Kentucky Republicans Getting Hit With Reality

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Trump’s first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to anti-poverty programs that would give states new power to limit a range of benefits, people familiar with the planning said, despite growing unease in Congress about cutting the safety net. [WaPo]

Kentucky’s public pension debt just got a few billion dollars bigger. On Thursday, the Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees approved more pessimistic assumptions about the investment returns for state pension funds and the growth of state government payroll. The board debated but delayed voting on a similarly stark set of assumptions for local governments and their pensions. [John Cheves]

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is so far refusing to cooperate with the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has issued a subpoena for documents related to his interactions with Russian officials. [HuffPo]

The Louisville Arena Authority and the University of Louisville’s athletics department have regularly failed to meet deadlines on their annual payments under the Yum Center’s lease agreement. [C-J/AKN]

It looks like President Donald J Trump has finally lived up to everyone’s expectations. [The Guardian]

Just a reminder that Terry Holliday’s replacement, Stephen Pruitt, is as ineffective and self-absorbed as his predecessor. He’s traveling the state nearly every day to promote himself, pose for newspaper photo ops and to discuss “accountability” – which he absolutely cannot make a thing. If Matt Bevin wasn’t a worthless piece of dumb, he would have figured out a way to oust this shyster a long time ago. [The Morehead News]

A new account of what the Trump transition team knew about Michael Flynn’s problematic work for Turkey—and when it knew it—paints an even more baffling picture of Trump’s decision to install Flynn as national security adviser. The new details reported by The New York Times also further call into question claims by the White House and the vice president that they were unaware of Flynn’s work for Turkey until after he had left the administration. [TPM]

Ever wondered how you could tell Mike Harmon isn’t worth the air he’s breathing? He couldn’t find a problem with the KFC Grease Bucket in Louisville. Jim King and Jim Host have both been butthole deep in it and he couldn’t find a hair outta place. Hahahahahha. [Ronnie Ellis]

Media law experts and journalism advocates are sounding the alarm about President Donald Trump’s reported call to jail journalists for publishing classified information, saying the move amounts to “threatening to take away the right of free speech.” [MMFA]

This is what’s called press release journalism. Matt Bevin issued an executive order Wednesday to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Commonwealth’s emergency response system by reorganizing the Kentucky 911 Services Board. [Ashland Independent]

Investigators into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential elections are now also probing whether White House officials have engaged in a cover-up, according to members of Congress who were briefed Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. [McClatchy]

Remember this embarrassing racist? We’ve covered his bigoted ass extensively. A former Barren County judge-executive and lumber company businessman, David A. Dickerson, has been chosen by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to be a member of the newly formed state board to oversee 911 services. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo that Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting. [NY Times]

Gag a maggot. A former coal mining executive jailed for conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards has asked Donald Trump on Tuesday to resist attempts in Congress to enhance criminal penalties for coal executives who violate mine safety and health standards. Don Blankenship, who recently was freed from federal prison, also asked the president in a letter to re-examine a federal investigation into the nation’s worst coal mining disaster in four decades. [H-L]

The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe is reaching into the highest levels of government, according to people familiar with the matter. [WaPo]

Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, vetoed a plan to attack the so-called Islamic State’s capital of Raqqa in Syria in January ― a position that aligned with the desires of Turkey, which had paid him $530,000 to represent its interests, McClatchy reported Wednesday night. [HuffPo]

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Republicans Making Opioid Mess Worse

Attorney General Andy Beshear is exploring whether he has the authority to investigate details surrounding the purchase of a Jefferson County house where Gov. Matt Bevin’s family now lives. [H-L]

The Justice Department has appointed Robert S. Mueller III, the former F.B.I. director, to serve as a special counsel to oversee its investigation into Russian meddling in the election, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein announced on Wednesday. [NY Times]

When Alice Lloyd made her way by horse and buggy to the mountains of Eastern Kentucky a century ago, doctors had said the sickly New Englander had little time to live. She was looking for a place with a warmer climate that might ease her health problems. Instead, she found her life’s purpose. [More H-L]

In a sweeping foreign policy address on Sunday, Chinese President Xi Jinping promised to invest in clean energy, build scientific coalitions, and support other countries’ efforts to adapt to climate change. [HuffPo]

The artwork is obviously offensive to many and it was a dumb move on the part of Steve Wilson and crew. But there have probably worse issues surrounding 21c through the past few years that no one’s gotten up in arms about. From methed out queens riding around on somebody’s Segway to… well… have you ever been? It’s just… Jesus H. [C-J/AKN]

The Trump administration called for tougher charges and longer prison time for criminals in a move to return to strict enforcement of federal sentencing rules, according to a memo the U.S. Department of Justice released on Friday. [Reuters]

In Appalachian states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic, the tough-on-crime policy announced Friday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions runs counter to a recent emphasis on treatment and less prison time for low-level drug offenders. [Richmond Register]

Veterans of White House scandals from Watergate to Plamegate have an important message for Team Trump: It’s time to think about lawyering up. [Politico]

Honeylore Fields is in the process of decorating her new home. The house is a three bedroom, one bath with hardwood floors, and when she talks about it, she can hardly contain her excitement. [Glasgow Daily Times]

An investigation of Indiana’s school voucher program found that private schools are turning away special education students. [NPR]

Ever wondered what kind of slick bullshit people in Eastern Kentucky try to pull when they’ve got more money than the rest of the town? Here’s a good look. [The Morehead News]

The Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed at least five members of a major scientific review board, the latest signal of what critics call a campaign by the Trump administration to shrink the agency’s regulatory reach by reducing the role of academic research. [More NY Times]

Along a back wall in the Kentucky Exposition Center’s spacious south wing, 231 archery targets are lined up end to end. Competitors are lined up, too, aiming for the bull’s-eye and striving for a perfect 300 score. [WFPL]

Across Washington, Trump’s allies have been buzzing about the staff’s competence as well as the president’s state of mind. One GOP figure close to the White House mused privately about whether Trump was “in the grip of some kind of paranoid delusion.” [WaPo]

This is what happens when you let literal idiots appoint justices to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court says a Kentucky nursing home can require the families of two former residents to pursue claims against the home outside of court. [H-L]

Michael T. Flynn told Trump’s transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign, according to two people familiar with the case. [Even More NY Times]

Donald Trump might hate Alec Baldwin’s impression of him, but it sounds like at least one member of his cabinet thinks it’s great. The “Saturday Night Live” regular has revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that an unnamed cabinet member told him at a New York City restaurant that his impression of the president was spot-on. [HuffPo]

One of the Trump administration’s first decisions about the fight against the Islamic State was made by Michael Flynn weeks before he was fired – and it conformed to the wishes of Turkey, whose interests, unbeknownst to anyone in Washington, he’d been paid more than $500,000 to represent. [McClatchy]

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David James: Quit It With The Dumb

Eight counties in Eastern Kentucky had the biggest decline in life expectancy in the country between 1980 and 2014, according to a study released Monday. Owsley County had the biggest drop in the nation at 2.3 years, or 3 percent, the study said, followed by Lee, Leslie, Breathitt, Clay, Powell, Estill and Perry. The other two counties with the biggest declines were in Oklahoma and Alabama. [H-L]

PEE ALERT! A geologist affiliated with the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter amusement park in Kentucky has sued the Grand Canyon National Park after it denied him a permit to test rocks that he believes are less than 10,000 years old. [Linda Blackford]

The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee has accused Donald Trump of obstructing investigators probing Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election by firing FBI director James Comey. [Financial Times]

Can we just call David James what he is already? No one else wants to because they fear retaliation from he and his wife, who does a lot of his bidding. (Source: She’s always the person who messages me when I criticize him.) He’s a fucking idiot. From his “fact finding” mission of going to a gay bath house (GURL, PLEASE!) and then getting all homophobic after he was caught/called out to his dumb stunts with Louisville Metro Corrections, he’s giving the term ‘idiot’ credence. Oh… and what about his days at LMPD? Or his time working for the Attorney General? The Julian Carroll investigation ring a bell? Or ignorantly believing he could be both a police officer and a Metro Councilcritter at the same time? Idiot. Metro Councilman David James’ request to determine how often inmates are improperly released from Louisville’s jail is being postponed by a legal opinion that suggests his request was improper. [C-J/AKN]

In an unusually personal speech, Janet L. Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, said Friday that policies making it easier for women to work could significantly improve the nation’s economic growth. [NY Times]

After years of coal industry decline, Kentucky has fallen from the nation’s third largest coal producer to the fifth. Federal data released last month shows the 42 million tons of coal the commonwealth produced in 2016 was eclipsed by Pennsylvania and Illinois. [WFPL]

The Environmental Protection Agency has sidelined a website aimed at teaching schoolchildren about climate change, a public watchdog group has determined, as part of the agency’s efforts to align online content with the new administration’s values. [WaPo]

The Richmond City Commission accepted the resignations of four police officers Tuesday night, and approved the hiring of another. [Richmond Register]

FBI Director James Comey is cleaning up testimony he gave to a Senate panel suggesting that former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin forwarded thousands of potentially sensitive emails to her husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner. [Politico]

A second Democrat has confirmed he’s seriously looking at challenging incumbent Republican U.S. Congressman Andy Barr in Kentucky’s Sixth District in 2018. [Ronnie Ellis]

Check out the list of words people came up with to describe Donald Trump in this long-trusted poll. [Quinnipiac]

The Boyd County Fiscal Court on Tuesday approved a measure to slice the seating requirement for restaurants to sell alcohol in half. [Ashland Independent]

The old saw that the cover-up is worse than the crime often obscures more than it reveals. But in the case of Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, it carries an important element of truth. It escalates the administration’s Russia scandal, and, for the first time, provides indications of impeachable offenses. [Vox]

A couple of former Kentucky State Police troopers will investigate the 2013 death of a Bardstown police officer and several other area cases. [H-L]

As Republicans narrowly voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, their Democratic colleagues immediately warned that they would face electoral consequences, singing “hey, hey, hey, goodbye” on the House floor. [HuffPo]

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McConnell Is Now Apparently Complicit

Mitch McConnell is now complicit in the Trump-Russia shenanigans. He yesterday rejected calls for a special prosector on the floor of the U.S. Senate. [CNN]

A mural at a Western Kentucky elementary school depicting two black children tending a garden while a tall white man plays a violin has upset some residents. [H-L]

Former President Barack Obama warned Donald Trump about hiring retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn during a meeting in November 2016, NBC and CNN reported Monday. [HuffPo]

A Louisville lawyer who heads the local chapter of the Federalist Society – a conservative legal group that has tried to move the national debate on gun rights and campaign finance to the right – will be nominated by Donald Trump to serve on the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. [C-J/AKN]

One of the most dangerous companies in the U.S. took advantage of immigrant workers. Then, when they got hurt or fought back, it used America’s laws against them. [ProPublica]

Federal lawmakers are moving ahead with a new approach to health care that includes changing the way insurers cover pre-existing health conditions. But the American Health Care Act that House Republicans voted to advance last week could bring back a program with which some Kentuckians may be familiar: high-risk pool health insurance. Until 2013, these high-risk pools operated in Kentucky and other states. And if the provisions of the final bill allow states to do away with coverage for pre-existing health conditions — which were made possible under President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act — they could be coming back. [WFPL]

From the moment the Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved a plan to overhaul the health care system, an onslaught of opposition to the bill has been focused on a single, compact term: pre-existing conditions. [NY Times]

“These are our neighbors needing help and our community partners who are in the trenches every day trying to meet the needs of kids and families,” said Kim Henderson, Gateway regional director. Henderson is one of fewer than 10 staff at Mountain Haven Emergency Shelter, which held its grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday. [The Morehead News]

When the state of Arkansas announced plans to carry out eight executions in an 11-day period in April, it drew intense international scrutiny that flared until well after the final lethal injection in the series at the end of the month. In part, this attention was fueled by the explanation, offered by state officials, that the timetable was necessary because the supply of one of the state’s lethal drugs was about to expire and authorities had to carry out death penalties for eight men convicted of murder before then. [WaPo]

The family court judge for Barren and Metcalfe counties who objects to presiding over adoption cases involving homosexual adoptive parents now concedes his general order recusing himself from all such cases is prohibited by the Kentucky Supreme Court. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Trump administration is so far ignoring pleas from both on and off Capitol Hill to denounce the suspected Russian-backed digital assault that appeared aimed to tilt Sunday’s French presidential election toward nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen. [Politico]

Wondering how to stick it to an already impoverished community of people? Here you go. This fiscal year, the Madison Fiscal Court is contributing $1.75 million in supplemental funds to operate the chronically overcrowded county detention center. Judge/Executive Reagan Taylor believes the county could recover nearly $790,000 of that if it charged inmates a daily $10 fee, in addition to the $20 booking fee it already charges. [Richmond Register]

Barely two days into crafting a new bill to roll back Obamacare, U.S. Senate Republicans were already on the defensive on Tuesday over the absence of any women in their core working group. [Reuters]

The attempted burglary of a statistics exam Tuesday by two University of Kentucky students wasn’t the first time someone had the idea. A similar case 30 years ago turned into one of the biggest cheating cases in UK history. [H-L]

Author Stephen King has been delivering chills for more than four decades with horror masterpieces such as “It,” “The Shining” and “’Salem’s Lot.” But King now believes there’s something more terrifying than anything he’s ever cooked up, and it’s living in the White House. [HuffPo]

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JCPS Superintendent Side Show Continues

A white nationalist wanted in connection with an altercation last year at a Donald Trump campaign stop in Louisville was served with the charge while leaving a rally in Pikeville over the weekend. [H-L]

The gun debate would change in an instant if Americans witnessed the horrors that trauma surgeons confront everyday. [HuffPo]

If you haven’t been paying attention the past several years, the Jefferson County Public Schools are a hot topic. Another shitty superintendent has been given the boot and a new shitty superintendent will be hired any day now. You can quite about that characterization but there’s no disputing it. [C-J/AKN]

One of Gov. Jim Justice’s family mining operations has been cited by West Virginia inspectors for six safety violations — including one that will draw a “special assessment” penalty — in the investigation of the February death of a worker at a McDowell County coal preparation plant, according to a report made public Monday. [Charleston Gazette-Mail]

Meeting in special session for nearly an hour Friday, the Madison Fiscal Court accepted a contract with United Health Care to provide county employees health insurance for 2017-18. [Richmond Register]

Blair Zimmerman, Pennsylvania’s Greene County Commissioner, knows coal. As a mine worker for 40 years and then a politician in southwestern Pennsylvania, he knows how important coal is to both the identity and economic stability of his community. [ThinkProgress]

To Jared Arnett, the future of Appalachia hinges on the ability to embrace technology and become a participant in the digital economy. We’re still fighting major eye rolls. [Ashland Independent]

Masked New Orleans workers in bullet-proof vests have removed a Confederate monument that officials said was a symbol of the US South’s racist past. [BBC]

Which garbage producer thought it’d be a good idea to run this footage and promote it so heavily across television and social media? Name names so they can defend that decision. Until these typically out-of-touch, not from around here jackasses start treating suicide and death with respect, they’re going to face having to deal with assholes like me. Note: I’ll haunt you until you do the right thing or get held accountable. Just ask Jim Ramsey, Robert Felner, Tim Conley, Steve Henry, Gilles Meloche, Wayne Zelinsky, Greg Fischer, Margaret Brosko, Sadiqa Reynolds, Terry Holliday or Joshua Powell about that persistence. [WDRB]

They awoke early and gathered along a plot of land here in this Rwandan village made up of a handful of homes. Together, they began hacking away at a grass-bare patch with long-handled garden hoes. The mission: Dig a drainage ditch alongside a row of homes that had been continuously flooding during rains. [NY Times]

One week after the discovery of Krystal Mitchell’s body was found on a lower roof of a downtown building, the Glasgow Police Department announced it was setting aside its death investigation. [Glasgow Daily Times & More Glasgow Daily Times]

On strategy and substance, the American public disagrees with the course that Trump and congressional Republicans are pursuing to replace the Affordable Care Act with conservative policies, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. [WaPo]

For 50 years, she took readers inside amazing Bluegrass mansions. Few people in Lexington today remember Lyndhurst, a fabulous 1860s mansion that once stood on an 11-acre estate at High and Rose streets. [Tom Eblen]

A former adviser to three Republican presidents called the speech Donald Trump gave before a crowd of supporters Saturday in Pennsylvania the “most divisive” he has ever heard from a president. [HuffPo]

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The New RPK Is Breeding Literal Nazis

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These Nazis are lucky they didn’t get “disappeared” in the mountains. Also, fuck Pikeville officials for blaming anti-racists for inciting violence instead of the literal racist Nazis. You may live in the hills but there’s no reason to act like a dumb yokel by equating anti-racists with Nazis. Despite fears of a violent confrontation, nothing but verbal clashes broke out between white nationalists and opponents at a rally in downtown Pikeville on Saturday afternoon as a heavy police presence and metal barricades kept the two sides separated. [H-L]

Donald Trump’s decision to invite Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, a populist demagogue who has admitted to personally killing people accused of crimes, to Washington is a sign that “the issues facing us, developing out of North Korea, are so serious that we need a cooperation at some level from as many partners in the area as possible,” Reince Priebus, Trump’s chief of staff, told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. [HuffPo]

Fifty years ago Friday, on a day when 37 Americans died in the Vietnam War, a group of young men reported to a military induction center in Houston to answer their nation’s call to service. When their names were read, all but one stepped forward. [C-J/AKN]

This is what the new Republican Party of Kentucky is breeding these days. Literal white supremacist terrorists. Lexington is lucky this machete-wielding extremist was taken down by Transy cops. RPK mouth-breathers will be attempting to dismiss this as no big deal, feigning surprise, acting as if they aren’t responsible for this extremism in 3, 2… [BuzzFeed]

The cost of attending Eastern Kentucky University for the 2017-18 academic year is going up by 5 percent, along with the cost of living and dining on campus. On-campus housing costs will jump 10 percent, while dining charges will rise 3.5 percent. [Richmond Register]

The UK government was given details last December of allegedly extensive contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow, according to court papers. [The Guardian]

Kentucky’s troubled pension systems had some good news for lawmakers Monday, although they remain a long way from financial stability. And one of them — the County Employee Retirement System or CERS — wants to become independent of the state system and enjoys the support of a key Republican senator. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Kentucky physician dragged off a United Airlines flight in Chicago on April 9 was initially interested in the carrier’s offer for an $800 voucher but declined, according to a Chicago Police Department report released Monday. The report is among a trove of documents released by Chicago officials in response to public-information requests by media outlets including The Wall Street Journal. Records also show the officer who pulled the doctor from the United flight had been reinstated from suspension effective April 1, little more than a week before the encounter. [WSJ]

Mitch Nance is a whiny ass titty baby who protests a bit too much. He’s probably had sex with more men than self-hater Martin Cothran – and that’s saying a lot. Gay residents seeking to adopt children in Barren or Metcalfe counties shouldn’t face a legal delay due to Judge Mitchell Nance’s order recusing himself from hearing such cases, Nance’s judicial counterpart said Friday afternoon. [Glasgow Daily Times]

As if Western politics were not volatile enough, a wave of recent elections seemed to offer contradictory evidence as to whether populism is advancing or receding. [NY Times]

Can you deluded hipsters in Louisville finally quit pretending that Greg Fischer is in any way progressive or transparent? There was also no real “investigation” by WFPL. It’s beyond well-known that Fischer’s meetings are secret and that his administration purposefully takes effort to prevent outsiders from finding out what goes on. Giving Chris Poynter the opportunity to spew nonsense at taxpayer expense is also just absurd. But no one wants to ruffle any feathers calling these hucksters out. [WFPL]

Trump promised religious groups he would reverse the Obama administration’s requirement that employers provide birth control to their employees under the Affordable Care Act. [WaPo]

Fuck Charter-Spectrum. Cut the cord, folks! You don’t need it. Get an over-the-air antenna. If you live within 40-50 miles of a metro area, you can get great TV service with a $5-$35 antenna. Get a Tablo and you can record over-the-air broadcasts and watch them on any device you own. If you really, really want some of those channels? Either buy the stuff you watch on Google Play/iTunes/Amazon or get a streaming service that costs a ton less. You won’t regret it. And when Google Fiber hits your neighborood? Kick AT&T/Charter-Spectrum/Comcrap to the curb for good on the internet front. Really, fuck them and their nightmare lobbyists and political hack friends like Brett Guthrie, Riggs Lewis and Jamie “I Didn’t Pay For Her Abortion” Comer. [John Cheves]

Donald Trump’s Presidential Inaugural Committee acknowledged late Monday that a final report it filed with the Federal Election Commission this month was riddled with errors, many of which were first identified through a crowdsourced data project at HuffPost. [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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