Matt Bevin Remains The Dumbest Governor In Kentucky History

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State regulators ordered an electricity provider in southeast Kentucky to study cutting expenses and told the utility to stop hiring relatives of officers and employees. [H-L]

A senior national security official in the Trump administration wrote under a pseudonym last year that Islam is an inherently violent religion that is “incompatible with the modern West,” defended the World War II-era America First Committee, which included anti-Semites, as “unfairly maligned,” and called diversity “a source of weakness, tension and disunion.” [HuffPo]

Of COURSE Matt Bevin is freaking out about protecting children of color. He has wealth to protect him. Why on earth would the father of children of color give a flip about what happens to other children of color? The New Republicanism is 100% racist horseshit. Just like his promotion of Hillbilly Elegy, the biggest crock of nonsense about Appalachia ever written. [C-J/AKN]

Trump’s choice to be the top U.S. health official bought and sold health care company stocks often enough as a member of Congress to warrant probes by both federal securities regulators and the House ethics committee, former government ethics lawyers say. A USA TODAY analysis of stock trade reports by Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., also shows he often misstated the timing of stock purchases or failed to report them altogether. [USA Today]

If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like when a local television station pushes what one of its right-wing hacks presents as journalism? Here you go – a half-assed, glowing review of Donald Trump on law enforcement and crime. “He’s such a nice man, lookit all the nice things these people are saying about him!” We’d mention her name but she goes Anne Northup-level insane when you call her out. Oh – if you’re wondering why her reporting is garbage? Here’s a look at the nonsense that was discussed by that group of old white guys. They’re upset that they can’t seize assets before someone is convicted and Trump wants to ruin legislators’ careers over it. [WAVE3]

Protestors gathered outside Mitch McConnell’s home because he’s finally letting his bigot flag fly. [NBC News]

Seems like only yesterday the Republican Party of Kentucky was all about personal responsibility, anti-regulation and strongly against government intrusion. So it sure is fun watching old-ass white guys like John Schickel proposing less personal responsibility, more regulation and way more government intrusion. [LRC]

Republicans are still stuck in full gay panic. Some Christian groups have no problem protecting people from crimes driven by racial or religious hatred. They just draw the line at sexual orientation. [ProPublica]

In his second State of the Commonwealth speech, Gov. Matt Bevin on Wednesday called for raising more revenue through tax reform, revenue that can be used to pay down the growing unfunded liabilities of the state’s public pension systems. [Ronnie Ellis]

Just a reminder that Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans are racists. Yes, a man married to a woman of Asian descent can be racist. When you enable this bullshit, you’re a racist bigot. Republican senators voted on Tuesday to formally silence a Democratic colleague for impugning a peer, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, by condemning his nomination for attorney general while reading a letter from Coretta Scott King. [NY Times]

Surprise! Hal Heiner is garbage when it comes to actually doing anything with education. Quit acting surprised, Republicans. A proposal by Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner to allow the state’s schoolchildren to attend any district where seats are available is generating buzz across the state and in northeast Kentucky. [Ashland Independent]

President Trump’s personal physician, Harold Bornstein, is still taking to the press, and still saying some strange things. In a new interview with the New York Times, Bornstein discloses that Trump takes a couple previously undisclosed drugs: finasteride, a prostate drug that can be (and in Trump’s case is) used as a hair-loss treatment, and another drug for rosacea, a skin problem. The Times notes that Trump’s use of the hair-loss drug “has not been publicly known.” But that seems to be a charitable characterization; a less-charitable one would be that his use of these drugs was deliberately hidden. [WaPo]

The Spoonbread Festival, canceled last year over a brouhaha regarding the display or sale of merchandise depicting the Confederate flag, will return in September. [H-L]

Donald Lump’s top guy is a buffoon. When you check this out, your eyes will roll way back into your head. Like waaaaaaay back. The apocalypse is coming, apparently. [HuffPo]

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Will You Recognize Fascism When It Knocks On Your Door? Not If You’re A Kentucky Republican

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What the Associated Press doesn’t tell you is that those kids rallying? They were all wearing private school uniforms or wearing private school backpacks. You can check the photos out for yourself. This is all about the redistribution of public funds to wealthy people. Full stop. [H-L]

This is the hate people like Scott Jennings and the Republican Party of Kentucky are actively supporting and defending. The U.S. government must “permit lawyers access to all legal permanent residents being detained at Dulles International Airport” a federal judge in Virginia ordered late Saturday. [H-L]

Greg Fischer announced a rally with Louisville civic, faith and other community leaders will take place Monday at the Muhammad Ali Center in response to President Donald Trump’s controversial executive orders that kept an untold number of refugees from entering the U.S. on Saturday. [C-J/AKN]

If you’re supporting this, it’s time you came to terms with the fact that you’re a raging racist. President Trump’s executive order closing the nation’s borders to refugees was put into immediate effect on Friday night. Refugees who were airborne on flights on the way to the United States when the order was signed were stopped and detained at airports. [NY Times]

Hundreds of people packed into the Turkish American Friendship Center in Louisville’s Buechel neighborhood on Saturday for a rally and community dinner. The cause: to combat islamophobia and racism. [WFPL]

My worry is the president of the United States is barking mad. [WaPo]

Donald Trump on Wednesday said he plans a “major investigation” into what he claims was massive voter fraud in the November presidential election. Kentucky’s chief elections official, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, said Wednesday “there is no basis in fact or in reality for any claim, accusation or belief that there is widespread voter impersonation sufficient to impact the presidential race.” [Ronnie Ellis]

Yep, your new president and his team have practiced denial of the Holocaust. That really happened. AND THEY DOUBLED DOWN! [CNN]

Matt Bevin again took to social media Wednesday to attack Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear for what Bevin claimed is Beshear’s refusal to defend a new abortion restriction law and he also attacked The Courier-Journal and one of its reporters. [Ronnie Ellis]

President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. treasury secretary was untruthful with the Senate during the confirmation process, documents uncovered by The Dispatch show. Steve Mnuchin, former chairman and chief executive officer of OneWest Bank, known for its aggressive foreclosure practices, flatly denied in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee that OneWest used “robo-signing” on mortgage documents. [Columbus Dispatch]

One woman relied on old needles used by her friend’s diabetic husband. Another settled for whatever syringes she could find. [Richmond Register]

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by Texas seeking to revive the state’s strict Republican-backed voter-identification requirements that a lower court found had a discriminatory effect on black and Hispanic people. [Reuters]

A former employee of a defunct Lexington consulting firm pleaded guilty Thursday to helping funnel bribes to a state official in order to get business for the company. Myron D. Harrod worked at MC Squared Consulting in 2014 and 2015 when owner Sam. C. McIntosh was bribing state Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer. [H-L]

This is the hate people like Scott Jennings and the Republican Party of Kentucky are actively supporting and defending. The real-life consequences of President Donald Trump’s executive order on Friday banning Syrian refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations became apparent within hours of his signing it. [HuffPo]

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Surprise! Jennings Is Full Of Shit Again

Okay, so it’s not a surprise to anyone. Hot garbage is never a surprise.

Republican Scott Jennings, of pleading the Fifth infamy (to get out of his very real email scandal, unlike the nonsensical Clinton shenanigans he loves to hype – here, here & here), is promoting and justifying a racist bigot again.

While I’m reluctant to link to his garbage, you can’t not read it:

President Donald Trump is already making good on the promise of a new presidency. His inaugural address—derided as divisive by a mainstream media that still doesn’t get it—was a forceful call for national unity and patriotism, wrapped in the idea that a policy of America First is required after a period of globalization that benefited the world’s elites at the expense of America’s working people.

Some have criticized the way President Trump has taken office. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called Trump’s cabinet “a disaster,” and others have attacked Trump’s senior staff for one reason or another. Dozens of Democratic congressmen boycotted Trump’s inaugural, and one said Trump is not a “legitimate” president.

The mindlessly partisan criticism of Trump reminds us that some politicians remain conformists to the old politics that paralyzed our nation and led to November’s election results. Even Trump’s mention of serious American problems—shuttered factories, drugs, gangs—drew criticism from elites who couldn’t believe he had the audacity to inject realism into his address. Barack Obama spent eight years formulating soaring rhetoric that, while lacking realistic underpinnings, thrilled the Beltway elites. Donald Trump’s audience, rather, is middle America, and they understand very clearly his inaugural message.

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Those who root for the Trump Administration’s failure have not learned the lesson of this election—that Americans are tired of being divided into niche special interest groups, pitted against one another and force-fed the idea that one person’s success must have come at the expense of another.

Indeed, this attitude will be wiped away by President Trump and the Republican Congressional leadership. Redistribution of wealth is no longer the goal, but rather growth of the American economy that benefits all American workers.

Scott Jennings isn’t mentally disabled. He’s just a Mike Huckabee-wannabee who feels empowered when he revises history all 1984-style – just like Sean Spicer and Donald Trump. Translated, I mean he’s a bigot pushing out Bolshevik bullshit. If you defend and promote bigotry while attempting to normalize this nonsense? You’re a bigot.

But that’s likely his intent. To further normalize bigotry. People like Jennings are more interested in power than leading and doing the right thing. So this praise of an authoritarian narcissist helps his tiny… ego… feel better. It’s just slightly shocking to see someone risk the reputation of their business and its clients in such a manner.

After more than a year of campaigning that focused on demonizing people of color, immigrants, women, gay people and pushing fear on poor, uneducated white people? Jennings is trying to turn the tables by blaming victims. It’s the same kind of thing victims of domestic violence encounter with regularity.

How could anyone sane watch the inaugural address Trump gave and walk away thinking it was a gem, as Jennings apparently did? You couldn’t. At least not without being as dumb as Richie Farmer. It was filled with disinformation and hate. It called upon reinvigorating the “America First” nonsense from 70 years ago that involved literal Nazism. It was a doom and gloom, racist tirade about how scary black guys, Mexicans and Muslims are raping and pillaging their way through white communities and stealing our precious, unborn babies or whatever. And Jennings is claiming it’s “mindlessly partisan” to call that out as the horse shit it is.

All I know is I can’t wait to watch this whiny ass titty baby have to apologize and take responsibility for this administration as the next year or so plays out. He’s too thick to realize that’s what’s about to happen. So we can all just sit here getting our popcorn ready. Schadenfreude is on its way.

P.S. This could all be about money for Jennings. Yes, that’s pretty gross. But his PAC has benefitted handsomely from Trump through the years.

When The Pope Rails Against Trump, You Know The Republican Party of Kentucky Is Waaaaay In The Dark Ages

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Kentucky was ranked the 9th worst state to retire — particularly for the 31 percent of adults with little to no retirement savings or pension — in a new study released Monday. [H-L]

Maybe one of the dumbest people to ever walk the planet? Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to President Donald Trump, said she didn’t understand why millions of people around the world attended protests Saturday, especially after the president’s “uplifting and unifying” inauguration speech. [HuffPo]

A federal judge in Washington D.C. has dealt a huge blow to health insurer Aetna’s $37 billion bid to acquire Louisville’s Humana, backing regulators who’d argued that combining the companies will stifle competition in hundreds of markets around the country. [C-J/AKN]

Screw the little people, the middle class and people who actually need support. [The Hill]

A woman who shot and wounded a man who allegedly attacked her one year ago inside a downtown Louisville parking garage has filed a lawsuit against the garage’s owners and others, claiming negligent security. [WAVE3]

Democratic state officials took a step on Monday to try to defend the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a court battle that could defang it, worried that Republican President Donald Trump’s administration will not safeguard the agency. [Reuters]

Wondering why Eastern Kentuckians remain in the dark and surprised when shit hits the fan? It’s because people like Andrew Adkins – folks who serve as the only media sources – seek to normalize and soften people like Donald Trump. Yes, that’s exactly what he did, like it or not. Even if he’s wise enough to know not to support the man. And a pro-tip: “minority groups” does not equal “immigrants” – the folks who fear their time in the country could be cut short. [Ashland Independent]

Pope Francis has warned against a rise in populism and the dangers of allowing political crises to usher in dictators like Hitler. [BBC]

Exterior-upgrade work on several Housing Authority of Glasgow duplex units on Robinson Court is nearly finished, and work on a maintenance shop building is underway. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Donald Trump brought many conflicts of interest with him when he moved into the White House last week. Chief among them are the Trump Organization’s dealings with foreign power and players, including leasing office space to one Chinese state-owned bank and borrowing money from another. [Mother Jones]

Here’s a fun way to start killing off the most vulnerable. Republicans plan to turn control of Medicaid over to the states as part of their replacement for the Affordable Care Act, according to an adviser to President Donald Trump. [WFPL]

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that the White House had put forth “alternative facts” to ones reported by the news media about the size of Mr. Trump’s inauguration crowd. [NY Times]

As congressional Republicans meet this week to gut Barack Obama’s signature health-care law, they can look for guidance to Kentucky, where a big political promise met with reality to force the type of compromise national lawmakers might face. [H-L]

“A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality,” tweeted the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, who, having had the job of defining words since 1828, knows a thing or two about the English language. [HuffPo]

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Kentuckians Are Ignorant, Not Divided

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The threats started on Sept. 7, exactly one day after a grand jury indicted her alleged rapist. [H-L]

Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, told reporters last week that a government ethics official who had criticized President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to deal with his potential conflicts of interest refused to meet with him. [HuffPo]

Way to go, Kentucky, for hating your waterways and the health of your environment and your citizenry. You can thank your ignorant governor. Kentucky’s environmental protection cabinet on Wednesday announced that it had joined other states in suing to overturn an Obama administration rule aimed at protecting streams from mining activities. [C-J/AKN]

Russia’s top diplomat on Tuesday said Moscow was looking forward to cooperating with the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump in the war on terrorism and bringing peace to Syria, and took a shot at the Obama administration for what he called “double standards.” [WaPo]

Don’t miss Scott Jennings’ latest rant about President Barack Obama. It’s laced with transphobia, borderline racism and filled with deliberate misinformation. Pay attention to this Mike Huckabee-wannabe because he’s the current brain trust of the Republican Party of Kentucky and it’s gonna get hilarious, to say the least. [Page One]

In one of his final acts in office, President Barack Obama granted clemency to 209 federal prisoners on Tuesday, almost all of whom were convicted of drug crimes. [HuffPo]

The WKU Board of Regents has selected Dr. Timothy Caboni, vice chancellor for public affairs at the University of Kansas, as the preferred candidate to be the 10th president of Western Kentucky University. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The hedge funds and insurance companies that want financially strapped Puerto Rico to pay them back in full may have found a new ally: Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski. [ProPublica]

Kentuckians aren’t deeply divided over the ACA, they’re deeply ignorant. When half the people don’t realize the ACA and “Obamacare” are the same thing? That’s the problem. [Ronnie Ellis]

From the Department of Things Scott Jennings Is Too Pent Up To Comprehend… President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that former military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning had served a tough prison term and his decision to commute her 35-year sentence to about seven years served would not signal leniency toward leakers of U.S. government secrets. [Reuters]

This should come as a surprise to absolutely no one because it’s not exactly a secret. Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet has finalized a controversial plan to let the state’s utilities virtually self-regulate the storing of hazardous coal ash near power plants. [WFPL]

News anchor Ben Swann aired a six-minute “investigation” into Pizzagate in America’s ninth-largest TV market on Tuesday night. Remember when this buttcramp was in Cincinnasti? [TDB]

Mitch McConnell meets ordinary folks as he grocery shops in Louisville’s Highlands neighborhood. They talk to him about their disdain for Obamacare. So how does he tell them things will get better? [H-L]

Tom Price (R-Ga.), President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services, admitted on Wednesday that he decided to buy stock in an Australian biotech firm after receiving information from Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), a board member of that company. [HuffPo]

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Republicans Are Rushing Because They Know Much Of What They Do Will Ultimately Be Reversed

Yes, reversed. Sooner or later.

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Although Republican lawmakers said they would focus in 2017 on jobs and Kentucky’s economy, the first bills to fly out of the Senate and House chambers on Thursday concerned women’s access to abortion. [John Cheves]

New research has further eroded a go-to argument from climate change deniers: that there’s been a significant slowdown, or hiatus, in global warming.
[HuffPo]

The Kentucky Senate on Thursday passed a bill to abolish the University of Louisville board of trustees and create a new system of appointing its members over objections of Democrats who said Republicans were rushing through a measure that could hurt U of L’s accreditation. [C-J/AKN]

The debts of President-elect Donald Trump and his businesses are scattered across Wall Street banks, mutual funds and other financial institutions, broadening the tangle of interests that pose potential conflicts for the incoming president’s administration. Mr. Trump has previously disclosed that his businesses owe at least $315 million to 10 companies. According to the Journal’s analysis, Trump businesses’ debts are held by more than 150 institutions. [WSJ]

The new Republican majority in the state House of Representatives voted Thursday to make Kentucky a right-to-work state and require women preparing to have an abortion undergo an ultrasound 24 hours before the procedure. [Ronnie Ellis]

Senate Democrats on Thursday demanded an ethics probe into Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. health secretary, following a report that the fierce Obamacare critic traded in healthcare company stocks while pushing legislation in Congress that could affect those shares. [Reuters]

Kentucky lawmakers in the coming days will likely approve a measure to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law. [WFPL]

House Republicans’ push to bring back earmarks this year faces a much tougher road after the GOP’s disastrous and unsuccessful effort this week to weaken a congressional ethics watchdog. [The Hill]

Here’s a look at how media is failing miserably at educating rural Kentucky about what’s at stake with charter schools. Way to go, Morehead News, for sucking harder than necessary. [The Morehead News]

The US has identified the Russian agents behind alleged hacking ahead of the presidential election won by Donald Trump in November, reports say. [BBC]

A statewide judicial redistricting plan that would strip Boyd County of two of its four judges but provide a family court judge was decried on Thursday by the Ashland Board of City Commissioners. [Ashland Independent]

Amid tension over the president-elect’s vision for intelligence agencies, R. James Woolsey Jr. said he did not want to “fly under false colors.” [WaPo]

Way to go, mouth-breathing Republicans! Repealing two key pieces of the Affordable Care Act could cost Kentucky nearly 45,000 jobs in 2019 because of reduced federal spending, according to a new study. [H-L]

Much like Donald Trump, former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson ― the Republican president-elect’s choice for secretary of state ― appears well on his way to making Sen. John McCain’s blacklist. Asked by reporters Wednesday if he would support Trump’s nomination of the oil tycoon, a friend of Russia, McCain quipped: “Sure ― there’s also a realistic scenario that pigs fly.” [HuffPo]

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Republicans Will Face Scrutiny On A Level They’ve Never Anticipated And Appear To Be Clueless About That Reality

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The federal prosecutor who pursued criminal convictions of former agriculture commissioner Richie Farmer and other Kentucky public officials is resigning. [H-L]

A federal judge in Texas on Saturday issued a court order barring enforcement of an Obama administration policy seeking to extend anti-discrimination protections under the Affordable Care Act to transgender health and abortion-related services. [HuffPo]

Of course Matt Bevin’s crew of mouth-breathers (yes, all of you staffers are garbage people if you choose to work for that bigot while having other employment options) are continuing their anti-environment revisionist history tour. It’s nonsense like this that will guarantee Bevin’s place in history will rank far below people like Steve Nunn, Richie Farmer, Ernie Fletcher. [C-J/AKN]

“What’s going on, Daddy?” asked my 6-year-old son. It was the morning of Nov. 12, a Saturday — or “Dadurday” at my house — and we were in my pickup truck, headed to a family outing. [ProPublica]

The state Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) announced Tuesday it has signed an agreed order with Advanced Disposal Services Blue Ridge Landfill Inc. regarding the illegal dumping in 2015 of low-level, technologically enhanced, naturally occurring radioactive material (TENORM) at the landfill near Irvine. [Richmond Register]

Donald Trump conned the media on climate. His meetings with Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio are not the story. [ThinkProgress]

It took nearly 100 years for Republicans to gain control of the Kentucky House of Representatives. It took a whole lot less time for them to enjoy the privileges of the majority and for Democrats to suffer some of the slights of being in the minority for the first time since 1921. [Ronnie Ellis]

Three former White House press secretaries sounded various alarms about the president-elect and the possible pitfalls in his relationship with the media in a panel conversation with Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” [Politico]

If passed by legislators, family court will begin in Rowan County in 2022. A proposed judicial redistricting plan for district and circuit courts will be presented to state legislators in early 2017 when the General Assembly meets in regular session. [The Morehead News]

Between 1999 and 2014, drug overdose deaths in the United States nearly tripled. In 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 47,055 deaths from accidental drug overdoses. Opioids were implicated in 28,647 of them, 60.9 percent of the total. [NY Times]

The Republicans’ “new majority” in the Kentucky House of Representatives wasted little time Tuesday moving on key legislative priorities like right-to-work, prevailing wage and abortion. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Donald Trump is set to inherit an uncommon number of vacancies in the federal courts in addition to the open Supreme Court seat, giving the president-elect a monumental opportunity to reshape the judiciary after taking office. [WaPo]

Screw poor women! Screw the poors! Sluts should pay the price! Right? That seems to be the Republican way of life in Kentucky – it’s their mantra. Just wait til these Republicans start to experience what it’s like to really be in power – exposure to public scrutiny on a scale that’s been previously unfathomable. Women would not be allowed to get an abortion in Kentucky if they are more than 20 weeks pregnant under a controversial bill filed Tuesday on the first day of the state’s 2017 law-making session. [H-L]

It’s fascinating to watch someone who refuses intelligence briefings claim that intelligence he hasn’t even received or reviewed is bogus. What’s more fascinating/terrifying? That ignorant buffoon is about to be your president. [HuffPo]

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