KCTCS Freakout Now Well Under Way

It’s been reported for a couple years that McCall was receiving those funds (consulting $) – that is not new news. It’s also not news that educators get paid out for their vacation days, is it? If so, how on earth have these folks reported on education in Kentucky? Matt Bevin’s administration is publicly questioning the leadership of Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Jay Box and plans a comprehensive review of operations in the system’s central office. [H-L]

Senate Democrats tried and failed Wednesday to expedite emergency funds to combat the Zika virus, stymied by Republicans who objected and tried to extract cuts to Obamacare as a condition for their agreement. [HuffPo]

You can’t call Minton an asshole and be accused of being a racist but CAN (not this guy but others) be a straight-up racist asshole and be a cabinet secretary? Nice moves, Bevin Shitshow. [C-J/AKN]

When the ball dropped in Times Square on Jan. 1 of this year, more than half of the country disapproved of the job that President Obama was doing, according to Gallup. That boded poorly for the Democrats over the course of the year; presidential approval correlates to both how his party fares in the presidential race (even if he’s not on the ticket) but also to the results of Senate races. An unpopular Obama suggested a less popular whoever-was-about-to-win-the-Democratic-nomination. [WaPo]

There is never a bad time to visit the commonwealth, but when it comes to tourism, it’s hard to beat the month of May. Those few weeks between the Kentucky Derby and Memorial Day are arguably when we look our best. [Greg Stumbo]

Donald Trump has dominated polling among Republicans for the better part of a year, as he has delighted in reminding people. But there’s one poll that you probably haven’t heard about and that he doesn’t talk about. [NY Times]

Metcalfe County magistrates have awarded bids for various supplies for the 2016-17 fiscal year. [Glasgow Daily Times]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham wouldn’t understand… Stone tools and bones from a butchered mastodon, found at the bottom of a river in Florida, are shaking up the known history of humans in the region. [BBC]

Slinging mud, beautiful scenery and more than 100 miles of trails were just some of the words used to describe Rush Off Road at Rotary on Monday. [Ashland Independent]

Most urban lungs around the world are breathing harmful air, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report. [ThinkProgress]

Justin Schmidt grabbed some pizza and took a seat against the wall. It felt good to rest his legs. [WFPL]

Leading U.S. universities are pushing back against a proposed State Department rule that would bar foreign students from more research projects and classes involving information seen as vital to national security. [Reuters]

Matt Bevin had legal authority to make mid-year budget cuts to Kentucky’s public universities and colleges this spring, a judge has ruled. [H-L]

Truck driver Dana Logan tried on Wednesday to recount a crash that decapitated two fathers and two children, hoping to convince Congress to stop weakening rules that require truckers to get rest. [HuffPo]

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Anti-Bevin Rage Could Reach New Heights

Donald Trump brought his brand of feel-good fascism back to Louisville to receive an endorsement from National Rifle Association leaders and to speak to its national convention. [Tom Eblen]

The House passed a massive National Defense Authorization Act late Wednesday, and tucked inside of it, a provision that would allow federal contractors to fire employees for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. [HuffPo]

A judge has upheld Gov. Matt Bevin’s right to cut higher education in the current budget year, ruling that under Kentucky law the governor has the authority to reduce spending within state government. Wingate’s order rejects arguments in the high-profile lawsuit filed April 11 by Attorney General Andy Beshear. [C-J/AKN]

Shouts of “Shame, shame, shame,” erupted in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday as Republican lawmakers narrowly defeated legislation to protect the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of government contractors. [Reuters]

Way to go, Flatwoods, for showing the world you’re a bunch of mouth-breathing bigots. This kind of hatred and ignorance is tough to combat when your community is so backward. [Ashland Independent]

Amid all the talk about transitioning to clean energy sources, consider this: The cleanest energy is the energy we never use. [ThinkProgress]

Barren County Democrats added five members to its executive committee on Tuesday at the local Democratic headquarters. [Glasgow Daily Times]

President Obama came into office seven years ago pledging to end the wars of his predecessor, George W. Bush. On May 6, with eight months left before he vacates the White House, Mr. Obama passed a somber, little-noticed milestone: He has now been at war longer than Mr. Bush, or any other American president. [NY Times]

A newly constituted workers’ compensation nominating committee will hold off on making recommendations for six vacant administrative law judges pending a court decision on Gov. Matt Bevin’s authority to revamp the commission. [Ronnie Ellis]

Racist tea people alert. Deep in the heart of a vast U.S. military training ground, surrounded by spent shotgun shells and juniper trees blasted to shreds, the Central Oregon Constitutional Guard was conducting its weekly firearms training. Law enforcement officials call them dangerous, delusional and sometimes violent, and say that their numbers are growing amid a wave of anger at the government that has been gaining strength since 2008, a surge that coincided with the election of the first black U.S. president and a crippling economic recession. [WaPo]

A federal court has moved back oral arguments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon dioxide regulations, but legal experts disagree on what the move means. [WFPL]

For years seen as a losing battle, the push for gun control has become a central conflict of the 2016 presidential election, and part of a broader struggle between competing visions of policing, justice and racism in America. [The Guardian]

William Thielen, executive director of the Kentucky Retirement Systems, told the state pension fund’s board of trustees Thursday that he will retire effective Sept. 1 after five years in the job. [H-L]

This is the lunatic people like Scott Jennings and Julie Raque Adams are supporting. In public, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump rails against U.S. companies that outsource jobs overseas, like Nabisco, Carrier and Ford. He has called for a boycott of Apple and accused Disney of abusing the H1-B visa program to staff its resorts. [HuffPo]

Maybe Mitch Isn’t In Love With Trump?

The Republican leader in the Senate says most candidates for president have released their tax documents as presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump insists he’ll wait until after an IRS audit. [H-L]

Two Boston brothers accused of urinating on and beating a homeless Mexican man and telling police “Donald Trump was right: All these illegals need to be deported,” were sentenced to prison on Monday, prosecutors said. [HuffPo]

An atheist group has been stymied in its planned billboard campaign in Kentucky to protest the controversial $92 million Noah’s Ark replica theme park, set to open in July. [C-J/AKN]

From the time we began reporting on the archive provided to us in Hong Kong by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, we sought to fulfill his two principal requests for how the materials should be handled: that they be released in conjunction with careful reporting that puts the documents in context and makes them digestible to the public, and that the welfare and reputations of innocent people be safeguarded. As time has gone on, The Intercept has sought out new ways to get documents from the archive into the hands of the public, consistent with the public interest as originally conceived. [The Intercept]

A 48-year-old Ashland man was indicted on a bigamy charge after he refused to divorce his first wife and married a second. [Ashland Independent]

President Obama inherited two wars from his predecessor, George W. Bush, and has struggled to wind them down. American troops are still in both Iraq and Afghanistan, but their missions have changed and there are far fewer troops in combat than at the heights of those wars a decade ago. [NY Times]

Glasgow Independent Schools Board of Education presented its evaluation of Superintendent Sean Howard for the 2015-16 school year Monday night in its regular meeting at Glasgow High School. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The rich world has got used to health and longevity getting better, and death rates falling for everyone. But over the past few years, data has been accumulating which suggests that this trend has stopped for poorly-educated, white Americans. [BBC]

Disappointed. Sad. Hurt. Shocked. Lorrina Mabry White says she’s experienced all of these emotions and many others since losing her job last month at Maysville Community and Technical College. [The Morehead News]

Donald Trump spent his first two weeks as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee changing his stances on a number of policy issues, sometimes multiple times. That got an interesting defense from one of his senior advisers on Friday. [ThinkProgress]

Only 9.1 percent of Americans lacked health insurance last year, the lowest uninsured rate on record. [Business First]

Millions of Americans live with the possibility that, at any moment, their wages or the cash in their bank accounts could be seized over an old debt. It’s an easily ignored part of America’s financial system, in part due to a common attitude that people who don’t pay their debts deserve what’s coming to them. [ProPublica]

Kentucky transportation officials have started an online service for people to renew their license plates. [H-L]

More than 7 million previously uninsured Americans gained health coverage in 2015, the second full year of the Obamacare coverage expansion, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [HuffPo]

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Everyone’s Still Recovering From Election Day

A former Perry County employee has provided adequate reason to continue part of his claim that Judge-Executive Scott Alexander improperly fired him based on politics, a federal judge has ruled. [H-L]

Shortly before the House Benghazi committee ramped up its battles with the Department of Defense in its probe of the 2012 terrorist attack, the committee’s own top lawyer admitted at least four times in interviews with military officials that there was no more they could have done on that tragic night. [HuffPo]

After 45 years defending companies at a big Louisville law firm, attorney Bob Ewald would be the first to admit he knew nothing about the arcane world of disability law. And at age 75, he’d been retired for six years. [C-J/AKN]

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said it would take another 9/11 to wake up border security — and predicted refugees would plan the next attack. [The Hill]

Morehead State University President Wayne D. Andrews announced Friday afternoon that he is retiring from his position effective June 30, 2017. [The Morehead News]

Donald Trump likes to say he has created a political movement that has drawn “millions and millions” of new voters into the Republican Party. “It’s the biggest thing happening in politics,” Trump has said. “All over the world, they’re talking about it,” he’s bragged. [Politico]

From locker rooms and sex education classes to dress codes and overnight field trips, many U.S. public schools already are balancing the civil rights of transgender students with any concerns that classmates, parents and community members might have. [Richmond Register]

If there were a United Nations of the global far right, Donald Trump would be its undisputed leader. His message does not just resonate in the forlorn rust-belt towns of rural America: it travels far beyond the country’s shores. It is bigotry without borders. [The Guardian]

In case you missed the Clinton coverage prior to the primary… Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton brought a traditional Democratic message to conservative Kentucky on Monday, one day before the primary which she hopes to win over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. [Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump on Friday picked a prominent climate change skeptic to help him craft his energy policy and pushed back against renewed calls that he release his income tax returns – saying his tax rate is “none of your business.” [Reuters]

A 49-year-old Cave City man was arrested after he allegedly set fire to a Confederate battle flag that was displayed on a vehicle in Cave City. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The casino magnate Sheldon G. Adelson told Donald J. Trump in a private meeting last week that he was willing to contribute more to help elect him than he has to any previous campaign, a sum that could exceed $100 million, according to two Republicans with direct knowledge of Mr. Adelson’s commitment. [NY Times]

Kentucky on Monday opened solicitations for grants from a $30 million fund aimed at linking reclamation of mined areas to economic development. [H-L]

Though he avoided saying his name, nearly all of President Barack Obama’s commencement address at Rutgers University on Sunday was dedicated to presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump and his mix of anti-intellectualism and isolationism. [HuffPo]