Surprise! Matt Bevin’s House Is Worth Way More Than He Repeatedly Claimed

The Floyd County school district approved the sales recently of three buildings appraised at more than $1 million for just over $61,000, despite receiving bids previously that totaled more than $113,000. [H-L]

An attorney for former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort told jurors during opening arguments in his tax and bank fraud trial on Tuesday that Manafort’s longtime aide Rick Gates ― now a witness for special counsel Robert Mueller ― is a liar who can’t be trusted. [HuffPo]

A property tax appeals board on Tuesday set the tax value of Gov. Matt Bevin’s Anchorage mansion and property at $2 million. The three-member board settled on a value between the $1.39 million that Bevin said the property is worth and the $2.9 million assessment released in April by the Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator. [C-J/AKN]

Democrats are pointing the finger at Russia over Facebook’s new disclosure of a political influence campaign ahead of the midterm elections. [The Hill]

Barren County’s unemployment rate rose from 4.1 percent in May to 4.8 percent in June, a study released by the state last week shows. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Get. Off. Facebook. Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it had identified a new coordinated political influence campaign to mislead its users and sow dissension among voters ahead of November’s U.S. congressional elections. [Reuters]

Eddie Blakeley, publisher of the Ashland Daily Independent since 2003, has resigned, effective Aug. 17, to become chief operating officer of Journal Inc. of Tupelo, Mississippi. [The Morehead News]

Since April, at least 69 people have been appointed or transferred to political jobs within the Trump administration with little or no fanfare. Here’s a look at some of them. [ProPublica]

A state law requiring Kentucky high school students to pass a civics test in order to graduate goes into effect this year. [Ashland Independent]

Spoiler alert: it’s a crime. In the days after the 2016 presidential election, Donald J. Trump’s advisers had an unequivocal message about contacts between Russians and members of the campaign team: There were none. [NY Times]

Rand Paul, who had publicly wavered as to whether he would support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, endorsed him Monday. [Richmond Register]

Tad Devine, the architect of Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign, who also worked closely with Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort as a political consultant in Ukraine, was the only witness to testify Tuesday after prosecution and defense attorneys made their opening statements. [WaPo]

Ashland Inc. on Tuesday announced that its headquarters are moving from Kentucky, where it has for nearly a century been a major corporate presence. [H-L]

More than 100 Americans die of opioid overdoses each day, but there’s one group for which the epidemic has been especially deadly: recently released inmates. [HuffPo]

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Matt. Bevin. Ruins. Literally. Everything.

An improvised explosive device made from a lighter went off and injured three people when a man at an estate sale picked it up, police said Friday. Additional components and explosive substances were found in a search of the house in the 700 block of Nakomi Drive where the estate sale was being held, said Lexington police Lt. Nathaniel Muller. [H-L]

Progressives are gaining influence within the Democratic Party and it’s starting to make some other Democrats anxious. [HuffPo]

For the second time in a week, officials with the administration of Matt Bevin have reversed themselves on a controversial change to the state’s Medicaid program. State Medicaid officials now say they will suspend patient copays of $1 to $50 abruptly enacted July 1. The copays caught health providers by surprise and caused alarm among patients who didn’t know about or understand the changes. [C-J/AKN]

U.S. Democrats’ support for abortion rights grew in the last two years, but for most it will be a low priority in the November mid-term election compared with issues such as healthcare and the economy, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll shows. [Reuters]

Kentucky’s school system is ranked 20th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in a national report by WalletHub, a credit and personal finance website. [Ronnie Ellis]

A Central Brooklyn hospital featured in ProPublica and NPR’s “Lost Mothers” series for its high hemorrhage rate will serve as a pilot for quality reforms. [ProPublica]

Boyd County Clerk Debbie Jones’ office has received an $18,000 grant from the Kentucky Department of Library and Archives. [Ashland Independent]

Idiot. Idiot. Idiot. Donald Trump has said he has “no problem doing a shutdown” to pry funding from Congress for his planned border wall. [BBC]

Fatal drug overdoses increased by 11.5 percent in 2017, fueled by a continuing rise in fentanyl abuse, according to a report by the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. [More Ronnie Ellis]

The Trump administration is considering bypassing Congress to grant a $100 billion tax cut mainly to the wealthy, a legally tenuous maneuver that would cut capital gains taxation and fulfill a long-held ambition of many investors and conservatives. [NY Times]

In order to comply with federal regulations, Kentucky will begin issuing a new state credential in the first few months of 2019, said Matt Henderson, commissioner of Kentucky’s Division of Vehicle Regulations, during the Glasgow Rotary Club meeting Thursday at the T.J. Health Pavilion Community Center. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Maria Butina, the Russian who reportedly infiltrated the National Rifle Association and became a popular figure in conservative circles in 2016, certainly earned her keep. The indictment issued last week states she worked closely with a Russian official, widely believed to be Russian Central Bank Deputy Gov. Alexander Torshin, to access and influence conservative organizations and politicians. [WaPo]

What was reported as an ATV crash Thursday in Perry County turned out to be violence, with an arrest made and two victims airlifted to hospitals with gunshot wounds. [H-L]

A former personnel chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is being investigated for sexual misconduct, including allegations that he hired women he met at bars and on dating websites in the hopes that they would become sexual partners for male employees. [HuffPo]

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Come On, KY Dems! Get Some Guts

Kentucky Democrats apparently want to remain worthless. They won’t even bring up their opponents’ histories of sexual harassment. [H-L]

Corruption beams on high. Contradicting both his own intelligence agencies and a verbatim statement made by Russian President Vladimir Putin last week, Trump claimed on Tuesday that Russia will “be pushing hard for the Democrats” in the upcoming election, and that “They definitely don’t want Trump.” [HuffPo]

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter, signaling he’s not going away without a fight, now says he made a mistake in resigning as chairman of the pizza empire he created. [C-J/AKN]

The FBI on Saturday released a redacted version of its previously classified foreign surveillance warrant application on Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page, which has been the subject of a heated partisan debate over the FBI’s tactics investigating members of the Trump campaign. [CNN]

Republican incumbent Andy Barr’s first television ad provides a hint about how he plans to run against his Democratic challenger, retired U.S. Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, in the 6th Congressional District. [Ronnie Ellis]

When it became clear that Donald Trump was seriously considering nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservative judge’s former law clerks swung into action as among his most energetic public cheerleaders. [Reuters]

Confidence in school safety is weak among parents of school-age children, according to a poll released this week. [Ashland Independent]

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday criticized the Trump administration’s decision to consider revoking security clearances for several ex-government officials who have been vocal about their opposition to Donald Trump, adding that it’s “the kind of thing that happens in Venezuela.” [Politico]

Once Democrat Andy Beshear announced he’ll run for governor in 2019, it didn’t take long for the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) to begin efforts to recruit a Democrat to run for Kentucky Attorney General. If it’s Overly? Her ties to Longmeyer will be a big deal. Same for Moore. [More Ronnie Ellis]

Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election. [NY Times]

Clint Graham, assistant principal at Green County High School, was named as the new principal of Metcalfe County High School during a press conference Tuesday at the Metcalfe County Schools Board of Education. [Glasgow Daily Times]

“I have had little or no sleep, owing to the tooth ache or rather stump ache,” Elizabeth Drinker wrote in her diary one night in 1796. “One of my Eye teeth very sore, my face much swelled and painful.” [WaPo]

In his first television ad of the general election, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr decided to make a list. [H-L]

Impeach the motherfucker already. Donald Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of former intelligence officials who have criticized him and have been the targets of some of his relentless attacks. [HuffPo]

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What Does Russia Have On Rand Paul?

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Matt Bevin’s administration reinstated vision and dental coverage, as well as non-emergency transportation services, Thursday to nearly 400,000 Medicaid recipients. [H-L]

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump discussed a possible referendum in separatist-leaning eastern Ukraine during their Helsinki summit earlier this week, Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. said Friday. The move may be seen as an effort to sidestep European peace efforts for Ukraine and increase pressure on the Ukrainian government in its protracted conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass region. [HuffPo]

Not surprising that an avowed right-wing kid from outta town would ignore the decades of scandal surrounding JBS Swift when reporting a story like this. [C-J/AKN]

Rand Paul twice retweeted an Islamophobic conspiracy theorist who has propagated conspiracy theories like Pizzagate. [Roll Call]

Every year, the Richmond Teen Center holds a Back to School Bash for the residents of Madison County, not only to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year, but also to donate school supplies to those in the community who need it. [Richmond Register]

In a stunning move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has withdrawn one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees just minutes before he was set for a confirmation vote. [TPM]

Three highly-placed community college officials, including one with ties to Ashland Community and Technical College, are on the short list for consideration as ACTC’s new president, according to the college’s governing body. [Ashland Independent]

What did everyone think was going to happen? There’s nothing we learned from Donald Trump’s meeting in Helsinki on Monday with Vladimir Putin that we didn’t already know. [The Nation]

Addiction doesn’t make any sense and purely punitive approaches to ending addiction will not work, Dr. John Sanders, the medical director for hospice and palliative medicine at St. Claire HealthCare in Morehead, told a group of Morgan County health care professionals on July 18. [The Morehead News]

Rand Paul is complicit in this – he’s a criminal. Rand Paul on Thursday blocked a resolution from Sen. Bernie Sanders that backed the intelligence community’s assessment of Russian election interference and demanded Donald Trump speak with special counsel Robert Mueller. [The Hill]

Circuit Judge John T. Alexander has issued an order detailing the costs incurred for an election recount in the Republican primary for the Barren County judge-executive’s race. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The willingness of the White House to contemplate handing over a former U.S. ambassador for interrogation by the Kremlin drew ire and astonishment from current and former U.S. officials. Such a proposition is unheard of. So is the notion that the president may think he has the legal authority to turn anyone over to a foreign power on his own. [WaPo]

It’s chump change compared to what buffoon Andy Barr has on-hand. The former fighter pilot’s haul between May 3rd and June 30th is large. [H-L]

The Department of Justice unveiled a new report detailing a campaign of aggressive, persistent efforts to undermine American democracy on Thursday and said it would institute new policies to inform the public about a scourge of cyberattacks by foreign governments. [HuffPo]

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KDP Is Also MIA On Mitch McConnell

The Kentucky Democratic Party should have been all over this but couldn’t be bothered. On the day after Donald Trump deepened doubts about this country’s commitment to its European allies and western-style democracy, what did Majority Leader Mitch McConnell do? He stood on the Senate floor to praise a decision that will make it easier for foreign interests to illegally funnel money into U.S. politics and elections. [H-L]

Did she? Hopefully. Did Queen Elizabeth, the 92-year-old monarch of the United Kingdom, throw some subtle shade at Donald Trump during his recent U.K. visit? [HuffPo]

Speaking to college students five years ago in Florida, Louisville pizza magnate John Schnatter bragged he’d scored a nearly perfect 790 on his SAT in math but a dismal 200 on the verbal exam. Though, maybe using racist homophobes in a story to defend Schnatter’s remarks isn’t a great idea. [C-J/AKN]

More than half of Americans disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling relations with Russia, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after his controversial summit and joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. [Reuters]

An ordinance that would raise the salary range of city employees by 2 percent had a first reading Tuesday during the Berea City Council. [Richmond Register]

Without any public scrutiny, insurers and data brokers are predicting your health costs based on data about things like race, marital status, how much TV you watch, whether you pay your bills on time or even buy plus-size clothing. [ProPublica]

Greenup County is one step closer to requiring Hepatitis A vaccinations for all food service workers in the county. [Ashland Independent]

Why has the NRA been cozying up to Russia? The Right to Bear Arms in Moscow enjoys a close relationship with America’s leading gun-rights group. [ThinkProgress]

John Maxey led his first Rowan County Board of Education meeting July 17 as new superintendent. On the agenda was an update on Senate Bill 1, approving the dual credit agreement with MCTC and approving the annual financial report. [The Morehead News]

Violence in Central America has brought thousands of L.G.B.T. migrants to the United States border to seek asylum in recent years, hoping to find protection from persecution over their gender identity and sexuality. [NY Times]

Economic fallout from failing pension systems? Surely not. No one could have predicted that. [WFPL]

When the 8-year-old stepped off a plane here earlier this month with freshly cut bangs and a shelter-issued sweatsuit, she was met by crowds and television cameras and finally, in a carpeted airport conference room, by the mother who had been taken from her two months earlier at the border. [WaPo]

A Boyd County Circuit Court judge recommended a grand jury investigation Friday after the Boyd County Detention Center failed to notify local or state law enforcement after mistakenly releasing an inmate last week who displayed “extreme indifference to the value of human life,” according to the inmate’s indictment. [H-L]

Anti-American idiocy is at the highest level in decades. Donald Trump on Tuesday once again threw cold water on NATO, an intergovernmental military alliance between the U.S. and 28 other countries. [HuffPo]

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Another Bevin Administration Scandal

Lexington has been chosen as one of 10 places nationwide where federal authorities will take part in a special enforcement program aimed at curbing distribution of synthetic opioids, powerful painkilling drugs that have helped drive up overdose deaths in Kentucky. [H-L]

You don’t have to believe there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to see this clearly: When Vladimir Putin and his top military intelligence officers facilitated the hacking of the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, they engaged in an act of war against the United States. [HuffPo]

The state’s former top social services official says a colleague sexually harassed her and she was discriminated against at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, allegations the cabinet says are unsubstantiated. Adria Johnson, who resigned June 4, made the allegations in her resignation letter and a subsequent June 11 letter from her lawyer, Thomas Clay, according to copies of the documents the Courier Journal obtained through an open records request. [C-J/AKN]

Shortly before Donald Trump detonated a NATO summit, shanked the beleaguered British prime minister and prepped for a face-to-face love session with Vladimir Putin, his White House quietly divested itself of a senior official hawkish on Russia and bullish on the transatlantic military alliance. [TDB]

For 10 years, Liberty Place has been a beacon in the night for many women who have faced drug or alcohol addiction. [Richmond Register]

Long-struggling U.S. gambling industries hope to cash in on newly legal sports betting, but the growing wave of electronic and mobile gaming choices is considered more likely to change the face of those businesses rather than revive them. [Reuters]

A proposed doubling of the payroll tax in Raceland has staffers in the Raceland-Worthington School District up in arms, but city officials say there is no other way to get money it needs to pay bills. Teachers, administrators and support workers in the school district dispute the fairness of the tax because many don’t live in the city and they believe Raceland is using them as a cash cow. [Ashland Independent]

Donald Trump pardoned two Oregon ranchers Tuesday, firing a new salvo in a complicated culture war previously marked by air-mailed sex toys, nuanced disputes over the management of public lands, and a police shootout that killed a would-be leader of a modern crackpot revolution. [ThinkProgress]

Morehead State University President Jay Morgan reported to the institution’s Board of Regents last month that he had to cut nearly $11 million in personnel costs to balance the budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. [The Morehead News]

When President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia sits down with Donald Trump in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday for a meeting he has long wanted, he will already have accomplished virtually everything he could reasonably hope for. [NY Times]

Jimmy Tosh sells a lot of pigs. He is owner and CEO of Tosh Farms, Tosh Pork, and Bacon By Gosh, in Henry County, Tennessee, and has 84 contracted barns in the region where farmers grow pigs for his products. [WFPL]

Scott Pruitt was known inside the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters for sipping $10 organic juice infused with kale, sporting Ferragamo shoes with his Hickey Freeman suits, and making biblical references in texts and conversations with aides. [WaPo]

A judge has barred the removal of signs that KentuckyOne Health paid to have at Rupp Arena as the University of Kentucky’s marketing partner tries to kick the hospital company out. [H-L]

Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin were welcomed to Helsinki, Finland, with a potent message about the importance of press freedom ahead of their bilateral summit. [HuffPo]

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The AOC Is Beginning To Melt Down

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While the report often mentioned Brown as an example of the lack of oversight at the agency, it also confirmed at least one thing he alleged in his whistleblower lawsuit — that a supreme court justice leased his office space from a company owned by his sons. The request to re-lease the space revealed that the rent was three times higher than the next bid and would require extra work to make it accessible to people with disabilities. While the audit did not mention the justice’s name, it has previously been revealed to be Justice Samuel Wright. [H-L]

A grand jury convened by special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials in connection with the hack of a DNC server during the 2016 election. [HuffPo]

Eight years later — after about 200 University of Louisville men’s basketball games, 200 or so concerts, financial struggles and grave concerns about a potential bond default — the arena finances are still being discussed. In large part, that’s because taxpayers still have decades and hundreds of millions of dollars to go to pay it off. [C-J/AKN]

John Schnatter—the founder, chairman and public face of pizza chain Papa John’s—used the N-word on a conference call in May. Schnatter confirmed the incident in an emailed statement to Forbes on Wednesday. [Forbes]

Mike Pence turns nostalgic when he talks about growing up in small-town Columbus, Indiana, where his father helped build a Midwestern empire of more than 200 gas stations that provided an upbringing on the “front row of the American dream.” [Richmond Register]

There were no immediate specifics on what Trump said he had achieved, and French President Emmanuel Macron quickly disputed Trump’s claim that NATO allies had agreed to boost defense spending beyond their existing goal of 2 percent of gross domestic product by 2024. [TPM]

Another inmate was erroneously released from the Boyd County Detention Center this week — this time due to an apparent miscalculation of credit for time served. [Ashland Independent]

Hours after Donald Trump departed NATO headquarters Thursday, U.S. military leaders embarked on a full-scale “damage control” operation with calls to their counterparts across Europe to reassure them that America will abide by its defense commitments in the region. [NBC News]

The next 2018 election candidate filing deadline – for all Cave City and Park City government seats, open school board seats and the county conservation district board seat – is 4 p.m. Aug. 14. [Glasgow Daily Times]

There’s an ongoing channel between Robert Mueller and the British investigation into Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. [The Guardian]

Louisville’s Coalition for the Homeless will receive a $3.45 million grant to help combat youth homelessness. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the award Friday. [WFPL]

Shame on the Kentucky Democratic Party for being dead in the water on this. They should be dragging this guy up one side and down the other. Here’s Rand Paul excusing and supporting literal treason. [Politico]

Candidates for Lexington mayor spent more than $825,000 in the seven-way May primary, campaign finance reports show. [H-L]

In the morning of July 27, 2016, Donald Trump encouraged Russian hackers to find emails that had been deleted from Hillary Clinton’s private server that she used while serving as secretary of state. Russia appeared to be listening and heeded Trump’s call, according to a bombshell revelation on Friday. [HuffPo]

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