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KDP Hasn’t Had An Original Idea In Decades

April 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Remember last year when the Kentucky Democratic Republican Party violated Universal’s copyright like woah?

KDRP is doing it again:


FROM TWITTER

Though only partially this time, since the actual characters aren’t being used.

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Major Media Complicit In KY Pension Corruption

April 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Is there collusion on the part of some mainstream media outlets and state government? Of course there is — especially when it comes to pension system corruption in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. If some outlets do hard reporting on a handful of Kentucky Retirement Systems, advertising revenue gets cut, access to officials for stories gets cut, yadda yadda. You know how it works.

But here we are two years after Edward Siedle’s report (Warning: External PDF Link) to the Securities and Exchange Commission about placement agent abuses at the KRS.

Other reports by Siedle in states like Rhode Island were widely debated and Siedle was praised by all kinds of people for shining light on pension system corruption. Recently? Siedle started digging in North Carolina and press all over the state is heaping the praise for exposing pension corruption there.

While the Herald-Leader’s John Cheves has done quite a bit of work on the pension front, no major media outlet in Kentucky has so much as acknowledged the Siedle report. (No, the State Journal isn’t major. It’s the most closed-off, inaccessible news source in the state.)

Whether intentional or not (come on, we’re just giving people the benefit of the doubt even though we all know better), this amounts to a cover-up. Media have enabled Frankfort, via the Legislative Research Commission (whitewash 2012 report) and the Auditor of Public Accounts (half-baked 2013 pension audit) to ignore the existence of Siedle’s work. This collusion permits the full-on, purposeful ignorance of our entire state.

It’s institutional corruption at its finest.

This is why Kentucky can’t have nice things.

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On Keeping Polling Data In Proper Perspective

April 24th, 2014 · No Comments

While the Democrats attempt to beat their chests (doesn’t accomplish much, because Kentucky is so obese), it’s important to keep a few thing in perspective while discussing the latest New York Times polling data that shows Mitch McConnell leading Alison Grimes by a single point.

The Kentucky sample used by the paper?

It had Mittens Romney beating Barack Obama by 3 points.

Reality? He beat him by 23.

But let’s get real. Everyone knows this is going to be a 2-3 point race either way. And it remains Mitch McConnell’s to lose.

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Kentucky Loses Again In Another Terrible Map

April 24th, 2014 · No Comments

We linked it up this morning but take a look at all the Kentuckians lacking complete plumbing:


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Unbelievable!

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Alison Grimes Just Alienated More Thinking People

April 24th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Rand Paul said voters in perennial Democratic strongholds such as Chicago and Milwaukee will think differently if they see Republicans not just visiting these places, but discussing issues pertinent to their circumstances. Fortunately, Kentuckians know he’s crazier than a shithouse rat. [H-L]

A joint fundraising committee controlled by Republican Senate leaders Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) received contributions exclusively from executives of the independent oil and gas company Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission. [HuffPo]

What better way to start off an Earth Day in Kentucky, or anywhere else for that matter, than with a couple of poems by Wendell Berry. [C-J/AKN]

Let some candidates seek the middle. Rand Paul is comfortable in the muddle. [Politico]

Here’s the latest mess written by LRC staffers for Greg Stumbo. “He” talks about bringing $77 million to Floyd County. [Floyd County Times]

President Obama has called repeatedly on Congress to help states pay for “high-quality preschool” for all. In fact, those two words — “high quality” — appear time and again in the president’s prepared remarks. [NPR]

Republican candidate for United States Senate Matt Bevin was all over south central Kentucky Tuesday. [WBKO]

The U.S. Justice Department laid out new clemency guidelines on Wednesday that are expected to make thousands of drug offenders eligible for a reduction in the sentences they are currently serving. [Reuters]

A new report states that the Affordable Care Act will benefit Kentucky more than any other state in the nation. [State Journal]

The new Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action leaves in place, for now, a system that allows public universities in Maryland, Virginia and many other states to consider race and ethnicity in admissions. [WaPo]

Alison Lundergan Grimes’ lack of specificity in the Keystone XL Pipeline debate is not stopping an anti-Keystone Super PAC from pledging support for her Kentucky U.S. Senate campaign and other Democratic candidates in four other key states. [WHAS11]

A visualisation showing where sizeable asteroids have hit the Earth in recent years has been released by the B612 Foundation. The US-based group, which includes a number of former Nasa astronauts, campaigns on the issue of space protection. [BBC]

A Legislative Research Commission employee who was fired in February after appearing in a video for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has landed a better paying state job. Spoiler alert: Rob Haynes lied. Both his relatives and Alison/her family had a lot to do with this guy getting a job. And that’s from Papaw’s staffers who called last night to fill us in. [H-L]

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergran Grimes called Wednesday on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, joining 11 other incumbent Democrats as the party tries to keep control of the Senate this November. [AP]

→ 2 CommentsTags: Alison Grimes · Campaign Finance · Discrimination · Eastern Kentucky · Education · Environment · Greg Stumbo · Health Care · Mitch McConnell · Rand Paul

Rupp Arena Is Going To Rot Everyone’s Brain

April 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Lexington’s Urban County Council voted Tuesday to hold a hearing in June on a proposed redesign of Rupp Arena and attached convention center after many questions about the project surfaced during Tuesday’s council meetings. [H-L]

In May 2013, it was big news when, for the first time, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit 400 parts per million. Now, researchers say that number has been consistently above 400 for the last month. [HuffPo]

On the popular sitcom “Seinfeld,” fictitious letter carrier Newman hid bags of mail in Jerry’s basement storage locker rather than deliver it. Real life mail man William “Brent” Morse of the western Kentucky city of Dawson Springs, stashed his in his dead mother’s house and a rented storage facility — at least 44,900 pieces of it. [C-J/AKN]

The Keystone XL pipeline is a great political symbol. The proposed 1,700-mile pipeline, which would carry 830,000 barrels daily of carbon-heavy crude from Canada’s Alberta oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries, has galvanized environmental activists, who call it a litmus test for President Obama’s commitment to fighting climate change. [NY Times]

Since the shysters at No Kill Louisville continue to play pat-a-cake, it’s time to release banking documents former board members and whistleblowers have handed over as part of our ongoing investigation into the non-profit. [The 'Ville Voice]

For years, photographer James Balog has been risking his life to document the receding of glaciers as climate change begins taking its toll at the earth’s extremities. [Bill Moyers]

Kentucky highway fatalities dropped to a 64-year low in 2013; a 14 percent reduction in deaths over 2012. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) today released final statistics for 2013. There were 638 fatalities last year, a dramatic improvement from 746 fatalities in 2012. [Press Release]

As you’ve heard, Mitch McConnell leads Alison Grimes in the latest polling from the big city. [More NY Times]

413,410 Kentuckians are enrolled in new health coverage. 330,615 have qualified for Medicaid coverage. 82,795 have purchased private insurance. 52 percent of all kynect enrollees are under the age of 35. 22,147 have enrolled in standalone dental plans. 1,605 small businesses have started applications for employee coverage; of those 628 businesses have completed applications and are eligible to offer coverage to employees. [Press Release]

The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in April though the rate of growth was slightly lower than expected as inventories fell, but factory output growth hit its fastest pace in three years, an industry report showed on Wednesday. [Reuters]

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted Atmos Energy Corp. an annual revenue increase of $8.55 million (5.5 percent). Because they own every politician in Kentucky. [Press Release]

Since Congress pressured the CDC to stop funding research on gun violence, Dr. Garen Wintemute has donated more than $1.1 million of his own money to keep his research going. [ProPublica]

It has been getting crowded here, lousy with politicians, since Fruit of the Loom announced at the beginning of the month that it is closing its plant and moving 600 Kentucky jobs to Honduras. [Sam Youngman]

For nearly a decade, the National Rifle Association successfully blocked a bill in Washington state that would have required alleged domestic abusers to surrender their firearms after being served with a protective order. Only those actually convicted of felony domestic violence, the nation’s largest gun lobby argued, should be made to forfeit their gun rights. [HuffPo]

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Here’s Yet Another Rand Paul Faux News Spot

April 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Because we need more filler today, here’s Rand Paul foaming at the mouth about… we don’t even know:




Needed all this fluff and filler to power through several thousand pages of open records requests.

Maybe we won’t use filler tomorrow. Maybe.

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Cornbread Was On National News This Morning

April 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Yesterday Jim Higdon’s Cornbread Mafia was on local teevee in Philly.

Today? It was on Today:


THE TODAY SHOW

Definite increase in sales.

This is why Kentucky can have nice things. Because the teevee people do all kinds of things like this to unintentionally help spread awareness of Kentucky stories.

Now, maybe the New York Times can profile the book and Higdon… (Looking at you, JMart…)

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Keith Hall’s Opponent Really Needs To Sack Up

April 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Have you seen the latest ad from the guy running against Keith Hall?

Here it is — though, for whatever dumb reason, they’ve disabled embedding — so you’ll have to click it:


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It started airing on WYMT in Hazard yesterday.

Here’s what Harris had to say in a release:

“While I understand defeating an entrenched incumbent like W. Keith Hall and the political insiders who are backing him will not be easy, I am encouraged by the strong support from ordinary citizens throughout the district who say they are tired of the corruption, tired of being embarrassed by Representative Hall’s unethical behavior. Our campaign is growing stronger every day and I believe this ad, with its hopeful message, will help us continue building on that momentum.”

But let’s talk about “momentum” for a second.

If Hall and his campaign guy, Kim Geveden, believe they’ve got real momentum? They’ll stop playing pat-a-cake with Hall and start playing hardball. Otherwise, it’s just more local yokel chest beating.

Wanna win? Stop with the tip-toeing. Meemaw and poppop don’t care if you’re a nice guy. They don’t care if you cowardly hide behind fake accounts online. They want someone who will cut to the chase and tell he truth about the corrupt guy you’re running against.

→ No CommentsTags: Corruption · Eastern Kentucky · Spotted

Damon Thayer Keeps His Bread Buttered…

April 23rd, 2014 · 1 Comment

Damon Thayer attempting to build favor among his Republican counterparts in the State House?


FROM TWITTER

Surely not!

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