Friday Afternoon Roundup. Shoot Yer Guns in Honor of the NRA Convention Edition.

John McCain is speaking to the National Rifle Association Convention at about 4:00 P.M. this afternoon. If you live in Louisville, head on down to the gun show or whatever to get your fancy guns for killing some bear and neighbors and such. [C-J Photos]

An AOL blogger says Greg Fischer will win the Senate primary because he has an ActBlue page. Don’t you love it when people who have no idea what’s going on in Kentucky politics write about it on a national level? [AOL Bloggers]

Hillary’s visiting Maysville on Monday. [Ledger Independent]

Candidate for the 4th District Congressional seat, Dr. Michael Kelley, will ride his bicycle across the 4th District over Memorial Day weekend to put the spotlight on physical fitness’ impact on healthcare costs. Kelley also plans to meet with voters to hear their ideas and concerns. [Press Release]

The Republican Party of Kentucky attacked Barack Obama by scaring the bejeezus out of gun owners. Obama’s gonna take yer guns! HIDE! But the RPK neglected to note that John McCain told the NRA to get out of the Republican Party. [Press Release, Cliff Schecter, B&P]

Steve Beshear won’t be cutting the $400,000 he gives away to the coal industry for self-promotion in order to save costs during our budgetary crisis. Should be noted that it was one of the first things Ernie Fletcher nixed when trying to get things under control. WTF. Also, we feel sorry for Ryan Alessi having to sit through the NRA shindig today. [PolWatchers]

Senate President David Williams is suing Governor Steve Beshear for vetoing his road projects. Hrm. [Hebert]

Thursday. Presidential Update Dept. Almost Over.

Bill Clinton is in Louisville (Butler High School @3:30), Bardstown and John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown today. [Press Release]

Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo, State Rep. Dennis Keene and unknown Owen County Administrator Bill O’Bannon will hold a conference call to discuss Barack Obama’s rural leadership plan for Kentucky. [Press Release]

And in Bowling Green, Admiral John B. Nathan and Brigadier General James Smith will hold a discussion with veterans and military families at the Shake Rag Restaurant at 12:30 Central Time. [Press Release]

From the Captain Obvious Department of Duh we learn that Kentuckians favor higher cigarette taxes. Actually, 55% favor taxes of $0.70 to $1.00 per pack. Only 34% oppose. Imagine that. Both the governor and the retarded ass legislature out-of-touch. Can you imagine? [PolWatchers]

Mitch McConnell caused a Senate meltdown yesterday by dumping the Republican version of a G.I. bill into an unrelated floor debate on union rights of firefighters and police officers. Thankfully, the Senate voted 55-42 to table the Republican amendment and the Democratic bill will be attached to the Iraq bill next week. [Politico]

Speaking of McConnell, he has an opponent in the Republican primary named Daniel Essek, a Whitley County truck driver who couldn’t get off work in order to attend the KET debate on Monday. He’d only spent $824 in the first month of his campaign. Is anyone holding their breath on this? Not even sarcastically? [C-J]

In case you were wondering why Kentucky has been flushed down the toilet for, like, ever? The state spends over $400,000 (OF TAX DOLLARS!) a year to promote the coal industry. We just give coal companies this cash to promote their industry. Choice quote, “The environmentalists throw out a lot of negative stuff, like kids who are suffering from asthma because they breathe particulate matter from living near a coal-fired power plant, or deaths caused on the roads by big coal trucks,” Caylor said. “We’re trying to counteract that.” [H-L]

U.S. Senate Debate Highlights

It’s true, folks. There was a debate last night while Barry Obama was taking over the world. It included Bruce Lunsford and Greg Fischer along with about 25 other white dudes with huge ego problems.

Greg Fischer got flustered when Bruce Lunsford asked him why he didn’t contribute to Jack Conway and John Yarmuth in their runs against Anne Northup. He said his record should be vetted and you know we’ll comply with that request. And he got a little mixed up/nervous when Tom Loftus challenged him on his ‘let’s get out of Iraq, but leave it up to the generals’ bit. Loftus made him look like a bit of a fool and then gave Lunsford a chance to hit the Iraq issue home.

David Wylie is a speed signer! The translators couldn’t keep up with him.

And poor David L. Williams (not because of the voice, but because of the crazy). Oh man. He said he was in Iraq in like 1953 in the Navy or something and something about some ships being blown up. We couldn’t understand a thing the man said and that’s unfair to his crazy butt.

Kenneth Stepp said he ran for congress and got 32,000 votes. Becuase you know that has a lot to do with getting us out of Iraq.

Michael Cassaro said lots about “sniff tests” and nothing about the crazy junk going down in his campaign office.

James Rice is totally reminding us of Jim Gooch. Denying global warming and the same deer-in-headlights look.

So. Here are the more interesting bits of the night. The rest was mind-numbing.

Part One:



View Part 2 along with non-YouTube versions after the jump…

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Rainy Thursday Updates. Obama NOT Coming to Kentucky Tomorrow Night Edition?

Despite the fact that the Secret Service briefed several key business leaders on Fourth Street and at the Convention Center that both Clinton and Obama would be at tomorrow night’s KDP fundraiser, the Obama campaign insists that the senator will be in Oregon instead of in Kentucky. [Telephone Call]

The RPK is mad at the mean and elitist Barack Obama for wanting to tax the unfortunate rich folks of Kentucky! They put out a press release last evening attacking him for hating tax cuts for the rich and for running a television ad in the Bluegrass saying as much. Take a look at the ad. [Obama Ad]

Rather than develop a functioning Federal Election Committee made up of members selected for their personal abilities and qualifications, Mitch McConnell still thinks it’s a good idea to obstruct like crazy. He still wants to force a vote on all nominees– together– because he knows his right-wing hack favorite can’t withstand an individual vote. Of course, McConnell supporters (staffers?) spin this as Democratic obstruction because Democrats want individual votes. So much for Democracy. [CBS/Politico, EITB]

The Clinton campaign is touting Hillary’s “big win” in Indiana (what was it again? a percent? two?) in pushing for a visibility rally at tomorrow’s KDP event in Louisville. Starts at 5:30 at 4th & Market. Will it just be Olivia? Will the demonstrators/protestors be able to understand that it’s mathematically impossible for Clinton to win? [Clinton Campaign]

Did you know? There are Republicans who STILL spin that the economy is all puppies and rainbows. And they blame Al Gore for high gas prices. [KY Progress]

Basically everyone is telling Hillary Clinton to drop out of the presidential race. Mainly because she doesn’t have enough money or time to prove herself. Or, you know, any possible way to get the votes needed to win. Note that Jennifer Moore wants Clinton to stay in the race because Kentucky deserves to vote. Even though those votes won’t matter. (We think she should stay in, too, just so everyone sees that she’s done.) [C-J]

FINALLY! It’s admitted. Steve Beshear and “very important people” in the U.S. Senate recruited Bruce Lunsford. How many months were we preaching that while the establishment told us to piss off, that we were absolutely full of it? Looks like big labor was involved, too. We know several thousand people who won’t be forgetting this when Mitch McConnell walks back into his office next year. [H-L]

Bunning Agrees with Obama, Kinda

Sen. Jim Bunning opposes the Clinton-McCain gas tax holiday for the summer. Rightfully so. It’s retarded, as we’ve repeatedly told you.

From the AP:

The Kentucky Republican senator said Tuesday that a summertime gas tax holiday wouldn’t relieve pressure at the pump for consumers facing sky-high gas prices.

Bunning said the way to reduce oil prices is to increase domestic energy production.
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Bunning said a suspension of the federal 18.4-cents per gallon federal tax on gasoline would take several billion dollars out of the federal road fund. He said general tax dollars would replace the lost gas tax revenue, adding to the nation’s debt.

Unfortunately, Bunning seems to oppose the gas tax break for the wrong reason: He wants to allow drilling in the Alaska refuge.

Bunning is co-sponsoring legislation to allow drilling in the Alaska refuge and to develop coal-to-liquid fuels.

All right for killing the environment. Because that will solve all of our problems.

Godfather of Green? Godfather of Greenbacks, Maybe

This morning we had the opportunity to sit down with the League of Conservation Voters to discuss Sen. Mitch McConnell’s #4 position on the organization’s list of the nation’s “Dirty Dozen.”

Check your watches. It’ll be less than 24 hours until the Senator sends out an urgent fundraising plea because he is under attack from the tree-hugging left.

Since people in the real world recognize that saving our environment makes good economic sense, we’re, well, we’re all left wondering what on earth McConnell thinks he’s doing by serving as the Senator in Washington with the absolute worst LCV rating score. Supporting renewable energy and the environment is hardly a Democratic or Republican issue– it’s an American issue. The dear Senator needs to realize this sooner rather than later because we get the extreme sense that the League will be spending mega bucks in Kentucky this general election cycle.

Some information from the LCV after the jump…

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