First They Came For Media & Now They’re Coming For You

If you’re a Republican in Kentucky and refuse to stand up to loudly condemn Donald Trump at this juncture? Know that I will work until the day I die to ruin your professional political life. When reporters began to ask about whether the alt-right was behind the Charlottesville bloodshed, though, Trump unleashed a torrent of both-sides whataboutism and crankery. “What about the alt-left that came charging at the—as you say, the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt?” he asked. Trump added that there were “some very fine people on both sides” at the protest, and that there was a peaceful march the night before. [Slate]

Of course Matt Bevin, a father of brown children, is so painfully stupid and borderline racist that he wants to keep monuments to slave masters and Confederate traitors. [H-L]

Richard Spencer, the 39-year-old Nazi, said Monday that he did not take Donald Trump’s statement denouncing hate groups seriously, and two of Spencer’s associates shared a somewhat similar sentiment with HuffPost. [HuffPo]

Fed up with soaring legal bills at the University of Louisville, a legislative panel Monday rejected a request to double university spending for outside attorneys to $2.5 million for 2016-18. [C-J/AKN]

The Nazi-supporting loons within the Trump Administration don’t want you to have the freedom of assembly or right to protest. [The Hill]

Dr. Maurice J. Oakley has spent 38 years looking out for the well-being of patients as a physician in Ashland. This past week, Oakley received what is arguably the most prestigious recognition possible for Kentucky physicians when the ophthalmologist was named the new president of the Kentucky Medical Association. [Ashland Independent]

Undeterred by violence over the planned removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, municipal leaders in cities across the United States said this week they would step up efforts to pull such monuments from public spaces. [Reuters]

This is one of the best things Barren County Schools has done in decades. Over 700 students at Barren County High School and the Trojan Academy ate breakfast at school Thursday morning, said CheyAnne Fant, director of 21st Century Learning and Nutritional Services for Barren County Schools. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The white supremacist forces arrayed in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend — the largest gathering of its sort in at least a generation — represented a new incarnation of the white supremacy movement. Old-guard groups like the Ku Klux Klan, the Aryan Nations and the Nazi skinheads, which had long stood at the center of racist politics in America, were largely absent. [ProPublica]

Reaction in Kentucky political circles to the disturbing racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., this weekend reflected the horror and disgust felt by most of the nation. [Ronnie Ellis]

Trump shared on Twitter a cartoon on Tuesday morning of a train running over a person with a CNN logo covering the person’s head, three days after a fatal collision in Charlottesville, Va. Mr. Trump deleted his retweet minutes later. [NY Times]

Bessie Madden is more than familiar with the need for helping seniors in the Greenup area. Madden works at Greenup Meals on Wheels with a coalition of volunteers, delivering meals to seniors at their homes when they cannot prepare food for themselves. [Ashland Independent]

Three days after Donald Trump named his campaign foreign policy team in March 2016, the youngest of the new advisers sent an email to seven campaign officials with the subject line: “Meeting with Russian Leadership – Including Putin.” [WaPo]

Where there’s Ray Jones smoke, there’s Ray Jones fire. A Pikeville private detective who worked for the top Democrat in the Kentucky Senate pleaded guilty Monday in Franklin Circuit Court to four counts of attempting to intimidate an election officer and one count of attempting to interfere with an election. [H-L]

Hours after denouncing far-right extremists on Monday, Donald Trump retweeted a far-right “Pizzagate” conspiracy theorist known for disrupting a performance of “Julius Caesar” over the summer. [HuffPo]

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Hey, Montgomery County

Do you want to ensure what happened to you with Montgomery County Schools and Joshua Powell never happens to you again?

Do you want to guarantee that sort of heinous, corrupt, good old boy mafioso crap ceases to exist in the Commonwealth of Kentucky?

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$840.20 $550.21 (now remaining!) in storage fees doesn’t come easily when one is no longer pulling a salary from the website. Neither do hosting fees, registrar fees and the tens of thousands of dollars in open records request fees.

I didn’t ask any of the people who reaped hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlements – thanks primarily (you know it’s true, they know it’s true) to my time, effort and work – for anything. And some of them haven’t coughed up so much as a thank-you. So you corrupt hacks I ousted can quit with that line of ignorant gossip.

That’s why it’s important for you to consider chipping in if you or someone you know have benefitted from the work done here or recognize its importance.

You already know the state’s newspapers aren’t coming to your defense and won’t be spending 4.5 years working more than full-time to oust corruption. But I have and I will.

David James Shouldn’t Get A Free Pass For His Hypocritical, Dumb, Self-Hating Homophobia But Everyone’s Afraid To Call Him Out

The city of Lexington spent more than $21,000 to pay the legal bills of a horse farm owner, raising questions from some Lexington council members and the chairman of the board that oversees Fayette County’s farmland preservation program. [H-L]

White women have always played a role in propping up white supremacy and toxic masculinity. But we’re not allowed to talk about that with Louisville liberals because everyone immediately melts down into some rant about sexism. [HuffPo]

Wondering why Kentucky’s education system is so backward and things always go the wrong way – like in Montgomery County? Here’s a look. [C-J/AKN]

A group of Democrats implored the Republican chairman of the House Financial Services Committee to reverse course and authorize an investigation into whether any of the hundreds of millions of dollars in loans from Deutsche Bank to President Trump were connected to Russia. [WaPo]

Why is no one talking about how David James (essed any downlow dee lately, David, you Julian Carroll-style self-hating bigot? Or chased any “big gals” on AOL message boards?) is dumb enough to think this could help him in a bid for mayor? Poop rolls down hill and it starts with Greg Fischer, not the chief. [WFPL]

In a sign that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election will remain a continuing distraction for the White House, the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is in talks with the West Wing about interviewing current and former senior administration officials, including the recently ousted White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, according to three people briefed on the discussions. [NY Times]

New information broke Friday in a three-year-old Richmond cold case — the murder of Karen Rollins Simpson and Avery “Boochie” Evans in their Valley Street home. Richmond Police are now asking for the public’s help in locating a young man who was seen the morning before the bodies were found. [Richmond Register]

Federal prosecutors have lots of ways to intensify pressure on the people they’re investigating, from early morning FBI raids to leaning on relatives of those under government scrutiny. But even by those measures, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in last year’s presidential election is moving with unusual speed and assertiveness, according to half a dozen legal experts following the probe. [NPR]

Infrastructure, customer service, capital and long-term strategic plans. Each of these topics are on the agenda for new City Manager Michael Graese, 51, who is now approaching his second full week on the job. The Daily Independent sat down with the former Army colonel this week and talked about his first impressions and what is already on the agenda. [Ashland Independent]

Did anyone really think this woman had the guts to stand up for anything? It’s all about money for her. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is unlikely to resign over President Trump’s public criticism of her husband Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Grandmother), say allies, GOP strategists and former Cabinet members. [The Hill]

People who live in Appalachia are dying sooner than two decades ago, and the region has a higher infant death rate compared to the rest of the nation. A new study blames both largely on the region’s high smoking rate, as well as its other bad health habits. [The Morehead News]

State police and National Guardsmen watched passively for hours as self-proclaimed Nazis engaged in street battles with counter-protesters. [ProPublica]

A doctor accused of improperly prescribing pain pills at an Eastern Kentucky clinic won’t have to serve additional time in jail. [H-L]

Months before Donald Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury,” before North Korea claimed to be planning a mid-August attack on Guam and well before Trump tweeted that the U.S. military was “locked and loaded” to strike, officials in Hawaii began organizing guidelines for civilians in case of a nuclear attack on the islands. [HuffPo]

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Reminder: Republicans Like Scott Jennings And Matt Bevin Own These Nazis

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For the first time, Kentuckians have the right to inspect many of the documents created by the agency that runs Kentucky’s courts system. The Kentucky Supreme Court signed an order this week creating an open-records policy for the scandal-plagued Administrative Office of the Courts. [H-L]

Donald Trump on Saturday responded to the violence that erupted this weekend as white supremacists and a fringe group clashed in Charlottesville, Virginia. He refused to single out the activity of white supremacists, however, arguing that there was blame to go around on “many sides.” [HuffPo]

Taking one step closer to suing the University of Louisville Foundation for millions of dollars it lost, the university’s board of trustees has appointed a four-member committee to decide whether to file litigation. [C-J/AKN]

Manafort had alerted authorities to a controversial meeting on June 9, 2016, involving Trump’s son Donald Jr., other campaign representatives and a Russian lawyer promising damaging information on Hillary Clinton, according to people familiar with the matter. [Bloomberg]

The UofL Foundation can’t help but hire con artists. This guy was making $22,000 PER MONTH yet got caught stealing from golf pro shops. [WAVE3]

Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer (D) on Sunday ripped Donald Trump’s response to violent clashes in the city that were spurred by a white nationalist rally. [The Hill]

Way to go, Republican Party of Kentucky, for killing Kentucky’s economy. Adding to Kentucky’s financial woes, economists are predicting the state will bring in around $200 million less than originally projected this fiscal year. [WFPL]

Donald Trump’s failure to fill dozens of senior-level positions at the Pentagon is making it difficult for defense contractors to forecast business. [Reuters]

After a short discussion, the Glasgow-Barren County Industrial Development and Economic Authority postponed again the question of whether to hire JYB3 Group, a consulting and marketing firm. Why on earth would Glasgow need to hire John Y. Brown III to market the region? What on earth kind of stupid waste of money is that?! [Glasgow Daily Times]

James Alex Fields Jr. of Ohio was charged with second-degree murder in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday after he smashed a car into a line of cars in an episode that left a 32-year-old woman dead and injured at least 19 other people who were protesting a rally staged by white nationalists. Mr. Fields, 20, was born in Kenton, Ky., to Samantha Lea Bloom. [NY Times]

During his first convocation as Morehead State University president, Dr. Jay Morgan spoke to faculty and staff about the university’s beginnings and his goals for the future. [The Morehead News]

A man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of protesters here — killing one person and leaving 19 injured — has long sympathized with Nazi views and had stood with a group of white supremacists hours before Saturday’s bloody crash. The accused driver, James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio, had espoused extremist ideals at least since high school, according to Derek Weimer, a history teacher. Weimer said that he taught Fields during his junior and senior years at Randall K. Cooper High School in Kentucky. [WaPo]

A Kentucky man and his transgender wife sued Amazon on Wednesday, alleging that they endured sustained discrimination and harassment during a year as co-workers at the mammoth online retailer’s warehouse in northern Kentucky. [H-L]

Maybe some day lazy outsiders will rely on more than random tweets as sourcing. Then they’ll learn that Jim Gray and Lexington have been working on this for quite some time. [HuffPo]

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McConnell Doesn’t Have Guts To Fight Back

A former chief regional Social Security judge was sentenced Monday to six months in federal prison for scheming to retaliate against an employee who blew the whistle on alleged fraud by Floyd County disability lawyer Eric Conn. [H-L]

Donald Trump on Thursday lashed out at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Granny) over Republicans’ latest failed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. [HuffPo]

A lawsuit challenging Gov. Matt Bevin’s controversial restructuring of state education boards can move forward, a judge ruled Wednesday. [C-J/AKN]

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has lost two of her top aides, key departures that come at a time of growing international tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. Haley’s Chief of Staff Steven Groves resigned, as did her communications director Jonathan Wachtel. [Bloomberg]

James Comer, R-Paid For An Abortion & Lied About It While Attacking His Victim Again, was slated to travel to Israel this week as part of a Congressional delegation to attend a seminar on foreign policy and national security issues both countries are facing. [Glasgow Daily Times]

When millions of Americans turn their faces skyward to witness the nation’s first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in a century, many will reach for specially designed sunglasses, but experts caution the public to stay clear of unsafe counterfeits. [Reuters]

Narcan is a powerful drug that can yank an overdose patient back from the claws of death, and local residents can learn how to use it to save a life Friday at The Neighborhood in Ashland. [Ashland Independent]

The Matthew Shepard Foundation has been trying to learn more about why so many victims of potential hate crimes — more than 50 percent annually according to the feds — don’t file complaints with the authorities. [ProPublica]

An on-going Madison County Drug Task Force investigation resulted in officers seizing a total of 1.6 pounds of heroin, 14 grams of methamphetamine, 3.8 ounce of marijuana and eight Ecstasy tablets. [Richmond Register]

It’s basically the opposite of a major government infrastructure program. Government spending on transportation and other public works is in decline as federal funding stagnates and state and local governments tighten their belts. [NY Times]

The Trump administration’s top health official backed away from a presidential commission’s proposal to declare a national public health emergency to address the opioid crisis. [WFPL]

On Saturday, Donald Trump tweeted his gratitude to a social-media super-fan, ­Nicole Mincey, magnifying her praise of him to his 35 million followers. Here’s the problem: There is no evidence the Twitter feed belongs to someone named Nicole Mincey. And the account, according to experts, bears a lot of signs of a Russia-backed disinformation campaign. [WaPo]

Placing much of the blame on smoking, a study chronicling the ongoing health crisis in Appalachia has concluded that the 13-state region suffers from a growing disparity in infant mortality and life expectancy, two key indicators of “a nation’s health and well-being.” [H-L]

Washington and Moscow have over decades established mechanisms to prevent crises from spinning out of control, from hotlines to satellites and over-flights that allow the nuclear-armed adversaries to track each other’s military deployments. [HuffPo]

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Scott Reed Is Lying Through His Teeth. I Know Because I’m The Guy Who Caught Him.

Yes, it’s several days after Fancy Farm. You didn’t hear us mention it this year because it’s pretty much a bigoted circle jerk. It’s a catholic church picnic that is proud of racist jokes told by idiots like Scott Jennings. A church! Okay with racism. They’ve had plenty of time to apologize and haven’t. So it’s yet another Kentucky tradition we won’t be wasting much time on. [H-L]

Kentucky is really missing out. It’ll always miss out, thanks to the backward-ass white guys in Frankfort. A marijuana company purchased the entire town of Nipton, California, for $5 million this week as part of a new cannabis tourism venture. [HuffPo]

Not only is this not ridiculous, I spent three months personally researching and investigating. You can verify it by getting a copy of my ORR at KREF from March to see that I was onto him. Scott Reed willfully broke campaign finance law like it was no big deal. He can whine all he wants but I caught him and he knows it. I dare him to try coming for me (try me, Scott) because this is just scratching the surface of my research file and I’ll happily give the entire thing to the KDP – people I despise. If the KREF doesn’t fine him, I’ll release everything. Should be fun to watch. P.S. People who sign affidavits should make absolutely certain they haven’t had (disclosed – they were aware) recorded conversations with me or exchanged dozens of emails about the matter. And if anyone wants to hire me to do research? Yell my way. I’m especially keen to focus on these lying New Nazi Republicans this cycle. [C-J/AKN]

Five transgender service members serving on active duty sued Donald Trump on Wednesday over his directive to ban them from the U.S. military. [McClatchy]

Kentuckians who feel going to the doctor is too expensive — but don’t know how to shop for the lowest price — aren’t alone. [WFPL]

U.S. diplomats should sidestep questions from foreign governments on what it would take for the Trump administration to re-engage in the global Paris climate agreement, according to a diplomatic cable seen by Reuters. [Reuters]

Eight and 37. For Morehead-Rowan County EMS Director Danny Blevins and Coroner John Northcutt these aren’t just numbers. [The Morehead News]

The first results in a national effort to better measure the levels of contaminants released through the burning of munitions and their waste show elevated levels of lead, arsenic and other toxins. [ProPublica]

Ugh, why does Mt. Sterling/Montgomery County have to be so awful all the time? I guess we can blame it on the school system. [WDRB]

Investigators for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, recently searched a home of Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, for tax documents and foreign banking records, according to a person briefed on the matter. [NY Times]

Kentucky is no stranger to the hepatitis C virus. In fact, the state had the highest rate of new hepatitis C infections in the nation from 2008 through 2015, according to the most recent data available from the Kentucky Department for Public Health. [Richmond Register]

Lawyers for black Alabama schoolchildren are appealing a federal judge’s decision to allow a predominantly white city near Birmingham to secede from its predominantly black school district, arguing that to allow such a separation would run counter to long-standing case law and undermine black students’ civil rights. [WaPo]

A Pike County school employee drugged and sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl at a party at his home after school officials were warned of the planned gathering but did nothing to stop it, a federal lawsuit alleges. [H-L]

Rex Tillerson sought to walk back Donald Trump’s threat of “fire and fury” against North Korea’s escalating nuclear program, the latest example that doing damage control for his boss is a regular part of his job. [HuffPo]

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Latest UofL Con Artist Stunt Will Fire You Up But Isn’t Surprising

Can you imagine what would have happened if Valarie Honeycutt Spears put this much effort into covering scandals like the ones we spent YEARS uncovering in Montgomery County? Nah? Don’t worry about it – no one can. She needs to be replaced or reassigned. [H-L]

You can’t fix this kind of stupid. Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened North Korea, promising “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” following new reports the country has escalated its nuclear program. [HuffPo]

CON ARTIST ALERT! Here’s hoping she and Jim Ramsey end up in prison. They won’t, but here’s hoping. They deserve to pay for helping Robert Felner and every other criminal the past decade. Facing a potential lawsuit from the University of Louisville, fired foundation officer Kathleen Smith and her husband have transferred five properties they own valued at nearly $800,000 to shell companies. [C-J/AKN]

Mitch McConnell (R-Grandmother) on Monday expressed frustration with what he called Donald Trump’s “excessive expectations” of the legislative process as Republicans struggle to chalk up major achievements under a united government. [The Hill]

Bullshit alert. Co-founders of the New Kentucky Project, Adam Edelen and Matt Jones, will be at the Morehead Conference Center at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9, as part of their Barnstorming Tour. [The Morehead News]

The Trump administration has reversed an Obama administration stance and will support Ohio in its bid at the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a state policy of purging people from voter-registration lists if they do not regularly cast ballots. [Reuters]

Heroin in the streets didn’t spark the vicious drug epidemic throttling Boyd County, Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods argued as he urged the fiscal court to file suit against opioid distributors. [Ashland Independent]

The 1907 episode in a seaside timber town in Washington came to be known as the Bellingham Riots. Really, though, there were no riots. There was a pogrom. [ProPublica]

Residents of Mayde Spur Road in Berea woke to a foul smelling odor early Sunday morning. The alleged culprit was an uncontrolled release of chemicals from KI (USA) Corporation, located nearby on Mayde Road. [Richmond Register]

The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration. [NY Times]

There’s no dearth of research on health disparities in Appalachia. But a newly-formed group of researchers at Virginia Tech says there is a dearth of scientific research into why these disparities exist, and how environmental factors could be contributing. [WFPL]

You can thank these backward-ass New Nazies for maybe getting you killed on a train or bus. Continuing its quest to relieve industries of regulatory burdens, the Trump administration has scrapped a proposal that would have required truck and bus drivers, and railroad engineers be tested for a disorder that could cause them to fall asleep on the job. [WaPo]

Here’s Valarie with a one-pager asking whether Kentucky’s proposed charter schools rules are tough enough. Of course not? Seriously, she needs to be fired or reassigned. [H-L]

The Department of Justice reversed its position Monday on an important case before the Supreme Court that deals with state procedures for removing people from the voter rolls. The move signals another break with Obama administration policy on voting issues and, according to critics, shows how hostile the Trump Justice Department will be to voting rights. [HuffPo]