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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Louisville Has Become Shooting Central

Last month, it appeared that Hillary Clinton’s joint fundraising committee had given nearly $800,000 to cash-poor Kentucky Democrats. Turns out it wasn’t theirs to keep. [H-L]

Donald Trump cannot possibly serve as president if he keeps embracing Russian leader Vladimir Putin, two top former spymasters argued in a scathing editorial. [HuffPo]

FBI agents out of the Louisville Division are going to increase their role in battling gangs and the drug trade here and across Kentucky after a surge of activity. [C-J/AKN]

As Chuck DeBonis was wrapping up his stint as a civilian paramedic at a military base in Kuwait earlier this year, he found a home he wanted to buy in the Virginia town of Bristow for his return. [Reuters]

The Coal Fields Regional Industrial Park is sprawled across 400 acres of land in Perry County and has more than 200,000 square feet of warehousing space. But 20 years after its construction, just three companies call it home. [Richmond Register]

A tenth of the planet’s wilderness was eradicated in the last two decades and conservation efforts are failing to keep pace with the rate of wilderness loss, according to a new study. [ThinkProgress]

The murder tally in Louisville is spiking this year. As of Wednesday, Louisville Metro Police report 81 homicides since the beginning of the year. That’s the highest year-to-date total since at least 2006, police records show. [WPFL]

President Barack Obama has nominated the first Muslim-American to serve as a federal judge, saying the D.C. based-lawyer would serve “with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice” if confirmed. [Politico]

A great football player, for sure. But the late Howard Murphy was every bit a great person, too. [Ashland Independent]

Two Americans have been arrested and charged for allegedly helping to hack high-ranking US government officials. [BBC]

Whose money is it? That’s one question Park City commissioners tried to answer Tuesday when talking about the more than $4,000 in a bank account that is earmarked for the upkeep of the veterans memorial. [Glasgow Daily Times]

At last, Bill Clinton could not help himself. He paced the stage during a speech on Tuesday in North Carolina, holding his microphone close. He raised his left index finger. And at once, the meandering address turned sharply, and without prompting, to his charitable foundation, a magnet for criticism in recent weeks. [NY Times]

This is just gross. Hunt Brothers Pizza will be the official pizza of Rupp Arena and its concession stands beginning this fall, Lexington Center announced Wednesday. [H-L]

It’s no secret that Donald Trump hasn’t exactly been a choirboy during his presidential campaign. [HuffPo]

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Surprise! The Beshears Hate Transparency & Accountability In Kentucky

A longtime champion of Kentucky’s government transparency laws retired Wednesday from Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office after she was reprimanded for speaking with a journalist. [John Cheves]

The 10,000th Syrian refugee to resettle in the U.S. this fiscal year arrived on Monday, the White House announced, following through on an ambitious plan by President Barack Obama to welcome more people from the country. [HuffPo]

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, are calling for the federal government to help deal with the burgeoning heroin epidemic. And they’re blaming U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for supporting a drug treatment bill that included no money to pay for it. [C-J/AKN]

The State Department said Monday it is concerned about Iran state media reports that the country has deployed an advanced missile defense system around its Fordow underground uranium facility. [The Hill]

This has got to be one of the dumbest moves yet from someone with the surname Beshear! Assistant Attorney General Amye Bensenhaver has retired “under considerable duress” after being reprimanded for speaking to a journalist without permission, creating yet another public relations issue for a government agency that has had more than its share in recent months. [Roger Alford]

Last year 35,092 people died in traffic crashes in the United States, a 7.2 percent year-on-year increase that runs counter to a five-decade trend of declining fatalities, the U.S. Transportation Department said. [Reuters]

Coal-producing states are preparing for arguments next month in the federal appeals court case known as West Virginia v. EPA, challenging the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. [WFPL]

Despite yet more evidence of trouble with the Red Cross’ disaster response — this time to floods in Louisiana — Apple, Amazon, T-Mobile, and many others have made the venerable charity the exclusive conduit for helping victims. [ProPublica]

Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo said if Republican Gov. Matt Bevin threatened a Democratic lawmaker for refusing to switch parties he could be guilty of criminal behavior or an impeachable offense. [Ronnie Ellis]

Way to go, Appalachia. New analysis from the Clean Air Task Force shows that by 2025 America’s children will experience 750,000 asthma attacks each summer that will be directly attributable to the oil and gas industry. [ThinkProgress]

The battle for the last legislative chamber in the South still controlled by Democrats escalated over the weekend as Republicans announced they would boycott a special meeting this week, while the House Speaker publicly threatened to impeach the state’s Republican governor. [Richmond Register]

In 1988, a small-time drug dealer became the first man charged under a new, harsh drug law signed by then-President Ronald Reagan. Almost 30 years later, President Barack Obama granted a sentence commutation to Richard Van Winrow, a literal posterboy for the history of America’s drug war. [BBC]

A state environmental response team began taking more extensive soil samples Tuesday to test for higher-than-normal arsenic levels along a rural Montgomery County road. [H-L]

Taco trucks on every corner!? SIGN US UP! [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.


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.

Hillary To KDP’s Rescue? Probably Not

Surprise! The Republicans are just as bad as the Democrats. The daughter of Energy and Environment Secretary Charles Snavely landed a $38,000-a-year non-merit job this month in the office of Gov. Matt Bevin. [H-L]

After the chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign resigned on Friday, former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski tried to insist Trump’s bid for the White House was going just fine. Lewandowski, who was fired by Trump in June, drew a puzzling parallel to make his point, arguing that in 2004, John Kerry was also making staff changes as the election approached. [HuffPo]

A Hillary Clinton political committee transferred $793,000 to the Kentucky Democratic Party in July – a huge and apparently sorely needed infusion of cash for Kentucky Democrats, who so far this year have struggled to compete with the Republican Party of Kentucky in the fundraising battle leading up to the November elections. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was asked to resign, the campaign said Friday. [The Hill]

The Madison County Board of Education took its first step Thursday afternoon in the creation of a new elementary school for students in northern Madison County. [Richmond Register]

More than 30 major technology and communication companies said on Friday they are joining the U.S. government to crack down on “robocalls,” automated, prerecorded phone calls that regulators have labeled a “scourge.” [Reuters]

Rand Paul said it could be “too late” for AK Steel to bring its workforce back in Ashland, despite a tax increase on Chinese steel imports imposed by the United States. [Ashland Independent]

ProPublica’s reporting on the water crisis in the American West has highlighted any number of confounding contradictions worsening the problem: Farmers are encouraged to waste water so as to protect their legal rights to its dwindling supply in the years ahead; Las Vegas sought to impose restrictions on water use while placing no checks on its explosive population growth; the federal government has encouraged farmers to improve efficiency in watering crops, but continues to subsidize the growing of thirsty crops such as cotton in desert states like Arizona. [ProPublica]

A free, wireless Internet network is up and running throughout downtown Morehead. The city, in partnership with Rajant Corporation, installed wireless meshing nodes in March to help provide instant Internet access to anyone within the network’s parameters. [The Morehead News]

As the Republican nominee for the US presidency, Donald Trump received a classified briefing on Wednesday. What does that mean? [BBC]

The vast majority of the crowd of more than 100 people who attended Mayor Dick Doty’s Friday afternoon press conference made it clear they weren’t buying the message he was trying to sell. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Surprise! Fraternity atmosphere can (especially in Frankfart) make state capitols hotbeds of sexual harassment. [USA Today]

The Madison County school district has decided to take a drug company up on its offer of two free doses of Narcan, a life-saving drug in instances of heroin overdose — even though the district hasn’t seen an overdose problem. [H-L]

Oh, look, Valarie Honeycutt Spears noticed that there were more than 200 testing violations in Kentucky schools. She’s failed to investigate anything in Montgomery County. [More H-L]

Religious freedom is a valid defense for a Michigan business owner who fired a trans woman after she asked to dress in accordance with her gender identity, a federal judge ruled Thursday. [HuffPo]

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