How Do You Know a Democrat Is Winning?

When the Republican Party of Kentucky issues a press release, of course.

Even though the RPK’s latest release attacking David Boswell has some merit, it’s obviously timed to impact Boswell’s poll numbers over Guthrie.

Anyway, take a look at the release:

RPK CHAIRMAN: Is David Boswell Illegally Using State Senate Campaign Account to Fund Congressional Race?

FRANKFORT – Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson today called on State Senator and Second District Congressional Candidate David Boswell (D-Owensboro) to release a full accounting of his State Senate reelection campaign finances to ensure no funds from that account are being illegally used in his Congressional Campaign.

Read the rest of the release after the jump. But keep in mind Boswell also has a state senate re-election campaign for 2010 open and is filing reports with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. Meaning Boswell is raising funds for 2010 in case he loses his current race. Meaning the RPK should be able to figure out that Boswell isn’t violating campaign finance law by accepting a $100 contribution. (That is, as long as Boswell actually held an event for his state senate campaign and not his congressional race.)

We wish the RPK would stand up against all campaign finance shenanigans and not just those that potentially benefit their candidate of choice. It would do the Republican Party quite a bit of good to actually be at the forefront of an issue for once. The RPK attacked Bruce Lunsford for paying to appear on the CW in Louisville but neglected to mention Michael Cassaro, who did the very same thing. The RPK ignored every single thing Greg Fischer’s campaign pulled during the primary. So now it’s tough to take the party seriously on matters of campaign finance.

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Reminder: Anne Northup Campaigned Hardcore Against Gay Marriage in 2006

Who could forget?

Well, just in case you had forgotten, take a look at this Politico story about Republicans and marriage politics.

In 2006, the five Republicans who used marriage most prominently as a wedge issue all lost. Sens. Rick Santorum (Pa.) and George Allen (Va.) along with Reps. John Hostetler (Ind.), Anne Northup (Ky.) and Ken Blackwell (in his race for Ohio governor) tried to win with anti-gay campaign tactics. They didn’t necessarily lose because of their tactics, but these tactics didn’t prevent them from losing like they might have a decade ago.

Anne Northup, if I remember correctly, sent out a fancy little mail piece attacking John Yarmuth for being for “ho-mo-sexual marriage.” Yeah, I know, scary on John’s part. (Like I really want to deal with a pre-nup!) And she made a career out of using the gays as a political wedge.

Anne and other Republicans (and Democrats in this state, even) need to take notice. Using gay marriage as a wedge issue ever again will help solidify the end of their political careers.

Hopefully Anne and other opportunists will take advice from their gay staffers and avoid it once and for all.

Remember that Bill Nighbert Rumor?


Take a look at this:

Investigators casting wide net in transportation probe
By Ryan Alessi

Nearly three months after a federal probe of Kentucky’s Transportation Cabinet became public, investigators and a Lexington-based federal grand jury are casting a wide net, starting with former cabinet officials.

Still, few details have leaked out to pinpoint exactly which activities or individuals the Federal Bureau of Investigation is targeting.

Federal officials have invited, but not ordered, former Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert to speak with the grand jury, said Howard Mann, Nighbert’s attorney. Nighbert declined the opportunity, Mann said.

PSC Caves, Public Now Allowed to Schmooze

Remember that fancy little story we published earlier in the day as blog filler?

Turns out the Public Service Commission has caved and the public can now attend.


The invitation posted on the PSC Web site pointedly says that the public is not invited, “because of time and space considerations.”

But PSC spokesman Andrew Melnykovych said Friday that anyone who shows up will be allowed in for cake and punch.

The wording of the invitation was “probably an oversight on somebody’s part,” he said, adding that “mistakes get made.”

Woopsie daisy!

Kentucky PSC Hobnobbing With the Regulated?

You’ll recall that the Public Service Commission was the first agency to be investigated during the administration of former Governor Ernie Fletcher because of alleged ties between PSC commissioners and utilities. Nothing serious was discovered but the PSC put into place policy to make meetings more open and transparent.

That brings us to today. Utilities received an invitation to meet with the PSC at a reception that’s closed to the public.

We’re not sure the Kentucky Public Service Commission is hobnobbing with its own regulators in that private meeting that’s closed to the public in a way that could be unscrupulous. But we’ll let you be the judge.

Felner’s Expenditures in RI Now Being Reviewed

The Neverending Story of Felner: Take XVII

According to Nancy Rodriguez of the Courier-Journal (which has yet to cite us, even though we offered to help the paper out with the story well before I decided to break it myself), The University of Rhode Island is now reviewing expenditures made by Robert Felner while he was employed there (1996-2003).

The federal investigation into allegations of mishandled funds at the University of Louisville has led another university to review grant expenditures made by the dean at the center of the investigation.


Felner was the director of URI’s School of Education until he left in 2003 to become U of L’s education dean, although he continued to serve on URI’s National Center on Public Education and Social Policy until 2006.

Scott C. Cox, Felner’s attorney, saw URI’s review as standard.

“I just think when accusations are made like this it would be normal for his prior employer to look at their records,” he said in an interview yesterday.

Based on traffic statistics for Page One today alone, we’re pretty sure everybody under the sun is reviewing anything ever touched by anyone if it involves a grant. Thousands upon thousands of visits from UofL, URI, UW-Parkside, Yale, every media outlet in the country.

Stay tuned.