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Will Kentucky Take These Heroin Issues Seriously?

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Should Congress change campaign-finance law to require that donors to all political groups be fully and immediately identified? [H-L]

Legal changes in the wake of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s February death of a drug overdose have dramatically expanded access to a lifesaving drug that can reverse overdoses from prescription painkillers and heroin. [HuffPo]

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Victims Advocacy, along with University of Kentucky professor TK Logan and fellow members of the Statewide Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee, released the Domestic Violence Special Report: Kentucky 2010 Homicides. [Press Release]

In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations. [NY Times]

A longtime girls basketball coach for the Harlan County School System has been indicted on multiple charges including attempting to promote a sexual performance by a minor under the age of 16. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Environmental groups are warning that a new European agreement to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 sets the bar far too low. [Mother Jones]

The election is less than a week away and officials are doing everything they can to get polling information to registered voters and encourage turnout. [Ashland Independent]

Researchers at Dundee University are to lead a £1.1m study into whether eye tests can reveal the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. [BBC]

By about 7 p.m. on Nov. 4, Rowan County voters will finally learn who will lead county government for the next four years as judge-executive. The highly-contested race features Democratic candidate Walter Blevins and Republican Richard White. [The Morehead News]

NPR has gutted its staff dedicated to covering environmental and climate issues. Given the nation’s and world’s renewed focus on the threat posed by unrestricted carbon pollution, this baffling move is already receiving widespread criticism from scientists and media watchers. [Think Progress]

The polls don’t open until Tuesday, but more than 35,000 people have already voted in Kentucky. [WHAS11]

If Republicans win control of the Senate in the midterm elections they should say a prayer of thanks for Christian conservatives. [Reuters]

Two men vying to lead Lexington’s Urban County Government made their final pleas to voters Tuesday night, exactly one week before the Nov. 4 general election. [H-L]

Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve just declared the U.S. economy well enough to leave intensive care, though it is not yet the picture of health. [HuffPo]

→ No CommentsTags: Alison Grimes · Andy Barr · Campaign Finance · Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Environment · Health Care · Mainstream Mistake · Mitch McConnell · Senate · Wiretapping

This Is The Best The Right Can Do With Henderson?

October 30th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Richard Henderson is spending gazillions of dollars on his re-election campaign because of mail pieces like this:



All the Henderson-related corruption that that’s all they could come up with.

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An Absolutely Disgusting Move In Morgan County

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley is going to prison. He pleaded guilty to swindling tornado recovery funds.


Here’s a quick refresher:

He also promised to walk away from his re-election bid.

But check this out — he’s still trying to run for re-election!

Here’s the full-page advertisement that appeared in the Licking Valley Courier:


Some close-ups:


Paid for by Bill Holbrook and “concerned citizens” — an independent expenditure. But no reports filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance and no mention of who those concerned citizens may be. Or, to be exact, “citiens”:


Can you believe that nonsense?

The man is going to prison and he’s decided to remain on the ballot. And a group of people promoting his candidacy (coordinated with Conley and his family, no less) are spending gobs of cash to push him.

Tim Conley robbed Morgan County blind. He swindled mountains of cash from tornado victims. People DIED. And he admits to taking advantage of them.

And this is the thanks Morgan County gets. Bill Holbrook and Tim Conley’s corrupt bunch of keystone cops parading him around as some sort of good Christian who only did what’s best for those in need.

What bullshit.

Everyone pushing this has blood on their hands.

Here’s hoping everyone in the county has enough sense to see this for what it is. Someone ought to file a KREF complaint, as well.

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More On Montgomery Co Board Lawyer Mess

October 30th, 2014 · 2 Comments

This letter was handed out to Montgomery County School Board members during Tuesday evening’s regularly meeting:

Members of the Board,

Contrary to the vote of the Board during the August 19th board meeting, removing the contract between Mr. Owsley and Montgomery County AND contrary to the reply of Mr. Powell to the Board stating there would be no more invoices received by the Board from Mr. Owsley’s office, it appears that Mr. Owsley is still representing Montgomery County Board of Education. It appears the authority of the Board is being circumvented. As clear evidence, I have attached an official notice concerning termination of my Wife, Jennifer Hall. On that notice is very clear to read and understand:

A. page 1, the date the notice was drawn, September 25, 2014
B. page 1, the author of the notice, Mr. Priest (associate of Mr. Owsley)
C. page 2, clearly stated “Attorney for Montgomery County School District”, Mr. Michael A. Owsley

I personally have no preference who will represent the Districtat this hearing, but it seems the Board may care that it appears to have dimished authority and no respect with some of the district employees.


William Hall

That was provided to us by a board member. Handwritten notes were made on the sheet itself, so it’s been transcribed to avoid identification of our source.

Despite the board voting to discontinue payment for superintendent Joshua Powell’s personal attorney, the district is still paying him.

He’s still representing Powell at taxpayer expense while the board attorney gets to sit on her hands.

→ 2 CommentsTags: Corruption · Education · Investigation · Joshua Powell · Wasted Money

Here’s Rep. Will Coursey’s Republican Opponent

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments

By all accounts in Western Kentucky, State Rep. Will Coursey is cruising to re-election.

But he hasn’t shown up to debates with his opponent, whatever the reason.

Here’s one of those debates/forums he skipped:

Had he shown up, he could have — despite his mountain of sexytime scandal — proved Keith Travis to be completely out-of-touch on issues like health care and fracking.

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Rand Teabola Paul Is Your New Religious Expert

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Suddenly, Rand Paul is an expert on religious freedom:

Glad to see him take a break from Ebola nonsense.

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Big Dog Is Back In Kentucky For Alison Grimes

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments

“We’ve had people come from all over America to help us ditch Mitch,” said Bill Londrigan, president of Kentucky’s AFL-CIO. Asking for a show of hands from those who had traveled from out of state, Londrigan encouraged those whose hands shot up to say where they were from, and shouts of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey rang out from the crowd. [H-L]

Suspicious cyber activity has been detected on the computer network used by the White House and measures have been taken to address it, a White House official disclosed on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

One of the most popular Democrats in the country returned to Louisville on Tuesday, a week before the election, to support a woman she hopes will join her in Washington and to denounce one of her Senate colleagues. [C-J/AKN]

During Obama’s first five years as president, the Justice Department and the U.S. military brought seven criminal prosecutions for national security leaks — more than twice as many as all previous presidents put together. [Yahoo]

Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes hit the campaign trail full force Monday, making early stops in London, Corbin and Barbourville, even though some polls show her as much as 8 points behind incumbent Republican Senator Mitch McConnell. [WLEX18]

Is your mind blown that Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes actually participated in an interview? [MSNBC & Twitter]

His Democratic opponent argues Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell supports tax breaks that encourage businesses to ship jobs overseas. But that message won’t get much support at Campbellsville Apparel, a textile company which supplies materials for federal government contracts and which employs a lot of folks who once worked at Fruit of the Loom — a company which moved jobs from Kentucky to Mexico. [Ronnie Ellis]

Stealing a page from the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl playbook from last year, the Democrats have spent the fall campaign hiding from the most successful federal government program since Medicare. In spite of all the obstacles thrown up by Republicans in Congress, state governments and the courts, the program has insured far more people than expected, and health care cost growth has slowed much more sharply than anticipated. [AJA]

Mitch McConnell compared the U.S. Senate to the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum. [BGDN]

President Barack Obama is fighting his last campaign mostly at staid Democratic fund-raising events in hotel ballrooms and the private homes of donors, a far cry from the huge crowds who turned out in droves during his White House runs and helped elect him twice. [Reuters]

With the Ohio River as his backdrop, former President Bill Clinton will stump for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes on Thursday afternoon at the Riverfront Park. [Ashland Independent]

The story of what happened in the Islamic State’s underground network of prisons in Syria is one of excruciating suffering. [NY Times]

A Morgan County grand jury has indicted a mother and son along with another man in the shooting death of a West Liberty man earlier this month. [H-L]

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Tuesday that he was enhancing security at key government buildings across the country as a precautionary measure due to heightened terror threats across the world. [HuffPo]

→ No CommentsTags: Alison Grimes · Barack Obama · Eastern Kentucky · Health Care · Hypocrisy · Iraq · Labor · Mitch McConnell · Senate

The U.S. Senate Race Is Officially A Slap Fight

October 29th, 2014 · No Comments

Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., has collected $1.1 million in contributions from energy interests since taking over the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power less than four years ago. [H-L]

A growing anti-vaccination movement, coupled with ongoing difficulties in reaching underserved populations, is taking a global toll on efforts to eradicate infectious diseases, new data from the Council on Foreign Relations suggests. [HuffPo]

The interim president of Kentucky State University, who took a pay cut this summer to benefit low-wage workers, has signed on to head the school for an additional three years. [C-J/AKN]

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said Friday that the public does not want more “debate or discussion” about climate change, but government action. [The Hill]

The financial audit of the 2013-2014 fiscal year was found to be clean and positive for the Rowan County Board of Education. [The Morehead News]

A key gauge of capital goods orders by U.S. businesses recorded its biggest drop in eight months in September, but the surprise decline was likely to be temporary as business sentiment has been upbeat in recent months. [Reuters]

The countdown to election day is in the single digits, which means the spotlight is even stronger on the big U.S. Senate matchup between Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. [WFPL]

Oil and gas companies are using a loophole in federal regulations to use dangerous chemicals in hydraulic fracturing operations without a permit, according to a new report. [Think Progress]

Federal prosecutors in Kentucky are opposing a move by an Iraqi man convicted in a Kentucky terrorism case to gain access to his complete case file. [WHAS11]

Americans are sharply divided as to the value of the nation’s intervention in Afghanistan, a new BBC poll suggests. [BBC]

Mitch McConnell’s campaign called a new attack against him “absurd,” while defending its own TV advertisement that features a woman registered to vote in Pennsylvania. [WAVE3]

With the right equipment, people can hijack your cellphone, listen to your calls and read your texts, alarming privacy rights advocates and tech experts alike. [NPR]

Four years ago, Jim Barnes beat incumbent Mayor Connie Lawson by aggressively questioning city spending. [H-L]

After Superstorm Sandy, officials in New York and New Jersey vowed to make sure the unprecedented destruction wouldn’t happen again. [HuffPo]

→ No CommentsTags: Afghanistan · Alison Grimes · Campaign Finance · Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Education · Environment · Flashback · Health Care · KY-1 · Mitch McConnell · Polling · Senate · Wiretapping

Brandon Smith & Jared Carpenter Contest Time

October 29th, 2014 · 1 Comment

It’s Brandon Smith and Jared Carpenter caption contest time!


Make it funny or else!

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Alison & Mitch Sat Down With Bill Goodman

October 29th, 2014 · No Comments

Did you miss Alison Grimes and Mitch McConnell on One to One with Bill Goodman?

Thankfully, KET has embraced YouTube and everyone is available online.

The Grimes interview:

The McConnell interview:

→ No CommentsTags: Alison Grimes · Mitch McConnell · Senate