Heather Ryan at the Ruby Laffoon Dinner

Guest Brian Smith contributes this piece from Heather Ryan’s campaign. She’s the Democratic candidate for Kentucky’s 1st District U.S. House seat.

Heather Ryan made her debut as the most dynamic Democrat to spring from Western Kentucky since Alben Barkley. Speaking at the annual Governor Ruby Laffoon Dinner in Madisonville, KY she rocked the audience with an impassioned call to end the “culture of complacency” fostered by her opponent, republican “Exxon” Eddie Whitfield. She called out the incumbent for his many sins against the people of Kentucky; voting against the expansion of SCHIP, voting to cut veteran’s benefits while giving tax breaks to the wealthiest 1% of America, and being in the pocket of the petroleum industry at the expense of higher gas prices and further dependence on foreign oil.

Heather stated clearly her agenda for a more progressive Democratic representation for Kentucky and the country. After a standing ovation she was swarmed with constituents who had heard her story about her infamous encounter with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Now that they had heard her speak they knew they had found a strong and viable candidate to unseat Whitfield and release his grip as an absentee landlord on Kentucky’s First District. The Hillbilly Jim Pence caught it all on video (see it after the jump).

Video of the event and more after the jump…

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Breaking: Fischer Violating Charitable Gaming Laws

Last week Greg Fischer’s campaign for U.S. Senate sent a fundraising email promoting an event during the Thunder Over Louisville celebration in April. That email outlines a reception and dinner being held by the campaign on the roof of Waterfront Park Place during the famed air and fireworks show.

Fischer’s manager, A.J. Carrillo, outlines an opportunity for the supporter that is able to raise the most $25 contributions by midnight tonight (March 31) to win two tickets (valued at $1,500 for the pair) to attend the event. Individuals donating $100 are given the same opportunity to receive one of five pairs of tickets and if you’re one of 20 high-rollers and contribute $1,500, the campaign will also give you a pair of tickets.

Unfortunately for Greg Fischer, his campaign team isn’t up to snuff on the Kentucky Revised Statutes and didn’t learn their lesson when the local Republican Party filed a complaint against Fischer (a result of our leg work, we might add, which was recognized by the C-J).

We have discovered that Fischer may be in violation of Kentucky’s charitable gaming laws and a solid source at the Office of Charitible Gaming in Kentucky agrees with us. According to them, any raffle with anticipated ticket sales greater than $150 requires a license from the aforementioned office. That’s something the Fischer campaign doesn’t possess. To compound the problem, there’s no way for his campaign to obtain a license because political organizations are not of the proper tax exemption status to apply. (Members of the press: read up on the applicable KRS here – PDF link.) Subjecting the campaign to yet another potential campaign finance investigation.

We’ll leave it up to the mainstream press to do the rest of the leg work. But. Suffice to say Fischer has bitten off more than he can chew. If he is serious about wanting real and competent change, he’ll drop out of the race to prevent any additional embarrassment and/or waste of contributed funds from hardworking Kentuckians.

For reference, the email at issue is included after the jump.

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Senate Poll Results: Lunsford has Huge Lead

In the ongoing battle (haha. battle. hahaha.) for the Democratic nod for U.S. Senate, we’re finally seeing some solid poll results. WHAS11 & SurveyUSA today released polling data that shows Bruce Lunsford the front-runner, more than 35 points ahead of opponent Greg Fischer. And like we said months ago, Fischer’s name I.D. is way below that of perennial candidate and moonbat David Lynn Williams, who is sitting at 11%.

Long story short:

  • Lunsford 42%
  • Other 17%
  • Williams 11%
  • Undecided 8%
  • Fischer 6%
  • Rice 5%
  • Wylie 5%
  • Cassaro 4%

See that? Lunsford has more support than than the rest of the candidate field combined. Fischer is sitting at the same level as three unknowns who have absolutely no shot– and he has a full campaign staff that has been spending money for months. We’re just seven short weeks away from the primary so there’s no possible way for Fischer to catch up. (But there’s still plenty of time for Michael Cassaro to finish in third place if we works hard enough.)

Love it or hate it, Bruce Lunsford is the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. Contributing to anyone else at this point would be a waste of money and a waste of time. It’s time to prepare for the McConnell whipping Bruce is going to experience.

Reminder: Enter Our Contest to Win

Just a reminder to enter our fancy First Lady Coloring & Caption Contest. It’s your chance to make a few hilarious political jokes while winning tickets to two uniquely Kentuckian tourist traps in the western part of our beautiful Commonwealth.

Color & caption pictures of Barbara Pierce Bush, whom we picked because she is so mean and wrote that book about her dog Millie. And Laura Welch Bush, whom we selected because she’s way more intelligent than her husband and is often spotted in public with Visible Panty Line (VPL). You’ll be entered to win tickets to Dinosaur World or the underground boat tour at Lost River Cave & Valley.

Entries accepted until April 18th.

Chelsea Clinton Update & More

Looks like the news we broke yesterday about Chelsea Clinton was on the money. Ryan Alessi reports that the former First Daughter will be at the University of Kentucky on Tuesday at 1:00 P.M.

And her dad, former President Bill Clinton, will be back in the Bluegrass on Thursday for a rally and fundraiser at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville.

What’s it say about the presidential race when Hillary Clinton’s campaign (she’s ahead by a bunch in Kentucky) floods Kentucky for two weeks and Barack Obama hasn’t stepped foot across the state line since last year? We hope his team has their ducks in a row and starts flooding rural Kentucky with visit after visit.

Related note: The Clinton campaign hasn’t just ignored a potential campaign finance snafu they’ve gotten sucked into by Steve Henry (more about that HERE), but we hear the campaign is now allowing Henry to use his controversial building owned by a 501(c)3 non-profit to distribute campaign yard signs for Hillary. We won’t be the first to say “I told you so” when the time comes. Aligning with a man embroiled in a major investigation is hardly an intelligent move.

Faux Rights Group Slanders David Williams

As Ben reports, the faux rights organization Kentucky Equality Federation has killed the last remaining ounce of credibility it allegedly had.

The organization is no longer making up names of board members and claiming a legal counsel who isn’t a member of the Kentucky Bar Association (because she allegedly doesn’t exist). Nor are they attempting to ruin the credibility of the long-standing Kentucky Fairness Alliance as the org has done in the past. Nope. Wait for it.

The “Federation” is now claiming that Senate President David Williams is gay.

Take a look:

Monday, March 31, 2008
Family in the Kentucky Senate?

A blogger claims there is homosexuality (or same-sex acts) in the top ranks of the Kentucky Senate. Click here to read.

This is ridiculous. Even if the man was a known homosexual, why on earth is a self-proclaimed gay rights organization (aka front group for cash) spreading such information? Without any evidence but nasty rhetoric, the group is, of course, attempting to assassinate Senator Williams’ character. He may be a first-rate hack, but this is low.

We call on the Senator to rebuke this horse crap of a nasty allegation immediately. And on the Republican Party of Kentucky to dig their nails into the Kentucky Equality Federation. Anyone who has contributed funds to this organization should request a refund and the Secretary of State should revoke their non-profit status.

Attacks like this should not be tolerated in today’s society.

Fischer Campaign Attacks Horse Industry Again

For the second time in a day Greg Fischer’s campaign for U.S. Senate has attempted to harm Kentucky’s Thoroughbred Horse industry. In a veiled and passive attack against Democratic primary candidate Bruce Lunsford, the campaign is ignoring reality and pushing the mainstream media to paint Lunsford as a traitor for sending a surrogate to the Ruby Laffoon Democratic Dinner. See our earlier story from today for background information and facts about the Thoroughbred industry.

More about Fischer’s strange attack that could potentially harm Kentucky’s economy after the jump…

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