Kentucky Joins The Climate Registry

The Governor’s communications office just announced that Kentucky is joining The Climate Registry, a non-profit group that seeks to develop a common method for measuring greenhouse gases.

“Joining the registry will enable Kentucky to work with other states to develop an agreed-upon reporting system for greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide,” said Gov. Beshear. “By doing so, we will ensure that we are better positioned to respond to any future carbon management rules that the federal government might issue.”

Governor Beshear is appointing energy secretary Len Peters to serve as the state’s representative on the registry’s board.

Some of the goals Kentucky agrees to by joining the group:

  • Utilize the best practices in greenhouse gas emissions reporting
  • Establish a common data infrastructure for voluntary and mandatory reporting and emissions reduction programs
  • Minimize the burden on reporting entities, states provinces and tribes
  • Provide an opportunity for reporting entities to establish an emissions baseline and document early action
  • Develop a nationally recognized platform for credible and consistent greenhouse gas emissions reporting
  • Promote full and public disclosure of greenhouse gas emissions while respecting business confidentiality

Click here for the agreement (PDF Link) signed by the governor.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming of global warming denial…

Tuesday Afternoon of New Laptops for Us!

Oh god. We can’t breathe post-Apple presser. Want want want. We want.

But we have several updates for you that should keep your afternoon rolling along quite nicely.

Even MORE on Ben Chandler’s little trip. [AP]

And don’t forget to check out Chandler’s statement to the press. Embarrassingly empty. [PolWatchers]

The Yarmuth presser earlier? Turns out Anne Northup was named to the 2008 Dirty Dozen by the League of Conservation Voters. Anne Northup is the devil of everything. For reals. Northup has a lifetime score of only 7% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. [LCV Release]

Thirty-four counties across Kentucky will unveil new voting equipment during this year’s general election. The new systems provide a voter-verified paper trail. According to Trey Grayson, they’re user-friendly and will protect voters. They’re called eScans and are already in use in 90 Kentucky counties. [SoS Press Release]

Oh, and we were mistaken. The Office of the Attorney General actually isn’t sitting on its hands in the Steve Henry case. On September 24, Jack Conway appointed Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders (16th Judicial Circuit) as Special Prosecutor in the matter of “Steve Henry, Campaign Finance Allegations.” Hopefully this thing moves along quickly so we can finally tell everyone everything we know.[OAG Letter (PDF Link)]

The Courier-Journal endorsed Justice Abramson over Jim Shake for Kentucky Supreme Court Justice. But the editorial board recognizes that both are equally worthy of support. [C-J]

And the paper endorsed Charlie Cunningham, who ignorantly issued a ruling stating that a Republican could run for the U.S. Congress as a Libertarian. Terribly embarrassing that his ruling was shot down in appeal. [C-J]

Even More on Ben Chandler Wasting Tax Dollars

Is this bad for Ben Chandler?

From Politico:

The show says the group stayed at one of the islands’ priciest resorts, Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge, and the investigation unearthed food and lodging expenses of more than $13,000.

An additional $8,800 in expenses is listed in the records under “transportation” and “other,” the program details.

-SNIP-

And this is the first in a series. “Inside Edition” tells Shenanigans it will be doing other pieces in the coming weeks on “additional trips taken by the five members of Congress featured in [yesterday’s] investigation [and] … questionable trips taken by Congress overall.”

The correspondent turned “tourist,” Matt Meagher, tells us in shock: “It’s amazing how little the public is able to find out about these trips, because there is almost no disclosure about the true costs and how the money is spent.”

Ruh ro.

Tuesday Morning Dept. of Dubya Can’t Speak

Seriously, does anyone understand this President we have? Can’t he hold a press conference after EIGHT YEARS without mumbling and sounding like a bumbling idiot? Something about the FDIC now insuring every transaction. But I can’t be sure. Because he’s mumbling.

KET could have killed every bit of credibility it once had. All over airing that stupid campaign video from Ed Whitfield (R-Florida). Every journalist on earth thinks the move was ridiculous. How embarrassing for KET, a state agency. [PolWatchers]

Conspiracy theories are nice and all. But KET didn’t conspire to turn the audio down during Heather Ryan’s appearance last night. It’s television. And this happens on a regular basis with KET. Often on Comment on Kentucky. So everyone take off your tinfoil hats and calm down. Also, people, [DMKY]

John Yarmuth has scheduled a press conference with the League of Conservation Voters today at 10:30 A.M. His campaign says it’s for a “major campaign announcement.” But something tells us it’s not that major if it’s just the LCV’s deputy legislative director. [Press Release]

Anyone following the Steve Henry debacle knows he and his wife have struggled with the IRS over non-profit status for their Rosemary Clooney Museum. The IRS says you can’t, you know, use a place as a residence if it’s a non-profit. In an interesting development, Henry is now telling newspapers that he and his wife “co-own” the museum. Meanwhile, there’s been no movement on the prosecutorial front with the Henry case. The OAG is sitting on its hands. [Ledger Independent]

Longest story ever about a road. U.S. 119 was dedicated for the Pattons this past weekend. Because Paul Patton is the Jesus of everything in eastern Kentucky. [Appalachian News-Express]

More on that possibly scandalous trip Ben Chandler took. Five members of Congress, three of their spouses and one of their daughters. THAT’S necessary in the name of science? Going to the Galapagos should never be considered a luxury trip. This is ridiculous. This may have been a fact finding trip. But it wasn’t necessary to wine and dine on taxpayer dollars. [The Oregonian]

The Creation Museum is still busily making Ken Ham a wealthy man. 550,000 visitors at $20 a pop. All for some fancy dinosaur rides and a chance to see Adam and Eve. Adam… who is modeled after a gay porn star. Which makes it even better. [H-L]

This ad terrified us. Literally terrified us. [Wonkette]

Oh Snap Monday! Mitch Does Damage Control

God. These bitches are insufferable self-haters. Living in the wealthy east end of Louisville apparently makes it okay to self-hate and make shit up. It’s hilarious to watch then spin out of control about how cervical cancer “is not a woman’s issue.” The scary women! The scary trial lawyers! Oh my! [EITB]

Wondering how that Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll was conducted? The C-J published an FAQ of sorts. Pay close attention to the hilarious last sentence, Republishing or broadcasting the poll’s results without credit to The Courier-Journal is prohibited. Like the C-J would EVER credit any other publication for any reason. Haha. [C-J]

The Wall Street bailout helps Jim Bunning but hurts Mitch McConnell. And as a result all McConnell and his henchmen can do is complain about how terrible and awful and mean and awful and mean and terrible Bruce Lunsford is. Did you know he eats babies? And old people. [H-L]

“Dr” Ted is still as crazy as ever. Don’t you love how he perpetuates the Bruce Lunsford memes? He probably can’t even tell you what happened with Vencor. Nothing was Bruce’s fault, which is why McConnell hasn’t run ads about it (despite his wife sitting on the board). It’s laughable that anyone would be pushing such drivel. [The Bridge]

What was that about clean coal the other day? You folks were telling me how awesome it is and how it’s already changing the world. Never mind that it doesn’t exist. And. Oh. How clean coal is like healthy cigarettes. What Al Gore says. [Barefoot & Progressive]

Like Hebert says, JAMAKAIN!!!!’s lead over Barry O is shrinking. Slowly but surely. He’ll still win but it won’t be a super-tight race. McCain led Obama by 19 not long ago. Now he’s only leading by 12, according to the latest Bluegrass poll. [Mark Hebert]

In case you’ve forgotten or missed it: University of Louisville’s administration is retaliating against individuals perceived to be critical of anything happening at the University. Students, faculty and staff are being threatened with their jobs ad their education because they’re merely suspected of having spoken with us or reporters. Not exactly a great way to handle the problem, Ramsey & Willihnganz! [The Latest UofL Scandal]

Oh Snap Monday! The Weather Is Effing Great

In case you missed it, Jennifer Moore forced Jeff Noble to apologize for telling his story about what she and her friends did to him. In exchange, he got a seat on the Kentucky Democratic Party’s State Central Executive Committee. Don’t forget it. [Page One]

HAHAHAHAHA. “First, we heard from State Senate candidate Carroll Hubbard, former First District Congressman, and a true Southern Gentleman. He congratulated Dan Boaz for being chosen the best County Attorney in the Commonwealth, and thanked Jennifer Moore for being a great KDP Chair. I agree. He also noted that she was the youngest and prettiest KDP chair ever.” [BlueGrassRoots]

Interesting note: Mitch McConnell took part in the Fairdale Parade this past weekend in Louisville. Quite possibly the only time the man has ever stepped foot inside that area of the River City. Could this mean McConnell only takes certain areas seriously during campaign years? [Eye Witnesses]

What is Al Cross even saying? Is that English? Does he realize that Democrats are also likely to go down with Leonard Lawson? Republicans like Mitch McConnell are obviously corrupt. But let’s be honest.  We may just be too sleepy to understand what he’s going on about. [C-J]

Larry Dale Keeling now says Bruce Lunsford has a chance to unseat Mitch McConnell in this year’s general election. Because Mitch’s unfavorables are going up and his approval rating has dropped to 44% from 57% over the last two months. [H-L]

Tom Loftus has an interesting look at how Leonard Lawson developed his massive wealth and control over the highway industry in Kentucky. Definitely worth a read. Money definitely talks in this state. [C-J]

A bulldog with lipstick? OH MY GOD! It’s Sarah Palin! [ihasahotdog]

Is it weird that Steve Beshear replaced Trey Grayson’s wife, Nancy, with Carl Breeding on the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission? It’s allegedly a non-partisan commission. And Breeding is no more qualified than Grayson. So what’s the dilly? [PolWatchers]

Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you, never gonna make you cry. Grampa John McCain gets RickRolled. FEAR! [America Blog]