Hahaha. Rick Pitino. Hahahahahahaha.

Sweeping changes recommended for Kentucky’s public pension systems would cost taxpayers and public employees more money while making public employment far less attractive to future generations, according to a report released Monday. [John Cheves]

Donald Trump joked that Vice President Mike Pence “wants to hang” all gay people, according to a profile of Pence published in The New Yorker on Monday. [HuffPo]

Donald Trump’s decision late Thursday to cancel federal payments that help low-income people with costs not covered by their health insurance has sent shock waves through Kentucky, where more than 40,000 people benefit from such assistance. [C-J/AKN]

PEE ALERT! It’s November 2013 and you’re Donald Trump. By your standards it’s a normal weekend, which means you’re sitting in the presidential suite of the Moscow Ritz Carlton fuming at Barack Obama. In part you’re fuming because you’re very racist, and in part you’re fuming because Obama publicly humiliated you more than two years ago. If you were more self-aware than a mosquito, you’d realize these were heavily intertwined sources of aggrievement. [Crooked]

A grandmother in the front passenger seat was shot and killed by youths playing with an old handgun in the back seat of the car as they drove home from church. A grandson driving the car was not injured. [Ashland Independent]

Hey, Louisville and Lexington councils: get on this. In a sweeping change to Portland housing policy, City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly announced Sunday that the city will allow overnight RV camping and tiny homes on wheels, as long as they’re parked on private property. [Willamette Week]

It’s time once again to ask churches, businesses, and individuals in the community to participate in the preparation of Thanksgiving food baskets for those in need. [The Morehead News]

Eighteen U.S. states sued Donald Trump’s administration on Friday to stop him from scrapping a key component of Obamacare, subsidies to insurers that help millions of low-income people pay medical expenses, even as Trump invited Democratic leaders to negotiate a deal. [Reuters]

The Glasgow Water Co. received “the standard clean, unqualified auditor’s report,” as certified public accountant Brent Billingsley put it at Thursday’s regular meeting of the Glasgow Water and Sewer Commission. [Glasgow Daily Times]

When you looked up, you could once see nothing but the lush, emerald canopy of tabonuco and sierra palm trees covering El Yunque National Forest. [NY Times]

Get rekt, Rick. The board that oversees athletics at the University of Louisville has unanimously voted to fire men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino. [WFPL]

Democrats accused Trump of trying to sabotage the nation’s health-care system through his decision to halt payments to insurers meant to shore up the system, while Republicans countered Sunday that Trump is just pushing for a hard bargain. [WaPo]

A rock fall that killed an employee at a Whitley County surface coal mine in March happened after the operator failed to identify and correct hazardous conditions, according to a federal report. [H-L]

In Midtown Manhattan, in a building that also hosts a dermatologist, a sports medicine doctor and a package tour operator, two North Korean diplomats run a backchannel line of communication to U.S. officials in Washington. [HuffPo]

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Matt Bevin Tried To Harm Foster Children

Jeff Hoover isn’t just a borderline racist, homophobic bigot… he’s also a con artist. Working on the pension mess in total secrecy is about as corrupt and shady as corrupt and shady can be. [H-L]

Donald Trump on Thursday signed an order that could rattle the Affordable Care Act’s private insurance markets by allowing a proliferation of cheaper, less comprehensive plans that would undermine rules about who and what insurers must cover. [HuffPo]

Why on earth are people giving Greg Postel crap for having temporary security during the height of the latest Rick Pitino bullshit? It’s like the people complaining have never done the right thing in the face of powerful, corrupt people with tons of resources at their fingertips. [C-J/AKN]

Late each night, Rafael Surillo Ruiz, the mayor of a town with one of Puerto Rico’s most critical ports, drives for miles on darkened roads, easing around downed power lines and crumpled tree branches — to check his email. [WaPo]

The fact that Nate Haney is involved with this Braidy bullshit should send red flags up with every state and federal investigator in Kentucky. Hi, Nate! You should be more careful about what you reveal to friends you’re with when you’re out in public. [Ashland Independent]

As Donald Trump promotes a tax plan critics say would raise the federal deficit by slashing corporate rates and eliminating some taxes paid by the rich, some three quarters of Americans believe the wealthiest should pay more, Reuters/Ipsos polling shows. [Reuters]

Fuck Matt Bevin for trying to harm foster children in need. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a case involving a growing number of Kentucky relatives providing free foster care for children. The result is that Kentucky must begin paying those relatives the same as they do licensed foster families, news outlets report. [Richmond Register]

Human grease fart, Donald Trump, threatened to stop recovery efforts in Puerto Rico because he’s fucking insane. If you support him, something is dangerously wrong. [NY Times]

Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. said a “public conversation” is needed on whether to amend the state’s constitution so state judges are appointed by the governor instead of elected. [BGDT]

John Thomas set up the deal the way he had arranged nearly two dozen others. A friend said he wanted to buy as many guns as he could, so Thomas got in touch with someone he knew who had guns to sell. [ProPublica]

One item of business taken up by the Horse Cave City Council during their meeting Monday night was approving an audit proposal from Campbell, Myers and Rutledge PLLC. The auditing firm proposed conducting audits of the city’s financial records for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 fiscal years with the cost not exceeding $11,000, according to the city council meeting minutes. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The island of Puerto Rico was devastated by the worst hurricane in its history over three weeks ago. Parts of the Caribbean island – home to 3.4 million US citizens – remain isolated, and phone networks have been catastrophically ruined, making it difficult to confirm the picture on the ground. [BBC]

Kentucky officials say a new report shows a massive increase in the number of Kentucky adults and children receiving disability benefits. [H-L]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions broadly accused immigrants of lying to attain asylum Thursday, claiming that “dirty immigration lawyers,” along with “rampant abuse and fraud,” allow too many people to avoid deportation. [HuffPo]

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Bevin Got Kneed In The Nuts Yet Again

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I wish people would quit pretending dead people are terrific. All this, “OH MY GOD! They were so great, my best friend, a pure spirit!” bullshit has got to stop. Especially as it relates to shitty Frankfort politicians. [H-L]

Donald Trump said on Sunday that Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) is retiring from office because Trump refused to endorse him for re-election next year ― a claim that a source familiar with the matter disputed. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin’s administration cannot keep secret the names of investors in Braidy Industries Inc., which received $15 million in public funding for a new aluminum plant in Eastern Kentucky, Attorney General Andy Beshear has ruled. While this is a big deal, there’s got to be someone more credible than Joel Christopher to speak for the paper. He’s gone on record with me lying (I have Chicago PD records to prove it and have published them) about Morgan Watkins’ claims to have interacted with Chicago Police during the airline mess. So he’s about as trustworthy as Matt Bevin. [C-J/AKN]

We’re still not holding our breath over Google Fiber. Because you know it’ll hit the absolute worst neighborhoods first. [Google]

One in six Kentuckians struggle with food insecurity and for the state’s children it is worse — one in five. Recently, Berea College hosted the 2nd annual Kentucky Hunger Dialogue to bring together communities, universities, non-profit organizations, government agencies to brainstorm and collaborate to create action against hunger. The focus of the dialogue was to show people what hunger looks like in Kentucky, and what people are doing in Kentucky to address the issue. [Richmond Register]

Tenants of the Baltimore-area apartment complexes owned by Jared Kushner’s real-estate company have brought a class-action lawsuit against the firm’s property management arm over its aggressive pursuit of tenants for allegedly unpaid rent. [ProPublica]

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear will join some Eastern Kentucky residents and officials in opposing a requested electrical rate increase of $63.5 million by American Electric Power subsidiary Kentucky Power Company (KPC). [Ashland Independent]

A widely shared chart showing that more guns mean fewer gun murders gives a misleading impression. [NY Times]

Those wishing for some glimpse at proposed pension reform legislation this week are likely to be disappointed but one legislative leader provided some hope for those who fear it will include drastic changes to existing benefits. [Ronnie Ellis]

Before I started researching gun deaths, gun-control policy used to frustrate me. I wished the National Rifle Association would stop blocking common-sense gun-control reforms such as banning assault weapons, restricting silencers, shrinking magazine sizes and all the other measures that could make guns less deadly. [WaPo]

The City of Glasgow and Barren County Fiscal Court are among the announced recipients of Kentucky Office of Homeland Security grants, with a combined $47,500 for radio equipment, according to a press release from KOHS. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The White House announced Thursday that Donald Trump has officially nominated Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, to be deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). [ThinkProgress]

Lois Smith was paralyzed, but now she can walk again. Smith, 62, had been to the emergency room off and on since she collapsed one day in her driveway about five years ago and found herself unable to walk. She was uninsured, on disability and incapable of paying a primary care doctor. [H-L]

Mike Pence is a giant, closet case baby. That’s the long and short of it. He’s that kind of guy like Damon Thayer – feigning homophobia while trolling for you-know-what behind the scenes. [HuffPo]

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Bevin & Thielen Are Both Horrible Men Responsible For The Ongoing Pension Disaster

Bill Thielen’s not wrong that Matt Bevin is a morally bankrupt piece of work. But he’s not wrong about Thielen being a con artist. Source: my ten years of coverage of Kentucky Retirement Systems. Probably hasn’t done anything criminal but absolutely exacerbated the problem and helped line his wealthy friends’ pockets. The same thing Bevin is trying to do now. [John Cheves]

The FBI recently questioned a former White House correspondent for Sputnik, the Russian-government-funded news agency, as part of an investigation into whether it is acting as an undeclared propaganda arm of the Kremlin in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). [HuffPo]

A fight has erupted over billboards at the newest highway entrance to Indiana. “Everybody’s got their attorneys,” said Steve Long, president of the Utica Town Council. “It’s David versus Goliath.” [C-J/AKN]

Republicans are beginning to drop like flies because they know it’s only a matter of time until their majority is lost for a century. [The Hill]

What Ronnie Ellis doesn’t tell you is that the amount being paid into the system by many municipalities is chump change. Local governments and school boards got some hard news Thursday from Kentucky’s state budget director: they’re going to have to pay more — a lot more — into the state’s public pension system. [Ronnie Ellis]

Shocked Florida residents returned to their shattered homes on Monday as the weakened Hurricane Irma pushed inland, flooding cities in the northeastern part of the state and leaving millions without power. [Reuters]

The Boyd Fiscal Court approved the list of property taxes and fees for 2017, and taxpayers can expect to pay more than they did a year ago. [Ashland Independent]

A new study shows that more than half of the country’s rural counties now don’t have hospitals with obstetric services. And women of color are being hit the hardest. [ProPublica]

A Morehead man was arrested on Labor Day this week after police accused him of cultivating marijuana. [The Morehead News]

How will Maggie Haberman fuck coverage of the opioid crisis up? She intentionally skewed Trump’s anti-LGBT behavior for nearly a year. There’s no telling how bad she’ll screw this up. [NY Times]

People need to get their shit in check. If your town is acting like it can’t afford its basic pension contributions? You need to show up at meetings and start raising hell. Make these idiots you’ve elected figure it out. [Glasgow Daily Times]

With Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall records and now Irma’s stunning combination of extreme strength and longevity, the hurricane-global warming debate is back in full swing. And it has evolved a good bit since 2005, when the United States was severely damaged by superstrong hurricanes (Katrina, Rita, Wilma). [WaPo]

This story is terrifying. A 5-year-old boy who just started school in Jackson County has been missing three days after his mother was thrown off a cliff and suffered multiple broken bones, a family member said. [H-L & Updated H-L Story]

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday put a temporarily hold on limits imposed by a lower court on President Donald Trump’s order barring most refugees from entering the United States. [HuffPo]

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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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Neo-Nazis Are Apparently Cowards Now

Surprise! The racists are cowards. White nationalist groups might hold a flash demonstration in Lexington to protest moving two Confederate statues from the lawn of the former Fayette County courthouse instead of a publicly announced rally, according to an organizer. [H-L]

When Avaye Armstrong got pregnant almost two years ago, she had a job waiting tables at a Buffalo Wild Wings. She enjoyed the work and it paid well on game nights. Armstrong, her daughter and her boyfriend were living with his mother at the time, not far from the restaurant. [HuffPo]

Are you effing kidding!? Just bulldoze it. Rip it up. It’s pointless to have a traffic circle there. [C-J/AKN]

The relationship between Dingust Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Mr. Trump will be able to salvage his administration after a series of summer crises. [NY Times]

Way to go, Laurel County! A man has been arrested in Laurel County after deputies say he was naked and walking around an elementary school while high on Drugs. [WKYT]

Donald Trump is still racist as all hell and Republicans like Scott Jennings still own him. They created him, they own him. [The Hill]

The Boyd County Jailer, Joe Burchett, needs to go. He is the problem. [Ashland Independent]

Analysts tracking Russian influence operations find a feedback loop between Kremlin propaganda and far-right memes. [ProPublica]

Poor Whitney Westerfield has been lied to again. He believes he’s going to have an easy time winning the Office of Attorney General. Unfortunately for him, he’s not quite as slick as he’d like to believe. [Richmond Register]

Yes, Donald Trump is absolutely running scared. He knows the press is guaranteeing neither he nor his family (or staffers) will ever have a shred of credibility. [WaPo]

It didn’t last all that long but for a minute and 42 seconds Monday the stars aligned and the world seemed in tune here. [Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump’s approval rating has hit a new low following a week in which a majority of voters believe he did more to divide the country than unite it. [Politicrow]

A Franklin Circuit Court judge on Tuesday asked attorneys for the state why Kentucky should not make medical marijuana available to patients who believe it might help them, given that “we’ve pretty much decriminalized” the drug around much of the nation and even in parts of the state. [H-L]

Donald Trump’s administration has dissolved a federal panel of scientists and other experts tasked with helping create and implement new policy based on the latest climate change research findings. [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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