Separation of Church & State – UPDATED

Is alive and well in the Bluegrass State.

Live it. Breathe it. SEPARATE. Keep it that way.

Judge: State funding for University of the Cumberlands unconstitutional

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky General Assembly violated the state Constitution when it appropriated $10 million to the University of the Cumberlands for a pharmacy building and $2 million for a pharmacy scholarship program at the Southern Baptist school in Williamsburg in 2006, a judge ruled Thursday.

UPDATE @ 3:09:

Jennifer responds:

“Once again, a court has determined that actions by Senator Williams violate the Kentucky Constitution. From the beginning, Democrats fought against this outrageous and blatantly self-serving appropriation by Senator Williams because it is unconstitutional.

“This is just another example of Senator Williams behaving as if he is not subject to the laws that every other citizen of the Commonwealth is subject to. Kentuckians deserve better.”

We’re not being flippant here, but, could someone please fill us in on which Democrats fought against the homo-hating and illegal handout for a church school? Was it anyone other than the usual four or five people in Frankfort who know how to think for themselves?

One-Day Tropical Weather Is Gone Update Edition

Study: Kentucky government’s service of public is average and has received an overall grade of B- from the Pew Center on the States in its latest “Grading the States” report. Everyone breathe a sigh of relief– we didn’t fail! [Business First]

The downfall of Kentucky’s marijuana kingpins? We’ve read the same story over and over for 20 years. Fat chance. [H-L]

Ralph Long lets it rip on all of the walking dead in Kentucky these days. Budget, casinos, Bruce, Jennifer. Ralph dishes the dirt, kids. We love him because he never holds back and is way classier than us. [Ralph Long]

Did you know? Rep. Darryl Owens admits Steve Beshear has made zero effort to push a constitutional amendment limiting a governor’s pardoning power. This is after promising in January to lead the fight for ethics reform. Don’t let your eyes roll back in your head. [PolWatchers]

Rep. Kathy Stein has joined Operation Gooch. Apparently, Kathy knows how to think for herself and realizes it’s effing heinous that Gooch chairs the Natural Resources and Environment Committee. [BlueGrassRoots]

And the gubnuh may finally be realizing that we need to raise the cigarette tax. The reality in Frankfort must be hard-hitting these days. [Hebert]

Finally – Wendell Ford Dinner Drama, Photos, Gossip

Louisville-Jefferson County Democratic Party’s annual Wendell Ford Dinner was a hoot this past Friday. We took advantage of the semi-palatable Tanqueray and mingled all night like a good little blogger is supposed to do. Also snapped a few photos (horrible lighting at the Executive West– they don’t have gays there, so sorry for the red eye… even our fancy camera and photoshop couldn’t fix it) and will pepper them throughout this post. Rather than make this boring and drawn out I’ll break things down into little blurbs. My adult ADD or whatever needs lots of paragraph breaks anyway.

Folks at our table included: John Y. Brown III, Bruce Lunsford, Andrew Horne, Stephanie Horne, Pat & Alan Roles, Mike & Kelly Bailey, Tori Strange. How much fun is that? Half the room was ready to swallow their tongue when they learned of the scandalous seating arrangement. Dirty Blogger, JYBIII, Bruce, Andrew. All at the same table. Whaaaat. Yeah, how bout them apples? Greg Fischer walked by dozens of times to stare.

The rest of the debauchery and dozens of photos after the jump…

Read moreFinally – Wendell Ford Dinner Drama, Photos, Gossip

Beating a Dead Horse: KDP Style

Joe Sonka at BlueGrassRoots says exactly what we’re too lazy to say today:

I swear to Jeebus, I don’t enjoy beating a dead horse and I take no pleasure in continuing to point this out… but what the hell is Jennifer Moore doing?

Earlier this week , it was the mass KDP email asking for donations using the Bunning story about paying his daughter $20,000 a year to run his campaign financing. Of all the hideous crimes and travesties of our Republican Senators, that is what you’re going to call out? That’s like prosecuting Jeffrey Dahmer for jaywalking. Let’s aim a little higher, eh?

And today, another bewildering email. This one asks for democrats to call their state senator and ask them to vote no on SB 14, which would eliminate the Secretary of Treasurer office. Nothing wrong with that at all, in fact we need some more of that stuff from the KDP. But this is a bill that everyone knows will never come close to Steve Beshear’s desk. How about doing this stuff for legislation that actually, you know, needs some grassroots support from democrats? And adding insult to injury, we have to hear in the email how Todd “good buddies with crazy fundie bigot Frank Simon” Hollenbach will protect us Kentuckians in office.

Please don’t remind me of that spineless, gutless coward. I beg you. Having him in office almost makes me want the damn bill to pass.

Hrm. I bet Jennifer and Todd will be really happy to see us this evening. Maybe we’ll be tipsy by then.

Read more about the hilarity and see who wins this week’s ROOTIE by clicking here

Sucky Rumors on the Internets Update Dept

Does David Hawpe make sense anymore? Steve Beshear and basketball? What? [C-J]

State officials asked the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to investigate Crystal Murray Ducker, former Deputy Secretary of the Transportation Cabinet under Ernie Fletcher, for being (allegedly) improperly employed with a lobbying firm that does business with the state within six months of leaving office. [PolWatchers]

The KDP sucks at communicating with, you know, actual Democrats. So some dirty liberals have created their own little way of getting the word out about the Party’s reorganization in April. (For the record, though, both Jeff Noble and Amanda Flannery have worked their fingers to the bone trying to do the work the rest of the party elite won’t even consider.) [BGR]

The Council on Postsecondary Education asked gubnuh Steve and our fancy lawmakers in Frankfort to stop cutting higher education spending. Translation: The council told the gubnuh to suck it and will fight like cats in a sack if he pisses them off. [Crowley]

Stephen George turned us on to the site ‘Stuff White People Like’ and we almost pee on ourselves every time we visit it. We actually can’t breathe right now because some hilarious shiz from said site just raped our eyes. [Stuff White People Like]