Yep, RPK Bungled The Pension Disaster

This is Republican hype and nothing more. There are 120 counties and waaaay more municipalities and localities. It’s a drop in the bucket. [H-L]

The Dream Act, meant to provide legal status to young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, is about to get significantly more official support in Congress. [HuffPo]

Unfortunately for the morally bankrupt Matt Bevin, he doesn’t get to decide what the legislature does and it can override him. He should probably shut his mouth if he doesn’t want to face the wrath of Frankfort. He can ask Paul Patton, Steve Henry, Wendell Ford, Julian Carroll, Ernie Fletcher, Greg Stumbo, Tim Longmeyer what happens when you’re a wretched person who refuses to shut up. [C-J/AKN]

The Senate on Thursday approved a short-term bill to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling despite frustration among Republicans about the deal that Trump struck with Democrats. [The Hill]

Thomas Massie doesn’t just look and act like garbage. He *IS* garbage. [Ashland Independent]

Monster Hurricane Irma has shut down oil terminals across the northern Caribbean, worsening a fuel supply crunch in Latin America which is struggling to meet demand since Hurricane Harvey disrupted shipments from the U.S. Gulf Coast last month. [Reuters]

Attorneys for Kentucky’s last abortion clinic said as a federal trial opened Wednesday that state regulators are using “onerous” rules to try to shut it down, predicting some women would “take the matter into their own hands” to end pregnancies if the state succeeds. [Richmond Register]

He’s so painfully stupid. Vapid. Dumb. Awful. Whatever you want to call it. That’s what he is. [Politico]

The Green River in Mammoth Cave National Park is open to river use, after having been closed last week in anticipation of heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Sometimes an international offensive begins with a few shots that draw little notice. So it was last year when Melvin Redick of Harrisburg, Pa., a friendly-looking American with a backward baseball cap and a young daughter, posted on Facebook a link to a brand-new website. [NY Times]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called Thursday morning on the city’s police chief to examine his agency’s relationship with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the wake of a story by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. [WFPL]

Conservative lawmakers voiced their opposition to Trump’s deal with Democratic congressional leaders, arguing the three-month government spending bill that also raises the debt ceiling should not be passed because it does not include federal spending cuts. [WaPo]

Kentucky’s 3.5 million licensed drivers won’t be able to use their licenses to board domestic airline flights after Jan. 22, 2018, unless the state gets another extension to comply with federal security regulations approved in 2005. [H-L]

Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it had found that an operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on thousands of U.S. ads promoting divisive social and political messages in a two-year-period through May. [HuffPo]

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Thomas Massie’s True Colors Shine

State legislators enjoyed a modest investment return in their public pension fund during fiscal 2016, but the struggling funds for state and local government employees and school teachers lost money on investments despite paying a combined $171 million in fees to financial advisers. [John Cheves]

Democratic leaders found themselves in the unusual position of being on the same side as President Donald Trump on Wednesday, reaching agreement on a plan to keep the government funded and raise the debt ceiling. [HuffPo]

Surprise! Thomas Massie is human garbage. Can’t wait til his family has to suffer something tragic so we can all withhold assistance. [C-J/AKN]

Facebook Inc. said it has identified about 500 “inauthentic” accounts responsible for $100,000 in advertising spending that it believes have ties to Russia, following a review of ad buying on the site in response to intelligence-community concerns about Russian activity during the 2016 election. [WSJ]

Woo, spending money Kentucky doesn’t have! Kentucky hasn’t changed its vehicle license plates in 12 years and John Mark Hack wants to change that — and the plates themselves. [Ronnie Ellis]

Russian election hacking efforts, wider than previously known, draw little scrutiny. Russians may have come closer to tampering with the outcome in key states than previously understood. [NY Times]

Even Matt Bevin, who has promised to fix Kentucky’s public pension system problems, said he didn’t expect enthusiasm from all corners about recommended pension reforms offered by an outside consulting group. [Ronnie Ellis]

The House on Wednesday approved $7.85 billion in Hurricane Harvey disaster relief, setting up a controversial legislative maneuver in which the bill is expected to be paired in the Senate with legislation raising the debt ceiling. [The Hill]

The Boyd Fiscal Court plans to join a tidal wave of counties in Kentucky and West Virginia partnering with a Huntington-based law firm to sue mega opioid distributors facing heat amid the deadliest drug overdose crisis in U.S. history. [Ashland Independent]

Fifteen states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging President Donald Trump’s decision to end protections and benefits for young people who were brought into the United States illegally as children. [Reuters]

Lori Strother was a military wife. But her world was turned upside down when her husband took his own life. [Richmond Register]

The attorney general mischaracterized Obama-era restrictions while citing a study that actually says new computers reduce crime more than heavy weapons do. [ProPublica]

Bloated bigot Scott Jennings loves to foam at the mouth when anyone points out environmental irony re: the hurricane. But when these pigfuckers come out and push nuttery? Jennings & Co remain dangerously silent. Can’t wait til their kids are old enough to be ashamed. [H-L]

Very few Americans outright regret their votes in last year’s election. But such regrets, new data reveals, are highest among voters who may now make up the most tenuous part of the base that swept Donald Trump into office: those who supported Barack Obama in 2012. [HuffPo]

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Bevin’s A National Embarrassment Again

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Many employees of Kentucky state government are headed toward the exits as Gov. Matt Bevin and the General Assembly debate the possibility of sweeping cuts to their pension benefits to address a massive funding shortfall. [John Cheves]

Surprise! I spent a decade preparing you for this Kentucky Retirement Systems disaster and now the mainstream media is trying to catch up. Better late than never. Now they’re trying to figure out how all of that is tied in with Matt Bevin. [HuffPo]

This David Yates case stinks to high heavens. That’s why he gets so animated and crazy when confronted over it. Because it’s a lot crazier than he’ll ever let on. Anyone who fully trusts him probably needs to reevaluate their life. I’m not saying N.C. isn’t a victim and that those two cops aren’t garbage humans with no business having badges but there’s a lot that’ll apparently never see the light of day. [C-J/AKN]

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, wakes up each morning to a growing problem that will not go away. [Bloomberg]

Are better economic times ahead? No, they’re not. Not in Appalachian Kentucky. [Ashland Independent]

At least there’s Canada. For three months, the federal government has been secretly spiriting gay Chechen men from Russia to Canada, under a clandestine program unique in the world. [Globe & Mail]

You can thank Matt Bevin and the Republican Party of Kentucky for continuing to sink Kentucky’s economy. Madison County’s unemployment rate for July was more than a percentage point higher than a year earlier. Madison County is one of 99 Kentucky counties that saw their unemployment rates climb, according to data from the state Office of Employment and Training. [Richmond Register]

Yet another solid reason for impeachment. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has the draft of a letter that Donald Trump wrote to justify the firing of then-FBI Director James Comey, CBS News’ Major Garrett confirms, according to sources familiar with the White House and Justice Department process. The letter confirms what the president ultimately acknowledged days after Comey’s firing — that even before he received the assessment of Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation from the Justice Department, he had already decided to terminate Comey. Originally, Mr. Trump and the White House said the president decided to fire Comey only after receiving the recommendation from Sessions and Rosenstein the same day. [CBS News]

More state workers retired last month than the year before amid concerns that the legislature and Gov. Matt Bevin (R-So Insane He Needs A Court-Appointed Guardian) will make changes to state retirement plans. [WFPL]

The Justice Department confirmed in a court filing there is no evidence that Trump Tower was targeted for surveillance by the Obama administration — contradicting Trump’s controversial claim first made in March. [USA Today]

Here’s what mouth-breathers like Walter Blevins Jr have been up to back in podunk. Fighting over yard signs and “free speech” as if any of that shit matters outside of Morehead. (It doesn’t even matter *in* Morehead.) [The Morehead News]

Robert S. Mueller III is teaming up with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in the investigation of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. This is extremely bad news for Manafort and others at the center of Mueller’s broader investigation into the campaign. [WaPo]

What on earth? No, the jobs aren’t here in Kentucky. There are low-end factory jobs but those are few and far between. There are not the kind of jobs that prevent brain drain or attract modern Americans to the Commonwealth. You can’t blame that shit on drugs. Dave Adkisson is part of the problem. [H-L]

Racism beams on high. Donald Trump plans to end an Obama-era program that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation, according to multiple reports. [HuffPo]

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It’s Friday. That Means It’s Acceptable To Start Drinking Fine Kentucky Bourbon At Noon.

Surprise! Matt Bevin and the Republicans have wasted more than a million dollars on their bogus pension study. [H-L]

Spoiler alert: He doesn’t actually care about working people. None of the New Republicans care. [HuffPo]

Ousted University of Louisville Foundation President James Ramsey was the nation’s highest-paid officer at a public university foundation, and that could make him liable for big IRS penalties if his pay is deemed excessive. [C-J/AKN]

Rinat Akhmetshin, the lobbyist and former Soviet army officer who met senior Trump campaign aides at a controversial meeting last year, has given evidence before a grand jury investigation, according to two people familiar with the matter. [FT]

From a town to holidays and monuments, Kentucky has more than 50 public symbols of the Confederacy. However, since the events in Charlottesville, Va., many are calling for those symbols to be removed, including historians and politicians from both parties. [Richmond Register]

Explosions at a chemical plant near Houston posed a fresh worry for storm-battered Texas on Thursday while rescuers searched block by block for survivors of Hurricane Harvey and the death toll rose to 35 people. [Reuters]

The Ashland Board of Education is considering three options regarding their 2017-2018 tax rate, and those options will be presented by finance officer Kristen Martin at a special meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Ashland Head Start gym. [Ashland Independent]

The administration continues to quietly hire political staffers — more than 1,000 so far, many of them regulating industries they previously worked for — but we’ve uncovered more identities. [ProPublica]

About 100 people, most of them African American, filled the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday as black leaders and lawmakers called on Gov. Matt Bevin to remove the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from the rotunda. [Ronnie Ellis]

Outbreaks of a deadly, sexually transmitted disease confound health officials, whose obstacles include drug shortages, uneducated doctors and gangs. [NY Times]

Really, WFPL? Claiming Bevin didn’t anticipate this impending Medicaid disaster? This is almost as bad as letting that d-bag harasser continue to work there while everyone else jumped ship. [WFPL]

After the sister of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner dropped his name in early May while pitching a real estate development to wealthy Chinese investors, one of Kushner’s lawyers quickly released a statement that he had already divested all interests in the venture known as One Journal Square. [WaPo]

Whether it’s a 30-year-old woman who has no time for doctor’s visits, or an embarrassed teen who doesn’t want to tell her parents she wants to use birth control, Nurx brings the doctor’s visit to their palms and eliminates a trip to the pharmacy. [H-L]

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday declined to support the idea of replacing former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with anti-slavery icon Harriet Tubman. [HuffPo]

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Jeff Hoover Doesn’t Have The Guts To Stand Up To Matt Bevin In A Way That Matters. Mark My Words: He Won’t.

I TOLD MATT BEVIN THERE WERE WORKERS COMP ISSUES AND HE IGNORED IT! A Frankfort man paid thousands of dollars in bribes to former state Personnel Secretary Tim Longmeyer in order to get and keep a state contract, a federal grand jury charged Wednesday. James Sullivan, 64, was indicted on one count of conspiring to bribe Longmeyer and three counts of paying bribes, according to a news release from acting U.S. Attorney Carltson S. Shier IV. [H-L]

More proof that Kentucky Republicans aren’t just stupid – they’re dangerous. They’re set to wreck the Commonwealth’s economy. And they’ll do it because Democrats don’t have the guts to fight. [H-L]

Donald Trump avoided tax reform specifics but he doesn’t have specifics. He can barely spell taxation, let alone give anyone the particulars of a non-existent plan. [HuffPo]

As Civil War statues disappear across the nation, black leaders and legislators called on Matt Bevin to remove a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis instead of flip-flopping on the issue. [C-J/AKN]

A senior State Department lawyer, Todd Buchwald, is stepping down in the coming weeks, joining scores of career civil and foreign service officers fleeing an administration that critics say has diminished the standing of U.S. diplomacy, according to friends and colleagues. [Foreign Policy]

Maybe Jeff Hoover should do something about it instead of cowering like a snowflake? Jeff Hoover told reporters Tuesday he was disappointed with Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s recent comments about teachers. [WKYT]

Defense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday sought to downplay Donald Trump’s earlier assertion that seemed to rule out a diplomatic solution to North Korea’s ongoing missile tests. [The Hill]

The Republican Party of Kentucky has blood on its hands for fighting so long against efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. [Richmond Register]

The Trump administration has blocked a rule requiring U.S. employers to report detailed pay data broken down by gender and race, echoing business groups by saying it would not have the intended effect of addressing wage gaps. [Reuters]

The city of Ashland is delaying a planned ordinance to target drug houses as it seeks more community input on combating the narcotics problem within the community. [Ashland Independent]

Before high winds and heavy rain began to lash this city overnight, Roy Joe Cox tucked into the spot under the freeway that he calls home and assessed his hurricane supplies. Four hot dogs. A bag of shrimp. A couple of cupcakes. His American Tourister rolling suitcase, fitted with a spare pair of jeans and not much else. [NY Times]

The Metcalfe Fiscal Court voted during its Aug. 22 meeting to take the compensating tax rate in setting the county 2017 property tax rates and the 2018 motor vehicle and watercraft tax rates. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A landmark drug study has opened up a potent way to lower the risk of heart attacks — beyond the now standard advice of reducing cholesterol — promising new avenues of treatment of Americans’ number one killer. [WaPo]

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has asked the Lexington Cemetery’s board to “help heal the soul of our city” by taking two controversial Confederate statues that have stood in downtown Lexington for more than 100 years. [H-L]

This guy is a perfect example of why churches should not be tax-exempt. Nothing more needs to be said. [HuffPo]

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RPK Is Trying Extra-Hard To Kill Education Right Now And Your Kids Will Pay The Price

Twenty percent of Kentucky’s 42,020 public school teachers already are eligible to retire, but for whatever professional or personal reasons, they reported for work this month when classes started. [John Cheves]

“Conservatism” is no longer a thing. It’s been hijacked by New Nazis. If you’re a Republican today? That means you. You own this shit. [HuffPo]

If Dan Johnson wants to be taken seriously, he needs to ditch his racist attorney. Then he needs to be evaluated for acquired traumatic brain injury. But mostly he needs to ditch that racist twat. [C-J/AKN]

What do Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Harland Sanders, Donald Trump Jr. and Betty White have in common? They’re all commissioned Kentucky colonels, honorary aides-de-camp to the commonwealth’s governor. They have no official duties. Nor any perks, not even a discount on mint juleps. [WSJ]

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

Just a reminder that AT&T got its ass handed to it in court for attempting to thwart the expansion of Google Fiber. [TechDirt]

Prior to a work session last week, the Madison County Board of Education voted in favor of a slight tax increase during a special tax hearing. The board voted to increase the property tax rate to 62.4 cents per $100 of assessed value, which is only a 0.6 percent increase from last year’s rate of 61.8. [Richmond Register]

Donald Trump is such a shitsack that he bragged about crowd size after touching down in Houston! What the hell is wrong with you Scott Jennings motherfuckers who continue to support this buffoon? [The Hill]

After years of pretending to do the right thing, the New Nazi Republican Party of Kentucky has decided to kill Kentucky’s pension system. All of these people need to be physically dragged through the streets of Frankfort because this is a massive redistribution of wealth. The hardest working Kentuckians get the shaft while the wealthy hedge funders get a guaranteed payday. Fuck all of them. And if you ever have the chance, knee them in their fat guts. [Ashland Independent]

The police arrested two men, including a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and were seeking a third in connection with violent episodes that took place at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., this month, including the beating of an African-American man that was caught on video and widely shared on social media. [NY Times]

Attorney Danny Basil provided a written update to the Glasgow City Council on Monday outlining the understandings reached after he met with Glasgow Electric Plant Board officials and representatives on Aug. 16. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Yep, he lied about not trying to do business in Russia. While Donald Trump was running for president in late 2015 and early 2016, his company was pursuing a plan to develop a massive Trump Tower in Moscow, according to several people familiar with the proposal and new records reviewed by Trump Organization lawyers. [WaPo]

For the second year in a row, Berea College has been named the top liberal arts college in the United States. This ranking, however, is not from U.S. News and World Report, and it doesn’t look at ACT scores or the size of a school’s endowment. Instead, Washington Monthly’s 12th annual college ranking judges schools on how well they serve low-income and first-generation college students, the kinds of jobs graduates get, and how much public service they perform. [Linda Blackford]

Harvey’s floodwaters run thick with petrochemicals in some communities, the result of unbridled industry, Wild West regulations and environmental racism. [HuffPo]

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Kentucky Republicans Are Bad For You

Now’s the time – start dragging these idiot Republicans in Frankfort from office. Don’t wait until 2018. Figure out a way now. And never let them live it down. [H-L]

Suspicious ties between Donald Trump and the Russian government just keep appearing. In 2015, a Russian-born real estate broker working for the Trump Organization, Felix Sater, reportedly wrote a series of emails to Michael Cohen, Trump’s lawyer, attempting to broker a deal for a Trump Tower in Moscow. [HuffPo]

The new managers of University of Louisville Hospital are considering the politically charged question of whether to grant two local clinics an agreement the state says they need to provide abortions. [C-J/AKN]

This is some of the dumbest shit yet. These New Nazis need to be dragged from office. [The Hill]

OH GOD WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE. The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is reporting four human cases of West Nile virus infection in Kentucky residents. [Richmond Register]

Damages from Hurricane Harvey’s ravaging of Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast are estimated to be well below those from the major storms that hit New Orleans and New York in recent years, insurance executives have said. [Reuters]

Welcome to the Boyd County Detention Center. Population: zero. A week after maximum security inmates led an uprising and set hallway doors ablaze, the jail is still closed and the only sounds coming out of it are generated by repair crews. [Ashland Independent]

A pair of advocacy groups said Monday they are going to court to overturn the Trump administration’s ban on transgender troops serving in the military, in the latest legal assault on the controversial directive. [Politico]

For Sharon Sandifer-Bethea, the seemingly never ending waiting game for the ruling on her expungement has finally come to an end. [The Morehead News]

Mr. Sater presented himself as so influential in Russia that he helped arrange a 2006 trip that Mr. Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, took to Moscow. “I arranged for Ivanka to sit in Putins private chair at his desk and office in the Kremlin,” he said. [NY Times]

Ordinances regarding property tax rates for the 2017 year were recently approved by the Hart County Fiscal Court. [Glasgow Daily Times]

William “Brock” Long, newly installed as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said in an interview a few weeks ago that there was one thing that worried him most when it comes to natural disasters: “You know what’s keeping me up at night? This country has not been hit by a major hurricane since 2005.” [WaPo]

A Somerset woman who was found dead on Thursday in a church was murdered, perhaps late Tuesday or early Wednesday, according to Pulaski County coroner Clyde Strunk. [H-L]

Mexico told Donald Trump again in no uncertain terms that it will not be paying for his proposed border wall, no matter what he says — or tweets — on the matter. The country said, however, that it stands in “full solidarity” with the U.S. as Tropical Storm Harvey batters Texas ― and offered “all the help that can be provided” as “good neighbors should.” [HuffPo]

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