Thursday Boring Briefing Dept

Gas gouging not okay. Attorney General Greg Stumbo’s gas gouging suit goes to state court. A federal court ruled yesterday that the $89 million suit against Marathon Oil and Speedway SuperAmerica can proceed. Never fear, some are totally happy being screwed to hell by big oil. [WLEX, KY Progress]

Reminder: CNHI has a 5-part series of answers from the gubernatorial candidates. Fletcher and Beshear sparred yesterday when answering a question about approval ratings and accountability. [Daily Times]

Heating up. Ryan Alessi points out that Steve Beshear’s former law firm is now trying to discredit the controversial Kentucky Central report. Hoo boy. It’s getting interesting. [PolWatchers]

Opposition is lame, totally expected. The Kentucky Post has a great editorial about the absurdity of Republican opposition to SCHIP. Geoff Davis, Mitch McConnell, Jim Bunning: the paper says your objections are not overwhelming. And also make it a point to state the bill is not socialized medicine. [KY Post]

Awful debate. Watch the gubernatorial “debate” last night? What a horrible format! We could barely watch and we’re people who live for this stuff. Though it was interesting to watch Ernie Fletcher blame Democrats of the past for his inability to do anything in his first and only term as governor? We suggest watching KET’s first gubernatorial debate on Kentucky Tonight to make up for watching last evening’s boring event. [Gleaner, KET]

Speaking of the debate. What is Brett Hall smoking these days? Maybe the ganja he railed against yesterday? To quote him, “Combined with his uncertain delivery, Beshear came off a loser last night.” What on earth? Is it possible to even drink that much Fletcher Kool-Aid? Hall, if you’ll recall, was “fired” by Ernie Fletcher in 2006 for using extreme profanity during a press conference. He’s now running a blog where he filters anyone able to refute him. [Gag]

Saying no to big box stores. A Lebanon man has begun a mission to stop Wal-Mart’s ridiculous behavior. The company has been blasting near his property for months, causing measurable damage and untold aggravation. So he he decided to stand up against it all. Guess some people don’t enjoy allowing Wal-Mart to destroy more than the local economy? [C-J]

Endless Summer, Endless Humidity Deathtrap

From the Ohio Valley Sucks Sometimes Dept

More election corruption. Bath County Sheriff pleaded guilty to perjury. Randy Armitage plead to one count of perjury in U.S. District Court yesterday. Turns out he lied to a federal grand jury about vote buying. He’s now out of a job. Who’ll take the helm? [H-L]

Insurance companies scheme policy holders? Shocking! Heh. Allstate rigged a computer program to produce low valuations for injury claims, sent fraudulent info to state regulators to hide their corruption and accepted lawsuits over claims as a cost of doing business. No one blinks an eye, no one is surprised. [H-L]

The H-L has launched a new blog called ASK US that focuses on answering readers’ questions about the bluegrass. Linda Niemi and Lu-Ann Farrar are at the helm. [Ask Us]

The poor, poor smokers. Jim Bunning shares his take on SCHIP and cigarette taxes. Let’s just say he doesn’t hate big tobacco. [C-J]

Disaster area. Kentucky has been declared a federal disaster area thanks to drought. Dept. of Agriculture declared all 120 counties disaster areas, enabling farmers to apply for emergency loans. This is in part thanks to a letter Mitch McConnell sent to Sec. of Ag. Mike Johanns last month. [H-L]

Monday: 36 days til the ads stop

Unlikely pair? Kentucky should pay attention. The Herald-Leader delves into the business partnership of Bruce Lunsford and Ed Hart and their movie making successes. From the Sundance Film Festival to Kentucky, these guys are creating an empire. Politics aside? We should be proud. These guys smell an opportunity to change perceptions of the Bluegrass state. [H-L]

Oh man, the differences. Lee is a radical in every sense of the word and Conway is a reasonable man who actually believes in the law. Not surprising only 60 people showed up to their forum. Attorney General? What’s that? [KY Post]

Singing the praises, calling a spade a spade. Talking Points Memo notices Ernie’s latest commercial and sings the praises of Alessi for pointing out the ad’s distortions and inaccuracies. [TPM]

Controversial Micro-City Government rears its ugly head again in Lexington. This time with the sale of its property without documentation of proceeds or anything else required of non-profits. Ron Berry, founder of the organization, was convicted on 12 counts of third-degree sodomy (of participants in the organization’s youth programs) in 2000. [H-L]

Five Days of Non-Answers. CNHI started its five-day series of citizen questions with Steve Beshear and Ernie Fletcher. Looks like a worthy mix of questioners and may be worth checking out. [Daily Independent]

Still not talking about the senate? Owsley Brown II was profiled and only discussed philanthropy. No mention of senate hopes at all. But with more than $600 million in stocks alone– who’d need to raise cash? We hope he stays out of the race so he can focus his attention full-time on worthy causes around the Commonwealth. [C-J]

CATS testing scores ‘hard to explain’? Hello, understatement. Not only have we slipped into a backward mindset of teaching only toward a test, we’ve now made it impossible to understand what the heck those test results mean. Yay educational failures! [H-L]

Do they always have to do this? Appalachian Regional Healthcare is once again suffering from a massive strike of nurses. When will this hospital group learn to negotiate? Public perception matters, people. You’ll win in the court of public opinion. [H-L]

Iran So Far. This has absolutely nothing to do with Kentucky but is the funniest thing to happen in months. SNL’s Andy Samberg takes on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a funny digital short. Give it a watch and laugh your guts out. We can’t stop watching it. [SNL via YouTube]

Yeah, sometimes we read more than the C-J and H-L. Sometimes.

The Bristol: 100 Strong Against Discrimination

While Louisville’s popular restaurant the Bristol celebrated its 30th Anniversary– nearly 100 people turned out to speak up against the Bristol’s blatant discrimination against Corey Nett. Please click here for the details of that discrimination.

This is democracy in action. When you allow an employee to engage in discrimination against a young man with Cerebral Palsy and never apologize, what happens? What happens when you attempt to sweep discrimination under the rug?

Citizens exercise their rights and stand up for what they believe. In this case citizens stood up with compassion for the Americans with Disabilities Act and in support of all that’s right with the United States.

We stopped by the peaceful demonstration this evening to snap some photos. Click here to view them.

Photos of note:

The hostess at the Bristol wasn’t too happy:


Some hateful guy cursed everyone and threatened us (so we snapped his photo):


Scenes from the demonstration:




Press showed up:


Here’s what WHAS11 had to say:




and Fox 41:




Thank you to Louisville’s media – both WHAS11 and WDRB/Fox 41 for giving this matter the attention it deserves. And the Courier-Journal for sending a photographer who gleefully photographed everyone who entered the restaurant.

Kudos to all who showed up to support Corey and for doing so with love and appreciation. Those of us against the war could have learned a thing or two tonight.

Does Louisville Need a Brand-Aid?

Nobody likes to be criticized, but everyone is drawn to conflict. That’s what sells newspapers and it’s why a lot of blogs are so popular. I’m not above being critical to get some attention right here. It certainly attracts notice, and when you’re keeping score based on measurements like site visits, insulting others is as good a weapon as having Brian Brohm at quarterback. It’s the whole “any news is good news, just make sure you spell my name right” philosophy.

That seems to be the strategy of the Louisville Branding Campaign. First, there were TV ads critical of other cities. That attracted some notice, much of it negative. The TV ads are finished running on air, available now only online. Now it’s on to radio, where three cheery, happy spots nail our city’s quirky nature and nuance.

But Hal Heiner, for one, is not ready to let go. The East End Councilman flat out didn’t like the TV spots and the way they poked fun at other cities, places that business people in Louisville might like to visit and conduct business in.

Click here for the rest on this brewing storm.

Robbie Rudolph: Gubernatorial Material?

Tire King and candidate for Lt. Gov. Robbie Rudolph’s arrogance cost Western Kentucky hundreds of jobs. In a lucrative real estate deal Rudolph snubbed his nose at a world-saving (at least in Calloway County) opportunity to create nearly 1,000 jobs.

Major groups like the Tennessee Valley Authority pushed Rudolph to put turning a personal profit aside in favor of permanently improving the region. Instead, he bought an 800,000 sq ft warehouse and employs one person.

That’s definitely the way Kentucky should be run! Right? Stifling job growth like crazy while parading all across the Commonwealth preaching about the importance of creating jobs.

The More You Know Dept

From a reliable source: Steve Beshear will report more than $4million raised on his October report with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. That amount doesn’t include what’s been raised in the KDP’s coffers. His downtown Louisville fundraiser tonight will allegedly be the largest in the campaign’s history. [Source]

Ernie Fletcher features another gambling addict in an ad. This time from Kansas City, MO. Here’s the ad. We’re tired of commercials. Is it November yet? [C-J’s Arena, The Internets]

Political Wire says Kentucky Republicans are in trouble. Kentuckians roll their eyes, not surprised. [Political Wire]

Funny. No, Louisville isn’t “Yarmuth Liberal” – it’s a heck of a lot more liberal than John. That’s for certain. [BGRS]

Even Richmond is talking about McConnell & Rogers being on the most corrupt list. [Richmond Register]

Moving on? Steve Henry’s long-time campaign guy and former treasurer Greg Schell has left his political consulting life. He’s moved on to Louisville’s Arison Insurance Services, Inc as a sales executive. Prediction: the Henry money pot has dried up. [C-J]

Come on, Kentucky! Get rich quick schemes are just that— schemes. No pyramid crap, either. Don’t listen to the lady in the coffee shop trying to turn you into “travel agent” unless she’s registered with the Attorney General’s office. [Consumer Affairs]