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What the hell is she even talking about?

Is the Grimes Campaign smoking spice or whatever?

Why the living piss are they spending money on THAT?!

It’s like claiming she can stop tolls in Louisville.


Mitch McConnell has a MOUNTAIN of awfulness. And that’s what they decided to spend money on this late in the game.


Heiner PAC Hits Richard Henderson… With Obama

Did you know? Richard Henderson is the same as Bablack Oblackma!

Get a load of the latest direct mail piece from Hal Heiner’s PAC (the one he’s raising money for while meeting with the very candidates the PAC is supporting… and soliciting gubernatorial support at the same time):



It’s a real stretch.

Richard Henderson is one of the most backwater bigots in the Commonwealth and all Heiner could do was compare him to the scary black man in the White House. Because extremists in Kentucky know that racism runs rampant in the foothills.

They couldn’t come up with anything to hit Henderson with? Really?

Pbbbbt. Right.

Senate Fatigue Got You Down? It's Almost Over!

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined more than 4,000 of Alison Lundergan Grimes’ supporters for a rally Wednesday night as Democrats were eager to rebut the narrative that Grimes’ campaign was struggling down the stretch in her U.S. Senate race against incumbent Mitch McConnell. [H-L]

You can thank Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes and Mitch McConnell for the national embarrassment. [HuffPo]

Continuing to make her case that she is a Clinton Democrat, Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes appeared Wednesday night in Louisville with Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former presidential candidate and secretary of state. [C-J/AKN]

The Central Intelligence Agency has run guns to insurgencies across the world during its 67-year history — from Angola to Nicaragua to Cuba. An internal C.I.A. study has found that it rarely works. [NY Times]

During the regular Cave City City Council meeting Monday night, Cave City Police Chief Jeff Wright said police officers have to start wearing body cameras soon. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Stocks took a beating on Wednesday, with the Dow and the S&P 500 falling more than 2 percent before bouncing back slightly. [NPR]

The Benham City Council addressed some ongoing financial issues including the city’s water system during a meeting on Thursday. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Global climate models have underestimated the amount of CO2 being absorbed by plants, according to new research. [BBC]

Only weeks remain before the winner is decided in Kentucky’s most competitive Senate race in decades. [Hazard Herald]

Newly disclosed National Security Agency documents suggest a closer relationship between American companies and the spy agency than have been previously disclosed. [ProPublica]

Bowling Green city officials have been working for the past several years to cut back on general fund contributions needed to run the city’s three golf courses, and in the past fiscal year brought that contribution to zero. [BGDN]

Ordinary Detroit residents sounded off with passion and anger on Wednesday as they gave a federal judge their views on the city’s plan to exit its historic municipal bankruptcy. [Reuters]

Janice Duncan, a fifth-grade teacher at Lexington’s Southern Elementary, shares the opinion of other educators who are concerned about the lack of specifics in the proposed new Kentucky Core Academic Social Studies Standards. [H-L]

This is what happens when you let wingnuts who watch only Faux News run your school system. [HuffPo]

Big Theft Allegations Plague Republican Jessamine Judge-Executive Candidate, Police Reports Included

Stop the dying newspaper presses — shenanigans aren’t unique to Democrats in Jessamine County.

By now it’s no secret that Kevin Corman, the Democratic sheriff, has a bit of a mess on his hands.

But what has flown under the radar is a financial scandal involving David West, a Republican running for Jessamine County Judge-Executive. He’s facing retiring Democratic State Representative Bob Damron, a man we’ve spent years hating. Because, really, what’s to like about him? Keep that in mind as you digest the rest of this. It’s a cold day in hell when we publish something that helps him in any way.

This is David West:


Here’s one of his campaign ads:

Beginning in 1992 (records suck, tough to get a specific date) he served on the board in some capacity with the Central Kentucky Funeral Limousine Association. More than 20 years of service — many (all? again, records aren’t clear) of those years as treasurer. So it’s beyond surprising he wouldn’t list that service as one of his accomplishments. Right?

You’d think a man with all this to say to his local newspaper about budgets and finance would include something so major:

West has not held public office but has served on Nicholasville Planning and Zoning’s Board of Adjustments and the Nicholasville/Jessamine County Parks and Recreation board, as well as being an active parent in Jessamine County schools and member in the Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce. West said he has been a businessman in Jessamine County for 35 years and has good relationships with the county’s representatives in Frankfort.

When it comes to taxes and the budget, West said he plans to do a comprehensive review of the budget, “shaking some rust off the pipes” and looking for efficiency.

“The budget is something that has to be looked at every year, and I want to do a thorough review of each of our departments from top to bottom and look at ways we might improve our service and improve our fiscal responsibility,” West said.

But he didn’t. And we’ve finally figured out why he’s tried to make people forget about that huge portion of his life.

In January 2011 the head of the Limo Association, Greg Powell, contacted Nicholasville Police to report the organization had discovered thousands of dollars had been stolen by David West. At the time of the initial police report, checks totaling $6,647.50 from October 2006 — made out to the Limo Association — had been signed by West and deposited into his personal bank account.

Here’s the initial police report:


At the time West told detectives his son, Kelly, had (from police documentation) “taken the Limo Service checks, forged his name and deposited them into his bank account then turned around and withdrew the money from that account.” You read that correctly. He claimed his son was able to forge his signature, deposit the checks into his dad’s account and withdraw the funds. At a small town bank in Nicholasville where everybody knows everybody. Without anyone — even him — noticing.

West agreed to provide police with bank statements to prove his son had withdrawn funds shortly after deposits were made but… wait for it… he never did.

A few days later, Powell, head of the group, called the detectives to advise West denied wrongdoing but promised to repay the Association in full. Powell requested that the investigation be closed because he considered it a civil matter. And that was that with the NPD.

Unfortunately for West, that’s not the end of the story. Current board members allege to us on condition we not reveal their names (you can find them on the Secretary of State’s website, as we explained to them) that West hasn’t just repaid $6,600. They’ve been able to produce cancelled checks from West and his wife repaying tens of thousands of dollars. As in inching toward $50,000 that they can find, tons more that they can’t. And he wants to be Judge-Executive of Jessamine County, managing government finances, handling taxpayer funds.

We reached out to West for an explanation but he’s provided none. Members of the Limo Association are adamant this is just the tip of the iceberg but they don’t want to deal with this publicly because of fear of retribution.

So let’s recap this. Tens of thousands of dollars were stolen from the Central Kentucky Funeral Limousine Association, of which David West was the longtime treasurer. Treasurer. The treasurer — the man who manages the money — somehow overlooked thousands of dollars entering and leaving his personal bank account while at the same time not noticing that thousands of dollars were missing from the Limo Association’s account. And only did the right thing after a police investigation was launched.

People are obviously innocent until proven guilty but the appearance of impropriety here is high. Along the lines of a hot mess. Maybe even a flustercuck.

There must be something in the water in Nicholasville. Goodness gracious.

Breathitt County Is Basically A Giant, Hot Mess

Fascinating to see WKYT finally get interested in the Joshua Powell mess. Unfortunately, the station continues a string of lazy, unoriginal reporting in Lexington by not only using our footage (hello? you can see our logo on screen for a moment) but not bothering to provide proper attribution. That’s effectively plagiarism and the station has spent the entire day making excuses instead of correcting the problem. What we told the station manager was probably just an honest mistake now seems like questionable integrity. Reporters in Louisville have been fired for less. [WKYT]

UPDATE TIME! WKYT’s head honchos are apparently unfamiliar with what a PR nightmare this can be. Miranda Combs apologized via email at 10:16 A.M. and then her bosses, Robert Thomas and Chris Mossman, spent all day making excuses. Even after their reporter admitted fault. Rather than issue a correction or properly attribute content that I own (and they effectively stole), they’re just playing stupid. Fascinating how that works. WKYT is caught plagiarizing and they fail to see why that’s problematic.

In their efforts to take over the state House this year, Republicans have lost a candidate. [H-L & Press Releases]

Despite federal and state attempts to intervene during the two months since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed, the Ferguson Police Department continued — and even accelerated — efforts to suppress peaceful protests using arbitrary and inconsistently applied arrest policies, according to Justice Department officials who are investigating the department and county police officials who have since taken over for the city. [WaPo]

The newspaper had no problem running nonsense about me pushed by Democratic Party folks in 2011. No problem running claims that Chris Hightower was the antichrist or whatever. And no problem publishing information editors know to be false about Metro Animal Services provided by Greg Fischer’s staff. But suddenly has all kinds of problems running a video featuring Crit Luallen just because it was produced by some corrupt wingnut? Okay, sure. [C-J/AKN]

The co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus on Wednesday called for the Federal Communications Commission to regulate broadband Internet service as a public utility. [The Hill]

Two Richmond men, one of them armed with a pistol, broke into a northern Madison County home early Tuesday morning, but they ended up in a Lexington hospital after being overtaken by residents. [Richmond Register]

Auditor Adam Edelen yesterday released a special examination of the Shelby County School District, finding that a former payroll manager accused of stealing nearly $600,000 appeared to have too much access to the payroll system and too little oversight. [Press Release]

Boyd County Judge-Executive candidates Kenny Parker and Steve Towler have enjoyed a fairly clean race thus far, as is evident in their photo together at the Fairview High School Homecoming Parade posted to Parker’s Facebook account with the caption, “It’s all good. It’s all friendly.” [Ashland Independent]

Former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao will visit Bellarmine University to discuss her perspectives on business and politics on Wednesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. [Press Release]

The Edmonton City Council approved on second reading Monday two ordinances setting tax rates. [Glasgow Daily Times]

This may be one of the funniest Alison Grimes-related stories we’ve ever read. But it wasn’t until they got to Kentucky that canvassers remembered to be careful not to connect Democratic candidates there with Obama. [GW Hatchet]

With the current school year in full swing, the Perry County Board of Education held the first of two special called board meetings last Tuesday to approve a final budget for 2014-15. [Hazard Herald]

Two years ago, the people of Lexington, KY, became Time Warner Cable customers when the company acquired Insight Communications. Now TWC is being bought by Comcast, meaning Lexington residents would be switched again. [Consumerist]

In Breathitt County, one of Kentucky’s poorest places, property owners are suing the school superintendent to force the repeal and refund of a tax increase that’s expected to raise $76,938 this fiscal year for the cash-strapped county schools. [John Cheves]

That sound you hear? It was a bunch of LRC folks being nominated for a Teamwork Award: Cassaundra Cooper, Yolanda Costner, Nicole Cusic, Judy Fritz, Jamie Griffin, and Gloria Morgan. [Emails & Press Releases]

The Stumbo Crew Is Mad About Coal Money

Lexington is likely to join a growing number of Kentucky communities in banning electronic cigarettes in most indoor workplaces. [H-L]

In a recent campaign ad for Republican Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky woman tells of how the U.S. Senate’s minority leader fought to help get her daughter back from war-torn West Africa in a custody battle that spanned two years, two governments and two continents. [HuffPo]

While Americans at the International Conference of Horse Racing Authorities spoke against raceday medication on Monday, comments by Gov. Steve Beshear in an interview with a leading thoroughbred trade publication appeared more general about the debate that vexes racing. [C-J/AKN]

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) lowers its forecast for global economic growth for both this year and next and warns the recovery is “weak and uneven”. [BBC]

Kathy Groob’s husband, Jeff Groob, is still up to some… shenanigans… with the Gateway Community and Technical College. Seems Groob has no concept of what’s legal. [RCN]

Democrats are less enthusiastic at this point than they have been in at least the last four midterm elections. And that includes the big GOP wave year of 2010. [WaPo]

After three years of debating the issue, the Berea City Council voted down a proposed fairness ordinance. [WFPL]

When asked by The Enquirer how she could get her plan passed, she answered by calling McConnell names. []

Health care was the issue at hand for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell at an informal meeting held at St. Joseph Martin Hospital on Tuesday afternoon. [Floyd County Times]

As the FCC considers how to regulate Internet providers, the telecom industry’s stealth campaign for hearts and minds encompasses everything from art installations to LOLcats. [ProPublica]

It wasn’t a run-of-the-mill emcee’s welcome to a guest speaker at Tuesday evening’s Scott County Democrat Party’s Roosevelt Dinner. [Ronnie Ellis]

If you aren’t following the Illinois pension mess, you should. Challenges to Illinois’ pension reform law remained on track for a ruling by yearend after a judge on Wednesday ordered both sides back in court next month to argue their cases. [Reuters]

Pike County officials are challenging in court the state legislature’s creation this year of a special process for the county to obtain coal severance tax proceeds, including a provision that requires state officials to consult with the county’s legislative delegation. [H-L]

Brittany Maynard is planning to die on Nov. 1, and she’s fighting to expand end-of-life choices for others in similar situations. [HuffPo]