Karl Rove’s 500 Fancy Deleted Emails Surface

With all the buzz surrounding HBO’s Recount, we thought it’d be a good idea take a look at video from the BBC in September 2007. It’s from Greg Palast, Mr. Muckraker himself, and is all about Karl Rove sending more than 500 emails from GOP and RNC servers that were later deleted to throw a wrench in a DOJ investigation.

BBC and Palast uncovered the preliminary plan in those deleted emails to silence black voters during the 2008 election. Many were soldiers, no less. Woops.

Peep the video after the jump…

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Good Guys Win One on Arena

This isn’t the only piece of the downtown Louisville Arena puzzle that Jim Host has tried to ramrod down our (citizens) throats, but it’s maybe the first time anyone has stood up to the powerful arena czar and won.

As we reported in February, Host’s arena committee awarded a demolition contract to O’Rourke Wrecking for $2.8 million, even though the Cincinnati company’s bid exceeded that of local CRS Demolition by $1.2 million. CRS filed a protest with the state, but it appeared the state was ready to roll over and let Host get his way. Turns out Host had written the bid specs in a way that favored O’Rourke, and Host claimed the CRS bid was not written correctly.

Today’s news is that the state Finance and Administration Cabinet, based on the CRS complaint, has ordered the Arena Authority to issue new bid specs and allow five companies to compete for the business. Those companies will have less than a week to submit new proposals. O’Rourke, which has had personnel on the site preparing for the demolition, will be allowed to continue working through that date.

Let’s give some credit here. Kentucky Finance Cabinet Secretary Jonathan Miller, though not named in the Courier-Journal’s story, is standing up to Host. He found it was a bit unreasonable for the Arena Committee power brokers to award a bid that was $1.2 million more than a competitor. It must have found that the bid writing engaged in by Host’s folks was suspect.

The result: at worst, O’Rourke may come in with a lower bid and still win the business. Or another of the four companies will be fairly awarded the contract.

Scott McClellan Spills the Beans, Perino Spins

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan has written a tell-all book about everything wrong with the Bush Administration, Karl Rove, et al.

Ruh ro!

Via Joe we learn:

  • McClellan charges that Bush relied on “propaganda” to sell the war.
  • He says the White House press corps was too easy on the administration during the run-up to the war.
  • He admits that some of his own assertions from the briefing room podium turned out to be “badly misguided.”
  • The longtime Bush loyalist also suggests that two top aides held a secret West Wing meeting to get their story straight about the CIA leak case at a time when federal prosecutors were after them — and McClellan was continuing to defend them despite mounting evidence they had not given him all the facts.
  • McClellan asserts that the aides — Karl Rove, the president’s senior adviser, and I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the vice president’s chief of staff — “had at best misled” him about their role in the disclosure of former CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity.

This is going to be a crazy good read. CNN has more, which you can read after the jump…

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Senate Realities: Ads, Name I.D., Flashback

In his regular political column, Al Cross decided to deal with the U.S. Senate race that has/hasn’t (depending upon perception) shaped up between Bruce Lunsford and Greg Fischer. It’s the standard newspaper stuff. Lunsford has a bad history, nothing about Fischer’s. Lunsford has major name I.D., Fischer has none.

Cross touched on something we all suspected and tried not to be too critical about: his ads weren’t produced by someone with political experience, but by Mary Moss Greebebaum’s filmmaker son, Elliot.

Fischer’s ad was not produced by a political consultant, but by Louisville-born filmmaker Elliot Greenebaum. Fischer also speaks to camera, but much less forcefully than Lunsford, and you have to be focused on watching it to get his message.

Guess it’s safe to say a great filmmaker does not a political strategist make. The departure/firing/fight of/with their now former media guy was the writing on the wall for this one. You may recall that A.J. Carrillo, Fischer’s campaign manager, told us in March that John Lapp was let go over creative differences. While Lapp told everyone it was because Fischer wouldn’t spend any money. You can guess who we’re apt to believe at this point.

Cross went on to share his insight on the reality that is: even if Fischer attacks, he won’t be able to develop any name I.D. and it could actually backfire on him a la Steve Henry.

Fischer does comes across as sincere and humble, but with a month left in his first political race, it’s doubtful that his ad is developing the base of support that — according to conventional wisdom — he must have in order to run attack ads, which always backfire on the attacker to some degree.

Meanwhile, some people remain completely disconnected, missing that Ben Chandler’s already in the Lunsford camp.

BREAKING: Chris Thieneman Running for Congress

That’s the word from Chris Thieneman, the on-again, off-again Republican candidate for the 3rd District seat in the U.S. Congress.

He says he’s got commitments for more than $100,000 from at least 50 political supporters. Thieneman told us Friday night that he’s committed to the race.

Thieneman said it will be a good, clean, honest campaign. “I was trained to step on the field and play by the rules,” he said.

There has been plenty of pressure, he said, from Republican Party officials to drop out of the race, but he told us that he made the decision to run long ago, but waited until now to make it official. He said a Courier-Journal deadline for providing biographical information prompted him to make his announcement now, rather than in early May.

He’ll face Anne Northup in the May 20 Republican primary. The winner will face incumbent Democrat John Yarmuth this fall.

FEAR! TERRA! Scary OHS Commercial

Remember it? Our Intrepid Reporter discussed it last October. It seems the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security is still trying to scare the mortal crap out of everyone in the Bluegrass.

The Kentucky Kernel, UK’s student paper that usually leaves a lot to be desired, has some background on the ad itself.

Antonia Lindauer, a public information officer with the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, said the commercial reflects the direction of the media campaign that was chosen by the previous administration. Since Gov. Steve Beshear was elected, the office is under new leadership and has plans to begin a new media campaign.
Christy Giles, director of the UK Office of Emergency Management, said the commercial is a reminder that disasters can happen in this area, and people need to be prepared and ready to take action accordingly.
John Stempel, a senior professor in the UK Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, said the commercial is a useful way to make people pay attention to important issues.

“If you’re not ready when terror hits, you’re often dead with no chance to learn,” Stempel said.

Aww. Beshear’s Gambling Bill is Dead.

Via PolWatchers:

A proposal to allow casino gambling in Kentucky is dead for the year, according to Gov. Steve Beshear and House Speaker Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green.

The announcement came after Beshear huddled with House leaders in his office to discuss the future of House Bill 550.

Say it with us, “Awwww. Bless his heart.”

We can’t believe it took the governor so long to admit his proposal was dead dead dead. Is anyone else shocked that he was able to drag things out for so long, effectively wasting an entire legislative session with crap he knew wouldn’t fly?

We knew that this wouldn’t pass the smell test with the legislature last year when we saw this hilarious editorial cartoon: