THE SHITSHOW IS ALMOST OVER!

Shitbirds of a feather flock together. In early October, Gov. Matt Bevin stood in the Capitol Rotunda, a few short steps from his office, and recorded a video because he had caught wind of a Democratic news conference that would call his record on education funding into question. [H-L]

Shortly after the first presidential debate, former Obama adviser David Axelrod said on CNN that the commander in chief “can send armies marching and markets tumbling.” [HuffPo]

Rand Paul and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray went to friendly territory on Saturday as they looked for final votes heading into Tuesday’s election. [C-J/AKN]

Hillary Clinton is one state away from losing the presidential election, FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver said Sunday. [The Hill]

You can thank human tire fire and homophobic trainwreck Matt Bevin for this. Kentucky took a tumble in the latest rankings of the states’ business climates by Site Selection magazine. [Business First]

As the youngest members of the millennial generation became old enough to vote in this year’s U.S. presidential election, states and social media platforms poured efforts into online registration, hoping to attract these tech savvy voters who now rival Baby Boomers as the country’s largest demographic. [Reuters]

When Kentucky goes to the polls Tuesday, more than 300,000 potential voters will find themselves on the sidelines. [WFPL]

In the last week, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has repeatedly vowed to zero out all federal spending on clean energy research and development. And the plan he released would also zero out all other spending on anything to do with climate change, including the government’s entire climate science effort. [ThinkProgress]

Kimberly Walson, one of three candidates for 25th Circuit Family Court Judge, has responded to a Richmond Register report on the exchange of accusations by supporters of the candidates. [Richmond Register]

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken on Sunday said he expects that the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on what he described as “troubling” and “rogue” conduct within the FBI. [Politico]

Rand Paul is a tiny little bigot, like most of the people affiliated with him and most of the new Republican Party of Kentucky. Rand Paul said Saturday he thinks his opponent, Democrat Jim Gray, has “lost his mind,” based on a statement he made in Kentucky’s only U.S. Senate race debate. [Ronnie Ellis]

No matter what happens in Tuesday’s presidential election, the candidacy of Donald Trump has been an absolute demographic disaster for the Republican Party. [WaPo]

Andy Barr, R-Lexington, and Nancy Jo Kemper, his Democratic challenger, are spending the last weekend of the campaign shaking as many hands as they can across Central Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District. [H-L]

The Nevada Republican Party has what can only be described as a problem with Hispanic voters. [HuffPo]

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Now Granny Mitch Fears Trump?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has never had much to say about Donald Trump. But lately, he has fallen completely silent. [H-L]

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is supporting Hillary Clinton in November’s presidential election. [HuffPo]

A bipartisan task force dedicated to preventing child abuse and exploitation met for the first time Tuesday in Frankfort, where Attorney General Andy Beshear encouraged lawmakers to develop a comprehensive proposal to better protect children throughout Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

White people are the worst. Three men have been charged with plotting to bomb Somali immigrants at an apartment building and mosque in the US state of Kansas. [BBC]

As a shortage of primary care physicians looms across the nation and Kentucky, state lawmakers are considering whether to expand the role of physician assistants by allowing them to prescribe controlled substances. [WFPL]

While the impact of fracking operations on the health of people living nearby was once uncertain, several studies in recent years have found that living near fracking sites — which are known to release carcinogenic compounds, as well as greenhouse gases — heightens the risk of asthma and other respiratory ailments. [ThinkProgress]

It is estimated that 1 percent of the world’s fly species, or approximately 1,500, are found on the tiny island nation of Madagascar, off the southeast coast of Africa. [Richmond Register]

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has disparaged “flat-chested” women, mocked a Miss Universe for her weight gain and bragged about groping women because he’s famous. [ProPublica]

A project replacing sewer lines along a southern section of the city is probably going to take a half to one-third of the original time expected, said Scott Young, general manager of Glasgow Water Co. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A federal judge on Thursday sided with women’s health provider Planned Parenthood in a lawsuit aiming to block a Mississippi law that barred medical providers that perform abortions from participating in the state’s Medicaid program. [Reuters]

The Tuesday morning announcement that Boyd County and Greenup County have been certified as AEROready was almost like a launch party. [Ashland Independent]

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is facing a fundraising scandal after a Telegraph investigation exposed how key supporters were prepared to accept illicit donations from foreign backers. [Telegraph]

Andy Barr, R-Lexington, and Democratic challenger Nancy Jo Kemper sharply disagreed Monday on KET’s Kentucky Tonight about whether the United States is on the right track under President Obama. [H-L]

Hillary Clinton criticized Donald Trump on Monday over allegations that an employee at one of his golf courses was fired because he was gay. [HuffPo]

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Long-Awaited Barr Whinefest Tonight

On Monday, on the set of KET’s “Kentucky Tonight,” Nancy Jo Kemper will get her first chance to sit opposite U.S. Rep. (c)Andy Barr, R-Lexington, the man against whom she spent most of this year campaigning. [H-L]

Karl Rove is throwing in the towel. In an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” the Republican strategist said that Donald Trump’s poll numbers are simply too dismal to end in victory on election night. [HuffPo]

Wonder if these scared white people are making proper disclosure to the FEC? It was a small but passionate group who attended a veterans for Trump rally Saturday afternoon in a Fern Creek strip mall parking lot. [C-J/AKN]

It was a powerful piece of technology created for an important customer. The Medusa system, named after the mythical Greek monster with snakes instead of hair, had one main purpose: to vacuum up vast quantities of internet data at an astonishing speed. [The Intercept]

A committee launched to investigate allegations that Gov. Matt Bevin illegally canceled a road project to punish a lawmaker for not switching political parties met for the first time Friday. [WFPL]

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a double-digit lead in the inaugural ABC News 2016 tracking poll released Sunday morning. [The Hill]

Internal emails between officials in the Kentucky Transportation Department last October indicate Democratic state Rep. Russ Meyer knew about a right-of-way dispute on a road project in his district which was subsequently cancelled by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. [Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump rode to the top of the Republican ticket promising a “big, beautiful, powerful” border wall with Mexico to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants. Along that border, however, Americans are more likely to call the wall a “waste of money”, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. [Reuters]

Morehead State University acknowledged as one of the “Safest Colleges in Kentucky” by BackgroundChecks.org, a site devoted to public safety and open government. [Ashland Independent]

Leaders of the NAACP, the oldest civil rights organization in the United States, bucked intense pressure from supporters of charter schools on Saturday and ratified a resolution calling for a moratorium on the expansion of charters and for stronger oversight of these schools. [WaPo]

The 2016 Candidates Forum was held Tuesday at the Morehead Conference Center. The forum was scheduled for three discussions with candidates for Morehead City Council, Senate District 27, and House District 99. [The Morehead News]

Few things are more awesome than listening to kids playing on the playground. There’s magic in that mix of laughter and exhausted breaths — giggle, pant, giggle. [ProPublica]

The University of Kentucky is making a dramatic change in how it gives out financial aid by concentrating more on students who need help paying for college. [H-L]

Donald Trump’s unpopularity is threatening to take the Republican Senate majority down with him. [HuffPo]

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KRS Needs Something Much Tougher

On Tuesday, the Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing in Washington on the growing scandal at Wells Fargo, one of the nation’s top lenders, which illegally charged customers $1.5 million in fees after it secretly opened two million sham accounts in their names. Among those socking Wells Fargo with a total of $185 million in fines is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal regulatory watchdog. [John Cheves]

Hundreds of the world’s leading scientists, including famed physicist Stephen Hawking, warn in an open letter Tuesday that a Donald Trump win in November would prove disastrous to global efforts against climate change. [HuffPo]

Domonique Greene wasn’t keen on public speaking but ambled down a church aisle on a recent Mother’s Day weekend to stand before more than 400 congregants. He paused to catch his breath amid sobs before announcing: “I need y’all’s prayers. I’m addicted to heroin. I fear I’m going to die if I don’t get help.” [C-J/AKN]

Police in Florida and other states are building up private DNA databases, in part by collecting voluntary samples from people not charged with — or even suspected of — any particular crime. [ProPublica]

What the KRS needs is not a piddly audit but a full-scale forensic accounting investigation. A Philadelphia-based consulting company has won a contract to review Kentucky’s struggling public pension systems. [Richmond Register]

If you’re a voter who cares about stopping climate change, you really need to read Donald Trump’s newest economic policy plan. [ThinkProgress]

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday awarded a $3,389,437 grant to the Ashland-Boyd County Airport Board in Worthington. The Airport Improvement Program, or AIP, funds will be used to construct a new taxiway at the Ashland Regional Airport. [Ashland Independent]

Former President George H.W. Bush is bucking his party’s presidential nominee and plans to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, according to a member of another famous political family, the Kennedys. [Politico]

A 4-2 passage of a municipal order sparked controversy during last Monday’s City Council meeting. The disagreement was about an order recommended by Mayor Jim Tom Trent to appoint Edna Schack to the Morehead-Rowan County-Lakeview Heights Joint Planning Commission. [The Morehead News]

Donald Trump’s campaign is grappling with new allegations that the GOP nominee used his charitable foundation to pay personal expenses. [The Hil]

The two candidates vying to represent Barren County and one precinct in Warren County in the Kentucky House of Representatives were being measured Saturday by local farm families, as each answered the same set of five questions that had been provided to them a few weeks in advance. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Mylan NV faced new scrutiny over price hikes for its anti-allergy EpiPen on Tuesday, with U.S. lawmakers calling for a probe of oversight of the company’s rebates to government healthcare plans, while West Virginia said it was investigating whether Mylan defrauded its Medicaid department. [Reuters]

The League of Women Voters of Lexington has canceled more than half of the candidate forums it planned for early October because one person in each race — usually the incumbent — would not participate. [John Cheves]

Want to keep the government open? Want to fund the Zika response? The trucking industry and Republican allies in Congress say the price for that could be weakening rest rules for truck drivers, sources said. [HuffPo]

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Bevin, Too, Sells Popular Board Seats

PEE ALERT! Andy Barr says people are poor because they receive assistance. The fact that the Kentucky Democratic Party can’t rustle up someone to beat this halfwit is a searing indictment of the Party’s inability to do anything other than conduct insurance fraud schemes these days. If you think Candy Barr isn’t out of his league and just as terrible as people like Tim Longmeyer, take a look at his anti-poverty proposal. It involves gutting public education and ending the requirement that financial advisers disclose conflicts of interest to their clients. [John Cheves]

Despite the world’s string high-profile terror attacks this year, the economy remains at the top of American voters’ minds, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds. A 45 percent plurality name the economy as one of the two issues most important to them, ranking it first on a list of 10 topics. [HuffPo]

Surprise! A Kentucky Newspaper has finally realized heroin has taken over Eastern Kentucky. Growing up in the hardscrabble hills of Appalachia, Bobby Vaughn began popping painkillers at 15-years-old, sneaking them from his injured coal miner dad. That was the start of a three-decade-long addiction to any drug available: OxyContin, cocaine, meth – and beginning a year ago, heroin. [C-J/AKN]

Advisers say Donald Trump has lately been sullen and erratic in private and easily rattled by perceived slights, according to The New York Times. [The Hill]

After nine years of serving as director of the annual Ashland Independent School safety patrol trip, Maj. Mark McDowell is handing the reins over to Lt. Jason Moore. [Ashland Independent]

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday denied requests to stop classifying marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use, leaving users and businesses in limbo after many states have legalized it for medical or recreational purposes. [Reuters]

Rowan County soon could be host to Eastern Kentucky’s first microbrewery. That’s according to local businessman Steve Williams, who says he plans to have Scoreboard Pub and Microbrewery at 101 West Main Street open by next spring. [The Morehead News]

Courts are scrambling to rule on state election laws in time for the elections being held later this year. [ProPublica]

When Kentuckyana “Tuck” Jones, who seeks out rare treasures, collectibles and antiquities across the country, decided to open a museum featuring artifacts from across the world in a building on Mammoth Cave Road, he had less than $50 to his name. To raise money to fund the opening of the museum, he began trading collectibles. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Republican insiders are more convinced than Democrats that Donald Trump is so far behind Hillary Clinton that he can’t win in November. [Politico]

GE Lighting announced Thursday that it plans to close its Lexington Lamp Plant and Somerset Glass Plant by August 2017. [WKYT]

Donald Trump believes that running for president has been good for his bottom line. He said so under oath during a deposition he gave in a lawsuit stemming from a dispute over his soon-to-open Washington luxury hotel. [WaPo]

Matt Bevin appointed three people Friday to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, including one of Kentucky’s top Republican fundraisers. [H-L]

Some Republicans have argued that conservatives skeptical of Donald Trump should vote for him anyway, if only to prevent Hillary Clinton from nominating liberals to the Supreme Court. But the right’s leading legal scholars reject that idea: the risks of a President Trump would outweigh his influence on the high court. [HuffPo]

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Remember That Fun UofL Sex Scandal?

University of Kentucky officials have accused a former employee of defrauding the school of more than $220,000 since 2011. [H-L]

Scientists recently discovered three planets that they say have the right conditions to sustain life — and those planets are pretty close, by astronomical terms. [HuffPo]

As many legal experts had expected, a lawsuit has been dismissed in which University of Louisville students claimed Katina Powell’s book, “Breaking Cardinal Rules,” diminished the value of their education. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump faces an uphill climb to win a general election battle against Hillary Clinton, but there is a path for him to beat the former secretary of State. [The Hill]

Despite the overcast skies and unseasonable chill in the air, Gov. Matt Bevin was in a sunny mood Thursday. [Ronnie Ellis]

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said the United States must move toward a cleaner energy future but not forget those who work in the coal industry. [Reuters]

Kentucky State Police has charged an Owsley County woman with murder Friday after two Owsley County residents were found deceased this morning at their residence. [Richmond Register]

A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine says medical errors should rank as the third-leading cause of death in the United States — and highlights how shortcomings in tracking vital statistics may hinder research and keep the problem out of the public eye. [ProPublica]

Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins said Thursday that Rowan Fiscal Court may need to change the way it writes its next check to support the Rowan County Fair. [The Morehead News]

While conversations surrounding decryption dominate the tech news cycle, the FBI is on the cusp of drastically increasing its hacking powers. [ThinkProgress]

Despite Gov. Matt Bevin’s 2 percent budget cuts to higher education’s current year of funding, Western Kentucky University’s Glasgow campus is safe from this round of cuts, according to Regional Chancellor Sally Ray. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Nestle extracted 36 million gallons of water from a national forest in California last year to sell as bottled water, even as Californians were ordered to cut their water use because of a historic drought in the state. [BBC]

Roger Brill, a Harrison County Tea Party activist, supported Republican Andy Barr’s first election to the U.S. House in 2012. He believed Barr was a young conservative who could remake Congress. [H-L]

Remember the House Select Committee on Benghazi? The ninth official probe into what really happened in the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. consulate in eastern Libya? [HuffPo]

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Everyone’s In Awe Of The Conn Indictment

Scheduling problems, divided lawmakers and a social media tiff apparently torpedoed legislation to reform area development districts statewide. [H-L]

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Congress to take action to stop U.S. companies from taking advantage of tax loopholes that allow them to avoid paying taxes. [HuffPo]

After fending off claims for years that he built one of the nation’s largest disability practices through manufactured evidence and doctors on the take, the law has finally caught up with “Mr. Social Security.” [C-J/AKN]

On Monday, the Supreme Court took on a case that could shake up rules about juror secrecy and force a conversation about racial bias in trials. [ThinkProgress]

Berea Municipal Utilities has received approval and funding from the federal Natural Resource Conservation Service to raise the height of the dam on its Owsley Fork Reservoir to expand its capacity by about 35 percent. [Richmond Register]

The Obama administration on Monday locked in a small payment increase for Medicare Advantage plans, though at a slightly lower rate than previously proposed. [The Hill]

Answer a simple question and you can potentially save a life — maybe several lives. [Ashland Independent]

The Obama administration on Monday unveiled new labels for broadband and mobile Internet service, aimed at helping the nation’s web users make price and service comparisons. [Reuters]

One Metcalfe County volunteer fire department is interested in securing grant funds for the purpose of building a new fire station. That is why officials with the Summer Shade Volunteer Fire Department are looking into applying for a Community Development Block Grant. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Last month The Atavist Magazine launched The Mastermind, a weekly series on a programmer turned crime kingpin. [ProPublica]

Western Kentucky University President Gary Ransdell will recommend using university reserve funds to make up for a cut in state funding, after an executive order by Gov. Matt Bevin cutting all public universities’ funding by 4.5 percent. [BGDN]

House Speaker Paul Ryan pushed back forcefully Monday on the notion that he would be a unity pick for the Republican Party at its convention. [Politico]

You get what you vote for, Kentucky. And you can thank the Democrats for giving you a horrible nominee. Matt Bevin is continuing his legal fight to close a Lexington abortion clinic. [H-L]

Ocean waves just might be the new frontier of renewable energy. Australia-based Carnegie Wave Energy Limited has created patented technology that converts the ocean’s energy into power and is able to remove minerals from the water. [HuffPo]

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