Trump Chickens Come Home To Roost

The Lexington Humane Society is inundated with cats every summer, and this August it’s using its “Purrgressive Pricing” program to help them alleviate some of the overcrowding. [H-L]

Aetna Inc, the No. 3 U.S. health insurer, on Monday said that due to persistent financial losses on Obamacare plans, it will sell individual insurance on the government-run online marketplaces in only four states next year, down from the current 15 states. [HuffPo]

GLI is part of what’s wrong with Louisville and it’s beyond time for everyone to recognize it. An organization like that is not necessary in the modern era. Louisville’s first heat-management plan is flawed and should not be used as the basis for any new regulatory programs aimed at reducing temperatures, the city’s chamber of commerce said. [C-J/AKN]

Boeing Co’s KC-46A refueling plane has been approved for production, with work underway for the first two low-rate initial production lots to be awarded in the next 30 days, the U.S. Air Force said on Friday. [Reuters]

On Friday, Gov. Matt Bevin made several appointments to Kentucky’s Universities and College Boards including two to the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents. [Richmond Register]

Federal health regulators have announced plans to crack down on nursing home employees who take demeaning photographs and videos of residents and post them on social media. [ProPublica]

Mayor Chuck Charles said the city of Ashland faces a “no-win” situation prior to the Aug. 23, county-wide election on alcohol sales. On Election Day, all registered voters in Boyd County, Ashland and Catlettsburg can vote to turn the county “wet.” The status would expand alcohol sales in convenience stores, gas stations, grocery stores and other businesses. [Ashland Independent]

More than 70 Republicans have signed a letter to the party’s National Committee head urging him to stop helping Donald Trump’s campaign. [BBC]

Watching AT&T buy favors from Rocky Adkins… AT&T Kentucky Tuesday donated $20,000 to the Rowan County Board of Education to be used for college and career readiness programs. [The Morehead News]

Republican strategists say time is running out on Donald Trump. Though there are more than 80 days to go before the election, GOP skeptics believe the party’s nominee has little time left to straighten out his campaign in order to defeat Hillary Clinton for the presidency. [The Hill]

The State Medical Examiner’s Office in Madisonville has determined that the cause of death for a Butler County couple found Tuesday in their home is homicide, according to a Kentucky State Police release. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Peter Greathouse, a Republican from Utah, says he’s not “comfortable” with Donald Trump as his party’s nominee. Jane Lynch, a GOP veteran from Arizona, says she’ll likely cast her personal vote for libertarian Gary Johnson or a write-in candidate. Loren Byers, a Texas Republican, calls Trump “a loose cannon.” [Politico]

If you’re the state’s most important newspaper, you could do a better job and have some common sense when covering suicide. At a bare minimum, provide links and numbers for resources. At a bare minimum. [H-L]

When Donald Trump unveiled his council of economic advisors earlier this month, observers were quick to note some of the team’s unorthodox attributes: all of its 13 members are men, six are named Steve and only one has an advanced degree in economics. [HuffPo]

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Do You Have A Fun DNC Hangover?

The best part of this – or maybe the most terrifying – is that Republicans in Frankfort have worked hard to fight needle exchanges that prevent this sort of thing. Kentucky saw a dramatic increase in the rate of hepatitis C infections among women ages 15-44 in recent years, according to a new federal report that offers further evidence of growing problems in the state from intravenous drug use. [H-L]

Bernie Sanders again urged his supporters to rally behind presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, telling them it’s much easier to jeer and boo than it is to deal with the reality of Donald Trump as president. [HuffPo]

Eight years ago, Olivia Ann Morris Fuchs stood on the turf at what was then known as Invesco Field at Mile High and watched as other Hillary Clinton delegates gripped the backs of the chairs in front of them – some of them in tears – waiting for Barack Obama to accept the Democratic nomination for president. [C-J/AKN]

President Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s comments about NATO show he is unprepared to address issues of foreign policy. [The Hill]

While questions loom about the University of Louisville’s future, its new Board of Trustees met Thursday and took no significant action. And then they called of a special meeting on Tuesday. [WFPL]

An Alaska law requiring doctors to notify the parents of girls under the age of 18 seeking an abortion violates the state’s constitution and cannot be enforced, the state’s top court ruled on Friday. [Reuters]

A local Richmond man wants to say “thank you” to a Madison County Sheriff’s deputy who showed him an act of kindness. [Richmond Register]

A federal agency sends thousands of letters a year to health providers closing out complaints about HIPAA violations. Though the government could make those letters public, it doesn’t. ProPublica has started to do so. [ProPublica]

Boyd County Coroner’s Office issued a warning about a deadly batch of heroin circulating in the area on its Facebook page Friday night. The office reported eight overdoses and one death in the last 12 hours. [Ashland Independent]

Kevin Green’s lawyers were pleading with the governor for mercy. It was spring 2008, and Mr. Green, a 31-year-old who had shot and killed a grocery owner, was on Virginia’s death row. His woes, his lawyers said, dated to childhood; he was born with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, repeated three years of elementary school and never learned to tie his shoes. [NY Times]

Only linking to this because the headline mentions “hot mess” – a huge win on any account. [Glasgow Daily Times]

After a lengthy debate and a deal between supporters of Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Party’s rules committee voted to created a “unity commission” that would dramatically limit the role of convention “superdelegates,” binding roughly two-thirds of them to the results of state primaries and caucuses. [WaPo]

Developer Dudley Webb has released the final renderings for the downtown CentrePointe project. [H-L]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) labeled Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump a fraudulent plutocrat dividing the country by race, religion and gender to empower the oligarchy, in her speech Monday at the Democratic National Convention. [HuffPo]

Funtimes At The New Ark Park?

If you worry the Creation Museum and its new Noah’s Ark theme park will cause outsiders to think Kentuckians are a bunch of anti-science rubes, at least take comfort in this: Lexington was home to perhaps America’s greatest evolutionary biologist. [H-L]

Two separate attempts to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in the Republican Party platform ― a statement of its core ideas and principles ― were voted down by GOP delegates on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Just wait til the gays wake up to the reality that Bevin has turned UofL into Six Flags Over Jesus University. The University of Louisville Faculty Senate approved a statement Wednesday saying that Gov. Matt Bevin’s recent orders abolishing the Board of Trustees and appointing his own in its place “compromise” the board’s independence and “may affect the institutional ideal of democratically-shared governance at the university.” [C-J/AKN]

The phone would ring almost every week with fundraising appeals from a super PAC called Voters for Hillary. Margo Marquess and her husband, Amitava Gupta, backed the presidential campaign of the former Secretary of State, so they were happy to write checks. In all, they gave $6,000. [ProPublica]

Metcalfe County magistrates opened bids for three bridge projects on Monday, and awarded contracts two companies. Judge-Executive Greg Wilson explained that the county had two bridges, one on Pine Hill Road and another on Jack Shaw Road, that were washed out in 2015 during heavy rainfalls. [Glasgow Daily Times]

It sure is easy for uptight white guys to minimize the African American experience because it makes them uncomfortable. [The Hill]

Doug Cobb, the Louisville businessman who drew recent attention for sharing political opinions on Twitter that are far outside the mainstream, has declined an appointment to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees, according to Gov. Matt Bevin’s office. By “outside the mainstream”? They mean jacked up, homophobic and backwater. [WFPL]

At the theme park Ark Encounter, which opened last week in Williamstown, Kentucky, thousands of visitors can step inside a recreation of Noah’s Ark—built to spec as detailed in the Bible. Inside, exhibits attempt to explain how two of each animal might have fit on the boat, while visitors can pick up souvenirs at the gift shop or eat at a 700-person restaurant on the ship. [FastCo]

Addia Wuchner loves to preach the bullshit of compassionate conservatism but she wouldn’t know what was right for Kentucky’s Medicaid program if it hit her square in her xenophobic face. She’s part of the reason so many Kentuckians remain impoverished, under educated and afraid. [HEAD-DESK]

How American politics went insane. It happened gradually – and until the U.S. figures out how to treat the problem, it will only get worse. [The Atlantic]

I participated in this program something like 20 years ago and think everyone in Eastern Kentucky should get involved. Each September, hundreds of Appalachian citizen leaders travel to Berea College to participate in the Brushy Fork Annual Institute. Widely recognized as one of the premier leadership and networking conferences in Appalachia, the Institute helps residents explore regional issues and develop skills to strengthen their organizations and communities. [Hazard Herald]

The violence in Dallas last week is intensifying worries in Cleveland about visitors and protesters taking firearms downtown during the Republican National Convention, where thousands of people plan to demonstrate. [NY Times]

Central Kentucky religious leaders and Democrats spoke against presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Blue Grass Airport Monday afternoon, just hours before he landed in Lexington for a private fundraiser. [H-L]

A black doctor who treated shooting victims of a Dallas attack that left five police officers dead spoke out Monday on the fraught relationship between people of color and law enforcement. [HuffPo]

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SOARing Up, Up & Away To Nowhere

Such a shame no one in Frankfort takes any of this seriously or will ever provide more than lip service. Innovative projects aimed at improving the economy and quality of life of Eastern Kentucky were the theme of a conference in Pikeville Monday, and there were examples in fields from telemedicine and education to agriculture. [H-L]

Donald Verrilli, the administration lawyer whom President Barack Obama picked five years ago to serve as the nation’s top advocate before the Supreme Court, is stepping down at the end of June, the White House announced Thursday. [HuffPo]

When young Cassius Clay returned to his hometown in 1960 after winning an Olympic gold medal as a light heavyweight, he was greeted by hundreds of fans at the airport, and a 30-car motorcade followed him to Central High School, his alma mater. [C-J/AKN]

Arising from the shadows of the American repressed, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have been sending chills through the corridors of establishment power. Who would have thunk it? [Bill Moyers]

Ryan Luther makes an annual trek to Rowan County to keep his father’s death in the minds of the community. [The Morehead News]

Republicans face an uphill road to keeping their Senate majority in the November election. Just not in Kentucky. [The Hill]

Still can’t fix hate-filled stupid. Attorneys for Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and the four area couples who sued her in 2015 will make their cases in federal appeals court July 28, court records show. [Ashland Independent]

The death of boxing great Muhammad Ali cost American Muslims perhaps their greatest hero, a goodwill ambassador for Islam in a country where their minority faith is widely misunderstand and mistrusted. [Reuters]

At 85 pounds, Carmine is one of the smallest visitors to the University of Kentucky Gill Heart Institute’s inpatient unit. But his heart is mighty, and he shares that strength with everyone on the floor. [Richmond Register]

On a spring afternoon in 2014, Brisha Borden was running late to pick up her god-sister from school when she spotted an unlocked kid’s blue Huffy bicycle and a silver Razor scooter. Borden and a friend grabbed the bike and scooter and tried to ride them down the street in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Coral Springs. [ProPublica]

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Donald Trump has, purportedly, captured the Republican nomination on the strength of his “straight talk” and his willingness to “give voice to people’s frustrations.” [ThinkProgress]

“All rise!” the bailiff commands as Circuit Judge Tim Philpot takes his seat behind the bench for “motions hour” in Fayette County Family Court. [H-L]

Throughout U.S. history, white Americans have toned down the life stories of radical people of color so that they can celebrate them as they want them to be, not as they were. [HuffPo]

ICYMI: The Dem Scandal Got Entertaining

Attorney General Andy Beshear has hired another veteran of his father’s administration to replace Tim Longmeyer, the former deputy attorney general who resigned and is now facing federal bribery charges. [Press Release & H-L]

Young women of color face particularly tough barriers to success in school, work and life. Now one foundation is working with them to break them down. [HuffPo]

If you’ve been rubbing your eyes and sneezing up a storm, you might be right to blame it on the ‘Ville. [C-J/AKN]

President Obama late Monday scolded members of the media for their coverage of the 2016 presidential race, calling on them to not “dumb down the news” in a campaign with headlines dominated by businessman Donald Trump. [The Hill]

Turns out, one of the people at the center of the latest political scandal in Kentucky is knee-deep in something really exciting. Spoiler alert: it’s probably not entirely safe for work. [Page One]

Three years into a grain market slump, U.S. farmers are set to plant more corn, taking a calculated gamble that higher sales will help them make up for falling prices without triggering even more declines. [Reuters]

AK Steel Corp. CEO Roger Newport has said what Washington legislators are doing to help the steel industry “may be not enough” to help the domestic market make a complete recovery, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., reported Monday. [Ashland Independent]

This is why people affiliated with the RPK will never call out the disgusting racism, homophobia and bigotry flowing freely in the Republican Party right now. They just tip-toe around it and dismiss it as no big deal. Grossroads GPS money, plain and simple. [Politico]

The attorney representing a Horse Cave police officer intends to accept an offer made by the city of Horse Cave involving one of the city’s police officers. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Rosemarie Allen, lecturer of Early Childhood Education at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, knows a thing or two about school suspensions. [ThinkProgress]

The concept of farm-to-table is in vogue. Restaurants proudly proclaim the individual farms where their ingredients originate, and on-farm dinners trumpet menus entirely sourced from the land on which a diner sits. [Richmond Register]

On November 19, 2014, the door clanged shut behind David Sesson and Bernard Simmons. Sesson put his hands through the food slot to have his handcuffs removed. Both men were in “disciplinary segregation,” a bureaucratic term for solitary confinement, at Menard Correctional Center in southern Illinois. But unlike many in solitary, Sesson and Simmons wouldn’t have a moment alone. [The Marshall Project]

A former state employee said Monday he was fired soon after telling superiors that he feared possible violent reaction over problems with a new public benefits system. [H-L]

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a proposed rule on Tuesday to double the number of patients a doctor can treat with an opioid addiction medication that public health officials consider essential. The change could help alleviate the long waiting lists in places hard hit by the opioid epidemic and tilt the U.S. drug treatment system toward a more evidence-based approach. [HuffPo]

Bevin Sure Knows How To Pick Them

The last time Kevin Johnson saw his son Scott, he was pushing through chest-deep floodwater to try to get his grandmother out of her mobile home. [H-L]

North America’s eastern monarch butterflies may still be at risk of extinction, despite recent increases in their population. [HuffPo]

Kentucky Democrats are corrupt by Matt Bevin’s team are dumber than Richie Farmer x Sarah Palin on a bender. The top official in charge of complaints at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services was fired one business day after he said he warned his bosses that people were so angry over problems with a new public benefits system that he feared some might become violent, endangering state workers. [C-J/AKN]

America used to be the land of opportunity and optimism. Now opportunity is seen as the preserve of the elite: two-thirds of Americans believe the economy is rigged in favour of vested interests. And optimism has turned to anger. Voters’ fury fuels the insurgencies of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders and weakens insiders like Hillary Clinton. [The Economist]

The Glasgow Electric Plant Board had visitors at its regular meeting Tuesday evening – about a dozen members of a newly forming organization called Senior Citizens Against Rising Expenses. [Glasgow Daily Times]

In oral arguments Wednesday, religious groups contend that just signing a form to facilitate access to birth control violates their rights. [ProPublica]

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said he believes the state can lead the way in research on the effectiveness of a new drug treatment program centered on Vivitrol. [Ashland Independent]

ExxonMobil is not having a good week. First, the Securities and Exchange Commission ruled that the company has to allow shareholders to vote on a climate change resolution. Then, the Rockefeller Family Fund announced it would divest from fossil fuels — and took the opportunity to hit Exxon specifically for misleading investors about the risks of climate change. [ThinkProgress]

For the second year, Bobtown Arts, located at 132 Smith Lane, four miles from Berea, a non-profit ceramic studio, has received support from the Appalachian Fund of Berea College. A matching grant of $6,500 for the construction of a gas kiln followed the 2015 grant, which purchased four new wheels to expand the teaching program. [Richmond Register]

A town hall meeting in West Virginia by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin highlights the challenge of the GOP’s Supreme Court stand. [Politico]

Rock climbers hope a new study of their economic impact in the Red River Gorge will help make the case for opening more public land in the area for climbing. [WKYT]

The US economy grew at an annualised rate of 1.4% in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to official figures. [BBC]

A Kentucky attorney general’s opinion says a police department violated the state’s open records law when it denied a request for an ex-detective’s personnel records. [H-L]

When Al Jazeera presenter Mehdi Hasan asked the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United Nations why he supports democratic elections in Syria but not in the country he represents, the response that followed was cringeworthy. [HuffPo]

Not Exactly The Best Timing Here

Attorney General Andy Beshear couldn’t have picked a worse time to release two otherwise great public service announcements with First Lady Glenna Bevin. Because his current scandal doesn’t exactly help the cause of preventing child abuse.

But here they are…

30-second spot:



60-second spot:



“There is nothing political about child abuse,” Beshear said. “First Lady Bevin and I feel a duty and a moral responsibility to advocate for the welfare of Kentucky’s children. I would encourage all our partners, especially the media, to help us communicate this PSA.”

“Child sexual abuse is a difficult and uncomfortable topic for many, but one that must be addressed if we are to prevent the horrendous abuse that happens every day,” Mrs. Bevin said.

Can’t disagree with either of them. Good on them for standing up.

But UGH at the horrible timing.