Children’s Health or Big Money Donors?

Remember when McConnell used to support campaign finance reform? Yeah? Those days are over.

Mitch McConnell continues to oppose legislation that would help provide health coverage to 158,000 children across Kentucky.

Public Campaign Action Fund has produced a web ad pointing out that McConnell would rather put the needs of his big tobacco campaign contributors ahead of the health of children.



Rumors on the Internets: The News

She’s just a working girl. Heh. Julie McPeak, a Democrat and Fletcher panderer, is looking for a job. And is apparently afraid of Steve Beshear. [H-L]

Nothing slips by David Hawpe– unless it bores him. Fortunately, Mitch McConnell’s tripe about the MoveOn ad isn’t something that got by. He reminds us that Mitch’s poop actually stinks. Should also point out that McConnell’s disapproval rating is at an all-time high among Democrats in Kentucky. [C-J, DMKY]

The Hispanic business community catches on to Bunning’s ignorance, recognizes the importance of not giving any president unlimited power in preventing the truth to come out. [HB]

Evil liberals are evil for wanting evil health care for those who need it most. Apparently, providing care 99% of the free world provides is the downfall of society and the reason our country is going bankrupt. It has nothing to do, of course, with the trillions of dollars of debt the Bush administration has racked up. [KY Progress]

Polar ice caps aren’t melting– it’s made-up! At least that’s what a strong majority (62%) of those who approve of McConnell believe. Can’t let science get in the way of ignorance and hating the gays. When we grow up we want to base our political ideology on a knee-jerk reaction to a single issue, too! [SUSA]

Autopsies, Drugs & Money

Ron Holmes, Jefferson County’s Democratic Coroner and well-known author, has lost his marbles. He’s innocent until proven guilty, of course, but there’s no way we can ignore this circus.

Holmes is under investigation for pulling a Steve Henry. Current and former deputies accuse him of using office funds for himself. More specifically, the Coroner’s office raises money for a program that buys grave markers for indigents and Holmes has allegedly spent it on God knows what.

He’s also accused of illegally seizing prescription medications from investigation scenes, requiring they be given directly to him. Holmes told WHAS11 News it’s bunk and then those accusing him produced photos of the medications inside his desk and other personal areas.

And like Steve Henry he’s (allegedly) illegally pushed for campaign contributions– demanding that his deputies donate or face losing their jobs. One of those deputies, Mark Handy, confirmed for WHAS11 that Holmes made the threats while asking for funds.

Just days later– after speaking to the media– Mark Handy was fired. Handy says it was in retaliation for speaking out and it’s difficult to believe anything else. Especially with Holmes refusing to provide justification for the termination, only saying Handy was canned for “several other reasons.” Hoo boy.

Get ready, boys and girls. The circus has just begun.

Filtering the News So You Don’t Have To

Suffering from the Steve Henry Syndrome. Sam Beverage didn’t show for ethics hearing. Said he had jury duty, the court said there was no trial. Woops. [PolWatchers]

Selective memory runs rampant. Hey, Cyberhillbilly, Mitch McConnell’s ties to China aren’t just alleged. They’re real. Read Cheves’ series in the Herald-Leader from last year for a refresher. Your boy does some shady stuff. [CH, H-L]

Jim Bunning (R-skeert of Fancy Farm) sells out. Blocks effort to prevent Bush from sealing records indefinitely. He knows where his Osama bread is buttered. And has no idea what the hell he’s doing. [Dallas News]

The state’s health is improving? What? Kentucky has the 7th highest obesity rate in the nation for adults and our children are the third-fattest. Wait. Ernest Lee, who was it that said we should walk more often and then secretly rode in a Towncar to his office– all of 500 feet away? Oh, right. [C-J]

Billion point lead? Jack Conway still leads the man with Breck girl hair by 8390283908238. Stan Lee will lose by millions of points. [C-J]

Denial maven on the loose! Some guy in Radcliff lives in the past. Believes Democratic corruption trumps that of Republicans and Ernie Fletcher. For real. Someone actually believes this. [News-Enterprise]

Healthcare not Warfare. A vigil for healthcare will be held in Louisville this Friday, September 28 from 7:00 – 8:00 P.M. 2240 Frankfort Avenue.

Beshear Barred from Kentucky Central Case

Steve Beshear doesn’t recall being kicked off the Kentucky Central case in the mid-1990s.

Here’s an excerpt:

The court-appointed liquidator of Kentucky Central at one point barred Steve Beshear from doing further work on the case and informed Beshear that his law firm would have to pay for an ethics investigation, documents show.

This comes after Beshear, the Democratic nominee for governor, has repeatedly claimed he didn’t recall anything about a secret ethics report by a Cincinnati firm, Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur. And he recently said he wasn’t aware his former firm, Stites & Harbison, paid more than $100,000 for it.

Beshear also said in an interview Friday that he didn’t remember being removed, even temporarily, from the legal process of liquidating the failed insurance giant, Kentucky Central Life Insurance Co. in the 1990s.

Selective memory? We say come clean right now so the future Beshear-Mongiardo administration isn’t tarnished.

And Ernie, before you start to salivate: Not trying to be partisan here, but, uh, your administration is over come November. Save face while you can. Steve Beshear could drop ten points and still win in a landslide. Heck, he could be the creature from Jeepers Creepers and be victorious because Kentuckians want change.

Beshear himself wants the ethics report to be released. So it can’t be that terrible.

This Kentucky Central issue won’t be your savior, Ernest Lee.

Monday’s Obfuscation Report

Will Kentucky’s senators support the HIV Prevention Act? [FGA]

Jim Bunning (R-Afraid of Fancy Farm and Osama) freaks out over former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan’s new book. The book is critical of Bush economic policies and Bunning just can’t handle a financial big dog telling the truth about, well, the economy. Says he’ll be thumbing through it while on the throne. [Enquirer, Jim Welp]

From the Dept of Senatorial Foot Tapping. Mitch McConnell is afraid of Larry Craig. He “stood still as a statue” when Craig approached him. Jim Bunning, on the other hand, patted him on the back. Does this mean one senator approves of foot tapping and one senator doesn’t? [C-J]

Head of the Alcoholic Beverage Control arrested on DUI charges. Chris Lilly, the ABC’s executive director, plans to be an a adult and resign. Imagine that– someone in the Fletcher administration doing the right thing. [WLEX]

Delaying what everyone wants to see so the story will die. Thomas Wingate, Franklin Circuit Judge, has postponed the release of a report of the secret ethics investigation into Kentucky Central and Steve Beshear’s law firm. Looks like we’ll all eventually be able to pour over the details. Won’t be the case for Ernie’s secret defense fund donors, though. [PolWatchers]