Harmon Likely To Buckle Under The Pressure?

The 66 percent of Owsley County that gets health coverage through Medicaid now must reconcile itself with the 70 percent that voted for Republican Governor-elect Matt Bevin, who pledged to cut the state’s Medicaid program and close the state-run Kynect health insurance exchange. The community’s largest-circulation newspaper, the Three Forks Tradition in Beattyville, did not say much about Kynect ahead of the election. Instead, its editorials roasted Obama and Hillary Clinton, gay marriage, Islam, “liberal race peddlers,” “liberal media,” black criminals and “the radical Black Lives Matter movement.” [John Cheves]

Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) has consistently voiced his disapproval of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy decisions, but on Thursday his criticism went a step further, implying the president is an “idiot” for how he’s handled U.S. involvement in the Syrian conflict during an Iowa campaign stop. [HuffPo]

Auditor-elect Mike Harmon said he will continue to push on the issue of untested rape kits, adopting a priority of outgoing state Auditor Adam Edelen, when he is sworn in in January. [C-J/AKN]

Global stocks are set for a short-term sell-off on Monday after Islamist militants launched coordinated attacks across Paris that killed 129 people, but few strategists expect a prolonged economic impact or change in prevailing market directions. [Reuters]

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Dave Adkisson says he’s at odds with Governor-elect Matt Bevin over dismantling Kentucky’s health care exchange. [WFPL]

Maybe Democrats avoiding saying “Islam” because they’re not backward-ass bigots? [Politico]

It may have come a little late, but outgoing Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear on Friday made a passionate defense of his decision to expand Medicaid and offer a state-run health exchange, programs Republican Gov.-elect Matt Bevin promised on the campaign trail to dismantle. [Ronnie Ellis]

For the first time, doctors have breached the human brain’s protective layer to deliver cancer-fighting drugs. [BBC]

The process of getting an interim judge appointed to fill the seat of District Judge John T. Alexander, who is moving to circuit court effective Dec. 2, is on hold until a member of the nominating commission can be replaced. The delay is due to the discovery that one of the nominating commission members is ineligible to serve. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The U.S. Supreme Court is once again entering the debate over abortion. The court said Friday that it will hear arguments later this term testing the constitutionality of a sweeping Texas abortion law that, if upheld, would allow the kind of major abortion restrictions not permitted in more than 40 years. [NPR]

During a Madison County School Board of Education meeting Thursday evening, Chair John Lackey announced that he would like to see the district “phase out” middle school contact sports. [Richmond Register]

Maybe Republican Matt Bevin isn’t going to burn down Frankfort after all. Nah, he’ll be just another Republican cut from the cloth of Ernie Fletcher. Rather, cut from the cloth of the Ernie Fletcher staffers who ended up getting half of Fletcher’s administration INDICTED! [Roll Call]

Nope, Matt Bevin isn’t going to care about conservation any time soon. You can put lipstick on a pig bug it’s still a pig. [H-L]

About three-quarters of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. But how did it get there? While some scientists believe water was delivered by icy space rocks smashing into the planet after it was formed, others have argued that water has been on Earth since its formation — and new research indicates they might be right. [HuffPo]

Need cheap mobile phone service? Maybe even for a backup cell phone? I’m talking $6/mo cheap? Use our Ting referral code and we’ll all get a sweet credit. [Ting]

KDP Needs To Clean House In Worst Way

Whatever Republican Matt Bevin has in mind for Kentucky’s health insurance reform efforts after he’s sworn in as governor Dec. 8, there are unlikely to be changes this winter while people enroll for their 2016 coverage. [H-L]

Ben Carson is truly crazier than anyone thought. Way crazier than Donald Trump. [HuffPo]

A daughter of “Breaking Cardinal Rules” author Katina Powell was cited for misdemeanor prostitution stemming from a 2014 incident, online court documents show. [C-J/AKN]

Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) has introduced legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act introduced Wednesday by Sanders would end the long-time federal prohibition on marijuana. This is the first Senate bill to propose legalizing recreational pot, according to marijuana advocates. [The Hill]

Kentucky Republicans didn’t settle for Matt Bevin’s win in the governor’s race; the GOP scored a major upset with Mike Harmon defeating Democratic incumbent auditor Adam Edelen. [Ronnie Ellis]

ProPublica and Frontline reopen the investigation into a death squad run by former South Vietnamese military men that killed journalists, torched businesses and intimidated those who challenged its dream of re-starting the Vietnam War — all on American soil. [ProPublica]

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday that Phillip Jent of Cold Springs Hollow Road off Christy Creek Road had been shot in the chest by his brother, Robert Jent. [The Morehead News]

After years of denying that American troops will deploy to Syria, President Obama has changed course and decided to send troops to help in the fight against ISIS, also known as ISIL or the Islamic State. [ThinkProgress]

The city of Berea had a very good financial year, according to the results of a recent financial audit. During a council session Tuesday evening, Jerry Hensley and Heather Cochran told officials the city increased its net value during fiscal year 2014-2015 by approximately $5 million. [Richmond Register]

Donald Trump has spent much of his presidential campaign bashing his GOP rivals as beholden to major donors, and, in recent weeks, he’s expanded his attacks to include three major donors in particular ― Sheldon Adelson, Paul Singer and the Koch brothers. But POLITICO has learned that Trump or his surrogates have sought to build relationships ― if not support ― from all three, calling into question the billionaire real estate showman’s repeated assertions that, because of his wealth, he has no use for major donors. [Politico]

Democratic leaders met in Frankfort Wednesday morning to talk about how they lost the Governor’s race and three other statewide offices, only winning Attorney General and Secretary of State. [WKYT]

The Rosetta spacecraft discovers molecular oxygen in the cloud of gas surrounding Comet 67P prompting a rethink on the origins of the Solar System. [BBC]

Offering harsh words for fellow Democrats, Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones appeared to be of two minds Wednesday when discussing whether Tuesday’s enormous Republican victories in Kentucky will influence whether he runs for Congress. [H-L]

The U.S. electric sector is expected to hit its lowest carbon emissions since 1995 this year, partly due to the widespread closure of coal-powered power plants over the past five years, a Sierra Club report released Wednesday found. [HuffPo]

Let’s Hope Hampton Tones Down Extremism

Republican state Rep. Mike Harmon defeated state Auditor Adam Edelen, denying a second term to a politician many have seen as a rising star among Kentucky Democrats. [H-L]

Years before the high-profile deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, more than half of African-American millennials indicated they, or someone they knew, had been victimized by violence or harassment from law enforcement, a new report says. [HuffPo]

Coal no longer burns at the LG&E Cane Run power plant, ending decades of production of waste products such as ash and sludge that brought blowing ash and foul odors. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky’s newest lieutenant governor-elect is unique in many ways. She and her running mate, Gov.-elect Matt Bevin, are some of this election cycle’s first victorious political outsiders. (Bevin had been likened to Donald Trump). Jenean Hampton is also the first African American to be elected to statewide office in Kentucky. And she’s just one of a handful of black women on the national level to identify with the tea party movement. [WaPo]

The Harlan Fiscal Court met in a special called session on Friday to discuss a few topics including an agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet concerning $275,000 in discretionary funds for Harlan County roads from the Governor’s Office. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

In the long legal struggle against the death penalty, the future has in some ways never looked brighter. [NY Times]

An investigation is underway after a deadly shooting in Rowan County. [WKYT]

A new design for lithium-air batteries overcomes several hurdles that have stood in the way of this “next-generation” concept. [BBC]

The only local race in Pulaski County’s general election has ended with former Ferguson Councilor Linda Hughes once again filling a seat on that city’s governing body. [Commonwealth Journal]

California jails could soon stop locking up tens of thousands of people who haven’t even appeared before a judge yet simply because they’re too poor to post bail, if a class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday succeeds. [ThinkProgress]

In a close decision, Henderson County residents approved the nickel tax in Tuesday’s election. [Henderson Gleaner]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… The well-preserved partial skull and skeleton of a gibbon-like creature that lived 11.6 million years ago in Spain is shedding new light on the evolutionary history of modern apes. [Reuters]

Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes narrowly won a second term Tuesday, blocking a challenge by Republican Steve Knipper, a former Erlanger city councilman. [H-L]

If you don’t think teachers are important and deserve mega raises, you ought to think again. [HuffPo]

Powell Mess Could Have Impacted Votes

Many following the Montgomery County saga have asked how the Powell/MoCo mess could have impacted the vote in Montgomery County.

I loosely addressed it in the comments here but it’s worth looking at again.


  • Bevin — 3,271
  • Conway — 2,479
  • Curtis — 240

Jack Conway lost to Matt Bevin by 792 votes


  • Harmon — 2,699
  • Edelen — 3,049

Adam Edelen beat Mike Harmon by 350 votes

As previously suggested by a commenter, it could easily be argued that Conway lost to Bevin in Montgomery County because of his inaction on the Powell front. By the same token, it’s easy to argue that Edelen won because he did take action re: Powell and made his staff available in an attempt to hold him accountable.

As we’ve previously reported, Edelen has referred more than 100 cases to Conway’s office that have seen no action.

When you compare those two races to the race for Attorney General, things get interesting:

Attorney General

  • Westerfield — 2,982
  • Beshear — 2,884

Both Westerfield and Beshear got about the same number of votes because both candidates made it a point to tell voters in the county that they took the Powell mess seriously.

Beshear appears to have taken it the most seriously and his people have continually said they plan to take action.

Again, this is all speculation. Any number of factors come into play. And any factor, when singled out, can be used to explain a win or loss. But it’s certainly easy to use the Powell mess — in part because it’s one of the biggest scandals the county has ever seen — as a way to explain Jack Conway’s loss there.

Some Things That Happened Yesterday

Matt Bevin won 106 counties and Jack Conway won 14:

Counties Conway won: Union by 99, Henderson by 280, Jefferson by 27,805, Carroll by 56, Marion by 541, Franklin by 3,897, Fayette by 10,432, Bourbon by 308, Nicholas by 294, Bath by 72, Rowan by 142, Elliott by 211, Wolfe by 74, Floyd by 1,002

Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes got 66,656 more votes than Jack Conway — 493,600 to 426,944

Andy Beshear got 52,980 more votes than Jack Conway — 479,924 to 426,944

Adam Edelen, who lost to Mike Harmon, got 23,372 more votes than Jack Conway — 450,316 to 426,944

Whitney Westerfield, Steve Knipper, Mike Harmon, Allison Ball, Ryan Quarles all received more votes than Jack Conway and half of them lost

Drew Curtis received less than 4% of the vote

Jean-Marie Lawson Spann got her rear end handed to her when she lost to Ryan Quarles by nearly 190,000 votes — 563,414 to 374,402:

Counties Jean-Marie won: Jefferson by 15,050, Carroll by 99, Marion by 248, Menifee by 12, Wolfe by 36, Breathitt by 62, Elliott by 185, Floyd by 527. In other words, she barely squeaked by in those counties.

Maybe we’ll post concession and victory speeches here? Maybe. Excited that it’s all over so it’s tough to focus.


Okay, calm down. Here are the videurs:

Jenean Hampton:

Matt Bevin:

Jack Conway:

Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes:

Andy Beshear:

Mike Harmon:

Adam Edelen:

Allison Ball:

Jean-Marie Lawson Spann:

Ryan Quarles:

Greg Stumbo’s Meltdown:

And here’s a statement from Papaw Beshear about gubernatorial transition:

“I called Matt Bevin this morning and congratulated him on being elected Kentucky’s next Governor. I promised an orderly transition as I hand off the reins of state government to him. My office will work with his administration to answer any questions and provide all information necessary to assure consistent delivery of all services. I have assigned Mary Lassiter, secretary of the governor’s executive cabinet, and Shannon Tivitt, deputy chief of staff, as points of contact for the incoming administration.”

Now, let’s watch the Democrats try to blame everyone and every thing under the sun for last night’s epic defeat.

Election 2015 — The Results

Ugh, thank jeebers! It’s finally over!


  • Matt Bevin & Jenean Hampton (R) — 511,771 — 52.52%
  • Jack Conway & Sannie Overly (Aquabuddha) — 426,944 — 43.82%
  • Drew Curtis & Heather Curtis (Donald Trump) — 35,629 — 3.66%


  • Steve Knipper (R) — 471,239 — 48.84%
  • Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes (D) — 493,600 — 51.16%


  • Whitney Westerfield (R) — 477,734 — 49.89%
  • Andy Beshear (D) — 479,924 — 50.11%


  • Mike Harmon (R) — 486,651 — 51.94%
  • Adam Edelen (D) — 450,316 — 48.06%


  • Allison Ball (R) — 572,296 — 60.63%
  • Rick Nelson (D) — 371,573 — 39.37%


  • Ryan Quarles (R-Avoids Pseudoscience/Still Panders) — 563,414 — 60.08%
  • Jean-Marie Lawson Spann (D-High Beams On/Batpoop/Wooomonger) — 374,402 — 39.92%

Thank goodness Jean-Marie lost. Kentucky really won there.

And maybe the rest means the Democrats will finally wake up? Maybe some of the corrupt good old boys will finally get cleaned out or retire? Not holding our breath.

Karma, Jack.

E-Day Has Arrived, Everyone Freak Out

The Department of Justice has reached 70 settlements involving 457 hospitals in 43 states for more than $250 million related to cardiac devices that were implanted in patients in violation of Medicare coverage requirements, the Department of Justice announced Friday. [H-L]

While much of the political attention is on the 2016 presidential race, there’s also a big election that’s not getting nearly as much coverage — and it’s taking place this week. As John Oliver pointed out on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” this week’s election could determine who might fall into the “Medicaid Gap” in several states. [HuffPo]

Greg Leichty donated $50 to independent Drew Curtis in Kentucky’s gubernatorial contest and plans to vote for the Fark.com founder. Just don’t ask Leichty, a University of Louisville communications professor, if other like-minded liberals ought to follow his example. “I’m not recommending that other people do,” Leichty said. [C-J/AKN]

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Saturday announced a plan to reform the veterans health system at a rally in Norfolk, Va. [The Hill]

Though U.S. Congressman Thomas Massie, KY-04, was one of nine representatives who voted against newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan, he said Friday he is “hopeful” he will bring the legislative process back into regular order. [Ashland Independent]

To hear Donald Trump tell it, blue-collar workers here are suffering as much as ever, their livelihoods endangered by the familiar combination of foreign competition and U.S. companies eager to hold down labor costs. [Reuters]

During a recent campaign stop in Georgetown, incumbent Democratic state Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen promised about a dozen supporters that yes, indeed, there is an election going on. [Ronnie Ellis]

According to a new synthesis of the more than 140 national climate action plans already submitted to the United Nations, the world is on track for a 2.7°C temperature rise by the end of the century. [ThinkProgress]

At a special meeting Tuesday night, the Rowan County Board of Education voted to declare the school board central office as surplus property. Moments later, the board authorized Supt. Marvin Moore to advertise for sealed bids to sell the property. [The Morehead News]

Jeb Bush’s campaign, wounded after another mediocre debate performance, is bracing for the possibility that revenue dries up in the coming weeks ahead. [Politico]

More than a year after the idea was first proposed, the board of directors for Barren-Metcalfe County Emergency Medical Services is moving forward with a plan to hire a consultant to evaluate everything about the ambulance service. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The US will release nearly 6,000 people jailed for drug crimes in the coming days, an effort to reform policies that led to mass incarceration. [BBC]

The beautiful, awe-inspiring horse racing is behind us. So let’s get back to the ugly kind with the finish line in sight. Mercifully, the 2015 race to be Kentucky’s next governor is almost over, and voters will go to the polls Tuesday and put an end to this campaign. As they do, here are five questions we’re asking that probably will decide who moves into the mansion in Frankfort in December. [H-L]

Much of the national debate about widening inequality focuses on whether and how much to tax the rich and redistribute their income downward. [HuffPo]