Jim Waters – Commish Search II: The Sequel

The right and left should all agree with Jim this week. The state school board’s “search” for a commissioner is laughable and embarrassing.

Get a grip, people! Call this “search” off and start fresh. This Barbara Erwin clustercrap has to stop.

Commish Search II: The Sequel

By Jim Waters

Al Smith, longtime host of “Comment on Kentucky,” is right in urging the Kentucky Board of Education to wait and conduct a national search for a new education commissioner – like other states do.

But his plea falls on deaf ears.

The board’s haste – along with the insipid candidates it has attracted – confirms Solomon’s reckoning that: “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be.”

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McConnell Votes Against Kentucky

Mitch McConnell, under the guise of fiscal responsibility (haha) voted to uphold Bush’s veto of the Water Resources Development Act.

Isn’t that nice? Kentucky’s own King of Pork votes against water while large portions of the United States are suffering disastrous shortages.

Just some of the Kentucky projects:

  • Completion of McAlpine Lock and Dam on the Ohio River in Louisville, $430 million (of that, almost $220 million already has been spent), requested by Sen. McConnell and Rep. John Yarmuth, D-3rd District.
  • A flood control study for Louisville, no amount given, requested by Yarmuth.
  • An Ohio River Basin environmental study for Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, West Virginia, Ohio and Virginia, $2.5 million, requested by Yarmuth.
  • Stabilization of the bluffs at Hickman, Ky., $250,000, requested by McConnell.
  • A feasibility study to add water supply to the project purposes for Dewey Lake, no amount given, requested by Rep. Hal Rogers, R-5th District.
  • A study to add recreation to the project purposes at Buckhorn Lake, no amount given, requested by Rogers.
  • A directive to provide protection to Prestonsburg against a 100-year flood, no amount given, requested by Rogers.
  • Water projects and resource protection and development in the counties of Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Montgomery, Powell, Scott and Woodford, $10 million, requested by Rep. Ben Chandler, D-6th District.
  • Wastewater infrastructure for Winchester, no amount given, requested by Chandler.
  • Renovations to the floodwall on the Ohio River at Paducah, $3 million, requested by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-1st District.
  • Flood-control work, Licking River Basin, Cynthiana, $11.8 million, sponsor of request not determined.

Maybe Mitch should heed Larry Sabato’s warning?

“But if I were Mitch McConnell, I’d be very nervous. Because there’s a Democratic trend in his state, a new Democratic governor who’s going to try to get him, and he is the representative of George Bush and the Iraq war in Kentucky. Good luck!”

Marathon Suit Moves Forward

From the Hidden Among All the Election Day Coverage Dept

Attorney General Greg Stumbo’s lawsuit against Marathon Oil for price gouging is moving forward.

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate (yesterday) directed Marathon to answer questions by November 19, 2007.

According to Stumbo, “The judge is moving us closer to our day in court, when we will ask a jury to say whether Marathon’s pricing was grossly excessive as America weathered hurricanes and turmoil.”

One step closer to shafting the shafters who continually screw consumers.

Frank Simon Scares Louisville’s West End

Rev. Jerry StephensonFrank Simon (you know him from equating libraries and gays with the anti-christ) and Rev. Jerry Stephenson (you may know him from his gay-hating radio show) of Midwest Church of Christ are the two men behind ads airing on WLLV and WGTK radio in Louisville’s west end. The ads include a dialog between two gentlemen discussing Steve Beshear’s terrifying support of the gays. The ad directs listeners to Fairness.org just as the misleading robocalls did yesterday.

Joe Gerth has the scoop.

The Rev. Jerry Stephenson, chairman of the Values Coalition U.S.A., said his organization was part of a group that aired a radio advertisement over the weekend and yesterday that pointed out C-FAIR’s endorsement of Beshear.

The group, African Americans for Morality & Justice, was airing the ad on urban-format radio stations in Louisville and a conservative talk radio station. According to Greg Kramer, an advertising manager at WGTK radio in Louisville, conservative activist Frank Simon’s name also appears on paperwork relating to the ad.

“We live in the United States of America, and a person has a right to practice homosexuality if that’s what they choose to do,” he said. “The problem is the homosexual community is attacking our faith community.”

This quote from Jimmy LaSalvia really sums things up quite nicely:

“It’s a foregone conclusion that Gov. Fletcher is going to lose decidedly tomorrow, and these anti-gay campaign tactics are not going to save his campaign,” said Jimmy Lasalvia, president of the Kentucky chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans, a group that favors gay rights. “It’s just pathetic,” he said of the attacks on Beshear.

We promise we won’t always be on a homophobia kick but Fletcher’s decision to castigate the gays and use us as a scary campaign wedge issue sealed the deal.

To update the robocall story from yesterday: We’re close to determining the source of the calls. And contrary to what Kentucky Registry of Election Finance has unfortunately told some people, it is illegal not to have a disclaimer on electronic advertisements. That includes telephone calls advocating the election or defeat of a candidate. Cite: KRS 121.190(1); 32 KAR 2:110. We remind the culprits that they’re required to file their independent expenditure with the KREF.

Ernie Fletcher: Law Breaking on Election Day

If hating gays, pleading the fifth, acting complicitly in illegal robocalls and being an all-around screw up of a governor aren’t enough for ya?

Check this blurry cellphone image:

It’s a shot taken about 25 feet from my polling location in Louisville, the most liberal three precincts in the area. You see the red VOTE HERE sign in the foreground and dozens of black Fletcher signs in the background.

Not only did Ernest Lee sink to the lowest common denominator throughout the campaign– he and his campaign sink lower and break the law by placing campaign signs within the right-of-way (stupid) well within the 200 foot distance deemed necessary by law to avoid electioneering at a polling location.

Only nine more hours.

Oh– the polling location was packed with voters at 7:30 A.M. Waited in line for the first time ever.