Alison Appears To Be In A Big Pickle

Calling the claims against her “politically motivated and spurious,” Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes denied that she ever improperly obtained voter data or that she took inappropriate action in a contract with a state vendor. [H-L]

Donald Trump on Thursday formally declared a public health emergency for the opioid crisis, an action that has been more than two months in the making. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin’s a crazy-eyed hypocrite. The people he’s attacking? They’re the very people he originally sought for advice on the pension mess. His team even tried to lure me in for advice and connections on those in-the-know about KRS. Now they’re attacking them. Here’s hoping they all lose their asses over the next couple years. [C-J/AKN]

Last month, ProPublica published a deep examination of how struggling black Americans are much less likely to gain lasting relief from bankruptcy than their white peers. [ProPublica]

Hahahahaha! They think a living wage is ever going to be a thing in Louisville with folks like Greg Fischer and David Yates in charge. [WFPL]

Earlier this month at the Brooklyn Museum, scholar and MSNBC legal analyst Paul Butler joined Michelle Alexander, civil rights lawyer and author of The New Jim Crow, for a conversation about his latest book, Chokehold: Policing Black Men. As a former federal prosecutor, Butler uses his firsthand experience to demonstrate how the legal system is structured to target and criminalize black men. [Bill Moyers]

The Democratic Minority Leader in the Kentucky House of Representatives still doesn’t know what’s in a proposed Republican measure to alter the benefit structure and strengthen financially the state’s public pension plans. [Ronnie Ellis]

Senate Democrats have questioned whether Donald Trump’s nominee for a top EPA position is violating the law by working at the agency before being confirmed, and they are demanding more details about his duties. [NBC News]

With these folks involved, you know something shady’s afoot. The EastPark board of directors on Tuesday hammered down a deal to sell a massive plot of land to Braidy Industries, which said it will build a $1.3-billion aluminum mill. [Ashland Independent]

They’re worried this dipshit might get cranky if he’s away from home for too long – seriously. Leaders of more than a dozen countries will meet for a major summit in the Philippines in mid-November, but Donald Trump won’t be there. He is planning to skip it and leave the Philippines the day before. It’s a bad signal to send to the region, and it could undermine the overall goal of his Asia tour by calling American regional leadership into question. [WaPo]

The family court judge for Barren and Metcalfe counties who sought to pre-emptively recuse himself from all adoptions involving parents of the same gender is resigning, effective after Dec. 16. [Glasgow Daily Times]

More lip service from the orange idiot and his fellow New Nazi Republicans on the opioid front. [NY Times]

A state panel that disciplines judges has filed ethics charges against a Kentucky judge who objected to handling adoption cases involving gay parents. [H-L]

I was a racist cop. Years ago, I was helping a supervisor at a single-car crash. A black man collided head-on into a concrete divider, and died at the scene. I was detouring the ensnarled traffic when my corporal, who had been alongside the victim, shared an update. [HuffPo]

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Another Comer-esque Politician. Another Hypocritical Push For Abortion. Par For The New Republican Course.

Amid all of the weak “condolences and prayers” the gun lobby’s political pawns have gushed this week, Matt Bevin attracted attention on Twitter with this tweet: “To all those political opportunists who are seizing on the tragedy in Las Vegas to call for more gun regs…You can’t regulate evil…” You can’t regulate evil, huh? Then I guess it’s time to repeal state and federal criminal codes, defund our police forces and disband the military. And while we’re at it, let’s reconsider those religious regulations known as the Ten Commandments. [Tom Eblen]

“Why is now not the time?” Todd asked. “When planes flew into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, did we say, ‘Now is not the time to talk about’ terrorism or homeland security? When our banking system nearly collapsed in 2008, did we say, ‘Now is not the time to talk about’ financial regulation?” [HuffPo]

PEE ALERT! Embattled and suspended Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino maintained his innocence on Sunday in a conversation with the Courier-Journal, saying he “will be vindicated” in the coming months. [C-J/AKN]

The hottest feud in Washington is between Republicans and the Tax Policy Center (TPC). [The Hill]

The City of Berea is the latest of dozens of municipalities to join with the Kentucky League of Cities in an effort to separate the County Employee Retirement System (CERS) from the state pension systems. [Richmond Register]

The US won’t step up to take care of its own people, thanks to the stupidity of New Republicanism, so Mexico is stepping in. Suffering itself after two major earthquakes last month, Mexico plans to send aid including water and electricity experts to Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. [Reuters]

On a recent night at the Carter County Public Library, Ray Krone told his story of being convicted and sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit in the state of Arizona. [Ashland Independent]

In the spring of 2012, Donald Trump’s two eldest children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., found themselves in a precarious legal position. [ProPublica]

Morehead State University hopes to continue progress in spite of financial setbacks. Near the end of last Thursday’s Board of Regents meeting, Paul Goodpaster, Board chair, read a statement. [The Morehead News]

This Republican, just like Jamie Comer, tried to get a woman to have an abortion so he didn’t have to take responsibility. That’s how it always goes with these “conservative” hypocrites. [NY Times]

Oh, wait for it, wait for it… Rep. Tim Murphy announced Wednesday that he would not seek re-election, following revelations that he urged a woman with whom he had an affair to get an abortion. [Roll Call]

The first phase of a pedestrian-cyclist trail for which Glasgow was awarded a federal grant more than three years ago is still in the works, but it may be spring before the city advertises for bids. [Glasgow Daily Times]

More from the orange, bloated, tone-deaf bigot. Referring to his trip to devastated Puerto Rico as lovely. [WaPo]

Matt Bevin hasn’t yet publicly shared his plan for overhauling Kentucky’s financially ailing pension systems, but an email that his administration sent lawmakers recently provides a clearer picture of what he hopes to accomplish in a promised special legislative session this fall. [H-L]

A new Quinnipiac University national poll showed that 51 percent of Americans were embarrassed by Trump, and 69 percent want him to stop tweeting. Just 26 percent of respondents want him to continue the habit. [HuffPo]

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UofL’s Been In Turmoil For YEARS

Pro-Tip: The University of Louisville has been in turmoil for FAR LONGER than this most recent Rick Pitino scandal. You sports jackasses sat on your butts and twiddled your thumbs during the decade of Jim Ramsey and Robert Felner corruption like it was no big deal. Now you’re acting shocked. [H-L]

Here’s all the expensive nonsense that Trump’s EPA chief is wasting your tax dollars on. [HuffPo]

University of Louisville’s interim president delivered some good news today: The accreditation group that put the university on probation last December says it is now in compliance with virtually all of its rules. [C-J/AKN]

In 2001, when surging budget surpluses fueled hopes of extinguishing the national debt, a pitched battle broke out over President George W. Bush’s proposed $1.6 trillion tax cut. Nevermind that the tax cut’s 10-year tab was supposed to leave behind more than $3 trillion in surpluses — Democrats and some Republicans said that the tax cut was just too large. Fast forward to President Trump’s Washington, where the budget deficit for this fiscal year is expected to near $700 billion and the federal debt has topped $20 trillion. [NY Times]

In a recent ceremony, 75 Kentucky State Police officers were honored with promotions. Among them were Madison County residents Thomas Pyzik and Michael K. Simpson. [Richmond Register]

Four decades ago, while working for Rep. Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.), I had a hand in creating the Republican tax myth. [WaPo]

A new upgrade to the city of Ashland’s webpage will soon allow residents to better report issues. [Ashland Independent]

A 64-year-old man armed with more than 10 rifles rained down gunfire on a Las Vegas country music festival on Sunday, slaughtering at least 58 people in the largest mass shooting in U.S. history before killing himself. [Reuters]

During Thursday’s quarterly meeting of the Morehead State University Board of Regents, the Board unanimously approved the demolition of six campus properties. [The Morehead News]

Democrats, joined by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), are amplifying their calls for tougher gun laws in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas. [The Hill]

Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear are each claiming victory following the Kentucky Supreme Court’s dismissal of Beshear’s suit challenging Bevin’s reorganization of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. [Glasgow Daily Times]

At least 58 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert. [BBC]

Surprise! No Montgomery County schools made any of these lists because all that nonsense from fired former superintendent, Joshua Powell, was just that. Nonsense. Those schools were never top-performing, were never in the top ten of anything. Never. Ever. But Alice Anderson and the rest of the school board has gone limp, refusing to hold people accountable because they’re tired and scared. So nothing will improve much there within the next decade or so. [H-L]

The Department of Homeland Security intends to monitor the social media accounts and internet search history of legal immigrants as part of a new tracking system set to roll out next month. [HuffPo]

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Can You Imagine The Change That Occur If The KDP Spoke Up About This Republican Tax Nonsense? HAHA! No. We Can’t, Either.

Frankfort Attorney General Andy Beshear argued Wednesday in Franklin County Circuit Court that Gov. Matt Bevin does not have the authority to dissolve and reorganize several state education boards. [H-L]

A federal court struck down a law in Kentucky on Wednesday that requires women seeking an abortion to first undergo an ultrasound and hear a description of the embryo or fetus. [HuffPo]

Heartbreaking? This jackass helped create every sports-related scandal at UofL that we can remember. [C-J/AKN]

The FBI has about 1,000 open investigations into potential domestic terrorists, including people who may be linked to extremist white supremacy, white nationalism and environmental movements. [ABC7 NY]

PEE ALERT! Rick Pitino complaining that people are rushing to judgment. He’s apparently never looked in a mirror. [WFPL]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Lying-Ass Grandmother) and his allies are coming to grips with the fact that the next GOP colleague in their club is likely to be a conservative firebrand who the No. 2 Senate Republican just last week said would not be a reliable member of the conference. [The Hill]

This is not a bad thing. Unless the Raycom shysters ever get their hands into the mix. [Richmond Register]

Cutting taxes for the rich while raising them for the middle class – that’s the New Republican way. Donald Trump proposed on Wednesday the biggest U.S. tax overhaul in three decades, calling for tax cuts for most Americans, but prompting criticism that the plan favors business and the rich and could add trillions of dollars to the deficit. [Reuters]

The police chief who was fired by the city of Flatwoods in 2014 has settled a lawsuit he filed accusing the city of unlawful termination, according to a settlement agreement document. [Ashland Independent]

The tax plan that the Trump administration outlined on Wednesday is a potentially huge windfall for the wealthiest Americans. It would not directly benefit the bottom third of the population. As for the middle class, the benefits appear to be modest. [NY Times]

The governor cannot re-write laws enacted by the legislature, even if he attempts to do it using a law passed by the legislature which allows governors to reorganize executive branch agencies, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear. [Ronnie Ellis]

Trump’s speech on the administration’s still-somewhat-vague tax plan, delivered in Indianapolis on Sept. 27, was filled with many of his favorite, inaccurate claims. [WaPo]

Ousted Louisville men’s basketball Coach Rick Pitino is “Coach-2” as referred to in the criminal complaint released Tuesday by the Justice Department, according to several outlets, including CBS News, ABC News and the Wall Street Journal. [H-L]

If you didn’t hate this orange pigfucker before now? Here’s your chance. Donald Trump said Wednesday that he’s considering waiving the Jones Act for Puerto Rico ― an arguably outdated law that imposes exorbitant shipping costs on the island ― but tempered his support for it because he’s getting pushback from the shipping industry. [HuffPo]

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UofL Corruption. Who Could Have Predicted??? /sarcasm

Reggie’s the better candidate but he won’t win because he has brown skin. But also because his campaign crew is inexperienced as hell, apparently, and has no idea what they’re doing. [H-L]

Do you need more proof that Jeff Sessions is a hypocritical little shit? Oh? Here you go. [HuffPo]

HAHAHAHAH! Steve Pence is Rick Pitino’s attorney again! One disgraced criminal representing another disgraced criminal. Hahahahahaha. [C-J/AKN]

This past June, Florida’s top education agency delivered a failing grade to the Orange Park Performing Arts Academy in suburban Jacksonville for the second year in a row. It designated the charter school for kindergarten through fifth grade as the worst public school in Clay County, and one of the lowest performing in the state. [ProPublica]

These Republicans are so dangerously stupid. In the wake of chaotic civil unrest across the country, a Kentucky lawmaker is filing a bill to keep protesters in the state from wearing masks or bringing weapons to public rallies. [WFPL]

Two devastating earthquakes recently rocked Mexico in the short span of 12 days, killing nearly 300 people and leaving many more in need of aid and assistance. The dual tragedies, largely worsened by geography, left the country struggling to recover and rebuild. But as outside nations flocked to send their condolences, many experts warned that the same fate could befall a number cities in their home countries as well. [ThinkProgress]

Reggie Thomas, one of several announced candidates running in a Democratic primary for the right to challenge Republican incumbent U.S. Congressman Andy Barr, has released a two-minute video laying out his positions — but it seems aimed as much at his Democratic opponent than at Barr. [Ronnie Ellis]

An internal investigation has been opened into Health Secretary Tom Price over his private plane travel on official government business. [BBC]

Facing an uncertain state funding future, the Greenup County school board adopted a $33.9 million budget Monday. [Ashland Independent]

At the vast, windswept White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico earlier this year, nearly a dozen military contractors armed with laser guns, high-tech nets and other experimental systems met to tackle one of the Pentagon’s most vexing counterterrorism conundrums: how to destroy the Islamic State’s increasingly lethal fleet of drones. [NY Times]

Those wondering what actions lawmakers may take to shore up Kentucky’s woefully underfunded public pension systems didn’t get many specifics from Monday’s Pension Oversight Board meeting. [More Ronnie Ellis]

The former leaders of a public charter school for disabled and at-risk teenagers have agreed to settle a District lawsuit alleging they sought to enrich themselves by diverting millions of dollars in taxpayer money meant for the school into private companies they created. [WaPo]

Corruption. Fraud. Payments. Shoe companies. Coaches. Financial advisers. Handouts. Agents. College basketball. All wrapped in an explosive indictment laid out Tuesday by the FBI. [H-L]

The Environmental Protection Agency is spending nearly $25,000 to build a soundproof communications booth in Administrator Scott Pruitt’s office, according to media reports. [HuffPo]

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Bevin & Thielen Are Both Horrible Men Responsible For The Ongoing Pension Disaster

Bill Thielen’s not wrong that Matt Bevin is a morally bankrupt piece of work. But he’s not wrong about Thielen being a con artist. Source: my ten years of coverage of Kentucky Retirement Systems. Probably hasn’t done anything criminal but absolutely exacerbated the problem and helped line his wealthy friends’ pockets. The same thing Bevin is trying to do now. [John Cheves]

The FBI recently questioned a former White House correspondent for Sputnik, the Russian-government-funded news agency, as part of an investigation into whether it is acting as an undeclared propaganda arm of the Kremlin in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). [HuffPo]

A fight has erupted over billboards at the newest highway entrance to Indiana. “Everybody’s got their attorneys,” said Steve Long, president of the Utica Town Council. “It’s David versus Goliath.” [C-J/AKN]

Republicans are beginning to drop like flies because they know it’s only a matter of time until their majority is lost for a century. [The Hill]

What Ronnie Ellis doesn’t tell you is that the amount being paid into the system by many municipalities is chump change. Local governments and school boards got some hard news Thursday from Kentucky’s state budget director: they’re going to have to pay more — a lot more — into the state’s public pension system. [Ronnie Ellis]

Shocked Florida residents returned to their shattered homes on Monday as the weakened Hurricane Irma pushed inland, flooding cities in the northeastern part of the state and leaving millions without power. [Reuters]

The Boyd Fiscal Court approved the list of property taxes and fees for 2017, and taxpayers can expect to pay more than they did a year ago. [Ashland Independent]

A new study shows that more than half of the country’s rural counties now don’t have hospitals with obstetric services. And women of color are being hit the hardest. [ProPublica]

A Morehead man was arrested on Labor Day this week after police accused him of cultivating marijuana. [The Morehead News]

How will Maggie Haberman fuck coverage of the opioid crisis up? She intentionally skewed Trump’s anti-LGBT behavior for nearly a year. There’s no telling how bad she’ll screw this up. [NY Times]

People need to get their shit in check. If your town is acting like it can’t afford its basic pension contributions? You need to show up at meetings and start raising hell. Make these idiots you’ve elected figure it out. [Glasgow Daily Times]

With Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall records and now Irma’s stunning combination of extreme strength and longevity, the hurricane-global warming debate is back in full swing. And it has evolved a good bit since 2005, when the United States was severely damaged by superstrong hurricanes (Katrina, Rita, Wilma). [WaPo]

This story is terrifying. A 5-year-old boy who just started school in Jackson County has been missing three days after his mother was thrown off a cliff and suffered multiple broken bones, a family member said. [H-L & Updated H-L Story]

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday put a temporarily hold on limits imposed by a lower court on President Donald Trump’s order barring most refugees from entering the United States. [HuffPo]

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Thomas Massie’s True Colors Shine

State legislators enjoyed a modest investment return in their public pension fund during fiscal 2016, but the struggling funds for state and local government employees and school teachers lost money on investments despite paying a combined $171 million in fees to financial advisers. [John Cheves]

Democratic leaders found themselves in the unusual position of being on the same side as President Donald Trump on Wednesday, reaching agreement on a plan to keep the government funded and raise the debt ceiling. [HuffPo]

Surprise! Thomas Massie is human garbage. Can’t wait til his family has to suffer something tragic so we can all withhold assistance. [C-J/AKN]

Facebook Inc. said it has identified about 500 “inauthentic” accounts responsible for $100,000 in advertising spending that it believes have ties to Russia, following a review of ad buying on the site in response to intelligence-community concerns about Russian activity during the 2016 election. [WSJ]

Woo, spending money Kentucky doesn’t have! Kentucky hasn’t changed its vehicle license plates in 12 years and John Mark Hack wants to change that — and the plates themselves. [Ronnie Ellis]

Russian election hacking efforts, wider than previously known, draw little scrutiny. Russians may have come closer to tampering with the outcome in key states than previously understood. [NY Times]

Even Matt Bevin, who has promised to fix Kentucky’s public pension system problems, said he didn’t expect enthusiasm from all corners about recommended pension reforms offered by an outside consulting group. [Ronnie Ellis]

The House on Wednesday approved $7.85 billion in Hurricane Harvey disaster relief, setting up a controversial legislative maneuver in which the bill is expected to be paired in the Senate with legislation raising the debt ceiling. [The Hill]

The Boyd Fiscal Court plans to join a tidal wave of counties in Kentucky and West Virginia partnering with a Huntington-based law firm to sue mega opioid distributors facing heat amid the deadliest drug overdose crisis in U.S. history. [Ashland Independent]

Fifteen states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging President Donald Trump’s decision to end protections and benefits for young people who were brought into the United States illegally as children. [Reuters]

Lori Strother was a military wife. But her world was turned upside down when her husband took his own life. [Richmond Register]

The attorney general mischaracterized Obama-era restrictions while citing a study that actually says new computers reduce crime more than heavy weapons do. [ProPublica]

Bloated bigot Scott Jennings loves to foam at the mouth when anyone points out environmental irony re: the hurricane. But when these pigfuckers come out and push nuttery? Jennings & Co remain dangerously silent. Can’t wait til their kids are old enough to be ashamed. [H-L]

Very few Americans outright regret their votes in last year’s election. But such regrets, new data reveals, are highest among voters who may now make up the most tenuous part of the base that swept Donald Trump into office: those who supported Barack Obama in 2012. [HuffPo]

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