Monday Morning Propaganda

Still on strike. Hundreds of nurses at Appalachian Regional Healthcare hospitals are still fighting for their voice. They’re heading for their third meeting with company officials in hopes of ending their strike. [H-L]

Using religion as a wedge issue. Ernie gets excited, freaks out over the Ten Commandments, tries to scare Henderson residents into believing Steve Beshear hates God, Jesus, babies. [Gleaner]

C-J calls spineless Democrats out for caving to Mitch McConnell and George W. Bush on health care for children. “If the House Democrats are who they claim to be, they won’t let George W. Bush push them, and needy children, around on this issue.” [C-J]

More gambling. Ernie just can’t get off his anti-gambling kick, runs through Ashland preaching the evils of casinos. And he’s still bitter over his merit hiring scandal– blaming Greg Stumbo every chance he gets. [Daily Independent]

Flip-flopping? Ernie changes his mind, now believes equine feed and supplies should be tax-free. Something Fletcher supporters used to attack Beshear. [WLEX18]

Mitch McConnell’s stance on SCHIP is pretty wide, isn’t it? He’s being criticized again. Can’t have your cake and eat it too. [PolWatchers]

Sen. Mongiardo is being praised for his experience in and passion for health care. The AP says he’s still engaged to Allison Patrick, though we hear that’s no longer the case. Speaking of Mongiardo: Where is he? Put him in a commercial or two! Bring him out of hiding. [AP via H-L]

Doing what’s right. John Yarmuth stands up for free speech and freedom of the press. Continuing to give us the right to protect your anonymity when you forward us private e-mails and dish the dirt about political happenings or office-paid vacations for an elected official’s mistress. [C-J]

Republicans for Beshear. Tons of Republicans showed up in Corbin this weekend to stand in support of Democrats Steve Beshear, Daniel Mongiardo and Bruce Hendrickson. Not good news for Fletcher in former Republican strong-holds. [H-L]

More endorsements. Kentucky Enquirer endorses Steve Beshear and pokes fun of his lack of a plan if gambling should fail. And the Kentucky Post endorses him. Doesn’t look like Northern Kentucky’s in the bag for Ernie anymore. [Enquirer, Post]

McConnell Knew, Courier-Journal Chimes In

As we reported last night Senator Mitch McConnell lied to WHAS11’s Mark Hebert.

Could this story get any bigger? Talking Points Memo, Think Progress, Crooks & Liars, FireDogLake, CourtTV have all covered it. Now the Courier-Journal’s James Carroll gives it some legs.

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell knew last week — at a time when he was denying it — that his staff had sent e-mails encouraging reporters to look into the background of a 12-year-old boy used by Democrats to support expansion of a health-care program.

In an interview Friday with WHAS-TV reporter Mark Hebert, the Kentucky Republican said his staff had not been involved in trying to push reporters to look into the financial situation of the boy’s family.

But McConnell’s communications director, Don Stewart, said in an interview Monday with The Courier-Journal that he had told McConnell about the Oct. 8 e-mails sometime around Thursday, the day before the interview with Hebert.

Gubernatorial Debate – Scary Gay Highlights

Most of the gubernatorial debate last evening was a rehash of the Paducah debate last Friday. Rather than post the same spin again, we thought it’d be nice to focus on Ernie Fletcher’s inability to get over his fear of the gays.

When Steve Beshear and Ernie Fletcher were asked if they support allowing universities to offer domestic partner benefits Fletcher harped on and on about costing the taxpayers money. Beshear, though, offered the truth by making it clear that domestic partner benefits do not cost taxpayers anything.

That’s not the end of it. Ernie went on to again complain about Steve Beshear’s love of the big, scary gay money. When will the ignorance end? When will Fletcher’s own tight-knit group of gays ask him to give it a rest? What are they afraid of?

Oh– lest anyone assume Steve Beshear supports gay marriage? He voted for the marriage amendment in 2004 and his running mate Sen. Dan Mongiardo championed the anti-gay legislation.




Watch the full debate here.

Dept. of Sodomites Taking Over

Truth Isn’t Pretty Dept. The AP lays it on Stan Lee. “He has no prosecutorial experience, and his general law practice includes defending insurers, other companies and individuals in civil cases.” [AP/H-L]

Getting to the point. Our candidates are still unable to answer simple questions in a straightforward manner. Seriously. When will they begin answering questions without spinning things fifteen ways from Sunday? [Richmond Register]

In case they’ve forgotten. Labor is out in full force all across the state. Taking issue with the elimination of collective bargaining rights, weakening of mine safety, threatening teachers’ insurance plans, violations of state merit laws. All of five people are out across the state damning people for loving gay money. [News-Enterprise]

Fallen from grace. Member of the Rotary Club of Louisville? Let us know if Heather French Henry– the wife of disgraced Steve Henry– attempts to parade around as a congressional candidate when she speaks this Thursday at the Galt House. She’s been telling people she and her husband have been “campaigning” for several weeks. Most recently on October 2 in Northern Kentucky. [C-J]

The horrible gays. Ernie Fletcher can’t let his fascination with all things homosexual die. Unfortunately for him, his hatred of the very people who work for him has resulted in a backlash. Keep hating the gays, folks, as the rest of the world progresses. David Hawpe gets that gay hating is a desperate ploy. Even if he somehow strays on to discuss preservation. Weird. [H-L, C-J]

Worst Person in the World. Keith Olbermann’s worst person in the world gets it wrong on SCHIP. Funny how time never makes it easier for some to learn the facts. Morgan Wilkins continues to spin along with reckless abandon. [C-J]

Losing battle. Even Stu Rothenberg thinks the Republican-led battle over SCHIP is a losing one. Guess it says something when Republicans are divided over an issue that actually matters, right? [RPR]

Cold Weekend Briefing Dept

Sliming Graeme Frost. Paul Krugman chimes in on Mitch McConnell’s role in trashing a 12-year-old boy as the downfall of health care. How is $45,000 in combined income a lot of money? McConnell’s wife and her tight family ties to Chinese shipping probably makes more than that each week. [NYT]

Too little too late? McConnell comes out of hiding to appear with Ernie. Everyone blinks. [H-L]

Seeking injunction. Greg Stumbo’s office seeks an injunction to block a Fletcher-appointed “ethics” panel from investigating the merit hiring scandal. Who in their right mind would let something like that go on, anyway? The “complaint” was filed by an anonymous “concerned citizen.” [PolWatchers]

Congressional Fashion Statement. Rep. John Yarmuth tries to get the Congress to, you know, understand who the heck they are and what they do. We’re shocked (shocked!) that several members of the House have no idea what Article 1 is. Not as shocked that Nancy Pelosi was afraid to wear a button. [NYT The Caucus]

New taxes. City employees campaigned on city time for the new Louisville library tax. Heads explode, library director Craig Buthod afraid to come out of hiding. Still, no one knows where their money will go. We just want to know where Beavis is. [C-J]

Need a paranormal break? The Applegate Landing bed & breakfast in West Point is apparently just the place to unwind. And it’s haunted. Should be an interesting place to check out in a neat little town. [News-Enterprise]

Fletcher’s Campaign Finance Realities

Campaign finance reports are a great way to determine where candidate loyalties exist. Thankfully, today we get to examine the reports of all candidates running for constitutional office in Kentucky.

Ever wondered specifically to whom Ernie Fletcher is beholden?

If ever one needed more evidence that Ernie Fletcher is in bed with big health and big health-aligned organizations, then take a look at his latest campaign finance report with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

21 June 2007 – Citizens for “Affordable” Healthcare – $1,000
05 July 2007 – Amgen Political Action Committee – $1,000
11 July 2007 – First Health Group Corp PAC – $1,000
17 July 2007 – Schering-Plough Corp. Better Government Fund – $500
17 July 2007 – Epic Kentucky Pharmpac – $500
17 July 2007 – HCA Good Government Fund – $1,000
17 July 2007 – Lifepoint Hospitals Inc – $1,000
17 July 2007 – Kentucky Opticians Committee for Political Education – $1,000
01 August 2007 – Kentucky Society of Interventional Pain – $1,000
03 August 2007 – EDS PAC (for reference) – $1,000
15 August 2007 – Senior Care Inc. PAC – $1,000
16 August 2007 – Kentucky Dental PAC – $1,000
20 August 2007 – American Society of Interventional Pain – $1,000
28 August 2007 – Kentucky Academy of Audiology PAC – $1,000
16 September 2007 – Kindred Healthcare Inc PAC – $1,000
16 September 2007 – Sun Healthcare PAC – $1,000
16 September 2007 – National Health Corporation PAC – $1,000
22 September 2007 – Humana Kentucky PAC – $1,000
05 October 2007 – KSA-PAC – $1,000
05 October 2007 – Merk(sic) Employees PAC – $1,000

$19,000 received from mega health and the health insurance industry.

And what about big tobacco?

15 August 2007 – USTEAM PAC – $1,000

Or big energy?

28 August 2007 – E. On U.S. – $1,000
05 October 2007 – Atmos Energy PAC – $1,000

How about the casino/gaming industry that Fletcher so fervently says he opposes?

05 October 2007 – KY. Charitable Gaming Assoc. PAC – $970

Further, Fletcher is still in tight with casino maven Bill Butler. Even beyond his $100,000 casino fundraiser and multiple receipts over the years. On September 26, 2007 the Fletcher campaign paid Corporex Companies, LLC $63.55 for postage. What’s that? Bill & his company sent out a letter for Ernie?

Yeah.