David James: Quit It With The Dumb

Eight counties in Eastern Kentucky had the biggest decline in life expectancy in the country between 1980 and 2014, according to a study released Monday. Owsley County had the biggest drop in the nation at 2.3 years, or 3 percent, the study said, followed by Lee, Leslie, Breathitt, Clay, Powell, Estill and Perry. The other two counties with the biggest declines were in Oklahoma and Alabama. [H-L]

PEE ALERT! A geologist affiliated with the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter amusement park in Kentucky has sued the Grand Canyon National Park after it denied him a permit to test rocks that he believes are less than 10,000 years old. [Linda Blackford]

The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee has accused Donald Trump of obstructing investigators probing Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election by firing FBI director James Comey. [Financial Times]

Can we just call David James what he is already? No one else wants to because they fear retaliation from he and his wife, who does a lot of his bidding. (Source: She’s always the person who messages me when I criticize him.) He’s a fucking idiot. From his “fact finding” mission of going to a gay bath house (GURL, PLEASE!) and then getting all homophobic after he was caught/called out to his dumb stunts with Louisville Metro Corrections, he’s giving the term ‘idiot’ credence. Oh… and what about his days at LMPD? Or his time working for the Attorney General? The Julian Carroll investigation ring a bell? Or ignorantly believing he could be both a police officer and a Metro Councilcritter at the same time? Idiot. Metro Councilman David James’ request to determine how often inmates are improperly released from Louisville’s jail is being postponed by a legal opinion that suggests his request was improper. [C-J/AKN]

In an unusually personal speech, Janet L. Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, said Friday that policies making it easier for women to work could significantly improve the nation’s economic growth. [NY Times]

After years of coal industry decline, Kentucky has fallen from the nation’s third largest coal producer to the fifth. Federal data released last month shows the 42 million tons of coal the commonwealth produced in 2016 was eclipsed by Pennsylvania and Illinois. [WFPL]

The Environmental Protection Agency has sidelined a website aimed at teaching schoolchildren about climate change, a public watchdog group has determined, as part of the agency’s efforts to align online content with the new administration’s values. [WaPo]

The Richmond City Commission accepted the resignations of four police officers Tuesday night, and approved the hiring of another. [Richmond Register]

FBI Director James Comey is cleaning up testimony he gave to a Senate panel suggesting that former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin forwarded thousands of potentially sensitive emails to her husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner. [Politico]

A second Democrat has confirmed he’s seriously looking at challenging incumbent Republican U.S. Congressman Andy Barr in Kentucky’s Sixth District in 2018. [Ronnie Ellis]

Check out the list of words people came up with to describe Donald Trump in this long-trusted poll. [Quinnipiac]

The Boyd County Fiscal Court on Tuesday approved a measure to slice the seating requirement for restaurants to sell alcohol in half. [Ashland Independent]

The old saw that the cover-up is worse than the crime often obscures more than it reveals. But in the case of Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, it carries an important element of truth. It escalates the administration’s Russia scandal, and, for the first time, provides indications of impeachable offenses. [Vox]

A couple of former Kentucky State Police troopers will investigate the 2013 death of a Bardstown police officer and several other area cases. [H-L]

As Republicans narrowly voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, their Democratic colleagues immediately warned that they would face electoral consequences, singing “hey, hey, hey, goodbye” on the House floor. [HuffPo]

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Yarmuth: Only Kentuckian Standing Up In DC

You know Congressman John Yarmuth?

The only Kentucky rep in D.C. with the guts to stand up for Kentuckians?

Here he is challenging Republican budget committee members to condemn Donald Trump’s call for a government shutdown:



Here he is slamming Trumpcare – the thing the New Naz… New Republican Party of Kentucky loves because it harms people with pre-existing conditions:



And here he is on the House floor asking who in the world is better off because of disastrous Trumpcare bill:


It’s a shame the remainder of Kentucky’s D.C. reps are cowards.

Bevin’s Housing Mess Isn’t Going Away

Not since Watergate. How else can one start an article about President Donald Trump summarily firing FBI chief James Comey? [Mother Jones]

A company that supplies natural gas to homes in Floyd County overcharged customers and must cut its price and make refunds, the Kentucky Public Service Commission said in an order issued Thursday. [H-L]

Los Angeles City Council just joined a growing number of American cities to pass a resolution pressing for an investigation into potentially impeachable offenses by Donald Trump. [HuffPo]

State government began working on security improvements to the Anchorage mansion where Gov. Matt Bevin’s family is now living in late October, months before the home was purchased. [C-J/AKN]

The U.S. Defense Department is finalizing a lease on a privately owned apartment in New York’s Trump Tower for the White House Military Office to use for supporting Donald Trump without providing any benefit to Trump or his organization, according to a Pentagon letter seen by Reuters. [Reuters]

Kentucky’s youth usually get a bad reputation, but a new report indicates that most students aren’t focused on shirking the rules of the administration. [Richmond Register]

When teaching hospitals put pharmaceutical sales representatives on a shorter leash, their doctors tended to order fewer promoted brand-name drugs and used more generic versions instead, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows. [ProPublica]

If somebody named Jim Tom in Eastern Kentucky is trying to remove members of a Planning Commission, you know something shady as hell is about to go down. Also, it’s Morehead, home of Kim Davis. While it’s a progressive little town? It’s still got quite a few good old boy holdouts. The community’s joint planning commission’s membership may soon be cut in half, according to Mayor Jim Tom Trent. [The Morehead News]

Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has removed himself from some of the most contentious cases facing it, including challenges to the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan and a controversial rule related to the Clean Water Act. [NY Times]

The board of directors for the Barren County ambulance service taxing district met Charlie O’Neal, the new director of the Barren-Metcalfe County Emergency Medical Services, during their regular meeting Wednesday at the Barren County Government Center. [Glasgow Daily Times]

What started as a joke has turned into hundreds of applications to mail human ash to Republicans who voted to roll back Obamacare. [WaPo]

Yes, crime spikes in Louisville during the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby. Also, if you’re gonna write about law enforcement at Churchill Downs? Maybe put in the effort to get data and comments from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. JCSO had so many officers at Churchill Downs that individual horses had individual deputies assigned to them. Seems like that would be a no-brainer. [WFPL]

Eric Trump allegedly revealed in a 2014 interview that Russia funded the family’s golf resorts “all the time”. The President also reportedly told the same journalist that the family had “access to $100 million” for their newest course in North Carolina. [Independent]

A woman accused of threatening a Fayette County judge (Kathy Stein) and harassing an attorney appeared in court Friday. [H-L]

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s visit to the White House on Tuesday caused quite a stir, particularly after the former Republican congressional candidate and conservative columnist tweeted a photo revealing chief strategist Steve Bannon’s “to do” list. [HuffPo]

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Bigots Of A Feather Flock Together…

The New Na… er… Republican Party of Kentucky is making them dumber and more corrupt than the Kentucky Democratic Party ever did. State Rep. C. Wesley Morgan, R-Richmond, has been charged with breaking one of the half-dozen liquor laws he attempted to change during the 2017 General Assembly. [John Cheves]

This is called giving religious nutjobs the freedom to pervert, you know, religion. With politics. It’s beyond disgusting and prime for campaign finance corruption. [HuffPo]

Of course Matt Bevin appointed a Southern Baptist anti-gay bigot to a job making $240,000. Of course he put him in charge of reforming the adoption system. Matt Bevin has appointed an executive with Louisville’s Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as his “adoption czar,” awarding him a $240,000-a-year contract to lead reforms of Kentucky’s child adoption and foster care system. [C-J/AKN]

Angry U.S. lawmakers threatened United Airlines and other carriers on Tuesday with legislation to force improvements as they expressed disgust after a passenger was hauled down the aisle of an overbooked flight last month. [Reuters]

More than 13,000 Madison County residents are food insecure. While nearly 16 percent of Kentuckians are food insecure, the numbers are improving according to a new report by Feeding America. [Richmond Register]

Donald Trump’s comments about the Civil War in a recent interview, in which he diminished the impact of slavery ahead of the war and praised former President Andrew Jackson, echo sentiments of white nationalist media and signify yet another instance of intermingling between Trump and his nativist fans. [Media Matters]

Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper’s office was flagged for thousands of dollars in “disallowed disbursements” from its drug enforcement account in a second consecutive audit released Tuesday. [Ashland Independent]

Mark Green’s nomination for Army secretary is going downhill fast, with comments from his past fomenting opposition to him. Green has drawn fire for his remarks on LGBT people, Islam, Hispanics, the Second Amendment and creationism. More than a half-dozen advocacy groups have decried his nomination, and even transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner has criticized him. [The Hill]

The state’s top budget official is predicting state revenues will fall $113.2 million short of budget predictions for the year which ends June 30. [Ronnie Ellis]

FBI Director James Comey said on Wednesday it made him “mildly nauseous” to think his announcement of the reopening of an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails affected the 2016 presidential election, but he had no regrets and would make the same decision again. [Reuters]

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky “is exploring all options” to address Judge Mitchell Nance’s order recusing himself from hearing adoption cases involving gay parents. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Of course the Trump Disaster installed an anti-immigration group leader as an ombudsman at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. [ProPublica]

A Kentucky personal injury lawyer accused of stealing more than $100,000 from clients has pleaded not guilty. [H-L]

Mike Pence declared victory for the anti-abortion movement Wednesday night, boasting that Donald Trump has “literally filled” his administration with politicians who oppose reproductive rights. [HuffPo]

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Kentucky Makes Embarrassing National News For Probably The Millionth Time

On May 7, Leandro Braga and Deanna Chesser will graduate from Bluegrass Community and Technical College with associate degrees, big awards and scholarships to help them get four-year degrees at the University of Kentucky. [Linda Blackford]

U.S. congressional negotiators have hammered out a bipartisan agreement on a spending package to keep the federal government funded through the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30, a senior congressional aide said on Sunday. Aww, no wall for the racists. [HuffPo]

Nearly two years after a fire heavily damaged at least three of its buildings, city officials believe Whiskey Row may be on the cusp of becoming one of the “most engaging blocks in downtown Louisville.” [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump still doesn’t understand why the Civil War occurred or who Andrew Jackson was. [TPM]

Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office has appealed a judge’s ruling that wiped decades-old convictions from a Kentuckian’s criminal record, arguing they aren’t eligible under the state’s new felony expungement law. [WFPL]

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday they were closer to agreeing on a reworked bill to overhaul the nation’s healthcare system but still lacked the votes to pass it, as President Donald Trump pressed lawmakers for a vote. [Reuters]

The weather has turned sunny, and warm, so now is the time for that afternoon drive along the beautiful countryside of Madison County and surrounding areas. It’s amazing what one can find on that drive. [Richmond Register]

Because Kentucky’s New Republican Party is filled with mouth-breathing (Hey, Mac!) bigots, the Commonwealth could become the only state with no abortion clinic. [NY Times]

A permanent health-care fix for 22,000 retired coal miners has been agreed to by a bipartisan congressional budget committee, ending months of anxiety for the miners and their families. [Ashland Independent]

The charter flight left on a Wednesday with eight Iraqis on board. By the following evening, the large Iraqi immigrant community in this Detroit suburb was roiled with rumors about why, with news of the departure morphing as phone calls spun into horror. Some people were talking again about whether they should go into hiding. [WaPo]

Dennis Curry and his future husband learned quickly that adopting kids wasn’t easy. [Glasgow Daily Times]

New data suggests incidents of anti-Semitic hatred have spiked compared to this time last year, an ominous shift that advocates say signals a multi-year increase of vitriol directed at American Jews. [ThinkProgress]

The chief of Transylvania University’s public safety department and the president of the university worked together to take down a knife-wielding man who attacked students in a campus coffee shop Friday morning. [H-L]

Donald Trump this weekend called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a “smart cookie” in his latest praise of a controversial dictator. Last week he didn’t even know his name. [HuffPo]

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Hillbilly Elegy Is Republican Bullshit

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When Americans remember the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., they like to recall his “I Have A Dream” speech from the 1963 March on Washington. It is beautifully aspirational — and no longer controversial. [H-L]

Republicans have spent most of the past seven years vowing to protect people with pre-existing conditions, even as they have pledged to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. [HuffPo]

City air pollution officials suspect the area near the CEMEX cement plant in southwest Louisville might violate the federal health standard for sulfur dioxide, a pollutant that’s especially hard on children, the elderly and people who suffer from asthma. But they won’t know for at least three years. [C-J/AKN]

Donald F. McGahn II, now Trump’s White House counsel, made $2.4 million as a lawyer with a client list loaded with deep-pocketed conservative groups, from Americans for Prosperity, backed by the conservative billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch, to the Citizens United Foundation. [NY Times]

Hillbilly Elegy is bullshit. Della Combs Brashear had had enough. She backed her Cadillac long-ways across the road in front of her house, lit the Virginia Slim in her mouth, pulled her .38 pistol from her purse, and waited, stone-faced and determined, for the next coal truck to come along. [Ivy Brashear]

Former Obama national security adviser Susan E. Rice said Tuesday that she “absolutely” never sought to uncover “for political purposes” the names of Trump campaign or transition officials concealed in intelligence intercepts, and she called suggestions that she leaked those identities “completely false.” [WaPo]

Boyd County avoided losing its four-judge structure after a statewide judicial redistricting plan failed to pass through the General Assembly, but the plan will likely be reintroduced next year. [Ashland Independent]

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday upheld a preliminary injunction against Ohio’s lethal injection process for executions. [Reuters]

Attorney General Andy Beshear has once again gone to court seeking to intervene in open records disputes between a Kentucky university and student-run college newspapers. [Ronnie Ellis]

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on Thursday said he will temporarily step aside from his committee’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. [The Hill]

Two people who spent years in a Kentucky jail after being wrongfully charged with murder have sued 10 police officers from three departments, alleging a conspiracy to frame them by planting evidence to protect a confidential informant. [Richmond Register]

Senate Republicans invoked the “nuclear option” to gut the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees Thursday, a historic move that paves the way for Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation and ensures that future high court nominees can advance in the Senate without clearing a 60-vote threshold. [Politico]

Funny how this story doesn’t mention an anti-trust investigation, isn’t it? It’s like McClatchy wants to suck more than Gannett these days. [H-L]

It’s the New Republican way. Late last month, federal prosecutors indicted ex-Rep. Steve Stockman and two of his aides, charging that the Texas Republican and his confidants ripped off charities, laundered money, lied to regulators and misled wealthy donors before, during and after his failed 2014 primary campaign against John Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate. [HuffPo]

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Leave It To Republicans To Ignore Just How Bottom Of The Barrel Things Have Gotten

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The premature death rate improved in 12 Kentucky counties between 1997 and 2014 but got worse in 44 counties, in part because of increasing drug overdoses, according to a report released Wednesday. [H-L]

Of the many questions surrounding House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), and his conduct in investigating President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, the most puzzling has to be his explanation for his recent visit to the White House grounds. People who have worked in the White House suggest that, on this matter, Nunes and the White House simply aren’t being credible. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin’s administration is seeking to shut down Kentucky’s only abortion provider, prompting a federal lawsuit by the clinic to block the move it says would have “a devastating impact on women.” [C-J/AKN]

FBI Director James Comey attempted to go public as early as the summer of 2016 with information on Russia’s campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election, but Obama administration officials blocked him from doing so, two sources with knowledge of the matter tell Newsweek. [Newsweek]

GET INVOLVED IN WHAT YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT IS DOING! Very few residents turned out for a town hall-style meeting Tuesday night at the South Barren Volunteer Fire Station on Steam Mill Road during which some elected and appointed Barren County officials shared information abut their responsibilities. [Glasgow Daily Times]

For the past half century, federal law has banned employers from discriminating against people based on their age. But since the early 1990s, corporate lawyers and conservative judges have sought to shrink what counts as discrimination, making it substantially harder to prove age bias. [ProPublica]

“Killing Coal Country,” a documentary about the decline of the coal industry in Appalachia, will debut at a film festival in Eastern Kentucky early next month. [Ashland Independent]

Trump lifted an Obama-era moratorium on new coal leases on public lands, but critics say it will benefit executives, not workers. [ThinkProgress]

Kentucky lawmakers gave final passage to another round of major education reform Wednesday which is aimed at changing how schools are held accountable for student achievement and how teachers are evaluated. [Ronnie Ellis]

Grifters gonna grift. Ivanka Trump, the elder daughter of President Trump, is becoming an official government employee, joining her husband in serving as an unpaid adviser to her father in the White House. [NY Times]

Dr. Joseph “Jay” Morgan is officially Morehead State University’s 14th President. Morgan’s first day as President will be July 1. [The Morehead News]

If you think Paul Ryan is a policy wonk, you likely also believe the Bible is a work of science. [WaPo]

Elliott County’s fiscal court mismanaged its spending, debts and recordkeeping during fiscal 2015, state Auditor Mike Harmon said in a report released Tuesday. [John Cheves]

By undoing the Clean Power Plan, the Trump administration is putting projected carbon emissions back on an upward trajectory. It is also abandoning any hope of meeting the U.S. emissions reduction targets set out in 2015 in the 195-country Paris Agreement, the first global climate pact to include China and the U.S., the world’s top polluters. [HuffPo]

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