Kentucky Makes Embarrassing National News For Probably The Millionth Time

On May 7, Leandro Braga and Deanna Chesser will graduate from Bluegrass Community and Technical College with associate degrees, big awards and scholarships to help them get four-year degrees at the University of Kentucky. [Linda Blackford]

U.S. congressional negotiators have hammered out a bipartisan agreement on a spending package to keep the federal government funded through the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30, a senior congressional aide said on Sunday. Aww, no wall for the racists. [HuffPo]

Nearly two years after a fire heavily damaged at least three of its buildings, city officials believe Whiskey Row may be on the cusp of becoming one of the “most engaging blocks in downtown Louisville.” [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump still doesn’t understand why the Civil War occurred or who Andrew Jackson was. [TPM]

Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office has appealed a judge’s ruling that wiped decades-old convictions from a Kentuckian’s criminal record, arguing they aren’t eligible under the state’s new felony expungement law. [WFPL]

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday they were closer to agreeing on a reworked bill to overhaul the nation’s healthcare system but still lacked the votes to pass it, as President Donald Trump pressed lawmakers for a vote. [Reuters]

The weather has turned sunny, and warm, so now is the time for that afternoon drive along the beautiful countryside of Madison County and surrounding areas. It’s amazing what one can find on that drive. [Richmond Register]

Because Kentucky’s New Republican Party is filled with mouth-breathing (Hey, Mac!) bigots, the Commonwealth could become the only state with no abortion clinic. [NY Times]

A permanent health-care fix for 22,000 retired coal miners has been agreed to by a bipartisan congressional budget committee, ending months of anxiety for the miners and their families. [Ashland Independent]

The charter flight left on a Wednesday with eight Iraqis on board. By the following evening, the large Iraqi immigrant community in this Detroit suburb was roiled with rumors about why, with news of the departure morphing as phone calls spun into horror. Some people were talking again about whether they should go into hiding. [WaPo]

Dennis Curry and his future husband learned quickly that adopting kids wasn’t easy. [Glasgow Daily Times]

New data suggests incidents of anti-Semitic hatred have spiked compared to this time last year, an ominous shift that advocates say signals a multi-year increase of vitriol directed at American Jews. [ThinkProgress]

The chief of Transylvania University’s public safety department and the president of the university worked together to take down a knife-wielding man who attacked students in a campus coffee shop Friday morning. [H-L]

Donald Trump this weekend called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a “smart cookie” in his latest praise of a controversial dictator. Last week he didn’t even know his name. [HuffPo]

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The New RPK Is Breeding Literal Nazis

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These Nazis are lucky they didn’t get “disappeared” in the mountains. Also, fuck Pikeville officials for blaming anti-racists for inciting violence instead of the literal racist Nazis. You may live in the hills but there’s no reason to act like a dumb yokel by equating anti-racists with Nazis. Despite fears of a violent confrontation, nothing but verbal clashes broke out between white nationalists and opponents at a rally in downtown Pikeville on Saturday afternoon as a heavy police presence and metal barricades kept the two sides separated. [H-L]

Donald Trump’s decision to invite Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, a populist demagogue who has admitted to personally killing people accused of crimes, to Washington is a sign that “the issues facing us, developing out of North Korea, are so serious that we need a cooperation at some level from as many partners in the area as possible,” Reince Priebus, Trump’s chief of staff, told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. [HuffPo]

Fifty years ago Friday, on a day when 37 Americans died in the Vietnam War, a group of young men reported to a military induction center in Houston to answer their nation’s call to service. When their names were read, all but one stepped forward. [C-J/AKN]

This is what the new Republican Party of Kentucky is breeding these days. Literal white supremacist terrorists. Lexington is lucky this machete-wielding extremist was taken down by Transy cops. RPK mouth-breathers will be attempting to dismiss this as no big deal, feigning surprise, acting as if they aren’t responsible for this extremism in 3, 2… [BuzzFeed]

The cost of attending Eastern Kentucky University for the 2017-18 academic year is going up by 5 percent, along with the cost of living and dining on campus. On-campus housing costs will jump 10 percent, while dining charges will rise 3.5 percent. [Richmond Register]

The UK government was given details last December of allegedly extensive contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow, according to court papers. [The Guardian]

Kentucky’s troubled pension systems had some good news for lawmakers Monday, although they remain a long way from financial stability. And one of them — the County Employee Retirement System or CERS — wants to become independent of the state system and enjoys the support of a key Republican senator. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Kentucky physician dragged off a United Airlines flight in Chicago on April 9 was initially interested in the carrier’s offer for an $800 voucher but declined, according to a Chicago Police Department report released Monday. The report is among a trove of documents released by Chicago officials in response to public-information requests by media outlets including The Wall Street Journal. Records also show the officer who pulled the doctor from the United flight had been reinstated from suspension effective April 1, little more than a week before the encounter. [WSJ]

Mitch Nance is a whiny ass titty baby who protests a bit too much. He’s probably had sex with more men than self-hater Martin Cothran – and that’s saying a lot. Gay residents seeking to adopt children in Barren or Metcalfe counties shouldn’t face a legal delay due to Judge Mitchell Nance’s order recusing himself from hearing such cases, Nance’s judicial counterpart said Friday afternoon. [Glasgow Daily Times]

As if Western politics were not volatile enough, a wave of recent elections seemed to offer contradictory evidence as to whether populism is advancing or receding. [NY Times]

Can you deluded hipsters in Louisville finally quit pretending that Greg Fischer is in any way progressive or transparent? There was also no real “investigation” by WFPL. It’s beyond well-known that Fischer’s meetings are secret and that his administration purposefully takes effort to prevent outsiders from finding out what goes on. Giving Chris Poynter the opportunity to spew nonsense at taxpayer expense is also just absurd. But no one wants to ruffle any feathers calling these hucksters out. [WFPL]

Trump promised religious groups he would reverse the Obama administration’s requirement that employers provide birth control to their employees under the Affordable Care Act. [WaPo]

Fuck Charter-Spectrum. Cut the cord, folks! You don’t need it. Get an over-the-air antenna. If you live within 40-50 miles of a metro area, you can get great TV service with a $5-$35 antenna. Get a Tablo and you can record over-the-air broadcasts and watch them on any device you own. If you really, really want some of those channels? Either buy the stuff you watch on Google Play/iTunes/Amazon or get a streaming service that costs a ton less. You won’t regret it. And when Google Fiber hits your neighborood? Kick AT&T/Charter-Spectrum/Comcrap to the curb for good on the internet front. Really, fuck them and their nightmare lobbyists and political hack friends like Brett Guthrie, Riggs Lewis and Jamie “I Didn’t Pay For Her Abortion” Comer. [John Cheves]

Donald Trump’s Presidential Inaugural Committee acknowledged late Monday that a final report it filed with the Federal Election Commission this month was riddled with errors, many of which were first identified through a crowdsourced data project at HuffPost. [HuffPo]

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Your Morning Dept Of Republican Insanity

Lil Matt’s pants are on fire. Matt Bevin refused Monday to say who owns the house where he and his family are living in Jefferson County. [H-L]

Many in South Korea are steamed at Donald Trump for saying their nation was once “part of China.” “This is clearly a distortion of history and an invasion of the Republic of Korea’s sovereignty,” Hong Joon-pyo, a conservative Liberal Korea Party candidate, said through a spokesman. [HuffPo]

Julie Denton? Really? The same piece of work who is such an incompetent human being that she couldn’t care for a dog? Aligning herself with Dave Mutchler makes it clear that she hasn’t changed her Frankfort ways. [C-J/AKN]

In January, the Trump administration quietly dispatched more than 400 temporary employees across the federal government. Now dozens of them are getting permanent jobs. [ProPublica]

In December when Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called it an important step in helping foster solutions for heartbreaking illnesses like addiction. [Richmond Register]

Hillary Clinton hammered the Trump administration’s rollback of LBGT protections Thursday night, urging advocates to voice their opposition at the polls during the 2018 midterms elections. [Politico]

Officials with the Southeastern Cave Conservancy Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to cave conservation, announced on Friday afternoon the purchase of the Daleo entrance to the Roppel section of Mammoth Cave. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Young LGBTQ Americans in the child welfare system, juvenile justice system, and in youth homelessness shelters face a lack of necessary protections in many states, according to a report released Monday by Lambda Legal, Children’s Rights, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy. [Fusion]

You can thank Matt Bevin and the Republican Party of Kentucky’s desire for Charter/AT&T cash for this boondoggle. Construction of a statewide broadband internet network in Kentucky has begun, but the project has been delayed and doesn’t have an estimated launch date. [WFPL]

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been reworking student lending since her appointment in February, raising concerns among Democrats that she will undo former President Barack Obama’s overhaul of college financial aid. [Reuters]

Leave it to the fat (not just physically), white, heterosexual white men to mansplain racism to people of color at Western Kentucky University. And people wonder why Bowling Green draws racists like moths to a flame. [BGDN]

PEE ALERT! PEE ALERT! Donald Trump knows so little about, well, anything, that he thinks a 15 percent corporate tax rate is possible. [WaPo]

If Jim Host is praising something related to the Louisville Arena, you know it’s probably horseshit. Seems fitting being Derby time and all. [H-L]

The U.S. grew from a “backwoods country” to one of “greatest nations the world has ever known” thanks to science — but that pillar of America is eroding, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson warns. [HuffPo]

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It’s Just The Tip Tuesday Again

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Four vehicles sold by a state agency at an “employees only” sale in 2014 fetched prices that are 70 percent or more below their current value, according to Transportation Cabinet records. []

Mike Pence said on Saturday the United States would honor a controversial refugee deal with Australia, under which the United States would resettle up to 1,250 asylum seekers, a deal Donald Trump had described as “dumb”. [HuffPo]

Before he got dental coverage, David Thompson, who works at various construction jobs, said he suffered for years with untreated dental pain and decay. [C-J/AKN]

Next week, according to sources, seven black Fox News employees plan to join a racial discrimination suit filed last month by two colleagues. [NY Magazine]

This seems like one of the dumbest things Richmond could possible waste time on. No wonder that town remains in the dark ages. The owner of a Stratford Drive home on Wednesday night told Richmond’s Codes Enforcement Board the property would be in compliance by May 1 with the city’s prohibition against more than two unrelated people sharing a dwelling in a single-family residential zone. [Richmond Register]

Talk is already heating up that President Trump could have a chance to appoint a second person to the Supreme Court. [The Hill]

Members from a local environmental coalition shared comments Friday with the Kentucky Air Quality Division during a hearing focusing on including fence line monitoring of odor emissions in Big Run Landfill’s new air quality permit. [Ashland Independent]

Tens of thousands of people turned out in cities across the United States and beyond on Saturday for Earth Day events billed as a “celebration of science” to counter what organizers say is a growing disregard for evidence-based knowledge in Washington. [Reuters]

“People really don’t realize how many kids there are out there without a bed,” says Mary Claire Williams, program director for MSUCorps’ Build-A-Bed program, which began in 2009. This year, volunteers will be building over 250 twin-sized beds for children preschool through 12th grade in need in the region. [The Morehead News]

Fears of Russian meddling in a French vote reflect an overt and covert influence campaign. [ProPublica]

Officials with the Southeastern Cave Conservancy Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to cave conservation, announced on Friday afternoon the purchase of the Daleo entrance to the Roppel section of Mammoth Cave. [Glasgow Daily Times]

It was supposed to be a night out. But for the young man who calls himself Maksim, as for scores of other gay men arrested in a pogrom this month in Russia’s Chechnya region, it pivoted into nearly two weeks of beatings and torture. [NY Times]

There are far more fast food workers in Kentucky than coal miners. A little dose of reality might help. [H-L]

Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) told the mother of a service industry worker who has benefitted from the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion that her son should get a better job if he wants decent insurance when Obamacare is repealed. [HuffPo]

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Coal Will Never Be Kentucky’s Savior

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The Courier-Journal/A Kentucky Newspaper has a long history of victim-shaming and character assassination. United didn’t have to pay for it – the C-J/AKN did it for free. The paper loves to shitsack murder victims, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community. And when you call their shitty reporters like Morgan Watkins out, they roll up with their bloated, lazy, heterosexual, white male staffers to yell at you in attempt to justify their nonsense. Not everyone there is terrible but they certainly do this shit with regularity. [Raw Story]

Letcher County officials are desperate for revenue to counter a crippling drop in coal severance tax collections, but deadlocked Monday evening on approving a business license fee on extractive operations such as oil and gas wells and coal mines. [H-L]

In 1996, Josie Slawik sat in the headquarters of the National Domestic Violence Hotline in Austin, Texas, and waited for the phone to ring. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Exorbitant drug prices, high deductibles and the need to jump through hoops to get procedures covered. Those were some of the realities of today’s health insurance landscape decried Saturday at a sidewalk town hall in downtown Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

Doors are kicked in, belongings are tossed on the street or carted off to high-cost storage, and evicted families are forced to move into another squalid rental or worse. That may sound like an endpoint, but often it’s just a wrenching start, leading to a deeper morass of lost jobs, missed school, family breakups, hunger, depression. [Smithsonian]

The Richmond Planning and Zoning Commission is trying to chart a road map to the city’s future, and it’s asking residents for directions. [Richmond Register]

Trump’s missile strike on Syria has drawn favorable reviews from critics and only scattered criticism from Democrats. Yet unlike other Republican presidents who enjoyed a boost in the polls from their military actions, early signs suggest Trump may not be politically rewarded. [The Hill]

Morehead State University President Dr. Wayne Andrews was recognized for his 12 years of service to the university and community at Thursday’s Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce meeting. [The Morehead News]

It was one of the uglier scandals of the Bush administration: Top officials at an agency dedicated to protecting whistleblowers launched a campaign against their own employees based on suspected sexual orientation, according to an inspector general report. [ProPublica]

Sheila Minor with Barren River Refuge Inc., an organization working to establish a homeless shelter in Glasgow, spoke to members of the Cave City City Council on Monday about the need for the shelter. “People — I don’t know if they don’t want to believe or if they just don’t believe that Barren County has a homeless problem, but we do,” Minor said. [Glasgow Daily Times]

In the latest move by a major automaker to enhance its American manufacturing operations, Toyota said on Monday that it would invest more than $1.3 billion to upgrade its assembly plant in Kentucky. [NY Times]

Eight female inmates at the Boyd County Detention Center were rushed to the hospital Saturday night after they allegedly snorted heroin inside the jail and overdosed. [Ashland Independent]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will end a Justice Department partnership with independent scientists to raise forensic science standards and has suspended an expanded review of FBI testimony across several techniques that have come under question, saying a new strategy will be set by an in-house team of law enforcement advisers. [WaPo]

Matt Bevin’s administration is looking for expert tax lawyers, apparently in anticipation of a possible special law-making session to overhaul Kentucky’s tax code later this year. [H-L]

Several times a week, a U.S. Air Force pilot takes off from the Royal Air Force base in Mildenhall, England, and heads for the northernmost edge of NATO territory to gather intelligence on Russia. One of these pilots is 40-year-old Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Webster, a veteran of many such expeditions and a hard guy to rattle. [HuffPo]

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A New Week Of D.C. Nightmares Begins

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Someone should ask Hoskins about his month-long vacation in Palm Beach around the time of filing. The state hopes to prevent a man facing a $2.65 million fine for the illegal disposal of radioactive waste from erasing that penalty in bankruptcy court. [H-L]

A U.S. Navy strike group will be moving toward the western Pacific Ocean near the Korean peninsula as a show of force, a U.S. official told Reuters on Saturday, as concerns grow about North Korea’s advancing weapons program. [HuffPo]

Carroll County sends people to prison at a higher rate than any other Kentucky county, the Courier-Journal reported in October. And its tough-as-nails commonwealth’s attorney, James Crawford, made no apologies for it, saying he’s a “firm believer if there is a wrong, there has to be a corresponding punishment.” But when Sheriff Jamie Kinman pleaded guilty Monday to official misconduct for stealing painkillers, including from a terminal cancer patient while in uniform, Crawford recommended a deal that makes it unlikely Kinman will spend even a day in jail. [C-J/AKN]

No doubt, the footage from the attack is hard to take. But you have to wonder why Trump’s humanity was not similarly touched by the children killed in the 2013 Ghouta chemical attack, the stomach-churning allegations of systematic torture of children by Syrian forces, the many children killed by the Syrian regime’s barrel bombs, or the now iconic photo of a dazed little boy covered in dust in an ambulance in Aleppo, not to mention the also iconic image of a drowned Syrian refugee boy on a beach in Turkey. While all this was going on, Trump was arguing that the U.S. should be working with Assad, who he called a potential “natural ally.” [Slate]

This is the funniest thing you’ll read all day and it’s not remotely accurate. Morehead’s a great little town but most LGBTQ-friendly in Kentucky? Not in anyone’s imagination. It’s dangerous to suggest such to outsiders. It’s not safe to be out in Morehead or anywhere else in Eastern Kentucky. Especially if you’re an outsider or don’t come from a known or powerful family in the mountains. [The Morehead News]

Policies that promote school integration by race and class took a significant hit last week when the U.S. Department of Education announced that it was killing a small but important federal program to support local diversity efforts. [The Atlantic]

Mitch McConnell is hardly apologetic for his role in securing for conservatives the ninth seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, calling it “the most consequential decision I’ve ever been involved in.” [Ronnie Ellis]

The C.I.A. told senior lawmakers in classified briefings last summer that it had information indicating that Russia was working to help elect Donald J. Trump president, a finding that did not emerge publicly until after Mr. Trump’s victory months later, former government officials say. [NY Times]

Rand Paul wasted little time in expressing his opinions about President Donald Trump’s decision to strike a Syrian airfield with more than 50 cruise missiles. [Richmond Register]

Meanwhile, the garbage Republicans in Frankfort like Ryan “I Wasn’t Driving Drunk In That Parking Lot And Am Cool With Employing My Brother” Quarles and crew are spinning this as a positive. Because you can’t fix their special brand of stupid. At least there’s a chance their children won’t turn out as wretched as them. [WaPo]

Matt Bevin on Friday appointed Timothy Ray “Tim” Coleman, of Morgantown, as Circuit Judge for the 38th Judicial Circuit, Division 1 of Kentucky—representing Butler, Edmonson, Hancock and Ohio counties. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Remember Afghanistan? We’re still there. A U.S. soldier was killed while conducting operations against Islamic State in Afghanistan late on Saturday, a U.S. military spokesman said in a message posted on Twitter. [Reuters]

If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that I would never ever trust the Cabinet for Health and Family Services with children in need. Another? Kathy Stein ought to step down from the bench and return to practice as an attorney. Sure, Republicans have been fishing for literally anything to hang over her head. But she’s been next to terrible in defending herself or explaining what’s occurred. Being unable to stand up to Republicans – even when you’re an impartial judge – is a sign of dangerous weakness. [H-L]

Muhammed Ali Khan tried to do one of the most boring, responsible things an American taxpayer can do: set up a government-guaranteed retirement savings account. He was rejected because the Treasury Department thought he might be a terrorist. [HuffPo]

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Massie Won’t Really Stand Up To Trump

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Federal investigators raided a Lexington paving and asphalt company in late March seeking information on bids and the sales of asphalt to paving contractors, documents filed in federal court in Lexington show. [H-L]

Seth Meyers pointed out the similarities between the U.S. political climate under President Donald Trump and the TV show “The Americans” on Tuesday.[HuffPo]

What bullshit spin. Thomas Massie is no more battling Donald Trump than Rand Paul is standing up for his constituents. He refuses to hold Trump accountable and hides from his constituents. [C-J/AKN]

In a groundbreaking, 8-3 decision, the full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation violates federal civil rights law. [Lambda Legal]

Eastern Kentucky University announced Monday four finalists to become its next Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. [Richmond Register]

Fake news? Not so much. The FBI is planning to create a special section based at its Washington headquarters to co-ordinate its investigation of Russian activities designed to influence the 2016 presidential election, according to a person familiar with the plan. [Financial Times]

A recent WalletHub study revealed Kentucky is the fifth most stressed state. West Virginia was ranked fourth overall. [Ashland Independent]

If you thought Republicans couldn’t get any more scummy, you were wrong! Now they want to conduct drug tests for people who file for UNEMPLOYMENT. [Congress]

This ought to be generally terrible – since Bevin’s office is participating. Rowan County will once again play host to a large Town and Country event. This year, the event will furnish a major keynote speaker from Gov. Bevin’s office. Warren Beeler, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Agriculture Policy, will speak at the event that begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, at Rowan County Senior High School. [The Morehead News]

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday that he doesn’t think it’s a coincidence that a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria occurred shortly after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad could remain in power. [CNN]

Edmonton City Councilwoman Cathy Nunn caught Edmonton Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jerry Clemmons, as well as some of her fellow city council members, by surprise Monday night when she told him the city council would like for the fire department to start paying its own utilities. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Yet again, the world is watching gut-wrenching images emerge from the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria. [WaPo]

A judge has denied a defense motion that sought to suppress evidence collected during a search that recovered stolen barrels of Wild Turkey and stolen bottles of rare Pappy Van Winkle. [H-L]

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has been removed from the National Security Council, White House sources told The Huffington Post Wednesday. [HuffPo]

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