Bevin & Republicans Fear Andy Beshear

Disgraced Pikeville attorney Eric Conn spent most of Friday in Lexington working on testimony against another figure in the $550 million social security fraud case that left him facing 12 years in prison. [H-L]

Authorities believe fugitive lawyer Eric C. Conn is still in the country after escaping court-ordered supervision Friday evening and are offering a $20,000 reward for information that helps catch him. [H-L]

Former FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that the White House had lied and defamed him and the FBI by saying he had lost the faith of bureau. [HuffPo]

A federal judge has struck down key parts of the ethics code governing the Kentucky General Assembly including its provision that bans lawmakers from accepting “anything of value” from a lobbyist. [C-J/AKN]

The Trump International Hotel received about $270,000 from a lobbying campaign tied to the government of Saudi Arabia last year, according to a filing submitted to the Justice Department last week. The filing from the MSLGroup, a public relations firm, shows that the group spent about $270,000 at the Trump International Hotel while conducting lobbying efforts on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government. [TPM]

The Berea City Council heard first reading of its 2017-19 budget that includes 2-percent raises for employees and an 8-percent rise in employee health insurance costs. [Richmond Register]

Like autumn leaves, sponsored Cadillacs, Ferraris and Maseratis descend on the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York, in September for the Eric Trump Foundation golf invitational. Year after year, the formula is consistent: 18 holes of perfectly trimmed fairways with a dose of Trumpian tackiness, including Hooters waitresses and cigar spreads, followed by a clubhouse dinner, dates encouraged. The crowd leans toward real estate insiders, family friends and C-list celebrities, such as former baseball slugger Darryl Strawberry and reality housewife (and bankruptcy-fraud felon) Teresa Giudice. [Forbes]

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear is again challenging Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s “absolute power” to reorganize state boards, this time asking him to rescind orders last week reorganizing several education boards. [Ronnie Ellis]

Kentucky – specifically Louisville – racists get mad when you point out the crap their kids are saying is racist. [BuzzFeed]

Kentucky is waiting to hear if the federal Department of Homeland Security will allow the state an extension on implementing a federally compliant “REAL ID” driver’s license. [Ronnie Ellis]

This terrifies Republicans and they’ll have panic attacks over it. Even though it was really an idea Richard Nixon once had. [Fast Company]

A new program coming to Eastern Kentucky University’s campus will offer opportunities for single parents to continue their education. [The Morehead News]

Despite June being recognized globally as Pride month, Orange Hate Monkey Trump has committed to headlining the “Road to Majority” conference on Thursday, June 8. This evangelical gathering is hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a conservative organization whose chairperson Ralph Reed has previously spoken out against marriage equality. [OUT]

Remember the Aramark prison meal scandal? Those were the days. Eastern Kentucky University has decided to pay Aramark Corp. $7.6 million a year over the next five years to operate its custodial and grounds services, cutting 180 employees in those departments. [Linda Blackford]

Former FBI Director James Comey said he leaked details of an Oval Office meeting with Donald Trump to prompt an independent investigation of Russia’s possible collusion with the Trump campaign. [HuffPo]

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The Trump-Bevin Brand Of New Republicanism Is Turning Deadly In Kentucky

Just check out the comments left by the dumbest mouth-breathers the Commonwealth has to offer. You’ll note they’re the kind of garbage people who don’t have the guts to show their faces – ever – for fear if getting their asses handed to them. Several windows were shattered at the main office of the Lexington Herald-Leader in downtown Lexington, amid suspected signs of small-caliber bullet damage to the building. [H-L]

Just a reminder of the nasty, ignorant, dangerous environment the New Republicans and Matt Bevin have created in Kentucky. The Lexington Herald-Leader is staying “vigilant” after several of its windows were shattered Sunday morning, Editor Peter Baniak said Monday. [HuffPo]

When a bunch of shitty, Republican bigots launch a 501(c)4 focused on pensions, you know they’re up to no good. [C-J/AKN]

Russian government officials discussed having potentially “derogatory” information about then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and some of his top aides in conversations intercepted by US intelligence during the 2016 election, according to two former intelligence officials and a congressional source. [CNN]

Before daylight fell on White Hall State Park, several men strapped on rucksacks and began a 22-mile journey to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Winchester. [Richmond Register]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Responsible for the state of health care in this country) is tempering expectations that the Senate will pass an overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system, promising his colleagues a vote but not success. [The Hill]

As national Democrats eye the 2018 mid-term elections amid the missteps of the Trump administration, several central Kentucky Democrats are considering a race against Sixth District Republican U.S. Congressman Andy Barr. [Ronnie Ellis]

Of course there are a bunch of backward-ass people gung ho for this racist shit. A small Kentucky town gave a formal welcome on Monday to a monument to the Confederate soldiers of the American Civil War, rededicating the controversial structure after the University of Louisville removed it as an unwelcome symbol of slavery. [Reuters]

The U.S. Army is planning to grant an exclusive license to the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. to manufacture and sell a Zika vaccine the Army developed last year. [WFPL]

Mike Dubke, Donald Trump’s communications director, has resigned as Trump considers a larger personnel shakeup to confront the growing scandals weighing down his administration. [Politico]

Eric Sexton, a Metcalfe County native, has been chosen to lead the Barren River Area Development District. BRADD’s executive council unanimously approved the decision to hire Sexton on Wednesday. [Glasgow Daily Times]

New Republicanism has reached yet another low with this latest stunt involving law enforcement. [WaPo]

Matt Bevin answered questions from the media about his new house last week, but his responses weren’t enough to satisfy Attorney General Andy Beshear. “This is pretty simple: a governor can’t buy a mansion from a state contractor for half off and he can’t create a brand new $250,000 job for his best friend,” Beshear said Tuesday. “Those are the types of things that aren’t Democrat or Republican, they’re just right or wrong. So there is and continues to be a lot of smoke here.” [H-L]

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Wednesday that states should have the flexibility to decide whether schools can discriminate against LGBTQ students ― even if those schools get federal money. [HuffPo]

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Bevin & His New Republican Party Are Bad News For Jobs In Kentucky

Matt Bevin and his fellow New Republican con-artists are so incompetent that unemployment is rising again. Unemployment rates rose in 83 Kentucky counties between April 2016 and April 2017, fell in 28 and stayed the same in nine counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. [H-L]

Former President Barack Obama subtly knocked his successor, Donald Trump on Thursday, while explaining the importance of taking in refugees and immigrants in need. “In the eyes of God, a child on the other side of the border is no less worthy of love and compassion than my own child,” he said in Berlin during a conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. [HuffPo]

Steve Beshear is a lying motherfucker trying to claim he supported gay marriage. He not only fought against gay marriage with your taxpayer dollars, he refused to say the word “gay” during his two terms as governor. Steve Beshear fought against gay marriage so hard that JACK CONWAY had to stand up against him. Beshear fought gay marriage so hard that Dan Canon and crew took the issue to the Supreme Court. Sure, his position may have changed but he partook in extreme homophobic acts. Of course Yetter is giving him cover as he attempts to whitewash history. She’ll likely whine for being called out about it. And a handful of heterosexual white males will defend the bullshit. [C-J/AKN]

The U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world, and 60 percent are preventable. Tell us more, shitty, racist, bigoted, backward Republican Party of Kentucky, how great this anti-health care mentality is going to save us all. [ProPublica]

This reeks of being unethical and potentially illegal. It’s only a matter of time until Bevin’s hit with another massive lawsuit. [Ronnie Ellis]

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited President Donald Trump at the White House in March, she brought a visual aid to help Trump understand the menace posed by his would-be friend, Russian President Vladimir Putin. Merkel brought a 1980s map of the former Soviet Union and noted the way its borders stretched for hundreds of miles to the west of Russia’s current boundary, according to a source who was briefed on the meeting. [Politico]

The fat white guys (I said it, you bigots. Leave McDonald’s once in a while.) of the Morehead Police Department think they need Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. Just in case you needed yet more evidence that some of these small town folks live in a delusional, paranoid Faux News world. [The Morehead News]

Trump’s 2018 budget request to Congress seeks massive cuts in spending on health programs, including medical research, disease prevention programs and health insurance for children of the working poor. It’s the New Republican way. [WaPo]

A bomb threat that included a demand for $25,000 to prevent blowing up a newspaper printing plant in this southern Kentucky city Saturday evening turned out to be false, company officials said. [Richmond Register]

Of course, your shitsack president and most Kentucky Republicans can’t be bothered to honor these dead heroes. [Reuters]

In some areas, residents worry about violent crime – in others, property crime. Could more neighborhood watches be the answer? [WFPL]

One aspect of national security would be shortchanged in the president’s budget proposal: protecting against deadly pathogens, man-made or natural. [NY Times]

Here’s the Jack Brammer participation in the whitewashing of Steve Beshear’s history. He’s the older male version of Yetter. [H-L]

Angered that U.S. intelligence officials appeared to be leaking information about the Manchester terror attack, British authorities have stopped sharing details about the case, the BBC reports. Sources confirmed the report to the Associated Press. [HuffPo]

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Matt Bevin’s Skin Is Thin And He’s Coming Unglued… GET THE POPCORN READY!

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I’ll say something good about Jim Bunning: He’s dead. Good. He also was cantankerous. He snapped “tough s—!” at a senator pleading with him to drop his objection to an unemployment benefits package. He said his 2004 Senate challenger looked like one of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s sons, and he suggested the man was gay. In a 2009 speech, he predicted that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be dead within a year from cancer. Bunning later offered an apology “if my comments offended Justice Ginsburg.” Ginsburg remains alive and on the court. [John Cheves]

The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee called for a review of Jared Kushner’s security clearance Sunday amid reports that the White House adviser sought secret communications with the Kremlin. [HuffPo]

If CJ’s out-of-town managers had guts (and let’s be clear – they don’t. Hi, Joel! Ever find that proof Watkins called CPD? Didn’t think so.) they would work with legal and get Gannett to fund a defamation suit against Bevin. Because Bevin’s a whiny ass titty baby just begging to be dragged for his latest bullshit. The absurd defamation of Loftus takes the cake. [C-J/AKN]

This is a magnificent piece you should go read immediately. When I walk into the Chappaqua dining room in which Hillary Clinton is spending her days working on her new book, I am greeted by a vision from the past. [New York Magazine]

Matt Bevin should tread lightly. The media devil he so desperately fears will huff and puff and blow his glass house down. It’s also not partisan. It’s not a political issue. Otherwise, the feds wouldn’t be crawling all over Anchorage. Pro-tip to Bevin staffers: trash-talking Jim Huggins is just about the easiest way to clue me in to the fact that you fear the FBI. [WAVE3]

Former acting CIA director John McLaughlan on Friday responded to reports that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner discussed setting up a secret communications line between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, saying if such reports are true, it would be considered espionage. [The Hill]

You know the shit is hitting the fan when Matt Bevin panics and holds a last-minute presser to claim everything is puppies and rainbows with Kentucky’s economy. The shit: unemployment explosion, lawsuits, pension disaster at the hands of the Republicans, ethics complaints, feds breathing down his idiot neck. [Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former U.S. officials told Reuters. [Reuters]

If you need a good laugh, here’s a look at Brett “AT&T’s Thumb Is In My Butt” Guthrie pretending to have a grasp on health care. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Oleg V. Deripaska, a Russian oligarch once close to President Trump’s former campaign manager, has offered to cooperate with congressional committees investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, but lawmakers are unwilling to accept his conditions, according to congressional officials. [NY Times]

Maybe Cecil Watkins is dumber than anyone thought? He’s repeatedly lied about the authority of the Attorney General. OAG opinions carry the weight of law. You could take the Commonwealth to court, as you could over any piece of legislation, but opinions definitely are more than “just shy of law”. [The Morehead News]

Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports. [WaPo]

A government ethics watchdog filed a formal complaint Friday against Gov. Matt Bevin, accusing him of violating Kentucky’s ethics code as the governor moved his family to a new house in Jefferson County. [H-L]

Donald Trump spent months promising miners that he’d make the ailing coal mining industry great again during his election campaign. But it seems one of the president’s top economic aides has other ideas. Gary Cohn, director of the White House National Economic Council, told reporters aboard Air Force One Thursday night that coal “doesn’t make sense anymore,” as he talked up other energy sources. [HuffPo]

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Kentucky Republicans: Apparently Way Less Capable Than Kentucky Democrats – And You KNOW That’s Saying Something

If there’s one big question lingering here as a springtime lull takes hold of the Kentucky Capitol, it’s this: is the legislature going to overhaul the state’s tax code in a special legislative session this year? Leaders of the House and Senate are shrugging. [H-L]

Miss Lindsey Graham (R-Gurl.) said Tuesday that if “fully implemented,” Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to State Department funding would lead to “a lot of BENGHAAAAAAAAAAAAZI situations.” [HuffPo]

Kentucky needs to boost its pension funding about $700 million a year to responsibly tackle its crisis, state budget director John Chilton said Monday. [C-J/AKN]

PPL Corp. shareholders on Wednesday became what’s believed to be the first group of electric utility investors in the nation to successfully urge management to publish a report explaining how new climate change policies will affect the company’s bottom line. During the Allentown-based utility’s annual shareholder meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, more than 50 percent of shareholders voted in favor of a nonbinding proposal that asks PPL management to publish “an assessment of impact” that public policy changes and technological advances related to the 2016 Paris Agreement will have on the company’s portfolio. [Click this Clicky]

Richmond resident and 21-year-old Eastern Kentucky University student Drake Southwell was a recipient of the free and reduced lunch program all throughout grade school. [Richmond Register]

Allowing a photographer from the Russian state media into the Oval Office was an act of breathtaking recklessness. Or just straight-up corruption and treason. [Politico]

Greenup County schools will get less state money next year because of a dip in enrollment, but the funding cut won’t be enough to seriously hamper district operations, administrators said Tuesday. [Ashland Independent]

Senate Republicans are under mounting pressure to pass an ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill before the congressional recess in August. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Garbage) is wary of committing to a specific deadline after the House struggled to pass a bill, the White House wants the upper chamber to hit the gas. [The Hill]

Rowan County Fiscal Court officially approved the 2016-17 operating budget last week; however, it didn’t pass with all four magistrates agreeing. [The Morehead News]

Donald Trump’s proposals to slash federal aid to the poor, the sick and people living in rural areas reflect conservatives’ demands for a smaller federal government but target many of the very people who voted for him last November. [Reuters]

The Chief Justice of Kentucky’s Supreme Court denied a local rule proposed by a Family Court Judge who does not wish to preside over adoption cases involving homosexuals because of “both procedural and substantive deficiencies.” [Ronnie Ellis]

The Faux News brand of Republicans – the Scott Jennings of the world who buy into this bullshit – are just disgusting. [WaPo]

A Tennessee man says he spent five years in jail for a murder he did not commit because a state police detective and a former Kentucky sheriff lied to protect a man who was related to the detective and had bribed the sheriff. [H-L]

“People think he’s a little crazy,” said Benedetta Alabardi, a pharmacist whose store sits a few hundred yards from St. Peter’s Square. “The first impression is that he’s crazy and dangerous,” said Orasti Gionti, a project manager for a telecommunications consulting company, who allowed for the possibility that Trump’s outrageous statements were an act. “Maybe he’s tricky.” [HuffPo]

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Trump-Russia Gets Worse By The Minute

Thanks, Republican Party of Kentucky, for being so backward and making this possible. Kentucky now leads the nation in Hepatitis C infection rate. [H-L]

Mike Pence knew damn well what he was getting himself into. [HuffPo]

University of Louisville trustee John Schnatter sat about 20 feet across from athletic director Tom Jurich for several hours Thursday during a board of trustees meeting, but they did not exchange words. [C-J/AKN]

Keith Noreika helped big banks avoid state laws protecting consumers. As head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, he now has the power to override those state laws. [ProPublica]

The economic impact of tourism in Rowan County grew to more than $69 million in 2016. The total impact developed into more than $14.5 billion across the state last year, according to a report from the Kentucky Department of Tourism released earlier this month. [The Morehead News]

Trust me when I say you WANT to read this. Probably twice. [NY Times]

In Washington, D.C., the average price of a telephone landline is $13 monthly. But in McKee, Kentucky, and many other impoverished rural communities, federal regulation require local phone companies to charge no less than $18 — the average national rate. [Richmond Register]

FBI Director James B. Comey prepared extensively for his discussions with Trump, out of concern that the president was unlikely to respect the legal and ethical boundaries governing their respective roles, according to associates of the now-fired FBI chief. [WaPo]

Dwight Herron ran Oklahoma’s high-risk pool program that helped individuals with pre-existing medical conditions get health insurance before the Affordable Care Act took effect. [Ashland Independent]

If you opened your mailbox today and found that you owed the city $100 and you had to pay it right away, would you be able to? A new report claims that nearly half of us are not prepared to absorb this cost, and more than 1-in-4 Americans is up a creek if they have to unexpectedly pay as little as $10. [Consumerist]

The first case to be transferred from Family Court Judge Mitchell Nance’s courtroom related to his April 27 orders, through which he recused himself from all adoption cases “involving a homosexual party or parties,” wasn’t an adoption case. [Glasgow Daily Times]

According to the Report of Investigation, which Cummings refers to in his letter to committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, Flynn made false statements to investigators about who funded his foreign trips, including a 2015 trip to Russia where Flynn was paid roughly $45,000 to speak at an event in Moscow. [CNN]

More of that hard-hitting educational reporting from Kentucky’s worst education reporter – even worse than Toni Konz and her stenography from Terry Holliday. [H-L]

Donald Trump has had his finger on the detonator of the bomb to blow up Obamacare for months. Now he may be about to press it. [HuffPo]

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Jamie Comer Is Officially Just Scum

A month before Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, one of his closest allies in Congress — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy — made a politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill with his fellow GOP leaders: that Trump could be the beneficiary of payments from Russian President Vladimir Putin. [WaPo]

More of that hard-hitting educational reporting from Valarie Honeycutt Spears, the woman who bungled coverage of the Montgomery County Schools scandal. She still hasn’t put in any effort to report on the hundreds of thousands of dollars the district has had to pay out in monstrous settlements. And it’s 15 minutes from her. [H-L]

It’s official! Jamie Comer is a national embarrassment! Not only did he go after a woman who accused him of assault and had others to back her up. Not only did he go after Holly Harris for being honest about his bullshit. Not only did he go after others for attempting to hold his shady ass accountable. But now he’s defending Donald Trump’s treasonous acts and obstruction of justice. Jamie Comer truly is scum and is not deserving of respect. Full stop. [HuffPo]

State government has hired a longtime friend of Gov. Matt Bevin to fill a new $250,000-per-year job dedicated to bolstering the commonwealth’s workforce development efforts. [C-J/AKN]

One afternoon this fall, I knocked on the door of a redbrick apartment building in Akron, Ohio, looking for a Bhutanese refugee who’d lost the tips of his fingers at a Case Farms chicken plant in a vacuum-pressure machine known as a “fat sucker.” [ProPublica]

For the first time since 2009, Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. customers will see a rate increase. The Kentucky Public Service Commission, or PSC, OK’d a 4.2 percent increase Friday. According to the PSC, the average RECC customer will see their bill increase from $106.46 to $110.95. The new rate structure is expected to go into effect July 1. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Few industries have enjoyed the kind of presidential attention that has been lavished on the coal industry in the first 100 days of the Trump administration. [ThinkProgress]

There was contentious discussion during Thursday’s work session of the Morehead State University Board of Regents. The first item on the agenda was the discussion of academic personnel policies. [The Morehead News]

The episode illustrates the impossible mission of managing a White House led by an impetuous president who has resisted structure and strictures his entire adult life. [Politico]

Two local [in Morehead] television station operators are under fire from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for allegedly operating without a license for nearly 20 years. The commission has proposed the maximum fine of $144,344 against the two for continuing operations. [Ashland Independent]

What other White House would schedule a visit by the Russian foreign minister and ambassador on the day after Mr. Trump fired the man in charge of investigating his campaign’s ties to Russia? What other White House would bar the American media while admitting a Russian state photographer? What other White House would be astonished that the Russians would then distribute photos of their officials backslapping the grinning Mr. Trump inside the Oval Office? [NY Times]

Watching a piece of paper burn Saturday morning, Rossetta Trammel’s eyes beamed with joy. The paper, a mortgage on her Douglas Court home, was no longer needed. After nearly 20 years, the final payment was made. The home was hers, free and clear. [Richmond Register]

Violating the oath of office does not require violating a criminal statute. If the President decided to write the nuclear codes on a sticky note on his desk and then took a photo of it and tweeted it, he would not technically have violated any criminal law–just as he hasn’t here. He has the constitutional authority to dictate that the safeguarding of nuclear materials shall be done through sticky notes in plain sight and tweeted, even the authority to declassify the codes outright. Yet, we would all understand this degree of negligence to be a gross violation of his oath of office. [Lawfare]

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission said Tuesday, May 16, 2017, that it will ask the Kentucky Supreme Court to review last week’s appeals court decision that supported Hands On Originals’ right to refuse to print gay pride T-shirts in 2012. ;[John Cheves]

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) issued a rare rebuke of Donald Trump’s administration Monday evening, telling reporters the White House must find a way to reverse its “downward spiral.” [HuffPo]

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