Legislative Ethics Are Not A Real Thing

Such a shame Legislative Ethics don’t exist in Kentucky. 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]

On Oct. 14, 2016, then-GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence vehemently denied that the Trump campaign had any contact with WikiLeaks. It was shortly after that organization had released more emails from the Clinton campaign and other Democrats. [HuffPo]

The University of Louisville Foundation’s former chief financial officer claims in a new lawsuit that he was made the “fall guy” for “a wide variety of political, private and public interests” when he was fired in July. [C-J/AKN]

Six House Democrats on Wednesday launched the latest official effort to oust President Trump, introducing five new articles of impeachment revolving around the central theme that the president is a danger to the country. [The Hill]

A Richmond city commissioner is calling for action against hotels and motels in the city that are hotspots for criminal activity. [Richmond Register]

The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday told 29 states, cities or counties it believes they are violating a law prohibiting them from limiting information sharing with U.S. immigration officials, and it asked them for details on their compliance. [Reuters]

The forced removal of state prisoners from the Boyd County Detention Center could cause the county to lose as much as $700,000 in revenue this fiscal year, and the fiscal court is weighing budget cuts as a result. [Ashland Independent]

A senior official in charge of a federal loan guarantee program resigned after ProPublica reported his prior role in obtaining a guarantee under the same program as part of a deal that failed. [ProPublica]

The governing board for emergency communications in Barren and Metcalfe counties approved an agreement from South Central Rural Telephone Cooperative for additional security technology at the dispatch center in Glasgow on Tuesday. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Republican and Democratic senators clashed on Wednesday over changes the Republicans made to their sweeping tax legislation late Tuesday night, as the momentum behind the tax overhaul showed no signs of slowing with votes expected in both chambers of Congress later this week. [NY Times]

A vote may come as soon as this week on Senate confirmation for Dingus Trump’s nominee to lead the Mine Safety and Health Administration, or MSHA. The country’s top mine safety position has been vacant since January as coal mining fatalities have risen to a two-year high. Trump’s choice to fill the post is facing opposition from congressional Democrats and safety advocates. [WFPL]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s public suggestion that he may appoint a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton has alarmed current and former Justice Department officials who fear he will further politicize the embattled agency. [WaPo]

The Republican Party of Kentucky’s communications manbaby, Tres Watson, has been whining about this on social media. He’s taken every opportunity to spew homophobic bullshit since getting his new RPK job. So I’m taking every opportunity to identify him a bigot. You know how I know? Because I know him. And when these Republicans like Watson and Scott Jennings decide it’s cool to all of a sudden turn into bigots? I’m going to call their asses out. [H-L]

The American delegation to the United Nations climate talks has not held any press conferences, though White House energy and environment adviser George Banks will occasionally venture out to the snack bar beneath the U.S. delegate’s office. [HuffPo]

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Beshear Let Jones Off The Hook

1. Andy Beshear, who allegedly got his children’s elite private school to give him a sweetheart deal (hey, special treatment no one wants to talk about!), ought to be laughed out of Frankfort for not pressing Ray Jones to defend himself. 2. Glenn Hammond complaining that he, as a candidate, was followed or tracked by his opponent’s campaign is disingenuous beyond all belief. Because that’s what campaigns do. [H-L]

Justice Department prosecutors have dropped their case against a woman who laughed at now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions during his confirmation hearing. Desiree Fairooz was scheduled to face trial for a second time next week, but a DOJ prosecutor entered a nolle prosequi filing in the case on Monday indicating the department is dismissing the charges. [HuffPo]

LMPD not only overreacted in the Highlands, there’s… more the story. We need to quit whitewashing people when they die. It sucks that Jason Spencer got murdered. But no more than it sucks when anyone else in this city gets gunned down. His life is not more important than my life or your own. His death does not erase his history as a public bigot. He was openly homophobic, transphobic, misogynistic, classist and racist. He tried to excuse it all with the typical southern baptist bullshit but that’s what he was – a bigot. He’s white, though, and this is the Highlands we’re talking about, so everybody is freaking out. I’m just here to say fuck Jason Spencer’s bigotry. Mourn him if you want but fuck that bigotry. [C-J/AKN]

The FBI says racism motivated more than 57% of hate crimes in 2016. And nearly 18% of hate crimes were perpetrated against the LGBT community. Those are just the crimes that were reported and properly classified. [FBI]

Matt Bevin’s effort to pass his pension reform bill was already facing an uphill fight, given the feedback legislators heard during recent town hall forums as well as the House leadership shakeup brought on by a reported sexual harassment settlement involving former Majority Leader Jeff Hoover and three other state representatives. But for Pulaski County’s local legislators, it’s the actuarial analysis of what the proposed changes would do to the pension system for public school teachers that spells the biggest trouble for the bill. [Commonwealth Journal]

Rand Paul of Kentucky said he returned to work on Monday, more than a week after he suffered six broken ribs when tackled by a neighbor while mowing his lawn. [Reuters]

Louisville may soon join the list of cities that have a year-round farmer’s market. The Logan Street Market, backed by Mike Safai, is tentatively scheduled to open next year in the Shelby Park neighborhood. [WFPL]

Among the wealthy sophisticates who came and went from their seaside villas on the Spanish island of Mallorca, there was something that didn’t quite fit about the Russian who lived in a neoclassical mansion on the Avenida Portals Vells. [ProPublica]

The city of Ashland hit a snag in one of its two infrastructure projects along 29th Street, but still expects all work to be completed by May. [Ashland Independent]

Remember bump stocks? The previously obscure gun conversion kits, which turn semiautomatic rifles into weapons capable of firing long, deadly bursts, were the bane of the Capitol a month ago, after a gunman used the devices to kill 58 people and wound hundreds of others in Las Vegas. Lawmakers in both parties quickly vowed to ban them. Even the National Rifle Association appeared to endorse restrictions. [NY Times]

Assistant Barren County Attorney Mike Richardson has announced his candidacy for Barren County county attorney. [Glasgow Daily Times]

TL;DR: Fox News is making people dumber, scaring the shit out of old people and making it impossible for gullible people to determine fact from fiction. [WaPo]

Here’s Jack Brammer getting excited and acting like this will matter or change anything. Kentucky House Republican leaders said Friday that they expect to get a preliminary investigative report from a Louisville law firm in about 10 days regarding allegations of sexual harassment and secret settlements by Republican lawmakers. [H-L]

Better late than never? Mitch McConnell (R-Granny) is now calling on Roy Moore, the Republican running for Alabama’s open Senate seat, to withdraw his candidacy, telling reporters in Louisville on Monday that he believes the women who have accused Moore of sexual misconduct. [HuffPo]

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Kim Davis & Brazen, Hateful Stupidity

Did you know jackass Matt Bevin and the rest of the New Nazi Republicans want to eliminate paid sick leave for teachers? [John Cheves]

The Democratic Party won a number of races across the country in Tuesday’s elections, securing key state legislative seats and governorships. Many of those victories also made history. [HuffPo]

If Jeff Hoover thinks this is all he’s gonna face, he’s dumber than anyone thought. This is just the beginning. It’s called repeatedly doing the wrong thing and having a bunch of people like me end up in positions to fully uncover their misdeeds on the public dime. Despite an avalanche of calls for his resignation led by Gov. Matt Bevin, House Speaker Jeff Hoover defiantly said Saturday that he would not step down. [C-J/AKN]

The Bush tax cuts failed to juice the economy in the way Republicans promised they would, with growth in the 2000s stagnating relative to the Clinton years. But that hasn’t stopped today’s Republicans from arguing the tax cuts they’re pushing with President Trump’s help will produce a different outcome. [ThinkProgress]

Madison County Schools held a follow-up community forum Tuesday evening to discuss rezoning due to the opening of Boonesborough Elementary. [Richmond Register]

Just in case you needed more proof that Donald Trump believes he’s a dictator, here you go. [NY Times]

A Clinton County Deputy Jailer was arrested Tuesday at the Albany Police Department in connection with a fire that was believed to have been intentionally set inside a storage closet at the jail, said a Kentucky State Police press release. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The White House on Saturday disparaged the legacies of the only two living Republican presidents to precede Donald Trump, after reports that both men castigated Trump in interviews last year and refused to vote for him. [WaPo]

The Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples will run for re-election in 2018. An attorney for Kim Davis confirmed she will seek a second term. It’s the first chance Rowan County voters will get to have a say in the controversy that dominated national news in 2015. [WFPL]

Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary in the Trump administration, shares business interests with Vladimir Putin’s immediate family, and he failed to clearly disclose those interests when he was being confirmed for his cabinet position. [NBC News]

Boyd County Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods told Ashland Rotarians on Monday the county’s lawsuit against mass opioid distributors is about seeking to remedy a “public nuisance.” [Ashland Independent]

A federal judge suggested Friday that “recent revelations regarding Russia’s outsized influence” raised the possibility that “there may have been more to” a case involving “a massive tax fraud in Russia” that the Justice Department settled earlier this year. [BuzzFeed]

Luxury houseboat owners get a big tax break in Kentucky. Fisherman pay 30 times more. [H-L]

A few days after the election that elevated Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, the German magazine Der Spiegel ran an image on its cover of Trump’s head ― a blaze of yellow and orange ― hurtling through dark space toward the globe, above the headline “The End of the World.” [HuffPo]

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Yep, Kentucky Republicans Are Under FBI Investigation For Being Terrible

They didn’t “consult” Hoover but they absolutely kept him informed of what they were up to long before making it public. Leaders in the House Republican caucus announced in a statement on Saturday that they are launching an independent investigation into sexual harassment allegations swirling around House Speaker Jeff Hoover and other Republicans in the House. [H-L]

Spoiler alert: Matt Bevin’s Kentucky is at the center of this Hepatitis A surge and the Republican Party of Kentucky is in denial about it. You can see the data for yourself. [HuffPo]

The confidential sexual harassment settlement involving House Speaker Jeff Hoover also involves three other House Republicans, as well as Hoover’s chief of staff, sources tell Courier Journal. Rep. Jim DeCesare, of Rockfield; Rep. Brian Linder, of Dry Ridge: Rep. Michael Meredith, of Brownsville; and Ginger Wills, the chief of staff, also were parties to the settlement, according to the sources with knowledge of the deal who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal. [C-J/AKN]

From early in the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump swore he’d do away with the so-called carried-interest loophole, the notorious tax break that allows highly compensated private-equity managers, real estate investors and venture capitalists to be taxed at a much lower rate than other professionals. [ProPublica]

An emotional Jeff Hoover announced Sunday he’s stepping down as Speaker of the House in the wake of sexual harassment allegations but will retain his 83rd District seat. [Ronnie Ellis]

Republicans’ long-awaited tax bill, unveiled on Thursday, targets key renewable energy tax credits that have helped make clean energy a crucial high-wage job-creating sector in the United States. [ThinkProgress]

Teachers and state workers from Rowan County joined thousands of others at the state capitol in Frankfort to rally against the pension plan introduced by the governor last month. [The Morehead News]

Former US Republican President George Bush Sr has confirmed he voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, labelling Donald Trump a “blowhard” [BBC]

The FBI has confirmed it is looking into sexual harassment in the Kentucky state legislature. The news comes a day after House Speaker Jeff Hoover admitted to exchanging inappropriate text messages with a female staffer and resigned from his leadership position. [WFPL]

The president seethed with resentment, his party ducked for cover and the opposition chortled with glee. Lawyers counseled clients. Lawmakers tried to change the subject. Campaign veterans fretted that colleagues may be wearing a wire. And everyone wondered about a guy named George Papadopoulos. [NY Times]

Kentucky Educators have unveiled an alternative plan to Governor Matt Bevin’s pension reform bill. [WKYT]

Donald Trump promised to cut taxes for the middle class, but some would end up paying more under the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” according to a report released Friday night by Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation, the official scorekeepers tasked with determining how much any tax legislation would add to the debt and how it would impact the poor, middle class and wealthy. [WaPo]

Just a reminder that melting dog turd Matt Bevin wasted your taxpayer dollars in an attempt to discriminate and push his own perverse “religious” beliefs. Now he’s left taxpayers on the hook for his legal bills. Matt Bevin’s office was ordered Monday to pay Planned Parenthood for its expenses after the Republican’s representatives were a no-show for a deposition in an abortion case. [H-L]

Over the past two years and up until at least August, Russian Twitter accounts masquerading as American people, news outlets and political groups regularly appeared in the articles published in many of the United States’ most famous media outlets. This wasn’t a matter of fake news; this was “real” news made a little less so. [HuffPo]

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Jeff Hoover: As Shitty As You Thought

Matt Bevin’s office violated Kentucky’s Open Records Act when it refused to provide an Arizona attorney with some of the emails it exchanged with the White House, according to a new ruling by Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office. [H-L]

You can’t fix this kind of stupid or this kind of dishonesty. Kellyanne Conway bashed political campaigns on Monday that “dig around with foreign nationals” to uncover dirt on their opponents. But three months ago, reports revealed Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign did just that. [HuffPo]

Unprofessional conduct? Haha. You should see the videos floating around of him at Six Flags Over Jesus recently – trash-talking UofL left and right. University of Louisville interim President Greg Postel accused former athletic director Tom Jurich of “ineffective management, divisive leadership and unprofessional conduct” that caused substantial damage to the school. [C-J/AKN]

The FBI’s predawn search of Paul Manafort’s northern Virginia home in July yielded important new evidence crucial to the indictment of Donald Trump’s campaign chairman and one of his close associates, according to the indictments. [Yahoo]

Told ya so about Jeff Hoover and other Republicans when this was all going down a couple years ago. Also, you *know* T. Clay is pushing this story out like crazy for the sake of publicity and it’s shady and unethical for Debby Yetter to withhold a name that is public record (I said it). Jeff Hoover has reached a confidential settlement over sexual harassment allegations by a woman who works on his legislative staff, according to sources with direct knowledge of the matter. [More C-J/AKN]

A federal court has blocked Donald Trump in part from changing the military’s transgender policy as a case against his ban works its way through court. [The Hill]

It’s been 10 years since Kentucky judges received a raise, placing judicial salaries in the commonwealth 48th among the 50 states. [Ronnie Ellis]

The questions are straightforward, with public health implications that would seem impossible to shrug off. How many American women die each year from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth? How many of these deaths are preventable? How does the nation’s current rate of maternal mortality compare to the rate 10 or 20 or 30 years ago? [ProPublica]

Thomas Massie is a miserable, racist, homophobic scab and the Kentucky Democratic Party is fucking up by allowing him to win. [Ashland Independent]

Just in case you needed more proof that Republicans hate the working class. Here you go. [NY Times]

Kentucky’s public colleges and universities want more money, but Republican lawmakers say the best they can hope for is to break even. [Richmond Register]

Appalachia is apparently for real doomed. In case you weren’t aware already? Miners are refusing retraining because they’ve been duped into believing coal is coming back. It’s not. [Reuters]

There are at least a few surprises tucked into Republican Matt Bevin’s 505-page draft legislation that would overhaul the state’s public retirement systems. One is that a controversial 3 percent pay cut for school teachers and state and local government employees — which Bevin and top GOP lawmakers touted last week as critical in order to shore up the retiree health insurance funds — would not actually add any money to those funds. [H-L]

Richard Spencer, a leader of what he calls the “alt-right” and the man known to most as the “Nazi who got punched,” agreed to talk to HuffPost the night before his speech at the University of Florida in Gainesville last week. [HuffPo]

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It’s Monday. Hold On Tight, Kids.

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Part of Shitbird Matt Bevin’s controversial proposal to reshape Kentucky’s public retirement systems would require school teachers and state and local government employees to pay an additional 3 percent of their salaries into their retiree health insurance funds. [John Cheves]

Republican leaders support tax cuts adding trillions to the national debt now, but had dire warnings about it under the Obama administration. [HuffPo]

The pension reform bill was finally released to legislators late Friday, causing additional concerns to some critics of a framework for the bill released on Oct. 18 by Matt Bevin and top leaders of the General Assembly’s Republican majorities. [C-J/AKN]

A federal grand jury in Washington, DC, on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter. [CNN]

After seeing a slight decrease in drug overdose deaths in 2016, Madison County has surpassed last year’s total with just more than two months left in the year. [Richmond Register]

The realtor who helped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort buy the Virginia condo that was recently raided by the FBI testified last week before the federal grand jury hearing testimony in Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. [Politico]

The Ashland commission agreed to hire a consulting firm to study the city’s water system. [Ashland Independent]

Hold on to yer wig! Trump’s frustration at the investigations into his campaign’s ties with Russia boiled over on Sunday, as he sought to shift the focus to a litany of accusations against his 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton, as the special counsel inquiry was reportedly poised to produce its first indictment in the case. [NY Times]

Rowan County Fiscal Court agreed last week to join more than 35 other Kentucky counties in a lawsuit against opioid distributors. [The Morehead News]

The departure of Orangeshart Trump’s motorcade from his Sterling, Va., golf club on Saturday afternoon was chronicled as dutifully and minutely as the retreat of some great army. [WaPo]

The results of a study conducted by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Michael Baker International, a Louisville-based consulting firm, regarding the replacement of the Water Street tunnel were presented to community members and city officials Friday morning. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The New Republicans are overwhelmingly racist and it’s good to see them finally show their true colors. About 300 white nationalists and neo-Nazis held back-to-back rallies in two small Tennessee cities on Saturday to protest refugee resettlement in the state, which sued the federal government over the issue earlier this year. [Reuters]

In 2013, as an Alabama development company prepared to turn a farm at Nicholasville Road and Man o’ War Boulevard into an upscale shopping center called the Summit at Fritz Farm, the company decided that it would like some taxpayer help with complicated stormwater issues at the site. So Bayer Properties turned to tax increment financing, a program in Kentucky first set up in 2002 to improve blighted urban areas by luring developers with generous tax breaks. [Linda Blackford]

This is happening in the United States and Republicans are refusing to talk about it. More than 900 bodies have been authorized for cremation in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria ravaged the island on Sept. 20, the U.S. territory’s Department of Public Safety confirmed to HuffPost Saturday. Medical examiners overseeing the process do not appear to have conducted physical examinations of the bodies. [HuffPo]

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Alison Appears To Be In A Big Pickle

Calling the claims against her “politically motivated and spurious,” Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes denied that she ever improperly obtained voter data or that she took inappropriate action in a contract with a state vendor. [H-L]

Donald Trump on Thursday formally declared a public health emergency for the opioid crisis, an action that has been more than two months in the making. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin’s a crazy-eyed hypocrite. The people he’s attacking? They’re the very people he originally sought for advice on the pension mess. His team even tried to lure me in for advice and connections on those in-the-know about KRS. Now they’re attacking them. Here’s hoping they all lose their asses over the next couple years. [C-J/AKN]

Last month, ProPublica published a deep examination of how struggling black Americans are much less likely to gain lasting relief from bankruptcy than their white peers. [ProPublica]

Hahahahaha! They think a living wage is ever going to be a thing in Louisville with folks like Greg Fischer and David Yates in charge. [WFPL]

Earlier this month at the Brooklyn Museum, scholar and MSNBC legal analyst Paul Butler joined Michelle Alexander, civil rights lawyer and author of The New Jim Crow, for a conversation about his latest book, Chokehold: Policing Black Men. As a former federal prosecutor, Butler uses his firsthand experience to demonstrate how the legal system is structured to target and criminalize black men. [Bill Moyers]

The Democratic Minority Leader in the Kentucky House of Representatives still doesn’t know what’s in a proposed Republican measure to alter the benefit structure and strengthen financially the state’s public pension plans. [Ronnie Ellis]

Senate Democrats have questioned whether Donald Trump’s nominee for a top EPA position is violating the law by working at the agency before being confirmed, and they are demanding more details about his duties. [NBC News]

With these folks involved, you know something shady’s afoot. The EastPark board of directors on Tuesday hammered down a deal to sell a massive plot of land to Braidy Industries, which said it will build a $1.3-billion aluminum mill. [Ashland Independent]

They’re worried this dipshit might get cranky if he’s away from home for too long – seriously. Leaders of more than a dozen countries will meet for a major summit in the Philippines in mid-November, but Donald Trump won’t be there. He is planning to skip it and leave the Philippines the day before. It’s a bad signal to send to the region, and it could undermine the overall goal of his Asia tour by calling American regional leadership into question. [WaPo]

The family court judge for Barren and Metcalfe counties who sought to pre-emptively recuse himself from all adoptions involving parents of the same gender is resigning, effective after Dec. 16. [Glasgow Daily Times]

More lip service from the orange idiot and his fellow New Nazi Republicans on the opioid front. [NY Times]

A state panel that disciplines judges has filed ethics charges against a Kentucky judge who objected to handling adoption cases involving gay parents. [H-L]

I was a racist cop. Years ago, I was helping a supervisor at a single-car crash. A black man collided head-on into a concrete divider, and died at the scene. I was detouring the ensnarled traffic when my corporal, who had been alongside the victim, shared an update. [HuffPo]

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