Matt Bevin Deals In Making You Barf

An aide to Gov. Matt Bevin asked a judge Thursday to force the husband of a top official in the administration of former Gov. Steve Beshear to comply with a subpoena seeking information about a nearly $3 million no-bid contract awarded to a technology company on Beshear’s last day in office. [H-L]

To get to the white ethnostate, I drove through cornfields, listening to a man on the radio hype an upcoming “machine-gun shoot” at a nearby firing range. [HuffPo]

Anybody attempting to whitewash the atrocities I spent a decade uncovering at Louisville Metro Animal Services deserves to be choked. Period. Full stop. It’s as if we didn’t spend the last decade turning that joint upside down at least once per month. [C-J/AKN]

As far as anyone can tell, Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House — and the leader of what’s left of the Republican establishment — isn’t racist or authoritarian. He is, however, doing all he can to make a racist authoritarian the most powerful man in the world. Why? Because then he could privatize Medicare and slash taxes on the wealthy. [NY Times]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Muhammad Ali’s final resting place is now complete and open to the public. A family spokesperson unveiled the finished gravesite at Cave Hill Cemetery Thursday morning. [WHAS11]

Analysts said Russia does not seem to be able to alter the election, but Moscow’s hackers might try to sow doubts about its legitimacy as part of its months-long campaign to rattle the mechanisms of American democracy. [WaPo]

Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday he does not want to prejudge whether Hillary Clinton should face immediate impeachment over her email controversy if she’s elected president next week. [Ronnie Ellis]

Secretaries of state, who oversee ballot measures on topics from gun control to the minimum wage, are increasingly courted by interest groups and industries with billions of dollars at stake. [ProPublica]

An audit of the City of Ashland’s 2016 fiscal year budgeting yielded a “fairly good report,” according to auditor Phil Layne, as the city increased its total fund balance by $1.4 million. [Ashland Independent]

If you feel like you’ve read this story before, that’s because you have. [Politico]

Kentucky is modernizing how drivers and travelers can find reliable, up-to-date information regarding traffic conditions, construction activity and more, while saving up to $750,000 annually. [Richmond Register]

The Paris climate agreement took force on Friday, starting an ambitious, though largely non-binding, worldwide effort to fight climate change. [The Hill]

The proposed conversion of a natural gas pipeline that runs through Kentucky has cleared a key hurdle, but people concerned about potential environmental problems continue to oppose the project. [H-L]

President Barack Obama went after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Thursday, saying giving him the presidency would just give him “more power to carry out the twisted notions” he had before launching his campaign. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin: Kentucky’s Own Republican Hot Garbage

As Kentucky has turned red over the past decades, it has become harder for a Democrat to win offices in the state. This interactive provides a breakdown of what it would take for Jim Gray to beat incumbent Rand Paul in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race. [H-L]

Last month, several American white nationalists traveled to an anti-immigration conference in Wismar, Germany, and told attendants that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign represents a win for the movement—even if he loses the election. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin is just as disgusting as Donald Trump. As if you needed any sort of reminder. [C-J/AKN]

For years, police and prosecutors have used special presentations to sell judges on the ​​​​​reliability of drug tests that help convict thousands. [ProPublica]

Kentucky’s top election official estimates 60 percent of the state’s registered voters will cast ballots on Tuesday. [WFPL]

The president has been reluctant to weigh in on FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s email practices. Obama briefly addressed the situation for the first time, saying in an interview this week that there was a norm for how investigations are handled. [WaPo]

Some Democratic lawmakers are questioning the timing of Monday’s announcement of raises for some Transportation Cabinet workers only a week before an election which will determine majority control of the state House of Representatives. [Ronnie Ellis]

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a regular surrogate for Donald Trump, became agitated on Wednesday morning after being peppered with direct questions about whether Trump’s campaign boosts Vladimir Putin and white supremacists. [Politico]

Eastern Kentucky always knows how to get your attention. A 47-year-old man allegedly stole an ambulance from near the King’s Daughters Medical Center emergency room and sped through Central Park briefly before police apprehended him. [Ashland Independent]

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Wednesday blasted Mylan NV’s announced $465 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over the drugmaker’s classification of its lifesaving allergy treatment EpiPen as a generic, saying the amount was “woefully deficient.” [Reuters]

More Rowan Countians than usual are expected to vote in next Tuesday’s general election, primarily because of the intensity of the U.S. President’s race. [The Morehead News]

Donald Trump has called the American media “disgusting”, “corrupt”, “biased” and “dishonest”. If he could read Russian, I suspect he’d appreciate the way the media here have been covering the US election. [BBC]

Lexington has tightened financial oversight of a division that manages more than $600,000 annually in programs that help poor people stay housed and pay city trash and sewer bills, city officials said Tuesday. [H-L]

Here’s your pee alert for the morning. Sean Hannity apologized for sharing a fake story about Hillary Clinton on his popular radio show. [HuffPo]

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Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to mark the passing of Kynect.ky.gov, Kentucky’s health insurance exchange. WATB Matt Bevin killed it, not because it wasn’t working, but because it was working too well. [H-L]

City officials in Orlando, Florida, on Monday released recordings of mass shooter Omar Mateen’s conversations with police during his standoff at a gay nightclub in June. [HuffPo]

Democratic nominee Jim Gray kept the pressure on U.S. Sen. Rand Paul during the first and only debate in this year’s U.S. Senate race Monday, at one point accusing him of having “wild-ass philosophies.” [C-J/AKN]

For years, police and prosecutors have used special presentations to sell judges on the ​​​​​reliability of drug tests that help convict thousands. [ProPublica]

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray accused U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of having “wild-ass philosophies and theories” in their first and only face-to-face debate of the election year. The at times freewheeling event underscored the candidates’ differences on foreign policy and economic values. [WFPL]

Opening arguments in the trial of a former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murdering a black Ohio man during a traffic stop focused Tuesday on whether the victim tried to flee from police, putting the officer’s life in danger. [Reuters]

Candidates for the U.S. Senate squared off Monday night on Kentucky Education Television but mostly stuck to the same talking points of their campaigns. [Ronnie Ellis]

Marijuana legalization could spread to five new states next Tuesday. Another four are weighing access to medical marijuana. [ThinkProgress]

The needle exchange program at The Neighborhood will have a change in hours of operation in November. [Ashland Independent]

Two decades ago, Muslim refugees fleeing Bosnia arrived in St Louis and became a crucial part of the city. Now anti-immigrant fervour might lead the Bosnians of St Louis to become more politically active. [BBC]

An outside Republican group, the Republican State Leadership Committee, has poured more money into broadcast ads targeting Democratic state House Speaker Greg Stumbo of Prestonsburg. [Ronnie Ellis]

Mobilizing the voters who are with you is far more important than persuading new ones to support you at this point. [WaPo]

The Clay County judge executive has resigned following charges related to public corruption. [H-L]

Shortly before the 1990 election, at least 150,000 postcards were sent to North Carolina voters in predominantly black precincts. [HuffPo]

One More Week Of Political Nightmares

Like an older brother ignoring the punches of his younger sibling, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul mostly ignored his Democratic opponent, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, as the two spoke on the lawn of the Daviess County Courthouse Thursday afternoon. [H-L]

A group of former federal prosecutors signed an open letter Sunday evening criticizing FBI Director James Comey for alerting Congress to new emails pertaining to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton so close to Election Day. [HuffPo]

It’s the more-than-a-billion-dollar question: What will it take to clean up our urban waterways, such as the three forks of Beargrass Creek that drain so much of Louisville? [C-J/AKN]

ObamaCare appears to have lost its potency on the campaign trail. [The Hill]

Matt Bevin decided Friday afternoon to release a series of emails Democratic Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo had gone to court to obtain. [Ronnie Ellis]

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed for the first time to rule on transgender rights in a case in which a Virginia public school district is fighting to prevent a female-born transgender high school student from using the boys’ bathroom. [Reuters]

Former judge and incumbent state Rep. Lew Nicholls, a Democrat, faces pharmacist and Republican challenger Dr. Danny Bentley in the race for the 98th District House seat. [Ashland Independent]

FBI Director James Comey “may have broken the law” by showing favoritism to Republicans in announcing new investigative steps regarding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid alleged on Sunday evening. [Politico]

Another step has been taken in bringing a harm reduction program to the Rowan County community. [The Morehead News]

In the past 24 hours, two high-profile figures from opposite sides of the political spectrum have accused FBI Director James B. Comey of potentially and illegally influencing the presidential election. [WaPo]

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is keeping his message focused on the economy heading into the final week of his campaign for U.S. Senate. [WFPL]

Hillary Clinton has established a slim edge over Donald J. Trump in early-voter turnout in several vital swing states, pressing her longstanding advantages in state-level organization and potentially mitigating the fallout from her campaign’s latest scrap with the F.B.I. [NY Times]

A small, abandoned cemetery in the middle of a mobile home subdivision off Tates Creek Road has been found to contain the family graves of the man who gave Abraham Lincoln some of his first jobs. [Tom Eblen]

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump frequently complains about the possibility of “voter fraud” swaying the 2016 presidential election in favor of Democrats, and on Sunday he told supporters in Colorado they should take secondary steps ― ones that could result in fraudulent vote tallies ― in order to guard against this. [HuffPo]

The Rand Paul Crew Sure Is Fun

Jesse Benton, a former campaign manager for Republican U.S. Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, is active in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate contest this fall even though he was convicted in May on felony political corruption charges and was accused by a British newspaper this week of trying to funnel illicit donations from a foreign source into the presidential race. [John Cheves]

Perfect illustration of that presidential ticket. A plane carrying U.S. Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence skidded off the runway after landing in the rain at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport on Thursday, halting flights for at least an hour, officials said. [HuffPo]

Joe Biden is at the top of the internal short list Hillary Clinton’s transition team is preparing for her pick to be secretary of state. [Politico]

Donald Trump said he received a $17 million insurance payment for 2005 hurricane damage at his private Florida resort — and pocketed some of it instead of spending it on repairs, according to a new report. [The Hill]

For all his unpopularity in increasingly red Kentucky, Barack Obama has for the second time this year come to the assistance of a Democratic candidate. [Ronnie Ellis]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s employees are having a “tremendous problem” with health plans they don’t actually have. Trump himself doesn’t make much use of a health plan that he also doesn’t have. And all of this is a “disaster” for the American people. Confused? Don’t worry. So is Mr. Trump. [ThinkProgress]

Madison County Board of Education members received a report Thursday evening on the recent 2016 Unbridled Learning data for the district from Chief Academic Officer and Assistant Superintendent David Gilliam. [Richmond Register]

At three large rental buildings emblazoned with gold letters spelling out T-R-U-M-P P-L-A-C-E on the Upper West Side, the lobby rain mats embossed with the same name are being replaced, tenants say. The new versions, they have been told, will proclaim the buildings’ addresses, 140, 160 or 180 Riverside Boulevard. [NY Times]

Could Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo really be facing a serious electoral challenge in his Floyd County district? [Ronnie Ellis]

In case you needed more proof that Trump is a lunatic loose cannon… Donald Trump warned in an interview Tuesday that Hillary Clinton’s policies as president to address the Syrian conflict would lead to World War III, arguing the Democratic nominee would draw the US into armed confrontation with Russia, Syria and Iran. [CNN]

A new master plan created for the Kentucky Exposition Center outlines $200 million in improvements to enhance the facility. [Business First]

As his poll numbers have declined in the closing weeks of the presidential race, Donald J. Trump has begun to engage in barely veiled promotions of his business brand off the campaign trail, dragging reporters to his marquee properties in between his campaign events. [More NY Times]

Matt Bevin’s administration has banned flip-flops and exposed midriffs in a new dress code for Kentucky’s more than 31,000 executive branch employees. [H-L]

Republicans these days are disgusting. Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk made an ill-advised jab about the birthplace and ancestry of his Democratic opponent, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, during a debate on Thursday. [HuffPo]

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A Reminder That Bevin Keeps Losing

Democrats could lose control of their only legislative chamber in the South because of a blustery hero for folks in coal country — Donald Trump. [H-L]

“Go back to Univision.” That’s how Donald Trump answered award-winning journalist Jorge Ramos’ question on the specifics of how the GOP presidential hopeful planned to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants from the U.S. [HuffPo]

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray’s Senate campaign raised more money than Sen. Rand Paul this summer, but Paul enters the final sprint to Election Day with a cash advantage, campaign finance reports show. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump has repeatedly called this year’s presidential election rigged and has coyly said “I will keep you in suspense” on whether he would accept a Hillary Clinton victory, but many Republicans are less circumspect, according to a new poll. [Reuters]

Matt Bevin lost another round in court Friday when a Franklin Circuit Judge declined to vacate or amend his earlier ruling that Bevin could not abolish the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. [Ronnie Ellis]

President Obama promised to fight corporate concentration. Eight years later, the airline industry is dominated by just four companies. And you’re paying for it. [ProPublica]

Former Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton developed a soft spot for Ashland during his days of growing up in Lawrence County. [Ashland Independent]

The sharp decline in Arctic sea ice area in recent decades has been matched by a harder-to-see, but equally sharp, drop in sea ice thickness. The combined result has been a warming-driven collapse in total sea ice volume — to about one quarter of its 1980 level. [ThinkProgress]

Voters will decide early next year whether to allow the sale of packaged alcoholic beverages in Monroe County. [Glasgow Daily Times]

“Do you speak English?” When Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng walked into his summer school classroom for the first time as a brand-new teacher, a student greeted him with this question. Nothing in his training had prepared him to address race and identity. But he was game, answering the student lightly, “Yes, I do, but this is a math class, so you don’t have to worry about it.” [NPR]

Morehead area citizens made their concerns known last week over the alleged lack of zoning enforcement within city limits. [The Morehead News]

As the worst of a nationwide opioid epidemic raged in Appalachia, DEA investigators went after companies distributing millions of highly addictive pills. Then, their cases ground to a halt. [WaPo]

Fayette Circuit Court Judge Pamela Goodwine erred when she excluded the death penalty as a potential sentencing option in a murder and robbery case, the Kentucky Supreme Court unanimouly(sic) ruled Thursday. [H-L]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will “100 percent” accept the results of the U.S. election if it is fair, his son Eric Trump said on Sunday. [HuffPo]

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Why On Earth Is Rand Paul So Nervous?

Rand Paul spent four years in the U.S. Senate accumulating millions of dollars to support his re-election campaign, but when it came time to actually run, much of the money was gone. [H-L]

Kurdish fighters said they had taken the town of Bashiqa near Mosul from Islamic State on Sunday as coalition forces pressed their offensive against the jihadists’ last stronghold in Iraq. [HuffPo]

Go looking for Donald Trump’s Kentucky, and you might find yourself on Terry Wright’s front porch. [C-J/AKN]

Joel Benenson, a campaign strategist for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, said early Sunday that the Republicans are promoting a conservative activist’s videos out of desperation as the presidential election draws closer. [The Hill]

The state Energy and Environment Cabinet announced Friday that it has reached an agreement in principle with Advanced Disposal Services Blue Ridge Landfill Inc. on penalties and remediation for the illegally dumping of low-level radioactive fracking wastes at the Blue Ridge landfill in Estill County. [Richmond Register]

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton maintained her commanding lead in the race to win the Electoral College and claim the U.S. presidency, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project results released on Saturday. [Reuters]

Matt Bevin paid Raceland-Worthington High School a surprise visit on Thursday. [Ashland Independent]

For decades, it’s been widely understood that religious conservatives are a force to be reckoned with in American politics. [ThinkProgress]

Kentucky State Police is investigating an officers-involved shooting that left an Edmonton man dead just before 1 a.m. today, according to a KSP press release. [Glasgow Daily Times]

North Korea has conducted an unsuccessful test launch of an intermediate ballistic missile, the US military says. [BBC]

Rowan County Fiscal Court has amended its animal control policy after recommendations from a feline foster group. [The Morehead News]

Even by the blustery standards of this notoriously squall-swept land, Aug. 7 was a particularly gusty day. [WaPo]

Watching the live stream Thursday as the University of Louisville reacted to the NCAA notice of allegations that alleges U of L committed four level-one rules infractions relating to the school’s “escorts in the basketball dorm” scandal, one thing struck me as funny. [H-L]

Republicans who back Donald Trump and are now expressing shock and consternation at his trashing of the democratic process shouldn’t be surprised. [HuffPo]

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