Remembering The Big Stories From The Past Year

2010’s been a crazy year here at Page One & The ‘Ville Voice. Thought it’d be a good idea to take a look back at the most-read stories of from the past 12 months:

  • Rand Paul Made Same Racial Comments in 2002 [May 20]
  • Debate Attacker Possibly Identified? [October 26]
  • Kentucky’s 2010 General Election Results [November 2]
  • Does Rand Paul Have Something To Hide? [April 30]
  • My Beloved Francene Cucinello [January 15]
  • Robert Felner Sentenced: 63 Months In The Pokey [May 17]
  • Kentuckians Want Tougher Cockfighting Laws [January 28]
  • Auditor: Passport Health Plan’s A Big Ole Mess [November 9]
  • Some Happy Birthday Golden Poo Winners [August 13]
  • Now That I’ve Had A Chance To Think About It… [November 3]

And an honorable mention for a non-Felner UofL scandal that was still hot in 2010: Explosive Problem for the University of Louisville – Nursing Student Expelled for MySpace Blog [March 12, 2009]

Thank you for sticking with us for so long – particularly to those who disagree with us most but still continue to read and contribute. I (Jake) don’t get too personal here on a regular basis, but… much love to you.

Hope you and yours have a happy new year!

Kentucky State Parks Hosting NYE Events

Need something to do for New Year’s Eve? The Kentucky State Parks system has you covered.

Several parks will be offering overnight packages and most others will host dances, dinners and entertainment the evening of the 31st.

Here’s a list:

  • Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas — Visit Barren River for a Cozy Hideaway Package just for the two of you. Arrive to see the sunset over the lake and enjoy a wonderful dinner prepared by our award winning Chef Michael. Party favors, noisemakers and a bottle of sparkling non-alcoholic beverage with two souvenir glasses ready in your room upon arrival. Lodge package includes one night lodge room, dinner for two, party favors, two souvenir glasses and sparkling beverage for $119 plus tax. If a fireplace is a must for your cozy evening, the Villa package includes one night’s lodging in a fully furnished romantic cabin, dinner for two, favors, glasses and sparkling beverage for $179.95 plus tax and we will have the fireplace ready for you. Barren River is the perfect place for just the two of you. Call 1-800-325-0057.
  • Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet — Come in and join us for our Country New Year’s Eve dinner buffet, including all the favorites. Black-eyed peas and greens, rolled oysters, glazed country ham, peel & eat shrimp, carved roast beef and much more. The dinner buffet is $12.95 for adults, $6.95 for children 6-12 and kids 5 and younger eat free. Dinner offered from 4-8 p.m. in the Hidden Waters Restaurant. Call 1-800-443-7008.
  • Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn — Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park will be offering lodge rooms for $50 a night plus tax along with a special New Year’s Eve dinner for $20 a person plus tax and beverage. The menu will feature rib eye steak and smothered chicken. Call 1-800-325-0058.
  • Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill — Carter Caves State Resort Park will be offering a package that includes a lodge room for one night and a choice of dinner or breakfast for two people for $106.69. Another package that includes a one night stay in a cottage and a choice of dinner or breakfast for two is $197.69. Call 1-800-325-0059.
  • Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin — Ring in the New Year at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. Package includes dinner, lodging, dance and breakfast for two for $175 plus tax. Music provided by DJ Radioactive Sounds. The dinner and dance only are $30 a person plus tax. Call 1-800-325-0063.

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Happy Last Round-Up Of This Crazy Ass Year

Really, horsie people? You believed Greg Stumbo when he said gambling wasn’t a big deal this coming year? [Paulick Report]

Addia Wuchner may seem crazy because she’s a right-winger who thinks birth control pills equal abortion. But the Democrats in Frankfort have taken note of her efforts on the childhood obesity and educational fronts. [BITBG]

Greg Fischer and Jim Gray have made a little bet over the UK-UofL game today. It involves stuffed animals. [Press Release & FOX 41]

Could John Boehner really be afraid of Hal Rogers’ gigantic pork sausage? [Faux News]

Greg Stumbo says the state house won’t speed up anything to suit David Williams and the state senate. Greg apparently doesn’t realize he lost house members, giving Republicans more strength. And apparently doesn’t realize that most of his friends in the house say they’re gonna support Jody Richards over Larry Clark (I’ll believe it when I see it). If that happens, no one will be bending over for Greg in 2011. Should be a fun session. [Ronnie Ellis]

Here’s another look at what David Williams plans for the state senate. Democrats are quite nervous about it. [CN|2]

How stupid does Steve Beshear think you are? Pretty dang stupid, actually. [They Gave Us A Republic]

Judge H. Lee Sarokin says that Mitch McConnell is not exactly Patrick Henry. And, no, that doesn’t bode well for the New Year. [HuffPo]

Phil Moffett’s simple, juvenile tax plan may be laughable and half-right. But is David Williams’ plan all smoke and mirrors? [Ralph Long & More Ralph Long]

No, there’s no such thing as clean coal. But a fancy “clean coal” plant in Texas is about to make Kentucky an afterthought. [Wonkette]

There are some fancy new U.S. postage stamps hitting the streets. We like them. [WHAS11]

The king of the birthers is gonna run for president in 2012. This could be the most hilarious announcement of 2012. [HuffPo]

Mountaintop Removal’s & That Magical Flat Land

What was that, Greg Stumbo and Rand Paul, about the magic of mountaintop removal and its ability to create zillions of acres of flat land that gets used for business?

But data obtained by The Associated Press indicates that just a small percentage of the leveled Appalachian mountain landscape has been transformed into new developments such as businesses, prisons, golf courses and subdivisions.

Business and political leaders in the two Appalachian states most dependent on coal have held up the developments as an economic necessity and a justification for blasting away mountaintops in the depressed region, where most well-paying jobs are connected to coal.

-SNIP-

Of the more than 345,700 acres of mining lands in eastern Kentucky that have been approved for a specific post-mining purpose, just over 6,300 acres, or about 1.8 percent, have been designated for “commercial,” “industrial” or “residential” developments, according to data provided by the state Department of Natural Resources.

Click here to read the entire AP piece.

Yes, we all knew Stumbo and crew were completely full of it. And during the 2007 gubernatorial campaign when Greg was Bruce Lunsford’s running mate, the entire campaign staff laughed at Greg’s hilarious assertion that mountaintop removal was awesome.

Fat chance.

Big Phill Moffett Campaign Finance Violation

Dear Phil Moffett: it is illegal for federal candidates to use their campaign resources to advocate the election/defeat of a state-level candidate in Kentucky.

So this email blast from Ed Lynch:

From: Edward Lynch
Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2010 20:37:51 -0500 (EST)
ReplyTo: team@electlynch.com
Subject: Moffett for Governor of Kentucky

Happy New Year Patriots,

-SNIP-

There are three Gubernatorial Races in 2011, and the only one where there is a contested race with an Obama, sitting Governor is Kentucky. This race will be NATIONAL! Two Republican’s are currently in the primary. I am coming out early with the KY Grassroots, and supporting the “Tea Party Candidate” Phil Moffett. He is the only Conservative candidate running in this primary race. Phil is running against an established, “Charlie Crist” Republican. RINO is the opponent’s middle name.

-SNIP-

I hope that you will do your due diligence and consider supporting Phil Moffett for Governor of Kentucky, as I have, right away. I am attaching to this email a flier I received from Phil’s campaign. They are looking for a few more supporters before their December 31st filing. Please donate whatever you can, even if it is just $5.00 to help ensure that this election be secured by a REAL Republican!

Hoo boy. Insinuating that David Williams is a closet case with a tan-in-a-can addiction (“Charlie Crist”), for one, is insane and doing a campaign finance push for a state campaign with a federal campaign’s resources is ridiculous.

To drive home the reality that the Moffett camp was involved, take a look at this image Lynch included (at a print-quality high resolution that was obtained from the Moffett camp – I cut it down to 1,000 pixels) at the bottom of his message:


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Yeah.

Get with it, teabaggers. This isn’t amateur hour.

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