First They Came For Media & Now They’re Coming For You

If you’re a Republican in Kentucky and refuse to stand up to loudly condemn Donald Trump at this juncture? Know that I will work until the day I die to ruin your professional political life. When reporters began to ask about whether the alt-right was behind the Charlottesville bloodshed, though, Trump unleashed a torrent of both-sides whataboutism and crankery. “What about the alt-left that came charging at the—as you say, the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt?” he asked. Trump added that there were “some very fine people on both sides” at the protest, and that there was a peaceful march the night before. [Slate]

Of course Matt Bevin, a father of brown children, is so painfully stupid and borderline racist that he wants to keep monuments to slave masters and Confederate traitors. [H-L]

Richard Spencer, the 39-year-old Nazi, said Monday that he did not take Donald Trump’s statement denouncing hate groups seriously, and two of Spencer’s associates shared a somewhat similar sentiment with HuffPost. [HuffPo]

Fed up with soaring legal bills at the University of Louisville, a legislative panel Monday rejected a request to double university spending for outside attorneys to $2.5 million for 2016-18. [C-J/AKN]

The Nazi-supporting loons within the Trump Administration don’t want you to have the freedom of assembly or right to protest. [The Hill]

Dr. Maurice J. Oakley has spent 38 years looking out for the well-being of patients as a physician in Ashland. This past week, Oakley received what is arguably the most prestigious recognition possible for Kentucky physicians when the ophthalmologist was named the new president of the Kentucky Medical Association. [Ashland Independent]

Undeterred by violence over the planned removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, municipal leaders in cities across the United States said this week they would step up efforts to pull such monuments from public spaces. [Reuters]

This is one of the best things Barren County Schools has done in decades. Over 700 students at Barren County High School and the Trojan Academy ate breakfast at school Thursday morning, said CheyAnne Fant, director of 21st Century Learning and Nutritional Services for Barren County Schools. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The white supremacist forces arrayed in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend — the largest gathering of its sort in at least a generation — represented a new incarnation of the white supremacy movement. Old-guard groups like the Ku Klux Klan, the Aryan Nations and the Nazi skinheads, which had long stood at the center of racist politics in America, were largely absent. [ProPublica]

Reaction in Kentucky political circles to the disturbing racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., this weekend reflected the horror and disgust felt by most of the nation. [Ronnie Ellis]

Trump shared on Twitter a cartoon on Tuesday morning of a train running over a person with a CNN logo covering the person’s head, three days after a fatal collision in Charlottesville, Va. Mr. Trump deleted his retweet minutes later. [NY Times]

Bessie Madden is more than familiar with the need for helping seniors in the Greenup area. Madden works at Greenup Meals on Wheels with a coalition of volunteers, delivering meals to seniors at their homes when they cannot prepare food for themselves. [Ashland Independent]

Three days after Donald Trump named his campaign foreign policy team in March 2016, the youngest of the new advisers sent an email to seven campaign officials with the subject line: “Meeting with Russian Leadership – Including Putin.” [WaPo]

Where there’s Ray Jones smoke, there’s Ray Jones fire. A Pikeville private detective who worked for the top Democrat in the Kentucky Senate pleaded guilty Monday in Franklin Circuit Court to four counts of attempting to intimidate an election officer and one count of attempting to interfere with an election. [H-L]

Hours after denouncing far-right extremists on Monday, Donald Trump retweeted a far-right “Pizzagate” conspiracy theorist known for disrupting a performance of “Julius Caesar” over the summer. [HuffPo]

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The UofL Dam Has Finally Broken

Have you read about Matt Bevin’s latest education embarrassment? He’s appointed someone with quite the scandalous educational past. Because he has absolutely no sense at all. [Page One]

Where is the Kentucky Democratic Party? Dead, bloated, about to pop as it floats down the Kentucky River surrounded by a froth of turds and old milk jugs. Dr. Michael Winkler, a radiologist and associate professor at the University of Kentucky Medical School, took time off Wednesday afternoon from reading patients’ charts to join about 100 people protesting Vice President Mike Pence as he called for a new federal health care law. [H-L]

Bigots always run from reality. Mike Pence quickly moved to distance himself from Donald Trump Jr. this week after a series of bombshell reports found the president’s eldest son had met in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer in an effort to obtain damaging intel on presidential rival Hillary Clinton. Pence’s spokesman Marc Lotter sought Wednesday to increase that separation during an interview on Fox News but refused, repeatedly, to say if the vice president had met with any Russians himself during the presidential campaign. [HuffPo]

Hold on to your wig, Jim Ramsey, cause you’re about to feel the burn. Karma’s a real bitch. The Kentucky Attorney General’s office has informed the University of Louisville that it is investigating the disclosures in the forensic audit of the university’s foundation. [C-J/AKN]

Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday asking why the Department of Justice settled a major money-laundering case involving a real-estate company owned by the son of a powerful Russian government official whose lawyer met with Donald Trump Jr. last year. [Business Insider]

A $200,000 grant has been awarded for the environmental clean-up of the former Parker Seal plant in Berea. The Brownfields Program grant was secured from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by the Kentucky River Foothills Development Council Inc. (KRFDC) in partnership with Fahe in Berea. [Richmond Register]

Democrats say they have little reason to believe that Republicans are serious about doing tax reform on a bipartisan basis, saying they have yet to put meaningful action behind their words. [The Hill]

Mike Pence came here Wednesday “to turn up the heat on Congress” to pass a Republican-backed bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. He was largely preaching to the choir, however. A group of about 150 invited guests, nearly all of whom are Republicans and Republican office holders, including Gov. Matt Bevin and Kentucky Congressmen Andy Barr of Lexington and Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green, were at the gathering. [Ronnie Ellis]

But we’ve got no funds for health care or keeping people alive? Jeff Sessions said on Wednesday the Justice Department plans to hire 300 additional assistant U.S. attorneys to help fight a recent national increase in crime, including a focus on transnational gangs such as MS-13. [Reuters]

An open house was held at the Morehead Public Defenders office last Friday at their new location on US 60 West. Remarks were made by several staff members as well as legislators and judges. [The Morehead News]

Following the revelation that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer connected with the Russian government, defenders of the president’s eldest son have offered a familiar argument: Hillary Clinton’s actions were more egregious. [NY Times]

Ron Bowman drives the Barren County Reads and Feeds bus. When he makes a stop and honks the horn, children run toward the vehicle from all directions. [Glasgow Daily Times]

It was June 7, 2016, and Donald Trump stood on the stage at his Westchester County, N.Y., golf club to launch his general-election race against Hillary Clinton with a big promise. [WaPo]

In a high-stakes bid for conservative support, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to demands from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to allow insurers to sell low-cost, skimpier plans as part of a new but still-reeling health care bill being released Thursday, two GOP aides said. [H-L]

U.S. intelligence officials heard Russian officials discussing associates of Donald Trump in early 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. [HuffPo]

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Hold On To Health Care While You’ve Got It & Let Mitch McConnell Have An Earful

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Wednesday that his office plans to file two to 10 lawsuits against drug manufacturers, distributors and retailers that allegedly contributed to the state’s drug overdose crisis by illegally marketing and selling opioids. [H-L]

As President Dumpster Fire prepares for this week’s G-20 summit, his European partners aren’t hiding their disillusionment with how his “America First” approach to foreign policy has damaged the liberal world order. [HuffPo]

We’re wiling to give anyone a chance but the last four or five were beyond disastrous. How long are we gonna hold our breath? In his first official media briefing as acting superintendent, Marty Pollio on Monday morning reiterated his push to improve the climate in Jefferson County Public Schools. [C-J/AKN]

More than 30 “disappointed and alarmed” senators penned a letter chastising civil rights enforcement at the Department of Education. [ProPublica]

Charitable organizations feeding the hungry could see an increase in the number of people they serve if a cut in food stamps is approved by Congress. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Can you imagine if anyone in Kentucky put pressure on Mitch McConnell to stand up for his constituents? [The Hill]

A new housing development in southwest Morehead is expected to bring 48 living units to the area by the end of 2018. [The Morehead News]

A 19-year-old American soldier has died in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province from wounds received in an attack, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. [Reuters]

In the wake of mounting overdoses and deaths from the opioid-addiction crisis sweeping across the U.S., drugmakers are racing to come up with safer painkillers. Companies are highly motivated to create alternatives to the $4 billion opioid market. The federal government is cracking down on lax prescriptions that contribute to many thousands of deaths a year and has started to block the sale of medications it considers unsafe. [Richmond Register]

The US has confirmed that North Korea tested a long-range missile which some experts believe could reach Alaska. [BBC]

With three weeks of work down, Appalachia Service Project volunteers continue to lend a helping hand with local home repairs. [Ashland Independent]

For the 15th year, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) spent July 4 marching through this town of 1,331, a short boat ride away from Canada. She walked and waved, next to marching bands and Shriner-driven lobster boats. Her constituents cheered — and then asked whether she would vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act. [WaPo]

You don’t say. Teaching assistant Kelvin Holt watched as a preschool student fell to the back of a cafeteria line during breakfast in Killeen, Texas, as if trying to hide. [H-L]

A journalist who revealed the racist, anti-Semitic internet troll behind the CNN beat-down video that President Dumpster Fire shared says he’s facing a barrage of death threats. And he warns that the president is fueling a violent, anti-media conversation online. [HuffPo]

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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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Thank Repubs For Killing Health Care

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear sued Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday for the fourth time, claiming the Republican governor did not have the authority to dissolve and reorganize several state education boards to which Bevin appoints members. [H-L]

White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s first on-camera press briefing in over a week was full of non-answers and promises to “touch base” with President Donald Trump at a later date. [HuffPo]

Spoiler alert for Governor Dingus: hell doesn’t exist. If it did, most people with a brain would push to send him there. Not just because he’s painfully stupid but because he’s a hypocritical bigot. [C-J/AKN]

Several Senate Republicans are criticizing their own party for negotiating and writing an ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill largely behind closed doors and without input from Democrats. [The Hill]

The old saying goes “It takes a village.” For Habitat for Humanity in Madison and Clark Counties, they saying is spot on. The volunteers, board members and homeowners alike have become the heartbeat of the organization that has continued to grow since the counties merged in 2007. [Richmond Register]

U.S. Democrats took to the Senate floor on Monday to throw a spotlight on behind-the-scenes efforts by the Republican majority to repeal former President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, known as Obamacare. [Reuters]

Attorney General Andy Beshear is again suing Gov. Matt Bevin, challenging the governor’s “unprecedented” use of executive orders to abolish and re-establish state boards. [Ronnie Ellis]

Ford Motor said on Tuesday that it would build its next-generation small car for American consumers in China rather than Mexico, where the automaker canceled plans for a new factory this year. [NY Times]

The Cave City City Council only had three items of business listed on the agenda for its special-called meeting Monday afternoon. One of those items was to consider the adoption of an ordinance regarding the city’s 2017-18 budget on second reading, but before the ordinance could be adopted Councilman Steve Pedigo questioned whether or not it was legal or illegal for the city to suspend its monthly contribution to the Glasgow-Barren County Industrial Development Economic Authority. [Glasgow Daily Times]

In Washington, the need to spin is strong. Which is why it’s so amazing that Senate Republicans aren’t even trying to spin their secret health-care negotiations as anything but: Yeah, this isn’t good. [WaPo]

This ought to melt your brain a little. “I am an eagle from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet,” said Rocky Adkins, Kentucky House of Representatives Minority Floor Leader. [The Morehead News]

Everything happened so fast as I walked out of the doctor’s exam room. I was tucking in my shirt and wondering if I’d asked all my questions about my injured shoulder when one of the doctor’s assistants handed me two small boxes of pills. [ProPublica]

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is pledging to fight a proposed reorganization and restructuring by Gov. Matt Bevin of nearly 40 medical and professional oversight boards, which control the licensing of more than 100,000 professionals in Kentucky and investigate complaints against them. [H-L]

Senate Republicans apparently have decided the way to improve that “mean” House bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act is to make it even meaner, at least over the long run. [HuffPo]

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Consider Helping Me Make A Difference

Outside of the mainstream, who has gone to bat over the last decade for people unable to find justice?

Who started the original University of Louisville scandal reporting and helped send Robert Felner to prison? Hint: That person put so much pressure on media outlets to cover education-related corruption that statewide newspapers started moving their star political reporters to ed spots – like Ryan Alessi at the Herald-Leader.

Got Steve Henry convicted?

Broke dozens of Louisville Metro Animal Services scandals resulting in numerous firings and lawsuits?

Reported on animal abuse and torture so thoroughly that REPUBLICANS were forced to take action in Louisville to create whistleblower protection laws?

Was the original Kentucky Retirement Systems scandal(s) screamer ten years ago?

Spent nearly five years reporting on one of the most massive education-related scandals in Kentucky (Joshua Powell – Montgomery County Schools), resulting in myriad lawsuits, millions in payouts, more than fifty firings and state and federal government investigations and sanctions?

Ousted Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday?

Covered so many Jefferson County Public Schools nightmares that everyone has lost count?

Held Jack Conway accountable during the 2010 U.S. Senate race despite non-stop Democratic Party backlash?

Broke countless stories about Rand Paul that garnered national and international coverage?

Broke story after story about Republican and Democratic candidates and elected officials with no consideration of their partisanship or whether they were friends/acquaintances?

Shook the Legislative Research Commission and Democratic and Republican leadership to their knees by publishing scandalous deposition testimony? (Legislators went to court to try to silence the reporting and failed. Miserably.)

And produced hundreds of other major stories?

Spoiler alert: it was me.

Did it all while asking for nothing in return. For a decade. 8-10 stories per day. Every day. More than 23,000 of them on Page One and The ‘Ville Voice. Love me or hate me, it was me. I’ve never started what I couldn’t finish and I’ve always gotten justice for people in need. I’ve pissed off and upset everyone from Matt Bevin to to my own mother (rest in peace) for shining sunlight on what needed to be exposed.

My body of work speaks for itself. That’s not just an opinion – you’re free to dig in to see for yourself.

While I no can longer physically produce hundreds of stories per month, I’m still working on long-term projects and digging in deep. My research is sometimes shared with other media outlets and has contributed to several major stories so far in 2017. When I discover something that I cannot ethically reveal myself, it gets tossed to countless reporters around the state.

Whether I’m focusing on Matt Bevin, uncovering shenanigans within a government agency or reporting on school district activity in order to stop corruption and abuses of power, I give it my all and provide the voiceless with an opportunity to be heard by the powerful. I get results. I’d like to continue those efforts here. Long-term, deep research efforts. It’s important in the an age of mainstream media abandoning efforts like this. It’s crucial when there are maybe two reporters at television stations in Kentucky with anything resembling historical knowledge of the Commonwealth or a working relationship with the key players in Frankfort.

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Maybe Hypocrite Matt Bevin Should Spend A Bit More Time Praying Than He Does Casting Aspersions

Now Matt Bevin is threatening the media and individuals filing ethics complaints. This idiot should tread lightly when threatening others. A united media front will be his worst nightmare. If he doesn’t think the media will find what it needs to prove him corrupt? He’s more delusional than Donald Trump. The Bevin crew are so inept that they don’t know how to hide their footprints. Additionally, Amanda Stamper may be one of the dumbest spokespeople in the history of Frankfort. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell has had EIGHT YEARS to come up with a health care solution and he’s done jack shit. If you trust him with your health care at this point, you deserve whatever nightmare comes your way. Republican senators appear closer to ultimately passing a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with legislation that would dramatically reduce health insurance coverage for low-income people, only in a less severe fashion than the House measure. [HuffPo]

The 64th annual WHAS Crusade for Children telethon raised $5.4 million for special needs children, the charity announced Sunday. [C-J/AKN]

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee told USA TODAY on Tuesday that Russian attacks on election systems were broader and targeted more states than those detailed in an explosive intelligence report leaked to the website The Intercept. [USA Today]

Welp, the time has come. Jamie Comer has finally publicly (instead of just privately) decided to speak out against Ryan Quarles. Likely won’t end well for either of their camps. [State Journal]

Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election, according to a highly classified intelligence report obtained by The Intercept. [The Intercept]

As Richmond’s city commission reviewed the proposed 2017-18 budget Tuesday morning, few changes were suggested in departmental funding. However, several explanations were requested. [Richmond Register]

The FBI arrested a Georgia-based federal government contractor at her home this weekend, and on Monday announced she is being charged with “removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet.” The leaker is identified in the criminal complaint as 25-year-old Reality Leigh Winner, an employee of the contractor Pluribus International Corporation who held a top secret clearance. The Justice Department alleged that Winner admitted taking the classified intelligence document and mailing it to a news outlet. [TPM]

The City of Ashland would turn $400,000 in public funds into business incentives over the next two years through a new program pitched by Community and Economic Development Director Chris Pullem. [Ashland Independent]

The day after Donald Trump asked James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, to end an investigation into his former national security adviser, Mr. Comey confronted Attorney General Jeff Sessions and said he did not want to be left alone again with the president, according to current and former law enforcement officials. [NY Times]

Matt Bevin can’t repeal a 1 percent tax he said was one reason to dismantle the state health insurance exchange before he was elected in 2015. So he’s planning to work with the legislature next session to remove the tax, which funded the now-defunct Kynect. [WFPL]

The nation’s top intelligence official told associates in March that Donald Trump asked him if he could intervene with then-FBI Director James B. Comey to get the bureau to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russia probe, according to officials. [WaPo]

Tread lightly, “conservatives”, cause you’ll get your fat, white asses handed to you. Conservative radio hosts mock a physical assault on a reporter. A GOP governor blasts a reporter on Twitter as “a sick man.” The president accuses the media of being an “enemy of the state.” [H-L]

Donald Trump will nominate Christopher A. Wray to be the next director of the FBI, he announced on Wednesday. [HuffPo]

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