Bevin’s Ignorance Parade Continues

Matt Bevin unveiled details Wednesday of his plan to overhaul Medicaid in Kentucky, saying it will impose monthly premiums of $1 to $15 and save taxpayers $2.2 billion over the next five years. Adding premiums to the Medicaid program concerns public health advocate Sheila Schuster, who said after the news conference that when out-of-pocket expenses are upped for Medicaid users, they drop out of the program. [H-L]

Democrats literally sat down on the floor of the House chamber on Wednesday — and forced the House into a temporary recess — as part of an effort to compel Republican leadership to vote on gun control legislation. [HuffPo]

Under proposed changes announced Wednesday by Gov. Matt Bevin, many Kentuckians covered by Medicaid would… Here’s your chance to watch poor Kentuckians suffer. As well as your chance to watch the Republican Party of Kentucky’s drunken, delusional leadership foam at the mouth about how wonderful this is. Such a shame the KDP has no guts. [C-J/AKN]

Senators rejected dueling proposals on blocking suspected terrorists from being able to buy a gun Monday, approximately a week after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. [The Hill]

Eastern Kentucky University’s employee wellness program titled “Healthy You at EKU” is focusing on bringing wellness opportunities to campus for all of their employees. And now that summer is about to begin, that means vegetables are beginning to turn ripe and the return of the Madison County Farmer’s Market to EKU’s grounds on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. [Richmond Register]

Who among us has not been in the position where what he means to say is something wise and temperate and what actually comes out of his mouth is a garbage fart? [WaPo]

Pathways will continue to shine a light of hope as it launches two new outreach programs designed for youth and young adults. [Ashland Independent]

The political battle between President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is now fully joined. [BBC]

Local public agencies and private entities are looking to take to the skies with the area’s first-ever drone school. [The Morehead News]

Dozens of delegates to the Republican National Convention have launched an effort to dislodge Donald Trump as the GOP’s presidential nominee next month. [Politico]

Cave City City Council members met in a special-called session Wednesday afternoon to approve on second reading two ordinances — one adopting the city’s amended 2015-16 budget and another adopting the city’s 2016-17 budget. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Republicans need to start worrying about losing their majority in the House of Representatives. [Bloomberg]

Two members of the former Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees are suing Gov. Matt Bevin, claiming Bevin did not have the authority to remove board chairman Thomas Elliott of Jefferson County from the panel. [H-L]

Just like himself and most Americans… Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday questioned the faith of Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama, insinuating that neither may really be a Christian. [HuffPo]

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]

Workers’ Comp: A Hotbed Of Corruption

What Kentucky’s mountains need, even more than that good ol’ federal money, is human capital — smart, passionate young people who have high aspirations for where they live, because if the region has a future, they are it. But don’t worry – youth will never be taken seriously in Eastern Kentucky. No way, no how, not going to happen. Unless you’re neck-deep in the good old boy world, you’re doomed. [H-L]

Contrary to those in the media and elsewhere who claimed he was “far more accepting” on LGBT issues than other GOP candidates, Donald Trump is proving that he very much will be a force against LGBT equality if elected president. And he’s doing it in a more insidious, under-the-radar way than any previous GOP presidential nominee. [HuffPo]

Sooner or later the feds have to start investigating workers’ comp fraud from the Beshear Era, right? Because it’s not like Bevin’s people are competent enough to figure anything out. Franklin Circuit Court on Wednesday put a hold on Gov. Matt Bevin’s order reorganizing the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission. [C-J/AKN]

When bigotry is more important than one’s faith, apparently. Donald Trump was held up as the only choice for evangelical voters this November at a high-profile conference where faith leaders gave the presumptive Republican nominee their stamp of approval. [The Hill]

It is impossible to realize fully the significance of a time or events as one lives them. It’s only in looking back from a distance of time and perspective that you might be able to understand. [Ronnie Ellis]

Muhammad Ali was extolled on Friday as a boxer of incomparable grace, a magnetic entertainer and a man of conviction who gave a voice to the oppressed, as a two-day celebration of “The Greatest” came to a rousing end in his Kentucky hometown. [Reuters]

Paul C. Goodpaster, chair of the Morehead State University’s Board of Regents, has named a nine-member presidential search and screening advisory committee to help conduct a national search for the next MSU president. [The Morehead News]

Why do many school districts fail to meet the needs of their students? One commonly cited response is our country’s disparate school funding system: because most districts rely heavily on local property tax for funding, schools in poor districts are often left with fewer resources than schools in wealthier areas. [ProPublica]

The southeast Kentucky hospital chain accused in federal court of filing fraudulent prescriptions that were used by staffers and others is asking a judge to throw out the lawsuit. [Ashland Independent]

A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun took hostages and opened fire inside a crowded Florida nightclub, killing approximately 20 people and wounding 42 others before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said Sunday. [Politico]

Logan Calhoun says it was not easy for him to juggle getting a nursing degree from Hazard Community and Technical College while working full time and seeing a new baby join his family, but he was able to handle all those demands. Reflecting on his success, Logan appreciates the effort he undertook to fulfill the dreams for his career. [Hazard Herald]

The Trump Plaza Casino and Hotel is now closed, its windows clouded over by sea salt. Only a faint outline of the gold letters spelling out T-R-U-M-P remains visible on the exterior of what was once this city’s premier casino. Not far away, the long-failing Trump Marina Hotel Casino was sold at a major loss five years ago and is now known as the Golden Nugget. [NY Times]

The scenes blend like images from a kaleidoscope. A woman, blond, jubilant in a white dress, shown magnified on a convention center screen in San Francisco. It is Geraldine A. Ferraro in 1984 accepting the Democratic nomination that made her the first woman in the nation to be tapped by a major party to run for vice president. [H-L]

Donald Trump is starting the general election match-up against Hillary Clinton in a precarious financial position. [HuffPo]

People Are Probably Less Excited For The McConnell Book Than They Are About Louisville’s Murder Rate

The U.S Department of Labor has funded a grant worth $3.4 million to help retrain out-of-work coal miners in Kentucky. [H-L]

Donald Trump scorns traditional presidential candidate standards. The Donald doesn’t do what’s expected. And he certainly doesn’t do what he tells other candidates they must do. [HuffPo]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who learned an early lesson about the value of patience and persistence during a childhood bout with polio, has some advice for Republicans alarmed about the prospect of having presidential candidate Donald Trump at the top of the ticket and in the White House. [C-J/AKN]

After a rampage that left 14 people dead in San Bernardino, key U.S. lawmakers pledged to seek a law requiring technology companies to give law enforcement agencies a “back door” to encrypted communications and electronic devices, such as the iPhone used by one of the shooters. [Reuters]

The more than 400,000 people who received health insurance from Kentucky’s expanded Medicaid program will likely not have to pay monthly premiums under Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s reforms, but they could have reduced benefits, the state’s Medicaid commissioner said Friday. [Richmond Register]

It turns out that a big chunk of Trump’s speaking fees revolve around ACN, a controversial multilevel marketing company that’s been accused of bilking people out of millions of dollars. If presented in proper context by the press, Trump’s long-running and lucrative relationship with ACN would essentially eliminate questions about Clinton’s speeches. And if queries persisted, the press would have to demand Trump also release nearly a decade worth of transcripts. [MMFA]

Most schools in Kentucky have bully prevention programs, but not all top school administrators have received training in prevention of bullying, according to a study by the Kentucky Center for School Safety. [Ashland Independent]

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says Edward Snowden performed a “public service” by triggering a debate over surveillance techniques, but still must pay a penalty for illegally leaking a trove of classified intelligence documents. [CNN]

Jobs, jobs, jobs – listen to Kentucky politicians from either party and you quickly learn his or her “top priority is good jobs and more good jobs.” [Ronnie Ellis]

For years, Zofran was the most popular morning-sickness medication in the U.S. Now it’s being accused of causing birth defects. The larger issue is a drug-safety system that excludes women from clinical trials, potentially putting them and their babies at risk. [ProPublica]

Way to go, Morehead. A man is behind bars after police say he stabbed another during a confrontation at the Community Soup Kitchen. [The Morehead News]

Donald Trump could have taken a victory lap last week. Instead, he went on a grudge tour. [WaPo]

Hotel and motel stays in Fayette County will cost more this fall. On Thursday, the Urban County Council voted unanimously to increase the Fayette County hotel and motel tax by 2.5 percentage points to pay for a nearly $250 million overhaul and expansion of the Lexington Convention Center. That means hotel taxes will rise to 9.5 percent. [H-L]

As the nation once again honors American war dead on Memorial Day, instead of spouting the usual nationalistic platitudes that that U.S. soldiers fought to keep the country “safe and free,” perhaps we should analyze whether that is really true. [HuffPo]

Kim Davis Is Not A Thing. Ignore Her.

As more coal companies file for bankruptcy, it’s increasingly likely that taxpayers will be stuck with the very high costs of preventing abandoned mines from becoming environmental disasters. [H-L]

Oh, great, the NYC gays are trying to make Kim Davis a thing again. They apparently don’t realize that you’re not supposed to throw water on the damn Gremlins or whatever. CALM DOWN, BEYONCE, LET THE MONSTER STAY IN HER REDNECK CAVE! [HuffPo]

The GOP’s traditional resistance to having women register for a potential military draft is fading on Capitol Hill, where key Republican lawmakers like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell now support the idea. [C-J/AKN]

A Shell oil facility has leaked nearly 90,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, according to federal authorities. [ThinkProgress]

Well, that’s fun! There’s no love lost for outside conservative groups in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s new memoir, which hits bookshelves next week. [H-L]

The weather has warmed, the kids are out of school and many families are wondering how to fill the summer months. However, if traveling to the beach or some other exotic locale is not an option, residents of the Madison County area are privy to many cool and interesting places that lend themselves to fun days of the “stay-cation” variety. [Richmond Register]

Most shootings with four deaths or injuries are invisible outside their communities. And most of the lives they scar are black. [NY Times]

Ask seventh-graders if they are aware streetcars once rumbled down Winchester Avenue, and their response is likely to be “What’s a streetcar?” [Ashland Independent]

Uhhh… [ThinkProgress]

Magistrate Ray White last week informed Rowan Fiscal Court that the E-911 Board may not be able to afford the next round of equipment upgrades to the system. [The Morehead News]

Donald Trump, who in recent days has accused Bill Clinton of rape and suggested he and Hillary Clinton may have had a role in the death of one of their close friends, plans to focus next on the Whitewater real estate scandal. [Politico]

With two more weeks for consideration since the last meeting’s 7-5 vote, a second reading of an ordinance extending the portion of the city’s stormwater ordinance that establishes a fee to pay for stormwater management resulted in a 6-6 tie among Glasgow City Council members. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The Hardin County Re­pub­lican Party of Kentucky will celebrate the women behind the scenes with this year’s Lincoln Day Dinner theme. [News-Enterprise]

Fayette Circuit Judge Thomas Clark overruled a defense motion Wednesday that sought to exclude evidence from the upcoming trial of Robert Markham Taylor, who is charged with murder in the death of Alex Johnson. [H-L]

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) went all in on Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the head of the Democratic National Committee, on Saturday, saying he supports a primary challenger in her re-election bid for her House seat and would remove her from the DNC if elected president. [HuffPo]

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OxyContin Is Still A Kentucky Nightmare

The drugmaker Purdue Pharma launched OxyContin two decades ago with a bold marketing claim: One dose relieves pain for 12 hours, more than twice as long as generic medications. [H-L]

In a blow to congressional transparency, the House Appropriations Committee voted against publicly releasing highly informative, taxpayer-funded reports that members use to educate themselves on the issues before Congress. [HuffPo]

Louisville’s Coalition for the Homeless announced Monday that the overall number of homeless people in the city has dropped for the third year in a row — but those numbers don’t change local agencies’ disappointment in the federal government’s decision to cut their funds by 11 percent this year. [C-J/AKN]

A new study by the Pew Research Center spurred a rash of headlines last week about “the dying middle class.” But the word “dying” might be more appropriate if we were watching the regrettable-but-inevitable effects of natural forces at work. We’re not. We’re seeing the fruits of deliberate action – and sometimes of deliberate inaction – at the highest levels of power. The great American middle was never large enough, even at its height. It always excluded too many people – sometimes, shamefully, merely for their skin color. And now, instead of growing and becoming more inclusive, it’s fading away instead. [Bill Moyers]

The debate continues over whether Gov. Matt Bevin has the authority to replace the chair of the Kentucky Retirement Systems board before his term expires. [WFPL]

On Friday afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a new rule regarding the implementation of nondiscrimination protections under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It guarantees that transgender people cannot be denied health care by professionals that receive federal funding, and also that it is discriminatory to refuse them access to transition-related services. [ThinkProgress]

With their legs folded in the yoga stance called Lotus pose, sisters Anayia and Armani Happy sat knee-to-knee on Anayia’s hospital bed, tapping the silver cylinders on sets of Indonesian xylophones. [Richmond Register]

The overdose death toll from opioids, both prescription drugs and heroin, has almost quadrupled since 1999. In 2014 alone, 28,000 people died of opioid overdoses, more than half from prescription drugs. [ProPublica]

The government wants to move the federal trial for Ashland cardiologist Richard Paulus to another city, and says it would be impossible to find a fair and impartial jury in Ashland. [Ashland Independent]

A powerful array of the Republican Party’s largest financial backers remains deeply resistant to Donald J. Trump’s presidential candidacy, forming a wall of opposition that could make it exceedingly difficult for him to meet his goal of raising $1 billion before the November election. [NY Times]

Painful meetings were underway this week at Morehead State University as several employees were notified that their jobs were being eliminated. [The Morehead News]

The Intercept’s first SIDtoday release comprises 166 articles, including all articles published between March 31, 2003, when SIDtoday began, and June 30, 2003, plus installments of all article series begun during this period through the end of the year. [The Intercept]

Kentucky officials are seeking proposals from local leaders for projects that will attract new industry and more jobs to Appalachia. [H-L]

House Republicans appear determined to advance an aggressive rollback of a program credited with helping low-income children get free school lunches. [HuffPo]

Coal Is Dead. Just Give The Heck Up.

Kentucky’s coal industry continued to hemorrhage jobs in the first three months of 2016, hitting the lowest level in more than a century. The number of jobs dropped by a little more than 1,500 during the quarter. There were an estimated 6,900 people employed at coal mines as of April 1, the lowest number since 1898, according to a report released Monday by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. [H-L]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is calling on Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike to unite against Donald Trump, who on Tuesday became the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee after winning the Indiana primary. [HuffPo]

The former president made stops in Morehead and Lexington before ending the day in Louisville on a tour for his wife Hillary Clinton’s candidacy in the May 17 Kentucky Democratic presidential primary. [C-J/AKN]

The Bodega Association is considering a lawsuit against New York City in response to an investigation by the New York Daily News and ProPublica that found the police department targeted immigrant-owned delis with nuisance abatement actions. [ProPublica]

The Glasgow Board of Ethics unanimously agreed to recommend to the Glasgow City Council a few changes to the city’s ordinance defining ethical behavior, the process for reporting suspected unethical behavior and consequences at its annual meeting Thursday. [Glasgow Daily Times]

According to a report from the Energy Information Agency, American coal use for electricity dropped 29 percent in 2015, compared to its peak usage in 2007. That means consumption hit 1,045 million short tons in 2007, and dropped fairly steadily to 739 million short tons last year. [ThinkProgress]

Okay, who was this guy supplying in Frankfort?! A former Franklin County Constable and private investigator has been indicted on charges of promoting prostitution, kidnapping a minor and three counts of impersonating a police officer. Thomas S. Banta, 67, was indicted Monday afternoon by a Franklin County Grand Jury on promoting prostitution charges that allegedly occurred between Jan. 1, 2014 and Jan. 7, 2016. [State-Journal]

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter cautioned on Wednesday of risks ahead in the campaign against Islamic State as he confirmed the identity of a Navy SEAL killed during attack by the militant group in northern Iraq on Tuesday. [Reuters]

A recently published academic study shows that Norton Hospital in downtown Louisville is the fourth-most profitable hospital in the U.S., but Norton Healthcare Inc. is disputing the study’s findings and conclusions. [Business First]

US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has accused Russia of “nuclear sabre-rattling” and of being intent on eroding international order. [BBC]

The teenager in custody was suicidal, which meant staffers at the Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center were tasked with near-constant surveillance. [WFPL]

Meanwhile, shady-ass Republicans, because they’ve been paid, are trying to limit damages. Nightmare stories of nurses giving potent drugs meant for one patient to another and surgeons removing the wrong body parts have dominated recent headlines about medical care. Lest you assume those cases are the exceptions, a new study by patient safety researchers provides some context. [WaPo]

Former President Bill Clinton didn’t have very many nice things to say about Kentucky’s new teabagger governator on the health care front. [H-L]

Stealing is not a crime, ruled Italy’s highest court this week — when small amounts of food are taken in desperate need. [HuffPo]

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