Stumbo for the 95th House District?

The media is blowing this way out of proportion.

Now, Stumbo is saying he’d consider trying to get his old job back. He didn’t seek re-election as attorney general this year because he ran as the lieutenant governor candidate on Louisville businessman Bruce Lunsford’s gubernatorial ticket, which finished second in the May Democratic primary to Steve Beshear’s slate.

But Stumbo told the Herald-Leader last week that returning to the state House is “an option.”

It’s in the press every day but no one has bothered to ask Greg Stumbo if he intends to run for the 95th Houst District. At least not in more than a week. No one has forced him into giving an explicit answer. No one has pressed his key advisors into talking.

While not as far-fetched (or made up) as a Mongiardo for Senate candidacy, sources close to Stumbo tell us it’s not happening. Guess we’ll see if it’s posturing in the weeks to come.

Friday Update Dept. SNOMG!!11!1!!! Kroger is Empty Edition

She’s doing it again. Former Rep. Anne Northup isn’t ruling out a future run for political office. No idea what on earth she’d run for next. Senate? Governor? Agriculture Commissioner? State house? She could follow David Williams’ lead and try to run for everything with every party. [Mark Hebert]

Resolution on the way. Maybe. Governor-elect Steve Beshear steps in with WV governor to resolve ARH nursing strike in eastern Kentucky. Something about demands and compromise. Blah blah. Make it stop already. [PolWatchers]

Bluegrass Depot snafu? What? Why be upset? It’s just a little leak OF A FRICKING NERVE AGENT. P.S. When will these newspaper sites stop sucking with all of their terrible advertising pop-behinds and weird text ads? [H-L]

Northern Kentucky seems a mess these days. Restricting political activity in Covington is the name of the game. Seems a little, um, restrictive to us. [Crowley’s Blog]

Is he serious? UK sophomore Daniel Burton, a Democrat, plans to run for Lexington’s Urban County Council open seat in District 3. Admirable, yes, but is he serious? [H-L]

Too little too late. Campaign finance fraud goes to the grand jury in Frankfort. Testimony from several individuals who gave “unlikely” campaign contributions to people like Steve Henry and Ernie Fletcher was given. Laundering campaign money, if you didn’t know, is woah illegal. [C-J]

Shameful thievery. A bronze statue of a little girl was stolen from park in Berea. And we’re left with the imagery of some meth head thinking they can pawn the statue or sell the bronze for oxy or whatever. Or maybe even put it in their front yard in the middle of Berea. [H-L]

Propaganda & Such. Corporate Newsmedia Hacks Dept.

Times. They’re changing. Internet ad sales are set to overtake print publications in just a couple years, according to The Guardian. That makes the internets– and websites like Page One with 299,055 unique visitors and 703,483 page views in November alone– the third largest advertising medium on the planet, just behind television and newspapers. [The Guardian]

Forget the next four years. Balancing the budget for the current fiscal year is a disastrous task. State agencies have requested $166 million in additional state fund for this year. The rainy day fund allegedly has $231.5 million but people like Harry Moberly suggest cuts so we don’t have to spend it. What? [C-J]

Mountaintop removal gets some attention. Rep. Harry Moberly (yet, same guy) and more than a dozen other lawmakers saw first-hand the damage bestowed upon a community during mountaintop removal of coal. From land overburden to health problems like cancer, it’s time to stop. And time for people in eastern Kentucky to stop freaking out any time the negatives of coal mining are discussed. [Richmond Register, H-L]

63rd house district candidates. The candidates for Kenton County’s seat in the house of representatives– Jon Draud’s old seat– are: Will Terwort, Kenton Co Republican Committee; Kelly White, former McConnell aide; Alecia Webb-Eddington, director of Kentucky’s Office of Homeland Security, producer of the hideous television ads. [Pat Crowley]

Weird, ignorant biases. The Courier-Journal (and David Hawpe? Someone.) is showing their ignorant bias against Louisville’s 8664 initiative to save the Waterfront and avoid major expansion of I-64. Regardless of one’s views (a couple of us here aren’t sold on the 8664 bit) of the proposal or understanding of the issues at hand, how is it a good thing for the state’s largest newspaper to say things like, “The merry band of 8664 supporters has taken the group’s nutty proposal to rip up one of the nation’s busiest thoroughfares further than anyone would have guessed. But enough is enough.”? What on earth? Folks at the C-J– who do everything to further Gannett’s corporate bottom line– need to retire with their ugly ties. [C-J]

What’s the Treasurer’s office do with its spare time? Why, sell unclaimed property on eBay, of course. Is this a task Todd Hollenbach will be able to handle? Will a family member have to be hired to get the job done? Hopefully all of those gold watches and silver liquer goblets sell quickly. [eBay]

Don’t forget to contribute. It’s your chance to be a part of the effort to ditch Mitch McConnell by contributing to his eventual opponent. Nearly everyone reading this, the thousands of you, can afford to part with a couple dollars, and if you’re not a democrat you’re at least anti-Mitch-minded. So pony up! [Page One]

Silly Drama Over Roger Noe

Some Democrats and Republicans are blowing discussion of the special election for the 30th Senate District out of proportion and are getting into an unnecessary huff over Roger Noe. Noe, for those unaware, is the favorite to get the Democratic nod to take over Daniel Mongiardo’s seat in the state senate.

This is a time for Harlan, Bell, Leslie and Perry Counties in southeastern Kentucky to shine and an opportunity for them to walk to the front of the line. They no longer have to be pushed back and held down. They need a Democrat who understands the legislature like Roger Noe. As State Representative, Noe did more for educational reform in Kentucky than anyone in the history of the Commonwealth. And as a private citizen he’s done nothing but stand up for eastern Kentucky when it’s been trampled upon and forgotten.

Noe has the ability to aide Daniel Mongiardo and Steve Beshear in getting the region’s long overdue fair share.

This noise about Noe’s outrage at coal industry misdeeds is nothing but Republican hype and an attempt to distract from matters of importance. It’s a classic attempt to prevent discussion of issues like public health and the general welfare of the citizenry.

The choice is simple. Do you want a Democrat who will lead, affect change and bring home the bacon for Appalachia or do you want to assist Mitch McConnell, David Williams and the rest who live for nothing more than to divide, distract and destroy? If you– Republicans and Democrats alike– want to hamper the first days of a new and hopefully competent administration by allowing ignorant and petty hackery to flood the state? Have at it. But if you don’t? Get a damn grip and realize coal isn’t the end all be all for Kentucky. Being a coal industry shill like Jim Gooch isn’t good for either political party and keeping eastern Kentucky on the back burner is the worst possible thing we could do.

Oh Snap Monday: Educational Failure Dept

Rep. Harry Moberly keeps promise, researching damage by mountaintop removal, only Democrat standing up. Puts Jim Gooch to shame. Moberly, according to Stephenie Steitzer, will study the impact of coal mining on December 3 by traveling to Hazard. How long will it take the rest of the legislature to do something like this? Ten years? 15? [The Arena]

Ready to ride? Kentucky Equine Education Project/KEEP needs volunteer riders for Steve Beshear’s inaugural parade. Frankfort – 10:00 A.M. – December 11. If you’re interested in walking or riding, get in touch with KEEP’s field director Cara Stewart. KEEP is headed by Patrick Neely, a guy Republicans and Democrats alike appreciate and one of the brightest political minds in the state. Good opportunity to get involved. [KEEP]

Freedom calls? Is this what the GOP has to look forward to? If so, we’re sorry, GOP. Really sorry. This is quite possibly the most ignorant and racist tripe ever published as an op-ed in any Kentucky newspaper. W. Bryan Hubbard writes not to his fellow Republicans to but his fellow wingnuts. [H-L]

Beshear for the win. Seems governor-elect Steve Beshear is stepping up to finish what Ernie Fletcher stopped. Beshear promises to help finish construction of Kentucky’s Center for African American Heritage. Fletcher and his cronies at the Transportation Cabinet have ignorantly withheld funding to complete the project the past two years. You’d never see this sort of roadblock for something like the Creation Museum. [C-J]

New commissioner. As Mark Hebert reported, Jon Draud is the new Education Commissioner. He’s a Republican selected by a board of Republicans appointed by Ernie Fletcher. Both sides of the aisle have been distraught for weeks over the Board of Education’s apparent lack of common sense. Can we expect success with this continued corruption? Fat chance. [Mark Hebert]

Public corruption in Clay County. You think it’s interesting living in the golden triangle? Think again. The mayor of Manchester along with other public officials dealt drugs, profited from the illegal gun trade, bought votes and when a citizen didn’t want to sell their house to the city? They hired a hit man to torch the place. And people wonder why Eastern Kentucky is falling apart. It might just be because the Roger Benton legacy continues. Those involved were finally sentenced. [H-L here & here]

The Enquirer will never provide real journalism. In Pat Crowley’s latest piece he tells Democrats to be afraid because they’re essentially screwed up in Northern Kentucky. Primarily because Northern Kentucky Democrats have made fools of themselves the past several weeks. He turned what could have been a great 730-word column about the November 6 election into a weird warning for Democrats. Are his editors writing for him? We know Pat is a real journalist and is capable of much better. [The Enquirer]

Jim Waters: What the devil does the doctor mean?

You’ll notice Jim Waters’ column is now published a week later on Page One. This is as a courtesy to an unnamed print publication we believe is remarkable and want to succeed in every way possible. If we were being asked to bow for a Gannett or Clear Channel-owned publication we’d be foaming at the mouth with a different story. Thank goodness Kentucky is home to some great journalism we’re proud to support. Readers should feel encouraged to scout out their local alternative weekly newspapers.



What the devil does the doctor mean?

By Jim Waters

The devil’s missing from Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s latest proposal to bring medical-liability reform to Kentucky.

His plan creates an “independent board of medical professionals” to determine the merit of lawsuits against doctors. But the details – where the devil lies – remain ghost-like. Perhaps the devil got all caught up in Halloween, or maybe he’s “gone down to Georgia” to fiddle around.

The governor began his administration promoting capping noneconomic damages in medical-malpractice lawsuits. Apparently, he’s given up on being able to get that idea through a legislature filled with lawyer-legislators.

Read moreJim Waters: What the devil does the doctor mean?

Monday Morning Propaganda

Still on strike. Hundreds of nurses at Appalachian Regional Healthcare hospitals are still fighting for their voice. They’re heading for their third meeting with company officials in hopes of ending their strike. [H-L]

Using religion as a wedge issue. Ernie gets excited, freaks out over the Ten Commandments, tries to scare Henderson residents into believing Steve Beshear hates God, Jesus, babies. [Gleaner]

C-J calls spineless Democrats out for caving to Mitch McConnell and George W. Bush on health care for children. “If the House Democrats are who they claim to be, they won’t let George W. Bush push them, and needy children, around on this issue.” [C-J]

More gambling. Ernie just can’t get off his anti-gambling kick, runs through Ashland preaching the evils of casinos. And he’s still bitter over his merit hiring scandal– blaming Greg Stumbo every chance he gets. [Daily Independent]

Flip-flopping? Ernie changes his mind, now believes equine feed and supplies should be tax-free. Something Fletcher supporters used to attack Beshear. [WLEX18]

Mitch McConnell’s stance on SCHIP is pretty wide, isn’t it? He’s being criticized again. Can’t have your cake and eat it too. [PolWatchers]

Sen. Mongiardo is being praised for his experience in and passion for health care. The AP says he’s still engaged to Allison Patrick, though we hear that’s no longer the case. Speaking of Mongiardo: Where is he? Put him in a commercial or two! Bring him out of hiding. [AP via H-L]

Doing what’s right. John Yarmuth stands up for free speech and freedom of the press. Continuing to give us the right to protect your anonymity when you forward us private e-mails and dish the dirt about political happenings or office-paid vacations for an elected official’s mistress. [C-J]

Republicans for Beshear. Tons of Republicans showed up in Corbin this weekend to stand in support of Democrats Steve Beshear, Daniel Mongiardo and Bruce Hendrickson. Not good news for Fletcher in former Republican strong-holds. [H-L]

More endorsements. Kentucky Enquirer endorses Steve Beshear and pokes fun of his lack of a plan if gambling should fail. And the Kentucky Post endorses him. Doesn’t look like Northern Kentucky’s in the bag for Ernie anymore. [Enquirer, Post]