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Some Potential Insurance Fraud In Montgomery Co?

September 18th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Or at least something close to it?

You’ll likely recall that the Montgomery County Board of Education voted some time ago to ditch superintendent Joshua Powell’s private personal attorney — a guy they’ve paid tens upon tens of thousands of dollars this year alone. All to represent Powell and his inner circle. Instead of using the already paid school board attorney.

But guess what?

Neither Powell nor the board chair have notified the Montgomery County Schools’ legal insurance carrier:


And it’s in his own writing.

Still wondering why Montgomery County can’t have nice things?

There you go.

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Here’s A Real WTF Moment With Alison Grimes

September 18th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Just watch it:




Is it an ad about Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes’ candidacy for the U.S. Senate? Or is it an ad that spends 50 seconds telling us about when her grandfather got sick?

Really, WTF?

Also — it’s pretty insulting when someone of extreme wealth (by Kentucky standards) attempts to claim they couldn’t afford health care. When you have wealthy children and in-laws, you’re fine.

An entire minute on television squandered when Alison could have been defined or Mitch could have been attacked.

Wow. Just. Wow. WTF.

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A Welcome Moment Of Jim Gooch Schadenfreude

September 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Hold on to your wigs! And take a tinkle break before watching. You’ve been warned.

OH GOD! This ad is the funniest campaign commercial to hit Kentucky in a long while:




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Bereans Still Fighting Over Anti-Gay Hatred

September 18th, 2014 · No Comments

The most lethal form of black lung disease among longtime coal miners in Eastern Kentucky and nearby areas has spiked to the worst level in 40 years, according to a journal article published Monday. [H-L]

Investments to help fight climate change can also spur economic growth, rather than slow it as widely feared, but time is running short for a trillion-dollar shift to transform cities and energy use, an international report said on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

For more than a decade, Kentucky has funded its universities with an outdated formula that doesn’t account for changes in enrollment or reward schools that are better at producing graduates, state higher education officials say. [C-J/AKN]

A new study provides the first-ever tally of how many employees lose up to a quarter of their paychecks over debts like unpaid credit card or medical bills and student loans. [ProPublica]

The Russel Acton Folk Center in Berea was split down the middle at the city council meeting Tuesday with proponents and opponents of the fairness ordinance denoting their opinions not only by their seat at the center but the color of their clothes. [Richmond Register]

Mitch McConnell responds to Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes’ gun ad in devastating fashion. [WaPo]

A new ad was released in Eastern Kentucky today by U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign, painting his opponent, Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, as an inexperienced friend of leading liberals in Washington. [Ashland Independent]

This is what happens when your politicians work to keep you scared and uninformed/misinformed. Health law falls flat with Kentucky voters, even those it helps. [NY Times]

Park City residents can’t expect to pay the same amount in property taxes this year as they did last year, according to the proposed new tax rates. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Politicians will put the world economy at risk if they fail to tackle climate change, a global commission has warned. [BBC]

Intimidation, isolation, economic control, emotional abuse, threats and physical violence are all part of domestic violence. [The Morehead News]

If you want to know why Mitch McConnell has begun to pull away from Alison Grimes in all of the recent polling, look no further than Grimes’ TV ad from earlier this week. Oh snap. It gets worse: McConnell’s campaign has decided what this campaign is about. And Grimes’ team has let him do it. McConnell’s team deserves a lot of credit, but it doesn’t even appear Grimes has even tried to make McConnell OWN Washington’s dysfunction. [NBC News]

Betty Givan is not a big eater — two eggs for breakfast, tuna and a banana for lunch, an occasional Ritz cracker with cream cheese spread as a snack. Despite her ascetic eating habits, Givan is one of YouTube’s biggest draws in the cooking arena. [H-L]

Despite five years of economic recovery, poverty is still stubbornly high in America. More than 45 million people, or 14.5 percent of all Americans, lived below the poverty line last year, the Census Bureau reported. [HuffPo]

→ No CommentsTags: Alison Grimes · Discrimination · Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Education · Environment · Health Care · Mitch McConnell · Poverty · Senate · Stats · Taxes · The Gays

Republicans Still Complaining About Health Care

September 17th, 2014 · No Comments

A former official of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources violated the state ethics code by creating an oppressive work environment for women employees by telling them what clothes to wear and asking one to let him see her breasts. [Bluegrass Politics]

Another day, another survey showing that Obamacare is beginning to cure America’s uninsured problem. [HuffPo]

Former President Bill Clinton just made an ad for Alison Lundergan Grimes. Well, not really, but it sure sounded like the kind of attack that would make Democratic ad copy against Grimes’ opponent, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who is seeking election to a sixth term. [C-J/AKN]

Critics say the 1968 federal law that allows collectors to take 25 percent of debtors’ wages, or every penny in their bank accounts, is out of date and overly harsh. [ProPublica]

U.S. Senate candidates Alison Lundergan Grimes and Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell don’t agree on much. But what they both want Kentucky voters to know when they head to the polls in November is how much they detest “overreach” by the Environmental Protection Agency. [Ashland Independent]

Steps from a chance at salvation, or at least a less excruciating death, Comfort Zeyemoh walked slowly from the Ebola treatment center on Saturday. It was one of only three in a city devastated by the lethal virus. And it was nearly full. [WaPo]

The Haldeman-Hayes Crossing Community Gourd Festival will be held this Saturday for the 31st time. [The Morehead News]

The FBI is investigating allegations of excessive force by a Missouri police officer during a traffic stop that left a teenage motorist in critical condition. [Reuters]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently awarded contracts totaling nearly $5 million for nine transportation projects within the Department of Highways District 10. [Hazard Herald]

Mitch McConnell vowed that if Republicans take control of the Senate, reforming the National Labor Relations Board would be a top priority. [The Hill]

Congressman John Yarmuth said the high-profile domestic violence case involving NFL player Ray Rice demonstrates the need for legislation empowering abused women. [WFPL]

Presentation of the Kentucky Archaeology Month gubernatorial proclamation will kick off the 26th annual Living Archaeology Weekend. It’s Kentucky’s oldest and largest public archaeology event. [Press Release]

Looky here — it’s Jim Gray’s staff and Pamela Goodwine, of all judges, working in tandem to shut out a homeless shelter in Lexington. Without offering alternatives, of course. [H-L]

The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa’s Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic. [HuffPo]

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McConnell Hits U.S. Senate Floor, Gags Maggots

September 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Granny Mitch McConnell not only claims Democrats hate free speech (aka: unlimited corrupt campaign cash), he scares meemaw & poppop a bit more with ISIS/ISIL and then foams at the mouth about how the scary Democrats only push bills that are designed to fail:




Because Republicans don’t do the exact same thing, ever.

Can you imagine what would happen in the U.S. Senate race if Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes actually hit McConnell on the crap he does? She’d win. Just don’t hold your breath.

→ No CommentsTags: Campaign Finance · FEAR! · Hypocrisy · Mitch McConnell · Senate

State House Dems Spending Unbelievably Freely

September 17th, 2014 · 1 Comment

What the hell is going on in the State House?

Everyone knows state legislators can receive $188.22 per day for interim pay (leadership amounts are higher). But has everyone taken a look at just how much cash people are pocketing for little to nothing to show for it?

Let’s take a look at interim pay for legislators — people in good with Greg Stumbo:

  1. Dennis Horlander made$12,422 for 66 Days
  2. Derick Graham made $11,161 for 59 Days
  3. Mary Lou Marzian made $10,542 for 56 Days
  4. Jim Gooch made $9,617 for 51 Days
  5. Joni Jenkins made $8,846 for 47 Days
  6. Dennis Keene made $8,676 for 46 Days
  7. Arnold Simpson made $8,658 for 46 Days
  8. Susan Westrom made $8,658 for 46 Days
  9. Tom Burch made $8,337 for 44 Days
  10. Ruth Ann Palumbo made $7,717 for 41 Days
  11. Terry Mills made $7,717 for 41 Days

Jenkins and Marzian used to be the people who complained the most about legislators taking home the bacon like that. Looks like they’ve figured out how to jump on board the cash train.

In the senate? Just look:

  1. Whitney Westerfield made $8,149 for 43 Days
  2. Ernie Harris made $7,735 for 41 Days
  3. Jimmy Higdon made $7,735 for 41 Days
  4. Mike Wilson made $6,606 for 35 days
  5. Joe Bowen made $6,474 for 34 Days
  6. David Givens made $4,329 for 23 Days
  7. Tom Buford made $3,952 for 21 Days
  8. John Schickel made $3,801 for 20 Days
  9. Alice Kerr made $3,255 for 17 Days
  10. Chris McDaniel made $3,199 for 17 days

The number 1 recipient of cash in the senate barely scratches the top ten when compared to the house.

$102,351 for the house and $55,235 for the senate.

But nothing to see here, puppies and rainbows, move along.

→ 1 CommentTags: Greg Stumbo · KDP · RPK · Stats · Wasted Money

What A Tangled Web That’s Been Woven In MoCo

September 17th, 2014 · 2 Comments

A few weeks back we mentioned that a Mt. Sterling banker was threatening the family of a woman suing Montgomery County Schools and superintendent Joshua Powell.

Why on earth would he want to threaten them?

Turns out, one of the banker’s colleagues is engaged to a member of Powell’s inner circle. A teacher within the school system. One of the people who fabricated claims against Jim Dusso, at the alleged coercion of Joshua Powell.

And her brother co-owns a business that gets tens of thousands of dollars from Montgomery County Schools every year.

The best part of it all? They’re all tied to Jeff Wingate, the guy who was recently picked up by the feds.

→ 2 CommentsTags: Corruption · Education · Flashback · Investigation · Joshua Powell

Concerns About Grimes’ Embarrassing Gun Ad

September 17th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes is such a tough shooter that she knows how to do everything. Like properly wear ear protection. How to use the actual name of the activity in which she’s partaking. All the good stuff, right?

Well…

Let’s zoom in on her ad.

Here are the full frames:


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Closeups:




ALL ZOOMED IN

In case you were wondering? You’ve gotta squeeze those plugs and place them into your ear so they can expand and create a bit of a seal.

Anybody not just with a bit of sense but with some experience (for example: anyone with more than a few days of experience) wouldn’t be firing a gun while risking their hearing.

Can’t just barely place them in your ears and appear in high-def and not expect to get called out.

Liberals will get mad and conservatives will call us queer sinners in 3, 2…

→ 1 CommentTags: Alison Grimes · Embarrassing · Spotted · Takin yer guns!

Edelen Released The Fayette Co. Schools Audit

September 17th, 2014 · No Comments

State Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen just released his review of Fayette County Public Schools and it’s not a great situation.

Take a look at some excerpts from his accompanying press release:

Auditor Adam Edelen on Wednesday released a special examination of Fayette County Public Schools, finding chronic mismanagement of the district’s budget and finances that have contributed to its financial instability.

Auditors did not find any evidence of alleged criminal activity; however, they determined that poor financial management, weak policies and failed communications culminated in a weakened financial position for the district.

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Auditors identified salary and perk disparities between administrative and educational staff, excessive travel and training within one department, violations of the procurement process and other board policies, potential conflicts of interest, and other concerns.

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Auditors found that the budget director did not become aware of certain financial transactions in a timely manner, which led to her establishing a budget that reflected $20 million more than the district actually had to spend. The financial transactions made by the finance director were not illegal, but auditors question whether the availability of the money was purposely hidden from the school board and public.

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Auditors found a lack of transparency when management altered the district’s salary schedules. Unlike in past years, for the 2013-14 school year management did not highlight significant changes to administrative pay when it presented the schedules for board approval. The administrative additive was increased from $36,726 to $63,299. Auditors noted that over a four-year period, the average pay increase for high-ranking administrators was 24.7 percent, while the average teacher pay increase was 9.88 percent.

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Auditor Edelen noted that there are currently 11 FCPS teachers asking for money to buy basic supplies for the classrooms – most of which are in high poverty schools – on a national crowd-funding website.

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Auditor Edelen is particularly troubled by the use of a trust fund left to the district by a deceased FCPS teacher for the “enhancement and enrichment of the educational program.” The district can use the interest and up to 10 percent of the principal each year. The fund balance was over $1.1 million as of June 30, 2014.

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The district paid for the director of financial services to receive his superintendent certification. Subsequent to this examination, he refunded the full amount to the district.

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Auditors also found that management circumvented controls and violated its procurement process to contract with a vendor that provides college preparation services. (Finding 4) The contract is a potential conflict of interest, but auditors were unable to determine that the superintendent benefits directly from his relationship with the vendor’s CEO. Auditors identified other possible conflicts of interest in the district during the examination. (Finding 7)

As you can see, some rough stuff. But nothing nearly as terrible as Edelen attempted to hype up. Time for some major changes in Fayette county, though.

The findings:

  1. Weaknesses In Budget And Financial Management Processes Led To Significant Errors In The District’s Working Budgets
  2. The FCPS Working Environment Is Not Conducive to Efficient And Effective Operations
  3. Administrative And Management Salary Increases Outpace Other District Employees, Some Without Appropriate Transparency
  4. FCPS Circumvented District Controls And Did Not Follow Procurement Guidelines
  5. The Mary K. Stoner Trust Fund Is Not Being Used In Accordance With Its Charter
  6. Travel And Professional Development In The Department of Financial Services is Excessive And Often Unnecessary
  7. Conflicts of Interest: Vendors are providing perks to district personnel which could compromise the procurement process.
  8. Monthly Financial Reports To The Board Lack Significant Information
  9. Accounting Weaknesses Within the Department of Financial Services
  10. The Current FCPS Internal Audit Structure Needs Improvement

Can you imagine what would have happened in Montgomery County if Edelen had done his job there instead of ignoring major impropriety, hundreds of thousands in no-bid contracts, nepotism galore, misuse of funds, Title IX violations, illegal financial arrangements, yadda yadda…? Can you imagine?

It’s a shame he and his staff willfully ignored what was handed to them. Instead, he’s focused on Fayette and Jefferson Counties because he wants to drive up his name ID and get in front of as many future voters as possible.

So, when you’re reading this audit — click here (Warning: PDF Link) for a copy of it — just remember that this is merely one of many school districts that are in turmoil. While the audit was necessary, it’s just a mess of picking and choosing and other scandals involving just as much money have gone ignored because they’re in small towns.

And if you’re in Lexington? Time to start kicking ass at school board meetings like they’re doing in Montgomery County.

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