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]

Todd Eklof & Kentucky Farm Burea: Vindication

For a refresher, please see the previous story about Eklof and KFB.

Kudos to WHAS11 for FINALLY reporting the Todd Eklof story!




Will the rest of the media see the light? Will we get to read the full story in print?

We’re not holding our breath. But we encourage readers to send their thanks to WHAS11 for shining light on an important matter that’s gotten the cold shoulder from everyone else.

KY Farm Bureau Admits Discrimination, Media Ignores It

Todd Eklof, minister of Clifton Unitarian Church in Louisville, spoke to his congregation in late 2004 about the importance of putting an end to discrimination. He vowed to stop performing marriage and commitment ceremonies for all couples until the anti-gay marriage amendment passed in 2004 is overturned.

Kentucky Farm Bureau (Todd’s employer) didn’t like this stance and fired Eklof shortly thereafter. KFB has claimed in court documents for nearly three years that he was fired for attendance and performance issues, though Eklof has consistently been able to prove (via court documents that are publicly available, No. 05-CI-09390, Jefferson Circuit Court Division 8 ) otherwise. (Read the full story here)

Rev. Eklof’s luck changed in May of this year when Sam Moore, president of KFB at the time of Eklof’s dismissal and a current member of its Board of Directors, admitted under oath that Kentucky Farm Bureau fired Todd Ekloff for being supportive of gay marriage.

Page 29 of the deposition, lines 19 and 20, Moore says in response to the question of why Eklof was terminated, “The marriages, I think. I think that was the main thing.” Click here for the complete deposition.

Sam Moore - KFB Deposition



On September 4, 2007, Eklof sent a press release detailing the admission to every major press outlet in Kentucky. No one covered the story. Not so much as a mention. Kentucky Farm Bureau has one of the largest lobbying entourages in Frankfort and claims to be the “Voice of Kentucky Agriculture” and no one covered the story of admitted discrimination and violation of the Fairness Ordinance.

Where is the mainstream media? Why aren’t the Courier-Journal or Herald-Leader covering this matter? Where are the major television news operations? Why is the story being ignored? Could it have something to do with Kentucky Farm Bureau being one of the largest advertising forces in the state? Are news organizations afraid of losing advertising dollars as a result of coverage? KFB has been known to throw its weight around in the past and it seems likely that the same thing could be happening here. We’ll never know unless the media wakes up.

Further, why is Kentucky Farm Bureau, an organization solely in place to further the interests of farmers and agriculture, advocating against gay marriage in its policies handbook?


KFB Handbook



Everything about this story stinks. We’ll wait to see if the press ever touches it.

Louisville’s Bristol Discriminates

Well-known peace activist Corey Nett had his civil rights violated last month by the Bristol chain of restaurants in the Louisville area when he was asked to move to the back of the restaurant or leave. Nett, who has cerebral palsy, was told that his voice was allegedly annoying other customers.

Just about anybody in their right mind understands this is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Here’s the story:






If you’re an elected offical, candidate, member of the press or prominent individual and you happen to eat at the Bristol– rest assured that you’re likely to be questioned and called out by activists for supporting discrimination.

Is the rumbling we hear the beginning of a major boycott? Will the Bristol do the right thing?

Pro Soccer in New Louisville Arena

Last Wednesday we met with Jim Host, chairman of the Louisville Arena Authority. Check out the story on The ‘Ville Voice for details on the that. Would like to add that Host does a great job selling crowds on the arena. We hope to have as much energy as he when we hit 70.

While all the regular questions about the arena were indeed asked– we pushed further. Jim Host revealed that a Major Indoor Soccer League would be calling Louisville (and the arena) home.

Big news for Kentucky?

Click here to read the rest.