The Powell-Holliday Ties Get Stranger And Stranger As The Days Go By

Or, more to the point: here’s yet another reason to be suspicious of just about everything going on at EPSB.

If you’re reading this, you likely already know who Terry Holliday is. There’s almost no need to link to the countless stories we’ve published filled with gobs of government documents proving his ties to fired former Montgomery County Schools superintendent Joshua Powell. Holliday enabled Powell and spent years excusing and dismissing scandal after scandal after scandal.

Holliday, of course, was run out of the Commonwealth last year by the Beshear Administration.

But whattya know, his daughter, Ellie Holliday, is now the Assistant Director of International School Partnerships at the University of Kentucky College of Education in the Office of the Dean.

The dean? Mary John O’Hair, a friend/confidant of Terry Holliday. And a voting member of the Education Professional Standards Board, which will soon decide whether or not it’s necessary to hold Joshua Powell accountable. The same EPSB of which Holliday was a member.

Terry Holliday’s pal employs his daughter and just happens to sit on the board of the entity set to determine his friend’s future. Surprise!

And you wonder why Kentucky can’t have nice things. Or why there are so many doubts about educational accountability and the EPSB.

The Bevin Administration can’t step in quickly enough.

Note: No, there’s no immediately available evidence of wrongdoing on the part of O’Hair. But Holliday’s verified history, along with well-documented shenanigans that have been pulled at EPSB, makes this not only fair game but worthy of discussion. The appearance of impropriety matters when it comes to something as serious as educational accountability.

Everybody Has A Sad For Rand Paul

Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) of Kentucky dropped out of the 2016 presidential race Wednesday after a fifth-place finish in the Iowa Republican caucus two days earlier. [H-L]

Justice Clarence Thomas will soon celebrate 10 years of not speaking during oral arguments at the Supreme Court. [HuffPo]

Woo, let’s gamble ouselves to failure! A bipartisan group of state senators called on Tuesday morning for expanded gambling in Kentucky to support Kentucky’s retirement systems. [C-J/AKN]

Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) is suspending his campaign and dropping out of the presidential race. [The Hill]

If you missed it, some disgusting stuff has gone on in Shelby County for several years. But legal action has been taken to hold people accountable for atrocious animal abuse and torture. [Page One]

U.S. armed forces leaders said on Tuesday that women should be required to register for the military draft, along with men, as the military moves toward integrating them fully into combat positions. [Reuters]

You can’t fix stupid in Frankfort. The State Senate voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Because the entire body is filled with mouth-breathers who believe everything that scares them on Fox News. [WFPL]

“But unlike Bill Murray’s character…Republican leaders are either willfully ignorant or intentionally wasting everyone’s time.” [ThinkProgress]

The Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities coalition is requesting the assistance of community residence in determining the region’s most pressing health concerns. [Ashland Independent]

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) is suspending his campaign for president after a disappointing finish in Iowa, turning his focus now to his Senate re-election bid. [NPR]

Police found a methamphetamine pipe inside a breakfast biscuit after stopping a car at the Berea Walmart for excessive window tint on Thursday. [Richmond Register]

Indigenous tribes, timber firms and environmental groups in western Canada have welcomed a deal to protect one of the world’s largest remaining tracts of temperate rainforest. [BBC]

This might be one of the most terrifying Groundhog Day-related things we’ve ever seen. [H-L]

Real estate mogul Donald Trump accused Ted Cruz of fraud on Wednesday, claiming the Texas senator “stole” the Iowa caucuses and arguing that “either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified.” [HuffPo]

Coal. Just. Keeps. On. Dying. Its. Death.

People can’t stop snickering over the Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes and Jerry Lundergan subpoenas. [H-L]

Tensions soared across the Hawkeye State during Monday’s Iowa Caucuses. Polls were thwarted, two candidates ended their run for the presidency and another decided to leave the state all together to get some fresh clothes. [HuffPo]

Some 300 or more Kentuckians could retroactively earn their GEDs as the state opts to lower the score required to pass the high school equivalency exam. [C-J/AKN]

Barclays and Credit Suisse have been fined a total of $154m (£108m) by US regulators for their US “dark pool” trading operations. [BBC]

Coal production in Kentucky has slumped to its lowest level since the 1950s after declining nearly 21 percent in 2015. [Harlan Daily Independent]

Hillary Clinton narrowly defeated Bernie Sanders in the Iowa caucuses, according to results announced by the state Democratic Party early Tuesday morning, a dramatic finish to a race so close that The Associated Press declined to call it even after every precinct except one had reported results. [Politico]

At a time when private support is more critical than ever, alumni and friends of Eastern Kentucky University are generously giving of their time, talents and treasure. [Richmond Register]

Damn self-haters. The Log Cabin Republicans are interested in holding Democrats to high standards for LGBT equality, but not their own party. [ThinkProgress]

Nine candidates have filed to run for six seats on the Morehead City Council in the November general election. [The Morehead News]

A journalist immerses herself in New York’s Family Court system and finds a mix of misery and modest hope. [ProPublica]

Documents released to the Glasgow Daily Times in response to open records requests shed slightly more information on the situation that led to a Glasgow Police Department sergeant’s firing. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Pentagon’s planned 2017 budget will shifts its focus on future wars against near-peer competitors Russia and China, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday. [The Hill]

A non-profit working to revitalize downtown Middlesboro has been awarded $20,000 under a program aimed at making local foods a greater part of local economies. [H-L]

A great man named Donald Trump once said, “I am a whiner, and I keep whining and whining until I win.” Sadly, this Churchillian testicular fortitude came to nought on Monday, as the country’s foremost wall-promiser and fear-player-onner went down to defeat in the GOP’s Iowa caucuses. [HuffPo]

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UK Agency Again Ignoring Sunshine Laws

Remember when the Attorney General told the Kentucky Medical Services Foundation that it was subject to Kentucky’s open records laws?


From November 9, 2015:

A foundation affiliated with the University of Kentucky that was questioned during the controversial ouster of a UK surgeon must turn over its records for public inspection, Attorney General Jack Conway has ruled.


“Kentucky Medical Services Foundation operated as a secretive entity within UK for more than 30 years,” Hatemi said. “I have significant concerns about the university’s money being mismanaged under the disguise of KMSF without any oversight from UK Board of Trustees.”


The Herald-Leader has made several requests for documents to the foundation in recent months. Officials have provided the requested documents but have maintained they were not required to do so by law.


UK’s argument that the foundation is private relied on a 1982 decision by the attorney general which found that the foundation was not subject to the Open Records Act. But subsequent decisions by the attorney general found the University Medical Center, which administers the University of Louisville’s practice plan, was a public agency because U of L appointed a majority of its board.

The same is true for KMSF, the attorney general ruled.

“Documents submitted to this office … confirm that the University of Kentucky and the College of Medicine exercise extensive and continuing control of the foundation,” the opinion states.

The ruling cites numerous examples of UK’s control of the foundation, including bylaws that prohibit the foundation from accepting gifts or merging with another entity without the university’s consent and require the foundation to submit to audits by UK’s internal audit office.


Turns out the KMSF decided to break the law again!

Lachin Hatemi filed another request with the organization on February 1, asking specifically for:

Any agreements between KMSF, University of Kentucky and Coldstream Laboratories Inc. between January 2010 and January 2015

And KMSF said:


Can you believe that? They had the nerve to claim agreements – government agreements – are confidential. Hahaha.

Okay. Sure. Keep up with that front. Because the matter is being appealed, yet again, to the Office of the Attorney General.

This is why Kentucky can’t have nice things.