Wednesday. Everyone Buy Us New Laptops Edition.

Governor Steve Beshear called for a special session on pension reform to begin June 23. Beshear says reform legislation could save $500 million per year. [PolWatchers]

Congressman John Yarmuth attacked Anne Northup’s position on big oil in a release: “Anne Northup needs to come clean on her energy position. Today, she announced that she will continue to support the Bush policies that got us in this mess in the first place,” Congressman Yarmuth said. “She has over a half a million dollars in gas, oil and energy company stocks and continues to make a fortune off the high gas prices Louisville families are paying at the pump. She has funded her campaigns with over $300,000 from big oil. I answer only to the people of Louisville, and I will continue to put the needs of our families first. We have already enacted the most comprehensive energy reform policy in 30 years, and we will continue to advance innovative legislation that combats high energy costs and shifts to a more energy efficient economy.”

Thankfully, even Jim Bunning recognizes that Dr. James Holsinger’s chances at being the next U.S. Surgeon General are zero. Everyone thank jeebus or whatever! It’s over. No more Holsinger sexism and homophobia. [H-L]

That Mark Nickolas settlement with the state? Yeah, his attorneys got $10,000 out of it. We seem to remember all of this was being done for free since it was Public Citizen representing him. $10,000. For that. Outraged yet? And no, David Adams, the case against the state wasn’t “lost” – recall a few months ago when the ban was lifted. The suit was rendered useless at that point. Oh, guess who was in charge of giving Nickolas the $10K. [C-J, Settlement Document]

Mainstream media is on the Cauley-Edelen thing. Hebert’s got the story and it’s not so positive for Steve Beshear. It’s short, but you’ve gotta read it. [Mark Hebert]

Tuesday Update. Late Start Edition or Something.

Two mainstream media outlets wrote about the Republican Party’s press conference calling Steve Beshear out for using the governor’s mansion for a political fundraiser. Both outlets repeated that Ernie Fletcher never held a fundraiser at the mansion, which isn’t true. We proved that yesterday. [H-L, C-J]

Attorney General Jack Conway just announced that nine people were indicted in connection with a pattern of abuse, unlawful imprisonment and wanton endangerment in the first degree re: residents of Community Presence, Inc., an adult-care facility in Carter County. [Press Release]

The Courier-Journal has an editorial about the Speaker Pro-Tem race and makes almost zero sense. The paper is complaining about Stumbo but at the same time praising him and saying he’ll run for some other leadership position. Interesting that the paper has never scratched the surface of Larry Clark. [C-J]

Anne Northup held a fancy press conference at a southwestern Louisville Thornton’s gas station this morning to push “increased energy independence” and drilling in ANWR. It’s a little weird that Thornton’s CEO has given Northup at least $8,000 in campaign contributions. [The ‘Ville Voice]

By way of Ben Ray we learn that the Associated Press is now forcing bloggers, journalists and others who excerpt or forward their stories to pay $12.50 for the use of quoting just five words. FIVE WORDS! And if the AP doesn’t like how you’re quoting them? They can revoke your “license.” You can bet we’ll be ignoring the Associated Press forever. [BoingBoing]

Kentucky Tonight to Discuss Ethanol

Monday night’s episode of Kentucky Tonight will discuss ethanol

Scheduled guests are:

  • Todd Barlow, executive director of the Kentucky Corn Growers Association
  • Mark Haney, a Pulaski County fruit and cattle farmer and first vice president of the Kentucky Farm Bureau
  • Stephen Bartlett, coordinator of Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville and a member of the Jefferson County chapter of the Community Farm Alliance
  • Norman Harned, a lawyer, a Nelson County cattle farmer, and a member of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association

Viewers with questions and comments participate in the live broadcast by telephone at 1-800-494-7605.

Saturday Update for Fancy Elitist Weekend Readers

Louisville ranks 48th when it comes to ability to weather an oil crisis. The ranking– which is calculated based on public transportation use, telecommuniting, bike and walk rates– puts the largest city in Kentucky behind Virginia Beach, Nashville, Indianapolis and Memphis. If it’s bad in the city, imagine how it will be out in the state. Yeah, excitement. We can’t contain ourselves. Wonder when the mainstream media will start talking about the real effects of a fuel crisis instead of just the price it costs to fill up the tank? [CNN]

Basically, Morgan Wilkins wants to piss everyone on earth off. She’s encouraging Kentuckians to fly the confederate flag. Basically, just, yeah. [Morgan Wilkins]

Life is awesome. Logging begins in Robinson Forest. Everyone is outraged. [H-L]

The Fayette County Jail. Federal whistleblower. Ruh ro. Cover-ups, lies, firings, indictments, white washings. This is going to be the biggest story to rock Lexington in a decade. Mainstream media: wake up because it’s about to get crazy. [KY Progress]

NBC’s Tim Russert died while taping voice-overs for his program yesterday. Read everyone’s statement about Russert, if that’s something you care to do. And read his story on MSNBC about how vigilance is needed on campaign claims so we can deal with big issues and not smears. [The Arena, MSBNC]

Yarmuth Amendment Requires Global Warming Info

Rep. John Yarmuth will offer an amendment this afternoon to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2008 that will require NASA to make critical information and scientific research available to the public.

This is in response to a series of Oversight & Government reform hearings last year where House members uncovered evidence that information was suppressed in order to hide the causes and effects of global warming. My, how very Jim Gooch of NASA and the Bush Misadministration.

The amendment will make sure that NASA takes into consideration recommendations made by the Government Accountability Office and National Academy of Sciences to help prevent future manipulation of science.

The GAO and NAS recommend:

  • Information supporting major published results should be made available to other researchers.
  • An infrastructure must be put in place to make data accessible through unrestricted archives.
  • Data should be made available without delay to allow for analysis and publication of results.
  • Prices of accessing date should not exceed the marginal cost of reproduction and distribution.

All right for Yarmie standing up in the name of government transparency.

UPDATE @ 4:42: Postponed til tomorrow. Everything in the House always gets postponed. Always. Forever. No matter what. Never fails.

Two Things This Hot Monday Evening

Bruce Lunsford said he wouldn’t have voted for the climate bill unless it included more federal funding for clean coal technology. He also suggested that Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell should box outside senate chambers. Meanwhile, we’re still waiting for Bruce to set himself apart from Mitch.

And…

Rep. John Yarmuth leads former Rep. Anne Northup by 17 points. According to SurveyUSA, Yarmuth leads Northup at 57-40. 39% of Northup’s supporters say their mind is made up but 60% of Yarmuth’s supporters say their mind is made up. Only 3% of those surveyed were undecided. We’d call that pretty strong. So much for trying to tie Yarmuth to high gas prices.