Make Them Pay a Political Price for Free Thunder Party

There was plenty of outrage around here last week when we learned that Senate President David Williams and many of the state’s legislators would be living large at the Ali Center at a Thunder party paid for by lobbyists. We all wanted to know how many politicians would risk rage from the voting public for a few hours of free grub and a nice view of the air show and fireworks.

We were glad to see state Sen. Tim Shaugnessy publicly pass on the party, and would like to know if anyone else who participated in the failed session would do the right thing and say no to a PDA. (Public Display of Arrogance)

Well, we’re not surprised that Williams is playing a little political dodgeball about releasing the names of the politicians who accepted an invitation to the party. I walked by the Ali Center during the day, but it was impossible to see how many folks were inside.

But thanks to Joe Gerth of the C-J for following the story. In his Monday column, Gerth explains how Williams said no to his request to attend the shindig, then said he will, eventually, comply with the paper’s open records request for a list of those who RSVP’d for the party. Still, that won’t tell us who actually showed up, but I’m hoping Gerth will eventually be able to tell us.

And since the party created some buzz in the media late last week, it will be interesting to find out if some of those who RSVP’d thought better of it after the media picked up the story and decided not to come. For those who did go, let’s hope they have political opposition at the polls, since Williams arrogantly told WHAS Radio last week that if voters don’t like it, they could “have the opportunity at the polls to take some action.”

Meanwhile, the C-J provided a nice list of the problems caused by their failures with the budget on Saturday, and listed some of those responsible.

Lundergan, Stumbo Must Hate Rural America

In a comment on Pat Crowley’s blog, Bill Adkins makes the perfect argument for why it’s effing ridiculous for Jerry Lundergan and Greg Stumbo to attack Barack Obama over telling the truth about rural America.

Sadly, Greg Stumbo seems to be forgetting that he’s a product of rural America and has abandoned his usual solid position on Appalachian/rural issues in order to push the tired candidacy of Hillary Clinton. We like Greg, don’t get me wrong, but this is just embarrassing and out-of-touch.

Like Bill Adkins says, Americans need to figure out if they want someone who will speak the truth or someone who’ll blow smoke up their ass.

Take a look at Obama’s remarks and see if you disagree, Kentuckians:

“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them,” Mr. Obama responded, according to a transcript of the fund-raiser published on Friday on The Huffington Post. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not…”

Obama also said:

“And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

To echo Bill, please tell us where/how Obama is incorrect. We’re borne of the mountains of eastern Kentucky and think it would be difficult to find anyone from rural America who would disagree with Obama’s remarks.

The reality is that rural America has been forgotten, cast aside and crapped on.

Read the rest of this rant after the jump…

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Spotted: Who’d you see being various degrees of famous all across the land?

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY03) came up to say hello to us at our neighborhood coffee shop haunt. The mean Republican internets gods had cursed his office so everyone had to book it to Frankfort Avenue to get work done. Really, we had no idea he would actually do work upon getting to D.C. But, love him or hate him, that’s apparently all he does. Except when playing golf, which is excusable. (Kinda like when we accidentally watch four hours of Dead Like Me when we should’ve been

Ladies’ Man-in-Chief Bill Clinton, looking down over our table with Richard Nixon at his side while we attempted to enjoy our high-class (ha) lunch at TGI Friday’s at Louisville’s Fourth Street Live.

Former Miss America and more lame crap after the jump…

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Godfather of Green? Godfather of Greenbacks, Maybe

This morning we had the opportunity to sit down with the League of Conservation Voters to discuss Sen. Mitch McConnell’s #4 position on the organization’s list of the nation’s “Dirty Dozen.”

Check your watches. It’ll be less than 24 hours until the Senator sends out an urgent fundraising plea because he is under attack from the tree-hugging left.

Since people in the real world recognize that saving our environment makes good economic sense, we’re, well, we’re all left wondering what on earth McConnell thinks he’s doing by serving as the Senator in Washington with the absolute worst LCV rating score. Supporting renewable energy and the environment is hardly a Democratic or Republican issue– it’s an American issue. The dear Senator needs to realize this sooner rather than later because we get the extreme sense that the League will be spending mega bucks in Kentucky this general election cycle.

Some information from the LCV after the jump…

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FBI Investigates Fletcher Transportation Cabinet

The FBI is investigating the Fletcher administration’s highway construction award process. Tom Loftus reports that the federal probe “includes a look at whether the cabinet’s confidential cost estimates for contracts were leaked to bidders before bids were submitted.”

All of this comes in the wake of the resignation of James W. Rummage, a former chief district engineer under Fletcher.

James W. Rummage had worked for Fletcher, a Republican, as chief district engineer in District 7 since 2004. The district covers Fayette and 11 other counties. Before that he ran the neighboring District 9 for six years under Democratic Gov. Paul Patton.

Reached at his Morehead home Tuesday, Rummage said it was his decision to leave but wouldn’t say why. He wouldn’t comment on whether he had been interviewed by or provided information to the FBI.

“There’s nothing I can help you out with right now. There’s nothing I can say right now,” he said.

Long story short: this doesn’t smell pretty. Hold onto your hats, folks, because we hear there’s way more where this comes from.

The sound you hear is a couple Republicans complaining about this being front-page news. Like it wouldn’t be if Beshear’s crew was involved. Please.

Oh Snap Monday. 75 Degrees Already Edition.

Ben Chandler pretends to be a steward of good economic policy by protecting Americans from credit card company greed. Totally ignoring the fact that he’s the reason credit card companies are now more powerful than ever. Cause you know Americans really benefited from that fancy bankruptcy bill he helped along. [News-Graphic]

Rep. Reginald Meeks (D-Louisville) seems bitter at mountainfolk and complains about the Stumbo-brokered budget deal with David Williams. Someone should probably tell Meeks that if the House had any backbone– if leadership wasn’t incompetent– that maybe we’d have a budget that wasn’t broken and embarrassing. [C-J]

Speaking of leadership, Greg Stumbo is showing it and everyone is taking notice. “Stumbo, down there, has really shown some leadership,” said GOP state Sen. Brandon Smith of Hazard. “He stepped up and tried to get everybody together” over the budget. [H-L]

The General Assembly, in a move that proves complete incompetence and lack of leadership, has raided Kentucky’s boards and commissions. Instead of policing corrupt doctors, lawyers and such the butt cramps who run Frankfort have decided licensing fees should flow into the general fund. [C-J]

Diane Brumback, of Kentucky Women, is shifting her gears with her website in an effort to raise awareness about the life-saving benefits of early breast cancer detection. Diane, recently diagnosed, has chosen to make her personal battle public in an attempt to save lives. [Kentucky Women]

Jeff Poole attacks John Yarmuth by claiming he supports racism by serving as a director of Planned Parenthood of Kentucky. The local organization doesn’t provide abortions, but that doesn’t stop Poole from leading readers to believe that Yarmuth stands up for killing babies. And he claims Yarmuth is responsible for Planned Parenthood donors being able to designate which race their charitible contribution may benefit. Hrm. Long shot much? [BGRS]