Jack Is No Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes

It’s no secret that we despise Jack Conway’s campaign people (his office staff is terrific, even if he doesn’t let them do their jobs). But it’s a stretch to compare Jack to Alison Grimes in her mind-bogglingly awful 2014 campaign. Conway had his own bad campaign in 2010 but he still doesn’t compare to the embarrassment that was Grimes. [H-L]

Decades after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling declared segregated schooling of black students unconstitutional, many American schools with high minority populations continue to receive fewer resources and provide an education that’s inferior to schools with large white populations. Kentucky’s in a terrible spot and Frankfort doesn’t care. [HuffPo]

In a push for better Internet service across Kentucky, state government is poised to become a large-scale owner of broadband infrastructure over the next four years, raising new questions about digital privacy and the potential for censorship or bureaucratic snooping. [C-J/AKN]

Leaked video reveals omissions in official account of police shooting. [The Intercept]

A woman who works in Washington, D.C., has accused a visiting Richmond Police officer of “catcalling.” [Richmond Register & Popville]

National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent attacked President Obama and gun safety advocates for calling attention to the deaths of children from guns, calling such efforts “The Big Lie” — a phrase associated with Nazi propaganda. [MMFA]

At a time when most states are restoring funding for higher education after the deep and sustained cuts of the recession, Kentucky has continued to reduce funding and lags behind in several funding categories, according to a new study. [Ashland Independent]

The mother of an 11-year-old girl from Kentucky who was shot dead by her father in a murder-suicide this week was on the phone with her and heard the child’s anguished last words moments before gunfire erupted on the other end of the line. [Daily Mail]

Barren County Schools is working to combat what is commonly called the “summer learning loss” or “summer slide” again this summer with its 21st Century Summer Camps. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The House is looking to use an overwhelming bipartisan vote to raise pressure on the Senate over a medical cures bill on which the upper chamber has been lagging. The House is moving forward on its 21st Century Cures measure, aimed at speeding up the FDA’s approval of new drugs and increasing funding for the National Institutes of Health. [The Hill]

Rowan County Fiscal Court is facing the possibility that the projected $15 million cost of a new jail might not be enough for the proposed 300-bed facility. [The Morehead News]

Of course the Republican National Committee is as backward and anti-gay as Kentucky Democrats. [ThinkProgress]

This is the extent of coverage that’s been provided to the Terry Holliday situation. No wonder people in Kentucky feel like they’ve been kept in the dark. [H-L]

President Barack Obama said that LGBT rights “are human rights” in a statement released Saturday to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. [HuffPo]

Another Day Of Dumb Republican Crap

The gloves came off Wednesday as the four Republican candidates for governor squared off in a live debate on Kentucky Sports Radio. [H-L]

Food stamp recipients are more likely to be obese than the general population, according to new research from the federal government. [HuffPo]

The state Alcholic Beverage Control department is hiring Louisville law firm Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs to defend the new law that will force Anheuser-Busch to surrender distributorships it owns in Louisville and Owensboro at year’s end. [C-J/AKN]

The anti-human trafficking bill whose unanimous passage in the Senate last month was widely hailed as a triumph of bipartisanship includes language that could send publishers of certain adult advertisements to prison, civil liberties advocates have warned. [The Intercept]

Naomi Judd, the Kentucky-born country music star, once lived near Berea with her two daughters while she attended nursing classes at Eastern Kentucky University. [Richmond Register]

Rand Paul paid more than $100,000 to buy a domain name shortly before launching his presidential campaign, according to campaign finance records. [The Hill]

As state Rep. Ryan Quarles enters the last two weeks of his primary campaign for agriculture commissioner, he began his northeastern election tour at Texas Roadhouse in Ashland with a local steelworker. [Ashland Independent]

Last year’s bid to undo Obama’s immigration actions deemed a failure, time to move on to other priorities. [Politico]

The Kentucky chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit for a case in Muhlenberg County over song lyrics in a Facebook post. [WFPL]

As Benjamin Shayne settled into his back yard to listen to the Orioles game on the radio Saturday night, he noticed a small plane looping low and tight over West Baltimore — almost exactly above where rioting had erupted several days earlier, in the aftermath of the death of a black man, Freddie Gray, in police custody. What Shayne’s online rumination helped unveil was a previously secret, multi-day campaign of overhead surveillance by city and federal authorities during a period of historic political protest and unrest. [WaPo]

Audio from air traffic control that has just emerged reveals a pilot’s last words before his small plane crashed in Kuttawa, Kentucky, killing everyone on board except a 7-year-old girl. [WHAS11]

Yevgeniya Bulayevskaya, ‎national director of major gifts programs at City Year said she and her husband, Etai Aviel, a moving specialist with Oz Moving and Storage, plan to put only $2,000 or so away for their 2-year-old son’s college education. She says that the plan could change, but the family has decided it would be better to save for other things that benefit their son, and let him pay for it when he’s in school, and in turn teach him the value of working for an education. [ThinkProgress]

An Army board will consider new evidence to decide whether a Clinton County native should receive the Medal of Honor. [H-L]

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) signed a bill Tuesday that will overhaul the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws. [HuffPo]

Jamie Comer’s Revisionism Is Hilarious

Brigitte Blom Ramsey has been chosen by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence’s board of directors to be executive director. [H-L]

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) told HuffPost Live he likely won’t be running for president again in 2016, largely because of the influence of money in politics. [HuffPo]

Nate Haney has resigned as chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee, after nearly two years in the post. [C-J/AKN]

Rand Paul took the stage in Louisville this month for his presidential campaign kickoff and delivered a thunderous pronouncement to cheering supporters. “We limit the president to two terms. It’s about time we limit the terms of Congress!” he blared. Back in the U.S. Senate, the idea was quickly dismissed — by Paul’s fellow Republicans. [Politico]

Williamsburg Police Sergeant Brandon White has a title most officers don’t carry. Sgt. White is a drug recognition expert. He can determine the type of drug, or drugs, the person he arrests is using. [WKYT]

The call comes into the Afghan battalion headquarters, a small concrete building that once housed American Green Berets. The Taliban are attacking a police checkpoint under construction in the foothills of Nangahar Province in eastern Afghanistan, a short distance from the border with Pakistan. [NPR]

During a recent meeting of the Evarts Tourist Commission, members discussed BB&T charging the city $5 per month for each account they have with the bank and then charging city employees’ another fee to cash their payroll checks. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Where do America’s most racist people live? “The rural Northeast and South,” suggests a new study just published in PLOS ONE. [WaPo]

WFPL’s community conversation Thursday (from April 17) on the surge of heroin addiction in the region drew a wide range of participants, including public health officials, treatment professionals and people in recovery. [WFPL]

A key expert in the supreme court lethal injection case did his research on drugs.com. How the Supreme Court case over lethal injection shows it’s becoming nearly impossible to find experts to defend the practice. [ProPublica]

Comer, who is the current commissioner of agriculture, said he has the same vision for the state now that he had for Kentucky agriculture four years ago. Which isn’t remotely accurate. Otherwise, half his staff wouldn’t have quit over his erratic behavior. [BGDN]

U.S. economic growth braked more sharply than expected in the first quarter as harsh weather dampened consumer spending and energy companies struggling with low prices slashed spending, but there are signs activity is picking up. [Reuters]

Law enforcement agencies in northeastern Kentucky are working together to fight crime. [H-L]

Members of Congress criticizing Clinton cash should look in the mirror. People like Rand Paul, apparently. [HuffPo]

Don’t forget to enter to win a copy of Lawn Darts of Fate! Contest runs through the end of the week. [Page One & The ‘Ville Voice]