New Republicans: Still Choking Kentucky

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Really, Tom Eblen? Asking what state officials are going to do about pedestrian deaths in Lexington? Absolutely nothing. You already know that. Because nothing’s ever been done in Louisville. [Tom Eblen]

It was billed as radical tax reform ― reducing taxes for the middle class and closing loopholes for the rich ― but the Republicans have come under serious fire for offering the biggest breaks to companies and the wealthy. [HuffPo]

General Electric Co. will cut 12,000 jobs in its power division as alternative energy supplants demand for coal and other fossil fuels. [C-J/AKN]

A zealous band of Russian trolls flooded Twitter with hundreds of thousands of divisive posts in 2016 — accusing Democrats of satanic practices and supporting rape — in an attempt to influence the presidential election, according to a new analysis of a Twitter database by NBC News. The effort tricked thousands of users into spreading graphic racial epithets across social media, interweaving provocative content with disinformation and falsehoods. [NBC News]

As talks for pension reform continues, many state employees, especially teachers, have been looking closer at retirement. [Richmond Register]

State lawmakers often blur the line between the public’s business and their own. A recent change in Iowa’s tax code spared Mark Chelgren’s machine shop, welding company and wheelchair-parts plant from paying sales tax when buying certain supplies such as saws and cutting fluid. [Public Integrity]

It’s been three years since Sabrina Sigman last saw her son. Paul Clifton Sigman disappeared sometime in the early morning hours of Dec. 2, 2014. [Ashland Independent]

Here’s a grim picture of the state of the American economy: The CEO of Dollar General explained to the Wall Street Journal why things are looking up for his company. [Vox]

An updated analysis of Kentucky’s poorly funded public pension systems by PEW Charitable Trust indicates previous reforms of the system enacted in 2013 put the systems “on track to full funding provided the state continues to stay on the course charted in 2013.” [Ronnie Ellis]

The mission that resulted in the death of eight soldiers — including four Americans — in a firefight with Islamist militants in Niger earlier this year was the result of reckless behavior by US Special Forces in Africa, according to insiders and officials with knowledge of the operation. [BuzzFeed]

Dennis Chaney, district director for the Barren River District Health Department, is on Monday’s agenda for the Glasgow City Council meeting to discuss information about syringe exchanges. [Glasgow Daily Times]

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller unveiled a trove of documents on Friday showing what he said was “irrefutable evidence” that Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort violated a court gag order by ghost-writing an opinion piece designed to improve his public image. [Reuters]

The DCCC pushed Jim Gray to run for Congress for a couple reasons. It fears and wants to overlook the black man already in the race. And the woman in the race is backed by the absolute worst people in Kentucky politics. And no, Gray has no shot. [H-L]

His actions speak louder than his words. You know he’s racist and his words are empty. [HuffPo]

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Reminder: Ethics Aren’t A Thing In KY

A Democratic lawmaker filed a complaint Wednesday with the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission, asking for an investigation into a sexual harassment settlement between four Republican lawmakers and a legislative employee who worked for them. [H-L]

Even as nearly 70 major U.S. city and county police forces have begun outfitting their officers with body cameras, departmental policies limit the cameras’ ability to bring accountability and transparency to law enforcement, according to a study published Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Alison Grimes should get Jim Higdon added to her committee posthaste. And medical marijuana should obviously be a thing in Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

Democratic leaders are increasingly confident that they’ll win back the House in 2018. [The Hill]

In a move that President Michael Benson called a “calculated risk,” the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents approved a tuition freeze for the 2018-19 academic year after a request from the university president Wednesday afternoon during a regular session. [Richmond Register]

More than 800,000 people signed up for Obamacare individual health insurance plans in the second week of open enrollment, U.S. government health officials said on Wednesday, bringing the total number of sign-ups to nearly 1.5 million so far. [Reuters]

More children live in deep poverty in three of five Northeast Kentucky counties than five years ago, according to Kentucky Youth Advocates, a non-profit child advocacy organization. [Ashland Independent]

The US House of Representatives will require anti-sexual harassment training for all members of staff, House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced. [BBC]

Matt Bevin’s stupid stunt that attempted to gut the Education Professional Standards Board has been kicked square in the nuts. [Ronnie Ellis]

After the financial crisis in 2008, the Obama administration turned one of the banking industry’s friendliest regulators into one of its toughest. But that agency is now starting to look like its old self — and becoming a vital player in the Trump administration’s campaign to roll back regulations. [NY Times]

Profiting from the imprisonment of humans is anti-christian and about as immoral as possible. So of course Kentucky Republicans and John Tilley are into it. [WFPL]

Meetings he had with the Russian ambassador during the campaign. Campaign-related conversations he had with the Russian ambassador. Shutting down campaign aide George Papadopoulos after Papadopoulos suggested then-candidate Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin get together. [WaPo]

This is just stupid. No, Lexington won’t become the largest city in the United States with citywide gigabit internet. It won’t even be the largest city in the state. [H-L]

Around half of the world’s household wealth is in the hands of the richest 1 percent of adults, according to a study published Tuesday by the financial services company Credit Suisse. [HuffPo]

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UofL Is Corrupt As Hell And We’ve Been Yelling About It For More Than A Decade

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao had planned to fly commercial to Detroit in early June for events on the future of American roads. Then, days before, the White House derailed her plans, organizing an “infrastructure week” speech in Washington alongside Donald Trump. [WaPo]

It’s impossible to know exactly who, where or when, but one day in 2016, a Kentucky state employee packed up her desk, said goodbye to her colleagues and officially retired. [John Cheves]

If the Trump administration isn’t going to try to sell Obamacare to consumers this year, these Obama administration veterans are ready to step in. [HuffPo]

For years, Forbes has touted University of Louisville’s basketball program as the richest in college athletics, while its entire athletics department has been acclaimed as the envy of the county. But for all its winning seasons, national championships and bowl appearances, the athletic powerhouse built by now-suspended athletic director Tom Jurich falls short in at least one regard: It doesn’t turn a profit. [C-J/AKN]

This orange pigfucker has got to go. Same for people, like Scott Jennings, who love him. The price of Puerto Rico’s benchmark general obligation bonds tumbled to a record low on Wednesday after Donald Trump suggested late on Tuesday the island’s massive debt load will have to be wiped out due to devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. [Reuters]

A former Richmond Police sergeant who resigned from the department last month and has since been hired by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office had received a written letter of admonishment and was ordered to undergo counseling after a closed meeting of the Richmond City Commission, at which the commission found he was guilty of violating the department’s use of language policy. [Richmond Register]

The special prosecutor investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election has subpoenaed an associate of Gen. Michael Flynn’s Turkish lobbying client. [ProPublica]

Most of the Boyd County Detention Center was reopened Tuesday — 45 days after a riot by maximum-security inmates forced the relocation of about 300 prisoners. [Ashland Independent]

Before he mowed down concertgoers from a perch high in a hotel tower, Stephen C. Paddock created a ring of surveillance around him, with video cameras in his suite and in the hallway, law enforcement officials said on Tuesday. But investigators were still at a loss to offer a motive for the massacre. [NY Times]

The Morehead Pride Festival has expanded in its second year and will be held this Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on East First Street in Morehead. [The Morehead News]

If the president had traveled a little deeper into the island, to the communities that sustained some of the heaviest damage, he would have witnessed a very different Puerto Rico. [WaPo]

Lawmakers are still keeping tight-lipped on possible changes to the state’s pension systems, saying they’re still privately trying to get consensus among the Republican majority in the state legislature. [WFPL]

Russia has opened a new battlefront with NATO, according to Western military officials, by exploiting a point of vulnerability for almost all allied soldiers: their personal smartphones. [WSJ]

Too little, too late. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Thursday it will run radio ads targeting U.S. Rep. Andy Barr for his efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell is dick-whipped by the NRA. The old fucker has probably never fired a gun on his own and he’s bending over for the NRA – an organization that does not represent us everyday gun owners. [HuffPo]

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When Will Marty Announce Against Hills?

State officials approved at or near maximum tuition increases at four state universities Friday amid a heated GOP primary for governor where the candidates have lamented the escalating cost of college. [H-L]

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) went after Hillary Clinton Thursday, accusing her of changing policy positions based on polls rather than her convictions. It’s the first time the prospective Democratic presidential candidate has attacked Clinton since she announced her presidential bid Sunday. [HuffPo]

The wounded warrior transition unit at Fort Knox is one of 10 across the U.S. that will be shut down by August 2016, the Pentagon said Friday. [C-J/AKN]

The campaign arm for House Democrats posted its best month of the year in March, boosted by a record number of online donations, according to figures first obtained by The Hill. [The Hill]

Individually, Madison County law enforcement agencies were making some strides against illicit drugs, according to Madison County Sheriff Mike Coyle. Working together, the three agencies have had increased success in the first three months of 2015, he told the fiscal court Tuesday. [Richmond Register]

The UK murder made international news. Meanwhile, Louisville murders happen every five seconds. [Reuters]

Randy Stapleton has been looking for a way to represent those living in his area. He may have found that way in a class action lawsuit filed against Big Run Landfill and other parties. [Ashland Independent]

Really, we’re fighting over a g.d. campaign logo?! [Politico]

The Barren County Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the RBS Design Group contract for the Red Cross Elementary addition project, as well as the schematic design, Thursday during a special-called board meeting at Barren County High School. [Glasgow Daily Times]

More from Felner land… The Los Angeles Unified School District is demanding that Apple Inc. refund millions of dollars for Pearson software that had been loaded onto iPads for the district’s 650,000 students. [NPR]

Heavy rainfall and flooding have caused Cave Run Lake to reach a record high. As of Friday, the lake was over 30 feet above summer pool and still rising. [The Morehead News]

African American and other civil rights leaders infuriated over the stalled confirmation vote on Loretta E. Lynch, the first black woman to be nominated for attorney general, are casting the delay as an issue with racial overtones. [WaPo]

A spontaneous floral memorial bloomed Saturday on a corner of East Maxwell and Transylvania Park in Lexington in honor of Jonathan Krueger, a University of Kentucky student who was gunned down early Friday in an apparent robbery. [H-L]

Support for the death penalty in the U.S. has reached 56 percent, the lowest point in four decades, according to a Pew study released on Thursday. [HuffPo]

Rand Paul Apparently Hiding From Everyone Now

What? Lil Randy bailed again? Surely not! It was just more than a year ago when U.S. Sen. Rand Paul appeared before a state Senate committee to push for a bill that would automatically restore voting rights for some nonviolent felons who had completed their sentences. [H-L]

A lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act received a serious hearing at the Supreme Court Wednesday as lawyers from both sides faced tough questioning from justices, making it difficult to predict how the court will rule and whether millions of people will have to relinquish their health insurance. [HuffPo]

Way to go, Steve Beshear, for letting this happen in the Louisville area. The regional First Steps program is moving under the auspices of a different agency, and some fear the change will disrupt services for children in retaliation for a pension dispute. [C-J/AKN]

Senate Democrats co-sponsoring a bill to allow Congress to vote on an Iran nuclear deal said Wednesday that they will vote no if Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) brings it up for a vote next week. [The Hill]

People in Richmond are seriously still fighting over a fence. [Richmond Register]

House Republicans averted a Department of Homeland Security shutdown Tuesday by approving a funding bill without any of the politicized moves to shut down Obama’s immigration executive action. But in the hours before the vote, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) sought to gin up support for the funding by calling constituents with a warning that terrorists were crossing the border. [Think Progress]

The Boyd County community-based group focused on solid waste monitoring has been meeting regularly since August, but now members are getting serious about organizing in such a way that concerns will be taken seriously by the state. [Ashland Independent]

Around four million unauthorized immigrants are stuck in legal limbo more than two weeks after a federal judge in Texas suspended President Obama’s move to temporarily protect them from deportation. [NPR]

Kentucky is home to two independent school districts which cross county lines, something which is not only uncommon in Kentucky, but rarely is found anywhere in the country. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Rand Paul lacks the ability to interpret writing and to discern humor. He also chickened out of appearing on Parks and Recreation, which was maybe one of the dumbest things he’s ever done. Or not done. [Politico]

Magistrate Darrell Glover says continued growth is his main focus. [The Morehead News]

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it tackled a second major challenge to President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as a likely swing vote in a ruling. [Reuters]

The Eastern Kentucky University Student Senate voted Tuesday to approve a $300 annual fee for the next 20 years to pay for new student facilities. [H-L]

Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of the government’s mass surveillance programs, said on Wednesday he is not being offered a fair trial if he returns to the United States. [HuffPo]

Democrats Supporting Matt Bevin Like Loyal Dogs

Yesterday the DSCC blasted out an email about the Senate Conservatives Fund attacking Mitch McConnell. The reason? He hasn’t fought hard enough to kill health care reform – because the wingnuts don’t realize that they’ve lost the battle. In effect, the DSCC was promoting a pro-Matt Bevin effort.

Prior to that, the only person touting Bevin was Wendy Caswell, a Democrat in Louisville. You already know how that went down.

So… who is actually behind Matt Bevin? He now says publicly that he is not and never has been affiliated with the Tea Party. And the only folks promoting him are Democrats.

Is there any evidence that he’s backed by actual Republicans in Kentucky who aren’t part of an extremely tiny fringe? Because we can’t find any.

Clay & Laurel Counties Back To Winning Awards

Eight Clay County residents convicted of taking part in a widespread vote-buying conspiracy should receive a new trial, a federal appeals panel ruled Wednesday. [H-L]

Individuals buying health insurance on their own will see their premiums tumble next year in New York State as changes under the federal health care law take effect. [NY Times]

Corbin’s Fairfield Inn was a busy place Sunday afternoon when a bizarre incident took place. The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office says a naked woman was causing a big scene at the pool area. Way to go, Laurel County! [WKYT]

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, boosted by a fundraising assist from President Barack Obama, will report on Wednesday that it has erased its remaining debt from the 2012 campaign. [Politico]

John Rosemond has been dispensing parenting advice in his newspaper column since 1976, making him one of the longest-running syndicated columnists in the country. And now he’s filed suit in Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

Rand Paul said he would put a hold on the nomination of James Comey, President Obama’s pick to head the FBI, until the administration answers his questions on domestic drone use. [The Hill]

Republican Second District Congressman Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green announced Tuesday he’ll seek re-election next year and is also taking himself out of the 2015 gubernatorial race. [Ronnie Ellis]

US regulators have upheld a fine on Barclays and four of its traders of $453m (£300m) for allegedly manipulating electricity prices. Barclays must pay $435m within 30 days, while one trader must pay $15m and three others $1m each. [BBC]

An ethics watchdog group in Washington has named Gov. Steve Beshear among the worst governors in the United States because of his dealings with the coal industry. Citizens for Responsiblity and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, awarded Beshear the dubious honor because of the firing of Ron Mills, the director of Kentucky’s division of mine permits, in 2009. [C-J/AKN]

What? Of course Jack Conway has become the focus of laughter and ridicule around the country. [Click the Clicky]

Mmmm hmm, interesting how that works out. The leader of a Kentucky agency that licenses psychologists said Wednesday that its actions against parenting advice columnist John Rosemond were not intended to block publication of Rosemond’s nationally syndicated column. [H-L]

Hundreds of protesters staged boisterous but peaceful protests in Los Angeles and San Francisco late on Tuesday against the acquittal of a neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. [Reuters]