Are You Glad Kentucky’s Scandal Moved to West?

Folks all over California are are beginning to take note of John Deasy’s murky past. Stay tuned throughout the next month or so as I share some rather interesting, um, tidbits. [California Watch]

Marty Cockring professes to hate us and ignore us with great passion. Reality is, however, he reads everything we write so frequently that he subscribes to our RSS feed. And sends us web traffic, making us money, promoting the scary HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA(!) – which seeks to recruit his children and ruin his gluttonous life. We love watching him try to excuse his bigotry as “religion.” [Marty Cockring’s Jerk Off Session]

See, the real problem here, is that we just aren’t as enlightened as the Young Earthers who believe cave men rode dinosaurs. [Barefoot & Progressive]

What’s going on in the five toss-up state senate races? Apparently a lot. [Ryan Alessi]

Sara Combs says she may run for state auditor of public accounts. But check this quote, “I don’t really know what the auditor does except reveal one scandal after another,” she said. Something tells me that will come back to bite her in the butt. [More Alessi]

John Yarmuth may be too liberal for Kentucky, but he’s not running in Kentucky – he’s running in gay Louisville. Todd Lally? He’s too bigoted for gay Louisville, and should run for some other office if he wants to win. Oh, and Andy Barr isn’t going to beat Ben Chandler if he continues to run from his country club ties. [EITB]

The Fayette County PVA (David O’Neil & crew) got an award from the Kentucky PVA Association yesterday for Outstanding Assessment Jurisdiction. [Press Release]

Will West Virginia move the Byrd special election to November? [WaPo]

Talking Points Memo’s poll averagerthingy gives Rand Paul a lead of 50.7 to 41.3 over Jack Conway. [TPM]

Some drama between Humana and University of Louisville physicians threatens to put thousands in harm’s way. [The ‘Ville Voice]

¡ALERT! ¡ALERT! Doug Hawkins has been spotted inside the Tennessee State Capitol. [Tennessean]

Daniel Mongiardo’s Jumping Over The Edge

I know I’ve linked to this story a few times already, but please explain the latest from Ronnie Ellis:

Mongiardo believes there are two Democratic parties in Kentucky — that led by the establishment personified by former Sen. Wendell Ford, state Auditor Crit Luallen, Beshear and others and another one made up of “the little guys” with whom Mongiardo identifies. Conway had the backing of the Democratic elite and big donors, but Mongiardo led most of the way in polling — until Conway pummeled him with negative television ads while Mongiardo’s under funded campaign had to sit on the sidelines, hoarding its cash for the final push. Again, Mongiardo lost narrowly.

What the hell does Lt. Dan think he’s going to accomplish by throwing Crit Luallen under the bus? She’s one of the few respected elected officials in the Commonwealth and is one of the few people in the entire history of the state to, you know, just do her job.

And really? Saying Wendell Ford is “establishment”? Haha. He’s the kind of person who makes racist remarks and is still well-liked by both liberals and conservatives. But establishment because he supported Jack Conway? Hahaha.

Additionally, Lt. Dan needs to put up or shut up. If he’s got the goods on Papaw Beshear, he needs to spill the beans.

I wondered how long it would take Daniel to decided he was ready to leave the scene in Kentucky. Apparently that time is now, as he is finished.

FEC Investigating Paul’s Campaign For Liberty

The Federal Election Commission has launched two investigations into Ron Paul’s/Rand Paul’s Campaign for Liberty – and the elder Paul isn’t happy about it.

Here’s a bit from C4L’s latest email blast:

Dear Liberty Activist,

The FEC has launched a pair of investigations on Campaign for Liberty.

Both are meritless, but could seriously disrupt our growing program.

Please read Campaign for Liberty President John Tate’s letter below and stand with us.

This is exactly the type of government action to quell liberty that I have spent my life opposing.

Sincerely,

Congressman Ron Paul

It goes on:

Dear Friend of Liberty,

The best way to know you are succeeding in changing Washington is when you get attacked by the FEC.

And attack us they have!

I’m writing you this letter today not to scare you or to cry wolf. I’m writing to let you know that our success has its price, and that price right now is the wrath of the Obama Administration and its attack dogs at the Federal Election Commission.

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My attorneys tell me we are under a gag rule and cannot go in to too many details or even tell you with what we have been charged and where the charges originated.

But I can say there have been at least two complaints filed in two different states against our issue discussion activities.

They claim we are in violation of various FEC rules and laws.

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This battle is over a very fundamental idea – that Campaign for Liberty and our members should have a voice in lobbying their legislators and exposing the radical views of candidates for office.

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If FEC radicals succeed, I will not even be allowed to tell you and your neighbors how candidates for the House and Senate (or for President in the future) have voted on Liberty issues, so you can put the heat on them when they are most likely to listen.

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But as bad as the FEC has been since its inception, with the Obama Administration in power, you and I face even more aggressive assaults on our free speech.

My attorneys have warned me that the puppets at the Federal Election Commission are ordering me to stop mobilizing hundreds of thousands of Americans against power grabs in Congress.

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The fact is the enemies of Liberty are preparing for a political attack far more serious than their election power grab of 2008, in which they put in power some of the biggest enemies of freedom and promoters of Big Government in a generation.

Our program to stop more statist takeovers in Congress is simple. By mobilizing our grassroots army, we can put a lot of heat on individual Congressmen and Senators.

The FEC insists we can’t do that during election years.

Click here to read the entire thing.

Unfortunately for John Tate, the FEC isn’t after C4L because the organization is merely exercising the First Amendment. The FEC is investigating claims that the organization is using its staff to directly benefit candidates for elected office. Like they’re doing with Rand Paul.  And concealing corporate contributions, coordinating with candidates and knowingly exceeding contribution limits.

For more information, courtesy Politico, here’s (Warning: External PDF Link) at least one of the FEC complaints filed.

Here’s an excerpt:

[I]n January 2010, intending to benefit Buck and the Buck Committee and, upon information and belief, with the involvement of John Hoteling, Campaign for Liberty used funds funneled to it by Hensel Phelps and/or Morgensen and/or other individuals who have contributed in excess of the maximum allowable contribution limit of $2,400 per individual to spend approximately $329,000 on a television ad campaign attacking one of Buck’s potential primary opponents.

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As is clear from the foregoing, the Declaration Alliance, Campaign for Liberty and AJS television ad buys made for the benefit of Buck and the Buck Committee and the AJS campaign literature promoting Buck for Senate mailed to Colorado citizens were financed, upon information and belief, by Morgensen, Hensel Phelps, other contributors, Cache Bank and Trust, Greeley, CO, and/or Mrs. Buck to the extent of her joint ownership interest in the Greeley Townhouse. See attached Exhibit L. As such, these contributions constitute contributions in excess of the permissible FEC limits, impermissible coordinated campaign expenditures and prohibited corporate contributions by a major federal government contractor and/or a regulated banking institution.

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Moreover, Buck’s campaign manager Mr. Klein had details concerning the AJS television ads, such as the amount of the ad buy, where and when the AJS television ads would be run, and the duration of the AJS television ad buy. See attached Exhibit K. This is the sort of information that could only have come from those purchasing and running the ads, namely AJS and/or Morgensen and/or Hensel Phelps and/or Mrs. Buck and/or other undisclosed contributors. Thus, the Declaration Alliance and AJS ad buys were “made in cooperation, consultation or concert with” Buck and the Buck Committee, and the ads are coordinated communications under the Act and the Commission’s regulations.

As a result, expenditures by Declaration Alliance, Campaign for Liberty, AJS, Morgensen, Hensel Phelps, Mrs. Buck, and/or other undisclosed contributors constitute impermissible in- kind contributions to Buck and the Buck Committee and, in all probability, prohibited corporate contributions by a major federal government contractor and/or a regulated banking institution for the benefit of Buck and the Buck Committee.

See where this is going? Coordination with candidates, allegedly concealing contributions, funneling corporate cash. It goes on and on.

The FEC and campaign finance regulations exist not to limit free speech but to guarantee transparency. When property disclosure isn’t occurring and organizations like C4L are directly working for candidates – literally spending non-profit dollars to help them win – then there’s a problem. And when you knowingly don’t abide by set contribution limits? Then you’re willfully breaking the law.

Rand Paul Has Flip-Flopped Yet Again

This time on farm subsidies.

From Jack Brammer:

Paul’s Democratic opponent in this year’s race, Attorney General Jack Conway, has criticized Paul, especially in Western Kentucky, for opposing farm subsidies.

“The interesting thing is they start out with that being my position and I’m actually much more moderate than that. You know how moderate I am,” Paul said during the one-hour radio interview.

Do I need to remind you what Rand Paul had to say at the KET forum just before the primary election on May 10?




That’s right.

Flip-flops galore.

Teabaggers Just Cold Getting Vandalized?

Oh, you read that right, ladies and ladydudes.

Lookit:

Retired Lt. Col. Thomas James North of Jersey Court in Elizabethtown was arrested by Elizabethtown police the first week of March after, according to police, surveillance video recorded him pouring paint thinner on a pickup owned by a man who said his conservative political views have made him a target.

The truck’s owner, Kenneth Bunting, said attacks on his truck, which bears a tea party bumper sticker, began early this year.

There were a half-dozen “eggings” in February alone, Bunting said.

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Bunting said he had no idea why vandals had targeted his pickup until he found a tea bag on the truck’s hood.

Bunting also said he’d never heard of North until he researched the defendant’s name on the Internet, where he said he found evidence that North’s political views differed from his own.

Labeling the incident as a hate crime, Bunting said he wants North prosecuted federally, but doubts that will happen.

Why does this awful man hate the teabaggers so badly?

And – what – teabaggers proclaiming to be victims of hate crimes???

Woah. Space-time continuum troubles, folks.

Right-Leaning Poll Has Paul Up 7% on Conway

Here’s the latest on the U.S. Senate race from Rasmussen:

  • Rand Paul 49
  • Jack Conway 42
  • Other 3%
  • Undecided 6%

Margin of error is 4.5%.

Dead heat much?

Highlights:

  • 70% of Rand Paul’s supporters favor an Arizona-like immigration law
  • 25% think very favorably of Paul, 24% very unfavorably
  • 17% think very favorably of Jack Conway, 11% very unfavorably
  • 63% of Kentuckians favor off-shore oil drilling
  • 54% support deepwater drilling
  • 30% rate Obama’s handling of the Gulf leak as good or excellent, 49% rate him poorly
  • 49% also rate BP and Transocean’s handling poorly, 14% give them positive ratings
  • 15% believe Kentucky has the right to leave the United States to form its own country. 23% say that is likely to happen in the next 25 years, only 9% say it’s very likely.

Polling Has Turned Into A Crazy Hot Mess

Woah, where’d this cat fight over polling come from? It’s like everyone is tied up in a burlap sack just cold fighting it out.

Research 2000 is threatening Markos Moulitsas of the Daily Kos with jail time. Because he claims their polling data has been jacked up for two years.

R2K literally threatened Moulitsas, saying, “that will be the end of Daily Kos.” Wow. (The Herald-Leader says it is closely considering the situation.)

To examine another take on the mess, go read Patrick Ruffini’s take. Ruffini says something that I find interesting:

“PPP (D), another highly regarded automated polling operation, will release polling as a promotional vehicle for themselves — and will potentially pay for it by picking up political clients, or selling questions on a survey otherwise deemed for public release. “

Does that mean someone is paying on behalf of Rand Paul for Public Policy Polling to conduct polling? I asked PPP if they’ve ever “received any payment to do any polling re: Kentucky or Rand Paul by any individual or entity” via Twitter earlier today. PPP responded, stating that all Kentucky polling has been independent.

Stay tuned for the upcoming PPP poll of the Kentucky U.S. Senate race.  And definitely stay tuned to your googlebox for updates on the Moulitsas-R2K eyeball clawing.