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Front & Center: Greg Fischer’s Inability To Lead

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ latest campaign ad unfairly and inaccurately blames U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for lost coal jobs, according to the Kentucky Coal Association. If Bill Bissett wants to get his message out, he ought to advertise on publications that, you know, gets messages out. [Sam Youngman]

Certain life factors make a big difference for students as they start their first year of school. A new analysis from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit group behind Sesame Street, looked at how four risk factors impacted the abilities of kindergarten students right as they entered school. [HuffPo]

The heat is on, locally and globally. The combined average land and ocean surface temperature last month was the hottest June on record, government officials are reporting. It was 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average of 59.9 degrees. [C-J/AKN]

With legal battles over gay marriage simmering across the United States, proponents are showcasing a group they had once sidelined: children. [Reuters]

How will Kentucky compete? At the ninth annual Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Business Summit and Annual Meeting, which kicked off in Louisville on Monday, Ted Abernathy, managing partner of North Carolina-based Economic Leadership LLC, tried to answer that question. [Business First]

When it comes to obstacles to climate action, the climate change deniers in American government are pretty well known. But there’s also a subgroup of “reasonable” critics who concede the science of climate change, then deny that anything particularly dramatic needs to be done about it policy-wise. [Think Progress]

Here’s the latest column written for Greg Stumbo by his taxpayer-paid underlings and it’s all about the children. [Floyd County Times]

Take a look at the food industry lobby groups behind the new school nutrition standards. No wonder Pop Tarts count as a whole grain. [Mother Jones]

Two Kentucky Republicans who have dominated national news coverage will converge on the Cincinnati region on Friday. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell will speak at various events in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. [Cincinnasti.com]

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., is optimistic about Senate support for an appropriations rider that would dismantle local gun laws in the District of Columbia, but he doubts the chamber will consider the measure. [Roll Call]

Forty-eight food destinations in eastern Kentucky are included in a new mapguide developed by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to promote culinary tourism throughout the region. [Press Release]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) thinks that President Barack Obama is advocating “throwing money at” the current immigration problems, and that spending nearly $4 billion won’t solve the issue. [Politico]

Want to read the most scandalous Louisville Metro Animal Services story yet? Have at it. The worst in eight years of our LMAS coverage. Everyone from Greg Fischer on down are to blame and should be prosecuted. [The 'Ville Voice]

A super PAC aiming to make climate change a key issue in this year’s midterm elections is falling far short of its goal to raise $100 million, cramping the group’s ability to influence major races with just four months left until Election Day. [HuffPo]

→ No CommentsTags: Alison Grimes · Campaign Finance · Corruption · Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Education · Environment · Greg Fischer · Greg Stumbo · Health Care · Immigration · Kentucky Business · Kentucky Tourism · Mitch McConnell · Rand Paul · Takin yer guns! · The Gays · Youth

Mitch Never Misses An Opportunity To Complain

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Did you miss seeing Granny Mitch on the U.S. Senate floor last week whining about the EPA again?




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Montgomery Co. Schools Withholding Public Records In Ongoing Superintendent Scandals

July 22nd, 2014 · 3 Comments

We revealed that Montgomery County superintendent Joshua Powell’s Topix witch hunt was a sham yesterday. You may read all about it here.

An open records response, signed by Powell’s own hand, provided the proof that it was all a ruse.

Unfortunately for Powell?

KRS 61.878 — click here for the PDF — doesn’t permit him to withhold records like this by claiming attorney-client privilege.

So Bruce Walters, the guy who filed the original request, can definitely hit up the Attorney General for assistance.

We’ve also uncovered evidence of Powell attempting to withhold other documents in violation of open records laws in Kentucky.

Check out this letter from April/May 2013:


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Transcript of the response:

Re: Response to Open Records Request — Request for Mentoring on School Finance

Dear Mr. Walters:

On April 30, 2013, the Montgomery County School District received the following request from you:

“According to Josh Powell other school districts have asked for MOCO to mentor them on finance so I’am requesting a copy of all school districts that have asked MOCO to mentor them On school finance, any and all emails or letters and contact names of each and every district.”

The individuals and/or entities that I choose to mentor are not subject to public inspection and I select not to inform you. Instead, mentoring is considered professional collaboration among colleagues and relationships of this nature are typical and frequent in the public education sector.

Respectfully,

Joshua E. Powell

Fun stuff, isn’t it?

Unfortunately for Powell, he can’t withhold documentation like that because it’s public record. (Don’t worry, he never received requests like that, it’s just a fantasy)

Even if they weren’t public record? He claimed existence of those records during a public board meeting and with the media. Since they would be official forums of communication with the school district that aren’t exempted by the Kentucky Revised Statutes, Powell would have to hand those records over. If they existed.

And you wonder why Montgomery County can’t have nice things.

→ 3 CommentsTags: Corruption · Education · Investigation · Joshua Powell

Rand Paul Spreads Immigration Misinformation

July 22nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

Rand Paul says one thing:

Fort Knox could be on a list of places to be used as a location to house immigrant children who have been detained at the border.

After comments at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce business summit Monday, Paul’s office released statements regarding the matter.

Paul’s state communications director Dan Bayens said via email, “Our office is aware that Fort Knox has been discussed as a possible location for unaccompanied migrant children and we are actively working to seek information and answers on behalf of Kentucky’s citizens.”

John Yarmuth says another:

There’s been some false information out there this afternoon regarding Fort Knox housing some of the children fleeing violence and arriving without their parents at our southern border, and I wanted to clarify. The Department of Health and Human Services makes the final decision on which facilities to use to house these kids. HHS confirmed to Congressman Yarmuth’s office today that Fort Knox is not under consideration. The Department of Defense previously submitted Fort Knox to HHS as part of a list of possible locations with the capacity to house the kids. But again, that decision is left to HHS, which has confirmed it is not considering Fort Knox.

Rand Paul makes shiz up again.

→ 1 CommentTags: Immigration · John Yarmuth · Rand Paul

New Republican Ad Hits Grimes On Dishonesty

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Aside from the coal bullshit (and that’s what it is — there’s no denying that it’s fear-based hype), this new Kentucky Opportunity Coalition ad hitting Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes for dishonesty is sadly spot-on:




Jonathan and Jerry think you can use McConnell tactics (making crap up) to beat a Republican but you can’t. You can’t out-Republican a Republican. You actually have to take firm positions, can’t obfuscate, can’t lead people on in a manner that leaves them hanging. You can’t win by foaming at the mouth and telling people you’ll be different once elected. You have to appear genuine long before election day.

The group is spending a whopping $720,000 on the ad from today through July 31.

UPDATE: Here’s the ad they’re mad about…




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OH GOD THE BIGFOOT IS COMING, MEEMAWS!!1!

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Hannah Moore graduated from George Rogers Clark High School this year with all the right boxes checked off for college acceptance: a 4.0 GPA, National Honor Society member, cheerleader, and community volunteer. [H-L]

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, seemed to catch everyone off guard Wednesday when he suddenly pulled the plug on his committee hearing before witnesses could even testify. [HuffPo]

Lon Moore’s struggle with schizoaffective disorder grew so intense in 2001, he faced an experience he never wants again — lying in a hospital, overcome with suicidal thoughts. [C-J/AKN]

The annual rate of diagnosis with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, fell by a third in the United States between 2002 and 2011, researchers reported on Saturday. [Reuters]

It has been two and a half years in the making and it happens next Tuesday. Morehead will officially be designated a Kentucky Trail Town following Dawson Springs and Livingston. [Morehead News]

On Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) approved the use of seismic airguns to explore the seabed from Cape May to Cape Canaveral for oil and gas. [Think Progress]

The Libertarian Party of Kentucky is close to completing its effort to have a candidate on the ballot this fall for U.S. Senate. [WFPL]

There has been a dramatic rise in reports of child abuse images posted to commonly used parts of the internet, according to a US watchdog. [BBC]

Beautiful scenery, weather, and water, it’s everything you want in a summer getaway. Trooper Island welcomes kids from across the Commonwealth. [WDRB]

Kentucky has lax restrictions on domestic abusers’ gun ownership—and the nation’s highest rate of fatal gun violence between partners. [Mother Jones]

Some said it’s nothing more than a made up tale while others claim they’ve come face-to-face with the mysterious, hairy creature. They’re talking about Kentucky’s Bigfoot. [WLEX18]

Many subprime auto lenders are loosening credit standards and focusing on the riskiest borrowers, according to the examination of documents and interviews with current and former executives from five large subprime auto lenders. The lending practices in the subprime auto market, recounted in interviews with the executives and in court records, demonstrate that Wall Street is again taking on very risky investments just six years after the financial crisis. [NY Times]

The United States is not wealthy enough to throw open its doors to everyone, Dan M. Rose explained Saturday as he marched past a “Deport Illegals” banner on the Alumni Road overpass on New Circle Road in Lexington. [H-L]

Leave it to one of the country’s top economists to fill in Congress on how a key federal agency works. During a Wednesday morning House Budget Committee hearing on the nation’s long-term economic future, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) pressed Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf on the past. [HuffPo]

→ No CommentsTags: Corruption · Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Education · Embarrassing · Environment · Health Care · Immigration · Kentucky Tourism · Senate · Stats · Takin yer guns! · UK · Youth

Ed Whitfield’s Wife Might Pop A Vein Really Soon

July 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment

Somerset’s city hall ventured into the retail gas business Saturday, opening a municipal-run filling station that supporters call a benefit for motorists and critics denounce as a taxpayer-supported swipe at the free market. [H-L]

A recent analysis of U.S. gun deaths has found that a majority of mass shootings were related to domestic or family violence. [HuffPo]

The Republican Party of Kentucky got lots of money in June from out-of-state givers who have already given the maximum – or near the maximum – allowed to the re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. [C-J/AKN]

President Barack Obama will meet with the leaders of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador next week to discuss cooperation on the influx of child migrants from Central America into the United States, the White House said on Friday. [Reuters]

The Hart County sheriff seized nearly $500,000 worth of marijuana. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Top patient-safety experts call on Congress to step in and, among other steps, give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wider responsibility for measuring medical mistakes. [ProPublica]

Rowan Fiscal Court voted Tuesday to approve Judge-Executive Jim Nickell’s request to issue an RFP (request for proposals) to start planning a new county detention center. [Morehead News]

Health care is one of those things that always caused Sandra Schlosser a lot of anxiety. [Think Progress]

Connie Harriman-Whitfield said the American people don’t care about alleged misdeeds between lawmakers and lobbyists. [WFPL]

A new US geological survey indicates that some parts of the US are at an increased risk of earthquakes, especially along the east coast. [BBC]

This summer has brought with it a cascade of violence, spilling into Lexington streets at an alarming rate and Saturday was no different. [WKYT]

New data released by the Department of Labor suggests that raising the minimum wage in some states might have spurred job growth, contrary to what critics said would happen. [NPR]

Hidden from public view for more than 50 years, the interior dome of the old Fayette County Courthouse is fading and starting to deteriorate. [H-L]

Austerity is like a bad tattoo: It’s going to be with us, causing misery, for years to come. [HuffPo]

→ 1 CommentTags: Campaign Finance · Corruption · Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Environment · FEAR! · Flashback · Health Care · Immigration · Jobs · Kentucky Business · Law Enforcement · Stats · Takin yer guns!

Gov. Steve Beshear’s Weekly Video Update

July 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Late last week Governor Steve Bigot garbled a bunch of words together to make a video about entrepreneurs, which sadly means next to nothing for Kentucky:




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Montgomery Co. Topix Witch Hunt Just A Ruse

July 21st, 2014 · 6 Comments

Remember when Montgomery County Schools superintendent Joshua Powell started his Topix/lawsuit witch hunt? He claimed people posting factual information was “terrorism” and “stalking” in an attempt to drum up anxiety over nothing. He, with this pals on the school board, pushed for $5,000 in taxpayer funds to be used to hunt down IP addresses (which he’ll never get for $5,000).

It was all the rage in Lexington television hype at the time.

But here’s the deal: no legal proceedings have begun — at all — and no IP addresses have been obtained, as previously claimed by Powell (and even KEA reps).

How do we know that? Joshua Powell signed an open records request telling a Montgomery County resident just that:


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Text of the letter:

Re: Response to Open Records Request for Documents

Dear Mr. Walters:

This correspondence is sent in response to your open records request received July 11, 2014.

There are no court documents related to any suit to obtain IP addresses from social media websites. At this time, the district has not incurred any cost for legal fees related to pursuing potential suit against social media websites. Additionally, some documents may not be subject to open records laws due to being protected by attorney-client privilege.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Joshua E. Powell

He told on himself.

And spoiler alert: nope, attorney-client privilege likely isn’t a solid defense for withholding public records. Walters should appeal to the Office of the Attorney General posthaste.

More on the issue: Powell claims that employees have been maliciously attacked and stalked. But… another spoiler alert… if anyone was being stalked, they could call the police. The individuals “stalking” would have been identified quite easily. That didn’t occur. Why wait months/years to go after a stalker? Why would Mike Owsley, Powell’s attorney, go along with that? He wouldn’t. That’s clearly a fabrication and a half.

Board chair Kenney Gulley issued a statement to the Mt. Sterling Advocate at the time (this link) about taking bullying very seriously and striving to protect both students and staff. But… uh… if they took it seriously, they would have filed suit by now or started legal proceedings.

If bullying were truly taken seriously, the board would do something about Powell and crew harassing, bullying, intimidating and retaliating against Jennifer Hall for being a whistleblower on multiple fronts.

Despite claims at a recent board meeting that objectives have been reached? This all appears to be another psychological game of Powell’s in an attempt to perpetuate fear and unrest among his critics.

No wonder Montgomery County Schools are in a full-on meltdown.

→ 6 CommentsTags: Corruption · Education · Flashback · Investigation · Joshua Powell · Wasted Money

Hubie Collins & Will Coursey Caption Contest Time!

July 21st, 2014 · 4 Comments

Oh man! It is Hubie Collins & Will Coursey caption contest time!


SO, YOU REALLY DON’T REMEMBER? (CLICK FOR ORIGINAL)

You know what to do — make it funny!

→ 4 CommentsTags: Contest · Humor · Spotted