Reminder: Matt Bevin Has No Concept Of Ethics… Or Anything, Really

Just when you thought Matt Bevin and his people couldn’t get more ignorant? Matt Bevin has signed an executive order that effectively gives him control over all appointments to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission without any input from the state attorney general and state auditor. Almost as funny as the Personnel Secretary begging folks to help them dig through Beshear data to uncover corruption because they don’t know anything about Kentucky. HAHAHA. You can’t fix the kind of stupid these people possess. [H-L]

Senate Republicans have never made it easy for President Barack Obama to put judges on federal courts. But now, with just months left in his term, they’re not even pretending to try to let judicial nominees through. [HuffPo]

Isn’t it fun watching Kentucky’s half-literate governator claim “God” has sanctioned his extreme Medicaid cuts? That’s what Jesus would do – choke even more out of the working poor, deny access to dental and vision, claim it’s helping them. [C-J/AKN]

The coal industry is slated to lose clout in the next Congress, with term limits set to force out a chairman who has frequently battled with the Obama administration on behalf of mining companies. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Keeping Eastern Kentucky Impoverished) will relinquish the gavel of the House Appropriations Committee in January, after having led the powerful panel for six years, which is the maximum allowed under GOP rules. [The Hill]

A deadly shooting took place in the South Fork community of Breathitt County on Saturday. One person was pronounced deceased at the scene and two others seriously injured. [Hazard Herald]

Reverberations from the U.S. Supreme Court’s major ruling backing abortion rights were felt on Tuesday as the justices rejected bids by Mississippi and Wisconsin to revive restrictions on abortion doctors matching those struck down in Texas on Monday. [Reuters]

The Harlan Fiscal Court discussed a situation concerning the safety of a much-used bridge on U.S. 119 in Cumberland during a special-called meeting on Monday. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

The children of Vietnam vets describe how they believe their fathers’ exposure to Agent Orange during the war has impacted their families and their health. [ProPublica]

All members of the Madison Fiscal Court took turns June 14 criticizing the Madison County and Berea school boards for paying the sheriff a 1.5 percent fee for collecting its property taxes instead of the 4.25 percent paid by all other local taxing entities except the ambulance board. [Richmond Register]

Local communities are increasingly passing laws to control crime and nuisances on rental properties. They do so mostly by limiting the number of times police can be called to a residence. But it turns out that crime victims — especially victims of domestic abuse — are often the ones who end up being penalized. [NPR]

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin proclaims the days of “pay to play” ended with his arrival in Frankfort. But some House Democrats say if you’re not willing to play, Bevin isn’t reluctant to make you pay. [Ronnie Ellis]

On Tuesday night, 128 members of Congress weighed in to urge a federal appeals court to protect against sexual orientation-based discrimination under existing civil rights laws. [BuzzFeed]

Massie’s ideas about “sovereignty” are an extreme example of the naïve thinking that fueled the Brexit vote, has propelled Trump’s candidacy and energizes Tea Party activists. It is our inner 4-year-old screaming, “You can’t tell me what to do!” [H-L]

The draft of the 2016 Democratic Party platform endorses abolishing the death penalty, a break with the views of its presumptive presidential nominee. [HuffPo]

Al Robinson: Bad For All Kentuckians

Four children sat cross-legged as their teacher flipped through a numbers book. When the page turned, they raced to yell the next number first — “six,” “seven” and then, “nine!” [H-L]

“You might think, ‘Well that is not going to happen to us in America. We’re not going to listen to some ridiculously haired buffoon, peddling lies and nativism in the hopes of riding a protest vote into power.’” Oliver said. “Well let Britain tell you, it can happen, and when it does, there are no fucking do-overs.” [HuffPo]

Thanks, religious extremists, for ruining hospitals everywhere when you buy them up! The state is investigating whether patient care is unsafe at University of Louisville Hospital because of staff cuts made by KentuckyOne Health. [C-J/AKN]

President Obama is warning against financial and international “hysteria” in the wake of last week’s vote by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. [NPR]

Build it and they will come…but how long will they stay? The first part of that sentence comes from the “Field of Dreams” baseball movie but the second part seems to describe what has been happening at the Innovation Launchpad during its first year. From a total of nine tenants during the year to a current roster of two would-be entrepreneurs, the business incubator is simply experiencing the come-and-go culture of start-up businesses, according to Keith Moore, the center’s director since March. [The Morehead News]

TransCanada, the company behind the disputed Keystone XL pipeline project, has filed a formal request to sue the US government for damages. [BBC]

Ashland city commissioners settled on a plan Thursday to demolish damaged property on Mill Street and construct a new, $1.54 million home for the city’s water distribution and wastewater collection departments. [Ashland Independent]

A blistering Senate report on the American Red Cross raises fundamental questions about the integrity of the country’s most storied charity and its stewardship of donors’ dollars. [ProPublica]

Too Long; Didn’t Read: Al Robinson is a backward-ass mouth-breather who still believes he has the right to control what you do with your vaginas, ladies. [WFPL]

Mitch McConnell tried to blame Democrats for refusing to fund Zika-related activities. Reality? McConnell and his friends pushed all kinds of nastiness into the legislation that they knew would keep Democrats from supporting it. Like trying to harm women and undoing confederate flag bans in federal cemeteries. [TPM]

The best thing about this is watching Hal Rogers try not to sound like an old, white racist from East Bumblefart. It’s essentially impossible for him. Almost like it’s impossible for these insecure assholes, Ronnie Ellis and Lana Bellamy excluded, at CNHI who are terrified to admit that Pulse is a GAY night club with all kinds of gays who were slaughtered. [Richmond Register]

The National Rifle Association’s political arm is launching its first ad campaign of the 2016 presidential race, with a survivor of the terror attack in Benghazi urging viewers to vote for Donald Trump. [USA Today]

A Breathitt County man was killed and two others were seriously injured in a shooting Saturday evening in the South Fork community. [H-L]

Three suicide bombers attacked Istanbul Ataturk Airport late Tuesday evening, killing at least 41 people and wounding 239 others, Turkish authorities said. Initial government assessments suggest the self-described Islamic State was responsible, Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters. [HuffPo]

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Let’s All Roll Our Eyes At Matt Bevin

The state Senate was minutes away from adjourning Tuesday night when Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer announced that a special visitor wanted to address the chamber — Gov. Matt Bevin. [H-L]

The governor of New York, and the mayors of New York City and Seattle, announced on Monday that their state and cities would be joining San Francisco in adopting a ban on publicly-funded employee travel to North Carolina in protest of the state’s new law barring localities for passing laws to protect LGBT rights. [HuffPo]

Forty-three Kentucky women have joined the ranks of some of the world’s most prestigious names in food, beverage and hospitality. [C-J/AKN]

With homelessness surging and rent prices skyrocketing nationwide, one congresswoman is urging her colleagues to rapidly increase federal funding for affordable housing in hopes of stemming the tide. [ThinkProgress]

An independent audit of the financial statements for Barren County Fiscal Court for last full fiscal year found no specific issues, other than the county, as has been noted in the past, uses a state-approved form of accounting rather than a federally approved method. [Glasgow Daily Times]

It’s not just patients who are getting tired of ever-rising drug prices. Doctors are joining the chorus of frustration. The latest voice? The American College of Physicians, whose membership includes 143,000 internal medicine doctors, published a position paper Monday calling for the government and industry to take steps to rein in spiraling costs. [NPR]

The Rowan County Democratic Party will have its precinct convention on Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m. at the Rowan County Courthouse. [The Morehead News]

Hal Rogers’ staffers certainly seem to have a habit of deleting things. [Politiwoops]

These are the hot stories in Ashland at the moment, apparently. A white rocking chair was reported stolen off the porch of a home last weekend in the 2600 block of Seminole Avenue. [Ashland Independent]

Grassroots Republicans are growing frustrated with their Washington Beltway counterparts, who they think are giving up the fight for the White House. [The Hill]

A case of vandalism in southern Kentucky is being investigated as a hate crime. Someone vandalized a sign outside the Laurel County African American Heritage Center in London. Another sign for the center, about a tenth of a mile down the street, was also spray painted. The number 1488, and KKK were on the sign in black paint. [WKYT]

Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe torture can be justified to extract information from suspected terrorists, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, a level of support similar to that seen in countries like Nigeria where militant attacks are common. [Reuters]

Police executed a search warrant Tuesday and dug up several spots on a Lincoln County property, apparently in an attempt to find the remains of a woman missing since 1992. The FBI, Kentucky State Police and deputies with the Boyle and Lincoln County sheriff’s offices were at a house in the 100 block of Spring Valley Drive but would not specify what they were looking for. [H-L]

Republican front-runner Donald Trump said Tuesday he doesn’t plan to honor his pledge to support the party’s nominee for president if it’s not him. [HuffPo]

Dubya Keith Hall Is Heading To Prison

Federal prosecutors want former state Rep. W. Keith Hall to serve eight years and one month in prison for bribing a state inspector assigned to his coal mines. [John Cheves]

Ted Cruz called for the United States to “empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.” Leaving aside the blatant violations of civil and human rights, namely due process, what would that even look like? Try to imagine your local sheriff’s department picking and choosing streets to patrol based on the (perceived) religious identity of the residents. [HuffPo]

PEE ALERT! REPUBLICAN LUNATIC PEE ALERT! Everett Corley (isn’t his name Corley Everett?) claims he was assaulted at a Republican event because a guy tried to stop him from entering an office that was off limits. Yes, a racist, homophobic, barely literate extremist is claiming he was assaulted because someone wouldn’t let him enter a room. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump has been named one of the top 10 greatest risks to global stability, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit. [BBC]

A billboard in downtown Hazard promoting Kenneth Hall’s campaign for State Representative was vandalized sometime during the evening of March 18. [Hazard Herald]

Three weeks after oral arguments in what could be the most important abortion rights case in a generation, the U.S. Supreme Court is poised Wednesday to hear a second reproductive-rights case with potentially huge stakes. [ProPublica]

“Generally, what happens is we get a coal severance number from the state,” Mosley explained. “Everybody gets their projects together. Legislators have input with the projects, then a list is formed.” Mosley told the court the projection has been late coming out this time around. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

U.S. President Barack Obama pushed Cuba to improve human rights during his historic visit to the Communist-led island on Monday, publicly sparring with President Raul Castro who showed flashes of anger and hit back at U.S. “double standards”. [Reuters]

Coal’s days are numbered as the dominant energy source and utility companies had better be ready to deploy other sources, a top electric company official said Monday. [Ashland Independent]

Of course Hal Rogers is attempting to blame the EPA for the death of coal. Rather than take the blame himself for keeping Eastern Kentucky in the dark ages, he’ll blame anyone and everyone else. [McClatchy]

Seems Ryan Quarles is trying to be exactly like Jamie Comer by prepping for a future run. Seems to stack up well with rumors from his folks that he only plans to serve a partial term before running for something else. [The Morehead News]

Jeb Bush early Wednesday endorsed Ted Cruz’s Republican presidential bid, calling the Texas senator a “consistent, principled conservative.” [The Hill]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! So this is what the legislature has turned into. No time to deal with Kentucky’s actual problems but plenty of time for music. [H-L]

The last time carbon emissions were this high, dinosaurs roamed the Earth. And if that isn’t daunting enough, the human-driven release today is happening about 10 times faster than any event since that era, a new study has found. [HuffPo]

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JCPS Will Make Your Eyes Roll Back

Jeff Taylor, a retired official with the Tennessee Valley Authority from Hopkinsville, is trying to become the first black person to represent his state House district in far Western Kentucky. [H-L]

Martin Shkreli, the disgraced ex-CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, revealed on Friday night that he is backing the presidential candidacy of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. [HuffPo]

Remember that Jefferson County Public Schools story we covered that everyone else ignored? The Office of the Attorney General said JCPS broke the law. Who could have known??? [C-J/AKN]

President Obama on Tuesday unveiled the last budget of his presidency, a $4.1 trillion plan that reflects his desire to set the agenda for his final months in office and beyond. [The Hill & Budget Overview]

The president of Kentucky State University wrote in newsletter Monday that the 130-year-old historically black college in Frankfort “cannot withstand” deep cuts in state funding proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin and may have to close if Bevin’s budget is adopted. [WDRB]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham Wouldn’t Understand… In an ancient streambed on Kenya’s Rusinga Island, scientists have unearthed fossils of a wildebeest-like creature named Rusingoryx that boasted a weird nasal structure more befitting of a dinosaur than a mammal. [Reuters]

No one under the age of 18 would be able to use a tanning bed in the state of Kentucky—with or without their parent’s permission—except for medical reasons under a bill that has cleared the state House. Here’s hoping the LRC starts using Commonwealth of Kentucky instead of “state of Kentucky” in their press releases. [Press Releases]

A wide swath of public officials are calling for change in response to a Daily News and ProPublica investigation about the NYPD’s use of an obscure type of lawsuit to boot hundreds of people from homes. The cases are happening almost exclusively in minority neighborhoods. [ProPublica]

Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR) has announced five new members to its Community Advisory Board (CAB). [The Morehead News]

President Barack Obama’s final budget proposal is a clarion call for Democratic progressivism — a $4 trillion spending blueprint that would pour billions into clean energy, education and Medicaid, and pay for it by raising taxes on big banks and the wealthy. [Politico]

Congressman Hal Rogers and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin made their way to Pine Mountain State Resort Park to host the SOAR Executive Board Meeting on Friday. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

The billionaire former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, has confirmed he is considering running as an independent candidate for the US presidency. [BBC]

Less than a week after Rand Paul ended his presidential campaign, some of the Kentucky senator’s top supporters in the state legislature have backed Marco Rubio ahead of the state’s Republican presidential caucus next month. [H-L]

Hillary Clinton is concerned for the future of women’s reproductive rights. [HuffPo]

Bevin Drags KY Health Into Dark Ages

As Gov. Matt Bevin prepares to remake Kentucky’s Medicaid program, a new national survey shows what’s at stake: gains in insurance coverage matched only by one other state. [H-L]

American schools are hotbeds for racial discrimination, according to a preliminary report from a group of United Nations experts. [HuffPo]

Former U.S. Sen. Marlow W. Cook, a leader of the Republican renaissance in Louisville and Jefferson County during the 1960s, has died. [C-J/AKN]

Every day in America more than 50 people die from an overdose of prescription pain medication. Some people who start out abusing pain pills later turn to heroin, which claims another 29 lives each day. [NPR]

These are the candidates who have filled for city commissioner in Hazard. [Hazard Herald]

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for a new election in Iowa, accusing the Republican winner, Ted Cruz, of fraud. [BBC]

Jim Ramsey knows his days at the University of Louisville are numbered. [Business First]

In the lead-up to Donald Trump’s loss in Iowa, staffers sought additional funding for campaign infrastructure and were denied. [Politico]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The Creation Museum wants Boone County’s blessing for an expansion. Leaders of the museum’ dedicated to a literal interpretation of the Bible wants to nearly triple its exhibit space over the next three years. [Cincinnasti.com]

The U.S. Justice Department is considering legal changes to combat what it sees as a rising threat from domestic anti-government extremists, senior officials told Reuters, even as it steps up efforts to stop Islamic State-inspired attacks at home. [Reuters]

What does 100 days of school mean to White Hall Elementary School second grade students? That in 74 more days, they will be third graders, said teacher Susan Huntzinger. [Richmond Register]

The Des Moines Register is calling for a “complete audit” of the Iowa Democratic caucuses in light of concerns by Bernie Sanders about the razor-thin margin. [The Hill]

A proposal in Congress would provide $1 billion for mine reclamation projects in Eastern Kentucky and other areas grappling with a sharp downturn in coal jobs. [H-L]

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) slammed President Barack Obama’s visit to a mosque on Wednesday, during which the president denounced anti-Muslim rhetoric, for “pitting people against each other.” [HuffPo]

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