Oh Snap Update Dept

Did you know you can now get all redneck and torn up in Lexington on Sundays? [H-L]

Would saintly Mitch McConnell blindly back a partisan and anti-voting rights hack to be our next elections watch dog? [NYT]

Harry Yonts is totally sorry for murdering that girl, driving under the influence and tampering with evidence at the scene of said murder. He’s totally sorry and should be forgiven! It was just a little frat party drinking, you know. [H-L]

Hal Rogers still loves dishing out the pork and barbecuing taxpayers as he kills the world. [C-J]

Henderson is afraid to talk about the affair. [Gleaner]

Jim Bunning is still holding presidential records hostage as he tries to write history. [SF Gate]

Tom Dorsey is perpetually years behind the rest of us. Did you know they make fancy things like high-def teevees? [C-J]

Kentucky’s Medicaid system is effed up and no one can save it. [KY Auditor]

Richard Henderson & Ancel Smith: Terrified of the Gays

The two Democratic State Representatives pre-filed legislation yesterday to ban universities from offering domestic partner benefits. Two Democrats.


Ancel Smith & Richard Henderson

19 other WORTHLESS DEMOCRATS have signed on in support of the proposed legislation, which Steve Beshear has repeatedly said he’d veto. Peep their names and contact information after the jump.

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The Plain Truth from John Yarmuth

It’s hard not to like John Yarmuth. A year into his first-term as 3rd District Congressman, it’s obvious that he’s having a good time in Washington, but he’s also taking his job seriously. When he spoke to about 50 folks at Spalding University last night (a mix of journalists and students), he was eager and open in talking about his experiences. It almost felt like a family gathering (Yarmuth seems to get plenty of props from his colleagues for his media experience) where you catch up with the adventurous cousin who’s been away.

Yarmuth tells it like it is in a way that’s unusual in political circles. For one, he can admit mistakes, but he’s also willing to talk about the reasons behind his votes, even if those reasons are political. Before we get all “man-crush” on him, here are some of the topics he discussed:

Federal Shield Law: Yarmuth became a sponsor of the bill after he introduced himself, in a hallway, to Mike Pence (R-IN), who knew of Yarmuth’s publishing past and asked him to get involved. Yarmuth says that while the bill passed the House, it’s hung up in the Senate. The bill provides protections for reporters against being compelled to reveal confidential sources. Yarmuth is not a big fan of the way the Senate operates.

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Are cabinet secretaries overpaid?

You bet your momma they are.

While Steve Beshear may be struggling to lure Joyce Hagen into the Health Services Cabinet, we’ve gotta take issue with something Mark Hebert reported today.

Why are we paying cabinet secretaries upward of $300,000 per year? WHAT ON EARTH?!

This is state government. It’s not Fortune 500 America. We’re not trying to be competitive here.

It should be considered an honor to serve your government in such a capacity as secretary of a prominent cabinet. Being reluctant because you wouldn’t be paid enough is absolutely laughable and shameful. Anyone turning down a cabinet job because there’s not enough money in it for them should be cast aside and laughed out of the state. Anyone complaining about money in an upper-level state government job isn’t cut out to be in an upper-level government position. And they’re certainly not worthy of our beautiful Commonwealth.

Political Future? What? How bout the political past

Joe Biesk had a great story yesterday about Ernie Fletcher’s political future. The real meat of the story, though, is Ernie’s legacy. Rather, the events forever burned into memory that either cracked us up or horrified the world.

The “merit fiasco,” Hunter Bates inability to run for office because he wasn’t a Kentuckian, the U.S. Capitol airplane scare during Saint Ronnie’s funeral, the state health insurance disaster that nearly led to a massive strike, and his desire to bust up every union in the state with anti-union legislation. My, what an interesting legacy Ernest Lee leaves. He’ll never be forgotten.

Check it all out here.

Loosen Your Belt in Preparation for Tomorrow Update Dept

Happy early Thanksgiving, readers. We appreciate you. That’s why we’ll always make it clear when we have biases and will never sell out. Now’s a good time to remind everyone that our editorial team is not influenced by advertisers. The two are separate like church and state and we feel it’s absolutely essential for maintaining integrity. So if you ever see an ad for 9udy 11iuliani? Don’t get any hare-brained ideas.

We’re here to be critical of Republicans and Democrats alike. That seems to be paying off. So far we have received more than 200 tips via confidential e-mail and we’re thankful for that. Keep sending the dirt!

To our blogger friend recycling our story ideas every few days without attribution: Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. Imitation is flattering.

Shortsighted corruption and updates after the jump!

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The Day After Monday: Medicaid Lies Update Dept

Beshear picks the right person. Selecting Jennifer Moore to lead the Democratic Party is the right thing to do. We don’t know anyone who works harder or who is more determined to get the job done. Jennifer is a force to be reckoned with and will lead the KDP in a manner that will finally bring women to the table. Kudos to Jennifer. [PolWatchers]

Primary mega bucks after the primary. Steve Beshear’s camp raised $579,010 in primary campaign dollars after the primary and put them to use for the general election thanks to a 2004 federal court ruling. Ernie Fletcher, by comparison, raised only $33,150 in primary dollars after the May election. Complete lack of strategy. [C-J]

McConnell the Grim Reaper. For real. He told the Federalist Society on Friday that not only is the Senate where legislation goes to die (finally– he admits it) but he called himself the Grim Reaper. We’re not making this up. All right for hilarious campaign and commercial material. [CNS]

Republican spin? Apparently that’s the case in Hardin County. Little white lies were told by Republican Judge-Executive Harry Barry about Ernest Lee allegedly bringing a billion dollars to Hardin county. The only trouble with that story is that it was the legislature who delivered the definitely not a billion bucks to the county– not Fletcher. [News-Enterprise]

More drama in Lexington. The city’s jail troubles just keep on keepin’ on. This time it’s jail employee Ronald Gaunce who was arrested for impersonating a police officer. Gaunce used lights and a siren to stop a driver on I-64. Is this the best the jail can do? Is every employee an absolute embarrassment? Come on! [H-L]

Medicaid shortfall is huge. Ernie Fletcher lied. After all the tales the braggart had to tell it turns out Ernest Lee didn’t get the Medicaid budget under control. Health & Family Services submitted a budget request on November 15 requesting $389 million to cover a shortfall for this fiscal year. $389 million. [Mark Hebert]