Rand Paul Flip-Flopped On Pompeo

Kentucky’s acting public health commissioner on Friday issued a statement saying “it is safe to travel to Kentucky and it is safe to attend the Kentucky Derby.” [H-L]

Rand Paul (R-Keebler) announced Monday that he would support Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state, a change in position that allowed the CIA chief to be recommended favorably out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee after all. [HuffPo]

Don’t worry, it wasn’t Heather French Henry claiming the sun was in her eyes this time. Police are investigating after a bicyclist was killed early Saturday morning after being struck by a vehicle on Dixie Highway. [C-J/AKN]

In a sprawling plant near Amarillo, Texas, rows of workers perform by hand one of the most dangerous jobs in American industry. Contract workers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pantex facility gingerly remove the plutonium cores from retired nuclear warheads. Although many safety rules are in place, a slip of the hand could mean disaster. [Reuters]

Lee Henderson closes his eyes and pictures Mary Turner holding her swollen belly and breathing heavily as she runs from the lynch mob. [Richmond Register]

New reports provide an unprecedented look at contaminants leaking from coal ash ponds and landfills. But the chasm between information and environmental protection may deepen thanks to a proposed Trump administration rollback. [ProPublica]

Americans overwhelmingly believe teachers don’t make enough money, and half say they’d support paying higher taxes to give educators a raise. [Ashland Independent]

Former FBI Director James Comey’s newly released memos indicate that in early 2017, Donald Trump repeatedly tried to refute one of the most salacious allegations in the Steele dossier — that Trump engaged in acts with sex workers at the Moscow Ritz-Carlton during a trip to Russia for the 2013 Miss Universe competition — by claiming he didn’t even spend a night in Moscow. But Trump’s defense against what he characterizes as “fake news” is directly contradicted by the sworn testimony of his longtime bodyguard, Keith Schiller. [ThinkProgress]

All Kentucky students in grades K-12 will be required to have the Hepatitis A vaccine by July 1 in order to attend school. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Trump administration says it plans to roll back a rule issued by President Barack Obama that prevents doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies from discriminating against transgender people. [NY Times]

Only a handful of families remain in the residential farming community beside the Trimble County power plant. The rest have sold their properties and moved away. The ones who stay behind live with daily blasting and construction as Louisville Gas & Electric builds a coal ash landfill across the street from their homes. Two families say they’re ready to leave, but they can’t because LG&E hasn’t offered them a fair price on their homes. [WFPL]

Eight months after a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville ended in the death of a counterprotester, the loose collection of disaffected young white men known as the alt-right is in disarray. [WaPo]

Kentucky’s rich farmland is rapidly disappearing, and most of it is being lost to a different kind of development than you might think, according to a new study by American Farmland Trust. [H-L]

Did you have a happy Tax Day? Are you feeling grateful for the Republican tax cut? Evidently, most American taxpayers are not. In a sublime case of poetic justice, the so-called Tax Cut and Jobs Act is backfiring on the Republicans big time. Most voters are unimpressed, and Republicans themselves are ceasing to emphasize it in their campaign material. [HuffPo]

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Allow Heather French Henry To Speak As An Authority On Anything But Her Family’s Own Fraud(s) Is A Shady-Ass Mistake

Republicans like Andy Barr and Brett Guthrie are fighting to make sure children like this die because they won’t have Medicaid. Just 24 hours old, Jay’la Cy’anne Clay already was having a rough day. Convulsions rocked her tiny body as she lay under warming lights in the nursery of the Baptist Health Richmond hospital. She vomited and made strange, high-pitched cries. The infant was going through opioid withdrawal. [H-L]

In an interview with The New York Times published Wednesday, Donald Trump made a series of shocking statements about his administration’s ties to Russia, ongoing investigations into collusion with a foreign government and his waning happiness with senior officials in the White House. [HuffPo]

Pressure is mounting on Louisville officials to reject a Rubbertown chemical plant’s request for relaxed pollution risk goals under the city’s 2005 Strategic Toxic Air Reduction program. [C-J/AKN]

The Trump administration has spent taxpayer money meant to encourage enrollment in the Affordable Care Act on a public relations campaign aimed at methodically strangling it. [TDB]

This is what good old boy redneck bullshit looks like in Eastern Kentucky. [Ashland Independent]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he plans to continue to serve in his post “as long as that is appropriate.” [The Hill]

Sure, Kentucky needs to do a better job getting its broadband shit together. But spending $300 per month on phone service? The only thing that proves is that this guy is a definite fool. [Richmond Register]

About one in eight people who voted for President Donald Trump said they are not sure they would do so again after witnessing Trump’s tumultuous first six months in office, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll of 2016 voters. [Reuters]

In a joint meeting of city and county government committees Wednesday afternoon, some consensus appeared to have been reached regarding proposed revisions to the interlocal agreement that created the Glasgow-Barren County Industrial Development and Economic Authority. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Financial records filed last year in the secretive tax haven of Cyprus, where Paul J. Manafort kept bank accounts during his years working in Ukraine and investing with a Russian oligarch, indicate that he had been in debt to pro-Russia interests by as much as $17 million before he joined Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign in March 2016. [NY Times]

Relying on Heather French Henry to speak to veterans issues after she basically did nothing but put on a show with her fake charity is absurd. Rick Howlett and others in media know better. Shame on anyone letting these fucking shysters speak as if they have any credibility or authority just because they’re popular. It’s lazy and dangerous. [WFPL]

I am not a member of the deep state. I am not big government. I am a scientist, a policy expert, a civil servant and a worried citizen. Reluctantly, as of today, I am also a whistleblower on an administration that chooses silence over science. [WaPo]

Way to go, Republicans! An accident that killed a coal miner in Pike County happened because a conveyor belt did not have adequate safety guards, according to a federal investigation. Ray Hatfield Jr. was killed Jan. 26 when his clothing got tangled in bolts on a roller shaft and he was pulled into the moving equipment, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said in its report. [H-L]

When the White House started banning live audio and video coverage of press briefings last month, journalists questioned the commitment to transparency of Donald Trump’s administration. [HuffPo]

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It’s Steve Henry Pee Alert Time!

Oh man, Steve Henry. Remember that guy? He’s the man I helped get get triple-convicted for campaign finance fraud. Because he and his wife, Heather French Henry, were butt-deep in scamming people. They were mingling campaign contributions for a non-existent U.S. Senate campaign, a gubernatorial campaign that wasn’t yet official, they were personally profiting from those funds, personally profiting (living in, no less!) from the Rosemary Clooney House – which they tried to claim was a non-profit and we got the IRS to shut that down. That’s just scratching the surface. There’s way too much to detail.

Anyway, that corrupt guy is back in the news.

Here’s the latest glory from WAVE3’s Eric Flack:

The heroin epidemic has touched nearly every corner of the community. Now, WAVE 3 News has uncovered unintended consequences for one local neighborhood.

People being treated for heroin addiction are being blamed for crime, congestion, and overall ugly behavior in one community. And the surprise isn’t only what’s happening, but where.

All this is happening right in the heart of Louisville’s Highlands neighborhood, in a building owned by a community preservation group led by a former Kentucky lieutenant governor.


“I don’t think anyone wants that in their neighborhood,” said Jaclyn Culver, a business owner in the area. She said the neighborhood is under siege by patients from a clinic operated by Dr. David Easley.

Easley is a psychiatrist who, according to public searches, prescribes suboxone to assist people trying to get off heroin and painkillers. But some of those same clients are starting to overwhelm people who live and work in the area.

“They’re taking over,” said a woman named Donna who lives in the area but asked not to give her last name. “I appreciate what they do. I think it’s wonderful. But no one in there has control of what goes on out here.”

WAVE 3 News watched with an undercover camera as a man left the suboxone clinic and publicly urinated next to his truck as a woman walked past with her dog. It was around 10:30 a.m.


Culver and others said the suboxone clinic is also attracting problems that Easley and his staff aren’t doing anything to stop.


WAVE 3 News wanted to take the neighbors’ concerns, and the undercover video, to Dr. Easley and the owner of the building, the Future Fund Land Trust. Future Fund is a non-profit run by Kentucky’s former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry.


Henry said he had many more problems with vandalism and drifters misusing the property after a boutique operated out of the building by his wife, Heather French-Henry, closed. Steve Henry said things have gotten much better since Easley moved in, and that he, too, was unaware of any issues with the neighbors.

Culver doesn’t understand how they could miss it.

“The other people in the neighborhood are being taken advantage of,” she said.

As for why Future Fund purchased a building in the Highlands in the first place, Henry told WAVE 3 News it’s used as a business office.

He also said the rent paid by Easley to lease the back of the building goes to help the Future Fund buy more land to preserve.

Here’s the deal…

The Future Fund? It’s not doing anything to protect land. Henry and his wife were attempting to personally profit from land they were buying up and got caught. Dan Jones of 21st Century Parks had to threaten the Henrys with legal action in order to get them to go through with providing Floyds Fork land for the Parklands project he was working on. They were straight up using the Future Fund, a non-profit, to buy up land and Steve and Heather were trying to sell it for their own gain.

The Henrys can claim otherwise but who you gonna believe? A man thrice-convicted? A woman who defrauded her publisher and is grifting with her veterans organization? Or myself, along with Leslie Holland (who spent gobs of cash and busted her butt to make justice happen), who witnessed it all and then forced a giant investigation? If you aren’t keen on trusting us, you can also look go the Special Investigations Unit of the Kentucky State Police. Because they’re the fine folks who documented everything.

That building was “purchased” by the Future Fund because of Henry’s campaign finance troubles from 2006-2009. You can search the archives here to find all those stories. Or read about them in the Herald-Leader. It’s been mixed up in Henry’s failed campaign, the Future Fund, Heather’s failed boutique and now it’s a clinic for heroin addicts. Seems fitting.

Eric Flack should dig in to everything Henry got in trouble for. The KSP should probably dig in to make sure Henry isn’t violating his agreement with the court as part of his plea deal. And then Louisville should shut that crap down.

This is why Kentucky can’t have nice things.

Will T. Clay Beat The Bevin Administration?

Two men have been charged with trespassing after they purposefully went over Cumberland Falls in kayaks Saturday, according to the state Department of Parks. [H-L]

Hacker group Anonymous is pledging once again to take on Donald Trump. “Dear Donald Trump, we have been watching you for a long time, and what we see is deeply disturbing,” an Anonymous representative said in a video posted to YouTube earlier this month. [HuffPo]

Accusing the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin of a “jaw-dropping display of authoritarian hypocrisy,” a lawyer for Planned Parenthood is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that Bevin’s general counsel filed last month alleging the organization was operating an unlicensed abortion facility. [C-J/AKN]

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Coward) reiterated Tuesday that he would support Donald Trump if he wins the GOP nomination, even as the Speaker called on the party’s front-runner to tone down his rhetoric amid a spate of violence at recent campaign rallies. [The Hill]

After nearly four years, the City of Glasgow has reached a settlement agreement with a former Glasgow Fire Department sergeant who was fired in 2012. [Glasgow Daily Times]

One one think Obama might have a different attitude when someone like Matthew Barzun so close to him. U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday made a passionate case for mobile devices to be built in a way that would allow the government to gain access to personal data if needed to prevent a terrorist attack or enforce tax laws. [Reuters]

Poor Morehead is fighting over a hookah lounge because 1997 has apparently just arrived there. [The Morehead News]

How hot was it last month globally? It was so hot that the famed Iditarod sled race in Alaska brought in extra snow from hundreds of miles away by train. [ThinkProgress]

He pushes the button and the mechanism inside the case retracts the thin metal strip. As it snaps back into place, a small cloud of sawdust erupts in the air. He’s measured twice, so he makes the cut. [Richmond Register]

When Bernie Sanders won the primary in Michigan last week, it shook up the narrative of the Democratic race. [NPR]

What the poop? No wonder folks are leaving. She defrauded her publisher, got caught up in her husband’s crimes & basically paid herself instead of helping veterans. [Ashland Independent]

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is asking the U.S. Justice Department for information about how aggressively it pursues elder abuse in nursing homes, particularly cases in which workers share degrading photos or videos of residents on social media. [ProPublica]

We still maintain that this is probably one of Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes’ biggest accomplishments. [H-L]

The United States on Tuesday eased some of its Cuba restrictions before President Barack Obama’s to the former Cold War enemy next week, allowing Cuba and its people greater access to U.S. financial institutions and relaxing travel limits. [HuffPo]

In deciding on Judge Garland, Mr. Obama picked a man who persevered through a lengthy political battle in the mid-1990s that delayed his own confirmation to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by more than a year. [NY Times]

Maybe She’s Trying To Run For Office

Heather French Henry’s gig of playing veteran leader is basically just a re-hash of her husband’s past failed campaigns.


Get a load of the latest press release:

Free Gun Locks
for Military and Veterans
at State Fair Sunday

The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will be giving away gun locks to active-duty military service members and veterans on Military Appreciation Day at the Kentucky State Fair this Sunday, Aug. 23.

“We are happy to be able to provide these gun locks to veterans and military members,” said KDVA Commissioner Heather French Henry. “They know better than anyone the importance of gun safety. We are also passionate about decreasing the numbers of veterans who commit suicide each day and this is one way we can possibly help to do just that.”

Gun locks. Just like Steve.

It’s like she’s trying to ramp up her own failed campaign of some sort.


At Least She’s Leaving Really Soon

Remember when Steve Henry used the personal health information from prostate cancer screening patients at the state fair for his political benefit?


Guess what his sweatshop dress-pushing wife is doing with your state government tax dollars.

Here’s the release:

Kentucky’s male veterans should not miss the opportunity to get free prostate cancer screening at the Kentucky State Fair, which opens Thursday.

Heather French Henry, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, has long been a strong advocate of prostate cancer screening for all men, and particularly veterans.

“Especially during this 50th Vietnam War Commemoration, Vietnam veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange should get screened because they are at risk,” Henry said. “With early detection, this is a survivable cancer. It’s free at the State Fair. Do it for your loved ones.”

The Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund Board of Directors granted $2,500 to the prostate screening program because of its importance to veterans.

Free prostate cancer screening will be available on Saturday, Aug. 22, Sunday, Aug. 23 (which is also Military Appreciation Day), Tuesday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Aug. 29.

Screenings for other cancers and various health conditions will also be available at the State Fair.


Commissioner Henry, along with First Lady Jane Beshear; Dr. Steve Henry, president of the Kentucky Prostate Cancer Coalition; Dr. Donald Miller, director of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center; and Mark Milburn, vice president of oncology services for KentuckyOne Health, will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, the opening day of the fair, to announce the screening program.

All screenings as well as the news conference are being held in the Health Horizons area of the South Wing.

Yep, she’s involving her husband in cancer screenings again.

Can't Say It Better Than Tom Eblen Says It

Mail processing for Lexington is scheduled to be moved to Louisville and Knoxville next year. The U.S. Postal Service said the processing center on Nandino Boulevard is among 82 facilities nationwide that are planned for “consolidation” in 2015. [H-L]

President Barack Obama suffered a setback Tuesday in a legal battle that threatens to unravel his health care reform law. [HuffPo]

The Kentucky Democratic Party raised $163,818 in June – most of it in large contributions from a few longtime supporters of Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear. [C-J/AKN]

Doctors checking a soon-to-be-unveiled federal website that will publicly list drug company payments are encountering error messages if they have not accepted industry money. [ProPublica]

Want to read the most scandalous Louisville Metro Animal Services story yet? Have at it. The worst in eight years of our LMAS coverage. Everyone from Greg Fischer on down are to blame and should be prosecuted. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Detroit’s city workers and retirees overwhelmingly agreed to accept the city’s debt adjustment plan, according to results filed late Monday, potentially clearing the way for the struggling city to exit bankruptcy in the next few months. [Reuters]

Looks like local media is jumping on the “Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes Makes Shiz Up In Her Ads” bandwagon. [WHAS11]

That deal in Detroit could signal cuts to pensions elsewhere. [NPR]

A former Greenup County schools custodian has settled his federal racial discrimination suit against the school district, but the terms will not be made public. [Ashland Independent]

Here’s yet another story about Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes trying to run away as quickly as possible from President Barack Obama. [WaPo]

This is hands-down the funniest, most whitewashed Heather French Henry story yet. It’s cute that she doesn’t realize her glass ceiling is actually steel reinforced concrete that was lowered, say, seven or eight years ago and she’ll never break through it. [WKYT]

The creation of babies using sperm and eggs from three people has moved a step closer in the UK. [BBC]

I feel sorry for the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who have crossed our southern border, desperate to escape the widespread violence and poverty in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. But the people I pity are the adults in this country who — wrapped up in selfishness, mean-spirited politics or misguided patriotism — have tried to make the lives of these vulnerable kids more miserable than they already are. [Tom Eblen]

U.S. judges have their work cut out for them untangling a legal knot created on Tuesday when two federal appeals courts released conflicting rulings hours apart going to the heart of the role the federal government will play in Obamacare. [HuffPo]

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