You Excited For Another Martin County Coal Slurry Disaster? If So, You Can Thank Mitch McConnell & Crew

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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has found that Western Kentucky University officials acted illegally by turning down open records requests from two student newspaper representatives. [H-L]

Just a reminder that Holocaust denial is alive and well IN THE FUCKING WHITE HOUSE! The State Department drafted its own statement last month marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day that explicitly included a mention of Jewish victims, according to people familiar with the matter, but President Donald Trump’s White House blocked its release. [Politico]

If you need a good laugh, check out the latest brain dead bumblings from Bridget Bush, a woman with a history of spewing racism, homophobia and general stupidity. She believes that since SHE has a great life, everyone else does, that there’s nothing up in the U.S. That’s how stupid the woman is. Straight up stupid. It’s not ignorance. She’s really that dumb. Thank goodness the paper allows her and her ilk (like Scott Jennings) to spew their bullshit out into the public so we know who to keep our children away from. Also, PEE ALERT! [C-J/AKN]

On Thursday the GOP-controlled House voted to overturn an Obama administration rule designed to keep firearms out of the hands of some people deemed mentally ill. [NPR]

What happens to our institutions when good people are not there to run them? [LEO Weekly]

After this twat threatened to invade Mexico (seriously), he got nasty with Australia. A report about heated remarks President Trump made to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a Saturday phone call has sparked an incident with the close U.S. ally, and confusion over whether the U.S. will honor a refugee resettlement deal. [New York Magazine]

Amy Johnson stood on the sidewalk in downtown Louisville, waiting for a ride, and lit a cigarette. [WFPL]

The military convoy spotted on Sunday flying a Donald Trump flag near Louisville belonged to an East Coast-based SEAL unit, a Navy spokesperson told ABC News. Though known as SEAL units, Navy Special Warfare Units consist of many support staff, Maxwell said, so the occupants of the vehicle flying the flag may not have been SEALs. [ABC News]

Eastern Kentucky University’s police department had a busy year in 2016, according to information presented to the university’s Board of Regents Monday morning. [Richmond Register]

Discrimination under the guise of ‘Religious Freedom’ is still discrimination, Republican Party of Kentucky. [ACLU]

The man who in all probability will be Morehead State University’s next president is coming to campus March 5 and 6. [Ashland Independent]

A Senate subcommittee is launching an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and how to prevent similar attacks in the future, subcommittee leaders announced Thursday. [The Hill]

Rama Al Najjar and her family left Syria more than four years ago to escape violence, but critics’ fears that refugees will commit similar violence have caused families like hers to be blocked from the United States. [H-L]

Donald Trump takes Propecia, a hair-loss drug associated with mental confusion and impotence. But that’s not that big of a deal, right? Nothing wrong with the leader of the free world taking something that could make him even more unstable. [HuffPo]

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Will You Recognize Fascism When It Knocks On Your Door? Not If You’re A Kentucky Republican

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What the Associated Press doesn’t tell you is that those kids rallying? They were all wearing private school uniforms or wearing private school backpacks. You can check the photos out for yourself. This is all about the redistribution of public funds to wealthy people. Full stop. [H-L]

This is the hate people like Scott Jennings and the Republican Party of Kentucky are actively supporting and defending. The U.S. government must “permit lawyers access to all legal permanent residents being detained at Dulles International Airport” a federal judge in Virginia ordered late Saturday. [H-L]

Greg Fischer announced a rally with Louisville civic, faith and other community leaders will take place Monday at the Muhammad Ali Center in response to President Donald Trump’s controversial executive orders that kept an untold number of refugees from entering the U.S. on Saturday. [C-J/AKN]

If you’re supporting this, it’s time you came to terms with the fact that you’re a raging racist. President Trump’s executive order closing the nation’s borders to refugees was put into immediate effect on Friday night. Refugees who were airborne on flights on the way to the United States when the order was signed were stopped and detained at airports. [NY Times]

Hundreds of people packed into the Turkish American Friendship Center in Louisville’s Buechel neighborhood on Saturday for a rally and community dinner. The cause: to combat islamophobia and racism. [WFPL]

My worry is the president of the United States is barking mad. [WaPo]

Donald Trump on Wednesday said he plans a “major investigation” into what he claims was massive voter fraud in the November presidential election. Kentucky’s chief elections official, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, said Wednesday “there is no basis in fact or in reality for any claim, accusation or belief that there is widespread voter impersonation sufficient to impact the presidential race.” [Ronnie Ellis]

Yep, your new president and his team have practiced denial of the Holocaust. That really happened. AND THEY DOUBLED DOWN! [CNN]

Matt Bevin again took to social media Wednesday to attack Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear for what Bevin claimed is Beshear’s refusal to defend a new abortion restriction law and he also attacked The Courier-Journal and one of its reporters. [Ronnie Ellis]

President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. treasury secretary was untruthful with the Senate during the confirmation process, documents uncovered by The Dispatch show. Steve Mnuchin, former chairman and chief executive officer of OneWest Bank, known for its aggressive foreclosure practices, flatly denied in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee that OneWest used “robo-signing” on mortgage documents. [Columbus Dispatch]

One woman relied on old needles used by her friend’s diabetic husband. Another settled for whatever syringes she could find. [Richmond Register]

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by Texas seeking to revive the state’s strict Republican-backed voter-identification requirements that a lower court found had a discriminatory effect on black and Hispanic people. [Reuters]

A former employee of a defunct Lexington consulting firm pleaded guilty Thursday to helping funnel bribes to a state official in order to get business for the company. Myron D. Harrod worked at MC Squared Consulting in 2014 and 2015 when owner Sam. C. McIntosh was bribing state Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer. [H-L]

This is the hate people like Scott Jennings and the Republican Party of Kentucky are actively supporting and defending. The real-life consequences of President Donald Trump’s executive order on Friday banning Syrian refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations became apparent within hours of his signing it. [HuffPo]

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The KRS/KTRS Are Still A Train Wreck

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Officials asked residents of a Knott County home to evacuate because of the threat of flooding caused by water leaking from a nearby coal mine. [H-L]

Donald Trump promised during his campaign to bring back mining jobs to struggling workers in coal country. Now the president-elect has tapped for commerce secretary a Manhattan billionaire who owned a West Virginia coal mine where 12 workers died in 2006. [HuffPo]

Greg Fischer said those seeking to address gun violence in Louisville and other cities, such as Gov. Matt Bevin, must consider multiple policy levers in order to halt the rise of shootings and homicides. [C-J/AKN]

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition-team adviser on financial policies and appointments, Paul Atkins, has been depicted as an ideological advocate of small government. But the ways that the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans are likely to approach financial deregulation could serve Atkins’ wallet as well as his political agenda. [ProPublica]

The Louisville attorneys representing three people in a lawsuit stemming from a Donald Trump campaign rally want to depose the president-elect before he’s sworn into office. Dan Canon is one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs suing Trump and others. He said Trump incited violence at his rally in Louisville back in March. [WLKY]

On Thursday, a federal judge in Oregon ruled that a climate lawsuit brought against the U.S. government by a group of youths can move forward, a win for the strategy of fighting climate change through the judicial branch. [ThinkProgress]

Worried about irreparable damage being done to their retirement benefits, a group of public school teachers on Tuesday asked a judge to order Kentucky’s top political leaders to “perform their constitutional and statutory duties” by adequately funding the pension system. [Richmond Register]

A US serviceman has been killed by an improvised explosive device while fighting against so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria, officials say. [BBC]

The 5,000 electric customers of Kentucky Utilities in Barren and Hart counties, along with the other 541,000 in more than 70 counties across the commonwealth, could get cost hikes in the coming year, pending Kentucky Public Service Commission approval. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Thirty years ago Friday, a shocking announcement was made in the rotunda of San Francisco’s City Hall by a visibly shaken Dianne Feinstein, who was then president of the city’s Board of Supervisors. [NPR]

The financial woes of Kentucky’s public pension systems continue to worsen, but it’s really one of the six plans which is causing the most concern. [Ronnie Ellis]

Mitch McConnell (R-Granny), whose wife Elaine Chao is Trump’s pick for transportation secretary, was asked if he plans to recuse himself from her Senate confirmation process. McConnell’s answer? In a word: no. [WaPo]

The number of homemade methamphetamine labs found in Kentucky has dropped sharply in the past few years as drug abusers switched to imported meth, reducing the danger and cleanup costs associated with the small labs. [H-L]

A Marine wounded in combat in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004 has found new purpose as a self-proclaimed peaceful warrior fighting against a 1,172-mile pipeline that protesters fear threatens the water source of Native Americans in North Dakota. [HuffPo]

What The Heck Is Going On In Glasgow?

Paintsville Mayor Robert Porter announced his resignation in the wake of a federal corruption conviction. [H-L]

Two big-money donors who have given or raised tens of thousands of dollars for Donald Trump are livid at the Republican presidential nominee and are asking for their money back, according to a bundler who raised money for Trump. [NBC News]

Under Mayor Greg Fischer’s leadership, Louisville has undertaken several studies aimed at better understanding the city’s environmental challenges. A new national ranking suggests it may be time to move beyond research and into action. [C-J/AKN]

In August, the country’s worst natural disaster since 2012’s Superstorm Sandy hit Louisiana. Flooding killed 13 people and left more than 80,000 homes severely damaged. And once again, the American Red Cross’ response left local officials seething. [ProPublica]

Incumbent Republican Sen. Rand Paul is targeted by two separate attack ads released Tuesday, one from the campaign of Paul’s Democratic challenger Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and the other from a PAC supporting Gray. [Ronnie Ellis]

Lawmakers in a state that abolished the death penalty in 2009 want to resurrect it for political gain, according to Democratic lawmakers in New Mexico. [ThinkProgress]

Five of the seven candidates running for commissioner of Ashland answered questions about missing tires, city water and job growth on Monday in a forum hosted by the Human Rights Commission. [Ashland Independent]

Republican candidate Donald Trump has denied the allegation that he violated the US trade embargo with Cuba. [BBC]

Morehead City Council passed an ordinance on Monday evening to allow the sale of packaged alcohol sales on Sunday. [The Morehead News]

The U.S. has lifted sanctions against Myanmar that have been in place for nearly two decades. [NPR]

Everything about this smells scandalous. Glasgow Councilman Gary Oliver, when asked directly by fellow council member Karalee Oldenkamp, still would not reveal his motivation behind asking the city’s legislative body to consider reducing its size, starting with the 2018 election. [Glasgow Daily Times]

When you are threatening to investigate and then jail your political opponent in a presidential debate you have crossed an exceptionally dangerous line. [Boston Globe]

The federal government has denied Kentucky’s request for a one-year extension to comply with regulations known as Real ID, requiring tougher standards for driver’s licenses and identification cards. [H-L]

Donald Trump may be losing ground in Utah, according to a new poll that was conducted after the release of the tape in which the Republican presidential nominee boasts about sexually assaulting women. [HuffPo]

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The First Dem Domino Has Fallen

Tim Longmeyer is just the first shoe to drop in this corrupt Democratic Party roundup by the FBI. The former secretary of the state Personnel Cabinet allegedly took more than $200,000 in kickbacks to steer business to a consulting company and make illegal contributions to political candidates. [H-L]

Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland to allow guns at the Republican National Convention — all in the name of safety. [HuffPo]

At the second local gathering of religious leaders in the wake of the Belgium terror attacks, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Wednesday called the responses by some Republican political candidates “naive and unrealistic.” [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump’s heretical positions on foreign policy are multiplying. [The Hill]

Richmond’s industrial park along Duncannon Lane now has a new feature to help attract business, the fastest-available broadband Internet service. [Richmond Register]

Kentucky’s House of Representatives on Friday approved a bill to create a single marriage license form for opposite-sex and same-sex couples that would allow applicants to identify as “bride,” “groom” or “spouse.” [Reuters]

Coal’s days are numbered as the dominant energy source and utility companies had better be ready to deploy other sources, a top electric company official said Monday. “Coal will not return to where it was,” said Kentucky Power President Greg Pauley, citing federal regulations and competition from natural gas and alternative energy sources. [Ashland Independent]

James Hansen and 18 leading climate experts have published a peer-reviewed version of their 2015 discussion paper on the dangers posed by unrestricted carbon pollution. The study adds to the growing body of evidence that the current global target or defense line embraced by the world — 2°C (3.6°F) total global warming — “could be dangerous” to humanity. [ThinkProgress]

The former personnel secretary for then Gov. Steve Beshear and until this week a deputy attorney general for Andy Beshear has been charged by federal officials with setting up a kickback scheme that netted him more than $200,000 during his time in the elder Beshear’s administration. [Ronnie Ellis]

This is not a joke. Senator Al Franken should be the Democratic Party’s choice for vice president. [Politico]

State regulators have told an Eastern Kentucky coal mine to immediately cease operations after a pond overflow released iron-laced water into a stream last week and killed hundreds of fish. [WFPL]

Bernie Sanders has swept to victory over Hillary Clinton in all three states that voted for the Democratic presidential nominee on Saturday. [BBC]

Lexmark, one of the city’s biggest employers, plans to lay off 143 workers in Lexington, beginning May 25, according to a notice filed with the city. The layoffs will be permanent, the notice said. Those cuts came on top of 500 job cuts announced last July. [H-L]

These anti-woman efforts aren’t just taking place in Floriduh, they’re also taking places in Kentucky. And Democrats are cheering the restrictionsi along every step of the way. [HuffPo]

Refugee Freakout Continues For Racists

Gov. Steve Beshear launched a program Monday to help Kentuckians move from a life of drug abuse and addiction to one of sobriety and productivity. [H-L]

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday there was “no data” to support the notion that the national debate over the use of force by police has made the country less safe, an idea that has sometimes been referred to as the “Ferguson effect.” [HuffPo]

Just what Kentucky’s working poor need! Once they lose access to health care, they can pay more taxes for the crap that Greg Fischer and his rich daddy want to build and/or destroy. [C-J/AKN]

Five ways conservative media are exploiting the terrorist attacks in Paris to hype misinformation. [MMFA]

Here’s the latest column Greg Stumbo’s LRC staffers have written for him. In the late 1990s, Gov. Paul Patton rolled out a simple but effective campaign summarized by two words: “Education pays.” [Floyd County Times]

Refugees aren’t just slipping into the US. Screening takes two years, and it’s nearly impossible for people to pass. [Vox]

The situation is under investigation by the state department of corrections but the jailer says what happened is just another sign of how bad the drug situation is. [WKYT]

Confusing refugees with terrorists is morally unacceptable and, as a matter of strategy, misguided. [NY Times]

Copper thieves are responsible for a power outage that affected nearly 1,500 Kentucky Power customers in Pikeville Monday night, including the local hospital. [Hazard Herald]

Australia’s Carmichael coal mine project has been under major scrutiny by large conservation groups and prominent Australians for months. Now, progressive think tank the Australia Institute has found just how damaging the emissions from burning coal at the mine could really be. [ThinkProgress]

The Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen released the 2014 audit of the former Harlan County Sheriff Marvin Lipfird’s office on Friday. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Fields along the Mississippi River Delta once gleamed white in the autumn with acre upon acre of cotton ready to be picked. But to see the decline of a cash crop once nicknamed “King Cotton” one need look no further than the 300 acres (121 hectares) that Michael Shelton farms in Clarksdale, Mississippi, about 75 miles (120 km) down river from Memphis. [Reuters]

A new mobile activity center that will educate students about agriculture will be on the road to eastern Kentucky after the first of the year. [H-L]

Astronomers have spotted what they believe is the most distant object in the solar system — a dwarf planet floating some 9.5 billion miles from the sun. [HuffPo]