Hate Beams Are On High In Frankfort

After a tense debate on religion, the Kentucky Senate voted 22-16 Tuesday to approve a controversial bill that aims to legally protect businesses that, because of their owners’ religious beliefs, don’t want to serve gay customers. The measure now goes to the House, where Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said Senate Bill 180 would languish. [H-L]

Donald Trump continued to beat the GOP field on Tuesday night, winning contests in Florida, North Carolina and Illinois, but dropping Ohio to John Kasich and struggling against Ted Cruz in Missouri. [HuffPo]

The Kentucky Senate passed a sweeping bill on Tuesday that opponents say would allow certain businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs. Bonus points: Whitney Westerfield got called on the carpet. Again. [C-J/AKN]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump predicted on Wednesday that there would be “riots” if he does not secure the GOP nomination, given his lead among delegates. [The Hill]

The Glasgow Police Department is almost back to being a member of the drug task force of which it was a founding member before withdrawing in 2009. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A congressional panel on Tuesday criticized the Environmental Protection Agency and Michigan officials for failing to do more to sound the alarm about high levels of lead in the city of Flint’s drinking water. [Reuters]

This week Greg Stumbo’s LRC staffers wrote a column about how he’s education’s savior and loves raising your taxes. [Floyd County Times]

The increasingly violent nature of campaign events supporting Donald Trump, the current Republican presidential front-runner, built to a crescendo Friday night as protesters in Chicago, Illinois came out in full force, prompting Trump to cancel the rally he had planned there. Trump was quick to decry the “thugs who shut down our First Amendment rights” and other figures on the right echoed that message. [ThinkProgress]

House Democrats on Tuesday showed their hand on the state budget, sending to the floor a budget that puts more money into pensions than Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposals while restoring cuts to education and creating less debt than which the governor called. [Ronnie Ellis]

Mitch McConnell spoke to Donald Trump on Tuesday and recommended that the business mogul condemn violence at his rallies. [Politico]

Can’t say this enough but Ashland is apparently focused on being a real leader in Appalachia. The Boyd County Fiscal court passed a resolution Tuesday lending its approval to a needle exchange program for one year. [Ashland Independent]

Adam Davidson of Gimlet, explains how free trade helps everyone a little bit, and also how it has directly ruined the lives millions of workers in certain sectors. [NPR]

The House budget committee approved a state budget late Tuesday that restores money Gov. Matt Bevin recommended cutting from K-12 schools, higher education, Kentucky Educational Television and a handful of state agencies, while pouring an additional $1.1 billion into struggling state pension systems. [John Cheves]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… Scientists have discovered what they believe is a pregnant Tyrannosaurus Rex — and it might even still contain dino DNA. [HuffPo]

You Probably Have a SOTU Hangover

Rand Paul’s struggling presidential campaign was dealt another setback Monday night when Fox Business Network announced that the Kentucky senator failed to meet the polling criteria to be included in this week’s primetime Republican presidential debate. [H-L]

Let’s get this straight. We spent the first several years of Barack Obama’s presidency obsessing about whether he was born in Kenya. Why? Because a large segment of the GOP electorate — spurred on by Donald Trump — splenetically asserted that Obama’s supposed foreign birth barred him from the White House. Merely to quell the rising political distemper, Obama was forced to release a long form birth certificate from Hawaii. [HuffPo]

Jeff Hoover ran his mouth and then nothing happened. He and his small circle of loud asshats are shooting themselves in the feet left and right. They had a group of progressive legislators ready to help them oust Greg Stumbo and ruined it. Getting the big head with Bevin probably wasn’t wise for Hoover. Republicans are privately outraged. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump thinks he has found Ted Cruz’s kryptonite. The Texas senator has been put on the defensive and off message since Trump began raising questions about his rival’s eligibility to serve as president. It’s an issue that resonates with GOP base voters, if few others. [The Hill]

Matt Bevin announced the appointment Friday of Adria Johnson as Commissioner of the Department for Community Based Services. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday voiced support for a legal challenge that could erode organized labor’s clout by depriving public-employee unions of millions of dollars in fees that many state laws force non-union members to pay. [Reuters]

Authorities say a man who was found dead behind a University of Kentucky apparel store had died of hypothermia brought on by cold overnight temperatures in downtown Lexington. [WHAS11]

As winter sets in around the country, thousands of the nation’s poor are struggling to keep the heat on thanks to intentional underfunding of a key federal progam(sic). [ThinkProgress]

The Center for Rural Development, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is providing tuition-free entrepreneurial and skills training opportunities for displaced coal miners in Knox, Harlan and Perry counties. [Harlan Daily Independent]

Mitch McConnell’s life mission is to do anything and everything to be a roadblock for President Barack Obama. Even if that means screwing over his constituents. Because most of them are too disconnected and scared to notice. [Politico]

A Louisville state senator has proposed requiring police departments to submit rape kits to the state testing lab within 30 days of receiving them. [WFPL]

A US-led coalition air strike has destroyed a bank used by the Islamic State group in the Iraqi city of Mosul. [BBC]

Fascinating how quickly Bam Carney tucked his tail between his legs after a little bit of public outrage. Bystanders who post pictures on social media from the scene of a wreck could face fines under a proposal before the Kentucky General Assembly. [H-L]

Solar is the energy employer of the future — or at least that’s how the numbers look today. A new report on the state of the solar industry out Tuesday from the nonprofit Solar Foundation shows that the number of jobs in the United States in the solar industry outpaced those in the oil and gas industries for the first time ever. [HuffPo]

Idiot Legislator (Bam Carney) Violates 1st Amendment, Freedom Of The Press, Etc

OH GOD. Oh god. PEE ALERT! Just when you thought Frankfort assholes couldn’t get more stupid.

From Bam Carney – HB170:

AN ACT relating to the use of electronic media.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 438 to prohibit anyone who witnesses an event that could reasonably result in serious physical injury from posting about it on electronic media for at least one hour and impose a fine for violations.

Couldn’t make this crap up if I tried.

Here’s detail from the bill:

(1) Any individual who witnesses an event that could reasonably result in a serious physical injury as defined in KRS 500.080 shall not post any informationidentifying the potential victims on the Internet or other electronic media until at least one (1) hour has passed from the moment the event was first witnessed.

(2) This section shall not apply to:
(a) The injured individual;
(b) Any member of the news media; or
(c) Any emergency responder responding to the event.
(3) Any individual who violates this section shall be fined not less than twenty dollars ($20) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100) for each offense.


These dumbasses in Frankfort wouldn’t understand the First Amendment if it hit them in their illiterate, white faces.

Kim Davis Circus: Act 2 Begins Now

The city of Somerset agreed to drop its lawsuit challenging the authority of the state auditor’s office to do special examinations of cities, officials announced Friday. Auditor Adam Edelen’s office will bill Somerset $50,000 to cover the costs of doing the exam that led to the lawsuit, said Edelen’s assistant auditor, Libby Carlin. [H-L]

An extraordinary meat-eating dinosaur has been discovered Down Under. The prehistoric beast was certainly no match for T. rex, but with its huge hook-like claws it must have been pretty ferocious. [HuffPo]

Five months ago, Matt Bevin was almost an afterthought in the Republican primary. Today, the Louisville businessman is still something of a mystery – but he’s more likely than not to be the next governor of Kentucky, and he even says so! [C-J/AKN]

Just in case you didn’t already know that Mike Huckabee is crazier than a shithouse rat. Mike Huckabee on Thursday said the Dred Scott decision denying U.S. citizenship to African-Americans is the law of the land. [The Hill]

Of course Tom Riner connected backward-ass hater Kim Davis with the Liberty Con Artists. Leave it to Riner to be worried about Davis losing everything and not about the LGBT folks across the Commonwealth who face job loss and homelessness as a result of their sexual orientation. [Ronnie Ellis]

Republican anti-gay bigotry threatens the First Amendment. We’re looking at all of you Republicans who are afraid to stand up to your colleagues. This past June, in the heat of their outrage over gay rights, congressional Republicans revived a nasty bit of business they call the First Amendment Defense Act. It would do many things, but one thing it would not do is defend the First Amendment. To the contrary, it would deliberately warp the bedrock principle of religious freedom under the Constitution. [NY Times]

Few new superintendents have started the job with as many major projects and problems as Michael D. Taylor, who came to the Fairview independent district this summer in the wake of two state investigations. [Ashland Independent]

Mitch McConnell said in an interview Friday he will back a plan to fund the government into December with no conditions, rejecting in his strongest terms yet calls from within his party to defund Planned Parenthood as part of a larger budget bill. [Politico]

Some Louisville workers haven’t seen their pay grow fast enough to keep up with the national inflation rate during the last five years, an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show. [Business First]

Shell Oil Co.’s president Marvin Odum made the trip on Sept. 2 from Houston to this northern-most town in the United States, a spot whose traditional name, Ukpeagvik, means “place where snowy owls are hunted.” [WaPo]

The attorney representing a former Glasgow Police Department chief, Guy J. Turcotte, in his civil lawsuit against the City of Glasgow and interim GPD Chief James Duff argued Friday in Barren Circuit Court that excessive media coverage made it impossible for his client to receive a fair trial in the county. [Glasgow Daily Times]

U.S. prosecutors sought to drop wire fraud charges on Friday against a physicist at Temple University in Philadelphia, nearly four months after he was accused of sharing proprietary U.S. technology with China. [Reuters]

Here’s your NO SHIT, SHERLOCK moment regarding schools rating themselves too high in program reviews. [H-L]

Kamilah Brock says the New York City police sent her to a mental hospital for a hellish eight days, where she was forcefully injected with powerful drugs, essentially because they couldn’t believe a black woman owned a BMW. [HuffPo]

It’s The Big Day For Anti-Gay Kim Davis

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

The heat on Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis rose a few more degrees Wednesday afternoon when a U.S. attorney expressed “grave concerns” about her refusal to issue marriage licenses in the face of a federal court order. [Ronnie Ellis]

Now Rand Paul says it’s part of the “American Way” for government to refuse services on the basis of sexual orientation. [H-L]

The top executives at the largest publicly held fossil fuel companies in the United States have made nearly $6 billion in the last five years — enough to double the U.S. commitment to addressing climate change abroad. [HuffPo]

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who two decades ago spirited the headquarters of the nation’s largest hospital chain out of Kentucky, says he is coming back to the state to plunder some more. [C-J/AKN]

Candidates and their super-PACs are finding previously unimagined flexibility. [The Hill]

As of 9:17 a.m. Tuesday, Eastern Kentucky University’s enrollment stood at 16,940, a new record. And nearly 60 percent of them are women, EKU President Michael Benson said as the university opened an on-campus women’s health clinic. [Richmond Register]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… One of the most impressive weapons to appear during the dinosaur arms race of the Cretaceous Period was the big bony tail club wielded by some members of a group of tank-like plant-eaters. [Reuters]

Lewis Williamson, 61, of Louisa, filed a lawsuit on Aug. 11 in Rowan Circuit Court alleging that asbestos exposure during his time as a student and employee at Morehead State University caused him serious health problems. [The Morehead News]

Over the 18 years Denise Doheny has worked as a child care provider, she’s experienced a number of tough financial spells. She was homeless twice, once living with her mother, another time with friends. She had a hard time affording food. [ThinkProgress]

All but one member of Barren County Fiscal Court voted in a special-called meeting Tuesday to increase the 2015 real estate property tax rate to 14.3 cents per $100 of assessed value. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Attempting to force reporters to reveal information about sources is a serious threat to democracy. A First Amendment showdown may be looming with new indications that journalists are about to be pulled into litigation over leaks about the government investigation that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus and, ultimately, his conviction on a charge of mishandling classified information. [Politico]

Kentucky transportation officials say the state is getting close to finalizing details of a new law that will require some drunken drivers to get ignition interlock devices on their vehicles. [WKYT]

Maintaining her stand against same-sex marriage, a Kentucky clerk on Wednesday rejected a gay couple’s request for a marriage license and braced for a Thursday morning hearing before the federal judge who will decide whether to declare her in contempt of court. [NY Times]

About two weeks ago, as the golfers were finishing their rounds at Bardstown Country Club, Jack Conway stood in a clubhouse dining room and saw the end of summer approaching and with it, an end to some of the issues that threatened to derail his Democratic campaign for governor. [H-L]

If you’re a working-age person without a job, a disability or a kid, then soon you’re not going to have access to food stamps, either. In another sign of eroding sympathy for the jobless amid a tepid economic recovery, states are restricting benefits for the unencumbered unemployed. [HuffPo]

Another Day Of Dumb Republican Crap

The gloves came off Wednesday as the four Republican candidates for governor squared off in a live debate on Kentucky Sports Radio. [H-L]

Food stamp recipients are more likely to be obese than the general population, according to new research from the federal government. [HuffPo]

The state Alcholic Beverage Control department is hiring Louisville law firm Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs to defend the new law that will force Anheuser-Busch to surrender distributorships it owns in Louisville and Owensboro at year’s end. [C-J/AKN]

The anti-human trafficking bill whose unanimous passage in the Senate last month was widely hailed as a triumph of bipartisanship includes language that could send publishers of certain adult advertisements to prison, civil liberties advocates have warned. [The Intercept]

Naomi Judd, the Kentucky-born country music star, once lived near Berea with her two daughters while she attended nursing classes at Eastern Kentucky University. [Richmond Register]

Rand Paul paid more than $100,000 to buy a domain name shortly before launching his presidential campaign, according to campaign finance records. [The Hill]

As state Rep. Ryan Quarles enters the last two weeks of his primary campaign for agriculture commissioner, he began his northeastern election tour at Texas Roadhouse in Ashland with a local steelworker. [Ashland Independent]

Last year’s bid to undo Obama’s immigration actions deemed a failure, time to move on to other priorities. [Politico]

The Kentucky chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit for a case in Muhlenberg County over song lyrics in a Facebook post. [WFPL]

As Benjamin Shayne settled into his back yard to listen to the Orioles game on the radio Saturday night, he noticed a small plane looping low and tight over West Baltimore — almost exactly above where rioting had erupted several days earlier, in the aftermath of the death of a black man, Freddie Gray, in police custody. What Shayne’s online rumination helped unveil was a previously secret, multi-day campaign of overhead surveillance by city and federal authorities during a period of historic political protest and unrest. [WaPo]

Audio from air traffic control that has just emerged reveals a pilot’s last words before his small plane crashed in Kuttawa, Kentucky, killing everyone on board except a 7-year-old girl. [WHAS11]

Yevgeniya Bulayevskaya, ‎national director of major gifts programs at City Year said she and her husband, Etai Aviel, a moving specialist with Oz Moving and Storage, plan to put only $2,000 or so away for their 2-year-old son’s college education. She says that the plan could change, but the family has decided it would be better to save for other things that benefit their son, and let him pay for it when he’s in school, and in turn teach him the value of working for an education. [ThinkProgress]

An Army board will consider new evidence to decide whether a Clinton County native should receive the Medal of Honor. [H-L]

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) signed a bill Tuesday that will overhaul the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws. [HuffPo]

Fun Political Things Happening At Morehead State

Mitch McConnell has opened up a five-point lead over Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes and appears well positioned to win a sixth term, according to the final Bluegrass Poll before Tuesday’s election. McConnell leads Grimes 48 percent to 43 percent in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, with Libertarian candidate David Patterson pulling 3 percent. [H-L]

Appalachian Air is celebrating its first round-trip commercial flight. The maiden flight had fewer than 10 aboard, but Appalachian Air officials say they think seats will fill up as more people learn about the service. [More H-L]

Through trade talks, meetings with foreign governments and negotiations with multiple U.N. bodies, the Obama administration has aggressively pursued policies that prevent poor countries from accessing low-cost generic versions of expensive name-brand medications, despite persistent calls from Doctors Without Borders for the White House to reverse course. [HuffPo]

Despite having effectively no physical presence, the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition now ranks among the largest social-welfare nonprofits in Kentucky—bringing in more money, according to Internal Revenue Service records, than some of Kentucky’s more high-profile nonprofits, such as the Kentucky School Boards Association and the Kentucky Derby Festival, the group behind two weeks’ worth of events surrounding the Kentucky Derby. [TDB]

The “Daily Show” host on Tuesday first took aim at Democratic Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who has been widely panned for refusing to say whether she voted for the president in 2008. [TPM]

The Harlan County Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Meet the Candidate Forum on Tuesday at The Harlan Center, with candidates for several of the most-watched local races taking part. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Surgeons in Australia say they have performed the first heart transplant using a “dead heart”. [BBC]

Tim Scowden, a write-in candidate for Morehead City Council, was asked recently to leave a meeting held by a student organization at Morehead State University. Since then, Scowden has contacted the Kentucky American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) regarding the school’s policies. [The Morehead News]

Even in the bleakest of years, incumbent lawmakers almost always get re-elected. Here’s one reason why: They have a powerful built-in advantage in something called constituent services. [NPR]

It is a case that left a family and community on edge. More than one year ago police found, Timothy Austin, dead inside his apartment. Since then, very few details have been released in the case and officials are asking folks with information to come forward. [WYMT]

Lobbyists, bearing gifts, pursue attorneys general. But Jack Conway doesn’t get a mention. [NY Times]

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has completed its review of an Aug. 21 accident that killed one Campbellsville firefighter and injured three others. [Press Release & Extern PDF Link]

Wanna see Whitney Westerfield wet himself with excitement? Go watch him as he gets excited to see faux patriot Lee Greenwood and Granny Mitch McConnell fluff each other up. [WaPo]

There’s no “Thou shalt not” on vote buying in the Bible, but it’s a sin nonetheless, according to a group of Magoffin County pastors trying to discourage the pernicious practice in a place where it has long corrupted the fabric of politics. [H-L]

Rand Paul wasted no time turning a Hillary Clinton remark about jobs into a laugh line on the campaign trail. [HuffPo]