Crit Luallen Refers Elliott County Clerk to OAG

Yesterday State Auditor Crit Luallen’s office released the 2007 audit of Elliott County Clerk Reeda Ison. As a result of the audit, Luallen has referred the case to the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General because of a deficit of more than $5,800. And due to ongoing deficits, Luallen’s office has referred each of Ison’s annual audits to law enforcement agencies since 2004.

In June 2008 an Elliott County grand jury indicted Ison on 19 charges, including 15 counts of abuse of public trust and four counts of theft my failure to make required disposition of funds.

The 2007 audit revealed a $5,811 deficit. In 2002 it was $9,642. In 2001 it was $8,476. The unresolved cumulative total over seven years? More than $54,000.

“Our annual audits of the Elliott County Clerk continue to find deficits in the office due to improper controls and questionable financial management,” Luallen said. “The citizens of Elliott deserve stronger accountability of their tax dollars and stronger oversight of that office. We appreciate the continuing cooperation of the Attorney General’s Office in pursuing this matter.”

The current deficit is a result of Ison’s salary exceeding statutory maximums by $188, December 2005 Ambulance District Delinquent Taxes totaling $1,369 and expenditures that have gone undocumented and posted as delinquent taxes totaling $4,254.

On top of it all, the clerk owes $4,906 in federal withholdings and $2,138 in state retirement withholdings from her 2007 account. These matters have been referred to the IRS and Kentucky Retirement Systems.

You’ve gotta give the entire audit (Warning: PDF Link) a read. Our favorite part? When Ison offers no official response at all, to any claim.

We love us some eastern Kentucky waste, fraud and abuse.

On a related note: Ison has officially resigned from office. Her reasoning? “[B]ad health and other complications.” Mmm hmm.  Other complications.  We bet.

Big News: Guilty Pleas in Covington Hate Case

Jack Conway and the Office of the Attorney General just announced the conviction, by guilty plea, of the three defendants in connection with their joint roles in election finance crimes in Covington last year.

Steven Megerle pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate campaign finance restrictions and one count of conspiracy to fail to identify campaign contributors and advertisers. He was sentenced to 12 months in jail, conditionally discharged for one year, and a $500 fine. Prosecutors are demanding that Megerle have no involvement in the financial affairs of any political campaign and to be barred from seeking public office during this period.

Jerry Bamberger pled guilty to the same two offenses and was sentenced to 12 months in jail, conditionally discharged for two years. He will also be barred from involvement in the financial affairs of any political campaign and from seeking further public office.

Craig Johnson pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate campaign finance restrictions.


Guess it goes to show you cannot discriminate against someone while at the same time violating campaign finance laws. Score one for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Page One & The ‘Ville Voice on TeeVee!

Problems with Louisville Metro Corrections, the Karen Sypher and Rick Pitino craziness, Jerry Abramson’s corrupt administration screwing local businesses, JCPS Supe Sheldon Berman’s big time conflicts and Governor Steve Beshear/Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo’s worst nightmare comes true as President Barack Obama seeks to end disastrous mountaintop removal practices.

Check us out this week. You know it’s good when both Rick and Dan are uncomfortable.

Regular Monday Afternoon Time Wasters

A big money Republican donor with an atrocious history regarding worker safety, environmental standards and insider trading. He’s just the person Daniel Mongiardo loves to be in cahoots with. And he’s the kind of person he loves taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from. [Barefoot & Progressive]

More on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that limits auto searches when a suspect is in custody. All law enforcement agencies with a traffic arm in the Commonwealth of Kentucky need to pay attention and communicate with their officers. [Law Reader]

Joe Gerth finally wrote about Jim Bunning’s alleged poll that he hasn’t paid for. [Joe Gerth]

Somebody is going to pay $25 for John David Dyche’s book about Mitch McConnell? Really? We considered reviewing the “librul media is mean” diatribe until we found out what he’s trying to charge. Who wants to place bets on how quickly this will end up in the bargain bin? [Jack Brammer]

Another day, another negative story about Jim Bunning in a national paper. [Washington Post]

Daily Kos ranks the Kentucky 2010 U.S. Senate race as #1. And it rightfully appears that Jack Conway is now the favorite of the netroots, thanks to Daniel Mongiardo’s strong ties to king coal corruption, mountaintop removal and his homophobic legislative actions since 2004. [Arjun @ Daily Kos]

Don’t you love that the GOP stripped flu pandemic preparedness from the stimulus plan? [HuffPo]

Don’t forget: We urge you to contact your member of Congress at (866) 346-4611 to urge their support for the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HR 1913). The Act would expand the coverage of existing hate crime laws to include not only victims of crime based on race, color, religion and national origin, but also bias-motivated crimes based on the victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability. The House is set to consider the legislation on Wednesday. [Reminder]

Hot Rumors About 2 OAG Investigations

We hear through the grapevine that the Office of the Attorney General may be preliminarily investigating Betty Sue Whitaker and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet after her faked mine reports.


The potential merit hiring violations involving Bill Trude and Jesse Rowe in Steve Beshear’s Transportation Cabinet, which we questioned.

Ruh ro.

Stay tuned.

Thursday Afternoon Dept of Jim Bunning’s Done

Should I keep going on with evidence that the teabagging parties were wholly Republican and designed to strengthen the GOP? [David Adams]

Those teabaggers sure do love Barack Obama. [Teabagging Shindig & This]

Check out this giant mess of ridiculous teabagger photographs. Really, what was that about non-partisanship? And where were these people when their beloved George W. Bush was squandering trillions of dollars? [Huffington Post]

Actual unemployment is about 15.6%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. [MSN Money]

Pig poop flushers forced to shut down. We drive by this mess all the time. Thank goodness it’s shutting down. Now all we need to do is move the disgusting pig slaughtering factory out of downtown Louisville and into the burbs. [AP]

Teabagging with Frank Simon. Really. [Barefoot & Progressive]

To Catch a Predator stuff right here in our own back yard? These child-loving sex perverts need to just get their junk cut off and chemically castrate themselves. Jeez. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Louisville was identified as part of the Chicago Hub Network as a potential city on the route to developing high-speed rail in the United States. The Obama Administration today announced $8 billion and $1 billion per year for five years that could fund development of a world-class rail system here in the U.S. [Press Release]

Everyone has taken notice of Jim Bunning’s miserable campaign finance failures. We still think he’s toast, though, despite having as much cash on-hand as Daniel Mongiardo. Bunning’s surely gonna hang up his hat any day now so Trey Grayson can jump into the race, right? [Talking Points Memo, Political Wire, Roll Call, Washington Monthly, The Hill, The Fix, Politico & Miami Herald]

Hoo, boy. Make sure you read all of these letters to the editor today. Everything from global warming deniers (yes, still) to Harold Trainer not paying attention to what Jack Conway has already said about Iraq and Afghanistan. Very interesting reading. [C-J]

Monday Afternoon Press Conference Time Wasters

We’re at the Conway presser this afternoon recording the entire thing. Dirty Joe Sonka spent the afternoon at our super-secret hidey hole and is joining us at the event. So while we work on that (probably shaky) video, here are some time wasting stories for you to enjoy.

Oh, and congrats to Rep. Mary Lou Marzian for finally becoming an old grandmother! Maya Marzian Derricks was born at 7:30 on Saturday evening. Mary Lou would be– hands-down– the best meemaw ever. Can’t wait to see her out and about with the baby.

As Joe pointed out earlier today, there are some fancy new numbers for people like Kim Geveden to cry over. All people hate San Francisco, New York City, France, and Old Yerp, right? RIGHT? [Research 2000 Poll]

The election fraud mess in Clay County has stirred all kinds of public disgust. [H-L]

In support and memory of our nation’s prisoners of war and those missing in action, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is flying POW/MIA flags at rest areas and welcome centers in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Flags will be raised at 24 rest areas and welcome centers at 10:15 A.M. EDT and 9:00 A.M. CDT throughout Kentucky on April 15th. Press conferences will be held in Simpson Co (I-65 NB), Scott Co (I-75 SB), Shelby Co (I-64 EB), McCracken Co (I-24 EB) and Whitley Co (I-75 NB). [Press Release]

Did you know Greg Stumbo has no pull in eastern Kentucky? That’s why he was able to, oh, I dunno, force a guy out of office so he could take his seat. But he has no pull in eastern Kentucky. At all. End of story. HAHAHA. [Barefoot & Progressive]

Noted historian and author John David Smith, the Charles H. Stone Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of North Carolina—Charlotte, will present “Historical Memory and the Meaning of Slavery Today” at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, at the Louisville Free Public Library, located on York Street. His presentation is sponsored by the Kentucky Historical Society and the University of Louisville. [Press Release]

Do you know where 42-year-old Gerald Jones of Berea may be? He’s wanted on a 14-count indictment with charges that include child pornography, drugs and weapons. An arrest warrant has been issued. Jones was last seen in a white, mid-sized pickup truck. If you have information? Contact the Office of the Attorney General Department of Criminal Investigations at (866) 524-3672. [KY OAG]

Here’s a photo of Jones:

Corbin city government spent almost $20,000 on tickets to a Montgomery Gentry show during a new expo center’s opening night. $20,000! Really. [H-L]“Mongiardo the Quiet Homophobe.” Heh. [LEO’s Fat Lip]