Jack Conway Says CPE Violated the Law

Ruh ro. Attorney General Jack Conway just announced that the Council on Postsecondary Education violated the law when appointing Brad Cowgill as president.

From PolWatchers:

Conway issued a 12-page opinion Thursday afternoon in response to a request from Gov. Steve Beshear, who opposed the hiring of Cowgill, who has served as the council’s interim president since September.

Commence to foaming at the mouth in the comments section.

Late Tuesday Afternoon Dept of Newsy Stuff

We participated in a conference call with Congressman John Yarmuth earlier but are too disinterested to write about it. Suffice to say: Yarmuth, who is apparently one of the only actual Democrats in Kentucky, said John McCain is ill-equipped to, you know, do anything. We wish more people had the guts to say what they think and believe like John Yarmuth seems to always do. [PolWatchers]

Beshear named Bob Gable and George Russell to the Kentucky Board of Elections at the last minute. Thank goodness someone finally got the nod? Who cares that it took months and months to just pick someone? [The Arena]

Joe, one of Kentucky’s best bloggers, explains things in plain English for Greg Fischer and Crazy Shark Lady: Right attack + wrong time = gift for Mitch. [Barefoot & Progressive]

The mainstream press points out how silly it was of Greg Fischer to only mention his name once in his latest campaign ad. So much for developing name I.D. and all that jazz. [PolWatchers]

Uncle Steve is scaling back on his Kentucky Derby party this year. Only 250 guests and coctails at the governor’s mansion. Gone are the days of pageantry and such thanks to our lovely economy. [C-J]

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education may reject some state college requests for tuition rate hikes, according to Mark Hebert. Music to your ears, students? [Hebert]

It’s Thursday. Send us your hooker & coke money.

Business First, Louisville’s publication for conservative types in business is conducting a poll. They ask, “What is the most important issue in the presidential campaign?” 45% pick the economy, 21% pick the war in Iraq, 12% pick taxes, 9% other, 7% health care, 5% energy alternatives, 1% trade agreements. So Iraq is still a major issue with conservatives. Imagine that. [Business First]

Transy students to hold phone rally today for Sudanese refugee Lino Nakwa, whom we first told you about on Tuesday. A table is set up in Haupt Plaza on campus with telephones and information for you to contact Sen. McConnell, Rep. Chandler and other elected officials to register your complaints. [H-L]

House Speaker Pro-Tem Larry Clark says he’s embarrassed to be a part of House leadership in Kentucky. So, when’s it gonna be, Larry? When will you and the rest of the sorry lot in leadership step aside for new blood to move in? Maybe someone else could actually get things accomplished. [Hebert]

Steve Beshear is unhappy with the hiring of Brad Cowgill and referred it to the Office of the Attorney General. He wants to know if the spirit of the law has been violated. And we want to know if we’ll ever see leadership out of the governor so many broke their backs to elect. Not that we disagree with him on this one, there are just far more important pokers in the fire. [H-L]

Is Republic Bank of Louisville the new payday loan shark? We have a feeling this bad press isn’t going to make them very happy today. Where’s the mainstream media on this one? [Ralph Long]

Rep. Geoff Davis refuses to detail war simulation event that allegedly took place with Barack Obama. But Obama didn’t offer details, either. So. Who to hate this time? [PolWatchers]

Tuesday Updates. Almost Afternoon Edition.

Anyone having issues with Insight Communications today? If so, we’d love to hear about it. Dealing with Insight’s horrible customer service wasn’t frustrating enough so we want to hear your complaints.

Geoff Davis apologized to Barack Obama for referring to him as “boy” in the most racist slip-up in Kentucky in easily a few weeks. The dude may not have meant it in a racist manner but that doesn’t negate the fact that it was said. Will anyone in the 4th District actually care either way? [PolWatchers]

Brad Cowgill now heads Kentucky’s higher education system and Steve Beshear is NOT happy. Words like “very disappointed” and “bulldozed” were used. [Hebert]

The gubernatorial run-off is dead. Is that exciting? [The Arena]

Apparently it’s the end of the world that we aren’t attacking Trey Grayson. Some people are still hung up on the fact that former candidate (who wouldn’t campaign or raise money) Bruce Hendrickson lost to Grayson in the fall. And some people who are afraid to leave comments with their own name enjoy spreading complete horse crap. Oh, these fancy internets. [TRD]

Thunder Blunder in the River City

If you’re really planning to brave the chills downtown Louisville for Thunder, you’ll be pleased to know that the same state government officials who are slashing budgets in education and social services will be warm and cozy inside the Ali Center, noshing on top-of-the-line food and drink bought and paid for by lobbyists. You know, the folks who pressure politicians to make unpopular moves, like blocking cigarette taxes and a gaming proposal, despite overwhelming public support.

Members of the State Senate, led by President David Williams, are all lining up to get in for the expensive party as guests of lobbying firms, who will bend their ears over shrimp and martinis, peering out the Ali Center’s giant windows at the poor suckers fighting for a patch of damp grass on the Great Lawn, all the while watching the action on big-screen TVs.

It’s hard to find anything in local (Louisville) media not related to the big Thunder show Saturday — TV news this week has become little more than A) speculation about the weather on Saturday, B) advice on how to have a good time, given the expected bad weather, and C) interviews with Wayne Hettinger about the effect of the weather on the fireworks.

But through all the Thunder news, we caught a significant political story by WLKY’s Andy Alcock, in which he questioned the idea of lawmakers, fresh on the heels of a dismal performance in Frankfort, hobnobbing with lobbyists in the posh indoor climate of the Ali Center.

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Short Update Dept. It’s Tuesday. Weather is Awesome Edition.

We’ll be sporadic for a few hours. Everyone decided to schedule every appointment on earth today.

Fischer gets an embarrassing mention in The Hill, as the publication names Lunsford the pick of national Democrats. Or maybe it’s not embarrassing because being the ‘pick’ is a little embarrassing. [The Hill]

Looks like 400 attended the Obama opening in Lexington last evening. And the RNC’s Mike Duncan was kind of in the mix. Not bad for central Kentucky. [PolWatchers]


Scott Alexander, while apparently a loving father, really is a giant tool when it comes to being a state representative. He went to Costa Rica for a week DURING THE SESSION after being told not to by Jody Richards and Rocky Adkins. Imagine that. [H-L]

Really, who is king of Frankfort? Harry Moberly? David Williams? They have both been known to embarrass us as Kentuckians. And lately, the craziest one seems to be more bi-partisan and honest than the calm and collected guy. So who is it? [C-J]

Proof the Kentucky Democratic Party is turning Republican-lite? Dunno. But definitely not because Thom Karmik, the KDP’s new spokesperson, once worked for a Republican and criticized Dick Durbin for being worthless. The KDP has sorely needed new blood who could be critical of their own party for decades. Anyone who disagrees has never stepped foot in Frankfort. [Brett Hall]

Teacher layoffs on the horizon? Yay, Steve Beshear! The education governor! [PolWatchers]

Confirmed: Chelsea Clinton at UK on Tuesday

Chelsea Clinton will be at the University of Kentucky on Tuesday.

Everyone get excited. Your favorite presidential daughter will be in the Bluegrass. Unless you’re like us and prefer Jenna Bush because she hates her daddy’s politics and volunteers 99% of her time helping people less fortunate than us.

Wait. Can you imagine dating either of them? Meeting the parents would be way more nerve-wracking/racking than normal.

All tangents aside, we’ll have more details as they’re made available.

Speaking of the Clintons, LEO’s Cary Stemle suffered through Hillary’s visit to Louisville on Saturday. As did the Herald-Leader’s Bill Estep, the Courier-Journal’s Dan Klepal and Ben Ray, who provided the photo.

No one could figure out what color Hill’s blazer was. Orange? Pink? Salmon? Coral? All we know is that it was ugly. She needs a gay stylist pronto so she can impress all of us fancy bloggers.