It’s Thursday Afternoon, Give Kids Some Books

Ron Weston is retiring to “spend more time with his family.” Who do you think will replace him? [Joe Gerth]

Once upon a time Glenn Beck lived and worked in Louisville. He pulled racist stunts and was absolutely nasty to Liz Curtis. Kudos to Terry Meiners, who often ticks people off, for standing up to him at the time. [Media Matters]

Does Humana have a free speech right to mislead the elderly? Is it political or commercial speech? Falsities or debatable points? [HuffPo]

Just kids being punks or instances of racism? Who knows. [WFPL’s The Edit]

In an email blast today, the Louisville GOP’s new chairman squandered nearly everything the local Party had built: credibility. The blast was 100% anti-Obama with cherry-picked opinion spewed as fact. A large portion of the message was dedicated to confusing Medicare Advantage plans with guaranteed Medicare benefits. Fitting that it was just a recycle of the RNC’s daily blast. [GOP Blast]

Are we really supposed to believe the Republican Party has had a change of heart about Medicare? The Service Employees International Union has chimed in on the Humana ordeal. [SEIU]

We need 50,000 books for Kentucky children. So go vote! [State-Journal & Books for Kids]

Guess our beloved Appalachia didn’t get the memo about embarrassment. 8 people staged an accident to collect an insurance payment. [H-L]

Yesterday I asked the Kentucky Democratic Party what it is up to these days. The response? KDP is a big organization, KDP is doing lots of stuff. No specifics. Here we are more than a day later and no one has been able to show me anything KDP has done or is doing to build, you know, a future. And fairness? It’s been a week since I asked the Republican Party of Kentucky the same question and no one has even acknowledged it. [Partisan Thoughts]

The University of the Cumberlands case heard by the Kentucky Supreme Court today. [Bluegrass Politics]

Racial Disparity in the Juvenile Justice System

Kentucky Youth Advocates has released data indicating that youth of color face harsher treatment than their white counterparts at nearly every stage of the juvenile justice system. This even appears to be the case when they’re engaging in the very same behaviors as their white peers.

“Research shows that there are few substantial differences in risk-taking behaviors between youth of color and their peers, yet our system treats them differently,” says Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates. “Involvement with the juvenile justice system has a deep impact on the trajectory of a child’s life. By allowing the system to continue in its current fashion we are cutting opportunities short for too many youth of color.”

From a KYA press release:

Disproportionality can occur when systems are not monitored for their impact on different populations of youth. For instance, we know disproportionality exists in the early stages of arrest and the filing of formal court charges, yet prior arrests and adjudications can be considered when determining a young person’s eligibility for diversion or in determining placement if they are committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice. This practice can compound disproportionality present from earlier stages with decisions that appear objective at face value.

The report measures disproportionality at seven key stages within the system, based on available data. The data range from charges/complaints filed against youth to cases transferred for handling in the adult court system. For each stage it examines how contact with the juvenile justice system among a population of youth increases or decreases at each successive stage in addition to the cumulative effects of disproportionality across the many stages of the juvenile justice system.

Diversion and cases petitioned to court represent two critical stages at the beginning of the juvenile justice process. Youth who are eligible for diversion and successfully complete it can make amends for their actions and avoid a formal court process. The data show African-American and Hispanic youth are significantly less likely to have their cases closed due to successful diversion. Cases are most often petitioned to formal court when a youth is not eligible for diversion, or the County Attorney or judge requests formal processing even when a case is eligible for diversion. Cases petitioned also show African-American and Hispanic youth are more likely to have cases sent to court for formal processing.

You may click here (Warning: PDF Link) for a copy of the extensive report. Cause it’s about time we start having a discussion about race in the Commonwealth.

What a Way to Start Your Wednesday Morning

Don’t forget to submit your nominations for the Golden B.S. Awards! Day One: Person Responsible for Legislation Requiring the Most Lubricant. Day Two: Reporter Most Likely to Make You Kick Your Television, Burn Your Newspaper or Toss Your Computer. [Day One & Day Two]

MAJOR PEE ALERT! How Mitch McConnell Ended Jim Bunning’s Senate Career. [TIME Magazine]

The Office of the Attorney General once again says that the Jefferson County Board of Education violated the open-meetings law with Sheldon Berman. JCPS needs to put up or shut up. What’s the district got to hide? It’s time to come clean. [C-J]

David Hawpe is retiring! Told ya so! [The ‘Ville Voice]

Someone finally paid $800,000 for Cave Hill. And a spot in Kentucky’s, ahem, interesting history is almost saved. Once it sells again. Maybe. [H-L]

Jack Ditty and the Republicans are sorely confused if they think horse money won’t impact that race. [Tom Loftus]

Quite an interesting timeline of Jim Bunning’s quit-a-thon. [Roll Call]

The anatomy of a Rand Paul money bomb. Sam Edelen takes a great look at it all. What the story doesn’t mention is that Trevor Lyman is just about the only person really supporting Rand Paul and is the guy behind nearly every comment made about him on any website, anywhere. It’s going to be hilarious to watch them try to raise a million bucks in a single day. [Kentucky Gazette]

Kids in Kentucky are getting the short end of the stick. [Kids Count]

Mitch McConnell keeps talking smack but still hasn’t delivered a health care bill. [Politico]