Kentucky Leaders Embarrass Thinking People

They took time to write about all this but are still ignoring the dozens of scandals in Montgomery County. Powell County Superintendent Michael Tate said Saturday that school district officials contacted Kentucky State Police after investigating allegations of inappropriate conduct by members of Powell County High School’s boys basketball team. [H-L]

Rand Paul’s (R-Racist Cookie Tree) tough proposals aimed at limiting the admission of refugees in the wake of the Paris terror attacks are disappointing libertarian opinion leaders, days after a presidential debate performance in which he appeared to return to his independent roots. [HuffPo]

Wasn’t this news a few weeks back? An evangelist who organized rallies in support of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is planning to run for the state House of Representatives against Democratic House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins. [C-J/AKN]

We’re looking at you, Rand Paul, and the rest of the bigoted cowards this state sends to Washington. Acutely aware of the consequences to Jews who were unable to flee Nazism, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum looks with concern upon the current refugee crisis. While recognizing that security concerns must be fully addressed, we should not turn our backs on the thousands of legitimate refugees. [United States Holocaust Memorial Museum]

The Barren County School district took another step toward breaking ground on the long-awaited Red Cross Elementary School renovation at Wednesday’s special-called Board of Education and Barren County School District Finance Corp. meeting. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Billionaire Donald Trump continues to dominate the polls and drive the debate in the Republican presidential nomination, staying a step ahead of his competitors on the issues of immigration, border security and the Syrian refugee crisis. [BBC]

The Boyd County Fiscal Court spent three hours in closed session trying to “fine tune” an agreement regarding future operations of the embattled Big Run Landfill. [Ashland Independent]

As President Obama tries to save his plan to shield some five million people from deportation, immigration activists have been marching and planning more demonstrations to support him. [NPR]

A racially-motivated threat found in a Madison Central High School boys’ bathroom stall Thursday has many parents upset, not so much because of the threat’s contents, but because they were not notified. [Richmond Register]

In recent days, presidential candidates and even the American Medical Association have griped about rising drug prices, pointing to brand-name blockbusters with splashy ad campaigns. [ProPublica]

The Rowan County Board of Education Tuesday discussed a plan to make changes to the district’s bullying policy. The changes deal primarily with cyber-bullying or harassment via social media and the Internet, hazing, and other forms of harassment. [The Morehead News]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Still Has No Health Care Alternative) is making a bull rush at the conservatives running for president who are withholding support from an ObamaCare repeal package that they feel doesn’t go far enough. [The Hill]

Fayette County had a higher rate of children living in foster care from 2012 to 2014 than the state rate, according to child well-being rankings released recently by Kentucky Youth Advocates. [H-L]

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said Saturday that he wants to expand the government’s surveillance operations aimed at potential terrorist threats, even beyond tracking American Muslims as rivalDonald Trump has suggested. [HuffPo]

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With his days dwindling as Kentucky’s governor, Democrat Steve Beshear took time Tuesday to tout his eight years in office and reflect on his regrets of making “no meaningful progress” in tax reform and not bringing expanded gambling to the state. [H-L]

Bobby Who? Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) ended his presidential campaign on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

The local prosecutor’s office is asking Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens to recuse himself from every criminal case that comes before him, citing comments the judge made on his Facebook page that calls into question his impartiality, the commonwealth argues. [C-J/AKN]

The British Government has announced that it plans to shut down all of its coal-powered fire stations by 2025, with restrictions put on their use as early as 2023. [Gizmodo]

Heck yes alcohol sales bring in revenue for communities. Rob Fogle is the co-owner of Mammoth Liquors, located at 101 Gardner Lane in Cave City, along with Eric Hall. The two also own a liquor store in Radcliff, which saw take-home liquor sales approved by voters in 2011. [Glasgow Daily Times]

President Obama would love the chance to run against Donald Trump, but his family — and the Constitution — are standing in his way. [The Hill]

Only one bid was submitted to the Rowan County School Board for the central office building at 121 E. Second Street. Morehead State University submitted the lone bid of $2 million. [The Morehead News]

They share a small two-bedroom apartment in Sacramento with few possessions, but for Syrian refugee Mohammad Abd Rabboh, his wife and two daughters, there is finally freedom from fear. [Reuters]

A Berea College student told the city council Tuesday night that pickup trucks flying Confederate flags have frequently driven around the campus the past three months yelling racial slurs at them. [Richmond Register]

Ninety minutes into the first day of his first job, Day Davis, a 21-year-old temp worker, was called to help out near a machine at the Bacardi bottling plant in Jacksonville, Florida. He was killed before making it to his first break. [ProPublica]

Jennifer Stepp is proud her son is in recovery from his heroin addiction, but if he ever needs it, her 8-year-old daughter knows how to administer the drugs that would save his life. [Ashland Independent]

Friday’s terrorist attacks have made the Paris climate talks “even more” important now, according to Christiana Figueres, head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). And on Sunday, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders elaborated on why climate change remains “the biggest national security threat facing the United States,” after remarks he made in Saturday’s Democratic debate were criticized by people who apparently don’t understand the existential nature the climate threat poses to this country and the world. [ThinkProgress]

The water tower in Lebanon is about to get a new mural that should make it very popular on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The tower will be graced by a bottle of bourbon, making it look like the world’s largest Maker’s Mark pour. The city’s 135-foot water tower will be getting a mural by internationally recognized muralist Eric Henn, who will paint it to look like the neck of a gigantic bottle, complete with signature red wax, is pouring bourbon straight down. [H-L]

A Scottish newspaper offered a warm message to Syrian refugees arriving in the country this week. “To the first refugees fleeing war-torn Syria who will arrive at Glasgow Airport today, we’d just like to say: Welcome to Scotland,” read the front cover of The National on Tuesday. [HuffPo]


Tell me everything you know about the transgender student being discriminated against by Montgomery County Schools. There’s apparently some situation involving a student’s desire to use the restroom that aligns with their gender identity and the school district is fighting the student over alleged concerns for safety.

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Let me know what’s going on. I don’t care who you are, whether you hate me, whether you’re tied to Joshua Powell. Spill the damn beans. Let’s stop this crap. I’ll be your buffer, if necessary, to hide your identify from the district.

There are a majority of school board members who want to help. You know we have the access to help this student. Let’s help them.


I hear the student is permitted to use the staff restroom at school.

On one hand, it’s great for that student’s safety. On the other, it sends a message that transgender youth pose a risk to other students when they do not.

Keep filling me in, folks!


There’s a special session of the school board this evening to consider the — wait for it — EXPULSION OF THIS STUDENT!

The agenda:

All because they want to use the restroom that most closely aligns with their gender identity.

The district’s going to go bankrupt over Joshua Powell and now this.

We’re looking at you, Alice Anderson, and the rest of the school board. There may be no statewide anti-discrimination law but know the legal costs and increased public scrutiny are coming.

This is obscene.


Now board members tell me this has nothing to do with the transgender student. Despite another school board member telling me otherwise, that the trans student faced expulsion in addition to the kid who had a hunting rifle in his truck.

Might I recommend you folks get your ducks in a row instead of crapping your pants every time I get involved?

It’s not a secret that you plan to discuss this transgender student, as a small handful of your local bigots plan to show up at your school board meeting tomorrow evening.

Don’t think for a second that I’m letting this drop. Fascinating how quickly the tables turn when I raise a stink.

Find a way to let this student use the restroom they want to use. Hire an armed guard if you have to. It’s the least you can do for this kid so they don’t end up harmed.


I’d encourage any of you Fairness folks to show up at Montgomery County’s regular school board meeting tomorrow night. You can find details on the district’s website.

A handful of local homophobes/transphones plan to show up to scream about the bible in an attempt to prevent this kid from having safe access to a restroom. Because, as we all know, kids would risk their safety and their lives just to sneak a peek or whatever. It has nothing to do with a desire to literally pee in peace. At least not in the mind of simpletons.


There’s also a kid set to be expelled for having a hunting rifle in his vehicle.

What on earth?

Kick the kid out of school for ten days, take his ability to drive to school away from him for the year, punish him. But expelling him permanently? Are you kidding? Way to create a potential pill head. Way to go.

You aren’t the big city. A hunting rifle in a truck is not a pistol in a backpack.

I’m floored. Thought I’d let everyone know what else they’re discussing during the closed session tonight and tomorrow.

Sooo…. Fairness Folks AND gun folks ought to show up and raise hell.

Harmon Likely To Buckle Under The Pressure?

The 66 percent of Owsley County that gets health coverage through Medicaid now must reconcile itself with the 70 percent that voted for Republican Governor-elect Matt Bevin, who pledged to cut the state’s Medicaid program and close the state-run Kynect health insurance exchange. The community’s largest-circulation newspaper, the Three Forks Tradition in Beattyville, did not say much about Kynect ahead of the election. Instead, its editorials roasted Obama and Hillary Clinton, gay marriage, Islam, “liberal race peddlers,” “liberal media,” black criminals and “the radical Black Lives Matter movement.” [John Cheves]

Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) has consistently voiced his disapproval of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy decisions, but on Thursday his criticism went a step further, implying the president is an “idiot” for how he’s handled U.S. involvement in the Syrian conflict during an Iowa campaign stop. [HuffPo]

Auditor-elect Mike Harmon said he will continue to push on the issue of untested rape kits, adopting a priority of outgoing state Auditor Adam Edelen, when he is sworn in in January. [C-J/AKN]

Global stocks are set for a short-term sell-off on Monday after Islamist militants launched coordinated attacks across Paris that killed 129 people, but few strategists expect a prolonged economic impact or change in prevailing market directions. [Reuters]

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Dave Adkisson says he’s at odds with Governor-elect Matt Bevin over dismantling Kentucky’s health care exchange. [WFPL]

Maybe Democrats avoiding saying “Islam” because they’re not backward-ass bigots? [Politico]

It may have come a little late, but outgoing Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear on Friday made a passionate defense of his decision to expand Medicaid and offer a state-run health exchange, programs Republican Gov.-elect Matt Bevin promised on the campaign trail to dismantle. [Ronnie Ellis]

For the first time, doctors have breached the human brain’s protective layer to deliver cancer-fighting drugs. [BBC]

The process of getting an interim judge appointed to fill the seat of District Judge John T. Alexander, who is moving to circuit court effective Dec. 2, is on hold until a member of the nominating commission can be replaced. The delay is due to the discovery that one of the nominating commission members is ineligible to serve. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The U.S. Supreme Court is once again entering the debate over abortion. The court said Friday that it will hear arguments later this term testing the constitutionality of a sweeping Texas abortion law that, if upheld, would allow the kind of major abortion restrictions not permitted in more than 40 years. [NPR]

During a Madison County School Board of Education meeting Thursday evening, Chair John Lackey announced that he would like to see the district “phase out” middle school contact sports. [Richmond Register]

Maybe Republican Matt Bevin isn’t going to burn down Frankfort after all. Nah, he’ll be just another Republican cut from the cloth of Ernie Fletcher. Rather, cut from the cloth of the Ernie Fletcher staffers who ended up getting half of Fletcher’s administration INDICTED! [Roll Call]

Nope, Matt Bevin isn’t going to care about conservation any time soon. You can put lipstick on a pig bug it’s still a pig. [H-L]

About three-quarters of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. But how did it get there? While some scientists believe water was delivered by icy space rocks smashing into the planet after it was formed, others have argued that water has been on Earth since its formation — and new research indicates they might be right. [HuffPo]

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UK Wastes Your Tax Dollars Yet Again

Laughable that the University of Kentucky, with your taxpayer dollars, would attempt to threaten a business for using the word “Kentucky”. [H-L]

President Barack Obama tackled the opioid epidemic on Wednesday by telling health care providers across the country that access to medication-assisted treatment must be expanded. [HuffPo]

Louisville fines don’t stop chronic polluters. A continued manufacturing base and coal-fired electricity helped Jefferson County rank fourth in the nation for industrial toxic air pollution in 2014, up one ranking from the year before, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. [C-J/AKN]

Ben Carson has knocked Donald Trump off of the top spot in Iowa for the first time since July, according to a new poll. [The Hill]

State auditors found no issues with the 2014 financial statement of Metcalfe County Clerk Carol England Chaney. [Glasgow Daily Times]

U.S. Marine General Joseph Dunford, who took over this month as America’s top military officer, pledged on Tuesday to seek new ways to build momentum in Iraq’s battle against Islamic State and bucked descriptions of the conflict as a “stalemate.” [Reuters]

Jared Arnett, executive director of Shaping Our Appalachian Region, talked to the Ashland Rotary Club about progress the group is making to enrich the economy in eastern Kentucky. [Ashland Independent]

Iceland is hunting for Rand Paul! [BBC]

During a special-called meeting on Monday, Harlan County Industrial Development Chairman Harry Gibson updated the board members on the findings regarding a $460,000 debt the Harlan County Fiscal Court said they owed. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Yanira, a 41-year-old Guatemalan national, left her home country with her three children because their lives were in danger from gang violence. She and her family arrived in Texas in February — but they were soon put in an immigration detention center for two months. Yanira now lives in San Antonio, Texas as she awaits her court date for her asylum case. But she said that her experience in a family detention center left her scarred. [ThinkProgress]

State-level data shows that fewer school children who do not qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches are paying full price for meals, Katherine Ralston and Constance Newman report for Amber Waves, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. [Hazard Herald]

Civil rights lawyers are using a new strategy to change a common court practice that they have long argued unfairly targets the poor. At issue is the way courts across the country sometimes issue arrest warrants for indigent people when they fall behind on paying court fees and fines owed for minor offenses like traffic tickets. [NPR]

Democrats appear to be winning the TV ad war in Kentucky with less than two weeks left until voters pick a new governor and choose a slate of statewide constitutional officers. [H-L]

After a recent federal report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration called for an end to conversion therapy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, survivors of the practice joined HuffPost Live last week to discuss their traumatic experiences. [HuffPo]

Is It November 3rd Yet? Or At Least Friday?

Democrat Sannie Overly promised a Jack Conway administration would spend more money on public preschool programs while Republican Jenean Hampton said it was a “non-issue” for Matt Bevin during a statewide televised debate of Kentucky’s major party nominees for lieutenant governor just two weeks before the election. [H-L]

Oldham Co. Kentucky Attorney John Carter is facing criticism for a statement in which he appeared to suggest being Hispanic is “probable cause” for getting pulled over in a traffic stop. A video of the Oct. 14 court appearance captures pieces of the exchange. [HuffPo]

The Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas group known for its caustic anti-gay rhetoric, took aim at Kim Davis on Monday, accusing the county clerk of hypocrisy and adultery. [C-J/AKN]

Canadian Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has promised that improving relations with the Obama administration will be a top priority if elected prime minster. [BBC]

A monetary gift made more than 25 years ago continues to reap benefits for the Western Kentucky University-Glasgow library. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Hobby drones are becoming a new kind of headache for air traffic controllers. The future of drone traffic is such a big concern, NASA is already working on a system to manage it. [NPR]

Between answering phone calls from Morehead citizens, managing property tax notices, and preparing information for a City Council meeting, new City Clerk Crissy Cunningham is settling into her second week in that position. [The Morehead News]

The Supreme Court appears to be giving serious consideration to a case that, if taken up by the justices, could strip lawmakers of much of what remains of their ability to address America’s gun violence epidemic — 33,636 people were killed by firearms in the United States in 2013. Indeed, should the justices ultimately side with the plaintiffs in this case, it could set off an arms race where gun makers and the National Rifle Association sprint to ensure that new methods of killing people are widely available as fast as possible so that those methods will gain special constitutional protection. [ThinkProgress]

The two women who want to be Kentucky’s next lieutenant governor offered sharply contrasting views on education and economic policies in a televised debate on Kentucky Education Television Monday evening. [Ronnie Ellis]

Wait til Kentucky has another budget battle and the state’s rating gets downgraded again. [Reuters]

Most people we speak with are skeptical of these bullying task force recommendations released by Steve Beshear’s office. And that’s putting it lightly, sadly. [External PDF Link]

Vice President Biden on Tuesday offered a different account of his advice to President Obama on the Osama bin Laden raid, an issue that could haunt him if he decides to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. [The Hill]

University of Kentucky researchers will study UK’s local food purchases more carefully in order to increase how much is bought from Kentucky farms. [H-L]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… A group of scientists has found evidence that life on Earth may be much older than we thought. But good luck baking a birthday cake big enough for a proper celebration: It’d need to hold around 4.1 billion candles. [HuffPo]

Al Mohler Is Gay Attention-Starved Again

A little fish called the Kentucky arrow darter — up for listing under the Endangered Species Act — isn’t likely to create as much of an uproar as its famous Tennessee relative, the snail darter. [H-L]

Three former CIA detainees are suing over being tortured at the agency’s infamous “black sites,” the first suit to seek accountability in a U.S. court for the CIA’s tactics since the Senate Intelligence Committee released the executive summary of its groundbreaking torture report. But the ex-detainees aren’t suing the CIA. [HuffPo]

Al Mohler, who fleeces people like woah (check out his mansion and fancy clothing), says “Christians” should boycott gay weddings. We think “Christians” should boycott these alleged leaders who get rich on the backs of poor people buying into their religious business. [C-J/AKN]

A reassessment of ancient rocks has led scientists to estimate that Earth’s inner core started to form earlier than was previously thought, around 1.3 billion years ago. As it started to freeze, the core began generating a bigger magnetic field, which continues to today. [BBC]

Lexington-based Columbia Gas of Kentucky is in the early stages of gathering environmental information for a possible natural gas infrastructure improvement project in Rowan County. [The Morehead News]

The political network led by billionaires David and Charles Koch is building what’s meant to be a seamless system of grassroots groups, designed to advance the network’s conservative and libertarian goals year in and year out, while also helping like-minded politicians. [NPR]

Cheerleading, once a grounded activity with cheers and dancing, has grown into a high-risk sport involving flips, tumbling and the throwing and catching of bodies. [Ashland Independent]

Presidential candidate and television star Donald Trump is scheduled to host “Saturday Night Live” on Nov. 7, NBC announced in a release Tuesday. [Politico]

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway says he would support legislation to expand casino gambling in Kentucky to bring in more money for the cash-strapped state budget. [WFPL]

The Taliban announced Tuesday they have withdrawn from Kunduz, the northern Afghan city that briefly fell under insurgent control last month. [NPR]

The two candidates for attorney general went after each other Monday night in a spirited debate on Kentucky Education Television. [Ronnie Ellis]

U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed concern on Tuesday that Florida gives judges undue sway in determining death sentences at the expense of juries as the court weighed the appeal of a man convicted of murdering a fried-chicken restaurant manager. [Reuters]

Lexington officials will wait to see what changes the federal and state government may make to regulations on the use of drones before they pursue any local ordinances. [H-L]

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Tuesday he had no doubt Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine by Russian special forces because “drunken separatists” could not have operated the missile. Yatseniuk made his charge shortly before publication of the Dutch Safety Board’s final report on its investigation into the causes of the downing of MH17 over territory held by pro-Russia rebels on July 17, 2014. [HuffPo]