Matt Bevin’s Skin Is Thin And He’s Coming Unglued… GET THE POPCORN READY!

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I’ll say something good about Jim Bunning: He’s dead. Good. He also was cantankerous. He snapped “tough s—!” at a senator pleading with him to drop his objection to an unemployment benefits package. He said his 2004 Senate challenger looked like one of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s sons, and he suggested the man was gay. In a 2009 speech, he predicted that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be dead within a year from cancer. Bunning later offered an apology “if my comments offended Justice Ginsburg.” Ginsburg remains alive and on the court. [John Cheves]

The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee called for a review of Jared Kushner’s security clearance Sunday amid reports that the White House adviser sought secret communications with the Kremlin. [HuffPo]

If CJ’s out-of-town managers had guts (and let’s be clear – they don’t. Hi, Joel! Ever find that proof Watkins called CPD? Didn’t think so.) they would work with legal and get Gannett to fund a defamation suit against Bevin. Because Bevin’s a whiny ass titty baby just begging to be dragged for his latest bullshit. The absurd defamation of Loftus takes the cake. [C-J/AKN]

This is a magnificent piece you should go read immediately. When I walk into the Chappaqua dining room in which Hillary Clinton is spending her days working on her new book, I am greeted by a vision from the past. [New York Magazine]

Matt Bevin should tread lightly. The media devil he so desperately fears will huff and puff and blow his glass house down. It’s also not partisan. It’s not a political issue. Otherwise, the feds wouldn’t be crawling all over Anchorage. Pro-tip to Bevin staffers: trash-talking Jim Huggins is just about the easiest way to clue me in to the fact that you fear the FBI. [WAVE3]

Former acting CIA director John McLaughlan on Friday responded to reports that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner discussed setting up a secret communications line between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, saying if such reports are true, it would be considered espionage. [The Hill]

You know the shit is hitting the fan when Matt Bevin panics and holds a last-minute presser to claim everything is puppies and rainbows with Kentucky’s economy. The shit: unemployment explosion, lawsuits, pension disaster at the hands of the Republicans, ethics complaints, feds breathing down his idiot neck. [Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former U.S. officials told Reuters. [Reuters]

If you need a good laugh, here’s a look at Brett “AT&T’s Thumb Is In My Butt” Guthrie pretending to have a grasp on health care. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Oleg V. Deripaska, a Russian oligarch once close to President Trump’s former campaign manager, has offered to cooperate with congressional committees investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, but lawmakers are unwilling to accept his conditions, according to congressional officials. [NY Times]

Maybe Cecil Watkins is dumber than anyone thought? He’s repeatedly lied about the authority of the Attorney General. OAG opinions carry the weight of law. You could take the Commonwealth to court, as you could over any piece of legislation, but opinions definitely are more than “just shy of law”. [The Morehead News]

Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports. [WaPo]

A government ethics watchdog filed a formal complaint Friday against Gov. Matt Bevin, accusing him of violating Kentucky’s ethics code as the governor moved his family to a new house in Jefferson County. [H-L]

Donald Trump spent months promising miners that he’d make the ailing coal mining industry great again during his election campaign. But it seems one of the president’s top economic aides has other ideas. Gary Cohn, director of the White House National Economic Council, told reporters aboard Air Force One Thursday night that coal “doesn’t make sense anymore,” as he talked up other energy sources. [HuffPo]

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Kentucky Republicans Sold Your Privacy Rights

Wondering how much money it took for Kentucky Republicans in Washington to sell your internet privacy?

According to The Verge – so you know it’s way more money than listed because they can’t even get peoples’ names correct – it didn’t take too much.

  • Thomas Massie: $2,750
  • Brett Guthrie: $81,500
  • Jamie Comer: $14,750
  • Hal Rogers: $12,500
  • Andy Barr: $28,400
  • Mitch McConnell: $251,110

That’s what the Republican Party of Kentucky supports. Minus Rand Paul. They support killing your privacy. Selling your private data to the highest campaign bidder.

They all deserve a square kick in the nuts next time you see them. Because they don’t care about individual liberty. They don’t believe in freedom. They never practice what they preach. Be it girlfriend-beating, paying for abortions or selling you out? That’s what those folks love to do. All while playing members of the church choir on teevee.

Turns Out It’s Possible: Matt Bevin Got Even More Embarrassing

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The valley along Looney Creek in Harlan County was a wooded wilderness in 1917 when U.S. Steel, hungry for coal to make steel during World War I, bought 19,000 acres and set about creating the largest company-owned coal town in the world. [H-L]

OMG hold on to your wigs. Former President George W. Bush took President Donald Trump’s administration to task on Monday. [HuffPo]

Bratcher faced intense questioning and criticism from community members worried the bill is half-baked, stands to resegregate schools and constitutes government overreach. [C-J/AKN]

Matt Bevin isn’t just dumb – he’s as corrupt and backward as Donald Trump. He lies more than Trump, which is borderline astonishing. Errr… it would be. But this is a man with black children who pursues policies that disproportionally harm black people. [Faux Spews]

Just in case you missed Matt Bevin lying about how the Affordable Care Act has helped Kentucky. [WKYT]

It cost New York City about $24 million to provide security at Trump Tower, President Donald Trump’s skyscraper home in Manhattan, from Election Day to Inauguration Day, or $308,000 per day, New York’s police commissioner said on Wednesday. [Reuters]

Restaurants open with the intent to serve, but two restaurants in Madison County have taken the idea of service to heart and have built their business models around offering everyone a place at their tables. [Richmond Register]

No going to church, no going to the store. No doctor’s appointments for some, no school for others. No driving, period — not when a broken taillight could deliver the driver to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. [NY Times]

Because all people experiencing depression and other issues show outward signs??? An inmate who hanged himself in the Greenup County Detention Center earlier this month had shown no signs of distress, jailer Mike Worthington said Friday. [Ashland Independent]

When your mind goes so far right-wing that you can’t discern humor. This is hilarious and terrifying. [WaPo]

Revising the health care law from the previous presidential administration was the primary issue U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie was interested in discussing during one of his stops in Glasgow on Wednesday, but he also touched on political topics ranging from Russia to Mexico. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Remember when Jack Conway said this sort of thing was fine and the Kentucky media turned a blind eye? An investigation by Fox 25 in Oklahoma has confirmed that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt used a private email account to conduct official business while he was the state’s attorney general, directly contradicting what he told the Senate during his confirmation hearing. [ThinkProgress]

With the General Assembly controlled by business-friendly Republicans, electric utilities might have sensed an opportunity to ram through legislation to limit the growth of independent solar power in Kentucky. [H-L]

Jewish facilities around the nation were rocked by yet another wave of bomb threats Monday, forcing evacuations in at least 12 states. [HuffPo]

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There’s A State Supreme Court Race

Justice Mary Noble of Lexington is retiring from the Kentucky Supreme Court just as it’s wading into several high-profile battles over the limits of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive power in areas such as university budget cuts and replacing state boards. [John Cheves]

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump appeared to question the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s presidency once again on Saturday, referring to the president in air quotes. [HuffPo]

She had no prior record, but Alexandra Arnold, 21, of Carrollton is serving 10 years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense. [C-J/AKN]

A progressive advocacy group is launching an advertising campaign accusing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who also is the Republican vice-presidential nominee, of allowing voter suppression after state police raided the offices of a voter registration program aimed at signing up African Americans. [WaPo]

Eastern Kentucky University released a statement Friday verifying that numbers contained in an Oct. 3 Faculty Senate resolution denouncing changes to employees’ health insurance plans were correct. [Richmond Register]

When an 8-year old boy showed up at his school’s clinic in rural Haiti with a low-grade fever and abdominal pain, he was told he had typhoid and given medicine to treat it. [NPR]

Regina Sutton was a struggling single mother with three growing boys, a grueling job as a high school cook and no prospects for anything better in the future. [Ashland Independent]

President Barack Obama ripped Donald Trump here Friday as a man who’s embraced an attack on the “global elite” only after failing to be accepted as a member of the global elite himself, attacking the Republican nominee for running an anti-American campaign with paper-thin support that’s all about InfoWars.com conspiracy theories. [Politico]

This Kelley Paul thing will make your eyes roll back in your head. [The Morehead News]

The second week of October will likely be remembered as the moment when the 2016 presidential campaign went careening off the rails and spinning into the void. [BBC]

Look who crawled out of his D.C. dungeon to visit Kentucky. As he walked through student work areas at the Barren County Area Technology Center, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie inhaled deeply. [Glasgow Daily Times]

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a proponent of strong financial regulation, turned up the heat on the country’s top securities regulator on Friday, urging President Barack Obama to fire Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White. [Reuters]

The Woodford County Economic Development Authority took steps Friday toward bringing a natural gas line to the Midway industrial park so the county won’t lose a company expected to provide more than 200 jobs. [H-L]

After a week of repeated allegations that Donald Trump sexually assaulted women at various stages of his life, top Republican donors and even some rank-and-file lawmakers are urging the party to fully cordon itself off from its presidential nominee. [HuffPo]

Guthrie Stokes The Obama Fear Fire

Brett Guthrie filed for re-election to congress (KY-02) last week and there was little, if any, fanfare.

Since the holidays are upon us, I thought I’d give you readers the gift of poking through his fun (hypocritical) press release about how he’s keeping everything positive. 100% puppies and rainbows.

Check it out (bold emphasis ours):

(Bowling Green, KY) Congressman Brett Guthrie, who has represented Kentucky’s second congressional district since January 2009, has filed for reelection in 2016.

“In the last two elections, Kentuckians sent a clear message that they prefer conservative principles in Frankfort and Washington. It has been a great honor to implement those principles in Congress and I look forward to continuing the hard work,” said Guthrie. “We don’t own these seats; the people do. I intend to run an aggressive, positive campaign that carries a conservative message to all corners of the second district. Our conservative Republican values of creating economic opportunity and having a strong national security are critical to our nation’s future.”

After winning 69 percent of the vote in the 2014 election, Guthrie returned to Washington D.C. to fight Obama’s destructive agenda and to promote a positive, conservative agenda. Guthrie was the only member to pass legislation into law chipping away at Obamacare’s mandates (the PACE Act). The Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act protects small to mid-sized employers from Obamacare regulations, providing continuity in coverage and preventing increased costs.

In addition to fighting Obamacare, Guthrie also introduced and supported legislation on many other topics including funding our national security, fighting against Obama’s War on Coal, giving more local control on education, improving workforce development, and enhancing transportation, including designating the William H. Natcher Parkway as a future I-65 spur.

“I believe that with more Republican influence in Frankfort and a GOP congressional majority passing solid conservative reforms in Washington, Kentuckians will be pleased with where we can take our state in the years ahead. I look forward to talking with voters across the district who share a vision of leaving a better world behind for future generations. That’s why I ran for Congress in the first place, and that is what motivates me every single day,” added Guthrie.

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It’s all positive… puppies… rainbows… then… NOBAMA!!!1! Brett, of course, couldn’t come up with that stuff on his own, so the Scott Jennings crew penned the release. The more they can keep the 2nd district afraid of the black man in the White House, the better Brett’s chances.

You can tell he doesn’t have much to offer or his team would realize a new boogeyman is coming to town. Her name is Hillary Clinton. And the only thing scarier than a black man to the low information racists Guthrie tries to court? A woman who isn’t subservient and ignorant. Guessing it’s only a matter of time until they switch from racism to sexism. Should be tons of fun.

You folks excited for 2016? The Democrats don’t have anything to offer in Kentucky, so you can expect the fearsome Republican froth to be thick. Since scared white man rage is still at level 10 in the Commonwealth, anybody the Kentucky Democratic Party does trot out will likely be just a hair to the left of Kim Davis and Donald Trump.

Thursday Evening Dept Of Awful

Democrats are pulling out the long knives, questioning Bevin’s commitment to agriculture and pressing the theme that Bevin “can’t be trusted.” During a conference call Wednesday morning organized by the Kentucky Democratic Party, one Kentucky farmer even made note of Bevin’s New Hampshire upbringing. [H-L]

Veterans were exposed to toxic chemicals and they’re accusing the VA of dragging its feet. [HuffPo]

West Virginia coal operator Jim Justice, who invited Gov. Steve Beshear to play a round of golf with the great Tiger Woods at Justice’s Greenbrier resort early this month, was the biggest contributor to the Kentucky Democratic Party last month. [C-J/AKN]

Hillary Clinton trails three top Republican presidential candidates in matchups in three key swing states — Iowa, Colorado and Virginia — a new Quinnipiac poll finds. [The Hill]

Rowan County resident Serena Smith has supported Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and her decision not to issue marriage licenses since the day protests began in late June. [Ashland Independent]

Michigan’s Wayne County, home to Detroit, is in a financial emergency due to chronic budget deficits and a big unfunded healthcare liability, a state-appointed review team announced on Tuesday. [Reuters]

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, met Monday with constituents at a Glasgow restaurant. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Missouri cattle farmer Greg Fleshman became so concerned about keeping his local hospital open that in 2011 he joined its governing board. “I mean they’ve saved my dad’s life twice,” Fleshman says. “He had a heart attack and a stroke and they life-flighted him out of here both times.” Keeping the doors open at Putnam County Memorial Hospital in Unionville, Mo., seemed crucial to the community — but maybe an impossible task. [NPR]

Turns out Greg Fischer has another director-level hire with a drinking and driving in their city vehicle problem. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Though most states are slowing their emissions, the report shows eight states moving in the opposite direction, each seeing an increase in its emissions rate between 2008 and 2015. They include Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas, Nebraska, Utah, Idaho and Alaska. [Climate Central]

The Casey County Fiscal Court says homophobic County Clerk Casey Davis is wrong. May be behind a paywall but the headline and sub-head will tell you everything you need to know. [Casey County News]

Logically, Iraqi refugees shouldn’t exist, according to Sen. Rand Paul, because the United States already “won” the Iraq War. In an interview with Boston Herald Radio this week, Paul attempted to justify why he wanted to restrict the number of refugees the United States takes in, particularly from certain areas of the world like the Middle East. [ThinkProgress]

The Boyd County Fiscal Court unanimously voted Tuesday to seek closure of Big Run Landfill. [More Ashland Independent]

With a little over one week left before funding for the nation’s transportation infrastructure dries up, the Senate has reached a deal on a multiyear bill, parting ways with the House. However, the bill immediately hit some bumps. [HuffPo]

Please accept my apologies for the caching issue that made the site appear to have stopped publication on July 16. Everything should be getting back to normal. If not, clear your browser’s cache and you should be good to go. [Jake]

Yet Another Awful Gubernatorial Race

In a sparsely populated Appalachian county, the young couple is recounting how they met while a language researcher captures their story with a high-end audio recorder. [H-L]

It was September of their sophomore year at Tufts University in 2012 when John Kelly went to a party and saw someone who had sexually assaulted them only two weeks earlier. [HuffPo]

HOW many times has this welfare drug testing myth been debunked? Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin called for drug testing of those receiving public assistance at a forum Tuesday organized by the Council of Agency Executives. [C-J/AKN]

The acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration says he was shocked by how many people die every day from opiate overdoses. [NPR]

In spite of the continued rainfall, the U.S. Forest Service and partners are making progress in cleanup and repairs after record flood levels at Cave Run Lake. [Ashland Independent]

A Super PAC that supports Republican Chris Christie’s bid for the White House said on Tuesday it had raised $11 million since launching in February. [Reuters]

The Barren County Schools Board of Education approved Thursday the purchase of a property off Broadway Street that Superintendent Bo Matthews said “could solve multiple issues” regarding the district’s increasing population. [Glasgow Daily Times]

After fines totalling many billions of pounds from UK and US regulators, a new threat is about to hit the major banks found guilty of manipulating the foreign exchange market. [BBC]

U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie’s reelection campaign filed its second quarter report with the Federal Election Commission showing $1.61 million cash-on-hand. [Press Release]

Freshman Rep. Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.) says he’s the latest GOP lawmaker to face retaliation for bucking leadership last month and opposing a procedural vote on major trade legislation. [The Hill]

How to suck at everything: scream about the gays and persecution of Christians when caught with your tax pants down. Of course, Jack Conway would do the same thing. Much as he does when you bring up his Roger Clinton brother and his involvement in getting the cops off his back. [WAVE3]

Before this year, natural gas had never accounted for more electricity generation than coal in the U.S. That is no longer the case. [ThinkProgress]

Kentucky will start a statewide campaign July 20 to encourage parents to get their children vaccinated against human papillomavirus, a virus that can cause cervical and oral cancer. [Bluegrass Politics]

The Obama administration is making good on its promise to limit the detention of immigrant families by beginning to release women and children seeking asylum or other relief in the U.S. [HuffPo]