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KY Just Doesn’t Take The Environment Seriously

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Really? We’re now just going to spread Kentucky Lottery games to the internet? What was that, again, about online gambling being the devil? [H-L]

Scientists are one step closer to cloning a woolly mammoth, thanks to the results of a new autopsy conducted on a remarkably preserved specimen of the species discovered last year. [HuffPo]

Kentucky environmental regulators are so understaffed they can no longer effectively enforce clean-water rules, Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip J. Shepherd ruled on Monday in a high-profile coal mining case. [C-J/AKN]

Meanwhile, incidents like this continue to happen in Montgomery County Schools. [Think Progress]

Russell City Council agreed to rescind all of its past alcohol ordinances predating 2009’s sales by-the-drink measure in restaurants during its regular meeting Monday night. [Ashland Independent]

Rapid-DNA technology makes it easier than ever to grab and store your genetic profile. G-men, cops, and Homeland Security can’t wait to see it everywhere. [Mother Jones]

The Glasgow Board of Education voted to buy property Monday at a special-called meeting. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Where people who got green cards in 2013 came from. [WaPo]

Cave Run Lake has a major project underway to improve fishing by increasing the amount of habitat available for fish. [The Morehead News]

U.S. district judges on Tuesday struck down as unconstitutional same-sex marriage bans in Arkansas and Mississippi, separately overturning measures that voters approved a decade ago in both socially conservative Southern states. [Reuters]

Interesting how THAT worked out for the old racist. Bullitt County Sheriff’s deputies searched the home and office of Southeast Bullitt Fire Department chief Julius Hatfield on Tuesday as part of an investigation into alleged insurance fraud and abuse of public trust. [WDRB]

A ProPublica analysis of federal government data adds new details to what’s known about the routes taken by trains carrying crude oil. Local governments are often unaware of the potential dangers they face. [ProPublica]

The chairman of the Kentucky State Fair Board has named a committee to evaluate the event, which saw attendance drop by about 100,000 this year to the smallest crowd in 30 years. [H-L]

The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.9 percent annual rate in the July-September period, even faster than first reported, giving the country its strongest six months of growth in more than a decade. [HuffPo]

Ryan Quarles is announcing his run for Commissioner of Agriculture on Monday. His press release says he’s making a “special announcement” and you already know what that means. A whole year of slap fighting complete with Just for Men and Aqua Net. [Press Release]

→ No CommentsTags: Corruption · Discrimination · Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Education · Environment · FEAR! · Gambling · Health Care · Immigration · Kentucky Tourism · The Gays · Youth

Greetings From Jean-Marie Lawson New Hair

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

First — ignore the heaving breathing of the camera operator:




What happened to Jean-Marie’s big hair?!

This is a damn travesty. Swapping Helmet Hair for a banana clip? Really? Get some new image consultants, stat!

BRING BACK THE STEEL MAGNOLIAS HAIR!

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Some Fun Thanksgiving School District Corruption

November 26th, 2014 · 3 Comments

You already know Menifee County Schools are a disaster.

So let’s dig in to this 2013-2014 school year financial audit:


CLICK TO ENLARGE — PDF — PART 1


CLICK TO ENLARGE — PDF — PART 2

Seven people were paid more than they were supposed to receive, of course, and no one is batting an eye.

Several of the people we’ve covered in Montgomery County, hired by superintendent Joshua Powell, were yanked directly out of that Menifee mess. All with the blessing and recommendation of Terry Holliday.

Holliday has a copy of the audit but won’t take action on anything because of who is/was at fault. Quite a bit of misuse of funds in there. Paying out checks that were never approved by the school board, folks being overpaid (with that payroll clerk now working for Joshua Powell), yadda yadda.

In one instance a finance officer was paid way more than their contract but Adam Edelen’s office never mentioned it. Kind of like it ignored a $300,000 no-bid contract in Montgomery County, among other things.

Just one big disaster.

Education in Kentucky is never going to improve until the corruption is flushed out. Regardless of who the next governor is, they need to take action by kicking Holliday to the curb and immediately cleaning house. KDE needs to be a monster of a priority.

→ 3 CommentsTags: Corruption · Eastern Kentucky · Education · Joshua Powell · Wasted Money

Senator Jimmy Higdon Just Made Leadership

November 26th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Well, yesterday.

But.

Wait for it…




→ 3 CommentsTags: Flashback · RPK

Will T. Scott Will Not Be Your Next Governor

November 26th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Worst-kept secret for 2015? He still has no idea he has no shot. Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott of Pikeville said Monday he will decide by early January whether to run for governor next year. [H-L]

Undocumented LGBT immigrants are criticizing President Barack Obama for excluding them from his immigration plan, even as they are happy to see members of their families and communities freed from the fear of deportation. [HuffPo]

A state panel will likely call on the General Assembly to find more money for Kentucky’s struggling pension system, although it’s unclear where the funding might come from. [C-J/AKN]

You can say a lot of things about the U.S. Congress. One thing you can’t really say, though, is that they’v(sic) been in Washington way too long. [WaPo]

Although the plan was for a $10 utilities assessment to be for only one year, the city of Lynch voted to renew it at its monthly meeting on Tuesday. Mayor John Adams said the city could not afford to operate without the revenue generated by the assessment. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

What will they call this place once the glaciers are gone? A century ago, this sweep of mountains on the Canadian border boasted some 150 ice sheets, many of them scores of feet thick, plastered across summits and tucked into rocky fissures high above parabolic valleys. Today, perhaps 25 survive. [NY Times]

Some much needed jobs are on the way to eastern Kentucky. [WYMT]

A Seattle police plan to outfit officers with body cameras was back on for early December after the agency struck an unusual deal with an anonymous programmer whose massive public-records requests threatened to cripple the program, police said on Friday. [Reuters]

Former U.S. Congressman for Kentucky’s Sixth District Ben Chandler said it was unlikely he would run for governor in 2015, citing a currently “unconducive” atmosphere. [Ashland Independent]

President Obama took aim at Speaker John Boehner (R-Orange) on Friday as he defended his executive action on immigration, saying the Republican leader had stood between giving “millions of people that chance to get right with the law.” [The Hill]

The Kentucky State Police kicked off the fifth annual ‘Cram the Cruiser’ food drive this past week. Food collection sites have been established at all 16 posts across the state, including Post 7 in Richmond on the Eastern Bypass next to Roy Kidd Stadium, and at the agency’s headquarters location in Frankfort. [Richmond Register]

The House Intelligence Committee dismissed on Friday a number of the most persistent myths about the 2012 terrorist attacks at a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi. [Politico]

Coal operations in Eastern Kentucky accounted for six of the top 10 highest unpaid health and safety fines nationwide, according to an analysis by two news organizations. [H-L]

On March 22, 1991, a visibly shaken and angered President George H.W. Bush said he was “sickened and outraged” by what he saw on television. That was the beating of black motorist Rodney King by a swarm of LAPD cops. A year later, following the acquittal of four LAPD cops by a Simi Valley jury with no blacks on it, Bush ordered then-Attorney General William Barr to begin the process of slapping federal civil rights charges on the four officers. [HuffPo]

→ 1 CommentTags: Barack Obama · Ben Chandler · Congress · Corruption · Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Election 2015 · Environment · FEAR! · Flashback · Giving Back · Health Care · Immigration · Jobs · Law Enforcement · The Gays · Wasted Money

Terry Holliday Is Part Of The Education Problem

November 25th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Citing a lack of effectiveness and efficiency in Menifee County Schools, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday has recommended that the state provide intensive management assistance to the district. Spoiler alert: Some of the people responsible for the messes in Menifee County jumped ship and were hired by Joshua Powell in Montgomery County upon the recommendation of Terry Holliday. [H-L]

At least a dozen buildings were torched and looted, many of them local businesses that police said were total losses. [HuffPo]

With state Rep. Larry Clark, of Louisville, announcing two weeks ago that he wouldn’t seek another term as speaker pro tem, Louisville Democrats began scrambling to make sure that the delegation from Kentucky’s largest city has someone in House leadership. [C-J/AKN]

On the day after President Obama’s historic announcement of a plan to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, hundreds of Latino activists and families gathered in front of the White House on Friday afternoon to express their gratitude — and also vow to press Congress to finish the job. [WaPo]

Uh, seriously, it’s Democratic Secretary of State, not Democrat. It’s just silly when journalists repeatedly do that. Ryan Alessi would be popping a vein. Can’t even read the rest of the story when there’s an intentional error like that. [CN|Toot]

Republican presidential primaries have for decades been orderly affairs, with any momentary drama mitigated by the expectation that the party would inevitably nominate its tested, often graying front-runner. [NY Times]

Hoping to get priority for federal money, Mayor Danny Howard told members of the Harlan City Council, at a recent meeting, he had met with Sandi Curd, program coordinator of the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation’s (KHIC) Promise Zone, recently in his office. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

You might not know where Chad is but the U.S. military has big plans for it. The military insists it isn’t doing anything there but the evidence indicates otherwise. [Mother Jones]

Kentucky’s month-to-month unemployment rate decline in October led the nation. [Business First]

More immigrants now qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Robert Siegel talks with Rocio Andiola in Mesa, Ariz. She is now eligible for DACA but her mother isn’t. [NPR]

A Franklin Circuit judge has delivered a sharp rebuke to the Kentucky Cabinet for Energy and Environment while delivering a major win for environmental groups that claim the state does not adequately enforce provisions of the Clean Water Act. [Ronnie Ellis]

Hillary Clinton made her first public comments on President Obama’s immigration order Friday night at a ritzy event at a hotel in New York City, saying it was necessary in the face of House inaction and that “this is about people’s lives.” [Politico]

An organization attempting to increase employment in Eastern Kentucky hopes legislators will set up a separate fund to aid development in the region. [H-L]

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson told a grand jury that Michael Brown looked like a “demon” during the confrontation that ultimately left the teenager dead, according to testimony released on Monday. [HuffPo]

→ 1 CommentTags: Barack Obama · Corruption · Discrimination · Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Education · Environment · Immigration · Journalism · Law Enforcement · Military · Presidential Race

Audit Reveals Trouble For Magoffin Co. Sheriff

November 25th, 2014 · 2 Comments

The latest audits from Adam Edelen reveal some problems for the Magoffin County Sheriff.

Click here (Warning: External PDF) for the general audit and here (Warning: External PDF) for the tax audit.

Highlights:

  • The Sheriff’s 4th Quarter Report was materially misstated.
  • The Sheriff did not make daily deposits.
  • The Sheriff should present his annual settlement to the Fiscal Court.
  • The Sheriff’s office lacks adequate segregation of duties.
  • The Sheriff failed to prepare receipts and disbursements ledgers and monthly bank
    reconciliations as required by KRS 68.210.
  • The Sheriff should make interest payments to the school and the fee account. T
  • The annual settlement of tax collections should be timely prepared.
  • The Sheriff’s office should report and distribute taxes collected by the tenth of each month.
  • The Sheriff did not make daily deposits.
  • The Sheriff should eliminate the deficit in the 2010 property tax account.
  • The Sheriff’s office lack adequate segregation of duties.

As an added bonus, click here (Warning: External PDF) for an audit of gas and oil tax settlements. Highlights:

  • The Sheriff failed to prepare receipts and disbursements ledgers and monthly bank reconciliations as required by KRS 68.210.
  • The Sheriff should make interest payments to the school and the fee account.
  • The annual settlement of tax collections should be timely prepared.
  • The Sheriff’s office should report and distribute taxes collected by the tenth of each month.
  • The Sheriff did not make daily deposits.
  • The Sheriff’s office lack adequate segregation of duties.

Making Eastern Kentucky proud, right?

COME ON! You small town sheriffs need to get it together.

Stop giving the Commonwealth a bad name. Ignorance and laziness are no excuse.

→ 2 CommentsTags: Adam Edelen · Eastern Kentucky · Law Enforcement

Rand Stumbles In Front Of Camera, Rambles On

November 25th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Lil Randy Paul would be beside himself if he wasn’t on teevee 24/7.

So let’s watch him on Faux News with Greta Van Facelift the evening prior to President Obama’s historic immigration speech:




You elected that miniature hypocrite, Kentucky.

→ 1 CommentTags: FEAR! · Rand Paul

Time For Another Greg Stumbo Caption Contest

November 25th, 2014 · 6 Comments

Looky who we spotted here:


CLICK FOR ORIGINAL

You know what to do. Make it funny or else.

→ 6 CommentsTags: Contest · Greg Stumbo · Humor

That’s Why Louisville Frowns At Bullitt County

November 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Tim Wise makes you wonder if he has black ancestry. Wise, one of the more thought-provoking white anti-racism activists in America, has traveled to 50 states challenging racism and white privilege. [H-L]

Rand Paul, a possible Republican candidate for president in 2016, is calling for a formal declaration of war against Islamic State militants who control parts of Iraq and Syria, the New York Times reported on Monday. [HuffPo]

Here’s more of Rand Paul being afraid of non-whites, just like his daddy. Rand Paul told a gathering of local county officials from across the state that President Barack Obama has overstepped his authority on a number of issues, including immigration, health care, energy policy and his decision to attack the Islamic State and must be stopped. [C-J/AKN]

In a rough sense, for every dollar they spend on Washington, the biggest companies in the U.S. are getting more than $750 back. With outcomes that good, it’s no wonder spending on politics keeps going up. [The Consumerist]

How on earth do parents feel safe sending their children to school (or anywhere) when terrifying stories like this keep popping up? [Enquirer]

Rand Paul is bringing on Mitch McConnell’s national finance director, Laura Sequeira, to play a key fundraising role at his political-action committee ahead of an expected 2016 presidential campaign. [NRO]

Last month Elizabeth Reffitt asked the Rowan County Board of Education to consider a productivity study to determine if monies could be better spent in the district. [The Morehead News]

Way to go, Bullitt County, for being bigoted redneck central. You’ve made the national news again for something horrific. A Kentucky fire chief is being criticized for racist comments after he refused to help a family of stranded motorists because they were black, and then suggested that an Asian-American television reporter did not understand English. In a Bullitt County Sheriff’s deputy’s body camera recording obtained by WDRB, Southeast Bullitt County Fire Chief Julius Hatfield can be heard discussing a car accident on I-65 in September. [Raw Story]

Harlan City Police Officer George Young opened a death investigation Thursday related to a woman being found dead in her apartment in Sunshine at Holly Point. Young said a disturbing part of the investigation was that she had been dead for approximately a month, and her adult son, who was living with her had not reported that she had died. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

The FBI launched a months-long investigation of a veteran U.S. diplomat after intercepting her communication with a Pakistan official that suggested she provided the foreign government with secrets, according to multiple reports. [The Hill]

Kentucky is among the worst states in the U.S. at providing vulnerable populations with accessibility to critical elements of the justice system, according to the Justice Index study released this month by the National Center for Access to Justice. [WFPL]

Last week, it appeared that a North Carolina charter school chain had finally put an end to more than a month of wrangling with state regulators when it turned over salary data for administrators working at the schools. [ProPublica]

Trains don’t rumble over the 100-year-old Dawkins Line Railroad anymore, but officials in three Eastern Kentucky counties look at the old rail corridor and see a vision of a brighter future for the entire area. [H-L]

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has endured significant criticism for signing the Defense of Marriage Act into law in 1996 — and he has since had a complete change of heart — but one of the most high-profile parents in the queer community says the legislation wasn’t fully Clinton’s fault. [HuffPo]

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