The Republican Health Care Nightmare Is Real

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A Pikeville psychologist convicted of taking part in the largest Social Security disability fraud in U.S. history should serve 25 years in prison, a judge ruled Friday. [H-L]

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price needs to travel on private jets for his job because he is extremely busy, a spokeswoman said Wednesday in response to criticism that chartering flights is expensive and wasteful. [HuffPo]

This is the dumbest shit. Really? Trying to move it to Philadelphia? Who are these jackasses? The Muhammad Ali Childhood Home Museum shut down this week, less than two years after opening, one of the owners confirmed Friday. [C-J/AKN]

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered a rallying cry Thursday for the fight against climate change and an implicit rebuke to Donald Trump, who has announced his intention to pull the US from the Paris agreement to slow global warming. [CNN]

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has contracted on a contingency basis with four outside legal firms to assist in investigating and perhaps suing drug manufacturers and distributors for promoting opioids which fueled a drug epidemic in Kentucky. [Ronnie Ellis]

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) signaled on Sunday that she is unlikely to support the latest GOP ObamaCare repeal effort, but said she hasn’t made a final decision. [The Hill]

Three Northeast Kentucky counties were among the ten counties with the highest unemployment rates in the state, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. [Ashland Independent]

So dumb. The Trump administration on Friday reversed Obama-era guidelines on how colleges should handle sexual assault allegations that it said treated the accused unfairly. [Reuters]

Even as lawmakers appropriated too little money for Kentucky’s public pensions over 20 years, they gave away — or left uncollected — billions in revenue in the form of tax breaks and exemptions. [More Ronnie Ellis]

Trump criticized Sen. John McCain and misrepresented the latest attempt by Republicans in the Senate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Twitter Saturday morning. [ThinkProgress]

The Housing Authority of Glasgow will give priority to natural disaster victims — including those affected by recent hurricanes — who are seeking temporary emergency housing for the next 90 days over those who are on waiting lists. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Washington Post-ABC polling released Sunday suggests that, even before Trump inserted himself into the NFL protests, most Americans viewed him as a president who was doing more to divide the country than to unite it. About two-thirds of Americans felt that Trump, despite his insistent rhetoric that the country needs to unite, was, in fact, driving Americans apart. About 3 in 10 said Trump had helped unite the country. [WaPo]

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Friday that he will partner with four law firms to investigate and potentially sue drug manufacturers, distributors and retailers that contributed to Kentucky’s opioid abuse epidemic. [H-L]

Organizations from across the health care industry have come together on Saturday in a joint statement opposing the controversial Graham-Cassidy bill. [HuffPo]

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New Nazis Try Again To Kill Health Care

I’ll never forget when Karpf nearly shit his pants when I asked him about his role in the illegal organ trade. And when the media in Kentucky ignored it. Retiring University of Kentucky HealthCare chief Michael Karpf will continue making his $900,000 salary for the next year as he advises UK President Eli Capilouto on state and federal health care issues. [Linda Blackford]

A bipartisan group of governors urged Senate leaders Tuesday against considering the latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, calling instead for a bipartisan effort to improve the existing law. [HuffPo]

This is a stupid move by the New Nazi/New Republicans in charge at the University of Louisville. But quit acting as if you’re surprised, Louisville liberals. You knew those fart huffers were going to do crazy stuff like this. Maybe next time you’ll support Democrats that can win instead of Democrats like Jack Conway. The University of Louisville could soon be the only college in the Atlantic Coast Conference without a campus newspaper. [C-J/AKN]

The Trump administration plans to stop accepting refugee applications from children with U.S.-based parents from three violence-riddled Central American countries — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala — according to the summary of a presentation the State Department made recently to refugee organizations. [ProPublica]

Reminder: David Dickerson is a third-rate bigot. And don’t you fucking forget it. [Glasgow Daily Times]

It was a hard choice, but in the end it was no choice at all. A small rescue boat had come up the driveway, offering help. Carl Ellis was with his frail, 73-year-old mother, Wilma Jean. The boat had room for one. [NY Times]

Over two years ago, Steven Middleton was given the go-ahead to produce a documentary on the history of Morehead State University. [The Morehead News]

The trouble Paul Manafort is in continues to come into focus. The latest development: Emails he sent to a Ukraine-based employee of his consulting business talking about setting up a briefing with a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin. [WaPo]

Morehead State University will be added to the NASA’s Deep Space Network, more commonly known as the DSN. [Ashland Independent]

California filed a lawsuit on Wednesday over the Trump administration’s plan to construct a wall along the border with Mexico, adding to the obstacles facing one of the Republican president’s key campaign promises. [Reuters]

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved the appointments this week of a new executive vice president for health affairs (EVPHA) and two college deans. [Richmond Register]

If you don’t oppose these New Nazis, you’re one of them. The new ObamaCare repeal measure from Senate Republicans would give states a way to repeal protections for people with pre-existing conditions, a controversial move that opponents of the bill are denouncing. [The Hill]

Kentucky is among the six least diverse states in the country, a new study shows. [H-L]

Former President Barack Obama said it’s “frustrating to have to mobilize” so often to keep lawmakers from repealing the Affordable Care Act. [HuffPo]

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Mitch McConnell’s Finally Going Senile

The moment she was pushed from an 80-foot cliff in Jackson County, Jessica Durham saw two huge rocks racing up to meet her and prayed that she wouldn’t hit them. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell wants to give Donald Trump even more power. Because something is wrong with that old fucker. Seriously wrong. [HuffPo]

A Jewish foundation has received $150 million from the parent of KentuckyOne Health to end its relationship with the health system’s properties statewide, including the local Jewish Hospital & Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. [C-J/AKN]

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Tuesday gave his strongest endorsement to date for constructing a physical coastal barrier to protect the region from deadly storm surge during hurricanes. [ProPublica]

The 2017 tax rates for the City of Richmond were approved narrowly Tuesday, with commissioners Jason Morgan and Jim Newby voting no on the ordinance. [Richmond Register]

ThinkProgress reported Tuesday morning that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is the subject of a Department of Justice corruption probe for allegedly misappropriating billions of dollars, was staying at the Trump International Hotel in D.C. before his meeting with Trump. On Tuesday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about the report and defended Najib’s choice of lodging — a choice that directly lines Trump’s pockets since he still owns the hotel. [ThinkProgress]

Several area school districts reported modest increases in composite scores on the ACT college-entrance examination. [Ashland Independent]

As a top official in Donald Trump’s transition team, former Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn actively promoted a private-sector scheme to build dozens of nuclear reactors across the Middle East known informally in the transition as the “Marshall Plan.” But he did not publicly disclose that backers of the plan had paid him at least $25,000. [Politico]

Matt Bevin is truly one of the most stupid people in Frankfort. So painfully stupid. You like small government? Bevin wants BIGGER government with more consolidated power. [WFPL]

Trump confirmed on Thursday morning that he supports legislation that would protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation and would deliver a “massive” increase in border security — but not with a wall on the southern border. [NY Times]

Kentucky’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 5.4 percent for August, unchanged from the previous month, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Really? A new political party headed by Bernie Sanders? Not gonna happen. Maybe a new political party needs to happen but get off it, Bernie Bros, he’s not the leader of anything. He didn’t even come up with the current health care push – John Conyers has been pushing it for 14 years. Sack up and find some independence instead of some pie in the sky rich guy yammering in D.C. [WaPo]

Transylvania University President Seamus Carey said his administration “worked around the clock” over the past week to help an immigrant student who said she was harassed online after a fellow student urged people on Facebook to report her to immigration authorities. [Linda Blackford]

U.S. House lawmakers on Tuesday adopted a trio of bipartisan measures meant to rein in civil asset forfeiture, a controversial law enforcement practice that allows police to confiscate property from individuals without ever convicting them of a crime, and often without even charging them. [HuffPo]

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RPK Won’t Step Up On Opioids So Counties Are Doing The Hard Work To Improve Kentucky

Keep hearing reports that this is allegedly tied directly to the shady-ass Jessamine County Sheriff but no one in the state wants to talk about it. And I’m hearing it from federal folks. Guess we’ll see? Someone should also start asking the sheriff about his wife. [H-L]

Bernie Senders introduced a single-payer health care bill that’s backed by a third of the Senate Democratic Caucus. [HuffPo]

Much, and perhaps all, of the recent Bevin administration plan to cut spending within most state agencies is illegal, Attorney General Andy Beshear said Tuesday. [C-J/AKN]

Michael G. Flynn, the son of Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, is a subject of the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign, according to four current and former government officials. [NBC News]

Nearly nine months after Glasgow City Councilman Jake Dickinson suggested the council should hire his friend Danny Basil, a local attorney, to pursue unseating three members of the Glasgow Electric Plant Board’s board of directors, Dickinson was one of only four people on the 12-member council to vote in favor Monday of continuing pursuit of that idea. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Trump administration has engaged in an unconstitutional practice of searching without a warrant the phones and laptops of Americans who are stopped at the border, a lawsuit filed on Wednesday alleged. [Reuters]

The owners of vacant or abandoned properties in Louisville owe more than $40 million in unpaid property maintenance fines. That’s according to a recent report from the city’s Vacant and Public Property Administration. [WFPL]

Sens. Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy, Dean Heller and Ron Johnson on Wednesday released an Obamacare repeal bill, framing it as the last, best hope to fulfill the GOP’s promise to undo the health law. [Politico]

For a state whose name is synonymous with fried chicken, it’s no wonder a recent study found that more than 1 out of 3 Kentucky’s adults are obese. [Richmond Register]

Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters have left this sprawling metropolis partially ruined and eager to return to something like normalcy. But the storm has also forced many thousands of people out of their homes. As a result, the city is engaged in one giant collective improvisation. Its defining creative endeavor is where to find a place to sleep. [NY Times]

PEE ALERT. The Morehead Police Department is searching for those responsible for committing criminal mischief at Don Greenhill City Park over the weekend. [The Morehead News]

The U.S. government on Wednesday banned the use of a Russian brand of security software by federal agencies and gave them three months to remove the software amid concerns the company has ties to state-sponsored cyberespionage activities, according to U.S. officials. [WaPo]

Fiscal courts in nine Central and Eastern Kentucky counties and one Western Kentucky county filed separate civil lawsuits Tuesday in federal courts, seeking damages against wholesale distributors of painkillers called opioids for “creating a public nuisance.” [H-L]

Democrats won two GOP-held legislative seats in Oklahoma and New Hampshire on Tuesday, bringing the total number of state legislature seats the party has flipped since the November election to six. [HuffPo]

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Bevin’s A National Embarrassment Again

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Many employees of Kentucky state government are headed toward the exits as Gov. Matt Bevin and the General Assembly debate the possibility of sweeping cuts to their pension benefits to address a massive funding shortfall. [John Cheves]

Surprise! I spent a decade preparing you for this Kentucky Retirement Systems disaster and now the mainstream media is trying to catch up. Better late than never. Now they’re trying to figure out how all of that is tied in with Matt Bevin. [HuffPo]

This David Yates case stinks to high heavens. That’s why he gets so animated and crazy when confronted over it. Because it’s a lot crazier than he’ll ever let on. Anyone who fully trusts him probably needs to reevaluate their life. I’m not saying N.C. isn’t a victim and that those two cops aren’t garbage humans with no business having badges but there’s a lot that’ll apparently never see the light of day. [C-J/AKN]

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, wakes up each morning to a growing problem that will not go away. [Bloomberg]

Are better economic times ahead? No, they’re not. Not in Appalachian Kentucky. [Ashland Independent]

At least there’s Canada. For three months, the federal government has been secretly spiriting gay Chechen men from Russia to Canada, under a clandestine program unique in the world. [Globe & Mail]

You can thank Matt Bevin and the Republican Party of Kentucky for continuing to sink Kentucky’s economy. Madison County’s unemployment rate for July was more than a percentage point higher than a year earlier. Madison County is one of 99 Kentucky counties that saw their unemployment rates climb, according to data from the state Office of Employment and Training. [Richmond Register]

Yet another solid reason for impeachment. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has the draft of a letter that Donald Trump wrote to justify the firing of then-FBI Director James Comey, CBS News’ Major Garrett confirms, according to sources familiar with the White House and Justice Department process. The letter confirms what the president ultimately acknowledged days after Comey’s firing — that even before he received the assessment of Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation from the Justice Department, he had already decided to terminate Comey. Originally, Mr. Trump and the White House said the president decided to fire Comey only after receiving the recommendation from Sessions and Rosenstein the same day. [CBS News]

More state workers retired last month than the year before amid concerns that the legislature and Gov. Matt Bevin (R-So Insane He Needs A Court-Appointed Guardian) will make changes to state retirement plans. [WFPL]

The Justice Department confirmed in a court filing there is no evidence that Trump Tower was targeted for surveillance by the Obama administration — contradicting Trump’s controversial claim first made in March. [USA Today]

Here’s what mouth-breathers like Walter Blevins Jr have been up to back in podunk. Fighting over yard signs and “free speech” as if any of that shit matters outside of Morehead. (It doesn’t even matter *in* Morehead.) [The Morehead News]

Robert S. Mueller III is teaming up with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in the investigation of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. This is extremely bad news for Manafort and others at the center of Mueller’s broader investigation into the campaign. [WaPo]

What on earth? No, the jobs aren’t here in Kentucky. There are low-end factory jobs but those are few and far between. There are not the kind of jobs that prevent brain drain or attract modern Americans to the Commonwealth. You can’t blame that shit on drugs. Dave Adkisson is part of the problem. [H-L]

Racism beams on high. Donald Trump plans to end an Obama-era program that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation, according to multiple reports. [HuffPo]

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RPK Is Trying Extra-Hard To Kill Education Right Now And Your Kids Will Pay The Price

Twenty percent of Kentucky’s 42,020 public school teachers already are eligible to retire, but for whatever professional or personal reasons, they reported for work this month when classes started. [John Cheves]

“Conservatism” is no longer a thing. It’s been hijacked by New Nazis. If you’re a Republican today? That means you. You own this shit. [HuffPo]

If Dan Johnson wants to be taken seriously, he needs to ditch his racist attorney. Then he needs to be evaluated for acquired traumatic brain injury. But mostly he needs to ditch that racist twat. [C-J/AKN]

What do Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Harland Sanders, Donald Trump Jr. and Betty White have in common? They’re all commissioned Kentucky colonels, honorary aides-de-camp to the commonwealth’s governor. They have no official duties. Nor any perks, not even a discount on mint juleps. [WSJ]

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

Just a reminder that AT&T got its ass handed to it in court for attempting to thwart the expansion of Google Fiber. [TechDirt]

Prior to a work session last week, the Madison County Board of Education voted in favor of a slight tax increase during a special tax hearing. The board voted to increase the property tax rate to 62.4 cents per $100 of assessed value, which is only a 0.6 percent increase from last year’s rate of 61.8. [Richmond Register]

Donald Trump is such a shitsack that he bragged about crowd size after touching down in Houston! What the hell is wrong with you Scott Jennings motherfuckers who continue to support this buffoon? [The Hill]

After years of pretending to do the right thing, the New Nazi Republican Party of Kentucky has decided to kill Kentucky’s pension system. All of these people need to be physically dragged through the streets of Frankfort because this is a massive redistribution of wealth. The hardest working Kentuckians get the shaft while the wealthy hedge funders get a guaranteed payday. Fuck all of them. And if you ever have the chance, knee them in their fat guts. [Ashland Independent]

The police arrested two men, including a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and were seeking a third in connection with violent episodes that took place at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., this month, including the beating of an African-American man that was caught on video and widely shared on social media. [NY Times]

Attorney Danny Basil provided a written update to the Glasgow City Council on Monday outlining the understandings reached after he met with Glasgow Electric Plant Board officials and representatives on Aug. 16. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Yep, he lied about not trying to do business in Russia. While Donald Trump was running for president in late 2015 and early 2016, his company was pursuing a plan to develop a massive Trump Tower in Moscow, according to several people familiar with the proposal and new records reviewed by Trump Organization lawyers. [WaPo]

For the second year in a row, Berea College has been named the top liberal arts college in the United States. This ranking, however, is not from U.S. News and World Report, and it doesn’t look at ACT scores or the size of a school’s endowment. Instead, Washington Monthly’s 12th annual college ranking judges schools on how well they serve low-income and first-generation college students, the kinds of jobs graduates get, and how much public service they perform. [Linda Blackford]

Harvey’s floodwaters run thick with petrochemicals in some communities, the result of unbridled industry, Wild West regulations and environmental racism. [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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