Monday Afternoon, Near 70, Frankfort Sucking

We heard through the grapevine that the medical malpractice suit against Steve Henry brought by Amie Fuchs has been settled. We checked with Charlie Cunningham’s court and that is, indeed, the case. Maury Kommor and John Doyle of the firm Maury Kommor and Associates confirmed that it was resolved in the form of a settlement. Under the terms of the settlement, however, details cannot be released. Very interesting stuff. [Never-Ending Henry Snafu]

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee just announced its second phase of the Families First Campaign, hitting freshman Republican members of Congress. Here’s the text of the automated call targeting Brett Guthrie in KY-02: “Hello, I’m calling on behalf of the DCCC with an important message about the economy. Did you know Congressman Brett Guthrie voted against economic recovery that would immediately create and save nearly 330,000 Kentucky jobs? Times are tough, tell Congressman Guthrie to put families before politics. Check out www.dccc.org to learn more. Paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, 202-741-1350, not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.” [Press Release]

House Bill 70, a proposed constitutional amendment for the automatic restoration of voting rights for former felons who have completed their sentences, is expected to get serious consideration in the Kentucky House tomorrow morning. There’s a hearing at 8:00 A.M. with the House Elections & Constitutional Amendments Committee and will be followed at 10:00 A.M. by a Voting Rights Speak-Out and Press Conference in Annex Room 131. [Press Release]

Daniel Mongiardo is the latest bailout recipient. [KY Progress]

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TGIF. Where All The White Women At?

Speaker Jody Richards and Brent Yonts are sponsoring a bill to cancel Bobby Sherman’s 8 billion dollar pay raise. Or $62,160 pay raise, to be exact. Because that shit is crazy and a total scam. Sources are now telling us Sherman agreed to a contract that would keep his pension exactly the same as if he’d retired now.  But we’ve seen no evidence. [PolWatchers]

Wonder why like 66% of Americans have more confidence in Barry than Gramps when it comes to the economy? Maybe it’s because Gramps said he didn’t know much about it? Or maybe it’s because Gramps’ running mate is a complete embarrassment? [Mark Hebert]

David Boswell was lying about not having seen the DCCC ad. I received an email from a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee staffer who was coordinating with Boswell’s people on the response to Guthrie’s reaction. I KNOW he’d seen the ad when he said he hadn’t. [PolWatchers]

First Lady Jane Beshear is hosting a Breast Cancer Awareness Event tonight. At Turfway Park in Florence. 6:30 P.M. Horses and Hope Breast Cancer Awareness. [Press Release]

Thursday Night Deep Thoughts with a known homosexual and Joe Sonka. Joe asks, “Isn’t it amazing how Sarah Palin makes any hack reporter who interviews her look like Mike Wallace?” And the homo said, “She should make an appearance on The View with those mean bitches. That would be priceless.” [Barefoot & Progressive]

Bruce Lunsford unveiled his Bill of Rights for women. The event was an inspiring success. According to those in attendance, Bruce didn’t stick to his script at all… and everyone at the event left impressed. Great move on the Lunsford camp’s part. Guess who didn’t show her face: Jennifer Moore. Hypocrite. [Kentucky Women]

Our Intrepid Reporter brings you Sarah Silverman in the Great Schlep. Fly your Jewish butt to Florida to talk nanna into voting for Barack Obama. Also, this is not safe for work and it is absolutely hilarious. Jews Vote. [The Great Schlep]

Thursday Afternoon Blah Relaxed 9/11 Stuff

Okay. So we’re kinda overwhelmed with stuff today. Four television appearances and all kinds of crap. No time to do what we love: blog like drunken losers. So, for that, we apologize. But in our defense, no one has sent us any fancy Orbit chewing gum as requested many days ago.

Greg Stumbo formally announced he’s running for Speaker of the House. He says he’s got 40 votes but in reality it’s only 16. Greg & Mary Karen: Don’t bullshit people, I can prove you wrong. I love you both but let’s get real here. Alessi: You know he doesn’t have th votes, so force these people to go on-the-record. [PolWatchers]

Hillary Clinton is coming to eastern Kentucky to help Bruce Lunsford on September 20. Bet Barry Obama won’t be mentioned at all for any reason, ever. Which is fine and dandy because this is Kentucky. [Joe Arnold]

Slutty Sarah Palin dolls? God. We almost threw up. And it’s not because we had got tipsy at lunch with a bunch of fancy Republicans on this most holy of holy days. [The Arena]

And more from The Arena’s Joe Gerth: WTF? Why are you jumping on Mitch McConnell’s talking points? You’re better than that, holmes. [The Arena]

U.S. Senate debate will be streamed live on KYPost.com at 9:10 A.M. Eastern this Saturday. So wake up early or whatever. We may liveblog it or comment on it or something. Maybe. [KY Post]

David Boswell was just named to the top list of United States Congressional races by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The DCC has added Boswell to their ‘Red to Blue’ progra that will help fund the race and make things much more competitive come November. [Press Release]

Hot rumor: We hear something is coming down the pike at the University of Louisville tomorrow that will make a lot of people happy. Particularly involves the fancy little committee that Jim Ramsey announced yesterday. Developing. [Fancy Reports]

Taking Bets: How Badly Will Dems Screw Up?

Now that the Democratic Party has a strong advantage over Republicans when it comes to swing voters – and now that fewer people identify as Republican – how long will it take the Dems to throw it all away? How long will it take for the average democratic voter to recognize that their support is wholly taken for granted?

From the Pew Research Center:

The balance of party identification in the American electorate now favors the Democratic Party by a decidedly larger margin than in either of the two previous presidential election cycles.

In 5,566 interviews with registered voters conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press during the first two months of 2008, 36% identify themselves as Democrats, and just 27% as Republicans.

The share of voters who call themselves Republicans has declined by six points since 2004, and represents, on an annualized basis, the lowest percentage of self-identified Republican voters in 16 years of polling by the Center.

The Democratic Party has also built a substantial edge among independent voters. Of the 37% who claim no party identification, 15% lean Democratic, 10% lean Republican, and 12% have no leaning either way.

DSCC/Schumer Influence Now Common Knowlege

Wow, what a difference a few weeks can make. Everything we railed about is now out in the open. In addition to pushing Andrew Horne out of the U.S. Senate race, Chuck Schumer is backing Bruce Lunsford and has strong-armed everyone with influence in the process. And the mainstream media is talking about it like it’s commonly understood among all who pay attention in the Bluegrass.

First, the message from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and its chairman, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, was unmistakable: Lunsford is their guy. Schumer and the national AFL-CIO, therefore, had a keen interest in Kentucky’s labor unions getting behind him, and they made sure to say so, said Bill Londrigan, president of the Kentucky AFL-CIO.

“There may have been a phone call or two,” he said.

And labor leaders admit it’s all about the money and DSCC:

“Let’s be honest, there’s not a whole lot of difference in how they stood on our working-family issues,” he said. “But on balance, we measured Bruce to be a candidate that had more capability to challenge Mitch — money, name recognition, the support he’s going to receive from the … big players in D.C., the DSCC.”

Of course, no one is surprised. But it’s nice to feel vindication. Thanks to the media for taking two months to report it all.

Also, when is Greg Fischer going to stop with the passive aggression and actually differentiate himself? It’s almost April and no one knows him from Adam but his folks still, well, do nothing but air half-complaints:

Fischer’s campaign shrugged off the unions’ backing his rival, saying that it reinforces a perception that Lunsford is a candidate of convenience.

“We have to have a sharp contrast, and Bruce Lunsford is not that: someone who’s not obligated or indebted to the Washington establishment,” said Kim Geveden, Fischer’s campaign consultant.

Exclusive: Michael Kelley to face Geoff Davis in KY-4

Davis not looking like such a shoo-in anymore?

Page One has learned there is a challenger for 4th District Congressman Geoff Davis (R), something that may surprise readers of the Kentucky Enquirer. In his Sunday column, Pat Crowley wrote that no candidate has stepped forward to face Rep. Davis in 2008. Specifically, “Kentucky Democrats struggle to even name any potential challengers to Davis.” We like Pat’s reporting, but we’ve learned Dr. Michael Kelley of Oldham County filed for 2008 candidacy just a few weeks ago, and is set to face Rep. Davis come the fall.

Side Note: Crowley reports Heather French Henry is the only name to surface as a potential challenger, despite, well, many factors. Sources say Henry has repeatedly informed Democratic Party insiders that she will not run for U.S. Congress for career-related reasons and, honestly, why would someone with as solid a career as the former Miss America give that up to run for office?

Our sources say Kelley will not be a candidate just for candidacy’s sake— he won’t be the sacrificial lamb— that he’ll have support similar to that of Ken Lucas in 2006. If you remember the horde of commercials purchased on behalf of Lucas (and the $1.5Million the FEC says he raised that year) you realize this could potentially be big bucks— and aid— for Kelley.

According to a contact at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, “Kelley will garner strong support from the state and national party because he’s not a career politician. He’s not your average hack from Halliburton. He has a simple plan that hits home with the voters and he connects with people on a personal level that career-types like Davis cannot.”

Kelley FamilyPage One sat down with Kelley earlier this month. We’d like to share a portion of the interview with more to come later in the year.

Michael Kelley, 41, is a family man and lifelong Kentuckian. He’s been married to his wife, Gretchen, for eleven years and they have four children together. Three daughters and one son, ages 5, 6, 9, and 10. He is a self-described country physician who graduated from the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine in 1993. In 1997 he joined a small medical practice and as a direct result has become concerned about the flaws in the American health care system. Dr. Kelley is also strongly opposed to Republican-led efforts to prolong the war in Iraq.

The cornerstones of Michael’s plan, which will be released in coming weeks, are as follows:

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