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I’ll say something good about Jim Bunning: He’s dead. Good. He also was cantankerous. He snapped “tough s—!” at a senator pleading with him to drop his objection to an unemployment benefits package. He said his 2004 Senate challenger looked like one of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s sons, and he suggested the man was gay. In a 2009 speech, he predicted that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be dead within a year from cancer. Bunning later offered an apology “if my comments offended Justice Ginsburg.” Ginsburg remains alive and on the court. [John Cheves]

The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee called for a review of Jared Kushner’s security clearance Sunday amid reports that the White House adviser sought secret communications with the Kremlin. [HuffPo]

If CJ’s out-of-town managers had guts (and let’s be clear – they don’t. Hi, Joel! Ever find that proof Watkins called CPD? Didn’t think so.) they would work with legal and get Gannett to fund a defamation suit against Bevin. Because Bevin’s a whiny ass titty baby just begging to be dragged for his latest bullshit. The absurd defamation of Loftus takes the cake. [C-J/AKN]

This is a magnificent piece you should go read immediately. When I walk into the Chappaqua dining room in which Hillary Clinton is spending her days working on her new book, I am greeted by a vision from the past. [New York Magazine]

Matt Bevin should tread lightly. The media devil he so desperately fears will huff and puff and blow his glass house down. It’s also not partisan. It’s not a political issue. Otherwise, the feds wouldn’t be crawling all over Anchorage. Pro-tip to Bevin staffers: trash-talking Jim Huggins is just about the easiest way to clue me in to the fact that you fear the FBI. [WAVE3]

Former acting CIA director John McLaughlan on Friday responded to reports that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner discussed setting up a secret communications line between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, saying if such reports are true, it would be considered espionage. [The Hill]

You know the shit is hitting the fan when Matt Bevin panics and holds a last-minute presser to claim everything is puppies and rainbows with Kentucky’s economy. The shit: unemployment explosion, lawsuits, pension disaster at the hands of the Republicans, ethics complaints, feds breathing down his idiot neck. [Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former U.S. officials told Reuters. [Reuters]

If you need a good laugh, here’s a look at Brett “AT&T’s Thumb Is In My Butt” Guthrie pretending to have a grasp on health care. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Oleg V. Deripaska, a Russian oligarch once close to President Trump’s former campaign manager, has offered to cooperate with congressional committees investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, but lawmakers are unwilling to accept his conditions, according to congressional officials. [NY Times]

Maybe Cecil Watkins is dumber than anyone thought? He’s repeatedly lied about the authority of the Attorney General. OAG opinions carry the weight of law. You could take the Commonwealth to court, as you could over any piece of legislation, but opinions definitely are more than “just shy of law”. [The Morehead News]

Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports. [WaPo]

A government ethics watchdog filed a formal complaint Friday against Gov. Matt Bevin, accusing him of violating Kentucky’s ethics code as the governor moved his family to a new house in Jefferson County. [H-L]

Donald Trump spent months promising miners that he’d make the ailing coal mining industry great again during his election campaign. But it seems one of the president’s top economic aides has other ideas. Gary Cohn, director of the White House National Economic Council, told reporters aboard Air Force One Thursday night that coal “doesn’t make sense anymore,” as he talked up other energy sources. [HuffPo]

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Bevin Gets Back Into Bed With For-Profit Prisons, Proving His New Naz… Republican Feathers Are Coming In Strong

Mitch McConnell has known Trump-Russia specifics since August but has continued to lie to Kentuckians and the American people. He’s also publicly attempted to quash investigations and prevent the appointment of a special prosecutor. He’s a treasonous old fucker and he’s only in power because the Kentucky Democratic Party is ineffective garbage. So it’s time to sack the KDP as it currently exists so you can sack McConnell. [Mother Jones]

Leave it to shitty Republicans like Matt Bevin to further harm Kentucky with private prisons. Matt Bevin’s administration is preparing to place state inmates in a private prison in Lee County four years after former Gov. Steve Beshear decided to end Kentucky’s use of for-profit lockup. On Tuesday, the state formally awarded a contract to the Louisville law firm of Wyatt Tarrant and Combs to “assist in drafting and finalizing a complex contract for operation of a private prison in Lee County, to accommodate prisoners in state custody due to serious overcrowding problems at existing state correctional facilities.” [John Cheves]

So of course Mitch McConnell is in love with the plan. He and his fellow delusional self-promotors love the idea of killing thousands of Kentuckians. Twenty-three million fewer Americans would have insurance under legislation that House Republicans narrowly passed last month, the Congressional Budget Office reported on Wednesday. [HuffPo]

Just before taking office, President Donald Trump promised to donate all profits earned from foreign governments back to the U.S. Treasury. But MSNBC has learned the Trump Organization is not tracking all possible payments it receives from foreign governments, according to new admissions by Trump representatives. By failing to track foreign payments it receives, the company will be hard-pressed to meet Trump’s pledge to donate foreign profits and could even increase its legal exposure. [NBC News]

Finally, a Pitino-related sex scandal nightmare that he and UofL didn’t get to manipulate and win. [C-J/AKN]

Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials. [WaPo]

The Madison Fiscal Court heard first reading of its 2017-18 budget Tuesday morning, with only minor adjustments from the draft it reviewed a week earlier. [Richmond Register]

The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward. [NY Times]

Eastern Kentucky towns always bog themselves down with the dumbest shit possible while their community gets lost in the dark. If skateboarders in Russell want to practice kickflips and ollies, or simply spin their wheels on pavement, they’ll have to do it on private property. [Ashland Independent]

An escalating feud between the White House and the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has boiled over, with the Trump administration refusing to produce waivers it has granted to lobbyists that allow them to work in government agencies. [The Hill]

The Rowan County Board of Education voted Tuesday to approve a 1 percent raise for all district employees. [The Morehead News]

A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a Wikipedia lawsuit that challenges a U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) program of mass online surveillance, and claims that the government unconstitutionally invades people’s privacy rights. [Reuters]

A consulting firm tasked with analyzing Kentucky’s unfunded public pension fund crisis says the state could address the problem more quickly if it committed to a fixed-dollar annual contribution similar to a 30-year mortgage. [Ronnie Ellis]

Sam Clovis likely to be named undersecretary of the USDA department that manages research on everything from climate change to nutrition. [ProPublica]

The AFL-CIO and Teamsters Union filed a lawsuit in Franklin Circuit Court Thursday challenging the constitutionality of a new law that prohibits unions from requiring employees to pay dues in a unionized workplace. [H-L]

Antarctica, the desolate southernmost continent boasting the coldest climate on Earth, usually brings to mind visions of ice, snow and penguins. But global warming is transforming Antarctica’s icy expanses, new research from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom shows. Parts of the continent are “greening,” researchers say — and fast. [HuffPo]

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Kentucky Republicans: Apparently Way Less Capable Than Kentucky Democrats – And You KNOW That’s Saying Something

If there’s one big question lingering here as a springtime lull takes hold of the Kentucky Capitol, it’s this: is the legislature going to overhaul the state’s tax code in a special legislative session this year? Leaders of the House and Senate are shrugging. [H-L]

Miss Lindsey Graham (R-Gurl.) said Tuesday that if “fully implemented,” Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to State Department funding would lead to “a lot of BENGHAAAAAAAAAAAAZI situations.” [HuffPo]

Kentucky needs to boost its pension funding about $700 million a year to responsibly tackle its crisis, state budget director John Chilton said Monday. [C-J/AKN]

PPL Corp. shareholders on Wednesday became what’s believed to be the first group of electric utility investors in the nation to successfully urge management to publish a report explaining how new climate change policies will affect the company’s bottom line. During the Allentown-based utility’s annual shareholder meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, more than 50 percent of shareholders voted in favor of a nonbinding proposal that asks PPL management to publish “an assessment of impact” that public policy changes and technological advances related to the 2016 Paris Agreement will have on the company’s portfolio. [Click this Clicky]

Richmond resident and 21-year-old Eastern Kentucky University student Drake Southwell was a recipient of the free and reduced lunch program all throughout grade school. [Richmond Register]

Allowing a photographer from the Russian state media into the Oval Office was an act of breathtaking recklessness. Or just straight-up corruption and treason. [Politico]

Greenup County schools will get less state money next year because of a dip in enrollment, but the funding cut won’t be enough to seriously hamper district operations, administrators said Tuesday. [Ashland Independent]

Senate Republicans are under mounting pressure to pass an ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill before the congressional recess in August. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Garbage) is wary of committing to a specific deadline after the House struggled to pass a bill, the White House wants the upper chamber to hit the gas. [The Hill]

Rowan County Fiscal Court officially approved the 2016-17 operating budget last week; however, it didn’t pass with all four magistrates agreeing. [The Morehead News]

Donald Trump’s proposals to slash federal aid to the poor, the sick and people living in rural areas reflect conservatives’ demands for a smaller federal government but target many of the very people who voted for him last November. [Reuters]

The Chief Justice of Kentucky’s Supreme Court denied a local rule proposed by a Family Court Judge who does not wish to preside over adoption cases involving homosexuals because of “both procedural and substantive deficiencies.” [Ronnie Ellis]

The Faux News brand of Republicans – the Scott Jennings of the world who buy into this bullshit – are just disgusting. [WaPo]

A Tennessee man says he spent five years in jail for a murder he did not commit because a state police detective and a former Kentucky sheriff lied to protect a man who was related to the detective and had bribed the sheriff. [H-L]

“People think he’s a little crazy,” said Benedetta Alabardi, a pharmacist whose store sits a few hundred yards from St. Peter’s Square. “The first impression is that he’s crazy and dangerous,” said Orasti Gionti, a project manager for a telecommunications consulting company, who allowed for the possibility that Trump’s outrageous statements were an act. “Maybe he’s tricky.” [HuffPo]

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Trump-Russia Gets Worse By The Minute

Thanks, Republican Party of Kentucky, for being so backward and making this possible. Kentucky now leads the nation in Hepatitis C infection rate. [H-L]

Mike Pence knew damn well what he was getting himself into. [HuffPo]

University of Louisville trustee John Schnatter sat about 20 feet across from athletic director Tom Jurich for several hours Thursday during a board of trustees meeting, but they did not exchange words. [C-J/AKN]

Keith Noreika helped big banks avoid state laws protecting consumers. As head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, he now has the power to override those state laws. [ProPublica]

The economic impact of tourism in Rowan County grew to more than $69 million in 2016. The total impact developed into more than $14.5 billion across the state last year, according to a report from the Kentucky Department of Tourism released earlier this month. [The Morehead News]

Trust me when I say you WANT to read this. Probably twice. [NY Times]

In Washington, D.C., the average price of a telephone landline is $13 monthly. But in McKee, Kentucky, and many other impoverished rural communities, federal regulation require local phone companies to charge no less than $18 — the average national rate. [Richmond Register]

FBI Director James B. Comey prepared extensively for his discussions with Trump, out of concern that the president was unlikely to respect the legal and ethical boundaries governing their respective roles, according to associates of the now-fired FBI chief. [WaPo]

Dwight Herron ran Oklahoma’s high-risk pool program that helped individuals with pre-existing medical conditions get health insurance before the Affordable Care Act took effect. [Ashland Independent]

If you opened your mailbox today and found that you owed the city $100 and you had to pay it right away, would you be able to? A new report claims that nearly half of us are not prepared to absorb this cost, and more than 1-in-4 Americans is up a creek if they have to unexpectedly pay as little as $10. [Consumerist]

The first case to be transferred from Family Court Judge Mitchell Nance’s courtroom related to his April 27 orders, through which he recused himself from all adoption cases “involving a homosexual party or parties,” wasn’t an adoption case. [Glasgow Daily Times]

According to the Report of Investigation, which Cummings refers to in his letter to committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, Flynn made false statements to investigators about who funded his foreign trips, including a 2015 trip to Russia where Flynn was paid roughly $45,000 to speak at an event in Moscow. [CNN]

More of that hard-hitting educational reporting from Kentucky’s worst education reporter – even worse than Toni Konz and her stenography from Terry Holliday. [H-L]

Donald Trump has had his finger on the detonator of the bomb to blow up Obamacare for months. Now he may be about to press it. [HuffPo]

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KRS Mess Is Apparently News To Some

Maybe there wouldn’t be a panhandling problem if all of these so-called “Christians” in Kentucky bothered to do something to help their fellow people in need? Nah, that’s too simple and makes too much sense. [H-L]

Washington officials want Turkey to pay a price for its presidential security detail’s alleged role in beating up anti-government protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Told ya so. Years ago. The Kentucky Retirement Systems board on Thursday lowered some key assumptions that will cause the state’s already massive pension debt to grow by at least another $2 billion. [C-J/AKN]

Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters. [Reuters]

Budget cuts, tuition increases, and capital project plans. Oh, my! During Thursday’s Morehead State University Board of Regents work session, the Board was presented with the proposed six-year capital plan for 2018 through 2024 as well as the proposed operating budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. [The Morehead News]

Reports that fired FBI Director James Comey kept a record of his conversations with President Donald Trump dominate the news, fueling calls for deeper inquiry into any evidence that Trump may have interfered with an FBI investigation into his own campaign. One detail from Comey’s reported memo has been inadequately examined. [ThinkProgress]

In a day when sports news is clouded by “deflategate” or allegations of growth hormones, it can be refreshing to see athletes compete all for the love of the game. [Richmond Register]

President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting. “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” [NY Times]

A student who brought a handgun with a loaded magazine to Boyd County High School two weeks ago has been expelled for one year, said Boyd County Schools Superintendent Brock Walter. [Ashland Independent]

As Donald Trump has grown increasingly angry and frustrated with his White House staff, the beleaguered targets of his ire have a quietly roiling gripe of their own — their boss, the president himself. [WaPo]

Five findings were noted by state auditors regarding the Hart County Fiscal Court’s 2016 financial statement. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Only a tiny percentage of detained immigrants have attorneys, leaving even those with solid cases to stay in the United States to fend for themselves. [ProPublica]

The newspaper folks didn’t dig that information up on their own. Not remotely. Which never gets mentioned A researcher, unaffiliated with the paper, gave all the information to them on a silver platter. [H-L]

Will Erdogan’s thugs face no consequences for attacking us on U.S. soil? They acted like mafia henchmen. [HuffPo]

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Bevin’s Crew Is Sloppier Than The Dems

We’ve long told you that Matt Bevin deserves scrutiny from outside the Commonwealth.

In fact, we broke the news in April that Neil Ramsey had invested cash in a business with Bevin (along with several others like Mac Brown’s brother) and was receiving a mountain in tax credits.

Even rang alarm bells about his meddling with Kentucky Retirement Systems that others would love to ignore.

So here’s some more, ahem, speculation involving Matt Bevin.

Ramsey, the guy who “sold” that Anchorage house to Bevin, didn’t file his financial disclosure on February 1. He didn’t bother to file it until months later – a day after an open records request was filed to obtain it:

But nothing to see here, right?

Wait til people start digging into the East End Bridge fun.