You Can Thank McConnell For Killing Poor Kentuckians In Droves. No, That’s Not An Exaggeration. That’s Health Care Reality.

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Dewey Gorman, a 59-year-old banker who has struggled with opioid addiction, had just gotten out of the hospital in this tiny central Appalachian city when he heard the word from Washington: His fellow Kentuckian, Sen. Mitch McConnell, had delayed a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He felt torn about that. [H-L]

Following Orange Excrement Donald Trump’s latest inflammatory tweet that essentially promoted violence against journalists, top GOP lawmakers so far have responded with silence, perpetuating their pattern of doing little as the nation’s chief executive breaks more barriers in his war with the media. [HuffPo]

Can’t wait for the next terrible superintendent to take over Jefferson County Public Schools. On her last day as head of Jefferson County Public Schools, outgoing superintendent Donna Hargens wished the school system team “all the best.” [C-J/AKN]

Moscow believes its leader, ex-spy master Vladimir Putin, can extract major concessions from President Donald Trump when the two men meet for the first time next week. [TDB]

Kathy Bartlett watched helplessly this spring as Kentucky lawmakers cut back on mine safety inspections and replaced them with coaching sessions on miners’ safety habits. She knows more than most what’s at stake. [Richmond Register]

Before the 2016 presidential election, a longtime Republican opposition researcher mounted an independent campaign to obtain emails he believed were stolen from Hillary Clinton’s private server, likely by Russian hackers. In conversations with members of his circle and with others he tried to recruit to help him, the GOP operative, Peter W. Smith, implied he was working with retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, at the time a senior adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump. [WSJ]

Boyd County property owners will be expected this fall to pay an extra fee of $48 per parcel to fund the county’s financially-strapped 911 center, if a new ordinance gains final approval. [Ashland Independent]

A trove of internal documents sheds light on the algorithms that Facebook’s censors use to differentiate between hate speech and legitimate political expression. [ProPublica]

A voting precinct change in western Rowan County has resulted in an official complaint filed against the Rowan County Board of Elections. [The Morehead News]

Michael R. Bloomberg will throw his financial might into helping beleaguered American mayors, creating a $200 million philanthropic program aimed at backing inventive policies at the city level and giving mayors a stronger hand in national politics. [NY Times]

He won’t win because he’s not white and you know that’s the sad reality. Even though he’s probably one of the best people to ever run in that district. Promising to run a “campaign by the people and for the people,” state Sen. Reggie Thomas, a Lexington attorney, Saturday became the first Democrat to officially announce a challenge to Sixth District Republican U.S. Congressman Andy Barr of Lexington. [Ronnie Ellis]

The stupid is getting worse. Donald Trump stepped up his feud with the media on Sunday by tweeting a mock video of himself tackling and repeatedly striking a man with a CNN logo super-imposed in place of his head, followed by a logo saying “Fraud News Network.” [Reuters]

This will likely end up being one of the dumbest Republican moves yet. Party of personal responsibility? Not on your life. [H-L]

A top Justice Department corporate crime expert has quit, saying it’s impossible to hold suspected lawbreakers to standards that Elderly Shart Donald Trump is not meeting himself. [HuffPo]

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The Herald-Leader Repeatedly Failed Montgomery County For Years And Here’s A Perfect Reminder

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The best part about this story is that Valarie Honeycutt Spears didn’t bother to mention how all of these victims spent years reaching out to her for help. Only to be told that there was no story there, that Jake was mistaken, that there was nothing to see, move along. Welp, how bout them apples? More than four years of investigative journalism produced these results and the Herald-Leader couldn’t be bothered to mention that this isn’t new news. Partially out of bitterness toward someone doing their job for them and calling them lazy for missing the biggest education scandal in our lifetime… and partially out of trying to save face. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell is a lesser person than you thought. Capitol Police forcibly removed protesters gathered outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office on Thursday, with at least one photo showing drops of blood on the hallway floor. [HuffPo]

In recent days, American Airlines has been forced to cancel more than 40 flights in Phoenix. The reason: With daytime highs hovering around 120 degrees, it was simply too hot for some smaller jets to take off. Hotter air is thinner air, which makes it more difficult — and sometimes impossible — for planes to generate enough lift. As the global climate changes, disruptions like these are likely to become more frequent, researchers say, potentially making air travel costlier and less predictable with a greater risk of injury to travelers from increased turbulence. [NY Times]

Leave it to Matt Bevin to have a lesser understanding of the freedom of speech than the Kentucky Democratic Party. The Supreme Court reserves the highest scrutiny for content-based restrictions on speech. Blocking only those Twitter users with whom Bevin disagrees is a content-based restriction on speech. [C-J/AKN]

Taxpayers’ money “will not be used to let people travel to states who chose to discriminate,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra told the Associated Press Thursday upon adding Texas, Alabama, South Dakota, and Kentucky to the list of places where state employee travel is restricted. [The Advocate]

The battle over Indian Head Rock, the eight-ton sandstone bolder that once sat in the Ohio River between Portsmouth and South Shore, is the focus of a new independent film airing on Kentucky Educational Television. “Between the Rock and the Commonwealth,” airing at 9 p.m. July 3 on KET and 8 p.m. July 9 on KET2, details the controversial removal of Indian Head Rock from the river in 2007, and the ensuing legal battle between Ohio and Kentucky about ownership rights. [Ashland Independent]

A Homeland Security (DHS) official told a Senate panel that election systems in 21 states were targeted in Russian cyber attacks in the 2016 presidential election. [CBS News]

Sure is fascinating to see Ann Oldfather defend this criminal junta. It’s like she wants her law firm to lose all credibility. It’s one thing for her to stand up for her well-paying client but a different thing entirely to attack the taxpayers for daring suggest these shysters get their fat asses kicked to the curb for being corrupt as hell. [Business First]

The hacking of state and local election databases in 2016 was more extensive than previously reported, including at least one successful attempt to alter voter information, and the theft of thousands of voter records that contain private information like partial Social Security numbers, current and former officials tell TIME. [TIME]

Journalism isn’t a profession. It’s a calling. And a strange feeling rises in my stomach as I see my retirement approaching on Wednesday. [Richmond Register]

Donald Trump doesn’t have recordings of his conversations with then-FBI Director James Comey, according to a person familiar with the matter, capping weeks of speculation about whether such tapes exist. [Bloomberg]

Lawyers for Gov. Matt Bevin filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court on Friday seeking to dismiss a suit by labor groups challenging the constitutionality of the recently passed Kentucky right-to-work law. [Ronnie Ellis]

Dumb. Donald Trump offered an explanation Wednesday for why he has one of the wealthiest Cabinets in history. “I love all people — rich or poor — but in those particular positions, I just don’t want a poor person,” he said at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. [CNN]

Matt Bevin and the Republican Party of Kentucky (Hello, you self-hating pieces of shit!) are costing the state millions upon millions of dollars. All because they’re super-homophobic and gay-panicked. And this Woody Maglinger? You know that gurl’s on Grindr more than me. [H-L]

White House huckster Kellyanne Conway on Sunday came right out and said what so many Republicans are probably thinking ― that taking Medicaid away from able-bodied adults is no big deal, because they can go out and find jobs that provide health insurance. [HuffPo]

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Spoiler Alert: KRS Is A Damn Disaster

Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State. [WaPo]

Two US officials who were briefed on Trump’s disclosures last week confirmed to BuzzFeed News the veracity of the Washington Post report, with one noting that “it’s far worse than what has already been reported.” The official was referring to the extent of the classified intelligence information Trump disclosed to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister. [BuzzFeed]

Former Harlan County Sheriff Marvin J. Lipfird plans to plead guilty in a federal case in which he is charged with misappropriating about $25,000 while in office. [H-L]

Senate Republicans have spent the last 10 days or so promising not to tackle health care in the same hurried, irresponsible way that their House counterparts did. “We are not under any deadlines,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said last week, “so we are going to take our time.” [HuffPo]

Seems like only yesterday reporters at A Kentucky Newspaper were telling us there was nothing fishy going on at the Kentucky Retirement Systems. Within the next two weeks, Kentucky policymakers are expecting to get a clearer view of the dimensions of the state’s pension crisis. [C-J/AKN]

Another Republican scumbag. A liberal judicial advocacy group is raising the alarm over the corporate lawyer from Kentucky whom President Trump has tapped for the Cincinnati-based 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. [The Hill]

Clad in her cap and gown, Ashley Cook of Whitesburg looked out among the sea of faces Friday afternoon at Eastern Kentucky University’s Alumni Coliseum and smiled. [Richmond Register]

The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate said on Sunday that Democrats would consider refusing to vote on a new FBI director until a special prosecutor is named to investigate President Donald Trump’s potential ties to Russia. [Reuters]

A jury has convicted a former deputy jailer in Hazard for his role in violently assaulting a pre-trial detainee and willfully failing to provide necessary medical attention that led to his death. [Ashland Independent]

It’s neither false nor misleading to point out that Trump’s second nominee to lead the Army is a homophobic, transphobic bigot. [NY Times]

One of the biggest health care operators in Louisville is offloading four major hospitals and six physician group practices. [WFPL]

With one hasty and excruciatingly narrow vote, House Republicans have all but guaranteed that health care will be one of the most pivotal issues shaping the next two election cycles — including congressional, gubernatorial and state legislative races in the 2018 midterms and President Trump’s likely reelection bid in 2020. [WaPo]

Bullshit. AT&T is investing in its network in Kentucky because it’s being forced to by competitors. That’s only because Republicans (hey, Joe Burgan, Riggs Lewis, Scott Jennings!) and Democrats (Greg Stumbo) have allowed it and other telecom giants to stick it to the Commonwealth for years. [Business First]

It’s a great time to be an investigative journalist. Sure, no president has done more to demonize media than Trump. But nor has anybody done more to boost our standing than Trump. [ProPublica]

Kentucky’s tax collections rebounded in April after a disappointing March, but a budget shortfall of $100 million or more remains likely. [H-L]

The Trump administration must turn over a memo and other documents from a commission led by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani that is believed to have laid out ways to “legally” ban Muslims from entering the country, a federal judge ruled on Thursday. [HuffPo]

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Welp, The KDP Is Apparently Still Dying

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The Kentucky Democratic Party has hired a former team leader of Bernie Sanders presidential campaign as its new executive director. This ought to be fascinating to watch. [H-L]

The White House on Friday dismissed U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, a holdover from the Obama administration. [HuffPo]

The man who recently sold the house where Gov. Matt Bevin’s family is now living says the property sold at a fair market price. PEE ALERT! PEE ALERT! [C-J/AKN]

The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday asked several senior Obama administration officials, including former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, to testify publicly in the panel’s probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election. [The Hill]

Educators and community members from the around the region gathered to discuss a new educational accountability system that is still under development Thursday in the Glasgow High School auditorium. Like his predecessor, he’s spending 99% of his time promoting himself instead of doing anything at the Kentucky Department of Education. And we all know how that ended – with me sending him packing. Take heed, Pruitt, because Kentuckians like me will send you on your way if you continue to play pat-a-cake. Just like they’ve done in Louisville for a decade. [Glasgow Daily Times]

After proposing to eliminate the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) in its draft budget, the Trump administration, through the Department of Energy, has started withholding money for grants already approved by the agency. [ThinkProgress]

Greg Fischer is still full of shit. His attempt to claim criticism of Louisville’s disconnected, maybe-dumber-than-rocks police chief is a knock on the hard working men and women who make up LMPD is an insult to all Kentuckians. The chief is in no way like the rest of the department. And most of the department doesn’t look favorably toward him. But it’s fitting. Fischer has a history of covering up heinous scandals just like Steve Conrad. Though, he doesn’t have the same history of pressuring police officers just because they’re gay – as if that in any way means they have information about pedophiles. [WFPL]

Donald Trump’s lawyers argued in a Thursday court filing that protesters “have no right” to “express dissenting views” at his campaign rallies because such protests infringed on his First Amendment rights. Unfortunately for the Trump idiots, the First Amendment protects citizens from people like him – from government – from retaliation. He’s trying to retaliate against people as the sitting head of state. [Politico]

Warren County Public Schools’ employees should expect a minimum 1 percent salary increase effective July 1 after a decision from the district’s school board Thursday night. [BGDN]

Cough, cough, we’re looking at you, Adam Edelen. Racially biased people are far more likely to oppose black athletes’ protests. Last year, Colin Kaepernick, then the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, was heavily criticized for kneeling instead of standing during the national anthem. [WaPo]

Kentucky officials say they will release hundreds of inmates ahead of schedule because of dangerous overcrowding at prisons and local jails, a byproduct of the state’s struggles with a nationwide opioid epidemic. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Next week, according to sources, seven black Fox News employees plan to join a racial discrimination suit filed last month by two colleagues. [NY Magazine]

Greater emphasis on energy efficiency and on producing electricity from renewable sources would create thousands of jobs in Kentucky, reduce electricity bills and help improve the health of residents by cutting pollution, according to a report by a social-justice organization. [H-L]

Donald Trump on Friday complained that a deadline he set for himself for various policy plans was unfair. [HuffPo]

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Hate Beams Are On High In Frankfort

After a tense debate on religion, the Kentucky Senate voted 22-16 Tuesday to approve a controversial bill that aims to legally protect businesses that, because of their owners’ religious beliefs, don’t want to serve gay customers. The measure now goes to the House, where Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said Senate Bill 180 would languish. [H-L]

Donald Trump continued to beat the GOP field on Tuesday night, winning contests in Florida, North Carolina and Illinois, but dropping Ohio to John Kasich and struggling against Ted Cruz in Missouri. [HuffPo]

The Kentucky Senate passed a sweeping bill on Tuesday that opponents say would allow certain businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs. Bonus points: Whitney Westerfield got called on the carpet. Again. [C-J/AKN]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump predicted on Wednesday that there would be “riots” if he does not secure the GOP nomination, given his lead among delegates. [The Hill]

The Glasgow Police Department is almost back to being a member of the drug task force of which it was a founding member before withdrawing in 2009. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A congressional panel on Tuesday criticized the Environmental Protection Agency and Michigan officials for failing to do more to sound the alarm about high levels of lead in the city of Flint’s drinking water. [Reuters]

This week Greg Stumbo’s LRC staffers wrote a column about how he’s education’s savior and loves raising your taxes. [Floyd County Times]

The increasingly violent nature of campaign events supporting Donald Trump, the current Republican presidential front-runner, built to a crescendo Friday night as protesters in Chicago, Illinois came out in full force, prompting Trump to cancel the rally he had planned there. Trump was quick to decry the “thugs who shut down our First Amendment rights” and other figures on the right echoed that message. [ThinkProgress]

House Democrats on Tuesday showed their hand on the state budget, sending to the floor a budget that puts more money into pensions than Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposals while restoring cuts to education and creating less debt than which the governor called. [Ronnie Ellis]

Mitch McConnell spoke to Donald Trump on Tuesday and recommended that the business mogul condemn violence at his rallies. [Politico]

Can’t say this enough but Ashland is apparently focused on being a real leader in Appalachia. The Boyd County Fiscal court passed a resolution Tuesday lending its approval to a needle exchange program for one year. [Ashland Independent]

Adam Davidson of Gimlet, explains how free trade helps everyone a little bit, and also how it has directly ruined the lives millions of workers in certain sectors. [NPR]

The House budget committee approved a state budget late Tuesday that restores money Gov. Matt Bevin recommended cutting from K-12 schools, higher education, Kentucky Educational Television and a handful of state agencies, while pouring an additional $1.1 billion into struggling state pension systems. [John Cheves]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… Scientists have discovered what they believe is a pregnant Tyrannosaurus Rex — and it might even still contain dino DNA. [HuffPo]

You Probably Have a SOTU Hangover

Rand Paul’s struggling presidential campaign was dealt another setback Monday night when Fox Business Network announced that the Kentucky senator failed to meet the polling criteria to be included in this week’s primetime Republican presidential debate. [H-L]

Let’s get this straight. We spent the first several years of Barack Obama’s presidency obsessing about whether he was born in Kenya. Why? Because a large segment of the GOP electorate — spurred on by Donald Trump — splenetically asserted that Obama’s supposed foreign birth barred him from the White House. Merely to quell the rising political distemper, Obama was forced to release a long form birth certificate from Hawaii. [HuffPo]

Jeff Hoover ran his mouth and then nothing happened. He and his small circle of loud asshats are shooting themselves in the feet left and right. They had a group of progressive legislators ready to help them oust Greg Stumbo and ruined it. Getting the big head with Bevin probably wasn’t wise for Hoover. Republicans are privately outraged. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump thinks he has found Ted Cruz’s kryptonite. The Texas senator has been put on the defensive and off message since Trump began raising questions about his rival’s eligibility to serve as president. It’s an issue that resonates with GOP base voters, if few others. [The Hill]

Matt Bevin announced the appointment Friday of Adria Johnson as Commissioner of the Department for Community Based Services. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday voiced support for a legal challenge that could erode organized labor’s clout by depriving public-employee unions of millions of dollars in fees that many state laws force non-union members to pay. [Reuters]

Authorities say a man who was found dead behind a University of Kentucky apparel store had died of hypothermia brought on by cold overnight temperatures in downtown Lexington. [WHAS11]

As winter sets in around the country, thousands of the nation’s poor are struggling to keep the heat on thanks to intentional underfunding of a key federal progam(sic). [ThinkProgress]

The Center for Rural Development, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is providing tuition-free entrepreneurial and skills training opportunities for displaced coal miners in Knox, Harlan and Perry counties. [Harlan Daily Independent]

Mitch McConnell’s life mission is to do anything and everything to be a roadblock for President Barack Obama. Even if that means screwing over his constituents. Because most of them are too disconnected and scared to notice. [Politico]

A Louisville state senator has proposed requiring police departments to submit rape kits to the state testing lab within 30 days of receiving them. [WFPL]

A US-led coalition air strike has destroyed a bank used by the Islamic State group in the Iraqi city of Mosul. [BBC]

Fascinating how quickly Bam Carney tucked his tail between his legs after a little bit of public outrage. Bystanders who post pictures on social media from the scene of a wreck could face fines under a proposal before the Kentucky General Assembly. [H-L]

Solar is the energy employer of the future — or at least that’s how the numbers look today. A new report on the state of the solar industry out Tuesday from the nonprofit Solar Foundation shows that the number of jobs in the United States in the solar industry outpaced those in the oil and gas industries for the first time ever. [HuffPo]

Idiot Legislator (Bam Carney) Violates 1st Amendment, Freedom Of The Press, Etc

OH GOD. Oh god. PEE ALERT! Just when you thought Frankfort assholes couldn’t get more stupid.

From Bam Carney – HB170:

AN ACT relating to the use of electronic media.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 438 to prohibit anyone who witnesses an event that could reasonably result in serious physical injury from posting about it on electronic media for at least one hour and impose a fine for violations.

Couldn’t make this crap up if I tried.

Here’s detail from the bill:

(1) Any individual who witnesses an event that could reasonably result in a serious physical injury as defined in KRS 500.080 shall not post any informationidentifying the potential victims on the Internet or other electronic media until at least one (1) hour has passed from the moment the event was first witnessed.

(2) This section shall not apply to:
(a) The injured individual;
(b) Any member of the news media; or
(c) Any emergency responder responding to the event.
(3) Any individual who violates this section shall be fined not less than twenty dollars ($20) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100) for each offense.

HAHAHA!

These dumbasses in Frankfort wouldn’t understand the First Amendment if it hit them in their illiterate, white faces.