Marijuana-Related Deaths Aren’t Really A Thing, Matt Bevin

It is hard to imagine now, but the Red River Gorge, a natural and archaeological wonder that has become one of the region’s most popular hiking and rock-climbing destinations, was almost flooded for a lake. [Tom Eblen]

About a third of the students with disabilities who enroll in a four-year college or university graduate within eight years. For those that enroll in two-year schools, the outcomes aren’t much better: 41 percent, according to federal data. [HuffPo]

Only a matter of time until your taxpayer dollars are used to pay Dan Johnson and his avowed racist attorney a fat settlement. [C-J/AKN]

A year after Donald Trump was elected president on a promise to revive the ailing U.S. coal industry, the sector’s long-term prospects for growth and hiring remain as bleak as ever. [Reuters]

More people in Louisville are being charged for possessing methamphetamines than for heroin and opiates combined, according to police data. [WFPL]

On Monday, the FBI released its latest tally of hate crimes in the U.S. Despite a 1990 law that mandates data collection on hate crimes, the FBI’s count remains only a fraction of what an annual national crime victims survey estimates the real number to be. [ProPublica]

An Allen County teen was fatally shot during a pursuit early Saturday involving two law enforcement agencies, police said. [BGDN]

Bad Chinese steel? Drone footage has captured the scale of a 5,000 barrel oil leak in South Dakota. The leak was discovered by Keystone pipeline operators TransCanada on Thursday. [BBC]

Of course CNHI and the Richmond Register are spreading content from proud racist Pat Buchanan. Wouldn’t expect anything less. [Richmond Register]

A senior Russian official who claimed to be acting at the behest of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia tried in May 2016 to arrange a meeting between Mr. Putin and Donald J. Trump, according to several people familiar with the matter. [NY Times]

Spoiler alert: it wont. Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard on Monday told more than 600 northeastern Kentuckians his company will “kill” its metals competition. [Ashland Independent]

Pay attention, you mouth-breathers in Frankfort – both Democrats and Republicans. A case report about the seizure and death of an 11-month old after exposure to cannabis has prompted headlines about “the first marijuana overdose death” this week. Except that’s not what the doctors meant. [WaPo]

Remember how we spent a bunch of time covering CentrePointe in Lexington all those years ago? Construction has started on the first building of the CentrePointe project, more than nine years after the downtown development was first announced. [H-L]

Donald Trump has an inflated view of his assets. The president’s family business is worth about one-tenth of the value he has claimed, according to an analysis of the latest figures he has filed with the federal government. Some of the discrepancy is due to a downturn in business, but the rest is credited to an overheated imagination, according to Crain’s New York Business reporter Aaron Elstein, who examined the numbers. [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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Bevin Goes Full Whiny-Ass Titty Baby

TL;DR: Hoover had a bunch of stress because his ass got caught. That’s why he had a “heart issue” – that and probably decades of eating poorly and never getting exercise. Former Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, was released from the hospital Tuesday following testing for a heart related issue, according to a statement by House Speaker Pro Tempore David Osborne, R-Prospect. [H-L]

Donald Trump on Monday announced that he plans to nominate former pharmaceutical executive Alex Azar to replace Tom Price as health and human services secretary. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin is that twat of a kid in school believing he’s special and deserves a better grade than he earned. It’s only a matter of time until he has his Julian Carroll or Jeff Hoover moment. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump, Jr. was in contact with WikiLeaks during the campaign. So keep screaming, mouth-breathers, cause the chickens are coming home to roost. [NBC News]

All three incumbent judge-executives in Boyd, Carter and Greenup counties are seeking re-election, and at least two of them will face challengers. [Ashland Independent]

The Republican National Committee is withdrawing its support for besieged Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, leaving him increasingly isolated as he confronts charges of sexual misconduct with teenagers. [Politico]

Local businessman and entrepreneur Harold M.D. Armstrong announced Monday his candidacy for mayor of Glasgow in the 2018 election. [Glasgow Daily Times]

RT America, the U.S. arm of the Kremlin-backed TV station RT, has registered with the U.S. Department of Justice as a “foreign agent” in the United States, the outlet’s editor in chief said on Monday. [Reuters]

Constituents of Sen. Steve West had the opportunity to hear his stance on Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed pension bill during a question and answer session held Thursday at Rowan County Middle School. [The Morehead News]

Here’s your no shit, Sherlock, story of the week about Orange Dingus and the economy. [WaPo]

Matt Bevin’s efforts to overhaul Kentucky’s ailing pension systems took another twist Tuesday when his administration asked consultants to redo their analysis of his proposed changes to retirement benefits for public school teachers. [Richmond Register]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday denied, again, lying to Congress about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. He said he had forgotten about a campaign round-table in which an aide touted his Russian connections and suggested arranging a meeting for Donald J. Trump in Moscow. [NY Times]

This is the garbage Valarie Honeycutt Spears is covering these days. Never mind any of the truly significant educational stories or scandals. She’s pushing this bible bullshit. [H-L]

An upcoming case may clarify what kind of speech is permitted at the polls on Election Day. [HuffPo]

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Something Tells Me Jeff Hoover Will Never Again Push His Faux Religiosity & Superiority Complex On People Smarter Than Him

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A Republican lawmaker called Saturday for the resignation of Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover, accusing him and party leaders of concealing sexual harassment allegations against Hoover and three other Republican legislators. Rep. C. Wesley Morgan said on Twitter Saturday that “the Speaker, members of leadership, and some majority staff have conspired to cover up” information surrounding the alleged sexual harassment settlement. [H-L]

The United States is the richest country in the history of the world. Last year, the genius and muscle of the American people generated more than $18.6 trillion in wealth. This year, our brains and brawn will combine to create well over $19 trillion. Despite all the debt theatrics of the Republican Party during the Obama presidency, we owe just $6.2 trillion to other countries ― less than four months of our collective labors at their present value. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin announced Saturday afternoon that he is calling for the resignation of every member of the legislature who has tried to hide allegations of sexual harassment. [C-J/AKN]

Some have wondered: Why is special counsel Robert Mueller bringing so few charges against George Papadopoulos and, especially, Paul Manafort? [Slate]

Matt Bevin Saturday demanded resignations of anyone involved in the sexual harassment scandal which has turned the Kentucky political world on its head. [Ronnie Ellis]

Federal investigators have gathered enough evidence to bring charges in their investigation of President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser and his son as part of the probe into Russia’s intervention in the 2016 election, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation. [NBC News]

The syringe exchange program in Ashland has collected nearly 74,000 contaminated syringes from 310 clients this year alone — all while operating for merely three hours per week. [Ashland Independent]

Mitch McConnell is a lying old man. He’s absolutely lying about this. His staff even say so. [The Hill]

The Morehead-Rowan County Airport Board will soon officially start the search for a new Fixed Base Operator (FBO) and manager after Perry Sloan tendered his resignation earlier this week. [The Morehead News]

Welp, Rand Paul got beat up. A man has been arrested for assaulting U.S. Senator Rand Paul at his Kentucky home on Friday and causing a “minor injury,” the state police said. [Reuters]

Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, avoided reporters seeking to question him about a reported settlement of a sexual harassment claim following a meeting of Republican House members Friday. [More Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump woke before dawn on Monday and burrowed in at the White House residence to wait for the Russia bombshell he knew was coming. [WaPo]

A staff member for the House Republican Caucus said she was “basically put on paid suspension” for reporting a “toxic” workplace culture that included sexual harassment in the Kentucky House of Representatives. [H-L]

Bye, Felicia. Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover says he’ll step down from his leadership position after reports surfaced saying he settled a sexual harassment lawsuit earlier this year. [WFPL]

The Trump administration has pulled out of a global deal to combat corruption in the fossil fuel industry, a move critics said could help oil companies keep hidden how much they pay in U.S. taxes. The Department of the Interior announced the decision on Thursday in a letter to withdraw immediately from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which compels oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments to governments worldwide. [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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Already *Guilty* Pleas In Collusion Case

Three small cities in Eastern Kentucky are feeling their way toward a possible historic merger as they try to cope with aging infrastructure, scant tax bases and revenue lost because of the sharp downturn in the coal industry. [H-L]

A foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has pleaded guilty to a charge of lying to FBI agents. George Papadopoulos, 30, pleaded guilty on Oct. 5, but the case wasn’t unsealed until Monday, when two other Trump associates were indicted by a federal grand jury. [HuffPo]

This is what’s wrong with the United States – and UofL specifically. University of Louisville interim athletic director Vince Tyra will make $100,000 a month in his position, according to a contract approved by the University of Louisville Athletic Association board of trustees. [C-J/AKN]

Paul Manafort and his former business associate were indicted on Monday on money laundering, tax and foreign lobbying charges, a significant escalation in a special counsel investigation that has cast a shadow over Donald Trump’s first year in office. [NY Times]

A professor with close ties to the Russian government told an adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in April 2016 that Moscow had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails,” according to court documents unsealed Monday. The adviser, George Papadopoulos, has pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about that conversation. The plea represents the most explicit evidence connecting the Trump campaign to the Russian government’s meddling in last year’s election. [NY Times]

Here’s a good example of why Scott Jennings has turned into a wretched person. Forget that he cracked racist jokes at a CHURCH PICNIC (Fancy Farm). That he’s now unbelievably homophobic. Or that he’s aligned himself with both Donald Trump and Jamie Comer – two people with nasty histories of allegedly abuse of women. He’s lying about Democrats loving George W. Bush. It’s possible to think he’s more of a statesman than Donald Trump without being in love with him or his policies. The deliberate dishonesty that spews from Jennings will leave a terrible legacy for his kids to remember. Like Matt Bevin, his kids will ultimately see the shameful situation he helped put the country – and Kentucky – into. [BGDN]

The Drug Enforcement Administration has for five years steadfastly defended the behavior of its agents in a late-night drug seizure carried out with Honduran forces on the remote Mosquito Coast, a mission that resulted in the deaths of four Honduran civilians. [ProPublica]

Yep, Bevin’s “plan” harms the most important people in government. The people protecting you and the people teaching your children. Way to go, Republicans, for sticking it to the little people. [WFPL]

Natalia V. Veselnitskaya arrived at a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016 hoping to interest top Trump campaign officials in the contents of a memo she believed contained information damaging to the Democratic Party and, by extension, Hillary Clinton. The material was the fruit of her research as a private lawyer, she has repeatedly said, and any suggestion that she was acting at the Kremlin’s behest that day is anti-Russia “hysteria.” [NY Times]

Hahahaha, keep dreaming, this is not going to happen. Carter County’s job numbers continue to improve. [Ashland Independent]

The National Association of Home Builders know how to demolish things, and on Saturday they decided to take on a new project — the House Republican tax bill. [WaPo]

Advocates and doctors in opioid-ravaged Kentucky urged Donald Trump’s acting chief health official to spend more money on fighting the drug epidemic one day after he signed an order declaring the crisis a national public health emergency. [Richmond Register]

Doug Corcoran is in the trenches every day in the fight against the opioid crisis in the rural Ohio county he helps oversee. So Donald Trump’s failure this week to formally declare the overdose epidemic a “national emergency” – words that would have freed up more federal funds to tackle the crisis – was disappointing for him. [Reuters]

Matt Bevin’s a walking piece of shit. Really, a walking, crazy-eyed piece of shit. Imagine being his child. [H-L]

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and onetime business associate Rick Gates were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy and money laundering in connection with an intensifying investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. [HuffPo]

Facebook plans to tell lawmakers on Tuesday that 126 million of its users may have seen content produced and circulated by Russian operatives, many times more than what the company previously disclosed about the reach of the disinformation campaign during the 2016 presidential election, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post. [WaPo]

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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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