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]

Human Trafficking Task Force Writes UofL, Offers Training To Ramsey, Jurich, Pitino

The Nelson County Human Trafficking Task Force just wrote a letter to the University of Louisville offering training.

Rather than bore you to tears with what I think, here it is:


And a transcript of the letter:

October 23, 2015

Dr. James R. Ramsey

Tom Jurich

Rick Pitino

Dear Dr. Ramsey, Mr. Jurich and Mr. Pitino,

Since 2008, of the 332 victims of human trafficking identified in Kentucky, 197 were children. Human trafficking is forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation through the use of force, fraud or coercion. When a victim is under 18, force, fraud or coercion are not required to be categorized as human trafficking. The most frequently occurring ages of victims in Kentucky are 15 and 17. Human trafficking is a multibillion dollar industry with horrific exploitation and it is no surprise that it is considered to be modern day slavery.

The allegations of University of Louisville Athletics’ players, recruits and staff being involved in potential human trafficking by attending parties with commercial sex are disturbing. Regardless of the veracity, it is integral that University of Louisville Athletics’ programs be educated regarding human trafficking.

U of L Athletics occupies a prestigious and respected role in our community and in national collegiate athletics. Given this role and the status of student athletes, education about human trafficking is an urgent need. Education can help identify victims, can prevent trafficking by decreasing demand and U of L Athletics can be an ambassador and partner in the antislavery movement.

The Nelson County Human Trafficking Task Force is a diverse group of individuals from various professional and personal backgrounds that is dedicated to creating a climate in Nelson County that is opposed to violence with an emphasis on human trafficking. The task force has provided training to over 200 professionals in and around the Nelson County area. We welcome the opportunity to provide human trafficking education to U of L Athletics for free.

We hope that you will accept this offer and join the effort in ending human slavery. Please contact either Soha T. Saiyed or Amy Nace-Degonda to schedule a meeting at the contact information below.


Soha T. Saiyed
Co-Chair, Nelson County Human Trafficking Task Force University of Louisville Law ‘06

Amy Nace-Degonda
Co-Chair, Nelson County Human Trafficking Task Force University of Louisville ‘02

The task force is made up of representatives from:

  • Catholic Charities
  • Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Family Resource Center
  • Bardstown Police Department
  • Visiting Angels
  • KY Higher Education Assistance Authority
  • Sisters of Charity of Nazareth
  • University of Kentucky Targeted Assessment Program
  • US Attorney
  • Nelson County Schools
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • New Life Center
  • Central Kentucky Community Action Council
  • Advocacy and Support Center
  • Bardstown Police Department
  • Vincentian Family
  • Passport
  • Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
  • Flaget Memorial Hospital

Have reached out to UofL for comment but have received no response.

Jorts, Trans Am Not Spotted At Biden Thing

Alison Lundergan Grimes is back on TV for the first time since her 2014 race against Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell shattered state spending records. [H-L]

Vice President Joe Biden said he will not run for president in 2016. Biden announced his decision in a statement given from the White House on Wednesday. [HuffPo]

A man was fatally shot Tuesday afternoon after police say he pulled out a gun on Jeffersontown officers and they opened fire. [C-J/AKN]

There’s nothing juicy in these Kim Davis emails, so don’t feel compelled to look through them. But it’s fascinating people are still obsessed with her bigoted shenanigans. [Muckrock]

Members of the Glasgow Independent Schools Board of Education spent a large portion of Monday’s meeting contemplating a potential gift that could light up the football field at Glasgow Middle School. [Glasgow Daily Times]

We can’t afford to be cynical about the news that the most lucrative college hoops program in the country uses women as a form of currency. On revelations that the University of Louisville basketball program may have paid a self-described “Louisville Madam” to supply recruits with strippers and sex, the reactions have congregated into two camps: moralizers and cynics. [The Nation]

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and D.O.V.E.S of Gateway has been serving those impacted since 1989. [The Morehead News]

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump said late Monday that President Obama is working on an executive order to take Americans’ guns away. [The Hill]

Upper management at Massey Energy used fear tactics and intimidation to get miners to produce as much coal as possible despite numerous safety hazards, a former Upper Big Branch miner testified Tuesday. [Richmond Register]

Oklahoma regulators are cracking down harder on saltwater disposal wells near the vitally important Cushing crude storage hub, where a rash of quakes have stoked concerns its tanks and pipelines may not be designed to handle a major seismic event. [Reuters]

President Barack Obama will announce federal, state, local and private sector efforts to combat prescription drug abuse and heroin use today in Charleston. [Ashland Independent]

When energy booms go bust, the public is often left responsible for the cleanup. That’s because while most states and the federal government make companies put up at least some money in advance to pay for any mess they leave behind, it’s often not enough. [NPR]

No, Republicans cannot save Matt Bevin from himself. Not even if he wins on election day. [H-L]

The Democratic National Committee is benefiting from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s fundraising prowess even before she wraps up the nomination thanks to loosened campaign finance rules. [HuffPo]

UofL’s Great For Fraud & Sports Sexytime

ESPN reported Tuesday that five former University of Louisville basketball players and recruits told their “Outside the Lines” reporters that they attended parties at a campus dorm from 2010-14 that included strippers. [H-L]

A key House Democrat suggested Monday that Vice President Joe Biden can’t win the Democratic nomination on his own and should not enter the contest. [HuffPo]

The candidates for Kentucky lieutenant governor drew sharp distinctions between one another on a Kentucky Educational Television debate that was dominated by education issues. [C-J/AKN]

Hillary Clinton asserted at Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden “stole very important information that has unfortunately fallen into a lot of the wrong hands.” [The Intercept]

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted Kentucky a one-year extension for meeting requirements of the stringent new identification security law known as REAL ID – meaning a Kentucky driver’s license is still sufficient for gaining access to the vast majority of federal installations. [Press Release]

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has his work cut out for him in passing a bill to raise the $18.1 trillion debt ceiling. [The Hill]

The Republican Governors’ Association is returning to the Kentucky airwaves with a $1.6 million ad buy on behalf of Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin. [Ronnie Ellis]

The CIA has told Congress that the name of an alleged secret agency source, mentioned but then partially redacted by the U.S. State Department from an email received on Hillary Clinton’s private server was not considered by the agency to be secret at all. [Reuters]

The City of Glasgow and the Electric Plant Board’s innovative Infotricity model has garnered statewide recognition. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Inside a sleek Denver condominium, George W. Bush let a hundred donors to his brother’s campaign in on a secret. Of all the rival Republican candidates, there is one who gets under the former president’s skin, whom he views as perhaps Jeb Bush’s most serious rival for the party’s nomination. [Politico]

A former Upper Big Branch mine section boss, a superintendent and a fire boss testified Monday about Massey Energy executives’ unwillingness to provide the amount of manpower or equipment needed to safety produce coal, all the while demanding high production numbers. [Richmond Register]

Ohio has put executions on hold until at least 2017 as the US state struggles to acquire the lethal drugs needed to carry out death sentences. [BBC]

A prominent businessman who is a county magistrate in Harlan County has been charged with two felonies, Kentucky State Police announced Monday. [H-L]

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission notified Planned Parenthood on Monday that it will terminate the reproductive health provider’s Medicaid contract. The move is a response to the sting videos created by an anti-abortion group that showed the organization’s staff members discussing the donation of fetal tissue to medical researchers. [HuffPo]

Life Goes On In Morehead, Kentucky

Democrat Andy Beshear and Republican Whitney Westerfield are the men publicly running to be Kentucky’s next attorney general. But behind the scenes, scores of corporations, wealthy businessmen, lawyers, lobbyists and labor unions have given several million dollars to two independent groups loosely affiliated with the Democratic and Republican parties, which are spending that money on a barrage of attack ads meant to influence voters. [John Cheves]

Thousands of migrants seeking to reach Western Europe were stranded in fog and cold weather in Croatia and Serbia on Sunday, a day after Hungary closed its border with Croatia and the flow of people was redirected to a much slower route via Slovenia. [HuffPo]

In her first comments to a reporter since the publication of her book, “Breaking Cardinal Rules,” Katina Powell said in a brief interview Friday that her daughters support the book in which she claims she provided them as escorts for University of Louisville players and recruits. [C-J/AKN]

Huckabee raised just $1.24 million, the lowest of any candidate who has made a top-tier debate this year and half as much as Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, whose poll numbers have dropped over the past few months. [The Hill]

The sign next to the door at the former E.B. Terry gymnasium, where clothes were given away every Monday for several years to those who needed them, advised visitors not to drop off anything. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Injured workers are entitled to compensation for permanent disabilities under state workers’ comp laws. [ProPublica]

The quaint town of Sandy Hook was just one pit stop that Kentucky democratic governor candidate Jack Conway made Friday. [Ashland Independent]

It used to be a given: When your kids reached school age, they’d strap on their backpacks and head for the neighborhood elementary school. Or, you’d pay a hefty tuition to send them to private school. In the last two decades, a third option has emerged. Today, there are more than 6,000 charter schools in the country. And lately, they’ve been the subject of passionate and often acrimonious debate about the right way to fix public education in America. [NPR]

Don Blankenship’s attorneys tried Friday to highlight upper management’s concerns for safety, but prosecutors argued the former Massey Energy CEO’s only concerns were about the cost of the citations they received and the amount of coal they produced. [Richmond Register]

Most elected representatives host town halls in their districts to speak with constituents about solving the nation’s ills — slimming the bloated federal budget, say, or lifting up the poor and the middle class. [Politico]

Morehead City Council met Monday night and adopted tax rates for the upcoming year. [The Morehead News]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged global leaders on Saturday to agree an “ambitious” deal at a climate conference in Paris in December, saying global warming was the biggest threat to global food security. [Reuters]

Two candidates deeply rooted in Appalachia — one a retired school teacher and state lawmaker, the other a bankruptcy attorney and political newcomer — are competing in the down-ballot campaign to become Kentucky’s next state treasurer. [H-L]

Before he demeaned, guaranteed and taunted his way to the top of the polls — indeed, before the very first “Make America Great” hat even came off of the assembly line — the Republican Party got its first incontrovertible evidence of the extent of its problem with Donald Trump. [HuffPo]

UofL Sex Scandal Isn’t Going Away

In the ever expanding universe of Kentucky bourbon, it can be hard to keep up with new distilleries and new things to sample. But it is so much fun trying. [H-L]

Whether or not you think Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) won Tuesday night’s Democratic debate, it’s clear his campaign’s bank account did. [HuffPo]

Oldham County officials plan to move forward with a vote on becoming a wet county, despite previous questions about whether they’d collected enough voter signatures to hold a special election. [C-J/AKN]

University of Louisville is investigating claims that a former staffer hired escorts to have sex with basketball players and recruits. [NPR]

The Cumberland Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest is known for the Red River Gorge and Cave Run Lake. It stretches across Rowan, Bath, Menifee, Morgan, Powell, Wolfe, Estill, and Lee counties. [The Morehead News]

Sheldon Adelson, one of the Republican Party’s most sought-after contributors, is leaning increasingly toward supporting Marco Rubio — and the Florida senator is racing to win the backing of other uncommitted megadonors who have the potential to direct tens of millions of dollars his way and alter the contours of the Republican primary fight. [Politico]

Charles “Chuck” Doolin of Dry Fork was 5 years old when his father bought a new tractor. “This tractor here,” he said, as he stood beside the 1954 TO 30 Ferguson on East Washington Street on Saturday, “was delivered new there to my daddy in 1955. … It came from Fred Smith Motor Co. right here in Glasgow, Kentucky.” [Glasgow Daily Times]

Police officers Bryan Norberg and Graham Kunisch each had lasting physical problems after being shot while on the job in 2009. Now, because of their civil lawsuit against the store that sold the gun, the incident may have a lasting legal impact too. On Tuesday, a jury ordered gun store Badger Guns to pay $6 million for its role in an illegal gun sale, which ultimately led to both officers getting shot in the face. [ThinkProgress]

Jack Dunlap did not want to build a memorial when he planned a flag display for the front of his home, although he did honor military memories by design. [Ashland Independent]

The board that certifies orthopedic specialists will use ProPublica’s Surgeon Scorecard to help assess the competency of its surgeons, the organization’s top administrator said today. [ProPublica]

Nestled underneath a canopy of trees with falling leaves swirling around him, James Bonta of Barefoot Royals Studio looks comfortable at his pottery wheel as he shapes his creations amid the hustle and bustle of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen Fair Saturday. [Richmond Register]

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided Tuesday over whether it has jurisdiction in a case challenging a state’s sentencing of a minor to life in prison without parole. [The Hill]

Toyota, under ambitious environmental targets, is aiming to sell hardly any regular gasoline vehicles by 2050, only hybrids and fuel cells, to radically reduce emissions. [H-L]

A Russian scientist says he’s discovered the world’s smallest free-living insect — and the critter sure is tiny. [HuffPo]

Coal Pandering’s Worse Than Child Abuse, Right? Surely It’s Worse Than That. Or Maybe Elder Abuse?

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway tried to reinforce his friend-of-coal credentials Thursday, pledging to promote the industry and look for tax incentives to boost production as he distanced himself from a president routinely blamed for coal’s downturn. [H-L]

If you want to stop violence against people, stop violence against animals. [HuffPo]

Because of course they are. Some of Kentucky’s most vulnerable people — frail, elderly and disabled individuals in nursing homes — have been threatened, ridiculed, slapped, injured or sexually abused, but the state’s nursing home industry is seeking relief from what it calls heavy-handed state oversight. [C-J/AKN]

The lack of accurate information about police-involved shootings is roiling the nation’s law enforcement community, leaving officials unable to say whether high-profile killings are isolated events or part of an alarming trend, FBI Director James B. Comey said Wednesday. [WaPo]

What this means is Mark Hebert is prolly spilling the hooker tea. A former University of Louisville basketball player has given investigators a version of events that indicates strippers were in the players’ dorm on at least one occasion, a source close to the investigation told WDRB News. [WDRB]

Leading theologians from the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) are making news this week for again speaking out against ex-gay therapy, also known as reparative or conversion therapy. But what these theologians have been saying at the annual Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) conference about how to respond to LGBT people belies the supposed progress of rejecting these harmful, ineffective treatments. [ThinkProgress]

A federal judge won’t drop charges against two of the six accused in a scheme to sell millions of dollars of untaxed cigarettes from a storefront in Russell, according to court records. [Ashland Independent]

A few days ago, the RAND Corporation published an opinion piece that raised questions about Surgeon Scorecard, our searchable online database of complication rates for surgeons performing several elective operations. We appreciate the authors’ intentions and plan to take some suggestions into account as we prepare Surgeon Scorecard 2.0. [ProPublica]

Barren Circuit Judge Phillip Patton has issued an order today agreeing with the decision of the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General that the Glasgow Independent Schools Board of Education violated the Open Meetings Act with its closed session on March 30, when it discussed a potential property agreement. [Glasgow Daily Times]

U.S. stocks ended higher on Thursday with the S&P 500 closing at a seven-week high as investors saw further signs of dovishness in the Federal Reserve’s September meeting minutes which shed light on its decision to keep interest rates near zero. [Reuters]

If Madison County institutes a needle-exchange program in an attempt to control infections such as HIV and hepatitis C among inter-venous drug users, it will benefit from the lessons learned by its neighbor to the north. [Richmond Register]

US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has outlined her plan to curb Wall Street abuses. [BBC]

Preservation Kentucky will present its Excellence in Preservation Awards on Saturday at a particularly notable historic site: Traveler’s Rest, home place of Isaac Shelby, the first and fifth governor of Kentucky. [H-L]

Senior U.S. lawmakers have begun probing possible intelligence lapses over Moscow’s intervention in Syria, concerned that American spy agencies were slow to grasp the scope and intention of Russia’s dramatic military offensive there, U.S. congressional sources and other officials told Reuters. [HuffPo]