Grimes Campaign Ad Flashback Time

Remember this time last year when Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes released an ad that wasn’t horrible?

Here’s what we wrote about it at the time:

It’s a universe of creativity when compared to [McConnell’s ad]. Even with the guy very obviously reading from a teleprompter with an accent so thick that folks in the city need a translator. Creative despite that infuriating whistle theme that has permeated a so far embarrassingly bad campaign obsessed with misinformation about coal. A universe of creativity that actually panders to the people Alison needs — scared old people who vote Republican.

Is this a sign that the McConnell folks can’t help but stumble and the Grimes crew actually has its act together? Don’t hold your breath.

Here’s the video:

Time flies.

Thank goodness no one held their breath.

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire…?

Thought it’d be a good idea to share a comment left on a story about Adam Edelen’s review of Fairview Independent Schools:

“Eyes rolling back in your head?

Meanwhile, in Montgomery County…”

Yeah, as a matter of fact they are. The similarities to Montgomery County are shocking, aren’t they?

Phil Rison submits $342,000 in “booster spending” for ONE YEAR on NONEXISTENT FACILITIES that the board knew nothing about. And the documentation shows that there hadn’t been any booster spending on facilities for the three previous years. The documentation also proves that boosters did NOT raise anywhere NEAR $342,000. The documentation acquired by Page One proves that report to be FRAUDULENT…….

Where is Edelen?!

Proof of Conspiracy To Commit Fraud is the term EDELEN’S OWN PEOPLE used to describe text messages between Kristi Carter, daycare director, and Mary Smith, her secretary. This is in itself something that could be prosecuted. ACCORDING TO EDELEN’S OWN PEOPLE. Not to mention an independent school auditor and CPA who was shown the messages. Those messages were the sort of things that would seem to make a state auditor really dig in, being as it was they were directly handed to them. But, nope.

Edelen turned a blind eye, made excuses, whatever. This is the tip of the iceberg. On a positive note, he did nail Powell for hiring his wife. Now he should go after the Powell’s for the illegally paid salary.

Yes, it’s more than enough to make one’s eyes roll back in their head. Practically with an audible “snap”.

Some of the stories referenced in that comment:

  • Edelen Ignoring Messes In Montgomery Co., Too? [October 23, 2013]
  • More Montgomery County Teasers For Edelen [October 25, 2013]
  • Auditor: Joshua Powell Illegally Hired His Wife [December 17, 2013]
  • Investigation Uncovers Massive Spending Scandal In Montgomery Co Schools Involving Phil Rison, Others [May 11, 2015]
  • Montgomery County Funds STILL Unreported In Title IX Documentation [June 1, 2015]
  • Eyebrow-Raising MoCo Title IX Data [June 2, 2015]
  • Records Don’t Support Montgomery County Schools’ Title IX Booster Spending For Facilities Claims [June 15, 2015]
  • On Bookkeeping & Secrecy In MoCo [June 30, 2015]

Nothing to see here, move along, attack the messenger, scream defamation, act as if there’s no reason for concern…

A Hypocritical Morehead Bigot Acts Out

Wanna see how backwater a handful of corrupt people in Eastern Kentucky can be?

From the Herald-Leader:

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis said Monday that her Christian beliefs won’t allow her to give a marriage license to gay men or lesbians seeking to marry a member of the same sex. Rather than face claims of discrimination, her office in Morehead is refusing marriage licenses to all couples until further notice, Davis said.

“We’ve not had any applicants yet, but we’ve had several calls,” said Davis, 49, a Democrat who took office in January.

“It’s hard, I will tell you that,” Davis said. “What has happened is that five lawyers have imposed their personal view of what the definition of marriage should be on the rest of us. And I, as a Christian, have strong views, too. And I know I don’t stand alone.”

But her “Christian beliefs” allow her to lie and cover up for her daughter who stole a dog and sold it for drug money.

Those beliefs sure are powerful.

People Still Support That Racist Flag

“The Confederate Battle Flag means different things to different people, but the fact that it continues to be a painful reminder of racial oppression to many suggests to me at least that it’s time to move beyond it, and that the time for a state to fly it has long since passed. There should be no confusion in anyone’s mind that as a people we’re united in our determination to put that part of our history behind us.” [Mitch McConnell]

The University of Kentucky has twice violated the state’s open-records law since 2014, according to opinions released Monday by the Kentucky attorney general’s office. [H-L]

An Afghan family returning to their home after fleeing a possible military operation struck a roadside bomb Saturday in the country’s south, killing at least 12 of them and wounding eight, authorities said. [HuffPo]

Aetna Inc. has made a takeover bid for Louisville-based health care giant Humana, increasing speculation that one of the city’s biggest employers is about to change hands. [C-J/AKN]

With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to rule by the end of the month on whether same-sex marriage is legal, many Christian evangelicals say they would refuse to obey a decision allowing gay unions. [Reuters]

Under certain scenarios, a large percentage of Americans could subsist on a diet made up of mostly local food, according to a new study. [WFPL]

America earns $3 billion a year charging strapped college parents above-market interest. “It’s like ‘The Sopranos,’ except it’s the government.” [Politico]

The Governor’s Medal of Valor was presented posthumously to Delano G. Powell, a Kentucky State Trooper killed in the line of duty in 1965, at a ceremony held in Lexington Thursday. [Richmond Register]

Government forces in northern Afghanistan launch a counter-offensive against the Taliban after they took control of a key district. [BBC]

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System and Shaping Our Appalachian Region have a three-year strategic partnership designed to provide eastern Kentucky residents with the educational opportunities that lead to good jobs. [Ashland Independent]

If the court hands a victory to Republicans by ending subsidies for 6.4 million Americans, Republicans in Congress will be left scrambling to come up with a new game plan. Because they still don’t have a game plan. [ThinkProgress]

Bill Redwine, chair of the Rowan County Board of Education, announced at the regular meeting Tuesday that he is resigning effective June 30. [The Morehead News]

Nearly two centuries before Dylann Roof, the state of South Carolina conducted its own massacre of Emanuel AME Church members. Roof, who embraced white supremacy, killed nine church members Wednesday evening. The white supremacist-controlled state of South Carolina killed 35. [The Intercept]

C-SPAN will participate in a press conference on Monday with Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and Time Warner Cable representatives to announce details about its week-long visit to Lexington to report on Lexington’s history and literary life. [H-L]

On the morning of December 14, 2012, as news trickled in painfully slowly about a shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, aides gathered in the White House to chart out a response. [HuffPo]

Joshua Powell Had Trouble In Cloverport

Ready for another trip down memory lane?

In October 2006, Joshua Powell was appointed acting superintendent of Cloverport Independent Schools, though he only had provisional certification:


He had served in special education and other roles at both Cloverport and Trimble County. Until that moment, he’d been serving as a principal:


And had been employed in the district for just about a year:


As you can see, he didn’t tell that district that he’d had a conviction:


Part of a long string of withholding that information, as you learned during Powell’s first Education Professional Standards Board hearing.

In December 2006 Powell applied for the permanent superintendent spot:


That began, according to district employees and school board members, a multi-year headache. Powell’s tenure in Cloverport was, according to those folks, filled with poor communication, bickering, turmoil, staff and student problems, ignoring teachers, a lack of personal and professional ethics. It was a period of conflict.

According to a March 2008 evaluation conducted by the Cloverport school board, that’s spot-on:


The situation was rough for Cloverport, which was struggling to right a sinking ship. The board tried hard to work with Powell but things were so difficult that body required him to complete a communications course:


Conditions in the district never improved and Powell’s contract was not renewed.

Cloverport board members tell us they attempted to warn board members in both Union and Montgomery Counties of major issues they’d had with Powell in their district. Neither school district took them seriously.