If You Support The Second Amendment, You Should Support Responsible Gun Ownership, No Excuses

If it’s a crime to let kids ingest your meth or your pills, it should be a crime to let them get a hold of a loaded gun. Recklessly storing a gun where children could find and use it would be a crime in Kentucky under a bill that state Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, pre-filed this month for the 2018 legislative session. [H-L]

Donald Trump issued an explosive statement against “Radical Islamic Terror” just hours after an attack in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday left at least 13 people dead. Earlier this week, Trump said he needed to get all “the facts” before singling out hate groups for condemnation after violent protests sparked by a white supremacist rally left one woman dead in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. [HuffPo]

You can thank Matt Bevin for allowing this to occur. GE Appliances is moving the Zoneline hotel air-conditioner production from Louisville to a Tennessee factory complex where the company also will produce upscale Monogram refrigerators and freezers. [C-J/AKN]

Allies who spend too long in Donald Trump’s doghouse usually get sent away for good. Chief strategist Steve Bannon is trying to forestall that fate. [BuzzFart]

Is a hospital liable for “negligently” credentialing a physician previously licensed by the state medical licensure board and who is not on the hospital’s staff when that doctor is sued for malpractice? That was the question before Kentucky’s highest court Thursday as attorneys for Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and a woman who successfully sued her neurosurgeon for malpractice after he performed surgery at the hospital. [Ronnie Ellis]

Pressure is mounting on Trump to dump his controversial chief strategist Stephen Bannon after this weekend’s racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., provoked widespread anger at the nationalist wing of Trump’s White House. [The Hill]

The folks running Barren County are up to no good and you should be paying attention. The rehiring of elected officials is shady business. [Glasgow Daily Times]

More than a dozen high technology companies and the biggest wireless operator in the United States, Verizon Communications Inc, have called on the U.S. Supreme Court to make it harder for government officials to access individuals’ sensitive cellphone data. [Reuters]

If you’re wondering what’s wrong with Kentucky’s educational system? It’s because schools are closing for things like this instead of using them as teaching opportunities. You can complain all you want about this opinion but not everyone can afford to take their children to a prime viewing location and not everyone can afford childcare. [Ashland Independent]

Einstein argued that what we understand as gravity is, in fact, from the curvature of space and time — a hotly debated notion among physicists at the time. Then came the solar eclipse of 1919 — more than six minutes of darkness along a path that stretched from South America to Africa and changed the course of Einstein’s life. [WaPo]

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded its second, five-year accreditation through the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police (KACP). [The Morehead News]

There was nothing haphazard about the violence that erupted today in this bucolic town in Virginia’s heartland. [ProPublica]

These Nazis should tread lightly because there are a ton of people in the mountains ready to make them wish they’d never been born. [H-L]

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Turd Burglar) offered some blunt comments about Donald Trump on Thursday in the wake of the president’s widely criticized response to a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. [HuffPo]

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Show Up. Beat Some Nazi Ass. Make Them Regret Showing Their Faces. Love Is Not The Answer. Force Against Violent Hate Is The Answer. It Worked In WWII, It’ll Work Now.

Is this a joke? HELL FUCKING YES SURFACE MINING IS HARMING PEOPLE! [H-L]

The White House’s two advisory councils of top business executives disbanded on Wednesday amid intense public blowback against Donald Trump’s response to the deadly attack by an accused white supremacist in Charlottesville, Virginia. [HuffPo]

Robert Morgan begged the state to protect him in the chronically overcrowded Kentucky State Reformatory, where other inmates had put a $1,000 price on his head. [C-J/AKN]

What secrets will Mueller find when he investigates the President’s foreign deals? [New Yorker]

Things aren’t getting any easier for the beleaguered University of Louisville. On Monday, a legislative committee denied UofL’s request to authorize spending up to $1.25 million on outside legal representation. [Ronnie Ellis]

Turns out, FBI agents contradict Donald Trump’s statements regarding James Comey. [NBC News]

The City of Ashland reimburses employees for travel costs and pays for their training, and 92 percent of the money spent this year — excluding for police and fire — has gone toward three departments. [Ashland Independent]

Donald Trump, facing a mounting political furor and backlash from business leaders, has explicitly condemned neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists two days after a rally by hate groups in Virginia turned deadly. [Reuters]

Of course Matt Bevin is a hypocrite when it comes to standing up to racism and bigotry. The father of brown children – with a person of color lieutenant – thinks this is some sort of justifiable game. [WFPL]

The crisis in Charlottesville, Va., presented Trump with a choice between adopting the unifying tone of a traditional president or doubling down on the go-it-alone approach that got him elected in 2016. [NY Times]

Mitch McConnell doesn’t have the guts to stand up to Donald Trump by calling him out by name. Neither does his wife. [More Ronnie Ellis]

Since Inauguration Day, I have been troubled by abdication of moral responsibility on the part of business leaders who have lent their reputations to Trump. So congratulations to Merck chief executive Kenneth C. Frazier on his resignation from Trump’s American Manufacturing Council over the president’s manifestly inadequate response to Charlottesville. [WaPo]

Eradicate bigotry. Eradicate Nazis. White nationalists are planning a rally in Lexington to oppose the planned removal of two Confederate statues from the lawn of the former Fayette County Courthouse, and they’re considering a lawsuit aimed at blocking the move, a leader in the movement said Tuesday. [H-L]

Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush released a joint statement on Wednesday condemning “racial bigotry, anti-Semitism and hatred” a day after Donald Trump suggested white supremacists weren’t entirely to blame for violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. [HuffPo]

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RPK Should Practice The BS It Preaches

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And Tres Watson doesn’t have a conflict of interest? His former employer and close pal, Scott Jennings, did P.R. spin for Jim Ramsey and the UofL Foundation. He’s tight with people all over UofL. So let’s not act as if it’s not all incestuous. Put down the bottle, RPK liars, and look for new employment because you’re about to get burned just like the Democrats are being burned with Julian… and soon to be Wendell. [H-L]

Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury as part of his investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia in last year’s election. [HuffPo]

Here’s UofL continuing to be corrupt as hell. The University of Louisville is appealing a financial penalty and the vacation of records ordered in June by the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, a form the school sent to the NCAA shows. [C-J/AKN]

Targeting media makes this administration un-American. They’re traitors to democracy and the First Amendment. [The Hill]

A discussion on what Berea Tourism funds can and should be spent on dominated Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Berea City Council. Berea Tourism has an estimated budget of $950,000 for this year, council member Jerry Little said. [Richmond Register]

Young immigrants denied credit by Wells Fargo Bank because they are not permanent U.S. residents can sue the bank under a post-Civil War law barring discrimination on the basis of immigration status, a federal judge ruled. [Reuters]

What is it with UofL and UK athletics staffers turning into swindling crooks? For real, what’s in them that drives them to turn into the worst of the worst? [WKYT]

Donald Trump called his son-in-law a “good boy” while thanking Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker for a positive editorial about Jared Kushner and said the leader of the Boy Scouts told him his jamboree speech was “the greatest speech ever made to them.” [Politico]

Matt Bevin can put up or shut up or Andy Beshear is going to force his hand. [CN|Toot]

While you were distracted by the Trump circus… William Browder knows Vladimir Putin’s Russia all too well. Browder made a fortune in Russia, in the process uncovering, he says, incredible amounts of fraud and corruption. When he tried to report it to authorities, the government kicked him out of the country and, he alleges, tortured and killed the lawyer he was working with. [NPR]

Jim Justice still owes gobs and gobs and gobs of money to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. [Ashland Independent]

Trump’s gotta be the dumbest man alive. The Secret Service has vacated its command post inside Trump Tower in Manhattan following a dispute between the government and Donald Trump’s company over the terms of a lease for the space, according to two people familiar with the discussions. [WaPo]

Fun fact: We were here uncovering University of Louisville corruption, waste, fraud and abuse a decade before the Kentucky Center of Ed Hard Money came along. And based upon watching the people running the joint, we’ll be here long after it’s gone. [H-L]

This is some Matt Bevin-style projection, henny. Donald Trump doubled down on his assertions that investigators should be scrutinizing Hillary Clinton’s emails and alleged connections to Russia during a Thursday evening rally in Huntington, West Virginia. [HuffPo]

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No, KDP Circus Isn’t “Close” To Ending

PEE ALERT! Jared Smith has absolutely no idea what he’s talking about. The Kentucky Democratic Party has only just begun to feel the scorch of decades upon decades of good old boy corruption. It’s not remotely close to being over. I was right about, oh, everything else. Was right about Julian Carroll. Right about this. What’s coming next will shake the KDP to its core and make it impossible to rebuild with the existing crew of electeds. Until that current crop of shysters is pushed out, nothing will improve. Note: Adam Edelen and Terry McBrayer are two of the most problematic Democrats in the Commonwealth and they’re part of the problem. Source: Everything they say and do. [H-L]

Three weeks ago, one of Donald Trump’s personal lawyers vigorously denied that the commander in chief had anything to do with Donald Trump Jr.’s statement about a secret meeting with a Russian lawyer. However, the validity of those comments was questioned on Monday when The Washington Post reported that Trump had personally dictated the response his elder son would use to address the media. [HuffPo]

Citing frustrations with Mayor Greg Fischer’s leadership, Metro Council skipped over two proposals on Thursday meant to tackle Louisville’s aging sewer system and its $4.3 billion in needs. [C-J/AKN]

Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. Congressman and two other people briefed on the effort. [Reuters]

Kentucky officials say unemployment rates have increased in 96 of the state’s 120 counties between June 2016 and June 2017. [WFPL]

Documenting Hate’s catalogue of incidents captures the seeming ordinariness of many of them. [ProPublica]

You already know Matt Bevin’s a thin-skinned coward. So this is likely to set his tiny ego on fire. [Slate]

The Department of Energy’s official press Twitter account apparently wants you to know two things: that there is a fight going on between climate scientists and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, and that Perry is supposedly winning. [ThinkProgress]

Let’s not hold our breath that some random guy from Oklahoma has a clue what’s in store in Eastern Kentucky. [Ashland Independent]

The chief scout of the Boy Scouts of America has apologised for the remarks made by Donald Trump at the group’s national event [last] week. [BBC]

A social activist from Morehead and a Louisville resident are suing Gov. Matt Bevin after he blocked them from his Facebook and Twitter accounts, claiming he’s violating their constitutional rights to free speech. [Ronnie Ellis]

Older patients who become disoriented or confused after surgery are more than three times more likely to develop dementia later, a new study has found. [WaPo]

A private detective is scheduled to stand trial Aug. 14 on five felony counts of intimidating poll workers and interfering with an election because of his alleged behavior inside the Phelps voting precinct in remote eastern Pike County during the Democratic primary on May 17, 2016. The detective, Keith D. Justice, 51, was employed by Kentucky Senate Minority Leader Ray Jones, D-Pikeville, who faced an aggressive primary challenger in a race with combined campaign spending of nearly $820,000. [John Cheves]

The financier Bill Browder has emerged as an unlikely central player in the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Sergei Magnitsky, an attorney Browder hired to investigate official corruption, died in Russian custody in 2009. [The Atlantic]

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You Should Despise Everyone In Frankfort

Don’t let Democrats like Ray Jones act like they haven’t been in constant communication with Julian Carroll because they have. These people say one thing to the media and another behind closed doors. Nearly everyone I’ve spoken with tells me they’ve spoken with Carroll and that he claims it’s all fake. Guess being 86-years-old makes a corrupt old shyster like that behave just like Donald Trump when hit with reality. [H-L]

While presiding over the official commissioning ceremony for the USS Gerald Ford aircraft carrier in Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday, Donald Trump took a moment to make a brief political request. [HuffPo]

Oh my god, Bill Johnson, you’ve just tainted your own legacy. I mean, sure, it was already nothing to write home about. But now you’re on record being the only person to stand up for a monstrous, hypocritical… whatever he is. He went after that young man and then used the full force of the good old boy government to silence him when he begged for help. Kentucky State Police troopers tried to help him but the upper echelon of con artists stopped them. It’s insane. And now you’re attacking the guy’s credibility after he spent years and years suffering from what is likely Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder!? You’re a monster, too. Anyone defending Julian Carroll is a fucking pig. Fuck these people. And Bob Stivers knew about this Julian Carroll story – it did not catch him off guard. He’s known about it since day one. So have several other state senators – Democrats and Republicans alike. Stivers is just a conniving, lying jackass behaving as if he’s above reproach. P.S. Tom Loftus writing about this now sure is ripe because he, too, has known about it for a number of years. Frankfort is the worst place in Kentucky and we would all be lucky if it flooded and washed away. [C-J/AKN]

Greg Stumbo should watch his back because several of the folks who used to work for him have turned on him. He and David James (someone should ask David about all those old AOL ads from the late 90s) were both aware of the Geis situation. Both have had discussions about it with various people since 2014. It’s now up to Andy Beshear to dig out what he can and kick all these con artists right in the gut. His current team at OAG is pretty solid and they’re capable of getting to the bottom of it. Because if they don’t, Matt Bevin is coming after them politically and it won’t end well. [Nick Storm]

Tres Watson didn’t think the allegations were a big deal in 2014 when I took them to him and discussed them with Scott Jennings. Both of them dismissed them, claimed I was making a mountain out of a molehill, that it was stupid for me to even be mentioning things to them. Nick Storm should also disclose his personal friendship with Watson if they’re going to continue to interview him. [CN|Toot]

FFS. Time for a Kentucky Democratic Party reality check. Not only were Democrats made aware of this Julian Carroll nightmare several years ago… but… Brad Bowman was well aware as a “journalist” at the State-Journal, where he twiddled his thumbs and apparently played pat-a-cake with Pat Melton on this and other scandals. It’s just absurd that he’s now handling messaging on this mess because he’s apparently as much of a hypocrite as the rest of those good old boy shysters who worked so hard to cover this Carroll scandal up. It’s almost like he’s ready to burn down his own legacy to protect a predator. Come on, Brad, get your shit together before you get buried with the rest of the inexperienced buffoons at KDP. You’re better than that. [Nick Storm]

Trump and his advisers are privately discussing the possibility of replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and some confidants are floating prospects who could take his place were he to resign or be fired, according to people familiar with the talks. [WaPo]

Rowan County Fiscal Court has verbally dismissed a proposal for a new methadone clinic to be located in Morehead. [The Morehead News]

Newly released video of the killing of three American Special Forces soldiers in November at the gate of a military base in Jordan shows that the episode, which was initially explained as a split-second mistake by a Jordanian guard firing on Americans who failed to stop, was actually a six-minute gun battle where Americans crouched behind barriers and repeatedly waved their hands in surrender as the gunman closed in and killed them. [NY Times]

Spoiler alert: he’s responsible, regardless of whether he provided paperwork or not. It was his responsibility to follow up with the Cabinet to make sure things were on track. Former Carter County Judge-Executive Charles Wallace is denying accusations made in last week’s Carter County Fiscal Court special meeting that he is responsible for the lack of documentation of former transportation-related projects. [Ashland Independent]

Tread lightly, Andy Barr, because your life just got a lot more difficult because what you do is now easier to track. [ProPublica]

Matt Bevin is such a coward that he can’t be bothered to show up at Fancy Farm after a tough year. [WFPL]

A federal judge in Michigan halted on Monday the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals from the United States, the latest legal victory for the Iraqi nationals facing deportation in a closely watched case. [Reuters]

Equity and concerns about charter schools coming to Kentucky were hot topics Saturday at a downtown [Lexington] rally in support of public education. “The school privatization movement is here, and it’s moving quickly,” said Lucy Waterbury of Save Our Schools Kentucky. “Unless we understand what is at risk, we can’t protect our kids.” [H-L]

Democrats – especially Kentucky Democrats – can be pretty shitty. But this just proves that New Republicans are the scum of the earth. [HuffPo]

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If You Defend Julian’s Use Of The System To Harm His Victim(s), You’re Part Of The Good Old Boy System Of Oppression, Corruption & General Bigoted Bullshit

Tres Watson knew about the Julian Carroll mess in 2014. He didn’t “just learn” about it. He and several Republicans were aware but chose to do and say absolutely nothing about Carroll, a man they knew to be an alleged sexual predator who conspired with others in power to harm his victim(s). Now Matt Bevin is scrambling to find a way to tie this to Andy Beshear but he can’t. Unfortunately for him, it’s going to taint just as many Republicans as it will Democrats. [H-L]

The pressure’s on. Donald Trump on Monday continued to assail the multiple investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, calling out his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, ahead of private testimony this week from members of Trump’s family and inner circle. [HuffPo]

Fuck you, Kim Davis, you dumb bigot. Maybe stop hating gay people – which includes one of your children. Fucking monster – just like the idiot governor. A federal judge Friday ordered the state of Kentucky to pay $222,695 in attorneys’ fees to same-sex couples who sued clerk Kim Davis in 2015 when she refused to give them marriage licenses. [C-J/AKN]

A directive from the head of ICE’s enforcement unit appears to push for tougher action than the Trump administration has publicly promised. The head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit in charge of deportations has directed his officers to take action against all undocumented immigrants they may cross paths with, regardless of criminal histories. The guidance appears to go beyond the Trump administration’s publicly stated aims, and some advocates say may explain a marked increase in immigration arrests. [ProPublica]

Democrats in the Kentucky state Senate are asking former governor and current state Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, to resign in the wake of a news story that Carroll allegedly groped and propositioned a man in 2005. [Ronnie Ellis]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… [NY Times]

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System office and its five colleges from the Shaping Our Appalachian Region will take part in the 2017 SOAR Summit on Aug. 4. [Ashland Independent]

Patricia Canon drives poor rural Kentucky women to distant abortion clinics each week, part of a national army of volunteers who are growing bolder even as abortion foes ratchet up opposition to the activists they have branded as “accomplices to murder.” [Reuters]

Morehead State University Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) has received a Senior Corps RSVP grant of $103,767 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to support volunteers serving in Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup and Lawrence counties. [The Morehead News]

Six months after seizing complete control of the federal government, the Republican Party stands divided as ever — plunged into a messy war among its factions that has escalated in recent weeks to crisis levels. [WaPo]

It was surprisingly quiet outside of the EMW Women’s Surgical Center in downtown Louisville Saturday. [WFPL]

Here’s your pee alert of the week. Trump has floated the possibility of replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. [The Hill]

The Senate Democrats attacked me and attempted to retaliate when I told him in 2014 about the Julian Carroll scandal. Now that the shit has hit the fan, though, they’re keen on ousting the old codger. The Senate Democratic Caucus voted to remove former governor and current state Sen. Julian Carroll as minority whip on Sunday and called on him to resign following a TV report that Carroll propositioned and allegedly groped a then-30-year-old man in 2005. [H-L]

New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci and President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow attempted some damage control Sunday following the president’s claim about his power to pardon, saying the issue is not under discussion. [HuffPo]

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Told You So About Julian Carroll

Tweeted this 11 months ago:

Art school. Art school. Art school. That ring a bell, Julian? You hypocrite who has sex with men.

That was shortly after Julian Carroll pulled a homophobic, transphobic stunt. It sent Kentucky Democrats into a retaliatory tailspin.

Wait. Before we continue, let’s set the stage with some photos of Julian Carroll posing with various pals of his:


Jamie Comer & Julian Carroll


Damon Thayer & Julian Carroll


Adam Edelen, Jack Conway, Julian Carroll & Crew


Govs. Patton, Fletcher, Collins, Carroll


Jean Marie!, Her Daddy & Their Dear Friend Julian

Now…

Here you go:

More than 10 years ago budding photographer Jason Geis wanted to go to art school. He says a high-profile Kentucky lawmaker took an interest in his work and promised to help him.

Instead of help, Geis said he was groped and propositioned for sex. And that’s not all. When he turned to police for help, he says the whole thing was swept under the rug.

Relying on previously undisclosed police files, a hidden recording and interviews with Geis and the lawmaker, Pure Politics offers the following eleven month investigation into the allegations and why they were kept quiet for so long.

You’re gonna want to set aside 30 minutes to go watch it all. Trigger warnings and all that. You may throw up. Consider yourself warned.

Maybe next time the Democrats will listen?

Here’s what the Kentucky Democratic Party’s spokesman Brad Bowman had to say in a prepared statement:

“We are terribly concerned by the events described in the Pure Politics piece concerning Sen. Carroll,” Bowman said. “While we acknowledge and greatly appreciate Sen. Carroll’s life-long career of public service, we cannot overlook the severity of these allegations and take them seriously.”

Pay attention when people like me tell you something is happening in Kentucky. I’ve been dropping scandals for a decade and each time people act surprised. But there’s always been a heads-up, a hint, some prep work. Always give you time to get your Aqua Net out for a touch-up or two.

Support investigative journalists and deep background researchers. They make stories like this happen. They bring to light what the public needs to see about the powerful and the corrupt. They risk everything to make it happen.

Oh, and Julian? Stop pushing anti-gay legislation while you’re trying to have sex with men. And no, it’s not an allegation. You were caught on tape. You did it. Stop it. Also, maybe resign already and go away? This is just scratching the surface. I can’t wait to talk about the rest.