arrived, about 8:20 p.m., Joan Boice was in the TV lounge, face-down on the carpet. Her head had struck the floor with some velocity; bruises were forming on her forehead and both cheeks. It appeared she’d lost her balance and fallen out of a chair. [ProPublica]

The Instant Racing machines that look like slots but are billed as pari-mutuel race bets are making money at Ellis Park, but they are falling well short of the boost they provided Kentucky Downs in Franklin. [C-J/AKN]

Outside media-types really never pay attention when it comes to Kentucky. The false claim that the Grimes Campaign event was a Democratic Party event is not based in reality. It was a Grimes Campaign event. The KDP is not officially involved – yet – because there will be a Democratic primary. [Politico]

Seriously, journalists, cyanobacteria is not algae – it’s bacteria. “Algae” was mentioned no fewer than eight times. [WFPL]

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) said Tuesday he has yet to decide whether to support a proposal to block government funding if it includes money for ObamaCare. [The Hill]

Critics panned Alison Lundergan Grimes’ initial announcement that she’s running for the U.S. Senate. She got it right the second time. [Ronnie Ellis]

The US economy grew at an annualised pace of 1.7% in the second quarter of the year, the Commerce Department has said. That was a faster pace than expected by economists. [BBC]

Telephone customers in Western Kentucky soon can begin preparing for the changes that will come early next year, when area code 364 is added to the same geographic area as the current area code 270. [C-J/AKN]

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday he was “disappointed” with budget talks between Republican senators and the White House, saying President Barack Obama has offered concessions while Republicans refuse to budge. [Reuters]

Joe Arnold is super-obsessed with all teabaggers and Matt Bevin is no exception. The latest story is one about how badly Bevin wants health care reform to die. [WHAS11]

Yay, health care failures. The misery of low back pain often drives people to the doctor to seek relief. But doctors are doing a pretty miserable job of treating back pain, a study finds. [NPR]

Covington City Commissioner Michelle Williams is entitled to her job, despite a criminal past that the Kenton County attorney believes precludes her from holding office. [Cincinnasti Enquirer]

A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. [The Guardian]

Was Bevin Endorsed By Super-Racist Organization?

Really, Matt Bevin?

We’re supposed to believe the Madison Project is a big deal?

Take a look at this. It’s called “Emancipation & The Master Class” and was published on February 15, 2013.


Some of the racist/white supremacist highlights:

“The Republican Party is not black America’s team.”


“Don’t sit down with the black elite while wearing the Republican uniform.”


“Put it this way: my great-grandfather (and yours) would be astounded that there is an entire class of black people who get rich by calling other black people N*****.”


“Obama could have given his campaign speeches standing in front of a burning cross while wearing a Klan hood and he still would have outpolled Romney in black precincts.”

We’ve been waiting on other mainstream media outlets to run with this story but they’ve been sitting on their hands. So here you go, folks.

Matt Bevin has the gall to promote an endorsement from an organization standing behind such trash.


P.S. No, the author’s race has no bearing on whether or not the content is racist.

No, Rand Paul Is Not In A Tough Spot, Kids

Eight people from southeastern Kentucky who won a new trial on charges of vote buying will go back before a jury this fall. [H-L]

Here’s yet another thing banks are taking over: the stock market. Financial stocks are the second-biggest sector in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index and are well on the way to overtaking technology as the biggest industry in the broad stock index, Bloomberg reports. [HuffPo]

Conservation is driving up water rates in Louisville? Louisville Water Co. officials never talk about conservation — not that it has mattered. Water use has declined on its own. [C-J/AKN]

Last month’s Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage were major gay rights victories. But countless questions about the legal rights of gay men and lesbians remain. [NY Times]

Unemployment rates rose in June across most FIVCO area as compared to a year ago. [Ashland Independent]

The bottom line here is that if immigration reform doesn’t pass, it’ll be because Republican leaders didn’t want it to pass and Republican House members who say they do want an immigration bill to pass weren’t willing to challenge their leadership with a discharge petition. But Republicans somehow want immigration reform to die an immaculate death in which nobody in particular killed it. Hence McConnell reaching for a weird historical analogy he can use to muddy the waters. [Slate]

A pilot for the DEA and a state trooper are recovering after surviving a fiery helicopter crash in Eastern Kentucky. This sounds like a hotbed for scandalous open records requests. [WKYT]

Though several Republicans have been threatening a big showdown over the debt limit and government funding with President Obama this fall, it’s possible that maybe we won’t approach total fiscal calamity this time. [The Atlantic Wire]

Eight years ago, Canadian Jim Tibbatts received immigration status that allowed him to teach in Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s automotive collision repair program. [H-L]

Pope Francis has had a busy week at World Youth Day in Rio as he visited his slums and prisons, blessed the Olympic flag and brought three million people to Copacabana Beach for a final Mass on Sunday morning. Now he has made another headline, this time when the pontiff said, “Who am I to judge a gay person?” [HuffPo]

Community group Bereans for Fairness hosted its first Fairness Picnic at Memorial Park on Saturday. The group is in support of the city passing a fairness ordinance that would extend protections against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations to individuals based upon sexual orientation and gender identity. [Richmond Register]

For Washington, D.C., a city largely sheltered from the 2007-2009 recession, the jobs boom may be ending. [Reuters]

The Republican primary between U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Louisville businessman Matt Bevin has put U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in a tough spot. But… not really. He’s not in a tough spot at all. [Cincinnasti Enquirer]

Teabaggers Losing The Medicaid Expansion Fight?

During a Senate committee hearing Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., pressed a top official from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on what can be done to address abuses by installment lenders. [ProPublica]

Hoo boy! It’s time to head to Fancy Farm, the normally peaceful hamlet in Graves County that once a year turns into a raucous, delicious celebration of its history, great food and politics gone wild. [Ronnie Ellis]

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Matt Bevin may become unlikely allies in trying to tear down Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the marquee Senate race of the upcoming cycle. [The Hill]

A jogger taking a smoke break while out for his evening run Monday was mugged on the lawn of Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College. [BGDN]

In a week when he tried to focus attention on the struggles of the middle class, President Obama said in an interview that he was worried that years of widening income inequality and the lingering effects of the financial crisis had frayed the country’s social fabric and undermined Americans’ belief in opportunity. [NY Times]

A Franklin Circuit Court judge ruled Friday that expansion of Kentucky’s Medicaid program can move forward while the court considers a legal challenge from the tea party. [C-J/AKN]

The underlying condition of the US economy is improving, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). However, the IMF added that the recovery from recession has so far been “tepid”. [BBC]

Kentucky state Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, says candidates like Mitch McConnell’s Tea Party backed primary challenger would rather see the federal government explode and be destroyed than work towards a limited government approach. [WFPL]

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Sunday warned Congress against manufacturing a crisis over federal spending in the months ahead, as looming deadlines set the stage for a repeat of the political deadlock which two years ago triggered worldwide financial market turmoil. [Reuters]

Jerry Abramson is mulling a run for governor and may announce his decision around the Fancy Farm political picnic on August 3. It is ironic that Abramson is using Fancy Farm as a reference point. He is skipping the event again this year. [WDRB]

The U.S. Department of Education plans to investigate a “Redneck Day” celebration at an Arizona high school that caused a stir among civil rights activists, the Associated Press reported Thursday. [TPM]

State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said Friday he is endorsing U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell over tea party Republican Matt Bevin in the 2014 GOP primary. [C-J/AKN]

Russian President Vladimir Putin keeps insisting that he doesn’t want the case of a fugitive American intelligence contractor to harm relations between Russia and the United States. But Edward Snowden remains an irritant, stuck in diplomatic limbo in the transit area of a Moscow airport. [NPR]

Two days after officially filing to run for office, the Tea Party challenger to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell will meet voters during a stop in Pikeville. [Floyd County Times]

Kentucky Feels Brunt Of Cuts Rand Paul Denies

Impact of the across-the-board federal spending cuts on Kentucky programs ranging from special education teachers to social workers are expected to be more devastating next year than this year, state education and human resources officials warned lawmakers Thursday. Meanwhile, Rand Paul claims these cuts aren’t real and/or are no big deal. [H-L]

Like nobody else, Steven A. Cohen conquered Wall Street. The boy from blue-collar Long Island built one of the era’s most legendary investment firms, helping him amass a personal fortune of $9 billion. [LA Times]

An elementary school principal demoted from her post in May is suing her school district and its superintendent. Barbara Cook, who was principal at Wurtland Elementary School in the Greenup County district, filed the suit in Greenup Circuit Court against the district and Superintendent Steve Hall. [Ashland Independent]

Yertle hears a who. Rich tea party guy with dozens of supporters will end Mitch McConnell’s liberal agenda. [Wonkette]

Pasties king Damon Thayer says Matt Bevin is in a Don Quixote fantasy. [WFPL]

These damn right-wing bigots are trying to cold ruin cantaloupe season for us! [TPM]

Papaw Beshear continues to pretend that he won’t be attending Fancy Farm because he has better things to do. [CN|2]

Federal prosecutors came down hard on billionaire hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen on Thursday, unveiling criminal fraud charges against his SAC Capital Advisors LP that could end the career of one of Wall Street’s most successful investors. [Reuters]

Kentucky failed to collect DNA samples from between 6,300 and 7,000 felons over a four-year period, so now it’s asking many who are no longer in custody to give those samples voluntarily, state criminal justice officials said Thursday. [BGDN]

Jeremy Scahill blasted the Obama administration on Thursday for its opposition to the release of Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye from prison. [HuffPo]

In the late 1920s, an Italian immigrant with a funny last name arrived in the heart of Appalachia to join the thousands of Scots-Irish who found good wages in the coalfields. He could have moved to New York or Chicago, but he instead came to Perry County to work as a stonemason. [H-L]

Although the House defeated a measure that would have defunded the bulk phone metadata collection program, the narrow 205-217 vote showed that there is significant support in Congress to reform NSA surveillance programs. Here are six other legislative proposals on the table. [ProPublica]

Mitch McConnell is well known for never underestimating his opponents. Given the way things have gone lately, it’s probably good he doesn’t. [Ronnie Ellis]

The age-old standoff between mail carrier and Canis familiaris could be coming to an end if the latest plan to save the Postal Service goes ahead. [NPR]

Yarmuth Wisely Opposes Warrantless Wiretapping

A county clerk in southeastern Kentucky has asked the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to determine the propriety of a fundraising email sent to government email accounts by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes last week. Shouldn’t they also be filing this with the FEC? [H-L]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager didn’t hold back when he learned that his boss had a new GOP primary challenger. [Politico]

The Boyd County Sheriff’s Department has denied the allegations leveled against it and three of its deputies in a federal lawsuit filed in May by a retired federal correctional officer. [Ashland Independent]

The Senate’s top tax writers have promised their colleagues 50 years worth of secrecy in exchange for suggestions on what deductions and credits to preserve in tax reform. [The Hill]

Normally a reliable ally of the Obama administration, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, parted with the White House Wednesday evening over the National Security Administration’s method of collecting domestic telephone records. [C-J/AKN]

Democratic lawmakers pushing to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay said on Wednesday its cost has skyrocketed to $2.7 million per inmate this year and argued it is too expensive to keep open while the country is fighting budget deficits. [Reuters]

Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of a Rowan County man. Oxygen tank explosion while allegedly smoking a cancer stick? [WKYT]

The government board charged with protecting New Orleans from flooding sued the oil and gas industry on Wednesday. [NPR]

HealthFirst Bluegrass pre-selected developer Ted J. Mims as project manager for its $11.7 million clinic construction project and created a conflict of interest that could potentially jeopardize a portion of a federal grant for construction, according to a state audit released Thursday. [H-L]

Contracts captured by Sunlight’s Political Ad Sleuth show that Bevin already has dropped $29,375 at two Louisville TV stations to buy TV spots over the next two weeks. [Sunlight Foundation]

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is seeking the input of Kentucky residents to help reconstruct its website. Kentuckians can provide thoughts and insights into improving the usability and features of the website by filling out the online survey. [Click the Clicky]

A Perry County man, who earlier this year evaded capture twice in less than a week, has been indicted this month on over 20 charges related to the first of these two incidents. [Hazard Herald]

If you’re not an idiot or an incredibly rich person that just buys new body parts when the old ones wear out, you’ve probably been sorta kinda digging the fact that maybe you could buy insurance and not be cockblocked from coverage because once you had a pre-existing condition like a hangnail. [Wonkette]