Latest UofL Con Artist Stunt Will Fire You Up But Isn’t Surprising

Can you imagine what would have happened if Valarie Honeycutt Spears put this much effort into covering scandals like the ones we spent YEARS uncovering in Montgomery County? Nah? Don’t worry about it – no one can. She needs to be replaced or reassigned. [H-L]

You can’t fix this kind of stupid. Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened North Korea, promising “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” following new reports the country has escalated its nuclear program. [HuffPo]

CON ARTIST ALERT! Here’s hoping she and Jim Ramsey end up in prison. They won’t, but here’s hoping. They deserve to pay for helping Robert Felner and every other criminal the past decade. Facing a potential lawsuit from the University of Louisville, fired foundation officer Kathleen Smith and her husband have transferred five properties they own valued at nearly $800,000 to shell companies. [C-J/AKN]

Mitch McConnell (R-Grandmother) on Monday expressed frustration with what he called Donald Trump’s “excessive expectations” of the legislative process as Republicans struggle to chalk up major achievements under a united government. [The Hill]

Bullshit alert. Co-founders of the New Kentucky Project, Adam Edelen and Matt Jones, will be at the Morehead Conference Center at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9, as part of their Barnstorming Tour. [The Morehead News]

The Trump administration has reversed an Obama administration stance and will support Ohio in its bid at the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a state policy of purging people from voter-registration lists if they do not regularly cast ballots. [Reuters]

Heroin in the streets didn’t spark the vicious drug epidemic throttling Boyd County, Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods argued as he urged the fiscal court to file suit against opioid distributors. [Ashland Independent]

The 1907 episode in a seaside timber town in Washington came to be known as the Bellingham Riots. Really, though, there were no riots. There was a pogrom. [ProPublica]

Residents of Mayde Spur Road in Berea woke to a foul smelling odor early Sunday morning. The alleged culprit was an uncontrolled release of chemicals from KI (USA) Corporation, located nearby on Mayde Road. [Richmond Register]

The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration. [NY Times]

There’s no dearth of research on health disparities in Appalachia. But a newly-formed group of researchers at Virginia Tech says there is a dearth of scientific research into why these disparities exist, and how environmental factors could be contributing. [WFPL]

You can thank these backward-ass New Nazies for maybe getting you killed on a train or bus. Continuing its quest to relieve industries of regulatory burdens, the Trump administration has scrapped a proposal that would have required truck and bus drivers, and railroad engineers be tested for a disorder that could cause them to fall asleep on the job. [WaPo]

Here’s Valarie with a one-pager asking whether Kentucky’s proposed charter schools rules are tough enough. Of course not? Seriously, she needs to be fired or reassigned. [H-L]

The Department of Justice reversed its position Monday on an important case before the Supreme Court that deals with state procedures for removing people from the voter rolls. The move signals another break with Obama administration policy on voting issues and, according to critics, shows how hostile the Trump Justice Department will be to voting rights. [HuffPo]

RPK Should Practice The BS It Preaches

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And Tres Watson doesn’t have a conflict of interest? His former employer and close pal, Scott Jennings, did P.R. spin for Jim Ramsey and the UofL Foundation. He’s tight with people all over UofL. So let’s not act as if it’s not all incestuous. Put down the bottle, RPK liars, and look for new employment because you’re about to get burned just like the Democrats are being burned with Julian… and soon to be Wendell. [H-L]

Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury as part of his investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia in last year’s election. [HuffPo]

Here’s UofL continuing to be corrupt as hell. The University of Louisville is appealing a financial penalty and the vacation of records ordered in June by the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, a form the school sent to the NCAA shows. [C-J/AKN]

Targeting media makes this administration un-American. They’re traitors to democracy and the First Amendment. [The Hill]

A discussion on what Berea Tourism funds can and should be spent on dominated Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Berea City Council. Berea Tourism has an estimated budget of $950,000 for this year, council member Jerry Little said. [Richmond Register]

Young immigrants denied credit by Wells Fargo Bank because they are not permanent U.S. residents can sue the bank under a post-Civil War law barring discrimination on the basis of immigration status, a federal judge ruled. [Reuters]

What is it with UofL and UK athletics staffers turning into swindling crooks? For real, what’s in them that drives them to turn into the worst of the worst? [WKYT]

Donald Trump called his son-in-law a “good boy” while thanking Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker for a positive editorial about Jared Kushner and said the leader of the Boy Scouts told him his jamboree speech was “the greatest speech ever made to them.” [Politico]

Matt Bevin can put up or shut up or Andy Beshear is going to force his hand. [CN|Toot]

While you were distracted by the Trump circus… William Browder knows Vladimir Putin’s Russia all too well. Browder made a fortune in Russia, in the process uncovering, he says, incredible amounts of fraud and corruption. When he tried to report it to authorities, the government kicked him out of the country and, he alleges, tortured and killed the lawyer he was working with. [NPR]

Jim Justice still owes gobs and gobs and gobs of money to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. [Ashland Independent]

Trump’s gotta be the dumbest man alive. The Secret Service has vacated its command post inside Trump Tower in Manhattan following a dispute between the government and Donald Trump’s company over the terms of a lease for the space, according to two people familiar with the discussions. [WaPo]

Fun fact: We were here uncovering University of Louisville corruption, waste, fraud and abuse a decade before the Kentucky Center of Ed Hard Money came along. And based upon watching the people running the joint, we’ll be here long after it’s gone. [H-L]

This is some Matt Bevin-style projection, henny. Donald Trump doubled down on his assertions that investigators should be scrutinizing Hillary Clinton’s emails and alleged connections to Russia during a Thursday evening rally in Huntington, West Virginia. [HuffPo]

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McConnell Bungled Health Care For Years

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has once again declined to give detailed information about Kentucky voters to a committee President Donald Trump set up to investigate election integrity. [H-L]

Fun watching McConnell repeatedly lose on this front for more than eight years. Seven years of Republican promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act withered away to almost nothing on the Senate floor early Friday morning. [HuffPo]

Six years, five months and 11 days after she was sentenced to prison for trying to extort cash, cars and a house from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, Karen Cunagin Sypher’s sentence officially expire[d] Friday. [C-J/AKN]

If you read Jared Kushner’s statement to congressional committees looking for evidence of a crime, there isn’t much there. But if you read it from the perspective of the Russians trying to gain a toehold—or more—inside the Trump campaign, you realize how easy he made it for them. [New Yorker]

Newsprint is dying and there’s no reason to force government to subsidize it. Maybe it wasn’t Daniel in the lion’s den, but Kentucky Press Association Executive Director David Thompson surely felt outnumbered Wednesday as a committee of state lawmakers heard a line of public agencies ask for revisions in a state law which requires public notice of official documents in local newspapers. [Ronnie Ellis]

In an arrangement prominent ethics experts say is without precedent and potentially illegal, the White House is referring questions for senior presidential adviser Stephen K. Bannon to an outside public relations agent whose firm says she is working for free. [TIME]

State Rep. Jim Wayne is viewed by some as a liberal Democrat while state Budget Director John Chilton works for, what many view, as a pretty conservative Republican governor, Matt Bevin. But both agree on Kentucky’s fiscal situation: it’s a mess and growing worse and something must be done. [More Ronnie Ellis]

The Senate rejected a scaled-back ObamaCare repeal bill in the early hours of Friday in a shocking vote that marks a major defeat for GOP leaders and the seven-year effort to repeal the health law. [The Hill]

Kentucky’s economic outlook took another hit this past week as Moody’s downgraded the state’s bond ratings to Aa3 from Aa2 following the announcement the state failed to make its revenue estimates for the fiscal year and in light of its growing public pension problems. [The Morehead News]

The Republican Party’s seven-year dream of dismantling the Affordable Care Act came to what seemed like a climactic end early Friday, punctured by the Senate’s vote to reject a last-ditch proposal to repeal a few parts of the health law. [NY Times]

Bullfrogs croaked loudly at Sloan’s Crossing Pond at Mammoth Cave National Park on Tuesday night as biologists set up nets across the walkway surrounding the pond and in the nearby woods. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) played his hand on the Senate Republicans’ health-care proposal for the maximum political effect. It’s always the case that it’s the people who are wavering at the last minute who end up getting all the attention: Undecided voters, new car buyers, bachelorettes on reality television shows. In politics, though, there’s special cultural role acclaim for those who, at the last minute, do the unexpected — often while those who did exactly what was expected get little fanfare. [WaPo]

In an effort to increase wild ginseng populations on national forest lands, a ban prohibiting ginseng harvest in the Daniel Boone National Forest has been extended through the 2017 harvest season, from Sept. 1 to Dec. 1. [H-L]

Russia ordered the United States to cut its diplomatic staff by Sept. 1 and said it was seizing a dacha compound and warehouse used by U.S. diplomats in retaliation for new U.S. sanctions against Moscow. [HuffPo]

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Avoid Anything Adam Edelen Supports

What? Adam Edelen’s PAC is a hot, corrupt mess? Surely not! When will you wake up to the reality that the good old boy Democrats are as shitty and corrupt as anyone can imagine? That doesn’t mean all Democrats are bad – just the current crop in Frankfort. Grace Wise, the director of a political action committee geared toward recruiting millennial Democrats to run for office, has been charged with theft by deception and forgery. [H-L]

This is what happens with dumb bigots like Scott Jennings back idiots like Donald Trump. You have them to personally thank for anti-LGBT rhetoric and hate. Here’s hoping their kids all grow up to be gay so they’re forced to deal with reality. Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that transgender people would not be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. [HuffPo]

After a contentious debate that nearly torpedoed the deal, the University of Louisville board of trustees voted Thursday to approve a revised lease agreement for the financially troubled KFC Yum Center. [C-J/AKN]

A leading psychiatry group has told its members they should not feel bound by a longstanding rule against commenting publicly on the mental state of public figures – even the president. The statement, an email this month from the executive committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association to its 3,500 members, represents the first significant crack in the profession’s decades-old united front aimed at preventing experts from discussing the psychiatric aspects of politicians’ behavior. It will likely make many of its members feel more comfortable speaking openly about President Trump’s mental health. [Raw Story]

Kentucky Republicans are dumber than you thought and way worse for the economy than anyone could have imagined. Kentucky’s economic outlook took another hit this past week as Moody’s downgraded the state’s bond ratings to Aa2 from Aa3 following the announcement the state failed to make its revenue estimates for the fiscal year and in light of its growing public pension problems. [Richmond Register]

Hillary Clinton’s upcoming book will double down on Russia’s interference and James Comey’s involvement in her stunning election defeat, according to sources familiar with the memoir. [The Hill]

Thomas Massie deserves to be dragged politically for supporting treason. Thomas Massie, R-Pigfucker., was one of only three members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday to vote against a bill that empowers Congress to block any White House effort to weaken sanctions against Russia. [Ashland Independent]

After another challenging day in Washington, Donald Trump (R-Too Dumb To Be Left Alone) flew to West Virginia to a field full of 40,000 chanting and cheering Boy Scouts, telling them he was happy to leave Washington behind. [Reuters]

If you are illegally dumping in Rowan County you may want to watch your back. Or maybe just don’t be a damn idiot with no respect for your fellow man and environment. [The Morehead News]

Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States will not “accept or allow” transgender people in the United States military, saying American forces “must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory” and could not afford to accommodate them. [NY Times]

In response to recommendations from a customer advisory council’s recommendations, the four Glasgow Electric Plant Board members in place voted unanimously Tuesday to revise what is known as the Infotricity power rate. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Trump escaped the roiling turmoil of Washington on Tuesday evening — leaving behind the chaotic effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the intensifying Russia investigation and his latest staff shake-up — to rally with his supporters in this former steel town. [WaPo]

Billy Joe Miles of Owensboro, a former chairman of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, is competent to stand trial on charges of rape and sodomy, a judge has ruled. [H-L]

McCain returned to Washington from Arizona, where he had recently been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor, to cast the deciding vote on a move to allow debate to proceed on repeal of the Affordable Care Act. [HuffPo]

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Republicans Have Proved They Can’t Lead

What was that, again, about the Ark Park lunatics not being con artists? Now they’re tax cheats and maybe criminals. Here’s hoping a natural disaster rips all their properties apart sometime soon. Good old “christian” values. [H-L]

A day after just about everyone on Capitol Hill declared the Senate health care bill dead, the legislation once again seemed to have the tiniest bit of life, with Republicans staying late into the night Wednesday to discuss whether there was a path forward. [HuffPo]

This is what extreme, bigoted New Republican/New Nazi idealism does to Kentucky’s economy. You bought this sucker, Republicans, and now you own it. [C-J/AKN]

The Kremlin gave Republican Rohrabacher direction to discredit the Magnitsky Act. Kevin McCarthy, you may recall, said Rohrabacher and Trump were the two people Putin was paying. [TDB & WaPo Flashback]

Remember how I spent several years highlighting the shenanigans with the Carter County Fiscal Court? It’s finally bitten them in the ass. The Carter County Fiscal Court on Tuesday voted to pay up to $26,000 to the state because of a lack of documentation of former transportation-related projects. [Ashland Independent]

In the latest display of Turkish anger at U.S. policy in Syria, the state news agency has divulged the locations of 10 U.S. military bases and outposts in northern Syria where the U.S. is leading an operation to destroy the so-called Islamic State in its self-styled capital of Raqqa. [TDB]

Confusion pervaded the national capitol Wednesday as Donald Trump once again switched directions on health care, scolding Republican senators at a White House lunch to stay in town until they “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare as he calls it. [Richmond Register]

In the months following the California primaries, the feds discovered that Russian hackers had broken into more than 20 state and local election systems and attempted to alter voter registration in several of them. [TIME]

Keep an eye on what your local school boards are doing, folks, and hold them accountable. Don’t just take their word that your over-paid superintendents are doing stellar work. Make them prove it. A local school superintendent received high praise from his board members Monday night after they emerged from their second closed session of the evening. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year’s election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe. [Bloomberg]

Don’t some of these people belong in prison? After more than a month of speculation, the U of L Foundation fired Chief Financial Officer Jason Tomlinson on Tuesday. ULF Chair Diane Medley wouldn’t say whether Tomlinson was fired for cause or when the discussion to fire him began, but said his removal is effective immediately. [WFPL]

He’s easily one of the dumbest people on the planet – not just the dumbest president to ever serve. He’s also basically admitting that he’s hiding financial crimes galore. Trump said on Wednesday that he never would have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known Mr. Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation that has dogged his presidency, calling the decision “very unfair to the president.” [NY Times]

Look, this is what happens when you allow idiots from the New Republican Party to gain power. As the death toll from opioid overdoses in Kentucky and the rest of the Midwest continues to soar, it’s truly disconcerting to see that policymakers are taking steps that are not only devoid of medical and common sense, but virtually guaranteed to make matters worse. [H-L]

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates, who was abruptly fired by President Donald Trump, criticized him Thursday for again violating “the essential independence” of the Department of Justice. It followed the president’s admission that he would not have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions because he recused himself from the multiple investigations into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia. [HuffPo]

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Another Kentucky Republican Foot Tapper!

The number of prescriptions for a class of painkillers that inflamed drug abuse in Kentucky for years has gone down since 2010, according to a federal study. However, several counties remained near the top nationally in 2015 in the amount of the drugs, called opioids, that doctors authorized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [H-L]

Of COURSE a Letcher County Republican got caught trying to have sex with men in a department store restroom! Way to go, David Narramore. You’re 54. It’s beyond time for you to deal with your denial. That’s what Republicanism does to you. [WLEX18]

A six-person committee of the University of Louisville’s board of trustees began reviewing a draft nepotism policy that would more clearly define relationships, such as domestic partners, and outline other rules for university employees. [C-J/AKN]

Coward. Donald Trump reportedly told Theresa May he will not make a state visit to the UK until he is guaranteed a “better reception”. [The Independent]

This is what’s driving the news in Morehead these days. Thank goodness it’s not Kim Davis. A new development being built in southwest Morehead drew some concerns from Morehead City Council member Tom Carew during Monday’s monthly meeting. [The Morehead News]

Trump entered office pledging to cut red tape, and within weeks, he ordered his administration to assemble teams to aggressively scale back government regulations. But the effort — a signature theme in Trump’s populist campaign for the White House — is being conducted in large part out of public view and often by political appointees with deep industry ties and potential conflicts. [ProPublica]

The Grayson City Council on Tuesday voted to accept the recommendation of the city’s tourism and convention commission to impose a 3-percent tax on food served at local restaurants. [Ashland Independent]

The U.S. military is spending $130,000 a month to rent space in Trump Tower in New York City for the White House Military Office, despite the fact that Trump hasn’t stayed at the property in months. [The Hill]

The coroner here in the outer suburbs of Cincinnati gets the call almost every day. Man “slumped over the dining room table.” Woman “found in the garage.” Man “found face down on the kitchen floor of his sister’s residence.” Man “on his bedroom floor — there was a syringe beneath the body.” Coroner Lisa K. Mannix chronicles them all in autopsy reports. [Richmond Register]

As their seven-year effort to repeal and replace Obamacare derailed in the U.S. Senate, Republicans faced the prospect of doing the once unthinkable: working with Democrats to make fixes to former President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare law. [Reuters]

You know some “pastor” is probably about to get semi-wealthy after this pointless effort. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Rinat Akhmetshin, the Russian-American lobbyist who met with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower in June 2016, had one consistent message for the journalists who met him over the years at the luxury hotels where he stayed in Moscow, London and Paris, or at his home on a leafy street in Washington: Never use email to convey information that needed to be kept secret. [NY Times]

Sorry, Bill Garner, but you’re not going to be able to fix that in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. [Tom Eblen]

After seven years of promises, Republicans just can’t find the votes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. They don’t know what to do now. [HuffPo]

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Eric Conn Is So Dumb It’s Almost Painful

Wondering how I know the Republican Party of Kentucky is in worse shape than the Kentucky Democratic Party? Tres Watson is dumb enough to make statements about conflicts of interest. Publicly. To mainstream media outlets. Probably a bit upset about people within the Office of the Attorney General allegedly probing the revelation that he and the Personnel Secretary were scheming to go through personnel files of Democratic holdovers from the Beshear Administration. [H-L]

This is why tiny racist, Rand Paul, is truly a monstrous little shit. It’s a real shame the Kentucky Democratic Party doesn’t have the guts to hit him deeply and personally – to really go after him in a nasty way. Because he deserves it. Really, his entire family and all of his enablers deserve it. From Jim Milliman to his DUI-getting spokesdrunk, Kelsey Cooper. He doesn’t believe Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act go far enough. That means he wants to harm Kentuckians more than the rest of the feckless New Republicans. [HuffPo]

Hold on to your wig, Jimbo, cause it’s coming! A decade too late. But it’s still coming and you’re going to hate it. The it of which I speak: Karma. Mismanagement and excessive spending may have cost the University of Louisville Foundation as much as $100 million — dwarfing the $20 million limit in insurance coverage on its officers and directors. The size of the loss may prompt the university to go after the personal assets of former President James Ramsey and others, according to legal and insurance experts. [C-J/AKN]

Under intensifying fire over its handling of the Russia investigations, the White House is shaking up its legal team, bringing on board a veteran Washington criminal defense lawyer just as another high-profile attorney bows out of representing a senior official who is in investigators’ cross hairs. [Yahoo]

Pointing to years of documented pollution from a Central Kentucky coal-fired power plant, environmental groups are suing Kentucky Utilities. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Lexington. [WFPL]

The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. and others on the Trump team after a promise of compromising material on Hillary Clinton was accompanied by a Russian-American lobbyist — a former Soviet counterintelligence officer who is suspected by some U.S. officials of having ongoing ties to Russian intelligence, NBC News has learned. [NBC News]

Boyd Circuit Judge David Hagerman on Tuesday ruled against a former Ashland police officer who had challenged the city’s decision to fire him. Larry J. Smith, Jr. was terminated by the city commission in February. The vote was 3-0, as Commissioner Marshall Steen was absent and Commissioner Amanda Clark, whose husband is an Ashland police sergeant, abstained. [Ashland Independent]

Almost two weeks before Donald Trump Jr. published screengrabs of purported emails indicating that he arranged to meet with a Russian lawyer, President Trump’s re-election campaign paid $50,000 in legal fees to the attorney now representing the president’s son amid ongoing Russia probes. [ABC News]

“There’s not enough Bourbon in Kentucky.” That’s how Kentucky’s Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes responded to a request from President Donald Trump’s election fraud commission to turn over personal information about Kentucky’s registered voters. [Ronnie Ellis]

From 2003 to 2012, the last year for which statistics are available, the number of babies born dependent on drugs grew nearly fivefold in the United States. Opioids are the main culprit, and states like Kentucky are particularly hard-hit: 15 of every 1,000 infants here are born dependent on opioids. [NY Times]

Way to go, New Republicans. Of 9,461 children under the age of 18 living in Whitley County along Kentucky’s southeastern border, 7,029 are enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program or CHIP. [More Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump Jr. is seeking to write off as a nonevent his meeting last year with a Russian lawyer who was said to have damaging information about Hillary Clinton. “It was such a nothing,” he told Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Tuesday. “There was nothing to tell.” But everything we know about the meeting — from whom it involved to how it was set up to how it unfolded — is in line with what intelligence analysts would expect an overture in a Russian influence operation to look like. [WaPo]

This dumb ass didn’t even have enough sense to change his hairline or pick up a lacefront wig. That is dumb. Just dumb. He’s apparently dumb enough to get killed before he can be arrested and thrown behind bars. Hopefully anyone who wants that con artist dead will allow the feds to get him so he can suffer in jail for the rest of his days. [H-L]

Republicans eager to justify the severe Medicaid cuts in their Obamacare repeal proposals have offered up a number of arguments. They say Medicaid doesn’t contribute to better health, or that it doesn’t offer value to its beneficiaries. They also say the proposed cuts would affect only able-bodied adults, sparing groups like low-income children that Medicaid has traditionally served. [HuffPo]

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