Surprise! Matt Bevin’s House Is Worth Way More Than He Repeatedly Claimed

The Floyd County school district approved the sales recently of three buildings appraised at more than $1 million for just over $61,000, despite receiving bids previously that totaled more than $113,000. [H-L]

An attorney for former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort told jurors during opening arguments in his tax and bank fraud trial on Tuesday that Manafort’s longtime aide Rick Gates ― now a witness for special counsel Robert Mueller ― is a liar who can’t be trusted. [HuffPo]

A property tax appeals board on Tuesday set the tax value of Gov. Matt Bevin’s Anchorage mansion and property at $2 million. The three-member board settled on a value between the $1.39 million that Bevin said the property is worth and the $2.9 million assessment released in April by the Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator. [C-J/AKN]

Democrats are pointing the finger at Russia over Facebook’s new disclosure of a political influence campaign ahead of the midterm elections. [The Hill]

Barren County’s unemployment rate rose from 4.1 percent in May to 4.8 percent in June, a study released by the state last week shows. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Get. Off. Facebook. Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it had identified a new coordinated political influence campaign to mislead its users and sow dissension among voters ahead of November’s U.S. congressional elections. [Reuters]

Eddie Blakeley, publisher of the Ashland Daily Independent since 2003, has resigned, effective Aug. 17, to become chief operating officer of Journal Inc. of Tupelo, Mississippi. [The Morehead News]

Since April, at least 69 people have been appointed or transferred to political jobs within the Trump administration with little or no fanfare. Here’s a look at some of them. [ProPublica]

A state law requiring Kentucky high school students to pass a civics test in order to graduate goes into effect this year. [Ashland Independent]

Spoiler alert: it’s a crime. In the days after the 2016 presidential election, Donald J. Trump’s advisers had an unequivocal message about contacts between Russians and members of the campaign team: There were none. [NY Times]

Rand Paul, who had publicly wavered as to whether he would support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, endorsed him Monday. [Richmond Register]

Tad Devine, the architect of Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign, who also worked closely with Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort as a political consultant in Ukraine, was the only witness to testify Tuesday after prosecution and defense attorneys made their opening statements. [WaPo]

Ashland Inc. on Tuesday announced that its headquarters are moving from Kentucky, where it has for nearly a century been a major corporate presence. [H-L]

More than 100 Americans die of opioid overdoses each day, but there’s one group for which the epidemic has been especially deadly: recently released inmates. [HuffPo]

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Matt. Bevin. Ruins. Literally. Everything.

An improvised explosive device made from a lighter went off and injured three people when a man at an estate sale picked it up, police said Friday. Additional components and explosive substances were found in a search of the house in the 700 block of Nakomi Drive where the estate sale was being held, said Lexington police Lt. Nathaniel Muller. [H-L]

Progressives are gaining influence within the Democratic Party and it’s starting to make some other Democrats anxious. [HuffPo]

For the second time in a week, officials with the administration of Matt Bevin have reversed themselves on a controversial change to the state’s Medicaid program. State Medicaid officials now say they will suspend patient copays of $1 to $50 abruptly enacted July 1. The copays caught health providers by surprise and caused alarm among patients who didn’t know about or understand the changes. [C-J/AKN]

U.S. Democrats’ support for abortion rights grew in the last two years, but for most it will be a low priority in the November mid-term election compared with issues such as healthcare and the economy, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll shows. [Reuters]

Kentucky’s school system is ranked 20th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in a national report by WalletHub, a credit and personal finance website. [Ronnie Ellis]

A Central Brooklyn hospital featured in ProPublica and NPR’s “Lost Mothers” series for its high hemorrhage rate will serve as a pilot for quality reforms. [ProPublica]

Boyd County Clerk Debbie Jones’ office has received an $18,000 grant from the Kentucky Department of Library and Archives. [Ashland Independent]

Idiot. Idiot. Idiot. Donald Trump has said he has “no problem doing a shutdown” to pry funding from Congress for his planned border wall. [BBC]

Fatal drug overdoses increased by 11.5 percent in 2017, fueled by a continuing rise in fentanyl abuse, according to a report by the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. [More Ronnie Ellis]

The Trump administration is considering bypassing Congress to grant a $100 billion tax cut mainly to the wealthy, a legally tenuous maneuver that would cut capital gains taxation and fulfill a long-held ambition of many investors and conservatives. [NY Times]

In order to comply with federal regulations, Kentucky will begin issuing a new state credential in the first few months of 2019, said Matt Henderson, commissioner of Kentucky’s Division of Vehicle Regulations, during the Glasgow Rotary Club meeting Thursday at the T.J. Health Pavilion Community Center. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Maria Butina, the Russian who reportedly infiltrated the National Rifle Association and became a popular figure in conservative circles in 2016, certainly earned her keep. The indictment issued last week states she worked closely with a Russian official, widely believed to be Russian Central Bank Deputy Gov. Alexander Torshin, to access and influence conservative organizations and politicians. [WaPo]

What was reported as an ATV crash Thursday in Perry County turned out to be violence, with an arrest made and two victims airlifted to hospitals with gunshot wounds. [H-L]

A former personnel chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is being investigated for sexual misconduct, including allegations that he hired women he met at bars and on dating websites in the hopes that they would become sexual partners for male employees. [HuffPo]

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Monday Morning Of Bevin Madness

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Wondering just how ignorant Kentuckians can be when it comes to immigration and politics? Here’s a good look. Hint: it’s racism. [H-L]

The separation of children from parents now taking place at the southern border is not new in American history. [HuffPo]

Smells like retaliation from the Bevin crew but who knows? [C-J/AKN]

Round two of Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s dispute over the tax value of his home in a high-end Louisville suburb went before an appeals board Monday, as an appraiser defended his review of the property against arguments that his work led to an “overinflated” valuation. [AP]

Through the first six months of the year, there have been 23 confirmed drug-related deaths in Madison County. [Richmond Register]

Mr. Mueller wants to question the president about the tweets. His interest in them is the latest addition to a range of presidential actions he is investigating as a possible obstruction case. [WaPo]

Two industry-owned properties in the Boyd County School District were evaluated improperly for tax purpose and the district has to refund hundreds of thousands of dollars to each, according to district finance director Don Fleu. [Ashland Independent]

This is still racism. Donald Trump said on Sunday he would allow the federal government to shut down if Democrats do not fund his border wall and back immigration law changes, betting that maintaining a hard line will work in Republicans’ favor in November congressional elections. [Reuters]

Sanford Holbrook of Mt. Olivet has been appointed to the Morehead State University Board of Regents by Matt Bevin. [The Morehead News]

Settling an investigation by the state of Washington prompted by a ProPublica story, the social networking company said it would no longer allow advertisers to exclude users by any federally protected categories. [ProPublica]

Fancy Farm’s coming up and it will be disgusting and embarrassing for Kentucky, as it has been the past few years. Unless teachers show up in full force and raise absolute hell 24/7. If Scott Jennings can tell racist “jokes” at the picnic? Teachers can be as loud as they want to be. [Ronnie Ellis]

Some of the biggest winners from Donald Trump’s new tax law are corporate executives who have reaped gains as their companies buy back a record amount of stock, a practice that rewards shareholders by boosting the value of existing shares. [Politico]

Amy McGrath stood with a microphone in her hand on a hot July Saturday, making her pitch to a crowd that spilled out of two tailgate tents. [H-L]

Federal air marshals have been secretly tracking dozens of American travelers each day who aren’t listed on government watch lists or suspected of a crime. [HuffPo]

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Bevin: Still An Awful Human Being

Researchers from Duke University and the non-profits SkyTruth and Appalachian Voices released a first-of-its-kind study Wednesday showing the year-by-year impact of surface coal mining in Central Appalachia. [H-L]

Dangerous idiot. [HuffPo]

For the first time in weeks, Matt Bevin on Wednesday availed himself to questions from the capital press corps. [C-J/AKN]

The Trump administration must face a lawsuit by states and advocacy groups over its plan to ask people who are filling out the 2020 census form whether they are U.S. citizens, a federal judge ruled on Thursday. [Reuters]

Sporting a new beard, Matt Bevin took questions from reporters Wednesday for the first time in a month – but he remained coy about whether he’ll seek re-election next year and he wouldn’t say if he’ll attend this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic and political speaking. [Ronnie Ellis]

A Maryland judge is allowing a class action lawsuit against Jared Kushner’s family real estate company to proceed, in a ruling that denies most of the company’s arguments to dismiss the case over its treatment of tenants at large apartment complexes in the Baltimore area. [ProPublica]

A vote to double the payroll tax in the city of Raceland was postponed Wednesday night because there were not enough City Council members available to attend the meeting. [Ashland Independent]

Impeach the motherfucker already. The Trump administration will no longer publish public summaries of Donald Trump’s phone calls with foreign leaders, US media report. [BBC]

The St. Claire Foundation’s recent 2018 Signature Event raised $23,000 to support St. Claire HealthCare’s efforts to relocate and upgrade our inpatient rehabilitation services with a state-of-the-art therapy gym and functional training space, including a home simulation environment. [The Morehead News]

For years, Trump has used Twitter as his go-to public relations weapon, mounting a barrage of attacks on celebrities and then political rivals even after advisers warned he could be creating legal problems for himself. [NY Times]

Fatal drug overdoses increased by 11.5 percent in 2017, fueled by a continuing rise in fentanyl abuse, according to a report by the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. [More Ronnie Ellis]

In a ruling that some legal scholars say could be an important precedent nationally, a federal judge struck down a Florida law barring early-voting centers on college campuses. [WaPo]

One of the nation’s largest managers of off-campus student housing has discriminated against Kentucky children and families and is violating the federal Fair Housing Act, three fair housing groups allege in a federal lawsuit. [H-L]

A federal judge in New York ruled Thursday that a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s decision to add a question asking about citizenship to the 2020 census could advance, saying the challengers had shown enough evidence that the decision could have been driven by discrimination to move the case forward. [HuffPo]

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Republicans Screwed KY Charities

Every year, the Children’s Charity of the Bluegrass raises about $500,000 from its annual fundraising golf tournament. But under Kentucky’s new tax law, a 6 percent sales tax on numerous services also applies to all tickets sold for fundraisers that charities and churches put on. The organizers will have to decide if they will let participants pay the tax on tickets, or whether they will take the hit. [H-L]

A recording of then-candidate Donald Trump talking about a payment to a woman who claimed they’d had an affair is just one of a dozen audio files released to prosecutors last week, a court filing on Monday revealed. [HuffPo]

Mayor Greg Fischer won’t be able to keep his Kentucky Derby guests a secret for much longer if Democratic Metro Councilman Brent Ackerson has his way. [C-J/AKN]

Then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s staff sought to protect him from exposure to toxic formaldehyde from an office desk last year, emails show — just months before his top political aides blocked the release of a report on health dangers from the same chemical. [Politico]

Plans for a healing center and jail expansion have been scrapped less than two weeks after a proposed plan to build and finance each was presented during a special called fiscal court meeting on July 12. [Richmond Register]

Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, escalated his dispute with the president on Tuesday by releasing a secret recording of a conversation in which Mr. Trump appears to have knowledge about hush money payments to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump. [NY Times]

Greenup County leaders got an update on the KentuckyWired project recently with the goal for installation of fiber optic broadband connectivity infrastructure complete in the county by next year. [Ashland Independent]

The missed deadlines puzzled real estate experts, who said that for a long-established property company such as the Trump Organization, paying property taxes should be a routine task. [WaPo]

The Morehead Tourism Commission voted 4-0 Monday afternoon to earmark $25,000 for the Kentucky Folk Art Center for a one-year period. [The Morehead News]

Maria Marroquin Perdomo fretted as she waited with her 11-year-old son, Abisai, in the New Orleans International Airport. A day earlier, the mother and son had been reunited in Texas after being separated by U.S. immigration officials for more than a month, an ordeal that followed a harrowing journey from Honduras. [Reuters]

The company under contract to develop a parks and recreation master plan for Glasgow has drafted a document for the next steps in the process that it has shared with a local steering committee. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Hundreds of migrant parents are no longer in the US, government lawyers said, ahead of a deadline to reunite families. [BBC]

The quiet, observant and community-loving Hazel Arnold left behind an unexpected gift for animal lovers in her native Frankfort. Arnold, who died in January at age 93, left $150,000 to the Franklin County Humane Society. Those who knew Arnold said she had no pets, but her friends did and that’s all that mattered. [H-L]

Former FBI director and longtime Republican James Comey has urged Americans to vote for Democrats in November. [HuffPo]

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Come On, KY Dems! Get Some Guts

Kentucky Democrats apparently want to remain worthless. They won’t even bring up their opponents’ histories of sexual harassment. [H-L]

Corruption beams on high. Contradicting both his own intelligence agencies and a verbatim statement made by Russian President Vladimir Putin last week, Trump claimed on Tuesday that Russia will “be pushing hard for the Democrats” in the upcoming election, and that “They definitely don’t want Trump.” [HuffPo]

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter, signaling he’s not going away without a fight, now says he made a mistake in resigning as chairman of the pizza empire he created. [C-J/AKN]

The FBI on Saturday released a redacted version of its previously classified foreign surveillance warrant application on Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page, which has been the subject of a heated partisan debate over the FBI’s tactics investigating members of the Trump campaign. [CNN]

Republican incumbent Andy Barr’s first television ad provides a hint about how he plans to run against his Democratic challenger, retired U.S. Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, in the 6th Congressional District. [Ronnie Ellis]

When it became clear that Donald Trump was seriously considering nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservative judge’s former law clerks swung into action as among his most energetic public cheerleaders. [Reuters]

Confidence in school safety is weak among parents of school-age children, according to a poll released this week. [Ashland Independent]

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday criticized the Trump administration’s decision to consider revoking security clearances for several ex-government officials who have been vocal about their opposition to Donald Trump, adding that it’s “the kind of thing that happens in Venezuela.” [Politico]

Once Democrat Andy Beshear announced he’ll run for governor in 2019, it didn’t take long for the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) to begin efforts to recruit a Democrat to run for Kentucky Attorney General. If it’s Overly? Her ties to Longmeyer will be a big deal. Same for Moore. [More Ronnie Ellis]

Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election. [NY Times]

Clint Graham, assistant principal at Green County High School, was named as the new principal of Metcalfe County High School during a press conference Tuesday at the Metcalfe County Schools Board of Education. [Glasgow Daily Times]

“I have had little or no sleep, owing to the tooth ache or rather stump ache,” Elizabeth Drinker wrote in her diary one night in 1796. “One of my Eye teeth very sore, my face much swelled and painful.” [WaPo]

In his first television ad of the general election, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr decided to make a list. [H-L]

Impeach the motherfucker already. Donald Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of former intelligence officials who have criticized him and have been the targets of some of his relentless attacks. [HuffPo]

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What Does Russia Have On Rand Paul?

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Matt Bevin’s administration reinstated vision and dental coverage, as well as non-emergency transportation services, Thursday to nearly 400,000 Medicaid recipients. [H-L]

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump discussed a possible referendum in separatist-leaning eastern Ukraine during their Helsinki summit earlier this week, Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. said Friday. The move may be seen as an effort to sidestep European peace efforts for Ukraine and increase pressure on the Ukrainian government in its protracted conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass region. [HuffPo]

Not surprising that an avowed right-wing kid from outta town would ignore the decades of scandal surrounding JBS Swift when reporting a story like this. [C-J/AKN]

Rand Paul twice retweeted an Islamophobic conspiracy theorist who has propagated conspiracy theories like Pizzagate. [Roll Call]

Every year, the Richmond Teen Center holds a Back to School Bash for the residents of Madison County, not only to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year, but also to donate school supplies to those in the community who need it. [Richmond Register]

In a stunning move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has withdrawn one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees just minutes before he was set for a confirmation vote. [TPM]

Three highly-placed community college officials, including one with ties to Ashland Community and Technical College, are on the short list for consideration as ACTC’s new president, according to the college’s governing body. [Ashland Independent]

What did everyone think was going to happen? There’s nothing we learned from Donald Trump’s meeting in Helsinki on Monday with Vladimir Putin that we didn’t already know. [The Nation]

Addiction doesn’t make any sense and purely punitive approaches to ending addiction will not work, Dr. John Sanders, the medical director for hospice and palliative medicine at St. Claire HealthCare in Morehead, told a group of Morgan County health care professionals on July 18. [The Morehead News]

Rand Paul is complicit in this – he’s a criminal. Rand Paul on Thursday blocked a resolution from Sen. Bernie Sanders that backed the intelligence community’s assessment of Russian election interference and demanded Donald Trump speak with special counsel Robert Mueller. [The Hill]

Circuit Judge John T. Alexander has issued an order detailing the costs incurred for an election recount in the Republican primary for the Barren County judge-executive’s race. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The willingness of the White House to contemplate handing over a former U.S. ambassador for interrogation by the Kremlin drew ire and astonishment from current and former U.S. officials. Such a proposition is unheard of. So is the notion that the president may think he has the legal authority to turn anyone over to a foreign power on his own. [WaPo]

It’s chump change compared to what buffoon Andy Barr has on-hand. The former fighter pilot’s haul between May 3rd and June 30th is large. [H-L]

The Department of Justice unveiled a new report detailing a campaign of aggressive, persistent efforts to undermine American democracy on Thursday and said it would institute new policies to inform the public about a scourge of cyberattacks by foreign governments. [HuffPo]

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