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More on the Fletcher Ad in St. Louis

St. Louis is paying attention. The city is beginning to talk about Mark Andrews’ past as a social conservative who doesn’t let silly things like facts get in his way.

Jo Mannies of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch chimes in on the matter and links St. Louis readers to Fletcher’s latest commercial.

Ever been to St. Louis? It’s hardly the bastion of criminality and corruption that Andrews and Fletcher try to blame on gambling. It’s always been a crime-ridden city. Casinos sure didn’t cause it– even if they’re not cleaning things up. And whose fault is that? Possibly that of legislators and government officials in Missouri and D.C. who cut law enforcement budgets left and right.

From a prominent St. Louis resident: “That building where the commercial was filmed, well, it’s about a block away from a thriving area of downtown St. Louis called Laclede’s Landing or just “The Landing.” For quite a while they’ve been expanding the restaurants, bars and stores there. It’s bustling and a far cry from the ghetto.”

In the commercial you’ll see a sign for Lewis Street. Where’s Lewis Street in proximity to the most happening part of Old St. Louis? Take a look for yourself.

Lewis Street in St. Louis

Here’s a satellite view of the riverboat and the area of The Landing nearest the river:

Literally a block away from The Landing. A block away from the ever-expanding hustle and bustle of St. Louis that’s devouring the rundown buildings in the former industrial neighborhood in order to turn them into the hottest spots of the Midwest.

Sound familiar? Much like the ongoing regeneration of downtown Louisville.

If the maps weren’t enough, let’s go a step further. We’re taking you on a video tour of the area Ernie visited. You’ll see our photographer drive from one end of Lewis Street to the other (which is just a couple blocks) and eventually get out of the vehicle to walk around. It’s a little choppy, we apologize. But it’s worth watching for proof that Ernie’s latest commercial is absolutely a joke.

Look like the ghetto to you? No? Maybe an up-and-coming vibrant area that’s alive even in the morning hours?

Welcome to the reality-based community.

Fletcher’s Fourth

Yes. Ad #4:

Features a guy named Mark Andrews from St. Louis. Here’s his alleged story:

Mark Andrews, a retired printing company executive, is chairman of an organization called Casino Watch. Their mission is “exposing the dark side of gambling” and they proudly display Ernie’s commercials on their front page. Joe Gerth seems to be the only person so far to mention Andrews’ ties to the anti-gambling side of things. Google is your friend.

Way to be objective, Ernest Lee! We think it’d be easier to scare people into voting for you if you trotted out some scary gay people. Maybe tell Kentuckians that gay tax dollars– gasp– may be paying for their children’s education right now. Oh noes!

UPDATE – 2:35 P.M.

St. Louis is paying attention. The city is about to start talking about Mark Andrews’s past as a social conservative who doesn’t let silly things like facts get in his way.

RGA’s First Ad for Ernest Lee

As we were first to report yesterday, here’s the Republican Governors Association’s first commercial in support of Fletcher:

The first buy extends from Sept 12 – 18 and is running at or above media saturation levels in Lexington and Louisville.

John Stamper has additional information and provides a link to the RGA’s anti-Beshear website. Guns, God & Gays– Ernie will save us from them! That appears to be their mantra.

Instead of watching Osama tapes, how bout some news?

A woman? What?! Who needs progress? Myra Tobin will face Fletcher crony Steve Branscum to become the first female chair of the University of Kentucky’s Board of Trustees. She should be elected if for no other reason than to, you know, flipping diversify the board’s leadership history [H-L]

Lisabeth makes two. State appeals court judge Lisabeth Abramson of Louisville has been appointed to replace Justice McAnulty’s vacant seat on the Kentucky Supreme Court. Fletcher’s appointment Seems to be receiving praise from all over. [C-J]

The surge is working! Say it enough and you’ll eventually believe it. Sen. Jim Bunning wants us to stay in Iraq, approves of the deaths of countless thousands. Gotta kill all those innocent Iraqis there so we don’t have to kill them here, right? [WBKO]

Dan Druen is ready to air the truth. Demands that the Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission hear his case— publicly– before the November 6 general election. Also throws in that the Commission may not be as impartial as they should be since they were all, you know, appointed by Ernest Lee. [H-L]

Gays, guns & God! John David Dyche seems to be all about Ernie using hateful bullshit to win. And term limits. Term limits will save us all! P.S. John David: there are plenty of Democrats who aren’t so hot on casino gambling– just ask organized labor. [C-J]

Oh, Rep. Melvin Henley of Murray and Rep. Milward Dedman of Harrodsburg will switch their party registrations to Democratic. More Republicans jumping ship. Diane Brumback reported this weeks ago. [Hebert]

Can you help us? It’s greatly needed.

101 Ways to Read the News

Fletcher switching gears? Ronnie Ellis suggests Ernest Lee could be moving on to social issues like Jesus, abortion, guns and THE GAYS. OMG!!11! The gays are coming! The gubnuh will save us! [Richmond Register]

Performance and transparency are a bitch. Kentucky Auditor Crit Luallen released a– get this– an audit (of all things) of the High-Tech Construction Pool and High-Tech Investment Pool. While the groups are allegedly funding quality projects? A commission established to monitor the effectiveness of new economic programs has not met since 2003. [Auditor]

Not surprising. The C-J reports home foreclosures in Kentucky will hit record highs. Jefferson County is projected to have 3,125 foreclosure auctions ordered by judges this year, up from last year’s record of 2,710. Bush’s economy is just wonderful. [C-J]

McConnell screws college kids again. The senator was one of just 11 Republicans voting against bringing down college costs. The College Cost Reduction Act of 2007 is the largest student aid investment since the GI Bill. The bill, which McConnell opposed, offers a debt forgiveness program that benefits nurses, teachers and law enforcement. [DSCC]

Almost got the story correct. Joe Gerth reports on the Insight-McConnell matter. He missed that Insight has contributed more than $17,000 to McConnell (far greater than the $10K he quotes). McConnell’s staff still insists that it matters that the iPod-like audio devices shipped to Afghanistan used encrypted audio files. It may come as a surprise to some non-geeks, but, uh, nearly all portable audio players– especially the iPod– use encrypted audio and it has no bearing on what the devices were used for. [C-J]

Update: And the donors are…

An update to the Freedom’s Watch story.

The financiers of the crazed group are a Who’s Who of former Bush ambassadors.

Check it:

  • Anthony Gioia, former ambassador to Malta
  • Kevin Moley, U.S. Permanent Rep to the UN, former VP of PCS Health Systems
  • Mel Sembler, former ambassador to Italy
  • Howard Leach, former ambassador to France, original Bush Pioneer
  • Dr. John Templeton
  • Edward Snider
  • Sheldon Adelson, 3rd-richest American, casino mogul
  • Richard Fox
  • Ari Fleischer, former Bush mouthpiece
  • Gary Erlbaum
  • Matt Brooks

These guys really have the nation’s best interests at heart!