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Experience A Montgomery Co. School Board Mtg

July 28th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Ever wondered what goes on at a Montgomery County Board of Education meeting?

Let’s dig right in:

Part 2:

That “prestigious” award Johnston received? There are emails to suggest Joshua Powell and Terry Holliday created the award just for her.

Because it would have to be a bogus award after all of the information that’s been revealed the past year.

Here’s how Powell has been promoting the award:



On the Topix stunt:

Here’s the Powell experience:

Finally, see how tan Powell is? He and his wife allegedly took a trip to Italy to “present research” — likely at district expense. Unfortunately, the district won’t release records relating to the trip because they’re apparently keen on being eaten alive for violating open records laws in Kentucky.

→ 3 CommentsTags: Corruption · Education · Joshua Powell · Spotted

Grimes Promotes Extremist Group In Email Blast

July 28th, 2014 · No Comments


On Saturday Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes sent out an email blast touting a bogus poll from the right-wing hate site Human Events:


And promoted it like crazy after we started pointing everything out:



They’re the folks who employ Ann Coulter. The folks targeted by Right Wing Watch. The folks who constantly push Anti-Muslim rhetoric, anti-gay hate and anti-woman sentiment. They’re these folks. So far right-wing that they hate Mitch McConnell.

They also released a poll the day before the primary that showed McConnell at 48 and Bevin at 34. Remember the outcome? 60 plus. So. Kinda tough to reconcile with what they pushed.

But Alison thought it’d be a good idea to promote that.


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President Obama’s Weekly Video Address

July 28th, 2014 · No Comments

This week President Barack Obama focused on closing corporate tax loopholes:

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Kentuckians Wait For Grimes To Give Answers

July 28th, 2014 · No Comments

The House Ethics Committee said Friday that it is looking into potential ethics violations by two congressmen, Reps. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., and Ed Whitfield, R-Ky. The bipartisan panel acknowledged the separate inquiries in terse statements that said nothing about why the lawmakers were being examined. [H-L]

There may be a philosophical difference between the two candidates on how best to create jobs. But Grimes’ use of a single quote that appeared in a six-paragraph story of a local paper doesn’t fully reflect McConnell’s position on job creation. [HuffPo]

America, unfortunately, is a land increasingly inhabited by people disinterested in politics and government, disillusioned by politicians and, often, woefully uninformed about public affairs in general. [C-J/AKN]

Is Eddie Blakely just a complete dick or a full-on coward? Really? Over the Fannins popping a vein about legitimate criticism? Get a grip. Ken Hart was a tremendous asset for the Daily Independent and Blakely ought to be chastised up one side and down the other by CNHI for a horribly stupid move. What an embarrassment for Eastern Kentucky. What an embarrassment for journalism in the Commonwealth. [Jim Romenesko]

Louisville environmental activist Sarah Lynn Cunningham called Grimes’ attack on McConnell “laughable” and couldn’t think of a single time McConnell has sided against coal. She is being dishonest with voters. [BGDN]

The Office of Congressional Ethics has for the first time accused an entity of lobbying Congress illegally. [The Hill]

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is again calling in the “Big Dog” in her quest to unseat five-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. Former President Bill Clinton will join Grimes on Aug. 6 for a campaign rally in eastern Kentucky, according to a campaign official who would provide no further details. [Ronnie Ellis]

Remember Iraq? While the world’s attention has been diverted by the Malaysian plane shot down in eastern Ukraine and Israel’s assault on Gaza, things haven’t got much better in Iraq (or Syria for that matter, but that’s another story.) [Newsweek]

Landing at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron and catching a train into downtown Cincinnati could be a real convenience for business travelers. And under a bill that a consultant has drafted, it could become reality, the Cincinnati Business Courier reported. [Business First]

States running their own Obamacare exchanges were supposed to wean themselves off federal funding by the end of this year, but some of them want that Obama administration spigot open a bit longer. [Politico]

A western Kentucky man is accused of trying to quickly chop down his marijuana garden after police spotted it from a helicopter. [WLEX18]

The recent increase in the number of unaccompanied, undocumented minors immigrating across the border has left tens of thousands of children waiting in limbo. But thousands of children who are already American citizens also face an uncertain future — because their parents are not in the country legally. [NPR]

Will Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes ever give a straight answer on the immigration front? No, she won’t. She can’t even give straight answers as the Secretary of State. [H-L]

The crazy woman with the crazy eyes is railing on the gays again. Likely because her gay husband is doing things she doesn’t like. [HuffPo]

→ No CommentsTags: Alison Grimes · Congress · Corruption · Eastern Kentucky · Embarrassing · Environment · FEAR! · Health Care · Hypocrisy · Immigration · Investigation · Iraq · Journalism · Kentucky Business · Law Enforcement · Mainstream Mistake · Mitch McConnell · The Gays

Tim Conley’s Cohorts Admitted To His Scheme

July 25th, 2014 · No Comments

A married couple charged along with Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley in a federal corruption case pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court. Kenneth and Ruth Gambill of Salyersville each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. [H-L]

An Arizona inmate gasped and snorted in an execution that lasted nearly two hours on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy met Wednesday with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, one her chief critics on new rules limiting pollution from coal-fired power plants. [C-J/AKN]

Americans today are most likely to name immigration the nation’s biggest problem, but polling history suggests the alarm may have a limited shelf life. [NPR]

Want to read the most scandalous Louisville Metro Animal Services story yet? Have at it. The worst in eight years of our LMAS coverage. Everyone from Greg Fischer on down are to blame and should be prosecuted. [The 'Ville Voice]

A group of charter schools, teachers and parents filed suit on Tuesday against Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, asserting that he overstepped his authority and has sown chaos by moving last month to ditch the Common Core education standards for teaching English and math which he helped usher in four years ago. [Reuters]

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is urging Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell to “change his tune” on a proposal that would end tax breaks for U.S. companies that ship jobs overseas. [WFPL]

So let’s suppose the Halbig case goes up to the Supreme Court and they rule for the plaintiffs: in a stroke, everyone enrolled in Obamacare through a federal exchange is no longer eligible for subsidies. What happens then? Is Obamacare doomed? [Mother Jones]

A Lexington mail-processing and distribution facility is one 82 centers the U.S. Postal Service plans to close in 2015. [Business First]

The Obama administration, detailing what it called evidence of Russian complicity in the downing of a Malaysian airliner, on Tuesday released satellite images and other sensitive intelligence that officials say show Moscow had trained and equipped rebels in Ukraine responsible for the attack. [WaPo]

A family member of a Nelson County woman and her teenage daughter, both of whom were murdered in April, released an emotional statement to the public. [WAVE3]

This is a secret system that uses dubious levels of ‘evidence’ — or, in some cases, no actual evidence — to designate people as terrorists, including American citizens. [The Intercept]

This is why Kentucky can’t have nice things. Because of people like Greg Stumbo and his ridiculous pals in leadership. And also because of folks at WAVE3 who love to hype up this nonsense. [WAVE3]

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to its lowest level in more than eight years. [HuffPo]

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Woah, It’s Leslie Combs Caption Contest Time!

July 25th, 2014 · 7 Comments

Looky here:


You know what to do!

Make it funny. OR ELSE!

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Congressman Yarmuth On The GOP Poverty Push

July 25th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Rep. John Yarmuth is not having the Republican Party’s nonsense on poverty:

If John were a drag queen, he would have already snatched a weave off somebody’s head.

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Some Powell-Holliday Back Story In MoCo.

July 25th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Montgomery County Schools superintendent Joshua Powell was recently outside the district (mid-July) without board approval and several investigators have repeatedly reached out to us to find out where he was. Because the board and district are so screwed up, apparently, that no one can get a straight answer.

Well, here you go: the Kentucky Association of School Administrators 2014 Annual Leadership Institute & Expo. That’s where he was.


It took place at the Galt House in Louisville. Which probably wasn’t a wise thing for them to do if they didn’t want half the guest list emailing us photos, updates, videos and sending text messages the entire time.

Many still want to know why he’s able to get away with leaving the district without approval, defying his contract.

It’s because Terry Holliday was there and he’s been Powell’s protector since the beginning (more on that later).

There were also quite a few other educators and education officials there (speaking) who are no stranger to Powell. Many of them have turned a blind eye to what’s going on. Some of them could step up to resolve the problems in Montgomery County but don’t. Several of them have gone so far as to refuse to so much as speak to Powell, though.

A sampling of those speakers — again, some of whom are mortified by the MoCo mess:

  • David Cook, Director, Division of Innovation & Partner Engagement, Kentucky Department of Education
  • Mackenzie Hanes, Education Liaison, Kentucky National Guard
  • Gary Harbin, Kentucky Teachers Retirement System
  • Cindy Heine, Associate Executive Director, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
  • Terry Holliday, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education
  • Early Hughes, Consultant, Kentucky Association of School Administrators
  • Lynne Keen, Education Leader, Kentucky Association of School Councils
  • Lynne McCoy Simandle, Research Associate, Kentucky Center for School Safety
  • April Pieper, Coordinator, Extended School Services, Kentucky Department of Education
  • Brigitte Ramsey, Associate Executive Director, Prichard Committee
  • Joe Roberts, Director, Head Start Collaboration Office, Governor’s Office for Early Childhood
  • Alicia Sneed, Director of Legal Services, Education Professional Standards Board
  • Mark Taylor, Office of Career & Technical Education, KDE
  • Terry Tolan, Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Early Childhood
  • Todd Tucker, Education Recovery Leader, KDE
  • Bob Wagoner, Executive Director, Kentucky Retired Teachers Association
  • Charlene Williams, Kentucky Association of School Administrators
  • Richard Williams, KLA Facilitator & Consultant
  • Wayne Young, Executive Director, Kentucky Association of School Administrators

We shared that list with you to show just how the Powell/Holliday circle mingles with the rest of the state. And to show you how tied into the Beshear world they both are.

While at the event, Powell presented a session (along with Larry Bailey, one of his new hires from Terry Holliday’s North Carolina) called Dealing With Difficult Employees:



Head spinning? Good. We, too, had difficulty avoiding laughter. That’s really the point of the whole mess above. To show you just how screwed up Kentucky’s educational leaders are that they would put Joshua Powell in a position to do that. You thank Terry Holliday and the Beshear crew.

We earlier mentioned that Holliday, head of the Kentucky Department of Education, has been protecting Powell since the beginning. Let’s dig into that.

Why is Powell in Montgomery County after being run out on a rail in Union County? Because of Holliday and Baldrige, a performance improvement system Holliday has been pushing for years and an organization that put him on its Board of Overseers after giving him an award. (For more on creepy backscratching like that, search for “Sheldon Berman” on

Powell had been doing Holliday’s bidding on Baldrige in Kentucky for nearly three years prior to getting caught up in his messes in Union County. Messes that resulted in a corrective action plan that could end up getting him into even more trouble. So when he needed a job, Holliday had his Baldrige guy, Phil Eason, who also works as a consultant/recruiter, bring Powell into the mix. Because he’s the guy Powell had been working with from Baldrige — to the tune of something like $67,000 per year for a couple of consulting days per week. They got the job done and sold him to the board. Note: We recently ran a story about Eason helping another school district recruit a superintendent for a cost of $6,000. Feel free to search that out.

So now you know the back story. You know why Powell is in Montgomery County and why no one in the Holliday/Beshear world will lift a finger. Because it would definitely appear that he’s being protected.

→ 5 CommentsTags: Corruption · Education · Investigation · Joshua Powell · Spotted

Mitch Blames Democrats For Immigration Mess

July 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Here’s elderly old coot Mitch McConnell blaming Democrats for partisanship in Republican Warshington.

Immigration reform could have been a thing if it weren’t for people like Mitch McConnell and the cowards like Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes who don’t have the temerity to truly stand up.

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Your Weekly Transportation Lady Video Update

July 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Because so many people are getting killed in Louisville when they go for a walk, this week the Transportation Lady focuses on pedestrian safety:

Moral of this story? DO NOT go outside in Louisville. Especially if you are poor or live in a more suburban area.

Oh! KYTC also does other videos – like this cool one:

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