More of Fischer’s Open Book: Big Pharma

In a May 5, 2008 letter to the Courier-Journal, Dr. Garrett & Mrs. Lane Adams wrote:

In conversation, Greg looks you straight in the eye, and listens. He wants to be a true representative of and for the people of Kentucky, not corporate power. He will not accept Big Oil, Big Pharma, or health insurance company contributions to his campaign. He can beat McConnell in November. He has the intellect, the stamina, the fire and the campaign. He will stand toe to toe with McConnell, win the debates and the general election.

That’s right. Two of Greg Fischer’s biggest supporters say he won’t accept contributions from Big Pharma. Puppies and rainbows, right? Well, sure, until you remember that Fischer has several large and direct investments in giant pharmaceutical companies:

  • Eli Lilly & Co $50,001 – $100,000
  • Pfizer Inc $15,001 – $50,000
  • Bradmer Pharmaceuticals Inc $15,001 – $50,000

That’s a direct and personal investment of up to $200,000 in Eli Lilly, Pfizer and Bradmer. Not to mention the income in the form of dividends and capital gains Fischer received last year that totaled up to $7,700– half of what many Kentuckians make in a year. Check Fischer’s personal financial disclosure for reference.

Call us crazy, but we’d argue that $200,000 of direct investments are far more than the average man who claims to fight the good fight against Big Pharma and for those who pay outrageous health care costs would have.

Again, we’re just scratching the surface. This scab can be picked for two more weeks but we hope it doesn’t come to that. Because, let’s get real here: we’re tired of writing about this retarded ass race.

KY Women: Fischer Campaign a Slap in the Face…

to anyone in Kentucky who cares about women’s health.

Diane Brumback of Kentucky Women is taking Greg Fischer to task on women’s issues:

Greg Fischer has yet to tell the good people of the Commonwealth what he stands for and how he will address the numerous problems facing Kentuckians if elected to the U.S. Senate.

Greg Fischer has yet to tell the voters something meaningful about where he stands on women’s health issues.
So, Mr. Fischer, what are you going to do?

It is now abundantly clear that you have no answers.

Oh snap.

Oh Snap Monday. 75 Degrees Already Edition.

Ben Chandler pretends to be a steward of good economic policy by protecting Americans from credit card company greed. Totally ignoring the fact that he’s the reason credit card companies are now more powerful than ever. Cause you know Americans really benefited from that fancy bankruptcy bill he helped along. [News-Graphic]

Rep. Reginald Meeks (D-Louisville) seems bitter at mountainfolk and complains about the Stumbo-brokered budget deal with David Williams. Someone should probably tell Meeks that if the House had any backbone– if leadership wasn’t incompetent– that maybe we’d have a budget that wasn’t broken and embarrassing. [C-J]

Speaking of leadership, Greg Stumbo is showing it and everyone is taking notice. “Stumbo, down there, has really shown some leadership,” said GOP state Sen. Brandon Smith of Hazard. “He stepped up and tried to get everybody together” over the budget. [H-L]

The General Assembly, in a move that proves complete incompetence and lack of leadership, has raided Kentucky’s boards and commissions. Instead of policing corrupt doctors, lawyers and such the butt cramps who run Frankfort have decided licensing fees should flow into the general fund. [C-J]

Diane Brumback, of Kentucky Women, is shifting her gears with her website in an effort to raise awareness about the life-saving benefits of early breast cancer detection. Diane, recently diagnosed, has chosen to make her personal battle public in an attempt to save lives. [Kentucky Women]

Jeff Poole attacks John Yarmuth by claiming he supports racism by serving as a director of Planned Parenthood of Kentucky. The local organization doesn’t provide abortions, but that doesn’t stop Poole from leading readers to believe that Yarmuth stands up for killing babies. And he claims Yarmuth is responsible for Planned Parenthood donors being able to designate which race their charitible contribution may benefit. Hrm. Long shot much? [BGRS]

Wednesday Updates. Clinton Fever Breaks.

C.J. Parrish, in a letter to the C-J, shakes blowhard legislators to their core by shedding light on the reality that it, you know, actually takes a man to create a baby… so men should be held responsible. That sound you hear is the tiny lipstick mafia (nod to the former Bitch Caucus) in Frankfort cheering as people like Jody Richards cower in fear. [C-J]

Speaking of blowhards. If you missed the comment wars on Page One last night, don’t forget to check both of them out today. Hilarious. Absolute hilarity. Did you know we went into Iraq to kill Saddam, not to allegedly go after al Qaeda? That’s the new talking point. [Here, Here]

Someone named April saw Bill Clinton in Paris. Photos, personal freaking out over him. A great read about what it’s like for a non-politico to attend one of our crazy politico functions. [April’s Website]

Who in their right mind believes that Steve Beshear will be able to lure Volkswagen to open a manufacturing plant in Kentucky? Really, who? Or are we just Negative Nancies? [C-J]

Speaking of people who aren’t in their right mind. Is anyone paying attention to this weird phallic building the Webb family wants to bulldoze an entire block in Lexington to erect? Barefoot & Progressive’s Joe Sonka has been leading the fight to wake people up. Check it all out. [H-L, B&P]

TGIF Update Dept. Great Flood Edition.

From mayor of Lexington to substitute teacher: Teresa Isaac whips the kiddies into shape in various Fayette County schools. That’s gotta be more fun than listening to a bunch of old codgers fight over crap 24/7. [H-L]

George Clooney’s new movie – Leatherheads – is premiering at the Washington Opera House in Maysville. (Yeah, we know.) Those expected to be in attendance include Gubnuh Steve & Jane along with Heather French Henry and her husband, disgraced former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry. No mention of whether or not Steve will be paying for his ticket with illegal senate campaign fund dollars or misused non-profit funds. [Maysville Ledger Independent]

Giant idiot Jim Gooch is dicking around with his position in the legislature, queening out over the fact that his stupid corruption doesn’t get a leg-up from every committee under the sun. Apparently the committee system is broken because everyone hates his fat ass. Also, Greg Stumbo is gonna pounce on his big, fat ass like ASAP. He’s all fired up. Ugh. When is the mainstream media gonna tear that idiot to bits? What an embarrassment for Kentuckians everywhere. [PolWatchers]

Gay hating, Barack Obama is black! OMG!, scary internets, and David Williams gets scared of some children after the jump…

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Homosexualization of America Continues

Frank Simon cowers in fear! Everyone hide your children! The gays are coming for your first born.

In a 9-6 vote, the House Health and Welfare Committee loudly and clearly rejected Senate Bill 112 (sponsored by insecure Vernie McGaha) – which would have made it illegal for all universities and state agencies to offer domestic partner benefits to employees.

Quite a change from two months ago when the Senate voted 30-5 in favor of the backwater and discriminatory ban, eh?

Cancer Stick Tax Hike on the Horizon

The State House budget committee voted to increase the cigarette tax by 25-cents-per-pack, for a total of 55-cents-per-pack. Good move, but embarrassing that we as a state can’t get with the program the rest of the country is on and increase the tax by 70-cents.

Yay, Frankfort! We love the way you do business!

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The House budget committee voted 20-9 this morning to approve a revenue measure that includes a 25-cent-per-pack cigarette tax increase.

Will the House approve the legislation?

Should we hold our breath? Probably not. Especially since Kentucky is, well, pretty jacked up when it comes to smoking the devil sticks.

See for yourself:

Kentucky ranks second highest in the nation for smoking among pregnant women and has the highest overall smoking rate in the country. Yet the state ranks 44th in the amount of money it spends to try to help people stop smoking, according to a recent survey by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.