Noonthirty Update: Walnuts & Barry Invade!

We’re busy being all kinds of important, so read these updates for a while and leave comments asking us what we mean by the use of any random word we carelessly type out on this fancy contraption. Or say mean things about us for having a bitter sense of humor when it comes to politics. -JP

On “Equal Pay Day,” Heather French Henry says her daughters have been inspired by Hillary Clinton. WTF? They’re like five-years-old. Seriously, WTF? This is what the Clinton campaign puts out? Even Olivia Morris Fuchs, who copped serious attitude last time we saw her, did a better job stressing the importance of pay equality. [Clinton’s Website]

Inez, Kentucky is wetting itself over the impending visit of Uncle Walnuts, John McCain. You know how we get in Kentucky over war heroes and all that jazz. Just not in Louisville, where veterans are the devil or whatever. Just ask C&OBII. They always work against those scary military-types. [The Arena]

One million billion people lined up to see Barack Osama in New Albany, Indiana this morning. It’s the only thing Louisville media can talk about. Other than the meth lab fire on Bardstown Road, of course. [C-J]

‘If this were 20 years ago, I probably woulda come back there and socked you in the mouth!’ Remember that? Bill Nighbert allegedly told Sarah Missy McCray that very thing and it all came out during hiring investigation. McCray was retaliated against for cooperating with OAG’s investigation that ended Ernie Fletcher’s political career. The state just settled with her for $500K. Missy McCray is our new best friend and will hopefully buy us all kinds of crap. [PolWatchers]

Also, to make it seem like the only thing we read is the Courier-Journal, be sure to read this story about state highway workers cleaning up billions of tons of bird poop from our always perfect roads. It’s the best story of the day. Includes a photo of some dudes power washing the bird poop away. [C-J]

That Magical Entity We Call the FEC

Wondering why nothing ever happens at the Federal Election Commission?

Surely it’s not because both Democrats AND Republicans are playing politics. Surely it’s not because “the federal government spends more money at the Department of Labor regulating union elections than is spent at the FEC regulating all federal elections.”

Exciting that we’ll be having elections without any oversight.

Right?

Happy Sunday, You People Surfing the Tubes

Left-wing Forces are Raging! HAHAHA. That’s the latest fear/smear Mitch McConnell pedaled at the Warren County Lincoln Day dinner. “Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the forces of left-wing Americans are raging and the challenge is enormous.” Oh man, we love the craptastic job Natalie Jordan is doing at The Daily News these days. [BG Daily News]

Did you know? The legislative session was tough for the governor. And Rep. Tim Firkins (D-Louisville) is a copy cat who decided to use Trey Grayson’s report card language to describe Steve Beshear. He gave Beshear a gentleman’s ‘C’ for trying to push forth an agenda in a positive way. You’ll also love Greg Stumbo’s hilarious attack on the governor. [C-J]

Michael Cassaro’s Communications Director has a blog. Yesterday that blog published Bruce Lunsford’s remarks on the war in Iraq almost verbatim in a move that seems almost like praise. Things that make you go hmm. [The Bridge]

See several Democratic candidates speak at Hillbilly Days in Pikeville this weekend. Don’t bother reading Angela Sparkman’s awful story with embarrassing grammar, just watch the video. OMG, people, don’t go into journalism if you can’t flipping speak English. [WYMT]

Researchers know absolutely nothing about the earthquake that occurred the other day. So the Associated Press wrote a story that goes on and on for like a year telling us that researchers know nothing about the quake. Some folks believe one thing, some other folks believe another and we’ve no idea why after reading the article. [Yahoo! AP]

More from the Did You Know? Department. The entire state legislature is worthless. Every member of the House and Senate vote to benefit themselves and it’s wholly legal. Welcome to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where people like Jim Gooch and Reginald Meeks keep getting re-elected. The state where conflicts of interest just don’t matter. [H-L]

Party for Seven? That’ll be $50K

A quick and final update on the story we’ve been following with the Thunder party for legislators. Looks like those lobbyists who picked up the tab for the party paid around $50K and entertained seven, yes, seven, legislators.

Sounds like the attendance at a Doug Hawkins informational meeting on Dixie Highway in Louisville.

Great work by the C-J’s Joe Gerth in actually calling all the legislators and getting their takes on attending the party, including Louisville’s Gerald Neal, who passed on going after learning it was paid for by lobbyists, according to Gerth’s story.

Much more, including names of the two Democrats who ignorantly attended the soirée after the jump…

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Clinton Confirms Henry Building is HQ

On March 28th we reported that Steve Henry had potentially involved Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in an FEC nightmare by allowing the campaign to use a building owned by non-profit The Future Fund Endowment, Inc.

Well, whattya know? The Clinton campaign just sent out an email blast announcing the official grand opening of its headquarters in Louisville. The location? None other than the controversial property located at 1357 Bardstown Road in Louisville.

Take a look:


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Henry, Clinton and the folks affiliated with the Future Fund better hope to high hell there is evidence of rent being paid by the Clinton campaign to the Future Fund, which is the owner of the building. Based on Henry’s significant history of campaign finance blunders, we have significant reason to believe no lease or agreement for use of the property by the Clinton campaign exists and that no rent has been paid. Here we go again.

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.