Geoff Davis Resignation Effective Immediately

Statement from Davis:

“I thank the people of Kentucky’s Fourth District for the honor of serving as their Congressman over the last eight years.

“When I was a Cadet at West Point, I internalized the words of the U.S. Military Academy’s motto, ‘Duty, Honor, Country.’ Next, I learned that success was based on honoring God, Family, and Work, in that order. In December 2011, I decided that in order to honor those values, I needed to retire from Congressional service so I could more effectively serve my family as a husband and father.

“Those priorities continue to guide my decisions. Recently, a family health issue has developed that will demand significantly more of my time to assist. As a result, I cannot continue to effectively fulfill my obligations to both my office and my family. Family must and will come first.

“Therefore, I am resigning from the U.S. House of Representatives effective at close of business on July 31, 2012.

“I have served with great men and women in the Congress in both parties, and leave knowing that the House is filled with people who love this country and are working to make our future better. I am grateful to have been blessed by being a part of this great institution.”

Congressman Davis submitted his resignation today to Governor Steve Beshear and Speaker of the House John Boehner.

We wish Davis and his family well.

Davis may be on different political planes than most of us but he’s a good man and sticks to his word.

Tennessee Beats Eastern Kentucky In Craziness

A federal judge says the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its powers by setting up water-quality criteria for coal mining operations in Appalachia. [WFPL]

So of COURSE Steve Beshear has something dumb to say: “Today’s action by the federal court is a victory for coal miners who have seen mines close and their jobs put in jeopardy due, in part, to the actions of the federal EPA. The ruling in U.S. District Court confirms my administration’s long-held position that the federal EPA overreached its authority and essentially halted three dozen pending coal permits in Kentucky – permits that were met with erratic and unpredictable changes in EPA standards. My Energy and Environment Cabinet has worked tirelessly with the EPA to resolve these issues. However, the EPA has turned a deaf ear to our reasoning and, instead, chose to illegally block action on these pending permits. Today, the District Court agreed that the EPA’s actions were wrong. As I have stated time and again, Kentucky can and does mine coal while meeting the legal standards to protect Kentucky’s environment. I urge the EPA to act now to release these permits and allow Kentucky’s coal miners to get back to work.” [Press Release]

The top ten states where young people can’t find work? Kentucky is NUMBER 6. Worse than Nevada, California and Washington. Better than Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi. But only on the young people getting a job front. [24/7 Wall St.]

Two old ladies, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, are going to fleck spittle at a crowd of tens of people at a Kentucky Teabagger Rascal Rally. [H-L]

Maybe the U.S. blood supply wouldn’t be at its lowest level in 15 years if the gays could donate. [HuffPo]

Fat, hairy gay men are apparently invading Kentucky like woah these days. Oh, nope, this story is about actual wildlife. [WKYT]

In news that is certain to leave birthers confused and angry, a team of genealogists has announced that President Barack Obama may be descended, through his mother, from one of the first African slaves in North America. [Wonkette]

A local Eagle Scout has joined many others across the country in returning his badge to the Boy Scouts of America in light of the organization’s doubling down on its policy against gay members. [WFPL]

Tennessee wins the day with Mittens Romney. Be sure you read this story. PEE ALERT, as Jake would say. [KnoxNews]

After years of complaints from a private property owner, the state has fined Laurel Mountain Resources $11,000 for failing to report discharges of pollutants from a settlement pond into Raccoon Creek in Floyd County. [Ronnie Ellis]

Does any journalist who is not an overt shill for the right actually believe that Republicans are pushing voter ID laws because they’re concerned about voter fraud? [HuffPo]

The Knox County daycare owner accused of leaving children alone in a hot attic had her case waived to a grand jury Tuesday. [WLEX18]

Looks like a Libertarian vice presidential candidate is heading to Louisville soon for some funtimes. [The ‘Ville Voice]

You’ve read us for several years and now you’ve got the chance to help create our new ad-free project. Your contribution can be public or private (but you have to tell us in writing that you want it to be public) – it’s up to you. [Our New Project]

Anti-For-Profit Schools Guy Got Sweet Appointment

Remember Mark Bryant?

He was a two-time maxed out contributor to Jack Conway’s campaigns and so was his wife. They held fundraisers for him at their home and such.

He’s also an attorney and his firm spends a great deal of time suing for-profit colleges and marketing their services, which we wrote about last year. He was all over Facebook trying to capitalize on the mess:

Here’s the text that goes with the Facebook ad:

Have a complaint about a for-profit college in Kentucky? You may have legal rights. We are preparing lawsuits. This is an advertisement

It raised all kinds of questions about whether or not Conway’s staff checked all campaign contributions for the potential conflict of interest as he claimed. And Jack’s official office was allegedly directing people with complaints to Bryant’s office to join a suit.

For us, though, we were focused on his interest in for-profit college suits and Jack Conway’s political stunt that originated with his candidacy against Todd P’Pool. Those concerns exist to this day.Primarily because Bryant was recently appointed to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees:

Appointed to the UK board to serve for terms expiring June 30, 2018, were Kelly Sullivan Holland of Lexington, who works in sales for Merck & Co., and Mark P. Bryant, a Paducah attorney. Bryant has given at least $26,900 in political donations since 2005, including contributions to Beshear and the Kentucky Democratic Party.

We’re not saying anything nefarious is going on but we are saying the appearance of impropriety exists.

There are absolutely awful for-profit colleges. Some of them are in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. No one disputes that. But it sure is unsettling that one of the leading attorneys suing for-profits would get a sweet political appointment to the top Trustee organization in the state.

Unrelated note, though being connected played a part: his daughter was appointed to a District Judgeship in Louisville.

What Will $1.3 MillIon Buy You At UK These Days?

In a recent email blast, University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto told the story of why he is so awesome and why it was worth $1.3 million to buy some reports.

No, it’s not because of Karpf and crew.

What is it?


How do we demonstrate to our colleagues, to donors and to policymakers that as an institution we have the capacity to move forward to revitalize our campus facilities? This study of debt capacity indicates that, by conservative estimates, we have the ability at this moment in time to take on an additional $450 million in debt for facility work across our campus — a testament to many years of strong and responsible financial stewardship. This team was co-chaired by long-time Gatton Professor Merl Hackbart and Angie Martin, our vice president of financial operations and treasurer.

Seems $1.3 million buys the taxpayers someone who can hoist an additional half billion dollars in debt on the leading school in the state.

For context, feel free to take a look at two messages from Capilouto after the jump…

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Teabaggers Freak Over Jesus Health Clubs & Gays

You know how the teabaggers pretend to stand for change and wasted money? And then they foam at the mouth about some pretend Jesus health club?

Now they’re foaming at the mouth how everyone needs to stand together against the gays. Here’s what David Adams’ pretend “Kentucky Knows Best PAC” had to say in its latest email blast:

I’m not big on fast food, but joining friends at Chick-fil-A tomorrow to make a statement seems like the right thing to do. Also, catching them in an advocating kind of mood provides a good chance to warn them about possibly being charged as felons, jailed and fined for following a pro-Christian right buried deep in the language of ObamaCare.

And you wonder why your bloated Rascal-riding relatives are constantly up in arms. It’s all because the gays are taking over and chicken for Jesus.