Bi-Partisan Louisville Effort To Clean Up LMAS

You can’t even wear a towel and sing Christmas carols outside a Lexington school these days without getting arrested. [H-L]

More than five years into an economic recovery, with unemployment falling and the stock market at record highs, millions of Americans like Taormina still can’t afford basic nutrition, according to a blockbuster study. [HuffPo]

State Rep. Tom Burch, D-Buechel, touched off a firestorm Wednesday when, speaking at the Louisville Forum, he had what many in the GOP think is the gall to suggest that the state needs to move beyond coal and focus on renewable types of energy. [C-J/AKN]

When the police bring the hammer down, whether on Occupy Wall Street in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park in 2011 or outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968, the response from conservatives tend to be fairly consistent: The protesters got what they had coming. [NY Times]

The lobbying wing of the National Rifle Association has sent a mailer to some residents in Kentucky that says Senator Mitch McConnell will stop the “gun control agenda” of President Obama and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. [WUKYFM]

Piaget Crenshaw, a witness to the Michael Brown shooting, talks with CNN’s Michaela Pereira. Go watch the sad video. [CNN]

A researcher at Mammoth Cave National Park is fearful that a fungal disease is set to kill large numbers of bats in the region. [WFPL]

A state official said two people were shot, but not by police, and that fires were set during another night of violence. [WaPo]

Lawmakers and leaders with Seven Counties Services met Friday in what is being called an educational and productive meeting meant to open the lines of communication between the groups as the state considers the future of the retirement system. [CN|2]

Georgia Congressman John Lewis talks about what changed — and didn’t — because of the movement he helped to lead 50 years ago. [ProPublica]

An investigative committee has taken charge of digging into a nightmarish scandal that mayor Greg Fischer has refused to deal with. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Between five and ten migrant children have been killed since February after the United States deported them back to Honduras. [Think Progress]

Federal officials have proposed the largest timber sale in more than a decade in the Daniel Boone National Forest, prompting objections from some environmental groups but some support as well. [H-L]

Backed by U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Monday wrested back control of the country’s largest dam from Islamic militants, a military spokesman in Baghdad said, as fighting was reported to be underway for the rest of the strategic complex. [HuffPo]

On The Amount Powell Has Cost MoCo Front…

$32.40 on January 15 for a trip to Lexington for the KEDC and CKEC monthly meetings. The claimed breakdown:

  • 72 miles @ $0.45 per mile = 32.40

At the CKEC meeting, he got lunch and heard reports from EPSB, the American Heart Association and various CKEC honchos.

$165.05 from January 31 to February 2 for the KSBA Annual Conference in Louisville. The claimed breakdown:

  • 218 miles @ $0.45 per mile = $98.10
  • Saturday per diem: $22
  • Sunday per diem: $15
  • Parking: $24
  • Wi Fi Access: $5.95

$609.60 on April 23 for travel to the ASCD Conference in Los Angeles. The claimed breakdown:

  • 218 miles @ $.045 per mile = $98.10
  • Airport parking at CVT: $50
  • Per diem total: $461.50

His illegally hired wife also costs the district a pretty penny.

Some of her fun:

$367.08 on June 25 just for mileage. The claimed breakdown:

  • WHAS Crusade for Children in Louisville on April 22 – 218 miles @ $0.46 per mile: 100.28
  • KHSA Conference in Louisville on April 29 – 218 miles @ $0.46 per mile: 100.28
  • KHSA Conference in Louisville on April 30 – 218 miles @ $0.46 per mile: 100.28
  • KSBA law update training on May 8 in Lexington – 72 miles @ $0.46 per mile: $33.12
  • KSBA law update training on May 9 in Lexington – 72 miles @ $0.46 per mile: $33.12

She also cost the district another $350 for her registration fee for the law update

But what really takes the cake?

Just take a look at the invoice and calendar entry for yourself:


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That’s right.

Montgomery County taxpayers spent $169.20 for Joshua Powell to drive to Bowling Green to meet with his private personal attorney in late March.

No wonder board chair Kenney Gulley is terrified to discuss this matter before the public. It’s costing the district an arm and a leg on top of the monstrous legal bills.

You can expect some of these matters to be brought up at tonight’s meeting:


TONIGHT’S AGENDA

Folks in the audience aren’t permitted to speak at special meetings but board members can. Maybe someone will get brave and finally discuss what needs to be discussed?

Maybe there’ll be fireworks.

Matt Bevin Tries To Re-Write Recent History

Alison’s folks probably should think twice before bringing family members into politics. Because now Jerry Lundergan’s potentially illegal contributions to his daughter’s campaign are front and center. Tens upon tens of thousands in bus rental fees, reduced catering and event fees, the list goes on for days. [Politico]

Gale Harris-Oliver sits on a new picnic bench under a pavilion at Campton City Park at Washington and Plummer streets, watching her grandson participate in a camp sponsored by the local Catholic church. She smiles as her grandson takes a break from playing basketball to learn about serving others; a sermon many Campton residents are preaching with their actions. [H-L]

Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton will headline the annual steak fry for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, making a big return to the leadoff caucus state as the former secretary of state considers another presidential campaign. [HuffPo]

The University of Louisville keeps dropping in Sierra Club’s “Cool Schools” rankings, even as it does more each year to improve it’s green cred. [C-J/AKN]

Tobacco bonds may be dangerous to your state’s financial health. [ProPublica]

The Berea Independent School Board’s property tax rate will go up slightly this year but will generate the same amount of revenue as the previous year, said Superintendent Mike Hogg. [Richmond Register]

What the U.S. health care system can learn from the ebola outbreak. [NPR]

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for July 2014 was unchanged from the revised 7.4 percent in June 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. [Hazard Herald]

In a policy change, the Obama administration is planning to pay doctors to coordinate the care of Medicare beneficiaries, amid growing evidence that patients with chronic illnesses suffer from disjointed, fragmented care. [NY Times]

One-time residents from the Tennessee portion of Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area are being welcomed back in a homecoming ceremony. [WKYT]

The government has paid billions to buy power wheelchairs. It has no idea how many of the claims are bogus. [WaPo]

Montgomery County Schools superintendent Joshua Powell has long claimed that lawsuits filed against him have cost the district more than $500,000. [Page One]

After years of being critiqued for its own crackdowns against dissidents, China has begun to use the ongoing clashes between police and protesters and police in Ferguson, MO as a way to lambaste the United States for hypocrisy, joining other repressive regimes in expressing no small amount of schadenfreude at the current situation. [Think Progress]

HAHAHA PEE ALERT! Matt Bevin is now trying to claim he was never a teabagger. [H-L]

Police turned on journalists in Ferguson once again on Sunday night, briefly detaining three reporters and threatening to shoot and mace others. [HuffPo]

How Much HAS Powell Cost Montgomery Co?

Montgomery County Schools superintendent Joshua Powell has long claimed that lawsuits filed against him have cost the district more than $500,000. He’s said this at meetings, in the press, to anyone who will listen.

So why would he be trying to assert that the only insurance claim paid by Montgomery County related to any settlement or lawsuit was for a school bus accident in 2009?


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The settlement Powell mentioned:


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Bizarre stuff. Since there are countless payouts that we know about. One, for example, involved an administrator at Mapleton Elementary.

Powell is claiming that he has no idea how much is available to the district on its payout policy. He’s either lying or incompetent (both?). Since that information is easily available from the insurance invoices the district receives and from the insurance provider.

We hear from some board members that the district may have less than $100,000 available to it on its current policy. And we all know that would have been a multi-million dollar policy.

It’s just craziness.

Audit Of The KY School Boards Insurance Trust?

We hear through the grapevine that the Department of Insurance is auditing the Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust.

No one wants to confirm it on-the-record, however.

If anyone wants to pony up intel, have at it.

Seems like only yesterday when Jack Conway was asked to investigate fraud at KSBIT… and then we heard nothing else about it. It’s kind of a big deal, since Andy Beshear’s firm was knee deep in KSBIT.

Could this get interesting?

Absolutely.

Your Evening Roundup Of Awful Happenings

But there’s plenty of money for the damn Ark Park! The state’s top economic development official said in a letter to city officials this week that the state won’t issue $30 million in state bonds for the controversial CentrePointe development. [H-L]

Police violence broke out again in Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday night, as the streets filled with tear gas, rubber bullets, heavily-armed SWAT teams and mine-resistant vehicles on the fourth night of unrest since Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager, was shot to death by police on Aug. 9. [HuffPo]

A group that for 62 years has advocated for people with developmental disabilities asked the Kentucky Supreme Court on Wednesday for access to state records of two disabled men who died while in the state’s care in 2009. [C-J/AKN]

Scientists turn to hemp for cheap, fast-charging batteries. Forget lab-made materials like graphene — natural, old-fashioned hemp may be the ticket to our energy future. [Engadget]

From the Department of Corrections yesterday: “There are no videotapes of executions in Kentucky,” said Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson. “The sole footage is from existing stationary cameras on the cellhouse walk outside the chamber. It does not depict the execution. We are extremely disappointed with the misleading statements contained in today’s Associated Press Story regarding executions in Kentucky. Given the sensitive subject matter, we worked closely with the reporter to provide him clear information so the public would know and understand the facts.” [Press Release]

For the past week in Ferguson, reporters have been using the McDonald’s a few blocks from the scene of Michael Brown’s shooting as a staging area. Demonstrations have blown up each night nearby. But inside there’s WiFi and outlets, so it’s common for reporters to gather there. [WaPo]

In Madison County’s second marijuana harvest this week, the Governor’s Marijuana Strike Force cut illegal plants with an estimated street value of $2.13 million. [Richmond Register]

An analysis by an environmental group finds hundreds of cases in which drillers used diesel fuel without obtaining permits and sometimes altered records disclosing they had done so. [ProPublica]

The rest of the summer may be hazy and crazy, but it will no longer be lazy, because children across northeast Kentucky are back in school. [Ashland Independent]

Authorities in Missouri on Thursday stood by their earlier decision to withhold the name of the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, but denied he was the person identified online by a hacker activist. [Reuters]

Those running for office in the November election must wait until Sept. 20 before displaying political campaign signs in Rowan County. [The Morehead News]

Heavily armed police clash with protesters for a fourth night in Ferguson, Missouri, as anger grows over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager. [BBC]

With U.S. Sen. Rand Paul at his side, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took his coal bus tour to Western Kentucky Wednesday, railing against the Obama administration and defending his wife against criticisms that she is anti-coal. [H-L]

When the media treats white suspects and killers better than black victims. [HuffPo]