The EBEC Still Has Absolutely No Teeth

The Executive Branch Ethics Commission says that it and unnamed law enforcement agencies are investigating people who may have helped former Kentucky Personnel Secretary Tim Longmeyer to illegally solicit campaign donations from state employees under his supervision from 2011 to 2015. [H-L]

In a testament to humanity’s willingness to take on the most futile tasks imaginable without regard to sanity, it was announced Tuesday that outgoing Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has put forward legislation that would scrap the Electoral College in favor of electing the president of the United States by popular vote. [HuffPo]

Often, when conducting a routine eye exam, Louisville optometrist Dr. Aaron McNulty discovers that a patient has diabetes but doesn’t know it. [C-J/AKN]

Questions are swirling about whether President-elect Donald Trump will follow through on suggestions during the campaign that he might allow other countries to develop nuclear weapons. [The Hill]

Surprise! The WFPL folks have noticed Eastern Kentucky again. At least that Brendan jackass isn’t trying to tag poor people like cattle this time. (How is he still employed there after the mass exodus of employees?) For Freida Lockaby, an unemployed 56-year-old woman who lives with her dog in an aging mobile home in Manchester, Ky., one of America’s poorest places, the Affordable Care Act was life altering. [WFPL]

A work crew began to dismantle a Confederate monument in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, the mayor said, in the latest move to take down or relocate symbols of the slaveholding Southern Confederacy from the American Civil War. [Reuters]

Bill Langley, senior pastor of an Elizabethtown church with a strong reputation for supporting missions, has been elected president of the 750,000-member Kentucky Baptist Convention. [Ashland Independent]

It was supposed to be a big, beautiful infrastructure bill. But President-elect Donald Trump’s pitch for a $1 trillion upgrade of the nation’s roads, bridges, tunnels and airports is already running into potholes as it meets reality in Washington. [Politico]

Richmond police officers may drive their city vehicles home after work only if they live within Madison County. [Richmond Register]

Making sense of this presidential election requires figuring out what happened in rural places across the country. This is especially true in the upper Midwest, where there were sharp swings toward Donald Trump that helped produce surprising victories in states such as my home state of Wisconsin. [WaPo]

City council members agreed Monday night to amend the city’s alcohol ordinance, making several changes. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Safety pins have again become a symbol of solidarity with victims of racist, religious or homophobic abuse, following alleged attacks in the US in the wake of Donald Trump’s election win. [BBC]

Matt Bevin couldn’t find a Kentucky vendor? This should end really well and will likely cost way more than suggested. $583,000 seems unbelievably low. Big Brother may be watching the next time you visit Kentucky’s Capitol. [H-L]

Europe needs to think about developing its own nuclear deterrent strategy given concerns that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump could scale back U.S. military commitments in Europe, a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives said. [HuffPo]

The Bevin Fun Train Won’t Slow Down

Matt Bevin has raised more than $325,000 for his 2015 election since he was elected a year ago, according to finance reports he filed Monday. Although the ballots were counted Nov. 3, 2015, Bevin did not follow the customary practice of closing his campaign accounts and turning full-time to the business of governing. Instead, he attended a series of fund-raising events for his 2015 campaign that were held throughout 2016. [John Cheves]

Former Attorney General Eric Holder called for an end to the electoral college voting system on Friday. [HuffPo]

Granny Mitch is finally admitting that all the coal hype is just that. Mitch McConnell hedged on Friday about when and if Republicans would be able to bring coal mining jobs to Kentucky, saying that is a “private sector activity.” [C-J/AKN]

This is the white supremacist Donald Trump named his Chief Strategist. This is the guy people like Scott Jennings and Julie Raque Adams are supporting and allowing to lead their political party. [Media Matters]

“Tourism provides a significant amount of economic impact for Madison County,” said Kerri Hensley, Berea Tourism director, during a Wednesday night Berea Tourism Commission meeting. [Richmond Register]

Chanting “Not my president” and “love trumps hate,” thousands of demonstrators took the streets in cities across the United States at the weekend to protest against President-elect Donald Trump, who they say threatens their civil and human rights. [Reuters]

Commercial prices will rise at Big Run Landfill, but odor reports have plummeted since the last “trash train” rolled into Coalton. [Ashland Independent]

The bitter infighting that plagued Donald Trump’s campaign during the Republican presidential primary is starting to spill over into his team’s efforts to establish an administration and political operation, according to more than half a dozen sources familiar with the planning efforts. [Politico]

The Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team, are issuing a Level I drought declaration for 117 counties in Kentucky, including Rowan. [The Morehead News]

So what do we do now? By “we” I mean all those left, center and even right who saw Donald Trump as the worst man ever to run for president and assumed that a strong majority of our fellow citizens would agree. [NY Times]

It didn’t take long for the new Republican state House majority to choose their Speaker, turning to the man who led them in the political wilderness for 16 years — Jeff Hoover of Jamestown. [Ronnie Ellis]

Behind the barber’s chair where Claude Rasnake diagnoses many of the world’s problems, he charted the to-do list of the Trump administration. [WaPo]

Boone County’s prosecutor wants a thumb drive back. And it’s not just any thumb drive. What’s on the digital storage device could free a convicted murderer in a high-profile Northern Kentucky case, one featured on the national TV show “Dateline.” [H-L]

I’m not going to sugarcoat this at all. We are in for a full-blown assault on LGBTQ rights the likes of which many, particularly younger LGBTQ people, have not seen. Progress will most certainly be halted completely, likely rolled back. And it’s already underway. [HuffPo]

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Matt Bevin’s Continued Meltdown Is Fun

The chairman of a special House panel investigating the state’s handling of the East Brannon Road project in Jessamine County said Friday he has invited political rivals Gov. Matt Bevin and state Rep. Russ Meyer to testify before his committee. [H-L]

During the 2012 election, Republicans who hated the daily onslaught of polling showing that Mitt Romney was headed toward a comfortable defeat turned to Dean Chambers, the man who launched the website Unskewed Polls. The poll numbers were wrong, he said, and by tweaking a few things, he could give a more accurate count. His final projection had Romney winning close to all 50 states. [HuffPo]

Arthur Laffer, the supply-side economist and major influence in a national tax-cutting movement for decades, emerged last month as a big Republican campaign donor in Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said Sunday that Donald Trump’s final ad, which includes multiple Jewish Americans, is “something of a German Shepherd whistle.” [The Hill]

A retired state highway engineer told a legislative committee looking into the politically sensitive delay of a road project in Jessamine County that he can’t recall a similar process where a project was first cancelled and then reinstated on a delayed basis while the state paid the contractor liquidated damages for the delay. [Ronnie Ellis]

This could be Kentucky but we’re far too ignorant. Californians are expected to pass a ballot measure on Election Day legalizing recreational marijuana, and the prospect has cities and counties seeing dollar signs. [Reuters]

Clinging to control of the Senate, a key Republican political committee with ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is pumping $12 million into television ads to run in six key states in the final days of the campaign. [Ashland Independent]

Every election season, cries that voter fraud will threaten the legitimacy of American democracy can be heard throughout the country. [ProPublica]

A recent study uncovered that Kentucky is ranked ninth in the country in terms of being “most bullied.” [The Morehead News]

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Sunday there are no plans — as of now — to remove New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the campaign transition chief after two of Christie’s former aides were convicted in the Bridgegate trial this past week. [Politico]

A handful of people turned out Thursday night for a meet-the-candidate event, during which members of the community asked current city commissioners, as well as those seeking seats on the Park City Commission, questions. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Grand Canyon State hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since Bill Clinton in 1996, but Democrats believe that increased Hispanic voter registration will keep things competitive. [WaPo]

A problem with the computer system at the Kentucky State Board of Elections caused absentee voting to stop for a while Saturday. [H-L]

Hillary Clinton has consistently led in a greater portion of presidential polls in the two months heading into Election Day than President Barack Obama did in both 2008 and 2012. [HuffPo]

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Matt Bevin’s You-Know-What! RUH RO!

Safe to say Matt Bevin’s pussy is on fire, kids. We fucking said it. Matt Bevin does not mince words in his utter disdain for state Democratic Rep. Russ Meyer of Nicholasville. [H-L]

FBI Director James Comey privately argued against having his bureau sign onto a statement saying the Russian government was meddling in the U.S. election, CNBC first reported on Monday, citing “a former FBI official.” [HuffPo]

The Estill County dump that accepted radioactive waste will install monitors, fund school radon testing and develop a corrective action plan, under a draft agreement the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. [C-J/AKN]

The greatest miracle of the internet is that it exists—the second greatest is that it persists. Every so often we’re reminded that bad actors wield great skill and have little conscience about the harm they inflict on the world’s digital nervous system. [Slate]

Lurking beneath the headlines of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s bids for president, there’s a battle waging for Kentucky’s state House of Representatives. [WFPL]

Although the sale of marijuana is a federal crime, the number of U.S. banks working with pot businesses, now sanctioned in many states, is growing, up 45 percent in the last year alone. [Reuters]

Kentucky police officers are some of the best-trained in the country, and much of that training takes place right here in Madison County. [Richmond Register]

Donald Trump’s hiring of pollster Tony Fabrizio in May was viewed as a sign that the real estate mogul was finally bringing seasoned operatives into his insurgent operation. [WaPo]

Helena Harbour, a case coordinator for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Northeast Kentucky, spoke to the Ashland Rotary Monday about cases the non-profit has handled and background on what the non-profit organization does. [Ashland Independent]

Natalie Solomon was always an early riser. Back in her days at a Ford-owned auto electronics plant, managing production schedules and bringing in $60,000 a year with overtime, she would be behind the wheel of her Ford Explorer by 4 a.m. — in time to grab coffee at Wawa, swing by her locker, grab her smock and get on the factory floor before 5. [NY Times]

Glasgow City Council’s nonpartisan race ended up with 15 candidates after three who initially filed later withdrew for various reasons and another person filed to run as a write-in candidate. [Glasgow Daily Times]

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said repeatedly on Monday that he would “neither defend nor criticize” FBI Director James Comey’s disclosures of the new Hillary Clinton email developments. [Politico]

Coal jobs and production continued to decline in Eastern Kentucky in the three-month period from July through September, but the losses were not as large as in some recent periods, according to a report released Monday. [H-L]

Hillary Clinton’s campaign knew in advance that Clinton might get a question from a Flint, Michigan, resident at a presidential primary debate in March, but she still couldn’t come up with a good answer ― at least according to the Flint resident. [HuffPo]

Now Granny Mitch Fears Trump?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has never had much to say about Donald Trump. But lately, he has fallen completely silent. [H-L]

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is supporting Hillary Clinton in November’s presidential election. [HuffPo]

A bipartisan task force dedicated to preventing child abuse and exploitation met for the first time Tuesday in Frankfort, where Attorney General Andy Beshear encouraged lawmakers to develop a comprehensive proposal to better protect children throughout Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

White people are the worst. Three men have been charged with plotting to bomb Somali immigrants at an apartment building and mosque in the US state of Kansas. [BBC]

As a shortage of primary care physicians looms across the nation and Kentucky, state lawmakers are considering whether to expand the role of physician assistants by allowing them to prescribe controlled substances. [WFPL]

While the impact of fracking operations on the health of people living nearby was once uncertain, several studies in recent years have found that living near fracking sites — which are known to release carcinogenic compounds, as well as greenhouse gases — heightens the risk of asthma and other respiratory ailments. [ThinkProgress]

It is estimated that 1 percent of the world’s fly species, or approximately 1,500, are found on the tiny island nation of Madagascar, off the southeast coast of Africa. [Richmond Register]

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has disparaged “flat-chested” women, mocked a Miss Universe for her weight gain and bragged about groping women because he’s famous. [ProPublica]

A project replacing sewer lines along a southern section of the city is probably going to take a half to one-third of the original time expected, said Scott Young, general manager of Glasgow Water Co. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A federal judge on Thursday sided with women’s health provider Planned Parenthood in a lawsuit aiming to block a Mississippi law that barred medical providers that perform abortions from participating in the state’s Medicaid program. [Reuters]

The Tuesday morning announcement that Boyd County and Greenup County have been certified as AEROready was almost like a launch party. [Ashland Independent]

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is facing a fundraising scandal after a Telegraph investigation exposed how key supporters were prepared to accept illicit donations from foreign backers. [Telegraph]

Andy Barr, R-Lexington, and Democratic challenger Nancy Jo Kemper sharply disagreed Monday on KET’s Kentucky Tonight about whether the United States is on the right track under President Obama. [H-L]

Hillary Clinton criticized Donald Trump on Monday over allegations that an employee at one of his golf courses was fired because he was gay. [HuffPo]

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Why On Earth Is Rand Paul So Nervous?

Rand Paul spent four years in the U.S. Senate accumulating millions of dollars to support his re-election campaign, but when it came time to actually run, much of the money was gone. [H-L]

Kurdish fighters said they had taken the town of Bashiqa near Mosul from Islamic State on Sunday as coalition forces pressed their offensive against the jihadists’ last stronghold in Iraq. [HuffPo]

Go looking for Donald Trump’s Kentucky, and you might find yourself on Terry Wright’s front porch. [C-J/AKN]

Joel Benenson, a campaign strategist for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, said early Sunday that the Republicans are promoting a conservative activist’s videos out of desperation as the presidential election draws closer. [The Hill]

The state Energy and Environment Cabinet announced Friday that it has reached an agreement in principle with Advanced Disposal Services Blue Ridge Landfill Inc. on penalties and remediation for the illegally dumping of low-level radioactive fracking wastes at the Blue Ridge landfill in Estill County. [Richmond Register]

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton maintained her commanding lead in the race to win the Electoral College and claim the U.S. presidency, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project results released on Saturday. [Reuters]

Matt Bevin paid Raceland-Worthington High School a surprise visit on Thursday. [Ashland Independent]

For decades, it’s been widely understood that religious conservatives are a force to be reckoned with in American politics. [ThinkProgress]

Kentucky State Police is investigating an officers-involved shooting that left an Edmonton man dead just before 1 a.m. today, according to a KSP press release. [Glasgow Daily Times]

North Korea has conducted an unsuccessful test launch of an intermediate ballistic missile, the US military says. [BBC]

Rowan County Fiscal Court has amended its animal control policy after recommendations from a feline foster group. [The Morehead News]

Even by the blustery standards of this notoriously squall-swept land, Aug. 7 was a particularly gusty day. [WaPo]

Watching the live stream Thursday as the University of Louisville reacted to the NCAA notice of allegations that alleges U of L committed four level-one rules infractions relating to the school’s “escorts in the basketball dorm” scandal, one thing struck me as funny. [H-L]

Republicans who back Donald Trump and are now expressing shock and consternation at his trashing of the democratic process shouldn’t be surprised. [HuffPo]

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Does Anyone Believe Gray Will Win?

Bill Ball has handled multiple whiskey-making tasks in his 47 years at Jim Beam, but on Saturday he took on an unexpected role — joining colleagues on a picket line outside a Beam distillery in Kentucky. [H-L]

Television viewers across the country have been treated to some scary advertisements about the future of Social Security. [HuffPo]

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence began Friday supporting Donald Trump’s statements denying he had sexually assaulted women and promising evidence that would prove Trump’s innocence. [C-J/AKN]

Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Saturday criticized Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for claiming the election is being rigged. [The Hill]

Parents and guardians gathered around tables in Eastern Kentucky University’s Perkins Building Thursday night as several first responders, and government/health officials instructed them on the many ways drugs can be hiding in “plain sight.” [Richmond Register]

It will be difficult for future U.S. administrations to undo President Barack Obama’s policy of easing trade and travel restrictions with Cuba because of the benefits associated with the measures, a senior U.S. official said on Friday. [Reuters]

Jim Gray spent Saturday criss-crossing a swath of Kentucky between Louisville and Ashland looking for votes in his uphill battle to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. [Ronnie Ellis]

To understand how Donald Trump’s comments and alleged mistreatment of women are stoking the anxiety of other Republicans, look no further than the private appeal sent Wednesday to a billionaire from a super PAC backing Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey. [ProPublica]

Kentuckians are one step closer to learning what changes will be made to their Medicaid benefits. [WFPL]

A major evangelical college campus organization is allegedly instituting a policy that would result in firing employees who support same-sex marriage. [ThinkProgress]

The Barren County Schools district is finishing up some school improvement projects and getting ready to begin some new ones. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Donald Trump’s efforts to build a small-donor fundraising machine late in the presidential race have come at a steep cost. [WaPo]

The race for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat features two self-proclaimed foreign policy realists who have vastly different opinions about how the U.S. should engage in the world. [H-L]

Donald Trump’s troubled campaign has seen an incredible exodus in support over the past week. After footage released last week showed him bragging about groping women, more than a dozen members of Congress withdrew their endorsements. Others, who’d previously stayed neutral in the race, called for the Republican presidential nominee to drop out. [HuffPo]