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KRS Still Gets Tons Of Negative National Attention

April 15th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Nope, we haven’t forgotten about the nightmare that is Kentucky Retirement Systems. While Frankfort has tried to ignore it, the rest of the country certainly has not.

The latest from Governing:

If current trends continue in 2014, this year would mark the 6th-longest expansion for the U.S. economy since World War II. As such, state tax revenue would continue to rise. The problem is that states still haven’t fixed their financial problems. State spending continues on a dangerous path, particularly when it comes to pension funding, Kozlik says. Many states curtailed pension funding during or before the recession. In some cases states haven’t resumed proper funding. “This is creating an increasingly worrisome level of fiscal damage that could be all but irreversible unless significant reforms are made,” Kozlik writes. “So far, we have become increasingly pessimistic about the prospects for reform.”

He notes that Illinois, Kentucky, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have all suffered credit downgrades, in part as a result of such practices. Kozlik adds: “We believe there is a strong likelihood that the credit circumstances within these states will worsen, especially when there is an economic downturn.”

Don’t worry, though, nothing to see here, carry on, go back inside…

This is why Kentucky can’t have nice things.

→ 1 CommentTags: Corruption · Embarrassing · Wasted Money

Presser/Signing: Kentucky Bans E-Cigs For Minors

April 15th, 2014 · No Comments

Since you likely missed it, here’s Governor Steve Beshear at yesterday’s signing of Senate Bill 109, banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors:




Feel free to click here for more information about the bill.

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State Government Is Celebrating Earth Week

April 15th, 2014 · No Comments

It’s tough to believe but Kentucky’s state government officials are “celebrating” Earth Week. Yes, one of the most environmentally irresponsible administrations in history is playing pat-a-cake again.

But Jane Beshear is recognizing a couple schools that deserve kudos for efforts in conserving energy.

The 2014 Green Ribbon School and Green & Healthy School will be recognized at an event in the capitol rotunda today at 11:30.

  • Wellington Elementary in Lexington is this year’s Green Ribbon School
  • Farnsley Middle School in Louisville is 2014′s Green & Health School
  • West Hardin Middle School is also being recognized for its model program, according to a release

Should be a fun time for those interested to go question these folks about Kentucky’s myriad environmental problems:

  • First Lady Jane Beshear
  • Energy & Environment Secretary Len Peters
  • Education Commissioner Terry Holliday
  • Environmental Education Council Executive Director Elizabeth Schmitz
  • Kentucky Housing Corp. Executive Director J. Kathryn Peters
  • Renewable Energy CEO Cisco DeVries

Because they’ll all be there ignoring the Commonwealth’s disasters.

UPDATE: The Energy and Environment Cabinet sent out a release with some more specific information about each school.

Excerpt:

Wellington Elementary, Fayette County – Wellington was recognized as a Green Ribbon school for ensuring its students are aware of how to help the environment and are dedicated to sustaining a “green” school. Wellington, one of Fayette County’s most energy efficient schools, has a student and teacher-led sustainability team that monitors and holds their school accountable for its sustainability initiatives. The Green Ribbon Schools program of the U.S. Department of Education recognizes the highest performing green and healthy schools in the nation. Third-grade teacher and Green Ribbon School Advocate Brittany Phillips accepted the award.

Farnsley Middle School, Jefferson County – Farnsley was recognized as a Kentucky Green and Healthy School (KGHS). KGHS is a project-based and student-centered program that empowers students and staff to move their school toward becoming safer, healthier and more environmentally sustainable. Farnsley principal Linda Hudson and teacher Marsha Buerger accepted the award.

West Hardin Middle School, Hardin County – West Hardin has been recognized as a Model Green and Healthy School. Model schools serve as mentors to other KGHS schools, and continue their school improvement projects above and beyond the required nine categories. For the second consecutive year, West Hardin Middle School was recognized as a MKGHS for revisiting at least one category during the school year and completing at least one new project. Science teacher Leslie Meredith accepted the award for West Hardin.

→ No CommentsTags: Education · Embarrassing · Environment


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Ethics Will Never Be A Big Thing In Frankfort

April 15th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Sorry, we won’t be reading anything with “Jim Gooch” and “panties” in it because we don’t want to die of heart attacks or choke to death on vomit. [TERRIFYING]

Of course Greg Stumbo is defending his handling of the ethics mess in Frankfort. He’s afraid of being put under the microscope himself. [H-L]

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has signed a bill decriminalizing marijuana possession in the state, following the passage of the measure in Maryland’s General Assembly. [HuffPo]

A bill to reform the way juveniles are handled in Kentucky’s legal system received final Senate approval on Monday and now goes to Gov. Steve Beshear for his signature. [C-J/AKN]

There’s been a major shake-up in one of the largest organizations that certifies forensic experts. [ProPublica]

The Flatwoods police chief has been suspended pending a hearing that could lead to his dismissal. [Ashland Independent]

A new report from the United Nations’ panel on climate change says major action is needed, and fast, if policy makers want to limit global warming to acceptable levels. [NPR]

State police now say a woman found dead after a fire last week was murdered. [WKYT]

New research shows that when a threat comes into view fruit flies make split-second turns reminiscent of those made by fighter jets. High speed videos revealed the subtle wing movements that enabled them to make the split-second “bank” turns in order to evade attack. [BBC]

The Kentucky House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to overhaul its own ethics code Monday. [WDRB]

Organizing for Action, the political non-profit that morphed out of President Barack Obama’s campaign committee, released a list of top donors late Friday afternoon, and while the group made a step in the direction of better disclosure, it promptly took two steps back. [Sunlight Foundation]

Oh, come on! A Bowling Green man was scammed out of $13,347 after he sent Green Dot Money Cards to someone who claimed to represent the Internal Revenue Service. [BGDN]

Though he’s trailing the Senate minority leader by more than 30 points, Matt Bevin’s influx of cash could force McConnell to spend vital funds to defend himself. No, it won’t. Bevin will cost McConnell very little in the long run. [TIME]

Steve Beshear plans to meet with legislative leaders later on Monday to discuss a new financing plan for a renovated Rupp Arena and the attached convention center. [H-L]

Edward Snowden didn’t win a Pulitzer on Monday, but he might as well have. In a move certain to be interpreted as a vindication of the former government contractor’s efforts, the Pulitzer Prize Board on Monday awarded The Guardian US and The Washington Post its coveted Public Service award for reporting on the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance practices. [Politico]

→ 1 CommentTags: Barack Obama · Campaign Finance · Corruption · Eastern Kentucky · Environment · FEAR! · Greg Stumbo · Hypocrisy · Law Enforcement · Mitch McConnell · Senate · Wiretapping · Youth

Barr’s Opponent Actually Running As A Democrat

April 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Several bills looked like slam dunks going into the 2014 General Assembly in January, with bipartisan support and advocacy groups rallying behind them. [John Cheves]

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday said that America “can’t invite the whole world” to enter the country, no matter how much some immigrants may love the U.S. [HuffPo]

No, Mitch McConnell’s endorsement from the National Rifle Association doesn’t matter. No one in their right mind believes he or his opponents shoot regularly. [C-J/AKN]

Following Superstorm Sandy, donors gave $312 million to the American Red Cross. How did the aid organization spend that money? A year and a half after the storm, it’s surprisingly difficult to get a detailed answer. [ProPublica]

A car-sized spacecraft launched in 1978 to measure the solar wind, then repurposed to fly alongside two comets, then lost and silent for decades, could be recycled again into a sun observation platform now that it has been found … again. And Morehead State’s Space Science Center may get the keys to drive it. [The Trail Blazer]

When organized interest groups or economic elites want a particular policy passed, there’s a strongly likelihood their wishes will come true. But when average citizens support something, they have next to no influence. [Think Progress]

Wondering why Kentucky is being kept in the dark ages? It’s issues like this. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has made a ruling in the case of grocery stores and gas stations being able to sell liquor and wine. [WHAS11]

A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church. [NPR]

Proposed legislation aimed at combating the resurgence of heroin trafficking and overdose deaths in Kentucky likely will not pass this session, according to state Sen. Jared Carpenter, R-Berea. [Richmond Register]

Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says her departure after Obamacare’s first, rocky open enrollment period was her own choice and that it was “a logical time to leave.” [Politico]

Kingdom Come State Park was closed to the public on Sunday as firefighters and forestry crews continued to battle a raging fire which had burned hundreds of acres inside and outside of the park. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

A long-awaited UN report on how to curb climate change says the world must rapidly move away from carbon-intensive fuels. There must be a “massive shift” to renewable energy, says the study released in Berlin. [BBC]

Democratic congressional candidate Elisabeth Jensen embraces the federal health care law pushed by President Barack Obama and Gov. Steve Beshear in her campaign’s first radio ad. [Sam Youngman]

The media is still dancing around use of the word ‘torture.’ In recent weeks, the controversy surrounding the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogations during the Bush administration has been a major media story. [HuffPo]

→ No CommentsTags: Andy Barr · Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Education · Environment · Health Care · Immigration · Kentucky Business · Mainstream · Mitch McConnell · Poverty · Rand Paul · Senate · Takin yer guns!

Another Greg Stumb-Rocky Adkins Caption Contest

April 14th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Here you go — Greg Stumbo and Rocky Adkins:


YOUR CAPTION HERE

You know what to do.

Make it funny!

→ 2 CommentsTags: Contest · Greg Stumbo

Lame Duck Continues Dive Into Mythical Waters

April 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Here’s Steve Beshear continuing to pretend that Kentucky’s business climate is amazing.




If it were left to Beshear to write history, he’d claim this is the height of Kentucky’s economy.

Meanwhile, Kentucky just added (literally) a few hundred thousand hardworking, struggling citizens to its Medicaid rolls. Because business is clearly booming here.

→ No CommentsTags: Economy · Kentucky Business · Steve Beshear

Rep. John Yarmuth On Immigration Reform

April 14th, 2014 · No Comments

In case you missed it, here’s John Yarmuth appearing on MSNBC to discuss immigration reform:




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Animal Care Atrocities Revealed In Shelby County

April 14th, 2014 · 8 Comments


WARNING — THIS POST CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES. DO NOT SCROLL DOWN IF YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE REALITY OF WHAT PASSES FOR ACCEPTABLE ANIMAL CARE IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY.

When you hear “Shelby County Animal Control/No Kill Mission” you automatically think warm fuzzies, right? Because you assume animals are adequately cared for, well-fed and not euthanized. Because that’s what any sane person would do.

Unfortunately, the folks there — because they want to live up to being no-kill — are STARVING ANIMALS TO DEATH.

It’s not a secret, so save any b.s. backlash about this merely being conjecture.

The fat and happy shots were taken between July and September 2013. The others? Taken December 2013. In an instance or two, you’ll see the dogs after they’ve been rescued and fed.


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Starving animals to death so they don’t have to euthanize them.

Keeping them in terrible conditions.


DISGUSTING


BLOOD


MORE BLOOD


AWFUL

Several local organizations have saved some of the worst case animals but they can’t do everything. And if volunteers speak up, they’re immediately ostracized.

It’s worse than Louisville Metro Animal Services.

If anyone has additional information, photographs, videos, audio recordings, emails and such? Feel free to get in touch.

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McConnell On The Democratic Party’s Harassment

April 14th, 2014 · No Comments

For maybe the first time ever, we agree completely with what Mitch McConnell has to say about sexual harassment:




Hell has frozen over.

→ No CommentsTags: Frustration · KDP · Mitch McConnell