LIVE: Oh Noes – State of the Commonwealth

That’s right, ladies. We’re liveblogging Governor Steve Beshear’s fancy State of the Commonwealth address.

Festivities will begin promptly at 7:00 P.M. Eastern. So get ready to hit refresh about 20 times per minute. It’ll be fun. There’s likely to be lots of gamblin’ talk along with some jib-jabbering about cigarette taxes with little else.

We’re likely to be in rare form as tonight’s address takes place just before we get our weekly LOST watch party started. And you know we have all kinds of pent up bitterness and frustration as a result of the damn ice tsunami.

Are you ready?

7:00 – It’s starting. Blah.

Read all the livebloggy goodness after the jump!

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Oh Snap Monday! Happy Groundhog Day!

Yes, it’s true. We saw our shadow. Sorry bout yer luck, Kentucky. You’re in for six more weeks of ice storms and hell without electricity and running water. And don’t complain– this is why God or whatever invented bourbon (remember: other states don’t have it.)

Lord, lesbians are just cold takin’ over everything. We can’t go to the grocery or turn on the news without a lesbian trying to recruit our children into lumber jacking or trying to steal an entire country. [Independent]

Remember Derek the Abstinence Clown? You’ll love this hot mess of a story. [Joe Sonka]

Wait – More than 700,000 people were without electricity during points of this ice storm mess. 700,000! [H-L]

Daniel Mongiardo told Fox News on Saturday that it’s not true that shelters in Kentucky are telling people to pack a suitcase and head to a motel. Unfortunately for him, the Herald-Leader proves that shelters are, indeed, doing that very thing. People in government or who are running for higher office in Kentucky need to learn how to tell the truth and harness it. [H-L]

Five facts about the new RNC Chairman, Michael Steele. All you Republicans still calling him your friend after being reminded of all this mess? [Huffington Post]

Governor Steve Beshear activated the entire Kentucky National Guard along with portions of the Air National Guard to assist in the aftermath of the ice storm. [C-J]

Read the rest of this Groundhog Day mess after the jump…

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TGIF! Frigid Conditions Temporarily Alleviated

And then we’re all gonna suffer from the snow death, again. Approximately 93,000 Kentuckians on 55 water systems remain without access to water due to power outages and other damage from the ice storm. Nearly 1,000 National Guardsmen are assisting with recover efforts. And repair crew after crew crew from other states are on their way. So far 78 counties have declared emergencies, 47 cities and 113 emergency shelters have been opened statewide.

Let’s get one of these for Jim Gooch. [Blankets with Sleeves]

Folks in Frankfort are allegedly making progress on the disaster that is our state’s budget. [Ronnie Ellis]

Geoff Davis a special envoy to Iran? Are the Brits serious? [The Guardian]

Witnessing price gouging in your area? Let us know. Charging $4.89 for gasoline at a time like this is not acceptable. Or legal. [Page One]

Eric J. Frankl has been selected as interim executive director of the Blue Grass Airport in Lexington. Hopefully Frankl won’t spend $300,000 on strippers, luxury hotel rooms and gifts for his family. [H-L]

Kentucky’s Mike Duncan is struggling to keep his job as head of the Republican National Committee. [C-J]

Republicans are playing a high-risk game in search for ways to be relevant. Flexing their muscles and snubbing Obama could backfire. [Reuters]

Monday Afternoon Dept of Blizzard Eve Fear!

First, how hilarious is it that Daniel Mongiardo announced his campaign for the U.S. Senate today but wouldn’t make himself available for television interviews?

The Hill thinks Crit Luallen is a man. It’s almost like they don’t know how to use the Google machine. And they obviously don’t know how to check their own archives for interviews that clearly state she’s a female. Nice job. [The Hill]

The Kentucky Folklife Program is collecting documentation of inaugural celebrations. It, along with the American Folklife Center, would like to receive a copy of recordings made between January 16 and January 25 to include in their collection of President Barack Obama’s inauguration records. Visit this site for required forms and mailing regulations to be submitted by February 26. Or for further assistance, contact KHS folklife program director Bob Gates at 502-564-1792 x 4481 or by email at [Press Release]

Governor Beshear is asking all state agencies for a 6.7% budget cut. This is getting nightmarish. [Mark Hebert]

The Kentucky Club for Growth links to our story about J. Marshall Hughes and says he’ll hold the line on taxes. Unfortunately, KCG neglects to mention that Hughes has a major problem paying his own taxes and has had several government liens placed against him.  Isn’t it boldly hypocritical to link to the story and avoid mentioning the content of the story itself? [KCG]

Joe Sonka was able to sum up Daniel Mongiardo’s campaign of homophobia and love of mountaintop removal in under 100 words. And it is, indeed, great news that Kim Geveden is running the show. [Barefoot & Progressive]

And the dirty librul media barons at LEO are reminding readers of Daniel Mongiardo and his past foibles. [LEO’s FatLip]

Can we put this rumor to rest? Andrew Horne is not running for the U.S. Senate. [BlueGrassRoots]

Governor Steve Beshear and the University of Louisville today announced a gift to create a renewable energy research center at the University. $20 million from Henry and Rebecca Conn. Henry Conn is a “senior executive advisor for corporations” and previously worked with A.T. Kearney, Tarkenton Conn & Co and TRW, Inc. [Stephenie Steitzer & C-J]

It’s ten years later and the first hand transplant still works. Rick has all the details from today’s press conference at Jewish Hospital. [The ‘Ville Voice]

OMG. Watch the Blagojevich clip from The View today if you get a chance. Joy Behar roughed him up and then messed up his hair! She tried to get him to do an impression of Richard Nixon. “I am not a crook!”  I knew I watched these hateful ladies for a reason.  That reason is today. [Huffington Post]

A large group of citizens in Lexington are urging Lexington Vice Mayor to run for Mayor in 2010. Join the Facebook group. [Jim Gray in 2010]

Ralph Long is Back!

Long live Ralph Long! Thank goodness he’s back.

Excerpts of his latest:

Through a Glass Darkly

Kentucky’s new OpenDoor – Kentucky’s Portal to eTransparency is really more of a look at something in the distance on a foggy morning than a transparent window.

The site give totals, big annual totals, but no detail, and the devil is in the detail.

For example:

In 2007 the Health & Family Services Cabinet, Department for Community Based Services, spent $1,637,352.02 for supplies with a state procurement card. Procurement cards are credit cards used by state agencies.

But what did they spend the money for? If you don’t think this is important look at the guys at the Blue Grass Airport.


Focus People

Anyone that has read any of my postings regarding smoking or big tobacco knows that I will be very happy when tobacco companies go out of business.

So take a moment and focus here. Let me give you a metaphor, we need to drain the swamp, but we keep forgetting to drain the swamp because we are fighting off the crocodiles.

Here’s one crocodile. David Williams, out of the blue, is in favor of an unenforceable statewide ban on smoking in public places. As the Herald-Leader points out, that dog don’t hunt.

Yarmuth Appointed to Budget Committee

Rep. John Yarmuth was just named to one of the five seats on the House Budget Committee reserved for members of Ways & Means.

“The budget challenges we currently face are as great as any time in our nation’s history,” Congressman Yarmuth said. I look forward to working to balance the priorities that will respond to our immediate economic problems and invest in the foundation of America’s long-term prosperity.”

So much for those Northup criticisms of John not amounting to anything and not being able to deliver for his community.

Monday Afternoon Dept of Freezing to Death

You’ve read about Dave’s Towing and the illegal shenanigans going down in Louisville over the past few weeks so we won’t bore you to death with that mess. Other than to tell you that property manager/owner Dahlem is having tons of fun belittling us and attempting to spread misinformation. Does this mean they’re in cahoots with the towing company for kickbacks?

The village idiot is still killing Kentucky’s environment. Little by little, Greg Stumbo and Jim Gooch will continue to make us the laughing stock of the nation. [Page One]

Oh, did you know? We’re in all kinds of “trouble” because probable latent homosexual (alleged) Marty Cockring says so. He makes it so easy. Being obsessed and all, I mean. [Self-Haters]

Stories like this one involving a Tennessee man who was fired for being gay (the boss admitted it) make Marty squeal with glee. [PageOneQ]

St. Xavier High School in Louisville will hold a panel discussion on mountaintop removal this Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. The school’s Environmental Club is the sponsor of the free event. St. X is located at 1609 Poplar Level Road. For more information, contact Michael Grantz at 502.552.0768 or email him at [Email]

A complete, categorized list of the George W. Bush failures. [Public Integrity]

Here’s another reminder: Don’t forget to watch Kentucky Tonight on KET tonight at 8:00 P.M. Eastern. Host Bill Goodman will discuss the state budget with Governor Steve Beshear, Senate President David Williams and House Speaker Greg Stumbo. Viewers with questions may contact Will there be fireworks? We hope so! P.S. We hear the Governor wanted the broadcast to come from the Executive Mansion but David Williams rightfully put a stop to that mess. [Kentucky Tonight]

Oh, and Marty Cockring is probably right. This gambling/racino thing Stumbo is pushing is bound to fail. And it’s likely just a tax on the poor. Though, you’d never know for sure… because the Say No To Casinos release today provides zero facts and no sources, which would help them push their agenda a great deal. [Bluegrass Politics & SNTC]

Three student groups from Madison County are traveling to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of Barack Obama. [Richmond Register]