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Enter To Win A Fancy Copy Of “Cornbread Mafia”

April 10th, 2012 · 28 Comments

We’re giving away several copies this week but first…

We’ve mentioned Jim Higdon’s hot-selling new book Cornbread Mafia a few times. Frankfort’s buzzing. Everyone is buying it up.

You can buy it up, too:

Because it’s important to support Kentucky authors and journalists. Even when they’re covering an issue that you may not want to discuss.

Many journalists, academics and wealthy types in Kentucky love to talk about brain drain. They love to press others to support things they care about – like telling stories that are truly borne of Kentucky. Just seems that very few of them are ever willing to put their money where their mouths are.

So let’s do this thing and send Jim Higdon on a book tour:

He’s got less than two weeks left to raise a small amount of money. There’s no reason Kentucky can’t support one of its own.

Now for the fun stuff.

We’re giving away several copies of Cornbread Mafia this week and you can enter to win. Here’s how to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling everyone about your favorite decades old Kentucky scandal. You must enter your real email address in the comment form so you can be contacted if you’re a winner. You may also email Jake if you don’t feel comfortable commenting.


  • Make a Kickstarter pledge to support Higdon’s book tour and email Jake a copy or Tweet it at him to prove you’ve pledged

You’ve got until this Sunday, April 15 to enter. Winners will be contacted on Monday.

Get at it!

Tags: Contest · Giving Back

28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 blowin' in the wind // Apr 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Jake,

    Great idea–I supported the tour, but no reward needed.

  • 2 Kevin // Apr 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Still Operation Boptrot

  • 3 bryan combs // Apr 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    The first scandal that comes to mind is ‘Operation Boptrot’ that encompassed several members of the KY House and Senate that took bribes to support the horse racing industry.

  • 4 Jinx // Apr 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Boptrot; and how there is supposed to be a video sealed by a circuit judge which has strippers, Kent Downey and the current speak of the House.

  • 5 Jinx // Apr 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm


  • 6 Ed Marksberry // Apr 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Fletcher’s “Jobtrot”, instead of just cautiously taking their time and putting in their friends, they blatantly put it in the Dem’s face as a pay back. I’m not saying the Dems haven’t done the same, but at least the Dem’s didn’t electronically coordinate a plan. Discretion is a Southern Gents most valued skill and a mature politician’s virtue!

  • 7 JG // Apr 10, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Call me old fashioned, but I like Beauchamp–Sharp Affair all the way back in 1825: politics, sex, murder, and the state’s first legal execution.

  • 8 Conservative Kentuckian // Apr 10, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    The Bluegrass Conspiracy. Many of us who are related to her still wonder what happened to Melanie Flynn.

  • 9 Why Ky. can't have nice things // Apr 10, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I think Kentucky started sliding backwards when the legislature gained more power than the Governor. History shows that a Ky. Governor could introduce a budget, get it through the House and Senate and signed in 5 days. Now, it takes 5 days alone for do-nothing Beshear to have a single thought. When a single person from a grease-spot in rural Kentucky has the influence to steer the state into the ditch is the worst scandel ever. Kentucky’s best and brightest go to other places to succeed and we are stuck with backwood old white farts that are drunk with power and cheap drugs. Kentucky’s future is based on the success of its three largest cities. One of them currently has the dumbest and most arrogant waste of hog shit for a Mayor who allows a drunk City Directors drive for months luckily the schmuck didn’t kill someone.

  • 10 Jamie Martin // Apr 11, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Operation Boptrot!

  • 11 Reader // Apr 11, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Great piece of reading, especially for those engaged in active business during those years!…lots knew most of whats in the book before the book , but like now, no one paid attention.

  • 12 Larry West // Apr 11, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    My favorite quote is from Gatewood regarding the Boptrot scandal, something to the effect of: “If I knew that you could buy a legislator for only $500 in Kentucky, then hemp would be legal today.”

  • 13 Cardinal Fan // Apr 12, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Politics – decades old subdivision – Boptrot
    Politics – Contemporary – Fletcher’s Jobs scandal altough Richie will top this, I predict
    Sports – decades old – Kewntucky’s basketball shame
    Sports – contemporary = Bobby Petrino

  • 14 Economic "development" // Apr 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    The best scandal is what will be discovered in the cabinet for economic development when somebody looks into how much time and money they waste marketing themselves as a high-tech hot spot.

  • 15 John Boy // Apr 13, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Boptrot. I remember my mother served on a jury during one of the trials. I was young but fascinated at the stories she would tell me dad.

  • 16 leah stewart // Apr 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Bluegrass Conspiracy. There was a lot going on in those days!

  • 17 Ed Marksberry // Apr 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I came across the history of a past Treasurer named, James “Honest Dick” Tate. He was nicknamed “Honest Dick” because of his good reputation and rapport with his colleagues.
    For years no one thought to audit his books and once they tried.., he vanished with over $250,000 of the treasuries money.
    Ironic right?

  • 18 Nenette Seaux // Apr 14, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Bobby Petrino incident

  • 19 Chris // Apr 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I think the one that comes to mind for me is the Tina Conner/Paul Patton scandal that came to light back in 2002. My first real taste of KY politics and sexytime!!!

  • 20 Kent Hall // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    I was going to mention Operation Boptrot but so many others made mention of it already. Paul Patton and Tina Conner is a recent one. Fletcher flying his plane over restrictive air space without permission is a doozy.

  • 21 johnpaul // Apr 15, 2012 at 9:48 am

    WHAS Open City was one of the first TV investigations in the nation and revealed gambling and prostitution in Louisville.

  • 22 Phil // Apr 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    The Bluegrass Conspiracy. However, are our odds better if we mention one of the stories you have broke the news with?

  • 23 Why is Gray hiring the last guy'a staffers? // Apr 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    The biggest scandal in modern times is how long Lonnie Napier has gotten away with his hair color!?!

  • 24 TBG37 // Apr 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Eddie Sutton and all that came with him

  • 25 Conservative Kentuckian // Apr 17, 2012 at 12:56 am

    I must correct Kent Hall. Fletcher’s aircraft did have permission, the transponder was malfunctioning.

  • 26 TCP // Apr 17, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Operation Boptrot
    Would love a copy of the book!!

  • 27 Tobias Funke // Apr 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Best read: Bluegrass Conspiracy

    Best villian: Rick Pitino in the Sypher story

    Best laugh: Richie Farmer’s exit from Ag Dept and the hilarity of scandals that followed him

    Best Overall: Boptrot

  • 28 Bev R. // Apr 19, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Sadly tragic – the Steve Nunn breakdown, murder of girlfriend. So sad….and shocking (to me anyway).