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Yes, U.S. Senate Race Insanity Has Hit Kentucky

September 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Rand Paul urged California Republicans on Saturday to attract new voters by trying tactics typically associated with Democrats: pushing for expanded voting rights, reforming criminal drug sentences and talking to minorities. [H-L]

In jails around the country, inmates with serious mental illnesses are kept isolated in small cells for 23 hours a day or more, often with minimal treatment or human interaction. [HuffPo]

Rand Paul is a lying ass liar who lies lies lies to score political points. But you already knew the flip-flopping Miniature Texan was just that. [C-J/AKN]

Why would anyone want to talk about immigration, terrorism, gun control or the national debt, when there’s Alison Lundergan Grimes’ bus, John Walsh’s thesis, Bruce Braley’s chickens and Pat Roberts’ recliner? [Politico]

The coal industry may be on the decline in Kentucky — but the rhetorical coal war is raging in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race. [Ronnie Ellis]

The new U.S. director of the Office of Management and Budget used his first speech to talk about the dangers not acting on climate change poses to the federal budget. [Think Progress]

After weeks of debate, Russell residents will have to make a decision on the legalization of packaged alcohol sales in the city when they head to the polls Tuesday. [Ashland Independent]

The Advanced Ligo instrument, a laser “ruler” built to measure the traces of gravitational waves, is progressing at amazing speed, scientists say. [BBC]

Beginning Nov. 15, open enrollment for health care in 2015 will begin. To be enrolled or to find out what kind of insurance you qualify for, a representative from KY River Foothills will be having community and educational enrollment events until open enrollment starts. [Richmond Register]

Jason Box knows ice. That’s why what’s happened this year concerns him so much. [Mother Jones]

Barren County Fiscal Court members got an earful Tuesday evening when eight residents of Frontage Road complained that blacktop on their road had been replaced with what is called chip and seal, which they said was more like gravel. [Glasgow Daily Times]

By charging higher prices for generic drugs that treat certain illness, health insurers may be violating the spirit of the Affordable Care Act, which bans discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions. [ProPublica]

Sarah M. Jackson, who has been head of the state agency that enforces state campaign finance laws since 1999, is to retire Nov. 1. [Bluegrass Politics & Press Releases]

One of the project’s marquee contests — the bid by Alison Lundergan Grimes to knock off Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky — has faded of late. It’s no secret that Cecil is rumored to be involved in having the Clinton PAC come to KY, either. [HuffPo]

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Here Is A Thing From The KSP You Should Watch

September 22nd, 2014 · 2 Comments

The appearances by Martha Jane King and Jimmy Higdon aren’t the best parts of this video.

It’s the moment when Damon Thayer and Will Coursey show up. And maybe when Julian Carroll shows up.




Or, if you aren’t a fun of awkward moments, the best part would be the great visuals of the capitol.

Here’s another video to check out. Despite the cheesy acting, it’s an important video. It’s a look at who actually handles cyber crime in Kentucky and it’s not Jack Conway:




It’s the men and woman on the front line. The folks who rarely get credit.

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Powell’s Unbelievable Unapproved Construction Project For His Illegally-Hired Wife — In Pictures

September 22nd, 2014 · 8 Comments

What would you do if you’d been called out by the State Auditor of Public Accounts for illegally hiring your wife for a $100,000+ (salary & benefits) job? Maybe spend several hundred thousand dollars more on unnecessary construction and renovation to build her an office?

Because that’s exactly what Montgomery County Schools superintendent Joshua Powell is doing.

We previously told you about Powell’s assistant superintendent being called to Frankfort to answer questions about unapproved projects at McNabb Middle School. But it turns out Powell was doing more than renovation at McNabb.

Powell, without board or state approval, has so far spent at least $90,000 moving the maintenance department around so he can renovate their building (essentially an empty pole barn) into an office suite for his wife.

The building his wife will be in:


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The before (from Google) and after of the building maintenance is moving to:


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Photos of the construction:


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Turns out? There not only wasn’t approval given by the board or the state but he was allegedly using jail inmates without approval or proper supervision, didn’t have all (any?) proper permits and no inspections had been completed.

It was such a mess that the state SHUT IT DOWN:


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Huge nightmare for Montgomery County Schools, to say the least.

So it came up during the most recent school board meeting.

Donna Wilson, one of the members who sides with Powell 99% of the time, questioned the legality of the project. We all know it’s not entirely legal. When no attorney (because there was no attorney present) told her it was legal? She still voted to approve the expenditures.


DONNA WILSON DURING THE MEETING

Which means okaying potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in construction costs for Joshua Powell’s wife.

The Board of Education rushed through approving Joshua Powell’s potentially illegal construction project.

Watch it all play out:




Meanwhile, Frankfort officials are sitting on their hands.

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Maybe The Most Awkward Thing In State Govt

September 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet…. has… does… I… Just watch:




WHAAAAAT!

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President Obama’s Weekly Video Address

September 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

This week President Barack Obama spoke again about uniting against ISIL/ISIS/whatever it’s called:




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Aaaand The U.S. Senate Race Starts To Get Crazy

September 22nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has a small ownership stake in a vacant Lexington property that city officials have repeatedly cited for code violations and threatened legal action against for nonpayment of more than $20,000 in storm-sewer fees and fines. [Sam Youngman]

Lifting a ban on blood donations from gay men would increase the amount of available blood by hundreds of thousands of pints (liters) each year and save more than a million lives a year, a California study showed on Friday. [HuffPo]

In a preview of what could be a fight for the life of American labor unions, AFL-CIO International President Richard Trumka was in Kentucky last week to rally forces prior to the November elections. [C-J/AKN]

To Faux News, having necessities like air conditioning means you aren’t really poor. [Media Matters]

I spent last week watching silly attack ads by Senate candidates Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes by day and the Ken Burns PBS documentary, The Roosevelts, by night. [Ronnie Ellis]

As climate activists converge on New York City, world leaders are meeting with corporate polluters. [The Nation]

Ruh ro, looks like there are even more shenanigans playing out for Bam Carney these days. [Columbia Magazine]

Is this the beginning of the end of climate change denialism? World leaders have refused to give global warming the crisis treatment it deserves. The tide may finally be turning. [Salon]

With a string of bold predictions for the GOP in 2014 and 2015, state Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, says he is most needed in his current position and will not seek a higher office. Also, he couldn’t win a statewide race if his life depended on it. His dream of becoming lieutenant governor has come to pass, crushed, not happening. [CN|2]

Mitch McConnell is hardly a lovable guy. The Republican leader in the U.S. Senate has a dour public persona and many of his constituents don’t view him as a “real Kentuckian,” according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that underscores what his election campaign already knows – McConnell has an image problem. [Reuters]

Just about everyone is looking for ways to get more people to visit eastern Kentucky. But in Letcher County, one man’s plans to bring a distillery to downtown Whitesburg are on hold as of Friday. [WYMT]

Fifty years after Freedom Summer, two Mississippi sisters press the fight for voting rights. [ProPublica]

Looks like the Associated Press picked up on the reality that the Lundergan Family is quite wealthy. The whole scrimping and saving because of Medicare costs narrative isn’t exactly based in reality. It’s a myth that they truly had financial worries because they had a familial safety net with a mountain of cash — something few other Kentuckians will ever have to fall back on. [H-L]

We’ve given this guy very little attention because that’s what he wants — attention. Sure, allowing a bigot to spew their filth will make them look stupid. Just not worth it in this case. [HuffPo]

→ 1 CommentTags: Alison Grimes · Corruption · Discrimination · Eastern Kentucky · Embarrassing · Environment · Flashback · Health Care · Humor · Hypocrisy · Kentucky Business · Kentucky Tourism · Labor · Mitch McConnell · Poverty · Senate · The Gays

So Much For Obamacare Being The Scary Devil

September 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Fact-checkers find fault with several claims made in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race. [Bluegrass Politics]

The Obama administration on Thursday finally revealed how many people paid for Obamacare on the national and state health insurance exchanges: 7.3 million. [HuffPo]

The U.S. Census Bureau reported this week that the nation’s poverty rate has declined slightly, which might seem good news for the country. [C-J/AKN]

Construction has begun on a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon basin to monitor climate change. [BBC]

A former eastern Kentucky judge who pleaded guilty to charges alleging wide spread vote fraud has been permanently disbarred. [WKYT]

Leave it to Rand Paul to literally (we’re using that correctly) be too stupid to catch on. He’s eating up the hoax that John McCain met with ISIS. One of the many head-scratching (aka stupid) things about Syria he’s had to say. [TDB]

Louisville Metro Police have filled in the details of an arrest that came more than 40 years after the crime. [WAVE3]

Emails sent by liberal activists and obtained by The Hill reveal significant dissatisfaction with Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. [The Hill]

Alison Lundergan Grimes is again turning to her grandmother, Elsie Case, for help in her bid to oust Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, this time going after McConnell on the issue of Medicare. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is suing Corinthian Colleges, one of the largest operators of for-profit colleges in the U.S., on grounds that it deceived students and harassed them to collect on student loan debts. [Businessweek]

Don’t miss Comment on Kentucky tonight at 8:00 P.M. Eastern on KET. Scheduled guests: Ronnie Ellis, Sam Youngman, the girl from CN|2. Should be a fun conversation about Jamie Comer scoring the endorsement of Anne Northup in Louisville… which means that Hal Heiner will have an impossible mountain to climb in his home city. [KET]

Way to go, Alison, for embarrassing the living crap out of Kentucky. What snowmobiles are to Alaska’s Senate race, rifles are to Kentucky’s. [Salon]

The Affordable Care Act allowed Robin Evans, an eBay warehouse packer earning $9 an hour, to sign up for Medicaid this year. She is being treated for high blood pressure and Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder, after years of going uninsured and rarely seeing doctors. [H-L]

The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found. [HuffPo]

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Here’s More On Rand Paul Flip-Flopping Like Crazy

September 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Lil Randy took his extremist chicken hawking to CBS the other day:




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Indicative Of The Problems Facing Montgomery Co.

September 19th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Have you ever wondered why there are so many daycare/childcare issues within Montgomery County Schools?

Part of the reason is because the woman in charge, Kristi Carter, hires people without bothering to review their criminal background. Until now, that’s just been an allegation. But we finally have some proof in the form of an application of an individual hired by Carter.

Carter sent daycare supervisors instructions to print this individual’s information out and create a file for her. That was right after the person was hired.

Unfortunately… well… just take a look at a document leaked by folks in Montgomery County:


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Supervisors, as well as a source at the Kentucky Department of Education, tell us this was one of many improper hires.

We’re all about people getting second chances. Particularly when it comes to silly marijuana crimes. But regulations are regulations and other, more qualified applicants with no criminal histories have been repeatedly ignored.

Seems MoCo folks are sensing the end of a corrupt era, as many former Powell confidantes are beginning to crawl out of the woodwork.

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YET ANOTHER Montgomery Co. Schools Billboard!

September 19th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Montgomery County Schools superintendent Joshua Powell doesn’t have the cash for textbooks or the lunch program but can spend tens upon tens of thousands of dollars on billboards promoting himself:


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

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