Rand Paul Is Supporting Treason

Rand Paul and Donald Trump are now best friends, as the Kentucky Republican has become a rare ray of GOP support for the embattled president. [H-L]

Former President Barack Obama offered a sobering and alarming view of the state of the world in what appeared to be a rebuke of Donald Trump, warning that nationalist and populist sentiments are making their way into the mainstream. [HuffPo]

Former University of Louisville President James Ramsey resigned under pressure a mere 27 days into the 2016-17 fiscal year, but he was still the nation’s highest-paid public college president that year. [C-J/AKN]

Special counsel Robert Mueller wants to give a form of immunity to five potential witnesses against former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, according to court papers filed Tuesday. [NBC News]

Greenup County is one step closer to requiring Hepatitis A vaccinations for all food service workers in the county. [Ashland Independent]

Two security experts from the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory drove to San Antonio, Texas, in March 2017 with a sensitive mission: to retrieve dangerous nuclear materials from a nonprofit research lab there. Their task, according to documents and interviews, was to ensure that the radioactive materials did not fall into the wrong hands on the way back to Idaho, where the government maintains a stockpile of nuclear explosive materials for the military and others. [CPI]

The Cave City Tourist and Convention Commission’s board of directors voted Monday during a special-called meeting to accept the resignation of executive director Sharon Tabor after meeting in closed session to discuss a personnel issue. [Glasgow Daily Times]

This data conclusively debunks the myth of conservative censorship on Facebook. We studied Facebook pages that post content about American political news. Conservatives are not being censored — in fact, right-wing Facebook pages are thriving. [MMFA]

The Glasgow City Council is putting $100,000 toward a construction project expected to alleviate one of motorists’ most pervasive headaches. City officials hope additional funding can be attained through a federal grant. [BGDN]

The same Russian military intelligence service now accused of disrupting the 2016 presidential election in America may also be responsible for the nerve agent attack in Britain against a former Russian spy — an audacious poisoning that led to a geopolitical confrontation this spring between Moscow and the West. [NY Times]

What the hell is wrong with JK McKnight giving STEVE HENRY money for an organization that was caught up in his (Henry’s) guilty pleas in 2009? People are stupid. Really stupid. Henry’s various “foundations” and campaign funds were used for his personal gain. He made three Alford Pleas. The IRS came for him over the Rosemary Clooney House. Yet these jackasses still think it’s safe to give him money. Stupid, stupid, stupid. [WFPL]

A Russian national with alleged ties to a top Russian official was charged in federal court in Washington Monday with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation, and was ordered held without bond. Butina is accused of developing relationships with American politicians and a “gun rights organization,” none of which are named in the affidavit supporting the criminal complaint. She began reaching out to NRA members and other American gun enthusiasts in 2013. Butina also attended an NRA convention in May 2016, where a Republican operative named Paul Erickson worked to get Torshin a meeting with Trump. [WaPo]

State budget officials recently divided up $31 million in state funding between Kentucky’s public universities, but Morehead State University, Kentucky State University and four Eastern Kentucky community colleges each got zero. [H-L]

The labyrinth of cables and hardware that supports the internet is likely to be flooded with saltwater as sea levels rise over the next 15 years, submerging thousands of miles of underground infrastructure, particularly in coastal cities. [HuffPo]

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Matt Bevin Is Gutting Public Education

Matt Bevin and former House Speaker Jeff Hoover scrapped Friday as the House voted to override Bevin’s veto of the state tax bill, with Hoover knocking Bevin’s attempted education budget cuts and Bevin hitting Hoover for a sex harassment scandal. [H-L]

Donald Trump’s sudden decision not to impose tough new sanctions on Russia left many lawmakers dumbfounded this week and led some to question whether Trump had seriously undermined Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who had announced the sanctions just a day prior. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin’s statement on the effect of teacher protests and rallies on the state’s children is prompting outrage among state officials — including members of his own party. [C-J/AKN]

A major donor with close ties to the White House resigned on Friday as deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee after the revelation that he had agreed to pay $1.6 million to a former Playboy model who became pregnant during an affair. [NY Times]

Attorneys for Matt Bevin filed a motion Tuesday in Franklin Circuit Court seeking to disqualify Attorney General Andy Beshear in a suit filed by Beshear challenging the constitutionality of a recently passed law which makes changes to Kentucky’s public pension systems. [Ronnie Ellis]

Demoralized by rounds of job cuts, journalists at San Jose’s Mercury News and East Bay Times in Oakland, Calif., took their case to the public last month. At a rally in Oakland, they handed out a fact sheet detailing the “pillaging” of their papers, accompanied by a cartoon of a business executive trying to milk an emaciated cow. [WaPo]

Due to an ongoing outbreak of Hepatitis A, the Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is recommending vaccination for everyone residing in Boyd, Greenup and Carter Counties. [Ashland Independent]

Don Blankenship… hahahahahahahahahahaha,. Just move all beverages away from your computer before clicking the clicky [ThinkProgress]

State lawmakers put the finishing touches on the General Assembly’s 2018 session by overriding gubernatorial vetoes, most notably on the state budget and tax reform legislation, and passing bills right up to the session’s final hours. [The Morehead News]

Barbara Bush, former US first lady and literacy campaigner, has died aged 92. [BBC]

Pruitt was terrible and needed to go but his replacement is going to be a nightmare. It didn’t take long for the newly configured state Board of Education, whose members have now all been appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin, to change directions. [More Ronnie Ellis]

The parents of a 17-year-old student who was shot five times as he shielded others during the Parkland, Florida high school mass shooting on Tuesday filed the first lawsuit on behalf of a victim in the massacre that killed 17 people and wounded 17 others. [Reuters]

Lexington is still arguing about dogs. Because there’s obviously nothing more important going on. [H-L]

This guy did exactly what Steve Henry did! The Missouri attorney general’s office has uncovered “evidence of potential criminal acts of wrongdoing” by Gov. Eric Greitens, Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Tuesday. At issue, Hawley said, is an electronic donor list Greitens obtained from a Missouri nonprofit called The Mission Continues. [HuffPo]

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It’s Steve Henry Pee Alert Time!

Oh man, Steve Henry. Remember that guy? He’s the man I helped get get triple-convicted for campaign finance fraud. Because he and his wife, Heather French Henry, were butt-deep in scamming people. They were mingling campaign contributions for a non-existent U.S. Senate campaign, a gubernatorial campaign that wasn’t yet official, they were personally profiting from those funds, personally profiting (living in, no less!) from the Rosemary Clooney House – which they tried to claim was a non-profit and we got the IRS to shut that down. That’s just scratching the surface. There’s way too much to detail.

Anyway, that corrupt guy is back in the news.

Here’s the latest glory from WAVE3’s Eric Flack:

The heroin epidemic has touched nearly every corner of the community. Now, WAVE 3 News has uncovered unintended consequences for one local neighborhood.

People being treated for heroin addiction are being blamed for crime, congestion, and overall ugly behavior in one community. And the surprise isn’t only what’s happening, but where.

All this is happening right in the heart of Louisville’s Highlands neighborhood, in a building owned by a community preservation group led by a former Kentucky lieutenant governor.

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“I don’t think anyone wants that in their neighborhood,” said Jaclyn Culver, a business owner in the area. She said the neighborhood is under siege by patients from a clinic operated by Dr. David Easley.

Easley is a psychiatrist who, according to public searches, prescribes suboxone to assist people trying to get off heroin and painkillers. But some of those same clients are starting to overwhelm people who live and work in the area.

“They’re taking over,” said a woman named Donna who lives in the area but asked not to give her last name. “I appreciate what they do. I think it’s wonderful. But no one in there has control of what goes on out here.”

WAVE 3 News watched with an undercover camera as a man left the suboxone clinic and publicly urinated next to his truck as a woman walked past with her dog. It was around 10:30 a.m.

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Culver and others said the suboxone clinic is also attracting problems that Easley and his staff aren’t doing anything to stop.

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WAVE 3 News wanted to take the neighbors’ concerns, and the undercover video, to Dr. Easley and the owner of the building, the Future Fund Land Trust. Future Fund is a non-profit run by Kentucky’s former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry.

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Henry said he had many more problems with vandalism and drifters misusing the property after a boutique operated out of the building by his wife, Heather French-Henry, closed. Steve Henry said things have gotten much better since Easley moved in, and that he, too, was unaware of any issues with the neighbors.

Culver doesn’t understand how they could miss it.

“The other people in the neighborhood are being taken advantage of,” she said.

As for why Future Fund purchased a building in the Highlands in the first place, Henry told WAVE 3 News it’s used as a business office.

He also said the rent paid by Easley to lease the back of the building goes to help the Future Fund buy more land to preserve.

Here’s the deal…

The Future Fund? It’s not doing anything to protect land. Henry and his wife were attempting to personally profit from land they were buying up and got caught. Dan Jones of 21st Century Parks had to threaten the Henrys with legal action in order to get them to go through with providing Floyds Fork land for the Parklands project he was working on. They were straight up using the Future Fund, a non-profit, to buy up land and Steve and Heather were trying to sell it for their own gain.

The Henrys can claim otherwise but who you gonna believe? A man thrice-convicted? A woman who defrauded her publisher and is grifting with her veterans organization? Or myself, along with Leslie Holland (who spent gobs of cash and busted her butt to make justice happen), who witnessed it all and then forced a giant investigation? If you aren’t keen on trusting us, you can also look go the Special Investigations Unit of the Kentucky State Police. Because they’re the fine folks who documented everything.

That building was “purchased” by the Future Fund because of Henry’s campaign finance troubles from 2006-2009. You can search the archives here to find all those stories. Or read about them in the Herald-Leader. It’s been mixed up in Henry’s failed campaign, the Future Fund, Heather’s failed boutique and now it’s a clinic for heroin addicts. Seems fitting.

Eric Flack should dig in to everything Henry got in trouble for. The KSP should probably dig in to make sure Henry isn’t violating his agreement with the court as part of his plea deal. And then Louisville should shut that crap down.

This is why Kentucky can’t have nice things.

Maybe She’s Trying To Run For Office

Heather French Henry’s gig of playing veteran leader is basically just a re-hash of her husband’s past failed campaigns.

Right?

Get a load of the latest press release:

Free Gun Locks
for Military and Veterans
at State Fair Sunday

The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will be giving away gun locks to active-duty military service members and veterans on Military Appreciation Day at the Kentucky State Fair this Sunday, Aug. 23.

“We are happy to be able to provide these gun locks to veterans and military members,” said KDVA Commissioner Heather French Henry. “They know better than anyone the importance of gun safety. We are also passionate about decreasing the numbers of veterans who commit suicide each day and this is one way we can possibly help to do just that.”

Gun locks. Just like Steve.

It’s like she’s trying to ramp up her own failed campaign of some sort.

Gag.

At Least She’s Leaving Really Soon

Remember when Steve Henry used the personal health information from prostate cancer screening patients at the state fair for his political benefit?

Yeah?

Guess what his sweatshop dress-pushing wife is doing with your state government tax dollars.

Here’s the release:

Kentucky’s male veterans should not miss the opportunity to get free prostate cancer screening at the Kentucky State Fair, which opens Thursday.

Heather French Henry, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, has long been a strong advocate of prostate cancer screening for all men, and particularly veterans.

“Especially during this 50th Vietnam War Commemoration, Vietnam veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange should get screened because they are at risk,” Henry said. “With early detection, this is a survivable cancer. It’s free at the State Fair. Do it for your loved ones.”

The Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund Board of Directors granted $2,500 to the prostate screening program because of its importance to veterans.

Free prostate cancer screening will be available on Saturday, Aug. 22, Sunday, Aug. 23 (which is also Military Appreciation Day), Tuesday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Aug. 29.

Screenings for other cancers and various health conditions will also be available at the State Fair.

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Commissioner Henry, along with First Lady Jane Beshear; Dr. Steve Henry, president of the Kentucky Prostate Cancer Coalition; Dr. Donald Miller, director of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center; and Mark Milburn, vice president of oncology services for KentuckyOne Health, will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, the opening day of the fair, to announce the screening program.

All screenings as well as the news conference are being held in the Health Horizons area of the South Wing.

Yep, she’s involving her husband in cancer screenings again.

FBI Has Job Security In Kentucky Corruption

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Federal crime-fighters started an outreach campaign Friday to recruit Kentuckians to help uncover government corruption and end the state’s “fairly sordid” history of scandals that rob trust in government, law enforcement officials said. [H-L]

Kurdish militia fighting Islamic State in Syria accused Turkey on Saturday of targeting it at least four times in the past week, calling the attacks provocative and hostile. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin told a thoroughbred industry group Thursday that he supports the continuance of the historical horse racing games that opponents say are slot machines. [C-J/AKN]

Sen. Rand Paul is attributing GOP rival Donald Trump’s rise in the polls to a momentary “loss of sanity.” [The Hill]

We’re still effectively operating debtors prisons in Kentucky with taxpayer dollars. Jailing people who can’t afford to pay fines. [Richmond Register]

Woah, it’s like Steve Henry but in Pennsylvania. Fascinating how that always works. [Reuters]

The Boyd County School District is joining in the fight against a landfill that opponents say is a stinky nuisance. [Ashland Independent]

Democrat Hillary Clinton sought to persuade African-Americans on Friday to resist any temptation to side with Republican Jeb Bush in the 2016 presidential race as they offered differing visions on how to tackle economic and racial inequality. [More Reuters]

TWB Company, a Worthington Steel and WISCO Tailored Blanks joint venture company, received preliminary approval for $360,000 in state tax incentives for a new operation in Barren County. [Glasgow Daily Times]

In 2013, The New York Times asked readers in Southern states to share their experiences of being gay in the South. Now, in 2015, they reflect on their progress, struggles, hopes for the future, and what the Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage means to them. [NY Times]

Miss the KTRS funding workgroup meeting last week? Check out the archived footage. [KET]

In 2006, Alabama lawmakers passed a bill aimed at punishing parents who turned their kitchens and garages into do-it-yourself meth labs, exposing their children to toxic chemicals and noxious fumes. Support was bipartisan, the vote was unanimous, and the bill was quickly signed into law. [ProPublica]

The historic slide in coal jobs that has undermined the economy of Eastern Kentucky continued in the second quarter of 2015, with the industry cutting another 10.6 percent of its workforce in the region. The layoffs left an estimated 5,889 employed at coal mines and facilities in Eastern Kentucky, the lowest total in more than a century. [H-L]

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the concept of “choice” is an ephemeral one for low-income women who live in states that pass laws limiting access to abortion, as they may not be able to afford to travel to a state with less onerous restrictions. [HuffPo]

Reminder: Henry Used HIPAA-Protected Info There

Just a reminder that Steve Henry once used all of the cancer screening information collected for political purposes.

Remember when he was convicted on three big counts?

Keep all that in mind when reading this press release:

Gov. Beshear, KDVA Commissioner to Kick Off Cancer Screening Opportunities at State Fair

WHO:
Gov. Steve Beshear
Heather French Henry, commissioner, Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs
Former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry, president, Kentucky Prostate Cancer Coalition

WHAT: Kickoff for KentuckyOne Health cancer screening opportunities at State Fair

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time

WHERE:
Kentucky Exposition Center
KentuckyOne Health Exhibit
South Wing, Health Horizons
937 Phillips Lane
Louisville, Kentucky

Dumb.

As.

Hell.