Fischer Passively Attacks Lunsford. Again.

Being passive, as you well know, gets you no where in politics. But that’s Greg Fischer’s campaign tactic. Where has it gotten him? To 5% name I.D. with very little money in the bank. So it only makes sense that his campaign would continue being passive, right?

The campaign sent out a last-minute fundraising email blast this morning that leaves us scratching our heads. Not only does the campaign contradict what it’s said in previous emails about having already met their fundraising goal (now they’re saying they’re *this* close) but they’re literally attacking Kentucky’s signature industry, Thoroughbred Horse Racing.

See for yourself:

This weekend while Greg’s primary opponent was reportedly hanging out in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Greg was meeting with Kentucky Democrats at the Ruby Lafoon Democratic Dinner in Madisonville.

With so much recent history. So much controversy. So much juicy and well-documented Lunsford disdain on the internet. So many negative videos. What does the Fischer campaign do? They ignore it all and passively attack Bruce Lunsford who went to Dubai for a major horse race on a trip that’s been planned for months and months with dozens of other prominent Kentuckians. Smooth move.

Hello, common sense. How many times do we have to tell you that Google is your friend? If you’re going to attack, then attack. Stop with the amateur hour behavior. Act credible before you alienate the support base you claim to have.

We wish this race would get exciting. But attacking a prominent ambassador for horse racing– an industry that generates anywhere from 80,000 to 100,000 jobs, an industry in which Lunsford spends millions of his own dollars– is a total waste of effort.

Update: Here’s some good information about the impact Kentucky’s equine industry has on the state. Here’s a taste of the financial impact:

  • $4 billion Estimated economic impact of Kentucky’s horse economy
  • $8.8 billion Economic impact of the state’s tourism industry
  • 14,600 Tourism-related jobs attributed to the equine industry
  • $240 million Economic impact of the Kentucky Horse Park
  • $217 million Economic impact of the Kentucky Derby
  • $650 million Value of horses sold at auction in Kentucky in 2003
  • $127 million Estimated Kentucky horse industry exports

ALERT: Everyone loves a contest & Free Stuff

Especially when there are tickets for two to Dinosaur World and an underground boat tour of historic Lost River Cave & Valley involved. So, if you’re interested in some cheesy western Kentucky tourism fun, here’s your chance.

We’re hosting a cheesy and juvenile First Lady Coloring & Caption Contest. We’ve picked images of our favorite first ladies and it’s up to you to impress us. Color your favorite (or both, if you want to win both sets of tickets) and come up with some clever, humorous captions. Scan & email them to us and you’ll be entered to win tickets.

Don’t laugh at our First Lady selections. They’re awesome. We picked Barbara Pierce Bush because she is so mean and wrote that book about her dog Millie. And Laura Welch Bush because she’s way more intelligent than her husband and is often spotted in public with Visible Panty Line (VPL).

We want to see some amazing artwork, folks. Get busy! Photoshopped entries are welcome.

To Recap:

  • Color & Caption Barbara and/or Laura
  • Win 2 tickets to Dinosaur World in Cave City, Kentucky or 2 tickets to Lost River Cave & Valley’s underground boat tour in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Both neat little tourist traps that are perfect for a family outing or an interesting day with your sweetie/sugar daddy.
  • Email your masterpieces to Jake at the address on our contact form.
  • Entries accepted through Friday, April 18th. Winners will be selected the following weekend and announced on Monday, April 21st.

All joking aside, we love Kentucky and want you to see it all. This is our opportunity to give a small bit back to our readers… with a little bit of quirk, of course.

Stuff We Love & Hate on Slow News Days

This cracks us up. Grandpa & Cougar McCain on the hunt.

Need a hot/rich/young husband? How bout this dude? HH– you on this?

Don’t you love it when you go to Kashmir and the server/manager/whatever lies to you when they make a weird mistake and put effing green peppers in your channa masala? Where in “Whole chick peas cooked with onions, tomatoes & spices.” are the words “disgusting bell peppers” ? Hello, we have a food & dining publication. We were gonna say nice things about you. And you only gave us like four pakoras. We’re former fatties– get with the program. But we’ll be back to pig out every five minutes.

Ugh. Jerry Abramson was featured as the “supermayor” or whatever in the effing Economist. Really, wtf? We so don’t get why everyone loves him.

Rick got all fired up and called out some hack named Sandy for sending some nasty emails like 24/7. Did you know that Muslims are evil Jesus-haters and Barack Osama is the devil? If not, get in touch with Sandy.

We hate teaching old people how to use Photoshop. Ugh. Everyone grit your teeth in frustration with us.

Apparently there are all kinds of investment opportunities in eastern Kentucky. This, this, this.

Our very own Intrepid Reporter went to the Creation Museum yesterday. They spotted this awesome Christmas Dinosaur:

Beshear Nixes State Park $$ for Horse Park Stadium

While we understand Steve Beshear’s move to fund the $30 million stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park in preparation for the World Equestrian Games in 2010, it’s still disappointing. So many wonderful state parks will miss out on much needed improvements that have been in the works for years. The state parks impacted by his move may not be as high-profile as the horse park but Governor Beshear should work to obtain funding for the projects he killed. They’re just as important to our image.

Among the park projects canceled by Beshear:

  • Lake Cumberland, conference center, $5.83 million
  • Dale Hollow Lake, lodge room addition, $5.5 million
  • Dale Hollow Lake, cottage development, $5.08 million
  • Dale Hollow Lake, Dale Hollow Pool, $4.68 million
  • Greenbo Lake, general improvements, $1.43 million
  • E.P. “Tom” Sawyer, general improvements, $1.25 million
  • Marina upgrades at various parks, $1.25 million
  • Kenlake, Cherokee Park, $1.14 million
  • My Old Kentucky Home, general improvements, $1.1 million
  • Land acquisition at various parks, $916,000
  • J.J. Audubon, museum security system, $250,000
  • Jenny Wiley, general improvements, $130,000
  • AAA upgrades at resort parks, $32,779

Jim Waters: ‘Tourocrats’ tax logic

This is the second installment of Jim Waters’ Bluegrass Beacon, a now-regular feature of Page One. We won’t take much issue with Jim’s column this week except to say: We’re not sure how $0.01 per U.S. Dollar taxes on tourism is such a terrible thing. It’s not really taxing Kentuckians and it drives a could-be thriving industry throughout the state. That is, if Fletcher’s tourism big dogs could follow the law and spend funds appropriately.

‘Tourocrats’ tax logic, shaft taxpayers when mining for money

By Jim Waters

Tax increases usually don’t pass the logic test.

Take Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s so-called “Tax Modernization” policy. Lawmakers passed this sloppy legislation in 2005 after considerable arm-twisting. It includes the hated Alternative Minimum Tax, which taxes businesses whether or not they make a profit.

Raising taxes on businesses and entrepreneurs while at the same time campaigning about how bringing new jobs to Kentucky is a top priority just doesn’t pass the logic test.

Logic dictates not taxing those companies – at least until they make a profit. Businesses create new jobs that the state’s economic brain trust claims it wants.

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Welcome to Autumn. AKA Slow news day.

Who knew? Hal Rogers drops $400k on Lake Cumberland for tourism advertising. [H-L]

Too little too late? Gubernatorial candidates finally discuss public health and its problems. [H-L]

The Courier-Journal rightly questions both gubernatorial candidates’ health care agendas. Surprisingly, they hit on the scare tactics used to freak your shit out about socialized medicine. And they criticize both for being afraid to discuss a cigarette tax. What isn’t discussed is why neither candidate wants to provide health care for all Kentuckians– instead of just children or the elderly. [C-J]

Five of the six regional university boards have been stacked by Fletcher. Some day we’ll get little things like following the law right. Right? [C-J]

While Kentucky soldiers die left and right, things are just peachy in Iraq. We might not even need to stay there that much longer! [WP]

Getting Something Right

Fletcher, Kentucky and the Appalachian Regional Commission finally get something right. We’re finally offering grants to develop adventure tourism in Eastern Kentucky!

The state is making $623,000 available for grants of about $20,000 each for counties to generate so-called adventure tourism, Gov. Ernie Fletcher announced Tuesday. The money can be used to plan facilities.

The tactic was adopted after a study by Pros Consulting of Dallas showed increased spending on such tourism in Eastern Kentucky could generate 132,000 new visitors annually and $54 million to $99 million in economic impact. The ventures could create as many as 1,500 jobs.

We are absolutely shocked (SHOCKED!) that the Commonwealth is recognizing what a gem we have in the Appalachian region.

Having been involved (Jake) in a long-term community development project with the Brushy Fork Institute in the 90s, we can say first-hand that adventure tourism in the Appalachians works. A group from Fayette County West Virginia developed a similar plan in their region that was met with great success.

Click Here to read the report.