Mitch McConnell Is A Delicate Snowflake

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A survey of 127 public and private Kentucky high school students who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer concluded that the climate in Kentucky schools remained hostile toward them, an education group said. Eighty-four percent of students surveyed were from public schools. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell (R-Pussy) wouldn’t let Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) read Coretta Scott King’s blistering takedown of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Closet Case) on the Senate floor on Tuesday night. But there’s no reason you can’t. [HuffPo]

This kind of thing happens when you have a less than competent superintendent and a wet blanket board of education filled with people like David Jones and Stephanie Horne. For years, a former Layne Elementary teacher created an “atmosphere of despair” in her classroom, a state tribunal found when it upheld her firing. But Jefferson County Public Schools has never formally disciplined anyone for not appropriately monitoring Jodi Anderson — even though the tribunal specifically cited lack of supervision as a shortcoming. [C-J/AKN]

Turns out Mitch McConnell is the real whiny ass titty baby snowflake. The Senate voted to bar Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) from speaking on the floor Tuesday night, after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said her blistering comments about fellow Sen. Jeff Sessions, President Trump’s pick for attorney general, broke Senate rules. [The Hill]

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) recently awarded a $1.29 million grant to the KY-WV Regional Drone Technology Workforce Project, a joint effort between Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College (SWVCTC). [The Morehead News]

Donald Trump’s order temporarily banning U.S. entry to people from seven Muslim-majority countries came under intense scrutiny on Tuesday from a federal appeals court that questioned whether the ban unfairly targeted people over their religion. [Reuters]

Karen Sypher is out of federal prison, and is now in a halfway house. [WDRB]

What was that, again, about the Trumps not being grifting kleptocrats? In a lawsuit filed today, First Lady Melania Trump revealed her intention to leverage the presidency to ink new “licensing, branding, and endorsement” deals worth many millions of dollars. In the filing, Melania Trump’s lawyer described the position of First Lady as a “once-in-a-lifetime” money making opportunity. She told the court she intended to pursue deals in “apparel, accessories, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, hair care, skin care, and fragrance.” [ThinkProgress]

The first round of Barren County government budget discussions for the 2018 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2017, focused only on the jail, where the only really significant revision desired by management is with employee salaries. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Silver lining? Since the day Donald J. Trump began his presidential campaign, there were questions about how the Trump brand would be affected. Would his stream of insults hurt viewership of “The Apprentice” or sales of Ivanka Trump shoes? Or was all the attention good for business, a marketing adage President Trump could have learned during his time as a reality television star. The answer may surprise him. [NY Times]

A resolution declaring that JCPS become a Safe Haven school district was passed by the school board on Tuesday. Meanwhile, most other agencies in Kentucky are too cowardly to stand up against discrimination like this. [WAVE3]

Refugees are already vigorously vetted. She knows because she vets them. [WaPo]

The Lexington council will vote soon on a resolution opposing the passage of a Kentucky Senate bill that would allow anyone but convicted felons to carry a concealed weapon without a license. [H-L]

Unsurprisingly, Trump’s volatile behavior has created an environment ripe for leaks from his executive agencies and even within his White House. And while leaks typically involve staffers sabotaging each other to improve their own standing or trying to scuttle policy ideas they find genuinely problematic, Trump’s 2-week-old administration has a third category: leaks from White House and agency officials alarmed by the president’s conduct. “I’ve been in this town for 26 years. I have never seen anything like this,” said Eliot Cohen, a senior State Department official under President George W. Bush and a member of his National Security Council. “I genuinely do not think this is a mentally healthy president.” [HuffPo]

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Hal Heiner: Your New Educational Poison

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Wondering what kind of garbage Hal Heiner is pushing on the educational front? Here’s a taste. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell (R-Granny) denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday, distancing himself from President Donald Trump’s more equivocal view of the foreign leader. Then he said he doesn’t want to critique the president… as he critiqued and obstructed the former president for eight years. [HuffPo]

Wondering how to scare the bejeebers out of racist mouth-breathers? With a headline like this: JCPS could become immigrant safe haven. [C-J/AKN]

U.S. Judge James Robart emerged from relative obscurity on Saturday as the first justice to come under fire from the president since he took office after his temporary order to lift Donald Trump’s immigration ban. [Reuters]

Topics flurried around the table at the [Richmond] Planning and Zoning Commission’s specially called meeting to discuss the Comprehensive Plan revision Thursday night. [Richmond Register]

Trump’s threats to disrupt trade with Mexico aren’t just worrying people south of the border. Each time Trump attacks the North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA, the executives at a 130 year-old railroad company in Kansas City, Mo., hold their breath. Like a lot of U.S. companies, cross-border trade accounts for a lot of Kansas City Southern’s business. [NPR]

This seems like it’s either pointless or rooted in typical rural Kentuckian racism. During the past decade, zero refugees have resided in northeastern Kentucky from the seven countries on which President Donald Trump recently placed a temporary immigration ban. [Ashland Independent]

The Trump White House appears to have backed off for now on its consideration of reopening overseas “black site” prisons, where the C.I.A. once tortured terrorism suspects, after a leaked draft executive order prompted bipartisan pushback from Congress and cabinet officials. [NY Times]

Concerned citizens and environmental groups are still awaiting a decision from federal regulators about a plan to repurpose the Tennessee Gas pipeline through Rowan County. [The Morehead News]

Just in case you’re still wondering who is really in charge of the White House… [WaPo]

Two elementary schools in the Bowling Green Independent Schools will benefit from a $250,000 Active Trails Grant recently awarded to Mammoth Cave National Park by the National Park Foundation. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The $3 pill known as BiDil was already a difficult sell when a Georgia-based pharmaceutical company bought the marketing rights a few years ago. A treatment for African Americans suffering from heart failure, BiDil had never really caught on, forcing the drug company that developed it to take a buyout offer. One strike against the drug was a 2009 study that raised questions about its safety and effectiveness. [ProPublica]

Morgan owns four liquor stores and a boat docked at Lee’s Ford Marina in Lake Cumberland. He has filed six bills intended to help himself as the owner of a liquor store. He’s also filed one bill that would repeal a state law that lets marinas enforce a lien on a boat. Why? Because he owes Lee’s Ford nearly $28,000 and they have a lien on his boat. [Rita Smart]

Republican members of Congress have made repealing the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, a top priority. [HuffPo]

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How Quickly Mitch McConnell Forgets About (Ignores) Environmental Disasters

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Here comes elderly old queen, Mitch McConnell, fighting to allow coal pollution into your streams. Another Martin County disaster in 3, 2… [H-L]

Trump accidentally proved why Black History Month is necessary. [HuffPo]

Suck on that, Republican Party of Kentucky and Matt Bevin. A federal appeals court has ruled Kentucky must pay relatives who serve as foster parents in the same manner it pays adults who are licensed as foster parents and paid a daily rate. [C-J/AKN]

Under the circumstances, it would be nice to think that Trump is capable — at least in principle — of responding in a calm, well-informed, and effective manner. But based on the evidence available in front of us, it’s extremely difficult to be confident that he is. [Vox]

The average cost of a gunshot victim’s emergency room or hospital stay in Kentucky was $10,000 in 2014. That’s according to a report out from the Urban Institute. [WFPL]

On Tuesday, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, would lead a Trump administration task force charged with deregulating American higher education. [NY Times & CHE]

Smoking causes an estimated $1.92 billion in annual health costs in Kentucky, but the state is spending about $2.4 million on programs to prevent kids from smoking and helping smokers quit, according to a new report. [Richmond Register]

A leaked copy of a draft executive order titled “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom,” obtained by The Investigative Fund and The Nation, reveals sweeping plans by the Trump administration to legalize discrimination. [The Nation]

Half of the lights were turned off in Daren Johnson’s classroom at the Barren County Area Technology Center on Friday, and his students were typing diligently on their respective computers. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Trump administration wants to revamp and rename a U.S. government program designed to counter all violent ideologies so that it focuses solely on Islamist extremism, five people briefed on the matter told Reuters. [Reuters]

Build Ashland Community Clean Project volunteers endured the frigid temperatures Saturday morning to clean up litter. [Ashland Independent]

First, reflect on the cruelty of President Trump’s decision on Friday to indefinitely suspend the resettlement of Syrian refugees and temporarily ban people from seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the United States. It took just hours to begin witnessing the injury and suffering this ban inflicts on families that had every reason to believe they had outrun carnage and despotism in their homelands to arrive in a singularly hopeful nation. [NY Times]

Killing Kentucky. The U.S. Congress voted to void President Barack Obama’s rule on mining debris. [H-L]

Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) pushed forward two of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks Wednesday morning, advancing their nominations despite a Democratic boycott. [HuffPo]

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Louisville Showed Up To Protest The New Republican Racism (Or Fascism, If You’re Being Technical)

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The city of Lexington is not a sanctuary city for those in the country illegally, Lexington city officials said Monday. [H-L]

Former President Barack Obama released a statement on Monday expressing solidarity with those protesting his successor’s ban on travelers and refugees entering the United States from certain Muslim-majority countries. [HuffPo]

In front of overflowing and cheering crowds that packed by the thousands into the Muhammad Ali Center amphitheater Monday night, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Monday blasted President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on refugees and immigrants from seven nations. Be sure to check out all the photos Chris took, as well. [C-J/AKN]

National security experts and media figures denounced President Donald Trump’s “dangerous” decision to give his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, a prominent role on the National Security Council. Bannon is an extremist anti-Semite who formerly ran the white nationalist “alt-right” website Breitbart. [Media Matters]

$528,000 is inconsequential? It wasn’t inconsequential when Greg Fischer shuttered half of Louisville’s WIC clinics because he couldn’t come up with $500K-$800K. Funny how that works. [WFPL]

This will probably remind a lot of people of a certain former school superintendent. [NY Daily News]

After calming down toward the end of 2016, officials have seen a dramatic uptick in drug overdoses to start the new year. [Richmond Register]

More than 17,000 students are in legal limbo because of Donald Trump’s bigoted and backward executive order – mostly in STEM fields. [FiveThirtyEight]

The Ashland Board of City Commissioners on Thursday named five members to the city ethics commission, which had been vacant since 2011. [Ashland Independent]

Donald Trump is dumber than you thought. Sure, that’s saying a lot. But he’s the dumbest president of the modern era. George W. Bush is a genius in comparison. [NY Times]

Despite one of the wettest Januarys in recent memory, the new Rowan County Detention Center is still close to on schedule. [The Morehead News]

Donald Trump never had a plan to fight ISIS. None of his people ever had a real plan. [WaPo]

Memories are fading of illustrious faculty and alumni of Lexington’s all-black Dunbar High School, which closed 50 years ago as the Fayette County Public Schools were desegregated in 1967. [H-L]

If you haven’t read that insane press release, you’re missing out. After more than a decade on the White House press list and every other government list you can imagine, I can say that it’s the craziest thing I’ve ever read. Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Monday night, hours after she said the Justice Department would not defend Trump’s executive order on immigration. [HuffPo]

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Bevin-Beshear Slap Fight Getting Fun

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A Lexington consultant and longtime Democratic Party insider pleaded guilty Wednesday in a federal corruption case that had snared a top state official earlier, admitting he paid kickbacks totaling more than $800,000 to get work for his company. [H-L]

Donald Trump, furthering his lie Wednesday that he lost the election’s popular vote because millions cast ballots illegally, attacked the author of a study that failed to support fraud claims as “groveling.” [HuffPo]

Former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer’s girlfriend has dropped her legal appeal and paid a $5,000 fine for a violation of state government’s ethics code that alleged she filed false time sheets in a state job where she did little or no work. [C-J/AKN]

This should startle you. The Trump administration is preparing executive orders that would clear the way to drastically reduce the United States’ role in the United Nations and other international organizations, as well as begin a process to review and potentially abrogate certain forms of multilateral treaties, officials said. [NY Times]

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Trump had just returned to the White House on Saturday from his final inauguration event, a tranquil interfaith prayer service, when the flashes of anger began to build. [WaPo]

If you missed the latest hot garbage from Scott Jennings, you’ll want to get on it ASAP. Think about how fun it’ll be to watch him wring his hands in embarrassment as the rest of this Trump mess plays out. [Page One]

Read leaked drafts of 4 White House executive orders on Muslim ban, end to DREAMer program, and more. Apparent Trump administration drafts suggest a harsh crackdown on immigrants. [Vox]

A $20,800 grant from the WHAS Crusade for Children has allowed Bon Secours Kentucky Health System to launch the OLBH Whole Child Project. [Ashland Independent]

The Netherlands is seeking to set up an overseas abortion fund to counteract Donald Trump’s recent ban against funding international groups which give women information about terminations. [The Independent]

A panel of experts sought to quell fears and answer questions regarding the Madison County Health Department’s proposed syringe-exchange program Tuesday night during a community forum held at Eastern Kentucky University’s Whitlock Building. [Richmond Register]

California released new measures to fight climate change within minutes of Donald Trump being sworn in as U.S. president on Friday, signaling the state’s commitment to be the nation’s environmental steward under an administration that has questioned the reality of global warming. [Reuters]

What, you needed more evidence that Matt Bevin is a giant pussy whose religion is one of perverse politics and he tries to shove it down your throat with your taxpayer dollars? Matt Bevin claimed Wednesday that Attorney General Andy Beshear has broken his promise to defend House Bill 2, a law approved earlier this month that requires doctors to present the results of an ultrasound to women before they get an abortion. [H-L]

One of President Donald Trump’s first major executive actions on immigration policy is facing massive political blowback and will almost certainly crash and burn under the Constitution once courts begin to scrutinize the fine print. [HuffPo]

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Surprise! Jennings Is Full Of Shit Again

Okay, so it’s not a surprise to anyone. Hot garbage is never a surprise.

Republican Scott Jennings, of pleading the Fifth infamy (to get out of his very real email scandal, unlike the nonsensical Clinton shenanigans he loves to hype – here, here & here), is promoting and justifying a racist bigot again.

While I’m reluctant to link to his garbage, you can’t not read it:

President Donald Trump is already making good on the promise of a new presidency. His inaugural address—derided as divisive by a mainstream media that still doesn’t get it—was a forceful call for national unity and patriotism, wrapped in the idea that a policy of America First is required after a period of globalization that benefited the world’s elites at the expense of America’s working people.

Some have criticized the way President Trump has taken office. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called Trump’s cabinet “a disaster,” and others have attacked Trump’s senior staff for one reason or another. Dozens of Democratic congressmen boycotted Trump’s inaugural, and one said Trump is not a “legitimate” president.

The mindlessly partisan criticism of Trump reminds us that some politicians remain conformists to the old politics that paralyzed our nation and led to November’s election results. Even Trump’s mention of serious American problems—shuttered factories, drugs, gangs—drew criticism from elites who couldn’t believe he had the audacity to inject realism into his address. Barack Obama spent eight years formulating soaring rhetoric that, while lacking realistic underpinnings, thrilled the Beltway elites. Donald Trump’s audience, rather, is middle America, and they understand very clearly his inaugural message.

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Those who root for the Trump Administration’s failure have not learned the lesson of this election—that Americans are tired of being divided into niche special interest groups, pitted against one another and force-fed the idea that one person’s success must have come at the expense of another.

Indeed, this attitude will be wiped away by President Trump and the Republican Congressional leadership. Redistribution of wealth is no longer the goal, but rather growth of the American economy that benefits all American workers.

Scott Jennings isn’t mentally disabled. He’s just a Mike Huckabee-wannabee who feels empowered when he revises history all 1984-style – just like Sean Spicer and Donald Trump. Translated, I mean he’s a bigot pushing out Bolshevik bullshit. If you defend and promote bigotry while attempting to normalize this nonsense? You’re a bigot.

But that’s likely his intent. To further normalize bigotry. People like Jennings are more interested in power than leading and doing the right thing. So this praise of an authoritarian narcissist helps his tiny… ego… feel better. It’s just slightly shocking to see someone risk the reputation of their business and its clients in such a manner.

After more than a year of campaigning that focused on demonizing people of color, immigrants, women, gay people and pushing fear on poor, uneducated white people? Jennings is trying to turn the tables by blaming victims. It’s the same kind of thing victims of domestic violence encounter with regularity.

How could anyone sane watch the inaugural address Trump gave and walk away thinking it was a gem, as Jennings apparently did? You couldn’t. At least not without being as dumb as Richie Farmer. It was filled with disinformation and hate. It called upon reinvigorating the “America First” nonsense from 70 years ago that involved literal Nazism. It was a doom and gloom, racist tirade about how scary black guys, Mexicans and Muslims are raping and pillaging their way through white communities and stealing our precious, unborn babies or whatever. And Jennings is claiming it’s “mindlessly partisan” to call that out as the horse shit it is.

All I know is I can’t wait to watch this whiny ass titty baby have to apologize and take responsibility for this administration as the next year or so plays out. He’s too thick to realize that’s what’s about to happen. So we can all just sit here getting our popcorn ready. Schadenfreude is on its way.

P.S. This could all be about money for Jennings. Yes, that’s pretty gross. But his PAC has benefitted handsomely from Trump through the years.

Kentuckians Are Ignorant, Not Divided

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The threats started on Sept. 7, exactly one day after a grand jury indicted her alleged rapist. [H-L]

Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, told reporters last week that a government ethics official who had criticized President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to deal with his potential conflicts of interest refused to meet with him. [HuffPo]

Way to go, Kentucky, for hating your waterways and the health of your environment and your citizenry. You can thank your ignorant governor. Kentucky’s environmental protection cabinet on Wednesday announced that it had joined other states in suing to overturn an Obama administration rule aimed at protecting streams from mining activities. [C-J/AKN]

Russia’s top diplomat on Tuesday said Moscow was looking forward to cooperating with the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump in the war on terrorism and bringing peace to Syria, and took a shot at the Obama administration for what he called “double standards.” [WaPo]

Don’t miss Scott Jennings’ latest rant about President Barack Obama. It’s laced with transphobia, borderline racism and filled with deliberate misinformation. Pay attention to this Mike Huckabee-wannabe because he’s the current brain trust of the Republican Party of Kentucky and it’s gonna get hilarious, to say the least. [Page One]

In one of his final acts in office, President Barack Obama granted clemency to 209 federal prisoners on Tuesday, almost all of whom were convicted of drug crimes. [HuffPo]

The WKU Board of Regents has selected Dr. Timothy Caboni, vice chancellor for public affairs at the University of Kansas, as the preferred candidate to be the 10th president of Western Kentucky University. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The hedge funds and insurance companies that want financially strapped Puerto Rico to pay them back in full may have found a new ally: Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski. [ProPublica]

Kentuckians aren’t deeply divided over the ACA, they’re deeply ignorant. When half the people don’t realize the ACA and “Obamacare” are the same thing? That’s the problem. [Ronnie Ellis]

From the Department of Things Scott Jennings Is Too Pent Up To Comprehend… President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that former military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning had served a tough prison term and his decision to commute her 35-year sentence to about seven years served would not signal leniency toward leakers of U.S. government secrets. [Reuters]

This should come as a surprise to absolutely no one because it’s not exactly a secret. Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet has finalized a controversial plan to let the state’s utilities virtually self-regulate the storing of hazardous coal ash near power plants. [WFPL]

News anchor Ben Swann aired a six-minute “investigation” into Pizzagate in America’s ninth-largest TV market on Tuesday night. Remember when this buttcramp was in Cincinnasti? [TDB]

Mitch McConnell meets ordinary folks as he grocery shops in Louisville’s Highlands neighborhood. They talk to him about their disdain for Obamacare. So how does he tell them things will get better? [H-L]

Tom Price (R-Ga.), President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services, admitted on Wednesday that he decided to buy stock in an Australian biotech firm after receiving information from Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), a board member of that company. [HuffPo]

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