Sen. Jack Westwood Has Really Stepped In It

How disappointing. Sen. Jack Westwood is showing his true colors in a letter he wrote to breast cancer victim Diane Brumback. His words are so sickening I’m not even going to bother to comment beyond saying he’s got a screw loose and needs to leave public office. No, this isn’t an endorsement of anyone else. But Jack needs a reality check.

From Kentucky Women:

This is what Senator Westwood wrote in a letter to me which was in response to my assertion that he hasn’t taken a progressive, strong stand as a legislator to support women’s issues. I stand by my statement. I’m now convinced more than ever that Jack Westwood does not need to be re-elected to Kentucky’s State Senate.

He wrote:

“I have also supported, as well as sponsored, several bills to require women to be fully informed of the procedures and potential consequences of abortion, the latest being SB 40 which would require a woman to be offered a chance, if she wishes to do so, to see an ultrasound image of her baby before she aborts her. It also would require an abortionist to have a face-to-face meeting with the woman 24 hours before the procedure, so she could be able to ask questions and receive answers before she makes a critical decision that could impact her mental and physical health for years. I am puzzled and disappointed that the Web Page Kentucky Women: Power, Passion and Politics found SB 40 “troubling” since it would only have empowered women with information, otherwise withheld.

Some information, for example, that women generally are not told is that there is a strong link between abortion and breast cancer.”

Oh Snap Monday! Cicadas Are Maneaters Edition

Campaign signs are really upsetting some folks in Bowling Green. Primarily those of Greg Fischer. We’re not harping, just sharing this link. But it’s interesting that Warren County is considering an ordinance to tightly restrict campaign signs after the recent primary because of illegally placed signs from a few candidates: Brett Guthrie and Greg Fischer. Most of Boswell’s signs quickly disappeared after the primary, but Fischer’s are still up, Gaines said. “He’s all over the county,” he said. [Bowling Green Daily News]

Theeeeeeey’re back! The cicadas! We’ve all gotta move far, far away for several months or our nerves will be entirely shot. The 17-year buggers are popping up everywhere and we just know we’re all going to go crazy. The streets and sidewalks are sure to be crunchy in no time. Please do not eat these creatures of the devil like the article suggests or you will be cast into hell where you will rot forever. [C-J]

According to Brett Hall, the economy is getting greener and it only helps Republicans like John McCain. Unemployment rates are fine (even though everyone has six jobs at McDonald’s and Wal-Mart), inflation has only flared up a bit (even though everything has doubled in price) and we’re not in a recession because we aren’t experiencing fuel shortages. Also, be sure to check out the story he’s just now jumping on about Michelle Obama screaming “whitey” or something. Makes perfect sense that a candidate for governor in AL would want to hire him up, doesn’t it? [Brett Hall]

Guess it’s just coincidental propaganda that the Herald-Leader a top story headlined “Food and gasoline: Soaring prices hit the poor hardest.” on the same day, right? The consumer price index for food that rose five percent last year has nothing to do with it, of course. Nothing to do gas prices. Nothing to do with wages not keeping up with inflation. [H-L]

Did you know? Republicans are calling universal health care an “insurance scheme.” Because, you know, the free market always and totally takes care of the problems we encounter. Especially when it comes to health care. Maybe outsourcing health care to India and China will solve all of our problems. [KY Progress]

We’re puzzled by Jim Carroll’s latest piece about Barack Obama’s friendship and working relationship with Dick Lugar. Nothing negative, just puzzled. Something about politics by association? Also, air traffic controllers are still being overworked and will kill us all. John McCain will lose in November because Dubya’s approval rating is non-existent, economic growth is negative or whatever and because Newt Gingrich took over the world like 15 years ago. Also, what’s with republishing material from a blog as part of a newspaper column? [C-J]

Wednesday Update. Hump Day Edition of Stuff.

Morgan Wilkins is back. The Republican henchgirl joined the military a few months ago and is now Private First Class Wilkins. And she’s going to Iraq in June 2009. Quite a change of pace from the days of invading Democratic functions while pretending to be a journalist. [Morgan Wilkins]

National political publications all over are writing about the coming Republican poo storm of failure this fall. This one focuses on early polls suggesting that Senate seats are within reach. [The Hill]

Just in case you needed a reason to avoid Northern Kentucky. The Creation Museum is expanding and plans to focus on children. There’ll be kiosks all over the place and a playground that will no doubt include dinosaurs you can ride. The good news is the museum– which featured a gay porn star as Adam– won’t be expanding to other cities just yet. [H-L]

Some uppity east enders in Louisville, namely the Courier-Journal editorial board, are up in arms that a one-lane bridge on River Road could be widened to accomodate 21st century traffic. Anyone else out there rolling their eyes? Or is it just us? It’s a bridge. Widen it. Waiting for oncoming traffic to cross is kind of, oh, 19th century. [C-J]

Okay. This is easily the best headline in the Herald-Leader in recent months: Percent of fat kids has leveled off. It’s an AP story about the number of children who are overweight or obese leveling off after a 25-year increase. [H-L]

Oh Snap Monday! 4-Day Work Week Edition.

Can Obama win Appalachia? Probably not as long as we perpetuate racism and ignorance in the region. It’d be wise for Barack Obama to get his butt into Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia ASAP. Wise for him to stay there for several weeks. KDP Chair Jennifer Moore still perpetuates the myth that Obama lost Appalachia because he didn’t campaign there. [H-L]

On the rare occasion that George W. Bush almost gets something right, Mitch McConnel and Jim Bunning stand up against him. This time it’s to combat HIV/AIDS, TV and malaria. Funding ($50 billion over five years, up from $15 billion) that we have a responsibility to provide the world if we wish to remain a superpower. [C-J]

Barack Obama is now the pick of the state GOP. Remember when it was Hillary like two weeks ago? Anyway, he’s now the pick because the RPK/GOP says Democrats are effed in Kentucky thanks to him. But Ryan Alessi disproves that talking point with historical bits & pieces that prove folks who vote for McCain won’t necessarily vote for McConnell. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell is poor and needs your $13 to process responses to his sham questionnaire. Michael Savage (real name: Michael Alan Weiner) is the sicko gas bag 84WHAS radio replaced Joe Elliott with. And CNN’s Gary Tuchman may return to Clay County to address the outrage sparked by his weird story that aired just before the Kentucky Primary. [C-J]

Larry Dale Keeling, in his bitter old man ways, paints the picture of struggle for the Democrats against Mitch McConnell. He brings up Bruce Lunsford’s baggage but conveniently neglects to mention that Mitch McConnell has 24 years of baggage as a U.S. Senator. But Keeling’s right about one thing: racism trumped sexism in Kentucky by a long shot. [KY Kurmudgeon]

Friday Afternoon Roundup. Shoot Yer Guns in Honor of the NRA Convention Edition.

John McCain is speaking to the National Rifle Association Convention at about 4:00 P.M. this afternoon. If you live in Louisville, head on down to the gun show or whatever to get your fancy guns for killing some bear and neighbors and such. [C-J Photos]

An AOL blogger says Greg Fischer will win the Senate primary because he has an ActBlue page. Don’t you love it when people who have no idea what’s going on in Kentucky politics write about it on a national level? [AOL Bloggers]

Hillary’s visiting Maysville on Monday. [Ledger Independent]

Candidate for the 4th District Congressional seat, Dr. Michael Kelley, will ride his bicycle across the 4th District over Memorial Day weekend to put the spotlight on physical fitness’ impact on healthcare costs. Kelley also plans to meet with voters to hear their ideas and concerns. [Press Release]

The Republican Party of Kentucky attacked Barack Obama by scaring the bejeezus out of gun owners. Obama’s gonna take yer guns! HIDE! But the RPK neglected to note that John McCain told the NRA to get out of the Republican Party. [Press Release, Cliff Schecter, B&P]

Steve Beshear won’t be cutting the $400,000 he gives away to the coal industry for self-promotion in order to save costs during our budgetary crisis. Should be noted that it was one of the first things Ernie Fletcher nixed when trying to get things under control. WTF. Also, we feel sorry for Ryan Alessi having to sit through the NRA shindig today. [PolWatchers]

Senate President David Williams is suing Governor Steve Beshear for vetoing his road projects. Hrm. [Hebert]

Thursday. Presidential Update Dept. Almost Over.

Bill Clinton is in Louisville (Butler High School @3:30), Bardstown and John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown today. [Press Release]

Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo, State Rep. Dennis Keene and unknown Owen County Administrator Bill O’Bannon will hold a conference call to discuss Barack Obama’s rural leadership plan for Kentucky. [Press Release]

And in Bowling Green, Admiral John B. Nathan and Brigadier General James Smith will hold a discussion with veterans and military families at the Shake Rag Restaurant at 12:30 Central Time. [Press Release]

From the Captain Obvious Department of Duh we learn that Kentuckians favor higher cigarette taxes. Actually, 55% favor taxes of $0.70 to $1.00 per pack. Only 34% oppose. Imagine that. Both the governor and the retarded ass legislature out-of-touch. Can you imagine? [PolWatchers]

Mitch McConnell caused a Senate meltdown yesterday by dumping the Republican version of a G.I. bill into an unrelated floor debate on union rights of firefighters and police officers. Thankfully, the Senate voted 55-42 to table the Republican amendment and the Democratic bill will be attached to the Iraq bill next week. [Politico]

Speaking of McConnell, he has an opponent in the Republican primary named Daniel Essek, a Whitley County truck driver who couldn’t get off work in order to attend the KET debate on Monday. He’d only spent $824 in the first month of his campaign. Is anyone holding their breath on this? Not even sarcastically? [C-J]

In case you were wondering why Kentucky has been flushed down the toilet for, like, ever? The state spends over $400,000 (OF TAX DOLLARS!) a year to promote the coal industry. We just give coal companies this cash to promote their industry. Choice quote, “The environmentalists throw out a lot of negative stuff, like kids who are suffering from asthma because they breathe particulate matter from living near a coal-fired power plant, or deaths caused on the roads by big coal trucks,” Caylor said. “We’re trying to counteract that.” [H-L]