Yarmuth Announces Obama Kentucky Leadership

During a conference call a few moments ago, Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-03) announced Barack Obama’s Kentucky leadership team. But he didn’t do it on the call, the list was sent via email after everything wrapped up. Meaning we can’t yet tell you who’s on the list.

They are: We’ll have those names up in a few minutes.


Finally have that fancy list. Here’s Barack Obama’s Kentucky Leadership Committee:

  • Former Louisville Councilman Bill Allison, Jefferson
  • Former Councilwoman Denise Bentley, Jefferson
  • Elizabethtown City Council Member, Anthony Bishop, Hardin
  • Former City Council Member George Brown, Fayette
  • Congressman Ben Chandler, Woodford
  • Mayor of Madisonville, Will Cox, Hopkins
  • State Representative Jim Glenn, Daviess
  • Former Franklin County Judge William Graham, Franklin
  • Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, Jefferson
  • Former State Senator Nicholas Kafoglis, Warren
  • Former State Senator David Karem, Jefferson
  • State Representative, Dennis Keene, Campbell
  • County Judge Executive Darrell Link, Grant
  • Former Congressman Ken Lucas, Boone
  • Former State Senator Michael Maloney, Fayette
  • Former Congressman Romano Mazzoli, Jefferson
  • State Representative Reginald Meeks, Jefferson
  • Former State Senator Danny Meyer, Oldham
  • Former Lexington Mayor Pam Miller, Fayette
  • Former State Treasurer Jonathan Miller, Fayette
  • State Senator Gerald Neal, Jefferson
  • County Judge Executive Billy O’Banion, Owen
  • Louisville Councilman Tom Owen, Jefferson
  • State Representative Darryl Owens, Jefferson
  • Former Circuit Judge Lewis Paisley, Fayette
  • State Representative Ruth Palumbo, Fayette
  • Former State Senator Georgia Powers, Jefferson
  • Campbell County Commissioner, Ken Rechtin, Campbell
  • State Senator Ernesto Scorsone, Fayette
  • Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, Jefferson
  • State Senator Tim Shaughnessy, Jefferson
  • County Commonwealth Attorney Gordie Shaw, Woodford
  • Bardstown City Council Member, Bill Sheckles, Nelson
  • Former Bowling Green Mayor Patsy Sloan, Warren
  • Louisville Councilman David Tandy, Jefferson
  • Councilman George Unseld, Jefferson
  • Former Congressman Mike Ward, Jefferson
  • State Representative Jim Wayne, Jefferson
  • State Representative Susan Westrom, Fayette
  • Councilwoman Mary Woolridge, Jefferson
  • Congressman John Yarmuth, Jefferson

During the call, Yarmuth said he doesn’t think Obama should concede Kentucky (even though he’ll likely lose the state) to Clinton but he thinks Clinton should drop out of the race on May 21. (We think Clinton should drop out now, since it’s impossible for her to catch up to Obama. And because her campaign team in Kentucky is wholly corrupt. Just in case you were wondering.)

The Obama campaign also announced the Western Kentucky endorsement of Madisonville Mayor Will Cox and that of Northern Kentucky State Rep. Dennis Keene.

Oh, and Obama’s camp says he won’t be in Kentucky this Friday due to scheduling conflicts. Though they say he could appear (thanks to Joe Arnold’s questioning) via video to address the crowd. Let’s just go ahead and say it: If Obama can’t show up in Kentucky at one of the most publicized events of the year, he doesn’t deserve to win in Kentucky. It’s embarrassing. There’s no reason he shouldn’t show up. None. Not after last night’s close race in Indiana.

Wednesday Updates. Huckabee Didn’t Pray Enough Edition.

Quite possibly the most awful and embarrassing thing ever took place in West Virginia and NOT Kentucky. Three cheers! [The Pittsburgh Channel]

Casino bill dead. Woops. Jody Richards says he’s worked hard at working hard and pretending to work hard at getting a casino bit on the ballot. Working hard is hard work! Jody would make such a great president or whatever Dubya is. [Hebert]

Mitch McConnell wants judicial nominees to be treated fairly? How about not trying to appoint some crazy SOBs who want to murder everyone with brown skin for a change? Just an idea that may help. Also, the whole ‘women are inferior’ crap should be tossed. That’d also help. [Team Mitch]

You must be under ten years of age to participate in the gubnuh’s Easter egg roll. So. Looks like we won’t be receiving goody bags, candy or anything this year. For real. Guess it’s time for someone here in the big city (or Frankfort or whatever) to start an adult Easter egg roll complete with gin, bourbon, chocolate and sofas to nap on. (HINT) [PolWatchers]

Say No to Casinos breaking the law? Probably. 501(c)3s can’t play politics. Ruh ro. [The Rural Democrat]

Exclusive: Fletcher & Beshear Take on Poverty

A few days ago Page One asked Kentucky’s gubernatorial candidates what they would do to eradicate poverty. We asked that the candidates respond with specific solutions for eradicating poverty without resorting to personal attacks and without bringing gambling into the discussion. We’re pretty sure there’s been enough bickering without any solid conversation about the issues facing Kentucky.

We know the respective campaigns are busy in their own right so we thank them greatly for taking time to respond. To keep things on equal footing we have decided to publish responses in full without any editing. Please read them for yourself and form your own opinion about who rose to the challenge of tackling one of the biggest problems in the state.

We have to be critical here. This in no way is a representation of our political preference and nothing should be considered an endorsement or denouncement of a candidacy. We’re not picking sides, but it’s obvious Ernie Fletcher’s campaign is addressing the poverty issue more seriously. Whether Steve Beshear has an actual agenda for addressing poverty is not clear from this response, and we’re open to hearing more from the campaign. Meanwhile, Fletcher’s folks put enough time and effort in that we’ve had to divide his response into three parts, with the rest to follow.

While only offering suggestions and not providing specific solutions for poverty itself, Beshear’s campaign has responded. Having plans for the state as a whole is a great thing. But lumping poverty in with the rest is part of the problem. Poverty will have to be specifically addressed without regard to those who aren’t suffering. We have no doubt that Steve Beshear can and will deal with poverty but we want to know what the heck he’ll do specifically. It doesn’t take much to put it in writing. Guess we have to remind ourselves that this is a campaign and getting too specific would require holding oneself accountable.

The Fletcher campaign has offered a three-part response to our question and we’ve published the first portion. To our surprise our concerns have actually been addressed. Or have begun to be addressed, anyway. The campaign deserves credit for doing so. Sure, a lot of this substance comes from Fletcher having been in office for four years (Beshear’s been an office holder, as well, and could have mentioned what he’s done in the past) and the campaign relies heavily on what it says he’s already accomplished. But the point here is that the campaign specifically addresses poverty and is beginning to offer specific solutions.

Both candidates teeter on the edge of generality almost as if they’re afraid to get their hands dirty. They have taken major steps, however, to move away from gambling and have begun to enter the territory of real issues facing real people. We hope this is a sign of things to come and look forward to both candidates dealing with the reality of life beyond casinos. Have to also congratulate the campaigns for thus far ignoring ridiculous wedge issues like gay marriage and gun ownership.

We hope Beshear’s running mate, Dr. Daniel Mongiardo, forces this issue to the forefront. Being a state senator from the poverty-stricken hills of eastern Kentucky gives him a unique perspective that needs to be more prominent in this race.

Responses after the jump.

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