Heroin Hell Has Hit The Commonwealth

House Speaker Greg Stumbo raised the possibility of impeaching Gov. Matt Bevin Saturday after CNHI News Service reported that a Democratic state lawmaker said he was threatened by Bevin’s chief of staff for refusing to switch political parties. If true, the governor’s actions “are criminal in nature and in my judgment rise to the level of an impeachable offense.” [H-L]

Donald J. Trump is causing some high anxiety inside the military. He has suggested carpet-bombing Syrian cities, assassinating the families of Islamic State fighters and torturing detainees, all illegal under international or U.S. law. He has proposed withdrawing troops from South Korea (a similar troop withdrawal helped ignite the 1950 Korean War), advocated disengaging from NATO, and declared that Japan would be “better off” with its own nuclear weapons. And he has famously bragged, “I know more about ISIS than the generals!” [HuffPo]

Authorities have reported more than 200 overdoses in the region over the past two weeks. [C-J/AKN]

Three Congressional leaders on Monday asked top federal environmental and safety officials to extend by 60 days the public comment period on new vehicle emissions and fuel economy standards. [Reuters]

Two of the wilder caves at Carter Caves State Resort Park have been reopened to limited public use, a park official said. [Ashland Independent]

States that voted against President Obama twice are more dependent on the federal government, according to an analysis of new data released by the Pew Charitable Trusts on Monday. [The Hill]

The Rowan County Board of Education voted unanimously Aug. 24 to set the tax rates for real and personal property. [The Morehead News]

The National Labor Relations Board decided in two separate cases last week that — as far as federal labor law is concerned — charter schools are not public schools but private corporations. [WaPo]

Kentucky public high school graduates held steady in meeting the state’s college-readiness benchmarks on the ACT college-entrance exam in reading and English, but lost ground in meeting the state mathematics benchmark. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The planet is warming at a pace not experienced within the past 1,000 years, at least, making it “very unlikely” that the world will stay within a crucial temperature limit agreed by nations just last year, according to Nasa’s top climate scientist. [The Guardian]

Even with the assistance of detoxification and rehabilitation programs, 80 percent of people attempting recovery from opioid addiction will relapse. [Richmond Register]

The United States admitted its 10,000th Syrian refugee this week in a resettlement program announced by President Obama last fall, according to The White House. [NY Times]

After giving a speech critical of the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said politics in Washington aren’t as polarizing as they seem. [H-L]

The producers of EpiPen will offer a generic version of the emergency allergy treatment following outrage last week over price increases, the company announced Monday. [HuffPo]

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Clay Co: Back To Being Awful Again

Clay County Judge-Executive Joe Lewis Asher and county road foreman Buford Jarvis have pleaded not guilty to charges related to public corruption. [H-L]

A secretive super-court system called ISDS is threatening to blow up President Barack Obama’s highest foreign policy priority. [HuffPo]

Taxes in Bullitt County will increase in order to fund teacher raises and additional staff positions, Bullitt County Board of Education narrowly decided Monday night, despite opposition from local property owners. [C-J/AKN]

With a vigorous national debate underway on whether Sweden should enter a military partnership with NATO, officials in Stockholm suddenly encountered an unsettling problem: a flood of distorted and outright false information on social media, confusing public perceptions of the issue. [NY Times]

It’s cold and dark for thousands of Appalachians, even on the brightest summer days. Depression runs more rampant in the mountains than anywhere else in the United States, according to a recent study by the Appalachian Regional Commission. [Ashland Independent]

Donald Trump and his new team think they have 71 days to turn this campaign around. They’re wrong. [Politico]

Morehead State University needs a president who is willing to get involved in the community, focus on the needs of staff and students and utilize advanced technology. [The Morehead News]

The ignorance of Mitch McConnell and his new staffers is harming women in areas affected by Zika. [Rewire]

The number of dairy producers across Kentucky has steadily decreased over the years. At the beginning of 2005, there were around 1,350 dairy farms in the state, but as of Aug. 1, there were only 628. [Glasgow Daily Times]

An African-American pastor who has become a prominent surrogate for Donald Trump on Monday shared a cartoon of Hillary Clinton in blackface. [The Hill]

Hikers of The Pinnacles Indian Fort Mountain Trail might begin noticing some changes next to the trail’s parking lot as workers have started to clear and fence off a site to make way for the new Berea College Forest Outreach Center, which will soon be under construction. [Richmond Register]

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will study whether to discontinue using privately run detention centers, which the Justice Department recently called unsafe, for migrants and shares of private prison operators fell on Monday after the news. [Reuters]

A Kentucky oil train terminal illustrates a persistent gap between the risks posed by increasing volumes of crude oil moving by rail and the training available to local first responders specifically for it. [H-L]

The dramatic nationwide drop in private-sector union membership has lowered pay for non-union workers over the past four decades. [HuffPo]

Is Yarmuth The Only KY Democrat?

One year ago, Michael Todd was getting ready for a doctor’s appointment when his phone was flooded with messages from relatives. [H-L]

Iraqi forces recaptured the last district held by Islamic State militants in the city of Falluja on Sunday and the general commanding the operation declared the battle complete after nearly five weeks of fighting. [HuffPo]

The Kentucky Democrat who helped orchestrate this week’s historic shutdown of the U.S. House to demand action on gun violence said his involvement began with a voice mail. [C-J/AKN]

Former Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley on Sunday called Donald Trump a racist bigot who appeals to the worst instincts in people. [The Hill]

Toward the end of the inaugural Metcalfe County Proud Festival, several members of the Hornets’ Nest Pickers gathered on Saturday afternoon behind the stage that was built on the Metcalfe County Courthouse lawn. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Hawaii’s governor signed a bill making it the first state to place its residents who own firearms in a federal criminal record database and monitor them for possible wrongdoing anywhere in the country, his office said. [Reuters]

One of the toughest ways to make a living is undoubtedly being a standup comedian. The comedian goes onstage with nothing but a microphone to face a crowd of people smugly sitting back with the attitude, “Make us laugh, if you can.” [Richmond Register]

Donald Trump claimed he was a “much better friend to the gays” than Hillary Clinton after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando earlier this month. On Sunday, it was Clinton who showed up to show she was the better friend of the LGBT community. [Politico]

After 70 weeks on the picket line near the entrance of the old fire brick plant in Grahn, United Steelworkers Local 857 President Donald Frazier sums up negotiations in a few simple words. [Ashland Independent]

Ralph Stanley, the singer, banjo player and guardian of unvarnished mountain music who was also a pivotal figure in the recent revival of interest in bluegrass, died on Thursday. He was 89. [NY Times]

Supt. Marvin Moore received an “exemplary” evaluation Tuesday from the Rowan County Board of Education. [The Morehead News]

With Dwight D. Eisenhower’s signature, the government fired thousands of federal employees for being gay or lesbian, and Francis wants the department to release the internal memos, documents and communications surrounding it. [Roll Call]

You already knew this guy was a pandering lunatic. Rep. Thomas Massie thinks it’s time for “amexit.” [H-L]

Longtime conservative columnist George Will is wiping his hands clean of the Republican Party. [HuffPo]

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Yesterday Was A Flustercuck For Kentucky

Tim Longmeyer, a former secretary of the state Personnel Cabinet under former Gov. Steve Beshear, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to bribery. [H-L]

If you run a business, are employed by one, care about the stability of the financial system, or would prefer that the U.S. economy not be needlessly thrown into disarray — a group that seems like a pretty broad coalition of voters — Cruz’s economic policy is not OK. [HuffPo]

The Independent Pilots Association, the collective bargaining unit for UPS pilots, is turning up the heat on the shipping giant by opening a strike operations center in Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

Pope Francis says a brief meeting with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders just “good manners” and not political interference. [BBC]

Five hours after the Ashland Police Department posted a Facebook status about a recent spike in theft and burglary, officers were on the hunt for a robber downtown. [Ashland Independent]

Mitch McConnell is “increasingly optimistic that there actually may be a second ballot” at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer, the Senate majority leader told a Kentucky ABC affiliate over the weekend. [Politico]

People in rural areas of Appalachia are more likely to die early deaths than in other parts of the country. A big reason, researchers say, is that people in places such as Leslie County, Kentucky, or Boone County, West Virginia – both part of coalfield regions – die from drug overdoses at greater rates than the rest of the country. [Glasgow Daily Times]

If you’re a gay person surprised by the reality that most Republicans, and many Democrats, are ignoring you or politicizing you? You’re screwed up. [ThinkProgress]

Fried mushrooms, mushroom soup, mushroom hunting, and a Fungus 5K, will be just a few of the mushroom-themed items and activities sporing downtown at the City of Irvine’s 26th annual Mountain Mushroom Festival. [Richmond Register]

The Associated Press won the Pulitzer Prize for public service for reporting on abuse in the seafood industry that helped free 2,000 slave laborers, and Reuters and The New York Times shared the breaking news photography award for images of the European refugee crisis. [Reuters]

A Morehead woman was shot by accident by her son on Wednesday. [The Morehead News]

The Obama administration has made a concerted effort to improve its relationship with Mexico following Donald Trump’s call for a massive border wall and his criticism of undocumented immigrants in the United States. [The Hill]

They cover this sort of crap but ignore Montgomery County. Clark County Superintendent Paul Christy, and George Rogers Clark High School baseball coach Matt Ginter and principal David Bolen all have to take three hours of training from the Kentucky Department of Education on accounting procedures for school activity funds, according to a final report from the Kentucky Office of Education Accountability dated March 30. [H-L]

An eight-member Supreme Court appeared skeptical on Monday that President Barack Obama’s decision to defer deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants could be subject to a multi-state legal challenge in a court of law. [HuffPo]

Loss Of The Spoonbread Festival Stings

A federal judge has ruled that Kentucky cannot bar a corporation from contributing to political campaigns while no such restrictions apply to other organizations such as labor unions. [H-L]

Stagnant pay for many Americans is already a defining issue of this year’s populism-filled presidential election. But add in the rising cost of living, and the picture is even bleaker. [HuffPo]

If anyone is claiming that they’re surprised Tim Longmeyer took part in this alleged bribery corruption scheme, consider everything they say with a grain of salt. Being nice doesn’t mean you’re not corrupt. Just like being an asshole doesn’t mean you’re a terrible person. Bill Ryan is hardly the posterboy for integrity. And at least two of the people commenting in this story didn’t have nice things to say about Tim when they spoke to me. [C-J/AKN]

The court’s 4-to-4 tie on an important labor case gave Democrats a rare double victory. Not only did they get to celebrate the union win made possible by the result, they also got a fresh opportunity to remind Americans that the stalemate over the vacancy will limit the court’s ability to act. [NY Times]

While opinions on who to blame for this year’s Spoonbread Festival being canceled varied, locals were pretty unanimous on one thing — they are sad to see it go. [Richmond Register]

LaToya Fowlkes is standing outside rent court in Baltimore. A judge has just ruled that Fowlkes has to pay her landlord $4,900 in rent and fees despite her complaints that the house has leaky water pipes, chipped paint, rodents and a huge hole in the living room wall. But Fowlkes didn’t notify her landlord of the problems by certified mail — something the judge said she should have done to avoid eviction. [NPR]

There will be no competitive primary for the 98th District state representative race during this cycle. [Ashland Independent]

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) spent $86m (£60m) on a spy plane to be flown in Afghanistan, but it was never used, a government report says. [BBC]

Morehead Utility Plant Board customers could see a slight increase in monthly water and sewer bills after July 1. [The Morehead News]

A lawsuit last week in Canada is seeking to halt a major $15 billion sale of light-armored vehicles to the government of Saudi Arabia, part of a growing international movement to stop arms sales to the Saudi government over its alleged war crimes in Yemen. [The Intercept]

Internal investigations into whether Glasgow Police Department Sgt. Terry Flatt and Officer Tammy Britt violated city policies related to a text-message exchange between them that came to light late last year ended with the same conclusion. [Glasgow Daily Times]

In these first years of the 21st century, we may be witnessing a new world being born inside the hollowed-out shell of the American system. [Bill Moyers]

Greg Stumbo is not happy with Matt Bevin at all. [H-L]

Donald Trump has defied the laws of political physics from the moment he rode down that gold-toned elevator in his own Manhattan tower to announce his candidacy last spring. [HuffPo]

Frankfort Feels Like A Panicked Warzone

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Just so we’re clear, I’m taking this moment to whore out today’s 12:30 story. Tim Longmeyer-related. It’s the juiciest juicy I’ve published in weeks. Maybe one of the funniest Democratic Party-related things since the Will Coursey curved penis deposition. Yep, it’s that good. [DON’T MISS THE DUMB FUN]

The House-Senate negotiations to craft a two-year, $21 billion state budget lasted more than three hours Friday without any resolutions while concerns about funding for Kentucky’s courts intensified. [H-L]

Will they also stop travel to Kentucky? San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (D) is barring public funding for city employees’ travel to North Carolina in protest of the state’s new law prohibiting localities from passing legislation to protect LGBT rights. [HuffPo]

Meanwhile, there’s all this unfinished business in Frankfort. [C-J/AKN]

Can you imagine $15 minimum wage in Kentucky? Of course you can’t. This happened in California. [LA Times]

Adult Kentuckians who are interested in taking college classes may be eligible for a Go Higher Grant from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). [Richmond Register]

Federal officials have extended an emergency declaration for Flint that has provided supplies of bottled water, filters and test kits to the Michigan city suffering from lead contamination in drinking water, the state governor said on Friday. [Reuters]

Three graduated Friday morning from Boyd County’s first veteran-oriented drug court. [Ashland Independent]

Colleges should be doing more to recruit low-income students and to support them as they work to finish their degrees, says a new report released today by the U.S. Department of Education. The report also shines a light on the successes some colleges have had in promoting greater access to low-income students and increasing graduation rates. [ProPublica]

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials plan to rebuild the rest area on the southbound side of Interstate 65 between Munfordville and Horse Cave in Hart County, but they aren’t sure when that will happen. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Dutch government has a new message for its residents: when it comes to meat, less is more. [ThinkProgress]

The fallout from this Longmeyer mess is getting worse by the second. Tim’s just the first domino to fall. No one escapes without bruises. [Page One]

Spoiler alert: it’s because this bunch of extremists believe the end of the world is nigh and they want to hasten its arrival. All three Republican presidential candidates spoke before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) this week, but not necessarily because they were seeking Jewish votes. An appearance before the group may have been even more important to the candidates’ evangelical Christian supporters. [NPR]

Matt Bevin proposed his version of a two-year state budget. House Democrats proposed their version, and Senate Republicans their version. Legislative leaders are now meeting in secret to reach a compromise.
[Tom Eblen]

These are the kind of extremists who support Donald Trump. [HuffPo]

Gonna Go See Rand (R-Cookie Tree) Monday?

Yep, this is the kind of backwater ignorance and hatred that’s pervasive in Eastern Kentucky. The kind of nonsense the Kentucky Democratic Party refuses to address and stand up against. The ACLU of Kentucky is challenging the censorship of books, magazines, letters and pictures sent to inmates at one state prison because the warden believes they “promote homosexuality.” [John Cheves]

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of thousands of meatpacking workers at a Tyson Foods plant in Iowa who banded together and sued the company for wage theft. [HuffPo]

Kentucky’s top retail lobbying firm is stepping up its opposition to a measure that would allow local voters to add a temporary 1 percent sales tax to pay for special projects, saying it would hurt small businesses and consumers. [C-J/AKN]

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is stepping up the safety warnings on the labels of powerful painkillers amid a national epidemic of drug overdoses. Drug companies will now have to include specific warnings about “serious risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose and death” on all immediate-release painkillers like oxycodone and codeine. The change will affect 228 medications, according to the FDA. [The Hill]

The Horse Cave City Council has approved a settlement of all claims regarding a matter involving one of the city’s police officers. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered a lower court judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging gun control laws approved by Colorado in the wake of a movie theater massacre in a Denver suburb, saying the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the case. [Reuters]

Rand Paul will hold a Town Hall Meeting on Monday at 9 a.m. at the Ashland Transportation Center. Paul will be joined by Congressman Thomas Massie. [Ashland Independent]

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, in an apparent bid to placate conservatives who fear that he could appoint an insufficiently ideological justice if elected president, plans to release a list of 5-10 names sometime in the next week. He says that, if given the opportunity to name a Supreme Court justice, he will limit his selection to the names on that list. At a press conference on Monday, Trump also revealed an unusual detail about how he is determining which names should be on the list. “Heritage Foundation and others are working on” the list,” according to Trump. [ThinkProgress]

Students who attend Berea Community Schools next year will need to leave their lunch money at home after the Berea Independent Board of Education voted to accept a federally-funded provision Monday that will provide meals to all students. [Richmond Register]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has revealed the first members of his foreign policy team. [BBC]

A bill aimed at modifying regulations for radioactive material coming into Kentucky passed out of a Senate committee. The bill isn’t meant to introduce new regulations, but it would modify some existing ones. The man behind it says he wants to make sure the state is doing everything it can when it comes to technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material or TENORM. [WKYT]

Despite the economic embargo on Cuba, the country’s economy is changing thanks to its newly improved relationship with the United States. [NPR]

The Kentucky House of Representatives has approved a two-year, $4.5 billion spending plan on roads and bridges in an election year that has left some Republicans seething. [H-L]

The tax cuts for the rich proposed by the two leading Republican candidates for the presidency — Donald Trump and Ted Cruz — are larger, as a proportion of the government budget and the total economy, than any tax cuts ever before proposed in history. [HuffPo]

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