October 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment
Nestled on a hillside above Perry County Central High School, the Hazard Health & Rehabilitation Center was unlike any home Mae Campbell ever had. [H-L]
Billionaires are rushing to the aid of Republicans in the homestretch of the 2014 elections with a massive super PAC infusion after a plea from big money mastermind Karl Rove. [HuffPo]
Chia seeds aren’t on most home pantry shelves now, but trend trackers expect the tiny brown seeds to explode as a healthy food. [C-J/AKN]
Economists see holes in the Republican Party’s post-election wish list. [NY Times]
An energy policy non-profit today released its annual ranking of states by energy efficiency programs. Though Kentucky is still in the bottom half of the list, it was recognized as one of the “most-improved” states. [WFPL]
On average, members of the 113th Congress are worth over a million dollars. [WaPo]
Around these parts it’s an article of faith that “coal keeps the lights on.” Mitch McConnell is hoping coal and its supporters in this part of Kentucky will help keep the lights on for his Senate career long enough to make him majority leader of the Senate. [Ronnie Ellis]
That’s right — W. Keith Hall got indicted by a federal grand jury this week! [Page One]
Six years after the luxury kitchen appliance maker Sub-Zero Wolf shelved plans for a dishwasher plant in Richmond, the project may be revived. [Richmond Register]
U.S. Justice Department officials on Thursday criticized local authorities’ investigation of the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, saying the case had been handled in a “selective” and “inappropriate” manner. [Reuters]
The final public hearing for the update of Barren County’s comprehensive plan for development was Monday; it was unanimously adopted by the Joint City-County Planning Commission afterward. [Glasgow Daily Times]
There’s a small but real chance a bloc of unaffiliated senators could form after the midterms and help moderate the chamber. [The Atlantic]
The city [of Lexington] is considering severing ties with a workforce training group connected to the beleaguered Bluegrass Area Development District. If the full council votes to leave the Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board and Mayor Jim Gray agrees, the city could use the federal money to start its own job training and workforce development efforts targeted specifically to Lexington, backers of the plan say. [H-L]
Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong. [HuffPo]
Tags: Campaign Finance · Congress · Corruption · Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Environment · Health Care · Iraq · Kentucky Business · Law Enforcement · Mitch McConnell · Senate
October 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment
You know what to do:
MAKE IT FUNNY OR ELSE!
Tags: Contest · Humor
Failed U.S. Senate candidate-turned-mayor, Greg Fischer, has once again stumbled into a mess with his embattled Metro Animal Services.
Here’s a quick look:
- Greg Fischer Screws LMAS More With New Hire [September 4]
- Fischer’s New LMAS People Are Out-Of-Towners [October 22]
- New LMAS Lady Is Some Kinda Porno Queen [October 22]
- No One Wants Greg Fischer’s Job This Morning [October 23]
- Greg Fischer, In His Own Buzzwords Of Wisdom [October 23]
- Let’s Talk About LMAS Again For Just A Moment [October 24]
The city’s been freaking out. Teevee folks have half-plagiarized (is that a thing? half-plagiarizing? no one else reported this news but us, so pretty sure that’s what it is) left and right. A handful of armchair feminists have accused us of slut-shaming. Because it’s obviously easier to focus on tits and ass than it is the content of a story. It’s been a crazy week.
Just wanted to update folks statewide because this is par for the course in the Commonwealth’s largest city.
We now return you to your regular foaming at the mouth of accusing us of “slut-shaming” instead of you bothering to read before commenting. Because how dare anyone question a Democrat, a pretty woman or anyone unqualified for their job.
Tags: Corruption · Embarrassing · Greg Fischer
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October 24th, 2014 · 2 Comments
Democratic State Rep. Richard Henderson, cockfighting enthusiast, is in the fight of his life in his district (Montgomery//Menifee/Powell area) this cycle.
The following data were gleaned from his 32-day and 15-day pre-election reports. Obtained from the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.
- $3,518.09 on yard sign-related stuff
- $8,015 on staff, door-to-door activity, handing out flyers
- $10,046.28 on advertising
- $608.05 on food for volunteers
- $4,363.67 on events & supplies
- $2,403.30 for door prizes
- $718.23 for parade candy in Montgomery Co
- $373.87 for candy at Small Town America
- $650.99 for parade candy in Powell County
- $1,200 for a train in Menifee County
- $450 for a bouncy house
- $$1,720 for carnival food
- $643.72 for hot dogs
- $486.75 for carinal candy
- $171.22 on fryers to make funnel cakes
- $241.68 on magnet signage
- $173.30 on smoker tires
- $135.91 on postage
- $1,652.63 on transportation/fuel
That’s quite a pretty penny to spend in a month on a state legislative race in the middle of nowhere.
Tags: Campaign Finance · Spotted
This week the KYTC introduces Shelley Singleton, the most recent recipient of the Governor’s Ambassador Award
Maybe she could be the new Transportation Lady.
Tags: Giving Back · Spotted
Hedge funds and other alternative investments are the only assets currently gaining value for the Kentucky Retirement Systems, however controversial they might be otherwise. [John Cheves]
America has been doing income taxes wrong for more than 50 years. [HuffPo]
Bullitt County Judge-Executive Melanie Roberts takes her time when speaking about her eight years in office, making sure each word is accurate. [C-J/AKN]
If free donuts, gym memberships, or flex pay programs aren’t your preferred employee benefit, cheap solar systems could soon be an option. On Wednesday, three major companies — Cisco Systems, 3M, and Kimberly-Clark — announced they will now give employees a deeply discounted way of buying or leasing solar panels for their homes. [Think Progress]
Is Will Coursey suffering from brain damage? That’s not in any way an attack on people suffering from brain damage. But this man claiming he would have influence on PAC or Super PAC spending is a quick way to find himself under state and federal investigation. He may be the dumbest person to walk the halls of Frankfort. Ever. [Dumb As Hell]
As fear of Ebola infections spreads to developed economies, U.S. and British insurance companies have begun writing Ebola exclusions into standard policies to cover hospitals, event organizers and other businesses vulnerable to local disruptions. [Reuters]
Election lawyer and Republican insider Michael Adams made his case for a run for Secretary of State in 2015, but he said it’s current Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes who makes his case for running a top notch GOP candidate in 2015. [CN|Toot]
The backlash against big banks has finally begun. [ProPublica]
With the heated Nov. 4 Senate election only two weeks away, Alison Lundergan Grimes brought former President Bill Clinton to western Kentucky to a crowd of 1,750 on Tuesday. [Murray State News]
Lenders have come under fire in Washington in recent years. Yet one corner of the financial industry — lending to people with poor credit scores — has found sympathetic audiences in many state capitals. [NY Times]
What CAN’T Greg Fischer screw up? Hired a lady as an Animal Services official who was both fired and arrested at her last animal shelter job. [The 'Ville Voice]
The influx of money into state judicial elections may be bad news for those accused of crimes. [WaPo]
Nearly all air samples collected from coal mines in August and September complied with stricter new limits on dust even though the industry had argued it would have trouble meeting the standards, federal regulators announced. [H-L]
Anderson Cooper tore straight into conservative Christian media personality Pat Robertson on Tuesday night for his ridiculous and offensive claims about AIDS. [HuffPo]
Tags: Alison Grimes · Campaign Finance · Corruption · Election 2015 · Embarrassing · Environment · FEAR! · Greg Fischer · Health Care · KDP · Poverty · Taxes · Wasted Money
A man has admitted helping to dispose of the body of a reputed informant slain in Clay County, meaning he could become a key witness against the alleged head of a large drug ring and a man charged as a paid killer. [H-L]
Schools are getting better at fostering a friendly environment for LGBT students, but they still have a long way to go. [HuffPo]
No one wanted Greg Fischer’s job this morning. For a man who claims to be a great, experienced leader, he’s really shooting himself in the foot with the latest. Boobie pictures and all. [The 'Ville Voice]
Twenty-two candidates, including nine prosecutors, two former judges and nine incumbents, are running for Jefferson District Court in 11 races. [C-J/AKN]
A year and a half into the release of classified documents by Edward Snowden, the existence of far-reaching National Security Agency surveillance is common if controversial knowledge. [ProPublica]
new epidemiological study adds to the growing body of scientific evidence that mountaintop removal coal mining is harmful to the health of nearby residents. [WFPL]
A team of U.S. and French scientists say they have developed a new tool that can specifically tell when environmental contamination comes from waste produced by hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. [Think Progress]
A new lottery game is expected to generate more millionaires than any other game in history. [WAVE3]
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee plans to go back on the air in Kentucky after the party has been encouraged by new polls suggesting the race against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is within reach. [Politico]
The two candidates for mayor in Greenup both have experience in the city’s executive office: Incumbent Lundie Meadows is pitted against former Mayor Donna Hewlett, who he defeated four years ago. [Ashland Independent]
The White House and USDA released a state-by-state Made In Rural America Report yesterday. [Click the Clicky & External PDF]
Chief Justice of Kentucky Supreme Court John D. Minton, Jr., visited Glasgow First United Methodist Church on Sunday and discussed the meaning of a happy life. [Glasgow Daily Times]
Detroit’s relatively fast move through municipal bankruptcy has resulted in costly creditor settlements and too little emphasis on fixing the city’s broken operations, a restructuring expert testified in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Wednesday. [Reuters]
In the election for the Urban County Council’s 10th District seat, challenger Amanda Mays Bledsoe is seeking to unseat incumbent Harry Clarke after his first term. [H-L]
Emboldened by new polling showing a tight race for Senate in Kentucky, Democrats are recommitting funds to boost Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. [HuffPo]
Tags: Alison Grimes · Campaign Finance · Corruption · Discrimination · DSCC · Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Environment · Gambling · Greg Fischer · Health Care · Kentucky Business · The Gays · Wiretapping · Youth
October 23rd, 2014 · 1 Comment
You know what to do:
SCHICKEL PICKLE KING
MAKE IT FUNNY OR ELSE!
Tags: Contest · Humor
October 23rd, 2014 · 2 Comments
Look who contributed to cockfighter Richard Hederson:
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Gotta shore up 2015 support and all that.
Tags: Campaign Finance · Election 2015 · Jack Conway · Spotted
October 23rd, 2014 · 3 Comments
Multiple media and law enforcement sources tell us a grand jury has been convened to focus on a notorious Eastern Kentucky politician.
Can you guess who and why?
We won’t publish your comments/guesses. But you might win a free magnet if you’re right.
UPDATE: State Rep. W. Keith Hall was indicted on bribery charges.
From U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey:
A federal grand jury in London, Ky., has indicted state representative and Pikeville coal operator, Wendell Keith Hall, and a former state mine reclamation inspector, Kelly Shortridge, on bribery charges.
According to the indictment, Shortridge worked for the Kentucky Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement, as an environmental inspector, and was responsible for enforcing federal mine reclamation laws and regulations. From 2006 through 2011, Shortridge inspected mines owned by Hall, who represents House District 93 in Pike County. The indictment alleges that Shortridge ignored violations that occurred on Hall’s property in Pikeville, in exchange for a series of payments totaling over $46,000.
“The conduct alleged in the indictment is an unacceptable breach of the public trust,” said Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. “Such conduct undermines the public’s faith in our institutions of government and makes the job harder for the vast majority of public officials who honorably discharge their duties on behalf of the public they serve. Our office and our law enforcement partners share an unwavering commitment to the prosecution of public corruption cases in our district.”
The indictment alleges that the two men disguised the payments as consulting fees. In 2010, they allegedly set up a shell company, DKJ Consulting, in the name of Shortridge’s wife and opened a bank account with her as the sole authorized signatory on the account. Hall then used a company he owned, S&K Properties, to funnel money to Shortridge, through DKJ.
Shortridge was also charged with lying to the FBI during an interview in July of this year. He allegedly told agents that he did not have any association with DKJ, that he did not know who was associated with the company, and that he had never received money from S&K Properties or any financial payments from Hall.
The indictment also charges Shortridge with attempting to extort money from Hall, in 2011, by sending Hall a message that if he did not pay the money he owed, Shortridge would induce another inspector to cite him for serious violations.
Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Howard S. Marshall, Special Agent in Charge, FBI; and Scott Culver, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Inspector General, jointly announced the indictment.
The bribery charges carry a maximum prison sentence of 10 years; the extortion charge carries a maximum of 20 years in prison; and lying to a federal agent carries a maximum of 5 years in prison. However, any sentence following a conviction would come after the Court considers the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statutes governing the imposition of sentences.
Any indictment is an accusation only. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial, at which the government must prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
UPDATE TIME! Let’s look at fun excerpts from the indictment:
On or about March 25, 2010, KELLY SHORTRIDGE and WENDELL KEITH HALL caused to be established a company, DKJ Consulting, LLC, using the name of SHORTRIDGE’S wife, and did open a bank account in that name with SHORTRIDGE’S wife as the sole authorized signator, to provide a disguised means of receiving money from WENDELL KEITH HALL.
Between 2009 and 2011, many violations of the surface mining reclamation law went uncited at sites permitted to HALL and inspected by SHORTRIDGE.
Between May 2009 and December 2010, HALL paid SHORTRIDGE approximately $46,343.24 to influence his actions as a surface mine inspector. Most of those payments were disguised as payments made by S & K Properties, LLC and Beech Creek Coal Company, LLC to DKJ Consulting, LLC.
The infractions and violations on HALL’S permitted sites that went uncited by SHORTRIDGE would have involved remedial costs and fines and financial penalties far in excess of $5,000.
WENDELL KEITH HALL corruptly offered and agreed to give, and gave a thing of value, that is, money, to KELLY SHORTRIDGE, an employee and agent of a state government agency that received more than $10,000 of federal funds in a twelve month period, with the intent to influence and reward SHORTRIDGE in connection with a transaction and series of transactions of that agency involving a matter worth $5,000 or more, that is, the decision on whether or not to issue citations for surface mining reclamation violations.
Hall could face ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years supervised release.
Click here (Warning: PDF File) to access the entire Hall indictment.
We hear there’s some juicy video footage of Hall and hope it comes out.
And you wonder why people think the coal industry is corrupt in Kentucky.
Note: Wondering about Keith? Here’s a nice flashback from a few months ago.
Bonus — some fun photos:
Tags: Corruption · Eastern Kentucky · Rumor