KSBA-Thayer Slap Fight Heating Up

The debate over when to begin the school year in Kentucky is revving up. The Kentucky School Boards Association board of directors is opposing a proposal by two lawmakers — Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, and state Sen. Chris Girdler, R-Somerset — that would prevent schools from starting classes each year earlier than the Monday closest to Aug. 26. [H-L]

Hillary Clinton on Tuesday announced she wants to eliminate the “Cadillac tax,” a key feature of the Affordable Care Act that economists love and pretty much everybody else says they hate. [HuffPo]

Coal-fired power plants will need to make sure they don’t exceed new limits on toxic effluent into waterways like the Ohio River or others across Kentucky and Indiana. [C-J/AKN]

The Irish were slaves too; slaves had it better than Northern factory workers; black people fought for the Confederacy; and other lies, half-truths, and irrelevancies. [Slate]

Hundreds of thousands of people who enrolled in health insurance coverage through the federal marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act lost coverage this year because of problems with their immigration and citizenship status. But for immigrants who have settled in Kentucky, there has been no similar enrollment problem or wave of cancellations, state officials say. [WFPL]

The Obama administration is poised this week to issue a final rule on ozone levels that business groups contend would be the single most expensive regulation ever imposed by the U.S. government. [The Hill]

Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods said, after nearly a year into his first term, his greatest accomplishment so far is fostering inter-department law enforcement cooperation with Boyd County agencies. [Ashland Independent]

U.S. airport security agents discovered a record 67 firearms in luggage passengers intended to carry on to airplanes during one week in September, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). [Reuters]

Here comes more mainstream tripe ignoring the very real mental health issues at play. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The U.S. government has labeled as specially designated terrorists two French fugitives who during the past 15 years have risen from street crime to alleged front-line roles in the Charlie Hebdo attacks and terrorist violence in Tunisia and Syria. [ProPublica]

Preliminary reports show that student enrollment is down slightly for the fall semester at Morehead State University. [The Morehead News]

The U.S. veteran obesity rate has reached 80 percent, surpassing that of the general population. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says that more than 165,000 veterans who use its health care services have a body mass index higher than 40, a threshold that interferes with basic physical functions and leads to chronic illness. [ThinkProgress]

Republican Presidential candidate Rand Paul will campaign with Kentucky’s Republican nominee for governor in Frankfort on Saturday. [H-L]

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Tuesday it is weighing new rules governing the $1.3 trillion student loan market after releasing a stinging report documenting “widespread failures” in an industry largely overseen by the Obama administration. [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]

Yes, Kentucky, Islamophobia Is Real

Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) and Dong Trump got into a slap fight again and everyone melted down over Kim Davis. Because Republicans, and many Kentucky Democrats, don’t understand that separate but equal is not a thing. Discriminating against someone when you’re acting on behalf of government — because of your chosen religious beliefs — isn’t a-okay anymore. [H-L]

Yes, they’re as dumb as you think. The GOP candidates were asked about which woman they’d chose to be on the bill, since the Treasury has announced that a woman will replace Alexander Hamilton in 2020. [HuffPo]

Zoha Mian was flipping through papers, studying for AP Biology class Wednesday night when she got a text from her friend Huda. “Did you guys hear about what happened at the mosque?” Then the pictures came. Red marks against the white walls of the Louisville Islamic Center. [C-J/AKN]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged Wednesday that he and the House Speaker are discussing a short-term government funding bill to avoid a shutdown on Oct. 1. [The Hill]

Residents of single family homes in Heritage Place who want to keep an apartment complex from being constructed within the subdivision got a ray of hope Tuesday night. [Richmond Register]

A U.S. watchdog office urged Congress on Wednesday to empower regulators to extend a Dec. 31 deadline for freight and passenger railroads to adopt new safety technology that could prevent major derailments and other deadly crashes. [Reuters]

A lawsuit filed in Boyd Circuit Court alleges Boyd County Clerk Debbie Jones terminated a former employee despite protections under K.R.S. 61.102, which is more commonly known as the Kentucky Whistleblower Act. In the complaint portion of her lawsuit against Jones and the Boyd County Fiscal Court, Leslie Donta contends she was terminated from her job as a deputy clerk, a job she began in 2015. Donta had previously worked in the clerk’s office since 2011, primarily transferring microfilm onto a computer system. [Ashland Independent]

A House bill is being released [this week] along with a government report citing a lack of oversight about how the charity spends the millions of dollars donated by Americans. [ProPublica]

A proposed amendment to the city’s ordinance addressing humane treatment of animals narrowly passed in Glasgow City Council vote on Monday. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Sure, the DNC sucks. But Martin O’Malley isn’t going to be your president and it’s dishonest as hell to suggest he has a shot. [Politico]

The Rowan County Historical Veterans’ Museum has been closed most of the summer after lightning apparently struck the fuse box about six weeks ago. [The Morehead News]

The emergence of a viral photo depicting a drowned toddler on a Turkish beach two weeks ago renewed the political debate over Syrian refugees being accepted in the U.S. [ThinkProgress]

Watch it happen there before it happens in Louisville. Lexington will announce soon a plan to build a fiber-optic network to increase Internet speeds across the city, Mayor Jim Gray said Thursday. [H-L]

While significant progress has been made on food insecurity worldwide — there are 200 million fewer hungry people around the world compared with 25 years ago — some 790 million people still do not get enough to eat, and an estimated 3.1 million children worldwide die of malnutrition each year, accounting for about 45 percent of all child deaths in 2011. [HuffPo]

Huckabee Gay Panic Tour Comes To KY!

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

George Campbell has spent 33 years in the military community. Eight of those years were served in uniform and the rest have been in a civilian capacity. [H-L]

The hundreds of thousands of migrants arriving in Europe or dying on the way to its shores could be a harbinger of things to come, researchers and policymakers warn, because a potentially greater driver of displacement looms on the horizon: climate change. [HuffPo]

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s comment on Boston Herald Radio this week that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ defiance of the federal courts was “part of the American way” was widely quoted. Not as well noticed were his remarks in the same interview on the indictment a month ago of two of his associates for their alleged actions while they were working for the presidential campaign of Paul’s father Ron Paul in 2012. [C-J/AKN]

Get ready for the Mike Huckabee Gay Panic Tour to hit the Commonwealth. We’ll all be gagging over it before the end of the week. [The Hill]

It took the Rowan County School Board only about five minutes Wednesday night to hold a public hearing, convene a special meeting, and approve the property tax rate for next year. [The Morehead News]

The fight over same-sex marriage licenses may not end in Kentucky. In Texas, Alabama and elsewhere a number of clerks and judges who stated their opposition to gay marriage have thrown up roadblocks to the unions, extending the fight over same-sex weddings two months after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. [Reuters]

A lawsuit involving the firing of a Berea police officer has been referred back to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Last week, attorneys for the plaintiff and defendant in the case of Billy Beavers vs. City of Berea filed a joint motion to send the lawsuit back to the higher court after learning the case is still under review. [Richmond Register]

The American College of Physicians (ACP) called on physicians to speak out against policy proposals seeking to deport the country’s undocumented population this week, warning that mass deportation would devastate public health. [ThinkProgress]

The conflict of values didn’t rise to the level of that faced by Kim Davis, but I’ve lived long enough to have quit one job and to have been fired from another because of conscience. [Ronnie Ellis]

The only people surprised in Morehead are the people who can’t find their way out of a wet paper bag. [NPR]

The 2015 graduating classes at Glasgow and Barren County high schools gave their alma maters a parting gift before departing the hallways for the final time. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Back in January, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) made a promise. His state, he said, would pursue a new package of climate goals that are the most ambitious in the nation (and among the most ambitious in the world). [Mother Jones]

Federal prosecutors say an Ashland cardiologist has been charged with performing unnecessary cardiac stent procedures on hundreds of patients. [H-L]

This has been a heady summer for old, angry, white men and women. They have been enraptured as Donald Trump tells respected TV anchorman Jorge Ramos to “go back to Univision” and suggests that a woman who dares ask him a tough question had “blood coming out of her wherever.” [HuffPo]

The Kim Davis Media Circus Continues

Shouts of joy erupted outside the Rowan County Courthouse Friday morning as William Smith and James Yates obtained a marriage license in Rowan County Friday morning from deputy county clerk Brian Mason. [H-L]

U.S. job growth rose less than expected in August, which could dim prospects of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike later this month, even as the unemployment rate dropped to a near 7-1/2- year low of 5.1 percent and wages accelerated. [HuffPo]

The city is asking residents to help Louisville’s homeless veterans take better care of their feet as more former military service members living on the street come forward. [C-J/AKN]

Many in the West are backing an effort to keep the greater sage grouse off the endangered species list. By saving the bird, they feel they can save the culture and customs of the West as well. [NPR]

In case you missed it: Rand Paul’s top guy, Mr. Morality who was “called by God” is all over Ashley Madison. [Page One]

Murder rates have increased sharply across the US in 2015, with at least 30 cities reporting a rise in violence. [BBC]

Residents offered their two-minute takes in Lexington Thursday on a thousand-page federal coal mining regulation that’s been years in the making. [WFPL]

It was a show of respect to Native Americans when President Obama on Sunday restored the name of the nation’s tallest mountain, formerly called Mount McKinley, to Denali. So it makes a lot of sense that presidential candidate Donald Trump didn’t like it. [ThinkProgress]

Rowan County residents James Yates and William Smith Jr. were the first same-sex couple to obtain a marriage license in their home county. It was also the first license issued in the office since a controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June. [Ashland Independent]

Holding hands, James Yates and William Smith Jr. entered the media-filled courthouse shortly after 8, and began the process of applying for a marriage license for at least the sixth time. By 8:15, the couple had obtained their license. [Jim Higdon for the WaPo]

James Yates and Will Smith Jr. walked out of the Rowan County Courthouse this morning at 8:30 a.m. with their marriage license. [The Morehead News]

The US military has reopened a criminal investigation into some of the most serious accusations of war crimes against US forces in Afghanistan since 2001. [The Nation]

Fascinating how quickly the powerful few give up on talks of holding the University of Louisville Foundation accountable. [H-L]

The GOP presidential candidates love to warn voters of the threat of Islamic terrorists. Not a day goes by without Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) bemoaning the threat of “radical Islamic terrorism.” But amid all of the fear-mongering about terrorists, it might be wise for presidential candidates to be able to identify the names of actual terrorists, like the head of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, and the head of al Qaeda, Ayman al Zawahiri. [HuffPo]

Rand & RPK Melted Everybody’s Brain

HELP PROTECT OUR SOURCES! Stop the Montgomery County-Joshua Powell-Phil Rison insanity! [CLICK HERE]

Magoffin County Judge-Executive Charles “Doc” Hardin has hired a man with a felony vote-buying conviction to be an administrative assistant in his office. [H-L]

Jeb Bush said while he supports granting birthright citizenship to the children of immigrants, the policy needs “greater enforcement” to prevent “abuse.” [HuffPo]

These poor, dumb people think their religion is under threat because their government isn’t permitted to discriminate on the basis of hate. Get it together, you jackasses, because you’re really harming what little bit of a positive image Kentucky was developing. [C-J/AKN]

Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) can run for both the White House and to keep his Senate seat in 2016, the Republican Party in Kentucky decided Saturday. [The Hill]

Richard Nelson, founder and executive director of the Commonwealth Policy Center, told the group of people who came Thursday evening to hear him at Immanuel Baptist Church that our culture is in a moral freefall and in a period of spiritual darkness. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Kentucky GOP’s central committee voted Saturday to adopt a presidential caucus system next year, clearing the way Republican Sen. Rand Paul to run for president and reelection at the same time. [Politico]

This is written on Friday, the day before Kentucky Republicans were to decide whether to conduct a presidential caucus next year rather than a primary. [Ronnie Ellis]

While Donald Trump’s recent position paper on immigration dominates headlines, a new study of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. digs into the latest numbers. [NPR]

The EPA recently announced the Clean Power Plan, which entails stricter emissions standards for states, and the Power+ Plan, which promises $1 billion in federal money to help coal country towns get back on their feet. I support both these plans wholeheartedly. They’re good for Kentucky communities, good for the economy, and good for the environment. [Drew Curtis]

Two American women have passed the gruelling training programme of the US Army Rangers – one of the military’s most elite special operations forces. [BBC]

Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes on Rand Paul and RPK this weekend: “It is unfortunate that today a few insiders were able to disenfranchise over 1.2 million Republican voters. One candidate should not be able to buy an election. Democracy demands that all eligible Kentuckians be a part of the election process. That didn’t happen today and won’t happen with a caucus.” [Press Release]

The phone rings just as Katrina Fingerson and Latoya McClary are about to leave to start their shift at the Goddard Riverside Community Center. [ThinkProgress]

It was like a Klan rally with an extra dose of fat, white homophobia. Headlined by Bob Stivers and Matt Bevin, of course. [H-L]

Americans use prescription drugs and they know these medicines help people, but they still don’t care much for pharmaceutical companies and think the industry is too money-hungry, according to a new survey. [HuffPo]