Even The Gays Can Be Insufferably Dumb

Jim Gray is still an idiot, apparently. He spent most of his life hating himself and denying his sexual orientation. You’d think that’d be enough to make someone want to do everything they can to improve the lives of everyone, not just a few rich folks in the Golden Triangle. Now he’s trying to behave as if it’s okay to ignore the rest of Kentucky’s 120 counties when it comes to homophobia. Rather than begging for California to allow travel to Louisville and Lexington, maybe this tired old queen (I can say it because I’m as gay and put my money where my mouth is) could put his money where his mouth is for once and fight Matt Bevin and the Republican bigotry that’s taken over Frankfort. He won’t, though, because he’d sell his fellow gays out in a heartbeat if it meant having to deal with the tiniest bit of inconvenience or embarrassment. He’s done it so frequently that his own relatives complain to me about it. Fuck Jim Gray and the rest of these tired old codgers too focused on their own self interest to stand up for the rest of the Commonwealth. They can’t retire and leave public life quickly enough. Signed, a big ole homo who knows Kentuckians are cool with rebellion and would love Jim Gray if he wasn’t a big baby. P.S. It’s okay for you to call his ass out for being dumb. It won’t make you a homophobe unless you’re, you know, already a homophobe. [H-L]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Deserves To Be Thrown Into A Shitty Western Kentucky Nursing Home) on Tuesday delayed a vote on the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act until after the July 4 recess, indicating he lacks support to advance the bill. [HuffPo]

PEE ALERT! Embattled Metro Councilman Dan Johnson wants fellow Democrats to do a crack down on the “continuous leaks” about the sexual harassment claims against him. [C-J/AKN]

Mmm hmm. Ending one the most turbulent tenures of a Washington-based ambassador in recent memory, the Kremlin has decided to recall its ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak, three individuals familiar with the decision tell BuzzFeed News. [BuzzFeed]

Surprise! The Rowan County Board of Education is just as feckless as the Montgomery County Board of Education. Supt. Marvin Moore received an exemplary rating from the Rowan County Board of Education at Tuesday’s meeting. The evaluation is based on a state-mandated Superintendent Leadership Plan. [The Morehead News]

He’s just stupid. Trump in a rally on Wednesday evening said immigrants who enter the United States should not be eligible for welfare benefits for five years, though such a law has already existed for 20 years. [The Hill]

Children of migrant workers coming through eastern Kentucky face language barriers, cultural shifts and a host of adjustments every harvest, and sometimes, every season. While their parents strip tobacco, herd cattle and plant soybeans, their children need an education. [Richmond Register]

In violation of a longstanding legal mandate, scores of federal law enforcement agencies are failing to submit statistics to the FBI’s national hate crimes database, ProPublica has learned. [ProPublica]

Many have flood stories from the heavy rains that hit the area on Friday. Jeremy Taylor’s involves saving two lives. [Ashland Independent]

Many Americans have become accustomed to Trump’s lies. But as regular as they have become, the country should not allow itself to become numb to them. So we have catalogued nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath of office. [NY Times]

How far can your eyes roll back in your head? Republican U.S. Rep. James Comer reignited an old political rivalry this week by publicly releasing his personal income tax returns and questioning why Gov. Matt Bevin has not done the same. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Obama Administration tried to shore up state election infrastructures from Russia. Guess who stood in the way! Republicans. [WaPo]

Low-income families who use food assistance programs got a boost on Tuesday that could put more fresh produce on the table through a combination of $1.4 million in federal, state and private funding. [Janet Patton]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Deserves To Be Thrown Into A Shitty Western Kentucky Nursing Home) told senators on Tuesday that he will delay a vote on the Senate GOP health care bill until after the July Fourth recess. [HuffPo]

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Everything Bevin Touches Turns To Trash

Leave it to Matt Bevin to make stupid economic mistake after stupid economic mistake. Capital Plaza redevelopment is about to throw a 385,500-square-foot wrench into one of Franklin County’s biggest industries — office space. [H-L]

While serving as a top campaign aide to Donald Trump, former national security adviser Michael Flynn made tens of thousands of dollars on the side advising a company that sold surveillance technology that repressive governments used to monitor activists and journalists. [HuffPo]

Jefferson District Court judges too often allow cases to be delayed without good reason, creating unnecessary courthouse trips for witnesses, victims and defendants, according to a study of the busiest court in the state. [C-J/AKN]

U.S. immigration authorities have arrested and moved to deport 199 Iraqi immigrants, mostly from the Detroit area, in the last three weeks after Iraq agreed to accept deportees as part of a deal removing it from President Donald Trump’s travel ban, officials said on Wednesday. [Reuters]

Months after the Estill County Jail was forced to close due to safety issues, Jailer Bo Morris says everything is “about the same.” To his knowledge, there have been no moves to reopen the facility, however, he said the jail is getting a new transport van to haul prisoners to and from outside detention facilities holding its inmates. [Richmond Register]

Before he was named Trump’s health secretary, Price took a congressional trip to Australia and pressed officials to extend protections for drug companies in an international trade agreement. [ProPublica]

The City of Ashland may hire a spokesperson to answer citizen concerns more efficiently and handle its website and social media accounts. [Ashland Independent]

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller is investigating the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, as part of the probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to officials familiar with the matter. [WaPo]

There sure are some fascinating things happening in Morehead, according to its messy mayor. [The Morehead News]

Watergate prosecutors had evidence that operatives for then-President Richard Nixon planned an assault on anti-war demonstrators in 1972, including potentially physically attacking Vietnam whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, according to a never-before-published memo obtained by NBC News. [NBC News]

The average cost of a four-year degree in Kentucky will be more than $39,000 this fall after state regulators approved tuition increases at most of the state’s public universities. All but two schools asked for the maximum increase allowed by the Council on Postsecondary Education. The University of Louisville did not raise tuition, and Kentucky State University’s board of trustees has not had a meeting yet to ask for an increase. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee. [BBC]

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees voted Friday to approve a land swap with a private developer that could potentially create two new mixed-use developments and give UK a key block of land near its campus. [H-L]

The insurance industry’s annual confab last week was supposed to be a dry, stoic affair. [HuffPo]

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Republicans? And Education? HAHAHA

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The feud between Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear continued Friday as Bevin accused Beshear of shirking his duty and Beshear publicly responded to a request for information filed by the governor that sought details about the inner workings of Beshear’s office. [H-L]

The Republican National Committee celebrated what would have been President Abraham Lincoln’s 208th birthday on Sunday by gifting him with a quote that he likely never said. [HuffPo]

Whiny ass titty baby, Damon Thayer, still thinks it’s a great idea to keep kids out of school for longer. You know what these Republican manbabies should be doing? Funding public education, not starving it with sharters (not a typo) and keeping kids out of class. [C-J/AKN]

Remember the recent reports about how President Trump is still using his unsecured Android phone? Well, that situation just got scarier now that the White House’s chief information security officer reportedly no longer has a job. [Gizmodo & ZDNet]

Jesus Christ, now they’re allowing fucking Sadiqa Reynolds to speak on charter schools and Jefferson County Public Schools? This woman is a train wreck and has the nerve to act as if she isn’t privileged as hell. This is borderline insane. [WFPL]

US intelligence officials have confirmed some aspects of the “Russia dossier” that rocked Washington a month ago. [Independent]

Kentucky Republicans are the most backward people in the Commonwealth. And that’s saying a lot because this is Kentucky we’re talking about. On a slow day that saw the House pass three bills, the state Senate passed a bill Friday establishing in statute the constitutional rights of students to express religious and political views in their school assignments. [Ronnie Ellis]

The FBI is investigating political activists campaigning against the Dakota Access pipeline, diverting agents charged with preventing terrorist attacks to instead focus their attention on indigenous activists and environmentalists. [The Guardian]

Kentucky Power will have a Community Outreach Workshop on Monday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ashland Community and Technical College’s John W. Clark Training Center. [Ashland Independent]

If you don’t think this is insane, something is wrong with you or your name is Scott Jennings. The CIA won’t give intelligence to the president because it knows he and his folks will share information with Russia. [Observer]

Monday evening’s Glasgow City Council meeting is expected to bring discussion of the possibility of hiring an independent attorney to pursue the removal of three members of the Glasgow Electric Plant Board. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A White House official on Sunday attacked a U.S. court ruling that blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration as a “judicial usurpation of power” and said the administration was considering a range of options, including a new order. [Reuters]

Wondering what kind of garbage Valarie Honeycutt Spears is pushing out lately? It’s talking points from Kentucky’s embarrassing Commissioner of Education pushing coal nonsense. [H-L]

People often ask me why I chose to leave my country, but as a refugee, I can tell you that seeking asylum is not a choice. [HuffPo]

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Matt Bevin Is Donald Trump Lite

Be afraid. Be very afraid. That was the main message coming out of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week. [Tom Eblen]

Donald Trump now says his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention featured a call to expand his proposed ban on Muslim immigration to the United States, after the GOP presidential nominee appeared to temper his language on the subject during his remarks. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin is the kind of guy who has children of color and an African American lieutenant governor and STILL supports the most racist bullshit imaginable: Donald Trump. This is the modern Republican Party of Kentucky. It’s Trump Lite. [C-J/AKN]

Bernie Sanders Sunday called on Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign following email leaks from within the party that showed officials tried to undermine his presidential campaign. [The Hill]

Kentucky high school students and 2016 graduates should check their Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) accounts for accuracy. [Richmond Register]

The U.S. Department of Justice unveiled its largest-ever criminal healthcare fraud case against individuals on Friday, charging the owner of Miami-based assisted living facilities and two others in a $1 billion scheme to swindle Medicare. [Reuters]

I’m a lifelong New York Yankee fan, but after watching the Republican National Convention crown a New Yorker as its presidential nominee it was something Jack Buck, the great broadcaster, once said which came to mind. [Ronnie Ellis]

A top staffer at the Democratic National Committee has apologized after suggesting that the organization use Bernie Sanders’ religious beliefs against him in the Democratic primary. [Politico]

The Office of Education Accountability said in a July 8 finding that Rowan County School Supt. Marvin Moore, RCSHS Principal Ray Ginter and RCSHS Athletic Director Jen Williams violated state law regarding the operation of the Viking football program. [The Morehead News]

After Donald Trump presented a dark picture of the country at his convention in Cleveland last week, Hillary Clinton and the Democrats plan to project a more optimistic and inclusive vision of the future when they convene here starting Monday. [WaPo]

In addition to all the 2016 races for which candidates had to file by late January, a few races that never have primaries will be on the ballot in November, and the filing deadline for those is coming up at 4 p.m. on Aug. 9. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The GOP nominee is totally unhinged. But a better, cooler, more polished demagogue could rise in his wake. [Slate]

A state judge said it is “problematic” for Kentucky’s Republican governor to entirely replace the University of Louisville board of trustees, calling into question the new board’s authority on the day it met to discuss the school’s billion-dollar budget and higher student tuition. [H-L]

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Sunday that he would consider pulling the United States out of the World Trade Organization should he end up winning the election. [HuffPo]

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Throwing Water On The Comer Gremlin

Programs allowing intravenous drug users to exchange dirty syringes for clean ones are spreading in Kentucky as communities confront growing heroin abuse and concerns over the potential for disease outbreaks caused by addicts sharing needles. [H-L]

Nice to see media finally start covering what we’ve been reporting about Jamie Comer’s hemp mess for a year. Also nice to see Ryan Quarles squirm because he and his partner in Republican spin, Tres Watson, are in the hot seat and can’t find their way out of it. But it’s not as fun as knowing they’re in bed with Jonathan Miller, who has his hand YET AGAIN in something you’ll roll your eyes at. If he’s not taking advantage of West Liberty, he’s grifting on something else. [BG Daily News]

Watching the Republican Party of Kentucky stand behind racist bigot Donald Trump is entertaining and terrifying at the same time. Of course Kelly Knight supports a bigot and it’s hilarious to watch Nate Haney hitch his wagon to racism and xenophobia. His backward, true colors are shining through. [C-J/AKN]

Earlier this year, scientists were puzzled by a widespread die-off that seemed to plague over 17,000 acres of mangroves along Australia’s northeastern and northern coastlines. Now, a scientist from James Cook University has confirmed that the die-off is likely a product of unusually dry weather and climate change. [ThinkProgress]

The city of Edmonton will be adopting ordinances regarding the regulation of packaged alcohol sales, the setting of alcohol license fees, as well as permit fees. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Back in January, as the Supreme Court was preparing for its most important abortion case in a generation, some four dozen social scientists submitted a brief explaining why they believed key portions of Texas law HB2 should be struck down. [ProPublica]

After more than a year-long investigation and an indictment by a Rowan County Grand Jury, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department says they have shut down a potentially statewide pill operation. [The Morehead News]

President Obama on Wednesday vented his frustration over persistent tensions between law enforcement and minority communities following a nearly four-hour meeting with representatives from both groups. [The Hill]

The panel to screen police chief candidates has two finalists from a field of nine, and city commissioners will shortly receive information about them, Richmond City Manager Richard Thomas said Tuesday. [Richmond Register]

As he has prepared to be named the Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump has not read any biographies of presidents. Trump has no shortage of strong opinions even about books he has not read. [WaPo]

Four of the eight candidates vying for seats on the Ashland Board of City Commissioners spoke to potential voters Tuesday at Boyd County Republican Party headquarters. [Ashland Independent]

Remember Republican Brandon DUI Smith? Looks like the appeals court just choked one of his latest schemes with a biomass plant in Eastern Kentucky. Smith is another one who relies on Tres Watson’s spin but isn’t getting much of it this week due to the RNC Racist Circle You-Know-What. [WFPL]

A week after a secularist foundation warned public school officials against taking kids to the newly opened Noah’s Ark, the attraction’s creator offered a new incentive: $1 admission for every public school student on a school-sponsored field trip and free admission for their teachers. [H-L]

Valarie Honeycutt Spears spent more time on this story about Rowan County being a hot mess of awful than she did on the entire three years of the Montgomery County nightmare. Bonus points: She relied heavily on commentary from Ed Massey, the guy who ditched Joshua Powell. And I told you Marvin Moore was a disaster. [More H-L]

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Another Frustrating Eastern Kentucky Pipe Dream

We love Eastern Kentucky more than anything but it’s never going to be like Gatlinburg. Eastern Kentucky has the potential to develop into a bigger regional tourism destination, helping boost an economy sapped by the loss of coal jobs, according to a study commissioned by an arm of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. [H-L]

Frustrated at the lack of enthusiasm for his vice presidential pick Mike Pence, Donald Trump is now telling those close to him that he wants a do-over of sorts, which he aims to get by rolling out the names of potential cabinet members. [HuffPo]

Despite his pledge to immediately offer his resignation to University of Louisville’s new Board of Trustees once it was legally constituted, President James Ramsey declined to do so at its first meeting Wednesday. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump’s family members, close political associates and several celebrities will be among those speaking at next week’s GOP convention in Cleveland. [The Hill]

The Carter County Public Library Board of Trustees officially withdrew its tax proposal at Monday night’s meeting of Carter Fiscal Court. [Ashland Independent]

The U.S. missile defense system to counter attacks from rogue states like North Korea has no proven capability to protect the United States and is not on a credible path to achieve that goal, a science advocacy group said on Thursday. [Reuters]

How a man with children of color – immigrants – could support a bigot like this is beyond telling. People can get upset all they want for mentioning Matt Bevin’s children but it’s alarming that this man doesn’t have his shit together enough to speak out against Trump’s extreme racism. [Ronnie Ellis]

In 2009, Abu Zubaydah’s lawyers interviewed their client and prepared a handwritten, first-person account of the torture their client suffered at the hands of the U.S. government. [ProPublica]

Kentuckians with certain Class D felony convictions are now eligible to apply to clear their criminal records as long as they have stayed out of trouble for five years. [WFPL]

A federal judge dismissed evidence gathered by a warrantless cellphone-tracking device that locks onto a phone’s location by pretending to be a cell tower for the first time Tuesday. [ThinkProgress]

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Department is at it again. This time, they’ve arrested five they believe have been trafficking heroin throughout the county. [The Morehead News]

Last month, in a California speech advertised as a major foreign policy address, Hillary Clinton zeroed in on an enemy at home — Donald Trump, whom she described as “temperamentally unfit” to lead the most powerful nation in the world. [WaPo]

The tallest building in Frankfort is for sale. The Bevin administration has labeled the 25-story Capital Plaza Tower as surplus property and put it on the auction block. [H-L]

Donald Trump introduced Mike Pence as his running mate at a rambling press conference on Saturday that seemed to focus more on Trump himself than his vice-presidential nominee. [HuffPo]

No One Believes Bevin Was Unaware

Kinda like that time he claimed he didn’t attend a cockfighting rally and then video footage of him speaking at the rally emerged. Matt Bevin distanced himself Wednesday from the removal of former first lady Jane Beshear’s name from the Capitol Education Center on the grounds of the Capitol. [H-L]

Former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) returned to the spotlight this week with an unusual definition of “religious liberty.” Apparently, it’s a land where people of all faiths can come together and say “Merry Christmas.” [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin said Wednesday that Donald Trump is “absolutely” qualified to serve as president of the United States. [C-J/AKN]

Republicans crafting a party platform in Cleveland quietly voted Monday in favor of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, ratifying one of presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump’s most controversial proposals. [The Hill]

Saying Kentucky badly needs a well-trained work force, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Wednesday the state is accepting applications from educational institutions, businesses and industry and community leaders for innovative work force development projects. [Ronnie Ellis]

CIA Director John Brennan said on Wednesday he would resign if the next president ordered his agency to resume waterboarding suspected militants, an apparent reference to comments by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump embracing the banned interrogation method. [Reuters]

Recent intense rain storms and flooding events — like the deadly flooding last month that killed more than 20 in West Virginia and left hundreds more homeless — may not have a direct link to climate change, but the heating of the planet’s surface and ocean temperatures is a factor, according to Dr. Eungul Lee, assistant professor of geography at West Virginia University. [Richmond Register]

The Houston cases shed light on a disturbing possibility: that wrongful convictions are most often not isolated acts of misconduct by the authorities but systemic breakdowns — among judges and prosecutors, defense lawyers and crime labs. [ProPublica]

After 26 years of service in law enforcement, Morehead Police Chief Dave Sexton is hanging up his hat and badge at the end of this month. [The Morehead News]

U.S. coal production is expected to take a major hit through 2040. This will happen whether the court-embattled Clean Power Plan — which would reduce carbon emissions from energy plants — is implemented or not, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). [ThinkProgress]

Kentucky law says that for the Glasgow Electric Plant Board to be sold, that board of directors would have to initiate the process and send a resolution to the city council. If the council then approved it, it would be posed as a specific question on the ballot in the next general election for voters to decide. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Alton Sterling, the black man whose point-blank shooting by white police set off a fresh round of national protest against police aggression against black people, was born and raised in this impoverished and racially divided Louisiana state capital and barely knew a life without police in it. [WaPo]

“Defies reason” is how a circuit judge described the Bevin administration’s claim that Planned Parenthood was illegally providing abortions in Louisville. [H-L]

A man in a full-body mosquito costume trolled Senate Republicans on Wednesday by distributing insect repellent outside of their hearing on the Zika virus. [HuffPo]

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