Need a Job and Love the Environment?

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth is hiring 14 electoral organizers to work (for folks who want to work 20 to 40 hours per week) for 11 weeks across the commonwealth building long-term power and relationships leading up to election day.

Organizers will recruit and train volunteers, manage canvassing programs and develop phone banks throughout the fall.

KFTC is seeking applicants to work in the following locations: Louisville, Lexington, Morehead, Madison County, Pike County, Perry County, Floyd County, Letcher County, Knott County, Harlan and Warren Counties.

For more information or to apply, please visit KFTC’s website. Great compensation for those struggling with the current jobs market.

Chandler & Others Explore Mountaintop Removal

It’s a slow news day for sure, but this is an important read.

HAZARD — Two congressmen flew over dozens of mountaintop mining sites Friday and spoke with residents living deep in the central Appalachian coalfields, in what community activists said was a first for Eastern Kentucky

U.S. representatives Ben Chandler of Kentucky and Norm Dicks, of Washington, flew from Washington, D.C. to the Wendell H. Ford Airport in Hazard. They flew over several mining sites in West Virginia and Kentucky before landing at the airport about 10:30 a.m.

After a brief meeting with Appalachian residents and members of the media who had gathered at the airport, the congressmen boarded the plane at about 11:20 a.m. to fly over about a dozen more mining sites in Eastern Kentucky.

On board with them were representatives from the Office of Surface Mining, as well as from Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a group that opposes mountaintop removal.

Bruce Lunsford Unveils 8-Point Energy Plan

Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Lunsford held a press conference this afternoon to unveil his eight-point energy independence plan. Lunsford says the plan will provide both short-term relief and long-term solutions.

Here’s Lunsford’s plan from his press release. Let’s discuss.

Opening Up the Strategic Reserve. The Lunsford Plan would take a two-fold approach to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. It would continue the moratorium on putting new oil into the Reserve, as well as releasing barrels from the Reserve into the marketplace to lower gas prices. This could put up to 50 million barrels of oil back into supply, which would have an impact on prices. In the past, America has tapped the SPR which resulted in a dramatic decrease in price. [Energy Information Administration; New York Times, 9/23/00; Center For American Progress, “Sell Oil From The Strategic Petroleum Reserve To Lower Prices,” 6/13/08]

Fully Closing The “Enron Loophole.” The “Enron loophole” allows hedge funds, investment banks, and other Wall Street speculators to secretly buy and sell oil contracts. It is named after Enron, the notorious energy trading company, which pushed for a provision that kept energy trading off of regulated exchanges, evading speculation limits and accountability. Experts, including oil executives and economists, say that speculation trading has potentially increased oil prices by as much $40 per barrel, or $1 per gallon of gas. The Lunsford Plan would fully clamp down on Wall Street traders who are driving up oil prices in search of paper profits and bring more accountability to energy trading. [Congressional Quarterly Weekly, 4/12/08; Business Week Online, 5/14/08; Detroit Free Press, 10/31/07; Dr. Mark Cooper, Testimony Before Senate Commerce, Science, And Transportation Committee, 6/3/08]

Read the rest after the jump…

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Tuesday Update Dept of It’s iTunes Freebie Day

The Rural Democrat’s William Shackleford is calling it quits. [TRD]

Steve Beshear says his entire cabinet will continue making appearances with him across the state. The H-L can suck it, says the gubnuh. [PolWatchers]

Bill Nighbert resigned from his senate leadership job a couple weeks ago. He’s moved on to work for a company in eastern Kentucky. [C-J]

Why won’t anyone run for office in Kentucky? What’s with the apathy? No wonder our state is a failure in the eyes of most. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell says Bruce Lunsford should have to answer hypothetical questions. So why can’t McConnell answer hypotheticals himself? Hypocrite. [Politico]

Rocky “King Coal” Adkins is keynoting the Kentucky Conservation Committee’s annual meeting this September. He’ll be giving a talk called “Energy Efficiency, Energy Independence and Kentucky’s Environment.” Interesting, isn’t it? It’s almost like inviting Jim Gooch to keynote an event for KFTC. [KCC]

That Bunning challenger we teased yesterday? It’s customs agent Darlene Fitzgerad Price. So now we can all go back to wondering who will actually be challenging Jim Bunning. [Rothenberg Report]

Tornadic Activity in Northern Kentucky?

A friend of Page One is at the Cincinnati airport in Northern Kentucky and just went through some nasty weather. Airport officials rushed hundreds of people out of the terminals and into protective areas when things started to eff up outside.

Here’s a shot, while blurry, that looks pretty scary. Was taken while being herded to safety.

Thursday Is Almost Friday Updates & Junk

Going to Denver for the convention? Don’t worry about running into any homeless folks. They’re all being bused out. [Rocky Mountain News]

Mountaintop removal? Nuclear power? Steve Beshear hearts them both. He has demanded a “comprehensive energy plan” by September. [PolWatchers]

The World Affairs Council and the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville will host 12 governmental leaders from Iraq for a discussion on the current state of affairs in the middle eastern country we invaded. [Business First]

Former Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Tom Bennett is still in critical condition, but stable. That’s all the info his family will release at this time. Hebert says the plasma drive in Tom’s name was super-successful. [Hebert’s Blog]

The Courier-Journal editorial board loves Steve Beshear’s idea to create “In God We Trust” license plates for free. The paper suggests those who don’t want want the plates can spend an extra $10.00 dollars (on top of Kentucky’s crazy vehicle registration and insurance costs) to get a plate of their choice. [C-J]

A rabid bat was found near downtown Lexington last week. Some dude’s dog killed it when it went crazy and then the health department confirmed it had rabies. Could this be what’s wrong with the Webb brothers? Did a rabid bat bite them? [H-L]

Oh Snap Monday! We’re All Gonna Go Broke

George W. Bush has something wrong with him. Is the man retarded? Republicans, please teach him how to save face. [Ditch Mitch]

The Executive Branch Ethics Commission is proceeding with the investigation of four Fletcher administration folks. Jim Adams, Basil Turbyfill, Dan Druen and Darrell Brock. [C-J]

It’s always interesting to read AP stories about things like the Felner investigation. Especially when the stories are hacked together with information that sometimes isn’t even fit for publication on a blog. [The Journal Times]

A Wisconsin paper really gets it. Most of a grant has been spent on Felner’s friends, $70K+ for himself and travel. All kinds of other money. Yadda yadda. It’s everything you’ve already read. But it’s better than the AP piece. [Journal Sentinel]

While Mitch McConnell raises all kinds of skrilla from special interests, Bruce Lunsford is walking a day in your shoes. I mean, for real. [Pat Crowley]

Was a mountaintop removal trip sabotaged? Ben Chandler and Norm Dicks were scheduled to tour eastern Kentucky on Saturday but never made it out of Washington. [News & Tribune]

Former White House Press Secretary and Fox Noise personality Tony Snow died at age 53. [WaPo]