Meanwhile, In The Big Sandy Area…

The Big Sandy Community and Technical College in eastern Kentucky will launch the state’s first broadband technology program this fall. [H-L]

In NPI’s telling, white Americans are increasingly under siege in their own country, doomed to be a hated minority as people of color grow ever more numerous and politically powerful. And Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy has given the group’s members more hope than ever that help is on the way. [HuffPo]

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have dug herself a deep hole across Kentucky and Appalachia tonight, even though she may not have intended to do so – and she may have won votes in other states. [C-J/AKN]

Hillary Clinton appeared deeply uncomfortable when confronted on her support for the death penalty by a man wrongfully imprisoned for 39 years. [The Hill]

The heated special election race for the state’s 98th District House seat brought back young, local talent in political campaigning for the Greenup County candidates. [Ashland Independent]

Liberal-leaning Vermont could become the first U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana use through legislation, rather than by voter initiative, in a move that advocates for the drug say could speed its acceptance across the nation. [Reuters]

On Saturday, the newest members of the Barren County Community Emergency Response Team were told a tornado had touched down in at least two places in the county, and they were being dispatched to help with search-and-rescue efforts. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The violence at Trump’s rallies has boiled over in recent days. Trump himself canceled his rally on Friday in Chicago, citing safety concerns. [ThinkProgress]

Can KentuckyOne fix what ails the state? No. But it’s sure gonna spend every last cent it’s got on public relations and getting media coverage. This is just the latest example of the hype. [Business First]

Wall Street has been on a wild ride the last few months with big daily swings increasingly the norm. And one major reason is no one can figure out the 2016 election. [Politico]

Sharon Woods, associate director for workforce at the Barren River Area Development District, says there’s been a misunderstanding. However, Simpson County Judge-Executive Jim Henderson’s emails given to the Daily News on Tuesday show behind-the-scenes discussions about the current workforce process in the region that, if true, could jeopardize her agency’s ability to bid on whatever workforce plan surfaces. [BGDN]

Stray penises have long been a problem for presidential aspirants, but ordinarily candidates try to conceal the evidence rather than boast about the dimensions of their manhood. [BBC]

The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission has dedicated 88 acres to an existing preserve in Pulaski County. [H-L]

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump refused to take responsibility on Sunday for clashes at his campaign events and criticized protesters who have dogged his rallies and forced him to cancel one in Chicago last week. [HuffPo]

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A Dumb KRS Thing Going On In Morehead

Almost a year after the president of Northern Kentucky’s state community college retired amid running tensions with its board of directors, the college’s foundation will begin paying him a $348,000 incentive in July. [H-L]

A Donald Trump rally that attracted thousands to the University of Illinois at Chicago was abruptly canceled Friday night amid his campaign’s security fears, sparking shouting and scuffling between the candidate’s fans and anti-Trump protesters. [HuffPo]

A day after increasing their majority in the Kentucky House, Democrats were confident they could continue to hang on to the chamber when the general election rolls around in November. [C-J/AKN]

A Republican congressman on Friday slammed his party’s presidential front-runner Donald Trump, saying the businessman is an “embarrassment.” [The Hill]

Under recommendation by the Department of Education, Barren County Schools’ Board of Education approved revisions to the project involving the Career Technical Education Facility and Athletic Field Replacement. The BOE met in a special meeting Thursday evening at Barren County Middle School. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A U.S. senator has asked government regulators what, if anything, they’re doing to stop nursing home workers from taking degrading and dehumanizing photos of residents and posting them on social media. [ProPublica]

This is crazy. If state legislators can do crap like this, there’s no reason Tom Carew should have to resign. Morehead City Council soon will have an empty seat to fill. Longtime Council member Tom Carew will officially vacate his seat at a special meeting on Friday morning at City Hall. [The Morehead News]

Washington, D.C. has been hit with “Justin Fever” as Prime Minister Trudeau is in town to meet with President Obama — and attend the first U.S.-Canadian state dinner in nearly two decades. But the real impact of his visit might be felt less by the capital’s celebrity-starved journalists and more by the polar bears. [ThinkProgress]

I’m not sure I’ve ever spent a week in Frankfort that featured more surprising political twists and turns than this past one. [Ronnie Ellis]

It was not long ago that Canadians had their own game-changing election, when Justin Trudeau swept the Liberals to an unexpected victory last October. But now they are fascinated by an election going on next door. [BBC]

Despite Thursday’s clouds, many Kentucky high school students, including those from Berea High School, Madison County ATC and Madison Southern High School, gathered on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus to compete in the Future Business Leader’s of America (FBLA) Region Six Leadership Conference. [Richmond Register]

A new study confirms what many Americans already knew deep in their hearts: We’re not good at math. Not only that, when it comes to technology skills we’re dead last compared with other developed countries. [NPR]

This is what happens when you allow private businesses to take ownership of public utility systems. A proposed rate increase would put Kentucky American Water among the Top 30 most expensive taps in the country, according to a recent survey. [H-L]

U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Saturday blamed supporters of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for protests that shut down his Chicago rally, calling the U.S. senator from Vermont “our communist friend.” [HuffPo]

Way To Go, Matt Bevin. Way. To. Go.

Ivonne Beegle, the former principal of Cardinal Valley Elementary School who said she was asked in 2012 to resign or be fired, alleges in a court document that she was retaliated against because she complained about unequal treatment of her and Hispanic students. [H-L]

Can you imagine the Kentucky Democratic Party doing something like this? Of course you can’t. We can’t. The KDP not only fears the gays, it fears women. So something like this isn’t going to happen any time soon. [HuffPo]

The company that Kentucky officials say brought radioactive waste into the state illegally has been ordered to stop, or face $100,000 per incident fine and potential criminal charges. [C-J/AKN]

“Religious Liberty” is the new FEAR THE GAY buzzword. Candidates in Kentucky sure are taking advantage of it. [FiveThirtyEight]

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said Tuesday he expects the House to vote on a two-year state budget plan early next week, one which will restore most of Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed funding cuts to education. [Ronnie Ellis]

Matt Bevin is once again the laughingstock of the nation. When outsiders know more about the state legislature than the governor, you know you’ve got a problem. Hell, you know you’ve got a problem when your governor is appointing Jamie Comer’s people and hiring devout racists as cabinet secretaries. [Jezebel]

Democratic rebirth in Kentucky? Not so much, Greg Stumbo, not so much. Remember, the Kentucky Democratic Party fights against women and can’t say the word “gay” at all. [WKYT]

German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has branded leading U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a threat to peace and prosperity while Chancellor Angela Merkel said it had always been a pleasure to work with Democrat Hillary Clinton. [Reuters]

As Donald Trump looks to land a knock-out punch in the upcoming Florida primary, some activists are questioning his conservative credentials. [Richmond Register]

Donald Trump is cracking down on protesters. He’s forcing people to take loyalty oaths and is sending out plainclothes guards while further restricting media access. [Politico]

Republicans in Perry County helped make history on March 5, as they funneled into Hazard’s City Hall to cast their votes in Kentucky’s first ever Republican Presidential Caucus. According to the final tally, 849 registered voters made their voices heard in Perry County. The caucus sparked mixed emotions with the local people. [Hazard Herald]

Here’s how the foreigns are viewing the shenanigans here in the United States. In January 2017, the most powerful nation on earth will have a new leader, after a drawn out and expensive campaign – but how does a US presidential election work? [BBC]

The Damon Thayer Hot Garbage Train Rolls On! The ex-fiancée of Kentucky Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer wants a judge to order the sale of a house they jointly own and have the proceeds split between them. Tonya Branham also alleges that Thayer called a Lexington nonprofit where she is chairman of the board and “defamed” her in order to apply pressure to her to relinquish her interest in the property. [H-L]

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday that he won’t launch a third-party run for president, fearing a three-way race would divide voters and ultimately be settled by congressional Republicans likely to unite behind Donald Trump. [HuffPo]

Everyone’s Gonna Have A Budget Meltdown

Of course Greg Stumbo and Jeff Hoover want to raise your taxes. That’s what politicians do. Who needs another damn arena or convention center? Certainly not the places that will be raising taxes. [H-L]

Twenty million previously uninsured people have gained health coverage since the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, President Barack Obama said during a speech in Milwaukee Thursday. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin is whining about the legislature. Spoiler alert for Bevin: The legislature is gonna be his worst nightmare for the next four years and there’s nothing he can do about it. [C-J/AKN]

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump reportedly qualified for a state property-tax break for people who make $500,000 or less, business newspaper Crain’s reported Tuesday. [The Hill]

Just how important are the four special state House elections? Well, it’s apparently important enough for the president of the United States to get involved. President Barack Obama recorded a phone message to voters in the 8th House District in Christian and Trigg counties on behalf of Democratic and African American candidate Jeffrey Taylor of Hopkinsville who is running against Republican Walker Wood Thomas. [Ronnie Ellis]

U.S. stocks ended near the lows of the day on Tuesday as energy shares tumbled alongside the price of oil and soft Chinese trade data rekindled fears that the global economy is weaker than anticipated. [Reuters]

Surprise! Medicaid expansion was good for Kentucky’s economy. [Business First]

The former director of the Anti-Defamation League said that Donald Trump having his supporters raise their right hands and pledge to support him “is about as offensive, obnoxious and disgusting as anything I thought I would ever witness in the United States of America.” [Politico]

In an effort to gather feedback on how Kentuckians define school success, State Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt is planning a series of town hall meetings starting next week. [Richmond Register]

A US air strike has killed more than 150 al-Shabab militants in Somalia, the Pentagon says. [BBC]

Staffers from area family resource and youth service centers will travel to the Kentucky Capitol on Thursday seeking to stave off budget cuts they say would impede their ability to provide essential services. [Ashland Independent]

The GOP presidential race has been brutal and often vulgar. So how do you talk to kids about it? [NPR]

House Speaker Greg Stumbo said the House’s version of a two-year state budget would substantially lessen or reverse the cuts to public education proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin. [H-L]

Wayne Barrett had considered his 1992 book on Donald Trump to be a commercial flop. Though Trump was “king of the hill” when Barrett signed the publishing contract, he was “a joke” by the time the book actually came out, Barrett remembers. The press and public had soured on the high-flying mogul awash in debt. [HuffPo]

Special Election Results Are In And…

Democrats held on.

Here they are (all state house races):

8th District

  • Walker Thomas — Republican — 2,261 — 40.76%
  • Jeffrey Taylor — Democrat — 3,286 — 59.24%

54th District

  • Daniel Elliott — Republican — 4,275 — 58.44%
  • Bill Noelker — Democrat — 3,040 — 41.56%

62nd District

  • Phillip Pratt — Republican — 3,210 — 48.10%
  • Chuck Tackett — Democrat — 3,463 — 51.90%

98th District

  • Tony Quillen — Republican — 3,515 — 42.6%
  • Lew Nicholls — Democrat — 4,737 — 57.4%

Republicans got their rear ends handed to them. The balance of power is now 53 to 47.

So who’ll Matt Bevin appoint to a high-paying job to cut away at Democratic power? Surely he’s got quite a list.

Oh, the moral of this story: People should steer clear of Matt Bevin and Damon Thayer if they hope to get elected to anything in the future. The tables have apparently turned for those two and it doesn’t look like things will get any easier for them any time soon.

UPDATE:

Hearing that Daniel Elliott beat Bill Noelker not because of RPK efforts but because State Senator Jimmy Higdon campaigned for him. When you look at how he cleaned up in Casey County, it’s tough to dispute that. This bodes well for Higdon as Thayer continues his fall from imaginary grace.

Now Everyone’s Panicking Over Trump

Cry me a river, or in this case a pond. Once again, Dudley Webb is blaming everyone but himself for the problems at his CentrePointe development, which after eight years of controversy is nothing more than a giant hole in the ground. [Tom Eblen]

Democrats think the GOP blockade of President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee will hurt Republicans at the ballot box — and liberal polling published Friday suggests it may be a factor. [HuffPo]

The dumping of out-of-state radioactive waste in Kentucky is the first high-profile test of how Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration enforces environmental rules. It may also test how far the administration is willing to go to prevent future dumping. [C-J/AKN]

Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality failed to adequately monitor the city of Flint’s switch of the source of its drinking water, which later became contaminated with dangerously high levels of lead, the state’s auditor general said on Friday. [Reuters]

Gov. Matt Bevin made his second public appearance in Greenup County for GOP House candidate Tony Quillen during a rally Saturday, shortly after the conclusion of the state’s Republican presidential caucus. [Ashland Independent]

During the Vietnam War, hundreds of U.S. Navy ships crossed into Vietnam’s rivers or sent crew members ashore, possibly exposing their sailors to the toxic herbicide Agent Orange. But more than 40 years after the war’s end, the U.S. government doesn’t have a full accounting of which ships traveled where, adding hurdles and delays for sick Navy veterans seeking compensation. [ProPublica]

Before the city of Berea provides $6,500 in tourism promotion funds or allows the annual Spoonbread Festival to again use city property, Mayor Steve Connelly wants to ban its vendors from selling items that feature versions of the Confederate battle flag. [Richmond Register]

On Wednesday morning, Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments in a case that could severely restrict a woman’s access to a safe abortion — an issue that brought hundreds of pro-choice protesters to Washington, D.C. But that wasn’t the only discussion about abortion rights taking place on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. [ThinkProgress]

Donald Trump won the Kentucky Republican presidential caucus Saturday as the bombastic businessman continued his unlikely march toward the Republican nomination. [Ronnie Ellis]

While Flint and its lead-contaminated drinking water have become almost a sacred cause among national Democratic leaders, residents of its hardest-hit neighborhoods say they’ve seen little benefit from the political spotlight shining on them. That includes Clinton’s own visit to the city early last month, when she declared that “what happened in Flint is immoral.” [Politico]

Gov. Matt Bevin Tuesday announced that two essential rural and municipal road aid programs will continue to operate in the upcoming 2016-17 fiscal year. Rowan County for the current fiscal year received almost $200,000 in blacktop money from the state rural secondary flex fund program and submitted bids totaling about $141,000 to the state for reimbursements for bridge repairs from the state’s 80/20 bridge fund program. [The Morehead News]

The Labor Department numbers underlined the strength of the US economy and may allow the Federal Reserve to gradually raise interest rates this year. [BBC]

After two hours of questions and comments from citizens Thursday night, Fayette County Property Valuation Administrator David O’Neill said he will consider tweaking new policies he’s proposed to regulate who receives a farmland preservation tax break. [H-L]

Donald Trump’s ascent to the top of the Republican presidential candidate heap has been increasingly likened to the rise of Adolf Hitler, as both men have used racist rhetoric and blamed select groups of minorities for many of the country’s problems. On Saturday, that comparison became even more apparent when footage surfaced of Trump at a rally in Orlando, Florida, that was eerily reminiscent of 1930s Nazi rallies. [HuffPo]

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Special Election Next Week Is A Sleeper

Both men are in their early 60s, lifelong Scott County residents, successful in their careers and well-known in their communities. Their politics differ, however. They are running against each other in the March 8 special election to fill a vacancy in the 62nd House District that covers Owen and parts of Scott and Fayette counties. The seat was formerly held by Republican Ryan Quarles of Georgetown, who was elected last November as state agriculture commissioner. [H-L]

Donald Trump was in the middle of serving up his pungent stew of personal insults, demagoguery and braggadocio at a rally here on Friday when a woman in the crowd decided that she’d had enough. [HuffPo]

One victim was found in a garbage can. A second was beaten to death and set on fire, his body found burning on a sidewalk. [C-J/AKN]

What if you had to go to the hospital, and when it came time to return home your landlord said you couldn’t move back in? Across the country, thousands of nursing home residents face that situation every year. In most cases, it’s a violation of federal regulations. But those rules are rarely enforced by the states. So, in California, some nursing home residents are suing the state, hoping to force it to take action. [NPR]

The Kentucky Democratic House caucus pulled its negative ad on Friday at the demand of Democratic state Representative candidate Lew Nicholls. [Ashland Independent]

Late in the evening on February 27th, 2015, Nemtsov was walking home across a bridge that spans the Moscow River, not far from the Kremlin and the bulbous domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral. The killer shot Nemtsov four times, from behind, as his girlfriend watched in terror. [New Yorker]

A possible conflict of interest issue arose Wednesday during the Glasgow City Council’s finance committee meeting when city councilman Gary Oliver suggested committee members invite Sam Day Dickinson with Hilliard Lyons to speak to them about the city’s financial holdings. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Republican National Committee (RNC) recently took a brash position opposing transgender equality — and didn’t tell anyone about it. Weeks after its passage at the RNC’s winter meeting last month, Time Magazine’s Zeke Miller found the resolution urging lawmakers to discriminate against transgender people. [ThinkProgress]

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson urged Kentucky Republicans on Monday to choose a “calm” alternative — himself — in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, drawing a contrast to frontrunner Donald Trump. [WFPL]

It’s one of the biggest mysteries in Republican circles: Why has Sheldon Adelson ― who spent upward of $100 million during the previous presidential campaign ― suddenly stopped pouring huge sums of money into politics? [Politico]

Estill County leaders have hired two agencies to run radiation tests on the Blue Ridge Landfill as well as the high school and middle school. [WKYT]

Human-induced climate change is triggering changes beneath the waves that could have a long-term effect on marine food webs, a study suggests. [BBC]

This should make you feel totally safe and relaxed. An estimated 1,600 to 1,800 tons of low-level radioactive waste was illegally dumped in an Estill County landfill, and now state officials are warning other solid-waste operators not to accept any of the material. [H-L]

Dow Chemical Co., one of America’s largest chemical manufacturers, agreed on Friday to settle a price-fixing lawsuit for $835 million in the wake of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. [HuffPo]

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