Hebert Goes to Aurora

You’ve seen Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s ads about Steve Beshear and the horrors of casino gambling. You’ve read the reports of Aurora residents and officials sharing their disdain for the governor. And you’ve heard us say aw Beshear should probably have done.

Well… Mark Hebert visited Aurora last week and filed the following report today:

Seems he had a difficult time trying to find anyone with anything negative to say about casinos and their effect on Aurora. The police chief himself (and the facts) said there has been no crime increase associated with the casino.

Steve Beshear owes him a big thank-you for reporting the facts.

Dirty Work Made Easy

In a previous post we suggested it may not be a bad idea for Steve Beshear to visit Aurora, IL. Many think beating Fletcher to the punch with statistics refuting his figures on the ills of casinos would be a good thing.

Well, looks like Beshear won’t have to get his hands dirty with this one. Mark Hebert did the dirty work when he and WHAS-TV went to Aurora late last week. Hebert found a different view than Ernie did (not that it would be difficult in the least) when he interviewed the town’s mayor, Tom Weisner, and will share that with viewers this evening.

Looks like Ernie really did pick the wrong place to prove his point that casinos destroy communities.

We’ll have the video up after it airs.

Advice to Steve Beshear – Get off the bench

It occurs to us that Steve Beshear is allowing Ernie Fletcher to dictate the terms of this election. It’s Fletcher who’s acting like a challenger, the one who seems to be trying his darnedest to prove his worthiness for the job, while his opponent seems content to watch, resting on his double-digit lead in the polls.

Fletcher can’t win this election on his record. But he can win it with the tactics he’s using, dominating the media with illogical, dramatic TV commercials and turning every public appearance into a shaming of Beshear on the gambling issue.

The idea that Fletcher could win in November may be scary to some, but don’t think it’s unrealistic. We’re still more than two months away from election day.

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Fletcher’s Second Ad

Ernie Fletcher has launched his second commercial.

Are one gambling addict’s criminal past actions enough to keep expanded gaming out of Kentucky? Will it scare granny and pop-pop into voting Republican?


Take a look at the rest of Fletcher’s “interview” with Norma Brandt. Note that even she doesn’t say that Beshear shouldn’t bring casinos to Kentucky– just that he should “take a look” at things and listen to her.

Oh Snap. It’s Monday again.

Readying money. The frequently discussed 527 Bluegrass Freedom Fund has launched its website. Alessi has the story and discusses the $86K it had raised by the end of June. Bruce Lunsford’s former campaign manager, Achim Bergmann, is the organization’s strategic consultant. [H-L]

Faith in humanity restored. Lexington and Kentucky really pulled together during and after the tragedy of Comair flight 5191. An open letter from the NTSB’s Debbie Hersman to Kentucky hits it home. [H-L]

The Boston Globe makes the case that casinos and gambling are part of the American way. [Boston Globe]

From the Steve Henry Dept of Playing Fast & Loose with Other Peoples’ Money. One-time Bush Labor Secretary nominee and just one of many of the nation’s employers of illegal immigrants raises gajillions of dollars through her PACs and keeps the money for herself, which should surprise exactly no one. Is this even news? [WP]

Fancy lettuce talking “Barry Hussein Obama” (heh) made a campaign stop in Lexington last night. If you were there and have photos or stories to share, get in touch. [H-L]

Tug-o-War with himself. Larry Dale Keeling says political ineptitude and inconsistency are Fletcher trademarks. He offers a litany of examples. [KY Kurmudgeon]

Rumors in the oh snap box

Snap. McConnell swings, misses and attacks the messenger. Again. [Our Future]

The liberal, Jewish, gay, vegan media lies about our GOP-donor heroes. Katie Halper shares her open letter to corrupt mine operator Robert Murray. They must be feeding us lies! Because Murray is “one of them” just like noble, God-like Rudy Giuliani was “one of them” at Ground Zero. [Huffington Post]

From the Not Surprising Anyone Dept. Markos Moulitsas says Jim Bunning will probably retire in 2010. But says if he doesn’t, Ben Chandler will run against him. [dKos]

Biting him in the butt? As we reported, the Baze death penalty issue not over. Fletcher has apparently created a flap. Turns out some people *do* believe this is politically motivated. Are they making a mountain out of a mole hill? [H-L]

Mad as hell. The town Ernie filmed his first commercial in is pissed. Aurora, IL residents and elected officials sound off. [H-L]

Irony of ironies. Jim Bunning urged Ernie to put gambling on the ballot. Guess we know how that went. [WLKY]

Missing Free Media: Beshear? Fletcher?

FACT: A key plank of the Beshear-Mongiardo campaign is to quit the economic incentive giveaway game (aka corporate welfare) for out-of-state business. From Beshear’s Web site:

“It is time we shift our economic development approach away from luring out-of-state businesses and industries that don’t need help with the promise of tax reductions, abatements and direct grants, and instead grow our economy from within, putting Kentucky businesses first.”

So why is Beshear staying silent while the Special Session plays out in Frankfort, while Fletcher dominates the free media with his economic incentive plan for Peabody Coal? Why isn’t Beshear cozying up to the environmentalists and the few legislators who oppose the incentives?

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