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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Welp, The KDP Is Apparently Still Dying

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The Kentucky Democratic Party has hired a former team leader of Bernie Sanders presidential campaign as its new executive director. This ought to be fascinating to watch. [H-L]

The White House on Friday dismissed U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, a holdover from the Obama administration. [HuffPo]

The man who recently sold the house where Gov. Matt Bevin’s family is now living says the property sold at a fair market price. PEE ALERT! PEE ALERT! [C-J/AKN]

The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday asked several senior Obama administration officials, including former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, to testify publicly in the panel’s probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election. [The Hill]

Educators and community members from the around the region gathered to discuss a new educational accountability system that is still under development Thursday in the Glasgow High School auditorium. Like his predecessor, he’s spending 99% of his time promoting himself instead of doing anything at the Kentucky Department of Education. And we all know how that ended – with me sending him packing. Take heed, Pruitt, because Kentuckians like me will send you on your way if you continue to play pat-a-cake. Just like they’ve done in Louisville for a decade. [Glasgow Daily Times]

After proposing to eliminate the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) in its draft budget, the Trump administration, through the Department of Energy, has started withholding money for grants already approved by the agency. [ThinkProgress]

Greg Fischer is still full of shit. His attempt to claim criticism of Louisville’s disconnected, maybe-dumber-than-rocks police chief is a knock on the hard working men and women who make up LMPD is an insult to all Kentuckians. The chief is in no way like the rest of the department. And most of the department doesn’t look favorably toward him. But it’s fitting. Fischer has a history of covering up heinous scandals just like Steve Conrad. Though, he doesn’t have the same history of pressuring police officers just because they’re gay – as if that in any way means they have information about pedophiles. [WFPL]

Donald Trump’s lawyers argued in a Thursday court filing that protesters “have no right” to “express dissenting views” at his campaign rallies because such protests infringed on his First Amendment rights. Unfortunately for the Trump idiots, the First Amendment protects citizens from people like him – from government – from retaliation. He’s trying to retaliate against people as the sitting head of state. [Politico]

Warren County Public Schools’ employees should expect a minimum 1 percent salary increase effective July 1 after a decision from the district’s school board Thursday night. [BGDN]

Cough, cough, we’re looking at you, Adam Edelen. Racially biased people are far more likely to oppose black athletes’ protests. Last year, Colin Kaepernick, then the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, was heavily criticized for kneeling instead of standing during the national anthem. [WaPo]

Kentucky officials say they will release hundreds of inmates ahead of schedule because of dangerous overcrowding at prisons and local jails, a byproduct of the state’s struggles with a nationwide opioid epidemic. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Next week, according to sources, seven black Fox News employees plan to join a racial discrimination suit filed last month by two colleagues. [NY Magazine]

Greater emphasis on energy efficiency and on producing electricity from renewable sources would create thousands of jobs in Kentucky, reduce electricity bills and help improve the health of residents by cutting pollution, according to a report by a social-justice organization. [H-L]

Donald Trump on Friday complained that a deadline he set for himself for various policy plans was unfair. [HuffPo]

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Another Day, More Messy Russian Stuff

Tanya Torp had enough of the Kentucky Democratic Party when she saw one of the state’s politicians, Alison Lundergan Grimes, holding a gun. [H-L]

White House press secretary Sean Spicer insisted on Wednesday that a U.S. aircraft carrier was heading toward North Korea last week, even though a U.S. Navy photo from the time showed it was actually traveling in the opposite direction. [HuffPo]

Out-of-state groups pushing for charter schools joined the traditional Kentucky big business and other interests this year on the list of organizations that spent the most lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly. [C-J/AKN]

A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters. [Reuters]

She was the first woman to become a member of East Barren Volunteer Fire Department, and one of scant few female firefighters in the entire county two decades ago. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Republican actions speak louder than their words. Their racism shines brightly. [USA Today]

A civil case between American Legion Post 76 and the post’s building corporation may be headed toward mediation. [Ashland Independent]

Exxon Mobil Corp has applied to the Treasury Department for a waiver from U.S. sanctions on Russia in a bid to resume its joint venture with state oil giant PAO Rosneft, according to people familiar with the matter. [WSJ]

Another man accused of assaulting protesters at a Donald Trump campaign rally in Louisville last year has countersued the president, saying he was following Trump’s urging to remove them. [WFPL]

Barack Obama warned President Trump that North Korea would be the gravest foreign threat he faced — and why a solution has proved so hard to find. [NY Times]

An ordinance that holds property owners responsible for minors drinking alcohol on their property with their knowledge or when they should have known minors were drinking failed to pass in Barren County Fiscal Court. [BGDN]

Instead of steaming toward the Korean Peninsula as Trump had said, the Carl Vinson strike group was actually headed in the opposite direction to take part in “scheduled exercises” more than 3,000 miles away. [WaPo]

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Unfortunately for Kentucky children, reports of abuse and neglect have increased dramatically in recent years, in part because of rampant drug abuse. These numbers illustrate the problem. [John Cheves]

Bill O’Reilly weathered sexual harassment charges for more than a decade, but not this time: Fox News has fired the controversial host. [HuffPo]

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David Yates: A Typical, Cowardly, Good Old Boy Democrat From Kentucky

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Doctors suspected child abuse as soon as the girl was wheeled into Kentucky Children’s Hospital at the University of Kentucky in October 2014, three days before her ninth birthday. [John Cheves]

A U.S. appeals court late on Saturday denied a request from the U.S. Department of Justice to immediately restore a immigration order from President Donald Trump barring citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries and temporarily banning refugees. [HuffPo]

Call her Kentucky’s last refugee. Just before the gates to the U.S. refugee program swung temporarily shut Friday, Zemzem Abib walked through security at Louisville’s airport from Ethiopia to reunite with a Somali husband she hadn’t seen in three years. [C-J/AKN]

Trump’s refugee ban has an absurd catch-22 that no one is talking about. [The Hill]

David Yates is a giant-ass baby, like most Kentucky Democrats who fear Republicans these days. He learned how to be that manbaby while working for Greg Stumbo. [WFPL]

When Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson arrived in Seattle last Saturday after a trip to Florida, public outrage over the immigration order issued the previous day by President Donald Trump was quickly growing. He went home, greeted his family and then went to work. [Reuters]

The Republican Party of Kentucky now openly embraces racism and corruption. You thought they were serious when promising to hold corrupt Democrats accountable? You were mistaken. They’re all apparently drunk 24/7 and just spew out whatever hateful bullshit that’s been festering within for a few weeks. That’s the RPK of 2017. [Richmond Register]

The document carried the title “A Roadmap to Repeal,” a concise list of Obama administration environmental regulations that a Koch brothers-backed group was pressing President Trump and Congress to quickly reverse after Inauguration Day. [NY Times]

The accrediting agency that placed the University of Louisville on probation after Gov. Matt Bevin sought to reorganize its Board of Trustees has raised additional concerns about the management of the university. [Ronnie Ellis]

The fallout Monday from President Trump’s sweeping immigration order exposed painful rifts within the Republican Party, alarmed members of his Cabinet and fueled suspicions among his top advisers. [WaPo]

A difference in calculation methods led to what one man said he perceived as a threat from the superintendent of the Glasgow Electric Plant Board, but Superintendent Billy Ray said that was not his intent, and he was merely trying to dispel incorrect information. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Trump trolls are in for a rude awakening, to say the least. [Click the Clicky]

This is the kind of thing the Republican Party of Kentucky wants to be legal. A former businessman is charged with the illegal storage, transportation and disposal of hazardous waste, according to a federal grand jury indictment. [H-L]

Donald Trump doubled down on his support for Russian President Vladimir Putin in a Fox News interview to be aired ahead of the Super Bowl on Sunday. [HuffPo]

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Will You Recognize Fascism When It Knocks On Your Door? Not If You’re A Kentucky Republican

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What the Associated Press doesn’t tell you is that those kids rallying? They were all wearing private school uniforms or wearing private school backpacks. You can check the photos out for yourself. This is all about the redistribution of public funds to wealthy people. Full stop. [H-L]

This is the hate people like Scott Jennings and the Republican Party of Kentucky are actively supporting and defending. The U.S. government must “permit lawyers access to all legal permanent residents being detained at Dulles International Airport” a federal judge in Virginia ordered late Saturday. [H-L]

Greg Fischer announced a rally with Louisville civic, faith and other community leaders will take place Monday at the Muhammad Ali Center in response to President Donald Trump’s controversial executive orders that kept an untold number of refugees from entering the U.S. on Saturday. [C-J/AKN]

If you’re supporting this, it’s time you came to terms with the fact that you’re a raging racist. President Trump’s executive order closing the nation’s borders to refugees was put into immediate effect on Friday night. Refugees who were airborne on flights on the way to the United States when the order was signed were stopped and detained at airports. [NY Times]

Hundreds of people packed into the Turkish American Friendship Center in Louisville’s Buechel neighborhood on Saturday for a rally and community dinner. The cause: to combat islamophobia and racism. [WFPL]

My worry is the president of the United States is barking mad. [WaPo]

Donald Trump on Wednesday said he plans a “major investigation” into what he claims was massive voter fraud in the November presidential election. Kentucky’s chief elections official, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, said Wednesday “there is no basis in fact or in reality for any claim, accusation or belief that there is widespread voter impersonation sufficient to impact the presidential race.” [Ronnie Ellis]

Yep, your new president and his team have practiced denial of the Holocaust. That really happened. AND THEY DOUBLED DOWN! [CNN]

Matt Bevin again took to social media Wednesday to attack Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear for what Bevin claimed is Beshear’s refusal to defend a new abortion restriction law and he also attacked The Courier-Journal and one of its reporters. [Ronnie Ellis]

President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. treasury secretary was untruthful with the Senate during the confirmation process, documents uncovered by The Dispatch show. Steve Mnuchin, former chairman and chief executive officer of OneWest Bank, known for its aggressive foreclosure practices, flatly denied in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee that OneWest used “robo-signing” on mortgage documents. [Columbus Dispatch]

One woman relied on old needles used by her friend’s diabetic husband. Another settled for whatever syringes she could find. [Richmond Register]

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by Texas seeking to revive the state’s strict Republican-backed voter-identification requirements that a lower court found had a discriminatory effect on black and Hispanic people. [Reuters]

A former employee of a defunct Lexington consulting firm pleaded guilty Thursday to helping funnel bribes to a state official in order to get business for the company. Myron D. Harrod worked at MC Squared Consulting in 2014 and 2015 when owner Sam. C. McIntosh was bribing state Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer. [H-L]

This is the hate people like Scott Jennings and the Republican Party of Kentucky are actively supporting and defending. The real-life consequences of President Donald Trump’s executive order on Friday banning Syrian refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations became apparent within hours of his signing it. [HuffPo]

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Bevin-Beshear Slap Fight Getting Fun

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A Lexington consultant and longtime Democratic Party insider pleaded guilty Wednesday in a federal corruption case that had snared a top state official earlier, admitting he paid kickbacks totaling more than $800,000 to get work for his company. [H-L]

Donald Trump, furthering his lie Wednesday that he lost the election’s popular vote because millions cast ballots illegally, attacked the author of a study that failed to support fraud claims as “groveling.” [HuffPo]

Former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer’s girlfriend has dropped her legal appeal and paid a $5,000 fine for a violation of state government’s ethics code that alleged she filed false time sheets in a state job where she did little or no work. [C-J/AKN]

This should startle you. The Trump administration is preparing executive orders that would clear the way to drastically reduce the United States’ role in the United Nations and other international organizations, as well as begin a process to review and potentially abrogate certain forms of multilateral treaties, officials said. [NY Times]

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Trump had just returned to the White House on Saturday from his final inauguration event, a tranquil interfaith prayer service, when the flashes of anger began to build. [WaPo]

If you missed the latest hot garbage from Scott Jennings, you’ll want to get on it ASAP. Think about how fun it’ll be to watch him wring his hands in embarrassment as the rest of this Trump mess plays out. [Page One]

Read leaked drafts of 4 White House executive orders on Muslim ban, end to DREAMer program, and more. Apparent Trump administration drafts suggest a harsh crackdown on immigrants. [Vox]

A $20,800 grant from the WHAS Crusade for Children has allowed Bon Secours Kentucky Health System to launch the OLBH Whole Child Project. [Ashland Independent]

The Netherlands is seeking to set up an overseas abortion fund to counteract Donald Trump’s recent ban against funding international groups which give women information about terminations. [The Independent]

A panel of experts sought to quell fears and answer questions regarding the Madison County Health Department’s proposed syringe-exchange program Tuesday night during a community forum held at Eastern Kentucky University’s Whitlock Building. [Richmond Register]

California released new measures to fight climate change within minutes of Donald Trump being sworn in as U.S. president on Friday, signaling the state’s commitment to be the nation’s environmental steward under an administration that has questioned the reality of global warming. [Reuters]

What, you needed more evidence that Matt Bevin is a giant pussy whose religion is one of perverse politics and he tries to shove it down your throat with your taxpayer dollars? Matt Bevin claimed Wednesday that Attorney General Andy Beshear has broken his promise to defend House Bill 2, a law approved earlier this month that requires doctors to present the results of an ultrasound to women before they get an abortion. [H-L]

One of President Donald Trump’s first major executive actions on immigration policy is facing massive political blowback and will almost certainly crash and burn under the Constitution once courts begin to scrutinize the fine print. [HuffPo]

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Do You Remember Jack Coleman?

Surely you remember Jack Coleman. Right?

Yeah?

How about now?

Well… he wrote an op-ed all about how Matt Bevin is ruining everything. He’s right, of course. Even with his shady-ass shenanigans that he both lied about and repeatedly got caught partaking in. Nothing too out of the ordinary there.

But what IS fascinating?

That the Kentucky Democratic Party promoted him – and Greg Stumbo got in on the action:

Fascinating how the KDP is still promoting those folks. That’s why Kentucky Democrats are dead. They didn’t get killed by a bunch of mouth-breathing halfwits. They just straight up died from being the worst.

Yet another example of why it’s important to have at least one person on staff with some recent historical knowledge of Kentucky politics and/or the Kentucky Democratic Party.

Nothing to see here, move along, blah, blah, blah…