You Should Despise Everyone In Frankfort

Don’t let Democrats like Ray Jones act like they haven’t been in constant communication with Julian Carroll because they have. These people say one thing to the media and another behind closed doors. Nearly everyone I’ve spoken with tells me they’ve spoken with Carroll and that he claims it’s all fake. Guess being 86-years-old makes a corrupt old shyster like that behave just like Donald Trump when hit with reality. [H-L]

While presiding over the official commissioning ceremony for the USS Gerald Ford aircraft carrier in Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday, Donald Trump took a moment to make a brief political request. [HuffPo]

Oh my god, Bill Johnson, you’ve just tainted your own legacy. I mean, sure, it was already nothing to write home about. But now you’re on record being the only person to stand up for a monstrous, hypocritical… whatever he is. He went after that young man and then used the full force of the good old boy government to silence him when he begged for help. Kentucky State Police troopers tried to help him but the upper echelon of con artists stopped them. It’s insane. And now you’re attacking the guy’s credibility after he spent years and years suffering from what is likely Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder!? You’re a monster, too. Anyone defending Julian Carroll is a fucking pig. Fuck these people. And Bob Stivers knew about this Julian Carroll story – it did not catch him off guard. He’s known about it since day one. So have several other state senators – Democrats and Republicans alike. Stivers is just a conniving, lying jackass behaving as if he’s above reproach. P.S. Tom Loftus writing about this now sure is ripe because he, too, has known about it for a number of years. Frankfort is the worst place in Kentucky and we would all be lucky if it flooded and washed away. [C-J/AKN]

Greg Stumbo should watch his back because several of the folks who used to work for him have turned on him. He and David James (someone should ask David about all those old AOL ads from the late 90s) were both aware of the Geis situation. Both have had discussions about it with various people since 2014. It’s now up to Andy Beshear to dig out what he can and kick all these con artists right in the gut. His current team at OAG is pretty solid and they’re capable of getting to the bottom of it. Because if they don’t, Matt Bevin is coming after them politically and it won’t end well. [Nick Storm]

Tres Watson didn’t think the allegations were a big deal in 2014 when I took them to him and discussed them with Scott Jennings. Both of them dismissed them, claimed I was making a mountain out of a molehill, that it was stupid for me to even be mentioning things to them. Nick Storm should also disclose his personal friendship with Watson if they’re going to continue to interview him. [CN|Toot]

FFS. Time for a Kentucky Democratic Party reality check. Not only were Democrats made aware of this Julian Carroll nightmare several years ago… but… Brad Bowman was well aware as a “journalist” at the State-Journal, where he twiddled his thumbs and apparently played pat-a-cake with Pat Melton on this and other scandals. It’s just absurd that he’s now handling messaging on this mess because he’s apparently as much of a hypocrite as the rest of those good old boy shysters who worked so hard to cover this Carroll scandal up. It’s almost like he’s ready to burn down his own legacy to protect a predator. Come on, Brad, get your shit together before you get buried with the rest of the inexperienced buffoons at KDP. You’re better than that. [Nick Storm]

Trump and his advisers are privately discussing the possibility of replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and some confidants are floating prospects who could take his place were he to resign or be fired, according to people familiar with the talks. [WaPo]

Rowan County Fiscal Court has verbally dismissed a proposal for a new methadone clinic to be located in Morehead. [The Morehead News]

Newly released video of the killing of three American Special Forces soldiers in November at the gate of a military base in Jordan shows that the episode, which was initially explained as a split-second mistake by a Jordanian guard firing on Americans who failed to stop, was actually a six-minute gun battle where Americans crouched behind barriers and repeatedly waved their hands in surrender as the gunman closed in and killed them. [NY Times]

Spoiler alert: he’s responsible, regardless of whether he provided paperwork or not. It was his responsibility to follow up with the Cabinet to make sure things were on track. Former Carter County Judge-Executive Charles Wallace is denying accusations made in last week’s Carter County Fiscal Court special meeting that he is responsible for the lack of documentation of former transportation-related projects. [Ashland Independent]

Tread lightly, Andy Barr, because your life just got a lot more difficult because what you do is now easier to track. [ProPublica]

Matt Bevin is such a coward that he can’t be bothered to show up at Fancy Farm after a tough year. [WFPL]

A federal judge in Michigan halted on Monday the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals from the United States, the latest legal victory for the Iraqi nationals facing deportation in a closely watched case. [Reuters]

Equity and concerns about charter schools coming to Kentucky were hot topics Saturday at a downtown [Lexington] rally in support of public education. “The school privatization movement is here, and it’s moving quickly,” said Lucy Waterbury of Save Our Schools Kentucky. “Unless we understand what is at risk, we can’t protect our kids.” [H-L]

Democrats – especially Kentucky Democrats – can be pretty shitty. But this just proves that New Republicans are the scum of the earth. [HuffPo]

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Homophobia Harms Kentucky’s Economy

Could adding small units on lots with houses solve Lexington’s infill woes? Hell yes. Absolutely. Make tiny houses a thing! Even if they’re just accessory dwelling units. Get with the times, Kentucky. [H-L]

When the 10 members of Donald Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission On Election Integrity met each other for the first time during a June 28 conference call, Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), the panel’s leaders, made it clear they wanted the committee’s work to be unbiased. [HuffPo]

Bigots like Matt Bevin and Jeff Hoover need to get it through their gay-panicked heads that economic disasters like this will continue to occur as long as they push homophobia as their official platform. The Omni Louisville Hotel would have hosted the two conventions that reportedly pulled out of negotiations as a result of California’s state-funded travel ban, the company’s general manager said Saturday. [C-J/AKN]

The number of opioid prescriptions written in the United States has declined in recent years, according to newly released federal data, but the number of people who have fallen victim to fatal overdoses from prescription painkillers or heroin continues to rise. [The Hill]

Facebook users searching for the City of Ashland’s page won’t be able to find it, and the account will likely remain dormant until after a public information officer is hired. [Ashland Independent]

The U.S. Department of Energy said on Friday it is helping U.S. firms defend against a hacking campaign that targeted power companies including at least one nuclear plant, saying the attacks have not impacted electricity generation or the grid. [Reuters]

As a young boy, Alan Barnett’s parents gave him a metal detector. A toy, really. It beeped on anything from gum wrappers to pennies. One day as he was walking past a baseball field near his home, he saw a man with a metal detector, digging in the ground. [Richmond Register]

As Republicans in Congress work to roll back the Affordable Care Act, they and some states are proposing major changes to the Medicaid program. Researchers say these changes would cost millions their health coverage. [ProPublica]

Kelly McKinney, 29, of Glasgow, held a megaphone on the public sidewalk in front of the Barren River Plaza shopping center midday on Thursday and chanted along with a group of area residents. [Glasgow Daily Times]

After a prolonged recovery that culminated in two years of record sales, the American auto industry is slowing down, with fewer buyers in dealer showrooms and fewer workers on the factory floor. [NY Times]

Warren County has been selected to receive $46,857 in federal funds through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. [BGDN]

Iraq’s prime minister showed up Sunday in the city of Mosul to declare victory in the nine-month battle for control of the Islamic State’s former capital in Iraq, signaling the near-end of the most grueling campaign against the extremist group to date and dealing a near-fatal blow to the survival of its self-declared caliphate. [WaPo]

The head of Duke University’s physician practice plan will take over the University of Kentucky’s sprawling billion-dollar health enterprise, officials announced Friday morning. [H-L]

The final statement from Group of 20 leaders on Saturday exposed a divide between the United States and other G20 members on the Paris accord aimed at combating climate change. [HuffPo]

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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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Matt Bevin’s Got To Be The Whiniest Person In Frankfort & That’s Saying A Lot Since Damon Thayer Exists

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Bye, Felicia! A Lexington business owner was ordered Thursday to serve 65 months in federal prison for his role in a bribery scandal that tarnished former Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration. Samuel C. McIntosh, 58, paid $854,701 in kickbacks from 2011 to 2015 to get work for his company, MC Squared Consulting, in a scheme with Tim Longmeyer, who was Beshear’s Personnel Cabinet secretary, and Larry O’Bryan, a Democratic political consultant in Louisville. [John Cheves]

A U.S. warplane shot down a Syrian army jet on Sunday in the southern Raqqa countryside with Washington saying the jet had dropped bombs near U.S. backed forces and Damascus saying the plane was downed while flying a mission against Islamic State militants. [HuffPo]

Snowflake alert! Matt Bevin tells people to come straight to his social media accounts for all they need to know about what he’s up to, but he doesn’t mention that he’ll block you if he doesn’t like what you say. [C-J/AKN]

Six current and former Michigan and Flint officials were criminally charged on Wednesday for their roles in the city’s water crisis that was linked to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that caused at least 12 deaths, the state’s attorney general said. [Reuters]

Matt Bevin re-issued an executive order late Friday afternoon altering several education boards, just as his attorneys indicated he’d do in a letter earlier this week to Attorney General Andy Beshear. [Ronnie Ellis]

As elected officials increasingly turn to social media to communicate with constituents, some are blocking those who disagree with them. Some say it violates the First Amendment. Legislators say it’s about promoting a “healthy, civil dialogue.” Expect court battles ahead. [ProPublica]

The owners of Big Run Landfill want to push the deadline to build a gas plant back a year, but a local environmental coalition isn’t ready to budge yet. [Ashland Independent]

Aides and volunteers on Donald Trump’s presidential transition were instructed Thursday to save any records related to “several pending investigations into potential attempts by Russia interests to influence the 2016 election,” according to a memo obtained by POLITICO. [Politico]

Let’s stop acting as if anyone but Greg Stumbo ever had any respect for Johnny Bell. And he only respected him because they were birds of a feather. [More Ronnie Ellis]

Nearly everywhere Paul Manafort went, it seemed, Rick Gates followed, his protégé and junior partner. Election campaigns in Eastern Europe and Africa. Business ventures with a Russian tycoon. The upper ranks of Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign. [NY Times]

It’s been 13 years since Jeremy Scott Martin died from severe head injuries he received while attending his 10-year Glasgow High School reunion. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Are Republicans prepared for the possibility that President Trump’s abuses of power could continue their slide to depths of madness or autocracy that make the current moment look relatively tame by comparison? [WaPo]

HELL YES IT WAS WORTH IT! Now people finally see that the entire UofL junta – from Jim Ramsey to Rick Pitino – are nasty, vindictive, entitled jackasses. Katina Powell said Saturday that she is “so sorry” about the fallout of the sex scandal that resulted in sanctions against Louisville’s basketball program, but added that her experience was “worth surviving.” [H-L]

Iraqi forces began storming the Islamic State-held Old City of Mosul on Sunday, an assault they hope will be the last in the eight-month campaign to seize the militants’ stronghold. [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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Another Day, Another Frankfort FBI Investigation Because Kentucky = Corruption

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The FBI is conducting an anti-trust investigation into state contractors involving road work. [H-L]

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) began an all-night protest on the Senate floor late Tuesday, promising to speak “as long as I’m able” in protest of the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. [HuffPo]

They carried black coat-hangers and signs that said things like “Think outside my box.” And they chanted slogans like “Mister, mister, hands off my sister” and “My body, my choice.” [C-J/AKN]

It was no secret during the campaign that Donald Trump was a narcissist and a demagogue who used fear and dishonesty to appeal to the worst in American voters. The Times called him unprepared and unsuited for the job he was seeking, and said his election would be a “catastrophe.” Still, nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck. [LA Times]

A summit on addiction held last winter at the University of Louisville has produced a slew of recommendations for overcoming the heroin and opioid epidemic in Kentucky. [WFPL]

A couple of weeks ago, for the first time ever, I represented an undocumented worker in deportation proceedings. Or rather, I tried to. My attempts to navigate this system were not what I would call successful. Part of this may be due to the fact that, though I have been a practicing attorney for 10 years, this was my first go at immigration law. But another part of it—most of it, I’d venture—is due to the fact that the U.S. immigration system is designed to be opaque, confusing, and inequitable. [Dan Canon in Slate]

Madison Circuit Judge William G. Clouse on Monday ordered a year’s delay in the trial of Raleigh Sizemore and Gregory Ratliff in the murder of Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis. [Richmond Register]

For years, Tammy and Joseph Pavlic tried to ignore the cracked ceiling in their living room, the growing hole next to their shower and the deteriorating roof they feared might one day give out. Mr. Pavlic worked for decades installing and repairing air-conditioning and heating units, but three years ago, with multiple sclerosis advancing, he had to leave his job. [NY Times]

Even in a state with a long history of tobacco culture and a high percentage of smokers, public support for a statewide smoking ban is growing. [Ronnie Ellis]

Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, is currently in Iraq as a White House envoy in a further expansion of his role as shadow diplomat. [WaPo]

The two families who actually showed up Monday morning to protest in front of the Barren County Courthouse had their own sets of circumstances to work through with the state agency that investigates child abuse allegations, but their stories had one thing in common: They don’t like the way the job has been done. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials. Prince’s sister Betsy DeVos serves as education secretary in the Trump administration. [More WaPo]

The Kentucky State University Foundation has paid nearly $85,000 to a Washington, D.C. public relations firm that reports only to the Kentucky State University Board of Regents, working independently of the president and the school’s public relations staff. [H-L]

Ten weeks after the Trump administration unceremoniously pushed out several top-level State Department officials, their positions remain unfilled, and more than half of the positions listed on the agency’s leadership chart are vacant or occupied by temporary acting officials. [HuffPo]

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The KRS/KTRS Are Still A Train Wreck

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Officials asked residents of a Knott County home to evacuate because of the threat of flooding caused by water leaking from a nearby coal mine. [H-L]

Donald Trump promised during his campaign to bring back mining jobs to struggling workers in coal country. Now the president-elect has tapped for commerce secretary a Manhattan billionaire who owned a West Virginia coal mine where 12 workers died in 2006. [HuffPo]

Greg Fischer said those seeking to address gun violence in Louisville and other cities, such as Gov. Matt Bevin, must consider multiple policy levers in order to halt the rise of shootings and homicides. [C-J/AKN]

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition-team adviser on financial policies and appointments, Paul Atkins, has been depicted as an ideological advocate of small government. But the ways that the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans are likely to approach financial deregulation could serve Atkins’ wallet as well as his political agenda. [ProPublica]

The Louisville attorneys representing three people in a lawsuit stemming from a Donald Trump campaign rally want to depose the president-elect before he’s sworn into office. Dan Canon is one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs suing Trump and others. He said Trump incited violence at his rally in Louisville back in March. [WLKY]

On Thursday, a federal judge in Oregon ruled that a climate lawsuit brought against the U.S. government by a group of youths can move forward, a win for the strategy of fighting climate change through the judicial branch. [ThinkProgress]

Worried about irreparable damage being done to their retirement benefits, a group of public school teachers on Tuesday asked a judge to order Kentucky’s top political leaders to “perform their constitutional and statutory duties” by adequately funding the pension system. [Richmond Register]

A US serviceman has been killed by an improvised explosive device while fighting against so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria, officials say. [BBC]

The 5,000 electric customers of Kentucky Utilities in Barren and Hart counties, along with the other 541,000 in more than 70 counties across the commonwealth, could get cost hikes in the coming year, pending Kentucky Public Service Commission approval. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Thirty years ago Friday, a shocking announcement was made in the rotunda of San Francisco’s City Hall by a visibly shaken Dianne Feinstein, who was then president of the city’s Board of Supervisors. [NPR]

The financial woes of Kentucky’s public pension systems continue to worsen, but it’s really one of the six plans which is causing the most concern. [Ronnie Ellis]

Mitch McConnell (R-Granny), whose wife Elaine Chao is Trump’s pick for transportation secretary, was asked if he plans to recuse himself from her Senate confirmation process. McConnell’s answer? In a word: no. [WaPo]

The number of homemade methamphetamine labs found in Kentucky has dropped sharply in the past few years as drug abusers switched to imported meth, reducing the danger and cleanup costs associated with the small labs. [H-L]

A Marine wounded in combat in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004 has found new purpose as a self-proclaimed peaceful warrior fighting against a 1,172-mile pipeline that protesters fear threatens the water source of Native Americans in North Dakota. [HuffPo]