Homophobia Harms Kentucky’s Economy

Could adding small units on lots with houses solve Lexington’s infill woes? Hell yes. Absolutely. Make tiny houses a thing! Even if they’re just accessory dwelling units. Get with the times, Kentucky. [H-L]

When the 10 members of Donald Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission On Election Integrity met each other for the first time during a June 28 conference call, Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), the panel’s leaders, made it clear they wanted the committee’s work to be unbiased. [HuffPo]

Bigots like Matt Bevin and Jeff Hoover need to get it through their gay-panicked heads that economic disasters like this will continue to occur as long as they push homophobia as their official platform. The Omni Louisville Hotel would have hosted the two conventions that reportedly pulled out of negotiations as a result of California’s state-funded travel ban, the company’s general manager said Saturday. [C-J/AKN]

The number of opioid prescriptions written in the United States has declined in recent years, according to newly released federal data, but the number of people who have fallen victim to fatal overdoses from prescription painkillers or heroin continues to rise. [The Hill]

Facebook users searching for the City of Ashland’s page won’t be able to find it, and the account will likely remain dormant until after a public information officer is hired. [Ashland Independent]

The U.S. Department of Energy said on Friday it is helping U.S. firms defend against a hacking campaign that targeted power companies including at least one nuclear plant, saying the attacks have not impacted electricity generation or the grid. [Reuters]

As a young boy, Alan Barnett’s parents gave him a metal detector. A toy, really. It beeped on anything from gum wrappers to pennies. One day as he was walking past a baseball field near his home, he saw a man with a metal detector, digging in the ground. [Richmond Register]

As Republicans in Congress work to roll back the Affordable Care Act, they and some states are proposing major changes to the Medicaid program. Researchers say these changes would cost millions their health coverage. [ProPublica]

Kelly McKinney, 29, of Glasgow, held a megaphone on the public sidewalk in front of the Barren River Plaza shopping center midday on Thursday and chanted along with a group of area residents. [Glasgow Daily Times]

After a prolonged recovery that culminated in two years of record sales, the American auto industry is slowing down, with fewer buyers in dealer showrooms and fewer workers on the factory floor. [NY Times]

Warren County has been selected to receive $46,857 in federal funds through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. [BGDN]

Iraq’s prime minister showed up Sunday in the city of Mosul to declare victory in the nine-month battle for control of the Islamic State’s former capital in Iraq, signaling the near-end of the most grueling campaign against the extremist group to date and dealing a near-fatal blow to the survival of its self-declared caliphate. [WaPo]

The head of Duke University’s physician practice plan will take over the University of Kentucky’s sprawling billion-dollar health enterprise, officials announced Friday morning. [H-L]

The final statement from Group of 20 leaders on Saturday exposed a divide between the United States and other G20 members on the Paris accord aimed at combating climate change. [HuffPo]

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Governor Snowflake Did Another Thing

Governor Snowflake pardoned 10 Kentuckians Monday, including a Lexington mother who was accused of reckless homicide in the 2011 death of her 5-year-old son after he consumed a large amount of vinegar. [H-L]

Nearly 40 states are refusing to hand over personal voter information to a new White House commission on election fraud, which was formed last month in the wake of President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that millions voted illegally in last year’s presidential election. [HuffPo]

Western Kentucky University has a new president running the show. Dr. Timothy Caboni, who was selected to take over by WKU’s Board of Regents in January, served his first day on the job on Monday. He is the university’s 10th president and took over for Gary A. Ransdell, who served as WKU’s president for 20 years. [C-J/AKN]

The Trump administration will soon begin a review that will question the veracity of the climate change science used by President Barack Obama’s administration as the basis for environmental regulations. [Reuters]

A sad fate awaits three former railroad bridges just south of Grayson. CR-1111A is the official designation for the county-owned right of way that once hosted the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway through central Carter County. [Ashland Independent]

Dmitri “David” Zaikin made Russian energy deals with powerful officials, advised Eastern European parties drifting toward Russia, brokered condos at Toronto’s Trump Tower, and teamed up with the guy who hired Michael Flynn. [ProPublica]

When Maj. Gen. William “Bull” Nelson took command of Union troops at Richmond in 1862, he had a commission signed by President Abraham Lincoln. That document was recently acquired by the Battle of Richmond Association, which has it on permanent display at the county’s Battle of Richmond Visitors Center. [Richmond Register]

Officials at Auschwitz have criticised a US congressman for making and voicing a video inside a gas chamber at the former Nazi death camp. The memorial and museum tweeted that the gas chamber was “not a stage” but was a place for mournful silence. [BBC]

After three inches of rain fell in less than three hours on Friday, June 23, the Rowan County Road Department found themselves in a tough situation. Road foreman Paul Brown said nearly 30 roads in the county have been impacted by the heavy rain. That’s about 10 percent of the county’s nearly 320 roadways that cover about 750 miles. [The Morehead News]

In normal times, the Fourth of July parade is a fat pitch down the middle for the grinning politician. For instance, here was Senator Joe Manchin III, a Democrat facing re-election next year in a state that President Trump won by 42 points, waving unheckled among the firefighters, beauty queens and county commissioners who streamed up Maple Avenue. [NY Times]

Glasgow’s city clerk retired in mid-December, and Mayor Dick Doty said he’s still trying to find the right match for the new twist he’s seeking for the position. State law requires a city clerk, but it sets no time limit for hiring one or a maximum time the position can be vacant. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Experts assumed Kim Jong Un had the capability to launch nuclear weapons even before last weekend’s test flight of a new missile that, on a normal, flatter trajectory, would have been capable of reaching Guam. But they don’t think he wants to fire them randomly. [WaPo]

The man who called himself “Charles Grass” and was dubbed the “Godfather of Grass” is no angel. John Robert “Johnny” Boone guarded his fields with rottweilers whose vocal chords had been surgically removed, so they could attack silently. To fend off “rippers” who might try to steal his crop, his crew set booby traps, including fishhooks hung at eye level, trip wires tied to dynamite, and live rattlesnakes tied to poles. [H-L]

President Dumpster Fire slammed North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on Twitter on Monday after the country’s latest missile test. [HuffPo]

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We Love Watching Frankfort Squirm

Guess who was paying attention! Fayette County Public Schools students who had been paying reduced meal prices will eat free in 2017-2018 under a waiver approved Monday by the school board. [H-L]

THIS is the crap Republicans like Matt Bevin and Scott Jennings are proud of. [HuffPo]

The short answer? No. Can food help reconnect a racially divided Louisville? [C-J/AKN]

If the most recent former president had ever done such a thing, Republicans would have revolted. Attacking one of the most successful and revolutionary businesses and one of the most respected media outlets on earth is treasonous. Trump on Wednesday attacked The Washington Post and its owner, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, for its coverage of him and his administration. [The Hill]

Bob Stivers and Jeff Hoover really think they’re untouchable these days and they’re apparently too stupid to realize just how risky that is. These two homophobes have no idea how much information people like me have obtained from being deep in their circles the past decade. My research file on Stivers alone is larger than the Kentucky Democratic Party’s file on all of the 2016 Republican candidates combined. I got to know their assistants, became close friends with their aides and directors, circled their political operations in their home counties, built trust with gobs of their colleagues (many of those colleagues oppose their positions of leadership), have developed a network of sources. I was there long before anyone else and took all kinds of heat from Democrats – from being accused of being a Republican (I’m an Independent) to dating Holly Harris. But you know what? I was there, putting in sweat equity to develop a realm of intelligence the KDP could never, ever envision. Yet these hucksters continue to run around like untouchable buffoons. They didn’t realize what I was doing for a decade. They’re still oblivious. And I was out in the open with it! Writing about it! Unreal. [Ronnie Ellis]

Without close family in the United States, Elly and her husband had few options for getting permission to immigrate to America from Iran. So when they won a U.S. government lottery last September for a so-called “diversity visa” allowing them to resettle in the United States, the couple was thrilled. [Reuters]

If Jeff Hoover is meddling with Transportation, you know something fishy is about to go down. Faced with declining road fund revenues and a decaying infrastructure system, House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, Wednesday appointed a task force to examine the need for roads and bridges and ways to finance them. [More Ronnie Ellis]

The government had planned to share data with researchers on patients enrolled in Medicare Advantage health plans. Then, suddenly, it didn’t. [ProPublica]

Matt Bevin is apparently too stupid to realize Bertram’s brother, Frank, also works for him. It’s not just about the wife of Bob Stivers. These people are painfully dumb. [Even More Ronnie Ellis]

Paul Manafort, who was forced out as President Trump’s campaign chairman last summer after five months of infighting and criticism about his business dealings with pro-Russian interests, disclosed Tuesday that his consulting firm had received more than $17 million over two years from a Ukrainian political party with links to the Kremlin. [NY Times]

Good. Louisville and Kentucky MUST continue to lose revenue while Republicans are legislative homophobic hatred. Hopefully entire economies will dry up to the point of no return so these backward-ass bigots like Bob Stivers and Jeff Hoover will be forced to reverse their nonsense. [WFPL]

A TIME magazine with Trump on the cover hangs in his golf clubs. So of course it’s fake. [WaPo]

Matt Bevin is the kind of guy who’d tell a homeless person starving to death to “get a damn job” and not give them a second thought. Kentucky’s Republican governor said he reluctantly supports the Senate’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act and blamed its shaky prospects for passage on “mushy moderates” who “don’t have enough spine” to pass the bill. [H-L]

Trump administration officials on Thursday announced guidelines for implementing the president’s ban on travel and immigration from six majority-Muslim countries, which the Supreme Court decided to partially reinstate this week. [HuffPo]

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Thank Repubs For Killing Health Care

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear sued Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday for the fourth time, claiming the Republican governor did not have the authority to dissolve and reorganize several state education boards to which Bevin appoints members. [H-L]

White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s first on-camera press briefing in over a week was full of non-answers and promises to “touch base” with President Donald Trump at a later date. [HuffPo]

Spoiler alert for Governor Dingus: hell doesn’t exist. If it did, most people with a brain would push to send him there. Not just because he’s painfully stupid but because he’s a hypocritical bigot. [C-J/AKN]

Several Senate Republicans are criticizing their own party for negotiating and writing an ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill largely behind closed doors and without input from Democrats. [The Hill]

The old saying goes “It takes a village.” For Habitat for Humanity in Madison and Clark Counties, they saying is spot on. The volunteers, board members and homeowners alike have become the heartbeat of the organization that has continued to grow since the counties merged in 2007. [Richmond Register]

U.S. Democrats took to the Senate floor on Monday to throw a spotlight on behind-the-scenes efforts by the Republican majority to repeal former President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, known as Obamacare. [Reuters]

Attorney General Andy Beshear is again suing Gov. Matt Bevin, challenging the governor’s “unprecedented” use of executive orders to abolish and re-establish state boards. [Ronnie Ellis]

Ford Motor said on Tuesday that it would build its next-generation small car for American consumers in China rather than Mexico, where the automaker canceled plans for a new factory this year. [NY Times]

The Cave City City Council only had three items of business listed on the agenda for its special-called meeting Monday afternoon. One of those items was to consider the adoption of an ordinance regarding the city’s 2017-18 budget on second reading, but before the ordinance could be adopted Councilman Steve Pedigo questioned whether or not it was legal or illegal for the city to suspend its monthly contribution to the Glasgow-Barren County Industrial Development Economic Authority. [Glasgow Daily Times]

In Washington, the need to spin is strong. Which is why it’s so amazing that Senate Republicans aren’t even trying to spin their secret health-care negotiations as anything but: Yeah, this isn’t good. [WaPo]

This ought to melt your brain a little. “I am an eagle from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet,” said Rocky Adkins, Kentucky House of Representatives Minority Floor Leader. [The Morehead News]

Everything happened so fast as I walked out of the doctor’s exam room. I was tucking in my shirt and wondering if I’d asked all my questions about my injured shoulder when one of the doctor’s assistants handed me two small boxes of pills. [ProPublica]

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is pledging to fight a proposed reorganization and restructuring by Gov. Matt Bevin of nearly 40 medical and professional oversight boards, which control the licensing of more than 100,000 professionals in Kentucky and investigate complaints against them. [H-L]

Senate Republicans apparently have decided the way to improve that “mean” House bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act is to make it even meaner, at least over the long run. [HuffPo]

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Johnny Bell Hypocrisy Beams On High!

Check this out and pitch in if you can. If you’ve ever gotten something out of this, now’s the time to throw in. [Page One]

Here’s Matt Bevin wasting your taxpayer dollars again. Leave it to halfwit Republicans to create a redundant, politically-motivated system. [H-L]

A gunman opened fire on a congressional baseball practice in Virginia on Wednesday morning, wounding at least five people, including Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), a Republican staffer and a pair of Capitol Hill police officers. The shooter was reportedly killed during the incident. [HuffPo]

Rick Pitino is just gross and needs to go away. He and the rest of the University of Louisville are circling the toilet bowl. [C-J/AKN]

A wealthy Republican donor and fundraiser has been selected as ambassador to Canada. [Toronto Star]

Kelly Craft, a prominent Republican fundraiser, wife of coal company owner Joe Craft and former Glasgow resident, is President Donald Trump’s choice for the next ambassador to Canada. [Ronnie Ellis]

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) was joking with Rep. Trent Kelly (R-Miss.) near third base when he heard a loud bang ring out across the baseball field Wednesday. [The Hill]

Morehead State University has been awarded a $497,305 Appalachian Regional Commission grant for the next phase of Shaping Our Appalachian Region Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics project. [Ashland Independent]

A UPS driver opened fire with a handgun inside a United Parcel Service Inc delivery center in San Francisco on Wednesday, killing three co-workers before fatally shooting himself as police closed in, authorities and company officials said. [Reuters]

Greg Stumbo and Jody Richards ought to be dragged through the streets and publicly shamed for their Johnny Bell bullshit. Those two enabled him and all of his havoc. For years and years. [More Ronnie Ellis]

Paul Ryan Says ‘Death Tax’ Hurts Wisconsin Small Businesses. IRS Data Shows Otherwise. [ProPublica]

The Glasgow Independent Schools Board of Education held its final meeting with GIS Interim Superintendent Larry Hammond on Monday at the district’s central office. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice. [WaPo]

The former sheriff of Harlan County pleaded guilty to stealing at least $10,000 through various means, including by writing checks to himself from a fund that was supposed to be used to finance undercover drug buys. [H-L]

North Korea has blasted “selfish” Donald Trump for pulling America out of the Paris climate agreement. [HuffPo]

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Bevin & Republicans Fear Andy Beshear

Disgraced Pikeville attorney Eric Conn spent most of Friday in Lexington working on testimony against another figure in the $550 million social security fraud case that left him facing 12 years in prison. [H-L]

Authorities believe fugitive lawyer Eric C. Conn is still in the country after escaping court-ordered supervision Friday evening and are offering a $20,000 reward for information that helps catch him. [H-L]

Former FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that the White House had lied and defamed him and the FBI by saying he had lost the faith of bureau. [HuffPo]

A federal judge has struck down key parts of the ethics code governing the Kentucky General Assembly including its provision that bans lawmakers from accepting “anything of value” from a lobbyist. [C-J/AKN]

The Trump International Hotel received about $270,000 from a lobbying campaign tied to the government of Saudi Arabia last year, according to a filing submitted to the Justice Department last week. The filing from the MSLGroup, a public relations firm, shows that the group spent about $270,000 at the Trump International Hotel while conducting lobbying efforts on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government. [TPM]

The Berea City Council heard first reading of its 2017-19 budget that includes 2-percent raises for employees and an 8-percent rise in employee health insurance costs. [Richmond Register]

Like autumn leaves, sponsored Cadillacs, Ferraris and Maseratis descend on the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York, in September for the Eric Trump Foundation golf invitational. Year after year, the formula is consistent: 18 holes of perfectly trimmed fairways with a dose of Trumpian tackiness, including Hooters waitresses and cigar spreads, followed by a clubhouse dinner, dates encouraged. The crowd leans toward real estate insiders, family friends and C-list celebrities, such as former baseball slugger Darryl Strawberry and reality housewife (and bankruptcy-fraud felon) Teresa Giudice. [Forbes]

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear is again challenging Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s “absolute power” to reorganize state boards, this time asking him to rescind orders last week reorganizing several education boards. [Ronnie Ellis]

Kentucky – specifically Louisville – racists get mad when you point out the crap their kids are saying is racist. [BuzzFeed]

Kentucky is waiting to hear if the federal Department of Homeland Security will allow the state an extension on implementing a federally compliant “REAL ID” driver’s license. [Ronnie Ellis]

This terrifies Republicans and they’ll have panic attacks over it. Even though it was really an idea Richard Nixon once had. [Fast Company]

A new program coming to Eastern Kentucky University’s campus will offer opportunities for single parents to continue their education. [The Morehead News]

Despite June being recognized globally as Pride month, Orange Hate Monkey Trump has committed to headlining the “Road to Majority” conference on Thursday, June 8. This evangelical gathering is hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a conservative organization whose chairperson Ralph Reed has previously spoken out against marriage equality. [OUT]

Remember the Aramark prison meal scandal? Those were the days. Eastern Kentucky University has decided to pay Aramark Corp. $7.6 million a year over the next five years to operate its custodial and grounds services, cutting 180 employees in those departments. [Linda Blackford]

Former FBI Director James Comey said he leaked details of an Oval Office meeting with Donald Trump to prompt an independent investigation of Russia’s possible collusion with the Trump campaign. [HuffPo]

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Another Week, Another Mess Of Matt Bevin Stupidity Because Why The Hell Not?

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OF COURSE Eric Conn is on the run. Of course that scab of a human is on the run. He’s got a history of smuggling people into the US and he has the means to leave North America undetected. [H-L]

If this doesn’t trouble you, nothing will likely trouble you. [HuffPo]

This dipshit thinks Louisville can pray away its murder problem. He’s truly dumber than you thought. [C-J/AKN]

US billionaire Michael Bloomberg has offered $15 million to UN efforts to tackle climate change after President Donald Trump announced he is pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord. “Americans are not walking away from the Paris Climate Agreement,” Michael Bloomberg said. “Just the opposite – we are forging ahead.” [Telegraph]

Kentucky’s attorney general is continuing criticism of Gov. Matt Bevin’s purchase of a mansion in suburban Louisville. [WFPL]

Because he’s dumb, old and racist – like a majority of legislators in Frankfort. Donald Trump appeared to misconstrue a statement while launching an attack on Twitter of London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the wake of the terror attacks which killed at least seven people. [CNN]

Amy McGrath, the Kentucky native and FA-18 fighter pilot who is considering a run for Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District, established an exploratory committee Thursday and said she will make a final decision on the race by July 1. [Ronnie Ellis]

Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible ties between the Trump election campaign and Russia, is expanding his probe to include a grand jury investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, three sources told Reuters. [Reuters]

Only one person spoke during a public hearing Thursday morning regarding the financing of the new Metcalfe County Government Center. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Four and a half months is not long, but President Trump has accomplished an extraordinary amount in a short time. With shocking speed, he has wreaked havoc: hobbling our core alliances, jettisoning American values and abdicating United States leadership of the world. That’s a whole lot of winning — for Russia and China. [NY Times]

Matt Bevin wants state agencies to reduce current year budgets by 1 percent by June 30, the end of the fiscal year, in response to an expected $113 million revenue shortfall. [Ronnie Ellis]

Trump does not read — except in small doses and when his own name appears prominently. Prior to the presidency, his only activities were work and golf. He does not mingle with intellectuals, cultural trend-setters or artists. It should come as no surprise — and it has not — that he is sorely lacking in sophistication, knowledge of the world, understanding of government and a rudimentary grasp of economics. [WaPo]

You have to wonder: if Republicans actually succeeded in enacting the disastrous policies they promote, would their non-wealthy supporters eventually wake up? [H-L]

Donald Trump on Saturday renewed his call for a travel ban in the wake of an incident in London that left at least 7 people dead and dozens injured. [HuffPo]

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