Monday’s Debate Was Totally Terrifying

Remember all that crap in 2011? We hear Allison Martin was involved, which should surprise absolutely no one. Desperation in the Conway world always ends with them personally attacking critics when they have no one to blame but themselves. Thank goodness we recorded every conversation that wasn’t off-the-record we ever had with Jack… including the dozens of coffees and cookies with Allison at Blue Dog. [Fun Stuff]

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship hits the courtroom for a criminal trial Thursday, facing charges that he conspired to break safety laws and lied to financial regulators about safety practices at the site of the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in more than four decades. [H-L]

Congress may currently look like a bit of a mess after coming to the cliff of a government shutdown and backing away, but December will be the real test for the legislature. [HuffPo]

Monday’s debate between Democrat Sannie Overly and Republican Jenean Hampton was as remarkable for the questions that candidates wouldn’t answer as for the questions they would. Overly completely whiffed on a question about why she sought to have her deposition sealed in the case of former State Rep. John Arnold, who was accused of sexually harassing women who worked in the state legislature. And Hampton didn’t endeavor to answer what she meant when she recently said that she thinks the federal Head Start program is designed to “indoctrinate” children. [C-J/AKN]

Cuban President Raúl Castro took to the floor of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday to demand that the U.S. end its decades-long embargo. [The Hill]

At least two people will be vying to be appointed into the seat that will be vacated in just more than two months by Circuit Judge Phillip Patton when he retires effective Dec. 1. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The FBI will report more data on shootings involving police officers in the future, the head of the agency said on Monday as he released a report showing violent crime fell in 2014, continuing a 20-year trend. [Reuters]

Looking for the next American Pharoah? The place to be is at the annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale in Lexington, Kentucky, which ended this weekend. More than 2,700 yearlings were sold at this year’s Thoroughbred yearling auction, which is a cornerstone of the $39 billion horse industry. [Business First]

Sen. Charles Grassley is demanding more information about the American Red Cross and its “apparent unwillingness to fully cooperate” with a government investigation into its disaster relief work. [ProPublica]

Carter County Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for a missing teenage girl from the Olive Hill area, according to a press release. [Ashland Independent]

The nation’s largest mortgage lenders are violating the terms of a punitive 2012 settlement that was meant to prevent unfair and unnecessary foreclosures that destroyed communities and pushed working families from their homes. [Politico]

Federal inspectors issued 193 citations and 13 orders at U.S. mine operations in August. [WLEX18]

For months, the presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has quietly been courting libertarian-leaning supporters — people who once supported Ron Paul and ostensibly would have been inclined to back his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) in the 2016 race. On Tuesday, Cruz released a video showing eight former Ron Paul liberty movement supporters — a number of them from Iowa — who are now backing Cruz. The campaign announced that former Congressman Bob Barr will chair a Liberty Leaders for Cruz” coalition comprised of libertarian-leaning Republicans. [WaPo]

A judge has ruled against a neighborhood group’s efforts to reverse the rezoning of land for an underground limestone quarry in Clark County. But an attorney for the Southwest Clark Neighborhood Association said an appeal is “likely.” [H-L]

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said Friday that he would like more U.S.-led coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq. [HuffPo]

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]

Another Day, Another Bad UofL Story

In his address to Congress, Pope Francis praised the American Thomas Merton as “a source of spiritual inspiration and a guide for many people.” [H-L]

Americans like to think of our country as a nation of immigrants and a nation of religions, but repeatedly we have failed to live up to our ideals, banishing fellow citizens from the American family because of their ethnicities or religious commitments. [HuffPo]

The University of Louisville Foundation voted Thursday to decline booster J.D. Nichols’ offer to use part of his $10 million gift pledged to the school to pay off past bonuses for President James Ramsey and other top administrators. [C-J/AKN]

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unveiled a plan on Wednesday to lower out-of-pocket health costs, including expanded coverage of sick visits to the doctor and tax credits for those with substantial medical bills. [Reuters]

Members of the Barren Fiscal Court’s Solid Waste Committee were given copies of nuisance ordinances from other cities and counties to review on Friday, with the idea they will come up with some ideas for improving Barren County’s nuisance ordinance. [Glasgow Daily Times]

After winning a contentious gender discrimination suit filed by Reddit’s former interim CEO Ellen Pao, Silicon Valley’s top venture capital firm is looking to diversify its staff — starting with its leadership. [ThinkProgress]

The Richmond City Commission voted 3-2 Tuesday night against a property tax rate that would have increased revenue from that source by 4 percent. [Richmond Register]

As Trump prepared to attend events with Sen. Tim Scott and the state’s African American Chamber of Commerce, national Republican leaders are saying his candidacy is pushing the party backwards on matters of race and inclusiveness. [Politico]

When Kentucky Republicans last agreed to conduct a caucus to choose their presidential preference some said it would draw more candidates than just favorite son, Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. [Ronnie Ellis]

Take a look at the latest obesity data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and you can see that the country’s obesity epidemic is far from over. [NPR]

State Rep. Rocky Adkins said Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) is getting closer to meeting its fundraising goal for the construction of a new Rowan Campus. [The Morehead News]

Pope Francis has told the US Congress that the US must see migrants as “persons” and not as “numbers”. [BBC]

he Franklin County School Board has decided to seek public input before permitting posters that say “In God We Trust” in local schools. [H-L]

A Chinese aircraft performed an unsafe maneuver during an air intercept of a U.S. spy plane last week, a Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday, an incident revealed just as Chinese President Xi Jinping kicks off a week-long U.S. visit. But it was the latest in a series of moves by China seen as an assertion of the expanding reach of its military. This month, five Chinese Navy ships sailed in the Bering Sea off Alaska as U.S. President Barack Obama toured the U.S. state. [HuffPo]

Laurel Co Rears Its Awful Head Again

Of course the guy is in Laurel County, the worst place on earth. A Kentucky sheriff says he is adding decals that say “In God We Trust” to all marked patrol cars. [H-L]

Documents released last month in the settlement of a lawsuit at the University of Kansas offer a revealing window into an underreported Koch brothers’ strategy: targeted, politicized funding on college campuses. [HuffPo]

Even during her son’s teen years, Jefferson District Judge Sandra McLaughlin knew something about him was off: He was always the one who drank too much. [C-J/AKN]

PEE ALERT! Donald Trump has threatened a “multimillion dollar lawsuit” against the conservative Club for Growth for its advertising campaign attacking the Republican front-runner for his liberal economic policy positions. [The Hill]

The 15-member task force charged with recommending the best option for the Madison County Detention Center’s future conducted its first meeting Monday afternoon. [Richmond Register]

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, keen to expand the number of women and minorities in military leadership, on Monday will endorse “Lean In” discussion groups sparked by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s bestselling book, a senior defense official said. [Reuters]

A roaring crowd of equal rights advocates battled Kim Davis in the scorching summer heat every day at the Rowan County Courthouse. [Ashland Independent]

Amid outrage about sudden price hikes of specialty drugs, a company has reneged on its recent acquisition of a tuberculosis medication, a deal that would have increased the cost of the treatment more than 20-fold. [ThinkProgress]

Barren County magistrates voted 4-1 during a special-called meeting Monday to adopt an ordinance on second reading, setting the county’s property tax rates, but because three magistrates were absent, it was not a majority vote. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A group of female veterans made history Tuesday as they participated in the first-ever all-female Honor Flight. [NPR]

Another of Kentucky’s coal-fired power units will be shut down in the next few years, further reducing the state’s carbon dioxide emissions. [WFPL]

There have been some alarming headlines recently about how murder is on the rise in cities across America. Suggesting that sharp homicide increases in Milwaukee, Baltimore, St. Louis and other urban jurisdictions may point to a national trend, some coverage pointed to a possible “Ferguson effect.” That’s the theory that police have become overly cautious in the wake of protests. [ProPublica]

The Urban County Arts Review Board heard a variety of opinions on Monday about how the city should display two downtown statues honoring Confederate heroes of the Civil War. [H-L]

Pope Francis began his remarks to Americans on Wednesday by applauding the nation’s immigrant history — a message that, although not political itself, could foreshadow more to come from a man who has long urged compassion for refugees and unauthorized immigrants. [HuffPo]

KY Is F’d On All Fronts. But How Badly?

Fees will be waived at several recreation areas in the Daniel Boone National Forest this weekend to celebrate National Public Lands Day. [H-L]

Plans by President Barack Obama’s administration to allow thousands more refugees into the United States faced stiff opposition on Monday in the U.S. Congress, where Republican lawmakers demanded the right to review, and reject, the effort, citing fears of terrorism. [HuffPo]

Ten Kentucky children died last year from abuse and neglect and another 32 suffered life-threatening injuries, according to the latest annual report of such statistics from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. [C-J/AKN]

Time Warner Cable Inc’s shareholders approved the company’s $56 billion takeover by Charter Communications Inc, according to preliminary votes at a special shareholder meeting. [Reuters]

A new report shows fewer children in Kentucky died from abuse and neglect last year, but the state remains among the top 10 worst states for child abuse. [WLKY]

Recently filed court documents show the makers of Tylenol planned to enlist the White House and lawmakers to block the Food and Drug Administration from imposing tough new safety restrictions on acetaminophen, the iconic painkiller’s chief ingredient. [ProPublica]

As temperatures start to cool down and the leaves begin to fall, Norma Justice and others are gearing up for the annual Flatwoods Fall Festival. [Ashland Independent]

The house that could save the world. The next generation of ultra-efficient houses will redefine how we fight climate change — and how we live. [Politico]

Gov. Rick Scott will fly to Kentucky early Tuesday for two days of private meetings in Lexington and Louisville with unidentified business owners about moving or expanding to Florida. There won’t be any warm welcome from the top executive of the Bluegrass State for Scott, who has already has lined up at least one Kentucky company to say it’s bringing jobs to Florida. [Palm Beach Post]

If we’re handcuffing autistic children at the elbows or throwing them in jail overnight, then we’re failing them. If we’re hitting kids with felony weapons charges for bringing fishing tackle to school, then we’re failing them. And if we’re using suspensions (which absolutely do not work) against students who build clocks, or twirl pencils, or write about pot, or chew their Pop-Tarts into the shape of a gun, then we’re failing them. [Click this Clicky]

Attorneys for Kim Davis are as backward as she and her ilk. [WKYT]

If you haven’t seen the Kim Davis interview on the teevee, you’re really missing out. She’s great at playing the victim and great and projecting. Just like Joshua Powell. Birds of a feather. [ABC News]

The University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville have won a $3.76 million grant to create a national center of excellence in micro/nanotechnology, one of just 16 awarded by the National Science Foundation. [H-L]

Is this Dong Trump’s Sarah The Quitter Palin moment? Probably not. Because we all know we haven’t seen the worst of him yet. [HuffPo]

Jack Again Avoids The Campaign Trail

HELP PROTECT OUR SOURCES! Stop the Montgomery County-Joshua Powell-Phil Rison insanity! Help us pay ridiculous the fees these shysters caused. [CLICK HERE]

One year ago, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway met with a group of out-of-state trial lawyers who urged him to pursue litigation against the oil industry over a now-disused gasoline additive — methyl tertiary butyl ether, or MTBE — found to contaminate groundwater. [John Cheves]

Turd Cruz (R-Texas) declined to say on Saturday whether or not he believes that President Barack Obama is Christian. [HuffPo]

Louisville Metro Police have recorded 77 suicides this year, a 30 percent jump compared to this time a year ago and one more than the city totaled all of last year. The suicide total also far exceeds the city’s homicide total this year, which stood at 53 as of Sept. 17. Officials at the state and city level, however, admit Louisville’s suicide count could be higher given that the police do not investigate all deaths that turn out to be ruled suicides. [C-J/AKN]

Ben Carson says it would be a mistake to elect a Muslim as U.S. president. “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” Carson said in an interview televised on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “I absolutely would not agree with that.” [The Hill]

Jack Conway has taken some heat from some supporters for spending too much time fundraising and too little on the campaign trail. [Ronnie Ellis]

Federal Reserve policymakers appeared deeply divided on Saturday over how seriously problems in the world economy will effect the U.S., a fracture that may be difficult for Fed Chair Janet Yellen to mend as she guides the central bank’s debate over whether to hike interest rates. [Reuters]

A restraining order filed against the owner of Funtown Mountain by one of the lending institutions from which he sought funding to purchase the Cave City roadside attraction has been granted. [Glasgow Daily Times]

What’s fascinating is who McAuliffee is pushing back against: his former staffers and confidants. [Politico]

For 30 years the Haldeman Community Center board has hosted the annual Gourd Festival to raise funds to support their endeavors. [The Morehead News]

After the sixth suicide in his old battalion, Manny Bojorquez sank onto his bed. With a half-empty bottle of Jim Beam beside him and a pistol in his hand, he began to cry. [NY Times]

Somi Babar huddled Thursday morning with a group of mothers, peering at the white exterior walls of the Louisville Islamic Center. [WFPL]

In a small state like Iowa with so many presidential candidates on the ground, the homegrown political talent to support those campaigns is stretched thin. [NPR]

Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of the Bell County Magistrate Saturday in the Bell County Jail. Earlier this month, Ricky Goodin, 51, of Pineville, was charged with solicitation to commit murder. [H-L]

Are they fools or fascists? Probably the former, but there was a disturbing cast to the second GOP debate, a vituperative jingoism reminiscent of the xenophobia that periodically scars western capitalist societies in moments of disarray. [HuffPo]

Kids With Brown Skin Scare Bigots

Last year Kentucky had the biggest decline among the 50 states in its percentage of people without health insurance, according to Census figures released Wednesday. [H-L]

A ninth-grade student in Irving, Texas, was arrested and sent to juvenile detention Monday after bringing a homemade clock to school, according to The Dallas Morning News. [HuffPo]

In case you were wondering, our Montgomery County coverage paved the way for this to occur. [C-J/AKN]

You can’t have a government that has spent decades waging various forms of war against predominantly Muslim countries – bombing 7 of them in the last six years alone – and then act surprised when a Muslim 14-year-old triggers vindictive fear and persecution because he makes a clock for school. That’s no more surprising than watching carrots sprout after you plant carrot seeds in fertile ground and then carefully water them. It’s natural and inevitable, not surprising or at all difficult to understand. [The Intercept]

For how many years have we been telling you what’s going on with Kentucky Retirement Systems? How many years have we been telling you that Tommy Elliott is part of the problem? One year after promising more transparency in what it pays money management firms, Kentucky’s pension plan for public employees says that its annual investment expenses are running 75 percent higher than reported in previous years. [WFPL]

President Obama on Wednesday extended a White House invitation to the Muslim ninth-grader who was suspended earlier this week for bringing a homemade clock to his Texas school. [The Hill]

In case you missed it, a hating-ass bigot lost in court again. Embattled Kentucky clerk Kim Davis “has not demonstrated a substantial likelihood of success” in her legal bid to exempt her office from licensing same-sex marriages, a federal appeals court reiterated Tuesday. [Ashland Independent]

American household incomes lost ground last year and the poverty rate ticked up, a sign the U.S. economic expansion had yet to lead to gains for many Americans five years after the 2007-2009 recession. [Reuters]

Matt Bevin accused his Democratic opponent for governor, Jack Conway, in a televised debate of “making up lies on the spot” and said it’s “fantastic” that the Kim Davis controversy cast the national spotlight on Kentucky. [Ronnie Ellis]

Fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was placed in handcuffs and interrogated by police for hours, after he brought a digital clock he built as a project to school. [ThinkProgress]

Rowan Fiscal Court on Tuesday authorized County Attorney Cecil Watkins to file a lawsuit against Strike, LLC, for failure to pay occupational taxes. Strike, a Texas-based pipeline construction and energy services company, has been working at the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) Compressor Station 110 since around April. [The Morehead News]

Texas police have decided not to charge a 14-year-old Muslim boy who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school. [BBC]

An employee was killed early Wednesday at an underground coal mine in Western Kentucky, according to the state Energy and Environment Cabinet. [H-L]

Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old high school student in Texas who was arrested Monday after he brought a homemade clock to school, has gained a whole lot of admirers since then — including a former secretary of state, a rocket scientist and even President Barack Obama himself. [HuffPo]