If You’re Praising Karpf, You’re The Problem

Wondering why Kentucky – specifically Lexington – is so constantly screwed? It’s because of the editorial board at the Herald-Leader. They fought tooth and nail to prevent any sort of coverage of the Michael Karpf corruption. They’ve intentionally fought coverage of the Montgomery County Schools nightmare. And they, despite the efforts of their journalists, have fought like hell to keep negative University of Kentucky stories from seeing the light of day. Claiming this man leaves any sort of positive legacy? That tells everybody you can’t be trusted. Disgusting. [H-L]

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a rare, explosive address Thursday, two days after U.S. Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy” the isolated nation if provoked. [HuffPo]

Tom Loftus has gotten so lazy, apparently, that it’s painful. If you don’t know what “Save Our Pensions” and Bridget Bush are up to? You aren’t even bothering to pay attention or you’re making shit up. [C-J/AKN]

As a longtime resident of Manchester, Guadalupe Hernandez is used to the chemical smells that waft through his southeast Houston, Texas neighborhood, a low-income, predominantly Hispanic community near a Valero Energy refinery. But when Hurricane Harvey blew in the weekend of Aug. 26, the stench became noticeably stronger for about five hours, a scent like “glue or boiled eggs,” he said. [ProPublica]

Even as lawmakers appropriated too little money for Kentucky’s public pensions over 20 years, they gave away — or left uncollected — billions in revenue in the form of tax breaks and exemptions. [Ronnie Ellis]

Paul J. Manafort, the former campaign chairman for Trump who is at the center of investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, is working for allies of the leader of Iraq’s Kurdish region to help administer and promote a referendum on Kurdish independence from Iraq. [NY Times]

If the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office couldn’t hold Kim Davis and her thieving daughter accountable when they had video evidence of crimes being committed? There’s no chance on earth they can protect an entire school from any sort of threat – real or imaginary. [The Morehead News]

In early June, Donna Bilgore Robins stood on a patio in Beaver Creek, Colo., under a crystal-clear blue sky and tried to catch her breath. She couldn’t. [WaPo]

Lawrence County schools are operating under a spending freeze until further notice, Superintendent Robbie Fletcher said. [Ashland Independent]

A U.S. judge on Thursday said he wanted to decide quickly lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s decision to end a program that shielded from deportation children brought to the United States illegally by their parents. [Reuters]

A plaque describing the president of the Confederacy as a patriot and a hero could be removed from the Kentucky Capitol in an effort to give more historical context to the state’s monuments. [Richmond Register]

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has taken at least 24 flights on private charter planes at taxpayers’ expense since early May, according to people with knowledge of his travel plans and a review of HHS documents. [Politico]

Federal officials did not do enough to look for rare and threatened species when evaluating a project that would include the most commercial logging in the Daniel Boone National Forest in more than a decade, environmental groups have argued. [H-L]

If you want to watch a rural community die, kill its hospital. After the Lower Oconee Community Hospital shut down in June 2014, other mainstays of the community followed. The bank and the pharmacy in the small town of Glenwood shuttered. Then the only grocery store in all of Wheeler County closed in the middle of August this year. [HuffPo]

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Retaliating Over Government Transparency Should Cost People Their Jobs & Any Sense Of Security They Hold

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Come for me when I file an open records request and prepare to have your personal life dissected with surgical precision. That’s how every journalist should operate when government staffers and electeds retaliate. When KDP came for me, I spent six years ending a bunch of those folks by merely doing my job. [H-L]

Donald Trump gave a series of conflicting statements on Thursday about how he hopes to deal with young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, muddying the waters over whether he will support their bid to gain eventual citizenship and whether he will demand a border wall in exchange. [HuffPo]

This ought to end in disaster. [C-J/AKN]

California lawmakers voted to become a sanctuary state, tussled over hot-button environmental issues and urged other states to refuse to cooperate with Donald Trump’s Election Integrity Commission as their legislative year ended early on Saturday. [Reuters]

The state’s prosecutors are the latest group to warn state lawmakers their offices can’t withstand a potential 17 percent cut in funding. [Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission came under fire earlier this month when a lawsuit and media reports revealed that the commissioners were using private emails to conduct public business. Commission co-chair Kris Kobach confirmed this week that most of them continue to do so. [ProPublica]

The Ashland Board of Education unanimously approved a 4 percent tax increase for real estate and personal property tax rates during a special meeting Friday evening. [Ashland Independent]

During a press gaggle aboard Air Force One on Thursday, Trump reverted to the widely-decried “both sides” language he used last month to equivocate between the white supremacists who gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia and those who showed up to protest them. [ThinkProgress]

Members of the Barren County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a proposed tax rate of 67.5 cents per $100 of assessed value for real and personal property for the 2017-18 fiscal year during their Thursday night meeting at the school district’s central office. [Glasgow Daily Times]

An internal Interior Department memo has proposed lifting restrictions on exploratory seismic studies in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a possible first step toward opening the pristine wilderness area to oil and gas drilling. [NY Times]

Morehead City Council has passed the first reading of the ordinance setting the 2017 tax rates for city citizens. Council used the compensating rate, which generates approximately the same revenue as the previous year, exclusive of new property. [The Morehead News]

Appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Sept. 17, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson criticized the Paris climate accord for being “out of balance” for America and China, but said the Trump administration would look for ways to work with other countries on tackling climate “under the right conditions.” [WaPo]

As Kentucky’s chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Andy Beshear spends a good deal of time warning people about the dangers of heroin and pain pills, but he hadn’t seen an overdose in person until Sept. 7. [H-L]

Donald Trump shared a tweet Sunday morning that included the image of him hitting a golf ball and striking Hillary Clinton. [HuffPo]

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Mitch McConnell’s Finally Going Senile

The moment she was pushed from an 80-foot cliff in Jackson County, Jessica Durham saw two huge rocks racing up to meet her and prayed that she wouldn’t hit them. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell wants to give Donald Trump even more power. Because something is wrong with that old fucker. Seriously wrong. [HuffPo]

A Jewish foundation has received $150 million from the parent of KentuckyOne Health to end its relationship with the health system’s properties statewide, including the local Jewish Hospital & Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. [C-J/AKN]

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Tuesday gave his strongest endorsement to date for constructing a physical coastal barrier to protect the region from deadly storm surge during hurricanes. [ProPublica]

The 2017 tax rates for the City of Richmond were approved narrowly Tuesday, with commissioners Jason Morgan and Jim Newby voting no on the ordinance. [Richmond Register]

ThinkProgress reported Tuesday morning that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is the subject of a Department of Justice corruption probe for allegedly misappropriating billions of dollars, was staying at the Trump International Hotel in D.C. before his meeting with Trump. On Tuesday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about the report and defended Najib’s choice of lodging — a choice that directly lines Trump’s pockets since he still owns the hotel. [ThinkProgress]

Several area school districts reported modest increases in composite scores on the ACT college-entrance examination. [Ashland Independent]

As a top official in Donald Trump’s transition team, former Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn actively promoted a private-sector scheme to build dozens of nuclear reactors across the Middle East known informally in the transition as the “Marshall Plan.” But he did not publicly disclose that backers of the plan had paid him at least $25,000. [Politico]

Matt Bevin is truly one of the most stupid people in Frankfort. So painfully stupid. You like small government? Bevin wants BIGGER government with more consolidated power. [WFPL]

Trump confirmed on Thursday morning that he supports legislation that would protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation and would deliver a “massive” increase in border security — but not with a wall on the southern border. [NY Times]

Kentucky’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 5.4 percent for August, unchanged from the previous month, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Really? A new political party headed by Bernie Sanders? Not gonna happen. Maybe a new political party needs to happen but get off it, Bernie Bros, he’s not the leader of anything. He didn’t even come up with the current health care push – John Conyers has been pushing it for 14 years. Sack up and find some independence instead of some pie in the sky rich guy yammering in D.C. [WaPo]

Transylvania University President Seamus Carey said his administration “worked around the clock” over the past week to help an immigrant student who said she was harassed online after a fellow student urged people on Facebook to report her to immigration authorities. [Linda Blackford]

U.S. House lawmakers on Tuesday adopted a trio of bipartisan measures meant to rein in civil asset forfeiture, a controversial law enforcement practice that allows police to confiscate property from individuals without ever convicting them of a crime, and often without even charging them. [HuffPo]

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Republicans Are Bad For The Economy

A student at Transylvania University says the school refused to help her after she was targeted on Facebook by a fellow student because of her status under an Obama-era policy that allows the children of undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States for school and work. [Linda Blackford]

Yahaira Burgos was fearing the worst when her husband, Juan Vivares, reported to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in lower Manhattan in March. Vivares, who fled Colombia and entered the U.S. illegally in 2011, had recently been given a deportation order. Rather than hide, he showed up at the ICE office with Burgos and his lawyer to continue to press his case for asylum. [HuffPo]

Adam Edelen’s best friend, Larry Jones, is like an ambulance chaser but for things he doesn’t understand – like data breaches. He jumps on them, sucks ignorant people into allowing him to represent them and then he lines his pockets. That’s the kind of person with whom Edelen surrounds himself. That’s why Edelen will never, ever be elected to higher office. Okay, so it’s only part of the reason. [C-J/AKN]

In the third month of Donald Trump’s presidency, Vladimir Putin dispatched one of his diplomats to the State Department to deliver a bold proposition: The full normalization of relations between the United States and Russia across all major branches of government. [BuzzFeed]

New Republican con artist beams on high. It was 13 years ago that State Rep. C Wesley Morgan, R-Richmond, paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for a houseboat on which the lawmaker admits he has not paid any property taxes. And, according to the law, the majority of the unpaid tax will not be able to be collected. [Richmond Register]

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Daydreamer?) is set to release his long-awaited “Medicare for all” bill Wednesday afternoon with the backing of several prominent Democrats. [The Hill]

Reminder: There’s a place called Sharkey that exists in Kentucky and we don’t talk about it enough. [The Morehead News]

New Republicans are bad for the economy. U.S. cities’ revenue growth in fiscal 2017 is projected to contract for a second consecutive year, the first time this has happened since the recession, according to a report released on Tuesday by the National League of Cities. [Reuters]

In a community where canned food drives are commonplace, Bettie George Frye was looking for a way to make hers stand out. [Ashland Independent]

In a shift from how it operated during the Obama administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is cracking down on relatives who let undocumented kids stay with them after entering the U.S. [ProPublica]

About 250 teachers and retired teachers showed up at the Barren County High School auditorium Monday evening looking for answers about their retirement security. [Ronnie Ellis]

After sunset, when American spy satellites can no longer see as well, the main bridge connecting China to North Korea comes to life. [NY Times]

When hurricanes strike, fundamentalist Christians like Noah’s Ark park builder Ken Ham often claim the storms are God’s punishment for our sins. I have no doubt there is a link between sin and some natural disasters. But it’s not the sin Ham and his kind usually have in mind. [Tom Eblen]

While middle-class rates, deductions and credits in Trump’s tax proposal remain hazy, there is one piece of the plan that has become clear: the part that could put more than $125 million into Trump’s own pocket each year. [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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Morehead Thought It Was Racist-Free

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Told y’all a year or so ago that these hemp shysters were up to no good. Up to their necks in corruption. No one wanted to hear it and sat in denial – even the Kentucky State Police. Until now, apparently. Kentucky officials are reviewing a case that could result in a former sheriff being kicked out of the state’s pilot program to grow industrial hemp after he was charged with cultivating marijuana. [H-L]

A go-to argument from science deniers was absolutely crushed by one of the world’s most famous scientists. [HuffPo]

It’s a little after sunrise on the first day of another week, and Cincinnati is waking up again with a heroin problem. So is Covington. And Middletown. And Norwood. And Hamilton. And West Chester Township. And countless other cities and towns across Ohio and Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

A case in Baltimore — in which two men were convicted of the same murder and cleared by DNA 20 years later — shows how far prosecutors will go to preserve a conviction. [ProPublica]

Surprise! There are ton of racists in Eastern Kentucky and many of them live in the Morehead area. [The Morehead News]

At a Thursday Senate Judiciary hearing, Donald Trump Jr. confirmed he set up and attended a meeting with a Russian lawyer in the hopes of obtaining damaging information about Hillary Clinton’s “fitness” for office. [ThinkProgress]

The former sheriff of Jackson County ended up on the wrong side of the law. Kentucky State Police arrested Dennis Peyman for cultivating marijuana and trafficking a controlled substance (anabolic steroid). According to Peyman’s arrest citation, police executed a search warrant at his home after previously finding 61 marijuana plants growing on his farm. [WKYT]

When the Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it would end an Obama-era program that shielded young undocumented immigrants from deportation, Sherwin Sheik quickly sized up the potential toll on his business. [NY Times]

After a year of hiatus, the ever-popular Spoonbread Festival returns to Berea Sept. 15-17, bringing along plenty of delicious family fun. [Richmond Register]

Mitch McConnell helped create this genocidal monster and he’s refusing to speak up about it. [WaPo]

Nearly 300 Boyd County Detention Center inmates are still scattered across 18 jails and prisons in Kentucky – three weeks after an uprising by maximum security prisoners. [Ashland Independent]

The sky darkened, lightning flashed and a jolt of turbulence shook the cabin of the hulking Air Force turbo-prop aircraft as it plied its way toward the eye of Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever recorded. [Reuters]

Republicans in Frankfort want to make it easier for legislators to harass, abuse and assault their staffers. So of course John Schaaf is all about it. Because legislative ethics are not a real thing. Schaaf is part of the problem and you know I’m right. [H-L]

Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist at the White House, described Donald Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey as a historic error. [HuffPo]

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Yep, RPK Bungled The Pension Disaster

This is Republican hype and nothing more. There are 120 counties and waaaay more municipalities and localities. It’s a drop in the bucket. [H-L]

The Dream Act, meant to provide legal status to young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, is about to get significantly more official support in Congress. [HuffPo]

Unfortunately for the morally bankrupt Matt Bevin, he doesn’t get to decide what the legislature does and it can override him. He should probably shut his mouth if he doesn’t want to face the wrath of Frankfort. He can ask Paul Patton, Steve Henry, Wendell Ford, Julian Carroll, Ernie Fletcher, Greg Stumbo, Tim Longmeyer what happens when you’re a wretched person who refuses to shut up. [C-J/AKN]

The Senate on Thursday approved a short-term bill to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling despite frustration among Republicans about the deal that Trump struck with Democrats. [The Hill]

Thomas Massie doesn’t just look and act like garbage. He *IS* garbage. [Ashland Independent]

Monster Hurricane Irma has shut down oil terminals across the northern Caribbean, worsening a fuel supply crunch in Latin America which is struggling to meet demand since Hurricane Harvey disrupted shipments from the U.S. Gulf Coast last month. [Reuters]

Attorneys for Kentucky’s last abortion clinic said as a federal trial opened Wednesday that state regulators are using “onerous” rules to try to shut it down, predicting some women would “take the matter into their own hands” to end pregnancies if the state succeeds. [Richmond Register]

He’s so painfully stupid. Vapid. Dumb. Awful. Whatever you want to call it. That’s what he is. [Politico]

The Green River in Mammoth Cave National Park is open to river use, after having been closed last week in anticipation of heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Sometimes an international offensive begins with a few shots that draw little notice. So it was last year when Melvin Redick of Harrisburg, Pa., a friendly-looking American with a backward baseball cap and a young daughter, posted on Facebook a link to a brand-new website. [NY Times]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called Thursday morning on the city’s police chief to examine his agency’s relationship with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the wake of a story by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. [WFPL]

Conservative lawmakers voiced their opposition to Trump’s deal with Democratic congressional leaders, arguing the three-month government spending bill that also raises the debt ceiling should not be passed because it does not include federal spending cuts. [WaPo]

Kentucky’s 3.5 million licensed drivers won’t be able to use their licenses to board domestic airline flights after Jan. 22, 2018, unless the state gets another extension to comply with federal security regulations approved in 2005. [H-L]

Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it had found that an operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on thousands of U.S. ads promoting divisive social and political messages in a two-year-period through May. [HuffPo]

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