Trump Compared Himself To Andrew Jackson

When you open your weekly address by praising one of the most notoriously deadly racists in history – referring to them as a hero – you’re kind of a monster. Especially if you compare yourself to that racist:



If you support that monster, as Kentucky Republicans do, you’re whatever is worse than being a monster.

Rand Paul Is Running From Donald Trump

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If folks cared about animal advocacy, they’d put an end to this stuff happening in their own back yard. n a tiled, windowless room at the University of Kentucky, Meagan Stetler and Toma Matott are playing with six beagles. The dogs trot around the room, wag their tails and poke Matott with wet noses as they look for the can of Cheese Whiz she holds. Though they look like pets, they are actually laboratory animals bred for research. In this case, it’s an Alzheimer’s study sponsored by a pharmaceutical company, which means UK officials say they can’t divulge any details about what’s happening to the dogs. When it’s over, the dogs will be euthanized, or sent to another facility for more testing. [Linda Blackford]

“I can tell you, speaking for myself, I own nothing in Russia,” President Trump said at a news conference last month. “I have no loans in Russia. I don’t have any deals in Russia.” But in the United States, members of the Russian elite have invested in Trump buildings. A Reuters review has found that at least 63 individuals with Russian passports or addresses have bought at least $98.4 million worth of property in seven Trump-branded luxury towers in southern Florida, according to public documents, interviews and corporate records. [HuffPo]

Rand Paul will be in Louisville on Monday but will head back to Washington D.C. prior to President Donald Trump’s political rally at Freedom Hall. [C-J/AKN]

New Republicanism is dangerous. Potty-Trained Republicans would have advocated for the protection of consumers. These new Neo-Nazi jackasses? They’re out to rob you blind. Grift, grift, grift. [WSJ]

This is utter insanity and the Richmond Register ought to apologize to its readership for publish pseudoscience. [Richmond Register]

A Tennessee woman who backs President Donald Trump credits God and the Republican health care bill — which hasn’t been voted into law — for her family’s dramatically lower insurance costs. [Rawstory]

A bill to hold Kentucky’s no-jail jailers accountable for their work passed through the legislature this week and is awaiting Gov. Matt Bevin’s approval. [WFPL]

Republicans who control legislatures in key states around the country are moving to seize power from Democratic executive officers and independent judges, enraging Democrats, who say the moves undermine the will of voters. Kentucky Republicans are advancing a bill to block the state’s attorney general, a Democrat, from filing civil lawsuits. [The Hill]

Some Metcalfe County Fiscal Court members are floating the idea of pulling out of the joint ambulance service for Metcalfe and Barren counties, depending on what other options they may have. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was removed from his post by the Trump administration last week, was overseeing an investigation into stock trades made by the president’s health secretary, according to a person familiar with the office. [ProPublica]

One of two bills that would cut election costs for Kentucky counties is poised to pass through the General Assembly. [Ashland Independent]

Trump’s unproven allegation that his predecessor wiretapped Trump Tower in New York ahead of the election blazed a new path of political disruption Friday as he dragged two foreign allies into his increasingly thin argument that he is right. [WaPo]

Republican bigots like Katie Stine are always suckling at the teat of government. Former state Sen. Katie Stine, R-Southgate, was hired this month by the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet as executive director of the Office of the State Medical Examiner, according to state personnel records. [John Cheves]

When politicians take money from megadonors, there are strings attached. But with the reclusive duo who propelled Trump into the White House, there’s a fuse. [HuffPo]

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Larry O’Bryan’s Finally Going To Prison

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Republicans like Whitney Westerfield and Bob Stivers are hypocritical assholes. But you already knew that. Their latest nonsense? It’ll infuriate you even more that these cowards don’t have the guts to say things like this in public without the protection of guards because they’d get their asses kicked.
The Republican Senate majority won’t hear a bill that would require abused or neglected children to remain enrolled in school because it doesn’t wish to get involved in the sensitive subject of home-schooling, a key senator said Wednesday. [John Cheves]

The Indianapolis Star reported that Pence used a personal email account for official Indiana business while governor ― and that the account was hacked by a low-level scammer last summer. Pence used a personal AOL account to correspond with top advisers in Indiana, at times discussing sensitive topics that included the state’s response to terror attacks and the arrests of several men on federal terror-related charges, according to emails released to the Star in response to a public records request. [HuffPo]

Lawrence J. O’Bryan, 57, was sentenced in a Lexington federal district court for convictions on three counts of bribery concerning a federally funded program, U.S. Attorney Carlton S. Shier said in a news release. 60 months and a $100,000 fine. [C-J/AKN]

Republicans looooooove this kind of faux accountability. School officials nationwide dodge accountability ratings by steering low achievers to alternative programs. In Orlando, Florida, the nation’s tenth-largest district, thousands of students who leave alternative charters run by a for-profit company aren’t counted as dropouts. [ProPublica]

This is what happens when Republicans turn corrupt – they do stupid shit that harms Kentucky. A committee chairman might have pulled the plug on his own bill Wednesday when he skipped over the measure that would alter an incentive for Kentucky’s solar industry. [WFPL]

Donald Olestra Shart Trump has given terrorist groups a propaganda victory beyond their wildest dreams. [Politico]

The state House of Representatives passed measures Thursday to provide school districts extra money for transportation costs and to teach work skills and drug prevention as part of the public schools’ curriculum. [Ronnie Ellis]

Pressure is growing on Republican leaders to support a special prosecutor to investigate contacts between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, transition team and Russian intelligence agents. [The Hill]

On Nov. 8, Samantha Burford defeated incumbent John Lackey for a seat on the Madison County School Board by 98 votes. After his defeat, Lackey filed suit claiming Burford was ineligible to be a candidate based on alleged conflicts from her work for Madison County Schools Sports Television. [Richmond Register]

Eleven U.S. states have agreed to drop a lawsuit against an Obama administration order for transgender students to use bathrooms of their choice after the measure was revoked by President Donald Trump, a court filing showed on Thursday. [Reuters]

Legislation, sponsored by Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, that would classify horses as livestock and establish consistency within Kentucky livestock statutes Thursday cleared the Senate. [Ashland Independent]

Jeff Sessions really wanted to do racism but effed up and did some perjury and treason or something instead. He’s not a good enough liar to be a part of the Trump mess. [WaPo]

Safety inspectors would visit Kentucky’s underground mines less often under a bill moving through the state House of Representatives. [H-L]

The Trump “Administration” repeatedly denied there was any contact with Russia during the campaign. It has now conceded that some of its top officials did indeed have contact with Russia during the campaign. [HuffPo]

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Is EVERYONE Knee-Deep In Russia?

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The General Assembly is getting a second chance to pass a Real ID law that would make Kentucky’s driver’s licenses comply with tougher federal security standards — and let Kentuckians keep using their licenses to board commercial airline flights and enter military bases. [John Cheves]

Yes, the man is this stupid and this racist. Donald Trump said recent threats to Jewish institutions could be intended to make “others look bad,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) told reporters Tuesday following the president’s meeting with a group of state attorneys general. [HuffPo]

Though Kentucky lawmakers are considering restricting certain patients to three-day supplies of pain-killers, some fear medical professionals will treat the new limit as an unbreakable rule despite the proposal’s many exceptions. [C-J/AKN]

CNN reported Wednesday on a senior administration official admitting that the White House intentionally misled reporters ahead of President Donald Trump‘s congressional address in order to get generate positive press coverage as part of a “misdirection play.” [Mediaite]

It took 124 years and it didn’t happen without impassioned opposition and still must clear the state House, but a plan to reallocate the state’s judges passed the state Senate Wednesday on a 23-13 vote. [Ronnie Ellis]

If you were wondering how to make the country less safe? Cutting the State Department budget by 37 percent is a good way. President Donald Trump wants the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development to cut their budgets by at least 37 percent, a source familiar with the issue confirmed Tuesday. [Politico]

Morehead State University President Dr. Wayne Andrews supports the Kentucky legislature’s movement toward performance-based funding for higher education, but there are elements of the formula he would like to change. [Ashland Independent]

The high-pitched, rambling voice on the telephone was disguised and garbled, and warned of a slaughter of Jews. The voice spoke of a bomb loaded with shrapnel and of an imminent “blood bath.” Moments later, the caller hung up. [NY Times]

After a long line of Democrats questioned whether it will endanger lives and cost the state money for road repairs, the Kentucky House of Representatives passed along party lines a bill allowing trucks to carry up to 120,000 pounds of aluminum and other commodities. [More Ronnie Ellis]

When the government really did fear a Bowling Green Massacre — from a white supremacist. The year was 2012. The place was Bowling Green, Ohio. A federal raid had uncovered what the authorities feared were the makings of a massacre. There were 18 firearms, among them two AR–15 assault rifles, an AR–10 assault rifle and a Remington Model 700 sniper rifle. There was body armor, too, and the authorities counted some 40,000 rounds of ammunition. An extremist had been arrested, and prosecutors suspected that he had been aiming to carry out a wide assortment of killings. [ProPublica]

Kentucky was one of the states that embraced the Affordable Care Act. More than 500,000 Kentuckians gained health coverage as a result of the law. About 400,000 got insurance through the expansion of the Medicaid system in the state and the rest through the implementation of Kynect, the now-dismantled state health exchange. [WFPL]

Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during Sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney general. [WaPo]

How is this bullshit still a story? And how is this the best job she can do in reporting about how Fayette County Public Schools is essentially trying to eradicate a homeless individual instead of bothering to help them? These shysters thought it was a better idea to spend nearly $90,000 instead of spending a few hours trying to help someone in need. The level of laziness and lack of compassion is unreal. [H-L]

Donald Trump on Tuesday dodged responsibility for a botched mission he ordered in Yemen last month, placing the onus on the military and Barack Obama’s administration instead. Then he used his death as a political prop. [HuffPo]

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Turns Out It’s Possible: Matt Bevin Got Even More Embarrassing

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The valley along Looney Creek in Harlan County was a wooded wilderness in 1917 when U.S. Steel, hungry for coal to make steel during World War I, bought 19,000 acres and set about creating the largest company-owned coal town in the world. [H-L]

OMG hold on to your wigs. Former President George W. Bush took President Donald Trump’s administration to task on Monday. [HuffPo]

Bratcher faced intense questioning and criticism from community members worried the bill is half-baked, stands to resegregate schools and constitutes government overreach. [C-J/AKN]

Matt Bevin isn’t just dumb – he’s as corrupt and backward as Donald Trump. He lies more than Trump, which is borderline astonishing. Errr… it would be. But this is a man with black children who pursues policies that disproportionally harm black people. [Faux Spews]

Just in case you missed Matt Bevin lying about how the Affordable Care Act has helped Kentucky. [WKYT]

It cost New York City about $24 million to provide security at Trump Tower, President Donald Trump’s skyscraper home in Manhattan, from Election Day to Inauguration Day, or $308,000 per day, New York’s police commissioner said on Wednesday. [Reuters]

Restaurants open with the intent to serve, but two restaurants in Madison County have taken the idea of service to heart and have built their business models around offering everyone a place at their tables. [Richmond Register]

No going to church, no going to the store. No doctor’s appointments for some, no school for others. No driving, period — not when a broken taillight could deliver the driver to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. [NY Times]

Because all people experiencing depression and other issues show outward signs??? An inmate who hanged himself in the Greenup County Detention Center earlier this month had shown no signs of distress, jailer Mike Worthington said Friday. [Ashland Independent]

When your mind goes so far right-wing that you can’t discern humor. This is hilarious and terrifying. [WaPo]

Revising the health care law from the previous presidential administration was the primary issue U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie was interested in discussing during one of his stops in Glasgow on Wednesday, but he also touched on political topics ranging from Russia to Mexico. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Remember when Jack Conway said this sort of thing was fine and the Kentucky media turned a blind eye? An investigation by Fox 25 in Oklahoma has confirmed that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt used a private email account to conduct official business while he was the state’s attorney general, directly contradicting what he told the Senate during his confirmation hearing. [ThinkProgress]

With the General Assembly controlled by business-friendly Republicans, electric utilities might have sensed an opportunity to ram through legislation to limit the growth of independent solar power in Kentucky. [H-L]

Jewish facilities around the nation were rocked by yet another wave of bomb threats Monday, forcing evacuations in at least 12 states. [HuffPo]

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The Republican Way: Fearing Trans Kids

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Kentucky legislators took the first step Tuesday in creating a new way of funding higher education that would funnel $1 billion to public universities and colleges based on their graduation rates and other performance measures. [Linda Blackford]

White House adviser Stephen Miller said President Donald Trump’s new travel ban will accomplish much the same thing as the old one. [HuffPo]

Yet more proof that the Republican Party of Kentucky is living in the dark ages. Be thankful that the current generation of leadership in Frankfort is old enough to die of natural causes within two decades. Their wrongs can be righted. If that sounds extreme? You’re probably someone who is cool with coal slurry flooding the water table. [C-J/AKN]

The Trump Disaster withdrew Title IX guidelines that protected transgender students. So, Republicans, you can get fucked if you think you’re going to flit around branding yourselves as supporting equality of any sort. If you support or normalize these people in Washington, you’re part of the problem. [BuzzFeed]

Poor Candy Barr got his ass handed to him by constituents when he couldn’t be anything but an awful wretch on the health care front. People in Mt. Sterling know it’s not about partisanship – it’s about human rights. Opponents flooded a town hall event held by U.S. Rep. Andy Barr in Mt. Sterling early Wednesday morning. The group booed, shouted down and at times hissed at Kentucky’s 6th district congressman over his stances on cutting corporate taxes, repealing the Affordable Care Act and scaling back the Environmental Protection Agency. [WFPL]

The White House has pushed back the release of a new executive order to replace its directive suspending travel to the United States by citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries, a White House official said on Wednesday. [Reuters]

Maybe those watching as U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell confronted protesters from across Kentucky at a scheduled stop here Tuesday expected confrontation. [Ronnie Ellis]

President Trump on Wednesday rescinded protections for transgender students that had allowed them to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity, overruling his own education secretary and placing his administration firmly in the middle of the culture wars that many Republicans have tried to leave behind. [NY Times]

The Ashland Board of Zoning Adjustment nixed a proposal by a local doctor to turn the old Ashland Junior College building on Central Avenue into a drug rehabilitation and detox center. [Ashland Independent]

The Trump administration in its first month has largely benched the State Department from its long-standing role as the pre­eminent voice of U.S. foreign policy, curtailing public engagement and official travel and relegating Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to a mostly offstage role. [WaPo]

Barren County Fiscal Court unanimously passed the first of two readings of an ordinance to make some revisions, mostly clarifications, to the original ordinance passed late last year to establish a taxing district through which revenue would be collected. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The racist history of incarceration that Donald Trump is threatening to repeat. The internment of American citizens during World War II cannot remain a historical footnote. [ThinkProgress]

Andy Barr was laughed at, booed, interrupted, scolded and, a few times, praised by constituents who packed inside the Montgomery County Courthouse Annex early Wednesday morning. [H-L]

A CNN segment turned tense Tuesday night when the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect’s executive director verbally sparred with Kayleigh McEnany, the network’s in-house surrogate for President Donald Trump. [HuffPo]

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