Kentucky isn’t burning anymore

30 days behind. Hendrickson and Grayson in a dead heat? They were a month ago according to the Lane Report. 37% – 37% with 22% undecided. Guess this is the race to watch after all. [Lane Report, PolWatchers]

His old self. Louisville Arena Committee Chairman Jim Host proves what a partisan hack he is, appearing in a radio ad for Ernie Fletcher’s reelection bid. To think this man parades around Louisville preaching that he’s not political. Please! [PolWatchers]

OMG. People wake up and begin questioning skyrocketing cost of higher education costs. Turns out people really do want to know what Beshear and Fletcher have to offer on that front and wish they’d hear more about it on the campaign trail. [C-J]

Standing up against the dark side. 200 health care workers protested outisde Carlyle Group Headquarters in D.C. Monday. Their cause? To highlight how the creepy group’s purchase of managed care facilities is screwing the world up. [FDL]

Status quo. Hebert and Survey USA have some interesting poll results – questions about the gays, gambling and education. And Beshear is still leading by 20 points. [Hebert, SUSA]

Combination of church and state. Working Families for Kentucky tries to use religion to try to turn voters away from Ernie Fletcher in the upcoming election. Their latest radio ad calls upon Christians to ask for the unvarnished truth. That’s fine and dandy but why do we have to bastardize religion by muddying it with politics? [PolWatchers]

Just for laughs: Be Larry Craig for Halloween.

Ernie Fletcher loves ABBA!

From the Intrepid Reporter Dept of Funny Crap

Occasionally one needs a laugh during a boring gubernatorial campaign. Herald-Leader to the rescue! The paper conducted a personality “pop quiz” among Ernie Fletcher and Steve Beshear not to be missed.

Some of our favorites:

Q: Who will win the next Super Bowl?
Fletcher: New England Patriots.
Beshear: I’m rooting for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Q: What actress should play your wife?
Fletcher: Ashley Judd.
Beshear: Kim Basinger.

Q: What three songs do you play most often?
Fletcher: Stranger by the Shore, Staying Alive, Take a Chance on Me.
Beshear: My Way, Amazing Grace, Misty.

Q: Who has the better mustache: Stan Lee or Richie Farmer?
Fletcher: Both are exceptional.
Beshear: Richie Farmer.

(Il)logical Conclusions:

Beshear rooting for the Bengals to win the superbowl may prove he’s completely detached from sports reality. Oh noes!

One of the candidates has seen Basic Instinct one too many times.

Ernie listens to ABBA! “Take a Chance on Me.” You can’t imagine Ernie breakin’ it down with his iPod Nano while listening to ABBA without hysterical laughter.

It’s absolutely creepy that the candidates have paid attention to mustaches. Just plain creepy.

Humoring GLI’s Controversy

Remember Louisville’s controversy-stirring Brand Aid from a few weeks ago? Greater Louisville Inc’s strangely conceived attempt at a branding campaign dogged other metro areas and caused many of Louisville’s city leaders a bit of understandable embarrassment.

In a funny turn of events a group called Push for Cheese Films has produced two hilarious spots that take on the campaign from the perspectives of Southern Indiana and San Francisco.

Take a look:





Kudos, cheesy guys!

The Meaningful Collateral

May be uncharacteristic of a few journo-politicos to love sports. But we have a confession to make: they’re what we secretly live for. Pigeon poop, mary jane eating, being a MAN!, being 40! and all.

If you love sports like we do? Check out The Meaningful Collateral. It’s a great new sports blog with maybe the funniest podcasts in existence. The site is run by professionals but they don’t take themselves too seriously.

Give them a visit for all your sports-related kicks. We have a feeling you’ll enjoy it.

Ernie’s Been Everywhere

Our traveling Gubnuh Ernie Fletcher has been everywhere doling out checks. His last ditch effort to buy the support of every Kentuckian isn’t paying off. But we thought it’d be fun to take a look back at all those checks handed out by Ernest Lee.

Here’s a boring (but point-proving) slideshow with music:



So many checks. So little time.

Statement from WBKO’s Chris Allen

“This video – which was never intended to be seen outside of the station – was part of a joke that was played on me during a lighter moment off the air several years ago. I regret that a former employee has decided it is something that everyone should see and took the liberty of posting it on the internet. I am embarrassed by the whole ordeal and humbly apologize for anyone offended by my actions.”

We won’t link to the open letter posted on WBKO’s website, lest they send a cease & desist letter. You’ll have to Google around.

Needless to say, it sucks that this video has seen public light by causing embarassment, sure. We’re a part of that suckiness. But it’s pop culture and is the current center of attention. What’s worse, the station was in denial mode and has taken the wrong initiative to quash the story. By threatening hundreds of people they’ve pushed it to the center of public attention like you’ll see on MSNBC’s Dan Abrams.

We’re sorry Allen has felt embarassment from his video snafu. We don’t think he should be ashamed and we definitely don’t think he should have been punished. If anything, it’s made him one popular television personality. Hopefully this is the end of the story.