Don’t blink! It’s Friday

Making a difference at home. Battling drug abuse just got a little easier in Pike County. Following on the heels of Hal Rogers’ Operation UNITE, the Office of Drug Control Policy has been established and it’s the first in the state. Communities are waking up to reality. [News-Express]

Sickening. From the WTF Dept. Modern-day slavery right at home. Human trafficking in Kentucky? Yeah. For real. [C-J]

Our thoughts are with Justice Mac. Kentucky’s first African American supreme court justice succumbs to cancer. [C-J]

Throwing jobs away. Kentucky’s jobless rate in July rose quite a bit. According to statistics, 1,200 jobs alone were lost in the educational and health services sector. Yeah, the economy’s golden! [C-J]

Campaign Contributions Buy Fletcher Appointment?

Last week Governor Ernie Fletcher appointed Martin D. Harley of Lawrenceburg to the Anderson County Fiscal Court. Mr. Harley, a real estate investor and limousine service operator, will serve as the 2nd District magistrate while running for that office in the November election.

But that’s not where the story ends.

Martin Harley Contributed Over $14,000 to Republicans, Including $5,000 to Fletcher, Over $1,900 to Fletcher’s Brother, and $2,000 to State Republican Party

That’s right. He has contributed a total of $14,761.31 to state and federal candidates and committees, all of them Republican. Of this total:

  • Harley made five contributions totaling $5,000 to Fletcher’s congressional, gubernatorial and exploratory gubernatorial committees between 2000 and 2003
  • In 2004, Harley made ten (monetary and in-kind) contributions totaling $1,911.31 to Fletcher’s older brother, Harold Fletcher, Jr., in his campaign for state senate
  • Harley has also contributed a total of $2,000 to the Republican Party of Kentucky, and $1,925 to Mitch McConnell

Take a look:

Harley Contributions Screengrab

CLICK HERE to view details of all of Harley’s contributions. (Warning: PDF link)

There you have it. Yet another controversial appointment.

Is this what we’ve come to expect in Kentucky? Is this what we’re left with? Pony up the cash and you’re appointed to office. That’s the way the wind blows these days. welcome to the ongoing saga of political appointments of the Fletcher Administration.

ANOTHER Controversial Fletcher Appointment

Ernie Fletcher has appointed Taylor Orr, of London, to the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Orr was convicted of killing an elk out of season. He’s now sitting on the board responsible for state hunting and fishing rules.

Orr says he “inadvertently” shot the elk while looking for an animal he had wounded two days earlier. Granted, he said he was remorseful and even looked remorseful when Mark Hebert interviewed him, but should someone who has broken a law in this situation be appointed to the commission overseeing hunting and fishing? He says he has a better understanding of how the system operates after having been convicted.

Couldn’t someone with a clean record be appointed? Does this defy logic?

See more on the story Mark Hebert broke. Read more on Hebert’s blog.