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Bottom Line: Kentucky is maliciously violating the federal Constitution and laws by refusing to issue licenses for nudist societies

State of Kentucky sign on Interstate 24 west

GREENVILLE, Ky. — If you honestly thought the issue of illegally denying licenses in the State of Kentucky were limited only to Kim Davis and same-sex marriage licenses, you’re in for another rude awakening.

On June 17, 1978, Kentucky allowed for nudist societies to exist for religious purposes. However, much like the same-sex marriage license issue last summer, all 120 crooked county clerks and corrupt judges in all 120 counties have been, for the past nearly 38 years, intentionally robbing hard-earned cash from law-abiding nudists with no intentions of issuing licenses.

Here’s what the Naturist Action Committee (NAC) found during an investigation:

The state of Kentucky has allowed “nudist societies” to exist in the state – but only with the consent of a local judge or executive. As a practical matter, that consent is nearly impossible to obtain from locally elected officials who fear voter disapproval. However, officials typically retain the required application fee while they “consider” an application that will never be acted upon. There have been no reports that the fee has ever been refunded.

Imagine if Christian churches were subject to these same shenanigans (in bold) while applying for a license to build a church for fear of disapproval by atheist voters in Lexington. Or, if gun shops in Louisville were subject to the above and were denied their applications for fear of voter disapproval in the Jefferson County seat. Or, if these same shenanigans were pulled on a black family building a school for economically disadvantaged black people for fear of disapproval by conservative voters in Drakesboro.

You’d never hear the end of it (if any of these three scenarios happen) from national media.

So, why the silence on this issue, where people’s religious freedom (mines included, in the interest of full disclosure) are being violated at a whim by law-breaking judges in each of the state’s 120 counties from Paducah to Ashland?

For all the talk around religious freedom that happened in Morehead before and during the time Kim Davis was hauled off to the clink in Ashland, none of the 120 county governments in the state has an ounce of respect for Nudists’ religious freedoms or the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

The First Amendment expressly prohibits the kinds of actions these 120+ judges have been doing since the 1978 law requiring consent via license applications under the freedom of religion clause. Since May 20, 1940 (via Cantwell vs. Connecticut), the text below has also applied to the states, so Kentucky judges can’t say that the First Amendment doesn’t apply when it comes to approving applications for nudist societies.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

What that means is that the state is blatantly and maliciously violating federal laws and amendments by refusing to approve nudist society applications that were paid for in full.

Religious freedom means freedom for all religions, including Nudism. It never meant freedom for your religion and not for others.

The Nudists in Kentucky should wise up and challenge the judges refusals to issue nudist society licenses in federal court based on the First and Fourteenth Amendment grounds. This should be an easy win against crooked judges and a crooked Kentucky licensing system.

Dis-Kynect-ed: Bevin unilaterally ends health care for 420,000 Kentuckians while saving absolutely nothing

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DRAKESBORO, Ky. — It’s the day low-income Kentuckians feared the most.

Matt Bevin, who took over as governor of the State of Kentucky after Steve Beshear was term-limited on December 8, 2015, has notified President Obama and the US Health and Human Services department in a nine-minute video that he’s ending Kynect sometime between January 27 and 31.

The latter date is the deadline for people to sign up for health insurance without facing penalties.  That means 420,000 residents of the state must now scramble and beat the deadline, which is in eighteen days.

In a Dec. 30 letter to Sylvia Burwell, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bevin said he plans to wind down the state health exchange and transition Kentuckians to the federal site, healthcare.gov, to shop for insurance under the law also known as Obamacare.

…But the move is sure to disappoint some health consumer advocates who had urged Bevin to keep the site, praised for its accessibility and ease of use. The advocates have said it helped hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians sign up for health coverage.

Bevin, a Republican, had pledged to dismantle the health exchange authorized by executive order of his predecessor, Steve Beshear, a Democrat. Bevin’s letter said he wants the transition to the federal site to occur “as soon as is practicable.”

And for those who think this will save money: it won’t. In fact, taxpayers in Kentucky will not only pay a steep price tag for ending Kynect, they’re also likely to pay for the uninsured – including those who will lose their current health care due to Bevin’s unilateral action – to get health care, something that the federal Obamacare law sought to end after 24 years back in 2010.

Can’t say we didn’t warn you in November 2015.

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Body cams coming to Drakesboro?

Muhlenberg Sheriff’s Office may require body cams on officers

Today's News Briefs

GREENVILLE, Ky. — Body cameras have been all the talk since the August 9, 2014 murder of Michael Brown by Ferguson (Mo.) Police Office Deputy Darren Wilson.

That talk ramped up even more when Walter Scott was murdered by former North Charleston Police Office Deputy Michael Slager a few weeks ago.

Now, Muhlenberg County could be the first county in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to require body cams on their officers.

The Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s Office is one of several law enforcement offices in western Kentucky looking to purchase body-cams.

Sheriff Curtis McGehee says body cameras are a good tool for police organizations because they protect both the officers and citizens.

He believes body cameras would be positive for his officers too.

“We want to maintain the highest level of safety for the community and our officers and we feel like body cameras could be beneficial to us, should a critical incident occur,” McGehee told WFIE.

Right now, Sheriff McGehee says the Central City Police Office is the only police organization in the county to have body cameras.

Sheriff McGehee is trying to weigh the pros and cons, saying the only negative is the high cost to purchase the equipment.

He says right now, the cameras would only be used for officers on patrol both on foot and by car.

Again, he says they’re still mulling over the decision.

WFIE 14 News
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