Ernest Lee Goes to Camp

Or, Ernie Fletcher has a new job.

That’s right, kids! Former Governor Ernie Fletcher has a new job as a consultant for Pikeville Medical Center.

Ernie’s new job will entail completing a comprehensive review of the entire hospital’s medical residency program (yay eastern Kentucky!) and will most likely be set to overhaul the staff’s wellness program. Perfect for the former governor.

“I’m very interested in improving the health and well-being of the people of eastern Kentucky,” Fletcher said in a written statement. He said he is “grateful for the opportunity” to use his medical experience to do that.

We’re glad to see Ernie back in the saddle and hopefully taking steps forward to revive his once great reputation. He has an opportunity before him that no other (recent) former governor has and that’s to really get involved in changing his community for the better.

Does Greg Stumbo Have a Plan?

You bet he does. And we hope that plan includes taking Jody Richards’ place as Speaker of the House. Greg, as he showed throughout is tenure in the House, has the ability to lead and stand up to people like David Williams (as well as work with him). He’d even have a backbone when it comes to dealing with the governor. It’s time for Jody to step aside as he is weak, embarrassing and ineffective. He should do so to restore power and leadership in the State House. Democrats and Republicans alike would benefit. Eastern Kentucky could potentially flourish.

Larry Dale Keeling ponders what Greg’s plan could be:

But the thing is, I have as much trouble imagining Greg Stumbo accepting a role as just one out of 100 in the state House as I do with multimillionaire businessman Bruce Lunsford being happy as just one out of 100 in the U.S. Senate.

So, I suspect Stumbo has a plan. I don’t know what it is or whether it coincides with any of the Beshear administration’s plans.

But he has a plan. Stumbo always has a plan.

And based on my observations of his political career, I figure it’s more of a short-term plan than a long-term one.

The only thing Larry didn’t bring up is whether Democratic House caucus director Jonathan Hurst will have a job once Jody is ousted. It’s likely that he will, but it’s probably time for him to move on. He’s pushed a few too many personally hypocritical pieces of legislation this session. Or is it possible that a man could be so self-hating that he could keep it up for several more years?

Beshear’s Political Capital Account Resembles State Budget

Monday is definitely Be Mean to Steve Beshear Day. Apparently we weren’t kidding earlier. So we’ll play along.

The weird political moves of Beshear & crew over the past several weeks have nearly bankrupted the new governor’s political capital and Ryan Alessi lays out the reality that the new administration has a hard row to hoe. Prominent Democrats like Rep. Joni Jenkins and Sen. Ed Worley are taking their pot shots, as well.

It all starts with members of the Kentucky County Judge-Executive Association almost refusing to clap for the governor as he makes his appearance at their annual conference.

His major campaign plank of a plan to allow casinos in Kentucky is “on life support.” as Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Louisville put it, even before it has been unveiled.

The party’s execution behind candidate Scott Alexander, however, was a different story. Sen. Ed Worley, D-Richmond, called it a “train wreck from top to bottom.”

Ruh ro.

It’s Friday!!! Updates and Stuff.

Mitch endorsed Walnuts. “There’s widespread pride amongst our (Republican) Conference that one of our own is going to be our nominee,” McConnell was quoted as saying. What happened to all the Coulterites who said they’d support Hillary over him? [The Arena]

Beshear & crew are really botching the firing scandal they have created. Firing a a guardsman is about as low as you can possibly get. But then they rescind the without cause firing and announce he’s fired with cause for allegedly not taking advantage of job offers and not making an effort to regain his employment. WHAT?! Could we please get somebody to Frankfort (STAT!) who won’t admit to breaking federal hiring laws? [Hebert]

“Hi, my name is Reid Haire, Democrat for Kentucky’s 2nd District Congressional race and I gave $200 to Mitch McConnell in 2005 for his 2008 re-election bid. Meaning David Boswell totally wins.” What a tool! Come on, Democrats, are you getting dumber by the day? It’s not okay to contribute to McConnell’s campaign just because Bruce Lunsford did the same thing. [BGR]

The right has a great take on who the real loser was/is in the 30th senate district. Governor Steve Beshear made a major misstep in that election, caused controversy and made it clear to thousands of Democrats across that state that his decision(s) to hand pick candidates is one of the worst things we can allow him to do. The 30th district race also proves that the 2007 gubernatorial election wasn’t about love for Beshear but disdain for Ernie Fletcher. [Heffalumps]

Joan Gregory, AKA kentuckywoman on the blogs (mostly Bluegrass Report), has been appointed to the Kentucky Commission on Women. Congratulations to Gregory. Hopefully she’ll remember to be less nasty and spiteful when representing women than she is on the blogs castigating anyone with an opinion that differs from her own. [Hebert]

Special Election Results

30th Senate District
96% of precincts reported

(D) S. Alexander     8,034     47.7
(R) B. Smith            8,801     52.3

It’s over for Scott Alexander. Brandon Smith has it in the bag. Eastern Kentucky is pissed. Way to go, KDP. Let’s tout the merits of Democrats in a press release now that we’ve had our rears handed to us on a silver gubernatorial airplane platter.
95th House District
100% of precincts reported

(D) G. Stumbo     3,591     80.0
(R) L. Brown           801     17.8
(I) E. Meade             97        2.2

Former Attorney General Greg Stumbo returns to his old State House seat with a monstrous margin of victory. No thanks to KDP, of course. Greg did it all on his own.

6th House District
No idea how many precincts reporting, Lyon county still out

(D) Will R. Coursey     5,029
(R) Marvin Wilson     2,537

Coursey is definitely the victor here.

Read KDP Chairwoman Jennifer Moore’s just-released statement after the jump.

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Allegations of Vote Buying in the 30th

The race between Democrat Scott Alexander and Republican Brandon Smith is getting crazy.

Voter turnout in eastern Kentucky’s 30th Senate District special election isn’t the only thing that’s high (20% for a special election) today! The price for buying a single vote has apparently gone up so much that the KSP and KBI have been forced to launch an investigation.

Lt. Phil Crumpton, a state police spokesperson, says there are allegations of someone buying votes or trading beer for votes in Perry County.

“There was an allegation that either someone was buying votes or trading beer for votes in Perry County. We’re looking into that allegation,” said Lt. Phil Crumpton, spokesman for the state police. He said he could not confirm whether any arrests had been made.

There were blog comments deleted alleging physicians traded prescriptions for painkillers in exchange for votes but they’ve been deleted. Damn us for not taking a screen grab when we had the opportunity.

Looks like the age old practice of trading booze for votes is alive and well in our homeland. We love it!

Super Tuesday Update. MAKE IT STOP.

We can’t take another e-mail from Hillary or Obama. It has to stop today! This is brain damage-inducing madness.  Watching Britney Spears ruin her life was way more entertaining.  And we wanted to die during the height of that mess.  MAKE IT STOP!

The 30th District Senate race is gonna tick someone in Frankfort off tonight. We can be sure of that. Whether it’s Democratic whining or Republican whining– it’ll happen. [PolWatchers]

Don’t Forget: WHAS11’s Joe Arnold is hosting a Super Tuesday analysis show at WHAS11.com tonight at 9:00 P.M. Guests will include Scott Jennings, Rep. Mike Ward, David Tandy, Trey Grayson, Olivia Morris Fuchs. Get ready for some serious attitude problems. Cat fight waiting to happen. [Joe Arnold]

History buff or complete nerd like us? Check out the H-L’s piece today about the Mary Todd Lincoln House. See Lexington as Abraham Lincoln saw it. [H-L]

The Hillbilly has a photo retrospective of the Most Reverend Ron Lewis over the years. Turns out he really enjoys riding in a Mercedes. [Hillbilly Report]

Court room violence some how parlayed into an argument against allowing ‘liberals’ to be put in charge of security? Something like that. And global terrorists are planning their assault right now. They’re coming to get you. Getting rid of ‘liberals’ can save us all. It’s arguments like these that absolutely kill the right wing’s chances of making any serious headway. Contrary to popular belief, railing on the evil ‘liberals’ doesn’t cause Democrats to vote for Republicans. [Bluegrass Bulletin]