Jeff Hoover Doesn’t Have The Guts To Stand Up To Matt Bevin In A Way That Matters. Mark My Words: He Won’t.

I TOLD MATT BEVIN THERE WERE WORKERS COMP ISSUES AND HE IGNORED IT! A Frankfort man paid thousands of dollars in bribes to former state Personnel Secretary Tim Longmeyer in order to get and keep a state contract, a federal grand jury charged Wednesday. James Sullivan, 64, was indicted on one count of conspiring to bribe Longmeyer and three counts of paying bribes, according to a news release from acting U.S. Attorney Carltson S. Shier IV. [H-L]

More proof that Kentucky Republicans aren’t just stupid – they’re dangerous. They’re set to wreck the Commonwealth’s economy. And they’ll do it because Democrats don’t have the guts to fight. [H-L]

Donald Trump avoided tax reform specifics but he doesn’t have specifics. He can barely spell taxation, let alone give anyone the particulars of a non-existent plan. [HuffPo]

As Civil War statues disappear across the nation, black leaders and legislators called on Matt Bevin to remove a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis instead of flip-flopping on the issue. [C-J/AKN]

A senior State Department lawyer, Todd Buchwald, is stepping down in the coming weeks, joining scores of career civil and foreign service officers fleeing an administration that critics say has diminished the standing of U.S. diplomacy, according to friends and colleagues. [Foreign Policy]

Maybe Jeff Hoover should do something about it instead of cowering like a snowflake? Jeff Hoover told reporters Tuesday he was disappointed with Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s recent comments about teachers. [WKYT]

Defense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday sought to downplay Donald Trump’s earlier assertion that seemed to rule out a diplomatic solution to North Korea’s ongoing missile tests. [The Hill]

The Republican Party of Kentucky has blood on its hands for fighting so long against efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. [Richmond Register]

The Trump administration has blocked a rule requiring U.S. employers to report detailed pay data broken down by gender and race, echoing business groups by saying it would not have the intended effect of addressing wage gaps. [Reuters]

The city of Ashland is delaying a planned ordinance to target drug houses as it seeks more community input on combating the narcotics problem within the community. [Ashland Independent]

Before high winds and heavy rain began to lash this city overnight, Roy Joe Cox tucked into the spot under the freeway that he calls home and assessed his hurricane supplies. Four hot dogs. A bag of shrimp. A couple of cupcakes. His American Tourister rolling suitcase, fitted with a spare pair of jeans and not much else. [NY Times]

The Metcalfe Fiscal Court voted during its Aug. 22 meeting to take the compensating tax rate in setting the county 2017 property tax rates and the 2018 motor vehicle and watercraft tax rates. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A landmark drug study has opened up a potent way to lower the risk of heart attacks — beyond the now standard advice of reducing cholesterol — promising new avenues of treatment of Americans’ number one killer. [WaPo]

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has asked the Lexington Cemetery’s board to “help heal the soul of our city” by taking two controversial Confederate statues that have stood in downtown Lexington for more than 100 years. [H-L]

This guy is a perfect example of why churches should not be tax-exempt. Nothing more needs to be said. [HuffPo]

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Kentucky Republicans Are Bad For You

Now’s the time – start dragging these idiot Republicans in Frankfort from office. Don’t wait until 2018. Figure out a way now. And never let them live it down. [H-L]

Suspicious ties between Donald Trump and the Russian government just keep appearing. In 2015, a Russian-born real estate broker working for the Trump Organization, Felix Sater, reportedly wrote a series of emails to Michael Cohen, Trump’s lawyer, attempting to broker a deal for a Trump Tower in Moscow. [HuffPo]

The new managers of University of Louisville Hospital are considering the politically charged question of whether to grant two local clinics an agreement the state says they need to provide abortions. [C-J/AKN]

This is some of the dumbest shit yet. These New Nazis need to be dragged from office. [The Hill]

OH GOD WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE. The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is reporting four human cases of West Nile virus infection in Kentucky residents. [Richmond Register]

Damages from Hurricane Harvey’s ravaging of Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast are estimated to be well below those from the major storms that hit New Orleans and New York in recent years, insurance executives have said. [Reuters]

Welcome to the Boyd County Detention Center. Population: zero. A week after maximum security inmates led an uprising and set hallway doors ablaze, the jail is still closed and the only sounds coming out of it are generated by repair crews. [Ashland Independent]

A pair of advocacy groups said Monday they are going to court to overturn the Trump administration’s ban on transgender troops serving in the military, in the latest legal assault on the controversial directive. [Politico]

For Sharon Sandifer-Bethea, the seemingly never ending waiting game for the ruling on her expungement has finally come to an end. [The Morehead News]

Mr. Sater presented himself as so influential in Russia that he helped arrange a 2006 trip that Mr. Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, took to Moscow. “I arranged for Ivanka to sit in Putins private chair at his desk and office in the Kremlin,” he said. [NY Times]

Ordinances regarding property tax rates for the 2017 year were recently approved by the Hart County Fiscal Court. [Glasgow Daily Times]

William “Brock” Long, newly installed as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said in an interview a few weeks ago that there was one thing that worried him most when it comes to natural disasters: “You know what’s keeping me up at night? This country has not been hit by a major hurricane since 2005.” [WaPo]

A Somerset woman who was found dead on Thursday in a church was murdered, perhaps late Tuesday or early Wednesday, according to Pulaski County coroner Clyde Strunk. [H-L]

Mexico told Donald Trump again in no uncertain terms that it will not be paying for his proposed border wall, no matter what he says — or tweets — on the matter. The country said, however, that it stands in “full solidarity” with the U.S. as Tropical Storm Harvey batters Texas ― and offered “all the help that can be provided” as “good neighbors should.” [HuffPo]

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Bevin’s About To Bungle Pension Mess

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A former administrative law judge was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for taking $600,000 in bribes during the largest fraud in the history of the Social Security program. [H-L]

In an awkward interview, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested that the president of the United States doesn’t necessarily speak for the nation in expressing American values. [HuffPo]

Remember when digital storage went missing in the Robert Felner era? Looks like it’s continued for a decade. The state attorney general’s criminal investigations department is looking into the erasure of a computer used by ousted University of Louisville President James Ramsey, the university has told the Courier-Journal. [C-J/AKN]

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has joined the ranks of Republicans criticizing Trump for pardoning former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, saying Sunday that the president created a “political wedge” with his action. [WaPo]

These are things you should pay attention to. Several roads in the City of Richmond are set to be paved this year using funds out of the city’s Municipal Aid Road Fund. The Richmond City Commission on Tuesday voted to award the paving work to the Allen Company, which submitted a bid for just under $525,000. [Richmond Register]

Months before Trump issued his Friday-night pardon of Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff, the president asked his attorney general and White House counsel whether the case could be dropped altogether, according to four administration officials familiar with the discussion. [NY Times]

Morehead State University’s new president, Dr. Joseph “Jay” Morgan, said enrollment for the public institution looks solid for the Fall. [Ashland Independent]

The Trump administration plans to sharply reduce the government’s estimate of how much each ton of carbon emissions harms the planet. It hasn’t done so yet, and that delay is slowing Trump’s effort to expand coal mining and gas pipelines. [ProPublica]

Community members had the opportunity to meet Mammoth Cave National Park’s new superintendent, Barclay Trimble, Thursday night during a reception held in his honor at the Lodge at Mammoth Cave. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Donald Trump should not have pardoned a former Arizona sheriff who was convicted of criminal contempt in a case of racial profiling, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, said on Saturday. [Reuters]

If Matt Bevin gave two shits about the pension disaster, he’d do more than run his mouth. Pretty sure no one can deny I was at the forefront of KRS coverage – remember when a book was written based on that coverage? – and his entire staff have refused to meet with any of the experts I know. He’s solely in bed with hedgefund middlemen and those are the folks in charge. [WFPL]

The White House’s Friday guidance to stop accepting transgender people into the military and to potentially oust those already serving will be difficult to implement fully, according to legal experts. [The Hill]

Students start class at the University of Kentucky on Wednesday, and for parents, that means money. Money for tuition, housing, food and books. [Linda Blackford]

As severe flooding threatened Texas residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Dumbass Donald Trump on Sunday focused on the “wonderful” response by government officials to the storm while marveling at the disaster’s scope. [HuffPo]

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Disavow Donald Trump & Hate Or Face Political & Professional Consequences, Republican Party of Kentucky

Kentucky has made some of the deepest cuts to higher education in the country since 2008, putting it among the 10 states with the biggest per-student funding reductions for public universities and community colleges, according to a new study. [Linda Blackford]

If you’re a Republican in Kentucky and support this discriminatory mess OR support Donald Trump? I’m coming for your dying political career. The White House will give the Pentagon six months to enact Donald Trump’s ban on transgender servicemen and women in the military, according to a Wall Street Journal report Wednesday night. [HuffPo]

Here’s your DUH moment of the century. Moving public employees into 401(k)-style pension plans would not help Kentucky dig its way out its pension funding crisis, according to a report released Tuesday by a group called the Kentucky Public Pension Coalition. [C-J/AKN]

Ohio’s Department of Insurance said on Thursday that non-profit managed care company CareSource will sell health plans in Paulding County next year – the last county in the United States that would have been without Obamacare individual coverage in 2018. [Reuters]

Tax reform is “off the table” for a likely October special session to tackle how to shore up Kentucky’s badly underfunded public pension system. Republican Speaker of the House, Jeff Hoover, R-One of the dumbest people you’ll meet, said Thursday that Gov. Matt Bevin has agreed to hold off on tax reform until lawmakers can first deal with the pension systems which are estimated to face unfunded liabilities of between $37 billion and $60 billion. [Ronnie Ellis]

Most tech companies have policies against working with hate websites. Yet a ProPublica survey found that PayPal, Stripe, Newsmax and others help keep more than half of the most-visited extremist sites in business. [ProPublica]

How long until this situation explodes in a nightmare scandal? Six months? A year? I’d dig in deep if Democrats weren’t so keen on twiddling their thumbs. [More Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump’s vow Tuesday to close down the government if he doesn’t get money for the border wall mirrors private comments he has made to advisers in recent days — and could cause significant rifts within his own party if he follows through. [Politicrow]

The Appalachian region has far higher mortality rates, incidences of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and depression than the rest of the country — and the Central Appalachian region that includes Eastern Kentucky has even higher morbidity rates than other parts of the Appalachian region. [Even More Ronnie Ellis]

This human embodiment of a shart thinks he can tear the press down. Ultimately, it’s going to be the press that tears him down. Along with his shady-ass family. [NY Times]

It’s nice to see people like Carla Wallace speaking up about Kentucky Farm Bureau’s anti-gay discrimination these days. Because she was one of the people who dragged her feet out of indifference (yes you did, goddamnit, so don’t even try to dispute it) and criticized me for promoting Todd Eklof all those years ago. She’s proof that people can wake up and do the right thing. And this entire situation is proof that you should listen to people who ring bells loudly with a track record of being right. [WFPL]

Just before Trump strolled onto the rally stage on Tuesday evening, four speakers took turns carefully denouncing hate, calling for unity and ever so subtly assuring the audience that the president is not racist. [WaPo]

I don’t know about Bill but Matt Bevin’s staff refused to take seriously the material I possess that could have potentially jailed a few Kentucky Retirement Systems folks. Bevin is one of those people – like Trump – we’ll roll our eyes about in 20 years when he dies of natural causes because he’s a goddamn idiot. [H-L]

At least 20 organizations have canceled fundraisers and events at Donald Trump’s resort in Palm Beach, Florida ― many after his tirade last week defending the white nationalist, KKK and neo-Nazi groups that sparked deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. [HuffPo]

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Lexington: Show Up And Stick It To Spectrum On Thursday

The city of Lexington might have to pay millions of dollars extra to its police and fire pension fund after the state’s highest court denied the city’s request to hear its appeal. [H-L]

The death of 32-year-old anti-racist protester Heather Heyer at the hands of a white supremacist on Saturday was the most recent of at least 65 fatal incidents perpetrated by right-wing extremists in the United States since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The incident in Charlottesville is indicative of how far-right extremist violence has surged in the intervening years, as federal law enforcement efforts have shifted attention toward the threat posed by jihadist terrorism, former counter-terrorism officials and experts say. [HuffPo]

Meanwhile, Scott Jennings is doing things like cracking anti-LatinX jokes at Fancy Farm – of all places – and never apologizing. Kentucky Republicans, overwhelmingly, are obese, asshole, homophobic, racist hypocrites. [C-J/AKN]

Not all drug prices are going up. Amid the public fury over the escalating costs of brand-name medications, the prices of generic drugs have been falling, raising fears about the profitability of major generic manufacturers. [ProPublica]

Just in case you thought CNHI had sense? You’re mistaken. The new editor at the Trashland Independent is keen on right-wing extremists. [Ashland Independent]

On June 20, World Refugee Day, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney declared that his city would “be a sanctuary for people who need protection.” New York Mayor Bill De Blasio similarly declared his support for refugees back in January when he said, “In this great city of immigrants we will remain true to our values and always welcome all who yearn to breathe free.” [WaPo]

Just in case you thought Kentucky Republicans had guts? They don’t. They overwhelmingly refuse to call Trump’s bigotry out for what it is. [Ronnie Ellis]

U.S. workers see little hope for higher paychecks, and while they are increasingly searching for new jobs, they expect fewer offers to fall into their laps, according to a Federal Reserve survey published on Monday. [Reuters]

The new others of the State-Journal are really making it clear how terribly stupid they are. This is proof they, like Julian Carroll, ought to be dragged through the streets kicking and screaming until they’re run out of town. [Hot Garbage]

Mitch McConnell (R-Grandmother) pledged Monday that lawmakers and the president wouldn’t allow the United States to default on its debt this fall, risking a global financial crisis. [The Hill]

Oh, please, like this will solve anything. Metro Louisville is among nearly 50 other cities suing drug distributors, accusing them of playing a role in creating the opioid crisis that is crippling many states. [WAVE3]

Donald Trump is one of the dumbest human beings alive. He stared straight at the sun. [BBC]

Spectrum officials are scheduled to speak and take questions during a Thursday public meeting about the cable company’s service in Fayette County. [H-L]

Of course Kentucky’s in the national news for something discriminatory and stupid. Again. For the millionth time. [HuffPo]

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Do You Prefer Nazi Or Russian Commie Trump? Spoiler Alert: They’re The Same

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State Rep. C. Wesley Morgan failed to pay property taxes on his $350,000 houseboat for more than a decade, denying school districts and local governments thousands of dollars each year, according to public records and interviews with officials. [H-L]

A veteran international prosecutor announced she plans to quit the United Nations commission investigating human rights abuses in Syria because of the international community’s inaction when it comes to the bloodshed in the country. [HuffPo]

Another racist jackass is dead. Sonny Landham, a famed movie actor in the 1970s and 1980s who later attempted several runs for office in Kentucky, has died at age 76, according to the Associated Press. [C-J/AKN]

Sonia K. is a Holocaust survivor who was forced to live in the Warsaw Ghetto before being taken to Madjanek, Auschwitz, Ravensbruck, and Malchow concentration camps. [CNN]

Trump is correct that there is a lot of historical revision surrounding what we teach about slavery and the Civil War. But the revisionism is in the opposite direction of what Trump and Bevin claim. [Ronnie Ellis]

More civilians were killed and wounded in Kabul during in the first six months of 2017 than in war-ravaged Helmand, according to a United Nations midyear report on civilian casualties that showed deaths and injuries in Afghanistan remained near record levels documented last year. [WSJ]

The last time Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear and attorneys for Republican Gov. Matt Bevin squared off before the state Supreme Court on the question of a governor’s power over public universities, Beshear won. [More Ronnie Ellis]

A U.S. appeals court on Friday limited the ability of police to seize cell phones from homes of people suspected of crimes, ruling the prevelance of mobile devices did not mean police could assume a suspect had one when requesting a search warrant. [Reuters]

Rowan County taxpayers will notice a decrease in their school tax rate when they receive their property taxes this year. [The Morehead News]

More than a decade ago, I chatted with Asian-American seniors at Hunter College High School in New York City about their college admission prospects. [ProPublica]

The jailer there, Joe Burchett, ought to be promptly investigated by state and federal authorites(sic). I’ve been hearing a lot about him for quite a while and it’s beyond time. First responders rushed to the Boyd County Detention Center Saturday night after maximum security inmates set a mattress ablaze, severely damaging the interior of the jail and forcing officials to relocate all 270 detainees, police said. [Ashland Independent]

As early as March 2016, a low-level Trump campaign aide claimed none other than the president of Russia was trying to meet then-candidate Donald Trump and his campaign. [WaPo]

Valarie Honeycutt Spears has been sitting on her hands as these things have unfolded for a long time. She’s also intentionally ignored mega scandals (like Montgomery County) that cost school districts tens of millions of dollars on top of everything else. She ought to be removed from covering education – just as Toni Konz was being pushed out just before she jumped ship and moved to WDRB. [H-L]

Chants of “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA” echoed throughout the French Quarter on Saturday as thousands of people marched in a peaceful ― but loud ― protest against racism and white supremacy. [HuffPo]

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If You Support The Second Amendment, You Should Support Responsible Gun Ownership, No Excuses

If it’s a crime to let kids ingest your meth or your pills, it should be a crime to let them get a hold of a loaded gun. Recklessly storing a gun where children could find and use it would be a crime in Kentucky under a bill that state Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, pre-filed this month for the 2018 legislative session. [H-L]

Donald Trump issued an explosive statement against “Radical Islamic Terror” just hours after an attack in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday left at least 13 people dead. Earlier this week, Trump said he needed to get all “the facts” before singling out hate groups for condemnation after violent protests sparked by a white supremacist rally left one woman dead in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. [HuffPo]

You can thank Matt Bevin for allowing this to occur. GE Appliances is moving the Zoneline hotel air-conditioner production from Louisville to a Tennessee factory complex where the company also will produce upscale Monogram refrigerators and freezers. [C-J/AKN]

Allies who spend too long in Donald Trump’s doghouse usually get sent away for good. Chief strategist Steve Bannon is trying to forestall that fate. [BuzzFart]

Is a hospital liable for “negligently” credentialing a physician previously licensed by the state medical licensure board and who is not on the hospital’s staff when that doctor is sued for malpractice? That was the question before Kentucky’s highest court Thursday as attorneys for Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and a woman who successfully sued her neurosurgeon for malpractice after he performed surgery at the hospital. [Ronnie Ellis]

Pressure is mounting on Trump to dump his controversial chief strategist Stephen Bannon after this weekend’s racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., provoked widespread anger at the nationalist wing of Trump’s White House. [The Hill]

The folks running Barren County are up to no good and you should be paying attention. The rehiring of elected officials is shady business. [Glasgow Daily Times]

More than a dozen high technology companies and the biggest wireless operator in the United States, Verizon Communications Inc, have called on the U.S. Supreme Court to make it harder for government officials to access individuals’ sensitive cellphone data. [Reuters]

If you’re wondering what’s wrong with Kentucky’s educational system? It’s because schools are closing for things like this instead of using them as teaching opportunities. You can complain all you want about this opinion but not everyone can afford to take their children to a prime viewing location and not everyone can afford childcare. [Ashland Independent]

Einstein argued that what we understand as gravity is, in fact, from the curvature of space and time — a hotly debated notion among physicists at the time. Then came the solar eclipse of 1919 — more than six minutes of darkness along a path that stretched from South America to Africa and changed the course of Einstein’s life. [WaPo]

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded its second, five-year accreditation through the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police (KACP). [The Morehead News]

There was nothing haphazard about the violence that erupted today in this bucolic town in Virginia’s heartland. [ProPublica]

These Nazis should tread lightly because there are a ton of people in the mountains ready to make them wish they’d never been born. [H-L]

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Turd Burglar) offered some blunt comments about Donald Trump on Thursday in the wake of the president’s widely criticized response to a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. [HuffPo]

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