The RGA Has Bailed On Matt Bevin

The Republican Governor’s Association has stopped running TV ads for Matt Bevin in Kentucky with a little more than a month to go until Election Day. [H-L]

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said “free stuff” won’t be part of his plan to appeal to black voters, echoing comments Mitt Romney made during the 2012 presidential election. As The Washington Post first reported, Bush was asked at a Republican dinner on Thursday in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, how he plans to reach out to black voters. [HuffPo]

For the millionth time… if you’re gonna cover suicide, flipping include resources. [C-J/AKN]

President Bill Clinton dismissed the controversy surrounding his wife Hillary Clinton’s private email server as a meaningless distraction, comparing it to his administration’s “Whitewater” controversy. [The Hill]

For the first time in months, the controversy that lit up televisions across the country in Rowan County stimulated a peaceful gathering. [The Morehead News]

A Miami jury convicted a man who faces up to 35 years in prison for growing marijuana in a bedroom of his house in what he says was an act of love to help his wife who is recovering from breast cancer, local media reported. [Reuters]

Though many on Capitol Hill claimed the resignation of U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner was a supprise, Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie, one of Boehner’s harshest critics, said, “I know exactly why he left.” [Ashland Independent]

A new report released Thursday provides a detailed look at the graduation rates of low-income college students. At many colleges, low-income students graduate at much lower rates than their high-income peers. [ProPublica]

Barren Circuit Court Judge Phil Patton heard witness testimony and attorney arguments relating to a lawsuit filed by city resident Freddie L. Travis against the Glasgow Independent Schools Board of Education during a bench trial on Thursday. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Doctors in Texas say that a three-year-old girl is possibly the youngest person to ever be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. [ThinkProgress]

I spent my first weekday in Germany in the Ruhr Valley: this region used to be one of the country’s main industrial and coal mining areas. But as the mines and steel plants have closed, cities like Gelsenkirchen and Essen are contemplating how to reinvent and revitalize themselves. [WFPL]

The Pope’s plea to tackle climate change is likely to get a cool reception from some key energy politicians in the US. [BBC]

Jamie Comer says Kentucky will be the epicenter of industrial hemp in the U.S. But it probably won’t be. Why? Frankfort. [H-L]

What was that, again, about Kim Davis not being a fame whore or milking this for cash? Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who went to jail this month for refusing to follow the law and issue a marriage license to a gay couple, was given an award at Friday night’s conservative Values Voter Summit. Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council, presented Davis with a “Cost of Discipleship Award” that compared her with Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Abraham Lincoln because, like them, she “pursued justice at great personal cost.” [HuffPo]

It’s Official: Jack In 2010 Is Jack In 2015

“Grace under pressure. Country and institution before self,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday, describing his impressions of retiring Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio. [H-L]

Bigoted fame whore Kim Davis lies again: Now she’s claiming Kentucky Democrats don’t hate the gays as hard as Kentucky Republicans. We all know they hate the gays equally. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin was supposed to be Republican he could beat in this race but as each day goes by, that’s looking less and less like a sure thing. [C-J/AKN]

Renewable energy has for the first time surpassed coal in supplying the UK’s electricity for a whole quarter, according to government statistics released on Thursday. [The Guardian]

Independent Stave Company announced last week that its fifth American oak stave mill – located on Cranston Road (KY 377) – now is fully operational as the second largest such facility in the world. [The Morehead News]

Advocates for abolishing the death penalty are hopeful that Pope Francis’s visit this week will give their cause a jolt of momentum. [The Hill]

The efforts of the Berea College Farm to reduce energy and waste and serve students and the community have been recognized as one of the top in the country. [Richmond Register]

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo renewed his call for national gun control legislation on Saturday as he delivered a eulogy for the top state attorney who was fatally wounded by a stray bullet in Brooklyn earlier this month. [Reuters]

Where the devil is Jack Conway? It’s customary for those who want to be governor to get out among voters and tell them why they should vote for him. Conway’s Republican opponent, Matt Bevin, is traveling the state talking to prospective voters, but unless you sneak into a Conway fundraiser as I did last weekend, it’s hard to find the Democrat. [Ronnie Ellis]

With their top object of scorn, John Boehner, about to leave the scene, conservatives are already training their ire across the Capitol on Mitch McConnell. [Politico]

A change to the Glasgow city ordinance pertaining to the humane treatment of animals that narrowly passed a first reading Sept. 14 is on Monday’s agenda for a second reading by the Glasgow City Council. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Pope Francis has urged a large gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York to respect humanity’s “right to the environment”. [BBC]

Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is calling on the GOP’s top senator to step down. [H-L]

When poor defendants appeared in court over an unpaid fine, the ACLU found that judges did not assign them a lawyer, seek to determine whether they could afford their fine or inform them of their rights. [HuffPo]

Kim Davis Goes Full Fox Fame Whore

Weighing in on an open-records case involving some of Kentucky’s most vulnerable residents, a divided state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an advocacy group failed to qualify for access to documents related to the deaths of some people in the state’s care. [H-L]

A young girl from California delivered a message about immigration reform to Pope Francis on Wednesday and received a blessing in return for her efforts. [HuffPo]

What was that, again, about not wanting the spotlight? Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis said in an interview Wednesday with Fox News that she was prepared to stay in jail as long as necessary to defend her decision on marriage licenses. [C-J/AKN]

Growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector showed no month-over-month change during September, staying at August’s sluggish pace which was the weakest in almost two years, according to an industry report released on Wednesday. [Reuters]

The development of a homeless shelter is something officials with the Glasgow Service Unit of the Salvation Army have discussed at its board meetings. [Glasgow Daily Times]

In Alabama, anti-drug fervor and abortion politics have turned a meth-lab law into the country’s harshest weapon against pregnant women. [ProPublica]

The two women running to be Kentucky’s next lieutenant governor squared off in a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Wednesday evening at Midway College in Versailles, mostly sticking to campaign talking points. But there were a few fireworks toward the end. [Ronnie Ellis]

Few things strike fear into the hearts of politicians like a disgruntled grandparent entering a voting booth. [ThinkProgress]

Good-paying jobs exist in Kentucky, but employers are having difficulty finding workers skilled enough to fill positions, according to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway. [Ashland Independent]

Millions of kids, some as young as 5, now get their schooling online. Just one problem: Nobody knows how well it works. [Politico]

Kelly Bowman knew he was going to be a Kentucky State Police trooper when he was a little boy. His career has always brought him home. [The Morehead News]

The U.S. government says the fingerprints of five times as many people as originally believed were included in the data hacked from Office of Personnel Management computers earlier this year. [NPR]

Every Republican presidential candidate who could be in the room with Pope Francis during the pontiff’s address Thursday to Congress – that is, every senator – was there. Except one. [H-L]

With less than two weeks before the start of the new Supreme Court session, Justice Antonin Scalia is still lamenting Obergefell v. Hodges, the June ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. [HuffPo]

Morehead’s Kinda Maybe Stressed A Bit

A federal judge in Wyoming says it’s tough luck that the world’s largest private coal company doesn’t dig a 1970s-era protest song. [H-L]

Chinese president Xi Jinping is leaving behind a struggling economy as he visits the United States this week. That is worrying leaders of other countries that do business with China, including the United States, and is sure to be a topic of discussion when Xi meets with President Barack Obama on Thursday. [HuffPo]

Whenever one of these lobbyists tries to tell you they’re just a common man or woman? Laugh in their face. [C-J/AKN]

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday laid out a stark choice for the cash-strapped city as he proposed a 2016 budget aimed at resolving a financial crisis linked to unfunded pensions — either slash vital public safety and other services, or enact the biggest-ever property tax increase. [Reuters]

Guess we can all look forward to another couple years of only reporting fluff about the state’s Commissioner of Education, regardless of what happens. [WDRB]

After arguing last month that local ordinances criminalizing people for being homeless are unconstitutional, the Obama administration will now tie federal funding to whether municipalities are cracking down on criminalization measures. [ThinkProgress]

A day late means Barren County’s real estate tax revenue will be approximately $94,224 less this fiscal year than it could have been. [Glasgow Daily Times]

NPR follows up on the status of “AK,” one of many Afghan and Iraqi interpreters for the U.S. military still waiting for a visa, and why thousands of interpreters struggle with the process. [NPR]

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes wants all eligible Kentucky voters to be able to register online by next year’s elections. [Ronnie Ellis]

Pope Francis waded into politics during brief remarks on Wednesday at the White House, touching on climate change, immigration and religious liberty before a packed South Lawn audience. [The Hill]

Much of Monday’s regular City Council meeting was discussion about issues facing Morehead. [The Morehead News]

Arne Duncan has tried to reshape American schools. Now will the backlash erase his legacy? [Politico]

Lexington is basically turning into the worst place on earth. [H-L]

A little over a year ago, Sister Mary Scullion received an unexpected call from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The church, she was told, was making plans for the World Meeting of Families — the international Catholic festival that Pope Francis will visit in the city this week — and they needed her help. [HuffPo]

Papaw’s People Pony Up The KDP Cash

Former state Rep. John Arnold, who was accused of sexually harassing two female legislative staffers, said in a deposition earlier this year that he “spanked the knee” of Rep. Sannie Overly, this fall’s Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor. Which is fine and dandy. But when I asked one of the victims about Overly earlier this week? They said that after going to Overly, she got shut down by leadership and she avoided the victims like the plague. No amount of spin will change that. [H-L]

President Barack Obama is “cautiously optimistic” about the prospect of a global climate agreement emerging from negotiations in Paris at the end of this year. [HuffPo]

The Kentucky Democratic Party continued to rake in big contributions in August, much of it from state contractors and appointees of Gov. Steve Beshear. [C-J/AKN]

The Obama administration is gearing up for what it expects to be the toughest healthcare sign-up season yet, officials said Tuesday. [The Hill]

Wondering what Joshua Powell’s attorney, Mike Owsley, is up to at other school districts? You’ll love reading about his latest shenanigans. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Los Angeles officials on Tuesday called homelessness an “emergency” in the city and proposed spending $100 million to provide permanent housing and shelters for the city’s 26,000 indigent. [Reuters]

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear isn’t on the ballot this year; he’s finishing up his second term and is ineligible to run. But his legacy in health care is very much at stake in this fall’s gubernatorial election. [Ronnie Ellis]

This weekend, Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia’s Curran-Fromhold Jail as part of his visit to the United States. In addition to severe overcrowding, Curran-Fromhold inmates also have to contend with a bevy of private firms that make money providing services inside the jail. While it is nominally a correctional facility, life inside Curran-Fromhold is shaped at least as much by the profit motive as by the spirit of rehabilitation and penance. [ThinkProgress]

When U.S. District Judge David Bunning jailed Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis for contempt his instructions were for her not to interfere with issuance of marriage licenses. [The Morehead News]

Sales of CDs in the US dropped by 31.5% in the first half of 2015, according to music industry figures. [BBC]

State Auditor Adam Edelen says he’s looking into the financial management of the University of Louisville Foundation, which manages the university’s $1.1 billion endowment, and the university’s board of trustees as part of an ongoing investigation. [WFPL]

After more than four years of civil war in Syria, what’s driving people to Europe in such numbers now? [NPR]

Sam Walton believed in private enterprise, but that probably didn’t include selling hemp from the back of a pickup truck in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Danville police arrested a Harrodsburg man on Tuesday for allegedly doing just that. [H-L]

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said the idea that she started the birther movement, which questions the validity of President Barack Obama’s American birth certificate, is “so ludicrous.” [HuffPo]

Can You Believe Flipping Stan Chesley?

When the candidates for lieutenant governor meet to debate at Midway University Thursday, Heather Curtis will not be among them. [H-L]

On December 14, 2006, Stephen Sheller filed his first case against Johnson & Johnson. The client was a New Jersey boy who had taken Risperdal beginning in 2001. When he had met the boy and his mother, Sheller thought the case would be about diabetes and weight gain. But then she and her son became traumatized by his growing breasts, and in August 2004, he had radical surgery to remove them. [HuffPo]

Former superstar lawyer Stan Chesley, who was disbarred for bilking former clients in Kentucky’s notorious fen-phen scandal, has sued five of them — and their lawyer — to try to avoid paying a $42 million judgment they won against him. [C-J/AKN]

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton came out Tuesday against the Keystone XL oil pipeline, making the highly anticipated announcement after years of pressure from environmentalists opposed to the politically fraught project. [The Hill]

Eastern Kentucky University ranks second among Kentucky’s six regional universities in the most recent rankings from College Factual, a web site (it’s “website” but these people are still in the dark ages) that uses outcomes- and value-based data to guide students through the college selection process. [Richmond Register]

U.S. stocks dropped on Tuesday as a selloff in commodities dragged down materials shares and Volkswagen suppliers’ shares dropped following the German carmaker’s emissions scandal. [Reuters]

She’s already spent five days in jail, and now a Kentucky clerk could be back in court soon for altering marriage license forms issued to same-sex couples. [Ashland Independent]

Many Catholic colleges leave low-income students with big debts. And wealthy Catholic schools that provide generous support don’t enroll many poor students. [ProPublica]

Martha Blakley and her husband, Arnold, volunteered on Saturday with the Barren County Community Emergency Response Team to help with the Trashmaster’s Classic — the annual lakeshore cleanup on Barren River Lake. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Four couples have asked a US judge to order Kentucky clerk Kim Davis to reissue their marriage licences after she altered them to remove her name. Ms Davis, an elected official, opposes gay marriage and has said that her Christian faith should exempt her from signing those licences. [BBC]

A family is raising questions after a newly released autopsy in a deadly police shooting. Joshua Blough was shot three times, including once in the back, by two Elizabethtown officers. [WLKY]

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday the greater sage grouse does not need protections under the Endangered Species Act. [NPR]

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R-Alien) was all smiles Tuesday morning as he walked up Broadway in downtown Lexington, warmly greeting the throng of Kentucky reporters waiting for him. [H-L]

The amount of money the world has pledged to divest from fossil fuels now exceeds $2.6 trillion, a group of policymakers, philanthropists and activists announced Tuesday. The figure is 50 times higher than the $52 billion that had been divested exactly one year ago. [HuffPo]

We Knew UofL Was Messy 8 Years Ago

The federal mine-safety agency opened a new Kentucky center Friday aimed at improving its capacity to handle rescues, with a response truck, communication systems and portable, high-tech equipment to test for poisonous and explosive gases. [H-L]

Military officials on Friday denied the request of Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning to grow her hair in accordance with female grooming standards. [HuffPo]

African Americans living in Kentucky saw their average yearly incomes drop by more than 11 percent in one year, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released this week. The poverty rate also rose for black Kentuckians at a rate four times more than the rest of the state from 2013 to 2014. [C-J/AKN]

Exxon’s research laid the groundwork for a 1982 corporate primer on carbon dioxide and climate change prepared by its environmental affairs office. [ICN]

The attorney for the man accused of abusing public trust while employed with the City of Ashland has been given more time for discovery in the case. [Ashland Independent]

The White House said on Monday there was a surprising increase in August in the number of children entering the country illegally after those figures fell steadily since the child migrant crisis a year ago. [Reuters]

This is not how Kathy Jones envisioned her retirement years. [Glasgow Daily Times]

For nearly 15 years, voters have been able to click a mouse to view an up-to-date list of who’s contributed to candidates for the presidency and the U.S. House, and how those funds have been spent. [ProPublica]

The more the media hype this guy up, the more they’re contributing to his mental health issues and substance abuse problems. It’s just a spectacle and is beyond unnecessary. They won’t stop until he’s dead and then they’ll turn a blind eye. [WKYT]

Jeb Bush stood before supporters in Tallahassee, the Florida capital over which he presided for eight years, and vowed in his first policy speech as a presidential candidate last June to halt the “revolving door” between Congress and K Street. But the promise was undercut both by the audience to which Bush spoke — which included numerous lobbyists from his days as governor — and by the intensity with which Bush replenished his personal bank accounts upon leaving office by cashing in on the connections he had made. [Politico]

Who could have known, over the past eight years, that there’s a morale problem with faculty and staff at the University of Louisville??? Vicious and disrespectful: that’s how some faculty and staff describe the work environment at the University of Louisville. [WDRB]

US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan six years ago to express concerns with his unit’s leadership, an officer has testified. [BBC]

A case alleging that Pike County Circuit Judge Steven D. Combs violated ethics standards ended Monday with an agreement for Combs to be suspended without pay for six months. [H-L]

Seventy-three law enforcement agencies across the country will receive $20 million in federal grants to help them purchase and implement the use of body cameras, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance announced Monday. [HuffPo]