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What’s Going On With The Evarts City Council?

February 27th, 2015 · No Comments

The University of Kentucky’s request for $132.5 million in state bonds for a medical research center won unanimous approval Thursday from the Senate budget committee. [H-L]

In a landmark move Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission approved new rulessupporting net neutrality. The regulations aim to ban Internet service providers (ISPs) from giving preferential treatment to companies that would pay extra to get their content to consumers. [HuffPo]

A bill to put Kentucky Horse Racing Commission members under the state executive ethics code unanimously passed the Senate State & Local Government Committee on Wednesday and now goes to the full Senate. Jack Conway’s dad is privately losing his mind over this one. [C-J/AKN]

President Obama vowed Wednesday to pull no punches in defense of his recent executive actions shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. [The Hill]

A bill that would fund the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative through the return of coal severance dollars to the mountain region passed the Senate without opposition Wednesday. [Ashland Independent]

SolarCity Corp on Thursday said it created a $750 million fund to finance about 25,000 residential solar projects, with Google Inc investing nearly half the funding. [Reuters]

The four out of 10 members of the Barren-Metcalfe County Emergency Medical Services board of directors who are new did not get eased into their roles. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid are ready to put an end to Capitol Hill’s latest drama and fund the Department of Homeland Security. There’s just one problem: Speaker John Boehner. [Politico]

This year’s record-breaking winter storm has delivered one of its biggest blows to the Perry County School System. [Hazard Herald]

This year we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution — abolishing slavery. [NPR]

Councilman Clark Cusick has resigned his seat from the Evarts City Council in a letter he submitted to the mayor and council dated Jan. 21. Cusick, who was re-elected to the council in November, is a longtime council member for the city. In his letter of resignation, he said he was resigning because of “personal reasons.” [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Well, this is awkward. This month, five people from American Samoa—the only place in the world where babies born on US soil are denied US citizenship—argued in federal court that the government’s refusal to grant them birthright citizenship violates the Constitution. [Mother Jones]

Last year, the Fayette County school board approved $17.1 million in controversial budget cuts. But based on preliminary information, “I don’t see any drastic cuts at this juncture” for 2015-16 “or any reductions for that matter,” board chairman John Price said Wednesday. [H-L]

“Of the 11 times in our entire history that the Espionage Act has been used against government workers sharing information with journalists, seven of them have been under this presidency,” he said. [HuffPo]

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Gay-Panicked Tim Moore Caption Contest Time!

February 27th, 2015 · 4 Comments

Tim Moore is really upset that the gays get to use the restroom.


You know what to do!

Make it funny or else.

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WATB: Montgomery County/Joshua Powell Edition

February 27th, 2015 · 4 Comments

Pee alert. Beverage alert. Hold on to your wigs.

This week’s Mt. Sterling Advocate has produced some of the funniest stuff we’ve ever seen in the ongoing Montgomery County Schools-Joshua Powell saga.

The excerpts:

Powell’s attorney, C. Ed Massey, claims in judge Beth Maze’s order of recusal filed in the injunction case she “made inflammatory accusations against” Powell, “including defamatory statements against” Powell’s character and credibility. Massey alleges “Maze’s comments are just an example of the prejudice plaintiff faces in the forum of the Montgomery County Circuit Court.”

Massey asserts Powell cannot have an unbiased trial here.

“It is uncertain if Dr. Powell could get a fair trial anywhere, given the remarks of Judge Maze, which would taint any potential trier of fact. His credibility has already been tainted by the actions of the defendant board, by Judge Maze’s diatribe and by the uninformed public in Montgomery County,” he claims.


Massey alleges in grounds for change of venue motion that the Montgomery County Board of Education “is a far-reaching entity, with members and relatives of members found throughout Montgomery County and its county seat, Mt. Sterling. The board of education has suspended plaintiff, causing the public to lose confidence in plaintiff as their superintendent. Members of the board have voiced negative comments and derogatory statements about plaintiff, creating distrust in the community.”

Cracking up yet?

It gets better:

Massey told the Advocate Tuesday he has also notified the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission about this matter.

“The judge recused herself and rightfully so. However, the judge exceeded her scope and authority by putting her personal opinion and findings in the recusal order. I have discussed this with several legal colleagues and they have never witnessed this type of judicial behavior,” Massey claims.

“The judge acted hearing NO evidence and taking no testimony. The ability of Dr. Powell to get a fair hearing has been compromised,” Massey alleges. “Is this the lesson we really want to model for Kentucky’s students?”

Last we checked, Powell created this situation for himself and caused all of these problems for the taxpayers and students, not Judge Beth Maze.

Folks at the Judicial Conduct Commission LAUGHED when we asked for comment, telling us off-the-record that Maze has received high praise and that this move for Powell by Massey was poorly thought out because rather than keep attention off Maze’s recusal, it draws loads more attention to what she had to say.

Like clockwork, the contents of the recusal were published in the paper — again — giving the entirety of Montgomery County another look at what Powell doesn’t want them to see, hear or think about:

In the order of recusal, Maze said she has a close personal relationship with the former Montgomery County Schools curriculum director.

“Because of this close personal relationship, the undersigned has been privy to information regarding the plaintiff’s conduct. This information encompasses plaintiff’s mistreatment of the former curriculum director, including her removal as director and placement back into the classroom,” Maze claims. She added that she believes the removal of the director is in violation of Kentucky Revised Statute 161.765 and OAG 77-328.

“Knowing these facts and having formed an opinion about the plaintiff’s character and credibility,” Maze said she could not be fair and impartial regarding Powell.

While the paper has done a decent job this week in reporting the latest dose of craziness, it still hasn’t spoken with board members or attempted to get anything beyond what it’s spoon-fed by Powell. Everyone should overlook that momentarily, though, because of the humor the paper brought.

Bonus stuff:

Here’s betting this case harms a school board re-election attempt by Massey in Boone County. Board members there have started reaching out to us in exasperation and embarrassment. (Don’t worry, Ed, we won’t publish those messages, as much as we’d love to. But expect this all to come up during a closed session sometime soon.)

Powell can’t have his cake and eat it, too. On numerous occasions he’s claimed the board has no power or influence outside of meetings. Now he’s having his Ed Massey claim the board has far-reaching influence that has extended across the Commonwealth. Which is it?

Really… filing a complaint against a circuit court judge? Like that’s going to accomplish something? Every judge in this state is aware of the Montgomery County mess. Claiming Powell’s been defamed because a judge spilled the T on his own actions (you know she can prove it)? Hahaha.

Jacqui Johnston is still withholding records in violation of the law. Which is fascinating, considering she’s been advised by the district’s legal folks that it’s, you know, the opposite of legal to do so. Her colleagues tell us she’s slowly cleaning out her office in anticipation of getting the boot.

This is why Montgomery County can’t have nice things.

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Just How Backward Is The MoCo $1.3 Million Mess?

February 27th, 2015 · 8 Comments

Just how backward has the Chromebook mess been for Montgomery County Schools?



So backward that teachers haven’t received any training (but the devices are already in kids’ hands, of course) and the trainer, a Joshua Powell apologist, has no idea what to teach.

Our sources in central office tell us that Powell is still calling these shots despite being under suspension.

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HEY! Major Trolling Worthy Of Mega Pee Alerts!

February 27th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Rarely does a mainstream media outlet in Kentucky produce something so remarkably worthy of legit laughter.

But get a load of the most terrific trolling of the legislative session!


If you don’t get it? That’s a screengrab from the movie Brokeback Mountain.

Can’t. Even.

Too good.

They win the internet this week.

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You’ll Be Tolled Up One Side & Down The Other

February 27th, 2015 · No Comments

After turning down a request to ban tolls for a new Brent Spence Bridge in Northern Kentucky, the Kentucky House overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday night to allow state government to partner with private sources on building projects. [H-L]

Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said earlier this month that members of the Congressional Black Caucus opposed war because they wanted to spend money on food stamps instead. [HuffPo]

Mammoth Cave National Park cave tours will increase by $1 to $2, except the Wild Cave tour, which will increase by $5, effective March 14, the National Park Service announced. [C-J/AKN]

President Obama’s nominee for attorney general cleared a hurdle Thursday, as a Senate panel signed off on Loretta Lynch over the objections of some Republicans. [The Hil]

The Madison County Fiscal Court received some advice Tuesday on its “wish list” for the state’s six-year road plan. [Richmond Register]

Possession of small amounts of marijuana became legal in the District of Columbia on Thursday amid a face-off between local officials and the U.S. Congress over whether the new standards are lawful. [Reuters]

A bill that would essentially “cap the co-pay” for those buying medications heard emotional testimony from both sponsor Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, and a Glasgow woman with epilepsy. [Ashland Independent]

Rand Paul will beseech conservatives to follow “a new way” as he takes the podium of the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday and tries for a triple crown — a third consecutive win in the annual straw poll that reflects the young, libertarian crowd of raucous activists. [Politico]

After more than a year of pondering and little feedback from Barren County Fiscal Court, a proposed update of the county’s ethics ordinance is moving forward. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Economists usually worry about a “wage-price spiral” taking hold. That’s when workers are earning more, but losing buying power as prices rise. [NPR]

“This city is lucky to have the dedicated people that we have that’s done work during this crisis—and we have had a crisis,” Hazard City Manager Grady Varney said of the ongoing water issues in Perry County during a Hazard City Commission meeting Wednesday afternoon. [Hazard Herald]

Sea levels along the northeast coast of the US rose by record levels during 2009-2010, a study has found. [BBC]

The Fayette County school board has accepted bids for the construction of two more elementary schools. [H-L]

A new Gallup survey has found that the two states with the most dramatic drop in their respective rates of uninsured are Kentucky and Arkansas, both deeply red in presidential years. [HuffPo]

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Louisville Awash In Murder & Fischer Blinks

February 26th, 2015 · No Comments

On Tuesday morning, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes testified before state lawmakers in favor of a study to check the health of civics education around Kentucky. [H-L]

So what is right-to-work? Under U.S. labor law, a union that wins an election in a workplace must represent all the workers in the bargaining unit, even the ones who may have voted against the union. [HuffPo]

Four people were killed in just 12 hours in Louisville. But listen to Greg Fischer tell it and everything is puppies and rainbows. [C-J/AKN]

The words college students use to describe their professors say a lot about how men and women are judged differently. [NPR]

With a jury trial set to begin in a week, attorneys for Kentucky State Police Trooper Jonathan Biven and the man who is suing him following a fatal traffic collision in September 2011 were in a Barren County courtroom Monday to handle preliminary matters. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Do you need a new Rand Paul Presidential Laugh this week? Here’s some polling data that shows his father, Ron Paul, beating him in North Carolina. [External PDF Link]

Kentucky Power has filed an appeal in Franklin County Circuit Court challenging a decision by the Kentucky Public Service Commission that deemed about $54 million in fuel costs as unreasonable. [Ashland Independent]

The FCC’s current net neutrality proposal is just its latest attempt at regulating Internet companies, but there have been others. [ProPublica]

An organization representing some of Louisville’s largest employers — including Ford and GE — says it is against the proposed Local Option Sales Tax. [WDRB]

Top U.S. Navy and Marine Corps officials on Thursday told U.S. lawmakers that training and weapons programs would probably be hit hardest if Congress fails to remove budget caps known as “sequestration” that are due to resume in fiscal 2016. [Reuters]

Kentucky has the second greatest reduction in the rate of uninsured people among the states, according to the Gallup Healthways Well- Being Index released Tuesday. [WFPL]

A majority of US Supreme Court justices appear to be supportive of an argument that Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against a Muslim teenager. [BBC]

A proposal that would raise Lexington sewer rates over the next two years moved forward Tuesday. [H-L]

More than one in three Afghans detained on conflict-related allegations say they were tortured or mistreated, according to a U.N. report released Wednesday based on interviews with nearly 800 detainees. [HuffPo]

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Video: Fracking Hearing In Frankfort Was A Farce

February 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Several days ago we promoted the Kentucky Oil & Gas Conservation Commission’s public hearing on fracking.

It was a whopping 15 minutes long.

Check out the audience attempting to question the process and the permit. They got shut down each time because, well, Frankfort is corrupt as hell.

Click here to access the video. The part you want to see is at about the 8:00 mark. The rest is a waste of your time if you’re familiar with being in the belly of the fat, white beast we call the legislature.

This won’t blow your mind if you know how Frankfort works but it’ll likely increase your blood pressure.

What the video doesn’t explain is that the folks at the meeting were abiding by state law.

Don’t like it? Time to complain to your state legislators. Complacency will get you nowhere.

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Powell’s Team Tries To Influence New Supe Search

February 26th, 2015 · 15 Comments

Dena Amburgy, the woman we wrote about yesterday, along with Joshua Powell’s personal secretary, Cindy Kincaid, has been hard at work trying to stack the deck for the Superintendent Screening Committee.

Check out this email blast:


Fascinating, isn’t it?

Let’s break some of those names down:

  • Angela Rhodes — she works in finance and Powell brought her from the corrupt Menifee County Schools finance department during a mega investigation
  • Alison Whaley is a teacher at the high school and happens to be Angela’s sister. Their father? David Rhodes, who works for a company (Walker) that Powell gave a $300,000 contract to.
  • Josh Spencer is the husband of Afton Fairchild Spencer and we’re sure you remember her
  • Nicki Centers is a woman we’ve run across quite a bit recently. Officially, Powell’s people say she’s a kindergarten assistant but actually works in the front office of Mapleton Elementary
  • Francis Allen is supposed to be Anna Powell’s secretary once they take over the illegally-renovated building they’ve been working on
  • Sammi Hatfield and Lindsay Tufuno, of course, declined but everyone remembers them

Absolutely bizarre stuff.

Amburgy and Kincaid have clearly worked hard to create a team of people fiercely loyal to Powell.

Thank goodness it’s the school board who does the hiring and can see right through all of that nonsense.

Who wants to bet Kincaid gets the boot when a new superintendent rolls into town?

P.S. Alison Whaley is a high school SBDM member and her father, David, is a former state school board member.

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Pension Bungler Greg Stumbo Caption Contest

February 26th, 2015 · 7 Comments

Stock market forecaster Greg Stumbo says…


You know what to do!

Make it funny or else.

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