“Stop Being So Poor, You Poors!” -Bevin

The Medicaid revamp proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin last week is built on a belief that providing health care to low-income people somehow robs them of their dignity. Also, that 20 percent of Kentuckians lacked health insurance only a few years ago, not because they couldn’t afford it, but because they were disengaged or didn’t understand deductibles. On that dubious base, Bevin wants to replace a fairly straightforward system with a red-tape tangle of penalties, incentives, premiums and cutbacks in coverage, including some proposals that the federal government already has rejected in other states. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell (R-Cowardly Grandmother) is supporting Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump for president — but he isn’t saying, at least for now, whether he thinks the business mogul is actually up to the job. [HuffPo]

It sure is fun watching the newspaper folks ignore the reality that Nancy Rodriguez misreported and/or ignored shenanigans in the Felner Scandal until she had egg all over her face. [C-J/AKN]

West Virginia’s three most devastated counties and possibly others will receive federal assistance after the state’s worst flooding in more than a century killed at least 24 people, officials said on Saturday. [Reuters]

Mayor Bill May and City of Frankfort Commissioners say they fully support actions taken by Police Maj. Rob Richardson in regard to recent allegations that appeared in the discovery file for the case against Tom Banta. [State Journal]

President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded that lawmakers put politics aside and move forward on the longstanding impasse over gun legislation in the wake of the latest tragedy. [Politico]

A house built with illicit drug money soon will shelter addicts while they work to get clean and sober. [Ashland Independent]

Republicans STILL DON’T have an actual health care alternative and they never will. The House GOP’s health-care proposal would expand savings accounts, provide tax credits for buying insurance, and allow people to purchase coverage across state lines. Just don’t ask how much it costs. [The Atlantic]

Country and bluegrass music will ring from the hills of eastern Rowan County with a concert for the late Keith Whitley on Friday, July 1, at Poppy Mountain. [The Morehead News]

Lives are on the line: the smearing of LGBT individuals by right-wing extremists is more than disturbing – it’s dangerous. [Salon]

Alyne Barrick left her home in the Laurel Ridge community of Edmonson County on the afternoon of April 12, 1996, to walk her dog. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A tax break that benefits only about 2,000 people adds up to billions in savings for them — and billions lost for the US economy. Leo Hindery Jr. remembers the call he got the night before he was to testify before Congress, in September of 2007, to close a tax loophole enjoyed by private-equity investors. It was from Stephen Schwarzman, co-founder of the Blackstone Group, the largest private-equity management firm in the US. [Bill Moyers]

Meanwhile, the people who do all the actual work at UK are paid dirt in comparison. University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto received a 48 percent increase in his base pay and a three-year contract extension Friday. [H-L]

The U.S. Supreme Court is due on Monday to issue its first major abortion ruling since 2007 against a backdrop of unremitting divisions among Americans on the issue and a decades-long decline in the rate at which women terminate pregnancies. [HuffPo]

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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Fun Times At UK & UofL Lately

Tuition and salaries will increase at the University of Kentucky next year. Next week, the UK Board of Trustees is expected to pass a 5 percent tuition increase for in-state students and a 2 percent raise for employees. Tuition for out-of-state students will increase 8.5 percent. [H-L]

What we do know — what I’ve known my entire life — is that the sight of two men kissing is a stunning, terrifying thing. A dangerous thing. A thing that inspires fury and fear and violence and, yes, murder. [HuffPo]

A leading University of Louisville surgeon says that staffing cuts by KentuckyOne Health at U of L Hospital have rendered it “unsafe” for the care of seriously ill and injured patients. [C-J/AKN]

CIA director John Brennan said on Saturday that he expects 28 redacted pages of a congressional report on 9/11 to be published and that he supports their release. [The Hill]

In its search for a new superintendent, Glasgow Independent Schools is using Phil Eason, of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA), as superintendent search consultant. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Key members of the U.S. Congress said Friday they had reached a compromise to shift more than $1 billion to try to keep struggling families together, including those with babies born dependant on opioids. [Reuters]

If the Richmond City Commission adopts the police department’s proposed pay scale, it would get a greater return on the $59,000 it invests in training a new officer for nearly a year, according to Acting Police Chief Robert Mott. [Richmond Register]

Mergers have become commonplace as hospital mega-chains increasingly dominate the American health-care market. But these deals often go unscrutinized by state regulators, who fail to address potential risks to patients losing access to care, according to a new report released today. [ProPublica]

For several residents of Hardburly, life suddenly changed without warning last week, when a mudslide completely devastated their community. On the evening of May 28, folks living near Salyers Lane prepared to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend. On the morning of May 29, they were joining together in cleanup efforts and trying to recover from the aftermath of an avalanche. [Hazard Herald]

Rousing tributes have been paid to boxing legend Muhammad Ali at a memorial service in his home city of Louisville, Kentucky. [BBC]

The Kentucky Supreme Court will decide the fate of local minimum wage laws. On Friday, the court heard arguments over whether Louisville’s minimum wage ordinance violates state law by going beyond the scope of Kentucky’s minimum wage, which is tied to the federal rate of $7.25 per hour. [WFPL]

A secret report warned that British spies may have put lives at risk because their surveillance systems were sweeping up more data than could be analyzed, leading them to miss clues to possible security threats. [The Intercept]

It was a violation of the Kentucky Open Meetings Act for Gov. Matt Bevin to send state police to a May 19 meeting of the Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees and threaten to arrest the board chairman if he participated, Attorney General Andy Beshear said in an opinion released Tuesday. [H-L]

Donald Trump ramped up his earlier call to ban Muslims from entering the country in a high-profile national security address on Monday — and made clear he believes he can do it with or without congressional approval. [HuffPo]

Another Slap In The Face: When Frankfort Ignores Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Kentuckians Suffer

A baby born today to parents in Wolfe County can expect to live eight years less than a baby born in Fayette County. The reason is that while Campton and Lexington are just an hour apart, they differ significantly in ways that have an impact on health and how long people live, such as education levels, poverty level, opportunities to be physically active and access to health care, according to a researcher who mapped life expectancy in the state. [H-L]

President Barack Obama mourned the death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali in a Saturday statement, remembering “The Greatest” for his talent and his spirit. [HuffPo]

A rare 18th-century wall map depicting frontier Kentucky that was put up for auction Thursday in New York has sold for $37,500 — more than twice its high estimated value. [C-J/AKN]

Ron Paul on Monday said Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are disappointing options for voters hungry for change. [The Hill]

Demand for bourbon is putting pressure on the population of Kentucky’s white oak trees, which are used to make staves for whiskey barrels. [WFPL]

We’re looking at you, Bigot Bevin. For transgender or gender non-conforming individuals, as rejection from family members increases, so does their likelihood of suicide attempts or substance abuse, according to a new study. [Reuters]

Muhammad Ali crafted the plan for his final tribute years ago, long before he died. On Friday, his family will honor him just like he planned, with a global celebration in his hometown. [Richmond Register]

This is the disaster that people like Scott Jennings and Julie Raque Adams support. Donald Trump escalated his never-ending feud with the political media on Monday as he explained his rationale for doing so, singling out NBC reporter Katy Tur as he ripped into the press for reporting on subjects “without access” while boasting about not letting them cover the same things. [Politico]

A bipartisan panel of state legislators will meet this summer to hear the advantages and disadvantages of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations announced Friday. [Ashland Independent]

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has won the primary in the US territory of Puerto Rico. [BBC]

And so the search for a new superintendent begins. Glasgow Independent Schools Board of Education met in a special-called meeting Thursday evening in Glasgow Middle School’s media center to discuss and approve a superintendent search consultant. [Glasgow Daily Times]

This should make the Beshear Family happy. New payday loan sharking rules won’t stop predatory lenders. [The Intercept]

The University of Kentucky has spent more than $5 million in the last year to fix federal billing issues involving a Hazard cardiology practice it acquired three years ago, but UK officials have declined to provide documents detailing problems that led to the payments. [H-L]

Muhammad Ali is remembered for his influence inside and outside of the boxing ring and for standing up for his principles in the face of fierce backlash. [HuffPo]

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Bevin’s Still A Backward-Ass Buffoon

The University of Kentucky will lay off up to 75 people across several departments as part of an administrative reorganization, officials announced Thursday. [H-L]

Exaggerator took advantage of sloppy conditions and a “dream trip” to win the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes by 3-1/2 lengths in Baltimore on Saturday, ending Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist’s bid for the Triple Crown. And two horses died because of course they did. [HuffPo]

A lack of front door intercoms, a door propped open, overgrown shrubbery – these are some of the most common security vulnerabilities in schools, according to a Saturday panel about school safety during the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, promised on Thursday to roll back some of America’s most ambitious environmental policies, actions that he said would revive the ailing U.S. oil and coal industries and bolster national security. [Reuters]

Here’s the latest from your mouth-breathing, bigoted governor. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin announced Friday that his administration will join a suit filed in U.S. District Court challenging transgender bathroom guidelines for students issued by the Obama administration. [Ronnie Ellis]

Back in the late-housing-bubble period, in 2007, Countrywide Home Loans, which was then the largest mortgage provider in the country, rolled out a new lending program. [ProPublica]

The son of a former Ashland mayoral candidate advocated for the passage of an anti-discrimination ordinance Thursday in front of the Ashland Board of City Commissioners. [Ashland Independent]

In the hot and humid conditions of downtown Dallas, the #Exxonknew ice sculpture – erected by environmental campaigners to suggest the company had known about the science of climate change but had failed to act – did not last too long. [BBC]

A plan to apply artificial turf at the Rowan County Senior High School football field seems to have hit a dead end. [The Morehead News]

For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort, an alarming development that the top U.S. public health official says could signal “the end of the road” for antibiotics. [WaPo]

Barren County Judge-Executive Micheal Hale essentially issued a challenge to his fellow members of the county’s governing body, the fiscal court, to come to the next meeting with specific suggestions for what should be cut from next fiscal year’s budget. [Glasgow Daily Times]

As a witness to the removal of fallen U.S. troops from Afghanistan, Army Chaplain Christopher John Antal can’t recall a time when that solemn ceremony wasn’t conducted without the presence of drones passing along the horizon. [ABC News]

Kentucky officials say unemployment rates fell in 83 of the state’s counties between April 2015 and April 2016. Jobless rates rose in 33 counties and stayed the same in four. [H-L & Press Release]

The presidential campaign of Donald Trump has largely been a policy-free, fact-free, detail-free event, based on emotion (especially fear), pandering to shallow slogans (“Make America Great”), and the aggressive personal and ad hominem abuse of his Republican and Democratic opponents. [HuffPo]

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Yep, Montgomery Co. Is A Horrible Place

Welp, that didn’t take long for Andy Beshear. Larry Cleveland points out just how absurd this is. [H-L]

A new study by University of Kentucky researchers contends that there is a strong relationship between suspensions and the racial achievement gap between black students and white students. [More H-L]

Donald Trump likes giving nicknames to his enemies, but now he’s got a couple of his own. “He is the ugly American,” former Mexican president Vicente Fox said in an interview on the Kickass Politics podcast. “He is the hated gringo because he’s attacking all of us. He’s offending all of us.” [HuffPo]

Surprise! Racist asshole Thomas McAdam is representing a bunch of other racists! In another twist to the ongoing dispute over the controversial Confederate monument near the University of Louisville, a lawyer for a group seeking to preserve it claims U of L and the city of Louisville have no power to remove it because the 121-year-old statue is on state property. [C-J/AKN]

Medicare wants to shift away from paying doctors according to number of visits, procedures, hospitalizations, and tests — and toward paying for performance. [ThinkProgress]

Clint Poplin, the new chairman of the Boyd County Democratic Party, wants to build the ranks with youth. [Ashland Independent]

The pay-to-play investigation that snared political power broker John H. Estey involved an elaborate FBI sting in which agents created a fake Florida recycling company and spent lavishly on lobbyists and campaign contributions to push the firm’s agenda in Harrisburg, according to an Inquirer review of records and interviews with sources close to the case. [The Inquirer]

Rowan Fiscal Court last month voted 4-1 to raise the county occupational tax rate from one percent to 1.5 percent and some landlords apparently aren’t happy about it. [The Morehead News]

From the Department of Things Ken Ham wouldn’t understand… Seasickness, snow and sea ice couldn’t keep a University of Queensland scientist from his mission to learn more about Antarctica’s dinosaurs, with the palaeontologist returning from his trip with more than a tonne of fossils. [Click the Clicky]

An event planning meeting that is part of an on-going effort to bring new ideas for events and activities to Cave City, plus get more people interested in volunteering to help with those events and activities took place Tuesday. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Obama administration has roundly criticized states such as North Carolina and Mississippi for passing laws that allow discrimination in the name of religious freedom. But at the same time, the administration has left in place a 2007 memo from the Bush White House that allows religious charities with federal contracts to discriminate in hiring for federally funded programs. [ProPublica]

All over eastern Kentucky, you see cars and pickup trucks with black license plates proclaiming the owner is a “friend of coal.” [WFPL]

So… Montgomery County might be the worst place on earth. A federal judge has ruled there is evidence that a doctor, a nurse and the Montgomery County jailer all demonstrated “deliberate indifference” to the medical needs of an inmate who died in the jail in March 2013. [WFPL]

Fayette County schools will have a full-time staffer to assist the district’s nearly 800 homeless students beginning this fall, school officials said last week. [H-L]

Up to 5.3 million people in South Sudan may face a severe food shortages during this year’s lean season, the U.N. World Food Programme said on Monday, nearly double the number in the first three months of the year. [HuffPo]

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Remember That Fun UofL Sex Scandal?

University of Kentucky officials have accused a former employee of defrauding the school of more than $220,000 since 2011. [H-L]

Scientists recently discovered three planets that they say have the right conditions to sustain life — and those planets are pretty close, by astronomical terms. [HuffPo]

As many legal experts had expected, a lawsuit has been dismissed in which University of Louisville students claimed Katina Powell’s book, “Breaking Cardinal Rules,” diminished the value of their education. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump faces an uphill climb to win a general election battle against Hillary Clinton, but there is a path for him to beat the former secretary of State. [The Hill]

Despite the overcast skies and unseasonable chill in the air, Gov. Matt Bevin was in a sunny mood Thursday. [Ronnie Ellis]

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said the United States must move toward a cleaner energy future but not forget those who work in the coal industry. [Reuters]

Kentucky State Police has charged an Owsley County woman with murder Friday after two Owsley County residents were found deceased this morning at their residence. [Richmond Register]

A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine says medical errors should rank as the third-leading cause of death in the United States — and highlights how shortcomings in tracking vital statistics may hinder research and keep the problem out of the public eye. [ProPublica]

Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins said Thursday that Rowan Fiscal Court may need to change the way it writes its next check to support the Rowan County Fair. [The Morehead News]

While conversations surrounding decryption dominate the tech news cycle, the FBI is on the cusp of drastically increasing its hacking powers. [ThinkProgress]

Despite Gov. Matt Bevin’s 2 percent budget cuts to higher education’s current year of funding, Western Kentucky University’s Glasgow campus is safe from this round of cuts, according to Regional Chancellor Sally Ray. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Nestle extracted 36 million gallons of water from a national forest in California last year to sell as bottled water, even as Californians were ordered to cut their water use because of a historic drought in the state. [BBC]

Roger Brill, a Harrison County Tea Party activist, supported Republican Andy Barr’s first election to the U.S. House in 2012. He believed Barr was a young conservative who could remake Congress. [H-L]

Remember the House Select Committee on Benghazi? The ninth official probe into what really happened in the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. consulate in eastern Libya? [HuffPo]

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