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.

Bunches more after the jump…

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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.

Reminder: UofL Student Walk Out Wednesday

This is a reminder for the media executives who don’t want their reporters covering anything other than the weather, march madness or George Clooney coming to Maysville.

As we reported weeks ago, students at the University of Louisville will protest Governor Steve Beshear’s lovely handling of higher education cost increases in Kentucky this Wednesday by walking out. At 1:11 P.M. this Wednesday, March 26, 2008, students will gather in front of the UofL President’s Office at Grawemeyer Hall (near the intersection of 3rd St & Eastern Pkwy).

From a Facebook group set up for the event:

The University of Louisville consistently places the burden of our state’s budget crises on US – the STUDENTS. This is completely unacceptable, and we are calling on the university administration to explore every option available as to ensure tuition rates DO NOT increase above the rate of inflation for the 2008-2009 school year.

All UofL students are urged to walk out of their classes on Wednesday, March 26th, at 1:11 pm, and attend a rally in front of Grawemeyer Hall near the The Thinker in protest of our university administration’s constant refusal to include OUR VOICE in matters that affect OUR lives.

The skinny:

  • What: Students to walk out at UofL
  • When: Wednesday, March 26 at 1:11 P.M.
  • Where: Rally in front of The Thinker / President’s office @ Grawemeyer Hall

So, media, show up. Give the everyday student in Kentucky a voice.

David Williams Beats Harry Moberly Up

David Williams and Harry Moberly are fighting like two little girls at a Barbie birthday party. Instead of actually doing anything substantive in Frankfort, Senator Williams is accusing Rep. Moberly of being a first-rate hack who is abusing his position of power in the state House to benefit Eastern Kentucky University, at which Moberly is Vice President.

Imagine that– a legislator abusing their power! What on earth!

And Moberly is fighting back by saying he’s never done anything wrong– ever– and would never, ever take advantage of our already bankrupt state. Like anyone believes him or anyone else in Frankfort. Just saying.

Check it:

A bare-knuckle battle of words between two of the state’s most powerful lawmakers threatens to cripple upcoming negotiations over the state’s two-year spending plan.

Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, said Thursday evening in a news conference that Democratic Rep. Harry Moberly of Richmond, the key architect of the House’s version of the state budget, may be unintentionally violating state ethics laws by virtue of his job at Eastern Kentucky University.

David_williams “I believe if anyone filed an ethics complaint against Harry Moberly now, that he would be in violation,” of opinions issued by the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission, Williams said.
“I’ve been at the conference table in the conference many times when he has stood up to have things added for Eastern Kentucky University in the budget,” Williams said. “That’s just the way it is, and if he doesn’t get what he wants in the budget, nobody else is going to get what they want in the budget.”

We love this. LOVE it.

Keep fighting, ladies, we don’t have a whole g-d state to save or anything.