Big Mean Internets Gambling Update

The Justice Cabinet just released a statement indicating that illegal gambling sites are beginning to comply with an earlier ruling

Apparently several of these sites have begun blocking access to Kentucky users. But don’t forget that it’s impossible to always know for certain if someone is within the Commonwealth of Kentucky. You can close accounts of Kentuckians but that’s about it.

Here’s part of the release:

In advance of the forfeiture hearing, operators of these sites have already begun blocking Kentucky users. For example, Goldencasino.com notified Kentucky account holders on Tuesday that the site will “no longer accept play from residents of Kentucky,” and that users’ accounts were being closed.

Registrars in the United States and foreign countries have complied with the court’s order and transferred the domain names to an account held by the Commonwealth.

Steve Henry Campaign Finance Corruption Update

Mark Hebert just reported that the Henry investigation is on hold.

WHAS has learned of new developments in the criminal investigation of former Lieutenant Governor Steve Henry.

The 16 month investigation has stalled because the part-time prosecutor says he doesn’t have the time or staff to review the findings.

Meanwhile, Henry continues to insist he has done nothing wrong.

WHAS11 reporter Mark Hebert broke the story of possible campaign donation irregularities involving Henry last year and he has been following the state police investigation.

Kentucky State Police tell WHAS11 News they’ve wrapped up their lengthy criminal investigation of Henry. The problem now is finding a prosecutor with the time to read the case and decide if Henry committed a crime.

Click here to read the rest.

Mark Hebert didn’t break anything last year. Mark Nickolas did when I gave him the information he needed to write his stories (after Democratic law enforcement officials IGNORED our complaints for several weeks). Then Ryan Alessi “broke” the major stories. Hebert did follow-up interviews with Henry and Leslie Holland.

Henry had this to say:

As for Henry, he says he repeatedly checked with state and federal campaign finance regulators to make sure he wasn’t doing anything wrong. He believes the criminal investigation was politically motivated.

Which is absolute BUNK. Absolutely not true. I produced evidence that proves otherwise and you’ll eventually see it all when this investigation comes to a close. So did many, many others. Further, I know first-hand that KSP investigators worked diligently on the case and left no stone unturned. They deserve a medal or something similar for the amount of work they did.

We call on Attorney General Jack Conway to move this case forward. The Commonwealth of Kentucky has been waiting for nearly two years for this investigation to come to an end. We deserve to know the findings of the investigation. We deserve to know the truth about what happened.

P.S. The investigation goes way deeper than just Steve Henry’s old U.S. Senate account. That just scratches the surface.

Candidate Shoots, Misses, Gets Arrested

John Albers, a Republican candidate for State Senate in District 35, was arrested last night on charges of wanton endangerment (a felony), menacing and fourth degree assault. (This is where you yell, “OH SNAP!”)

Albers, 35, lives in Old Louisville at 1036 S. Sixth St. He is on the ballot to face incumbent Denise Harper Angel (D-35) and independent Scott Ritcher, who just filed for the seat Monday.

It’s hilarious. According to an arrest warrant, on Aug. 6 Albers approached a man named Ricky Lester at 6th and St. Catherine and yelled at him, accusing him of stealing something belonging to Albers. From the report: “Deft (Albers) then grabbed aft (Lester) by the front of his shirt and told aft that he wanted his stuff back or he would kill aft.”

After Lester ran off, Albers chased him in a van, pulled out a handgun and shot at the fleeing Lester.

Two days earlier, Albers reportedly approached Lester wanting to know where his “breaker” was. He then punched him in the eye, pulled and cocked a gun and was “telling aft that he was getting ready to kill aft.”

Local Republican Party Chairman Brad Cummings said Albers wasn’t getting any support from the party, as he’d attempted to reach him and was unable to get through.

Folks, we are not making this stuff up.

Wasted Money at Western Kentucky University

Man, the high-dollar swindling of higher education is rampant!

A probe at Western Kentucky University has revealed that former professor Katrina Phelps could have swindled $33,000 from federal grants totaling more than $4.8 million. Though, that $33K amount could change as the investigation moves along.

The FBI would neither confirm nor deny any investigations involving Phelps, said James Hendricks, senior supervisory agent at the FBI in Bowling Green.

In July 2007, a former WKU student reported concerns regarding possible fraud in two federally funded community outreach programs, according to WKU documents. The programs provided structured activities for at-risk youth during out-of-school hours.
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The U.S. Department of Justice removed Phelps as the ALIVE Center’s contact on grants on Oct. 25 and Phelps was removed from all ALIVE Center duties Nov. 2. She subsequently turned in her resignation Nov. 8 and formally left WKU in December.
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WKU declined open records requests for additional information involving its internal investigation of allegations against Phelps or for copies of the audits done by the university, saying that those records have been part of a subpoena by the FBI.

“The university declines to release any related records because the records are being and have been compiled in the process of detecting and investigating statutory violations, and the disclosure of the information would harm the agency by revealing, prematurely, information to be used in a prospective law enforcement action,” Wilkins wrote.

Anyone else experiencing a bit of deja vu?

When will higher education in Kentucky end this era of corruption?

Oh Snap Monday! Fancy Farm Is Recent History

Some dude tried to give Mitch McConnell a banana and a State Trooper wrestled him to the ground. [Ronnie Ellis]

Fancy Farm was boring and the speeches sucked. Young Republicans are brainwashed into believing something McConnell made up. Young Democrats were unimpressive– like the person in the Dalmatian costume (wearing a McConnell mask) who pretended to fellate a “Texas Oil Man.” Totally unclassy. [H-L]

Even Larry Dale Keeling made everything sound kind of boring.  Because it obviously was.  Maybe next year when nothing is going on it’ll be more exciting? [KY Kurmudgeon]

Dirty blogger Ben Ray got into a story about Fancy Farm in the State Journal and DIDN’T EVEN MENTION HIS WEBSITE! What! Why on earth would you talk about something serious when you have a website to promote? [State Journal]

Goodness! How many stories are going to be written about Wes and his Trey Grayson t-shirt? Is this all somebody has to do to get free press? [Daily Independent]

Jack Brammer has a decent round-up of the best parts of Fancy Farm. [H-L]

Jefferson Poole has some great photos from the event. Mostly of Republicans. [BGRS]

Mark Hebert’s details of this year’s picnic are pretty interesting. McConnell didn’t impress, Steve Beshear gave a fancy speech, McConnell campaign video guy outsmarted, old dude with a banana, most boring Fancy Farm ever. [Hebert]

Read the juicy non-Fancy Farm updates after the jump…

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NKY Dem Party Chair’s Home Raided After Alleged Child Sex Chat About Spanking Little Girls

Haha, yeah, so, jacked up and weird story… so much for that slow news day.

Campbell County Democratic Party Chair Ken Mullikin’s home was raided by Fort Thomas police after someone at his home allegedly took part in a kiddie sex chat on the internets.

We can’t even comment. Wow. Just check this Enquirer story out:

Fort Thomas police launched an investigation after being contacted by the FBI. Federal agents claim someone using an IP address – a unique signature for an individual computer – from Mullikin’s home was chatting online about sexually molesting girls, according to an affidavit used to obtain the search warrant.

Someone from that IP address logged onto a chat room under the sign-on name “MomJane” and asked an FBI agent posing as a child molester if they had “ever spanked a very young one,” according to the affidavit. The agent is based in Maryland and monitors chat rooms in which people advertise access to child pornography.

The person using the screen name “MomJane” claimed to be a woman and chatted about how she and her husband had each abused a 4-year-old girl, according to the affidavit. Some of the chat described graphic sex acts with girls ages 3 to 4.

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Campbell County Democratic Party officials were stunned at the news.

“This is a shock to all of us,” said labor leader Jim Cole of Campbell County, who had operated a political consulting business with Mullikin.

He said reporters covering the case knew more details than the party did on Tuesday afternoon.

“It is important to point out there are no charges,” Cole added. “But we’re dumbfounded over what happened.”