Edelen & Trump Are On The Same Page

Matt Bevin doesn’t know how to stop running face-first into scandals. And they’re not even the good kind of scandals that involve corruption – they’re just embarrassing and dumb. Matt Bevin’s administration on Friday named a retired Texas official who oversaw a controversial 2008 raid on a polygamist sect, seizing more than 400 children without a court order, to run Kentucky’s troubled Department of Juvenile Justice. [John Cheves]

Emily Graeber sat on a plane, her long hair falling over her face, and pressed her nose against the window. Then she leaned back in her seat, trying not to cry. [HuffPo]

Jim Ramsey and his crew have been pulling these corrupt open records stunts for a decade. Want to find out former University of Louisville President James Ramsey’s new phone number and email address at the university’s foundation? Hope you have better luck than we did. [C-J/AKN]

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is marking the 53rd anniversary of the March on Washington with a call to action, saying too many Americans still face systemic racism and “constant assaults on their franchise.” [The Hill]

U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray told a flock of rural Democrats on Saturday he’d deploy a four-point plan that would help rejuvenate a diminishing eastern Kentucky economy if elected. [Ashland Independent]

The turbulent months after the 9/11 attacks were notable for something that did not happen. Even though al-Qaeda had killed thousands of people and scored a direct hit on the Pentagon, hardly anyone in either political party blamed the Bush Administration for failing to defend the homeland. [ProPublica]

In another display of the changing political tides in Kentucky, only Republican office-holders spoke from the stage Thursday morning at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast, while Democrats found themselves on the outside, both figuratively and literally. [Ronnie Ellis]

President Barack Obama’s former campaign manager on Sunday called Donald Trump “a psychopath.” [Politico]

Late Friday afternoon, Glasgow Electric Plant Board Superintendent Billy Ray said that after an all-afternoon meeting with TVA, there was little new to report in the wake of receipt of two documents Thursday from the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General. [Glasgow Daily Times]

It’s a common sight at public events – a long line for the the ladies’ loos and a short one for the men’s. [BBC]

As the district’s only Leader in Me school, Glenn Marshall Elementary School’s first school assembly focused on, naturally, leadership. The assembly explored how students in all grades can find the leaders in themselves this school year. [Richmond Register]

Emboldened by Donald J. Trump’s struggles in the presidential race, Democrats in Congress are laying the groundwork to expand the list of House Republicans they will target for defeat as part of an effort to slash the Republicans’ 30-seat majority and even reclaim control if Mr. Trump falls further. [NY Times]

One of the biggest investments held by the $14.9 billion Kentucky Retirement Systems is a hedge fund that’s also one of its worst performers — and yet the financially troubled agency is doubling down. [John Cheves]

Adam Edelen and Donald Trump are apparently birds of a feather. Surprise! [HuffPo]

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With Kentucky’s White Privilege Beams On High, Adam Edelen Stepped In It On Race in America

How Not to Save the Kentucky Democratic Party, Privileged White Guy Edition.

Ugh:





When a prominent civil rights attorney can point out just how detached you are in a single tweet, well…

I can’t even.

This is like telling a black person that you know best how to relieve their suffering. It’s like telling someone of a different race or ethnicity to sit down and be quiet because they’re making you uncomfortable. It’s like telling a person of color that they sound articulate.

It’s telling someone who is in pain that they need to stop talking, that they need to shut up, that they need to be polite. Big, tough, straight, white man knows best.

This is like telling a gay person they’re out-of-line for daring suggest that heterosexual microaggressions are harmful and dangerous. It’s like telling a gay person they need to be patient in demanding equal treatment under the law.

It’s like telling a transgender individual that their plight is fair game for bigoted political fodder.

Calling a black man a “horse’s ass” because he upset your delicate feelings on racial discrimination? That’s racist as fuck. Were you drunk out of your mind??? Or were you just showing your true colors? Unbelievable.

Wanna rebuild the Kentucky Democratic Party? Shut the fuck up, Adam Edelen, and stop alienating the people you need to help you. Seriously. Just stop talking. Maybe start consulting people who will tell you when to keep your mouth shut. You may care about racial division in the U.S. but you just pulled a Donald Trump in putting your foot in your mouth.

Yes, it’s white privilege that allows me to foam at the mouth about this without being shot. But don’t you think for a second that being gay is in any way helpful in terms of safety and security in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Eastern Kentucky Just Cannot Win

Is anyone holding their breath on this one? Should we? Two prominent Kentucky Democrats on Tuesday launched a nonprofit organization, the New Kentucky Project, to cultivate the next generation of political leaders. [H-L]

Emergency medical services scrambled in a West Virginia city after 26 people overdosed on heroin in a span of just four hours. Thanks to a fast response time and an overdose reversal drug, everyone survived. [HuffPo]

James Ramsey, who was forced to resign last month as president of the University of Louisville, apparently plans to stay awhile at its foundation, where he is still president. The foundation is constructing new offices at its building at 215 Central Ave., for Ramsey and Kathleen Smith, his chief of staff, according to a university official and several tradesmen who were busy working Friday on the space. [C-J/AKN]

The Pentagon warned the Syrian government Friday not to strike U.S. and coalition personnel in Syria, a day after the regime carried out airstrikes in an area near American special operations forces, prompting the U.S. to scramble jets to protect them. [WSJ]

More than a year after introducing a multimillion-dollar body camera system, the Louisville Metro Police Department isn’t keeping track of how the cameras are being used. [WFPL]

Donald Trump on Friday predicted he would get 95 percent of the black vote after four years as president. [The Hill]

Richmond police officers, along with all city employees, received a 4-percent cost-of-living raise for the 2016-17 fiscal year. However, a proposal to create a 10-step pay scale that would provide most officers with a raise every two years for 20 years remains before the city commission. [Richmond Register]

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leads Republican rival Donald Trump by 8 percentage points among likely voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday. [Reuters]

OF COURSE some wingnut pastor is trying to stop alcohol sales. Circuit Judge David Hagerman will hear the case of the City of Ashland and a local pastor against the Boyd County Clerk and Board of Elections on Monday, a day before the scheduled “wet” election. [Ashland Independent]

You’d think Donald Trump would love the Olympics: The flag-waving pageantry, the pure, unbridled patriotism—and, my god, the winning. So much winning you almost get tired of the winning. [Politico]

The Rowan County Board of Education will hold a public hearing in the board’s meeting room in the old Rowan County Middle School on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 6 p.m. [The Morehead News]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made a direct appeal to African-American voters, saying “What do you have to lose?” [BBC]

We’ve been yelling about it for years and here you go. Many people in Lexington who see doctors at University of Kentucky HealthCare write checks to the Kentucky Medical Services Foundation. [H-L]

The Justice Department plans to stop using privately run prisons that typically house undocumented federal inmates following a report finding they are less safe than those that are federally run, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said Thursday. [HuffPo]

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Adam Edelen’s The New Jonathan Miller

No wonder Valarie Honeycutt Spears’ reporting on Montgomery County is permitted and excused – with me personally attacked – for daring to criticize her glaring, ahem, errors. It’s because the paper still has no clue how the educational system works, no clue that accrued leave and vacation days are always paid out, that many administration folks end up as borderline millionaires in a short period of time. Even in small town school districts. This is just a juicy, quick-hit scandal for them to grab onto and it’ll be forgotten in a matter of days. If they ever once – truly – cared about this issue? You’d have read about the horrors in education that I’ve reported for the past decade in the papers of that paper. [H-L]

Donald Trump’s policy agenda would quickly push the national debt to its highest level in history, according to a new report. [HuffPo]

PEE ALERT! Carly Fiorina is campaigning for Rand Paul in Kentucky, reuniting the two one-time presidential candidates as part of the Kentucky senator’s slow but steady re-election campaign. [C-J/AKN]

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Monday called on the Senate to take immediate action this week to address Puerto Rico’s $70 billion debt crisis before the critical July 1 deadline for the island territory’s next debt payments. [Reuters]

More than two years of work by Cave City officials and others culminated Thursday in a groundbreaking for the Chapatcha Industrial Park off of Mammoth Cave Street within the city’s limits. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Last June, a gunman opened fire at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church – a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. [ProPublica]

A second reading of the City of Wurtland’s 2016-17 budget for the new fiscal year was approved at a special meeting held by the city commission Thursday afternoon. The voting was followed by a discussion about raising water rates. [Ashland Independent]

Many avoided mentioning that LGBT people were the victims — at least until a few days later, when they began reminding everybody what they truly think about gay people. [ThinkProgress]

A $5,000 budget amendment to support a project of Downtown Morehead Inc., triggered comments from Rowan County Fiscal Court members about how such changes should be handled in the future. [The Morehead News]

Transgender people are banned from serving in the US armed forces, yet an estimated 12,800 do, the vast majority in secret. Jane, a master sergeant in the Air Force, has hidden her gender identity from the military for 25 years. She hopes a policy review announced last year will allow her finally to be herself. [BBC]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It’s tough to take Adam Edelen seriously because he wanted to be on the Foundation board. [WLKY]

As investigators probe the background of Omar Mateen, whose attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando left 49 people dead, they say he bore few warning signs of radicalization. [NPR]

State lawmakers from across the South will be in Lexington July 9-13 for a conference that will include speeches by University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari and the dynamic political duo of Mary Matalin and James Carville. Reminder: When Stumbo & Stivers raise funds from private donors, those donors are going to expect something in return. [H-L]

At least seven people were injured in stabbings Sunday when neo-Nazi demonstrators and counter-protesters clashed outside the capitol building in Sacramento, California. [HuffPo]

A Funny: Jim Gray Went To Ashland

The Morehead State University faculty senate voted last week to censure President Wayne Andrews. The 23-11 vote signaled the faculty’s displeasure with a lack of faculty input on major decisions affecting the campus, said faculty senate chairwoman Annie Adams. [H-L]

“It’s like one of those houses where an old lady lived with 100 cats who peed everywhere,” Maher said of the GOP. “That is your party today — a filthy, pee-stained house full of dead cats. [HuffPo]

This latest Adam Edelen stunt is going to turn into a moment of spectacular schadenfreude. Mark my words on that. [C-J/AKN]

A group of former contestants from “The Apprentice” are taking a stand against the reality show’s former host, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump. [The Hill]

Folks at WFPL/KyCIR/whatever they want to call it recently criticized me via email for using an anonymous source. So it’s fun to see them do the same damn thing just a week later. Also fascinating that they ignored half of what MC Squared actually does – like selling incest pornography. [WFPL]

New York City’s largest public pension is exiting all hedge fund investments in the latest sign that the $4 trillion public pension sector is losing patience with these often secretive portfolios at a time of poor performance and high fees. [Reuters]

We can’t decide if Jim Gray is a horrible U.S. Senate candidate or just an embarrassingly slow and out-of-touch candidate. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray wants Ashlanders to know his opponent, Sen. Rand Paul, voted against the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. Gray’s Senate campaign contacted The Daily Independent with its reaction two weeks after Paul’s official visit to Ashland, during which he directed staff to help laid off AK Steel workers applying for federal assistance. [Ashland Independent]

The federal Department of Education said on Tuesday it would offer to write off $7.7 billion of student debt owed by disabled individuals, taking a big step to streamline a loan forgiveness program long plagued by bureaucratic delay and inefficiency. [ProPublica]

Madison was one of 115 Kentucky counties in which the average jobless rate for 2015 was lower than during the previous year. [Richmond Register]

Almost five years after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill sent millions of barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration announced a set of new offshore drilling rules that it hoped would prevent another massive oil spill. Now, as those rules appear to be racing towards finalization, House Republicans are asking the administration to revise the rules to lessen the burden on the oil industry. [ThinkProgress]

This is the big news in Eastern Kentucky. A local business owner may have lost $1 million in a fire that ravaged Main Street early on Tuesday morning. [The Morehead News]

Wounded GOP front-runner Donald Trump is quietly setting up a parallel campaign structure, hiring known Republican fixers to professionalize his operation and sidelining his original team. [Politico]

The executive committee of the Bluegrass Area Development District is moving forward with an appeal of a state order to repay $898,525 that state officials say was misspent from 2010 to 2013. [H-L]

In 1968, a pair of scientists from Stanford Research Institute wrote a report for the American Petroleum Institute, a trade association for America’s oil and natural gas industry. They warned that “man is now engaged in a vast geophysical experiment with his environment, the earth” — one that “may be the cause of serious world-wide environmental changes.” [HuffPo]

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Surprise! Adam Edelen Suddenly Cares

NOW Adam Edelen cares about the direction of the Commonwealth? Kentucky is headed the wrong way, down a dangerous road. [H-L]

President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to pick an indisputably qualified nominee for the Supreme Court and chided Republicans who control the U.S. Senate for threatening to block him from filling the pivotal vacancy. [HuffPo]

A top Bevin administration regulator over banking, insurance, horse racing and other business resigned Wednesday as a director of Kentucky’s major Republican super PAC after The Courier-Journal inquired about potential conflicts of holding both roles. K. Gail Russell, who was appointed Dec. 30 as deputy secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet, resigned Wednesday morning as a director of the super PAC Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, according to both the Governor’s Office and the super PAC. [C-J/AKN]

Polylactic acid (PLA) plastic is an increasingly common, environmentally friendly, alternative to conventional petrochemical-based mass plastics. But it’s a costly process. [Reuters]

House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, went out of his way to praise a Democratic colleague with whom he frequently disagrees — and in doing so subtly suggested most Democrats are afraid to take tough votes or stand up for their convictions. [Ronnie Ellis]

Wealth, jobs and pay inequality are big political issues this presidential primary season, and they’re bound to become bigger once the parties pick their nominees. In the plethora of plans candidates tout for tackling these problems, one favored tool stands out: the federal tax code. [ProPublica]

In the wake of the firing of a Glasgow Police Department sergeant and public information officer, questions have remained about whether any other members of the department were investigated or disciplined. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Former President George W Bush has hit the campaign trail to boost younger brother Jeb’s faltering presidential nomination bid. [BBC]

Employees of Morehead State University were directed last Friday to take immediate steps to reduce expenditures to “an absolute minimum” for the balance of the current fiscal year. [The Morehead News]

Dr. Seth Ammerman listens intently to his new, 21-year-old patient. Ernesto, who does not want his last name disclosed, is homeless. He is earning a high school degree and working part time, but at night, he and his brother share a tent that they set up on the streets of San Jose, Calif. The daily stress of being homeless is wearing Ernesto out, and making him light up too many cigarettes. [NPR]

Providers of community mental health have no choice but to sit and wait in fear of how state budget cuts will affect them, said Pathways Inc. CEO Kimberly McClanahan. [Ashland Independent]

America is getting angrier, according to one watchdog. For the first time in five years, the number of hate groups in the United States rose in 2015, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center, a legal and advocacy organization known among other things for monitoring extremist activity. [WaPo]

The state’s Kynect health insurance exchange is a financially unsustainable boondoggle that has cost $330 million, Gov. Matt Bevin’s top health officials told lawmakers at the Capitol Tuesday. An hour earlier, at a news conference down the hall, several Kentucky farmers described Kynect as a lifeline that provided their families with affordable health insurance. [John Cheves]

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Tuesday praised two audience members who tackled a protester at his rally in South Carolina. [HuffPo]