Bevin Gets Back Into Bed With For-Profit Prisons, Proving His New Naz… Republican Feathers Are Coming In Strong

Mitch McConnell has known Trump-Russia specifics since August but has continued to lie to Kentuckians and the American people. He’s also publicly attempted to quash investigations and prevent the appointment of a special prosecutor. He’s a treasonous old fucker and he’s only in power because the Kentucky Democratic Party is ineffective garbage. So it’s time to sack the KDP as it currently exists so you can sack McConnell. [Mother Jones]

Leave it to shitty Republicans like Matt Bevin to further harm Kentucky with private prisons. Matt Bevin’s administration is preparing to place state inmates in a private prison in Lee County four years after former Gov. Steve Beshear decided to end Kentucky’s use of for-profit lockup. On Tuesday, the state formally awarded a contract to the Louisville law firm of Wyatt Tarrant and Combs to “assist in drafting and finalizing a complex contract for operation of a private prison in Lee County, to accommodate prisoners in state custody due to serious overcrowding problems at existing state correctional facilities.” [John Cheves]

So of course Mitch McConnell is in love with the plan. He and his fellow delusional self-promotors love the idea of killing thousands of Kentuckians. Twenty-three million fewer Americans would have insurance under legislation that House Republicans narrowly passed last month, the Congressional Budget Office reported on Wednesday. [HuffPo]

Just before taking office, President Donald Trump promised to donate all profits earned from foreign governments back to the U.S. Treasury. But MSNBC has learned the Trump Organization is not tracking all possible payments it receives from foreign governments, according to new admissions by Trump representatives. By failing to track foreign payments it receives, the company will be hard-pressed to meet Trump’s pledge to donate foreign profits and could even increase its legal exposure. [NBC News]

Finally, a Pitino-related sex scandal nightmare that he and UofL didn’t get to manipulate and win. [C-J/AKN]

Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials. [WaPo]

The Madison Fiscal Court heard first reading of its 2017-18 budget Tuesday morning, with only minor adjustments from the draft it reviewed a week earlier. [Richmond Register]

The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward. [NY Times]

Eastern Kentucky towns always bog themselves down with the dumbest shit possible while their community gets lost in the dark. If skateboarders in Russell want to practice kickflips and ollies, or simply spin their wheels on pavement, they’ll have to do it on private property. [Ashland Independent]

An escalating feud between the White House and the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has boiled over, with the Trump administration refusing to produce waivers it has granted to lobbyists that allow them to work in government agencies. [The Hill]

The Rowan County Board of Education voted Tuesday to approve a 1 percent raise for all district employees. [The Morehead News]

A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a Wikipedia lawsuit that challenges a U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) program of mass online surveillance, and claims that the government unconstitutionally invades people’s privacy rights. [Reuters]

A consulting firm tasked with analyzing Kentucky’s unfunded public pension fund crisis says the state could address the problem more quickly if it committed to a fixed-dollar annual contribution similar to a 30-year mortgage. [Ronnie Ellis]

Sam Clovis likely to be named undersecretary of the USDA department that manages research on everything from climate change to nutrition. [ProPublica]

The AFL-CIO and Teamsters Union filed a lawsuit in Franklin Circuit Court Thursday challenging the constitutionality of a new law that prohibits unions from requiring employees to pay dues in a unionized workplace. [H-L]

Antarctica, the desolate southernmost continent boasting the coldest climate on Earth, usually brings to mind visions of ice, snow and penguins. But global warming is transforming Antarctica’s icy expanses, new research from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom shows. Parts of the continent are “greening,” researchers say — and fast. [HuffPo]

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Miss Lindsey Is Mad Over Trump’s Tapes

A human trafficking and rape case against a former Northern Kentucky judge grew more bizarre at a tense arraignment and bond hearing Wednesday in Kenton County. [H-L]

Beltway wise guys – the same people who thought Hillary Clinton would waltz into the White House – are now assuring themselves that Donald Trump is going down. [HuffPo]

Stupid people like this are why you can’t have nice things. Never forget it. [C-J/AKN]

It is 100-percent certain, based on public sources, that some form of Trump tapes exist. [The Hill]

The Boyd County Fiscal Court is factoring in a sharp drop in tax revenue from a landfill, a steel mill and an oil refinery as it prepares to trim its next budget by about $200,000. [Ashland Independent]

A Russian-owned group of companies has agreed to pay nearly $6 million to settle U.S. civil allegations that the firms laundered proceeds of a $230 million tax fraud, ending a politically charged case days before it was set to go to trial. [Reuters]

Barren County is becoming more desirable to businesses looking to relocate because of the area’s recent push in workforce development, said several members of the Glasgow-Barren County Industrial Development Economic Authority board during their regular meeting Friday at the Barren County Area Technology Center. [Glasgow Daily Times]

GOP Kentucky Rep. Hal Rogers traded dozens of stocks while serving as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, which affects a broad array of policy areas. Rogers also maintained partial ownership of a small bank and collected at least $100,000 in dividends from the bank while chairing the committee, which is on the front lines of deciding whether to roll back Dodd-Frank regulations on banks. Under congressional rules, owning companies and sitting on corporate boards is permitted so long as members don’t draw a salary. Rogers didn’t respond to requests for comment. [Politico]

What began over 25 years ago on a local artist’s farm has now become a nationally recognized event. “A Day in the Country” began when Elliott County folk artist Minnie Adkins allowed 15 local artists to set up on her farm and sell their artwork. [The Morehead News]

Tens of millions of Americans together owe more than a trillion dollars in student debt. For the financial health of their households and the entire economy, ensuring a fair and smoothly functioning student loan system is critically important. But with a series of regulatory changes, the Trump administration is taking us in the wrong direction, making student loans riskier, more expensive and more burdensome for borrowers. [NY Times]

If you’ve got Medicare insurance, you probably already know this. But if you don’t, you need to know this: It won’t be a relief from high health care costs. [WFPL]

When the photo became public, people were quick to question the wisdom of allowing into the Oval Office at least one Russian who hadn’t been screened enough to identify that dual role. Much less, one who brought with him electronic equipment in the form of his camera. [WaPo]

A Floyd County woman was indicted by a Pike grand jury this week on charges that she stole more than $15,000 worth of Girl Scout cookies. [H-L]

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday called for the White House to turn over any recordings, if they exist, taped during a meeting between Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey. [HuffPo]

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Robin Webb Must Fear Losing Her Seat

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A few Kentucky lawmakers want payday loan stores to face much heavier penalties when they violate consumer-protection law. [John Cheves]

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Republican and Democrat are together pressing Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey to provide the committee with more details on former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his contacts with Russian officials. [HuffPo]

This should come as a surprise to no one who has followed Greg Fischer’s incompetent service as mayor. The Metro Corrections Department is trying to figure out why jail officials held an inmate for five months after his sentence was up and then turned him over to federal immigration authorities. Ironically, the handover Monday came only an hour after activists delivered more than 2,000 signatures urging Mayor Greg Fischer to designate Louisville a sanctuary city. [C-J/AKN]

Trump’s repeal of bipartisan anti-corruption measure proves he’s a fake. The man who ran as an outsider and champion of the common man plays the stooge for industry. So of course people like Scott Jennings live for the orange clown. [Rolling Stone]

The state Senate Education Committee gave a hearty — if not quite unanimous — amen to a bill sponsored by Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, which would allow school districts to offer an elective Bible literacy course. Robin Webb ought to be kicked square in the ass – for other reasons, too – but this ought to be reason enough for someone (Democrat or Republican) to oust her in the next election. [Ronnie Ellis]

Funny how you don’t hear anything about stuff like this from the Kentucky GOP or Dildo Trump – even though it’s been reported by Fox. A Russian spy ship has moved 40 miles closer to the U.S. shore and is now sitting 30 miles off the coast of Groton, Connecticut. [Salon]

Do you smell the looming disaster? A significant re-working of Kentucky’s curriculum standards and assessment and evaluation of schools appears headed to easy passage after the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, got most of the major stakeholders on board. [More Ronnie Ellis]

Michael Flynn was at a beachside resort in the Dominican Republic, a stretch of sand and sun that he and his wife had visited for years, when he took a few moments out of their post-election vacation for a call with the Russian ambassador to the United States. [NY Times]

Housing authorities across the country with Housing Choice Voucher Programs could receive less administrative funding this year to pay staff for managing the programs, and it is possible less families will also be served through the programs. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn denied to FBI agents in an interview last month that he had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador to the United States before President Trump took office, contradicting the contents of intercepted communications collected by intelligence agencies, current and former U.S. officials said. [WaPo]

Max Wise is another one of those guys who had trouble as a kid getting girls to be interested in him. Lawmakers have given initial approval to a plan to “defund” Kentucky’s Planned Parenthood locations in Lexington and Louisville by putting the organization at the back of the line for federal family planning dollars. [WFPL]

Several White House staffers were dismissed Thursday morning after failing FBI background checks, according to sources familiar with the matter. [Politico]

Here’s more of the Republican Party of Kentucky standing strong against the working class. A proposal to update Kentucky’s workers’ compensation program for the first time in about two decades makes changes sought by insurers and businesses but contains no adjustments sought by worker advocates and unions. [H-L]

Trump lashed out at news outlets for reporting that several of his campaign aides were contacting Russian intelligence agencies while those agencies were working to hurt Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and help Trump win ― but danced around direct questions about whether he knew of such contacts. [HuffPo]

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Here’s Your Corrupt KDP Schadenfreude

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Get fucked, R.J. Palmer and Dale Emmons. Being forced to pay douchebag Ralph Alvarado a mountain of cash is great fun to watch. You all deserve each other – all three of you. As one of the few people to be able to speak to settling (in my favor!) a defamation suit I filed against prominent Democrats in Kentucky, I think this is hilarious. Just icing on the cake to watch all of these corrupt hacks die a slow death while repeatedly getting kicked in the shady, deceitful gut. Kentucky will be better when that generation finally dies off. [AP/H-L]

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has urged McConnell to take the investigation out of the Senate Intelligence Committee and open a broader select panel to probe cyberwarfare threats from Russia and other U.S. adversaries including Iran and China. [HuffPo]

If you thought this one guy was going to save the University of Louisville from a decade of scandal, you haven’t been paying attention. [C-J/AKN]

Yahoo Inc’s secret scanning of customer emails at the behest of a U.S. spy agency is part of a growing push by officials to loosen constitutional protections Americans have against arbitrary governmental searches, according to legal documents and people briefed on closed court hearings. [Reuters]

Dave Eldridge, a 35-year newspaper executive, has been appointed publisher of the Corbin Times-Tribune and The London Sentinel-Echo. [Richmond Register]

Steven Mnuchin has made a career out of being lucky. The former Goldman Sachs banker nominated to become Donald Trump’s treasury secretary had the perspicacity to purchase a collapsed subprime mortgage lender soon after the financial crisis, getting a sweet deal from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Now, if he’s confirmed, he will likely be able to take advantage of a tax perk given to government officials. [ProPublica]

Raceland councilman Matt Abrams didn’t resign, and the Raceland City Council took no action in the wake of Abrams’ Thanksgiving arrest on multiple drug charges. [Ashland Independent]

The Trump transition team has asked for a list of Energy Department employees and contractors who attended United Nations climate meetings and worked on key Obama administration climate policies, including the social cost of carbon. [ThinkProgress]

Warren County set a state record in 2016 for wheat yield per-acre, and Barren County also had a strong year based on federal estimates. [Glasgow Daily Times]

After all the allegations of rampant voter fraud and claims that millions had voted illegally, the people who supervised the general election last month in states around the nation have been adding up how many credible reports of fraud they actually received. The overwhelming consensus: next to none. [NY Times]

The chair of Kentucky’s workgroup formulating potential changes to the commonwealth’s oil and gas regulations says he believes state laws adequately protect drinking water resources, even with the release of more details from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. [WFPL]

We need the jobs that actually exist in our towns to pay us wages high enough for us to afford basics we can live on. [WaPo]

Federal conservation officials have rejected appraisals of two Fayette County farms at the center of a $300,000 disagreement between Lexington and the federal government. [H-L]

Donald Trump wrapped up his post-election “thank you” tour on Saturday with celebratory geysers from water cannons, greetings from hoop-skirted Southern belles and some gloating over the TV newscasters who had expected him to lose. [HuffPo]

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HAHAHA Julian Carroll HAHAHAHAHA

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How to know Kentucky Democrats are still dead and will remain dead: They selected Julian Carroll as a leader. Sorry for the lack of a pee alert. Saved this one a few days because it was too hilarious. [H-L]

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Rep. Ryan Zinke to become the next interior secretary. [HuffPo]

The majority of students who are sent to Jefferson County Public Schools’ two behavior alternative schools are black, even though black students make up only 36 percent of the district’s overall population. [C-J/AKN]

Mortality due to substance abuse has increased in Appalachia by more than 1,000 percent since 1980. Deaths from diabetes, blood and endocrine diseases also increased in most counties in the United States during that time. [FiveThirtyEight]

Rep. Rita Smart, D-Richmond, who lost her re-election bid by 76 votes to Republican C. Wesley Morgan, told the Madison County Elections Board on Thursday that she has learned of polling errors that could have affected her race and the race for Richmond City Commission. [Richmond Register]

Fox News analyst Monica Crowley, Donald Trump’s pick to be senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, repeatedly pushed an unfounded conspiracy theory that claimed Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin has ties to Islamic extremists. [CNN]

When I was in school our report cards listed grades in subjects we were taking and one additional category — “conduct.” [Ronnie Ellis]

The Law and Justice Party rode to power on a pledge to drain the swamp of Polish politics and roll back the legacy of the previous administration. One year later, its patriotic revolution, the party proclaims, has cleaned house and brought God and country back to Poland. [WaPo]

The Morehead State University Board of Regents approved a new nursing degree and heard a report on fall enrollment at Friday’s quarterly meeting. [The Morehead News]

ExxonMobil successfully lobbied against a bill that would have made it harder for the next president to lift sanctions against Russia, clearing the way for the oil giant to restart a program worth billions of dollars if Donald Trump eases those restrictions as president. [Politico]

A team of biologists from various state and federal agencies have been working to relocate beds of mussels on the Green River over a two-week period. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The U.S. intelligence community will soon disclose an estimate of the number of Americans whose electronic communications have been caught in the crosshairs of online surveillance programs intended for foreigners, U.S. lawmakers said in a letter seen by Reuters on Friday. [Reuters]

About 3,500 former Daymar College students in Kentucky will begin receiving restitution checks totaling $1.2 million, Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office announced Wednesday. [H-L]

As President-elect Donald Trump’s economic team forms, it continues to be highly favorable to a key billionaire hedge fund donor who backed his candidacy when most on Wall Street wouldn’t touch him. [HuffPo]

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Long-Awaited Barr Whinefest Tonight

On Monday, on the set of KET’s “Kentucky Tonight,” Nancy Jo Kemper will get her first chance to sit opposite U.S. Rep. (c)Andy Barr, R-Lexington, the man against whom she spent most of this year campaigning. [H-L]

Karl Rove is throwing in the towel. In an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” the Republican strategist said that Donald Trump’s poll numbers are simply too dismal to end in victory on election night. [HuffPo]

Wonder if these scared white people are making proper disclosure to the FEC? It was a small but passionate group who attended a veterans for Trump rally Saturday afternoon in a Fern Creek strip mall parking lot. [C-J/AKN]

It was a powerful piece of technology created for an important customer. The Medusa system, named after the mythical Greek monster with snakes instead of hair, had one main purpose: to vacuum up vast quantities of internet data at an astonishing speed. [The Intercept]

A committee launched to investigate allegations that Gov. Matt Bevin illegally canceled a road project to punish a lawmaker for not switching political parties met for the first time Friday. [WFPL]

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a double-digit lead in the inaugural ABC News 2016 tracking poll released Sunday morning. [The Hill]

Internal emails between officials in the Kentucky Transportation Department last October indicate Democratic state Rep. Russ Meyer knew about a right-of-way dispute on a road project in his district which was subsequently cancelled by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. [Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump rode to the top of the Republican ticket promising a “big, beautiful, powerful” border wall with Mexico to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants. Along that border, however, Americans are more likely to call the wall a “waste of money”, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. [Reuters]

Morehead State University acknowledged as one of the “Safest Colleges in Kentucky” by BackgroundChecks.org, a site devoted to public safety and open government. [Ashland Independent]

Leaders of the NAACP, the oldest civil rights organization in the United States, bucked intense pressure from supporters of charter schools on Saturday and ratified a resolution calling for a moratorium on the expansion of charters and for stronger oversight of these schools. [WaPo]

The 2016 Candidates Forum was held Tuesday at the Morehead Conference Center. The forum was scheduled for three discussions with candidates for Morehead City Council, Senate District 27, and House District 99. [The Morehead News]

Few things are more awesome than listening to kids playing on the playground. There’s magic in that mix of laughter and exhausted breaths — giggle, pant, giggle. [ProPublica]

The University of Kentucky is making a dramatic change in how it gives out financial aid by concentrating more on students who need help paying for college. [H-L]

Donald Trump’s unpopularity is threatening to take the Republican Senate majority down with him. [HuffPo]

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When Will The Bevin-Beshear Fight End?

The president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has expressed concern about “the potential for undue political influence” in Gov. Matt Bevin’s overhaul of the University of Louisville’s governing board. SACS President Belle S. Wheelan said in an Aug. 18 letter to acting University of Louisville President Neville G. Pinto that “there is evidence of significant accreditation-related issues” involving Bevin’s changes at U of L that are being challenged in court by state Attorney General Andy Beshear. [H-L]

Donald Trump’s new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, found herself in the unenviable position Sunday morning of having to defend one of the candidate’s most despicable tweets ever. [HuffPo]

Judicial candidates in Kentucky can make misleading statements but they can’t tell outright lies. [C-J/AKN]

The prescriptions you have in your medicine cabinet might not be as private as you believe they are. Thirty-one states grant law enforcement warrantless access to databases containing drug histories, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is pushing hard to search records even in states that have privacy safeguards. [WCPO]

I suspect most people are paying only passing attention to the multiple court battles between Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear. But the stakes are high and, depending upon how the courts rule in the various suits and Bevin’s potential reactions, these cases are likely to make history and set precedents that will affect Kentucky state government for years. [Ronnie Ellis]

Now for some startling opinions about race relations and the current leader of the Republican Party, Donald Trump. [The Hill]

Louisville-based GE Appliances, part of the Haier Group, plans to close a water heater manufacturing line that it launched in 2012 at Appliance Park. [Business First]

Nearly a third of U.S. counties will likely be served by only one insurer that participates in an Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace in 2017, according to an analysis published Sunday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. [Reuters]

Brenda Stamm will face a familiar challenger this fall as she seeks another term on the Rowan County Board of Education. [The Morehead News]

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that it would phase out its use of private prisons. While significant, the move will not put an end to the booming immigrant detention industry. Private prison companies will continue to receive millions in government contracts to detain unauthorized immigrants. [ProPublica]

Officials in several states are scrambling to deal with a series of heroin overdose outbreaks affecting dozens of people and involving at least six deaths. [Richmond Register]

Donald Trump made a direct pitch to Iowa’s farmers in a speech here Saturday — and then pivoted back to his appeal for support from African-Americans, even though there were virtually none in the audience. [Politico]

How do you document Kentucky history that has been mostly hidden and, until 1992, was technically illegal? [Tom Eblen]

Someone using an email address connected to Harold Bornstein, Donald Trump’s doctor, apparently doesn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to cash in on the GOP presidential nominee’s campaign. [HuffPo]

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