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Guess What Didn’t Happen In Frankfort…

October 31st, 2014 · No Comments

Refer to KRS 48.400 (Warning: External PDF Link) — subsections two and three, specifically:

48.400 Office of State Budget Director to monitor financial condition of Commonwealth — Quarterly reports — Notification of actual or anticipated surplus or decrease in tax receipts.

(1) The Office of State Budget Director shall continuously monitor the financial situation of the Commonwealth. Based upon reports from budget units and its own estimates, the office shall no later than the tenth day of each month or more often if necessary, report to the Governor, the Chief Justice, and the Legislative Research Commission on the financial condition of the Commonwealth and its budget units.

(2) Within thirty (30) days of the close of each fiscal quarter, the state budget director shall report to the head of each branch budget the actual revenue receipts from the just-concluded quarter, as well as the projected revenue receipts for the next three (3) fiscal quarters. The report shall include a comparison with the enacted estimates and shall note any potential consequences to the Commonwealth’s fiscal condition as a result of revenue receipts that differ from those used in the enacted estimates.

(3) If there is an actual or anticipated surplus or decrease in total estimated tax receipts, as reflected in the report required by subsection (2) of this section, immediate notification shall be given to all branches of government.

Yesterday was the 30-day mark.

Ruh ro?

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Another Anti-Powell Guy Running For The Board

October 31st, 2014 · 3 Comments

Here’s another anti-Joshua Powell candidate running for Montgomery County School Board:


That’s an ad that appeared in the local paper.

Sharing here for those who don’t subscribe to the paper but are following the story in Mt. Sterling closely.

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Your Weekly Non-Transportation Lady Video Update

October 31st, 2014 · No Comments

This week the KYTC folks focus on Kentucky’s deer population:

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Fun Political Things Happening At Morehead State

October 31st, 2014 · No Comments

Mitch McConnell has opened up a five-point lead over Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes and appears well positioned to win a sixth term, according to the final Bluegrass Poll before Tuesday’s election. McConnell leads Grimes 48 percent to 43 percent in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, with Libertarian candidate David Patterson pulling 3 percent. [H-L]

Appalachian Air is celebrating its first round-trip commercial flight. The maiden flight had fewer than 10 aboard, but Appalachian Air officials say they think seats will fill up as more people learn about the service. [More H-L]

Through trade talks, meetings with foreign governments and negotiations with multiple U.N. bodies, the Obama administration has aggressively pursued policies that prevent poor countries from accessing low-cost generic versions of expensive name-brand medications, despite persistent calls from Doctors Without Borders for the White House to reverse course. [HuffPo]

Despite having effectively no physical presence, the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition now ranks among the largest social-welfare nonprofits in Kentucky—bringing in more money, according to Internal Revenue Service records, than some of Kentucky’s more high-profile nonprofits, such as the Kentucky School Boards Association and the Kentucky Derby Festival, the group behind two weeks’ worth of events surrounding the Kentucky Derby. [TDB]

The “Daily Show” host on Tuesday first took aim at Democratic Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who has been widely panned for refusing to say whether she voted for the president in 2008. [TPM]

The Harlan County Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Meet the Candidate Forum on Tuesday at The Harlan Center, with candidates for several of the most-watched local races taking part. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Surgeons in Australia say they have performed the first heart transplant using a “dead heart”. [BBC]

Tim Scowden, a write-in candidate for Morehead City Council, was asked recently to leave a meeting held by a student organization at Morehead State University. Since then, Scowden has contacted the Kentucky American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) regarding the school’s policies. [The Morehead News]

Even in the bleakest of years, incumbent lawmakers almost always get re-elected. Here’s one reason why: They have a powerful built-in advantage in something called constituent services. [NPR]

It is a case that left a family and community on edge. More than one year ago police found, Timothy Austin, dead inside his apartment. Since then, very few details have been released in the case and officials are asking folks with information to come forward. [WYMT]

Lobbyists, bearing gifts, pursue attorneys general. But Jack Conway doesn’t get a mention. [NY Times]

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has completed its review of an Aug. 21 accident that killed one Campbellsville firefighter and injured three others. [Press Release & Extern PDF Link]

Wanna see Whitney Westerfield wet himself with excitement? Go watch him as he gets excited to see faux patriot Lee Greenwood and Granny Mitch McConnell fluff each other up. [WaPo]

There’s no “Thou shalt not” on vote buying in the Bible, but it’s a sin nonetheless, according to a group of Magoffin County pastors trying to discourage the pernicious practice in a place where it has long corrupted the fabric of politics. [H-L]

Rand Paul wasted no time turning a Hillary Clinton remark about jobs into a laugh line on the campaign trail. [HuffPo]

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Will Kentucky Take These Heroin Issues Seriously?

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Should Congress change campaign-finance law to require that donors to all political groups be fully and immediately identified? [H-L]

Legal changes in the wake of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s February death of a drug overdose have dramatically expanded access to a lifesaving drug that can reverse overdoses from prescription painkillers and heroin. [HuffPo]

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Victims Advocacy, along with University of Kentucky professor TK Logan and fellow members of the Statewide Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee, released the Domestic Violence Special Report: Kentucky 2010 Homicides. [Press Release]

In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations. [NY Times]

A longtime girls basketball coach for the Harlan County School System has been indicted on multiple charges including attempting to promote a sexual performance by a minor under the age of 16. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Environmental groups are warning that a new European agreement to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 sets the bar far too low. [Mother Jones]

The election is less than a week away and officials are doing everything they can to get polling information to registered voters and encourage turnout. [Ashland Independent]

Researchers at Dundee University are to lead a £1.1m study into whether eye tests can reveal the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. [BBC]

By about 7 p.m. on Nov. 4, Rowan County voters will finally learn who will lead county government for the next four years as judge-executive. The highly-contested race features Democratic candidate Walter Blevins and Republican Richard White. [The Morehead News]

NPR has gutted its staff dedicated to covering environmental and climate issues. Given the nation’s and world’s renewed focus on the threat posed by unrestricted carbon pollution, this baffling move is already receiving widespread criticism from scientists and media watchers. [Think Progress]

The polls don’t open until Tuesday, but more than 35,000 people have already voted in Kentucky. [WHAS11]

If Republicans win control of the Senate in the midterm elections they should say a prayer of thanks for Christian conservatives. [Reuters]

Two men vying to lead Lexington’s Urban County Government made their final pleas to voters Tuesday night, exactly one week before the Nov. 4 general election. [H-L]

Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve just declared the U.S. economy well enough to leave intensive care, though it is not yet the picture of health. [HuffPo]

→ No CommentsTags: Alison Grimes · Andy Barr · Campaign Finance · Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Environment · Health Care · Mainstream Mistake · Mitch McConnell · Senate · Wiretapping

This Is The Best The Right Can Do With Henderson?

October 30th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Richard Henderson is spending gazillions of dollars on his re-election campaign because of mail pieces like this:



All the Henderson-related corruption that that’s all they could come up with.

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An Absolutely Disgusting Move In Morgan County

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley is going to prison. He pleaded guilty to swindling tornado recovery funds.


Here’s a quick refresher:

He also promised to walk away from his re-election bid.

But check this out — he’s still trying to run for re-election!

Here’s the full-page advertisement that appeared in the Licking Valley Courier:


Some close-ups:


Paid for by Bill Holbrook and “concerned citizens” — an independent expenditure. But no reports filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance and no mention of who those concerned citizens may be. Or, to be exact, “citiens”:


Can you believe that nonsense?

The man is going to prison and he’s decided to remain on the ballot. And a group of people promoting his candidacy (coordinated with Conley and his family, no less) are spending gobs of cash to push him.

Tim Conley robbed Morgan County blind. He swindled mountains of cash from tornado victims. People DIED. And he admits to taking advantage of them.

And this is the thanks Morgan County gets. Bill Holbrook and Tim Conley’s corrupt bunch of keystone cops parading him around as some sort of good Christian who only did what’s best for those in need.

What bullshit.

Everyone pushing this has blood on their hands.

Here’s hoping everyone in the county has enough sense to see this for what it is. Someone ought to file a KREF complaint, as well.

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More On Montgomery Co Board Lawyer Mess

October 30th, 2014 · 2 Comments

This letter was handed out to Montgomery County School Board members during Tuesday evening’s regularly meeting:

Members of the Board,

Contrary to the vote of the Board during the August 19th board meeting, removing the contract between Mr. Owsley and Montgomery County AND contrary to the reply of Mr. Powell to the Board stating there would be no more invoices received by the Board from Mr. Owsley’s office, it appears that Mr. Owsley is still representing Montgomery County Board of Education. It appears the authority of the Board is being circumvented. As clear evidence, I have attached an official notice concerning termination of my Wife, Jennifer Hall. On that notice is very clear to read and understand:

A. page 1, the date the notice was drawn, September 25, 2014
B. page 1, the author of the notice, Mr. Priest (associate of Mr. Owsley)
C. page 2, clearly stated “Attorney for Montgomery County School District”, Mr. Michael A. Owsley

I personally have no preference who will represent the Districtat this hearing, but it seems the Board may care that it appears to have dimished authority and no respect with some of the district employees.


William Hall

That was provided to us by a board member. Handwritten notes were made on the sheet itself, so it’s been transcribed to avoid identification of our source.

Despite the board voting to discontinue payment for superintendent Joshua Powell’s personal attorney, the district is still paying him.

He’s still representing Powell at taxpayer expense while the board attorney gets to sit on her hands.

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

Here’s Rep. Will Coursey’s Republican Opponent

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments

By all accounts in Western Kentucky, State Rep. Will Coursey is cruising to re-election.

But he hasn’t shown up to debates with his opponent, whatever the reason.

Here’s one of those debates/forums he skipped:

Had he shown up, he could have — despite his mountain of sexytime scandal — proved Keith Travis to be completely out-of-touch on issues like health care and fracking.

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Rand Teabola Paul Is Your New Religious Expert

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Suddenly, Rand Paul is an expert on religious freedom:

Glad to see him take a break from Ebola nonsense.

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