Trump May Suck But Don’t Ignore The Real Mess Bevin & Co Are Creating Right Here At Home

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Former Casey County magistrate David “Frog” Wethington, accused of hitting his successor with his car, has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge. [H-L]

Donald Trump has been called a con man and a huckster. An unstable pathological liar. A degenerate. And that’s just by other Republicans. [HuffPo]

For 12 years each Christmas, former Thornton Oil Co. executive R. Kevin Hobbs and his family awaited a call from the White House, his lawyer said. This week it finally came. [C-J/AKN]

Washington will turn into a virtual fortress ahead of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration on Friday, as the U.S. capital braces for more than a quarter-million protesters expected during the Republican’s swearing-in. [Reuters]

Here’s your reminder that Matt Bevin and the Republican Party of of Kentucky are choking Medicaid. While at the same time taking dental and vision coverage away from Medicaid recipients – the poorest and most at-risk Kentuckians. [WFPL]

A divisive vote, with jobs and immigrants the most combustible issues. An outcome that surprised the experts. A nation left on edge, with many anxious about intolerance and the violence that can stem from it. [ProPublica]

The Lawrence County Board of Education is considering a five-cent tax increase that would bring in money to rebuild one of its elementary schools. [Ashland Independent]

Since he won the presidency in November, Trump has relished talking about his win, sometimes telling donors it was a surprise, while other times telling friends he knew he was going to win all along. [Politico]

More than 74,000 Kentuckians have signed up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov as of Jan. 14. [Richmond Register]

American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, current and former senior American officials said. [NY Times]

Even fans of the University of Kentucky may be feeling sympathy for their rival University of Louisville, which has been left twisting in limbo while politicians in Frankfort play a game of chicken with the university’s accrediting agency. [Ronnie Ellis]

A new poll shows a strong majority of Americans see the GOP as the more extreme political party. [WaPo]

Lexington is considering giving its vicious-dog ordinance more teeth. Under the proposed changes, animal control officers would be able to temporarily quarantine particularly vicious dogs after they bite. The other changes being weighed include requiring that vicious dogs be spayed or neutered, and the creation of a photo registry of all vicious dogs. [H-L]

The hacker and activist collective Anonymous, which wasn’t a heavy-hitter during the presidential campaign, has now warned Donald Trump that he is going to “regret” the next four years. [HuffPo]

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Another Gut-Wrenching Kentucky Statistic For Your Tuesday Morning

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Lexington’s Urban County Planning Commission will hold one of its first meetings Thursday on the 2018 Comprehensive Plan, a document that will guide growth and development for five years. [H-L]

Dozens of Democratic members of Congress are planning to boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, saying they can’t bring themselves to welcome a man to the White House who ran such a divisive and prejudiced campaign ― and insulted their colleague, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.). [HuffPo]

Kentucky has twice the U.S. rate of drug-dependent babies. So of course mouth-breathing Republicans like Bob Stivers and Matt Bevin want to kill the Affordable Care Act. [C-J/AKN]

More than 60 percent of Americans would like to see the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s powers preserved or strengthened under incoming President Donald Trump, and the drilling of oil on public lands to hold steady or drop, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday. [Reuters]

Bernheim Forest is growing. The arboretum and research forest’s most recent acquisition is 162 acres of forest and farmland immediately adjacent to the property in Bullitt County. [WFPL]

Matthew Olsen, a senior national security official in both Democratic and Republican administrations, says the ongoing conflict between President-elect Trump and the U.S. intelligence community poses grave risks. [ProPublica]

Owners of a proposed medical waste facility detailed their business plans and were met with a barrage of questions from concerned residents during a public forum Monday at the Carter County Justice Center. [Ashland Independent]

Donald Trump used to regularly give press conferences. They were free-form events, bits of political performance art that dominated the news and helped the presidential hopeful win the Republican nomination. [BBC]

School based decision making councils presented information from school improvement plans to the Rowan County Board of Education on Monday, Jan. 9 and Tuesday, Jan. 10. [The Morehead News]

The Germans are angry. The Chinese are downright furious. Leaders of NATO are nervous, while their counterparts at the European Union are alarmed. [NY Times]

Improvements to the 619.2 miles of road the county government is responsible for maintaining were among the items Barren County Judge-Executive Micheal Hale highlighted in the annual update on what’s happening in county government Friday. [Glasgow Daily Times]

We shouldn’t be surprised anymore. There’s apparently no depth too low for Donald Trump to sink in his unpresidented attacks on anyone who challenges him. And Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) certainly did that, citing Russian interference in the election and questioning the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency. [WaPo]

The Coalition for the Homeless says it needs volunteers to conduct its annual homeless count in Louisville this month. [H-L]

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday night renewed his calls on the Office of Congressional Ethics to launch an investigation into potential violations of the STOCK Act by Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the department of Health and Human Services. [HuffPo]

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Matt Bevin Spent $500,000 On THAT?!

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The Education and Workforce Development Cabinet is pulling its employees out of 31 unemployment centers across Kentucky in an effort to save millions of dollars. [H-L]

A defiant Donald Trump on Wednesday made clear he will continue benefiting financially from his businesses, denied reports that Russians had acquired compromising information about him, and said that Russian help for his candidacy was not a bad thing. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin spent $500,000 of taxpayer funds to reveal what everyone already knew to be true. Way to go, Bevin Misadministration, you’ve officially shit the bed. [C-J/AKN]

Near the start of his second term, President Obama had granted clemency at a lower rate than any president in recent history. He had pardoned 39 people and denied 1,333 requests. He had used his power to commute a prisoner’s sentence just once. [ProPublica]

This is a story about a virus that infects a fungus. The fungus causes white-nose syndrome — a disease that’s affecting bats in 29 states, including Kentucky. Bats with white-nose syndrome act strangely; they often lose the fat reserves that are necessary to survive the hibernating winter months, then leave caves in the winter and die. [WFPL]

The top federal ethics official slammed says Trump’s conflicts of interest plan is ‘meaningless.’ [Politico]

Candy Barr, R-Sixth District, has been named the chair of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade for the 115th Congress. [Richmond Register]

The opioid epidemic killed more than 33,000 people in 2015. What follows are stories of a national affliction that has swept the country, from cities on the West Coast to bedroom communities in the Northeast. [NY Times]

Boyd County Commissioner Tom Jackson said a statewide judicial redistricting plan would “create a logjam in the justice system” of Boyd County, and the fiscal court denounced the contentious proposal during its first meeting of the year. [Ashland Independent]

As honeymoons go, Donald Trump’s wasn’t much to write home about. He was voted in as the most unpopular president-elect in modern history and got slightly less unpopular in the weeks that followed, as the goodwill flowed. Even then, though, he clearly remained the most unpopular president-elect in modern history. Again, that was the honeymoon. And now it’s over. [WaPo]

Matt Bevin’s administration Wednesday released a summary of its investigation into the administration of his predecessor, Democrat Steve Beshear, claiming politically appointed state workers were pressured into making campaign contributions to Democratic candidates and causes. [Ronnie Ellis]

With a final call of his campaign mantra “Yes We Can,” President Barack Obama urged Americans on Tuesday to stand up for U.S. values and reject discrimination as the United States transitions to the presidency of Republican Donald Trump. [Reuters]

Latent, self-hating homosexual Martin Cothran is stil complaining that Jack Conway didn’t waste taxpayer dollars fighting FOR homophobia. [H-L]

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said Wednesday that he fears President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general pick will roll back civil rights. [HuffPo]

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Happy New Year Of Matt Bevin’s Hype

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After six months, Matt Bevin’s ‘red tape reduction’ plan has brought little change. Because it’s just a bunch of b.s. hype. [H-L]

Here’s your pee alert/puke alert of the year. Newt Gingrich praised the style and substance of Donald Trump’s suggestion for a new nuclear arms race, calling the president-elect’s use of Twitter to make major policy pronouncements “brilliant.” [HuffPo]

Anyone telling you a Religious Freedumb law isn’t a sure bet in Kentucky is trying to pull the wool over your eyes. If you think Frankfort isn’t capable of obscene levels of crazy, you ought to retire. [C-J/AKN]

The curious world of Donald Trump’s private Russian connections. Did the American people really know they were putting such a “well-connected” guy in the White House? [The American Interest]

Big Run Landfill is seeking an end to an agreed order with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. [Ashland Independent]

Time to start allowing all the olds and the poors to die off, apparently. Way to go, Republicans. Fortunately, your generation will all be dead within 20 years because of your hate and obesity. While Democrats have been pounding the drum against proposed changes to Medicare, Republicans appear far more likely to pursue an overhaul of Medicaid, the healthcare program for the poor. [The Hill]

The World Equestrian Games could be heading to Lexington for a second time. The International Equestrian Federation announced Lexington, the 2010 host, is bidding to stage the four-yearly event in 2022. It faces competition from Samorin, Slovakia. [Richmond Register]

President-elect Donald Trump will descend on Washington [this] month, buoyed by his upset victory and Republican control of Congress to implement his agenda. But he’s facing a major obstacle: Trump will enter the White House as the least-popular incoming president in the modern era of public-opinion polling. [Politico]

The Kentucky Legislative Research Commission’s Office of Education Accountability released a research report for the 2015-16 school year. [The Morehead News]

Corey Statham had $46 in his pockets when he was arrested in Ramsey County, Minn., and charged with disorderly conduct. He was released two days later, and the charges were dismissed. [NY Times]

Two members of Auburn’s Amish community have filed a lawsuit against the city, its mayor and police chief in which they claim that Auburn’s ordinance requiring horses to wear equine diapers to catch their waste has singled out the city’s Amish population and violated their constitutional rights. [BGDN]

Evelyn Turner is 80 now and a stroke survivor, but she can still recall sitting in a packed courthouse in Selma, Ala., facing a jury that could send her and her husband, an aide to Martin Luther King Jr., to prison for 150 years. Held this because it would have gotten ignored over the holidays. [WaPo]

Matt Bevin has created a scholarship program for Kentucky high school students after vetoing a similar proposal earlier this year. [H-L]

With Donald Trump’s inauguration less than a month away, there’s been a lot of talk in Washington about two topics: first, the unprecedented conflicts of interest posed by the Trump presidency and, second, the individuals Trump is nominating to fill important government positions. [HuffPo]

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RPK: Finally More Racist Than The KDP

Fun fact: The Republican Party of Kentucky doesn’t actually care about racism, homophobia or anything like that. Look at who runs the Party and speaks on its behalf and you’ll have all you need to know. Republican Dan Johnson posted messages on Facebook that displayed prejudice toward black people, Muslims and others during his campaign for a seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives. [John Cheves]

Americans are overwhelmingly surprised by Donald Trump’s victory, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds, with a narrow majority saying they’re unhappy with the results of the election. [HuffPo]

As a busy working mother with four children — three with autism — Jennifer Adams-Tucker said it’s hard enough managing school schedules, after-school activities, doctor’s appointments, therapy sessions and other events. [C-J/AKN]

A battle is brewing between the GOP foreign policy establishment and outsiders over who will sit on President-elect Donald Trump’s national security team. [The Hill]

Morehead State University can be a force to improve life in northeast Kentucky by working through its regional campus here to enhance education, economic development and public health, said respondents at a forum Tuesday. [Ashland Independent]

For several years, transgender U.S. Army Captain Julia Harrison shunned military social events, anxious at the thought of having to wear the pants and coat of male service members despite identifying as a woman. [Reuters]

Madison County is a regional “economic engine,” and a 21st century airport is a key to maximizing the county’s potential, Charles “Chuck” Conley of the Central Kentucky Regional Airport Board said Monday after a presentation to leaders of the county’s three local governments. [Richmond Register]

Just down the street from the Trump Hotel and six blocks from President-elect Donald Trump’s soon-to-be White House, the alt-right movement gathered on Pennsylvania Avenue and declared victory Saturday. [Politico]

The Morehead Utility Plant Board says its water is safe to drink and utilize for other needs after a few residents have complained that their water tasted bad. [The Morehead News]

Donald J. Trump met in the last week in his office at Trump Tower with three Indian business partners who are building a Trump-branded luxury apartment complex south of Mumbai, raising new questions about how he will separate his business dealings from the work of the government once he is in the White House. [NY Times]

Discussion about the federal indictment of a Cave City businessman who requested grant funds from the Cave City Tourist and Convention Commission in August led to talk earlier this week of possible changes to the commission’s grant request application. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Mitch McConnell, like Matt Bevin, is really into backing racists. A person close to Sessions said that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Enables Bigots), the majority leader, spoke directly to his colleague and said he would give his strong and full support for his confirmation as attorney general. [WaPo]

Lexington Realtors announced Friday a $16,500 program that will help pay deposits and the first month’s rent for people struggling with homelessness. [H-L]

Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have made clear they are serious about repealing Obamacare, and doing so quickly. But don’t assume their dismantling of government health insurance programs will stop there. [HuffPo]

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Matt Bevin’s Continued Meltdown Is Fun

The chairman of a special House panel investigating the state’s handling of the East Brannon Road project in Jessamine County said Friday he has invited political rivals Gov. Matt Bevin and state Rep. Russ Meyer to testify before his committee. [H-L]

During the 2012 election, Republicans who hated the daily onslaught of polling showing that Mitt Romney was headed toward a comfortable defeat turned to Dean Chambers, the man who launched the website Unskewed Polls. The poll numbers were wrong, he said, and by tweaking a few things, he could give a more accurate count. His final projection had Romney winning close to all 50 states. [HuffPo]

Arthur Laffer, the supply-side economist and major influence in a national tax-cutting movement for decades, emerged last month as a big Republican campaign donor in Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said Sunday that Donald Trump’s final ad, which includes multiple Jewish Americans, is “something of a German Shepherd whistle.” [The Hill]

A retired state highway engineer told a legislative committee looking into the politically sensitive delay of a road project in Jessamine County that he can’t recall a similar process where a project was first cancelled and then reinstated on a delayed basis while the state paid the contractor liquidated damages for the delay. [Ronnie Ellis]

This could be Kentucky but we’re far too ignorant. Californians are expected to pass a ballot measure on Election Day legalizing recreational marijuana, and the prospect has cities and counties seeing dollar signs. [Reuters]

Clinging to control of the Senate, a key Republican political committee with ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is pumping $12 million into television ads to run in six key states in the final days of the campaign. [Ashland Independent]

Every election season, cries that voter fraud will threaten the legitimacy of American democracy can be heard throughout the country. [ProPublica]

A recent study uncovered that Kentucky is ranked ninth in the country in terms of being “most bullied.” [The Morehead News]

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Sunday there are no plans — as of now — to remove New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the campaign transition chief after two of Christie’s former aides were convicted in the Bridgegate trial this past week. [Politico]

A handful of people turned out Thursday night for a meet-the-candidate event, during which members of the community asked current city commissioners, as well as those seeking seats on the Park City Commission, questions. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Grand Canyon State hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since Bill Clinton in 1996, but Democrats believe that increased Hispanic voter registration will keep things competitive. [WaPo]

A problem with the computer system at the Kentucky State Board of Elections caused absentee voting to stop for a while Saturday. [H-L]

Hillary Clinton has consistently led in a greater portion of presidential polls in the two months heading into Election Day than President Barack Obama did in both 2008 and 2012. [HuffPo]

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A Reminder That Bevin Keeps Losing

Democrats could lose control of their only legislative chamber in the South because of a blustery hero for folks in coal country — Donald Trump. [H-L]

“Go back to Univision.” That’s how Donald Trump answered award-winning journalist Jorge Ramos’ question on the specifics of how the GOP presidential hopeful planned to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants from the U.S. [HuffPo]

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray’s Senate campaign raised more money than Sen. Rand Paul this summer, but Paul enters the final sprint to Election Day with a cash advantage, campaign finance reports show. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump has repeatedly called this year’s presidential election rigged and has coyly said “I will keep you in suspense” on whether he would accept a Hillary Clinton victory, but many Republicans are less circumspect, according to a new poll. [Reuters]

Matt Bevin lost another round in court Friday when a Franklin Circuit Judge declined to vacate or amend his earlier ruling that Bevin could not abolish the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. [Ronnie Ellis]

President Obama promised to fight corporate concentration. Eight years later, the airline industry is dominated by just four companies. And you’re paying for it. [ProPublica]

Former Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton developed a soft spot for Ashland during his days of growing up in Lawrence County. [Ashland Independent]

The sharp decline in Arctic sea ice area in recent decades has been matched by a harder-to-see, but equally sharp, drop in sea ice thickness. The combined result has been a warming-driven collapse in total sea ice volume — to about one quarter of its 1980 level. [ThinkProgress]

Voters will decide early next year whether to allow the sale of packaged alcoholic beverages in Monroe County. [Glasgow Daily Times]

“Do you speak English?” When Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng walked into his summer school classroom for the first time as a brand-new teacher, a student greeted him with this question. Nothing in his training had prepared him to address race and identity. But he was game, answering the student lightly, “Yes, I do, but this is a math class, so you don’t have to worry about it.” [NPR]

Morehead area citizens made their concerns known last week over the alleged lack of zoning enforcement within city limits. [The Morehead News]

As the worst of a nationwide opioid epidemic raged in Appalachia, DEA investigators went after companies distributing millions of highly addictive pills. Then, their cases ground to a halt. [WaPo]

Fayette Circuit Court Judge Pamela Goodwine erred when she excluded the death penalty as a potential sentencing option in a murder and robbery case, the Kentucky Supreme Court unanimouly(sic) ruled Thursday. [H-L]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will “100 percent” accept the results of the U.S. election if it is fair, his son Eric Trump said on Sunday. [HuffPo]

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