RPK: Robbing Teachers & Other Retirees

The Republican Party of Kentucky has failed the Commonwealth. That group of fat, old, racist, homophobic, self-absorbed white guys is working to guarantee that the best workers are never again hired by state government. Killing pensions for workers is beyond absurd. [H-L]

Hillary Clinton drew parallels between Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump, calling the disgraced Hollywood mogul’s behavior “disgusting” and “heartbreaking” ― just like the person once caught on camera bragging about sexually assaulting women. [HuffPo]

A justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court says that the small state retirement plan for judges is in sound shape and should be left alone when lawmakers tackle pension reform. [C-J/AKN]

Sixty-six police officers were killed on the job by felons in 2016, up about 61 percent from 41 deaths a year ago, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Monday. [Reuters]

Royally screwing education – for fun. Matt Bevin was joined by legislators, education officials and community leaders Tuesday as he ceremonially signed House Bill 520 in the State Capitol Rotunda. [Richmond Register]

Last month, the Trump administration said it could not comply with a court order to disclose the names of people who met with the president at Mar-a-Lago in part because they do “not maintain any system for keeping track” of them. [ProPublica]

This project probably won’t end in disaster like it did in Montgomery County. Glasgow Independent Schools will be providing Chromebooks to all incoming freshman at Glasgow High School beginning next school year. [Glasgow Daily Times]

For several years now, a small cadre of conservatives have pushed to eliminate the so-called Johnson Amendment, the part of the IRS tax code that prohibits churches and other tax-exempt nonprofits from endorsing candidates. Supporters of its repeal often justify their position by claiming the issue is about “religious liberty,” arguing the law inhibits the freedom of faith leaders. [ThinkProgress]

The father of a man shot to death in in August 2016 in Harlan County has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit. [WKYT]

Donald Trump says his drug czar nominee has withdrawn, after he reportedly helped weaken government efforts to tackle the opioid crisis. [BBC]

Don’t worry – you don’t live there. Residents in three Louisville neighborhoods can begin signing up for Google Fiber ultra high speed internet. [WFPL]

An old rotary phone rings insistently. Visitors at a new exhibition at the Museum of Memory and Human Rights here in Santiago who pick up the receiver hear two men complain bitterly about the liberal news media “bleating” over the military coup that had toppled Salvador Allende, the Socialist president of Chile, five days earlier. [NY Times]

That initial burst of national attention has now died and she won’t be able to keep up with Barr’s fundraising. Retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath jumped out to a large financial lead in the Democratic primary to challenge Republican Andy Barr for his Central Kentucky congressional seat. [H-L]

A Republican congressional candidate from Florida has made some out-of-this-world claims. Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, one of nearly a dozen candidates hoping to win the U.S. House seat currently held by retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, claims she was abducted by aliens who reminded her of Jesus Christ, according to newly resurfaced interviews. [HuffPo]

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UofL Is Corrupt As Hell And We’ve Been Yelling About It For More Than A Decade

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao had planned to fly commercial to Detroit in early June for events on the future of American roads. Then, days before, the White House derailed her plans, organizing an “infrastructure week” speech in Washington alongside Donald Trump. [WaPo]

It’s impossible to know exactly who, where or when, but one day in 2016, a Kentucky state employee packed up her desk, said goodbye to her colleagues and officially retired. [John Cheves]

If the Trump administration isn’t going to try to sell Obamacare to consumers this year, these Obama administration veterans are ready to step in. [HuffPo]

For years, Forbes has touted University of Louisville’s basketball program as the richest in college athletics, while its entire athletics department has been acclaimed as the envy of the county. But for all its winning seasons, national championships and bowl appearances, the athletic powerhouse built by now-suspended athletic director Tom Jurich falls short in at least one regard: It doesn’t turn a profit. [C-J/AKN]

This orange pigfucker has got to go. Same for people, like Scott Jennings, who love him. The price of Puerto Rico’s benchmark general obligation bonds tumbled to a record low on Wednesday after Donald Trump suggested late on Tuesday the island’s massive debt load will have to be wiped out due to devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. [Reuters]

A former Richmond Police sergeant who resigned from the department last month and has since been hired by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office had received a written letter of admonishment and was ordered to undergo counseling after a closed meeting of the Richmond City Commission, at which the commission found he was guilty of violating the department’s use of language policy. [Richmond Register]

The special prosecutor investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election has subpoenaed an associate of Gen. Michael Flynn’s Turkish lobbying client. [ProPublica]

Most of the Boyd County Detention Center was reopened Tuesday — 45 days after a riot by maximum-security inmates forced the relocation of about 300 prisoners. [Ashland Independent]

Before he mowed down concertgoers from a perch high in a hotel tower, Stephen C. Paddock created a ring of surveillance around him, with video cameras in his suite and in the hallway, law enforcement officials said on Tuesday. But investigators were still at a loss to offer a motive for the massacre. [NY Times]

The Morehead Pride Festival has expanded in its second year and will be held this Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on East First Street in Morehead. [The Morehead News]

If the president had traveled a little deeper into the island, to the communities that sustained some of the heaviest damage, he would have witnessed a very different Puerto Rico. [WaPo]

Lawmakers are still keeping tight-lipped on possible changes to the state’s pension systems, saying they’re still privately trying to get consensus among the Republican majority in the state legislature. [WFPL]

Russia has opened a new battlefront with NATO, according to Western military officials, by exploiting a point of vulnerability for almost all allied soldiers: their personal smartphones. [WSJ]

Too little, too late. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Thursday it will run radio ads targeting U.S. Rep. Andy Barr for his efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell is dick-whipped by the NRA. The old fucker has probably never fired a gun on his own and he’s bending over for the NRA – an organization that does not represent us everyday gun owners. [HuffPo]

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UofL Corruption. Who Could Have Predicted??? /sarcasm

Reggie’s the better candidate but he won’t win because he has brown skin. But also because his campaign crew is inexperienced as hell, apparently, and has no idea what they’re doing. [H-L]

Do you need more proof that Jeff Sessions is a hypocritical little shit? Oh? Here you go. [HuffPo]

HAHAHAHAH! Steve Pence is Rick Pitino’s attorney again! One disgraced criminal representing another disgraced criminal. Hahahahahaha. [C-J/AKN]

This past June, Florida’s top education agency delivered a failing grade to the Orange Park Performing Arts Academy in suburban Jacksonville for the second year in a row. It designated the charter school for kindergarten through fifth grade as the worst public school in Clay County, and one of the lowest performing in the state. [ProPublica]

These Republicans are so dangerously stupid. In the wake of chaotic civil unrest across the country, a Kentucky lawmaker is filing a bill to keep protesters in the state from wearing masks or bringing weapons to public rallies. [WFPL]

Two devastating earthquakes recently rocked Mexico in the short span of 12 days, killing nearly 300 people and leaving many more in need of aid and assistance. The dual tragedies, largely worsened by geography, left the country struggling to recover and rebuild. But as outside nations flocked to send their condolences, many experts warned that the same fate could befall a number cities in their home countries as well. [ThinkProgress]

Reggie Thomas, one of several announced candidates running in a Democratic primary for the right to challenge Republican incumbent U.S. Congressman Andy Barr, has released a two-minute video laying out his positions — but it seems aimed as much at his Democratic opponent than at Barr. [Ronnie Ellis]

An internal investigation has been opened into Health Secretary Tom Price over his private plane travel on official government business. [BBC]

Facing an uncertain state funding future, the Greenup County school board adopted a $33.9 million budget Monday. [Ashland Independent]

At the vast, windswept White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico earlier this year, nearly a dozen military contractors armed with laser guns, high-tech nets and other experimental systems met to tackle one of the Pentagon’s most vexing counterterrorism conundrums: how to destroy the Islamic State’s increasingly lethal fleet of drones. [NY Times]

Those wondering what actions lawmakers may take to shore up Kentucky’s woefully underfunded public pension systems didn’t get many specifics from Monday’s Pension Oversight Board meeting. [More Ronnie Ellis]

The former leaders of a public charter school for disabled and at-risk teenagers have agreed to settle a District lawsuit alleging they sought to enrich themselves by diverting millions of dollars in taxpayer money meant for the school into private companies they created. [WaPo]

Corruption. Fraud. Payments. Shoe companies. Coaches. Financial advisers. Handouts. Agents. College basketball. All wrapped in an explosive indictment laid out Tuesday by the FBI. [H-L]

The Environmental Protection Agency is spending nearly $25,000 to build a soundproof communications booth in Administrator Scott Pruitt’s office, according to media reports. [HuffPo]

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Shoo, Someone Lied To Colmon Elridge!

Well, we already know lawmakers don’t have any sense. And parents? That’s debatable. So it’s going to be pretty tough to resolve this kids with guns thing. [H-L]

A Frankfart doctor is making the national news rounds for a remarkable (good) reason. [HuffPo]

Good fucking grief! If you have guns in your home and plan to have children around? LOCK THOSE GUNS UP! It’s common sense. If a kid dies BECAUSE OF YOUR GUN? You should face criminal charges for negligence. Even if you’re the parent. I’m saying this as someone who has grown up around and has guns – I’m not anti-gun, as idiots like Jeff Hoover would love to claim. These people, suffering though they may be, deserve to face criminal prosecution. [C-J/AKN]

Vladimir Putin’s former media czar was murdered in Washington, DC on the eve of a planned meeting with the U.S. Justice Department, according to two FBI agents whose assertions cast new doubts on the US government’s official explanation of his death. [BuzzFeed]

Public transportation officials want Louisvillians to weigh in on the new fare collection system. [WFPL]

New Nazis/New Republicans are corrupt monsters. Because the Sixth and Seventh Amendments of the U.S. Constitution are apparently less important than making sure that banks, credit card companies, student loan companies, and other financial services be allowed to behave badly with impunity, the House of Representatives has voted to overturn a new federal regulation that would have helped American consumers hold these companies accountable through the legal system. [Consumerist]

Who on earth told Colmon Elridge he has a shot running for anything like Congress?! They lied to him hardcore. And Jim Gray? HAHAHA. No. Amy McGrath is also butthole deep with shitty people like Jonathan Miller, so she’s an obvious NO. There should be no exceptions in supporting people tied to shysters like Miller, who stood by criminals like Tim Conley and Tim Longmeyer until they crossed the threshold into prison. Reggie Thomas is the sanest, best pick for that district by a long shot. [Ronnie Ellis]

American democracy is in crisis. The election of Donald Trump feels like a state of emergency made normal. [Salon]

Traffic flow, parking and crosswalks around Glasgow’s public square were top issues discussed Monday by infrastructure committee members from the Barren Fiscal Court, the Glasgow City Council and the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce, as well as representatives of the Glasgow Water Company and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, plus a few others. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Pakistan’s Supreme Court disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office on Friday over undeclared assets, plunging the nuclear-armed South Asian nation into political turmoil after a period of relative stability. [Reuters]

Mark Cole goes to work every day with the goal of protecting children. [Ashland Independent]

Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell offered a pointed criticism Wednesday of the current administration’s views on public lands — particularly of its decision to review 27 national monuments, with an eye towards altering or removing them. Jewell gave the remarks in a keynote address at Outdoor Retailer, the Outdoor Industry Association’s annual trade show in Utah. [ThinkProgress]

Numbers pale in comparison to those illegally prescribed by doctors and “pain” clinics in Eastern Kentucky. A man who split time between Detroit and Hazard and had access to what a judge called “mind-boggling quantities of drugs” allegedly headed a conspiracy that imported millions of dollars worth of pain pills to sell in Eastern Kentucky. [H-L]

What happens when a former Marine general used to structure and discipline is brought in to run the office of an unstructured and undisciplined chief executive? [HuffPo]

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You Should Despise Everyone In Frankfort

Don’t let Democrats like Ray Jones act like they haven’t been in constant communication with Julian Carroll because they have. These people say one thing to the media and another behind closed doors. Nearly everyone I’ve spoken with tells me they’ve spoken with Carroll and that he claims it’s all fake. Guess being 86-years-old makes a corrupt old shyster like that behave just like Donald Trump when hit with reality. [H-L]

While presiding over the official commissioning ceremony for the USS Gerald Ford aircraft carrier in Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday, Donald Trump took a moment to make a brief political request. [HuffPo]

Oh my god, Bill Johnson, you’ve just tainted your own legacy. I mean, sure, it was already nothing to write home about. But now you’re on record being the only person to stand up for a monstrous, hypocritical… whatever he is. He went after that young man and then used the full force of the good old boy government to silence him when he begged for help. Kentucky State Police troopers tried to help him but the upper echelon of con artists stopped them. It’s insane. And now you’re attacking the guy’s credibility after he spent years and years suffering from what is likely Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder!? You’re a monster, too. Anyone defending Julian Carroll is a fucking pig. Fuck these people. And Bob Stivers knew about this Julian Carroll story – it did not catch him off guard. He’s known about it since day one. So have several other state senators – Democrats and Republicans alike. Stivers is just a conniving, lying jackass behaving as if he’s above reproach. P.S. Tom Loftus writing about this now sure is ripe because he, too, has known about it for a number of years. Frankfort is the worst place in Kentucky and we would all be lucky if it flooded and washed away. [C-J/AKN]

Greg Stumbo should watch his back because several of the folks who used to work for him have turned on him. He and David James (someone should ask David about all those old AOL ads from the late 90s) were both aware of the Geis situation. Both have had discussions about it with various people since 2014. It’s now up to Andy Beshear to dig out what he can and kick all these con artists right in the gut. His current team at OAG is pretty solid and they’re capable of getting to the bottom of it. Because if they don’t, Matt Bevin is coming after them politically and it won’t end well. [Nick Storm]

Tres Watson didn’t think the allegations were a big deal in 2014 when I took them to him and discussed them with Scott Jennings. Both of them dismissed them, claimed I was making a mountain out of a molehill, that it was stupid for me to even be mentioning things to them. Nick Storm should also disclose his personal friendship with Watson if they’re going to continue to interview him. [CN|Toot]

FFS. Time for a Kentucky Democratic Party reality check. Not only were Democrats made aware of this Julian Carroll nightmare several years ago… but… Brad Bowman was well aware as a “journalist” at the State-Journal, where he twiddled his thumbs and apparently played pat-a-cake with Pat Melton on this and other scandals. It’s just absurd that he’s now handling messaging on this mess because he’s apparently as much of a hypocrite as the rest of those good old boy shysters who worked so hard to cover this Carroll scandal up. It’s almost like he’s ready to burn down his own legacy to protect a predator. Come on, Brad, get your shit together before you get buried with the rest of the inexperienced buffoons at KDP. You’re better than that. [Nick Storm]

Trump and his advisers are privately discussing the possibility of replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and some confidants are floating prospects who could take his place were he to resign or be fired, according to people familiar with the talks. [WaPo]

Rowan County Fiscal Court has verbally dismissed a proposal for a new methadone clinic to be located in Morehead. [The Morehead News]

Newly released video of the killing of three American Special Forces soldiers in November at the gate of a military base in Jordan shows that the episode, which was initially explained as a split-second mistake by a Jordanian guard firing on Americans who failed to stop, was actually a six-minute gun battle where Americans crouched behind barriers and repeatedly waved their hands in surrender as the gunman closed in and killed them. [NY Times]

Spoiler alert: he’s responsible, regardless of whether he provided paperwork or not. It was his responsibility to follow up with the Cabinet to make sure things were on track. Former Carter County Judge-Executive Charles Wallace is denying accusations made in last week’s Carter County Fiscal Court special meeting that he is responsible for the lack of documentation of former transportation-related projects. [Ashland Independent]

Tread lightly, Andy Barr, because your life just got a lot more difficult because what you do is now easier to track. [ProPublica]

Matt Bevin is such a coward that he can’t be bothered to show up at Fancy Farm after a tough year. [WFPL]

A federal judge in Michigan halted on Monday the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals from the United States, the latest legal victory for the Iraqi nationals facing deportation in a closely watched case. [Reuters]

Equity and concerns about charter schools coming to Kentucky were hot topics Saturday at a downtown [Lexington] rally in support of public education. “The school privatization movement is here, and it’s moving quickly,” said Lucy Waterbury of Save Our Schools Kentucky. “Unless we understand what is at risk, we can’t protect our kids.” [H-L]

Democrats – especially Kentucky Democrats – can be pretty shitty. But this just proves that New Republicans are the scum of the earth. [HuffPo]

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Allow Heather French Henry To Speak As An Authority On Anything But Her Family’s Own Fraud(s) Is A Shady-Ass Mistake

Republicans like Andy Barr and Brett Guthrie are fighting to make sure children like this die because they won’t have Medicaid. Just 24 hours old, Jay’la Cy’anne Clay already was having a rough day. Convulsions rocked her tiny body as she lay under warming lights in the nursery of the Baptist Health Richmond hospital. She vomited and made strange, high-pitched cries. The infant was going through opioid withdrawal. [H-L]

In an interview with The New York Times published Wednesday, Donald Trump made a series of shocking statements about his administration’s ties to Russia, ongoing investigations into collusion with a foreign government and his waning happiness with senior officials in the White House. [HuffPo]

Pressure is mounting on Louisville officials to reject a Rubbertown chemical plant’s request for relaxed pollution risk goals under the city’s 2005 Strategic Toxic Air Reduction program. [C-J/AKN]

The Trump administration has spent taxpayer money meant to encourage enrollment in the Affordable Care Act on a public relations campaign aimed at methodically strangling it. [TDB]

This is what good old boy redneck bullshit looks like in Eastern Kentucky. [Ashland Independent]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he plans to continue to serve in his post “as long as that is appropriate.” [The Hill]

Sure, Kentucky needs to do a better job getting its broadband shit together. But spending $300 per month on phone service? The only thing that proves is that this guy is a definite fool. [Richmond Register]

About one in eight people who voted for President Donald Trump said they are not sure they would do so again after witnessing Trump’s tumultuous first six months in office, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll of 2016 voters. [Reuters]

In a joint meeting of city and county government committees Wednesday afternoon, some consensus appeared to have been reached regarding proposed revisions to the interlocal agreement that created the Glasgow-Barren County Industrial Development and Economic Authority. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Financial records filed last year in the secretive tax haven of Cyprus, where Paul J. Manafort kept bank accounts during his years working in Ukraine and investing with a Russian oligarch, indicate that he had been in debt to pro-Russia interests by as much as $17 million before he joined Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign in March 2016. [NY Times]

Relying on Heather French Henry to speak to veterans issues after she basically did nothing but put on a show with her fake charity is absurd. Rick Howlett and others in media know better. Shame on anyone letting these fucking shysters speak as if they have any credibility or authority just because they’re popular. It’s lazy and dangerous. [WFPL]

I am not a member of the deep state. I am not big government. I am a scientist, a policy expert, a civil servant and a worried citizen. Reluctantly, as of today, I am also a whistleblower on an administration that chooses silence over science. [WaPo]

Way to go, Republicans! An accident that killed a coal miner in Pike County happened because a conveyor belt did not have adequate safety guards, according to a federal investigation. Ray Hatfield Jr. was killed Jan. 26 when his clothing got tangled in bolts on a roller shaft and he was pulled into the moving equipment, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said in its report. [H-L]

When the White House started banning live audio and video coverage of press briefings last month, journalists questioned the commitment to transparency of Donald Trump’s administration. [HuffPo]

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You Can Thank McConnell For Killing Poor Kentuckians In Droves. No, That’s Not An Exaggeration. That’s Health Care Reality.

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Dewey Gorman, a 59-year-old banker who has struggled with opioid addiction, had just gotten out of the hospital in this tiny central Appalachian city when he heard the word from Washington: His fellow Kentuckian, Sen. Mitch McConnell, had delayed a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He felt torn about that. [H-L]

Following Orange Excrement Donald Trump’s latest inflammatory tweet that essentially promoted violence against journalists, top GOP lawmakers so far have responded with silence, perpetuating their pattern of doing little as the nation’s chief executive breaks more barriers in his war with the media. [HuffPo]

Can’t wait for the next terrible superintendent to take over Jefferson County Public Schools. On her last day as head of Jefferson County Public Schools, outgoing superintendent Donna Hargens wished the school system team “all the best.” [C-J/AKN]

Moscow believes its leader, ex-spy master Vladimir Putin, can extract major concessions from President Donald Trump when the two men meet for the first time next week. [TDB]

Kathy Bartlett watched helplessly this spring as Kentucky lawmakers cut back on mine safety inspections and replaced them with coaching sessions on miners’ safety habits. She knows more than most what’s at stake. [Richmond Register]

Before the 2016 presidential election, a longtime Republican opposition researcher mounted an independent campaign to obtain emails he believed were stolen from Hillary Clinton’s private server, likely by Russian hackers. In conversations with members of his circle and with others he tried to recruit to help him, the GOP operative, Peter W. Smith, implied he was working with retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, at the time a senior adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump. [WSJ]

Boyd County property owners will be expected this fall to pay an extra fee of $48 per parcel to fund the county’s financially-strapped 911 center, if a new ordinance gains final approval. [Ashland Independent]

A trove of internal documents sheds light on the algorithms that Facebook’s censors use to differentiate between hate speech and legitimate political expression. [ProPublica]

A voting precinct change in western Rowan County has resulted in an official complaint filed against the Rowan County Board of Elections. [The Morehead News]

Michael R. Bloomberg will throw his financial might into helping beleaguered American mayors, creating a $200 million philanthropic program aimed at backing inventive policies at the city level and giving mayors a stronger hand in national politics. [NY Times]

He won’t win because he’s not white and you know that’s the sad reality. Even though he’s probably one of the best people to ever run in that district. Promising to run a “campaign by the people and for the people,” state Sen. Reggie Thomas, a Lexington attorney, Saturday became the first Democrat to officially announce a challenge to Sixth District Republican U.S. Congressman Andy Barr of Lexington. [Ronnie Ellis]

The stupid is getting worse. Donald Trump stepped up his feud with the media on Sunday by tweeting a mock video of himself tackling and repeatedly striking a man with a CNN logo super-imposed in place of his head, followed by a logo saying “Fraud News Network.” [Reuters]

This will likely end up being one of the dumbest Republican moves yet. Party of personal responsibility? Not on your life. [H-L]

A top Justice Department corporate crime expert has quit, saying it’s impossible to hold suspected lawbreakers to standards that Elderly Shart Donald Trump is not meeting himself. [HuffPo]

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