Kim Davis Just Won’t Effing Quit It

Despite Kentucky’s socially conservative streak, more than half of the state’s voters think Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis should have to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [H-L]

In a speech last week, Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen inadvertently told us why Congress should set a 4 percent unemployment target for the Fed in its conduct of monetary policy, as is proposed in a new bill put forward by Michigan Representative John Conyers. The context was Yellen’s dismissal of such a target. [HuffPo]

Don Childers and others affiliated with Childers Oil Co. combined to give $4,000 to the Kentucky Democratic Party this summer while Governor Steve Beshear’s administration was negotiating a secret settlement with the company over a 2011 spill of diesel fuel into the North Fork of the Kentucky River. [C-J/AKN]

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is the favorite to succeed John Boehner (R-OH) after his surprise resignation as the House Speaker last week. The appointment of McCarthy, who represents a heavily Latino district, to preside over a more radically conservative Republican caucus could have implications for immigration reform. [ThinkProgress]

Ann Stewart, executive director of the Glasgow-Barren County Tourist and Convention Commission, has been reappointed to serve another term on the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s board of directors. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Secret Service reportedly leaked sensitive personal information to the press about Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz as the Utah Republican was investigating the beleaguered agency. [Politico]

Steve Beshear’s lawyers are using the words “absurd,” ”forlorn” and “obtuse” to describe the legal arguments a county clerk has used to avoid issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [WAVE3]

Can we quit it with calling Drew Curtis “quirky”? It’s an insult from a bunch of old-ass white men and seems to get thrown around a lot lately. The only people who think he is quirky are people who have no idea what “URL” means. And can we quit acting like the RGA pulled out because Bevin sucks? Sure, he sucks, but the RGA’s man on the ground said six months ago their budget was $3 million. RGA never thought Bevin could win, really. Which is worse than abandoning him now. [Larry Sabato]

Kentuckians are continuing to default on federal student loans at one of the highest rates in the nation. [WFPL]

Rand Paul’s (R-Cookie Tree) daddy hauled in more money in one day than he’s raised in three months. Surprising that anyone thinks his presidential campaign is anything more than a stunt to raise his senate campaign profile. [Mother Jones]

Attorneys for a Magoffin County judge have asked the Kentucky Supreme Court to review a lower court decision that would force the judge out of office for election fraud. [WKYT]

In an interview with NPR, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country will use its added billions of dollars from the nuclear deal for boosting the Iranian economy. [NPR]

This year’s Historic Paris-Bourbon County house tour Sunday is at the boyhood home of one of Kentucky’s most interesting and least known Civil War generals, who ended his short life as an American diplomat in South America. [H-L]

Thirteen people were killed and as many as 20 were wounded Thursday in a shooting at a small community college in Roseburg, Oregon, according to multiple reports. Another day, another mass shooting. [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]