Trump Apparently Loves Him Some Waterworks

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In a city where investment bankers and coal magnates pay $10,000 or more for University of Kentucky men’s basketball season tickets, head coach of the Wildcats has long been a high-pressure job with rich financial rewards. [H-L]

Parts of Donald Trump’s 2005 federal tax returns were made public on Tuesday night, revealing that the president made $150 million that year and paid $38 million in taxes. [HuffPo]

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth doubled-down on comments questioning President Donald Trump’s mental state during a Monday appearance on MSNBC. [C-J/AKN]

When Ruby Corado arrived at her office on Sunday, she found broken glass everywhere, a door ripped off its frame and a shaken staffer. [NBC News]

Why aren’t more Kentucky cities and counties jumping on this life-saving train? The Madison Fiscal Court on Tuesday morning cleared the way for the county health department to operate a syringe exchange program for users of illegal injectable drugs. [Richmond Register]

Just in case you needed a reminder that the New Republicanism is built on racism and xenophobia. [The Hill]

Build Ashland members updated the Ashland Rotary Club on their accomplishments, sharing that the group is expanding from just cleaning up the community. [Ashland Independent]

Republicans on Tuesday defended their plan to dismantle Obamacare after a bipartisan report showed 14 million Americans would lose medical insurance by next year under their proposal even as it reduces the budget deficit. [Reuters]

It’s one of a select few governing bodies within the county that can levy taxes and now because of expiring terms the Rowan County Public Library Board will look to replace two Trustees. [The Morehead News]

Girl Guides of Canada has cancelled all trips to the United States until further notice because it fears problems at the border. [BBC]

The Cave City Tourist and Convention Commission meeting was about to adjourn Monday when Wandel Strange, a member of the tourist commission, pointed out that a personnel file is a public record. Always fun when smalltown meemaws and poppops have no clue about obligations to the public they’re elected to represent. [Glasgow Daily Times]

At the State Department, the normally pulsating hub of executive offices is hushed and virtually empty. At the Pentagon, military missions in some of the world’s most troubled places are being run by a defense secretary who has none of his top team in place. And at departments like Treasury, Commerce and Health and Human Services, many senior posts remain vacant even as the agencies have been handed enormous tasks like remaking the nation’s health insurance system. [NY Times]

Maybe if people like Valarie Honeycutt Spears hadn’t been beyond lazy and deliberately shitty in reporting on the Montgomery County scandals, crap like this wouldn’t be happening in the legislature. Easing nepotism restrictions in school districts is dangerous and we’ve proved it with the Joshua Powell nightmare. Spears ought to re-examine the role she played in the disaster while sitting on her hands. [H-L]

Of course Trump leaked them himself. Or maybe it was “John Barron”? Unfortunately for him, the rest of the world wasn’t dumb enough to fall for it and Rachel Maddow used it as an opportunity to educate the world about the Russia connections. [HuffPo]

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Meet The New UofL Board, It’s The Same As The Old UofL Board

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Kentucky’s decision to ignore federal security regulations for driver’s licenses will begin inconveniencing residents in coming weeks, and the pain is expected to become widespread by early next year. [H-L]

President Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the U.S. soldier whom prosecutors deemed a traitor for sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. [HuffPo]

If you think Kentucky parents are garbage people, wait until you read this story about Indiana parents freaking out about Sharia Law. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump ran for president as the billionaire who would champion working people. As the president-elect put it in one of the major economic speeches of his campaign: “Too many of our leaders have forgotten that it’s their duty to protect the jobs, wages and well-being of American workers before any other consideration.” [ProPublica]

Matt Bevin has re-appointed nine of 10 people he first put on the University of Louisville Board of Trustees last June and none from the original board he abolished at the same time. [Ronnie Ellis]

Ask House Speaker Paul Ryan about the state of Obamacare and he has a ready response. “It’s in a death spiral,” he said Thursday at his weekly press conference. [Politico]

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System has signed an agreement with more than 40 colleges and universities to render aid to each other during crises. [Ashland Independent]

Sixty-three years after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, many schools across the country either remain segregated or have re-segregated. [NPR]

Even fans of the University of Kentucky may be feeling sympathy for their rival University of Louisville, which has been left twisting in limbo while politicians in Frankfort play a game of chicken with the university’s accrediting agency. [More Ronnie Ellis]

It was 2005, and Felix Sater, a Russian immigrant, was back in Moscow pursuing an ambitious plan to build a Trump tower on the site of an old pencil factory along the Moscow River that would offer hotel rooms, condominiums and commercial office space. [NY Times]

The lone Democrat in Kentucky’s Congressional delegation has announced he will not attend Donald Trump’s inauguration festivities, joining a growing number of elected officials boycotting the event. [WFPL]

President Obama’s first inaugural festivities stretched over five days. Donald Trump is spending barely three on his. [WaPo]

University of Kentucky officials have pledged to reduce carbon emissions on campus by 25 percent by 2025. [H-L]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) grilled secretary of education nominee Betsy DeVos on Tuesday, making the billionaire philanthropist’s lack of experience painfully obvious. [HuffPo]

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Another Week Of Cringing Over Bevin

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Hey, Paul Prather: get fucked. You’ve spent years whitewashing discrimination, homophobia and excusing this hateful bullshit under the guise of Jesus. Really, get fucked, you old, white shitsack. [H-L]

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to pick Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who has ties to Russia, to be his secretary of state, several media outlets reported Saturday. [HuffPo]

The Bevin administration is taking steps to make it harder for the public – and the state’s own regulatory agencies – to ensure utilities properly manage the mountains of toxic ash and scrubber sludge that their coal-fired power plants produce in Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

A bipartisan group of senators said early Sunday that reports of Russian interference in U.S. elections should “alarm every American,” adding that recent cyberattacks “have cut to the heart of our free society.” [The Hill]

What the fuck kind of delusional is Matt Bevin? Donald Trump delusional. After his first year in office, Gov. Matt Bevin says Kentucky is more united now than ever, pointing to Republicans’ recent dominance in elections across the state. [WFPL]

Rand Paul (R-Grandstander) is threatening to block President-elect Donald Trump’s likely pick of John Bolton as the No. 2 in the State Department. [Politico]

Matt Bevin covered a lot of ground in an hour-long question and answer session with reporters Friday morning at Zeggs Amazing Eggs restaurant. [Richmond Register]

The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter. [WaPo]

Lawrence County High School was back in session Thursday following cleanup and extensive testing of the area affected by a chemical spill Tuesday. [Ashland Independent]

Go watch Congressman John Yarmuth, the incoming ranking member of the House Budget Committee, discuss future budgets under Cheeto Jesus. [C-SPAN]

Eleven witnesses were called to the stand in Barren Circuit Court by the prosecution Thursday in the trial for Anthony Barbour, who is accused of killing 2-year-old Laynee Mae Wallace in May 2015. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The financially struggling Chicago Board of Education next week will sell a new type of debt, armed with an investment grade rating from Fitch Ratings based on the bonds’ ability to withstand a bankruptcy filing. [Reuters]

A Kentucky county has agreed to a $3.5 million settlement with the family and passengers of a teenager who was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy as she drove away from a party. Nineteen-year-old Samantha Ramsey’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit last year after she was shot by Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Brockman in April 2014. [H-L]

President-elect Donald Trump distinguished himself on the campaign trail as the rare Republican candidate promising not to cut Social Security and Medicare. [HuffPo]

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The Rand Paul Crew Sure Is Fun

Jesse Benton, a former campaign manager for Republican U.S. Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, is active in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate contest this fall even though he was convicted in May on felony political corruption charges and was accused by a British newspaper this week of trying to funnel illicit donations from a foreign source into the presidential race. [John Cheves]

Perfect illustration of that presidential ticket. A plane carrying U.S. Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence skidded off the runway after landing in the rain at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport on Thursday, halting flights for at least an hour, officials said. [HuffPo]

Joe Biden is at the top of the internal short list Hillary Clinton’s transition team is preparing for her pick to be secretary of state. [Politico]

Donald Trump said he received a $17 million insurance payment for 2005 hurricane damage at his private Florida resort — and pocketed some of it instead of spending it on repairs, according to a new report. [The Hill]

For all his unpopularity in increasingly red Kentucky, Barack Obama has for the second time this year come to the assistance of a Democratic candidate. [Ronnie Ellis]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s employees are having a “tremendous problem” with health plans they don’t actually have. Trump himself doesn’t make much use of a health plan that he also doesn’t have. And all of this is a “disaster” for the American people. Confused? Don’t worry. So is Mr. Trump. [ThinkProgress]

Madison County Board of Education members received a report Thursday evening on the recent 2016 Unbridled Learning data for the district from Chief Academic Officer and Assistant Superintendent David Gilliam. [Richmond Register]

At three large rental buildings emblazoned with gold letters spelling out T-R-U-M-P P-L-A-C-E on the Upper West Side, the lobby rain mats embossed with the same name are being replaced, tenants say. The new versions, they have been told, will proclaim the buildings’ addresses, 140, 160 or 180 Riverside Boulevard. [NY Times]

Could Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo really be facing a serious electoral challenge in his Floyd County district? [Ronnie Ellis]

In case you needed more proof that Trump is a lunatic loose cannon… Donald Trump warned in an interview Tuesday that Hillary Clinton’s policies as president to address the Syrian conflict would lead to World War III, arguing the Democratic nominee would draw the US into armed confrontation with Russia, Syria and Iran. [CNN]

A new master plan created for the Kentucky Exposition Center outlines $200 million in improvements to enhance the facility. [Business First]

As his poll numbers have declined in the closing weeks of the presidential race, Donald J. Trump has begun to engage in barely veiled promotions of his business brand off the campaign trail, dragging reporters to his marquee properties in between his campaign events. [More NY Times]

Matt Bevin’s administration has banned flip-flops and exposed midriffs in a new dress code for Kentucky’s more than 31,000 executive branch employees. [H-L]

Republicans these days are disgusting. Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk made an ill-advised jab about the birthplace and ancestry of his Democratic opponent, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, during a debate on Thursday. [HuffPo]

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Bevin Didn’t Learn From His Cockfighting Rally Incident, Once Again Caught By The Balls By Democrats

The timing of a family court judge’s announcement of his resignation — and the subsequent filing by his wife to succeed him — has raised questions in Clark and Madison counties about whether the retirement was orchestrated to prevent competition from other potential candidates. [H-L]

House Science Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-Toots) wants to exert congressional authority over state attorneys general who are trying to investigate ExxonMobil’s climate record. [HuffPo]

The University of Louisville violated the state’s open records law when it didn’t hand over documents related to its decision to impose a postseason ban on the men’s basketball team, Attorney General Andy Beshear has decided. [C-J/AKN]

President Obama says he plans to keep pushing for action on climate change after his presidency ends in January. [The Hill]

Congressman John Yarmuth is accusing Gov. Matt Bevin of plotting to end Medicaid expansion in Kentucky. [WDRB]

S&P Global Ratings warned on Thursday that the Chicago public school system’s B-plus credit rating could fall deeper into the junk level due to its “extremely weak” cash position. [Reuters]

When Florida State athletes arrived on campus in 1998, they received $144,750 in free Nike footwear and apparel. This year, a vault of $2.8 million in Nike gear awaited players arriving in Tallahassee. That’s in addition to the $1.4 million in cash Nike will pay this year for the right to outfit the university’s athletes. [Business First]

Insys, which has come under fire before for using doctors with troubled histories to promote or consult on its products, faces new claims from Illinois’ attorney general. [ProPublica]

In a very brief special called meeting of the Berea Board of Education in late August, board members voted to keep the school tax rates the same for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. [Richmond Register]

A powerful drug that’s normally used to tranquilize elephants is being blamed for a record spike in drug overdoses in the Midwest. Officials in Ohio have declared a public health emergency and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says communities everywhere should be on alert for carfentanil. [NPR]

The Ashland Rotary Club received a glimpse of what the Kyova Interstate Planning Commission does at Monday’s meeting. The commission, located in Huntington, is an association of the Tri-State region that operates as a forum for evaluating and taking on transportation issues. Counties include Boyd and Greenup in Kentucky, Lawrence County in Ohio and Cabell, Wayne and a portion of Putnam in West Virginia. [Ashland Independent]

When Congress gets back from recess, one of the first items on Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s (D-DC) agenda will be salary histories. [ThinkProgress]

UK is the worst these days. After weeks of national publicity, the University of Kentucky proceeded this week with a lawsuit against its independent student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel. [H-L]

Saying he’s “tired of all the lies,” Rep. Fitz Steele, D-Hazard, said he was present at a meeting Gov. Matt Bevin denies ever took place, a meeting where Democrat Rep. Kevin Sinnette of Ashland says the governor tried to pressure him into switching parties. [Ronnie Ellis]

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Is Yarmuth The Only KY Democrat?

One year ago, Michael Todd was getting ready for a doctor’s appointment when his phone was flooded with messages from relatives. [H-L]

Iraqi forces recaptured the last district held by Islamic State militants in the city of Falluja on Sunday and the general commanding the operation declared the battle complete after nearly five weeks of fighting. [HuffPo]

The Kentucky Democrat who helped orchestrate this week’s historic shutdown of the U.S. House to demand action on gun violence said his involvement began with a voice mail. [C-J/AKN]

Former Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley on Sunday called Donald Trump a racist bigot who appeals to the worst instincts in people. [The Hill]

Toward the end of the inaugural Metcalfe County Proud Festival, several members of the Hornets’ Nest Pickers gathered on Saturday afternoon behind the stage that was built on the Metcalfe County Courthouse lawn. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Hawaii’s governor signed a bill making it the first state to place its residents who own firearms in a federal criminal record database and monitor them for possible wrongdoing anywhere in the country, his office said. [Reuters]

One of the toughest ways to make a living is undoubtedly being a standup comedian. The comedian goes onstage with nothing but a microphone to face a crowd of people smugly sitting back with the attitude, “Make us laugh, if you can.” [Richmond Register]

Donald Trump claimed he was a “much better friend to the gays” than Hillary Clinton after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando earlier this month. On Sunday, it was Clinton who showed up to show she was the better friend of the LGBT community. [Politico]

After 70 weeks on the picket line near the entrance of the old fire brick plant in Grahn, United Steelworkers Local 857 President Donald Frazier sums up negotiations in a few simple words. [Ashland Independent]

Ralph Stanley, the singer, banjo player and guardian of unvarnished mountain music who was also a pivotal figure in the recent revival of interest in bluegrass, died on Thursday. He was 89. [NY Times]

Supt. Marvin Moore received an “exemplary” evaluation Tuesday from the Rowan County Board of Education. [The Morehead News]

With Dwight D. Eisenhower’s signature, the government fired thousands of federal employees for being gay or lesbian, and Francis wants the department to release the internal memos, documents and communications surrounding it. [Roll Call]

You already knew this guy was a pandering lunatic. Rep. Thomas Massie thinks it’s time for “amexit.” [H-L]

Longtime conservative columnist George Will is wiping his hands clean of the Republican Party. [HuffPo]

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