Bevin’s A National Embarrassment Again

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Many employees of Kentucky state government are headed toward the exits as Gov. Matt Bevin and the General Assembly debate the possibility of sweeping cuts to their pension benefits to address a massive funding shortfall. [John Cheves]

Surprise! I spent a decade preparing you for this Kentucky Retirement Systems disaster and now the mainstream media is trying to catch up. Better late than never. Now they’re trying to figure out how all of that is tied in with Matt Bevin. [HuffPo]

This David Yates case stinks to high heavens. That’s why he gets so animated and crazy when confronted over it. Because it’s a lot crazier than he’ll ever let on. Anyone who fully trusts him probably needs to reevaluate their life. I’m not saying N.C. isn’t a victim and that those two cops aren’t garbage humans with no business having badges but there’s a lot that’ll apparently never see the light of day. [C-J/AKN]

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, wakes up each morning to a growing problem that will not go away. [Bloomberg]

Are better economic times ahead? No, they’re not. Not in Appalachian Kentucky. [Ashland Independent]

At least there’s Canada. For three months, the federal government has been secretly spiriting gay Chechen men from Russia to Canada, under a clandestine program unique in the world. [Globe & Mail]

You can thank Matt Bevin and the Republican Party of Kentucky for continuing to sink Kentucky’s economy. Madison County’s unemployment rate for July was more than a percentage point higher than a year earlier. Madison County is one of 99 Kentucky counties that saw their unemployment rates climb, according to data from the state Office of Employment and Training. [Richmond Register]

Yet another solid reason for impeachment. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has the draft of a letter that Donald Trump wrote to justify the firing of then-FBI Director James Comey, CBS News’ Major Garrett confirms, according to sources familiar with the White House and Justice Department process. The letter confirms what the president ultimately acknowledged days after Comey’s firing — that even before he received the assessment of Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation from the Justice Department, he had already decided to terminate Comey. Originally, Mr. Trump and the White House said the president decided to fire Comey only after receiving the recommendation from Sessions and Rosenstein the same day. [CBS News]

More state workers retired last month than the year before amid concerns that the legislature and Gov. Matt Bevin (R-So Insane He Needs A Court-Appointed Guardian) will make changes to state retirement plans. [WFPL]

The Justice Department confirmed in a court filing there is no evidence that Trump Tower was targeted for surveillance by the Obama administration — contradicting Trump’s controversial claim first made in March. [USA Today]

Here’s what mouth-breathers like Walter Blevins Jr have been up to back in podunk. Fighting over yard signs and “free speech” as if any of that shit matters outside of Morehead. (It doesn’t even matter *in* Morehead.) [The Morehead News]

Robert S. Mueller III is teaming up with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in the investigation of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. This is extremely bad news for Manafort and others at the center of Mueller’s broader investigation into the campaign. [WaPo]

What on earth? No, the jobs aren’t here in Kentucky. There are low-end factory jobs but those are few and far between. There are not the kind of jobs that prevent brain drain or attract modern Americans to the Commonwealth. You can’t blame that shit on drugs. Dave Adkisson is part of the problem. [H-L]

Racism beams on high. Donald Trump plans to end an Obama-era program that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation, according to multiple reports. [HuffPo]

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It’s Friday. That Means It’s Acceptable To Start Drinking Fine Kentucky Bourbon At Noon.

Surprise! Matt Bevin and the Republicans have wasted more than a million dollars on their bogus pension study. [H-L]

Spoiler alert: He doesn’t actually care about working people. None of the New Republicans care. [HuffPo]

Ousted University of Louisville Foundation President James Ramsey was the nation’s highest-paid officer at a public university foundation, and that could make him liable for big IRS penalties if his pay is deemed excessive. [C-J/AKN]

Rinat Akhmetshin, the lobbyist and former Soviet army officer who met senior Trump campaign aides at a controversial meeting last year, has given evidence before a grand jury investigation, according to two people familiar with the matter. [FT]

From a town to holidays and monuments, Kentucky has more than 50 public symbols of the Confederacy. However, since the events in Charlottesville, Va., many are calling for those symbols to be removed, including historians and politicians from both parties. [Richmond Register]

Explosions at a chemical plant near Houston posed a fresh worry for storm-battered Texas on Thursday while rescuers searched block by block for survivors of Hurricane Harvey and the death toll rose to 35 people. [Reuters]

The Ashland Board of Education is considering three options regarding their 2017-2018 tax rate, and those options will be presented by finance officer Kristen Martin at a special meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Ashland Head Start gym. [Ashland Independent]

The administration continues to quietly hire political staffers — more than 1,000 so far, many of them regulating industries they previously worked for — but we’ve uncovered more identities. [ProPublica]

About 100 people, most of them African American, filled the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday as black leaders and lawmakers called on Gov. Matt Bevin to remove the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from the rotunda. [Ronnie Ellis]

Outbreaks of a deadly, sexually transmitted disease confound health officials, whose obstacles include drug shortages, uneducated doctors and gangs. [NY Times]

Really, WFPL? Claiming Bevin didn’t anticipate this impending Medicaid disaster? This is almost as bad as letting that d-bag harasser continue to work there while everyone else jumped ship. [WFPL]

After the sister of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner dropped his name in early May while pitching a real estate development to wealthy Chinese investors, one of Kushner’s lawyers quickly released a statement that he had already divested all interests in the venture known as One Journal Square. [WaPo]

Whether it’s a 30-year-old woman who has no time for doctor’s visits, or an embarrassed teen who doesn’t want to tell her parents she wants to use birth control, Nurx brings the doctor’s visit to their palms and eliminates a trip to the pharmacy. [H-L]

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday declined to support the idea of replacing former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with anti-slavery icon Harriet Tubman. [HuffPo]

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RPK Is Trying Extra-Hard To Kill Education Right Now And Your Kids Will Pay The Price

Twenty percent of Kentucky’s 42,020 public school teachers already are eligible to retire, but for whatever professional or personal reasons, they reported for work this month when classes started. [John Cheves]

“Conservatism” is no longer a thing. It’s been hijacked by New Nazis. If you’re a Republican today? That means you. You own this shit. [HuffPo]

If Dan Johnson wants to be taken seriously, he needs to ditch his racist attorney. Then he needs to be evaluated for acquired traumatic brain injury. But mostly he needs to ditch that racist twat. [C-J/AKN]

What do Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Harland Sanders, Donald Trump Jr. and Betty White have in common? They’re all commissioned Kentucky colonels, honorary aides-de-camp to the commonwealth’s governor. They have no official duties. Nor any perks, not even a discount on mint juleps. [WSJ]

Morehead State University’s new president, Dr. Joseph “Jay” Morgan, said enrollment for the public institution looks solid for the fall. [The Morehead News]

Just a reminder that AT&T got its ass handed to it in court for attempting to thwart the expansion of Google Fiber. [TechDirt]

Prior to a work session last week, the Madison County Board of Education voted in favor of a slight tax increase during a special tax hearing. The board voted to increase the property tax rate to 62.4 cents per $100 of assessed value, which is only a 0.6 percent increase from last year’s rate of 61.8. [Richmond Register]

Donald Trump is such a shitsack that he bragged about crowd size after touching down in Houston! What the hell is wrong with you Scott Jennings motherfuckers who continue to support this buffoon? [The Hill]

After years of pretending to do the right thing, the New Nazi Republican Party of Kentucky has decided to kill Kentucky’s pension system. All of these people need to be physically dragged through the streets of Frankfort because this is a massive redistribution of wealth. The hardest working Kentuckians get the shaft while the wealthy hedge funders get a guaranteed payday. Fuck all of them. And if you ever have the chance, knee them in their fat guts. [Ashland Independent]

The police arrested two men, including a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and were seeking a third in connection with violent episodes that took place at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., this month, including the beating of an African-American man that was caught on video and widely shared on social media. [NY Times]

Attorney Danny Basil provided a written update to the Glasgow City Council on Monday outlining the understandings reached after he met with Glasgow Electric Plant Board officials and representatives on Aug. 16. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Yep, he lied about not trying to do business in Russia. While Donald Trump was running for president in late 2015 and early 2016, his company was pursuing a plan to develop a massive Trump Tower in Moscow, according to several people familiar with the proposal and new records reviewed by Trump Organization lawyers. [WaPo]

For the second year in a row, Berea College has been named the top liberal arts college in the United States. This ranking, however, is not from U.S. News and World Report, and it doesn’t look at ACT scores or the size of a school’s endowment. Instead, Washington Monthly’s 12th annual college ranking judges schools on how well they serve low-income and first-generation college students, the kinds of jobs graduates get, and how much public service they perform. [Linda Blackford]

Harvey’s floodwaters run thick with petrochemicals in some communities, the result of unbridled industry, Wild West regulations and environmental racism. [HuffPo]

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Kentucky Republicans Are Bad For You

Now’s the time – start dragging these idiot Republicans in Frankfort from office. Don’t wait until 2018. Figure out a way now. And never let them live it down. [H-L]

Suspicious ties between Donald Trump and the Russian government just keep appearing. In 2015, a Russian-born real estate broker working for the Trump Organization, Felix Sater, reportedly wrote a series of emails to Michael Cohen, Trump’s lawyer, attempting to broker a deal for a Trump Tower in Moscow. [HuffPo]

The new managers of University of Louisville Hospital are considering the politically charged question of whether to grant two local clinics an agreement the state says they need to provide abortions. [C-J/AKN]

This is some of the dumbest shit yet. These New Nazis need to be dragged from office. [The Hill]

OH GOD WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE. The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is reporting four human cases of West Nile virus infection in Kentucky residents. [Richmond Register]

Damages from Hurricane Harvey’s ravaging of Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast are estimated to be well below those from the major storms that hit New Orleans and New York in recent years, insurance executives have said. [Reuters]

Welcome to the Boyd County Detention Center. Population: zero. A week after maximum security inmates led an uprising and set hallway doors ablaze, the jail is still closed and the only sounds coming out of it are generated by repair crews. [Ashland Independent]

A pair of advocacy groups said Monday they are going to court to overturn the Trump administration’s ban on transgender troops serving in the military, in the latest legal assault on the controversial directive. [Politico]

For Sharon Sandifer-Bethea, the seemingly never ending waiting game for the ruling on her expungement has finally come to an end. [The Morehead News]

Mr. Sater presented himself as so influential in Russia that he helped arrange a 2006 trip that Mr. Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, took to Moscow. “I arranged for Ivanka to sit in Putins private chair at his desk and office in the Kremlin,” he said. [NY Times]

Ordinances regarding property tax rates for the 2017 year were recently approved by the Hart County Fiscal Court. [Glasgow Daily Times]

William “Brock” Long, newly installed as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said in an interview a few weeks ago that there was one thing that worried him most when it comes to natural disasters: “You know what’s keeping me up at night? This country has not been hit by a major hurricane since 2005.” [WaPo]

A Somerset woman who was found dead on Thursday in a church was murdered, perhaps late Tuesday or early Wednesday, according to Pulaski County coroner Clyde Strunk. [H-L]

Mexico told Donald Trump again in no uncertain terms that it will not be paying for his proposed border wall, no matter what he says — or tweets — on the matter. The country said, however, that it stands in “full solidarity” with the U.S. as Tropical Storm Harvey batters Texas ― and offered “all the help that can be provided” as “good neighbors should.” [HuffPo]

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Bevin’s About To Bungle Pension Mess

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A former administrative law judge was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for taking $600,000 in bribes during the largest fraud in the history of the Social Security program. [H-L]

In an awkward interview, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested that the president of the United States doesn’t necessarily speak for the nation in expressing American values. [HuffPo]

Remember when digital storage went missing in the Robert Felner era? Looks like it’s continued for a decade. The state attorney general’s criminal investigations department is looking into the erasure of a computer used by ousted University of Louisville President James Ramsey, the university has told the Courier-Journal. [C-J/AKN]

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has joined the ranks of Republicans criticizing Trump for pardoning former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, saying Sunday that the president created a “political wedge” with his action. [WaPo]

These are things you should pay attention to. Several roads in the City of Richmond are set to be paved this year using funds out of the city’s Municipal Aid Road Fund. The Richmond City Commission on Tuesday voted to award the paving work to the Allen Company, which submitted a bid for just under $525,000. [Richmond Register]

Months before Trump issued his Friday-night pardon of Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff, the president asked his attorney general and White House counsel whether the case could be dropped altogether, according to four administration officials familiar with the discussion. [NY Times]

Morehead State University’s new president, Dr. Joseph “Jay” Morgan, said enrollment for the public institution looks solid for the Fall. [Ashland Independent]

The Trump administration plans to sharply reduce the government’s estimate of how much each ton of carbon emissions harms the planet. It hasn’t done so yet, and that delay is slowing Trump’s effort to expand coal mining and gas pipelines. [ProPublica]

Community members had the opportunity to meet Mammoth Cave National Park’s new superintendent, Barclay Trimble, Thursday night during a reception held in his honor at the Lodge at Mammoth Cave. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Donald Trump should not have pardoned a former Arizona sheriff who was convicted of criminal contempt in a case of racial profiling, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, said on Saturday. [Reuters]

If Matt Bevin gave two shits about the pension disaster, he’d do more than run his mouth. Pretty sure no one can deny I was at the forefront of KRS coverage – remember when a book was written based on that coverage? – and his entire staff have refused to meet with any of the experts I know. He’s solely in bed with hedgefund middlemen and those are the folks in charge. [WFPL]

The White House’s Friday guidance to stop accepting transgender people into the military and to potentially oust those already serving will be difficult to implement fully, according to legal experts. [The Hill]

Students start class at the University of Kentucky on Wednesday, and for parents, that means money. Money for tuition, housing, food and books. [Linda Blackford]

As severe flooding threatened Texas residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Dumbass Donald Trump on Sunday focused on the “wonderful” response by government officials to the storm while marveling at the disaster’s scope. [HuffPo]

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Do You Prefer Nazi Or Russian Commie Trump? Spoiler Alert: They’re The Same

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State Rep. C. Wesley Morgan failed to pay property taxes on his $350,000 houseboat for more than a decade, denying school districts and local governments thousands of dollars each year, according to public records and interviews with officials. [H-L]

A veteran international prosecutor announced she plans to quit the United Nations commission investigating human rights abuses in Syria because of the international community’s inaction when it comes to the bloodshed in the country. [HuffPo]

Another racist jackass is dead. Sonny Landham, a famed movie actor in the 1970s and 1980s who later attempted several runs for office in Kentucky, has died at age 76, according to the Associated Press. [C-J/AKN]

Sonia K. is a Holocaust survivor who was forced to live in the Warsaw Ghetto before being taken to Madjanek, Auschwitz, Ravensbruck, and Malchow concentration camps. [CNN]

Trump is correct that there is a lot of historical revision surrounding what we teach about slavery and the Civil War. But the revisionism is in the opposite direction of what Trump and Bevin claim. [Ronnie Ellis]

More civilians were killed and wounded in Kabul during in the first six months of 2017 than in war-ravaged Helmand, according to a United Nations midyear report on civilian casualties that showed deaths and injuries in Afghanistan remained near record levels documented last year. [WSJ]

The last time Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear and attorneys for Republican Gov. Matt Bevin squared off before the state Supreme Court on the question of a governor’s power over public universities, Beshear won. [More Ronnie Ellis]

A U.S. appeals court on Friday limited the ability of police to seize cell phones from homes of people suspected of crimes, ruling the prevelance of mobile devices did not mean police could assume a suspect had one when requesting a search warrant. [Reuters]

Rowan County taxpayers will notice a decrease in their school tax rate when they receive their property taxes this year. [The Morehead News]

More than a decade ago, I chatted with Asian-American seniors at Hunter College High School in New York City about their college admission prospects. [ProPublica]

The jailer there, Joe Burchett, ought to be promptly investigated by state and federal authorites(sic). I’ve been hearing a lot about him for quite a while and it’s beyond time. First responders rushed to the Boyd County Detention Center Saturday night after maximum security inmates set a mattress ablaze, severely damaging the interior of the jail and forcing officials to relocate all 270 detainees, police said. [Ashland Independent]

As early as March 2016, a low-level Trump campaign aide claimed none other than the president of Russia was trying to meet then-candidate Donald Trump and his campaign. [WaPo]

Valarie Honeycutt Spears has been sitting on her hands as these things have unfolded for a long time. She’s also intentionally ignored mega scandals (like Montgomery County) that cost school districts tens of millions of dollars on top of everything else. She ought to be removed from covering education – just as Toni Konz was being pushed out just before she jumped ship and moved to WDRB. [H-L]

Chants of “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA” echoed throughout the French Quarter on Saturday as thousands of people marched in a peaceful ― but loud ― protest against racism and white supremacy. [HuffPo]

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Show Up. Beat Some Nazi Ass. Make Them Regret Showing Their Faces. Love Is Not The Answer. Force Against Violent Hate Is The Answer. It Worked In WWII, It’ll Work Now.

Is this a joke? HELL FUCKING YES SURFACE MINING IS HARMING PEOPLE! [H-L]

The White House’s two advisory councils of top business executives disbanded on Wednesday amid intense public blowback against Donald Trump’s response to the deadly attack by an accused white supremacist in Charlottesville, Virginia. [HuffPo]

Robert Morgan begged the state to protect him in the chronically overcrowded Kentucky State Reformatory, where other inmates had put a $1,000 price on his head. [C-J/AKN]

What secrets will Mueller find when he investigates the President’s foreign deals? [New Yorker]

Things aren’t getting any easier for the beleaguered University of Louisville. On Monday, a legislative committee denied UofL’s request to authorize spending up to $1.25 million on outside legal representation. [Ronnie Ellis]

Turns out, FBI agents contradict Donald Trump’s statements regarding James Comey. [NBC News]

The City of Ashland reimburses employees for travel costs and pays for their training, and 92 percent of the money spent this year — excluding for police and fire — has gone toward three departments. [Ashland Independent]

Donald Trump, facing a mounting political furor and backlash from business leaders, has explicitly condemned neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists two days after a rally by hate groups in Virginia turned deadly. [Reuters]

Of course Matt Bevin is a hypocrite when it comes to standing up to racism and bigotry. The father of brown children – with a person of color lieutenant – thinks this is some sort of justifiable game. [WFPL]

The crisis in Charlottesville, Va., presented Trump with a choice between adopting the unifying tone of a traditional president or doubling down on the go-it-alone approach that got him elected in 2016. [NY Times]

Mitch McConnell doesn’t have the guts to stand up to Donald Trump by calling him out by name. Neither does his wife. [More Ronnie Ellis]

Since Inauguration Day, I have been troubled by abdication of moral responsibility on the part of business leaders who have lent their reputations to Trump. So congratulations to Merck chief executive Kenneth C. Frazier on his resignation from Trump’s American Manufacturing Council over the president’s manifestly inadequate response to Charlottesville. [WaPo]

Eradicate bigotry. Eradicate Nazis. White nationalists are planning a rally in Lexington to oppose the planned removal of two Confederate statues from the lawn of the former Fayette County Courthouse, and they’re considering a lawsuit aimed at blocking the move, a leader in the movement said Tuesday. [H-L]

Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush released a joint statement on Wednesday condemning “racial bigotry, anti-Semitism and hatred” a day after Donald Trump suggested white supremacists weren’t entirely to blame for violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. [HuffPo]

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