Two Quick Things This Afternoon

OH NOES! You’re Gonna Die of the Poverty. Because even Wachovia is about to go belly-up or whatever. [Washington Post]

And… we hear that Commonwealth Attorney Dave Stengel in Louisville will be “looking into” the hate mail piece against Ken Herndon. More Here and Here and Here and Here and Here.

It’s not a formal investigation or manhunt, so to speak, but Stengel plans to have his staff do some research.

We’ll bring you more info as soon as we have it.

Faux Family Foundation Repudiated – Again

Albert Pennybacker wrote an op-ed that was published in Monday’s Herald-Leader that takes The Family Foundation to task for perverting religion and higher education.

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

I am appalled that the foundation has attacked respected professors at the very best of our Kentucky universities and sought to manipulate state funding against them.

And this action, note, is taken on the basis of the foundation’s ideological agenda. Has The Family Foundation been appointed guardian of what is intellectually appropriate and morally acceptable?

Second, the foundation is an integral part of a larger network of exclusivist religion — ”my way or the highway“ — which is always suspect.

Why else would legitimate areas of study be attacked as offensive or inappropriate? Good religion affirms an open mind, advocates honest inquiry and applauds sound intellectual contributions to understanding the complexities in the life we share. These foster our living better together.

Interesting Duo in Democratic-Judicial Politics

What Democratic turncoat/sellout who may or may not (emphasis on the may) be responsible for the homophobic mailer attacking Ken Herndon during the primary is making the rounds at Democratic Party functions on behalf of controversial and inexperienced judicial candidate Katie King these days?

Why, Denise Bentley!

Take a look at these photos taken over the weekend:

So we have the woman likely behind the mailer working hand-in-hand with the daughter of the man (Jim King) who pressured Ken Herndon to drop out of his Metro Council race and then sent a letter to Herndon’s employer in an attempt to scare him. Nice.

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]

Al Cross, Comment, Mark Nickolas, Etc

Mark Nickolas has been gone from Kentucky– literally living in Montana– for many months. This site and others have more than stepped in to take over the Kentucky blogosphere where Mark left off.  And we’re appreciative of the role he played while he was temporarily involved. We’ve gone on to break tremendous stories, we’ve driven the news cycle and developed a full-time news industry. But Al Cross still takes it upon himself to ignore everyone else by mentioning Mark Nickolas on Comment on Kentucky, because Nickolas announced he plans to write about Kentucky politics once again.

Newsflash for Al and others: We’re here and we’re not going anywhere. (We’re also sitting on a panel with you in September, so maybe we’ll have an opportunity to talk at that point.)

You can’t just ignore the rest of the Kentucky Blogosphere. It’s Matt Gunterman, Joe Sonka, Ben Ray, Rick Redding, Trey Pollard, David Adams, Johnathan Gay, Marc Carey, Terri Whitehouse, Jim Pence, Diane Brumback, William Shackleford, Jeff Poole, me, some others. We’ve taken over and we’re not going anywhere. I may pull the most traffic, but this is a community and a team. To discount everyone in favor of Mark Nickolas makes you seem wholly disconnected. Especially in light of the major impacts Joe Sonka has had in Lexington with his CentrePointe coverage and the various major stories this site has broken and covered. One of which was discussed (Robert Felner investigation) in the segment before bringing up Nickolas.

Some of us win awards from mainstream media publications. Some of us get national media attention. And some of us are actually making things better in Kentucky by creating jobs as we go along. So you can’t ignore us for much longer. We’re here. We’ve taken over. We’re from Kentucky. We love Kentucky.  And we try to make a difference.

Find out who Mark Nickolas is bringing on to write for him about Kentucky politics after the jump…

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UofL President Reveals More on Felner

University of Louisville President Jim Ramsey reveals more information about the federal investigation at UofL involving former education dean Robert Felner.

“Uh, I really cain’t comment other than to say that when we were made aware that there, uh, might be some irregularities, we started (an) investigation and turned it over to the, uh, U.S. Attorney.”  — UofL President Jim Ramsey

So there was no internal audit. UofL administrators were merely made aware of potential problems and then called in the feds. That puts that story to bed.

Here’s a clip from WHAS11: