State Media Ignoring Glasgow Messes

A lawsuit filed in federal court in California against Maker’s Mark Distillery was dismissed on Monday. The plaintiffs had alleged that they were mislead by the premium bourbon’s claims on the label to be “handmade” but U.S. District Judge John A. Houston found that the claim “cannot reasonably be interpreted as meaning literally by hand nor that a reasonable consumer would understand the term to mean no equipment or automated process was used to manufacture the whisky.” [H-L]

New research indicates that Washington, D.C., is rapidly sinking into the ocean, news that might not make the rest of the country all that sad. [HuffPo]

Unless you’re traveling through Woodford County because Woodford County is the traffic devil. Kentucky speeders get off easier than drivers in other states, according to a 2015 WalletHub study that ranked the “Strictest and Most Lenient States on Speeding and Reckless Driving.” [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump’s explosive rise in the polls has come at the expense of every other GOP presidential candidate except for Jeb Bush and Scott Walker — who arguably have been helped by the businessman’s rise. [The Hill]

There weren’t many substantive insights drawn from Monday’s debate between Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway before a Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Business Summit crowd. [Ronnie Ellis]

Opponents of President Barack Obama’s soon-to-be-implemented policy to cut carbon emissions from power plants are planning to use an unlikely and potentially potent weapon against him: the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that saved Obamacare. [Reuters]

A hearing has been set for next week regarding whether to take a former police chief’s lawsuit against the City of Glasgow and the current, interim chief outside Barren County. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Despite his plum position, Rogers finds himself at odds with GOP leadership on a path to stave off a government shutdown. [Politico]

The latest column Greg Stumbo’s LRC staffers have written for him is about drug abuse. [Floyd County Times]

The Eagle was built by the Nazis and fought for Hitler in World War Two – so how did a tall ship that once flew the swastika end up as a training vessel for new US Coast Guard cadets? [BBC]

The first extension of Mountain Parkway in a half-century is set to begin next year with the reconstruction of a wider, safer Restaurant Row in Salyersville. While visible road work is underway to the west, teams are busy finalizing construction plans, land acquisitions and utility relocation efforts to prepare for a summer start. [WTVQ]

The United States is emerging as the world’s hog farm—the country where massive foreign meat companies like Brazil’s JBS and China’s WH Group (formerly Shuanghui) alight when they want to take advantage of rising global demand for pork. [Mother Jones]

Lexington gets a lot of things right. The University of Kentucky opened a new bike path Wednesday at the Arboretum to connect bicyclists from south Lexington neighborhoods to campus and downtown. [H-L]

It was 50 years ago Thursday that President Lyndon Johnson signed the legislation that created Medicare, dramatically altering life for America’s seniors. But as debate over the program rages on, its conservative critics have learned to be more crafty about what alternatives they propose — and how to justify them. [HuffPo]

Conway Says Business Has His Back

Does anyone out there still think Matt Bevin is going to beat Jack Conway?

Didn’t think so.

But it’s still kinda funny to see Conway’s camp release lists like this — touting business leaders endorsing him:

  • Bill Samuels, Maker’s Mark
  • Jimmy Kirchdorfer, ISCO Industries, LLC, Louisville
  • Frank Shoop, Frank Shoop Automotive, Georgetown
  • Matt Thornton, Thorntons
  • Herb McKee, Financial Protection Services, Inc., Henderson
  • Darrell and Lorna Littrell, Sunron International, LLC, Henderson
  • Bruce Brockenborough, Hannan Supply Company, Paducah
  • Don McNay, McNay Settlement Group, Inc., Richmond
  • Timothy Mulloy, Mulloy Properties, Louisville
  • Lesa Seibert, Mightily, Louisville
  • Neville Blakemore, Great Northern Building Products, LLC, Louisville
  • William Bucher, Square Deal Lumber Company, Park City
  • Keith Murt, Murtco, Inc., Paducah
  • Paul Shaughnessy, Shaughnessy & Shaughnessy, Louisville
  • Nathan Smith, SSK Communities, LLC, Erlanger
  • Ambrose Ethington, Classie Car Care, Louisville
  • David Handmaker, Multi Fund Management, Louisville
  • Craig Miller, Miller Lumber Company, Augusta
  • Bruce Cohen, B.C. Plumbing Company, Louisville
  • Joseph Kelley, Kelley Construction, Louisville
  • Michael Houlihan, Evergreen Rehabilitation, Louisville
  • Clay Bigler, McNay Settlement Group, Lexington
  • Tommy Elliot, Old National Bank, Louisville
  • Matt Ott, Air Hydro Power, Louisville
  • O’Malley Dreisbach, Dreisbach Wholesale, Louisville
  • Kevin Borland, Peritus, Louisville
  • Kent Stevens, Laketown Motors, Lawrenceburg
  • Dick Heaton, Conway Heaton Motors, Bardstown
  • G. Marcus Woodward, Woodward and Associates, Ashland
  • Ed Worley, WG&T Builders, Richmond
  • Cindy Whitehouse, Ascential Care, Lexington
  • Joe Costa, Red Mile, Lexington
  • Dale Romans, Romans Racing Stable, Louisville
  • Aaron Yarmuth, LEO Magazine, Louisville
  • Harry Dennery, Dennery Enterprises, Inc., Louisville
  • Robert English, VanZandt Emrich & Cary, Inc., Louisville
  • Kris Mueller, Mueller Appraisals, Louisville
  • Jodie Haydon, Nally & Haydon, Bardstown
  • Nick Phelps, Louisville
  • Mike Blacketer, Blacketer Company, Louisville
  • Ann Bakhaus, Kentucky Eagle Beer, Lexington
  • J. Bruce Miller, J. Bruce Miller Law Group, Louisville
  • Dave Orwick, Elite Printing, Nicholasville
  • Doug Hall, Evergreen Rehabilitation, Louisville
  • Bill Yarmuth, Almost Family, Louisville
  • Dave Easterling, Fall’s City Brewing, Louisville
  • Alan Stein, Stein Group, LLC, Lexington
  • Frank Jones, Recreonics, Louisville
  • Tracy Farmer, Tracy Farmer Investments, Midway
  • Adrian Wallace, Hatemi & Wallace Consulting, Lexington
  • Jack Dulworth, The Dulworth Group, Louisville
  • Steven Ford, E.M. Ford & Company, Owensboro
  • Debbie Scoppechio, Louisville
  • Lindy Karns, Blue and Company, Lexington
  • Natalie Lile, Natalie Lile Law, LLC, Frankfort
  • Ben Quinn Sr., American Engineers, Glasgow
  • Chad Carlton, C2 Strategic Communications, Louisville
  • Honi Goldman, HMG Media Relations, Louisville
  • Allan & Kate Latts, Heaven Hill Distilleries
  • Nana Lampton, Louisville
  • Sterling Lapinski, ClipperData, Prospect

Mostly regulars who pop up on nearly every campaign finance report in the state.

Particularly interesting that Nathan Smith is still one of Jack’s favorites. Despite all his slumblord-sewage-trailer park drama.

Fascinating that the Groobs are nowhere to be found on that list. And that Jack’s still tight with some of the people who helped enable the worst pension system in the country.

Are Fayette County Schools Just Terrible?

In the 2013-2014 school year, Nicole Jenkins said, her then 8-year-old son witnessed a friend “being called the n-word on the school bus.” “Later that year,” Jenkins said, “he and a Hispanic friend were called the n-word. Finally, … he was called a baboon by a classmate” at Meadowthorpe Elementary School. [H-L]

After the Republican Party took a drubbing at the polls on Election Day 2012, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus ordered an autopsy. The party, the coroner’s report found a few months later, had alienated women and minorities and came off as plutocratic. [HuffPo]

Fire investigators have blamed the total loss of a General Electric warehouse on outdated Appliance Park equipment that failed when fire crews rushed to the scene April 3. [C-J/AKN]

The FBI on Friday announced the arrests in Oakland of two animal rights activists, Joseph Buddenberg and Nicole Kissane, and accused the pair of engaging in “domestic terrorism.” This comes less than a month after the FBI director said he does not consider Charleston Church murderer Dylann Roof a “terrorist.” The activists’ alleged crimes: “They released thousands of minks from farms around the country and vandalized various properties.” That’s it. Now they’re being prosecuted and explicitly vilified as “terrorists,” facing 10-year prison terms. [The Intercept]

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that states must recognize same-sex marriages is roiling Kentucky and pulling in other parties who probably would rather stay out of the controversy. [Ronnie Ellis]

Consumers of organic foods are getting both more and less than they bargained for. On both counts, it’s not good. When will people quit it with pseudoscience and Ferd Berb wooery? Organic doesn’t equal magic and GMOs are not the devil. [Forbes]

This may be the funniest story of the entire 2015 campaign. [Kentucky New Era]

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is due to meet with senior military leaders on Thursday to map out his budget priorities for the coming year, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer said on Tuesday. [Reuters]

Glasgow Mayor Dick Doty announced at Monday night’s city council meeting the three finalists for the position of police chief. [Glasgow Daily Times]

All these articles act as if Rand really thought he had a shot at winning the presidency. And is it really a bad thing that he’s not trying to sell his rear end for campaign cash? Really? This all bodes extremely well for his U.S. Senate campaign. No, this doesn’t mean we’re fans. [Politico]

Seriously? This guy was arrested for shooting down a drone flying over his property? Most of you reading this would do the same damn thing and so would we. [WDRB]

Half of American adults had their personal information exposed to hackers last year alone. In a recent attack at the federal Office of Personnel Management, hackers stole the most sensitive personal data for 21.5 million people. [NY Times]

Lexington leaders from city government, education and business gathered Monday evening to announce their goal of obtaining accreditation from the National Safety Council as a “safe community.” [H-L]

After a group of GOP senators huddled Tuesday afternoon to discuss the recently released undercover “sting” videos of Planned Parenthood, Republicans unveiled legislation to strip the family planning provider of its federal funding. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin Gets More Lost By The Day

New TV ads in Kentucky’s race for governor focus not on the candidates but on Democratic President Barack Obama. [H-L]

A bill that critics say would make any significant new regulation all but impossible easily passed the House Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin has no idea who his opponent is. His campaign staff is so incompetent they aren’t even aware of the most basic opposition research. [C-J/AKN]

Civil libertarians are worried about an increasingly common form of domestic surveillance that has nothing to do with listening to your phone calls or reading your emails; it has to do with looking through your garbage. [The Intercept]

When a festival benefits the humane society, you can presume pets are welcome. [Richmond Register]

For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. [ProPublica]

It’s not just Kentucky’s Legislative Research Commission that will pay to settle a sexual harassment suit brought by three LRC staffers. [Ronnie Ellis]

Rather than being an effective manifesto of all the arguments against recognizing same-sex relationships as marriages, it serves as a guide for just how weak this already-lost case is, and why continued fights — including the ongoing struggle over using “religious liberty” to justify anti-gay discrimination — will likely not prevail either. Some extremists in Frankfort have been talking about this book. [ThinkProgress]

Cave City Council met in closed session Monday during a special-called meeting to discuss real estate. Upon returning to open session, a motion was made to purchase “the real estate in question,” but the council voted 3-2 not to buy the land. [Glasgow Daily Times]

On the campaign trail, Jeb Bush has repeatedly emphasized his record overseeing Florida’s boom economy as the state’s governor. He says it’s an example of an economy that created a huge number of jobs and benefited the middle class — an example of what he could do as president. “I know how to do this,” he said in Maitland, Fla., on Monday. But according to interviews with economists and a review of data, Florida owed a substantial portion of its growth under Bush not to any state policies but to a massive and unsustainable housing bubble — one that ultimately benefited rich investors at the expense of middle-class families. [WaPo]

A grand jury has indicted Shepherdsville Mayor Scott Ellis on a misdemeanor criminal charge of solicitation to prostitution on July 28. [WHAS11]

A new study of veterans from the Vietnam War has troubling implications for troops who fought much more recently — in Afghanistan and Iraq. [NPR]

Courthouse Plaza Wednesday flared in the midday heat and fiery chants of a crowd that assembled in downtown Lexington to oppose Planned Parenthood and abortion. [H-L]

Russian government-backed hackers who penetrated high-profile U.S. government and defense industry computers this year used a method combining Twitter with data hidden in seemingly benign photographs, according to experts studying the campaign. [HuffPo]