KRS Mess Is Apparently News To Some

Maybe there wouldn’t be a panhandling problem if all of these so-called “Christians” in Kentucky bothered to do something to help their fellow people in need? Nah, that’s too simple and makes too much sense. [H-L]

Washington officials want Turkey to pay a price for its presidential security detail’s alleged role in beating up anti-government protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Told ya so. Years ago. The Kentucky Retirement Systems board on Thursday lowered some key assumptions that will cause the state’s already massive pension debt to grow by at least another $2 billion. [C-J/AKN]

Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters. [Reuters]

Budget cuts, tuition increases, and capital project plans. Oh, my! During Thursday’s Morehead State University Board of Regents work session, the Board was presented with the proposed six-year capital plan for 2018 through 2024 as well as the proposed operating budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. [The Morehead News]

Reports that fired FBI Director James Comey kept a record of his conversations with President Donald Trump dominate the news, fueling calls for deeper inquiry into any evidence that Trump may have interfered with an FBI investigation into his own campaign. One detail from Comey’s reported memo has been inadequately examined. [ThinkProgress]

In a day when sports news is clouded by “deflategate” or allegations of growth hormones, it can be refreshing to see athletes compete all for the love of the game. [Richmond Register]

President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting. “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” [NY Times]

A student who brought a handgun with a loaded magazine to Boyd County High School two weeks ago has been expelled for one year, said Boyd County Schools Superintendent Brock Walter. [Ashland Independent]

As Donald Trump has grown increasingly angry and frustrated with his White House staff, the beleaguered targets of his ire have a quietly roiling gripe of their own — their boss, the president himself. [WaPo]

Five findings were noted by state auditors regarding the Hart County Fiscal Court’s 2016 financial statement. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Only a tiny percentage of detained immigrants have attorneys, leaving even those with solid cases to stay in the United States to fend for themselves. [ProPublica]

The newspaper folks didn’t dig that information up on their own. Not remotely. Which never gets mentioned A researcher, unaffiliated with the paper, gave all the information to them on a silver platter. [H-L]

Will Erdogan’s thugs face no consequences for attacking us on U.S. soil? They acted like mafia henchmen. [HuffPo]

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Jamie Comer Is Officially Just Scum

A month before Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, one of his closest allies in Congress — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy — made a politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill with his fellow GOP leaders: that Trump could be the beneficiary of payments from Russian President Vladimir Putin. [WaPo]

More of that hard-hitting educational reporting from Valarie Honeycutt Spears, the woman who bungled coverage of the Montgomery County Schools scandal. She still hasn’t put in any effort to report on the hundreds of thousands of dollars the district has had to pay out in monstrous settlements. And it’s 15 minutes from her. [H-L]

It’s official! Jamie Comer is a national embarrassment! Not only did he go after a woman who accused him of assault and had others to back her up. Not only did he go after Holly Harris for being honest about his bullshit. Not only did he go after others for attempting to hold his shady ass accountable. But now he’s defending Donald Trump’s treasonous acts and obstruction of justice. Jamie Comer truly is scum and is not deserving of respect. Full stop. [HuffPo]

State government has hired a longtime friend of Gov. Matt Bevin to fill a new $250,000-per-year job dedicated to bolstering the commonwealth’s workforce development efforts. [C-J/AKN]

One afternoon this fall, I knocked on the door of a redbrick apartment building in Akron, Ohio, looking for a Bhutanese refugee who’d lost the tips of his fingers at a Case Farms chicken plant in a vacuum-pressure machine known as a “fat sucker.” [ProPublica]

For the first time since 2009, Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. customers will see a rate increase. The Kentucky Public Service Commission, or PSC, OK’d a 4.2 percent increase Friday. According to the PSC, the average RECC customer will see their bill increase from $106.46 to $110.95. The new rate structure is expected to go into effect July 1. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Few industries have enjoyed the kind of presidential attention that has been lavished on the coal industry in the first 100 days of the Trump administration. [ThinkProgress]

There was contentious discussion during Thursday’s work session of the Morehead State University Board of Regents. The first item on the agenda was the discussion of academic personnel policies. [The Morehead News]

The episode illustrates the impossible mission of managing a White House led by an impetuous president who has resisted structure and strictures his entire adult life. [Politico]

Two local [in Morehead] television station operators are under fire from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for allegedly operating without a license for nearly 20 years. The commission has proposed the maximum fine of $144,344 against the two for continuing operations. [Ashland Independent]

What other White House would schedule a visit by the Russian foreign minister and ambassador on the day after Mr. Trump fired the man in charge of investigating his campaign’s ties to Russia? What other White House would bar the American media while admitting a Russian state photographer? What other White House would be astonished that the Russians would then distribute photos of their officials backslapping the grinning Mr. Trump inside the Oval Office? [NY Times]

Watching a piece of paper burn Saturday morning, Rossetta Trammel’s eyes beamed with joy. The paper, a mortgage on her Douglas Court home, was no longer needed. After nearly 20 years, the final payment was made. The home was hers, free and clear. [Richmond Register]

Violating the oath of office does not require violating a criminal statute. If the President decided to write the nuclear codes on a sticky note on his desk and then took a photo of it and tweeted it, he would not technically have violated any criminal law–just as he hasn’t here. He has the constitutional authority to dictate that the safeguarding of nuclear materials shall be done through sticky notes in plain sight and tweeted, even the authority to declassify the codes outright. Yet, we would all understand this degree of negligence to be a gross violation of his oath of office. [Lawfare]

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission said Tuesday, May 16, 2017, that it will ask the Kentucky Supreme Court to review last week’s appeals court decision that supported Hands On Originals’ right to refuse to print gay pride T-shirts in 2012. ;[John Cheves]

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) issued a rare rebuke of Donald Trump’s administration Monday evening, telling reporters the White House must find a way to reverse its “downward spiral.” [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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It’s Just The Tip Tuesday Again

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Four vehicles sold by a state agency at an “employees only” sale in 2014 fetched prices that are 70 percent or more below their current value, according to Transportation Cabinet records. []

Mike Pence said on Saturday the United States would honor a controversial refugee deal with Australia, under which the United States would resettle up to 1,250 asylum seekers, a deal Donald Trump had described as “dumb”. [HuffPo]

Before he got dental coverage, David Thompson, who works at various construction jobs, said he suffered for years with untreated dental pain and decay. [C-J/AKN]

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]

This seems like one of the dumbest things Richmond could possible waste time on. No wonder that town remains in the dark ages. The owner of a Stratford Drive home on Wednesday night told Richmond’s Codes Enforcement Board the property would be in compliance by May 1 with the city’s prohibition against more than two unrelated people sharing a dwelling in a single-family residential zone. [Richmond Register]

Talk is already heating up that President Trump could have a chance to appoint a second person to the Supreme Court. [The Hill]

Members from a local environmental coalition shared comments Friday with the Kentucky Air Quality Division during a hearing focusing on including fence line monitoring of odor emissions in Big Run Landfill’s new air quality permit. [Ashland Independent]

Tens of thousands of people turned out in cities across the United States and beyond on Saturday for Earth Day events billed as a “celebration of science” to counter what organizers say is a growing disregard for evidence-based knowledge in Washington. [Reuters]

“People really don’t realize how many kids there are out there without a bed,” says Mary Claire Williams, program director for MSUCorps’ Build-A-Bed program, which began in 2009. This year, volunteers will be building over 250 twin-sized beds for children preschool through 12th grade in need in the region. [The Morehead News]

Fears of Russian meddling in a French vote reflect an overt and covert influence campaign. [ProPublica]

Officials with the Southeastern Cave Conservancy Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to cave conservation, announced on Friday afternoon the purchase of the Daleo entrance to the Roppel section of Mammoth Cave. [Glasgow Daily Times]

It was supposed to be a night out. But for the young man who calls himself Maksim, as for scores of other gay men arrested in a pogrom this month in Russia’s Chechnya region, it pivoted into nearly two weeks of beatings and torture. [NY Times]

There are far more fast food workers in Kentucky than coal miners. A little dose of reality might help. [H-L]

Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) told the mother of a service industry worker who has benefitted from the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion that her son should get a better job if he wants decent insurance when Obamacare is repealed. [HuffPo]

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Turns Out It’s Possible: Matt Bevin Got Even More Embarrassing

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The valley along Looney Creek in Harlan County was a wooded wilderness in 1917 when U.S. Steel, hungry for coal to make steel during World War I, bought 19,000 acres and set about creating the largest company-owned coal town in the world. [H-L]

OMG hold on to your wigs. Former President George W. Bush took President Donald Trump’s administration to task on Monday. [HuffPo]

Bratcher faced intense questioning and criticism from community members worried the bill is half-baked, stands to resegregate schools and constitutes government overreach. [C-J/AKN]

Matt Bevin isn’t just dumb – he’s as corrupt and backward as Donald Trump. He lies more than Trump, which is borderline astonishing. Errr… it would be. But this is a man with black children who pursues policies that disproportionally harm black people. [Faux Spews]

Just in case you missed Matt Bevin lying about how the Affordable Care Act has helped Kentucky. [WKYT]

It cost New York City about $24 million to provide security at Trump Tower, President Donald Trump’s skyscraper home in Manhattan, from Election Day to Inauguration Day, or $308,000 per day, New York’s police commissioner said on Wednesday. [Reuters]

Restaurants open with the intent to serve, but two restaurants in Madison County have taken the idea of service to heart and have built their business models around offering everyone a place at their tables. [Richmond Register]

No going to church, no going to the store. No doctor’s appointments for some, no school for others. No driving, period — not when a broken taillight could deliver the driver to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. [NY Times]

Because all people experiencing depression and other issues show outward signs??? An inmate who hanged himself in the Greenup County Detention Center earlier this month had shown no signs of distress, jailer Mike Worthington said Friday. [Ashland Independent]

When your mind goes so far right-wing that you can’t discern humor. This is hilarious and terrifying. [WaPo]

Revising the health care law from the previous presidential administration was the primary issue U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie was interested in discussing during one of his stops in Glasgow on Wednesday, but he also touched on political topics ranging from Russia to Mexico. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Remember when Jack Conway said this sort of thing was fine and the Kentucky media turned a blind eye? An investigation by Fox 25 in Oklahoma has confirmed that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt used a private email account to conduct official business while he was the state’s attorney general, directly contradicting what he told the Senate during his confirmation hearing. [ThinkProgress]

With the General Assembly controlled by business-friendly Republicans, electric utilities might have sensed an opportunity to ram through legislation to limit the growth of independent solar power in Kentucky. [H-L]

Jewish facilities around the nation were rocked by yet another wave of bomb threats Monday, forcing evacuations in at least 12 states. [HuffPo]

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McConnell Finally Meets Kentucky’s Rage

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Surprise! Matt Bevin and the Republican Party of Kentucky lied again for political gain. Automaker Volvo and Swedish officials dispute Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s recent claim that Volvo refused to consider locating a production plant in Kentucky in 2015 because the state did not have a so-called “right-to-work” law at the time. [H-L]

Multiple reports this week have cast the administration of Donald Trump as being increasingly at odds with U.S. intelligence agencies, including the National Security Agency and the FBI, just weeks into his presidency and mere days after the fall of national security adviser Michael Flynn. [HuffPo]

About 1,000 Kentuckians hoping to confront U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell about policies and appointments of President Donald Trump caught up with him Tuesday at an Anderson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon, with a few of them getting inside American Legion Post 34 to fire questions at him. [C-J/AKN]

Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt early Sunday mocked President Trump after Trump pointed to an incident “last night” in Sweden to defend his travel ban. “Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound,” Bildt tweeted. [The Hill]

It’s eye roll time! The Berea City Council voted Tuesday evening to begin its regular meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag and an invocation by a member of the Berea Ministerial Association. [Richmond Register]

Leaked audio reveals Donald Trump invited COUNTRY CLUB MEMBERS to sit in on staff interviews. And people like Scott Jennings and the RPK are still defending this con artist. [Politico]

As many as 1,000 unhappy protesters greeted U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell when he arrived at American Legion Park on Tuesday to address the local Chamber of Commerce. [Ronnie Ellis]

It’s with a whiff of desperation that President Trump insists these days that he’s the chief executive Washington needs, the decisive dealmaker who, as he said during the campaign, “alone can fix it.” What America has seen so far is an inept White House led by a celebrity apprentice. [NY Times]

A grassroots effort is underway to establish a homeless shelter in Barren County. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A CIA officer resigned over Trump. Edward Price worked at the CIA from 2006 until this month, most recently as the spokesman for the National Security Council. [WaPo]

The Republican Party of Kentucky is trying to make it impossible to use solar energy in the Commonwealth. And they’re cowards. Jared Carpenter didn’t even have the guts to answer questions about the bill he sponsored – likely at the behest of the Kentucky Coal Association and the group of power conglomerates in Kentucky. It’s shady and offensive. [WFPL]

Geoff Burr spent much of the last decade as the chief lobbyist for a powerful construction industry trade group. Burr sought to influence a host of regulations of the Department of Labor, opposing wage standards for federal construction contracts and working against an effort to limit workers’ exposure to dangerous silica dust. [ProPublica]

A Senate bill filed Thursday would make law enforcement agencies withhold any information that could be used to identify the victims of sex offenses, domestic violence, criminal abuse, stalking or human trafficking, raising First Amendment concerns for news organizations trying to cover such crimes. There’s no reason JRA’s bill can’t be cleaned up to be amenable to the press while protecting, at least in part, victims. [H-L]

A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that a Maryland ban on assault-style rifles and large-capacity magazines isn’t subject to the Constitution’s right to keep and bear arms. [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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