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.

Foaming at the Mouth Update Dept

Cheves takes Mitch to task. Sen. Mitch McConnell is taken to task by the Herald-Leader’s John Cheves for his sickening $25 million earmarks. The National Legal and Policy Center is up in arms as well. The funds, you’ll recall, are for British defense contractor BAE which is under investigation for bribery. We’re just surprised BAE isn’t red Chinese. [H-L]

Ernest Lee plays childish politics. Proof Ernie Fletcher is playing politics with the Ten Commandments. Shocked? Surprised? Didn’t think so. Only three more days. [PolWatchers]

Looking out. Attorney General Greg Stumbo’s office announced yesterday that Kentucky Bureau of Investigation agents will guard elections in the Commonwealth on November 6. Agents will act to protect voters from discrimination and will help file “Oath of Voter” documentation if a vote is challenged at the polls. [Press Release]

According to a press release, Republican candidate for state auditor Linda Greenwell will be rejoining her campaign for the final 72 hour crunch. The same press release also touts her chances– based on what’s effectively a poll of non-voting high school students. No matter where we stand ideologically, we still wish her family the best.

Non-political but equally disturbing. A Louisville goth “couple” (HAHAHA– please) are starring on this season’s Amazing Race which begins Sunday. Just go read the story and look at the pictures. Trust us. It’s worth it. [C-J]

Strange Behavior Daily Briefing Dept

Kentucky businesses suck. Or they’re dumb. Right? Putting super-personal records in the hands of thieves seems like the coolest thing 121 Kentucky businesses could think of doing. We love it. Thanks for screwing the folks of the Commonwealth. [H-L]

Not surprising. The White House is withholding hundreds of Abramoff documents from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Could Geoff Davis be mentioned in those hundreds of pages? We hear that’s a distinct possibility. [Gubmint]

Still gunning for McConnell. Schumer has his sights set on Mitch. [TPM]

Nationals taking notice. A Rarity: All Major Newspapers in Kentucky Back Democrat for Governor. No one endorses poor Ernest Lee. [Editor & Publisher]

Beverage alert. The male Principal of Bethlehem (Catholic) High School in Bardstown was cited on prostitution charges in Louisville’s West End. You read it right. Prostitution. The catch? He was dressed as a woman wearing black leather, fishnet stockings and faux breasts. Life doesn’t get any better than this, folks. [WAVE3, C-J]

Halloween Briefing Dept

Revisionist History. Larry Dale Keeling takes offense at Ernie Fletcher’s claim that his illegal merit firing hit list was a “promotions list.” Ernest Lee would never let little things like facts get in the way of telling a remarkable, lie-filled story or two. [KyKurmudgeon]

More Anti-Mitch Fever. Chris Cillizza of The Fix gets it right and wrong on Mitch McConnell. Wrong: most Kentuckians are not ideologically in tune with McConnell. Right: he’s a fundraising giant who plays dirty. And there a lot of people waiting in the wings to take him on. [The Fix]

We’re still talking about casinos? What? Casinos aren’t the scary devil Ernie Fletcher says they are? Someone must be on crack to suggest such a thing. Crime rates that fell after casinos came to town? What? [C-J]

Ernie lied again. He takes credit for staffing and care improvements in nursing homes. But John Cheves calls him out, Nobody, including Fletcher, knows whether staffing and care have improved in the state’s roughly 300 nursing homes, or whether they have gotten worse or stayed the same.” Ruh ro. [H-L]

Paying Attention. Ashley Cecil paints a picture of fair trade most of us ignore throughout our daily lives. And she examines realities which keep people poor and unable to participate in the “free” market. More importantly, this painting activist donates a good deal of profit from her artwork to charitable causes. [Painting Activist]

When it rains. Steve Henry’s hack ignorantly rails against libraries in Louisville. Reading her rant not only made our eyes bug out but left us feeling like we were listening to Henry himself blabber on. While reading and re-reading her letter to the editor we were only able to wonder if this woman– the person who has served as treasurer of Henry’s illegally-used senate campaign account– couldn’t make a better use of her time. The C-J must have printed this letter for the sheer humor. P.S. Evy: no-call lists don’t apply to politics. [C-J]

The End is Nigh: Or what you missed this weekend

Thank goodness for terrible opponents. Jack Conway has an 18-point lead over Stan Lee in the latest polling. anyone surprised? We hope the Breck Girl is able to continue his career of hating everyone while raking in big insurance cash. [H-L]

Money talks. Mitch McConnell gives funds to company (SAE) he knows to be under investigation for bribery. A weapons company. How much money are we talking about here? $25 million. This from the guy who says money equals free speech. [H-L]

Nutjob in Elizabethtown? Who knew! Some guy wrote a letter to the editor about Steve Beshear loving gay money. And literally says (verbatim) that he “wants to kill more babies.” OMG. Go read it. You’ll pee yourself laughing. [News-Enterprise]

Commenters gone wild. An anonymous individual on Pat Crowley’s blog suggests Sally Denton’s Bluegrass Conspiracy is reason enough to paint all Democrats as more corrupt than Fletcher and other Republicans. Uh, maybe a handful of Democrats– some of whom are miraculously still in office and continually covering dirt up. All one really has to do is look back at the last eight years in the United States and then talk about corruption. [NKY Politics]

Budgetary hypocrisy. McConnell is going crazy over Democrats’ lack of action on the insane budget that’s being pushed through this year. He has the gall to accuse them of letting “the troops” down. Fails to mention he is one of the individuals responsible for sending “the troops” to Eye-Rack without body armor or any other basic protections. [C-J]

Ernie’s lights go out. Not only is Ernie Fletcher keen at preventing any sliver of honesty see the light of day? He’s busily telling the world his campaign can still turn the tide and win. For real. He thinks he can win. Nine days out and he seriously thinks he can win. [State-Journal]

Moment of truth. Ronnie Ellis expresses his weird bitterness over Fletcher’s impending loss. He “SHOULD” be winning, Ronnie? We get your point. But what the heck kind of journalism is that? [Daily Times]

Dick Murgatroyd & Ethics Charges

Former Deputy Secretary of the Transportation Cabinet Dick Murgatroyd has been hit with ten counts of violating the state ethics code in relation to the merit hiring probe by the Executive Branch Ethics Commission.

Ernie Fletcher has paraded around Kentucky declaring that his hiring practices weren’t illegal or political. Looks like that claim is effectively shot to hell with this latest news.

Oh snap, Ernest Lee. Another crony is potentially up a creek.

McConnell Knew, Courier-Journal Chimes In

As we reported last night Senator Mitch McConnell lied to WHAS11’s Mark Hebert.

Could this story get any bigger? Talking Points Memo, Think Progress, Crooks & Liars, FireDogLake, CourtTV have all covered it. Now the Courier-Journal’s James Carroll gives it some legs.

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell knew last week — at a time when he was denying it — that his staff had sent e-mails encouraging reporters to look into the background of a 12-year-old boy used by Democrats to support expansion of a health-care program.

In an interview Friday with WHAS-TV reporter Mark Hebert, the Kentucky Republican said his staff had not been involved in trying to push reporters to look into the financial situation of the boy’s family.

But McConnell’s communications director, Don Stewart, said in an interview Monday with The Courier-Journal that he had told McConnell about the Oct. 8 e-mails sometime around Thursday, the day before the interview with Hebert.