Mainstream Jumps on Blog Ban Story We Broke

PolWatchers, Mark Hebert, et al have jumped on the journo bandwagon about Governor Steve Beshear and the Commonwealth Office of Technology putting an end to BloggerGate, which we were the first to break news of yesterday.

From PolWatchers:

State ends block on blogs

Reversing a policy set by former Gov. Ernie Fletcher, state-owned computers used by executive branch employees can now access blogs, said Jill Midkiff, spokeswoman for the Finance and Administration Cabinet.

From Hebert:

Welcome Back State Workers!!!!

State government employees will once again be able to read this political blog and others courtesy of the new governor.

Governor Steve Beshear has lifted the block on state computers’ access to political web sites.
But Beshear spokesman Dick Brown says allowing access to the political sites is “the right thing to do.” Brown says the governor trusts state employees to know what’s an appropriate use of their state computer and keeping information from them was not the right thing to do.

Interesting to note that only one member of the mainstream media bothered to give credit to the outlet originally breaking the story:

Ban On Blogs Bombed By Beshear???

PageOneKentucky is reporting that Gov. Beshear is in the process of lifting the ban on access to political blogs from state government computers.

Of course we’re bitter. We have giant egos. Heck, even the Republicans know how to give proper credit.

Help Send Page One Crew to the DNC

Help us make history by sending us to the Democratic National Convention in Denver this August. As a small start-up we are unable to deviate from our planned expenses for the coming year. So we’re forced to give this a shot. Guess it doesn’t hurt to try.

There’s no easy way we (Jake and another well-known Kentucky blogger) can afford to go to the DNC without reaching out to our readership. It’s that simple. We need to raise a few thousand dollars by June (deadline for payment) in order to cover the bare essentials during this once-in-a-lifetime event: a hotel room, airfare, ground transportation, the basics.

We can reach our goal via donations or through traditional sponsored advertising means. Contributors would have the option of keeping their not-tax-deductible contribution private (we’re an LLC, not a non-profit, though no dollars contributed would be used for personal gain beyond costs associated with the event, it’d be considered income for us) or any sponsorship deal inked would allow you to have an ad in every story or video generated (10-15 per day) for the entire week of the convention.

Read the rest of our plea after the jump…

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Tuesday Update – Flourishing Economy Edition

It’s true. Hillary will be here (okay, in New Albana, Indiana) on Thursday/Friday. Bill is making several stops around Indiana. Media execs are hopeful that the national campaigns buy up some television time, since the money seems to have dried up in local and statewide races for the time being. Obama will be in our neck of the woods quite soon, we hear.

Interesting that the KDP spent a record $550,000 on Scott Alexander’s failed special election senate bid and lost while RPK spent just $275K on Brandon Smith’s victory. Maybe a little evidence that meddling and vote buying is bad news, eh? Just saying. [H-L]

The American Printing House for the Blind is conducting an essay contest about how APH products have made an impact on peoples’ lives. Open to students with a visual impairment enrolled in grades 3-12, adult consumers of APH products, teachers of those who are visually impaired, rehab counselors, other professionals in the field of blindness. Lots of great prizes valued up to $1,000. Spread the word. [APH]

Even the mainstream media is noticing that Bruce Lunsford is receiving the endorsement of organized labor. We keep waiting for more news in the U.S. Senate race because it’s almost April and nothing is going on. Will anyone ever make the news? Maybe start attacking? Please? [Hebert, PolWatchers, C-J]

We’re still waiting on campaign updates from Greg Fischer. Nothing since January 15th on his blog. Mike Cassaro is the only person using his website these days. [Greg Fischer, Michael Cassaro]

Senate President David Williams isn’t keen on the House budget so he’s all up on cuts cuts cuts. Wouldn’t it be interesting if he grew some balls and pushed a huge cancer stick tax hike? He’d probably be less hated. [H-L]

Back in a bit…

The important high society types who operate this website will be busy for a few hours. So. Have fun while we’re gone to Frankvegas.

Also, please make sure to send us all kinds of important tips so we’ll have excitement while checking our email every five seconds.

We hope you’re all wearing green today. Lest you get pinched when we see you.

Press Release Stuff For Your Rainy Tuesday

Yarmuth Introduces Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act

(Washington, DC) Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) introduced the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act in the House of Representatives. The legislation will reauthorize and strengthen the main source of federal funding for disconnected youth outside of the foster care and juvenile justice system.

The current law, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act expires September 30, 2008.


FRANKFORT, Ky. – Republican Party of Kentucky (RPK) Chairman Steve Robertson today called on Governor Steve Beshear to issue an Executive Order promoting public confidence in the Governor’s Office by making all Capitol sign-in sheets available for download on the state website.

Robertson’s urgent request comes in the wake of disturbing media reports about missing state records indicating visitors to the Kentucky State Capitol and Governor’s Office.

“Governor Steve Beshear needs to show Kentuckians that ethics reform was more than just a campaign pledge,” said Robertson. “As Steve Beshear stated in his inaugural address, accountability in government starts at the top, with him. I sincerely hope that the Governor’s response to the mystery of the missing documents will be swift and decisive.”

Slow Friday Press Release Time

Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-03) just announced $452,746 in federal funding from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program to fund support services for Louisville’s hungry and homeless.

“This will provide a major boost to the people in our community who need it most,” Congressman Yarmuth said. “The funding will go help people get off the streets and back on their feet.”

“The emergency food and shelter program is a fantastic partnership between the federal government and local homeless service providers throughout the United States,” said Greg Hudleson, Community Coordinator at Metro United Way. “It’s a tremendously efficient operation, and this funding will immediately benefit the most vulnerable citizens of our community.”

Since Dubya’s done his level best to kill funding for food banks and programs to help those who can’t help themselves, this is positive news. Organizations like Louisville’s Dare to Care are the silent backbone of our entire community. We see it day in and day out. Can’t even begin to count the number of lives that have been saved just because a foodbank was able to get a jar of peanut butter into the hands of a child of a crackhead. They’re able to open the jar themselves and get necessary protein. You’d be surprised how serious I am and how often this takes place.

P.S. Don’t forget the Wendell Ford Dinner tonight. Come hang out with us. We love attention and gossip.  But if you can’t, look out for photographs and mean stories tonight/tomorrow.

Dottie Sims Receives Roses

Brett Hall reported earlier that Rep. Dottie Sims received a dozen roses (we stole the picture from him) from some unknown individual today as a gift or thank-you for Sims’ ouster yesterday from the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.

Moments ago Ryan Alessi reported that Sims received the flowers from Rep. Larry Clark as a thank-you for her friendship and bravery.


And on a totally superficial and mean note: Who sends baby’s breath with roses these days? We only see that junk at funerals.