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]

You Should Probably Read That H-L Editorial

Pee alert! Jeff Hoover has named Julian Carroll to his fake transition team. Meet thew new good old boy, same as the old good old boy. [Hoover Nonsense]

Anyone thinking of illegally using Kentucky to dump radioactive fracking waste from other states will no doubt reconsider in light of fines announced this week by the Bevin administration. [H-L]

More than a dozen women have accused President-elect Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, ranging from forcible kissing to assault. Many Americans who did not support Trump’s candidacy have grappled with shock since his election. But for these women, his win is also deeply personal. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin gleefully said “good riddance” to House Speaker Greg Stumbo last week, and Stumbo made clear on Wednesday that the not-so-warm feelings are mutual. [C-J/AKN]

The protests in major U.S. cities against Republican Donald Trump’s surprise presidential election victory have been impromptu affairs, quickly organized by young Americans with a diverse array of backgrounds and agendas. [Reuters]

City of Ashland workers will pump 24 million gallons of water back into a drained reservoir later this week. [Ashland Independent]

If President-elect Trump follows through on his campaign promises, millions of individuals — immigrants, religious minorities, people of color — face a very grim four years. One of the worst hit groups will be Americans with significant health costs. The Trump transition team published a brief summary of the incoming president’s health plan on its website, and the news is not good for the elderly, the poor, and millions of Americans with preexisting conditions. [ThinkProgress]

A 19-year-old Berea man, who was charged with arson Tuesday morning, told investigators he set the blaze because people “needed to die.” [Richmond Register]

Children and teenagers of Mexican descent make up one of the fastest-growing populations in the nation’s public schools. [NPR]

Three Morehead Fire Department firefighters did not report any injuries after multiple oxygen cylinders exploded inside a residence in which they were preparing to suppress a fire. [The Morehead News]

One of the most important phases of the transition to power for President-elect Donald Trump includes briefings on U.S. intelligence capabilities and secret operations as well as separate descriptions of the extraordinary powers he will have over the military, especially contingency plans to use nuclear weapons, according to officials. [WaPo]

Area tourism officials came together Tuesday morning, along with representatives of local, state and federal governments, for the Caveland Marketing Association’s legislative luncheon. [Glasgow Daily Times]

No, Bernie Sanders could not have won. So calm the eff down, Bernie Bros. Donald Trump won whether we like it or not. [BBC]

Dozens of students marched through the University of Kentucky’s campus Friday to protest rape culture and how the university handles sexual assault cases. [H-L]

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) voiced concerns Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump is breaking a core campaign promise of keeping special interests out of Washington ― “draining the swamp.” [HuffPo]

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West Liberty Waste Dumpers: PAY UP!

PEE ALERT! Former Kentucky Personnel Secretary Tim Longmeyer must pay a $5,000 civil fine after settling 45 counts of ethics violations with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission, officials said Monday. [John Cheves]

Planned Parenthood is reporting a spike in donations and demand for long-acting contraceptives since Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president while abortion foes hope to gain momentum in their quest to cut public funding to the women’s health organization. [HuffPo]

Kentucky’s Department for Public Health is seeking millions of dollars of penalties from companies blamed for bringing radioactive drilling waste into Kentucky last year. [C-J/AKN]

Transportation advocates are excited by the prospect of an infrastructure package passing under President-elect Donald Trump next year, but there are a number of other transportation issues that could see action during the lame duck session of Congress. [The Hill]

A century of weather records show there’s no escape in Louisville from the fingerprints of climate change, as local temperatures climb and seasons are altered, research at the University of Louisville has found. [WHAS11]

Hillary Clinton blamed FBI director James Comey for her stunning defeat in Tuesday’s presidential election in a conference call with her top campaign funders on Saturday, according to two participants who were on the call. [Reuters]

The first significant change proposed to Grayson’s alcohol laws met with initial resistance from Mayor George Steele, although he ultimately agreed to the proposal early this week. [Ashland Independent]

Hillary Clinton and the Democrats were playing with fire when they effectively wrote off white workers in the small towns and cities of the Rust Belt. [ProPublica]

Officials of Morehead State University along with members of its Board of Regents, local and state legislators held a dedication ceremony Friday, Nov. 11, for Padula Hall at the Derrickson Agricultural Complex. [The Morehead News]

The new president may merit a brief honeymoon in governing while he figures out what his policies will be and how he will implement them. But we should not wait one nanosecond to lay out the unprecedented set of conflicts of interests he and his family bring to the presidency, to compare his campaign rhetoric with his post-election decisions, and to chronicle post-election moves made by state and local governments where authorities may feel emboldened to push the boundaries of their power and our laws. [CJR]

A recanvass of the 43rd district judicial race in Barren and Metcalfe counties changed nothing about the unofficial election tally, leaving Gabe Pendleton as the winner by 36 votes. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The potential conflicts of interest facing Donald Trump are so unprecedented that U.S. ethics laws weren’t even written to account for them. [Politico]

The 26 soldiers of the Kentucky National Guard’s 149th Military Engagement Team said goodbye to their families Saturday for a nearly yearlong mission overseas. [John Cheves]

President-elect Donald Trump, who took to Twitter Thursday to blast demonstrations against his victory as “very unfair,” had a different view of post-election distress four years earlier, when he called for a march on Washington “to stop this great and disgusting injustice.” [HuffPo]

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Well, Everyone Is *STILL* Hung Over

Republicans won big Tuesday. Now, they must govern. [Tom Eblen]

Early Wednesday morning, President Barack Obama called the man who long attempted to delegitimize his presidency to congratulate him for winning the race to serve in the office next. [HuffPo]

She may be an upstart but you’ll be impressed once you get to know her. The youngest and least-experienced candidate in a field of seven won Jefferson County’s lone district court race Tuesday. [C-J/AKN]

In the Texas county known as the buckle on the “execution belt” for sending more people to the death chamber than any other nationwide, both candidates in the campaign for top prosecutor are calling for moderation in capital punishment. [Reuters]

Matt Bevin made several appointments to Kentucky board and commission Friday including appointing Richmond native Aaron Thompson to the Education Commission of the States. [Richmond Register]

For years, police and prosecutors have used special presentations to sell judges on the ​​​​​reliability of drug tests that help convict thousands. [ProPublica]

The new Ironton-Russell Bridge is poised for opening Nov. 23, according to Ohio Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kathleen Fuller. [Ashland Independent]

The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. [New Yorker]

Wearing scrubs, Barren County High School seniors Hayley Compton, Hannah Gearlds and Harley Asher applied Thrombo-Embolic Deterrent (TED) hose to their respective laboratory manikins on Wednesday at the Barren County Area Technology Center. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Republican Donald Trump stunned the world by defeating heavily favored rival Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s presidential election, ending eight years of Democratic rule and sending the United States on a new, uncertain path. [Reuters]

Republicans didn’t swamp Democrats, the Democrats swamped themselves. This is what happens when people like Adam Edelen and Jerry Lundergan control things for decades. Either flush them and start anew or give up, Democrats. [Ronnie Ellis]

Donald J. Trump shocked the world Tuesday, winning election as the 45th president of the United States. [The Hill]

State Democratic Rep. Russ Meyer of Nicholasville, who has become a political target and rival of Gov. Matt Bevin, won re-election Tuesday in the 39th House District, which includes most of Jessamine County and a small portion of southern Fayette County. [H-L]

Donald Trump openly bragged about using his celebrity status to sexually assault women. And multiple women accused him of actually doing so. He said he was in favor of banning people from entering the United States based on their religion. [HuffPo]

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Who Could Longmeyer Have Worked With? Could It Be Another Prominent Political Family? Cough, Cough

A coal company owned by West Virginia billionaire Jim Justice has agreed to pay a $900,000 fine for environmental violations and improve pollution controls at mines in Kentucky and three other states at an estimated cost of $5 million. [H-L]

Vice President Joe Biden has a message for Donald Trump: you are not qualified to be the commander-in-chief of America’s armed forces. [HuffPo]

Tim Longmeyer used much more than just a few thousand dollars he got in an illegal kickback scheme to make straw contributions to the Democratic campaigns he supported in recent years, according to a federal prosecutor. [C-J/AKN]

In 1733, New York printer John Peter Zenger began publishing the eighth newspaper in the American colonies, and the first willing to venture criticism of the government. [ProPublica]

Metcalfe County is still in the early stages of legalizing the sale of packaged alcoholic beverages. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Boston-based Conservation Law Foundation filed a lawsuit against ExxonMobil on Thursday, arguing that the company is violating several key water regulations at one of their Boston storage and transfer locations. [ThinkProgress]

Meeting Friday at Eastern Kentucky University, the state Council on Post-secondary Education endorsed new goals and strategies for colleges to achieve ethnic/cultural diversity, including graduating students who are “culturally competent.” [Richmond Register]

Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado hit back at Donald Trump’s vicious Twitter tirade from the early morning hours of Friday, calling his attacks “slander and lies.” [Politico]

The Harlan Independent School Board heard a presentation during a recent meeting concerning a program designed to help pre-school age children get ready for life in the classroom. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Donald Trump has attacked a former beauty pageant winner who criticised him for alleged sexist and misogynistic remarks as “disgusting”. [BBC]

An influx of cash has eased the pressure to meet payroll in Ashland schools so the district won’t need the line of credit it had considered taking earlier this month. [Ashland Independent]

Men who may have been exposed to the Zika virus should wait at least six months before trying to conceive a child with a partner, regardless of whether they ever had any symptoms, federal health officials are recommending. [NPR]

Kentucky’s fourth-largest health insurer says it will stop selling individual plans in the state next year, prompting another round of finger-pointing between a pair of feuding governors over the merits of President Obama’s federal health care law. [H-L]

The first aerial survey of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch shows that the amount of debris swirling in the North Pacific has been “heavily underestimated,” the expedition group said. [HuffPo]

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He’s Just A Good Old Boy…

Who is Larry O’Bryan?

He raised tons of money for Steve Beshear.

Beshear appointed him to the Kentucky Lottery Board as a thank-you.

O’Bryan and his buddy, Tim Longmeyer, were knee-deep in the Democratic Party’s money world – even giving tons of money to Daniel Mongiardo – because they were deep in that circle.

O’Bryan and his pal, Kim Geveden, were close with Elaine Walker back in the day. (If you don’t remember her, that’s fine. She was a disaster.)

He was butthole deep in Greg Fischer’s money world.

Butthole deep in the late Jim King’s worldreally deep. Like close pals with Jonathan Hurst deep.

People like Jack Conway paid him on the regular.

Beshear put him on the Employers’ Mutual Insurance Authority.

The governor tried to put him on essentially every board on earth. That’s how deep Larry O’Bryan was in the Beshear World. We were calling bullshit on it years ago.

Larry O’Bryan is reaaaalllly tight with people like Adam Edelen. Like buying property in other states together super-tight:

There’s way more where that comes from.

And that, kids, is why so many good old boys in Frankfort are literally pooping themselves.

UK Must Be Envious Of UofL’s Bad Press, Wants More Of The Action

The University of Kentucky’s Senate Council split its votes over approval of a proposed free enterprise center funded by the Charles Koch Foundation and pizza magnate John Schnatter, but the matter will still move to the full university senate. [H-L]

Republicans who wondered whether a teleprompter-less Donald Trump could retain the self-discipline of the previous month without a script to read from got their answer Monday night. [HuffPo]

The wife of former state personnel secretary Tim Longmeyer pleaded for leniency for him in a three-page letter – one in a batch to a federal judge that was made public a day before Longmeyer’s scheduled sentencing for bribery. And so did a bunch of Beshear people. [C-J/AKN]

GOP nominee Donald Trump has said he plans to spend billions of dollars on so-called school choice programs. [ProPublica]

Barren County’s jobless rate dropped from 4.8 percent in July to 4.3 percent in August according to labor force estimates provided by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. [Glasgow Daily Times]

It started with a mystifying missed opportunity on race. It ended with a piercing attack on gender. [NY Times]

While Advanced Placement exam scores in Kentucky improved this year, the number of test takers went down. [WLKY]

The greatest mystery heading into the first presidential debate here at Hofstra University was which version of the unpredictable Republican candidate would show up for his first one-on-one face-off with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. [WaPo]

A month after setting the local property tax rate at the same level as the previous year, the Harlan County Board of Education formally adopted a working budget reflecting those amounts during their September meeting. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

The two US presidential candidates have clashed over jobs, terrorism and race in a bitter television debate. [BBC]

Former residents of Hazard banded together to form a non-profit organization called Appalachian Connection. The mission of the non-profit is to help students in the Appalachian region with the financial burden of higher education. [Hazard Herald]

At the first presidential debate on Monday night, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton brought up some of the disparaging things Republican rival Donald Trump has said about women over the years, saying, “This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs, and dogs.” [ThinkProgress]

After months of negotiations, the Fayette County Public Schools board voted Monday to buy 39 acres adjacent to Edythe J. Hayes Middle School on Athens-Boonesboro Road for a new elementary school. [H-L]

Donald Trump, within striking distance of the presidency, stepped on stage here Monday and did what Hillary Clinton hoped he would. [HuffPo]

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