As the dog days near an end

Surprised? Ethics complaint against Williams dropped. Think it could have something to do with two of those Ethics members being county contacts during the merit scandal? [PolWatchers, BGR] Update: As a reader pointed out, there’s no connection because we’ve confused the Executive Branch Ethics Commission and the Legislative Branch. That may be why there’s no connection being pointed out. Thanks, David.

When students speak. The Kentucky Kernel thinks Stumbo is right, says Ernie should ask trustees to resign. [KY Kernel]

Larry Craig FAQ. For real. Put down all beverages before checking the link. [Slate]

They’re pissed. Anti-Mitch and Anti-War protesters hit the streets of Berea as McConnell visited the chamber of commerce. A similar demonstration took place in Bowling Green. Interesting to note the event’s organizer has a son who believes Saddam Hussein was funding al Qaeda. Go figure. [Richmond Register, BG Daily News]

Crops are screwed. Kentucky asks for disaster assistance as southern Kentucky farmers harvesting their corn crops report that their yield is as much as 40 percent below average. It’s so severe that Gov. Fletcher ordered the Office of Insurance to allow out-of-state adjusters to work in Kentucky. Yay global warming. [H-L]

Ernie 180? Alessi has the scoop on Bluegrass Freedom Fund’s first ad spot. He provides an in-depth analysis proving two points true, two points at least half-true. Check it out. [PolWatchers]

In case you need a break from Senators and their bathroom sex…

Good entertainment. If you haven’t had a chance, listen to the radio “debate” between Fletcher and Beshear. If we’re basing things on courtesy and manners displayed in this radio show alone? Neither of these gentleman have any. Endless blabbering after repeated requests to stop were ignored. And ignored. And ignored. [WKYX]

When giants attack. Attorney General Greg Stumbo is on the right side of the nightmarish Monsanto-Delta & Pine merger. Monstanto, the world’s largest producer of pesticides and genetically engineered seed, is best known for using their GRE plants to obliterate the crops of legitimate farmers– permanently infecting the food chain. Oh– and they tried to patent the pig. [Legal Newsline]

Gaming the System. Humana breaks the law, pays $500,000 fine for misleading customers, using unlicensed agents. Imagine it– a health insurance giant skirting the law and paying a fine. Just the cost of doing business, right? [Business First]

Meanwhile, the number of individuals without health insurance nationwide is skyrocketing. (14% of Kentuckians lack coverage) The Census Bureau released figures showing the number of those without insurance rose from 44.8 million in 2005 to 47 million in 2006. That means– based on numbers two years old– nearly 16% of the population doesn’t have health coverage. People covered by employer-based health insurance fell 1.5% and the number of uninsured children rose 700,000 to 8.7 million in the same 2005-2006 period of time. [Business First, H-L]

We didn’t know Seattle had Republicans! A waitress (server, to be politically correct) helped anonymously pen a facetious blog complaint against Stefan Sharkansky. Apparently, he lets his kids run rampant and is a horrible tipper. Sounds like a familiar former Democratic Lt. Governor of Kentucky, if you ask us! [Consumerist]

Taking it to their doorsteps. War protesters rally against Sen. Mitch McConnell tonight. Thousands in Kentucky are expected to take part in National Take a Stand Day, holding a rally and a march to McConnell’s home in Louisville. [WLKY]

Update: And the donors are…

An update to the Freedom’s Watch story.

The financiers of the crazed group are a Who’s Who of former Bush ambassadors.

Check it:

  • Anthony Gioia, former ambassador to Malta
  • Kevin Moley, U.S. Permanent Rep to the UN, former VP of PCS Health Systems
  • Mel Sembler, former ambassador to Italy
  • Howard Leach, former ambassador to France, original Bush Pioneer
  • Dr. John Templeton
  • Edward Snider
  • Sheldon Adelson, 3rd-richest American, casino mogul
  • Richard Fox
  • Ari Fleischer, former Bush mouthpiece
  • Gary Erlbaum
  • Matt Brooks

These guys really have the nation’s best interests at heart!

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.