Rumor: Bill Nighbert Struck Plea Deal

The hot rumor we’re hearing out of Transportation officials in Kentucky is that former Williamsburg Mayor and former Fletcher Administration Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert struck a plea deal that will become public in July.

Nighbert, you’ll recall, played a fancy role in the merit hiring scandal of the Fletcher era.

Soooo. We’re all wondering, right? Will he turn on Ernest Lee?

Herndon-Unseld-Fairness-Catfight Update

Don't you love this picture???So, we went to the Fairness/C-FAIR meeting last night. Wow. We almost got knifed or whatever and we thought LEO’s Stephen George was going to get jumped.

Get up-to-date on this issue HERE, HERE and HERE.

Nothing was resolved and we have no idea when it will be. But that’s not to fault Fairness, necessarily. It was just a big, hot mess that no one could dig their way out of.

What we know: There’ll be more meetings (one on June 26th, according to a C-FAIR member) and Fairness may investigate and may file complaints with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance and the Office of the Attorney General urging an investigation into the nasty, homophobic mailer that went out trashing Ken Herndon. We’re certain the organization will hold true to its word. And at the very least, we think the organization will file supporting complaints to back any complaints filed by Ken Herndon.

That said, there are a few details and some personal gripes after the jump. If you care to read on. (There’s a little bit of drama)

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Scott Ritter in Louisville This Thursday

Former United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter will be at the Clifton Center (our neighborhood!) in Louisville this Thursday to discuss, well, everything that’s effed up.

Ritter was one of the most senior weapons inspectors in Iraq between 1991 and 1998. To call him the most informed person in the world about the faux weapons crisis in Iraq would be the understatement of a century. He understands American shortcomings in the Persian Gulf and has been screaming from the rooftop for about a decade about our blunders there. He went back to Iraq in 2000 to film the documentary In Shifting Sands: The Truth of UNSCOM and the Disarming of Iraq that offered an unfiltered view of the U.S. from the international community’s perspective while focusing on international justice and global security.

He was the lone guy to launch a series of additional Iraqi weapons inspections before the U.S. invaded. The U.N. and U.S. both promised to support Ritter’s effort but behind closed doors they decided to invade no matter the circumstance. He resigned in protest proclaiming, the “illusion of arms control is more dangerous than no arms control at all.”

Here’s the skinny:

Real Intelligence with Scott Ritter plus Lizzie West & Baba Buffalo
Thursday, June 26
7:30 P.M.
The Eifler Theatre at Clifton Center
2117 Payne Street
Louisville, KY 40206
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Bush Legacy Tour Comes to Kentucky

Americans United for Change along with the Kentucky AFL-CIO are bringing their 28-ton rolling museum of just how terrible the Bush Administration has been to Kentucky. The Bush Legacy Tour will be in Louisville June 25th and 26th.

The bus is an interactive museum on wheels that will scare the bejeezus out of small children and old people. So don’t take mamaw and papaw to see it unlsee you’ve got plenty of time on your hands for an emergency room visit. Those crafty traitors have figured out how to use video and artifacts on a bus– just like in a librul liar musuem!– to illustrate the failures of the Bush Administration. Many of which belong to elected officials like Mitch McConnell and Anne Northup.

Go see it if you get a chance:

Wednesday, June 25
5-6:30 p.m.
400 East Witherspoon (between N. Floyd and N. Preston)

Thursday, June 26
11 a.m.
Chestnut St. between 6th-7th

Oh Snap Monday! Fancy Updates for Fancy Elitists

With the U.S. Senate race so close (literally within the margin of error), does this mean Mitch McConnell will be spending this summer and fall in Kentucky rather than traveling the country to help his dozen or so Republican colleagues who are facing a tough re-election? [The Nation via Yahoo!]

Some crazy nutbag named Michelle Ferguson perpetuates the right-wing meme of blaming the Democrats. Yeah, that really accomplishes everything we need to accomplish as a country. [H-L]

Insight into the man who is Barack Obama’s elusive campaign manager, David Plouffe. Who knew nerdy types could be so powerful and important? Gives us hope! [Wall Street Journal]

Okay. Oakwood is just a big damn disaster. When will it end? We’ve heard accounts from several legislators the past couple weeks and they all want to pop a cap in somebody. When are we gonna stop dicking around and actually make a change? [H-L]

Does Barry have an Ernie Fletcher problem in Kentucky? Ronnie Ellis seems to think so. Something about ethics and promises or whatever. The Lunsford-McConnell race is real. And Fancy Farm is going to be craaaazy on August second. For sure. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo and Allison Patrick got married on Saturday in Northern Kentucky. How fancy is that? He’s 47, she’s 22. The two married at Covington’s Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption. They pretended that the location and details of the wedding were under wraps, but regular readers of this site know that’s not true. A commenter tipped us off that the wedding would take place in Northern Kentucky. Also, we love that Mongiardo referred to Patrick as an “asset.” [PolWatchers]

Ralph Long has an interesting take on Adam Edelen’s rise to political power. And his future in Kentucky politics, to say the least. [Ralph Long]

What was that about the Iraq debacle not being about oil? 36 years after Iraq’s oil program was nationalized, Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total, BP and Chevron will return to Iraq for no-bid contracts to service Iraq’s oil fields. The contracts are unusual and prevailed over others by more than 40 other companies. While more oil is obviously good for the U.S., it doesn’t change that the right-wing rhetoric turned out to be a fraud. There’s no denying it was about oil. [NY Times]

Northup Playing Both Sides With Big Oil

Former Congresswoman Anne Northup is playing both sides on the matter of high gas prices. She owns between between $500,002 and $1,050,000 in big oil stock and has taken more than $312,000 from the oil and gas industry during her years in the U.S. House. (Research that yourself here)

Refresher: In 2005 she voted for $85 billion worth of subsidies and tax breaks those industries [HR 6, Vote #445, 7/28/05] and in 2004 she voted against an amendment to the energy and water funding bill to increase renewable energy funding by $30 million [HR 4614, Vote #321, 6/25/2004].

And now Northup is attempting to paint herself as a leader for lowering gas prices in Louisville. Her campaign has launched a site called Lower Gas Louisville in which she asks supportrs to sign a petition (so she can harvest your contact info).


She can’t have her cake and eat it, too. Wouldn’t Northup be taken a lot more seriously if she cut her mega-ties to big oil? Wouldn’t Democrats and everyday Louisvillians and Kentuckians (which she needs to win) take her more seriously if she divested of her millions in big oil stock? We know, don’t hold our breath, yadda yadda.

Commence to foaming in the comments, concern trolls.