Everything Bevin Touches Turns To Trash

Leave it to Matt Bevin to make stupid economic mistake after stupid economic mistake. Capital Plaza redevelopment is about to throw a 385,500-square-foot wrench into one of Franklin County’s biggest industries — office space. [H-L]

While serving as a top campaign aide to Donald Trump, former national security adviser Michael Flynn made tens of thousands of dollars on the side advising a company that sold surveillance technology that repressive governments used to monitor activists and journalists. [HuffPo]

Jefferson District Court judges too often allow cases to be delayed without good reason, creating unnecessary courthouse trips for witnesses, victims and defendants, according to a study of the busiest court in the state. [C-J/AKN]

U.S. immigration authorities have arrested and moved to deport 199 Iraqi immigrants, mostly from the Detroit area, in the last three weeks after Iraq agreed to accept deportees as part of a deal removing it from President Donald Trump’s travel ban, officials said on Wednesday. [Reuters]

Months after the Estill County Jail was forced to close due to safety issues, Jailer Bo Morris says everything is “about the same.” To his knowledge, there have been no moves to reopen the facility, however, he said the jail is getting a new transport van to haul prisoners to and from outside detention facilities holding its inmates. [Richmond Register]

Before he was named Trump’s health secretary, Price took a congressional trip to Australia and pressed officials to extend protections for drug companies in an international trade agreement. [ProPublica]

The City of Ashland may hire a spokesperson to answer citizen concerns more efficiently and handle its website and social media accounts. [Ashland Independent]

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller is investigating the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, as part of the probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to officials familiar with the matter. [WaPo]

There sure are some fascinating things happening in Morehead, according to its messy mayor. [The Morehead News]

Watergate prosecutors had evidence that operatives for then-President Richard Nixon planned an assault on anti-war demonstrators in 1972, including potentially physically attacking Vietnam whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, according to a never-before-published memo obtained by NBC News. [NBC News]

The average cost of a four-year degree in Kentucky will be more than $39,000 this fall after state regulators approved tuition increases at most of the state’s public universities. All but two schools asked for the maximum increase allowed by the Council on Postsecondary Education. The University of Louisville did not raise tuition, and Kentucky State University’s board of trustees has not had a meeting yet to ask for an increase. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee. [BBC]

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees voted Friday to approve a land swap with a private developer that could potentially create two new mixed-use developments and give UK a key block of land near its campus. [H-L]

The insurance industry’s annual confab last week was supposed to be a dry, stoic affair. [HuffPo]

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Poor? Got A Sick Kid? Sick Parent? Mitch McConnell Is Taking Steps To Speed Up Their Death By Gutting Health Care

If you believe Matt Bevin or the Republicans have an actual, workable tax play? You’re delusional. Kentucky’s razor-thin budget does not have room for magical thinking, for ideological experiments. If he goes into this special session with solid plans for business tax cuts without an equally firm, mathematically solid commitment to make up the difference, and more, by cleaning up thousands of breaks and exemptions, Kentucky and its people will suffer. [H-L]

Multiple shots were fired on a group of Republican lawmakers in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday morning and witnesses say that several people were hit. [HuffPo]

Remember the shitty people Holly Harris works for? The Kochs? Here’s what those hucksters are up to these days. A group affiliated with the Koch brothers’ powerful political network is leading an online campaign against Mayor Greg Fischer’s $5.4 million proposal to expand Louisville’s ultra-fast internet access. [C-J/AKN]

Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump’s election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in almost twice as many states as previously reported. [Bloomberg]

While Kentucky was one of eight states to see an increase in students participating in summer nutrition programs, it still provided lunches to fewer than 1 in 10 children, according to a newly released report. [Richmond Register]

A resolution condemning white supremacy caused chaos at the Southern Baptist Convention. Because of course some of those people are racist as can be. [The Atlantic]

This ought to end remarkably badly… New county tax dollars chiefly generated by a Marriott-brand hotel can officially be captured by the City of Ashland for 20 years and used to fund more development projects. [Ashland Independent]

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ruled against President Trump’s so-called travel ban, delivering another blow to the administration as it waits for the Supreme Court to decide whether to intervene. [The Hill]

Morehead State University students can expect a 4.92 percent increase to undergraduate tuition for the upcoming semester. [The Morehead News]

U.S. immigration authorities are arresting Iraqi immigrants ordered deported for serious crimes, the U.S. government said on Monday, after Iraq agreed to accept U.S. deportees as part of a deal to remove it from President Donald Trump’s travel ban. [Reuters]

It’s borderline impossible not to be 100 times better than Scott Jennings and his racist “jokes”. A Glasgow resident, attorney Bobby Richardson, has been chosen to emcee the annual Fancy Farm Picnic — a fundraiser for Saint Jerome Catholic Church that takes place in early August in southwestern Kentucky attracting barbecue lovers and politicians alike. [Glasgow Daily Times]

You can thank Mitch McConnell for disabling the American health care system and potentially killing millions of poor people. So that’s fun. Senate Republicans are aggressively trying to rein in expectations for their Obamacare repeal effort, wary of blowing a deadline or falling short of 50 votes on a promise that has driven the GOP’s political strategy for much of the past decade. [Politico]

Bam Carney is no more powerful than me. Suggesting otherwise is absurd. And that lying asshole was super-involved in Matt Bevin’s executive orders! These people aren’t just stupid, they’re liars. [H-L]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions repeatedly dodged questions on Tuesday about his conversations with Donald Trump, broadly claiming at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that his talks with Trump were shielded by ill-defined protections. He argued that it would be inappropriate to speak publicly about confidential discussions with his boss, but struggled to explain the legal backing for his stance since Trump has not formally invoked executive privilege. [HuffPo]

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All Eyes Are On The Racist Elf Today

A person claiming to be high-profile fugitive Eric C. Conn told the Herald-Leader in an email that he had assistance escaping home detention on June 2. [H-L]

Donald Trump fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara the day after the prosecutor refused to return a call from him, Bharara said on ABC News’ “This Week” Sunday. Bharara said he viewed direct contact from the president to himself, as a law-enforcement official, to be an inappropriate breach of protocol and reported it to the office of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on March 9. “Twenty-two hours later, I was fired,” Bharara said. [HuffPo]

Attorney General Andy Beshear said Monday that his office is exploring whether the audit of the U of L Foundation shows crimes occurred. [C-J/AKN]

A second federal appeals court has ruled against Trump’s revised travel ban. The decision on Monday, from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, was the latest in a string of court rulings rejecting the administration’s efforts to limit travel from several predominantly Muslim countries. [NY Times]

Local attorney and former state Rep. Johnny Bell and a another person were arrested Sunday afternoon and each charged with fourth-degree assault (minor injury) after the Kentucky State Police was dispatched to Bell’s Barren County residence, according to KSP citations. [Glasgow Daily Times]

These are the terrorists you should fear, New Republicans, not people with brown skin. A Florida woman who believed that the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school was a hoax was sentenced to five months in prison this week for threatening the father of six-year-old Noah Pozner, one of the 20 young victims who died in the shooting. [The Guardian]

The Morehead State University Board of Regents approved the revision of two tenure policies during Thursday’s quarterly meeting. [The Morehead News]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee for an open hearing Tuesday, the committee has announced. [The Hill]

A recent grant awarded to Louisa will be used to put the city’s long-awaited riverwalk project in motion. The grant of $312,200 in federal funds was announced last week by the governor’s office. The walkway is part of Louisa’s “Rediscover Louisa” plan that focuses on renovating the city. [Ashland Independent]

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a gender distinction in U.S. immigration law that treats mothers and fathers differently when determining a child’s citizenship, calling such inequality “stunningly anachronistic.” [Reuters]

Luke Keith Jr., a graduate of Madison Central High School and Eastern Kentucky University, who served as publisher of newspapers in Laurel and Perry counties, died May 31 in Hazard. He was 72. [Richmond Register]

It’s called grift and Republicans are the kings of scamming their way to wealth. From Mitch McConnell to Donald Trump, it’s in their blood. [WaPo]

Corrupt jackass Kent Downey has died and taken his secrets with him. Kent Downey, a former state legislative aide who was at the center of a sex and gambling scandal, has died. He was 66. [H-L]

The Pentagon is distancing itself from Donald Trump over remarks he made on the United States’ relationship with Qatar. [HuffPo]

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Vultures = Metaphor For New Republicans

The idea of black vultures turning predatory might sound like the plot of a low-budget horror film, but to Kentucky farmers trying to protect calving cows, that horror has become all too real in recent years. Now it appears farmers are fighting back against the federally protected migratory birds in a big way. [H-L]

The anti-Muslim white supremacist charged with murdering two men in Portland, Oregon, when they intervened in his bigoted tirade at two teenagers is the kind of extremist that former Department of Homeland Security official Daryl Johnson worried about. [HuffPo]

The University of Louisville’s endowment — managed by the beleaguered U of L Foundation — lost about 6 percent of its value last year. [C-J/AKN]

Germany’s largest bank has failed to respond to a request from Democrats on a U.S. House of Representatives panel for details about U.S. President Donald Trump’s possible ties to Russia, a Democratic staffer said on Sunday. [Reuters]

You can thank bigots like Matt Bevin and other twits in the Republican Party of Kentucky (we’re looking at you, self-hating Julie Raque Adams) for Kentucky’s disastrous economy. While state officials are touting 2017 as a record-breaking year for business investments, a new study ranked Kentucky the third worst state for jobs. [Richmond Register]

Lee Francis Cissna, President Trump’s nominee to head the federal agency that handles applications for visas, refugee status and citizenship, has put little on the public record in his 20 years as a lawyer, government employee, diplomat and Capitol Hill aide. [ProPublica]

A plan to build a pavilion, or another multiuse structure, in downtown Ashland that would shelter local farmers and artisans and be used for special events is “in the works,” according to Mayor Steve Gilmore. [Ashland Independent]

As the country — and Washington in particular — borders on near-obsession over whether affiliates of Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with the Kremlin to swing the 2016 presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials say Moscow’s espionage ground game is growing stronger and more brazen than ever. [Politico]

Only one person spoke during a public hearing Thursday morning regarding the financing of the new Metcalfe County Government Center. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Six months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the June 7, 1942, edition of the Chicago Sunday Tribune trumpeted news of a stunning American victory over a Japanese armada at the Battle of Midway. [WaPo]

Last week, church leaders from West Louisville and beyond packed into a public school auditorium to hear Gov. Matt Bevin’s ideas for how to stop a surge of violent crime in the neighborhood. [WFPL]

What will end racism in the United States? Certainly not modern/New Republicans. [BBC]

Frustrated by complaints of shoddy customer service and the recent layoffs of 56 employees, Lexington city officials want Spectrum executives to come to city hall to discuss the city’s mounting concerns about the cable company. [H-L]

Over 63 years after Brown v. Board of Education made state-sanctioned school segregation illegal and set off a wave of controversial efforts to diversify districts, many schools have settled back into old patterns. Although the law no longer endorses it, schools are still divided along fault lines of race and class. [HuffPo]

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KRS Mess Is Apparently News To Some

Maybe there wouldn’t be a panhandling problem if all of these so-called “Christians” in Kentucky bothered to do something to help their fellow people in need? Nah, that’s too simple and makes too much sense. [H-L]

Washington officials want Turkey to pay a price for its presidential security detail’s alleged role in beating up anti-government protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Told ya so. Years ago. The Kentucky Retirement Systems board on Thursday lowered some key assumptions that will cause the state’s already massive pension debt to grow by at least another $2 billion. [C-J/AKN]

Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters. [Reuters]

Budget cuts, tuition increases, and capital project plans. Oh, my! During Thursday’s Morehead State University Board of Regents work session, the Board was presented with the proposed six-year capital plan for 2018 through 2024 as well as the proposed operating budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. [The Morehead News]

Reports that fired FBI Director James Comey kept a record of his conversations with President Donald Trump dominate the news, fueling calls for deeper inquiry into any evidence that Trump may have interfered with an FBI investigation into his own campaign. One detail from Comey’s reported memo has been inadequately examined. [ThinkProgress]

In a day when sports news is clouded by “deflategate” or allegations of growth hormones, it can be refreshing to see athletes compete all for the love of the game. [Richmond Register]

President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting. “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” [NY Times]

A student who brought a handgun with a loaded magazine to Boyd County High School two weeks ago has been expelled for one year, said Boyd County Schools Superintendent Brock Walter. [Ashland Independent]

As Donald Trump has grown increasingly angry and frustrated with his White House staff, the beleaguered targets of his ire have a quietly roiling gripe of their own — their boss, the president himself. [WaPo]

Five findings were noted by state auditors regarding the Hart County Fiscal Court’s 2016 financial statement. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Only a tiny percentage of detained immigrants have attorneys, leaving even those with solid cases to stay in the United States to fend for themselves. [ProPublica]

The newspaper folks didn’t dig that information up on their own. Not remotely. Which never gets mentioned A researcher, unaffiliated with the paper, gave all the information to them on a silver platter. [H-L]

Will Erdogan’s thugs face no consequences for attacking us on U.S. soil? They acted like mafia henchmen. [HuffPo]

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Jamie Comer Is Officially Just Scum

A month before Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, one of his closest allies in Congress — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy — made a politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill with his fellow GOP leaders: that Trump could be the beneficiary of payments from Russian President Vladimir Putin. [WaPo]

More of that hard-hitting educational reporting from Valarie Honeycutt Spears, the woman who bungled coverage of the Montgomery County Schools scandal. She still hasn’t put in any effort to report on the hundreds of thousands of dollars the district has had to pay out in monstrous settlements. And it’s 15 minutes from her. [H-L]

It’s official! Jamie Comer is a national embarrassment! Not only did he go after a woman who accused him of assault and had others to back her up. Not only did he go after Holly Harris for being honest about his bullshit. Not only did he go after others for attempting to hold his shady ass accountable. But now he’s defending Donald Trump’s treasonous acts and obstruction of justice. Jamie Comer truly is scum and is not deserving of respect. Full stop. [HuffPo]

State government has hired a longtime friend of Gov. Matt Bevin to fill a new $250,000-per-year job dedicated to bolstering the commonwealth’s workforce development efforts. [C-J/AKN]

One afternoon this fall, I knocked on the door of a redbrick apartment building in Akron, Ohio, looking for a Bhutanese refugee who’d lost the tips of his fingers at a Case Farms chicken plant in a vacuum-pressure machine known as a “fat sucker.” [ProPublica]

For the first time since 2009, Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. customers will see a rate increase. The Kentucky Public Service Commission, or PSC, OK’d a 4.2 percent increase Friday. According to the PSC, the average RECC customer will see their bill increase from $106.46 to $110.95. The new rate structure is expected to go into effect July 1. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Few industries have enjoyed the kind of presidential attention that has been lavished on the coal industry in the first 100 days of the Trump administration. [ThinkProgress]

There was contentious discussion during Thursday’s work session of the Morehead State University Board of Regents. The first item on the agenda was the discussion of academic personnel policies. [The Morehead News]

The episode illustrates the impossible mission of managing a White House led by an impetuous president who has resisted structure and strictures his entire adult life. [Politico]

Two local [in Morehead] television station operators are under fire from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for allegedly operating without a license for nearly 20 years. The commission has proposed the maximum fine of $144,344 against the two for continuing operations. [Ashland Independent]

What other White House would schedule a visit by the Russian foreign minister and ambassador on the day after Mr. Trump fired the man in charge of investigating his campaign’s ties to Russia? What other White House would bar the American media while admitting a Russian state photographer? What other White House would be astonished that the Russians would then distribute photos of their officials backslapping the grinning Mr. Trump inside the Oval Office? [NY Times]

Watching a piece of paper burn Saturday morning, Rossetta Trammel’s eyes beamed with joy. The paper, a mortgage on her Douglas Court home, was no longer needed. After nearly 20 years, the final payment was made. The home was hers, free and clear. [Richmond Register]

Violating the oath of office does not require violating a criminal statute. If the President decided to write the nuclear codes on a sticky note on his desk and then took a photo of it and tweeted it, he would not technically have violated any criminal law–just as he hasn’t here. He has the constitutional authority to dictate that the safeguarding of nuclear materials shall be done through sticky notes in plain sight and tweeted, even the authority to declassify the codes outright. Yet, we would all understand this degree of negligence to be a gross violation of his oath of office. [Lawfare]

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission said Tuesday, May 16, 2017, that it will ask the Kentucky Supreme Court to review last week’s appeals court decision that supported Hands On Originals’ right to refuse to print gay pride T-shirts in 2012. ;[John Cheves]

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) issued a rare rebuke of Donald Trump’s administration Monday evening, telling reporters the White House must find a way to reverse its “downward spiral.” [HuffPo]

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Spoiler Alert: KRS Is A Damn Disaster

Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State. [WaPo]

Two US officials who were briefed on Trump’s disclosures last week confirmed to BuzzFeed News the veracity of the Washington Post report, with one noting that “it’s far worse than what has already been reported.” The official was referring to the extent of the classified intelligence information Trump disclosed to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister. [BuzzFeed]

Former Harlan County Sheriff Marvin J. Lipfird plans to plead guilty in a federal case in which he is charged with misappropriating about $25,000 while in office. [H-L]

Senate Republicans have spent the last 10 days or so promising not to tackle health care in the same hurried, irresponsible way that their House counterparts did. “We are not under any deadlines,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said last week, “so we are going to take our time.” [HuffPo]

Seems like only yesterday reporters at A Kentucky Newspaper were telling us there was nothing fishy going on at the Kentucky Retirement Systems. Within the next two weeks, Kentucky policymakers are expecting to get a clearer view of the dimensions of the state’s pension crisis. [C-J/AKN]

Another Republican scumbag. A liberal judicial advocacy group is raising the alarm over the corporate lawyer from Kentucky whom President Trump has tapped for the Cincinnati-based 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. [The Hill]

Clad in her cap and gown, Ashley Cook of Whitesburg looked out among the sea of faces Friday afternoon at Eastern Kentucky University’s Alumni Coliseum and smiled. [Richmond Register]

The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate said on Sunday that Democrats would consider refusing to vote on a new FBI director until a special prosecutor is named to investigate President Donald Trump’s potential ties to Russia. [Reuters]

A jury has convicted a former deputy jailer in Hazard for his role in violently assaulting a pre-trial detainee and willfully failing to provide necessary medical attention that led to his death. [Ashland Independent]

It’s neither false nor misleading to point out that Trump’s second nominee to lead the Army is a homophobic, transphobic bigot. [NY Times]

One of the biggest health care operators in Louisville is offloading four major hospitals and six physician group practices. [WFPL]

With one hasty and excruciatingly narrow vote, House Republicans have all but guaranteed that health care will be one of the most pivotal issues shaping the next two election cycles — including congressional, gubernatorial and state legislative races in the 2018 midterms and President Trump’s likely reelection bid in 2020. [WaPo]

Bullshit. AT&T is investing in its network in Kentucky because it’s being forced to by competitors. That’s only because Republicans (hey, Joe Burgan, Riggs Lewis, Scott Jennings!) and Democrats (Greg Stumbo) have allowed it and other telecom giants to stick it to the Commonwealth for years. [Business First]

It’s a great time to be an investigative journalist. Sure, no president has done more to demonize media than Trump. But nor has anybody done more to boost our standing than Trump. [ProPublica]

Kentucky’s tax collections rebounded in April after a disappointing March, but a budget shortfall of $100 million or more remains likely. [H-L]

The Trump administration must turn over a memo and other documents from a commission led by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani that is believed to have laid out ways to “legally” ban Muslims from entering the country, a federal judge ruled on Thursday. [HuffPo]

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