Eastern Kentucky Skunk Man Deserves Awards

Sen. Mitch McConnell’s insta-attacks are burnishing his national image as the ultimate political predator. But could they come back to bite him in Kentucky? [H-L]

A release of methane in the Arctic could speed the melting of sea ice and climate change with a cost to the global economy of up to $60 trillion over coming decades, according to a paper published in the journal Nature. [HuffPo]

Oh, look, it’s Hal Rogers pretending that there’s a war on coal in an attempt to further dumb down and terrify his constituency. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Rachid Wahbi came to Syria from a Spanish slum, rushing toward death. And he didn’t plan to die alone. [ProPublica]

A Louisville businessman and political newcomer with tea party backing will run against U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Republican primary next year, but a national analyst says McConnell “should be OK” after the May vote. [State Journal]

Reversing US economic inequality should be Washington’s top priority, President Barack Obama has said, as an autumn budget battle with Congress looms. He touted the slow but steady recovery in what was billed as a major economic speech at Knox College in Illinois. [BBC]

Police raided his used car lot, “Lying Lees,” but a Rowan County businessman still claims he never did anything illegal. After 33 years of selling cars at Lying Lees, almost everyone in Morehead has heard of Marty Stevens but a recent incident could potentially damage the future of the family-owned business. [WKYT]

Environmental experts who remain unimpressed with President Barack Obama’s war-on-carbon rhetoric point to one key reason for concern that’s off most Americans’ radar: U.S. coal exports. [HuffPo]

A regional ethics panel has held a hearing on an accusation against an eastern Kentucky sheriff. [H-L]

Detroit officials hope the bruising bankruptcy battle ahead of them will be rewarded with the birth of a leaner, more efficient and ultimately prosperous Motown. History, however, has few story book endings to offer as a guide when it comes to U.S. municipal bankruptcies. [Reuters]

A Kentucky man is under arrest for taking a skunk to the rest room — and leaving it there. [C-J/AKN]

A fresh Republican poll shows Mitch McConnell crushing his GOP primary challenger and comfortably leading his Democratic opponent in Kentucky. [Politico]

The Richmond City Commission unanimously voted to reduce the number of seats on the city’s Human Rights Board from nine to seven at its Tuesday night meeting. [Richmond Register]

Kentucky Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin’s first ad appears to have violated federal campaign law, prompting Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) campaign to call for the ad to be taken off air. [The Hill]

Papaw & Jerry Askeerd To Go To Fancy Farm

Yesterday, Matt Bevin gave out a bell that his Connecticut company makes. Unfortunately, he didn’t realize that was in violation of FEC regulations. Can’t hand out gifts. [Teabagger Mistakes]

The IRS political appointee at the epicenter of insinuations that the Obama White House directed the targeting of tea party groups never discussed the issue with the president. [HuffPo]

Did you hear the news? Papaw Beshear and Mayor McCheese Jerry are afraid to attend Fancy Farm this year. Because they know they’ll hurt Alison Grimes if they show up. [Deep Fancy Farm Thoughts]

As Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, a 71-year-old Republican fixture in Washington, prepares to try to fend off a challenge by Alison Lundergan Grimes, a 34-year-old Democratic political newcomer, his team says he will address and even embrace the gender and generational differences between them. [NY Times]

Saying that U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell had “lost touch,” Louisville businessman Matt Bevin on Wednesday officially kicked off his bid to unseat Kentucky’s senior senator in the 2014 GOP primary. [Ryan Alessi]

For more than a decade, the Senate has failed to pass no-brainer legislation requiring Senators and challengers to file campaign disclosure reports electronically. Unlike their colleagues running for president or House, Senate candidates file campaign disclosure reports on paper, a dated practice that is wasteful and damaging to the integrity of the institution. [Sunlight Foundation]

Taunts from criminals come with most jobs in law enforcement according to Richmond Assistant Police Chief, Bob Mott. But, what he saw on the department’s Facebook page this week surprised him a little. [WKYT]

Shoo, don’t go to Tennessee unless you want some mean ass granny to shoot your car up. [Wonkette]

The news that Papaw and Jerry won’t attend Fancy Farm has spread far and wide and people are laughing about it. [BGDN]

Compared with other tech-savvy nations, Internet service in the U.S. is overpriced and slow. [HuffPo]

The Kentucky attorney general’s office has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a case involving whether students must be informed of their rights before being questioned at school. [Press Release & WKYU FM]

Liberals are absolutely losing their mind over someone running against Mitch McConnell. They neglect to realize almost no one ever spends their own money, as promised, in political campaigns. They also refuse to realize their chosen teabagger is a gay-hating hyper-conservative compared to weakling Granny Mitch. [TPM]

Sen. Mitch McConnell now has a 2014 Republican primary opponent. Louisville businessman and millionaire Matthew Bevin on Wednesday announced he’s taking on McConnell who he said has been in Washington too long. [Ronnie Ellis]

When it comes to job benefits, Matthew Barzun is about to enjoy some of the best. As the new U.S. ambassador to the U.K., he’ll live in Winfield House, a London mansion set on 12 acres with gardens second only to those in Buckingham Palace in size. He’ll be able to borrow art from museums for free and host the president as an overnight guest when he’s in town. [Bloomberg Businessweek]

Lunatics Want To Keep Your Kids Dumb & Afraid

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has placed robo calls to GOP voters in Kentucky urging them to attend a church picnic in the western Kentucky community of Fancy Farm next week. [H-L]

Unemployment among recent veterans has fallen sharply and now is the same as for the rest of the U.S. population, hovering just above 7%, new federal statistics show. [LA Times]

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has chosen Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky’s Perry County Wellness Coalition, as one of seven community partners for the new Investing in Kentucky’s Future (IKF) initiative. [Hazard Herald]

Even the American Bar Association is taking note of Jack Conway’s embarrassing First Amendment moment. [ABA Journal]

A Louisville Tea Party board member is resigning from his post in a show of support for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, who gains a tea party challenger on Wednesday when Louisville investment manager Matt Bevin announces his candidacy. [Joe Arnold]

Federal prosecutors are preparing to announce criminal charges as early as this week against SAC Capital Advisors LP, the hedge-fund company that has been the target of a multiyear investigation into alleged insider trading, according to people familiar with the matter. [WSJ]

Remember this guy? He was Jack Conway’s chief cheerleader. A Kentucky sheriff who was convicted of witness tampering will resign from office effective July 31, the day before his scheduled sentencing in federal court. [H-L]

A release of methane in the Arctic could speed the melting of sea ice and climate change with a cost to the global economy of up to $60 trillion over coming decades, according to a paper published in the journal Nature. [HuffPo]

Wondering how batshit crazy people can be in Kentucky when it comes to science education? [C-J/AKN]

This really is how all the Obama economics speeches go down. A beverage alert is probably necessary. Or maybe a pee alert, depending upon how many beverages you have consumed. [Wonkette]

State, federal, and local authorities have launched an investigation into an eastern Kentucky businessman. They spent hours on Tuesday raiding his used car lots and one of them is in Rowan County. [WKYT]

Turns out that Alison Grimes is having some fun raising money from trial lawyers in San Francisco. [SF Gate]

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]

Mitch McConnell Launches Anti-Bevin Attack Ad

Here’s a weird video we found of Matt Bevin:

Hardly sounds like he’s spent time in Kentucky.

And here’s the first ad attacking him from Mitch McConnell:

And the McConnell team’s first official attack site.

This should be fun.

UPDATE – Here’s Bevin’s first ad:

Shorter Matt Bevin: Mitch McConnell is just too librul and evil, faux teabagger extremism is way better.

Nationally, The Jack Conway Story Isn’t Stopping

An attorney for Burgess Carey said Tuesday there are no plans to halt canopy tours at Boone Creek Outdoors. In a 2-year-old dispute with the outdoor recreation center, Lexington’s Board of Adjustment filed for an injunction last Thursday requesting that Boone Creek stop its canopy tours and discontinue advertising until the dispute is resolved. [H-L]

After weaknesses in its ground game were badly exposed in 2012, the Republican National Committee is taking a page straight out of the Democratic playbook and launching an ambitious “50 state strategy” that will steer party resources and staffers to every corner of the country as it works to repair its voter contact effort before the next presidential election. [CNN]

Even before he officially enters the race, Matthew Bevin on Tuesday fired off a press release accusing U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of misleading the public to avoid talking about his own record in the Senate. [C-J/AKN]

For her 40th birthday in October 2011, Khadijah Tribble had one wish: to jump out of an airplane. “I had been planning the event for four months,” Tribble recalled. [HuffPo]

It’s been nearly a year since Kentucky officials announced plans to send up to 9 million tons of coal a year to India, and the first shipment still hasn’t been sent. [WFPL]

Lexington is 35th on this list and Louisville is 45th. You should check those city employee numbers and statistics out. [WE]

Joe Craft and Jim Booth, two of the most powerful and politically-active coal company owners in Kentucky, say they plan to register their frustration with President Barack Obama by helping pro-coal candidates in 2014. [Ryan Alessi]

Authorities have searched more than 16,000 acres in three Kentucky counties but failed to find a teenager who was reported missing last month. [H-L]

Are you excited to learn that Jack Conway took time out of pretending his office didn’t do what he admits it did in order to do this thing? [C-J/AKN]

Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the “Car Talk” guys, offer advice on the radio and in more than 300 newspapers across the country. For such a heinous crime, perhaps they should go to prison. This is the logical extension of a letter Kentucky officials sent to John Rosemond a couple months ago. [Click the Clicky]

Missing Martin City Attorney Clyde Johnson may have accessed the Internet the Friday before last. That is the only new information as the community still tries to find its attorney. [WKYT]

Workers toiling in low-wage jobs marked a dispiriting anniversary on Wednesday: It’s now been four years since the last time the federal minimum wage was raised. [HuffPo]

The Hazard Independent School Board held its monthly meeting on Thursday at the Hazard Middle School in Walkertown to discuss the completion of construction projects in the district and the possible establishment of new positions. [Hazard Herald]

Will Legislators Wisely Back Drug Screenings?

A former judge and six of his co-defendants whose vote-buying convictions were overturned have asked a federal judge to release them from prison while they await a new trial. [H-L]

Tatia Pritchett’s 2002 Hyundai Sonata blew a tire early on a Friday morning in June when she was on her way to work. “I was driving and all of a sudden, KAPOW,” she said. [HuffPo]

The police arrive at a house to find a man bleeding from the forehead, claiming his wife hit him in the head with a glass ashtray. When officers ask the sobbing woman if she did it, she nods yes. [Richmond Register]

Thanks to disclosures made by Edward Snowden, Americans have learned that their email records are not necessarily safe from the National Security Agency—but a new ruling shows that they’re not safe from big oil companies, either. [Mother Jones]

A state panel is mulling support for a change in Kentucky law that would require parents and other caregivers to undergo drug screenings if a child dies in their custody. But the move would need backing from lawmakers before taking effect. [C-J/AKN]

You know things have gone weird in the runup to Obamacare’s big rollout when Republicans are quoting big-name union leaders to make the case for scrapping the whole law. [TPM]

A group of Bowling Green citizens is still pushing for an investigation into gas pricing in the city after presenting a petition at the attorney general’s office in Frankfort. [BGDN]

He also said Mitch McConnell tried to make love to the tea party. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed Monday that Democrats would hold onto their Senate majority and mocked Mitch McConnell for failing to placate restive tea party critics. [WaPo]

What do teachers think of the schools where they work? Parents and anyone else in Kentucky who is interested can now find out online. [H-L]

The former head of Britain’s intelligence agency has threatened to expose new details about the state of affairs leading up to the Iraq war. [HuffPo]

Three more state parks in Kentucky are about to gain the designation as “StormReady Supporters.” [WKYT]

The largest-known virus — both in terms of physical size and its genome — has been discovered and named, French researchers recently reported in the journal Science. [Weather]

Just a reminder that Jack Conway attempted to claim his office wasn’t involved in something that his office, you know, was most certainly involved in. [Page One]

Mitch McConnell (R) is preparing a barrage of attacks against likely Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin, armed with what a senior campaign aide described “an opposition research book as thick as a college textbook.” [The Hill]

Of Course They Want To Kill Library Taxes…

After a screening of Sole Survivor at the Kentucky Theatre on Thursday, emotions about the crash of Comair Flight 5191 resurfaced and left audience members with mixed feelings about the cause of the crash, and its sole survivor, James Polehinke. [H-L]

That awkward moment when the tea party rally gets overtly racist. Something that happens every week in Kentucky. [HuffPo]

The state medical examiner’s office has issued a preliminary report in the death of a jail inmate which indicates injuries sustained by the inmate were the result of a “jail beating.” [Hazard Herald]

Jack Conway’s latest stunt continues to embarrass Kentucky around the United States. It’s the butt of many jokes in Washington. [Moonie Times]

Of all the legislative conferences, in all the towns, in all the world, House Speaker Greg Stumbo found himself in Casablanca this month. Senate President Robert Stivers, meanwhile, conferred with legislators in Scotland. [C-J/AKN]

Owners of the World Trade Center cannot demand billions more dollars in compensation for the 9/11 attacks, a New York judge has ruled. The twin towers owners wanted more insurance money, in addition to the $5bn (£3.3bn) already claimed, from the airlines of the hijacked planes. [BBC]

The Henderson Gleaner has been filled with anti-McConnell letters lately. [Here & Here]

Detroit’s historic municipal bankruptcy filing on Thursday came less than 10 minutes before lawyers for the city’s pension funds and retirees had rushed to another court to try to block it. [Retuers]

Kentucky environmental officials are seeking public comment on a draft report dealing with stream impairments in three stream segments in the North Elkhorn Creek watershed in central Kentucky. [H-L]

Sequestration could curtail hurricane hunter missions. Federal furloughs caused by sequestration could ground “Hurricane Hunter” aircraft, depriving forecasters of real-time measurements of storms during what’s expected to be an especially active Atlantic hurricane season. [NPR]

It’s been just over two years since a mother of two was killed by a stray bullet near Shawnee Park in West Louisville and no one has ever been arrested for her murder. [WHAS11]

In a major ruling about press freedoms, a divided federal appeals court on Friday ruled that James Risen, an author and reporter for The New York Times, must testify in the criminal trial of a former Central Intelligence Agency official charged with providing him with classified information. [NY Times]

Attorneys say that the outcome of lawsuits seeking to reduce library taxes in Anderson and Montgomery counties could have implications for other Kentucky libraries. [WKYT]

This will end in a mountain of hilarity. An emerging conservative challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has reserved airtime in Kentucky starting next week. [Politico]