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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Republican Treason Sure Is Tons Of Fun

Mitch McConnell has had nearly a decade to come up with a health care alternative and he’s still yet to do so. Still. NEARLY A DECADE! [H-L]

Donald Trump’s son, son-in law, and campaign chairman met secretly in June 2016 with a woman they’d been told was a Russian government attorney who could provide documents that, as part of “Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” would “incriminate” Hillary Clinton, according to emails released by Donald Trump Jr. on Twitter Tuesday morning. [HuffPo]

OH MY GOD! Oh my god. Oh my god. Move all liquids away from whatever screen you’re reading this on before clicking. Oh. My. God. You’ll wet yourself. [C-J/AKN]

The bombshell New York Times report from Sunday afternoon might not the smoking gun in the Trump-Russia 2016 story, but it sure looks close to one. According to the Times, President Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer in June 2016 after being promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton — “the first public indication that at least some in the campaign were willing to accept Russian help.” To put this June 9, 2016 meeting into perspective, here’s a handy timeline of what happened before and after the meeting. [NBC News]

Kentucky ended the 2017 fiscal year on June 30 with a $138.5 million shortfall in its General Fund. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Donald Trump-Russia timeline sure is interesting. [TPM]

This is a hidden gem in Eastern Kentucky. You don’t have to know what a carabiner is or the advantages of passive vs. active protection to climb or descend from rocks at Carter Caves State Resort Park. [Ashland Independent]

Schaaaaaaadenfreeeeeeude! The revelation of these emails immediately sent shockwaves through the White House. “This is sum of all fears stuff. It’s what we’ve all been dreading,” said one White House official who is now exploring the possibility of retaining an attorney, a step described as purely precautionary. [TDB]

Deterrent. That’s the word Rowan County Sheriff Matt Sparks to describe the reasoning behind seizing a 59-acre property in a remote area in the southwestern part of the county. [The Morehead News]

The June 3, 2016, email sent to Donald Trump Jr. could hardly have been more explicit: One of his father’s former Russian business partners had been contacted by a senior Russian government official and was offering to provide the Trump campaign with dirt on Hillary Clinton. The documents “would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father,” read the email, written by a trusted intermediary, who added, “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” [NY Times]

Come on, wealthy folks, help make this happen. The Bounty of the Barrens Farmers Market is a big step closer to having a permanent home, but plenty remains to be done before it becomes a reality, not the least of which is raising an estimated $600,000-plus. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Donald Trump Jr. agreed to take a meeting during the 2016 presidential campaign with a woman he was told was a “Russian government lawyer” who could provide damaging information about Hillary Clinton as part of “Russia and its government’s support” for his father’s presidential campaign, according to emails tweeted by the president’s son on Tuesday. [WaPo]

A contractor paid bribes and kickbacks to St. Joseph Hospital’s executive director of facilities, who was responsible for assigning general contracting work, a federal indictment said. As part of the scheme, contractor Rocky Williams of Jessamine County bought a motorcycle, an all-terrain vehicle, vacations, golf club memberships and furniture for James Newton of Lexington, according to court records. Neither man works at or for St. Joseph now. [H-L]

Donald Trump Jr. released images of an email exchange Tuesday that show he was contacted in June 2016 about a meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer. At that meeting, he was told, he could obtain “some official documents and information that would incriminate” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. [HuffPo]

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Ronnie Ellis Has Some Troubling Stats

Cross over the old Louisville & Nashville Railroad in this town remembered for its Civil War encampment and you’ll see the first signs — there’s fresh anticipation in the rural areas that will be prime viewing locations for the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse to sweep the United States in 99 years. [H-L]

Americans largely do not approve of the GOP Senate health care bill, and many of them are dissatisfied with the way Republicans in Congress are handling the matter, according to a new NPR/“PBS NewsHour”/Marist poll. [HuffPo]

As University of Louisville Hospital prepares to separate from KentuckyOne Health this weekend, leaders are optimistic about the hospital’s future. [C-J/AKN]

Just in case you thought Mitch McConnell wanted to have substantive discussion about health care? You’re dangerously mistaken. [The Hill]

The Russell City Council on Monday gave final passage to the city’s new budget, which will include a 2.1 percent pay raise to all employees and council members. [Ashland Independent]

U.S. Senate Republican leaders postponed a vote on a healthcare overhaul on Tuesday after resistance from members of their own party, and President Donald Trump summoned Republican senators to the White House to urge them to break the impasse. [Reuters]

Deaths from drug overdoses continue to grow in Kentucky and, according to one foot-soldier on the front lines of the drug epidemic, that’s having a perverse and surreal effect. [Ronnie Ellis]

Mitch McConnell is a coward and you’ve known that for years. This is merely a reminder. Activists in wheelchairs protesting the Senate’s newly-released health care bill were arrested and dragged from outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office on Thursday. [ThinkProgress]

The eight members of the Glasgow City Council who were present at Monday’s regular meeting and others in attendance, got to see a glimpse of the next few years at the Glasgow Municipal Airport – if things go according to plan. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Federal investigators are examining financial transactions involving Paul Manafort and his son-in-law, who embarked on a series of real estate deals in recent years fueled by millions of dollars from Mr. Manafort, according to two people familiar with the matter. [NY Times]

At the Gateway Coalition for Workforce Diversity meeting held Friday, Jason Slone spoke about the need for the coalition to work directly with business leaders in the community. [The Morehead News]

Every time President Trump tweets, journalists and Twitter followers attempt to analyze what he means. Intelligence agencies around the world do, too: They’re trying to determine what vulnerabilities the president of the United States may have. And he’s giving them a lot to work with. [WaPo]

A former Pike Deputy Judge-Executive who has been convicted in two previous animal cruelty cases is again facing charges, after Pike County Animal Control officers filed 100 misdemeanor cruelty to animals charges against him related to the finding of numerous animals at his residence, many of which were sick and some of which were dead. [H-L]

When news spread in Wayne County, Georgia, that Republic Services planned to dump toxic coal ash in their landfill, citizens and the local newspaper fought back. [HuffPo]

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She’s Tied To Ben Chandler And Jonathan Miller? Welp, That Won’t Last Long

The Kentucky Supreme Court decided Monday to hear Attorney General Andy Beshear’s lawsuit against Gov. Matt Bevin regarding the governor’s authority to reorganize state university boards. [H-L]

Where does a person go when they realize they need to do something immediately to address their substance use problem? In Nashua, New Hampshire, thanks to a program called Safe Stations, the answer now is their local firehouse. [HuffPo]

How can Louisville put an end to food deserts? Start by kicking the shit-for-brains Mary Ellen Wiederwohl and the Metro Animal Services trainwrecks running “Louisville Forward” to the curb. They’re some of the dumbest, most wretched people on the planet. If that sounds really mean to you? You haven’t been paying attention. That’s not merely an opinion – it’s based on a decade of reporting. It’s elitist, out-of-touch assholes like this continually screwing things up in Louisville. MEW thinks she’s going to run for mayor, fyi, but she’s going to get her ass handed to her before she ever has a chance to jump in. [C-J/AKN]

Shortly after Michael Flynn was forced out of the Trump administration, his lawyer pushed out a statement claiming that the ousted national security adviser had “a story to tell.” One top Democratic senator investigating Russia’s election interference thinks he’s already telling it. [TPM]

This may be the weakest, most Captain Obvious Mike Harmon audit yet. Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon is calling for the University of Louisville’s athletics organization to put more money into the KFC Yum! Center arena, which is still struggling to pay off construction debts despite soaring revenues in the school’s athletic department. [WFPL]

The United States holds North Korea accountable for its treatment of U.S. student Otto Warmbier and wants three other U.S. citizens detained by Pyongyang to be freed as soon as possible, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday. [Reuters]

This should end just about like you’re all expecting. Amy McGrath, the retired U.S. Marine fighter pilot considering a run for Congress as a Democrat, won’t easily be pigeon-holed by political opponents. That won’t stop them from trying, of course. McGrath, who retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Marine Corps on June 1, is considering a challenge to Republican U.S. Congressman Andy Barr in Kentucky’s Sixth District. [Ronnie Ellis]

For decades, the Department of Justice has used court-enforced agreements to protect civil rights, successfully desegregating school systems, reforming police departments, ensuring access for the disabled and defending the religious. [ProPublica]

Incoming City Manager Michael Graese is set to dominate the list of highest-paid city employees in the new fiscal year, and the top 15 salaries will cost the city $1.4 million. Graese, who is retiring from the military and plans to start work in Ashland in August, will be paid $130,000 — the second-highest employee salary in the city’s history. Interim City Manager Steve Corbitt’s pay this year is based on a $153,373 salary, the same salary he had before he retired for the first time as city manager in 2013. [Ashland Independent]

Jane and Abe Goren retired here five years ago to escape the higher cost of living they had abided for decades in the suburbs of New York City. They did not anticipate having to write monthly checks for health insurance that would exceed their mortgage and property taxes combined. [NY Times]

Creating a new name and adjusting the composition of the board of directors for the Glasgow-Barren County Industrial Development and Economic Authority to have more elected officials in voting positions were just two of several suggestions from the magistrate who chairs the Barren County Fiscal Court Economic Development Committee. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Environmental Protection Agency has given notice to dozens of scientists that they will not be renewed in their roles in advising the agency, continuing a scientific shake-up that has already triggered resignations and charges from some researchers that the administration is politicizing the agency. [WaPo]

Georgetown College’s year-long probation will continue for another year. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the accrediting agency for the private, liberal arts Scott County college, extended its probation last week, according to documents posted on its website. [H-L]

Way to go, Republican dimwits. Under pressure from Donald Trump, Ford scrapped its plans to build a $1 billion plant in Mexico that would’ve produced its Focus compact car. But in a move that’s likely to vex the president, the automaker has decided to relocate its production to China in 2019. [HuffPo]

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