First They Came For Media & Now They’re Coming For You

If you’re a Republican in Kentucky and refuse to stand up to loudly condemn Donald Trump at this juncture? Know that I will work until the day I die to ruin your professional political life. When reporters began to ask about whether the alt-right was behind the Charlottesville bloodshed, though, Trump unleashed a torrent of both-sides whataboutism and crankery. “What about the alt-left that came charging at the—as you say, the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt?” he asked. Trump added that there were “some very fine people on both sides” at the protest, and that there was a peaceful march the night before. [Slate]

Of course Matt Bevin, a father of brown children, is so painfully stupid and borderline racist that he wants to keep monuments to slave masters and Confederate traitors. [H-L]

Richard Spencer, the 39-year-old Nazi, said Monday that he did not take Donald Trump’s statement denouncing hate groups seriously, and two of Spencer’s associates shared a somewhat similar sentiment with HuffPost. [HuffPo]

Fed up with soaring legal bills at the University of Louisville, a legislative panel Monday rejected a request to double university spending for outside attorneys to $2.5 million for 2016-18. [C-J/AKN]

The Nazi-supporting loons within the Trump Administration don’t want you to have the freedom of assembly or right to protest. [The Hill]

Dr. Maurice J. Oakley has spent 38 years looking out for the well-being of patients as a physician in Ashland. This past week, Oakley received what is arguably the most prestigious recognition possible for Kentucky physicians when the ophthalmologist was named the new president of the Kentucky Medical Association. [Ashland Independent]

Undeterred by violence over the planned removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, municipal leaders in cities across the United States said this week they would step up efforts to pull such monuments from public spaces. [Reuters]

This is one of the best things Barren County Schools has done in decades. Over 700 students at Barren County High School and the Trojan Academy ate breakfast at school Thursday morning, said CheyAnne Fant, director of 21st Century Learning and Nutritional Services for Barren County Schools. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The white supremacist forces arrayed in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend — the largest gathering of its sort in at least a generation — represented a new incarnation of the white supremacy movement. Old-guard groups like the Ku Klux Klan, the Aryan Nations and the Nazi skinheads, which had long stood at the center of racist politics in America, were largely absent. [ProPublica]

Reaction in Kentucky political circles to the disturbing racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., this weekend reflected the horror and disgust felt by most of the nation. [Ronnie Ellis]

Trump shared on Twitter a cartoon on Tuesday morning of a train running over a person with a CNN logo covering the person’s head, three days after a fatal collision in Charlottesville, Va. Mr. Trump deleted his retweet minutes later. [NY Times]

Bessie Madden is more than familiar with the need for helping seniors in the Greenup area. Madden works at Greenup Meals on Wheels with a coalition of volunteers, delivering meals to seniors at their homes when they cannot prepare food for themselves. [Ashland Independent]

Three days after Donald Trump named his campaign foreign policy team in March 2016, the youngest of the new advisers sent an email to seven campaign officials with the subject line: “Meeting with Russian Leadership – Including Putin.” [WaPo]

Where there’s Ray Jones smoke, there’s Ray Jones fire. A Pikeville private detective who worked for the top Democrat in the Kentucky Senate pleaded guilty Monday in Franklin Circuit Court to four counts of attempting to intimidate an election officer and one count of attempting to interfere with an election. [H-L]

Hours after denouncing far-right extremists on Monday, Donald Trump retweeted a far-right “Pizzagate” conspiracy theorist known for disrupting a performance of “Julius Caesar” over the summer. [HuffPo]

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Hey, Montgomery County

Do you want to ensure what happened to you with Montgomery County Schools and Joshua Powell never happens to you again?

Do you want to guarantee that sort of heinous, corrupt, good old boy mafioso crap ceases to exist in the Commonwealth of Kentucky?

Then please consider helping me keep that mountain of archived data online.

Click here.

$840.20 $550.21 (now remaining!) in storage fees doesn’t come easily when one is no longer pulling a salary from the website. Neither do hosting fees, registrar fees and the tens of thousands of dollars in open records request fees.

I didn’t ask any of the people who reaped hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlements – thanks primarily (you know it’s true, they know it’s true) to my time, effort and work – for anything. And some of them haven’t coughed up so much as a thank-you. So you corrupt hacks I ousted can quit with that line of ignorant gossip.

That’s why it’s important for you to consider chipping in if you or someone you know have benefitted from the work done here or recognize its importance.

You already know the state’s newspapers aren’t coming to your defense and won’t be spending 4.5 years working more than full-time to oust corruption. But I have and I will.

RPK Should Practice The BS It Preaches

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And Tres Watson doesn’t have a conflict of interest? His former employer and close pal, Scott Jennings, did P.R. spin for Jim Ramsey and the UofL Foundation. He’s tight with people all over UofL. So let’s not act as if it’s not all incestuous. Put down the bottle, RPK liars, and look for new employment because you’re about to get burned just like the Democrats are being burned with Julian… and soon to be Wendell. [H-L]

Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury as part of his investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia in last year’s election. [HuffPo]

Here’s UofL continuing to be corrupt as hell. The University of Louisville is appealing a financial penalty and the vacation of records ordered in June by the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, a form the school sent to the NCAA shows. [C-J/AKN]

Targeting media makes this administration un-American. They’re traitors to democracy and the First Amendment. [The Hill]

A discussion on what Berea Tourism funds can and should be spent on dominated Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Berea City Council. Berea Tourism has an estimated budget of $950,000 for this year, council member Jerry Little said. [Richmond Register]

Young immigrants denied credit by Wells Fargo Bank because they are not permanent U.S. residents can sue the bank under a post-Civil War law barring discrimination on the basis of immigration status, a federal judge ruled. [Reuters]

What is it with UofL and UK athletics staffers turning into swindling crooks? For real, what’s in them that drives them to turn into the worst of the worst? [WKYT]

Donald Trump called his son-in-law a “good boy” while thanking Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker for a positive editorial about Jared Kushner and said the leader of the Boy Scouts told him his jamboree speech was “the greatest speech ever made to them.” [Politico]

Matt Bevin can put up or shut up or Andy Beshear is going to force his hand. [CN|Toot]

While you were distracted by the Trump circus… William Browder knows Vladimir Putin’s Russia all too well. Browder made a fortune in Russia, in the process uncovering, he says, incredible amounts of fraud and corruption. When he tried to report it to authorities, the government kicked him out of the country and, he alleges, tortured and killed the lawyer he was working with. [NPR]

Jim Justice still owes gobs and gobs and gobs of money to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. [Ashland Independent]

Trump’s gotta be the dumbest man alive. The Secret Service has vacated its command post inside Trump Tower in Manhattan following a dispute between the government and Donald Trump’s company over the terms of a lease for the space, according to two people familiar with the discussions. [WaPo]

Fun fact: We were here uncovering University of Louisville corruption, waste, fraud and abuse a decade before the Kentucky Center of Ed Hard Money came along. And based upon watching the people running the joint, we’ll be here long after it’s gone. [H-L]

This is some Matt Bevin-style projection, henny. Donald Trump doubled down on his assertions that investigators should be scrutinizing Hillary Clinton’s emails and alleged connections to Russia during a Thursday evening rally in Huntington, West Virginia. [HuffPo]

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Here Comes Corbin With The Dumb Again

This was a meeting of the board and it’s time for legal action. Against both Matt Bevin and the board and members of the board. [H-L]

Jenni Monet, one of a half-dozen journalists arrested this year covering the Standing Rock pipeline protests in North Dakota, recalled being verbally abused by police during her 30-hour detention, including hours in a freezing garage. [HuffPo]

What the hell is wrong with the people in Southern Indiana repeatedly trying to burn hazardous material? An Indiana judge has dealt a serious blow to a cement plant’s three-year push to burn hazardous materials as fuel 12 miles north of Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

Just in case you needed more evidence that Donald Trump willfully and deliberately colluded with the Russians. The extent of the president’s personal intervention in his son’s response, the details of which have not previously been reported, adds to a series of actions that Trump has taken that some advisers fear could place him and some members of his inner circle in legal jeopardy. [WaPo]

A town hall meeting to provide the public more information and a chance to discuss the City of Richmond’s upcoming connection to the KentuckyWired network drew questions mostly related to the cost of connection, and who in the community could be connected. [Richmond Register]

Donald Trump has decided to remove Anthony Scaramucci from his position as communications director, three people close to the decision said Monday, relieving him just days after Mr. Scaramucci unloaded a crude verbal tirade against other senior members of the president’s senior staff. [NY Times]

New Councilman Louie Gabbard was sworn in to office on Tuesday night — the same evening when area residents expressed frustration to the City Council over a hike in water rates for those who live outside Flatwoods city limits. [Ashland Independent]

Given how Donald Trump has taken aim at the Environmental Protection Agency with regulatory rollbacks and deep proposed budget cuts, it may come as no surprise that the Office of Environmental Justice is on the chopping block. [ProPublica]

Crime in Louisville has dropped this year, but homicides continue to climb. That’s according to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad. [WFPL]

More than half of adults who misused opioids did not have a prescription, and many obtained drugs for free from friends or relatives, according to a national survey of more than 50,000 adults. [PBS]

Just in case you’re wondering why education is scraping the bottom of the barrel in Eastern Kentucky… While students across the state get set for the eclipse on August 21st, one school district will be closing it’s doors over safety concerns. [WKYT]

Meet the extreme anti-abortion group trying to close Kentucky’s last clinic. [MMFA]

Oh, great, another Mt. Sterling resident has surfaced to make that community look dumber than Richie Farmer. City people are bad news bears and countryfolk are better, apparently? Heather A. Johnson – you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. [H-L]

Two degrees Celsius: That’s the global temperature increment scientists say the world must stay beneath to avoid the worst effects of climate change. But according to a study published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change, the odds of us staying under this threshold are looking pretty grim. [HuffPo]

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No, KDP Circus Isn’t “Close” To Ending

PEE ALERT! Jared Smith has absolutely no idea what he’s talking about. The Kentucky Democratic Party has only just begun to feel the scorch of decades upon decades of good old boy corruption. It’s not remotely close to being over. I was right about, oh, everything else. Was right about Julian Carroll. Right about this. What’s coming next will shake the KDP to its core and make it impossible to rebuild with the existing crew of electeds. Until that current crop of shysters is pushed out, nothing will improve. Note: Adam Edelen and Terry McBrayer are two of the most problematic Democrats in the Commonwealth and they’re part of the problem. Source: Everything they say and do. [H-L]

Three weeks ago, one of Donald Trump’s personal lawyers vigorously denied that the commander in chief had anything to do with Donald Trump Jr.’s statement about a secret meeting with a Russian lawyer. However, the validity of those comments was questioned on Monday when The Washington Post reported that Trump had personally dictated the response his elder son would use to address the media. [HuffPo]

Citing frustrations with Mayor Greg Fischer’s leadership, Metro Council skipped over two proposals on Thursday meant to tackle Louisville’s aging sewer system and its $4.3 billion in needs. [C-J/AKN]

Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. Congressman and two other people briefed on the effort. [Reuters]

Kentucky officials say unemployment rates have increased in 96 of the state’s 120 counties between June 2016 and June 2017. [WFPL]

Documenting Hate’s catalogue of incidents captures the seeming ordinariness of many of them. [ProPublica]

You already know Matt Bevin’s a thin-skinned coward. So this is likely to set his tiny ego on fire. [Slate]

The Department of Energy’s official press Twitter account apparently wants you to know two things: that there is a fight going on between climate scientists and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, and that Perry is supposedly winning. [ThinkProgress]

Let’s not hold our breath that some random guy from Oklahoma has a clue what’s in store in Eastern Kentucky. [Ashland Independent]

The chief scout of the Boy Scouts of America has apologised for the remarks made by Donald Trump at the group’s national event [last] week. [BBC]

A social activist from Morehead and a Louisville resident are suing Gov. Matt Bevin after he blocked them from his Facebook and Twitter accounts, claiming he’s violating their constitutional rights to free speech. [Ronnie Ellis]

Older patients who become disoriented or confused after surgery are more than three times more likely to develop dementia later, a new study has found. [WaPo]

A private detective is scheduled to stand trial Aug. 14 on five felony counts of intimidating poll workers and interfering with an election because of his alleged behavior inside the Phelps voting precinct in remote eastern Pike County during the Democratic primary on May 17, 2016. The detective, Keith D. Justice, 51, was employed by Kentucky Senate Minority Leader Ray Jones, D-Pikeville, who faced an aggressive primary challenger in a race with combined campaign spending of nearly $820,000. [John Cheves]

The financier Bill Browder has emerged as an unlikely central player in the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Sergei Magnitsky, an attorney Browder hired to investigate official corruption, died in Russian custody in 2009. [The Atlantic]

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Bevin: So Weak He Hides From Critics

Churchill Downs Inc. is turning up the heat on its Big Fish Games division, with the launch in June of a new game called Cooking Craze, that company officials said is already doing better than its popular Gummy Drop was at this stage. [Janet Patton]

The U.S. government ordered family members of employees at its embassy in Venezuela to leave on Thursday as a political crisis deepened ahead of a controversial vote critics contend will end democracy in the oil-rich country. [HuffPo]

Only elected cowards hide from their constituents. The ACLU of Kentucky is asking Matt Bevin to stop blocking constituents from his official social media pages and to open those internet forums to the hundreds of people currently prohibited from engaging him on those accounts. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump’s sudden decision to ban transgender personnel from serving in the military has alarmed some senior military officers who were caught off guard by it. [Reuters]

Surprise! Republicans want to kill broadband expansion. In part because they’re dumb as rocks, in part because they don’t want to do anything that may help their fellow man join the 21st Century. [WFPL]

Internal talking points from Donald Trump’s spy chief reveal tensions between Trump and the intelligence community. [ProPublica]

Across the Appalachia Mountains and through the small, rural towns of Kentucky, opioid addiction has become an epidemic, claiming lives and raising taxes in some communities as it wreaks its havoc on communities, children and first responders. [Richmond Register]

The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration on Wednesday for failing to provide public records about meetings between the Department of the Interior and energy industry executives. The meetings were reportedly about reversing the Obama administration’s rule on coal leasing on federal public lands. [ThinkProgress]

How many people have to die? Potent opioids sold by dealers who profit from the disease of addiction are poisoning Boyd County. [Ashland Independent]

Amid the fall-out from Donald Trump’s announcement on Twitter that transgender people will not be able to serve in the US military, one statistic has been frequently raised to draw attention to the comparatively small estimated costs of transgender healthcare. It refers to the amount the Pentagon spends on erectile dysfunction medication annually: about $84m (£63m), according to the Military Times newspaper. [BBC]

The lawsuit brought in Barren Circuit Court by a former spokeswoman for the Glasgow Police Department against the City of Glasgow was dismissed Friday morning by Judge John T. Alexander. [Glasgow Daily Times]

An Obama-era program that created savings accounts to help more people put away money for retirement is being shut down by the Treasury Department. [NY Times]

A Scott County company wants to decrease garbage in the Central Kentucky Landfill in Georgetown by sifting through household trash for recyclable materials. [H-L]

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter James Risen is leaving The New York Times after nearly two decades, a distinguished run that included standout reporting on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Bush administration’s bogus case for invading Iraq, and rampant government surveillance. [HuffPo]

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McConnell Bungled Health Care For Years

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has once again declined to give detailed information about Kentucky voters to a committee President Donald Trump set up to investigate election integrity. [H-L]

Fun watching McConnell repeatedly lose on this front for more than eight years. Seven years of Republican promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act withered away to almost nothing on the Senate floor early Friday morning. [HuffPo]

Six years, five months and 11 days after she was sentenced to prison for trying to extort cash, cars and a house from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, Karen Cunagin Sypher’s sentence officially expire[d] Friday. [C-J/AKN]

If you read Jared Kushner’s statement to congressional committees looking for evidence of a crime, there isn’t much there. But if you read it from the perspective of the Russians trying to gain a toehold—or more—inside the Trump campaign, you realize how easy he made it for them. [New Yorker]

Newsprint is dying and there’s no reason to force government to subsidize it. Maybe it wasn’t Daniel in the lion’s den, but Kentucky Press Association Executive Director David Thompson surely felt outnumbered Wednesday as a committee of state lawmakers heard a line of public agencies ask for revisions in a state law which requires public notice of official documents in local newspapers. [Ronnie Ellis]

In an arrangement prominent ethics experts say is without precedent and potentially illegal, the White House is referring questions for senior presidential adviser Stephen K. Bannon to an outside public relations agent whose firm says she is working for free. [TIME]

State Rep. Jim Wayne is viewed by some as a liberal Democrat while state Budget Director John Chilton works for, what many view, as a pretty conservative Republican governor, Matt Bevin. But both agree on Kentucky’s fiscal situation: it’s a mess and growing worse and something must be done. [More Ronnie Ellis]

The Senate rejected a scaled-back ObamaCare repeal bill in the early hours of Friday in a shocking vote that marks a major defeat for GOP leaders and the seven-year effort to repeal the health law. [The Hill]

Kentucky’s economic outlook took another hit this past week as Moody’s downgraded the state’s bond ratings to Aa3 from Aa2 following the announcement the state failed to make its revenue estimates for the fiscal year and in light of its growing public pension problems. [The Morehead News]

The Republican Party’s seven-year dream of dismantling the Affordable Care Act came to what seemed like a climactic end early Friday, punctured by the Senate’s vote to reject a last-ditch proposal to repeal a few parts of the health law. [NY Times]

Bullfrogs croaked loudly at Sloan’s Crossing Pond at Mammoth Cave National Park on Tuesday night as biologists set up nets across the walkway surrounding the pond and in the nearby woods. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) played his hand on the Senate Republicans’ health-care proposal for the maximum political effect. It’s always the case that it’s the people who are wavering at the last minute who end up getting all the attention: Undecided voters, new car buyers, bachelorettes on reality television shows. In politics, though, there’s special cultural role acclaim for those who, at the last minute, do the unexpected — often while those who did exactly what was expected get little fanfare. [WaPo]

In an effort to increase wild ginseng populations on national forest lands, a ban prohibiting ginseng harvest in the Daniel Boone National Forest has been extended through the 2017 harvest season, from Sept. 1 to Dec. 1. [H-L]

Russia ordered the United States to cut its diplomatic staff by Sept. 1 and said it was seizing a dacha compound and warehouse used by U.S. diplomats in retaliation for new U.S. sanctions against Moscow. [HuffPo]

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