Barren County Just Made Major Progress

For 50 years, the Kirwan Blanding complex — its towering twin towers looming over the south side of campus — were among the University of Kentucky’s most iconic images. But those icons can no longer provide the housing spaces that students desire, so they are being demolished. [Linda Blackford]

Narrow wins in special elections don’t typically qualify as major political events, but Tuesday night’s Senate race in Alabama, in which Democrat Doug Jones is the apparent winner, may be the exception. [HuffPo]

Oh, please, she was hand-picked. It was an open secret for months. Her lying ass needs to be dragged out of council like the rest of these good old boy shysters that have taken over. Metro Council candidate Nicole George dismissed claims that she was groomed by Louisville Democrats to replace former Councilman Dan Johnson, who was removed last month due to sexual misconduct. [C-J/AKN]

While Jared Kushner is working on a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the Kushner Companies Charitable Foundation is funding a controversial West Bank settlement. [ProPublica]

The Harlan City Council discussed the new rates for the city’s contribution to state retirement funds during a meeting on Monday. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

A year ago, no one would have envisioned President Emmanuel Macron of France as the public face of Western diplomacy in the Middle East. But that is not the case anymore. [NY Times]

Barren County Fiscal Court narrowly approved Tuesday a needle exchange program for the county, moving the proposal closer to becoming reality. [BGDN]

The U.S. military is preparing to accept transgender recruits for the first time beginning in January, the Pentagon said Wednesday, the latest signal that Donald Trump’s desired ban may not materialize after all. [WaPo]

The Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating state Rep. Dan Johnson for alleged sexual abuse in his church. [WFPL]

An inmate at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay is still being tortured, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer said in a statement on Wednesday. [Reuters]

Living in hiding downtown for four years, Byron “Roc” Peeler was thrust into the spotlight on Friday after challenging Mayor Greg Fischer to spend a night in his homeless camp. In a prior Courier Journal story, he took the mayor to task, saying that city leaders cannot call Louisville a “compassionate city” while pushing homeless people out. [More C-J/AKN]

The Morehead State University Board of Regents voted Thursday to sell Sunny Brook Golf Course and two other properties owned by the university. [The Morehead News]

Donald Trump called a sitting U.S. Senator a whore and no one batted an eyelash. Because it wasn’t the craziest thing to occur that morning. This is the new normal. [BBC]

The Kentucky Personnel Cabinet has requested an investigation of whether a male officer sexually harassed female employees at the prison in Elliott County. [H-L]

The number of journalists imprisoned around the globe hit a record high in 2017, with at least 262 reporters currently behind bars, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. They’re guilty of doing their jobs. [HuffPo]

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Can Republicans Do Anything Right?

Former disability lawyer Eric C. Conn pleaded not guilty to escape charges Wednesday, a day after the FBI flew him back to Kentucky from Honduras, where he was captured Saturday after six months as a fugitive. [H-L]

Facing swift and stiff backlash from lawmakers and activists, the Department of Veterans Affairs has reportedly backtracked on a decision to slash funding for a successful program that helps provide housing to homeless veterans. [HuffPo]

The city of Louisville has paid more than $566,000 to nine law firms to fight Kerry Porter’s claim for compensation for the 14 years spent behind bars for a murder he did not commit. Porter was exonerated in 2011 by former Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Stengel for the 1996 killing of truck driver Tyrone Camp. In 2012 he sued the city and 10 police officers, alleging a conspiracy to unlawfully arrest and convict him. [C-J/AKN]

The Trump administration is holding talks on providing nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia — a move that critics say could upend decades of U.S. policy and lead to an arms race in the Middle East. [ProPublica]

Affordable housing development could be a victim of the proposed $1.5 trillion tax cut currently working its way through the United States Congress. [WFPL]

Donald Trump’s outrageous, self-aggrandizing rhetoric is the butt of so many jokes precisely because it’s so transparently false, it should be funny. When he inflates the size of his inauguration crowd to soothe his ego, bruised after he lost the popular vote to his rival, it sounds like a kid lying about who came to his birthday party. But it’s funny until the lies have deadly consequences — beyond just discouraging the American public’s trust in democracy and its own institutions. [ThinkProgress]

Despite his Nov. 5 announcement that he is stepping down as Speaker of the House in the wake of reports he signed a confidential settlement of sexual harassment claims, Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, may legally still be Speaker. [Ronnie Ellis]

White House national security adviser HR McMaster says the US is “in a race” to address the threat from North Korea. [BBC]

House Republican Communications Director Daisy Olivo filed suit Monday against the Legislative Research Commission alleging retaliation for reporting allegations that then-Speaker Jeff Hoover engaged in a consensual sexual relationship with another staff aide. [More Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump ran a campaign on lifting up the little guy. He was, in the words of his oldest son, “a blue-collar billionaire,” and it was his plain-spoken promise to be their warrior in Washington that helped win over voters in hollowed-out Midwestern towns. But almost a year into his presidency, evidence shows he has governed not as the populist champion he proclaimed himself to be, but instead as a president siding more often with large corporations, special interests, and the wealthiest of Americans. [Boston Globe]

The recommendation of the Barren County Fiscal Court Administrative Committee to the full fiscal court will be for the county to move forward with establishing a syringe exchange program through the health department, but the decision was not unanimous. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Charter schools are among the nation’s most segregated, an Associated Press analysis finds — an outcome at odds, critics say, with their goal of offering a better alternative to failing traditional public schools. [AP]

Republican members of the Kentucky House are asking Republican Gov. Matt Bevin not to call a special legislative session on pension reform before the end of the year. [H-L]

It was late morning in an artsy cafe, the smell of coffee and baked goods sweetening the air, and Ashley Bishop sat at a table, recalling a time when she was taught that most of secular American society was worthy of contempt. [HuffPo]

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Meet Your New KDP Chair, Same As The Old KDP Chair… Because Nothing Ever Changes In Kentucky

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Really? Borderline praising Sannie Overly? After she went to court to stop journalists (me included) from reporting on the Kentucky Democratic Party’s own sexual harassment and assault cases? That’s absurd, Herald-Leader folks. She ought not receive ANY kind of praise until she apologizes for what she’s done and allowed to occur. Those women suffered, never got what they were owed and essentially lost everything – their careers. [H-L]

Contradicting U.S. intelligence agencies, Lunatic Donald Trump on Saturday said he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that the Kremlin did not attempt to interfere in the 2016 election. [HuffPo]

What the fuck is wrong with Debby Yetter? She’s pretty much whitewashing history by allowing everyone quoted in this story (with the exception of Joni Jenkins, who always stood against the Democratic men perpetrating harassment and assault) to behave as if they aren’t giant hypocrites. During the height of the Dem scandal, Sannie Overly went to court to try to stop my reporting on the mess – effectively attempting to silence victims! Jennifer Moore turned a blind eye to Overly’s actions and excused it. For Yetter to act like these women aren’t as bad as the Republicans currently doing this same shit – for enabling and supporting it – she’s just… for fuck’s sake, I don’t even know what she is but it’s not good. This is why people hate the paper. Yes, I name names and call people what they are. I’ve done it for 12 years and I’m not about to stop now. Fuck these people and fuck Debby Yetter’s pat-a-caking. [C-J/AKN]

Protect Democracy, a nonpartisan watchdog group, is suing the U.S. Justice Department to determine whether there has been any inappropriate influence from Shart Streak Trump or his White House advisers over the AT&T-Time Warner merger. [USA Today]

At least for now, Republican leaders of the Kentucky House of Representatives are resisting calls from Democrats to turn over an investigation into sexual harassment complaints to the Legislative Research Commission or Legislative Ethics Commission. [Ronnie Ellis]

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has questioned Sam Clovis, co-chairman of Donald Trump’s election campaign, to determine if Trump or top aides knew of the extent of the campaign team’s contacts with Russia, two sources familiar with the investigation said on Friday. [Reuters]

Probably because it’s stressful getting caught doing what you’ve spent years attacking the Democrats for doing. Former Republican Speaker of the House Jeff Hoover was hospitalized in Jamestown Thursday after experiencing chest tightness and discomfort. [More Ronnie Ellis]

From early in the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump swore he’d do away with the so-called carried-interest loophole, the notorious tax break that allows highly compensated private-equity managers, real estate investors and venture capitalists to be taxed at a much lower rate than other professionals. [ProPublica]

Just a reminder that Matt Bevin is a crazy-eyed liar. He lies even when he knows he’s been caught by the media. [Yet More Ronnie Ellis]

Josh Holmes helped create this mess. He can claim otherwise, in an attempt to pass the buck, but it’s all on people like him. [NY Times]

Despite rhetoric, mental illness is often not to blame for violent crimes. [WFPL]

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s sprawling investigation has spawned a new guessing game in Washington centered on retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s former national security adviser. [The Hil]

Prediction: this doesn’t help his business. That said, he can’t be any worse than Sannie Overly. Maybe he’ll finally hire an Executive Director who isn’t a disaster of a human being? [H-L]

U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson was found with his arms tied behind his back and a major head wound, indicating he may have been captured and executed in Niger last month, The Washington Post reported, citing local villagers. [HuffPo]

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Matt Bevin Is Mentally Disturbed But No One Wants To Talk About It Because They Claim It’s Rude Or Inappropriate

Matt Bevin’s plan to overhaul the retirement system for public school teachers would cost taxpayers an extra $4.4 billion over the next 20 years, according to a new analysis, a whopping cost that potentially complicates the proposal’s prospects in the House as GOP leaders struggle to find votes for it. [H-L]

The House Intelligence Committee on Monday released more than 200 pages of testimony from its closed-door interview last week with Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to the Donald Trump presidential campaign. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin is so painfully stupid he believes there are tons of marijuana “overdoses”. Yes, really. That crazy-eyed guy believes you can easily overdose on weed. [C-J/AKN]

Did Ronald Reagan’s 1981 tax cut supercharge the economy? [WaPo]

Both state and national polls released last week show more Kentucky voters approve of Matt Bevin than disapprove, but his approval rate is below 50 percent in both polls. [Ronnie Ellis]

Two years after his 24-year-old girlfriend was shot and killed on live television, a Virginia Democrat on Tuesday defeated an opponent who was endorsed by the National Rifle Association for a seat in the state legislature. [NY Times]

Well-known Western Kentucky businessman Billy Joe Miles is scheduled to stand trial next January on charges that he raped, sodomized and attempted to bribe a caregiver in July 2016, according to a court ruling issued earlier this week. [WFPL]

The Air Force’s apparent failure to send the criminal records of the airman behind Sunday’s mass killings to civilian authorities allowed him to obtain guns. Such reporting failings are widespread and longstanding. [ProPublica]

Just a few dozen people attended a hearing Wednesday night held by the Kentucky Public Service Commission regarding a proposed rate increase sought by Kentucky Power. [Ashland Independent]

Most Americans oppose the use of a lottery system for giving immigrants permanent U.S. residence, but a majority support allowing immigrants to obtain green cards through sponsorship by U.S. employers, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. [Reuters]

Dumb ass. Matt Bevin insisted in a published interview this week he never said teachers “hoard” sick days, but he appears to have said precisely that in an August radio interview. [More Ronnie Ellis]

The bombshell allegations that GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore had inappropriate sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 have roiled Alabama’s Senate race, where the GOP candidate had been heavily favored to win in December. [The Hill]

Jim Gray would get his ass handed to him and deservedly so. Not because he’s gay but because he’s got no guts, barely owns his identity and has surrounded himself with some of the worst people in Kentucky politics – like Dale Emmons. [H-L]

This lunatic has serious brain damage. Donald Trump said stronger background checks for gun purchases would have made Sunday’s mass shooting at a south Texas church even deadlier. [HuffPo]

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Yep, Kentucky Republicans Are Under FBI Investigation For Being Terrible

They didn’t “consult” Hoover but they absolutely kept him informed of what they were up to long before making it public. Leaders in the House Republican caucus announced in a statement on Saturday that they are launching an independent investigation into sexual harassment allegations swirling around House Speaker Jeff Hoover and other Republicans in the House. [H-L]

Spoiler alert: Matt Bevin’s Kentucky is at the center of this Hepatitis A surge and the Republican Party of Kentucky is in denial about it. You can see the data for yourself. [HuffPo]

The confidential sexual harassment settlement involving House Speaker Jeff Hoover also involves three other House Republicans, as well as Hoover’s chief of staff, sources tell Courier Journal. Rep. Jim DeCesare, of Rockfield; Rep. Brian Linder, of Dry Ridge: Rep. Michael Meredith, of Brownsville; and Ginger Wills, the chief of staff, also were parties to the settlement, according to the sources with knowledge of the deal who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal. [C-J/AKN]

From early in the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump swore he’d do away with the so-called carried-interest loophole, the notorious tax break that allows highly compensated private-equity managers, real estate investors and venture capitalists to be taxed at a much lower rate than other professionals. [ProPublica]

An emotional Jeff Hoover announced Sunday he’s stepping down as Speaker of the House in the wake of sexual harassment allegations but will retain his 83rd District seat. [Ronnie Ellis]

Republicans’ long-awaited tax bill, unveiled on Thursday, targets key renewable energy tax credits that have helped make clean energy a crucial high-wage job-creating sector in the United States. [ThinkProgress]

Teachers and state workers from Rowan County joined thousands of others at the state capitol in Frankfort to rally against the pension plan introduced by the governor last month. [The Morehead News]

Former US Republican President George Bush Sr has confirmed he voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, labelling Donald Trump a “blowhard” [BBC]

The FBI has confirmed it is looking into sexual harassment in the Kentucky state legislature. The news comes a day after House Speaker Jeff Hoover admitted to exchanging inappropriate text messages with a female staffer and resigned from his leadership position. [WFPL]

The president seethed with resentment, his party ducked for cover and the opposition chortled with glee. Lawyers counseled clients. Lawmakers tried to change the subject. Campaign veterans fretted that colleagues may be wearing a wire. And everyone wondered about a guy named George Papadopoulos. [NY Times]

Kentucky Educators have unveiled an alternative plan to Governor Matt Bevin’s pension reform bill. [WKYT]

Donald Trump promised to cut taxes for the middle class, but some would end up paying more under the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” according to a report released Friday night by Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation, the official scorekeepers tasked with determining how much any tax legislation would add to the debt and how it would impact the poor, middle class and wealthy. [WaPo]

Just a reminder that melting dog turd Matt Bevin wasted your taxpayer dollars in an attempt to discriminate and push his own perverse “religious” beliefs. Now he’s left taxpayers on the hook for his legal bills. Matt Bevin’s office was ordered Monday to pay Planned Parenthood for its expenses after the Republican’s representatives were a no-show for a deposition in an abortion case. [H-L]

Over the past two years and up until at least August, Russian Twitter accounts masquerading as American people, news outlets and political groups regularly appeared in the articles published in many of the United States’ most famous media outlets. This wasn’t a matter of fake news; this was “real” news made a little less so. [HuffPo]

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Something Tells Me Jeff Hoover Will Never Again Push His Faux Religiosity & Superiority Complex On People Smarter Than Him

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A Republican lawmaker called Saturday for the resignation of Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover, accusing him and party leaders of concealing sexual harassment allegations against Hoover and three other Republican legislators. Rep. C. Wesley Morgan said on Twitter Saturday that “the Speaker, members of leadership, and some majority staff have conspired to cover up” information surrounding the alleged sexual harassment settlement. [H-L]

The United States is the richest country in the history of the world. Last year, the genius and muscle of the American people generated more than $18.6 trillion in wealth. This year, our brains and brawn will combine to create well over $19 trillion. Despite all the debt theatrics of the Republican Party during the Obama presidency, we owe just $6.2 trillion to other countries ― less than four months of our collective labors at their present value. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin announced Saturday afternoon that he is calling for the resignation of every member of the legislature who has tried to hide allegations of sexual harassment. [C-J/AKN]

Some have wondered: Why is special counsel Robert Mueller bringing so few charges against George Papadopoulos and, especially, Paul Manafort? [Slate]

Matt Bevin Saturday demanded resignations of anyone involved in the sexual harassment scandal which has turned the Kentucky political world on its head. [Ronnie Ellis]

Federal investigators have gathered enough evidence to bring charges in their investigation of President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser and his son as part of the probe into Russia’s intervention in the 2016 election, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation. [NBC News]

The syringe exchange program in Ashland has collected nearly 74,000 contaminated syringes from 310 clients this year alone — all while operating for merely three hours per week. [Ashland Independent]

Mitch McConnell is a lying old man. He’s absolutely lying about this. His staff even say so. [The Hill]

The Morehead-Rowan County Airport Board will soon officially start the search for a new Fixed Base Operator (FBO) and manager after Perry Sloan tendered his resignation earlier this week. [The Morehead News]

Welp, Rand Paul got beat up. A man has been arrested for assaulting U.S. Senator Rand Paul at his Kentucky home on Friday and causing a “minor injury,” the state police said. [Reuters]

Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, avoided reporters seeking to question him about a reported settlement of a sexual harassment claim following a meeting of Republican House members Friday. [More Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump woke before dawn on Monday and burrowed in at the White House residence to wait for the Russia bombshell he knew was coming. [WaPo]

A staff member for the House Republican Caucus said she was “basically put on paid suspension” for reporting a “toxic” workplace culture that included sexual harassment in the Kentucky House of Representatives. [H-L]

Bye, Felicia. Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover says he’ll step down from his leadership position after reports surfaced saying he settled a sexual harassment lawsuit earlier this year. [WFPL]

The Trump administration has pulled out of a global deal to combat corruption in the fossil fuel industry, a move critics said could help oil companies keep hidden how much they pay in U.S. taxes. The Department of the Interior announced the decision on Thursday in a letter to withdraw immediately from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which compels oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments to governments worldwide. [HuffPo]

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Jeff Hoover: As Shitty As You Thought

Matt Bevin’s office violated Kentucky’s Open Records Act when it refused to provide an Arizona attorney with some of the emails it exchanged with the White House, according to a new ruling by Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office. [H-L]

You can’t fix this kind of stupid or this kind of dishonesty. Kellyanne Conway bashed political campaigns on Monday that “dig around with foreign nationals” to uncover dirt on their opponents. But three months ago, reports revealed Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign did just that. [HuffPo]

Unprofessional conduct? Haha. You should see the videos floating around of him at Six Flags Over Jesus recently – trash-talking UofL left and right. University of Louisville interim President Greg Postel accused former athletic director Tom Jurich of “ineffective management, divisive leadership and unprofessional conduct” that caused substantial damage to the school. [C-J/AKN]

The FBI’s predawn search of Paul Manafort’s northern Virginia home in July yielded important new evidence crucial to the indictment of Donald Trump’s campaign chairman and one of his close associates, according to the indictments. [Yahoo]

Told ya so about Jeff Hoover and other Republicans when this was all going down a couple years ago. Also, you *know* T. Clay is pushing this story out like crazy for the sake of publicity and it’s shady and unethical for Debby Yetter to withhold a name that is public record (I said it). Jeff Hoover has reached a confidential settlement over sexual harassment allegations by a woman who works on his legislative staff, according to sources with direct knowledge of the matter. [More C-J/AKN]

A federal court has blocked Donald Trump in part from changing the military’s transgender policy as a case against his ban works its way through court. [The Hill]

It’s been 10 years since Kentucky judges received a raise, placing judicial salaries in the commonwealth 48th among the 50 states. [Ronnie Ellis]

The questions are straightforward, with public health implications that would seem impossible to shrug off. How many American women die each year from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth? How many of these deaths are preventable? How does the nation’s current rate of maternal mortality compare to the rate 10 or 20 or 30 years ago? [ProPublica]

Thomas Massie is a miserable, racist, homophobic scab and the Kentucky Democratic Party is fucking up by allowing him to win. [Ashland Independent]

Just in case you needed more proof that Republicans hate the working class. Here you go. [NY Times]

Kentucky’s public colleges and universities want more money, but Republican lawmakers say the best they can hope for is to break even. [Richmond Register]

Appalachia is apparently for real doomed. In case you weren’t aware already? Miners are refusing retraining because they’ve been duped into believing coal is coming back. It’s not. [Reuters]

There are at least a few surprises tucked into Republican Matt Bevin’s 505-page draft legislation that would overhaul the state’s public retirement systems. One is that a controversial 3 percent pay cut for school teachers and state and local government employees — which Bevin and top GOP lawmakers touted last week as critical in order to shore up the retiree health insurance funds — would not actually add any money to those funds. [H-L]

Richard Spencer, a leader of what he calls the “alt-right” and the man known to most as the “Nazi who got punched,” agreed to talk to HuffPost the night before his speech at the University of Florida in Gainesville last week. [HuffPo]

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