Will Thayer Have The Balls To Be Transparent?

The Democratic Governors Association is for sale just like every other political group in the country. [Pro Publica]

Growing inequality, environmental decline and “teetering” economies mean the world must change the way it does business, a UN report concludes. [BBC]

KC Crosbie isn’t running for re-election in Lexington. Will she try running for something else at the last minute? [H-L]

How would Steve Beshear know if there are 23 needed votes for a gambling amendment? He hasn’t spoken to legislators. [WFPL]

Hurry and put up that pay wall, Gannett, so your first quarter earnings can fall another 33%.Hurry up! [C-J/AKN]

Some people are trying to “occupy” Mitch McConnell again because it got them so far the first… 10,000 times. [Press Releases]

Rand Paul isn’t the only U.S. Senator to return unused portions of his office funds to the federal government. He’s not even the first. [Politico]

Damon Thayer claims he’s a man of the people. So why won’t he name his clients in the horse industry as he takes part on the push for casino gambling – which most of us actually support? Transparency would go a long way. But Damon doesn’t have the balls. [John Cheves]

Rick Santorum wants everything he does to be illegal for everyone else. That’s how it works in his mind, apparently. [Wonkette]

Ralph Baze killed these two law enforcement officers 20 years ago. But giving him death is the easy way out. Why shouldn’t murderers be kept alive so they have to actually suffer for what they have done? [WKYT]

Almost half of U.S. households are just a single crisis away from the bread line. [HuffPo]

A former employee of Louisville Metro Animal Services spoke out yesterday against a letter that appeared in A Kentucky Newspaper. Naturally, the paper wouldn’t publish her response. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Mainstream Ignores Significance Of Mongiardo Statement On Redistricting Flustercuck

Today former Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo blasted the nasty redistricting process in Kentucky. He hit Steve Beshear, praised Kathy Stein and pointed out the shenanigans with Alice Forgy Kerr. [Page One]

Fresh on the heels of Rand Paul’s TSA encounter, this piece of legislation would require an independent study of x-ray body scanners. [Pro Publica]

You, the taxpayer, are spending $84,400 on a study to determine whether or not the University of Pikeville should become a state school. [C-J/AKN]

Earlier today Republican Erwin Roberts – who once wanted Anne Northup’s seat – filed to run in the 10th State House District. [SoS]

Redistricting may face court scrutiny but – again – here’s hoping the Republicans have a clue what they’re up against. [Ronnie Ellis]

Here’s more on Jeff Hoover being really made that he was duped by Greg Stumbo. [H-L]

Raise your head if you think Frankfort will do the right thing when it comes to halting executions. [WHAS11]

Madison County has been divided into four State House districts and locals don’t seem to be too happy about it. [Richmond Register]

Today Adam Edelen announced plans to audit the Quality and Charity Care Trust. [The ‘Ville Voice]

We can’t wait until the press start to re-discuss Newt Gingrich’s role in an international arms and bribery or whatever plot. [Wonkette]

Phillip Bailey got the headline wrong: “Mongiardo Rips General Assembly, Williams Over Redistricting Plan” – the REAL story in that release today, as we told you, was that he called out Alice Forgy Kerr and Steve Beshear while supporting Kathy Stein. [WFPL]

Urbody so mad over redistricting that people are getting all sue-happy. Republicrats shoulda made this a federal issue, though, because Greg Stumbo has the state judges in his back pocket, for the most part. [Ryan Alessi]

Even Bill Gates says the mega rich should pay more taxes. Because it’s, you know, just. [HuffPo]

Two twists in the dragon’s tail? China’s consumption ration is no longer falling and its reserves are no longer rising. [The Economist]

New Music Tuesday Is Great for Kentucky Stars

Stallions are leaving Kentucky at an alarming rate. There’s no doubt about that. So why isn’t anybody trying to do something to save the horse industry outside of expanded gambling? Kentucky is losing ground and we need to do something. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell’s lackey is all about some transparency in judicial elections. Interesting that there’s been nary a peep about transparency in U.S. Senate elections. Because it still takes a dick year to get Senate FEC reports published and McConnell is fine with that. [John David Dyche]

Louisville was named one of the top ten saddest places to live in the country! You know it’s all gone to pot when flipping Detroit is better off than we are. Thanks to an astute reader to dropped this our way. [Gallup]

I linked to this story about lack of oversight for state contracts earlier today. But what’s really interesting? The Herald-Leader didn’t bother talking to the current House co-chair, Dennis Horlander, who just secured a big job with Jefferson County Public Schools. He was working for Codell Construction last year, but it “didn’t work out.” That’s what’s interesting. [H-L Again]

Kentuckians Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore have released “Dear Companion” so go buy it! The album was produced by Jim James/Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket fame and he’s featured on the album. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Appalachian Voices in the fight against mountaintop removal. For those of you who hate buying local (damn you), it’s also available on iTunes. [Click the Clicky]

Oh, what’s that? You want to preview the album before buying it? You can stream the entire thing on the album’s website. [Click This Clicky, Too]

The Human Rights Campaign needs to stop playing pat-a-cake with Barack Obama and Washington. [AMERICAblog]

No one here is gonna dispute that 1984 was a jacked up place. So take a trip down memory lane to see where Louisville was projected to be in the year 2010. It’s a hot mess, for sure. Hair and everything. The footage of Steve Beshear will blow your mind. [More LEO’s Fat Lip]

Kentucky is altering its lethal injection execution protocol after major outcry. [AP via H-L]

That former Mongiardo girlfriend? She’s not just any former girlfriend. Her name is Francene. And if I’m forced to discuss everything (I won’t reveal anything I don’t already have approval to share – going back months and months), you know it’ll make major news. [Bluegrass Bulletin]

RPK Attacks Robin Webb on the Radio

The Republican Party of Kentucky has launched its latest radio attacks. And Robin Webb, who is running against Republican Jack Ditty in the August 25th special election for the State Senate’s 18th district, is taking the heat.

The disparaging and exaggerative ads are mind blowing. Take a listen. If you’re faint of heart or fear you could end up as constipated Larry Clark, don’t listen. But if you love dirty politics and the flustercuck we’re about to see in the mountains, CLICK PLAY ASAP!

Here’s an ad that reveals Robin Webb hates babies and women so much that she begged for a rapist/murderer to receive a commuted sentence:

[audio:http://pageonekentucky.com/audio/webbrape.mp3]

Here are some facts about the case in which Kevin Stanford was convicted for the rape and murder of Baerbel Poore. And here (Warning: PDF Link) is a July 2002 newsletter from the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty about the case. KCADP tried to use the case to repeal the death penalty in Kentucky. Still more info.

Now here’s the fancy ad that detailing Webb’s Socialist and Nazi ways. She hates Jesus and jobs. And she has the audacity to think people shouldn’t be discriminated against on the basis of their gender, ethnicity or disability. She clearly supports euthanizing old people. Listen:

[audio:http://pageonekentucky.com/audio/webbrecord.mp3]

Talk about some messed up shiz. This could sink Webb’s ship. She’s got several votes that can be used to paint her as anti-victim. If anyone has researched her commentary on the Judiciary Committee, her race will become a lost cause for the Democrats.Here’s hoping she’s as well-loved as everyone proclaims.

How will the Kentucky Democratic Party respond?

In LEO This Week…

There’s too much in LEO this week to focus on one issue.

Who Killed Timmy Jo? Phillip Bailey writes what breaks our heart.

The flamboyant ensemble would be the same outfit the teenager — fondly called “Timmy Jo” by friends and family — was found dead in hours later. Acquaintances tell LEO Weekly they saw Timothy in passing the night he was murdered; however, no definitive timeline has been established.

The sparse incident report, signed by Louisville Metro Police homicide detective Gary Huffman, indicates a witness called dispatchers around 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2005, to report a person lying at the corner of 28th and Magazine streets. Police responded, found Timothy with multiple gunshot wounds and pronounced him dead at the scene.

The murder of a black man dressed in drag prompted friends and family to believe, at least initially, that a hate crime might have been committed. But Timothy’s murder has since garnered few headlines and little interest from the community.

Click here to read the rest…

Is Marco Allen Chapman Ready To Die?

Time is running out for Marco Allen Chapman, who is scheduled to die by lethal injection Friday at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville. If the execution is carried out as expected, the 36-year-old will become the first Kentucky inmate put to death in nearly a decade.

It’s an outcome Chapman has welcomed since his arrest for murdering two children and wounding their sister and mother during a violent rampage in Gallatin County in 2002. After confessing to the crime, the killer fired his public defenders, waived a jury trial and pleaded with the court to impose a death sentence.

Click here to read the rest…

Art experts are pushing to restore one of our favorite things about Louisville – “The Thinker” – and we couldn’t be more pleased that it’s finally getting some attention.

For decades, the University of Louisville has been home to a masterpiece you’re probably familiar with — “The Thinker.” But chances are you are completely unaware of the remarkable history behind this hidden jewel, which the university has long failed to promote, meanwhile letting the iconic statue fall into disrepair.

French sculptor Auguste Rodin created the “The Thinker,” which depicts a man deep in thought. It’s his most famous work, and it turns out U of L is home to the first full-size bronze cast of the piece, with other casts of the statue in such prominent locations as the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, the Sydney Opera House and Stanford University in California.

But again, ours is the first, a fascinating morsel of knowledge the university has inexplicably neglected to publicize — until now.

Click here to read the rest…

Cop Killer Put to Death

Ralph Baze, Jr.According to a release from Governor Fletcher’s office, a death warrant for Ralph Baze, Jr. will be signed tomorrow. Attorney General Greg Stumbo requested an execution date of September 18 exactly a week ago.

Baze was convicted of the 1992 murders of Powell County Sheriff Steve Bennett and Dep. Arthur Briscoe.

Excerpt from the release:

These decisions are among the most important any Governor makes. Governor Fletcher undertakes this duty with the utmost care and attention. Justice demands a judicial process that affords the accused a fair and impartial hearing. Baze received that. Justice likewise requires imposition of the penalty commensurate with the offense. Here, a jury found that Baze planned and murdered a sheriff and a sheriff’s deputy. Imposition of the death penalty is therefore appropriate.

Interestingly, there’s a federal civil suit pending naming Ernie Fletcher as a defendant. The suit challenges the constitutionality of Kentucky’s lethal injection protocol.

We doubt politics (on either side) played a role in a matter this serious. But. We find ourselves wondering if there are political consequences for Fletcher or Stumbo. What do you think?