Steve Beshear Pleases Both Dems & Pubs

Remember those fancy little three-wheeled electric vehicles that both Republicans and Democrats want to have built in Kentucky? Now Governor Steve Beshear is chiming in and said yesterday that he wants talk to the manufacturer of the Zap! autos about producing the vehicles in Kentucky.

The governor is now considering, it would seem, the possibility of signing an executive order to allow three-wheeled, battery-powered vehicles on Kentucky roads.

Here’s what Beshear had to say, according to the C-J’s Stephenie Steitzer:

“Our economic development folks are in the process of contacting the ZAP people to begin talking about what the possibilities are for them to produce their cars here and to develop some business here, and we are open to doing whatever is necessary to bring that about.”

Finally, something we can all agree on. That these itty bitty cars should be made in Kentucky so we can have all kinds of environment-loving fun on surface streets all over Louisville.

And in other news, you should be highly envious of the solar-powered cap (for the built-in fan) we got from Zap! Don’t worry– we wouldn’t be caught dead wearing it. But that doesn’t mean we won’t be standing outside in the sun every five minutes just to see if it works. It was made in China so it probably doesn’t work and will poison us with the lead fumes of death. Special thanks to our unlikely Republican legislator friend who made it happen.

Wednesday Morning Update Dept of Broken Puters

Looking for a job? U.S. Customs and Border Protections is hiring in Kentucky! They’re in Hopkinsville, Louisville, Lexington and Owensboro through the end of the week accepting applications. Big money. [Business First]

Read the first paragraph of this story. A former Champaign school official is accused of hitting the mother of her grandson with a hammer in a child custody dispute Friday. OMG. Grandmothers are the end of the world or whatever. [News-Gazette]

Just how large of a bullet did the University of Wisconsin-Parkside dodge? The Badger Herald wonders in their recap of the latest bit about Robert Felner. [Badger Herald Muckrakers]

Gannett shares fell 6.5 percent yesterday to their lowest level since 1990. No wonder there’s such a terrible mood at the Courier-Journal these days. We’re all gonna die of the awful news starvation! [Washington Business Journal]

Larry Dale chimes in on Bruce Lunsford’s fundraising results for the second quarter. Sure, $600,000 is chump change compared to McConnell’s $3 million in special interest money. But it’s disingenuous to suggest that Lunsford is having difficulty raising money. Primarily because he doesn’t have a large finance staff. [KY Kurmudgeon]

John McCain thinks rape is funny. No wonder so many Clintonites and women who think it’s cool to stay bitter forever are supporting him! [Barefoot & Progressive]

History for dummies? Yeah, if you like to have the bejeezus scared out of you by some puppets and shiz! We want the King Kong figure. Someone buy it for us. Or else. [C-J]

Wednesday Update Dept of Sticky Humidity

George W. Bush tours America to survey the damage caused by his disastrous presidency. It’s from the Onion News Network. Watch the video. Scary and hilarious. [Hilarious Video]

The Governor’s Scholar program kids chose Walnuts McCain over Barry Obama in a mock election. 49.4 to 46.9. Nader 1.5, Barr 1.3, Baldwin .8, McKinney .1. Isn’t that fancy? Not sure what this says about academia in Kentucky. [PolWatchers]

New LEO editor Stephen George is super-important now and gets mentioned by John David Dyche in the newspaper. Fancy! [C-J]

Why did David Williams sit on 9 million bills for like a hundred years before signing them and sending them to the governor? This basically kills his argument about the House screwing everything up and confusing him at the last minute. [Mark Hebert]

Yeah, that’s right. Our hot tip about Larry Belcher being late to his press conference got reported by Hebert last night. [More Hebert]

Does the public really support expanded drilling here in the U.S. and A? [What’s Required]

Greater Louisville Inc – Louisville’s chamber of commerce – laid off 60 6 people yesterday. GLI says the lay-offs were not a cost cutting measure. WTF gives, then? You don’t just magically lay off 60 6 (the C-J article HAD to have been corrected, we read it multiple times) people when you’re the effing CHAMBER OF COMMERCE and then refuse to give the media a reason. [C-J]

Does anyone else love Toothpaste for Dinner? Married to the Sea? Natalie Dee? [Clicky, Clicky, Clicky]

Oh Snap Monday! Everyone Hates Mitch Edition

Gay-hater and world renowned bigot Jesse Helms finally died. After 86 years of ruining the lives of everyone he could. He hated the homos, Martin Luther King, Jr. Naturally, king of the Republican hate mongers Mitch McConnell released a statement praising Helms as “a leading voice and courageous champion for the many causes he believed in” and “Senator Helms certainly was no bigot. He was a man, however, not into subtlety.” Nice. [ABC News and Houston Chronicle]

Mitch McConnell hates everybody with AIDS and wants them all to die. Especially if they’re in Africa. George W. Bush loves everybody with AIDS and wants to give them all kinds of money. [C-J]

According to Mitch McConnell, people in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas think oil rigs are pretty. He actually said that. In public. At the Commerce Lexington Public Affairs Luncheon on Tuesday. Like “pretty” has jack to do with expanded off-shore drilling in the United States. [PolitickerKY]

Lowell Reese, editor of the Kentucky Gazette, told Southern Political Report that he doesn’t know anybody who would consider Bruce Lunsford a liberal. Contrary to everything the McConnell campaign is spewing 24/7. Imagine that. [Southern Political Report]

The Courier-Journal editorial board must hate Mitch McConnell and David Williams. Check what the paper had to say about following the money while watching our state’s disadvantaged and disabled suffer neglect. “Real people are getting hurt, thanks to the no-new-tax marching orders that Sen. Mitch McConnell gave the General Assembly’s Republican majority when it took power, and that Senate President David Williams has followed.” [C-J]

Joe Roche wrote a nice, right-wing op-ed for the Herald-Leader about Eye-rack and how swimmingly swell things are going in that godforsaken country. Of course, he had to praise Mitch McConnell for “being central to our success” and for preventing Democrats from pulling out of Iraq 40 times. 40 separate instances of obstruction on Iraq! Roche says, “Were it not for McConnell, I’m not sure how Bush would have been able to maintain our success.” [H-L]

Remember Frank Simon confidant and right-winger who wants to abolish public education Jim Waters? Apparently he’s now an expert on free trade, Columbia and all things John Yarmuth and Ben Chandler. [Georgetown News Graphic]

Remember when Mitch McConnell blamed Bruce Lunsford for the negative (and true) attack ad the Sierra Club is running against him (McConnell)? Listen to the ad and then check out Trey Pollard’s well-researched debunking of everything the McConnell camp is spinning. He uses something called facts, apparently. [PolitickerKY]

Three-Wheel Electric Cars in Kentucky?

Heck yes. Senators Gary Tapp (R-Shelbyville) and Dan Seum (R-Louisville) are announcing their intention to pre-file a bill for 2009 that will allow three-wheeled electric vehicles to, you know, drive around in Kentucky.

They’re holding a press conference on Wednesday, July 9 at 10:00 A.M. at the offices of Integrity Manufacturing in Sheperdsville with Larry Cottingham, founder of ZAP Electric Autos. The CEO of Integrity will also be there to discuss production of the cars in Sheperdsville.

The best part? Members of the press get to test-drive these things. It’s like Power Wheels for adults!

Yeah, THOSE little electric things. How cute.

UPDATE: Turns out not everything is rosy with ZAP. At least not with their ZAP-X automobile that’s allegedly sexy and fast. From Wired Magazine.

Yes. Slow news day. Everyone is on vacation.

Republicans Attack Yarmuth For Supporting Ford

Louisville Republicans are attacking John Yarmuth and Nancy Pelosi over their pending visit to a Ford plant tomorrow afternoon. The Louisville GOP claim the two are hypocrites for visiting Ford after pushing the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act which repealed a giant tax break for companies making SUVs. Large tax breaks were actually passed along to those purchasing the vehicles. Because we all know it’s in America’s best interest to waste as much fuel as possible.

Remember all those free Hummers (no pun intended) being written off at taxpayer expense for a few years? Yeah, that really worked out super-well for America.

What’s really surprising, though, is Republicans are blaming Yarmuth for high gas prices.

We’ll pause long enough for you to roll your eyes.

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