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Al Cross Makes Important Political Points Again

August 26th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Calling Hillary Rodham Clinton “a war hawk,” Sen. Rand Paul says that if the former secretary of state seeks the presidency, some voters will worry that she will get the U.S. involved in another Mideast war. [H-L]

During a book signing in Florida on Saturday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was confronted by a group of Dreamers over his vote against Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. [HuffPo]

Al Cross kicks asses and takes names in this column about looking beyond coal. First, he takes Hal Heiner’s ignorant butt to task. Then he points out how slanted and inaccurate stories about coal from both WFPL and the Courier-Journal were. [C-J/AKN]

If it’s happening there, you know it’s happening here. In California, some efforts to toughen oversight of assisted living falter. Cost concerns may derail efforts by lawmakers and advocates to require more frequent inspections and a swifter response to allegations of abuse and neglect. [ProPublica]

Owensboro is preparing to host some old-fashioned political stump-speaking. This year’s Red, White, and Blue Picnic is Tuesday and will be headlined by U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. [WKUFM]

Of course this Kentucky story made international news. Two Kentucky firefighters are being treated for severe burns after suffering electric shocks while helping students participate in the “ice bucket challenge”, local media report. [BBC]

After heated discussion that led to a tied vote and the ejection of one Carter County resident, the Carter County Fiscal Court passed into law an ordinance giving magistrates access to a total of $1.5 million for road repairs. [Ashland Independent]

Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat hoping to unseat Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), thinks that “limited air strikes for humanitarian reasons and in support of our allies against terrorists are appropriate,” according to a campaign aide. [The Hill]

Spending more taxpayer dollars on mailing in his first term in office than most other members of Congress, Kentucky U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, says he will not apologize for communicating with his constituents and defends his office’s fiscal record of cutting other wasteful spending. [CN|2]

The small city of Jennings, Mo., had a police department so troubled, and with so much tension between white officers and black residents, that the city council finally decided to disband it. Everyone in the Jennings police department was fired. New officers were brought in to create a credible department from scratch. That was three years ago. One of the officers who worked in that department, and lost his job along with everyone else, was a young man named Darren Wilson. [WaPo]

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker [yester]day announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.15 million grant to the city of Maysville, Kentucky, to construct a new water tank. According to the grantee, the project will support the expansion of the region’s automotive cluster, specifically a Mitsubishi plant, which will create 105 new jobs, retain 660 jobs and generate $60 million in private investment. [Press Release]

We hear Joshua Powell fought the school lunch program in Montgomery County with every pound of his being. Which comes as a surprise to no one, as he couldn’t stand watching a child in need receive a free meal. Or, more to the point (this is also happening in Morgan County), he didn’t want his nutritional managers to have to account for every last cent or prove they’re serving healthy food. [Click the Clicky]

Leaders at Northern Kentucky University say they plan to travel around the state in an effort to spread the word about what makes the school special. [H-L]

This small St. Louis suburb has been transformed over the past two weeks. Hundreds of people turn out every night to march up and down West Florissant Avenue demanding justice, accountability and a voice in the decisions made on their behalf. [HuffPo]

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Rand Paul Lives In His Own Little Fantasy World

August 25th, 2014 · No Comments

When the University of Kentucky’s new emergency room opened in 2010, Dr. Michael Karpf, executive vice president for UK’s health affairs, compared the sleek new facility to a Ferrari. [H-L]

President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the distribution of military hardware to state and local police out of concern at how such equipment has been used during racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. [HuffPo]

State tax incentives should be denied to the Noah’s Ark theme park in Northern Kentucky because of discriminatory hiring practices, a national organization for the separation of church and state told Gov. Steve Beshear in a letter Friday. [C-J/AKN]

US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen has said there is still “remaining slack in the labour market”. It was understated by the unemployment rate, at 6%, she said. [BBC]

Although the Madison County EMS has suffered a significant income drop from fees as a result of the Affordable Care Act, the ambulance board enacted a tax rate Thursday that will generate only $64,116 in additional revenue. [Richmond Register]

The Pentagon has released a photo of the Chinese fighter jet it says made a “dangerous intercept” of a U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft, flying close passes, performing barrel rolls and flying wingtip-to-wingtip with the American plane in what officials described as an “aggressive and unprofessional” manner. [NPR]

Does surface mining harm the health of people in the East Kentucky Coal Field? And why haven’t more elected officials participated in this summer’s meetings to gather ideas to diversify and improve the economy of Appalachian Kentucky? [Ashland Independent]

Just after noon on Saturday, Aug. 9, Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer on Canfield Drive. For about four hours, in the unrelenting summer sun, his body remained where he fell. [WFPL]

No, Rand Paul, Democrats aren’t afraid you’ll run in 2016. They WANT you to run in 2016 so the Democratic nominee will win. [Politico]

Kentucky State Police are investigating an accident at the Spencer and Shelby County airport. [WLKY]

Rand Paul is right that about critics of the Ferguson shooting. Their criticism is justified. What he’s wrong about is that he believes anyone needs his permission to criticize or have thoughts. [The Hill]

A program aimed at helping veterans hone their skills through education to prepare them for careers is seeing booming registration at Western Kentucky University. [H-L]

New research from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center shows that large quantities of a chemical responsible for depleting the ozone layer are still being emitted, even years after an international ban. [HuffPo]

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Gov. Steve Beshear’s Weekly Video Update

August 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Late last week, Governator Bigot hollered in his fake yokel accent about broadband access in Kentucky:

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Illegally Hired Union Principal’s A Powell Favorite

August 25th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Remember Holly Keeney? Get caught up.

She’s the woman Montgomery County Schools superintendent Joshua Powell illegally promoted while working in Union County. They both got huge slaps on the wrist from the Education Professional Standards Board.

But guess what!

Powell brought Keeney to Montgomery County not long ago for a closing day breakfast with faculty and made it a point to introduce her to site-based decision making personnel from around the district.

Several SBDM teachers we’ve spoken with from Montgomery County tell us Powell pushed Keeney on them so hard that they felt intimidated. Finally, at least one council banded together to tell Powell that they weren’t interested in bringing in another employee from Union County.

Then that SBDM council hired Jim Dusso.

We all know how that played out with Powell.

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Powell’s Trip To Italy Is The Craziest Thing Yet

August 25th, 2014 · 8 Comments

A few weeks ago we mentioned that Joshua Powell was tanned because of a vacation he took to Italy.

Here’s where he went — the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment’s 9th International Conference. Him! At that conference.


It was titled: “Promoting Dignity and Justice at work” and it took place in Milan:


The crazy thing is that he presented a talk on identifying and measuring bullying called (just like his 192-page dissertation, which is… hoo boy… we’ll talk about that some day) “Workplace incivility in public education” — see for yourself:


Mind-boggling, for sure.

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Groob Still Trying To Exploit Women Everywhere

August 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Kathy Groob is still promoting herself and other women as public speakers:


  • Registrant Name: Jeffrey Groob
  • Registration Organization: November Strategies, LLC

After being caught in a hotbed of racism, she started ratcheting that operation back up on Twitter, too.

That’s some first class exploitation.

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President Obama’s Weekly Video Address

August 25th, 2014 · No Comments

This week President Barack Obama continued to focus on the economy, which is barely a thing these days:

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Looks Like Alison Had Another Tough Weekend

August 25th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Breathitt County is not trusted to educate its children. How much longer that continues will be decided at a formal hearing in Frankfort this week. [John Cheves]

Wearing a Bushnell camo hat, Jeremy Arnold held up a black poster with a single blue line taped across it to show his support for Darren Wilson and other police officers. As for the man he shot to death? Michael Brown, Arnold said, “got exactly what he deserved.” [HuffPo]

You have to question exactly what the campaign of Alison Lundergan Grimes was thinking when they decided to rent a tour bus from a company that is owned by the candidate’s father, Jerry Lundergan. And when it decided to rent out the Carrick House, a historical Lexington home that he also owns. And when it opted to hire Lundergan’s companies to handle the arrangements like chairs, sound systems and a media riser at the events at there. [C-J/AKN]

Groups that closely follow regulations are expecting the Obama administration to continue issuing controversial rules through the midterm elections, despite the political risk it could pose for Democrats. [The Hill]

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is already looking beyond the Republican primary for governor with a message to Democratic candidate Jack Conway saying he has “no fear” of Conway “what so ever.” [CN|2]

Two weeks after a white policeman shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, smaller, quieter street protests prevailed at the weekend, while supporters of the officer rallied separately and called the shooting justified. [Reuters]

RunSwitch PR has been recognized as the largest PR firm in the state of Kentucky. The ranking, released today by Louisville’s Business First and based on 2013 net fee income and total revenue, places RunSwitch PR at the top of the state’s most recognized public relations agencies. [Click the Clicky]

A journalist says he was singed by a flash-bang fired by St. Louis County police trying to disperse a crowd, raising questions about how to use these military-style devices safely and appropriately. [ProPublica]

A controversial zone change, election-day alcohol sales, an indoor smoking ban, a forced annexation and property tax rates all will be on the Richmond City Commission’s agenda Tuesday night. Votes will be taken on the alcohol sales and annexation issues, while first reading of ordinances on the other matters will be heard. [Richmond Register]

UltraViolet, a group that runs campaigns for women’s rights, recently began an ad campaign to target states that have big tourism industries and bad track records on women’s economic equality. The group requested to place ads in airports in Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas. [Think Progress]

Catlettsburg transformed into the hotbed of Kentucky politics Thursday when some of the state’s top-ranking Democratic lawmakers met privately with union workers in a conference room at the Ramada Inn. [Ashland Independent]

Six years ago, Barack Obama’s election was going to usher in a new era of racial understanding. That hasn’t happened. [Politico]

When the Kentucky Department of Education took over Breathitt County’s failing schools in 2012, it continued a long tradition here of state intervention. [John Cheves]

Greenland and Antarctica are home to the two largest ice sheets in the world, and a new report released Wednesday says that they are contributing to sea level rise twice as much as they were just five years ago. [HuffPo]

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Hypocrisy, What’s It Mean? Rand Wants To Know

August 22nd, 2014 · 3 Comments

Kentucky State Rep. Terry Mills said Friday that his family takes “some satisfaction” that 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after his granddaughter and another child opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death. [H-L]

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said in an interview published Thursday that he supports legislation ending the president’s program to defer deportation for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. [HuffPo]

With heroin use continuing to outstrip Kentucky’s ability to treat addicts, Louisville’s only no-fee drug recovery facility plans to nearly double its capacity for men. [C-J/AKN]

Only one week after Sen. Mitch McConnell took the CEO of Delta Air Lines to breakfast in the exclusive Senate Dining Room last month, the airline executive and his wife wrote $10,000 worth of checks to help fund McConnell’s political operation. [National Journal]

The Republican Party of Kentucky has submitted a complaint to the Federal Election Commission alleging Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes accepted prohibited campaign donations from her father’s company. [AP]

The trade group representing institutional investors urges Securities and Exchange Commission not to weaken plans to make auditors publicly accountable for their work. [ProPublica]

You wouldn’t think with Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, the national poster boy for the Affordable Care Act and incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, who wants to “pull (the ACA) out root and branch,” the two pols could be upstaged by a little pork. [Ronnie Ellis]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Doesn’t Understand… Modern humans and Neanderthals co-existed in Europe 10 times longer than previously thought, a study suggests. [BBC]

Several wild horses that roam an area of Straight Creek known as Dingo were found shot to death on Friday. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

A Republican lawmaker slammed the Securities and Exchange Commission over leaks of confidential information to media outlets, including Reuters, calling the disclosures “unacceptable.” [Reuters]

Small and local government entities in the Commonwealth might be in for a rude awakening in 2015 when the federal government’s new accounting standard forces new pension liabilities to be reported by the state as well as those entities—including those in Perry County. [Hazard Herald]

Hundreds of thousands of tons of lead, a heavy metal that can damage the brain and kidneys, is found in the lead-acid batteries used in nearly half the vehicles in the world. [Think Progress]

Could Owensboro be more cowardly? Officials in Owensboro have decided to put off considering a gay rights ordinance for at least a year. [H-L]

Between barnstorming the early presidential caucus state of Iowa and a scheduled stop in the key primary state of South Carolina, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), an ophthalmologist, joined a medical mission this week to perform about 200 sight-restoring cataract surgeries for impoverished communities in Guatemala. [HuffPo]

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Safe To Say Alison & Jerry Are Raging Mad Today

August 22nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

By now you know that the Republican Party of Kentucky has filed an FEC complaint against Alison Grimes for the apparent illegal corporate contribution(s) she’s received from her father’s business.

Rather than write a story about it and force you to read it, let’s just dig directly in to the complaint:


If you want to see the attached exhibits, here you go:


Form your own opinion.

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