Tuesday Update Dept: Filing Deadline Edition

Steve Beshear said he wouldn’t use state planes for political purposes. He’s now being criticized for doing just that on his first trip in a state plane as Governor of the Commonwealth. Leaving us to wonder if everything the man does will be construed as controversial. [Hebert]

Earmark Anne Northup, the woman who said during the gubernatorial primary that she didn’t want to be a congress critter anymore, is filing this afternoon to become a congress critter again. Can she beat Chris Thieneman? Will she move on to the general and get trounced by John Yarmuth? Who knows. But strong arming another Republican to get out of her way isn’t a good way to get started. [C-J]

The No Child Left Behind report is out and Mark Hebert leaves it up to you to decide whether or not it’s a good or bad thing. Hey, at least we’re not teaching Mexicans english, right? We’re also not tutoring our kids like the rest of the country, either. And only 83% of our kids graduate high school. [Hebert]

And speaking of Mexicans. Something Anne Northup’s never done (to our knowlege): met with border patrol to research how many scary Mexicans they’re protecting us from. It’s exactly what Rep. John Yarmuth did when he visited the border. You’ll be pleased to learn patrol agents are getting good at what they do. Fewer and fewer Mexicans will be able to get across the border to scare our white women. [The Arena]

Our white women are scared! All the updates you can handle after the jump…

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Republican Spreading Lies & Distortions

Former Fletcher spokesperson-turned-blogger Brett Hall (R-History of Making Shit Up) has done it again. This time he’s lying about an aide of Rep. John Yarmuth. It’s one thing to discuss Yarmuth’s perceived negatives in an election year but it’s an entirely different ball game when you begin attacking and lying about a candidate’s staff. Staff whom, we remind you, are not elected officials.

Hall recently posted this blurb on his site, Kentucky Politics:

Yarmuth, who’s taken hits lately following the discovery of a congressional aide’s gay porn website activity, may have a tough go of it this year. Two factors could work against him: (1) Hillary Clinton at the top of the Democrat ticket and (2) U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s being a probable shoo-in for re-election on the GOP side.

Catch that? He’s alleging– no, making shit up— that a Yarmuth staffer has had some sort of issue involving activity on a gay pornography website. What on earth is he talking about?

Could he be talking about the (awful and painful to watch) mainstream movie that Yarmuth’s spokesperson Stuart Perelmuter wrote and starred in? You know, the one we stopped the RPK from using in a negative manner? The movie that is not disgusting or shameful and can be rented at almost any Blockbuster? We’ve emailed Hall asking for clarification but he has not provided comment. We wanted to give him a fair and honest opportunity to clear the air and he has run in the opposite direction.  So all we can do is chalk his claims up as complete bull.

If Brett Hall is going to post false/libelous/hurtful information about non-elected officials on his website he should be able to back his claims up. Since he cannot do so, people like Chris Theineman, Jack Richardson, Anne Northup and others should tell Hall how they feel about his disgusting activity. It’s brainless, spiteful and should be shunned by anyone old enough to vote. There’s no place in politics for that level of ignorance.

Rumors on the Internets: The budget & stuff

Kentucky’s Al Mohler wants to be president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Mohler, head of the Souther Baptist Seminary in Louisville is behind the Christian “exit” from public schools and has speculated for a while– publicly– about “fixing” the gays. [H-L]

Boptrot is back. Bob Foster, an FBI investigator from the O.B. days has been hired by Jack Conway to head the Attorney General’s investigations unit in Frankfort. He’s a former head of the FBI’s Eastern District Office and was most recently head of the Transportation Security Administration in Louisville. [Hebert]

The state senate is trying yet again to improve math and science. Along with providing incentive pay for teachers to work in those fields. Ken Winters is pushing for it. Even though the KEA says pay increases are whack. Looks like more counting on their fingers ahead. [H-L]

Andy Alcock had an exclusive story last night about a middle school boy who wanted to join East Hardin Middle School’s cheerleading squad. The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, responding to a lawsuit, ordered the school to pay the parents $3,000. The settlement includes an order for the school to undergo training sessions and produce reports on its progress. The coach who cut the kid from the team is no longer there. Maybe she should have found a spot for him. [WLKY]

Bucks for Brains is screwed until the budget ordeal is over. King David Williams says so. Maybe Steve Henry could donate his salary to the program for a while like… oh, right, turns out that never happened. [C-J]

Steve Beshear still afraid to raise the cigarette tax to be in line with other states. Even though Ernie Fletcher said the current tax rate has worked well for reducing teen smoking. And even after the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids announced an increase would provide Kentucky with over $300 million per year in additional revenue. [PolWatchers]

Wrong Place, Wrong Time Arrests Not Rare

Cross-posted at The ‘Ville Voice

Turns out that the case of Paul Schum, the Bardstown school principal who lost his job after being arrested on Halloween night in a shady section of downtown, is not so unique. As WLKY’s Mike Petchenik reported last night, police have made hundreds of arrests for “loitering for the purposes of prostitution.”

In Schum’s case, prosecutors dropped their case because they had no evidence of a crime. Because of Schum’s job and costume — he said he was dressed in drag for a Halloween party, and had property in the area — the case got thorough media attention. But nearly the same thing happened to a guy driving home from work – at an odd hour — in 1999. Darrell Leonard told Petchenik police told him he was “the wrong color, in the wrong neighborhood, in the wrong time of the morning…” and so arrested him. Leonard’s case was later dropped, and the city paid him $1,800 to cover his legal expenses and lost wages.

That was eight years ago, and Leonard was working a low-wages late shift job, and apparently was able to keep it. Schum, on the other hand, had his career ruined by the false arrest experience. Doesn’t it make you wonder what kind of settlement Schum might be in line for?

Petchenik found that in five years, police made more than 1,700 similar arrests, but nearly 2/3 were thrown out by judges. Leonard said he was told he got his citation for being in the wrong neighborhood at the wrong time. You do the math, but it seems that means police are making nearly 600 arrests a year on charges that don’t stick. That’s about 10 a week.

It may not a good idea to be hanging out in certain neighborhoods in the middle of the night, but who knew one of the biggest risks would be an arrest for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Hospital Visitation Should Be a Right

The dirty liberal at BlueGrassRoots has the right idea with talk of BR 489 (the Hospital Visitation Bill) and the need for its passage. The legislation would allow hospitalized adults to designate a non-related adult the same visitation rights as a family member. Something many adults in committed relationships have been denied purely because they’re not married to their partner or are one of those scary ho-mo-sex-u-als (oh, the horror).

From BGR:

Seriously… how insecure must you be in your own sexuality to vote against such a bill? Does voting against this bill allow the Stan Lee’s of our state to repress those icky gay fantasies about men back down into their subconscious? Is it just a cover so that other people don’t catch on to you?

Or maybe they’re just so filled with hate that they really do want to determine who is “worthy” of visiting you in the hospital.

Rep. Mary Lou Marzian (D-Louisville), who is unfortunately not my representative, is the sponsor of the bill, pre-filed on November 11, 2007 for the 2008 legislative session. Hopefully the rest of the state House and Senate will come to their senses and make visitation rights a reality in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Reasons to Elect Overly or Why Beauman Isn’t Worth Your Time

As everyone knows (those who aren’t living under a bridge), we’re pretty excited about Sannie Overly becoming the next representative from state house district 72. She’s simply the best candidate and is poised to become a powerful leader in Kentucky. Not because of who she knows but because she’s that good.

We digress. And we’ll get off our “Sannie is great” soapbox.

But on to her opponent, Bryan Beauma, one of the few people working hard to keep Kentucky in the 1900s. He’s worked hard to keep the “homosexuals” at bay and went to bat against the scary gays and liberals in 2004.

Bryan Beauman is so fixated on the gays that he’s allowed and promoted a letter mailed by the alleged “Values Voters of Kentucky” over the past couple weeks.

The letter, from Hugh Gabbard, LTC US Army Ret., claims Beauman will “champion Glodly moral values” and “when homosexuals filed a court challenge to the 2004 Marriage Amendment” he stood up against them. We, the gays, are obviously the most important issue facing Kentucky’s 72nd District.

Peep the letter and hilarious envelope for yourself after the jump. Along with information that may prove Beauman has been dishonest about his wife.

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2 Republicans Introduce Domestic Partner Bill

Two Republican senators– Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Joe Lieberman (Loopy-really an R) have introduced legislation in the senate that will provide domestic partner benefits to federal employees.

“The federal government should be leading the way rather than following when it comes to providing benefits,” Sen. Smith said. “Rights and benefits must be afforded to all employees equally. This bill corrects the current inequity.”

The act, titled the Domestic Partner Benefits and Obligations Act of 2007, would allow an employee and his or her domestic partner to be eligible for federal health benefits, the Family and Medical Leave program, long-term care, insurance and retirement benefits.

Sure, Unka Mitch will squish this bill for the gays faster than Jim Gooch could scarf down a coal crusted Derby Pie. But it should send a message to hater Kentuckians like Richard Henderson and Ancel Smith— both worthless Democrats who piss themselves at the thought of talking to a known homosexual– that ignorance and inequality are over.