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Bi-Partisan Louisville Effort To Clean Up LMAS

August 19th, 2014 · No Comments

You can’t even wear a towel and sing Christmas carols outside a Lexington school these days without getting arrested. [H-L]

More than five years into an economic recovery, with unemployment falling and the stock market at record highs, millions of Americans like Taormina still can’t afford basic nutrition, according to a blockbuster study. [HuffPo]

State Rep. Tom Burch, D-Buechel, touched off a firestorm Wednesday when, speaking at the Louisville Forum, he had what many in the GOP think is the gall to suggest that the state needs to move beyond coal and focus on renewable types of energy. [C-J/AKN]

When the police bring the hammer down, whether on Occupy Wall Street in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park in 2011 or outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968, the response from conservatives tend to be fairly consistent: The protesters got what they had coming. [NY Times]

The lobbying wing of the National Rifle Association has sent a mailer to some residents in Kentucky that says Senator Mitch McConnell will stop the “gun control agenda” of President Obama and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. [WUKYFM]

Piaget Crenshaw, a witness to the Michael Brown shooting, talks with CNN’s Michaela Pereira. Go watch the sad video. [CNN]

A researcher at Mammoth Cave National Park is fearful that a fungal disease is set to kill large numbers of bats in the region. [WFPL]

A state official said two people were shot, but not by police, and that fires were set during another night of violence. [WaPo]

Lawmakers and leaders with Seven Counties Services met Friday in what is being called an educational and productive meeting meant to open the lines of communication between the groups as the state considers the future of the retirement system. [CN|2]

Georgia Congressman John Lewis talks about what changed — and didn’t — because of the movement he helped to lead 50 years ago. [ProPublica]

An investigative committee has taken charge of digging into a nightmarish scandal that mayor Greg Fischer has refused to deal with. [The 'Ville Voice]

Between five and ten migrant children have been killed since February after the United States deported them back to Honduras. [Think Progress]

Federal officials have proposed the largest timber sale in more than a decade in the Daniel Boone National Forest, prompting objections from some environmental groups but some support as well. [H-L]

Backed by U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Monday wrested back control of the country’s largest dam from Islamic militants, a military spokesman in Baghdad said, as fighting was reported to be underway for the rest of the strategic complex. [HuffPo]

→ No CommentsTags: Discrimination · Eastern Kentucky · Environment · Flashback · Greg Fischer · Humor · Immigration · Investigation · Iraq · Kentucky Tourism · Law Enforcement · Mitch McConnell · Poverty · Rand Paul · Stats · Takin yer guns! · Wasted Money

It’s Rare Trey Grayson Caption Contest Time

August 19th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Of COURSE we need a Trey Grayson caption contest!


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Complete with Papaw Bigot.

Make it funny or else!

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Democrats Back Alison Grimes. Who Knew?

August 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Can you believe Republicans are spending $660,000 on this ad?




Moral of the story: Democrats support Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes.

That’s not the best part, though.

Here’s the best part:




They tried running that death tax ad in April.

Like we said at the time: The only people who pay the death tax are MEGA-WEALTHY! People with estates worth more than $5.34 million.

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On The Amount Powell Has Cost MoCo Front…

August 19th, 2014 · 10 Comments

$32.40 on January 15 for a trip to Lexington for the KEDC and CKEC monthly meetings. The claimed breakdown:

  • 72 miles @ $0.45 per mile = 32.40

At the CKEC meeting, he got lunch and heard reports from EPSB, the American Heart Association and various CKEC honchos.

$165.05 from January 31 to February 2 for the KSBA Annual Conference in Louisville. The claimed breakdown:

  • 218 miles @ $0.45 per mile = $98.10
  • Saturday per diem: $22
  • Sunday per diem: $15
  • Parking: $24
  • Wi Fi Access: $5.95

$609.60 on April 23 for travel to the ASCD Conference in Los Angeles. The claimed breakdown:

  • 218 miles @ $.045 per mile = $98.10
  • Airport parking at CVT: $50
  • Per diem total: $461.50

His illegally hired wife also costs the district a pretty penny.

Some of her fun:

$367.08 on June 25 just for mileage. The claimed breakdown:

  • WHAS Crusade for Children in Louisville on April 22 – 218 miles @ $0.46 per mile: 100.28
  • KHSA Conference in Louisville on April 29 – 218 miles @ $0.46 per mile: 100.28
  • KHSA Conference in Louisville on April 30 – 218 miles @ $0.46 per mile: 100.28
  • KSBA law update training on May 8 in Lexington – 72 miles @ $0.46 per mile: $33.12
  • KSBA law update training on May 9 in Lexington – 72 miles @ $0.46 per mile: $33.12

She also cost the district another $350 for her registration fee for the law update

But what really takes the cake?

Just take a look at the invoice and calendar entry for yourself:


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That’s right.

Montgomery County taxpayers spent $169.20 for Joshua Powell to drive to Bowling Green to meet with his private personal attorney in late March.

No wonder board chair Kenney Gulley is terrified to discuss this matter before the public. It’s costing the district an arm and a leg on top of the monstrous legal bills.

You can expect some of these matters to be brought up at tonight’s meeting:


TONIGHT’S AGENDA

Folks in the audience aren’t permitted to speak at special meetings but board members can. Maybe someone will get brave and finally discuss what needs to be discussed?

Maybe there’ll be fireworks.

→ 10 CommentsTags: Corruption · Education · Investigation · Joshua Powell · Wasted Money

Major Louisville News: Investigative Cmte Forming

August 19th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Allow me to gloat for a moment. Not for egotistical reasons (rare) but because a huge weight is being lifted. This is something I’ve been covering for the better part of a decade and it’s nice to finally see movement. Perseverance pays off.

Just under a month ago, I shared the latest Louisville Metro Animal Services scandal with you.

It was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Since Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer refuses to take responsibility or do the right thing, the city’s legislative body is taking action.

In just over an hour, an investigative committee will be announced.

Here are the details.

The nightmare isn’t over but it’s the beginning of the end.

→ 4 CommentsTags: Corruption · Flashback · Greg Fischer · Investigation

Lesson In Taxpayer-Funded Campaigning From Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes – State Fair Edition

August 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Just in case Jack Conway’s pandering wasn’t enough, here’s a release Alison Grimes sent out from her official office yesterday:

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes today joined guests at the Kentucky State Fair for Military Monday to honor Kentucky’s many active-duty and veteran military members. Grimes participated in the Military Monday opening ceremonies and discussed the Military Heroes Voting Initiative, legislation she proposed following a 2012 trip to the Middle East and championed during the 2013 session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

“The Military Heroes Voting Initiative was needed; our military men and women deserve to be at the front of the line when it comes to voting. No man or woman who fights to protect our right to vote should ever have to question whether their ballots are actually counted in Kentucky elections,” said Grimes. “I am proud to say that this November, our Kentucky military service members overseas will now be able to vote easier than ever before.”

The Initiative includes an electronic transmission system that will allow military and overseas voters to request and receive absentee ballots, register to vote and update their voter registration information electronically. Pursuant to Grimes’ recommendations, the new law also ensures that military and overseas voters have sufficient time to vote in special elections and extends existing protections to state and local elections and National Guard members.

Following the ceremonies, Grimes met with active-duty and retired uniformed services members and thanked them for their service.

“I love the Kentucky State Fair because it brings together people from across Kentucky and truly showcases the unique spirit of our wonderful Commonwealth,” said Grimes. Grimes distributed buttons for her office’s “Vote in Honor of a Veteran” program to fairgoers who visited the Secretary of State booth.

“It was an honor to meet these service members and their families today,” said Grimes. “On behalf of all Kentuckians, I expressed our thanks and gratitude for the sacrifices they make to protect our many freedoms.”

So…. yeah.

→ No CommentsTags: Alison Grimes · Military · Senate · Veterans

Everybody Is Apparently Mad At Alison’s TV Spot

August 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Okay, okay, here’s Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes with her latest attack ad:




We didn’t think it was that big of a deal because, well, it’s the dumb U.S. Senate race.

But:

But McConnell’s campaign hit back, calling the ad an attack on his wife, former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, because it targets the senator for his personal wealth, a large portion of which was inherited from Chao’s father in 2007. McConnell has also earned at least $4 million in salaries from the government since 1985, according to records supporting the ad’s claims.

“The latest attack ad from Alison Lundergan Grimes is nothing short of despicable,” McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore said in a statement. “Apparently, Grimes’ entire candidacy has been reduced to attacking Mitch McConnell’s wife at every turn in the hopes she can distract Kentuckians from her profound inexperience and steadfast commitment to the Obama agenda.”

Chao has become a central figure and defender in McConnell’s campaign as he competes with Grimes for female voters in a race that’s one of Democrats’ few pick-up opportunities this cycle, due in part to McConnell’s personal unpopularity.

Apparently everybody is mad.

→ No CommentsTags: Alison Grimes · Mitch McConnell · Senate

Matt Bevin Tries To Re-Write Recent History

August 19th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Alison’s folks probably should think twice before bringing family members into politics. Because now Jerry Lundergan’s potentially illegal contributions to his daughter’s campaign are front and center. Tens upon tens of thousands in bus rental fees, reduced catering and event fees, the list goes on for days. [Politico]

Gale Harris-Oliver sits on a new picnic bench under a pavilion at Campton City Park at Washington and Plummer streets, watching her grandson participate in a camp sponsored by the local Catholic church. She smiles as her grandson takes a break from playing basketball to learn about serving others; a sermon many Campton residents are preaching with their actions. [H-L]

Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton will headline the annual steak fry for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, making a big return to the leadoff caucus state as the former secretary of state considers another presidential campaign. [HuffPo]

The University of Louisville keeps dropping in Sierra Club’s “Cool Schools” rankings, even as it does more each year to improve it’s green cred. [C-J/AKN]

Tobacco bonds may be dangerous to your state’s financial health. [ProPublica]

The Berea Independent School Board’s property tax rate will go up slightly this year but will generate the same amount of revenue as the previous year, said Superintendent Mike Hogg. [Richmond Register]

What the U.S. health care system can learn from the ebola outbreak. [NPR]

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for July 2014 was unchanged from the revised 7.4 percent in June 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. [Hazard Herald]

In a policy change, the Obama administration is planning to pay doctors to coordinate the care of Medicare beneficiaries, amid growing evidence that patients with chronic illnesses suffer from disjointed, fragmented care. [NY Times]

One-time residents from the Tennessee portion of Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area are being welcomed back in a homecoming ceremony. [WKYT]

The government has paid billions to buy power wheelchairs. It has no idea how many of the claims are bogus. [WaPo]

Montgomery County Schools superintendent Joshua Powell has long claimed that lawsuits filed against him have cost the district more than $500,000. [Page One]

After years of being critiqued for its own crackdowns against dissidents, China has begun to use the ongoing clashes between police and protesters and police in Ferguson, MO as a way to lambaste the United States for hypocrisy, joining other repressive regimes in expressing no small amount of schadenfreude at the current situation. [Think Progress]

HAHAHA PEE ALERT! Matt Bevin is now trying to claim he was never a teabagger. [H-L]

Police turned on journalists in Ferguson once again on Sunday night, briefly detaining three reporters and threatening to shoot and mace others. [HuffPo]

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Despite Democratic Efforts, Hemp Is A Big Deal

August 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Thousands participate in River Blast at Fort Boonesborough State Park. Jason Ledford grew up swimming in the Kentucky River at Fort Boonesborough State Park. [H-L]

After a preliminary autopsy this weekend revealed that Michael Brown was shot at least six times, the teenager’s mother had just one question on Monday for police: “What else do we need to give them to arrest the killer of my child?” [HuffPo]

Call it a homecoming for hemp: Marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin is undergoing a rebirth in a state at the forefront of efforts to reclaim it as a mainstream crop. [C-J/AKN]

Many payments to doctors made by pharmaceutical and medical device companies will not be included in the public release of the database next month. Federal officials cite data inconsistencies, say records will be posted next June. [ProPublica]

Here’s Andy Barr passing the blame and the buck, which seems to be a recurring theme with him. [Richmond Register]

One California hospital charged $10 for a blood cholesterol test, while another hospital that ran the same test charged $10,169 — over 1,000 times more. [NPR]

Nine Rowan Countians are among 188 Kentuckians who have volunteered to serve as members of 10 working groups on specific issues for Shaping Our Appalachian Region, a public-private partnership to improve the economy of Appalachian Kentucky. [The Morehead News]

The unrest in Ferguson began one week ago, on the quiet side street of Canfield Drive, when residents were startled by a series of gunshots and poured out of their homes. They watched and wept as the police stood guard for hours over the body of 18-year-old Michael Brown, splayed face down in the street. [NY Times]

Coal will always help keep the lights on, but its days as a major employer in the Appalachian Region are quickly dwindling. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

As more Americans gain insurance under the federal health law, hospitals are rethinking their charity programs, with some scaling back help for those who could have signed up for coverage but didn’t. [WaPo]

The U.S. Department of Education has approved Kentucky’s request for a one-year extension of its Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility waiver, according to the Kentucky Department of Education. [Ashland Independent]

The unarmed black teenager killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on 9 August was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a medical examiner has said. [BBC]

In a business where patience is part of the process, Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation. [H-L]

Police cleared Ferguson of protesters Sunday hours before a state-imposed curfew was set to take effect, throwing tear gas at individuals who were out in the streets over the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. [HuffPo]

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Gov. Steve Bigot’s Weekly Videurtape Update

August 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Papaw Bigot Beshear put on his fake country accent to talk about broadband:




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