Bevin Isn’t The Pension Savior After All

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Kentucky’s unfunded public pension liability has grown from $30.5 billion to $32.6 billion, a debt that threatens to undermine every other service the state provides, an oversight panel was told Monday. [John Cheves]

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee on Monday asked the committee’s chairman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), to look into President-elect Donald Trump’s financial entanglements and make sure he’s not breaking the law. [HuffPo]

Gunmen exchanged about 20 shots at an annual Thanksgiving Day football event, thrusting Louisville past its homicide record and into the national spotlight. [C-J/AKN]

The Republican Party long insisted that the troubles of the inner city were cultural—but rather than apply the same logic to struggling blue-collar communities, Trump blamed their problems on external forces. [The Atlantic]

The Berea Tourism Commission approved a work addendum in order to pay Jones Signs, a company that recently installed way-finding signage around the city, an additional $68,402.10. [Richmond Register]

Senate Republicans are wary of making a historic move to nix the filibuster despite growing pressure from conservatives. [The Hill]

The generosity of northeast Kentuckians is proven every Christmas season through donations to the Needy Families Fund, a holiday tradition for more than a quarter of a century. [Ashland Independent]

Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign will take part in a recount of Wisconsin votes in the U.S. presidential race, an effort Republican winner Donald Trump called “ridiculous” on Saturday. [Reuters]

The Rowan County Fiscal Court voted to move forward with the harm reduction program within the community last week, however the vote wasn’t unanimous. [The Morehead News]

You don’t get a pat on the back for ratcheting down from rabid after exploiting that very radicalism to your advantage. Unrepentant opportunism belies a staggering lack of character and caring that can’t simply be vanquished from memory. [NY Times]

The Barren-Metcalfe County Emergency Communications Center’s governing board received “a standard clean, unqualified” opinion on an audit of its financial statement for the 2016 fiscal year. [Glasgow Daily Times]

How racially resentful working-class whites fled the Democratic Party – before Donald Trump. During the Obama presidency, racial attitudes became more strongly connected to whether whites identified as Democratic or Republican. But those stronger connections were most visible among whites with less formal education. Sorry, Adam Edelen, your bullshit talking point about economics is dead in the water. [WaPo]

Louisville’s streets were quiet on Thanksgiving Day 150 years ago. Few people were out, in part because the mud on Nov. 29, 1866, was so deep, and the city’s street crossings already were “the worst in the country,” wrote the Daily Courier. [H-L]

President-elect Donald Trump falsely claimed on Sunday that “millions of people” voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election. In a conference call with reporters on Monday, Trump’s campaign team did not produce any evidence to support that allegation. But the strangest thing about the president-elect’s claim isn’t that there is zero evidence to support it — it’s that Trump, who has turned away daily intelligence briefings since winning the election, took time out of his day to repeat a rumor that initially spread because of one guy on Twitter. [HuffPo]

Don’t Ignore The Bevin Threat Mess

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Individual Kentucky counties could adopt right-to-work laws under a decision handed down Friday by a federal appeals panel. At least Republicans will finally have to put their money where there mouthes are and it won’t pay off for them. [H-L]

Donald Trump is a whiny ass titty baby. President-elect Donald Trump, who is just two months away from his inauguration, woke up Saturday morning with a pressing concern on his mind. [HuffPo]

Democratic State Rep. Kevin Sinnette testified Friday that Republican Gov. Matt Bevin threatened him and his district last December at a meeting in the Governor’s Mansion after Sinnette rejected Bevin’s request that he change his political parties. [C-J/AKN]

President-elect Donald Trump has selected two anti-net neutrality advisers to shape the future administration’s telecom policy strategy at the Federal Communications Commission, Recode reported. [ThinkProgress]

Bill Mike Runyon led Paintsville High School’s basketball team for 29 years — now he’ll lead the city. [Ashland Independent]

Senators are pledging to take a firm line with Russia next year, setting up a potential conflict with incoming President Donald Trump. [The Hill]

Only one of three Democratic lawmakers who claim Republican Matt Bevin threatened them with political retaliation after they declined to switch parties showed up to testify Friday before a special House committee looking into the allegations. [Ronnie Ellis]

Semi-retired Wisconsin pig farmer John Lader does not think much of Donald Trump as a messenger, but voted for what he described as the Republican president-elect’s message of change and economic hope for America. [Reuters]

It appears Morehead City Council will soon have the first reading of an ordinance to allow mobile food vendors within city limits. [The Morehead News]

Four years after a Massachusetts crime lab chemist confessed to tainting evidence, more than 20,000 defendants still don’t know if their drug convictions will stand. [ProPublica]

Matt Bevin moved Monday to appeal a Franklin Circuit Court ruling that he exceeded his authority by abolishing the University of Louisville Board of Trustees and replacing it with a new, smaller board. [Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general is being met with alarm at the Justice Department’s civil rights division and could trigger an exodus there, former officials said Friday. [Politico]

Rep. Fitz Steele, D-Hazard, was in Frankfort on Friday but he wasn’t going anywhere near the special panel appointed by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, to investigate Gov. Matt Bevin’s alleged threats of retaliation against Democratic lawmakers. [H-L]

In a 2006 speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next attorney general, castigated a subset of Latino immigrants as useless to American society. [HuffPo]

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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THE SHITSHOW IS ALMOST OVER!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Matt Bevin Deals In Making You Barf

An aide to Gov. Matt Bevin asked a judge Thursday to force the husband of a top official in the administration of former Gov. Steve Beshear to comply with a subpoena seeking information about a nearly $3 million no-bid contract awarded to a technology company on Beshear’s last day in office. [H-L]

To get to the white ethnostate, I drove through cornfields, listening to a man on the radio hype an upcoming “machine-gun shoot” at a nearby firing range. [HuffPo]

Anybody attempting to whitewash the atrocities I spent a decade uncovering at Louisville Metro Animal Services deserves to be choked. Period. Full stop. It’s as if we didn’t spend the last decade turning that joint upside down at least once per month. [C-J/AKN]

As far as anyone can tell, Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House — and the leader of what’s left of the Republican establishment — isn’t racist or authoritarian. He is, however, doing all he can to make a racist authoritarian the most powerful man in the world. Why? Because then he could privatize Medicare and slash taxes on the wealthy. [NY Times]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Muhammad Ali’s final resting place is now complete and open to the public. A family spokesperson unveiled the finished gravesite at Cave Hill Cemetery Thursday morning. [WHAS11]

Analysts said Russia does not seem to be able to alter the election, but Moscow’s hackers might try to sow doubts about its legitimacy as part of its months-long campaign to rattle the mechanisms of American democracy. [WaPo]

Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday he does not want to prejudge whether Hillary Clinton should face immediate impeachment over her email controversy if she’s elected president next week. [Ronnie Ellis]

Secretaries of state, who oversee ballot measures on topics from gun control to the minimum wage, are increasingly courted by interest groups and industries with billions of dollars at stake. [ProPublica]

An audit of the City of Ashland’s 2016 fiscal year budgeting yielded a “fairly good report,” according to auditor Phil Layne, as the city increased its total fund balance by $1.4 million. [Ashland Independent]

If you feel like you’ve read this story before, that’s because you have. [Politico]

Kentucky is modernizing how drivers and travelers can find reliable, up-to-date information regarding traffic conditions, construction activity and more, while saving up to $750,000 annually. [Richmond Register]

The Paris climate agreement took force on Friday, starting an ambitious, though largely non-binding, worldwide effort to fight climate change. [The Hill]

The proposed conversion of a natural gas pipeline that runs through Kentucky has cleared a key hurdle, but people concerned about potential environmental problems continue to oppose the project. [H-L]

President Barack Obama went after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Thursday, saying giving him the presidency would just give him “more power to carry out the twisted notions” he had before launching his campaign. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin: Kentucky’s Own Republican Hot Garbage

As Kentucky has turned red over the past decades, it has become harder for a Democrat to win offices in the state. This interactive provides a breakdown of what it would take for Jim Gray to beat incumbent Rand Paul in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race. [H-L]

Last month, several American white nationalists traveled to an anti-immigration conference in Wismar, Germany, and told attendants that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign represents a win for the movement—even if he loses the election. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin is just as disgusting as Donald Trump. As if you needed any sort of reminder. [C-J/AKN]

For years, police and prosecutors have used special presentations to sell judges on the ​​​​​reliability of drug tests that help convict thousands. [ProPublica]

Kentucky’s top election official estimates 60 percent of the state’s registered voters will cast ballots on Tuesday. [WFPL]

The president has been reluctant to weigh in on FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s email practices. Obama briefly addressed the situation for the first time, saying in an interview this week that there was a norm for how investigations are handled. [WaPo]

Some Democratic lawmakers are questioning the timing of Monday’s announcement of raises for some Transportation Cabinet workers only a week before an election which will determine majority control of the state House of Representatives. [Ronnie Ellis]

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a regular surrogate for Donald Trump, became agitated on Wednesday morning after being peppered with direct questions about whether Trump’s campaign boosts Vladimir Putin and white supremacists. [Politico]

Eastern Kentucky always knows how to get your attention. A 47-year-old man allegedly stole an ambulance from near the King’s Daughters Medical Center emergency room and sped through Central Park briefly before police apprehended him. [Ashland Independent]

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Wednesday blasted Mylan NV’s announced $465 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over the drugmaker’s classification of its lifesaving allergy treatment EpiPen as a generic, saying the amount was “woefully deficient.” [Reuters]

More Rowan Countians than usual are expected to vote in next Tuesday’s general election, primarily because of the intensity of the U.S. President’s race. [The Morehead News]

Donald Trump has called the American media “disgusting”, “corrupt”, “biased” and “dishonest”. If he could read Russian, I suspect he’d appreciate the way the media here have been covering the US election. [BBC]

Lexington has tightened financial oversight of a division that manages more than $600,000 annually in programs that help poor people stay housed and pay city trash and sewer bills, city officials said Tuesday. [H-L]

Here’s your pee alert for the morning. Sean Hannity apologized for sharing a fake story about Hillary Clinton on his popular radio show. [HuffPo]

Go Read Tom Eblen’s Latest Column

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to mark the passing of Kynect.ky.gov, Kentucky’s health insurance exchange. WATB Matt Bevin killed it, not because it wasn’t working, but because it was working too well. [H-L]

City officials in Orlando, Florida, on Monday released recordings of mass shooter Omar Mateen’s conversations with police during his standoff at a gay nightclub in June. [HuffPo]

Democratic nominee Jim Gray kept the pressure on U.S. Sen. Rand Paul during the first and only debate in this year’s U.S. Senate race Monday, at one point accusing him of having “wild-ass philosophies.” [C-J/AKN]

For years, police and prosecutors have used special presentations to sell judges on the ​​​​​reliability of drug tests that help convict thousands. [ProPublica]

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray accused U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of having “wild-ass philosophies and theories” in their first and only face-to-face debate of the election year. The at times freewheeling event underscored the candidates’ differences on foreign policy and economic values. [WFPL]

Opening arguments in the trial of a former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murdering a black Ohio man during a traffic stop focused Tuesday on whether the victim tried to flee from police, putting the officer’s life in danger. [Reuters]

Candidates for the U.S. Senate squared off Monday night on Kentucky Education Television but mostly stuck to the same talking points of their campaigns. [Ronnie Ellis]

Marijuana legalization could spread to five new states next Tuesday. Another four are weighing access to medical marijuana. [ThinkProgress]

The needle exchange program at The Neighborhood will have a change in hours of operation in November. [Ashland Independent]

Two decades ago, Muslim refugees fleeing Bosnia arrived in St Louis and became a crucial part of the city. Now anti-immigrant fervour might lead the Bosnians of St Louis to become more politically active. [BBC]

An outside Republican group, the Republican State Leadership Committee, has poured more money into broadcast ads targeting Democratic state House Speaker Greg Stumbo of Prestonsburg. [Ronnie Ellis]

Mobilizing the voters who are with you is far more important than persuading new ones to support you at this point. [WaPo]

The Clay County judge executive has resigned following charges related to public corruption. [H-L]

Shortly before the 1990 election, at least 150,000 postcards were sent to North Carolina voters in predominantly black precincts. [HuffPo]