Retaliating Over Government Transparency Should Cost People Their Jobs & Any Sense Of Security They Hold

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Come for me when I file an open records request and prepare to have your personal life dissected with surgical precision. That’s how every journalist should operate when government staffers and electeds retaliate. When KDP came for me, I spent six years ending a bunch of those folks by merely doing my job. [H-L]

Donald Trump gave a series of conflicting statements on Thursday about how he hopes to deal with young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, muddying the waters over whether he will support their bid to gain eventual citizenship and whether he will demand a border wall in exchange. [HuffPo]

This ought to end in disaster. [C-J/AKN]

California lawmakers voted to become a sanctuary state, tussled over hot-button environmental issues and urged other states to refuse to cooperate with Donald Trump’s Election Integrity Commission as their legislative year ended early on Saturday. [Reuters]

The state’s prosecutors are the latest group to warn state lawmakers their offices can’t withstand a potential 17 percent cut in funding. [Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission came under fire earlier this month when a lawsuit and media reports revealed that the commissioners were using private emails to conduct public business. Commission co-chair Kris Kobach confirmed this week that most of them continue to do so. [ProPublica]

The Ashland Board of Education unanimously approved a 4 percent tax increase for real estate and personal property tax rates during a special meeting Friday evening. [Ashland Independent]

During a press gaggle aboard Air Force One on Thursday, Trump reverted to the widely-decried “both sides” language he used last month to equivocate between the white supremacists who gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia and those who showed up to protest them. [ThinkProgress]

Members of the Barren County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a proposed tax rate of 67.5 cents per $100 of assessed value for real and personal property for the 2017-18 fiscal year during their Thursday night meeting at the school district’s central office. [Glasgow Daily Times]

An internal Interior Department memo has proposed lifting restrictions on exploratory seismic studies in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a possible first step toward opening the pristine wilderness area to oil and gas drilling. [NY Times]

Morehead City Council has passed the first reading of the ordinance setting the 2017 tax rates for city citizens. Council used the compensating rate, which generates approximately the same revenue as the previous year, exclusive of new property. [The Morehead News]

Appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Sept. 17, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson criticized the Paris climate accord for being “out of balance” for America and China, but said the Trump administration would look for ways to work with other countries on tackling climate “under the right conditions.” [WaPo]

As Kentucky’s chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Andy Beshear spends a good deal of time warning people about the dangers of heroin and pain pills, but he hadn’t seen an overdose in person until Sept. 7. [H-L]

Donald Trump shared a tweet Sunday morning that included the image of him hitting a golf ball and striking Hillary Clinton. [HuffPo]

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Bevin’s About To Bungle Pension Mess

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A former administrative law judge was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for taking $600,000 in bribes during the largest fraud in the history of the Social Security program. [H-L]

In an awkward interview, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested that the president of the United States doesn’t necessarily speak for the nation in expressing American values. [HuffPo]

Remember when digital storage went missing in the Robert Felner era? Looks like it’s continued for a decade. The state attorney general’s criminal investigations department is looking into the erasure of a computer used by ousted University of Louisville President James Ramsey, the university has told the Courier-Journal. [C-J/AKN]

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has joined the ranks of Republicans criticizing Trump for pardoning former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, saying Sunday that the president created a “political wedge” with his action. [WaPo]

These are things you should pay attention to. Several roads in the City of Richmond are set to be paved this year using funds out of the city’s Municipal Aid Road Fund. The Richmond City Commission on Tuesday voted to award the paving work to the Allen Company, which submitted a bid for just under $525,000. [Richmond Register]

Months before Trump issued his Friday-night pardon of Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff, the president asked his attorney general and White House counsel whether the case could be dropped altogether, according to four administration officials familiar with the discussion. [NY Times]

Morehead State University’s new president, Dr. Joseph “Jay” Morgan, said enrollment for the public institution looks solid for the Fall. [Ashland Independent]

The Trump administration plans to sharply reduce the government’s estimate of how much each ton of carbon emissions harms the planet. It hasn’t done so yet, and that delay is slowing Trump’s effort to expand coal mining and gas pipelines. [ProPublica]

Community members had the opportunity to meet Mammoth Cave National Park’s new superintendent, Barclay Trimble, Thursday night during a reception held in his honor at the Lodge at Mammoth Cave. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Donald Trump should not have pardoned a former Arizona sheriff who was convicted of criminal contempt in a case of racial profiling, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, said on Saturday. [Reuters]

If Matt Bevin gave two shits about the pension disaster, he’d do more than run his mouth. Pretty sure no one can deny I was at the forefront of KRS coverage – remember when a book was written based on that coverage? – and his entire staff have refused to meet with any of the experts I know. He’s solely in bed with hedgefund middlemen and those are the folks in charge. [WFPL]

The White House’s Friday guidance to stop accepting transgender people into the military and to potentially oust those already serving will be difficult to implement fully, according to legal experts. [The Hill]

Students start class at the University of Kentucky on Wednesday, and for parents, that means money. Money for tuition, housing, food and books. [Linda Blackford]

As severe flooding threatened Texas residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Dumbass Donald Trump on Sunday focused on the “wonderful” response by government officials to the storm while marveling at the disaster’s scope. [HuffPo]

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Show Up. Beat Some Nazi Ass. Make Them Regret Showing Their Faces. Love Is Not The Answer. Force Against Violent Hate Is The Answer. It Worked In WWII, It’ll Work Now.

Is this a joke? HELL FUCKING YES SURFACE MINING IS HARMING PEOPLE! [H-L]

The White House’s two advisory councils of top business executives disbanded on Wednesday amid intense public blowback against Donald Trump’s response to the deadly attack by an accused white supremacist in Charlottesville, Virginia. [HuffPo]

Robert Morgan begged the state to protect him in the chronically overcrowded Kentucky State Reformatory, where other inmates had put a $1,000 price on his head. [C-J/AKN]

What secrets will Mueller find when he investigates the President’s foreign deals? [New Yorker]

Things aren’t getting any easier for the beleaguered University of Louisville. On Monday, a legislative committee denied UofL’s request to authorize spending up to $1.25 million on outside legal representation. [Ronnie Ellis]

Turns out, FBI agents contradict Donald Trump’s statements regarding James Comey. [NBC News]

The City of Ashland reimburses employees for travel costs and pays for their training, and 92 percent of the money spent this year — excluding for police and fire — has gone toward three departments. [Ashland Independent]

Donald Trump, facing a mounting political furor and backlash from business leaders, has explicitly condemned neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists two days after a rally by hate groups in Virginia turned deadly. [Reuters]

Of course Matt Bevin is a hypocrite when it comes to standing up to racism and bigotry. The father of brown children – with a person of color lieutenant – thinks this is some sort of justifiable game. [WFPL]

The crisis in Charlottesville, Va., presented Trump with a choice between adopting the unifying tone of a traditional president or doubling down on the go-it-alone approach that got him elected in 2016. [NY Times]

Mitch McConnell doesn’t have the guts to stand up to Donald Trump by calling him out by name. Neither does his wife. [More Ronnie Ellis]

Since Inauguration Day, I have been troubled by abdication of moral responsibility on the part of business leaders who have lent their reputations to Trump. So congratulations to Merck chief executive Kenneth C. Frazier on his resignation from Trump’s American Manufacturing Council over the president’s manifestly inadequate response to Charlottesville. [WaPo]

Eradicate bigotry. Eradicate Nazis. White nationalists are planning a rally in Lexington to oppose the planned removal of two Confederate statues from the lawn of the former Fayette County Courthouse, and they’re considering a lawsuit aimed at blocking the move, a leader in the movement said Tuesday. [H-L]

Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush released a joint statement on Wednesday condemning “racial bigotry, anti-Semitism and hatred” a day after Donald Trump suggested white supremacists weren’t entirely to blame for violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. [HuffPo]

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Reminder: Republicans Like Scott Jennings And Matt Bevin Own These Nazis

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For the first time, Kentuckians have the right to inspect many of the documents created by the agency that runs Kentucky’s courts system. The Kentucky Supreme Court signed an order this week creating an open-records policy for the scandal-plagued Administrative Office of the Courts. [H-L]

Donald Trump on Saturday responded to the violence that erupted this weekend as white supremacists and a fringe group clashed in Charlottesville, Virginia. He refused to single out the activity of white supremacists, however, arguing that there was blame to go around on “many sides.” [HuffPo]

Taking one step closer to suing the University of Louisville Foundation for millions of dollars it lost, the university’s board of trustees has appointed a four-member committee to decide whether to file litigation. [C-J/AKN]

Manafort had alerted authorities to a controversial meeting on June 9, 2016, involving Trump’s son Donald Jr., other campaign representatives and a Russian lawyer promising damaging information on Hillary Clinton, according to people familiar with the matter. [Bloomberg]

The UofL Foundation can’t help but hire con artists. This guy was making $22,000 PER MONTH yet got caught stealing from golf pro shops. [WAVE3]

Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer (D) on Sunday ripped Donald Trump’s response to violent clashes in the city that were spurred by a white nationalist rally. [The Hill]

Way to go, Republican Party of Kentucky, for killing Kentucky’s economy. Adding to Kentucky’s financial woes, economists are predicting the state will bring in around $200 million less than originally projected this fiscal year. [WFPL]

Donald Trump’s failure to fill dozens of senior-level positions at the Pentagon is making it difficult for defense contractors to forecast business. [Reuters]

After a short discussion, the Glasgow-Barren County Industrial Development and Economic Authority postponed again the question of whether to hire JYB3 Group, a consulting and marketing firm. Why on earth would Glasgow need to hire John Y. Brown III to market the region? What on earth kind of stupid waste of money is that?! [Glasgow Daily Times]

James Alex Fields Jr. of Ohio was charged with second-degree murder in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday after he smashed a car into a line of cars in an episode that left a 32-year-old woman dead and injured at least 19 other people who were protesting a rally staged by white nationalists. Mr. Fields, 20, was born in Kenton, Ky., to Samantha Lea Bloom. [NY Times]

During his first convocation as Morehead State University president, Dr. Jay Morgan spoke to faculty and staff about the university’s beginnings and his goals for the future. [The Morehead News]

A man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of protesters here — killing one person and leaving 19 injured — has long sympathized with Nazi views and had stood with a group of white supremacists hours before Saturday’s bloody crash. The accused driver, James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio, had espoused extremist ideals at least since high school, according to Derek Weimer, a history teacher. Weimer said that he taught Fields during his junior and senior years at Randall K. Cooper High School in Kentucky. [WaPo]

A Kentucky man and his transgender wife sued Amazon on Wednesday, alleging that they endured sustained discrimination and harassment during a year as co-workers at the mammoth online retailer’s warehouse in northern Kentucky. [H-L]

Maybe some day lazy outsiders will rely on more than random tweets as sourcing. Then they’ll learn that Jim Gray and Lexington have been working on this for quite some time. [HuffPo]

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RPK Should Practice The BS It Preaches

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And Tres Watson doesn’t have a conflict of interest? His former employer and close pal, Scott Jennings, did P.R. spin for Jim Ramsey and the UofL Foundation. He’s tight with people all over UofL. So let’s not act as if it’s not all incestuous. Put down the bottle, RPK liars, and look for new employment because you’re about to get burned just like the Democrats are being burned with Julian… and soon to be Wendell. [H-L]

Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury as part of his investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia in last year’s election. [HuffPo]

Here’s UofL continuing to be corrupt as hell. The University of Louisville is appealing a financial penalty and the vacation of records ordered in June by the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, a form the school sent to the NCAA shows. [C-J/AKN]

Targeting media makes this administration un-American. They’re traitors to democracy and the First Amendment. [The Hill]

A discussion on what Berea Tourism funds can and should be spent on dominated Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Berea City Council. Berea Tourism has an estimated budget of $950,000 for this year, council member Jerry Little said. [Richmond Register]

Young immigrants denied credit by Wells Fargo Bank because they are not permanent U.S. residents can sue the bank under a post-Civil War law barring discrimination on the basis of immigration status, a federal judge ruled. [Reuters]

What is it with UofL and UK athletics staffers turning into swindling crooks? For real, what’s in them that drives them to turn into the worst of the worst? [WKYT]

Donald Trump called his son-in-law a “good boy” while thanking Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker for a positive editorial about Jared Kushner and said the leader of the Boy Scouts told him his jamboree speech was “the greatest speech ever made to them.” [Politico]

Matt Bevin can put up or shut up or Andy Beshear is going to force his hand. [CN|Toot]

While you were distracted by the Trump circus… William Browder knows Vladimir Putin’s Russia all too well. Browder made a fortune in Russia, in the process uncovering, he says, incredible amounts of fraud and corruption. When he tried to report it to authorities, the government kicked him out of the country and, he alleges, tortured and killed the lawyer he was working with. [NPR]

Jim Justice still owes gobs and gobs and gobs of money to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. [Ashland Independent]

Trump’s gotta be the dumbest man alive. The Secret Service has vacated its command post inside Trump Tower in Manhattan following a dispute between the government and Donald Trump’s company over the terms of a lease for the space, according to two people familiar with the discussions. [WaPo]

Fun fact: We were here uncovering University of Louisville corruption, waste, fraud and abuse a decade before the Kentucky Center of Ed Hard Money came along. And based upon watching the people running the joint, we’ll be here long after it’s gone. [H-L]

This is some Matt Bevin-style projection, henny. Donald Trump doubled down on his assertions that investigators should be scrutinizing Hillary Clinton’s emails and alleged connections to Russia during a Thursday evening rally in Huntington, West Virginia. [HuffPo]

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McConnell Bungled Health Care For Years

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has once again declined to give detailed information about Kentucky voters to a committee President Donald Trump set up to investigate election integrity. [H-L]

Fun watching McConnell repeatedly lose on this front for more than eight years. Seven years of Republican promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act withered away to almost nothing on the Senate floor early Friday morning. [HuffPo]

Six years, five months and 11 days after she was sentenced to prison for trying to extort cash, cars and a house from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, Karen Cunagin Sypher’s sentence officially expire[d] Friday. [C-J/AKN]

If you read Jared Kushner’s statement to congressional committees looking for evidence of a crime, there isn’t much there. But if you read it from the perspective of the Russians trying to gain a toehold—or more—inside the Trump campaign, you realize how easy he made it for them. [New Yorker]

Newsprint is dying and there’s no reason to force government to subsidize it. Maybe it wasn’t Daniel in the lion’s den, but Kentucky Press Association Executive Director David Thompson surely felt outnumbered Wednesday as a committee of state lawmakers heard a line of public agencies ask for revisions in a state law which requires public notice of official documents in local newspapers. [Ronnie Ellis]

In an arrangement prominent ethics experts say is without precedent and potentially illegal, the White House is referring questions for senior presidential adviser Stephen K. Bannon to an outside public relations agent whose firm says she is working for free. [TIME]

State Rep. Jim Wayne is viewed by some as a liberal Democrat while state Budget Director John Chilton works for, what many view, as a pretty conservative Republican governor, Matt Bevin. But both agree on Kentucky’s fiscal situation: it’s a mess and growing worse and something must be done. [More Ronnie Ellis]

The Senate rejected a scaled-back ObamaCare repeal bill in the early hours of Friday in a shocking vote that marks a major defeat for GOP leaders and the seven-year effort to repeal the health law. [The Hill]

Kentucky’s economic outlook took another hit this past week as Moody’s downgraded the state’s bond ratings to Aa3 from Aa2 following the announcement the state failed to make its revenue estimates for the fiscal year and in light of its growing public pension problems. [The Morehead News]

The Republican Party’s seven-year dream of dismantling the Affordable Care Act came to what seemed like a climactic end early Friday, punctured by the Senate’s vote to reject a last-ditch proposal to repeal a few parts of the health law. [NY Times]

Bullfrogs croaked loudly at Sloan’s Crossing Pond at Mammoth Cave National Park on Tuesday night as biologists set up nets across the walkway surrounding the pond and in the nearby woods. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) played his hand on the Senate Republicans’ health-care proposal for the maximum political effect. It’s always the case that it’s the people who are wavering at the last minute who end up getting all the attention: Undecided voters, new car buyers, bachelorettes on reality television shows. In politics, though, there’s special cultural role acclaim for those who, at the last minute, do the unexpected — often while those who did exactly what was expected get little fanfare. [WaPo]

In an effort to increase wild ginseng populations on national forest lands, a ban prohibiting ginseng harvest in the Daniel Boone National Forest has been extended through the 2017 harvest season, from Sept. 1 to Dec. 1. [H-L]

Russia ordered the United States to cut its diplomatic staff by Sept. 1 and said it was seizing a dacha compound and warehouse used by U.S. diplomats in retaliation for new U.S. sanctions against Moscow. [HuffPo]

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Yet More Proof That The Stupid Is Thick

Jeff Hoover has taken the unusual step of calling all 100 House members to the Capitol Aug. 16 “to bring members up to date on the budget, tax reform and pension reform.” [H-L]

This is because Republicans overwhelmingly tend to be dumb and gullible. That’s just reality. Nearly half of Republican voters believe Donald Trump didn’t really lose the popular vote to his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in last year’s election, a new poll shows. [HuffPo]

Attorneys for Donald Trump are asking the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss a suit alleging he incited violence against protesters at a March 2016 campaign rally in Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

The specter of hate incidents and crimes — some of them fueled by the nastiness of the 2016 presidential campaign — felt white hot months ago. [ProPublica]

Restaurants in Richmond could soon sell alcohol until 1 a.m. Sunday nights after Richmond city commissioners on Tuesday changed an ordinance already prepared by city attorney Garrett Fowles that would have kept the cutoff for alcohol sales at 9 p.m. Sundays. [Richmond Register]

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Republicans are getting worse and worse for Kentucky’s economy. Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary June unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for June was up 0.1 percentage points from the 5 percent reported in May 2017. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Keep an eye on what Texas New Nazis/New Republicans are up to because Kentucky Republicans want to do the same. The Republican-controlled Texas Senate gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to a bill that restricts bathroom access for transgender people, endorsing a piece of legislation denounced by civil liberties advocates as discriminatory. [Reuters]

Just in case you were wondering how many idiots there are in Louisville, here’s another one: Duncan Murley. Louisville residents spoke up about a proposed Metro Council tree ordinance Tuesday. [WFPL]

LGBT rights advocacy groups slammed Trump on Wednesday for his decision to bar transgender people from military service, calling it a “direct attack” on trans people and a “desperate action.” [The Hill]

It sure is fascinating to see the folks at Bowling Green’s far-right newspaper act like they were unaware of the nightmarish shit Julian Carroll has been up to for decades. They’re usually the first to hurl rumor and innuendo about him. Wendell Ford, too. Standing up for Carroll proves all we need to know about the Daily News. [BDGN]

The total amount of tax raised by the United States as a proportion of the size of its economy is not the highest in the world. It also does not have the highest rates of taxes on households. [BBC]

Moody’s has downgraded the debt issued by Kentucky’s state government by one level, to a Aa3 rating, warning bond investors that the state does not collect enough revenue to resolve its $37 billion public pension shortfall. [John Cheves]

Michelle Obama has opened up in front of a crowd of about 8,500 at the Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s 30th anniversary event in Denver about her experience as America’s first black first lady. [HuffPo]

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