It’s Friday! Hillary Wastes Time in KY Edition.

Can you believe it? The Jefferson County Teachers Association endorsed Chris Thieneman in the 3rd District Republican Congressional primary. That’s kind of a big deal in Louisville politics and indicates that Anne Northup may have a tougher primary fight on her hands than she (or anyone else) expected. As Rick reports, Thieneman will be airing television spots soon. [The ‘Ville Voice]

OH MY GOD!!! Michelle Malkin a “conservative hero” ?? WHAT? Do you hear that laughter? It’s the entire world falling apart because someone called Malkin a conservative hero re: her remarks about crazy Jim Bunning’s handling of the mortgage crisis. I’m almost peeing. This is too hilarious. [BGRS]

Kenneth Stepp, one of the many candidates for U.S. Senate, bought an email list and is begging for skrilla. If you don’t give Stepp all yer cash then women, sick kids, union workers, troops and veterans “lose.” They’re all gonna die if you don’t give him all kinds of dollars! [Mark Hebert]

Barack Obama was all up on Capitol Hill with Ben Chandler or whatever yesterday to talk about presidentin and superdelegates and stuff. Thanks to Heeb for the fancy linkage. Go lookit the video of them being all touchy and smiley. [MSNBC/TIME]

Some Republicans are pissed that Billy Harper was given a seat on the state board of education. They even blame him for Ernie Fletcher’s loss to a Democrat. Seriously. The stories of why Ernie got canned by voters (any Democrat could have beaten him– let’s get real, even the RPK was sick of his crew) get more interesting each and every day. Hoo boy. [K-PAC2]

Hollenbach Launches Financial Football Game

I swear we’re not joking. This day of political humor couldn’t get much better. Thanks to Jennifer Moore & Nathan Smith for their KDP email blast making this announcement. And for those visiting for the first time today, don’t forget to check the Cassaro Girls.

State Treasurer and Frank Simon supporter Todd Hollenbach has launched a video game called Financial Football (along with former UK quarterback Andre Woodson) that he plans to use to educate school kids across the Commonwealth. It’ll be available in schools and public libraries.

For real. Not trying to educate the millions of adults currently suffering through our economic situation, but children. Who will no doubt be rushing to play a video game about football and money. (Please, stifle your laughter) Kind of a nice gesture, we guess.

How much does this costs the state?

The bright side of this announcement: it’s not another press release about MySpace perverts on Dateline or whatever that another well-known constitutional officer likes to send out 24/7.

Northup’s ‘Reading First’ a Huge Failure

Former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup’s Reading First (part of No Child Left Behind) initiative turned out to be a massive failure. A failure to the tune of something like $6 billion.

A study released last month by the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance is quite revealing. Though the program improved total class time spent on the essential components of reading, “Reading First did not have statistically significant impacts on student reading comprehension test scores in grades 1-3.”

No one doubts Northup’s dedication to children and improving their lives. I mean, she practices what she preaches and has gone so far as to spread her love through adoption– something every single one of you reading this should consider. But the report means that the program was so terrible that even with hugely increased classroom and study time, there was basically no impact at all on reading comprehension scores. You can read the full report by clicking here.

That’s all fine and dandy but it gets better. During a Northup for Congress campaign luncheon on September 5, 2002, George W. Bush called Reading First Anne Northup’s “biggest contribution.”

“But Anne’s biggest contribution– and I mean, a significant contribution– was to fight for and get funding for a Reading First initiative.”

Regardless of Dubya’s historic 71% disapproval rating, that’s gotta sting a bit. I mean, her “biggest contribution” turning out to be a massive failure all.

Was this her signature moment in Congress?

Thursdays aren’t as good as Fridays.

The Justice Department is asking Greg Fischer to stop using its seal in his attack ad. Hrm. Yet another campaign blunder. Imagine that. [PolWatchers]

Even the dirty liberal media thinks the RPK fears Lunsford. Rightly so. [The Arena]

The reality-based community voting Democrats in Kentucky are tired of the U.S. Senate race. And guess what? They realize, love it or hate it, that the Lunsford writing is on the wall come May 20. Despite a few who believe it’s still possible for Greg Fischer to win and pee themselves anyone points out that Lunsford is the nominee. [BITB]

Former night club owner Ken Shapero is now handling Greg Fischer’s press and really seems hung up on picking apart Vencor. Hrm. Oh, the name of the actress in Fischer’s misleading attack ad is Dale Carter Cooper, who is from Louisville. [C-J]

Ben Chandler’s office received 154 favorable, 89 unfavorable emails about Chandler’s recent endorsement of Barack Obama for president. Did you know? People are afraid of Rev. Wright and Barack Osama. So afraid. It’s so evil of Ben to actually endorse somebody but perfectly all right for others to do so. [PolWatchers]

Virginia Fox, former head of KET and education secretary for Ernie Fletcher, is refusing to step down from her seat on the Council for Postsecondary Education. Steve Beshear is demanding that she resign, though she was confirmed by the state senate. [H-L]

Did you know? Hillary Clinton’s campaign is push polling. We forgot to share this with you a few days ago. You’ll enjoy it or hate it, obviously. [Politico]

It’s Wednesday. Political Fur is Flying Edition.

Bruce Lunsford tells the truth about Greg Fischer’s big name supporters. Finally. It’s hilariously true. Christie & Owsley will probably try to raise a million or two for McConnell to get political revenge. “It kind of centers around four or five families and a few progressives, and the rest of the state, especially outside of Louisville, barely know who they are,” Lunsford said of Fischer’s campaign. “It’s more of an east-end, upper-echelon, second- and third-generation crowd.” Hrm. And another disconnected individual gets upset at Bruce because they don’t like reality. [The Hill, Ditch Mitch]

In the wake of the controversy/disagreement/whatever surrounding the Council on Postsecondary Education and Governor Beshear, Brad Cowgill has resigned. Regardless of your personal opinion, now Steve Beshear gets what he a wants– a national search for Cowgill’s replacement. [Hebert]

With stories like these, we’re not sure how Holocaust education isn’t mandated in all of Kentucky’s schools. Without it we’ll continue to have genocidal maniacs like those in Darfur, Rwanda and Nazi Germany. [C-J, C-J]

This has nothing to do with Kentucky, but check out this Greene County (MO) Sheriff’s comments on former “American Idol” contestant Jason Yeager. “The way I hear Jason sing the national anthem makes you want to go out and kill a communist,” Merritt said. “If that doesn’t make you patriotic, nothing will.” HAHAHAHA. What. [News-Leader]

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]