Page One header image 1

Kentuckians Must Be Tired Of Lil Randy Paul

September 2nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider on Sept. 29 whether to take the case of a former Fort Campbell soldier sentenced to death for killing three children and attacking a woman in southwestern Kentucky. [H-L]

The 2009 financial crisis wreaked havoc on American workers. This map gives a sense of just how dramatic its effect was on employment. [HuffPo]

Kentucky Republican Rand Paul has suggested that he might run simultaneously for the presidency and re-election to the Senate in 2016, but two-thirds of registered voters in the state — including a majority of Republicans — oppose changing the law to make that easier, according to the latest Bluegrass Poll. [C-J/AKN]

A study of genetic sequences sheds light on the settling of the North American Arctic, from ancient “Paleo-Eskimos” to the modern-day Inuit. [BBC]

With only seven major buildings in its “downtown,” travelers on Ky. Hwy. 52 can miss Paint Lick in the “blink of an eye,” according to folks who live there. However, a quick glance that takes in only the size of the village that straddles the Madison-Garrard county line can be deceptive. [Richmond Register]

Iraqi security forces backed by Shiite militias and U.S. airstrikes have reportedly entered the northern town of Amerli, where Islamic State militants have laid siege to the town for weeks, prompting fears of a sectarian massacre. [NPR]

Caverna Independent Schools board of education voted to raise the tax rate for the 2014-15 school year Thursday at a special-called school board meeting after a public hearing was held regarding the tax rate. [Glasgow Daily Times]

One sweltering afternoon last month, a Boeing C-17 military transport plane arrived at the American naval base here. It had come to take six low-level detainees to new lives in Uruguay after 12 years of imprisonment. [NY Times]

Wondering what your generosity supported, folks? Jackson is not only walking again but running around post-surgery. [YouTube]

Tepid fundraising, underperforming candidates and a lousy party brand are threatening to deprive House Republicans of the sweeping 2014 gains that some top party officials have been predicting this year. [Politico]

With her sleeves rolled up and shaking hands, Alison Lundergan Grimes gets down to business at the Labor Union’s picnic at the Louisville Zoo. [WHAS11]

A judge’s status, robed in silence. Barry Kamins, a senior New York judge under investigation for ethical misconduct, is back on the bench while his case is handled in secret. [ProPublica]

Alison Lundergan Grimes is the third, and tallest, of her parents’ five daughters – giving her what she says is the perfect background to replace Mitch McConnell as Kentucky’s next senator. [H-L]

President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy’s “revving” performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections. [HuffPo]

→ 1 CommentTags: Alison Grimes · Barack Obama · Economy · Education · Environment · Flashback · Giving Back · Iraq · Jobs · Kentucky Tourism · Labor · Mitch McConnell · Rand Paul · Senate · Stats · Taxes

You Can Tell It’s Campaign Season In Kentucky

September 2nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

Alison Grimes is getting hammered pretty hard in Eastern Kentucky and Jack Conway needs to rebuild his support base there for the gubernatorial election.

So what happens?

This:

WHO:
First Lady Jane Beshear and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway

WHAT:
will have a ceremonial check presentation at Pathways Inc., a facility that received a KY Kids Recovery grant to expand juvenile substance abuse treatment. The facility is receiving funds from two settlements Attorney General Conway secured from pharmaceutical companies.

WHEN:
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
2 p.m. EDT

WHERE:
Pathways, Inc.
1212 Bath Avenue
Ashland, KY

Pandering to the drug-askeerd folks.

To top things off, though, Jack is now trying to capitalize on the Bank of America settlement — with which he had little involvement.

Take a look at his latest column about the big, bad, scary banks:

As your Attorney General, I am committed to fighting for Kentucky families and keeping the big banks honest. That’s why I was proud to join the U.S. Department of Justice last month in announcing a nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America – a settlement that’s returning $23 million to our state pension system.

During the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) lost $21.7 million when it unknowingly bought high-risk residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) from Bank of America and its Countrywide Financial Corporation and Merrill Lynch subsidiaries. Public pension funds across the country invested in these products. However, what the pension systems didn’t know is that many of the loans comprising the mortgage-backed securities were subprime, meaning they were underwritten by the bank even though the borrowers were likely to default.

The house of cards came crashing down when the demand for the RMBS products caused the banks to write more risky loans and package them. The housing market bottomed out, foreclosures spiked, and the income stream from the mortgages vanished.

As a result of the settlement, Bank of America admits to selling billions of dollars of mortgage-backed securities without disclosing to investors that the securitized loans weren’t safe. Simply put, the bank and its subsidiaries defrauded investors, including our pension system, when it sold these high-risk products.

In addition to the $23 million we have recovered for KRS, the agreement requires Bank of America to provide $7 billion to assist consumers across the country who have been hurt by the housing collapse and the recession. Kentucky will share a significant portion of this money, which will be used to create affordable rental housing, provide loans to credit-worthy borrowers, and help communities still recovering from the financial crisis.

Kentucky was one of only six states to participate in the recent $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America. It is the largest civil settlement with a single business ever in American history, and my office worked hard to make it happen.

For more information about the settlement and how consumers may benefit, Bank of America has set up a hotline at 1-877-488-7814.

I know that our ongoing efforts to help the people and the communities negatively impacted by the actions of some of the largest banks are making a difference. In 2012, my office joined with 48 other state attorneys general to negotiate the historic national mortgage foreclosure settlement, which secured $25 billion for consumers who’d been wrongfully foreclosed on by one of the nation’s five largest banks.

Kentucky’s share of the settlement totaled nearly $64 million. With that money, we’ve invested in projects that have created affordable housing for Kentuckians, helped prevent foreclosures, and assisted communities across the Commonwealth that were left holding the bag to take care of vacant and abandoned properties. Approximately 1,833 Kentucky homeowners have received an average of $34,771 in relief from the banks.

Since that time, we’ve also held accountable Ocwen Financial Corporation and SunTrust Mortgage for past mortgage servicing and foreclosure abuses, ensuring that the companies treat borrowers fairly and provide troubled borrowers with relief.

I’m proud that our efforts are benefiting communities and families in Kentucky that have been touched by the foreclosure crisis. As Attorney General, I will always stand up for the hard-working people of Kentucky and hold responsible big banks and corporations that try to profit at the expense of Kentucky families.

Spoiler alert: Those big banks? And the KRS? The placement agents? They’re the folks funding him.

Can’t let reality get in the way of a good political narrative, though.

→ 1 CommentTags: Alison Grimes · Eastern Kentucky · Jack Conway · Spotted

Montgomery Co. School Board Meetings Are Crazy

September 2nd, 2014 · 5 Comments

Just a week ago the Montgomery County Board of Education held its regular meeting and it was, as you can imagine, a you-know-what show. There’s no other way to describe it. At least not a positive way to describe it.

What better way to experience the meeting than with video?

First up is Bruce Walters:




Board Chair Kenney Gulley reminded speakers to address the board and not Joshua Powell in the beginning. Why? Powell has complained that his civil rights are being violated when members of the public address him during meetings. Despite being a public figure appointed to a government job by a body of elected officials.

As you’ve just learned, the board doesn’t really keep tabs on what Powell does or when he takes time off. Powell says he doesn’t have to obtain board approval to do anything, the board says he does and it’s all puppies and rainbows.

Powell receiving free child care while many school employees do not has become a hot issue in the community. Particularly in light of Powell and Gulley fighting to stop an expansion of the free school lunch program.

The board chair, along with Powell, played coy and lied to the public about being notified of the pending EPSB investigation. We all know they’re lying because the EPSB have said (in writing) that Powell’s been charged.

Just a taste:


CLICK TO ENLARGE


CLICK TO ENLARGE

Next up is Jennifer Golden:




Last month Golden requested Joshua Powell provide evidence of what he’s done to improve test scores but he hasn’t ponied up. Meanwhile, test scores are falling.

Golden spent quite a bit of time discussing fear and retaliation, wasted money, Powell’s free babysitting program and such. All the things you’re used to hearing about Powell by now.

The kicker was her telling the board chair that his remarks were rude, ignorant and disrespectful while demanding an apology.

After Golden, some older guy gave a report about how terrible Powell has been for Montgomery County. We’re not featuring him because he went on for nearly eight minutes and you’ve heard it all before. In fact, you’ve read it all before in legal proceedings, government charging documents and open records request after open records request.

For the first time in a while, two teachers — both close friends of Powell, both receiving compensation for participating in his programs, one of them getting paid to transport Chinese teachers to and from work — showed up to sing his praises. (Spoiler alert: their colleagues tell us they were coerced.)

First is Lindsay Tufano:




Now we finally have proof, on video, that Powell’s MSU class was for people singing his praises. And we finally get to hear about who he brought in to address his class — all the administrators from the district who have been involved in scandal and investigation after scandal and investigation.

Second came Sammi Hatfield:




Hatfield started off complaining about the thousands of “FIRE JOSH POWELL” signs spread throughout Montgomery County before moving on to the fun stuff.

She angrily, as you saw, complained about Page One’s investigative coverage, referring to it as “smut” — but not before claiming she’s never read any of our coverage. Apparently, EPSB charging documents, lawsuits providing evidence, Office of Civil Rights investigations, OEA investigations, State Auditor of Public Accounts investigations and even police reports are all smut unworthy of examination when it comes to our public school systems.

Hatfield admits, though she probably shouldn’t have, that she was one of the people who selected Powell to be hired in the district. Maybe not the greatest of ideas.

She claimed classrooms only have 20-22 students in them but most teachers we speak with tell us they typically have 35+ students in every class. Some teachers (a minority of them) tell us they have as many as 40— like in one French class.

She’s right that the spotlight needs to be removed from Powell, his administration and the board of education. But it won’t be until that mess is cleaned up.

Hatfield also self-righteously brought up religion — despite the separation of church and state — in a bizarre attempt to question the religion and faith of Powell’s critics. As if those who aren’t of the Christian religion aren’t worthy?

But what really beats everything: Hatfield has been actively campaigning against candidates for school board if they oppose Powell. She’s not only worked in support of candidates who wish to retain Powell as superintendent but she’s sent emails and Facebook messages to the campaigns of candidates she believes oppose him. Also probably not a good idea, since school employees aren’t permitted to campaign for or against candidates for school board.

We’d like to thank Hatfield for the free publicity.

Bonus: Guess which one of those women is being compensated for transporting the Chinese teachers to and from school.

Still wondering why Montgomery County can’t have nice things?

Watch the videos.

And wait til you see footage of Powell complaining about civil rights violations at board meetings. It’s unreal.

→ 5 CommentsTags: Corruption · Education · Investigation · Joshua Powell · Spotted


CLICK TO VISIT

Menifee Co. Schools Scandals Are About To Peak

September 2nd, 2014 · 2 Comments

The shenanigans at Menifee County Schools have been reported on quite a bit less than those in Montgomery County but most of our readership should still be loosely aware of what’s going on.

It will surprise no one that the Kentucky Department of Education has decided to send in eight or nine (estimating that number based on what we’ve been able to determine from folks at KDE and in Menifee County) people to conduct an audit of the school system. That’s come down since a circuit judge found the previous superintendent’s contract invalid.

It’s a heap of a mess, really. With the previous superintendent, who was tight with Terry Holliday, KDE refused meetings with board members. Holliday personally denied at least one meeting requested when those board members were alerting him to serious wrongdoing. And look how that played out — the superintendent was ousted and the district is under investigation. Now Holliday and crew see fit to pay attention.

The audit is, according to our sources, set to begin on the 15th.

On a semi-related note: Montgomery County Schools superintendent Joshua Powell hired two finance staffers from Menifee County after recommendations from Terry Holliday. That was shortly after the Menifee County scandal(s) hit the press. Adam Edelen’s staff were aware of everything that was going down but turned a blind eye.

→ 2 CommentsTags: Corruption · Eastern Kentucky · Education · Investigation · Joshua Powell · Rumor · Wasted Money

Battle Of The Teevee Ads: Which One Is Worse?

September 2nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

Here’s Mitch McConnell’s new bus ad:




This is the ad Alison started running a few days prior — one that her family members are now pushing around:




Which is worse?

We think the bus ad is more damaging.

→ 1 CommentTags: Alison Grimes · Mitch McConnell · Senate

Fear! Jesse Benton Will Eat All Your Babies!

September 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Benton was Team Mitch, but considering the intensely loyal army of aides McConnell has cultivated and kept over the years, it’s probably fair to say he was never really part of Mitch’s team. [Sam Youngman]

President Barack Obama’s possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections. [HuffPo]

Support for a constitutional amendment on casino gambling appears to be waning, even among those who are for it. [C-J/AKN]

International negotiators have been working for years on an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions around the world to fight climate change. [The Hill]

The city of Berea has scheduled two meetings to discuss a proposed anti-discrimination law that supporters called the “fairness ordinance.” [Richmond Register]

The California legislature has passed a bill that would hold companies legally responsible if the temp agencies and subcontractors they hire cheat workers out of their wages or put them in harm’s way. [ProPublica]

A majority of Kentucky voters support the Obama administration’s proposal to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour, according to the WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll released Saturday night. [WHAS11]

In an election that Republicans want to make all about President Barack Obama, the White House is determined to make him all but disappear in the battleground states that matter. [Politico]

Morehead State University has received 25 recycling bins designed specifically for placement in its athletic facilities as part of a national recycling bin grant made possible by Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation. [Ashland Independent]

The U.S. government has a detailed and technical system for determining a famine. But conditions in South Sudan make it extremely difficult to assess just how dire the situation is. [NPR]

In celebration of the 25th Annual National Recovery Month, Rowan UNITE is hosting its fourth annual Recovery Rally on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rowan County Arts Center. [The Morehead News]

At least six Ferguson police officers apart from Michael Brown’s shooter have been named in lawsuits. [WaPo]

Doug Witt points to a patchy stand of trees on his 700-acre Bourbon County farm. He calls the formerly tree-dense area — anchored on one end by a blue ash and the other by an oak — the savannah because over the years it has lost a lot of its tree canopy naturally. [H-L]

Most people know Labor Day as an extra day off of work. Fewer know the holiday comes from a time when the government was offing workers. [HuffPo]

→ No CommentsTags: Barack Obama · Corruption · Discrimination · Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Education · Environment · Gambling · Immigration · Kentucky Business · Labor · Law Enforcement · Mitch McConnell · Polling · Poverty · The Gays

Will Republicans Take The KY State House?

September 1st, 2014 · No Comments

On this Labor Day weekend, most Kentuckians favor changing laws to allow employees to work without joining unions, according to a new poll that also says they want an increase in the minimum wage. [H-L]

Hundreds of demonstrators tracked through pouring rain and blistering heat on Saturday, calling for accountability for the officer who gunned down an unarmed 18-year-old here three weeks ago and for broader policing reforms. [HuffPo]

Bald eagles continue to expand in Kentucky, extending a steady increase in breeding pairs especially during the last decade. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources biologists counted 131 occupied nests this year, up from 123 last year and 42 in 2005. That’s a 212 percent increase. [C-J/AKN]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is using recent reports about the costs of his opponent’s campaign bus in a new television advertisement. [The Hill]

As if we needed another reason to urge readers to visit Natural Bridge? Kendra Epperson, a chef at Natural Bridge State Resort Park, was a Cast-Iron Chef cooking competition winner during the 2014 Kentucky State Fair. [Press Release & GO THERE]

$15 or $30? Health reporter Charles Ornstein is charged two different prices for the same drug. Which one is right? His effort to find out illustrates consumer frustrations with the health care system. [ProPublica]

Rural residents in Northern Kentucky are concerned that a sewage (the Nathan Smith kind) pipeline will disrupt their way of life. [CN|2]

Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Pence, Rick Perry and Ben Carson all sounded like presidential candidates in weekend speeches to conservative activists here for a conference organized by an influential Koch-backed group. [Politico]

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Congressman Hal Rogers join Bill Goodman to discuss efforts to address high rates of obesity, lung cancer and heart disease in Eastern Kentucky, where SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) recently hosted several town hall meetings with Frieden and other health advocates. [KET]

The climate impacts of the world’s fossil-fuelled power plants are being underestimated because of poor accounting, say researchers. [BBC]

The thought of spring is bringing the members of the West Liberty United Methodist Church a vision of a new house of worship. [Ashland Independent]

James Tomsheck was pushed out of his job as internal affairs chief for Customs and Border Protection in June. He warns the agency has become a paramilitary organization with little accountability. [NPR]

As Republicans try to take over the state House for the first time since 1921, a new poll shows Kentucky voters split on on the question of which political party should run the law-making chamber in Frankfort. [H-L]

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in an interview to air Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” that President Barack Obama had been “too cautious” in his response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. [HuffPo]

→ No CommentsTags: Alison Grimes · Barack Obama · Campaign Finance · Discrimination · Eastern Kentucky · Environment · Health Care · Immigration · Iraq · Kentucky Tourism · Law Enforcement · Polling · Presidential Race · Rand Paul

Jesse Benton’s Gone But Daddy’s Bus Mess Isn’t

September 1st, 2014 · No Comments

It’s a three-day weekend. Don’t expect much beyond a roundup or two today.

The re-election campaign of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has gained momentum in the last month, propelled by huge leads over Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in Western and Eastern Kentucky and among men, according to a new Bluegrass Poll. [H-L]

Like we’ve been saying on Twitter… Privately, McConnell aides said that Benton had been sidelined for months in a reorganization of the campaign after the GOP primary season, and that former McConnell Chief of Staff Josh Holmes has been effectively in charge since. [HuffPo]

Louisville celebrated its multiculturalism with world music, food and fun Saturday at the 12th annual WorldFest on the Belvedere. [C-J/AKN]

Summers in the U.S. have been warming since the 1970s due to climate change, though it might not seem like it if you’re riding out this unusually cool August in the northeast and midwest. Hint: This is about Louisville. [Fast Company]

The day after his campaign manager quit in the wake of an expanding Iowa campaign bribery investigation, Mitch McConnell was posing for photos, shaking hands and riding in the Watermelon Festival Parade here. What he wasn’t doing was answering a reporter’s questions. [Ronnie Ellis]

Kentucky Democratic Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes is facing fresh questions over her campaign bus as a new report reveals the company that owns it lacks the necessary permits required to operate it. [The Hill]

Nine weeks until election day, Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race remains close, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has improved his lead over Alison Lundergan Grimes in the latest WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll, from a two point lead one month ago to a four point lead today. [Joe Arnold]

A sinkhole that swallowed eight cars inside the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky will be filled even though it has become a tourist attraction that sharply increased attendance and revenue, the museum’s board decided on Saturday. [Reuters]

September is Bourbon Heritage Month in the Commonwealth of Kentucky! [External PDF]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, announced his resignation late Friday, citing potential distractions over renewed attention to a scandal from the Iowa 2012 caucuses. [Politico]

Money taken each year in Kentucky during all robberies combined falls well short of the total amount of wages improperly withheld from Kentucky’s workers. The Kentucky Labor Cabinet collects an average of $4.5 million each year in wage restitution for employees, and that total far surpasses the average annual amount of $2 million taken during all robberies in the Commonwealth. [Press Release]

Five hundred people will learn tomorrow if they have won the chance to vent their frustration at world leaders over the global citizens stalemate over climate policy. [BBC]

Payday lenders in Kentucky are coming under increasing restrictions because of a pair of laws passed by the state and federal governments at the start of the decade. [H-L]

The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri. Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record. [HuffPo]

→ No CommentsTags: Alison Grimes · Corruption · Discrimination · Environment · Kentucky Business · Kentucky Tourism · Law Enforcement · Mitch McConnell · Polling · Senate · Wasted Money

Alison’s Camp Asleep At The Wheel Or What?

August 29th, 2014 · No Comments

Seriously — is her entire campaign team asleep at the wheel?

It hasn’t mentioned this scandal at all.

From Sam Youngman, the only person to score an interview with Benton:

Jesse Benton, the campaign manager for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, will resign his post as a bribery scandal from the 2012 presidential campaign threatens to envelop Benton and become a major distraction for McConnell’s campaign.

Benton told the Herald-Leader that he met with McConnell Friday afternoon and offered his resignation, which McConnell “reluctantly accepted.”

Benton said he offered his resignation, effective Saturday, with a “heavy heart.”

He maintained his innocence, faulting “inaccurate press accounts and unsubstantiated media rumors.”

They’ve gotta be snoozing because they’ve completely missed the opportunity to hang this around McConnell. Now the problem is gone and they can’t hold it against him.

So as bad as this is for McConnell on the embarrassment front, it’s possibly worse for Grimes for missing a major campaign opportunity.

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

P.S. Click here to read Benton’s full statement.

→ No CommentsTags: Alison Grimes · Mitch McConnell · Senate

What’s Up With The Carroll County Sheriff?

August 29th, 2014 · No Comments

Federal regulators have proposed fines totaling $245,000 against two companies accused of violating environmental rules in Eastern Kentucky. [H-L]

The Asian American Journalists Association has called on Fox News to apologize for its recent segment on ISIS and the murder of US journalist James Foley. [HuffPo]

Paid attendance at the 2014 Kentucky State Fair, held down by heavy rains on several key days, dipped to the lowest level in 30 years, fair officials said in releasing the official count Friday morning. [C-J/AKN]

In the moonscape of Death Valley, one mystery stands out: boulders that seem to creep along the desert floor when nobody’s looking. Thanks to video and GPS, scientists now think they know why. [NPR]

A city employee has raised allegations of verbal and physical harassment by his direct supervisor in a recent letter to Flatwoods’ mayor and city council members. An eyewitness to at least one of the alleged incidents stepped forward this week to support his coworker’s allegations. [Ashland Independent]

A fault on Time Warner Cable’s network left its 11.4 million broadband internet subscribers without a connection. [BBC]

At least a half dozen Republican state House candidates say they are the targets of survey calls that have gone beyond message testing for Democrats and crossed into push-poll territory. The calls end with the statement that the poll has been conducted by Public Policy Polling, the Raleigh, North Carolina based polling firm that has typically conducted surveys for Democrats. [CN|Toot]

What is the Obama Administration trying to hide? Public access to the Senate report into the CIA’s detention and interrogation policies will have to wait a little longer it appears. [Politico]

Investigators of the Kentucky Division of Mine Safety and the Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement today cited a Letcher County man for illegally mining an estimated 700 tons of coal at a surface mine near Van in Letcher County. Bryan Lee Wagner of Red Fox was heading up the operation and is charged with mining without a permit and mining without a license. [Press Release]

Eric Holder’s Justice Department is coming under pressure to order sweeping changes to police operations in the United States. [The Hill]

A civil whistleblower lawsuit has been filed in court against Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman. The suit, filed on Aug. 26, says one of Kinman’s deputies believes he’s been the target of retaliation for reporting allegations of planted drug evidence and other improprieties within the department. [WAVE3]

The federal probe that resulted in a guilty plea this week by a former Iowa state senator who was secretly paid to endorse two Republican presidential candidates in the 2012 campaign is ongoing — and could implicate the political operatives who were involved in routing payments to him, according to people familiar with the case. [WaPo]

The Republican Party of Kentucky has asked the state’s county clerks to review and verify the signatures that Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate David Patterson filed to get on the ballot. State GOP chairman Steve Robertson told the Herald-Leader on Thursday that Republicans found “clearly fictitious and fabricated names,” citing an example of a signature belonging to a purported voter named “Ben Dover” who listed his address as an obscene phrase. [Sam Youngman]

Marty McEwen was digging in the dirt on his dad’s North Texas property in May when the excavator suddenly hit something. That something turned out to be a six-foot tusk — of a mammoth that had walked the earth tens of thousands of years ago. [HuffPo]

→ No CommentsTags: Barack Obama · Campaign Finance · Corruption · Discrimination · Eastern Kentucky · Environment · Flashback · Humor · Kentucky Tourism · Law Enforcement · Mainstream Mistake · Mitch McConnell · Polling · Presidential Race · RPK · Senate