It’s Friday, So Better Start Drinking!

Don’t get too full of yourself, Jeff. Because I’ve spent the past decade surrounding you while the Democrats sat around twiddling their thumbs. Jeff Hoover, a Jamestown attorney who has been in the state House since 1997, will be elected Kentucky’s first Republican speaker of the House of Representatives in 95 years and only the third in Kentucky’s history. [H-L]

And so, the so-called “unthinkable” has happened. Donald Trump, the racist, sexist, xenophobic candidate of the Republican alt-right, has been elected President of the United States. [HuffPo]

It took Angel Cruz Rodriguez three tries to escape gangs and hopelessness in El Salvador. [Chris Kenning]

For all of the ways the 2016 presidential election was extraordinary – particularly Donald Trump’s repeated assertion that the vote was being “rigged” – the actual balloting on Tuesday was largely without serious incident. [ProPublica]

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]

The world gasped in collective disbelief on Wednesday following the victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race, with apprehensive allies seeking to put a brave face on a result they had dreaded and American adversaries exulting in an outcome they see as a potential turning point in global affairs. [WaPo]

From now until Nov. 18 the Ashland Police Department will be accepting canned foods as currency to pay for parking tickets. [Ashland Independent]

Donald Trump’s presidency is going to be a disaster for the white working class. Thank goodness half of them are too stupid (you voted for him) to realize it. [Vox]

Last Saturday night, dozens of people showed up with flowers, balloons and to lend a helping hand at the United Airlines terminal at Louisville International Airport. They came to show support for Abraham Aluel. [WFPL]

The Russian government had contact with advisers to Donald J. Trump during the American presidential campaign, one of the country’s top diplomats said Thursday. [NY Times]

Burley tobacco producers are in full-swing stripping this year’s crop, but finding the right time to start stripping tobacco has been a difficult thing to do because of the dry weather the area has had. [Glasgow Daily Times]

US President-elect Donald Trump has said it was a “great honour” to meet President Barack Obama for transition talks at the White House. [BBC]

Protesters and supporters of Donald Trump tangled on Western Kentucky University’s campus as demonstrations against the president-elect were held in Kentucky. [H-L]

“What should I say to my students after the election if Trump wins?” a principal asked me recently. Good question. What should we tell our children? [HuffPo]

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THE SHITSHOW IS ALMOST OVER!

Shitbirds of a feather flock together. In early October, Gov. Matt Bevin stood in the Capitol Rotunda, a few short steps from his office, and recorded a video because he had caught wind of a Democratic news conference that would call his record on education funding into question. [H-L]

Shortly after the first presidential debate, former Obama adviser David Axelrod said on CNN that the commander in chief “can send armies marching and markets tumbling.” [HuffPo]

Rand Paul and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray went to friendly territory on Saturday as they looked for final votes heading into Tuesday’s election. [C-J/AKN]

Hillary Clinton is one state away from losing the presidential election, FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver said Sunday. [The Hill]

You can thank human tire fire and homophobic trainwreck Matt Bevin for this. Kentucky took a tumble in the latest rankings of the states’ business climates by Site Selection magazine. [Business First]

As the youngest members of the millennial generation became old enough to vote in this year’s U.S. presidential election, states and social media platforms poured efforts into online registration, hoping to attract these tech savvy voters who now rival Baby Boomers as the country’s largest demographic. [Reuters]

When Kentucky goes to the polls Tuesday, more than 300,000 potential voters will find themselves on the sidelines. [WFPL]

In the last week, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has repeatedly vowed to zero out all federal spending on clean energy research and development. And the plan he released would also zero out all other spending on anything to do with climate change, including the government’s entire climate science effort. [ThinkProgress]

Kimberly Walson, one of three candidates for 25th Circuit Family Court Judge, has responded to a Richmond Register report on the exchange of accusations by supporters of the candidates. [Richmond Register]

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken on Sunday said he expects that the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on what he described as “troubling” and “rogue” conduct within the FBI. [Politico]

Rand Paul is a tiny little bigot, like most of the people affiliated with him and most of the new Republican Party of Kentucky. Rand Paul said Saturday he thinks his opponent, Democrat Jim Gray, has “lost his mind,” based on a statement he made in Kentucky’s only U.S. Senate race debate. [Ronnie Ellis]

No matter what happens in Tuesday’s presidential election, the candidacy of Donald Trump has been an absolute demographic disaster for the Republican Party. [WaPo]

Andy Barr, R-Lexington, and Nancy Jo Kemper, his Democratic challenger, are spending the last weekend of the campaign shaking as many hands as they can across Central Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District. [H-L]

The Nevada Republican Party has what can only be described as a problem with Hispanic voters. [HuffPo]

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The Rand Paul Crew Sure Is Fun

Jesse Benton, a former campaign manager for Republican U.S. Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, is active in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate contest this fall even though he was convicted in May on felony political corruption charges and was accused by a British newspaper this week of trying to funnel illicit donations from a foreign source into the presidential race. [John Cheves]

Perfect illustration of that presidential ticket. A plane carrying U.S. Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence skidded off the runway after landing in the rain at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport on Thursday, halting flights for at least an hour, officials said. [HuffPo]

Joe Biden is at the top of the internal short list Hillary Clinton’s transition team is preparing for her pick to be secretary of state. [Politico]

Donald Trump said he received a $17 million insurance payment for 2005 hurricane damage at his private Florida resort — and pocketed some of it instead of spending it on repairs, according to a new report. [The Hill]

For all his unpopularity in increasingly red Kentucky, Barack Obama has for the second time this year come to the assistance of a Democratic candidate. [Ronnie Ellis]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s employees are having a “tremendous problem” with health plans they don’t actually have. Trump himself doesn’t make much use of a health plan that he also doesn’t have. And all of this is a “disaster” for the American people. Confused? Don’t worry. So is Mr. Trump. [ThinkProgress]

Madison County Board of Education members received a report Thursday evening on the recent 2016 Unbridled Learning data for the district from Chief Academic Officer and Assistant Superintendent David Gilliam. [Richmond Register]

At three large rental buildings emblazoned with gold letters spelling out T-R-U-M-P P-L-A-C-E on the Upper West Side, the lobby rain mats embossed with the same name are being replaced, tenants say. The new versions, they have been told, will proclaim the buildings’ addresses, 140, 160 or 180 Riverside Boulevard. [NY Times]

Could Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo really be facing a serious electoral challenge in his Floyd County district? [Ronnie Ellis]

In case you needed more proof that Trump is a lunatic loose cannon… Donald Trump warned in an interview Tuesday that Hillary Clinton’s policies as president to address the Syrian conflict would lead to World War III, arguing the Democratic nominee would draw the US into armed confrontation with Russia, Syria and Iran. [CNN]

A new master plan created for the Kentucky Exposition Center outlines $200 million in improvements to enhance the facility. [Business First]

As his poll numbers have declined in the closing weeks of the presidential race, Donald J. Trump has begun to engage in barely veiled promotions of his business brand off the campaign trail, dragging reporters to his marquee properties in between his campaign events. [More NY Times]

Matt Bevin’s administration has banned flip-flops and exposed midriffs in a new dress code for Kentucky’s more than 31,000 executive branch employees. [H-L]

Republicans these days are disgusting. Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk made an ill-advised jab about the birthplace and ancestry of his Democratic opponent, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, during a debate on Thursday. [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]

Of Course Mitch Is Afraid Of The Donald

Mitch McConnell says the country must not turn its back on the nation’s coal miners — but that’s exactly what those miners say the Republican Senate Majority Leader is doing. [H-L]

A former aide on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign now says he regrets working for the Republican nominee and cannot vote for him for president. [HuffPo]

The Kentucky Department of Education is stepping in to review and intervene at two low-performing Jefferson County Public Schools elementaries that would have been named priority schools this year if it were not for the state’s moratorium on that label. [C-J/AKN]

A new Department of Labor report says cuts to state workers’ comp systems have left injured workers with inadequate benefits and raises the specter of federal oversight [ProPublica]

Bounty of the Barrens Farmers Market is making use of a $30,000 grant it was awarded this summer to determine the feasibility and develop a preliminary design of a facility that would allow it to remain in the same location all year. [Glasgow Daily Times]

In 1990, a group of four black teens and one Latino teen were convicted of the brutal assault and rape of a jogger. The April 1989 attack came amid rising crime rates in New York City and a wave of violence in Central Park itself. [ThinkProgress]

Widening of US 25N in Berea to three lanes from Ellipse Street to the Berea Bypass has run into another delay. [Richmond Register]

Drugmaker Mylan N.V. announced Friday that it had reached a $465 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department and other government agencies to resolve questions over rebates required by the Medicaid program. [NPR]

A new report shows that the number of small businesses in Kentucky that offer employee health insurance dropped sharply from 2012 to 2015. Only 26.6 percent of small businesses in the state offered health insurance last year, down from 36.4 percent in 2012, according to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. [Business First]

One of the most popular items at this year’s Republican National Convention was a navy blue T-shirt that at first glance looked terribly out of place. [Mother Jones]

Paul Ryan immediately came under fire from Donald Trump after declaring he’ll no longer defend or campaign for his party’s bombastic nominee. Mitch McConnell, on the other hand, went mum, privately sharing advice with vulnerable Republican Senate candidates on how to handle Trump’s vulgar sex talk — and publicly telling those interested in his take to take a hike. [Politico]

Some evangelical leaders stood by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump even after a video was released on Friday containing his lewd remarks about women. [WaPo]

On Friday, the state Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether panhandlers have a legally protected right to ask motorists and pedestrians for money and if Lexington’s city-wide ban violates panhandlers’ First Amendment right to free speech. [H-L]

Donald Trump’s lewd comments about women present him with a tough challenge roughly one month before Election Day, and it’s also landed House Republicans in trouble. [HuffPo]

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What A Week In Our Lovely, Backward, Corrupt Commonwealth

Let’s all just laugh about this one last time. House Speaker Greg Stumbo announced Wednesday he is appointing a committee to investigate what he says have been threats by Gov. Matt Bevin against state lawmakers. [C-J/AKN]

The United States broke off talks with Russia on Monday on implementing a ceasefire agreement on Syria and accused Moscow of not living up to its commitments under the Sept. 9 deal to [HuffPo]

Saying small cash bonds pose an unfair burden on the poor, a Jefferson County public defender Monday asked a circuit judge to release three defendants from jail on the grounds that district judges had violated their rights by failing to inquire about their financial ability to post bond. [C-J/AKN]

A video of a US student in “blackface” apparently mocking the Black Lives Matter campaign has sparked outrage. [BBC]

Real estate property owners in Glasgow will have the same tax rate as last year. [Glasgow Daily Times]

What does it mean to declare that #blacklivesmatter in education? Last month the Movement for Black Lives, representing elements of the Black Lives Matter movement and related groups, issued a detailed policy platform denouncing what it called “corporate-backed,” “market driven” “privatization” in school reform, and helped set off a furor over this question. [NPR]

“Backing the Lines,” an event showing support for first responders, was held on Friday evening at the Carl Perkins Center. [The Morehead News]

President Barack Obama made his case for a deliberate, measured path toward economic progress in an op-ed published Thursday in The Economist that reads like a plea to disenchanted voters tempted by the economic populism of Republican nominee Donald Trump. [Politico]

On Nov. 8, Kentuckians will decide who represents the Commonwealth as United States Senator. One of Kentucky’s two senate seats is occupied by Mitch McConnell. The other seat belongs to Rand Paul. However, Rand Paul, a republican, has a democratic challenger in the November election, and that challenger is Lexington Mayor Jim Gray. [Hazard Herald]

Voters in four states appear likely to approve ballot measures that would legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, according to recent surveys, while voters are split on the question in a fifth state. [The Hill]

The Republican Party of Kentucky has tons of other racists in their midst. Tons of them appointed by Matt Bevin to various and sundry positions. You’ve read all about them on Page One. This is their attempt to appear non-racist by throwing some nobody with no shot of winning to the wolves as a sacrifice. [WDRB]

Forty-four Afghan troops visiting the United States for military training have gone missing in less than two years, presumably in an effort to live and work illegally in America, Pentagon officials said. [Reuters]

Horse Country hopes to boost Thoroughbred racing, Central Kentucky tourism by offering behind-the-scenes tours of farms, equine clinics and feed mills. The goal is to do for horse breeding what the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is doing for whiskey-making. [H-L]

Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on Monday implored young leaders invited to the White House to continue his generation’s legacy of civil rights activism by reminding them of sacrifices that won the right to vote. [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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