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Poppy Mountain Begins This Week. You Going?

September 15th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Candy Barr is cleaning up with the big banks. Literally cleaning up. He pushes de-regulation, they shower him with cash. We were gonna say gold but that opened up the door to too many jokes. [H-L]

Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the United States is “at war” with Islamic State militants, marking a shift from his insistence last week that America is not at war but engaged in a “very significant counterterrorism” operation. [HuffPo]

Do we really need to talk about why David Donnelly is foaming at the mouth again? Do we really have to address the reality that he, in fact, is not non-partisan? This guy has made hundreds of thousands of dollars complaining about Mitch McConnell — meaning he only makes money if Mitch stays in power. That’s why it’s all talk, no action. Groups like this snow scared Democrats, take their money and then promptly leave the state. [C-J/AKN, Here & Here]

Does any of this sound familiar? When a Prince George’s County high school launched an anti-bullying campaign four years ago, students pledged to support anyone being harassed, to report instances of bullying and to treat others with respect. But former Largo High School employees allege that while the students were learning how to create a friendly environment, one of the worst bullies was the school’s principal. [WaPo]

The Caverna Board of Education has three finalist in its quest to find a superintendent for Caverna Independent Schools, according to a press release issued by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators on Friday. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obama’s legacy. [NY Times]

The 22nd annual Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival is scheduled for Sept. 16-20. Known as one of the largest bluegrass festivals in the country, with crowds well into the thousands, the festival will once again be held at Poppy Mountain off US 60 East of Morehead. [The Morehead News]

Three environmental groups are suing the U.S. Department of Transportation for continuing to allow crude oil shipments in older, more puncture-prone rail cars. [Think Progress]

We hear a similar lawsuit is soon to be filed in Montgomery County. [KSBA]

A teacher in the US state of Utah who was legally carrying a gun in her primary school was seriously injured when it accidentally discharged, police have said. [BBC]

It finally happened. Sadiqa Reynolds showed up at a Metro Council ad-hoc committee meeting. It was INSANE. [The 'Ville Voice]

Twenty years ago, former President Bill Clinton signed a massive crime-control bill that funded shelters for battered women and helped train police to investigate attacks. [NPR]

Elisabeth Jensen, a Lexington Democrat running for Congress on Nov. 4, has far less money than the Republican incumbent, and much of what she does have comes from her own pocket. [John Cheves]

How the New York Times overhyped the benefits of fracking. [HuffPo]

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Gov. Steve Beshear’s Weekly Video Address

September 15th, 2014 · No Comments

Late last week Steve Beshear released his video focusing on the decline in teen smoking:

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You Should Go To This Green River Corn Maze

September 15th, 2014 · No Comments

A couple weeks ago, Green River Lake State Park announced it would honor the 90th anniversary of the Kentucky State Parks system with a corn maze and it’s finally open:


The maze, located at the park just south of Campbellsville, is free and open to the public. Friends of Green River Lake, though, will be accepting donations.

It’s open 8:00 A.M. til dark through the end of October. You should probably take your kids to check it out.

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Following Up On A Montgomery Co. Mini Scandal

September 15th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Remember when we uncovered a potential scandal at Montgomery County Schools involving the church of one of the school board members?

At the time, superintendent Joshua Powell and his inner circle were being secretive about the whole arrangement and board member Kelly Murphy wasn’t talking about Freedom Church.

What we wanted to know: if the church was paying what it was required to pay for use of school facilities and all that jazz.

We wanted to know that information because of requirements that Montgomery County posts publicly:




As you can see, the church has to pay its fair share for using school property and staff. And there has to be a contract approved by the board.

When we first started investigating, guess what didn’t exist: any of that. But surprise, surprise. Here we are a month or so later and Montgomery County was mysteriously able to provide copies of paperwork. That must have been a heavy task.

Now, we hear some board members are questioning fellow board member, Kelly Murphy, superintendent Joshua Powell and at least two teachers about their ties to the church and to determine if anything improper occurred.

The fun never ends in MoCo.

→ 2 CommentsTags: Corruption · Education · Flashback · Investigation · Joshua Powell · Rumor


September 15th, 2014 · 6 Comments

Watch Alison shoot a gun:


The only thing funnier would be to watch Mitch shoot a gun.

If Daddy’s Girl loses, it’ll be because she’s foaming at the mouth about how magical coal is, how terrible the EPA is and how scary the president is. Voters know she’s just trying to score political points.

They know Mitch truly believes the EPA is a satanic cult, that coal is something your kids can safely eat and drink, that coal sludge is perfectly fine for your drinking water, that the president is a Kenyan Muslin overlord.

They already know his politics are corrupted and bastardized. They just can’t get a straight answer outta Alison.

But shooting guns? Hoo boy. Next to no one is gonna buy that.

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President Obama’s Weekly Video Address

September 15th, 2014 · No Comments

This week President Barack Obama discussed ISIS/ISIL/Whatever it is they’re calling it these days:

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Cyclists Sure Do Fire People Up These Days

September 15th, 2014 · 1 Comment

From a press release… One of the most offensive anti-Islam ads from the Democrats. Really? Starting it off with THAT?! Bluegrass Rural, a Kentucky-based Super PAC, will start airing a radio ad next week that says Mitch McConnell “turned his back on our men in women in uniform.” The ad cites McConnell’s April 2005 vote against an amendment to appropriate $213 million for procurement of “up-armored Humvees.” At the time, most of the Humvees transporting U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan were not equipped to protect against improvised explosive devices (IEDs). [Story & Audio]

Leave it to some shyster judge in Jessamine County to fine a cyclist for riding responsibly and within the law. And you wonder why outsiders think Kentucky is still in the dark ages. [H-L]

While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria — a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe — poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. aviation, American officials say. [HuffPo]

Why isn’t health a big issue for Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes? Because she and her team are apparently cowards and think out-Republicaning the Republican is the right move. Yes, cowards. Democrats like Alison never take big risks and always try to play it safe. Clearly doesn’t work. Didn’t work for Bruce Lunsford, didn’t work for Jack Conway, not working Jerry… err… Alison. [Al Cross]

Why do Democrats keep trying to ban guns that look scary, not the guns that kill the most people? On the twentieth anniversary of the assault weapons ban, a look at why politicians and the public support a policy that showed no evidence of saving lives. [ProPublica]

David Patterson is running on the libertarian ticket, a party that’s not very big in Kentucky. [WBKO]

With a surveillance reform bill stuck in the Senate, the federal court overseeing spy agencies on Friday reauthorized the National Security Agency’s controversial bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. [The Hill]

Mitch McConnell’s campaign began airing a positive ad touting the Republican’s leadership on national issues while claiming his Democratic opponent, Allison Lundergan Grimes, is “scrambling” to calm the fears of supporters in the wake of McConnell’s recent rise in polls. [Ronnie Ellis]

U.S. law enforcement is investigating a new phenomenon of women from the American heartland joining Islamic State as President Barack Obama vows to cut off the militants’ recruiting at home. [Reuters]

Republicans have chance to do something in 2015 that hasn’t happened in 124 years, elect a lieutenant governor from northern Kentucky. It’s just a shame he’s one of those anti-choice folks who foam at the mouth 24/7 about how he knows what’s best for all women. But at least he’s not Jerry Abramson. [CN|2]

Progessive Democrats and tea party Republicans are demanding the president seek approval from Capitol Hill before escalating in Iraq. [Mother Jones]

The weather may have turned chilly during the Boyd Democrat Picnic Saturday, but the spirits of the 70 local Democrats were not stiffened as several November candidates and former Governor Paul Patton energized the crowd. [Ashland Independent]

A few months ago, the Democratic path to a Senate majority looked long and arduous. It has started to look easier. Except in Kentucky. [NY Times]

Montgomery Countians are paying close attention to stories like this. A man who was acquitted in a fatal Kentucky dormitory fire has agreed to surrender his Missouri teaching and administrator licenses after he was accused of lying about his past to obtain the credentials, according to a settlement agreement in the case. [H-L]

Officials at Working America, the AFL-CIO’s non-union affiliate, believe they may have found a path toward long-term financial viability — and it runs through the Affordable Care Act. [HuffPo]

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Now Even The Olds Are Being Screwed By Loans

September 12th, 2014 · 1 Comment

A program developed by the University of Kentucky to reduce sexual violence in high schools appears to be helping students across the state. [H-L]

The Education Department is demanding so much money from seniors with defaulted student loans that it’s forcing tens of thousands of them into poverty, according to a government audit. [HuffPo]

On Wednesday The Hill published an article that said U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell appointed Houchens Industries President Spencer Coates to the National Commission on Hunger on April 11, and that four days later Coates gave $10,200 to a McConnell political committee. [C-J/AKN]

The U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to comply with a broad demand to hand over user data that the company believed was unconstitutional, according to court documents unsealed Thursday that illuminate how federal officials forced American tech companies to participate in the NSA’s controversial PRISM program. [WaPo]

Lexington police say a Good Samaritan was attacked with a hammer when he tried to help a robbery victim. [WKYT]

Jesse Eisinger of ProPublica, writing on The Times’s DealBook blog, compared people who keep predicting runaway inflation to “true believers whose faith in a predicted apocalypse persists even after it fails to materialize.” Indeed. [NY Times]

Kentucky is seeking to join a handful of states that regulate companies such as Uber and Lyft, whose smartphone-driven businesses are now competing with taxis in Louisville, Lexington and other cities across the country. [WDRB]

You know how mouthbreathers freak out about MoveOn spending all kinds of money in the U.S. Senate race? They’ve spent a whopping $3,200. [CPI]

After approving the minutes from previous meetings and the financial report, the Cumberland City Council heard Mayor Carolyn Elliott’s report on the city’s state of affairs. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Fox News cannot stop a media monitoring service from recording snippets of its broadcasts and offering them to clients, some of which use them to criticize the network, a New York federal judge ruled on Tuesday. [Reuters]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently awarded contracts totaling nearly $5 million for nine transportation projects within the Department of Highways District 10. [Hazard Herald]

US retail sales rose by 0.6% in August, compared with the previous month, driven by car purchases, the US Commerce Department said. [BBC]

Lexington’s Urban County Council voted 12-0 Thursday to approve funding and oversight for a city affordable housing trust fund. [H-L]

Sarah Palin and her family were reportedly involved in a messy, drunken brawl last Saturday near Anchorage, Alaska. [HuffPo]

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One Reason Rand Paul Will Never Be President

September 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Let’s flash back to May 2010:


This is still our collective reaction:



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Why Is The Grimes Crew Still Misleading On This?

September 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Can you believe the Grimes camp is still (previous instance) pushing out letters to the editor like this?

Dear Editor,

Mitch McConnell has been too busy to attend meetings of the Senate Agriculture Committee for the last four-plus years — too busy kowtowing to his rich cronies like the Koch brothers and other Washington-area power brokers.

Mitch doesn’t seem to recognize that agriculture is one of Kentucky’s signature industries and that the state is still working to recover from the loss of what was once its major crop, tobacco.

He needs to visit Kentucky now and then for other than media appearances and fund-raising dinners with his wealthy supporters. He would learn more about the problems ordinary farmers are facing — information he could take back to the Senate committee hearings he has missed consistently since 2009.

It’s obvious that McConnell is much more interested in his own political future than in the future of Kentucky agriculture.

Ruby Layson

It could be argued that few people hate Mitch McConnell’s politics as much as us. But… really?

Mitch McConnell secured the tobacco buy-out.

And he’s the reason hemp is becoming a thing.

Do the Jerry Lundergan folks really believe speaking out of their hind ends on agriculture is going to work?

Why make this nonsense up? There’s plenty of actual dirt to hit the man with.


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