Trump-Russia Gets Worse By The Minute

Thanks, Republican Party of Kentucky, for being so backward and making this possible. Kentucky now leads the nation in Hepatitis C infection rate. [H-L]

Mike Pence knew damn well what he was getting himself into. [HuffPo]

University of Louisville trustee John Schnatter sat about 20 feet across from athletic director Tom Jurich for several hours Thursday during a board of trustees meeting, but they did not exchange words. [C-J/AKN]

Keith Noreika helped big banks avoid state laws protecting consumers. As head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, he now has the power to override those state laws. [ProPublica]

The economic impact of tourism in Rowan County grew to more than $69 million in 2016. The total impact developed into more than $14.5 billion across the state last year, according to a report from the Kentucky Department of Tourism released earlier this month. [The Morehead News]

Trust me when I say you WANT to read this. Probably twice. [NY Times]

In Washington, D.C., the average price of a telephone landline is $13 monthly. But in McKee, Kentucky, and many other impoverished rural communities, federal regulation require local phone companies to charge no less than $18 — the average national rate. [Richmond Register]

FBI Director James B. Comey prepared extensively for his discussions with Trump, out of concern that the president was unlikely to respect the legal and ethical boundaries governing their respective roles, according to associates of the now-fired FBI chief. [WaPo]

Dwight Herron ran Oklahoma’s high-risk pool program that helped individuals with pre-existing medical conditions get health insurance before the Affordable Care Act took effect. [Ashland Independent]

If you opened your mailbox today and found that you owed the city $100 and you had to pay it right away, would you be able to? A new report claims that nearly half of us are not prepared to absorb this cost, and more than 1-in-4 Americans is up a creek if they have to unexpectedly pay as little as $10. [Consumerist]

The first case to be transferred from Family Court Judge Mitchell Nance’s courtroom related to his April 27 orders, through which he recused himself from all adoption cases “involving a homosexual party or parties,” wasn’t an adoption case. [Glasgow Daily Times]

According to the Report of Investigation, which Cummings refers to in his letter to committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, Flynn made false statements to investigators about who funded his foreign trips, including a 2015 trip to Russia where Flynn was paid roughly $45,000 to speak at an event in Moscow. [CNN]

More of that hard-hitting educational reporting from Kentucky’s worst education reporter – even worse than Toni Konz and her stenography from Terry Holliday. [H-L]

Donald Trump has had his finger on the detonator of the bomb to blow up Obamacare for months. Now he may be about to press it. [HuffPo]

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Miss Lindsey Is Mad Over Trump’s Tapes

A human trafficking and rape case against a former Northern Kentucky judge grew more bizarre at a tense arraignment and bond hearing Wednesday in Kenton County. [H-L]

Beltway wise guys – the same people who thought Hillary Clinton would waltz into the White House – are now assuring themselves that Donald Trump is going down. [HuffPo]

Stupid people like this are why you can’t have nice things. Never forget it. [C-J/AKN]

It is 100-percent certain, based on public sources, that some form of Trump tapes exist. [The Hill]

The Boyd County Fiscal Court is factoring in a sharp drop in tax revenue from a landfill, a steel mill and an oil refinery as it prepares to trim its next budget by about $200,000. [Ashland Independent]

A Russian-owned group of companies has agreed to pay nearly $6 million to settle U.S. civil allegations that the firms laundered proceeds of a $230 million tax fraud, ending a politically charged case days before it was set to go to trial. [Reuters]

Barren County is becoming more desirable to businesses looking to relocate because of the area’s recent push in workforce development, said several members of the Glasgow-Barren County Industrial Development Economic Authority board during their regular meeting Friday at the Barren County Area Technology Center. [Glasgow Daily Times]

GOP Kentucky Rep. Hal Rogers traded dozens of stocks while serving as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, which affects a broad array of policy areas. Rogers also maintained partial ownership of a small bank and collected at least $100,000 in dividends from the bank while chairing the committee, which is on the front lines of deciding whether to roll back Dodd-Frank regulations on banks. Under congressional rules, owning companies and sitting on corporate boards is permitted so long as members don’t draw a salary. Rogers didn’t respond to requests for comment. [Politico]

What began over 25 years ago on a local artist’s farm has now become a nationally recognized event. “A Day in the Country” began when Elliott County folk artist Minnie Adkins allowed 15 local artists to set up on her farm and sell their artwork. [The Morehead News]

Tens of millions of Americans together owe more than a trillion dollars in student debt. For the financial health of their households and the entire economy, ensuring a fair and smoothly functioning student loan system is critically important. But with a series of regulatory changes, the Trump administration is taking us in the wrong direction, making student loans riskier, more expensive and more burdensome for borrowers. [NY Times]

If you’ve got Medicare insurance, you probably already know this. But if you don’t, you need to know this: It won’t be a relief from high health care costs. [WFPL]

When the photo became public, people were quick to question the wisdom of allowing into the Oval Office at least one Russian who hadn’t been screened enough to identify that dual role. Much less, one who brought with him electronic equipment in the form of his camera. [WaPo]

A Floyd County woman was indicted by a Pike grand jury this week on charges that she stole more than $15,000 worth of Girl Scout cookies. [H-L]

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday called for the White House to turn over any recordings, if they exist, taped during a meeting between Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey. [HuffPo]

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Horsey Set Had Gambling Fun Saturday

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Coal jobs prove lucrative. But not for those actually in the minds. Which comes as no surprise to anyone paying attention. [H-L]

Democratic activists, revamping fundraising to support congressional candidates in the Trump era, said Friday they received a flood of grassroots donations in the 24 hours after House Republicans passed legislation to repeal huge parts of Obamacare. [HuffPo]

Always Dreaming continued a long run of favorites winning the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs, but the upset came in the aftermath. [C-J/AKN]

In late November, a member of Donald Trump’s transition team approached national security officials in the Obama White House with a curious request: Could the incoming team get a copy of the classified CIA profile on Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the United States? The outgoing White House also became concerned about the Trump team’s handling of classified information. After learning that highly sensitive documents from a secure room at the transition’s Washington headquarters were being copied and removed from the facility, Obama’s national security team decided to only allow the transition officials to view some information at the White House, including documents on the government’s contingency plans for crises. [AP]

These buttcramps in Trashland (I fucking said it – what a garbage place, thanks to its elected officials and political leaders and you know it’s true) don’t understand that the First Amendment protects people from government, not the other way around. So of course the new CNHI guy is reporting on defamation by using Wikipedia, apparently. [Ashland Independent]

Always Dreaming won the 143rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs over a sloppy track in Louisville on Saturday, giving jockey John Velazquez and trainer Todd Pletcher their second career wins in the ‘Run for the Roses’. [Reuters]

A new state law allowing state parks and fair boards to be sponsored by private entities interested in helping to grow tourism was recently adopted by the Kentucky General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Matt Badussy. [Richmond Register]

Tipped off by her Washington sources that an executive order blocking refugees was coming, Becca Heller fired off messages to her vast network of law students and pro bono lawyers: Tell any clients who already have visas to board a plane for the United States. Get ready for the possibility that they will be detained upon landing. [NY Times]

It’s almost embarrassing that every small town in East and West Bumblefart have renamed parks “Freedom” post-9/11, as if it means something. But people always get uncomfortable when you bring up how ridiculous it is. A ceremony was held at Freedom Park on Thursday recognizing the National Day of Prayer. [The Morehead News]

What was that, again about the New Republicans not being literal racists? [Politico]

Bright-colored outfits are the norm at the Kentucky Derby. Women, men and even children arrive with hopes of attracting attention. Derric Chumney does the same thing, but for a different reason. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Their racist flags are still flying and they don’t even realize it. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Hypocrite) suggested on Wednesday that former President Barack Obama’s planned $400,000 speech to a Wall Street firm is the driving force behind a coming measure to cap presidential pensions. [The Hill]

Just a reminder that Matt Bevin’s leadership sucks so badly that Kentucky’s experiencing a $113 million budget shortfall. Not only is New Republicanism (AKA The Dumb, Overtly Racist Republicans Have Taken Over) dangerous, it’s economically inept. Kentucky’s state government could face more budget cuts this summer because its $10.6 billion General Fund, which pays for most state services, is expected to fall $113.2 million short when fiscal year 2017 ends June 30. [John Cheves]

Grifters gonna grift. For a fee of $500,000 made out to the Kushner family, wealthy Chinese could secure a top spot in America. [HuffPo]

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Kentucky Makes Embarrassing National News For Probably The Millionth Time

On May 7, Leandro Braga and Deanna Chesser will graduate from Bluegrass Community and Technical College with associate degrees, big awards and scholarships to help them get four-year degrees at the University of Kentucky. [Linda Blackford]

U.S. congressional negotiators have hammered out a bipartisan agreement on a spending package to keep the federal government funded through the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30, a senior congressional aide said on Sunday. Aww, no wall for the racists. [HuffPo]

Nearly two years after a fire heavily damaged at least three of its buildings, city officials believe Whiskey Row may be on the cusp of becoming one of the “most engaging blocks in downtown Louisville.” [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump still doesn’t understand why the Civil War occurred or who Andrew Jackson was. [TPM]

Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office has appealed a judge’s ruling that wiped decades-old convictions from a Kentuckian’s criminal record, arguing they aren’t eligible under the state’s new felony expungement law. [WFPL]

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday they were closer to agreeing on a reworked bill to overhaul the nation’s healthcare system but still lacked the votes to pass it, as President Donald Trump pressed lawmakers for a vote. [Reuters]

The weather has turned sunny, and warm, so now is the time for that afternoon drive along the beautiful countryside of Madison County and surrounding areas. It’s amazing what one can find on that drive. [Richmond Register]

Because Kentucky’s New Republican Party is filled with mouth-breathing (Hey, Mac!) bigots, the Commonwealth could become the only state with no abortion clinic. [NY Times]

A permanent health-care fix for 22,000 retired coal miners has been agreed to by a bipartisan congressional budget committee, ending months of anxiety for the miners and their families. [Ashland Independent]

The charter flight left on a Wednesday with eight Iraqis on board. By the following evening, the large Iraqi immigrant community in this Detroit suburb was roiled with rumors about why, with news of the departure morphing as phone calls spun into horror. Some people were talking again about whether they should go into hiding. [WaPo]

Dennis Curry and his future husband learned quickly that adopting kids wasn’t easy. [Glasgow Daily Times]

New data suggests incidents of anti-Semitic hatred have spiked compared to this time last year, an ominous shift that advocates say signals a multi-year increase of vitriol directed at American Jews. [ThinkProgress]

The chief of Transylvania University’s public safety department and the president of the university worked together to take down a knife-wielding man who attacked students in a campus coffee shop Friday morning. [H-L]

Donald Trump this weekend called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a “smart cookie” in his latest praise of a controversial dictator. Last week he didn’t even know his name. [HuffPo]

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Naz… Republicans Slow To Notice Alison Grimes Slapped Them Nearly Two Weeks Ago

Lexington apparently was a stopover point for a plane with 40 pounds of meth and 80 bricks of cocaine that federal and state officials tracked Friday from California, according to federal court documents. Florida might have been the ultimate destination. [H-L]

Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, failed to disclose payments from Russia when applying for security clearance in 2016, lawmakers told reporters Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Google Fiber is a go in Louisville. But details on when the ultrafast network will be constructed and in what areas it will be first available will have to come later, Google Fiber said. [C-J/AKN]

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been reworking student lending since her appointment in February, raising concerns among Democrats that she will undo former President Barack Obama’s overhaul of college financial aid. [Retuers]

Bowling Green’s trio of automotive tracks brings thousands of cars and automobile enthusiasts who fill hotels, dine out and shop, representing a large segment of local specialty tourism. [BGDN]

Earlier this year, ProPublica and a coalition of newsrooms set out to chronicle and report on hate crimes in the United States. [ProPublica]

Republican U.S. Congressman Andy Barr faced 600 or so mostly angry constituents here Monday night at a town hall meeting dominated by questions about the Affordable Care Act and Republicans’ plan to replace it with their own plan. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Turkish man who gave Mike Flynn a $600,000 lobbying deal just before Donald Trump picked him to be national security adviser has business ties to Russia, including a 2009 aviation financing deal negotiated with Vladimir Putin, according to court records. [Politico]

More than 30 entities sent representatives to Monday’s pre-proposal meeting for a county “healing center” to combat drug addiction. The turnout “totally exceeded expectations,” Madison Judge/Executive Reagan Taylor said. [Richmond Register]

Behind the Trump administration’s sudden urgency in dealing with the North Korean nuclear crisis lies a stark calculus: a growing body of expert studies and classified intelligence reports that conclude the country is capable of producing a nuclear bomb every six or seven weeks. [NY Times]

Kentucky Christian University continues to pursue a merger with Cincinnati Christian University although the original plan to cement a management consultancy agreement earlier this year and finalize the pact sometime in the fall was abandoned in the face of financial obstacles, according to KCU President Jeffrey Metcalf. [Ashland Independent]

The White House setting perplexed lawmakers who have grown accustomed to such briefings taking place in a secure location on Capitol Hill, where there is more room to handle such a large group. [WaPo]

Wondering how to tell if Alison Grimes is getting under the skin of deluded homophobes like Scott Jennings and Jeff Hoover? Well… they noticed – nearly two weeks after it was published – that Grimes chapped their asses over right-to-work and being generally full of shit. They started melting down on Twitter and attempting to act as if a handful of jobs in East Bugtussle is evidence that right-to-work is magical. Spoiler alert: Their Trump chickens are slowly coming home to roost. But here’s that Grimes op-ed. [H-L]

Arkansas on Monday night carried out the first double execution in the U.S. since 2000 despite concerns that the first of the two was “inhumane.” [HuffPo]

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Your Morning Dept Of Republican Insanity

Lil Matt’s pants are on fire. Matt Bevin refused Monday to say who owns the house where he and his family are living in Jefferson County. [H-L]

Many in South Korea are steamed at Donald Trump for saying their nation was once “part of China.” “This is clearly a distortion of history and an invasion of the Republic of Korea’s sovereignty,” Hong Joon-pyo, a conservative Liberal Korea Party candidate, said through a spokesman. [HuffPo]

Julie Denton? Really? The same piece of work who is such an incompetent human being that she couldn’t care for a dog? Aligning herself with Dave Mutchler makes it clear that she hasn’t changed her Frankfort ways. [C-J/AKN]

In January, the Trump administration quietly dispatched more than 400 temporary employees across the federal government. Now dozens of them are getting permanent jobs. [ProPublica]

In December when Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called it an important step in helping foster solutions for heartbreaking illnesses like addiction. [Richmond Register]

Hillary Clinton hammered the Trump administration’s rollback of LBGT protections Thursday night, urging advocates to voice their opposition at the polls during the 2018 midterms elections. [Politico]

Officials with the Southeastern Cave Conservancy Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to cave conservation, announced on Friday afternoon the purchase of the Daleo entrance to the Roppel section of Mammoth Cave. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Young LGBTQ Americans in the child welfare system, juvenile justice system, and in youth homelessness shelters face a lack of necessary protections in many states, according to a report released Monday by Lambda Legal, Children’s Rights, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy. [Fusion]

You can thank Matt Bevin and the Republican Party of Kentucky’s desire for Charter/AT&T cash for this boondoggle. Construction of a statewide broadband internet network in Kentucky has begun, but the project has been delayed and doesn’t have an estimated launch date. [WFPL]

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been reworking student lending since her appointment in February, raising concerns among Democrats that she will undo former President Barack Obama’s overhaul of college financial aid. [Reuters]

Leave it to the fat (not just physically), white, heterosexual white men to mansplain racism to people of color at Western Kentucky University. And people wonder why Bowling Green draws racists like moths to a flame. [BGDN]

PEE ALERT! PEE ALERT! Donald Trump knows so little about, well, anything, that he thinks a 15 percent corporate tax rate is possible. [WaPo]

If Jim Host is praising something related to the Louisville Arena, you know it’s probably horseshit. Seems fitting being Derby time and all. [H-L]

The U.S. grew from a “backwoods country” to one of “greatest nations the world has ever known” thanks to science — but that pillar of America is eroding, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson warns. [HuffPo]

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It’s Just The Tip Tuesday Again

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Four vehicles sold by a state agency at an “employees only” sale in 2014 fetched prices that are 70 percent or more below their current value, according to Transportation Cabinet records. []

Mike Pence said on Saturday the United States would honor a controversial refugee deal with Australia, under which the United States would resettle up to 1,250 asylum seekers, a deal Donald Trump had described as “dumb”. [HuffPo]

Before he got dental coverage, David Thompson, who works at various construction jobs, said he suffered for years with untreated dental pain and decay. [C-J/AKN]

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]

This seems like one of the dumbest things Richmond could possible waste time on. No wonder that town remains in the dark ages. The owner of a Stratford Drive home on Wednesday night told Richmond’s Codes Enforcement Board the property would be in compliance by May 1 with the city’s prohibition against more than two unrelated people sharing a dwelling in a single-family residential zone. [Richmond Register]

Talk is already heating up that President Trump could have a chance to appoint a second person to the Supreme Court. [The Hill]

Members from a local environmental coalition shared comments Friday with the Kentucky Air Quality Division during a hearing focusing on including fence line monitoring of odor emissions in Big Run Landfill’s new air quality permit. [Ashland Independent]

Tens of thousands of people turned out in cities across the United States and beyond on Saturday for Earth Day events billed as a “celebration of science” to counter what organizers say is a growing disregard for evidence-based knowledge in Washington. [Reuters]

“People really don’t realize how many kids there are out there without a bed,” says Mary Claire Williams, program director for MSUCorps’ Build-A-Bed program, which began in 2009. This year, volunteers will be building over 250 twin-sized beds for children preschool through 12th grade in need in the region. [The Morehead News]

Fears of Russian meddling in a French vote reflect an overt and covert influence campaign. [ProPublica]

Officials with the Southeastern Cave Conservancy Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to cave conservation, announced on Friday afternoon the purchase of the Daleo entrance to the Roppel section of Mammoth Cave. [Glasgow Daily Times]

It was supposed to be a night out. But for the young man who calls himself Maksim, as for scores of other gay men arrested in a pogrom this month in Russia’s Chechnya region, it pivoted into nearly two weeks of beatings and torture. [NY Times]

There are far more fast food workers in Kentucky than coal miners. A little dose of reality might help. [H-L]

Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) told the mother of a service industry worker who has benefitted from the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion that her son should get a better job if he wants decent insurance when Obamacare is repealed. [HuffPo]

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