Heather Ryan at the Ruby Laffoon Dinner

Guest Brian Smith contributes this piece from Heather Ryan’s campaign. She’s the Democratic candidate for Kentucky’s 1st District U.S. House seat.

Heather Ryan made her debut as the most dynamic Democrat to spring from Western Kentucky since Alben Barkley. Speaking at the annual Governor Ruby Laffoon Dinner in Madisonville, KY she rocked the audience with an impassioned call to end the “culture of complacency” fostered by her opponent, republican “Exxon” Eddie Whitfield. She called out the incumbent for his many sins against the people of Kentucky; voting against the expansion of SCHIP, voting to cut veteran’s benefits while giving tax breaks to the wealthiest 1% of America, and being in the pocket of the petroleum industry at the expense of higher gas prices and further dependence on foreign oil.

Heather stated clearly her agenda for a more progressive Democratic representation for Kentucky and the country. After a standing ovation she was swarmed with constituents who had heard her story about her infamous encounter with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Now that they had heard her speak they knew they had found a strong and viable candidate to unseat Whitfield and release his grip as an absentee landlord on Kentucky’s First District. The Hillbilly Jim Pence caught it all on video (see it after the jump).

Video of the event and more after the jump…

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Oh Snap! Monday. Updates. Mexicans. Dougie.

Everyone is pissed that the Beshear Misadministration is acting all open and happy and such. But the crew is really more restrictive than Ernie Fletcher or whatever. At least everyone can spend all day every day reading Page One. [Ralph Long]

Are you black or female? Probably not if you’re an elected official in Kentucky. Apparently it takes Barack Obama for our state’s newspapers to realize we’re a little backwater in the Bluegrass. Woops. [H-L]

Bill Clinton in Morehead and such. Dozens and dozens of jokes commence. And no, we probably won’t be able to drive the six hundred hours back home to see him on Tuesday. Basically, eastern Kentucky is going to prematurely you-know-what all over the place because the savior is visiting. It’ll be worse than Jim Gooch at a Shoney’s buffet. Ugh. Unclean. [C-J, PolWatchers]

Lexington hates mexicans, Doug Hawkins (R-Collagen-Lipped Protector of our White Women) should move there. Long story short: some dudes rented to some mexicans and the courts went crazy, ACLU got involved. Moral of the story: renting to mexicans is bad for you if you’re a landlord in Lexington. [H-L]

The centralized pocket of freepers in Louisville still use the tired argument that only Democrats raise taxes and cost us money. (See the letter: “Taxes going up? Democrats must be in charge”) Some concern troll wrote a letter to the Courier-Journal proclaiming that the end is nigh because anyone would have the audacity to raise the cancer stick tax. [C-J]

Florida resident and Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield penned an op-ed for the Courier-Journal detailing the important (please, hold your laughter) work he’s done to stop doping in major league sports. Yeah, that’s what the residents of the first district are worried about. [C-J]

Thursday Updates. Rain Has Stopped Edition!

Here’s why we didn’t know who Sheila Berman is: like zero lawyers in Louisville know who she is. 540 (72.6%) our of 744 total voted that they “Don’t Know” Berman. Hopefully she can change that with a little politicking. [Hebert]

David Adams of Kentucky Progress calls on the governor and COT to leave his site blocked by state computers. We think it’s silly because it’s not like state employees will ever get timely news from anyone in the media anywhere in the state. Blogs should be treated like any other website and if an employee abuses their internet privies, then they should be canned or whatever. And like Ralph Long says, commenting on our site shouldn’t be treated the same as watching porn on your office computer. [KY Progress, Ralph Long]

A letter writer to the Courier-Journal says Bruce Lunsford is ‘no friend of labor’ and attacks th AFL-CIO for endorsing him. Here’s part of what he had to say, “Bruce Lunsford is not a friend of working people — he’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I’ll paraphrase what I wrote in this very forum during last year’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. If you want to be sure we’ll have a Republican senator in Mitch McConnell’s seat next year, then vote for Bruce Lunsford in the Democratic primary. Then, you’ll have a choice of two Republicans to vote for in November.” [C-J]

Brett Hall, who usually just makes shit up, has discovered Google Alerts and now does a daily round-up of sorts. We don’t know anyone else who does that. [Brett Hall]

Unka Dick Cheney will be in Lexington on March 31 to raise money for second district congressional candidate Brett Guthrie. We’d be more excited if Karl Rove was coming back. Also, when is someone gonna use Ann Coulter as a fundraiser? Or maybe oil tanker Condi Rice? We’d be there in a heartbeat. [H-L]

Oh Snap Monday! Stock Market Dies Edition

Governor Steve Beshear admits one of the following: he’s a hack who will break the law like woah and doesn’t want to be caught or he has no idea what on earth email is. Take your pick. Ralph Long chimes in, too. [H-L, Ralph Long]

Kentucky and Indiana are in a unique position with the Democratic presidential primary this year: bend over. Both Barack Osama and Hillary Clintoon are going to kill us all with their commercials, bumper stickers, yard signs and door knocking. Words of advice: act like you do when the Jehovah’s Witnesses show up. [C-J]

In case you didn’t know, Wall Street is dying and you’re going to lose your house like right now. Bear Stearns is being snatched up by JPMorgan for a mere $2 per share. Bear Stearns was at more than $170 per share last January, for reference. So, hopefully, some more crap will go down and we’ll not only be able to buy a new condo for cheap but also take several vacations this year. Cross your fingers. [Financial Times]

And the Fed has cut lending rates to financial institutions to 3.25%. World. Is. Ending. [Yahoo! Business]

Well? Crackhead or Leprechaun? We pick crackhead. How bout you? [Barefoot & Progressive]

Now Louisville’s Chris Thieneman says he’s potentially back in the congressional race since he didn’t file proper paperwork to withdraw. All we can say is this is a jacked up situation. Rick will probably have more on this later today. [Hebert]

Press Release Stuff For Your Rainy Tuesday

Yarmuth Introduces Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act

(Washington, DC) Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) introduced the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act in the House of Representatives. The legislation will reauthorize and strengthen the main source of federal funding for disconnected youth outside of the foster care and juvenile justice system.

The current law, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act expires September 30, 2008.

REPUBLICAN PARTY OF KENTUCKY CALLS ON GOVERNOR BESHEAR TO MAKE CAPITOL SIGN-IN SHEETS AVAILABLE ON STATE WEBSITE

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Republican Party of Kentucky (RPK) Chairman Steve Robertson today called on Governor Steve Beshear to issue an Executive Order promoting public confidence in the Governor’s Office by making all Capitol sign-in sheets available for download on the state website.

Robertson’s urgent request comes in the wake of disturbing media reports about missing state records indicating visitors to the Kentucky State Capitol and Governor’s Office.

“Governor Steve Beshear needs to show Kentuckians that ethics reform was more than just a campaign pledge,” said Robertson. “As Steve Beshear stated in his inaugural address, accountability in government starts at the top, with him. I sincerely hope that the Governor’s response to the mystery of the missing documents will be swift and decisive.”

Slow Friday Press Release Time

Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-03) just announced $452,746 in federal funding from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program to fund support services for Louisville’s hungry and homeless.

“This will provide a major boost to the people in our community who need it most,” Congressman Yarmuth said. “The funding will go help people get off the streets and back on their feet.”

“The emergency food and shelter program is a fantastic partnership between the federal government and local homeless service providers throughout the United States,” said Greg Hudleson, Community Coordinator at Metro United Way. “It’s a tremendously efficient operation, and this funding will immediately benefit the most vulnerable citizens of our community.”

Since Dubya’s done his level best to kill funding for food banks and programs to help those who can’t help themselves, this is positive news. Organizations like Louisville’s Dare to Care are the silent backbone of our entire community. We see it day in and day out. Can’t even begin to count the number of lives that have been saved just because a foodbank was able to get a jar of peanut butter into the hands of a child of a crackhead. They’re able to open the jar themselves and get necessary protein. You’d be surprised how serious I am and how often this takes place.

P.S. Don’t forget the Wendell Ford Dinner tonight. Come hang out with us. We love attention and gossip.  But if you can’t, look out for photographs and mean stories tonight/tomorrow.