Don’t Forget About Bevin’s UofL Disaster

A judge in Louisville has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration seeking to fine Planned Parenthood for performing abortions at its Louisville facility. [H-L]

Donald Trump has spent the week pedaling backward and forward on his immigration positions, leaving immigration hawks — and some of his biggest boosters — worried about the strength of his support for mass deportations and a blanket ban on Muslim immigrants. [HuffPo]

He who doth protest too much! One of Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s new University of Louisville trustees regularly takes to Twitter to deny mainstream climate science and say that being gay isn’t compatible with Christianity, while also taking aim at U of L sports. [C-J/AKN]

Convicting an elected official on corruption charges just got a lot harder. Government watchdogs say the Supreme Court’s decision on Monday to toss out the conviction and two-year prison sentence of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) will create new hurdles for prosecutors. [The Hill]

Don’t worry, Doug Cobb, us gays and other educated thinking people won’t be backing down, either. We’ll win over your ignorant bigotry. [WDRB]

After a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Florida this month, police dispatchers fielded calls from people inside who screamed of being shot, begged for help and spoke in hushed voices of the bloody scene around them. [Reuters]

Eastern Kentuckians can now apply for Interapt’s upcoming, new paid, work-based learning tech internships and job opportunities set to launch later this year in Paintsville following an announcement made at the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Innovation Summit on June 6. [Hazard Herald]

BIG TIME PEE ALERT! Vince Harris supports a white supremacist. Donald Trump has hired Vincent Harris, the former chief digital strategist for Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign and for Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 2014 reelection bid, as the presumptive Republican nominee continues to ramp up his digital operations, according to multiple people familiar with the hiring. [Politico]

With one commissioner voting no and another reserving to right to vote against hires, purchases and tax increases unless a proposed police pay scale is addressed, the Richmond City Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday night to adopt the 2015-16 budget. [Richmond Register]

Who plans to show up and pay for the Trump hate circus at the RNC? Maker’s Mark, for one. While the legendary bourbon house tried to use the excuse that they’re also throwing money at the DNC, it doesn’t change the reality that their money – money you give them by buying their products – is being used to fund white supremacy, Islamophobia, racism in general, attacks on Asian people, attacks on the disabled, attacks on gay people, attacks on sense. [WaPo]

Local Congressman Thomas Massie is renewing a year-old call for the US to make its own “Amexit” from the United Nations not long after news of “Brexit” captivated the world. [Ashland Independent]

Though the United States is one of the richest countries in the world, it’s not necessarily one of the most successful. When you take a broad view of social progress—incorporating measures of health, happiness, the environment, and levels of security—we’re actually down the list of big hitters. Nations such as Sweden and the Netherlands have broader-based prosperity and better access to services like health care and housing. [FastCo]

Fun fact: the people advising Matt Bevin today are the very same people who took down Ernie Fletcher’s administration in a whirlwind of corruption. Legit – the same people. And now he has even more inexperienced, bigoted, greedy, delusional people in his ear. [H-L]

Meanwhile, Kentucky can’t get its head out of the sewage-infested creek bed sand long enough to get hemp right. Or medical marijuana right. [HuffPo]

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Adam Edelen’s The New Jonathan Miller

No wonder Valarie Honeycutt Spears’ reporting on Montgomery County is permitted and excused – with me personally attacked – for daring to criticize her glaring, ahem, errors. It’s because the paper still has no clue how the educational system works, no clue that accrued leave and vacation days are always paid out, that many administration folks end up as borderline millionaires in a short period of time. Even in small town school districts. This is just a juicy, quick-hit scandal for them to grab onto and it’ll be forgotten in a matter of days. If they ever once – truly – cared about this issue? You’d have read about the horrors in education that I’ve reported for the past decade in the papers of that paper. [H-L]

Donald Trump’s policy agenda would quickly push the national debt to its highest level in history, according to a new report. [HuffPo]

PEE ALERT! Carly Fiorina is campaigning for Rand Paul in Kentucky, reuniting the two one-time presidential candidates as part of the Kentucky senator’s slow but steady re-election campaign. [C-J/AKN]

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Monday called on the Senate to take immediate action this week to address Puerto Rico’s $70 billion debt crisis before the critical July 1 deadline for the island territory’s next debt payments. [Reuters]

More than two years of work by Cave City officials and others culminated Thursday in a groundbreaking for the Chapatcha Industrial Park off of Mammoth Cave Street within the city’s limits. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Last June, a gunman opened fire at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church – a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. [ProPublica]

A second reading of the City of Wurtland’s 2016-17 budget for the new fiscal year was approved at a special meeting held by the city commission Thursday afternoon. The voting was followed by a discussion about raising water rates. [Ashland Independent]

Many avoided mentioning that LGBT people were the victims — at least until a few days later, when they began reminding everybody what they truly think about gay people. [ThinkProgress]

A $5,000 budget amendment to support a project of Downtown Morehead Inc., triggered comments from Rowan County Fiscal Court members about how such changes should be handled in the future. [The Morehead News]

Transgender people are banned from serving in the US armed forces, yet an estimated 12,800 do, the vast majority in secret. Jane, a master sergeant in the Air Force, has hidden her gender identity from the military for 25 years. She hopes a policy review announced last year will allow her finally to be herself. [BBC]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It’s tough to take Adam Edelen seriously because he wanted to be on the Foundation board. [WLKY]

As investigators probe the background of Omar Mateen, whose attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando left 49 people dead, they say he bore few warning signs of radicalization. [NPR]

State lawmakers from across the South will be in Lexington July 9-13 for a conference that will include speeches by University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari and the dynamic political duo of Mary Matalin and James Carville. Reminder: When Stumbo & Stivers raise funds from private donors, those donors are going to expect something in return. [H-L]

At least seven people were injured in stabbings Sunday when neo-Nazi demonstrators and counter-protesters clashed outside the capitol building in Sacramento, California. [HuffPo]

Everyone Has Bevin Ignorance Fatigue

Aren’t you glad the most important newspaper in the state didn’t die in a fire? [H-L]

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign paid more than $1 million last month to companies controlled by the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, according to reports the Trump campaign filed late Monday with the Federal Election Commission. [HuffPo]

The new executive director of Kentucky’s Office of Highway Safety was charged with child endangerment in 2007 after she allegedly smoked crack cocaine in her car in front of her two-month-old daughter. [C-J/AKN]

An openly gay candidate for the White House is still a long shot, but voters under 40 are a lot more enthusiastic about the prospect than their elders are. [Rasmussen Reports]

A man who police say escaped from a Georgia prison in 1979 and eluded authorities for nearly four decades has been arrested in eastern Kentucky. [Richmond Register]

A few years ago, I was in the middle of an interview with Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., when President Barack Obama called. Then the minority leader, McConnell walked across his spacious office in the United States Capitol to his desk and picked up the phone. [James R. Carroll]

Children bounced on inflatables and screamed on carnival rides as Stephen Salyers entertained a large crowd Friday evening at Russell Railroad Days. The annual festival, on its 6th year after a hiatus, had a crowd Friday evening as performers took to the stage and children ran around playing games and ate cotton candy. [Ashland Independent]

“Students and taxpayers have paid the price” for the failures of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, she wrote in an accompanying letter to the U.S. Secretary of Education. Warren urged the Department of Education to take “strong, aggressive action to hold ACICS accountable.” [ProPublica]

Nineteen law enforcement officers from all across the world made the trek to Morehead this week to participate in a National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) active shooter training. [The Morehead News]

Charles Koch, facing questions about his commitment to political spending, late last month donated $3 million to a super PAC spending heavily to protect the Republican Senate majority, according to a Federal Election Commission report set to be filed in the coming days. [Politico]

Officials with one of the four counties that had a contract with the Edmonson County Animal Shelter in the Bee Springs community of Edmonson County have agreed to enter into a contract with the Barren River Animal Welfare Association to bring their dogs to Glasgow. [Glasgow Daily Times]

For example, while 72 percent of Republicans believe that discrimination against whites has become as bad as discrimination against blacks and other minority groups, among Trump supporters the number is 81 percent. [WaPo]

The board of the Bluegrass Area Development District voted Wednesday to pursue appealing the state’s decision to yank its designation as an area agency on aging. [H-L]

Donald Trump reported on Monday night that his campaign is virtually broke. Having raised roughly $3 million in the month of May, he retained just $1.28 million in cash on hand — a sum better suited for a competitive House race than a run for the presidency. [HuffPo]

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Jobless Rates Allegedly Down In May

The Bevin Churchministration says Kentucky’s jobless rate fell in 91 counties during the month of May, rose in 24 and remained the same in five.

Details…

Remained the same in:

  • Letcher
  • Marshall
  • Menifee
  • Powell
  • Webster

Lowest jobless rates:

  • Woodford 3.3%
  • Oldham 3.4%
  • Fayette, Shelby, Spencer 3.6%
  • Boone 3.7%
  • Anderson, Campbell, Scott 3.8%
  • Franklin, Jessamine, Owen, Warren, Washington 3.9%

Highest jobless rates:

  • Magoffin 15.6%
  • Leslie 11.6%
  • Harlan 11.2%
  • Letcher 11.1%
  • Elliott 10.9%
  • Floyd 10.7%
  • Knott, Pike 10.5%
  • Clay 10.1%
  • Lawrence 10%

Want to dig through all the numbers? Here you go:


CLICK TO ENLARGE — PDF

Have fun.

Try not to think about Bevin appointing church loonies to every board position in the state, the RPK being homophobic and borderline (full-on?) racist, every poor person in the state getting stiffed on the health care front…

That Suntory Story Is A Great Read

University of Louisville President James Ramsey’s announced departure on Friday means that half of Kentucky public university presidents have either announced their resignations or have already stepped down since January. [H-L]

Iraqi government-run camps struggled on Sunday to shelter people fleeing Fallujah, as the military battled Islamic State militants in the city’s northern districts. [HuffPo]

LGBT-related graffiti discovered at Humana’s Waterside building downtown earlier this week prompted the FBI to step in on a joint investigation with Louisville police. [C-J/AKN]

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump said “it would be nice if the Republicans stuck together” but he believes he can “win either way,” according to an interview. [The Hill]

While Republicans and Democrats differ wildly on firearms issues in Congress, opposition to gun control measures transcends political parties in Kentucky. [WFPL]

Democrats pushing for gun curbs after the latest mass shooting in the United States are co-opting a Republican mantra to build public support and defang opposition: it’s time to get tough on national security. [Reuters]

More than half a million Kentucky students eat meals at school for free or at a reduced price. However, only one in 13 low-income children who need a summer meal is receiving it, according to a recently released study. [Richmond Register]

Just months after Suntory’s $16bn takeover of US spirits maker Beam in 2014, the chief executive of the Japanese whisky group dropped a bombshell. The quality of the Kentucky-made Jim Beam bourbon could be improved, he suggested, if its distillers employed a Japanese process called kaizen. Matt Shattock, the chief executive of Beam, cringed at the proposal made by his counterpart, Takeshi Niinami. It was seen as a direct affront to the formula perfected by the Jim Beam family over two centuries. [Financial Times]

Matt Bevin late Friday afternoon issued an executive order abolishing the existing board for the Kentucky Retirement System and creating a new one that will have a membership at odds with the existing statute governing the board. [Ronnie Ellis]

Investigators have recovered graphic video footage from security cameras at the Orlando nightclub where a gunman Sunday morning killed 49 people and injured 53 others. [Orlando Sentinel]

An estimate of the city’s carryover funds for next budget year had many on Morehead City Council worried about the finances of the municipality. A second look by a management accountant relieved some of that stress, revealing that about $1 million had not been allocated. [The Morehead News]

The man who killed 49 people and wounded 53 at an LGBT nightclub in Florida on Sunday was dismissed from the state department of corrections in 2007 after joking about bringing a gun to a training class, according to records released on Friday. [The Guardian]

Oh, now Valerie Honeycutt Spears cares about the Education Professional Standards Board. Dollars to doughnuts that she still doesn’t comprehend the problems EPSB faces in attempting to hold corrupt educators accountable and never will. [H-L]

As President Barack Obama approaches the end of his second term, there’s been much discussion of what his legacy will be. While much of that debate focuses on his foreign policy or his sweeping domestic policies, such as the Affordable Care Act, there’s another area where the 44th president has left a significant mark: making life easier for millions of working parents. [HuffPo]

Everything Is Still A Giant Dumpster Fire

Income inequality in Kentucky has grown significantly since 1979 and Fayette County is among the counties with the greatest inequality, says a study released last week by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. [H-L]

A top official in the George W. Bush administration has become the most prominent Republican to endorse Hillary Clinton for president. [HuffPo]

In an attempt to address concerns raised by Franklin Circuit Court last week, Gov. Matt Bevin on Monday reorganized for the second time the state board that nominates candidates for him to appoint as workers’ compensation judges. [C-J/AKN]

In the days following the slayings of 49 people at a gay nightclub, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community pulled together in prayer vigils and benefit drag shows and basked in a broad showing of support many said they had never experienced. [Reuters]

Louisville media is essentially a dumpster fire of awful. Maybe one of the most disgusting bits of hype we’ve seen in years. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Campaigns always say the candidate is driving the strategy. For the first time in modern presidential politics, it might be true with Donald Trump. [Politico]

No, it’s not just your imagination — the rich are getting richer, in Kentucky and across the United States. [Ronnie Ellis]

People in Orlando have dressed as guardian angels to protect the funeral of one of the Orlando shooting victims from homophobic protesters. [BBC]

Overdose-related fatalities in Boyd County nearly doubled in the last year, jumping from 13 to 24. [Ashland Independent]

Today I write with a heavy heart arising from the tragedy that occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the neighbor to the east of my Diocese of St. Petersburg. [WaPo]

Here’s your chance to make sure someone like Joshua Powell or Terry Holliday don’t screw up your school district! The search for a new superintendent of Glasgow Independent Schools will continue with the help of a district parent. The GIS Board of Education is seeking a parent to serve on its superintendent screening committee. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The charade of silence used to work for House Republicans. As the death toll from mass shootings rose, and rose, and rose, the feudal serfs of the NRA would engage in a moment of silence. [The Nation]

Just in case you needed another reason to avoid Frankfort. At least this time it doesn’t appear to have anything to do with corrupt law enforcement. [H-L]

A lot is said publicly about the challenges that new technologies – particularly the Internet – can create for people, in terms of the spread of extremism, invasions into our privacy, and the security of our data. Social media has also been the subject of scrutiny, for the way in which it can create a platform for trolling and other vicious behaviour. But while new technology can of course create new problems, it is my belief that innovation in technology is a force for good, and that these advancements can do a lot more good than the harm that is often talked about. [Prince William]

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Stand Up Loudly & Proudly, Folks

Growing abuse of the powerful painkiller fentanyl drove the number of overdose deaths in Kentucky to a new record high in 2015, according to a report released Tuesday. [H-L]

John McCain is responsible for the Orlando massacre because he has long pushed homophobic policies. [HuffPo]

Tucked against an Ohio River levee in Rubbertown sits a plain brick building that on many rainy days is all that stands between nature’s fury and deadly flooding that could impact tens of thousands of residents. [C-J/AKN]

Millions of unbanked consumers unable to open a traditional bank account have turned to prepaid debit cards in recent years. But now these reloadable, and often untraceable, cards have also become a method of choice for criminals to transport a large amount of cash from one place to another. A new device aims to make it easier for police to seize these ill-gotten funds, but some advocates worry the card scanner could be putting legitimate prepaid card users’ civil rights at risk. [Consumerist]

Participants had the opportunity to literally take a walk down memory lane Saturday as they participated in the fourth annual Historic Downtown Walking Tour hosted in conjunction with the Eastern Kentucky Military Historical Society. [Ashland Independent]

Since 2009 the people of Dimock, Pennsylvania, have insisted that, as natural gas companies drilled into their hillsides, shaking and fracturing their ground, their water had become undrinkable. It turned a milky brown, with percolating bubbles of explosive methane gas. People said it made them sick. [ProPublica]

PNC Bank has agreed to pay millions of dollars to the University of Kentucky’s marketing partner to be the school’s “official” bank, with the school getting 70 percent of the proceeds. [Business First]

Muhammad Ali grew up in a poor neighbourhood in segregated Louisville, Kentucky, in the 1950s. Sixty years later, segregation has yet to lose its grip on the city. [BBC]

A co-defendant in the alleged prostitution ring involving lawmakers and police officers gave an interview with detectives alleging a Frankfort Police major knew the details in the kidnapping of a minor. Wonder when they’ll start getting into the drug ring? And maybe more into the legislative ring? Guess it’ll take a while. COUGH. [State Journal]

You can’t fix this level of stupidity and hatred. A top aide to Donald Trump on Monday slammed President Obama for previously lauding Islam’s cultural contributions. [The Hill]

Over the past few days, top Republicans have given hints that they are considering some gun control measures in the wake of the mass-shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. That’s a sea change for GOP leaders who have typically blocked any new restrictions on gun ownership, citing Second Amendment rights. [WFPL]

Stop exploiting LGBT issues to demonize Islam and justify anti-Muslim policies. [The Intercept]

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spoke this past weekend at a Utah retreat organized by Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee who has been one of the most outspoken critics of Donald Trump. [H-L]

Scenes from Donald Trump’s rally at the Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina Tuesday will keep the writer Jared Sexton, who teaches at Georgia Southern University, awake at night. [HuffPo]

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