Bevin & RPK Are Terrible For Education

If you support this lunatic, you need to realize you’re a racist. You can’t be non-racist and support him. It’s not possible. [HuffPo]

This continuing Jeff Hoover meltdown is getting crazier by the minute. Just straight-up craziness. [H-L]

Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee released a sweeping report Wednesday outlining Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decades-long efforts to undermine democracy and issued stark warnings that the Kremlin will likely move to influence upcoming U.S. elections, including those this year and in 2020. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin and the General Assembly have approved yet another cut to higher education funding in Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program, overcoming objections from privacy advocates and confusion prompted by morning tweets from Donald Trump that initially questioned the spying tool. [Reuters]

Jody Richards, who served as Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives for longer than anyone in history, announced Monday he will not seek re-election this year. [Ronnie Ellis]

The president’s son is combining three apartments overlooking Manhattan’s Central Park — one of them bought at a steep discount from his father — to create 2,400 square feet worth considerably more than he paid. [ProPublica]

Glasgow Mayor Dick Doty announced his intention Tuesday to run for re-election. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The poorest of the poor always get the shaft when Republicans are making decisions. The Trump administration has issued new guidance that would allow states to impose work requirements on low-income healthcare recipients. [BBC]

The Boyd County Fiscal Court will “take a hard look” at a new, $600,000 request from the county jail for more staffing, but it would likely be impossible this fiscal year according to Judge-Executive Steve Towler. [Ashland Independent]

For years, Texas education officials illegally led schools across the state to deny therapy, tutoring and counseling to tens of thousands of children with disabilities, the federal government said Thursday. [NY Times]

A new position that is hoped will lead to greater retention in the Richmond Police Department was approved Tuesday by city commissioners. [Richmond Register]

Former White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon has hired prominent Washington attorney William Burck to represent him as he prepares to testify to the House Intelligence Committee about his role in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, according to a person familiar with the arrangement. [WaPo]

Matt Bevin reportedly said that he would fight to bring a new $1.6 billion automaker plant to Kentucky, but now the joint venture between Toyota and Mazda is expected to go to Alabama. [H-L]

A federal judge in California ordered the Trump administration on Tuesday to keep in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children from deportation and allows them to work legally, while a lawsuit proceeds. [HuffPo]

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Johnny Bell Hypocrisy Beams On High!

Check this out and pitch in if you can. If you’ve ever gotten something out of this, now’s the time to throw in. [Page One]

Here’s Matt Bevin wasting your taxpayer dollars again. Leave it to halfwit Republicans to create a redundant, politically-motivated system. [H-L]

A gunman opened fire on a congressional baseball practice in Virginia on Wednesday morning, wounding at least five people, including Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), a Republican staffer and a pair of Capitol Hill police officers. The shooter was reportedly killed during the incident. [HuffPo]

Rick Pitino is just gross and needs to go away. He and the rest of the University of Louisville are circling the toilet bowl. [C-J/AKN]

A wealthy Republican donor and fundraiser has been selected as ambassador to Canada. [Toronto Star]

Kelly Craft, a prominent Republican fundraiser, wife of coal company owner Joe Craft and former Glasgow resident, is President Donald Trump’s choice for the next ambassador to Canada. [Ronnie Ellis]

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) was joking with Rep. Trent Kelly (R-Miss.) near third base when he heard a loud bang ring out across the baseball field Wednesday. [The Hill]

Morehead State University has been awarded a $497,305 Appalachian Regional Commission grant for the next phase of Shaping Our Appalachian Region Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics project. [Ashland Independent]

A UPS driver opened fire with a handgun inside a United Parcel Service Inc delivery center in San Francisco on Wednesday, killing three co-workers before fatally shooting himself as police closed in, authorities and company officials said. [Reuters]

Greg Stumbo and Jody Richards ought to be dragged through the streets and publicly shamed for their Johnny Bell bullshit. Those two enabled him and all of his havoc. For years and years. [More Ronnie Ellis]

Paul Ryan Says ‘Death Tax’ Hurts Wisconsin Small Businesses. IRS Data Shows Otherwise. [ProPublica]

The Glasgow Independent Schools Board of Education held its final meeting with GIS Interim Superintendent Larry Hammond on Monday at the district’s central office. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice. [WaPo]

The former sheriff of Harlan County pleaded guilty to stealing at least $10,000 through various means, including by writing checks to himself from a fund that was supposed to be used to finance undercover drug buys. [H-L]

North Korea has blasted “selfish” Donald Trump for pulling America out of the Paris climate agreement. [HuffPo]

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Bourbon Heist: Rumors Are Flying Like Woah

We hear the tipster is from a law enforcement agency that was working in a rivalry against another law enforcement agency in the county. [H-L]

This past September was the hottest ever worldwide — the seventh monthly record set this year. [HuffPo]

Once again, Jim Ramsey is lying to the media. Only now he has a media veteran to help him craft those lies. [C-J/AKN]

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer plans to invest at least as aggressively in the 2016 presidential election as he did last year, when he became the biggest individual donor on either side of American politics. [The Hill]

The Glasgow-Barren County Industrial Development Economic Authority received a “clean” opinion on the audit of the financial report for its most recently completed fiscal year. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Apple Inc told a U.S. judge that accessing data stored on a locked iPhone would be “impossible” with devices using its latest operating system, but the company has the “technical ability” to help law enforcement unlock older phones. [Reuters]

The Harlan County Economic Development Authority met for the first time on Monday to determine the direction the board will take and elect officers. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

In February 2008, six days before he would win the Wisconsin presidential primary, Barack Obama traveled to a General Motors plant in Janesville, Wis., for a major economic address. [ProPublica]

Frustrating to see school districts spread information like this. You already know Eastern Kentucky schools aren’t tops, in any circumstance, in the state. The Perry County School District has made strides academically this 2014-2015 school year. [Hazard Herald]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… The latest pictures of Pluto show it to have a beautiful blue-tinged atmosphere. And analysis of the scientific data sent back by the New Horizons spacecraft so far indicates that it has one of the most diverse landscapes in the Solar System. [BBC]

The Berea Independent Board of Education reaffirmed its commitment to two goals at Monday’s meeting. The first objective is to reduce the number of students who scored at the novice level in last year’s K-PREP state education accountability tests. The second is to raise student writing scores. [Richmond Register]

The myth of welfare’s corrupting influence on the poor. Does welfare corrupt the poor? Few ideas are so deeply ingrained in the American popular imagination as the belief that government aid for poor people will just encourage bad behavior. [NY Times]

About 180 CSX employees will be furloughed or relocated after the company abruptly closed its Corbin rail shops. [H-L]

Ratifying a treaty to end forced labour will free millions of people trapped in modern slavery, the International Labour Organization said on Tuesday, launching a drive to persuade 50 nations to ratify the landmark pact. [HuffPo]

Bowling Green City Commissioner Melinda Hill announced Wednesday her intent to challenge longtime state Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, for his Kentucky House seat in 2016. [BGDN]

State House Is Within Reach For Republicans

Fewer than half of the 100 seats in the Kentucky House will be contested in this year’s General Election as Democrats and Republicans battle for control of the chamber. [H-L]

The polls say that President Barack Obama is at a low point, but you couldn’t tell it from the tour de force of his State of the Union speech. [HuffPo]

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway filed a complaint Tuesday in Franklin Circuit Court against a Kentucky propane gas provider for allegedly violating the state’s Consumer Protection Act, according to a release from his office. [C-J/AKN & Press Releases]

President Barack Obama on Wednesday will highlight the theme of income disparity by visiting a Maryland big-box wholesaler and a steel plant in a depressed corner of Pennsylvania a day after launching a renewed push to raise the federal minimum wage. [Reuters]

A former Carter County high school principal and basketball coach has filed a lawsuit against the school system in which he alleges he was wrongfully terminated. [Ashland Independent]

A small but significant caveat in a new agreement brokered between the Obama administration and Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft could cast a long shadow over America’s technology start-ups. [NY Times]

Here is the tea lady trying to run against Jody Richards. We can only imagine the kind of hilarity that would go down if they were forced to debate. [Click the Clicky]

A new right-wing media narrative is brandishing out-of-context statistics on inherited wealth to argue that lower-income Americans are disproportionately benefiting from inherited wealth transfers, unlike the wealthiest Americans who earn their wealth with hard work. [Media Matters]

President Barack Obama on Tuesday night hailed Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear for implementing the president’s health care law in Kentucky, praising the governor who attended as Obama’s guest. [Sam Youngman]

President Barack Obama sought during his State of the Union address Tuesday night to link his 4-year-old health care reform law to his broader agenda to address widening income inequality and promote financial security. [HuffPo]

In an effort to change the leadership of the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time in almost a century, Hal Heiner announced this morning the formation of New Direction Kentucky, a political organization that will focus on House races in the 2014 election cycle. Folks involved include: Bill Bishop, Darrell Brock, Doug Cobb, Jess Correll, Larry Cox, Terry Forcht, Bob Gable, Rich Gimmel, David Jones, Sr., Hilda Legg, Todd P’Pool, Bill Stone, Alecia Webb-Edgington and Mike Whitaker. [Press Release]

There was no unified opposition at the conclusion of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. Instead, four different Republicans — representing, in some ways, four different factions of the Republican party — had something to say to the nation. [TPM]