Your Morning Dept Of Republican Insanity

Lil Matt’s pants are on fire. Matt Bevin refused Monday to say who owns the house where he and his family are living in Jefferson County. [H-L]

Many in South Korea are steamed at Donald Trump for saying their nation was once “part of China.” “This is clearly a distortion of history and an invasion of the Republic of Korea’s sovereignty,” Hong Joon-pyo, a conservative Liberal Korea Party candidate, said through a spokesman. [HuffPo]

Julie Denton? Really? The same piece of work who is such an incompetent human being that she couldn’t care for a dog? Aligning herself with Dave Mutchler makes it clear that she hasn’t changed her Frankfort ways. [C-J/AKN]

In January, the Trump administration quietly dispatched more than 400 temporary employees across the federal government. Now dozens of them are getting permanent jobs. [ProPublica]

In December when Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called it an important step in helping foster solutions for heartbreaking illnesses like addiction. [Richmond Register]

Hillary Clinton hammered the Trump administration’s rollback of LBGT protections Thursday night, urging advocates to voice their opposition at the polls during the 2018 midterms elections. [Politico]

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]

Young LGBTQ Americans in the child welfare system, juvenile justice system, and in youth homelessness shelters face a lack of necessary protections in many states, according to a report released Monday by Lambda Legal, Children’s Rights, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy. [Fusion]

You can thank Matt Bevin and the Republican Party of Kentucky’s desire for Charter/AT&T cash for this boondoggle. Construction of a statewide broadband internet network in Kentucky has begun, but the project has been delayed and doesn’t have an estimated launch date. [WFPL]

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been reworking student lending since her appointment in February, raising concerns among Democrats that she will undo former President Barack Obama’s overhaul of college financial aid. [Reuters]

Leave it to the fat (not just physically), white, heterosexual white men to mansplain racism to people of color at Western Kentucky University. And people wonder why Bowling Green draws racists like moths to a flame. [BGDN]

PEE ALERT! PEE ALERT! Donald Trump knows so little about, well, anything, that he thinks a 15 percent corporate tax rate is possible. [WaPo]

If Jim Host is praising something related to the Louisville Arena, you know it’s probably horseshit. Seems fitting being Derby time and all. [H-L]

The U.S. grew from a “backwoods country” to one of “greatest nations the world has ever known” thanks to science — but that pillar of America is eroding, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson warns. [HuffPo]

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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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Welp, The KDP Is Apparently Still Dying

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The Kentucky Democratic Party has hired a former team leader of Bernie Sanders presidential campaign as its new executive director. This ought to be fascinating to watch. [H-L]

The White House on Friday dismissed U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, a holdover from the Obama administration. [HuffPo]

The man who recently sold the house where Gov. Matt Bevin’s family is now living says the property sold at a fair market price. PEE ALERT! PEE ALERT! [C-J/AKN]

The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday asked several senior Obama administration officials, including former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, to testify publicly in the panel’s probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election. [The Hill]

Educators and community members from the around the region gathered to discuss a new educational accountability system that is still under development Thursday in the Glasgow High School auditorium. Like his predecessor, he’s spending 99% of his time promoting himself instead of doing anything at the Kentucky Department of Education. And we all know how that ended – with me sending him packing. Take heed, Pruitt, because Kentuckians like me will send you on your way if you continue to play pat-a-cake. Just like they’ve done in Louisville for a decade. [Glasgow Daily Times]

After proposing to eliminate the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) in its draft budget, the Trump administration, through the Department of Energy, has started withholding money for grants already approved by the agency. [ThinkProgress]

Greg Fischer is still full of shit. His attempt to claim criticism of Louisville’s disconnected, maybe-dumber-than-rocks police chief is a knock on the hard working men and women who make up LMPD is an insult to all Kentuckians. The chief is in no way like the rest of the department. And most of the department doesn’t look favorably toward him. But it’s fitting. Fischer has a history of covering up heinous scandals just like Steve Conrad. Though, he doesn’t have the same history of pressuring police officers just because they’re gay – as if that in any way means they have information about pedophiles. [WFPL]

Donald Trump’s lawyers argued in a Thursday court filing that protesters “have no right” to “express dissenting views” at his campaign rallies because such protests infringed on his First Amendment rights. Unfortunately for the Trump idiots, the First Amendment protects citizens from people like him – from government – from retaliation. He’s trying to retaliate against people as the sitting head of state. [Politico]

Warren County Public Schools’ employees should expect a minimum 1 percent salary increase effective July 1 after a decision from the district’s school board Thursday night. [BGDN]

Cough, cough, we’re looking at you, Adam Edelen. Racially biased people are far more likely to oppose black athletes’ protests. Last year, Colin Kaepernick, then the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, was heavily criticized for kneeling instead of standing during the national anthem. [WaPo]

Kentucky officials say they will release hundreds of inmates ahead of schedule because of dangerous overcrowding at prisons and local jails, a byproduct of the state’s struggles with a nationwide opioid epidemic. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

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]

Greater emphasis on energy efficiency and on producing electricity from renewable sources would create thousands of jobs in Kentucky, reduce electricity bills and help improve the health of residents by cutting pollution, according to a report by a social-justice organization. [H-L]

Donald Trump on Friday complained that a deadline he set for himself for various policy plans was unfair. [HuffPo]

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Education: Not A Real Thing In Kentucky

US authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. [CNN]

The Kentucky commission responsible for investigating judicial misconduct has the fewest resources available to it in comparison to neighboring states, and before 2010, the commission was run out of its secretary’s basement in Lexington. [H-L]

Donald Trump is contemplating a new strategy to get repeal of the Affordable Care Act through Congress: threatening to torpedo insurance for millions of Americans unless Democrats agree to negotiate with him. [HuffPo]

The U.S. attorney’s office had decided it won’t prosecute Dr. David Dunn and two other former University of Louisville executives who were under investigation for allegedly misusing federal money for non-university purposes, their lawyers say. [C-J/AKN]

American corporations scored far worse than their European counterparts in the rankings, which were developed by the Geneva-based UN Global Sustainability Index Institute. [QZ]

Kentucky is one of the least educated states in the country, according to a recent study by WalletHub, a personal finance website that gathered data from the U.S. Census Bureau, National Center for Education Statistics, The Chronicle of Higher Education and U.S. News and World Report. [Glasgow Daily Times]

In case you missed it… A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters. [Reuters]

A local environmental coalition is urging the state to include fence line monitoring of odor emissions in Big Run Landfill’s new air quality permit, which will be discussed Friday in a public hearing in the Boyd County High School auditorium. [Ashland Independent]

The Muscogee County School Board in Columbus, Georgia, dealt another blow to embattled Camelot Education when it voted Monday night to delay for three months a decision on whether to hire the company to run its alternative education programs. The delay in awarding the $6.4 million annual contract comes in the wake of a recent report by ProPublica and Slate that more than a dozen Camelot students were allegedly shoved, beaten or thrown by staff members — incidents almost always referred to as “slamming.” [ProPublica]

The Berea City Council adopted a resolution denouncing acts of discrimination, violence and harassment in city limits and greater Madison County. Council member Billy Wooten stated the measure was partly in response to a recent incident in which a county resident’s property was vandalized with homophobic graffiti. [Richmond Register]

Donald Trump has yet to nominate the State Department official who oversees diplomatic security abroad — despite having made the 2012 Benghazi attacks a centerpiece of his campaign against Hillary Clinton. [Politico]

A researcher at the University of Louisville wants to know whether coal ash is in homes in Southwest Louisville and how it’s potentially affecting the children living there. [WFPL]

The March for Science is not a partisan event. But it’s political. That’s the recurring message of the organizers, who insist that this is a line the scientific community and its supporters will be able to walk. It may prove too delicate a distinction, though, when people show up in droves on Saturday with their signs and their passions. [WaPo]

Attorney General Andy Beshear on Wednesday announced a settlement with Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric that would reduce a large rate increase the companies requested in November. It also would shelve the utilities’ controversial plan to more than double the fixed monthly charge that all customers must pay, regardless of how much electricity they use. [John Cheves]

Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, is now working on women’s issues in the White House despite having once forcefully argued against paid maternity leave and equal pay legislation, according to unnamed White House officials. [HuffPo]

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Another Day, More Messy Russian Stuff

Tanya Torp had enough of the Kentucky Democratic Party when she saw one of the state’s politicians, Alison Lundergan Grimes, holding a gun. [H-L]

White House press secretary Sean Spicer insisted on Wednesday that a U.S. aircraft carrier was heading toward North Korea last week, even though a U.S. Navy photo from the time showed it was actually traveling in the opposite direction. [HuffPo]

Out-of-state groups pushing for charter schools joined the traditional Kentucky big business and other interests this year on the list of organizations that spent the most lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly. [C-J/AKN]

A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters. [Reuters]

She was the first woman to become a member of East Barren Volunteer Fire Department, and one of scant few female firefighters in the entire county two decades ago. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Republican actions speak louder than their words. Their racism shines brightly. [USA Today]

A civil case between American Legion Post 76 and the post’s building corporation may be headed toward mediation. [Ashland Independent]

Exxon Mobil Corp has applied to the Treasury Department for a waiver from U.S. sanctions on Russia in a bid to resume its joint venture with state oil giant PAO Rosneft, according to people familiar with the matter. [WSJ]

Another man accused of assaulting protesters at a Donald Trump campaign rally in Louisville last year has countersued the president, saying he was following Trump’s urging to remove them. [WFPL]

Barack Obama warned President Trump that North Korea would be the gravest foreign threat he faced — and why a solution has proved so hard to find. [NY Times]

An ordinance that holds property owners responsible for minors drinking alcohol on their property with their knowledge or when they should have known minors were drinking failed to pass in Barren County Fiscal Court. [BGDN]

Instead of steaming toward the Korean Peninsula as Trump had said, the Carl Vinson strike group was actually headed in the opposite direction to take part in “scheduled exercises” more than 3,000 miles away. [WaPo]

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Unfortunately for Kentucky children, reports of abuse and neglect have increased dramatically in recent years, in part because of rampant drug abuse. These numbers illustrate the problem. [John Cheves]

Bill O’Reilly weathered sexual harassment charges for more than a decade, but not this time: Fox News has fired the controversial host. [HuffPo]

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Matt Bevin Deserves Scrutiny From D.C.

For several Donald Trump-esque reasons.

Here’s why, starting with this story from CNN:

More delays in ambassador nominations, trainings

But donors are expectant and impatient, especially with an investigative vetting process that can ask wealthy Trump supporters to divest or take other steps to avoid conflicts of interest.

Already one candidate, Kelly Knight, a Republican fundraiser thought to be the choice for ambassador to Canada, has faced questions on the energy-rich company given her husband, coal magnate Joe Craft, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions.

That inquiry (if you want to call it that) into Alliance Coal ownership by Joe Craft sure is interesting. Especially in light of Matt Bevin’s private meetings with coal executives – at their demand – during his gubernatorial bid. And in light of Bevin’s sudden refusal after those meetings to release his tax returns. You know, those same tax returns he previously pledged to release.

Is this a pay-to-play situation? What’s he got to hide?

Democrats in D.C. should start asking those same questions.

Other, uh, situations raising questions…

Bevin’s co-investors in a company called Neuronetrix (he owned at least 5% in 2016) are receiving $320,000 in tax credits for that investment. They are (Warning: External PDF Link):

  • Neil P. Ramsey ($120,000)
  • Robinson Brown III ($40,000)
  • Charles A. Hill ($60,000)
  • David Tuell Richardson ($40,000)
  • Bradford P. Stengel ($60,000).

Bevin’s apparent ownership of The Anchorage Place LLC property uncovered by Tom Loftus. (And don’t miss this column.)

The deed from March 9, 2017 (Warning: PDF Link) indicates that tax bills should be sent to Anchorage Place LLC, 804 Evergreen Road and that all future taxes are to be paid by the grantee. The sewer easement (Warning: PDF Link) from Anchorage LLC to Neil Ramsey and his wife, dated March 28, 2017, lists Anchorage LLC’s address as 804 Evergreen Road. So it would appear to anyone with a bit of sense that Ramsey owned both Anchorage Place LLC and Anchorage LLC at the time ownership was conveyed. With Kentucky State Police serving as security on the property at the time of conveyance to Bevin, it’s tough not to jump to conclusions with Bevin refusing to answer questions.

After he spent $500,000 “investigating” Steve Beshear’s prior administration and preaching about pay-to-play deals, of course.

Bevin also:

Are those pay-to-play situations?

Since Bevin refuses to answer simple questions or exhibit the tiniest bit of transparency, it’s time for folks in Washington, D.C. to take note of everyone he’s tied to. Especially those being potentially nominated by Donald Trump to positions of international significance.

In 2018 and 2019, Democrats on the national front should make Bevin’s broken promises a huge deal. They’ll own the moral high ground because the Kentucky Democratic Party certainly isn’t capable of finding morals.

Shocking Just How Dumb Matt Bevin Has Turned Out To Be

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Matt Bevin says Kentucky media is pathetic. But he’s obviously projecting, as it’s his administration that is so pathetic it has one of its RPK lackeys huddle up with the personnel secretary to go on a Democratic Party witch hunt, digging through personnel files, calling me up asking for information about people (I refused to assist). Spoiler alert: there were so many stories about his wife’s silly doll because his staff went insane trying to get people to cover the doll. [H-L]

Even before Trump, the Republican Party was reluctant to push out Nazi-linked officials. [HuffPo]

This story will make you hate people. Like straight up hate them. [C-J/AKN]

If this is true, it’s impeachment-level insanity. One source suggested the official investigation was making progress. “They now have specific concrete and corroborative evidence of collusion,” the source said. “This is between people in the Trump campaign and agents of [Russian] influence relating to the use of hacked material.” [The Guardian]

Carter County Fiscal Court is facing a lawsuit aimed at preventing the location of a medical waste facility in the East Park industrial complex. [Ashland Independent]

The United Airlines passenger dragged from a plane in Chicago in an incident that sparked international outrage and turned into a corporate public relations nightmare suffered a concussion and broken nose and will likely sue, his attorney said on Thursday. [Reuters]

The U.S. has dropped the largest conventional weapon ever used in combat to hit an underground ISIS complex in Afghanistan, Pentagon officials say. [WFPL]

When North Korea launched its Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite into space last February, officials heralded the event as a birthday gift for dead leader Kim Jong Il. But the day also brought an unexpected prize for the country’s adversaries: priceless intelligence in the form of rocket parts that fell into the Yellow Sea. [WaPo]

Matt Bevin wants to revise the state tax code in a way that produces more revenue that can stabilize the state’s troubled public pension systems. [Ronnie Ellis]

For more than 15 years, jails that hold immigrants facing deportation have had to follow a growing list of requirements: Notify immigration officials if a detainee spends two weeks or longer in solitary confinement. Check on suicidal inmates every 15 minutes, and evaluate their mental health every day. Inform detainees, in languages they can understand, how to obtain medical care. In disciplinary hearings, provide a staff member who can advocate in English on the detainee’s behalf. [NY Times]

More Kentucky adults favor syringe exchanges than oppose them, and the more they know about them, the more likely they are to support them, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll. [Richmond Register]

We found insurers such as Allstate, Geico and Liberty Mutual were charging premiums that were as much as 30 percent higher in zip codes where most residents are minorities than in whiter neighborhoods with similar accident costs. [ProPublica]

Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office has opened an investigation into employee-only vehicle auctions held by the Administrative Office of the Courts. [H-L]

Donald Trump signed a resolution on Thursday that will allow states to withhold Title X family planning funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. [HuffPo]

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