Bevin Could Be Harming At-Risk Kids

I hear through the grapevine that the Kentucky Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs could be closing its Ashland office. The agency, according to its website, has the mission of enhancing the quality of life for Kentucky’s children with special health care needs through quality service, leadership, advocacy, education and collaboration.

One of the many programs the agency provides is a highly successful hearing aid program which will be shuttered in Ashland.

Since many/most providers don’t accept Medicaid for all of the services the agency provides, this means patients will have to drive to the program’s Morehead clinic – some 65+ miles away.

For reference:

  • The Ashland office, located at 5850 US 60, serves the counties of Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Floyd, Greenup, Lawrence and Magoffin.
  • The Morehead office, at 214 W. First Street, serves the counties of Bath, Bracken, Campbell, Fleming, Lewis, Mason, Menifee, Morgan, Montgomery, Pendleton, Robertson and Rowan.

Agency staff tell us, on the condition of anonymity, that the clinic is closing because it costs more to operate than the revenue it receives. That’s the word from the Bevin crew. Which… duh? This isn’t a business we’re talking about – it’s a state-run program focused on children with special health care needs. It’s not supposed to generate revenue. Staff tell us they’re concerned that the most impoverished patients won’t receive the services they need because they will not be able to find a provider and won’t be able to travel. Their concerns have been repeatedly stressed in Frankfort, falling on deaf ears.

This whole kids first thing turns out to be empty rhetoric.

Yet another Bevin disaster his evangelists will ignore.

Another Bad Day For Frankfort Democrats

Here’s this from John Cheves:

Attorney General Andy Beshear has released a few hundred emails that were sent to or received by his former deputy, Tim Longmeyer, who pleaded guilty to bribery last month in U.S. District Court.

However, 13 of Longmeyer’s emails were entirely blacked out before the attorney general’s office released them this week to the Herald-Leader, which had requested them under the Kentucky Open Records Act. They had titles that included phrases such as “Report Unflattering” and “Second Amendment actions.” One apparently was a request for assistance for a constituent from state Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, who is chairwoman of the Kentucky Democratic Party.

You’ll want to read the story just to see a photo of some of the redactions.

On a related note – I hear through the grapevine that Longmeyer’s personal secretary in the Personnel Cabinet allegedly handled most of Longmeyer’s email when he worked for the elder (Steve) Beshear. In part because Longmeyer had trouble showing up in Frankfort to do his job and spent a lot of his time in Louisville. That would mean she may have knowledge of a lot of his shenanigans.

She now works for Andy Beshear in the Office of the Attorney General and scored roughly a $5,000 raise over her previous job as Longmeyer’s secretary.

Supporting Docs: Radioactive Waste Scandal

There’s been a lot of interest in the radioactive waste disposal scandal currently rocking Eastern Kentucky.

Due to popular request, I thought it’d be a good idea to share official documentation.

Yesterday, the Energy and Environment Cabinet issued a Notice of Violation against Green Valley Landfill in Ashland. That came after it was discovered (allegedly based on anonymous tips?) that 26 loads — a whopping 368.5 tons — of low-level radioactive waste had been hauled there.

Here’s that notice:


Green Valley, as you can see, failed to track the source, disposal location and quantity of the waste. Which should come as no surprise, as this is Kentucky we’re talking about.

Those violations have been “referred for enforcement action”, according to a release from the Bevin Administration.

The EEC also sent a Notice of Violation to Blue Ridge Landfill in Estill County for the same shenanigans.

Here’s the Blue Ridge notice:


But the worst part?

State government had to issue a cease and desist order to Advanced TENORM (TENORM stands for Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material) in West Liberty. That company, alleged to be owned by brothers Cory and Jason Hoskins, faces a heap of potential problems.

Here’s what the EEC had to say about that:

And the Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced that on Friday, March 4, it had issued a cease and desist letter to Advanced TENORM, a waste disposal company located in West Liberty, Ky. Advanced TENORM is suspected of importing, collecting, transporting, treating, storing, depositing and/or disposing of TENORM from West Virginia since June 2015, which is prohibited by state law. Advance TENORM could face civil fines up to $100,000 per occurrence, as well as substantial criminal penalties.

The Hoskins are (allegedly! cough) telling people that they aren’t worried because they have signed acceptance contracts with the landfill company(s). But according to the EEC, that’s not exactly legal.

You’ll likely note that Advanced TENORM Services L.L.C. lists Jason Hoskins as a current officer and Melissa Hoskins as an organizer of the business. The hot gossip in West Liberty is that Melissa, who is married to Cory, was listed as having an ownership stake in the business in order to keep assets away from one of Cory’s ex-wives, who has apparently sued for child support. So that should turn out to make this entire scandal way more awful for all involved.

This is why Kentucky can’t have nice things.

This will probably be one of the only updates I make on the story. James Bruggers of A Kentucky Newspaper does a much better job on this beat and I’ll be directing folks to look at his reporting.

Some Morgan Co Tidbits From Way Back

Note: If you’re unfamiliar with Morgan County, Tim Conley or Jerry Lundergan, do a bit of research to get caught up. Then it’ll all make sense. With most everything published here, we assume the reader has been following since day one.

Thought it’d be a good idea to share some tidbits we’ve learned from Morgan County officials over the past year that are apparently turning out to be a big deal.

ALLEGEDLY. Of course. Allegedly.

Oh, forgot to disclose: I’ve finally gotten people back home to feel safe spilling the tea.

Here are some of the allegations:

  • Tim Conley and his inner circle were present the day Jerry Lundergan and his company, EDS, showed up on the scene
  • Two FEMA agents were there directing traffic and observing, as well. Those FEMA agents went to Conely – in front of Lundergan – and told him to run Lundergan out of town
  • The next day, a city manager working in the recovery/operations center turned around to discover that Lundergan had shown up. Lundergan told them he was a contractor… but he didn’t have a contract.
  • Shortly after that, Lundergan was advised that he wasn’t authorized to be there and was escorted out by the Kentucky State Police
  • After debris removal, the city had no dealings with Lundergan or EDS

Interesting details, to say the least.

But there’s more:

  • Tons of people from around the world sent donations to Morgan County. Checks would come in, they’d get documented and the funds were supposed to hit where needed.
  • People around Tim Conley at the time tell me that all cash went directly to Tim and he was to hand it out as he saw fit.
  • There’s no record of where those funds went.

Even more interesting.

This is just a taste of what’s beginning to pour out.

Decided to release it today because there’s something about to occur.

More soon!

There’s A Hemp Battle Heating Up

From the president of Kentucky Hemp Ventures, Inc.:

To fully understand the depths of the corruption and criminal activities one must first examine the actors and dynamics during the 2013 KY Legislative Session. Senate Bill (SB) 50 sought to amend the law of a State Commission, the Kentucky Hemp Commission, which had been created legislatively in the 1990’s but lay dormant for years. In particular during the battle to get the law passed, both sides of the aisle didn’t trust Jamie Comer, then Commissioner of the KY Department of Agriculture (KDA), to serve as Chair of the KY Hemp Commission. In addition, the KY Legislature didn’t even trust KDA to administer a hemp program. In a last minute compromise (literally), SB 50 passed moving the administration of the hemp program to UK’s Extensions, which makes too much sense since the Extensions (by land grant) are in all 120 counties in KY, and Jamie Comer was removed as Chair of the KY Hemp Commission. Seems all well and balanced.

In February 2014, the US Farm Bill passed authorizing states that had passed concurrent state laws authorizing State Departments of Agriculture and State Universities to grow hemp for research and development. The first problem is that KY had (has) no such state law, which should have been amended in the 2014 Legislative Session to bring state law in line with the US Farm Bill. Instead, here is what happened.. Jamie Comer moved to vice chair of the KY Hemp Commission, and had his VERY well known crony, political operative extraordinaire, Brian Furnish elected as Chair. To the best of our knowledge UK was never even contacted concerning its new legislative role as an administer of the hemp program. Several meetings were held by the KY Hemp Commission whereby it was announced at the last meeting that the KY Hemp Commission was being disbanded. The only problem there is the KY Hemp Commission can only be dissolved by the KY Legislature.

Fast forward to today and you will see the fears concerning Jamie Comer come to light in horror show fashion. Not only is the entire hemp program in KY illegal since KDA has no legal authority concerning hemp (only the KY Hemp Commission does), the state hemp program is also in violation of the US Farm Bill. We have learned that for the 2016 season, the secretive KDA “hemp review committee” selected for licenses applicants that were vastly Republicans and/or Comer insiders. The CBD market is mostly monopolized by KY Senators Hornback, Alvarado, State Rep. Shell, and a foreign company, GenCanna to the extent that they even bragged about it in the Lexington Herald Leader

Guess the first shot has been fired.

Note: Probably worth recognizing that Adam Watson is no longer the Industrial Hemp Program Coordinator. He was nowhere to be seen here and now only handles organic certification. This means heads are already rolling.