Morehead Thought It Was Racist-Free

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Told y’all a year or so ago that these hemp shysters were up to no good. Up to their necks in corruption. No one wanted to hear it and sat in denial – even the Kentucky State Police. Until now, apparently. Kentucky officials are reviewing a case that could result in a former sheriff being kicked out of the state’s pilot program to grow industrial hemp after he was charged with cultivating marijuana. [H-L]

A go-to argument from science deniers was absolutely crushed by one of the world’s most famous scientists. [HuffPo]

It’s a little after sunrise on the first day of another week, and Cincinnati is waking up again with a heroin problem. So is Covington. And Middletown. And Norwood. And Hamilton. And West Chester Township. And countless other cities and towns across Ohio and Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

A case in Baltimore — in which two men were convicted of the same murder and cleared by DNA 20 years later — shows how far prosecutors will go to preserve a conviction. [ProPublica]

Surprise! There are ton of racists in Eastern Kentucky and many of them live in the Morehead area. [The Morehead News]

At a Thursday Senate Judiciary hearing, Donald Trump Jr. confirmed he set up and attended a meeting with a Russian lawyer in the hopes of obtaining damaging information about Hillary Clinton’s “fitness” for office. [ThinkProgress]

The former sheriff of Jackson County ended up on the wrong side of the law. Kentucky State Police arrested Dennis Peyman for cultivating marijuana and trafficking a controlled substance (anabolic steroid). According to Peyman’s arrest citation, police executed a search warrant at his home after previously finding 61 marijuana plants growing on his farm. [WKYT]

When the Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it would end an Obama-era program that shielded young undocumented immigrants from deportation, Sherwin Sheik quickly sized up the potential toll on his business. [NY Times]

After a year of hiatus, the ever-popular Spoonbread Festival returns to Berea Sept. 15-17, bringing along plenty of delicious family fun. [Richmond Register]

Mitch McConnell helped create this genocidal monster and he’s refusing to speak up about it. [WaPo]

Nearly 300 Boyd County Detention Center inmates are still scattered across 18 jails and prisons in Kentucky – three weeks after an uprising by maximum security prisoners. [Ashland Independent]

The sky darkened, lightning flashed and a jolt of turbulence shook the cabin of the hulking Air Force turbo-prop aircraft as it plied its way toward the eye of Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever recorded. [Reuters]

Republicans in Frankfort want to make it easier for legislators to harass, abuse and assault their staffers. So of course John Schaaf is all about it. Because legislative ethics are not a real thing. Schaaf is part of the problem and you know I’m right. [H-L]

Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist at the White House, described Donald Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey as a historic error. [HuffPo]

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Disavow Donald Trump & Hate Or Face Political & Professional Consequences, Republican Party of Kentucky

Kentucky has made some of the deepest cuts to higher education in the country since 2008, putting it among the 10 states with the biggest per-student funding reductions for public universities and community colleges, according to a new study. [Linda Blackford]

If you’re a Republican in Kentucky and support this discriminatory mess OR support Donald Trump? I’m coming for your dying political career. The White House will give the Pentagon six months to enact Donald Trump’s ban on transgender servicemen and women in the military, according to a Wall Street Journal report Wednesday night. [HuffPo]

Here’s your DUH moment of the century. Moving public employees into 401(k)-style pension plans would not help Kentucky dig its way out its pension funding crisis, according to a report released Tuesday by a group called the Kentucky Public Pension Coalition. [C-J/AKN]

Ohio’s Department of Insurance said on Thursday that non-profit managed care company CareSource will sell health plans in Paulding County next year – the last county in the United States that would have been without Obamacare individual coverage in 2018. [Reuters]

Tax reform is “off the table” for a likely October special session to tackle how to shore up Kentucky’s badly underfunded public pension system. Republican Speaker of the House, Jeff Hoover, R-One of the dumbest people you’ll meet, said Thursday that Gov. Matt Bevin has agreed to hold off on tax reform until lawmakers can first deal with the pension systems which are estimated to face unfunded liabilities of between $37 billion and $60 billion. [Ronnie Ellis]

Most tech companies have policies against working with hate websites. Yet a ProPublica survey found that PayPal, Stripe, Newsmax and others help keep more than half of the most-visited extremist sites in business. [ProPublica]

How long until this situation explodes in a nightmare scandal? Six months? A year? I’d dig in deep if Democrats weren’t so keen on twiddling their thumbs. [More Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump’s vow Tuesday to close down the government if he doesn’t get money for the border wall mirrors private comments he has made to advisers in recent days — and could cause significant rifts within his own party if he follows through. [Politicrow]

The Appalachian region has far higher mortality rates, incidences of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and depression than the rest of the country — and the Central Appalachian region that includes Eastern Kentucky has even higher morbidity rates than other parts of the Appalachian region. [Even More Ronnie Ellis]

This human embodiment of a shart thinks he can tear the press down. Ultimately, it’s going to be the press that tears him down. Along with his shady-ass family. [NY Times]

It’s nice to see people like Carla Wallace speaking up about Kentucky Farm Bureau’s anti-gay discrimination these days. Because she was one of the people who dragged her feet out of indifference (yes you did, goddamnit, so don’t even try to dispute it) and criticized me for promoting Todd Eklof all those years ago. She’s proof that people can wake up and do the right thing. And this entire situation is proof that you should listen to people who ring bells loudly with a track record of being right. [WFPL]

Just before Trump strolled onto the rally stage on Tuesday evening, four speakers took turns carefully denouncing hate, calling for unity and ever so subtly assuring the audience that the president is not racist. [WaPo]

I don’t know about Bill but Matt Bevin’s staff refused to take seriously the material I possess that could have potentially jailed a few Kentucky Retirement Systems folks. Bevin is one of those people – like Trump – we’ll roll our eyes about in 20 years when he dies of natural causes because he’s a goddamn idiot. [H-L]

At least 20 organizations have canceled fundraisers and events at Donald Trump’s resort in Palm Beach, Florida ― many after his tirade last week defending the white nationalist, KKK and neo-Nazi groups that sparked deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. [HuffPo]

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Do You Prefer Nazi Or Russian Commie Trump? Spoiler Alert: They’re The Same

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State Rep. C. Wesley Morgan failed to pay property taxes on his $350,000 houseboat for more than a decade, denying school districts and local governments thousands of dollars each year, according to public records and interviews with officials. [H-L]

A veteran international prosecutor announced she plans to quit the United Nations commission investigating human rights abuses in Syria because of the international community’s inaction when it comes to the bloodshed in the country. [HuffPo]

Another racist jackass is dead. Sonny Landham, a famed movie actor in the 1970s and 1980s who later attempted several runs for office in Kentucky, has died at age 76, according to the Associated Press. [C-J/AKN]

Sonia K. is a Holocaust survivor who was forced to live in the Warsaw Ghetto before being taken to Madjanek, Auschwitz, Ravensbruck, and Malchow concentration camps. [CNN]

Trump is correct that there is a lot of historical revision surrounding what we teach about slavery and the Civil War. But the revisionism is in the opposite direction of what Trump and Bevin claim. [Ronnie Ellis]

More civilians were killed and wounded in Kabul during in the first six months of 2017 than in war-ravaged Helmand, according to a United Nations midyear report on civilian casualties that showed deaths and injuries in Afghanistan remained near record levels documented last year. [WSJ]

The last time Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear and attorneys for Republican Gov. Matt Bevin squared off before the state Supreme Court on the question of a governor’s power over public universities, Beshear won. [More Ronnie Ellis]

A U.S. appeals court on Friday limited the ability of police to seize cell phones from homes of people suspected of crimes, ruling the prevelance of mobile devices did not mean police could assume a suspect had one when requesting a search warrant. [Reuters]

Rowan County taxpayers will notice a decrease in their school tax rate when they receive their property taxes this year. [The Morehead News]

More than a decade ago, I chatted with Asian-American seniors at Hunter College High School in New York City about their college admission prospects. [ProPublica]

The jailer there, Joe Burchett, ought to be promptly investigated by state and federal authorites(sic). I’ve been hearing a lot about him for quite a while and it’s beyond time. First responders rushed to the Boyd County Detention Center Saturday night after maximum security inmates set a mattress ablaze, severely damaging the interior of the jail and forcing officials to relocate all 270 detainees, police said. [Ashland Independent]

As early as March 2016, a low-level Trump campaign aide claimed none other than the president of Russia was trying to meet then-candidate Donald Trump and his campaign. [WaPo]

Valarie Honeycutt Spears has been sitting on her hands as these things have unfolded for a long time. She’s also intentionally ignored mega scandals (like Montgomery County) that cost school districts tens of millions of dollars on top of everything else. She ought to be removed from covering education – just as Toni Konz was being pushed out just before she jumped ship and moved to WDRB. [H-L]

Chants of “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA” echoed throughout the French Quarter on Saturday as thousands of people marched in a peaceful ― but loud ― protest against racism and white supremacy. [HuffPo]

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If You Support The Second Amendment, You Should Support Responsible Gun Ownership, No Excuses

If it’s a crime to let kids ingest your meth or your pills, it should be a crime to let them get a hold of a loaded gun. Recklessly storing a gun where children could find and use it would be a crime in Kentucky under a bill that state Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, pre-filed this month for the 2018 legislative session. [H-L]

Donald Trump issued an explosive statement against “Radical Islamic Terror” just hours after an attack in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday left at least 13 people dead. Earlier this week, Trump said he needed to get all “the facts” before singling out hate groups for condemnation after violent protests sparked by a white supremacist rally left one woman dead in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. [HuffPo]

You can thank Matt Bevin for allowing this to occur. GE Appliances is moving the Zoneline hotel air-conditioner production from Louisville to a Tennessee factory complex where the company also will produce upscale Monogram refrigerators and freezers. [C-J/AKN]

Allies who spend too long in Donald Trump’s doghouse usually get sent away for good. Chief strategist Steve Bannon is trying to forestall that fate. [BuzzFart]

Is a hospital liable for “negligently” credentialing a physician previously licensed by the state medical licensure board and who is not on the hospital’s staff when that doctor is sued for malpractice? That was the question before Kentucky’s highest court Thursday as attorneys for Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and a woman who successfully sued her neurosurgeon for malpractice after he performed surgery at the hospital. [Ronnie Ellis]

Pressure is mounting on Trump to dump his controversial chief strategist Stephen Bannon after this weekend’s racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., provoked widespread anger at the nationalist wing of Trump’s White House. [The Hill]

The folks running Barren County are up to no good and you should be paying attention. The rehiring of elected officials is shady business. [Glasgow Daily Times]

More than a dozen high technology companies and the biggest wireless operator in the United States, Verizon Communications Inc, have called on the U.S. Supreme Court to make it harder for government officials to access individuals’ sensitive cellphone data. [Reuters]

If you’re wondering what’s wrong with Kentucky’s educational system? It’s because schools are closing for things like this instead of using them as teaching opportunities. You can complain all you want about this opinion but not everyone can afford to take their children to a prime viewing location and not everyone can afford childcare. [Ashland Independent]

Einstein argued that what we understand as gravity is, in fact, from the curvature of space and time — a hotly debated notion among physicists at the time. Then came the solar eclipse of 1919 — more than six minutes of darkness along a path that stretched from South America to Africa and changed the course of Einstein’s life. [WaPo]

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded its second, five-year accreditation through the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police (KACP). [The Morehead News]

There was nothing haphazard about the violence that erupted today in this bucolic town in Virginia’s heartland. [ProPublica]

These Nazis should tread lightly because there are a ton of people in the mountains ready to make them wish they’d never been born. [H-L]

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Turd Burglar) offered some blunt comments about Donald Trump on Thursday in the wake of the president’s widely criticized response to a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. [HuffPo]

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David James Shouldn’t Get A Free Pass For His Hypocritical, Dumb, Self-Hating Homophobia But Everyone’s Afraid To Call Him Out

The city of Lexington spent more than $21,000 to pay the legal bills of a horse farm owner, raising questions from some Lexington council members and the chairman of the board that oversees Fayette County’s farmland preservation program. [H-L]

White women have always played a role in propping up white supremacy and toxic masculinity. But we’re not allowed to talk about that with Louisville liberals because everyone immediately melts down into some rant about sexism. [HuffPo]

Wondering why Kentucky’s education system is so backward and things always go the wrong way – like in Montgomery County? Here’s a look. [C-J/AKN]

A group of Democrats implored the Republican chairman of the House Financial Services Committee to reverse course and authorize an investigation into whether any of the hundreds of millions of dollars in loans from Deutsche Bank to President Trump were connected to Russia. [WaPo]

Why is no one talking about how David James (essed any downlow dee lately, David, you Julian Carroll-style self-hating bigot? Or chased any “big gals” on AOL message boards?) is dumb enough to think this could help him in a bid for mayor? Poop rolls down hill and it starts with Greg Fischer, not the chief. [WFPL]

In a sign that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election will remain a continuing distraction for the White House, the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is in talks with the West Wing about interviewing current and former senior administration officials, including the recently ousted White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, according to three people briefed on the discussions. [NY Times]

New information broke Friday in a three-year-old Richmond cold case — the murder of Karen Rollins Simpson and Avery “Boochie” Evans in their Valley Street home. Richmond Police are now asking for the public’s help in locating a young man who was seen the morning before the bodies were found. [Richmond Register]

Federal prosecutors have lots of ways to intensify pressure on the people they’re investigating, from early morning FBI raids to leaning on relatives of those under government scrutiny. But even by those measures, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in last year’s presidential election is moving with unusual speed and assertiveness, according to half a dozen legal experts following the probe. [NPR]

Infrastructure, customer service, capital and long-term strategic plans. Each of these topics are on the agenda for new City Manager Michael Graese, 51, who is now approaching his second full week on the job. The Daily Independent sat down with the former Army colonel this week and talked about his first impressions and what is already on the agenda. [Ashland Independent]

Did anyone really think this woman had the guts to stand up for anything? It’s all about money for her. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is unlikely to resign over President Trump’s public criticism of her husband Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Grandmother), say allies, GOP strategists and former Cabinet members. [The Hill]

People who live in Appalachia are dying sooner than two decades ago, and the region has a higher infant death rate compared to the rest of the nation. A new study blames both largely on the region’s high smoking rate, as well as its other bad health habits. [The Morehead News]

State police and National Guardsmen watched passively for hours as self-proclaimed Nazis engaged in street battles with counter-protesters. [ProPublica]

A doctor accused of improperly prescribing pain pills at an Eastern Kentucky clinic won’t have to serve additional time in jail. [H-L]

Months before Donald Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury,” before North Korea claimed to be planning a mid-August attack on Guam and well before Trump tweeted that the U.S. military was “locked and loaded” to strike, officials in Hawaii began organizing guidelines for civilians in case of a nuclear attack on the islands. [HuffPo]

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No, KDP Circus Isn’t “Close” To Ending

PEE ALERT! Jared Smith has absolutely no idea what he’s talking about. The Kentucky Democratic Party has only just begun to feel the scorch of decades upon decades of good old boy corruption. It’s not remotely close to being over. I was right about, oh, everything else. Was right about Julian Carroll. Right about this. What’s coming next will shake the KDP to its core and make it impossible to rebuild with the existing crew of electeds. Until that current crop of shysters is pushed out, nothing will improve. Note: Adam Edelen and Terry McBrayer are two of the most problematic Democrats in the Commonwealth and they’re part of the problem. Source: Everything they say and do. [H-L]

Three weeks ago, one of Donald Trump’s personal lawyers vigorously denied that the commander in chief had anything to do with Donald Trump Jr.’s statement about a secret meeting with a Russian lawyer. However, the validity of those comments was questioned on Monday when The Washington Post reported that Trump had personally dictated the response his elder son would use to address the media. [HuffPo]

Citing frustrations with Mayor Greg Fischer’s leadership, Metro Council skipped over two proposals on Thursday meant to tackle Louisville’s aging sewer system and its $4.3 billion in needs. [C-J/AKN]

Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. Congressman and two other people briefed on the effort. [Reuters]

Kentucky officials say unemployment rates have increased in 96 of the state’s 120 counties between June 2016 and June 2017. [WFPL]

Documenting Hate’s catalogue of incidents captures the seeming ordinariness of many of them. [ProPublica]

You already know Matt Bevin’s a thin-skinned coward. So this is likely to set his tiny ego on fire. [Slate]

The Department of Energy’s official press Twitter account apparently wants you to know two things: that there is a fight going on between climate scientists and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, and that Perry is supposedly winning. [ThinkProgress]

Let’s not hold our breath that some random guy from Oklahoma has a clue what’s in store in Eastern Kentucky. [Ashland Independent]

The chief scout of the Boy Scouts of America has apologised for the remarks made by Donald Trump at the group’s national event [last] week. [BBC]

A social activist from Morehead and a Louisville resident are suing Gov. Matt Bevin after he blocked them from his Facebook and Twitter accounts, claiming he’s violating their constitutional rights to free speech. [Ronnie Ellis]

Older patients who become disoriented or confused after surgery are more than three times more likely to develop dementia later, a new study has found. [WaPo]

A private detective is scheduled to stand trial Aug. 14 on five felony counts of intimidating poll workers and interfering with an election because of his alleged behavior inside the Phelps voting precinct in remote eastern Pike County during the Democratic primary on May 17, 2016. The detective, Keith D. Justice, 51, was employed by Kentucky Senate Minority Leader Ray Jones, D-Pikeville, who faced an aggressive primary challenger in a race with combined campaign spending of nearly $820,000. [John Cheves]

The financier Bill Browder has emerged as an unlikely central player in the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Sergei Magnitsky, an attorney Browder hired to investigate official corruption, died in Russian custody in 2009. [The Atlantic]

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