Kim Davis Melted Your Thinky Parts

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You have to wonder: With all of the challenges our state and nation faces, why do we still spend so much time arguing about the Civil War? Well, there are a couple of reasons. [H-L]

In a recent blog post, Michael Brown, the host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show “The Line of Fire” and the president of FIRE School of Ministry, challenged HuffPost Gay Voices Editor-at-Large Michelangelo Signorile to a debate related to Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who refuses to provide licenses to same-sex couples based on her religious views. [HuffPo]

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway needs to more forcefully reject Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to one Louisville lawmaker. [C-J/AKN]

A federal judge here on Thursday ordered a Kentucky clerk jailed for contempt of court because of her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [NY Times]

Officials with the Kentucky State Fair say attendance numbers for this year increased from 2014. [WDRB]

No one will be surprised to learn that the campaign to build a national movement against gentrification is being waged out of an office in Brooklyn, New York. [The Atlantic]

More than four years after state officials began investigating the Mason County School District’s financial dealings, former Superintendent Tim Moore had his day in court Tuesday. [Ledger Independent]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… One of the earliest big predators to prowl Earth’s primordial waters was a sea scorpion nearly 6 feet (1.7 meters) long whose body looked a bit like an ancient Greek warship. [Reuters]

Madison County homeowners whose yards frequently suffer from standing water can receive a rain garden grant to alleviate pooling, according to Crystal Barnes, communications specialist of Bluegrass Greensource. [Richmond Register]

With the school year just beginning in many districts, parents at two schools are already expressing outrage that transgender students are being allowed to use the bathrooms that match their identities. [ThinkProgress]

The Glasgow City Council Infrastructure Committee has decided to take a company up on its offer to evaluate city facilities and operations for ways they could be more energy efficient. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Donald Trump knows the United States will never deport eleven million undocumented immigrants or do away with birthright citizenship. But what if we did—what would be the political impact if Trump and other angry nativists in the GOP actually achieved most or all the changes they desire, cutting immigration back sharply? [Politico]

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is not the only county clerk who has stopped issuing licenses in the wake of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling. [H-L]

Donald Trump signed a pledge on Thursday to back the Republican presidential nominee and not to run as an independent should he not win the party’s nomination. [HuffPo]

Rand Paul Makes Terrible Staff Decisions… Or How His Top Guy Is All Up In Ashley Madison

Doug Stafford is Rand Paul’s chief strategist on his fake (?) presidential campaign, a former top senate staffer, and he’s been knee-deep in right to work shenanigans for years. Here’s more about that from Mother Jones:

Doug Stafford, who is Rand Paul’s Karl Rove, is a former NRTWC vice president. John Tate, Ron Paul’s former campaign manager, worked with Stafford at the NRTWC; he is now the president of Campaign for Liberty, the political group founded by the elder Paul.

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Paul has credited John Tate, a former NRTWC vice president, with playing a “crucial role” in assembling his 2010 Senate campaign, including introducing Paul to Stafford, now his closest adviser.

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In some cases, candidates instructed NRTWC on the mix of Republican and independent voters that should receive their mailers. Helping oversee this NRTWC mail program were two Paul World fixtures: Doug Stafford and Dimitri Kesari. (Stafford, emails obtained by Mother Jones show, also worked on Rand Paul’s 2010 Senate campaign while he was an NRTWC employee. Stafford declined to comment.)

And from Politico:

Doug Stafford, who’s been with Paul since his 2010 Senate race, is the senator’s chief political strategist and executive director of RANDPAC. He has led Paul’s presidential preparations since 2013 and is generally considered the most influential political player in Paul’s orbit.

Stafford, as many political insiders are aware, has long painted himself as someone of great moral character. He’s gone so far as to claim he’s been called by God on occasion. Like here:

As Sen. Rand Paul ramps up his 2016 presidential bid, his chief political adviser has been soliciting money from some conservatives and political insiders to help his own family adopt another child.

Doug Stafford’s email and Internet appeals seek to raise $30,000 quickly and declare that he and his wife have been “called by God” to adopt a second child.

The pitches have warmed the hearts of some recipients while making others who learned of the appeals feel uncomfortable about the ethical implications of Mr. Paul’s chief gatekeeper seeking personal money so close to his boss’ expected 2016 bid.

“When this was brought to my attention, I was surprised and disappointed,” said Becky Norton Dunlop, a longtime conservative activist and vice president at the Heritage Foundation, a respected conservative think tank. “My family adopted a young boy when my parents already had four children so I know a little about the subjects, adoption and financial need.”

According to multiple (more than a dozen) current and former high-level Rand Paul staffers, Doug Stafford has used his morality schtick to get deeper and deeper into the Paul world. All the while gutting people he’s perceived to have gotten in his way, forcing out loyalists, taking ethically questionable risks at every turn, encouraging Paul to remain in a failed presidential bid instead of focusing on re-election to the U.S. Senate. A re-election many expect Paul to lose if Adam Edelen plays his cards right and does everything Jack Conway was afraid to do.

So it may or may not come as a surprise to learn that Stafford popped up in the infamous Ashley Madison leak data.


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Far be it for anyone to judge another adult in a situation like this. No one knows the specifics of his personal life. But it seems a little… questionable… for Mr. Morality to have an account on a site like that. And to pop up not once, not twice but three times according to data reviewed.

And let’s be clear — it’s no fluke. It’s not someone trolling him. It’s his account. Otherwise, when I privately reached out to him to discuss it two days ago, I wouldn’t have been bombarded with calls, text messages and emails from every high-ranking Rand Paul staffer in the country in both official senate capacities and within the campaign apparatus. If it were simply a fluke, someone messing with him, Stafford would have immediately dismissed it like he’s done everything else.

If it were just a fluke, Stafford wouldn’t have decided to have a conversation with me after first attempting to use everyone in the world to shut it down.

Here’s what he had to say:

“I will not have any comment on any such personal matters.”

After losing his mind over it and freaking out for two days, that’s what he had to say. On-the-record, anyway.

Would appear that Rand Paul sure knows how to pick his top staffers and decision-makers. People like the indicted Demitri Kesari (check out the Maddow segment on him) and now Stafford. A glaring sign that his team is unfit for service with this guy at the top. Beyond time for Rand Paul to clean house.

I didn’t think this was that big of a deal until the entire Rand Machine ground to a halt. Guess I was wrong — it really is a big deal when the man at the top of a presidential campaign isn’t just knee-deep in bending campaign law (Right to Work) with people like Kesari but also knee-deep in an infamous infidelity website.

All Eyes Are On Kim Davis Once Again

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Nearly 5 percent of University of Kentucky students — 1,053 — said they were sexually assaulted in one year, but very few of them reported the assaults to any authorities, according to preliminary data from a broad new survey of students released Monday. [H-L]

The U.S. government just made its largest renewable energy purchase to date. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin truly might be the dumbest man to run for governor in Kentucky history. His lack of basic civics sense is alarming. The man has no concept that the First Amendment protects people from the government, not the government (Kim Davis) from people. Bevin really ought to be more careful because the McConnell folks are close to castrating him again. We all know Jack Conway doesn’t have the guts to cut him down a notch. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump got his start in real estate and over the years he’s owned and sold many of New York City’s great buildings, including the Plaza Hotel and the St. Moritz. His image as a developer endures, even though these days, Trump’s real estate holdings are surprisingly sparse. [NPR]

When he goes to public meetings, St. Joseph Berea Hospital’s director of operations Scott Thompson expects to be asked two questions: When is the Berea hospital closing, or, when will it be moving? [Richmond Register]

Here’s how law enforcement agencies impersonate your friends. We recently received a handbook from the DEA, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, seeking information about the use of impersonation as an investigative technique. [ACLU]

Kim Davis was ordered to face a federal judge in Ashland after she defied a second U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. [Ashland Independent]

Every year, thousands of high school students get ready for the SAT by using The Princeton Review’s test preparation services. [ProPublica]

If the legal battle against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis were to ultimately end in her removal from office, Judge-Executive Walter Blevins would have the sole authority to appoint someone until a successor can be elected. [The Morehead News]

Mitch McConnell is about to lose again and he’s panicked. The Kentucky Republican is facing an uphill battle to reject Obama’s deal with Iran. [The Hill]

A public hearing regarding the proposed General Fund tax levy became a sometimes contentious exchange between members of the Glasgow Independent Board of Education and a group of South Green Elementary School teachers on Tuesday in the Glasgow High School media center. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Donald Trump unleashed his latest Twitter fire against Club for Growth, an anti-tax conservative 501(c)4 group that Republican candidates usually seek out as allies. [Politico]

Before she ignited a firestorm over gay marriage, Kim Davis was known, for decades, as a woman behind the counter of a small county clerk’s office: a mild-mannered conduit for auto tag renewals, lien releases, land records and marriage certificates. [H-L]

He’s been criticized by Catholics and conservatives. He was even called the “most dangerous person on the planet” for his views on climate change. But Pope Francis is refusing to back down on the matter. On Tuesday, the head of the Catholic Church expressed his thoughts on the deteriorating health of the planet, this time urging the rich and the powerful to take care of Mother Earth. [HuffPo]

Jack Stops Sleepwalking For A Moment

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Seventy-two historians from 16 public and private colleges and universities in Kentucky want a controversial statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis removed from the state Capitol. [H-L]

The White House is considering applying sanctions against companies and individuals in China it believes have benefited from Chinese hacking of U.S. trade secrets, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. [HuffPo]

More proof that Kim Davis is dumb as hell. A transgender man and his wife stepped forward Saturday with paperwork showing that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis apparently issued them a marriage license in February even though she has blocked forms for same-sex couples over the past two months. [C-J/AKN]

In July 2013, GCHQ, Britain’s equivalent of the U.S. National Security Agency, forced journalists at the London headquarters of The Guardian to completely obliterate the memory of the computers on which they kept copies of top-secret documents provided to them by former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. However, in its attempt to destroy information, GCHQ also revealed intriguing details about what it did and why. [The Intercept]

The University of Louisville’s chief lobbyist has resigned to join Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway’s campaign for governor. Maybe this is a sign that Jack Conway is no longer going to sleepwalk? [WDRB]

Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) is panning calls to build a wall along the nation’s northern border with Canada, something GOP rival, Gov. Scott Walker (R-Constipation Face), would not rule out. [The Hill]

The national campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs through Labor Day weekend and is aimed at reducing deaths and injuries caused by motorists driving drunk or impaired by drugs. During the 2014 Labor Day holiday, there were six alcohol-related highway deaths on Kentucky roadways. Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 55 people for DUI during that same time period. The 2015 Labor Day enforcement period begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept.4 and extends through Monday, Sept. 7 at 11:59 p.m. [Press Release]

Backers of Vice President Joe Biden are reaching out to donors and activists in the gay and lesbian community to line up financial and political support if Biden, who endorsed same-sex marriage before Hillary Clinton, decides to run for president. [Reuters]

Will micro-breweries, distilleries or wineries be coming to Richmond? The small-scale, beverage-alcohol making businesses are becoming popular in urban areas. [Richmond Register]

Donald Trump is once again equating undocumented immigrants with criminals, this time through an attack ad released Monday against fellow 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. [Think Progress]

The chair of the Rowan County Republican Executive Committee believes a Republican caucus could make Kentucky and Rowan County serious players in the 2016 presidential election. [The Morehead News]

Three top Jeb Bush fundraisers abruptly parted ways with his presidential campaign on Friday, amid internal personality conflicts and questions about the strength of his candidacy. [Politico]

An Alpha Natural Resources executive has left the coal producer amid a financial restructuring. [H-L]

A statue of Jefferson Davis was removed from its pedestal Sunday on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, days after a court rejected an appeal from a Confederate heritage group. [HuffPo]

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against a Kentucky county clerk who says her Christian faith should exempt her from having to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Supreme Court on Monday denied Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ request for a stay while she pursues an appeal. [AP]

Anything Bourbon-Related Is Good News

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Sometimes the best ideas really do come while enjoying a glass of bourbon. [H-L]

A universal flu vaccine — one that provides immunity against every strain of the influenza virus for multiple years — is the holy grail of flu research. It would be a medical breakthrough on the order of penicillin, with the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives every year. And scientists just got one crucial step closer to making it a reality. [HuffPo]

As the 2014 legislative session drew to a close with casino legislation dead, House Speaker Greg Stumbo vowed the issue would be his top priority the next year. [C-J/AKN]

The science of predicting hurricanes has come a long way since Katrina caught New Orleans officials off guard 10 years ago. [Reuters]

On October 1, 2014, many local residents visited Berea’s Boone Tavern Inn to mark what they believed would be a milestone. After years of being alcohol free, wine and spirits were on the menu in the tavern restaurant. [Richmond Register]

In the fall of 2003, police in New Jersey received a call from a concerned neighbor who’d found a boy rummaging in her garbage, looking for food. He was 19 years old but was 4 feet tall and weighed just 45 pounds. Investigators soon learned that the boy’s three younger brothers were also severely malnourished. [ProPublica]

We live in cynical times and my job exposes me to lots of people and events which feed cynicism. [Ronnie Ellis]

If conservatives are so convinced that gun-free zones attract killers, then why do so many conservative places and events ban guns? [ThinkProgress]

The Caverna Board of Education needed less than 10 minutes to complete a public hearing and subsequent vote in favor of increasing the tax rate for the 2015-16 school year during Thursday’s special-called school board meeting. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Remember way back to two weeks ago when the Donald Trump candidacy was the best thing to ever happen to Jeb Bush? [Politico]

Casey County Clerk Casey Davis, who recently embarked on a bicycle ride from Pikeville to Paducah, made a stop at the Rowan County Courthouse on Friday morning to show his support for Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who is still refusing to issue marriage licenses despite a federal court ruling. [The Morehead News]

The White House has appointed its first presidential envoy for hostage affairs as part of the US government’s review on responding to hostage situations. [BBC]

Open spaces, communication and environmental responsibility were the focuses of the recent $5.5 million renovation to the Council of State Governments building off of Lexington’s Iron Works Pike. [H-L]

West Virginia lawmakers will begin talks next month about establishing an independent state inspector general’s office tasked with coordinating investigations into corruption, waste and fraud across state agencies. The new office would be modeled partly on successful examples of IG offices in other states, including Virginia, Louisiana, Indiana and Ohio. [HuffPo]

Your Presidential Campaign Laugh Riot

Last week I got one of the funniest press releases of the year.

This is in no way anti-Biden and in no way meant as an attack on his potential candidacy.

It is, however, a moment to laugh your butt off at Steve Riggs. You’re gonna wet yourself in a moment, so consider this your warning.

Check the sub-head:


DRAFT BIDEN PRESS RELEASE

Yep.

“Powerful Committee Chairman.”

You’re welcome for this look into Steve Riggs’ Rand Paul-sized ego.