Tag Archives: Kentucky

KENTUCKY: Republican Party Chair Fights Cops, Get Tasered During Indecent Exposure Arrest In Restroom

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports: A Kentucky Republican Party county chairman has resigned after he was arrested in Tennessee on charges of indecent exposure and resisting arrest in a department store, the GOP and police said. David Narramore, 54, of Whitesburg was arrested Saturday night in a Belk department store in Kingsport, Tenn., according to police there. A store employee told …

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Ark Encounter Sells Land Under Park To Itself For $10 To Evade Tax To Pay For Police And Fire Protection

The International Business Times reports: The group that owns the theme park Ark Encounter have sold the park to their nonprofit affiliates for 10 dollars to avoid paying taxes, according to a report Monday by the Lexington Herald-Leader. The Christian theme park in Williamstown, Kentucky is owned by creationist Ken Ham and features a life-sized recreation of Noah’s Ark. Ark …

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KENTUCKY: GOP Former Judge Who Campaigned For Trump Faces Multiple Felony Sex Charges [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: For years as a Kentucky judge, Tim Nolan sat in judgment of others. Now he sits in jail, awaiting trial on explosive accusations by prosecutors that he snared 17 women and juveniles into having sex over a seven-year period by using money, drugs and threats. Nolan faces charges of human trafficking, rape, prostitution, witness tampering and …

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STOP IN THE NAME OF JESUS: Kentucky Governor To Launch Roaming Prayer Groups To Battle Urban Crime

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: Gov. Matt Bevin said in a jam-packed meeting Thursday that his plan to confront Louisville’s growing violence is to have roaming prayer groups in the West End. Bevin urged faith leaders, public officials and residents to take a 10-block span, walk corner to corner, and pray with the community two to three times a week during …

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KENTUCKY: GOP Governor Blasts Reporter As “Peeping Tom” Over Report On Shady Mansion Purchase

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports: Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, facing an ethics complaint about the unusually low purchase price of the Anchorage mansion he’s living in, took to Twitter on Saturday to personally attack a journalist who has been reporting about the controversy. Bevin called Courier-Journal reporter Tom Loftus a “sick man” for allegedly being “caught sneaking” around Bevin’s home and …

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KENTUCKY: State Appeals Court Rules Businesses Can Turn Away Gays In The Name Of Religious Liberty

Lexington’s NBC affiliate reports: The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled a Lexington business was within its rights when it refused to print shirts for Lexington’s Gay Pride Festival. The owner of Hands on Originals argued that he refused to print the shirts for the 2012 festival because it was against his religious beliefs. Later, the Human Rights Commission ruled …

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KENTUCKY: Federal Appeals Court Greenlights Damages Lawsuit Filed By Gay Couple Against Clerk Kim Davis

Reuters reports: A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a damages lawsuit against Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who in 2015 refused to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples because it conflicted with her Christian beliefs. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said a lower court judge erred in finding that damages claims by David Ermold …

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White Supremacist Leader Charged For Roughing Up Black Female Protester At 2016 Trump Rally

The Kentucky Herald-Leader reports: A white nationalist wanted in connection with an altercation last year at a Donald Trump campaign stop in Louisville was served with the charge while leaving a rally in Pikeville over the weekend. A Pikeville police officer served Matthew Heimbach of Paoli, Ind., with a criminal summons, according to Pikeville officials. Heimbach is charged with one …

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KENTUCKY: Family Court Judge Refuses To Hear Any Adoption Cases From “Practicing Homosexuals”

USA Today reports: A family court judge who sits in Barren and Metcalfe counties has announced he will no longer hear adoption cases involving “homosexual parties” because he believes allowing a gay person to adopt could never be in the child’s best interest. Judge W. Mitchell Nance, who begins court each day by requiring everyone to stand for the Pledge …

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KENTUCKY: Trump Lawyers Lose Bid To Quash Suit Claiming He Incited Violence Against Rally Protesters

Politico reports: President Donald Trump has lost a bid to dismiss a lawsuit alleging he sparked violence against protesters at one of his campaign rallies in March 2016. In a 22-page ruling released Friday, U.S. District Court Judge David Hale said three anti-Trump protesters had established enough evidence to proceed with their case. The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages over …

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KENTUCKY: Federal Court Rejects ACLU’s Demand For Legal Fees In Case Against County Clerk Kim Davis

The Huffington Post reports: The American Civil Liberties Union will not be able to recoup legal fees it incurred in a lawsuit against Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who spent five days in jail after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a federal court has ruled. On Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward Atkins denied an ACLU …

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KENTUCKY: Ark Encounter Lit In Rainbow Colors Because God Hates When Homosexuals Use Rainbows

Loony tunes nutbag creationist Ken Ham has illuminated the Ark Encounter in rainbow colors because any other use of the rainbow “defies God’s command” to hate homosexuals. Or something. He writes: In recent times the rainbow (albeit with some different colors) has come to represent something far different. To many people it means freedom, love, pride, a new era, and, …

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KENTUCKY: Hate Group Tells Appeals Court That T-Shirt Maker Didn’t Discriminate Against Lexington Pride

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports: A lawyer for Lexington-based Hands on Originals told a three-judge panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals Tuesday his client objected to the message on a 2012 Lexington Pride Festival T-shirt but does not discriminate against gays or same-sex couples. Jim Campbell, a lawyer with the nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom, said Blaine Adamson, the owner of …

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MCCRORY FALLOUT: Kentucky Governor Now Says He Won’t Push For Anti-Transgender “Bathroom Law”

The Associated Press reports: Kentucky’s Republican governor says he will not use the state’s new GOP majority to push through a bill restricting transgender bathroom use. Matt Bevin held a news conference Friday to discuss his first year in office and look ahead to the 2017 legislative session, where Republicans will hold super majorities in both chambers for the first …

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Kentucky Judge: Rainbow-Stealing Gays And Their Sterile Marriages Have Ruined My Ability To Hug Men

USA Today reports: A Family Court judge who routinely presides over gay adoptions said that gay marriage is an “oxymoron” like “jumbo shrimp” or a “magnificent Chihuahua.” Appearing before a religious group, Fayette Circuit Court Judge Tim Philpot said he loves homosexuals but their relationships are “sterile” and “just entertainment.” Addressing the Francis Asbury Society in Wilmore, Ky., on Sept. …

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KENTUCKY: ACLU Files $233K Demand For Cost Of Suing Kim Davis Over Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: The legal advocacy group that represented several couples in a lawsuit against Kim Davis — the county clerk in Kentucky who famously refused to issue marriage licenses after the Supreme Court struck down bans on same-sex marriage — is asking a federal court to award it $233,058 to cover legal expenses. In court documents filed …

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KENTUCKY: Ark Encounter Slices Attendance Forecast

Over at the Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta notes that the Ark Encounter has reduced their annual attendance forecast by 30%. But even the new number doesn’t hold up. He writes: Let’s do some quick back-of-the-envelope calculations here: If the park has been open for 71 days and has had 300,000 people show up, that’s an average of 4,225 people each …

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin: Patriots Might Have To Shed Blood During A Hillary Clinton Presidency [VIDEO]

“Somebody asked me yesterday, I did an interview and they said, ‘Do you think it’s possible, if Hillary Clinton were to win the election, do you think it’s possible that we’ll be able to survive? That we would ever be able to recover as a nation?’ And while there are people who have stood on this stage and said we …

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Court Dismisses Remaining Suits Against Kim Davis As Moot Because Gays Are Marrying “Without Incident”

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports: A federal judge on Thursday dismissed three lawsuits pending against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis over her refusal to issue marriage licenses in 2015, following the legalization of same-sex marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court. The issue is now settled, U.S. District Judge David Bunning wrote in his order. At Davis’ request, Gov. Matt Bevin and …

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The Liberal Redneck On The Ark Encounter [VIDEO]

In his latest clip for the New York Daily News, the Liberal Redneck (real life comedian Trae Crowder) takes on the Ark Encounter, which opened last week in Kentucky under stormy skies. (Cue ominous music.) As always, I won’t give away any of the jokes with a recap. Just watch below.

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