500,000 Kentuckians To Lose Health Care

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Two things: It’s the Republican Party of Kentucky, not Kentucky Republican Party – but Valarie’s not exactly a stickler for details, as you already know. And Jonathan Miller and Brooke Parker representing Fayette County Public Schools? Are you flipping kidding? HAHAHAHA. You should see the documents Miller initially produced to try to get Parker hired at FBT. [H-L]

President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly called out the publication of unverified allegations that he has ties to Russia as “fake news” during Wednesday’s press conference, his first in nearly six months. [HuffPo]

You already knew Matt Bevin was to blame for the University of Louisville shenanigans. But here’s more proof. [C-J/AKN]

President-elect Donald Trump is dodging serious questions raised by a blockbuster CNN story that top U.S. intelligence officials presented Trump with documents including Russian claims that they have “compromising” information about the president-elect. Instead, he is trying to turn the conversation into a discussion about ethics in political journalism, and some in the press are playing along, helping the president-elect avoid accountability. [Media Matters]

On Wednesday, those that help Richmond job seekers find employment and assist with unemployment claims were told they themselves would soon be working elsewhere. [Richmond Register]

500,000 Kentuckians stand to lose access to health care. But that’s not exactly something Republicans care about in the Commonwealth. [Click the Clicky]

Kentucky’s 51 career centers will be reorganized into 12 hubs and eight existing satellite offices effective Feb. 16, according to an emailed statement from Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner. [Glasgow Daily Times]

President-elect Donald Trump aims to open up federal lands to more energy development, tapping into a long-running and contentious debate over how best to manage America’s remaining wilderness. [Reuters]

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on Wednesday informed the University of Louisville in writing that it remains out of compliance with requirements of the accrediting agency and will lose accreditation if it fails to address the concerns within two years. [Ronnie Ellis]

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that he has “NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!” Trump, however, has a long history with Russia, trying repeatedly to build luxury properties in Moscow, holding a beauty pageant there and benefiting from heavy investments from Russians in his properties around the world. [WaPo]

Gynnya entered Lincoln Village Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Hardin County on Jan. 10, 2016, and was pronounced dead the next morning. [WFPL]

A recent reworking of language concerning climate change on a Wisconsin government website could be replicated under a Trump administration. [ProPublica]

The Republican Party of Kentucky will NEVER take the time to listen to real Kentuckians who are most impacted by their backward legislation. Never have, never will. [H-L]

President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he would place his two sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, in charge of his multibillion-dollar Trump Organization. [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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Woah, Johnny Boone Got Arrested

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The Kentucky Association of Counties and the Kentucky League of Cities don’t want Gov. Matt Bevin or the Kentucky General Assembly to mess with the well-funded, solvent state County Employees Retirement System. [H-L]

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump called on Thursday for the country to expand its nuclear weapons capabilities until the world “comes to its senses” – a signal he may support costly efforts to modernize the aging U.S. nuclear arsenal. [HuffPo]

This is the only thing people in the city know/think about the mountains of rural Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

An 11-year-old transgender Ohio child must be allowed to continue to use the girls’ restroom while her school district appeals a court ruling in her favor, a U.S. appeals court ruled Thursday. [Reuters]

The parent company of Kentucky Electric Steel filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday. [Ashland Independent]

ProPublica has sued the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, claiming the agency failed to promptly process a request for correspondence with a consultant about Agent Orange, a toxic defoliant used during the Vietnam War. [ProPublica]

Um, only a few places? Talk about a gross understatement. This is what happens when people from inside the Watterson try to write about the rest of the Commonwealth without ever having been anywhere. There are only a few places where alcohol sales are still completely banned in the Bluegrass. [Business First]

While Democrats vowed to fight the nomination of a climate denier to head up the Environmental Protection Agency, Republican congressmen and fossil fuel industry leaders celebrated on Thursday. [ThinkProgress]

As temperatures fall and Wednesday being the first day of winter, individuals and families who have fallen on hard times and found themselves without a place to lay their heads, may be looking for shelter from the cold. [Richmond Register]

Across Appalachia, coal miners are suffering from the most serious form of the deadly mining disease black lung in numbers more than 10 times what federal regulators report. [NPR]

The former leader of the Cornbread Mafia was arrested in Canada on Thursday. U.S. marshals picked up John “Johnny” Robert Boone in a small town outside Montreal after an extensive fugitive investigation. [WLKY]

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Matt Bevin continues to prove he’s a turd burglar who is willfully ignorant of the laws of the Commonwealth and this nation. You can’t fix that kind of stupid. [H-L]

A senior United Nations official warned on Thursday that thousands of people evacuated from rebel-held areas of Aleppo after a crushing government offensive could suffer the same fate in their new place of refuge outside the city. [HuffPo]

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UK Is Just As Bad/Corrupt As UofL

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The state attorney general ruled Monday the University of Kentucky violated the state’s Open Records Act when it failed to provide a detailed explanation on why a request for emails and other records from the College of Law was delayed. [H-L]

In Bonita Springs, Florida, this March, Bill Lonkart was preparing for the coming Republican presidential primary. In Philadelphia this July, Amanda Berg was gearing up to protest the Democratic National Convention. [HuffPo]

To quote Marc Murphy, Damon Thayer (not a Kentuckian but a Michigander) wants everyone who isn’t like him to get off his lawn. But there’s no one actually on his lawn, he’s just freaking out again, probably abusing people, hiding his true identity, surrounding himself with people who pump up his fragile ego. Let’s just say it: Damon Thayer is a racist wuss. Period. Full stop. [C-J/AKN]

At an average of five weather-related closures each year, students in Louisville are typically left with a week of canceled courses annually. [The Atlantic]

With prices for generic drugs skyrocketing, Kentucky has joined a multi-state lawsuit alleging a large group of pharmaceutical companies has monopolized generic drugs, calling the conduct “straightforward and sinister.” [Richmond Register]

Michigan must deliver bottled water or provide in-home filtration to all qualified residents in the city of Flint, where lead contamination sparked a public health crisis, a U.S. appellate panel ruled on Friday upholding a lower-court order. [Reuters]

Despite fears that environmental protections will relax under Donald Trump’s administration, fewer cases are being pursued by the Environmental Protection Agency now than at any time in the past 20 years. [Ashland Independent]

Far from ending with President-elect Trump’s announcement that he will separate himself from the management of his business empire, the constitutional debate about the meaning of the Emoluments Clause — and whether Trump will be violating it — is likely just beginning. [ProPublica]

Come January, Kentucky will have a full-time Secretary of Economic Development following a year when the cabinet was overseen by an acting secretary. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Embassy of Kuwait allegedly cancelled a contract with a Washington, D.C. hotel days after the presidential election, citing political pressure to hold its National Day celebration at the Trump International Hotel instead. A source tells ThinkProgress that the Kuwaiti embassy, which has regularly held the event at the Four Seasons in Georgetown, abruptly canceled its reservation after members of the Trump Organization pressured the ambassador to hold the event at the hotel owned by the president-elect. [ThinkProgress]

Are UofL fans outnumbered in Louisville? Hopefully, if we’re lucky. [WFPL]

President-elect Donald Trump has continued employing a private security and intelligence team at his victory rallies, and he is expected to keep at least some members of the team after he becomes president, according to people familiar with the plans. [Politico]

The University of Kentucky’s Senate Council held a specially called meeting on Monday to discuss the case of a journalism professor accused of misconduct whose story has exploded across social and national media. [H-L]

Environmental groups are voicing opposition to a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cut across the Appalachian Trail in Virginia and require clearing a previously protected corridor of forest. [HuffPo]

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Year Ten Of Crazy UofL Scandals

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How is it Linda Blackford can get a story like this done with ease and her colleague, Spears, can’t be bothered to get a story about Montgomery County even ten percent correctly? Also, UK is apparently just as corrupt as UofL. [H-L]

A majority of American voters favor delaying the Electoral College vote scheduled for Monday until electors can be fully briefed on Russian interference in the election. [HuffPo]

What? UofL is accused of cheating? Surely not! [C-J/AKN]

It’s just politics, right, Republican Party of Kentucky? You made your Cheeto Jesus and his homophobic administration. Now you get to answer for every atrocity they force on the LGBTQ community in the coming years. [Boston Globe]

Come Monday, 538 members of the esoteric Electoral College will gather in statehouses across the country and 306 of them will vote to finalize Donald Trump’s election as the 45th President of the United States. [Ronnie Ellis]

This doesn’t make the Republican Party of Kentucky mouthbreathers/coal shills happy. Solar power is becoming the world’s cheapest form of new electricity generation. [Fortune]

Most of the laid-off AK steelworkers mingling in the local union hall after filing unemployment paperwork had one question for the chapter president. [Ashland Independent]

There’s so much to nitpick in this “coal country” story. Just so much. [FastCoExist]

Nearly 20 area residents attended a special called Fiscal Court meeting Friday morning to voice their displeasure regarding the county’s potential adoption of the Kentucky state building code. [The Morehead News]

Donald Trump’s selection of Rep. Mick Mulvaney to become his budget chief could represent a major shift for the incoming administration on tackling entitlement spending. [The Hill]

A $10.7 million expansion of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Mammoth Cave on Mammoth Cave Road was announced earlier this week. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Granny McConnell got his butt handed to him by Cheeto Jesus, apparently. The courtship of Ryan Zinke began months before the end of the presidential race. A Republican congressman from Montana and a former Navy SEAL commander, Mr. Zinke was approached over the summer by Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, about running for the Senate in 2018. [NY Times]

The University of Louisville has agreed to pay Dr. David Dunn, the former vice president of health affairs, $1.15 million to leave the school. [H-L]

President-elect Donald Trump and some of Silicon Valley’s most powerful executives met at his Manhattan tower on Wednesday, a summit convened to smooth over frictions after both sides made no secret of their disdain for each other during the election campaign. [HuffPo]

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Frankfort Is Definitely Fine With Corruption

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Preventing land developers and suburban homeowners from collecting a tax break meant to preserve Kentucky’s farmland will not be a high priority in the upcoming legislative session, several lawmakers said Tuesday. Pro-tip: If Ruth Ann Palumbo is pushing something, it’s probably for a shady-ass reason, even if it’s a good thing. [H-L]

As a parting gift to women, the Obama administration finalized a rule on Wednesday that will prohibit states from defunding Planned Parenthood for political reasons. [HuffPo]

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that judges do not have the authority to dismiss randomly selected jury panels that lack racial diversity. [C-J/AKN]

This hilarious restaurant review caused Donald Trump to lose his mind this week. [Vanity Fair]

Sadiqa Reynolds is a sad disaster. I’ll never understand why the Urban League put her in charge of anything. [The ‘Ville Voice]

A federal jury on Thursday found avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof guilty on all counts for gunning down nine black parishioners at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, last year. [Reuters]

A top official in Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office is resigning Thursday to take a job with a Louisville law firm. [WFPL]

Wealthy politicians and businessmen suspected of corruption in their native lands are fleeing to a safe haven where their wealth and influence shields them from arrest. [ProPublica]

Come January, Kentucky will have a full-time Secretary of Economic Development following a year when the cabinet was overseen by an acting secretary. [Ronnie Ellis]

In the final weeks of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, he pledged to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C. by, among other things, introducing tough new restrictions on lobbying. [ThinkProgress]

Disabled persons dependent on benefit programs such as Medicaid and SSI have heretofore been unable to accrue savings for fear of losing their benefits. [More Ronnie Ellis]

See? Here’s him melting down. President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday morning popped off at the media — one of his favorite targets — taking to Twitter to rail against Vanity Fair and numerous reports hammering him for failing to disentangle himself from his business empire. [Politico]

Most housing rates at the University of Kentucky will rise about 3.5 percent next fall, a Board of Trustees finance committee decided Tuesday. [H-L]

Even though they hold no committee gavels in their hands and no subpoena power to command witnesses to testify, House Democrats are going to try and provide oversight of the Trump administration whether Republicans want to or not. [HuffPo]

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