The End is Nigh: Or what you missed this weekend

Thank goodness for terrible opponents. Jack Conway has an 18-point lead over Stan Lee in the latest polling. anyone surprised? We hope the Breck Girl is able to continue his career of hating everyone while raking in big insurance cash. [H-L]

Money talks. Mitch McConnell gives funds to company (SAE) he knows to be under investigation for bribery. A weapons company. How much money are we talking about here? $25 million. This from the guy who says money equals free speech. [H-L]

Nutjob in Elizabethtown? Who knew! Some guy wrote a letter to the editor about Steve Beshear loving gay money. And literally says (verbatim) that he “wants to kill more babies.” OMG. Go read it. You’ll pee yourself laughing. [News-Enterprise]

Commenters gone wild. An anonymous individual on Pat Crowley’s blog suggests Sally Denton’s Bluegrass Conspiracy is reason enough to paint all Democrats as more corrupt than Fletcher and other Republicans. Uh, maybe a handful of Democrats– some of whom are miraculously still in office and continually covering dirt up. All one really has to do is look back at the last eight years in the United States and then talk about corruption. [NKY Politics]

Budgetary hypocrisy. McConnell is going crazy over Democrats’ lack of action on the insane budget that’s being pushed through this year. He has the gall to accuse them of letting “the troops” down. Fails to mention he is one of the individuals responsible for sending “the troops” to Eye-Rack without body armor or any other basic protections. [C-J]

Ernie’s lights go out. Not only is Ernie Fletcher keen at preventing any sliver of honesty see the light of day? He’s busily telling the world his campaign can still turn the tide and win. For real. He thinks he can win. Nine days out and he seriously thinks he can win. [State-Journal]

Moment of truth. Ronnie Ellis expresses his weird bitterness over Fletcher’s impending loss. He “SHOULD” be winning, Ronnie? We get your point. But what the heck kind of journalism is that? [Daily Times]

Friday Daily Briefing Dept

Next year’s budget looks scary. The-gays-will-redecorate-your-condo scary.. Did you know the world will end? Kentucky’s budget is a disaster waiting to happen. [C-J]

Ernie can’t raise the skrilla. Only $261K raised for his 15-day pre-election report compared to $600k in 2003. Uncle Steve raised $1.09 million in the same period. That’s kind of a lot. [PolWatchers 1, 2]

Another OAG arrest. This is insane. The second arrest in the Attorney General’s office in as many days. Jason Moore was arrested the day before on DUI charges in Louisville. Now? George Seelig has been arrested for and charged with misdemeanor stalking. He was reportedly placed on administrative leave before the arrest. [WTVQ]

Pizza man ringing bells. John Schnatter, founder of Papa John’s, will ring Nasdaq’s closing bell on Monday. The special event is to celebrate Papa John’s role in the release of Spider Man 3 on DVD. [Business First]

Mongiardo makes a joke. At a rally for Democrats in Central Kentucky Dan Mongiardo cracked a joke: he said he had a “novel idea” of communicating with the legislature. Stark difference with the Fletcher administration. And Robbie Rudolph says Republican momentum as returned. Guess he hasn’t seen the polls. [State-Journal]

Maryland’s Gubnuh Bets on Slots

From the Everyone’s Doing it Dept

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D-Reality-Based Community) is all about gambling. He revealed yesterday a plan to push for legalized slot machine gambling as a way to save the state from a nearly $2 billion budget shortfall.

The plan will be based on a model that projects more than $650 million per year in revenue. $550million is directed at school construction and education and $100 million will go toward supplementing horse racing.

This may be a situation Steve Beshear wants to pay attention to. Namely because Maryland’s governor actually has a plan that goes beyond the mere idea of expanding gaming. Also because O’Malley’s predecessor, Robert Ehrlich (R), tried four separate times to pass expanded gaming legislation without success. The tables are turned in Kentucky but we may be able to learn a lot from the Old Line State.

Just a thought.

Cutting our way to excellence

County Schools are headed toward financial crisis.

A three-part series in the Richmond Register details the pitfals of reality. From pension fund expenditures in Madison County to being ranked 31st in the nation when it comes to student spending, Kentucky’s educational proirities are screwed up– and it’s showing on the local level like never before.

What’s more, we’re already dumping some 60% of the state budget into education, according to Sen. Ed Worley.

down the drain


Read the entire series:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

What was that “surplus” Ernie said he had? $400,000,000? Yeah. Let’s talk about that surplus.