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Watching Obama Run From KY Is Hilarious/Sad

September 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Speaking to a crowd of several hundred people at the Lyric Theatre on Saturday night, philosopher Cornel West quoted everyone from Socrates to Sly Stone but always came back to W. E. B. Du Bois and the principles of integrity, honesty, decency and virtue. [H-L]

When the United States suddenly announced last week that it had attacked a militant group called Khorasan, many observers wondered where, exactly, these people had come from. [HuffPo]

What’s worse than bad blood? Ponder that for a moment, now that a former top aide to Arizona Sen. John McCain denounced Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul as deceitful, immature and a fringe figure whose views ensure he has no chance of winning the Republican presidential nomination. [C-J/AKN]

There are lots of open questions about the road the Supreme Court justices will take to a final decision about whether the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. But one thing seems clear: the answer will arrive next June. [NY Times]

Three former truck company operators from Perry County are facing federal indictments this week after having allegedly planed to defraud and extort customers at a number of trucking companies they owned or operated. [Hazard Herald]

President Obama just asked the ‘Are you better off’ question. He might not like the answer. [WaPo]

When Democratic incumbent Kent Clark and Republican challenger Reagan Taylor concluded their comments at the Richmond Chamber of Commerce forum this week, at least one difference was clear. [Richmond Register]

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers on Monday said potential across-the-board spending cuts at the Pentagon next year could be problematic as the U.S. battles the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). [The Hill]

Glasgow City Council members who were present Friday voted unanimously to proceed with a $2.13 million grant application for a multiuse sidewalk/ trail as part of the Glasgow Alternative Transportation Endeavor, according to Glasgow City Clerk Tommie Birge. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Did crazy luck help cancer stick makers sidestep gruesome warning labels? And hang onto menthol? and stave off federal restrictions on e-cancer sticks? Appears so. [Mother Jones]

A recent report on politics and money shows that the city of Anchorage, with the state’s highest median household income, is pretty thrifty when it comes to making political contributions. [WFPL]

President Obama, during an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes, cites a member of his administration in acknowledging that the United States underestimated the rise of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, while overestimating the Iraqi army’s capacity to fight against the terrorist organization. [NPR]

The White House declined to comment for this column. Can you blame them? [Sam Youngman]

The nation’s largest banks and debt collectors are worried that if you learn what people are saying about them, you might like them less. [HuffPo]

→ No CommentsTags: Alison Grimes · Barack Obama · Campaign Finance · Corruption · Eastern Kentucky · Environment · FEAR! · Hal Rogers · Health Care · Humor · Iraq · Mainstream Mistake · Mitch McConnell · Poverty · Rand Paul · Senate

Could Michael Meredith’s Race Be Over For Good?

September 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Is this the guy — John W. Smith — running against Michael Meredith in the 19th District?

Take a look:

A federal grand jury has charged a Grayson County, Kentucky man with violating federal laws protecting children from sexual abuse and threatening or intimidating a witness.

44-year-old Stephen Miller is charged with engaging in sexual contact with three students at Bluegrass Challenge Academy, including one instance of aggravated sexual abuse. The incidents occurred between February and August of 2013, while he was in a supervisory role over the students.


Additionally, the grand jury charged school officials, John W. Smith, Leroy Burgess, Jr., Kemmye S. Graves, Rolanshia Windom, Rita Carthen, and Gabriel Onusko with failing to report the first incident of abuse to law enforcement officials, as required by federal law.

Miller could face life in prison, a fine of up to $1,250,000 and at least five years of supervised release. The remaining defendants, if convicted, face maximum sentences of one year in prison, a fine of up to $100,000 and up to one year of supervised release. Miller is being held in the custody of the United States Marshals Service.

Is that the same Democrat endorsed by the AFL-CIO and the UAW?

He won’t respond to emails or telephone calls.

Surely someone out there knows something.

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More Proof Powell Lied About Student Smoking

September 30th, 2014 · 1 Comment

For months, Montgomery County Schools superintendent Joshua Powell has boasted that all of the school district’s campuses are smoke-free.

We proved Powell a liar way back in July.


But get a load of what the principal of the Sterling School had to say during the most recent school board meeting:

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They’re only just now eliminating student smoking.

→ 1 CommentTags: Corruption · Education · Health Care · Investigation · Joshua Powell · Youth


PEE ALERT! Watch Alison Snap At A Reporter

September 30th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Watch Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes snap at Herald-Leader reporter Sam Youngman:

Fun, isn’t it? Refusing to answer questions about how many days of work she’s missed in her official capacity as Secretary of State.

Even more fun: she once accidentally texted the wrong person when trash-talking Youngman. Something about how she hates him for questioning her. You know, doing his job.

Entertaining to see her disdain for a reporter doing his job bubble to the surface. She even got red-faced like her daddy!

The best part, though, is that the McConnell Campaign is hitting this point hard:

How will Grimes respond?

→ 3 CommentsTags: Alison Grimes · Humor · Spotted

KET’s Embarrassing Director Costing Taxpayers $

September 30th, 2014 · No Comments

That’s right, the teatoot libertarian who isn’t on the ballot is wasting taxpayer dollars by suing a public television station for ignoring him. Err… he’s not really wasting them, as he’s been pushed into the position he currently finds himself.

It’s not really his fault. It’s the embarrassing director of KET who is to blame. Shae Hopkins. So when you partisans are getting angry and blaming the guy for causing drama, pause for a moment and let your hamster run on its wheel. Think about it.

Her daddy’s political connections landed her the job and the entire organization has suffered since she showed up. Lawsuits, discrimination, embarrassment after embarrassment.

Feel free to google or search around this site for all the details about KET’s leader. About the lawsuits. The settlements. The fiscal mismanagement. The Beshear/Fischer-style retaliation and shenanigans. It’s all there if you’re interested.

Here’s a sampling:

It’s a real shame because all of KET’s front line folks, journalists, crew members, producers… they’re all pretty much wonderful and do stellar jobs.

But the messes Shae Hopkins continues to cause? Hooo boy. Disaster. And she’s forcing her underlings to take the blame and fight her battles.

→ No CommentsTags: Embarrassing · Flashback · Wasted Money

Watch The Mitch Ad Everybody Is Talking About

September 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Here it is:

It’s been a huge deal in Morehead and seems to be resonating in other areas of the state.

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Paducah Sure Is Getting The Shaft Like Woah

September 30th, 2014 · 2 Comments

West Virginia plans to frack beneath the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water to millions. Like everyone in Louisville. [Think Progress]

Paducah residents upset over sky high electric rates thanks to cost overruns at a new power plant say they have no idea when they might get some relief. [H-L]

A senior adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday that Afghanistan will sign a deal Tuesday to allow American soldiers to remain in the country past the end of the year. [HuffPo]

We’re just over five weeks out from Election Day and the Alison Lundergan Grimes campaign was at it again last week, trying to tamp down the narrative that the campaign is sputtering as it hits the home stretch. [C-J/AKN]

Attempts to compare Rand Paul to Barack Obama are as laughable as anything. [New Yorker]

The state Education Department on Friday releases its annual accountability data rating Kentucky schools and districts, but this year’s batch will be somewhat different. [WFPL]

Acknowledging that a previous law did not go far enough, Defense Department proposes new rules to protect service members from high-cost lenders. [ProPublica]

During an annual awards and appreciation luncheon held by the Harlan County Farm Bureau on Saturday, members were treated to grilled steaks and all the fixings. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

A majority of Americans oppose putting U.S. troops on the ground to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a new poll released Monday shows. [Politico]

The placement of advertising signs on Kentucky state highway right of way is against the law. These signs interfere with maintenance operations and can pose safety hazards for motorists. [Hazard Herald]

This is the ad that Mitch McConnell thinks is going to get him re-elected. [WaPo]

Boyd County Sheriff Deputies busted a large marijuana growing operation here Saturday night. [Ashland Independent]

Banks are reaping bigger fees whenever customers overdraw their checking accounts or use ATMs that are not affiliated with their lender, a new survey shows. [NPR]

Does this have anything to do with the W. Keith Hall crew? The Pike County Mountain Water District is receiving a $1 million grant to relocate pumping stations that experience outages due to flooding. [H-L]

The nation’s biggest and baddest for-profit prison company suddenly cares about halfway houses — so much so that they want in on the action. [HuffPo]

→ 2 CommentsTags: Afghanistan · Alison Grimes · Corruption · Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Education · Environment · Humor · Iraq · Military · Mitch McConnell · Polling · Rand Paul · Wasted Money

Stumbo & Stivers Fighting For More Secrecy

September 29th, 2014 · 1 Comment

As Superintendent Tom Shelton works on a corrective action plan in response to State Auditor Adam Edelen’s examination of Fayette County Public Schools, Shelton said he will “shore up” district policies on budget transfers. [H-L]

Police officers on duty in Ferguson should not be wearing wristbands showing support for the cop who shot and killed an unarmed teenager last month, the Justice Department on Friday told police in St. Louis County. [HuffPo]

Of course Greg Stumbo and Bob Stivers are fighting to keep a report from the National Conference of State Legislatures secret. [C-J/AKN]

The Secret Service fumbled its response after a gunman hit the White House residence in 2011. [WaPo]

Some Republicans now place their hopes on picking up enough seats not to assume the majority but to come close enough they can seduce a Democrat or two into switching parties and gain majority control that way. [Ronnie Ellis]

The European Commission and Canada have unveiled the details of a new trade liberalisation agreement. [BBC]

Do you support transparency and accountability in government? Here’s your chance to speak up and be heard. [The 'Ville Voice]

California will spend $3 million to provide legal representation for unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who have arrived in the state, under a bill signed into law on Saturday by Governor Jerry Brown. [Reuters]

Community, education and industry leaders aim to finish what they started two years ago. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Ben Carson, a popular Tea Party activist and Fox News contributor who says he will likely seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016, said on Sunday that he is seriously concerned that there will not be 2016 elections in the United States because the country could be in anarchy by that point. [Think Progress]

Kentucky Sec. of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, encouraged women to be more involved in politics Thursday in a speech to Eastern Kentucky University social work students. [Richmond Register]

Fact-checking Feinstein on the assault weapons ban. The senator says “the evidence is clear: the ban worked.” Except there’s no evidence it saved lives – and the researcher behind the key statistic Feinstein cites says it’s an outdated figure that was based on a false assumption. [ProPublica]

Kentucky’s public school system added more than 30,000 students over the past decade, growing by 4.8 percent while the national student population grew by 2.5 percent. Yet Eastern Kentucky’s schools have lost more than 12,000 students since the 1999-2000 school year, a 9 percent drop that state officials attribute directly to the area’s economic struggles amid the declining the coal industry. [H-L]

Basically, it’s deadly to go into a Walmart if you’re non-white. [HuffPo]

Want to read a long fluff piece touting Terry Holliday? It completely ignored a recent crop of scandals Holliday has mismanaged. From Bath County to Menifee County to Breathitt County to Montgomery County. WDRB can claim it was just a feature about his five years on the job. But. Would a five-year review of Greg Fischer’s time on the job ignore his mountain of scandals? What about a review of Will Coursey’s career as a legislator? How about the Fayette County superintendent? Of course not. [WDRB]

→ 1 CommentTags: Alison Grimes · Barack Obama · Corruption · Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Education · FEAR! · Greg Fischer · Greg Stumbo · Immigration · Law Enforcement · Mainstream Mistake · Senate · Takin yer guns! · Wasted Money

Gov. Steve Beshear’s Occasional Video Update

September 29th, 2014 · No Comments

Late last week Papaw Beshear decided to do another video update. This time he focused on the drop in Kentucky’s uninsured rate:

→ No CommentsTags: Health Care · Stats · Steve Beshear

Jamie Comer Releases First Campaign Video

September 29th, 2014 · 2 Comments

The gubernatorial campaign of Jamie Comer and that other guy (legit don’t remember his name and not going back to see what it is) have released their first video:

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