500,000 Kentuckians To Lose Health Care

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Two things: It’s the Republican Party of Kentucky, not Kentucky Republican Party – but Valarie’s not exactly a stickler for details, as you already know. And Jonathan Miller and Brooke Parker representing Fayette County Public Schools? Are you flipping kidding? HAHAHAHA. You should see the documents Miller initially produced to try to get Parker hired at FBT. [H-L]

President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly called out the publication of unverified allegations that he has ties to Russia as “fake news” during Wednesday’s press conference, his first in nearly six months. [HuffPo]

You already knew Matt Bevin was to blame for the University of Louisville shenanigans. But here’s more proof. [C-J/AKN]

President-elect Donald Trump is dodging serious questions raised by a blockbuster CNN story that top U.S. intelligence officials presented Trump with documents including Russian claims that they have “compromising” information about the president-elect. Instead, he is trying to turn the conversation into a discussion about ethics in political journalism, and some in the press are playing along, helping the president-elect avoid accountability. [Media Matters]

On Wednesday, those that help Richmond job seekers find employment and assist with unemployment claims were told they themselves would soon be working elsewhere. [Richmond Register]

500,000 Kentuckians stand to lose access to health care. But that’s not exactly something Republicans care about in the Commonwealth. [Click the Clicky]

Kentucky’s 51 career centers will be reorganized into 12 hubs and eight existing satellite offices effective Feb. 16, according to an emailed statement from Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner. [Glasgow Daily Times]

President-elect Donald Trump aims to open up federal lands to more energy development, tapping into a long-running and contentious debate over how best to manage America’s remaining wilderness. [Reuters]

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on Wednesday informed the University of Louisville in writing that it remains out of compliance with requirements of the accrediting agency and will lose accreditation if it fails to address the concerns within two years. [Ronnie Ellis]

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that he has “NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!” Trump, however, has a long history with Russia, trying repeatedly to build luxury properties in Moscow, holding a beauty pageant there and benefiting from heavy investments from Russians in his properties around the world. [WaPo]

Gynnya entered Lincoln Village Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Hardin County on Jan. 10, 2016, and was pronounced dead the next morning. [WFPL]

A recent reworking of language concerning climate change on a Wisconsin government website could be replicated under a Trump administration. [ProPublica]

The Republican Party of Kentucky will NEVER take the time to listen to real Kentuckians who are most impacted by their backward legislation. Never have, never will. [H-L]

President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he would place his two sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, in charge of his multibillion-dollar Trump Organization. [HuffPo]

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Poor Kentuckians Will Suffer When Republicans Kill Health Care Reform For Their Personal Gain

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John Leach has spent the holidays wondering how he’d come up with nearly $400 a month to pay for health insurance. [H-L]

Donald Trump made the dubious claim on Twitter late Monday night that his foundation pays zero expenses and donates all of its money to charity. However, a number of reports appear to prove otherwise. [HuffPo]

The forensic accounting of the University of Louisville Foundation will not come cheap. The university’s contract with the international firm of Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations LLC calls for it to be paid a fee of $687,500 and a total amount, including travel and other expenses, of up to $897,500. [C-J/AKN]

Senate and House Republicans are headed for a clash over whether to tackle Medicare reform under President-elect Donald Trump. [The Hill]

The West Virginia county with the nation’s highest drug overdose death rate has filed a lawsuit against three national distributors of prescription painkillers and a local doctor, contending they are responsible for the county’s addiction epidemic. [Ashland Independent]

Jodie Patterson’s 3-year-old, Penelope, was brooding and angry until one day she asked her child what was wrong. [Reuters]

Once again, Kentucky ranks first for its adult smoking rates, barely inching ahead of West Virginia to take back the first place spot, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [Richmond Register]

A political action committee that backed Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency is continuing to flout campaign finance laws. [ProPublica]

Sheriff Matt Sparks told the Morehead Rotary Club Tuesday that he believes a better way is needed for county residents to look after each other, particularly those without family or friends and who live alone. [The Morehead News]

Besides the shuttering of the two compounds, administration officials announced the expulsion by Sunday of 35 unnamed Russian officials — and their families — who they said were working undercover as spies. [NY Times]

Members of the Glasgow-Barren County Industrial Development Economic Authority met Friday morning to discuss what to do about deficiencies discovered in metal panels that make up the walls of the organization’s spec building in the Highland Glen Industrial Park off New Bowling Green Road. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The career of Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, has been shadowed by his prosecution of the “Marion Three.” Held this because it would have gotten ignored over the holidays. [WaPo]

An attorney for the family of a missing Kentucky woman has filed an appeal aimed at gaining access to the chain of custody of a 911 tape from the day the Webster County woman disappeared more than 20 years ago. [H-L]

Virtually every mental health professional I interviewed told me that they believed, with 100% certainty, that Mr. Trump satisfied the DSM criteria of this incurable illness and that, as a result, he is a serious danger to the country and the world. [HuffPo]

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Frankfort Is Definitely Fine With Corruption

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Preventing land developers and suburban homeowners from collecting a tax break meant to preserve Kentucky’s farmland will not be a high priority in the upcoming legislative session, several lawmakers said Tuesday. Pro-tip: If Ruth Ann Palumbo is pushing something, it’s probably for a shady-ass reason, even if it’s a good thing. [H-L]

As a parting gift to women, the Obama administration finalized a rule on Wednesday that will prohibit states from defunding Planned Parenthood for political reasons. [HuffPo]

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that judges do not have the authority to dismiss randomly selected jury panels that lack racial diversity. [C-J/AKN]

This hilarious restaurant review caused Donald Trump to lose his mind this week. [Vanity Fair]

Sadiqa Reynolds is a sad disaster. I’ll never understand why the Urban League put her in charge of anything. [The ‘Ville Voice]

A federal jury on Thursday found avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof guilty on all counts for gunning down nine black parishioners at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, last year. [Reuters]

A top official in Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office is resigning Thursday to take a job with a Louisville law firm. [WFPL]

Wealthy politicians and businessmen suspected of corruption in their native lands are fleeing to a safe haven where their wealth and influence shields them from arrest. [ProPublica]

Come January, Kentucky will have a full-time Secretary of Economic Development following a year when the cabinet was overseen by an acting secretary. [Ronnie Ellis]

In the final weeks of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, he pledged to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C. by, among other things, introducing tough new restrictions on lobbying. [ThinkProgress]

Disabled persons dependent on benefit programs such as Medicaid and SSI have heretofore been unable to accrue savings for fear of losing their benefits. [More Ronnie Ellis]

See? Here’s him melting down. President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday morning popped off at the media — one of his favorite targets — taking to Twitter to rail against Vanity Fair and numerous reports hammering him for failing to disentangle himself from his business empire. [Politico]

Most housing rates at the University of Kentucky will rise about 3.5 percent next fall, a Board of Trustees finance committee decided Tuesday. [H-L]

Even though they hold no committee gavels in their hands and no subpoena power to command witnesses to testify, House Democrats are going to try and provide oversight of the Trump administration whether Republicans want to or not. [HuffPo]

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Welp, This Is Getting A Bit Interesting

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Way to go, Eastern Kentucky, you’ve done it again. Keep things trashy. Pikeville Medical Center canceled its live nativity Tuesday, saying it will not tolerate mistreatment of animals as alleged in a video shared on social media. [H-L]

The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate on Wednesday, a sign of growing confidence in the economy that is likely to pinch consumers and businesses ― and provide a modest boost to lenders and savers. [HuffPo]

The University of Louisville Foundation exceeded its authority in paying former University President James Ramsey more than what was approved in 2014 by the university’s board of trustees, according to a long-awaited state audit released Wednesday. [C-J/AKN]

U.S. intelligence officials now believe with “a high level of confidence” that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News. [NBC News]

Ashland lost 46 years of combined service on the Ashland Board of City Commissioners after Mayor Chuck Charles gaveled a somber meeting to close. [Ashland Independent]

What? The librul WALL STREE JOURNAL says fracking can taint drinking water?! Surely not! [WSJ]

Law enforcement officials give high marks to Justice Cabinet Secretary John Tilley and Gov. Matt Bevin for addressing a long-running practice of using funds set aside for law enforcement training for other purposes in the state budget. [Ronnie Ellis]

Rising inequality has crushed the dream of upward mobility. A child born in 1940 had an extremely good chance of growing up to earn more money than his parents did. Due to regression to the mean, children of the very, very wealthy were somewhat less likely to out-earn their parents (if your dad is Jeff Bezos, it’s hard to beat that no matter how many advantages you have in life). But from the bottom of the income distribution all the way up to the 95th percentile or so, families were extremely likely to experience upward mobility. [Vox]

This should shake you to your bones. The latest report from the Metropolitan Housing Coalition shows the city’s aging population is clustered and, generally, cut off from public transportation and affordable housing. [WFPL]

The U.S. government is slated to sell $375 million worth of crude oil from the country’s emergency reserve this winter after Congress passed a temporary spending bill on Friday that contained a measure authorizing the sale. [Reuters]

Supporting animals (or people) in need is a good thing. But here’s a look at how Louisville media consistently shits the bed when it comes to covering nightmare government agencies like Louisville Metro Animal Services. It’s nothing but hype. And you wonder why people don’t trust media. [WHAS11]

Two longtime ethics experts argue that Trump’s business conflicts are so big it should affect how the Electoral College votes. [Politico]

A lawyer for Lexington-based Hands on Originals told a three-judge panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals Tuesday his client objected to the message on a 2012 Lexington Pride Festival T-shirt but does not discriminate against gays or same-sex couples. [H-L]

As the fall of the rebel-held city of Aleppo pulls the world’s attention back to the civil war in Syria, Syrian President Bashar Assad is quietly readying for his next big coup: re-establishing ties between Damascus and Washington. [HuffPo]

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Bevin Revisionist History Tour Continues

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It’s fun watching Matt Bevin backtrack on transgender restroom legislation. [H-L]

Donald Trump is calling “fake news” on CNN’s report that he is staying on as the executive producer of “The New Celebrity Apprentice” — even though the creator of the series confirmed the information and Trump’s own spokeswoman suggested he would stay. [HuffPo]

Referring to Matt Bevin as a “conservative warrior” is hilarious. A year ago in his inaugural address, Matt Bevin invoked the words of the state motto: “United we stand, divided we fall.” [C-J/AKN]

The dangerous myth that Hillary Clinton ignored the working class. To many white Trump voters, the problem wasn’t her economic stance, but the larger vision—a multi-ethnic social democracy—that it was a part of. [The Atlantic]

Here’s the Bevin crew claiming that Kentucky’s economy is growing when you know it’s not. [Richmond Register]

Yes, Republicans are crazy enough to go after the safety net. And when they screw up or have tough times in life and need to rely on it, people like Scott Jennings will whine, cry and blame everyone but themselves. [NY Magazine]

The Kentucky GOP tapped incoming Rep. Dan Bentley, R-Russell, and Rep. Jill York, R-Grayson, to leadership posts in the new Republican-controlled state House of Representatives. [Ashland Independent]

President-elect Donald Trump is using the threat of tariffs to prevent companies from moving jobs out of the United States, an idea that is being met with trepidation by the Republican Party. [The Hill]

The results from the recreation survey mailed to all residents within Rowan County earlier this year are officially in. [The Morehead News]

Four high-profile Democratic and Republican senators said Sunday that Russian interference in the election “should alarm every American” and that Congress must investigate further without allowing it to become a partisan issue. [Politico]

How much money will small town law enforcement operations continue to waste on marijuana? A hydroponic marijuana grow operation was discovered by police inside a Cave City home Wednesday leading to the arrests of two people. [Glasgow Daily Times]

American intelligence agencies have concluded with “high confidence” that Russia acted covertly in the latter stages of the presidential campaign to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances and promote Donald J. Trump, according to senior administration officials. [NY Times]

A “difficult operating environment” in Irvine because of friction among local officials has played a role in poor financial practices that increased the risk of fraud involving taxpayer money, state Auditor Mike Harmon’s office said in a report released Thursday. [H-L]

President-elect Donald Trump on Friday acknowledged his threat to imprison Hillary Clinton for using a private email server during her time as secretary of state was simply an appeal to win voters. [HuffPo]

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Another Week Of Cringing Over Bevin

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Hey, Paul Prather: get fucked. You’ve spent years whitewashing discrimination, homophobia and excusing this hateful bullshit under the guise of Jesus. Really, get fucked, you old, white shitsack. [H-L]

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to pick Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who has ties to Russia, to be his secretary of state, several media outlets reported Saturday. [HuffPo]

The Bevin administration is taking steps to make it harder for the public – and the state’s own regulatory agencies – to ensure utilities properly manage the mountains of toxic ash and scrubber sludge that their coal-fired power plants produce in Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

A bipartisan group of senators said early Sunday that reports of Russian interference in U.S. elections should “alarm every American,” adding that recent cyberattacks “have cut to the heart of our free society.” [The Hill]

What the fuck kind of delusional is Matt Bevin? Donald Trump delusional. After his first year in office, Gov. Matt Bevin says Kentucky is more united now than ever, pointing to Republicans’ recent dominance in elections across the state. [WFPL]

Rand Paul (R-Grandstander) is threatening to block President-elect Donald Trump’s likely pick of John Bolton as the No. 2 in the State Department. [Politico]

Matt Bevin covered a lot of ground in an hour-long question and answer session with reporters Friday morning at Zeggs Amazing Eggs restaurant. [Richmond Register]

The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter. [WaPo]

Lawrence County High School was back in session Thursday following cleanup and extensive testing of the area affected by a chemical spill Tuesday. [Ashland Independent]

Go watch Congressman John Yarmuth, the incoming ranking member of the House Budget Committee, discuss future budgets under Cheeto Jesus. [C-SPAN]

Eleven witnesses were called to the stand in Barren Circuit Court by the prosecution Thursday in the trial for Anthony Barbour, who is accused of killing 2-year-old Laynee Mae Wallace in May 2015. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The financially struggling Chicago Board of Education next week will sell a new type of debt, armed with an investment grade rating from Fitch Ratings based on the bonds’ ability to withstand a bankruptcy filing. [Reuters]

A Kentucky county has agreed to a $3.5 million settlement with the family and passengers of a teenager who was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy as she drove away from a party. Nineteen-year-old Samantha Ramsey’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit last year after she was shot by Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Brockman in April 2014. [H-L]

President-elect Donald Trump distinguished himself on the campaign trail as the rare Republican candidate promising not to cut Social Security and Medicare. [HuffPo]

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Another Bad Week For Both UofL & UK

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On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto stopped by the Chronicle of Higher Education to talk about campus sexual assault and UK’s legal case against the university’s student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel. [H-L]

President Barack Obama opened up about racism he faced throughout his presidency in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Wednesday. [HuffPo]

Criminal prosecutions of former Kentucky Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer came to a quick end Thursday afternoon when Longmeyer pleaded guilty in Franklin Circuit Court to a single state felony count. [C-J/AKN]

Gen. Michael Hayden, a former head of the NSA and CIA, says he’s worried about Donald Trump’s understanding of cybersecurity. [The Hill]

Law enforcement officials give high marks to Justice Cabinet Secretary John Tilley and Gov. Matt Bevin for addressing a long-running practice of using funds set aside for law enforcement training for other purposes in the state budget. [Ronnie Ellis]

A public interest group urged U.S. officials on Wednesday to free up Washington landmarks for thousands of people planning protests around the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. [Reuters]

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has placed the University of Louisville on one year of probation apparently as a result of Gov. Matt Bevin’s attempts to refashion its board of trustees. [Ronnie Ellis]

Former CIA official Philip Mudd excoriated President-elect Donald Trump and his national security adviser on CNN Tuesday night, calling the Trump transition “a clown show.” [Politico]

The City of Ashland on Thursday accepted a $150,000 insurance settlement from the Kentucky League of Cities to recoup most of the money lost after tires went missing. [Ashland Independent]

The Supreme Court was something of an under-the-radar issue in the 2016 campaign, extremely important to some groups (especially white evangelicals), but not discussed all that much on a national level. But now that Donald Trump has been elected, and with the success of the GOP’s only-Republican-presidents-are-allowed-to-fill-vacancies strategy, it will be of tremendous importance to the country’s future. [WaPo]

The House committee looking into allegations that Republican Gov. Matt Bevin delayed an important Jessamine County road project to punish a Democratic representative collapsed Thursday when its chairman, Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, resigned. [Ronnie Ellis]

When Georgetown University announced plans in September to make amends for its historical participation in the slave trade, President John J. DeGioia drew a curious parallel. [ProPublica]

Filmmakers Clayton Brown and Monica Ross make documentaries about contemporary science, but about three years ago, they decided to explore what Brown calls “America’s troubled, strange, confusing relationship with science.” [H-L]

President-elect Donald Trump is doing exactly what he always said he was going to do with his company, the Trump Organization. But he’s spinning it as a new decision — and the press is buying it. [HuffPo]