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State legislators enjoyed a modest investment return in their public pension fund during fiscal 2016, but the struggling funds for state and local government employees and school teachers lost money on investments despite paying a combined $171 million in fees to financial advisers. [John Cheves]

Democratic leaders found themselves in the unusual position of being on the same side as President Donald Trump on Wednesday, reaching agreement on a plan to keep the government funded and raise the debt ceiling. [HuffPo]

Surprise! Thomas Massie is human garbage. Can’t wait til his family has to suffer something tragic so we can all withhold assistance. [C-J/AKN]

Facebook Inc. said it has identified about 500 “inauthentic” accounts responsible for $100,000 in advertising spending that it believes have ties to Russia, following a review of ad buying on the site in response to intelligence-community concerns about Russian activity during the 2016 election. [WSJ]

Woo, spending money Kentucky doesn’t have! Kentucky hasn’t changed its vehicle license plates in 12 years and John Mark Hack wants to change that — and the plates themselves. [Ronnie Ellis]

Russian election hacking efforts, wider than previously known, draw little scrutiny. Russians may have come closer to tampering with the outcome in key states than previously understood. [NY Times]

Even Matt Bevin, who has promised to fix Kentucky’s public pension system problems, said he didn’t expect enthusiasm from all corners about recommended pension reforms offered by an outside consulting group. [Ronnie Ellis]

The House on Wednesday approved $7.85 billion in Hurricane Harvey disaster relief, setting up a controversial legislative maneuver in which the bill is expected to be paired in the Senate with legislation raising the debt ceiling. [The Hill]

The Boyd Fiscal Court plans to join a tidal wave of counties in Kentucky and West Virginia partnering with a Huntington-based law firm to sue mega opioid distributors facing heat amid the deadliest drug overdose crisis in U.S. history. [Ashland Independent]

Fifteen states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging President Donald Trump’s decision to end protections and benefits for young people who were brought into the United States illegally as children. [Reuters]

Lori Strother was a military wife. But her world was turned upside down when her husband took his own life. [Richmond Register]

The attorney general mischaracterized Obama-era restrictions while citing a study that actually says new computers reduce crime more than heavy weapons do. [ProPublica]

Bloated bigot Scott Jennings loves to foam at the mouth when anyone points out environmental irony re: the hurricane. But when these pigfuckers come out and push nuttery? Jennings & Co remain dangerously silent. Can’t wait til their kids are old enough to be ashamed. [H-L]

Very few Americans outright regret their votes in last year’s election. But such regrets, new data reveals, are highest among voters who may now make up the most tenuous part of the base that swept Donald Trump into office: those who supported Barack Obama in 2012. [HuffPo]

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It’s Friday. That Means It’s Acceptable To Start Drinking Fine Kentucky Bourbon At Noon.

Surprise! Matt Bevin and the Republicans have wasted more than a million dollars on their bogus pension study. [H-L]

Spoiler alert: He doesn’t actually care about working people. None of the New Republicans care. [HuffPo]

Ousted University of Louisville Foundation President James Ramsey was the nation’s highest-paid officer at a public university foundation, and that could make him liable for big IRS penalties if his pay is deemed excessive. [C-J/AKN]

Rinat Akhmetshin, the lobbyist and former Soviet army officer who met senior Trump campaign aides at a controversial meeting last year, has given evidence before a grand jury investigation, according to two people familiar with the matter. [FT]

From a town to holidays and monuments, Kentucky has more than 50 public symbols of the Confederacy. However, since the events in Charlottesville, Va., many are calling for those symbols to be removed, including historians and politicians from both parties. [Richmond Register]

Explosions at a chemical plant near Houston posed a fresh worry for storm-battered Texas on Thursday while rescuers searched block by block for survivors of Hurricane Harvey and the death toll rose to 35 people. [Reuters]

The Ashland Board of Education is considering three options regarding their 2017-2018 tax rate, and those options will be presented by finance officer Kristen Martin at a special meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Ashland Head Start gym. [Ashland Independent]

The administration continues to quietly hire political staffers — more than 1,000 so far, many of them regulating industries they previously worked for — but we’ve uncovered more identities. [ProPublica]

About 100 people, most of them African American, filled the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday as black leaders and lawmakers called on Gov. Matt Bevin to remove the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from the rotunda. [Ronnie Ellis]

Outbreaks of a deadly, sexually transmitted disease confound health officials, whose obstacles include drug shortages, uneducated doctors and gangs. [NY Times]

Really, WFPL? Claiming Bevin didn’t anticipate this impending Medicaid disaster? This is almost as bad as letting that d-bag harasser continue to work there while everyone else jumped ship. [WFPL]

After the sister of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner dropped his name in early May while pitching a real estate development to wealthy Chinese investors, one of Kushner’s lawyers quickly released a statement that he had already divested all interests in the venture known as One Journal Square. [WaPo]

Whether it’s a 30-year-old woman who has no time for doctor’s visits, or an embarrassed teen who doesn’t want to tell her parents she wants to use birth control, Nurx brings the doctor’s visit to their palms and eliminates a trip to the pharmacy. [H-L]

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday declined to support the idea of replacing former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with anti-slavery icon Harriet Tubman. [HuffPo]

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Jeff Hoover Doesn’t Have The Guts To Stand Up To Matt Bevin In A Way That Matters. Mark My Words: He Won’t.

I TOLD MATT BEVIN THERE WERE WORKERS COMP ISSUES AND HE IGNORED IT! A Frankfort man paid thousands of dollars in bribes to former state Personnel Secretary Tim Longmeyer in order to get and keep a state contract, a federal grand jury charged Wednesday. James Sullivan, 64, was indicted on one count of conspiring to bribe Longmeyer and three counts of paying bribes, according to a news release from acting U.S. Attorney Carltson S. Shier IV. [H-L]

More proof that Kentucky Republicans aren’t just stupid – they’re dangerous. They’re set to wreck the Commonwealth’s economy. And they’ll do it because Democrats don’t have the guts to fight. [H-L]

Donald Trump avoided tax reform specifics but he doesn’t have specifics. He can barely spell taxation, let alone give anyone the particulars of a non-existent plan. [HuffPo]

As Civil War statues disappear across the nation, black leaders and legislators called on Matt Bevin to remove a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis instead of flip-flopping on the issue. [C-J/AKN]

A senior State Department lawyer, Todd Buchwald, is stepping down in the coming weeks, joining scores of career civil and foreign service officers fleeing an administration that critics say has diminished the standing of U.S. diplomacy, according to friends and colleagues. [Foreign Policy]

Maybe Jeff Hoover should do something about it instead of cowering like a snowflake? Jeff Hoover told reporters Tuesday he was disappointed with Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s recent comments about teachers. [WKYT]

Defense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday sought to downplay Donald Trump’s earlier assertion that seemed to rule out a diplomatic solution to North Korea’s ongoing missile tests. [The Hill]

The Republican Party of Kentucky has blood on its hands for fighting so long against efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. [Richmond Register]

The Trump administration has blocked a rule requiring U.S. employers to report detailed pay data broken down by gender and race, echoing business groups by saying it would not have the intended effect of addressing wage gaps. [Reuters]

The city of Ashland is delaying a planned ordinance to target drug houses as it seeks more community input on combating the narcotics problem within the community. [Ashland Independent]

Before high winds and heavy rain began to lash this city overnight, Roy Joe Cox tucked into the spot under the freeway that he calls home and assessed his hurricane supplies. Four hot dogs. A bag of shrimp. A couple of cupcakes. His American Tourister rolling suitcase, fitted with a spare pair of jeans and not much else. [NY Times]

The Metcalfe Fiscal Court voted during its Aug. 22 meeting to take the compensating tax rate in setting the county 2017 property tax rates and the 2018 motor vehicle and watercraft tax rates. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A landmark drug study has opened up a potent way to lower the risk of heart attacks — beyond the now standard advice of reducing cholesterol — promising new avenues of treatment of Americans’ number one killer. [WaPo]

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has asked the Lexington Cemetery’s board to “help heal the soul of our city” by taking two controversial Confederate statues that have stood in downtown Lexington for more than 100 years. [H-L]

This guy is a perfect example of why churches should not be tax-exempt. Nothing more needs to be said. [HuffPo]

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RPK Is Trying Extra-Hard To Kill Education Right Now And Your Kids Will Pay The Price

Twenty percent of Kentucky’s 42,020 public school teachers already are eligible to retire, but for whatever professional or personal reasons, they reported for work this month when classes started. [John Cheves]

“Conservatism” is no longer a thing. It’s been hijacked by New Nazis. If you’re a Republican today? That means you. You own this shit. [HuffPo]

If Dan Johnson wants to be taken seriously, he needs to ditch his racist attorney. Then he needs to be evaluated for acquired traumatic brain injury. But mostly he needs to ditch that racist twat. [C-J/AKN]

What do Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Harland Sanders, Donald Trump Jr. and Betty White have in common? They’re all commissioned Kentucky colonels, honorary aides-de-camp to the commonwealth’s governor. They have no official duties. Nor any perks, not even a discount on mint juleps. [WSJ]

Morehead State University’s new president, Dr. Joseph “Jay” Morgan, said enrollment for the public institution looks solid for the fall. [The Morehead News]

Just a reminder that AT&T got its ass handed to it in court for attempting to thwart the expansion of Google Fiber. [TechDirt]

Prior to a work session last week, the Madison County Board of Education voted in favor of a slight tax increase during a special tax hearing. The board voted to increase the property tax rate to 62.4 cents per $100 of assessed value, which is only a 0.6 percent increase from last year’s rate of 61.8. [Richmond Register]

Donald Trump is such a shitsack that he bragged about crowd size after touching down in Houston! What the hell is wrong with you Scott Jennings motherfuckers who continue to support this buffoon? [The Hill]

After years of pretending to do the right thing, the New Nazi Republican Party of Kentucky has decided to kill Kentucky’s pension system. All of these people need to be physically dragged through the streets of Frankfort because this is a massive redistribution of wealth. The hardest working Kentuckians get the shaft while the wealthy hedge funders get a guaranteed payday. Fuck all of them. And if you ever have the chance, knee them in their fat guts. [Ashland Independent]

The police arrested two men, including a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and were seeking a third in connection with violent episodes that took place at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., this month, including the beating of an African-American man that was caught on video and widely shared on social media. [NY Times]

Attorney Danny Basil provided a written update to the Glasgow City Council on Monday outlining the understandings reached after he met with Glasgow Electric Plant Board officials and representatives on Aug. 16. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Yep, he lied about not trying to do business in Russia. While Donald Trump was running for president in late 2015 and early 2016, his company was pursuing a plan to develop a massive Trump Tower in Moscow, according to several people familiar with the proposal and new records reviewed by Trump Organization lawyers. [WaPo]

For the second year in a row, Berea College has been named the top liberal arts college in the United States. This ranking, however, is not from U.S. News and World Report, and it doesn’t look at ACT scores or the size of a school’s endowment. Instead, Washington Monthly’s 12th annual college ranking judges schools on how well they serve low-income and first-generation college students, the kinds of jobs graduates get, and how much public service they perform. [Linda Blackford]

Harvey’s floodwaters run thick with petrochemicals in some communities, the result of unbridled industry, Wild West regulations and environmental racism. [HuffPo]

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Kentucky Republicans Are Bad For You

Now’s the time – start dragging these idiot Republicans in Frankfort from office. Don’t wait until 2018. Figure out a way now. And never let them live it down. [H-L]

Suspicious ties between Donald Trump and the Russian government just keep appearing. In 2015, a Russian-born real estate broker working for the Trump Organization, Felix Sater, reportedly wrote a series of emails to Michael Cohen, Trump’s lawyer, attempting to broker a deal for a Trump Tower in Moscow. [HuffPo]

The new managers of University of Louisville Hospital are considering the politically charged question of whether to grant two local clinics an agreement the state says they need to provide abortions. [C-J/AKN]

This is some of the dumbest shit yet. These New Nazis need to be dragged from office. [The Hill]

OH GOD WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE. The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is reporting four human cases of West Nile virus infection in Kentucky residents. [Richmond Register]

Damages from Hurricane Harvey’s ravaging of Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast are estimated to be well below those from the major storms that hit New Orleans and New York in recent years, insurance executives have said. [Reuters]

Welcome to the Boyd County Detention Center. Population: zero. A week after maximum security inmates led an uprising and set hallway doors ablaze, the jail is still closed and the only sounds coming out of it are generated by repair crews. [Ashland Independent]

A pair of advocacy groups said Monday they are going to court to overturn the Trump administration’s ban on transgender troops serving in the military, in the latest legal assault on the controversial directive. [Politico]

For Sharon Sandifer-Bethea, the seemingly never ending waiting game for the ruling on her expungement has finally come to an end. [The Morehead News]

Mr. Sater presented himself as so influential in Russia that he helped arrange a 2006 trip that Mr. Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, took to Moscow. “I arranged for Ivanka to sit in Putins private chair at his desk and office in the Kremlin,” he said. [NY Times]

Ordinances regarding property tax rates for the 2017 year were recently approved by the Hart County Fiscal Court. [Glasgow Daily Times]

William “Brock” Long, newly installed as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said in an interview a few weeks ago that there was one thing that worried him most when it comes to natural disasters: “You know what’s keeping me up at night? This country has not been hit by a major hurricane since 2005.” [WaPo]

A Somerset woman who was found dead on Thursday in a church was murdered, perhaps late Tuesday or early Wednesday, according to Pulaski County coroner Clyde Strunk. [H-L]

Mexico told Donald Trump again in no uncertain terms that it will not be paying for his proposed border wall, no matter what he says — or tweets — on the matter. The country said, however, that it stands in “full solidarity” with the U.S. as Tropical Storm Harvey batters Texas ― and offered “all the help that can be provided” as “good neighbors should.” [HuffPo]

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Bevin’s About To Bungle Pension Mess

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A former administrative law judge was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for taking $600,000 in bribes during the largest fraud in the history of the Social Security program. [H-L]

In an awkward interview, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested that the president of the United States doesn’t necessarily speak for the nation in expressing American values. [HuffPo]

Remember when digital storage went missing in the Robert Felner era? Looks like it’s continued for a decade. The state attorney general’s criminal investigations department is looking into the erasure of a computer used by ousted University of Louisville President James Ramsey, the university has told the Courier-Journal. [C-J/AKN]

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has joined the ranks of Republicans criticizing Trump for pardoning former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, saying Sunday that the president created a “political wedge” with his action. [WaPo]

These are things you should pay attention to. Several roads in the City of Richmond are set to be paved this year using funds out of the city’s Municipal Aid Road Fund. The Richmond City Commission on Tuesday voted to award the paving work to the Allen Company, which submitted a bid for just under $525,000. [Richmond Register]

Months before Trump issued his Friday-night pardon of Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff, the president asked his attorney general and White House counsel whether the case could be dropped altogether, according to four administration officials familiar with the discussion. [NY Times]

Morehead State University’s new president, Dr. Joseph “Jay” Morgan, said enrollment for the public institution looks solid for the Fall. [Ashland Independent]

The Trump administration plans to sharply reduce the government’s estimate of how much each ton of carbon emissions harms the planet. It hasn’t done so yet, and that delay is slowing Trump’s effort to expand coal mining and gas pipelines. [ProPublica]

Community members had the opportunity to meet Mammoth Cave National Park’s new superintendent, Barclay Trimble, Thursday night during a reception held in his honor at the Lodge at Mammoth Cave. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Donald Trump should not have pardoned a former Arizona sheriff who was convicted of criminal contempt in a case of racial profiling, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, said on Saturday. [Reuters]

If Matt Bevin gave two shits about the pension disaster, he’d do more than run his mouth. Pretty sure no one can deny I was at the forefront of KRS coverage – remember when a book was written based on that coverage? – and his entire staff have refused to meet with any of the experts I know. He’s solely in bed with hedgefund middlemen and those are the folks in charge. [WFPL]

The White House’s Friday guidance to stop accepting transgender people into the military and to potentially oust those already serving will be difficult to implement fully, according to legal experts. [The Hill]

Students start class at the University of Kentucky on Wednesday, and for parents, that means money. Money for tuition, housing, food and books. [Linda Blackford]

As severe flooding threatened Texas residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Dumbass Donald Trump on Sunday focused on the “wonderful” response by government officials to the storm while marveling at the disaster’s scope. [HuffPo]

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Neo-Nazis Are Apparently Cowards Now

Surprise! The racists are cowards. White nationalist groups might hold a flash demonstration in Lexington to protest moving two Confederate statues from the lawn of the former Fayette County courthouse instead of a publicly announced rally, according to an organizer. [H-L]

When Avaye Armstrong got pregnant almost two years ago, she had a job waiting tables at a Buffalo Wild Wings. She enjoyed the work and it paid well on game nights. Armstrong, her daughter and her boyfriend were living with his mother at the time, not far from the restaurant. [HuffPo]

Are you effing kidding!? Just bulldoze it. Rip it up. It’s pointless to have a traffic circle there. [C-J/AKN]

The relationship between Dingust Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Mr. Trump will be able to salvage his administration after a series of summer crises. [NY Times]

Way to go, Laurel County! A man has been arrested in Laurel County after deputies say he was naked and walking around an elementary school while high on Drugs. [WKYT]

Donald Trump is still racist as all hell and Republicans like Scott Jennings still own him. They created him, they own him. [The Hill]

The Boyd County Jailer, Joe Burchett, needs to go. He is the problem. [Ashland Independent]

Analysts tracking Russian influence operations find a feedback loop between Kremlin propaganda and far-right memes. [ProPublica]

Poor Whitney Westerfield has been lied to again. He believes he’s going to have an easy time winning the Office of Attorney General. Unfortunately for him, he’s not quite as slick as he’d like to believe. [Richmond Register]

Yes, Donald Trump is absolutely running scared. He knows the press is guaranteeing neither he nor his family (or staffers) will ever have a shred of credibility. [WaPo]

It didn’t last all that long but for a minute and 42 seconds Monday the stars aligned and the world seemed in tune here. [Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump’s approval rating has hit a new low following a week in which a majority of voters believe he did more to divide the country than unite it. [Politicrow]

A Franklin Circuit Court judge on Tuesday asked attorneys for the state why Kentucky should not make medical marijuana available to patients who believe it might help them, given that “we’ve pretty much decriminalized” the drug around much of the nation and even in parts of the state. [H-L]

Donald Trump’s administration has dissolved a federal panel of scientists and other experts tasked with helping create and implement new policy based on the latest climate change research findings. [HuffPo]

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