State Govt Retirees Constantly Get The Shaft

Wondering why Kentucky Public Retirees (parent organization, not regional groups) seems to constantly make excuses for Kentucky Retirement Systems corruption? And barely communicates important information to its membership?

We were wondering that same thing and went poking around only to discover a pretty big conflict of interest. The organization has hired Robin Hartman, a Public Information Officer for the Personnel Cabinet, to serve as its public relations person. That’s in addition to her state employment.

Meaning a woman who depends upon Steve Beshear for a job is speaking on behalf of an organization created to represent retirees.

KPR’s president doesn’t think it’s a big deal and has told membership as much. But you can expect Hartman to face serious questions from a meeting of the North Central KPR chapter tomorrow night when she shows up.

What a mess.

No wonder Kentucky can’t have nice things.

Pro-Mitch McConnell Group Produces Another Boring Spot For Television. Painfully Mundane. Meanwhile, Alison Grimes Releases An Ad That Isn't Horrible That Panders To The Right People!

The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition is flushing millions of dollars down the toilet. It’s like Scott Jennings has been hit in the head with the stupid stick and/or threatened with death if he doesn’t produce the most boring television spots ever.

Like this one:

Mind-numbingly boring.

And they’re spending $4.66 million on ads like that! For television buys that only the elderly will see — people McConnell already has locked up as votes. No focus at all on people who McConnell actually needs to persuade.

Meanwhile, Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes has released an ad that isn’t horrible:

It’s a universe of creativity when compared to the ad above. Even with the guy very obviously reading from a teleprompter with an accent so thick that folks in the city need a translator. Creative despite that infuriating whistle theme that has permeated a so far embarrassingly bad campaign obsessed with misinformation about coal. A universe of creativity that actually panders to the people Alison needs — scared old people who vote Republican.

Is this a sign that the McConnell folks can’t help but stumble and the Grimes crew actually has its act together? Don’t hold your breath.

Steve Beshear: Hilljack Yokel Spreading Ignorance

Because you know that’s how he appears to the rest of the world.

Two top officials in McCracken County have declined to take plea offers and plan to go to trial on charges of tampering with public records. [H-L]

This is potentially one of the funniest moments of the week. Louisiana state Rep. Lenar Whitney (R) is accusing liberals, such as former Vice President Al Gore, of advancing “the greatest deception in the history of mankind” — man-made climate change — in a scheme to empower the executive branch and increase taxes. [HuffPo]

Do you want to watch a boring interview with Rand Paul in Iowa? Here you go. [C-J/AKN]

DNA evidence overturned the conviction of a Florida man who spent 28 years on death row. [Think Progress]

Lexington city leaders are calling it an alarming level of violence. In the last ten days, three people have been murdered in the city and many others have been injured in shootings. [WKYT]

Recent events in Iraq could vindicate an idea advanced by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in 2006: to split the country into three largely autonomous regions. [NY Times]

Passing time always brings with it new technologies, and emergency procedures are no exception. Cell phone technology is giving rise to the idea of text messaging to 911 in case of emergency. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

April fell first. It lasted through May. Now June will be the third month in a row with average carbon dioxide levels above 400 parts per million. Atmospheric concentrations of the greenhouse gas, which helps drive global warming, haven’t been this high in somewhere between 800,000 and 15 million years. [Climate Central]

Local reaction was mixed to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision Monday that gives closely held corporations the right to deny contraceptive coverage based on religious beliefs. [BGDN]

Steve Beshear is once again embarrassing Kentucky on the national stage. And Phillip Bailey really isn’t as spot-on as he should be in this instance. Beshear? Masterful? Please. He’s just a bigot. The tide is turning in Kentucky when even Republican legislators want to support a statewide fairness amendment. Social issues are beginning to die. Phillip is just a few years behind. [CNN]

Some of the same issues from the previous year appeared to be repeated during a state auditor review of Barren County Fiscal Court’s financial reports for fiscal year 2013. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The day after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, a group of religious leaders sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking that he exempt them from a forthcoming executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people. [TPM]

We can’t stop linking to these stories because we love watching Papaw Bigot waste taxpayer dollars spreading his hatred and hilljack yokel ignorance. Steve Beshear defended his role Wednesday in arguing that a ban on same-sex marriages is needed in Kentucky because only opposite-sex couples can procreate, thus ensuring a stable birth rate and the state’s long-term economic stability. [H-L]

On July 2, 1964, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, officially banning discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It also ended racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and in general public facilities. Fifty years removed from that milestone, it’s apparently easy to think that we’re over racism. [HuffPo]

Papaw Hates The Gays But Loves Health Care

The city of Owensboro is considering a proposal to make a ban on smoking even stricter. [H-L]

Starting in August, the Obama administration will dramatically revamp and cut back the formula it uses to send transportation funds to the states unless Congress replenishes the Highway Trust Fund. [HuffPo]

Former Louisville Teamsters leader Jerry T. Vincent Jr. was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on charges that he embezzled union funds, took illegal union loans and conducted false record keeping, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

Some leading members of the U.S. Congress are calling on the Obama administration to consider launching an emergency refugee program for Central American children as one way to address a rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis at the southern border with Mexico. [Reuters]

Kentucky’s Republican congressmen praised Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that corporations may opt out of a requirement to provide employees contraceptive coverage through insurance plans. [Ronnie Ellis]

Are aerial drones the answer we need to a wave of state laws seeking to criminalize efforts to expose health hazards and inhumane practices on corporate farms? One animal rights activist thinks so, and he’s won over hundreds of supporters who have donated money to help him prove his point. [Think Progress]

The Federal Highway Administration has approved the Transportation Cabinet’s proposal to replace a 14-mile section of the 80-year-old, sharply curved Ky. 32 in Elliott and Rowan counties with a new roadway mostly north of its current route. [Ashland Independent]

“Drastic action” is needed to contain the spread of deadly Ebola in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). [BBC]

Organizers say this event is a much needed and revolutionary movement, led by teenagers, for the entire city of Lexington. [WKYT]

The legacy of World War I remains on display today in places as varied as France, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Turkey and Ukraine. [NY Times]

The Bowling Green City Commission on Tuesday voted to approve a settlement agreement with the Downtown Redevelopment Authority in a legal dispute over property at Circus Square Park. [BGDN]

As midterm election campaigns continue to unfold, Elizabeth Warren is a model of ubiquity. There’s nowhere she won’t go to boost Democrats — from the liberal coasts to the upper Midwest to the conservative Appalachian precincts of coal country. [Real Clear Politics]

Steve Beshear on Monday filed an executive order authorizing the continued implementation of the federal health care law in Kentucky, again sidestepping state lawmakers who have blasted Beshear for moving forward without their approval. [H-L]

The arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby proudly touts itself as a Christian company that puts people over profits. However, some staunch Christians say there’s a gaping hole in that claim — namely, China. [HuffPo]

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Ramsey Finally Needs To Be Removed At UofL

A group of stakeholders has recommended that the Lexington Urban County Council put $2 million from the general fund into an affordable housing fund each year. [H-L]

As American involvement in Iraq inches forward, some key members of Congress from both parties are deftly keeping their distance from the debate over authorizing military intervention. [HuffPo]

Nothing ever changes at the University of Louisville under Jim Ramsey. And it never will. In the wake of a string of cases involving embezzlement and misuse of funds at the University of Louisville in recent years, an independent audit commissioned by the university has recommended 17 policy and procedure changes, including improvements to disbursement practices, oversight and management. [C-J/AKN]

On Friday, three activist groups flew an airship over the National Security Agency’s secretive data center in the Utah desert. The ship, which bore a sign that read “Illegal Spying Below,” was decorated to promote, a new site designed to grade Congress’s record on surveillance legislation. [Newsweek]

Just a reminder that Marty Cockring is losing his bloated mind over gay marriage. It’s a joy to watch. Almost as fun as watching Steve Besehar waste millions of your tax dollars fighting against the gays. [Ronnie Ellis]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi King Abdullah briefly discussed global oil supplies during a meeting on the crisis in Iraq on Friday, a senior State Department official said. [Reuters]

The Carter County Fiscal Court met in Olive Hill Tuesday evening as part of its renewed effort to reach out to Carter County residents. Approximately 20 showed up to West Carter Middle School for the meeting, which lasted about half an hour. [Ashland Independent]

A group of Environmental Protection Agency science advisors are urging the agency to enact stricter limits on ozone, a pollutant that’s the main ingredient in smog and that can exacerbate asthma and other respiratory problems. [Think Progress]

Powerful painkillers have been driving the nation’s rising rate of overdose deaths, and now the government is singling out the states where doctors write the most prescriptions. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

The European Space Agency initiates the process that should lead to the biggest X-ray telescope ever built going into orbit in 2028. [BBC]

Steve Beshear says the state has postponed $185 million worth of construction projects because of a looming shortfall in the federal Highway Trust Fund. Maybe he could stop using the KYTC as his main kickback entity and there’d be enough money for projects. [WKYT]

Some homebuyers are turning to a safer version of the subprime mortgage, a culprit of the 2008 housing crash. [NY Times]

Under pressure from the State Auditor, the Bluegrass Area Development District is going to purchase its building. We’re hearing Adam Edelen’s bizarre interest is a direct result of politics. Kind of like the Beshear-Holliday crew called him off Montgomery County and he complied. [H-L]

The United States will increase security measures at overseas airports that have direct flights to the United States, the Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday. [HuffPo]

Steve Beshear Presided Over Yet Another Loss

Can you thank Steve Beshear for this? Kentucky has dramatically fewer farms and much less land devoted to farming, according to the latest snapshot by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Between 2007 and 2012, the Bluegrass State had the greatest percentage decrease in farmland of any state in the country, the Census of Agriculture says. [H-L]

President Barack Obama will seek more than $2 billion to respond to the flood of immigrants illegally entering the U.S. through the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas and ask for new powers to deal with returning immigrant children apprehended while traveling without their parents, a White House official said Saturday. [HuffPo]

The 2015 gubernatorial race is Jamie Comer’s to lose. That’s why people like Jack Conway are fumbling nervously to get a head start. [C-J/AKN]

The endless conservative quest to locate new and ever-more-exotic reasons to hate Obamacare has discovered virgin territory: The health-care law is crushing the economy by brutally suppressing the growth of the health-care sector. [NY Magazine]

Let’s look at some things other than the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. (A year ago, reporters couldn’t wait to cover that race; we’re already weary of it.) [Ronnie Ellis]

Mitch McConnell may be married to a woman of Asian descent but he still can’t believe a black man is more important and more powerful than him. [The Hill]

A Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that prohibits police from searching a cell phone without getting a warrant won’t change the way Richmond and Berea police conduct investigations. [Richmond Register]

Just how badly does the American Red Cross want to keep secret how it raised and spent over $300 million after Hurricane Sandy? The charity has hired a fancy law firm to fight a public request we filed with New York state, arguing that information about its Sandy activities is a “trade secret.” [ProPublica]

Two men have filed paperwork with the Barren County Clerk’s Office to seek the Cave City mayoral seat — J.R. Poynter and Mike Houchens. Both candidates are Democrats. [Glasgow Daily Times]

How immigration reform died. President Barack Obama paused for what felt like an eternity to the immigration reform activists seated around the Roosevelt Room. [Politico]

During the jury selection process of a civil case involving a Perry County School District employee being tried in Perry County Circuit Court last month, another district employee may have inadvertently caused the declaration of a mistrial. [Hazard Herald]

Rand Paul says Republicans are too eager for war. It’s just a shame that he’s so far off in the deep end that no one will take him seriously. [Mother Jones]

Most regions of Kentucky are adding jobs, but most of those jobs don’t pay very much, according to a recent analysis of the state’s economy by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. [H-L]

Many companies in the United States are less LGBT-friendly than they’d like you to believe. [HuffPo]

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