Will You Be Watching Tonight’s Debate On KET?

Yes, the election is over. It’s almost pointless to discuss it at this point. And it’s a shame. Because Kentucky is – yet again – losing out. [Ronnie Ellis]

People love to talk about David Williams’ leadership style being bad. But what the heck do you call Steve Beshear’s? Is it puppies and rainbows? The golden ticket? [H-L]

State spending on Medicaid is up sharply so we expect Steve Beshear to once again borrow freely while continuing to fraudulently claim he’s balanced the budget a a million times. [WaPo]

Bigot Rick Perry is all about the repeal of New Hampshire’s gay marriage legislation. [Reuters]

Hahaha. And yet, a new survey proves that 62% of Americans “say their past would preclude them from running for public office.” Is the entire country made up of necrophiliac pedophiles? No, just 62%. But how do they feel about mail delivery, book readin’, William Henry Harrison, free wi-fi at the coffee shop and the preponderance of Neanderthal genes in modern humans? Thanks to the monthly inane treasure known as the Vanity Fair/CBS News survey of people dumb enough to answer the phone at dinnertime, we now have the answers to these important societal questions. [Wonkette]

The extreme right has decided it’s best to start screaming for more taxes on the poor. Because that makes a ton of sense in this country. [HuffPo]

Home care inspections are lagging and fines are rarely imposed. As folks who have experienced this first-hand, we think it’s also a major problem in Kentucky. [NHI]

Obamacare scares? What? Does anyone even care anymore? [The Hill]

Papaw Beshear has decided it’s best to end his campaign by bragging about – get this – doing his job. It’s the governor’s job to call up the national guard during disasters. Acting like it’s rare is just odd. Especially in Kentucky, where we have a disaster every five minutes. [CN|2]

Did you miss the Orange Man John Boehner speaking in Louisville earlier today? Go watch video of it now. [C-SPAN]

It’s apparently a big deal that David Williams is highlighting Reeeechie Farmer in his end-of-campaign ads. Who knew? [National Journal]

Jack Conway is taking a big hit in a new report on attorneys general and trial lawyers. Naturally, his opponent and the statewide press are missing in action. [Page One]

Don’t forget to watch Papaw Beshear, David Williams and Gateweed yell at each other on KET tonight. [Deep Gubernatorial Thoughts]

K.C. Crosbie Continues Her Downward Spiral

K.C. Crosbie wrote a letter to the Herald-Leader the other day and something really stood out:

And, while our current treasurer has missed more than 90 percent of higher education meetings, I will be there trying to help Kentuckians find jobs and improve education.

Click here to read the entire letter.

Of course Todd Hollenbach plays pat-a-cake all day and barely leaves Louisville.

But did you catch that? Crosbie claiming that going to higher ed meetings will allow her to help Kentuckians find jobs?

This just further illustrates that she has no grasp on the responsibilities of the job she wants.

More Candidates Share Campaign Finance Details

A few more candidates for statewide constitutional offices filed 15-day pre-general election reports with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

Let’s take a look at the highlights:


  • $17,718 raised
  • $2,017 in unitemized contributions
  • $316,731.36 spent
  • $241,791.68 on-hand at the close of reporting period
  • $700 came from political organizations and PACs

Notable Contributions

  • Matthew Barzun $1,000
  • Tommy Turner $250
  • Dennis Parrett $200
  • Harry Moberly $500

Notable Disbursements

  • $4,500 on staff
  • $2766.45 on telephone & internet
  • $1,530.12 on travel
  • $500 on equipment, supplies, rent
  • $424 on food & events
  • $3,362.76 on printing
  • $79.30 on postage
  • $12,000 on polling & research
  • $291,251.99 on advertising

See highlights from Williams-Farmer and Todd P’Pool after the jump…

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Jack Conway Takes A Hit In New AG Report

Here’s the headline no one in Kentucky wants to talk about: Report Details The Ties That Bind AGs, Trial Lawyers

Here’s a taste of the story:

A new report by the Manhattan Institute details the close financial ties between trial lawyers and state attorneys general, in what the author calls a “questionable bargain between the trial bar and the states’ top law-enforcement officers.” The report, Trial Lawyers Inc.: Attorneys General shows how AGs like Mississippi’s Jim Hood raise thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from lawyers whom they then appoint to represent the state in lawsuits that bring them millions of dollars in fees.

It’s an old story, of course. I wrote about how the AGs’ professional association, the National Association of Attorneys General, reaped more than $100 million from the tobacco settlement that is still throwing off $500 million a year in fees to the politically-connected lawyers who negotiated it.


[T]here’s a problem when elected AGs hand over to their contributors cases that are often slam-dunk sources of fee awards. Those awards diminish the amount of money available to pay the state, but also might come from cases the government otherwise wouldn’t file, for good reason.

Click here to read the entire story from Forbes.

While the story itself doesn’t mention Jack Conway, the big ass report called Trial Lawyers Inc.: Attorneys General – A Report On The Alliance Between State AGs And The Plaintiff’s Bar 2011 (Warning: External PDF Link) certainly does.

From page nine:

The Alabama litigation, which is similar to that initiated by Kentucky attorney general Jack Conway and others, alleges that pharmaceutical companies have been “gouging” the state by recommending “average wholesale prices” (AWP) to pharmacists, which, the state argued, inflated its Medicaid bills. Like the Zyprexa lawsuits that actually went to trial, the Alabama AWP lawsuits that did so have not ultimately fared well. After juries awarded verdicts of $215 million, $33 million, and $80.9 million against AstraZeneca, Novartis, and GlaxoSmithKline, respectively, the companies pressed their cases on appeal, and the Alabama Supreme Court threw out these awards in their entirety. According to the court, there was nothing preventing Alabama from negotiating its own pricing with the companies, and “[t]he State failed to produce substantial evidence that it reasonably relied on the misrepresentations and/or fraudulent suppression it alleged.”

Notwithstanding this rebuke, the private firms hired by Alabama stand to profit handsomely from the AWP litigation.Rather than risk trial, a number of the other companies that were sued decided to settle the case in 2008 for $35 million,with $8.7 million going to the law firms for fees and expenses; a subsequent settlement in 2009 with still more companies came to $89 million, with $12 million reserved for the private attorneys.

Now you see why we raised questions last month?

Or why the Marathon suit has gone absolutely nowhere?

Maybe why he never took steps to clean up the mess at Kentucky Retirement Systems?

Why he fails to finish investigations into absolute crooks?

Maybe why we think he’s got a huge conflict of interest when it comes to fundraising and his current for-profit college political stunt? Maybe why things smell so fishy that Indiana quickly disavowed?

Or why he doesn’t investigate scandals like this in state government?

Maybe those $100,000+ in big bank contributions were why he refused to switch his position on the mortgage fraud scandal until we called him out?

Money talks. Jack has used his position to reward friends and campaign donors. He’s the luckiest man alive this year because he doesn’t have an opponent capable of discussing his problems and the mainstream isn’t holding him accountable.

PEE ALERT: New Williams-Farmer Ads Hitting

Oh wow. It’s official. Every Republican running for office in Kentucky this year thinks they’re in a Republican primary for a federal position.

Check out the new spots from Williams-Farmer:

And the scary radio spot:

Nobama!!!1! COALZ!!! FEAR. That’ll win those Democratic votes they need, won’t it?

And a pro-tip to Scott Jenning: Quit jacking around with out-of-state press aligned with Beshear and the DGA that gets you nowhere in Kentucky. It’s like you want to come off like you’re as out-of-touch as the rest of the Republicans running this year.

Dumbest ads of the year, hands-down. Even worse than Todd P’Pool’s abortion of an advertising strategy.

Does Orange Rub Off When You Shake His Hand?

Duh? We’ve been writing about Jerry Abramson giving his friends jobs they never show up for for, what, years? This woman was always at her little “publishing company” on Frankfort Avenue instead of working for the city. [Jack Brammer]

Shocker! The Koch-teabagger-backed climate denier is finally admitting that global warming is real. [HuffPo]

The KDP ignorantly filed a complaint against David Williams that walks in the face of a complaint they fought against in 2008. Thankfully, though, Joe Gerth decided to mention what happened in 2008 in this story. [Joe Gerth]

WOOOOOOOOPS? The mine where two were killed had a highway citation in April. Meanwhile, Steve Beshear wants to decrease regulations. [WKYT]

The orange man is at the University of Louisville today and it is sure to be a boring ass speech. [WFPL]

It’s interesting to note that Jerry Abramson has ditched the jowl bacon talking point from his interview language. Guess no one in the mountains thought that was authentic. [H-L]

$420,000 in grants were awarded for domestic violence programs in Richmond and Ben Chandler showed up. But he’s still an advocate of wire hanger back room abortions. [Richmond Register]

Of course David Williams is the only candidate in this gubernatorial race with a real plan and Rand Paul endorsed him. Unfortunately, it’s too little, too late. [BGDN]

How fitting for a foreclosure mill law firm to celebrate Halloween by dressing up as homeless families. [Wonkette]

While everyone in Louisville is wetting their pants over the opening of Trader Joe’s, it’s probably a good idea for them to think with their heads for a minute. Maybe ask a few questions about why the store refuses to support a policy for tomato pickers that even McDonald’s and Yum! support. [FOX41]

Is this why the haves have so much more than the have nots? [NPR]

Air pollution is tied to lung cancer in non-smokers. But we don’t need to worry about pollution in Kentucky, right? [Reuters]

No one on earth believes the U.S. Congress is going to be able to do what it needs to do to save this country from fiscal disaster. [WaPo]

Student debt risks are becoming an enduring burden for young Americans and they should be lightened. Just too bad that those who really need their load lightened will never have that happen. It’s only for folks who don’t already have said load. [The Economist]

Gateweed Galbraith scored the coveted High Times endorsement in his gubernatorial bid. That’s sure to win him, what, five more votes? [HT]