Democrats Supporting Matt Bevin Like Loyal Dogs

Yesterday the DSCC blasted out an email about the Senate Conservatives Fund attacking Mitch McConnell. The reason? He hasn’t fought hard enough to kill health care reform – because the wingnuts don’t realize that they’ve lost the battle. In effect, the DSCC was promoting a pro-Matt Bevin effort.

Prior to that, the only person touting Bevin was Wendy Caswell, a Democrat in Louisville. You already know how that went down.

So… who is actually behind Matt Bevin? He now says publicly that he is not and never has been affiliated with the Tea Party. And the only folks promoting him are Democrats.

Is there any evidence that he’s backed by actual Republicans in Kentucky who aren’t part of an extremely tiny fringe? Because we can’t find any.

Pipeline Folks Will Cold Eminent Domain You

A spokesman for a company building a pipeline through Kentucky says the proposed route would avoid land owned by a group of Roman Catholic nuns who have been outspoken opponents of the underground line. [H-L]

That’s right – teabagger Matt Bevin is now saying he is not and has never been a part of the Tea Party. [The Hill]

The children excitedly lined up in front of the exam table Wednesday morning as one-by-one the Daniel Boone Elementary School second-graders said “ahhhh” to the dentist and got checked out for tooth decay. [Richmond Register]

The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents. [NY Times]

Your tax dollars paid for this guy to be arrested for having four marijuana plants in his possession. [Hazard Herald]

US and British intelligence agencies have successfully cracked much of the online encryption relied upon by hundreds of millions of people to protect the privacy of their personal data, online transactions and emails, according to top-secret documents revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden. [The Guardian]

Richie Farmer, once a basketball hero and rising political star, has agreed to a plea deal on federal and state charges of misappropriation of public funds which will likely send him to prison for up to two years. [Ronnie Ellis]

We have to agree with the right wing on this one: Alison Grimes doesn’t make much sense when talking about Syria. [Weekly Standard]

Kentucky officials are taking issue with misleading letters from both Humana and Anthem regarding insurance renewal. Pushing people to select an insurance policy prior to knowing what’s available on the open exchange may not have been a smart idea. [C-J/AKN]

We keep hearing that Allison Jones is now trying to buy her judgeship. Love watching that flip-flop behavior in the judicial world. Oh, the stories we’re hearing. [Fun Judgey Rumors]

You’ll pee your pants over this one: Mother Jones is taking the Central Kentucky Teabaggers seriously. And that’s why everyone rolls their eyes at people stuck inside the beltway pretending that they have a clue what’s going on in Kentucky. [Mother Jones]

With its executive director banned from his office and a $11.7 federal grant in limbo, the board of HealthFirst Bluegrass, which provides health care to thousands in Fayette County, cancelled a special meeting scheduled for Thursday. [H-L]

Sexual Harassment & Financial Corruption Messes

The good old boy culture of corruption – looking the other way when sexual harassment goes down – is similar to those folks ignoring financial corruption in Frankfort. Everyone is hot and bothered by sexual harassment these days, so it’s a good idea to relate the similarities of the two hot messes.

Chris Tobe’s book, Kentucky Friend Pensions, does a pretty good job of that. It names staffers at the Ethics Commissions, Bar Association, Legislative Research Commission, office of the Auditor of Public Accounts and the Attorney General’s office. They all looked the other way. So why could you expect them to do any different now?

KFP also names members of the pension oversight boards of Governors Fletcher and Beshear and groups like the Long-Term Policy Research Commission. Bodies of people who should have been all over the pension disaster(s) but couldn’t be bothered to scratch the surface.

Tons of officials who try to drown accountability in a bucket and completely ignore transparency.

Let’s go through some of those names in the book…

KRS trustees: Walter Pagain, Brian Crall, Bobby Henson, Susan Horne, Vince Lang, Patricial Ballenger, Larry Conner, Lynn Harpring, Robert Wilcher, Gail McGrath, Henry Owen, Nikki Jackson, Lewis Reynolds, Tommy Elliott, Daniel Bauer, Jennifer Elliott, Susan Smith, Tim Longmeyer, Randy Overstreet.

KRS staffers: Don Mullis, John Krimmel, Kenton Bottoms, Mike Burnside, Bill Hanes, Eric Wampler, Sarah Webb, Suzanne HOwe, Lela Hatter, Rick Schultz, Todd Coleman, T.J. Carlson, Chris Schelling, David Peden, Ann Case, Connie Davis, Jennifer Jones, Shawn Sparks, Joe Morris, Pam Gibbs, James Dodrill, Lauren Stewart, Glenn Valley, Cherri Curtsinger, Robert Sircy.

Staffers are organizations that are supposed to be watchdog agencies in Kentucky are named: Robert Jones, Greg Stumbo, Amye Bensenhaver, Jettie Sparks, Julie Skeeters, Brian Lykins, Dana Nickles, John Steffen (ha), Tony Wilhoit, Donnita Crittenden, Rick Graycarek, Colleen Kennedy, Katie Kirkland, Sarah Coker, James Herrick, Sean Riley.

And board members of some of those watchdog agencies: Ronald Green, Angela Edwards, David Denton, Bill Francis, Bill Knopf, George Troutman, Rebecca Tomlinson, Pat Freibert, Bob Fulkerson, Paul Gudgel, Ann Henn, Ray White, Norma Scott, Deborah Jo Durr, Adam Koenig, Alayne White, Alice Forgy Kerr, Andy Hightower, Andrew McNeill, Bernie Lovely, Bob Jackson, Brent Legg, Carl Rollins, Charlie Beach, Charlie Borders, Dale Shrout, Daniel Hall, Delquan Dorsey, Diane Hancock, Donna Maloney, B.K. Parekh, Betty Griffin, FOrrest Calico, Jim Ramsey, Paul Cook, Penny Miller, Bob Sexton, Drew Graham, Ed Ford, Ed Holmes, Ernesto Scorsone, Evelyn Boon, Gippy Graham, Janie Douglass, Jeff Jobe, Jennifer Headdy, Joan Riehm, Joe Meyer, John Adams, John Bowling, John Will Stacy, Jon Draud, Judy Lyne, Kathleen Marshall, Kenny Rapier, Linda Waggener, Lindy Casebier, Marshall Slagle, Mary Lassiter, Mary Miller, Matthew Barzun, Max Ladt, Nick Kafoglis, Regie Meeks, John Chowning, Ric Ladt, Bob McCowan, Ron Carson, Shawn Crouch, Sheila Kruzner, Steve Nunn, Tim Shaughnessy, Tom Buford, Vic Hellard, Walter Blevins, William Hintze, Yvette Smith.

The Fletcher and Beshear pension commissions included people like: John Farris, Brian Crall, Brad Cowgill, Shawn Ridley, Dorsey Ridley, Richie Farmer, Jon Henrikson, Chris Posey, Mona Ball, Leon Mooneyhan.

Even Frankfort KRS vendors and payees like: Caroline Bevins-Taylor, Bob Kellerman, Bill Crumbaugh, Pat Layton, Charlie Jones.

Those are just, you know, a few of the names listed in the book. A few of the names of people who share responsibility for the disaster(s) in Frankfort.

But we’re still supposed to trust that these very same people can solve the sexual harassment mess.

Right.

At Least Frankfort Took A Tiny Step Forward

The Fayette County Board of Health on Wednesday fired HealthFirst Bluegrass executive director William North from his job with the health department. [H-L]

Former President Clinton on Wednesday railed against political gridlock and bickering, saying that Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy demanded that Americans come together to confront the challenges of the times. [The Hill]

The CEO of a Madison County manufacturer told members of Congress on Tuesday he feared the Affordable Care Act would lead to a deterioration of benefits for his employees as well as workers at for other small businesses. [Richmond Register]

Federal authorities are struggling to explain why 600 people in 22 states have fallen ill from a foodborne parasite rarely seen in the United States. [Politico]

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell is involved in another skirmish with the district court, accusing a judge of summarily “cutting loose” two accused drug traffickers a few hours after another judge had set cash bonds for them. [C-J/AKN]

Do you think Rand Paul would approve of drone usage in this case? Archaeologists use drones in Peru to map and protect sites. [Reuters]

Even student newspapers are feeling the brunt of change in the media world. [The Morehead News]

A clue to why memory deteriorates with age has been found by US researchers. Experiments on mice suggested low levels of a protein in the brain may be responsible for memory loss. [BBC]

The Kentucky Supreme Court has reinstated a $42 million judgment awarded to a group of 431 people sickened by the diet-drug fen-phen after a settlement was pillaged by their now-disbarred attorneys. [H-L]

Restaurant workers struggle to put food on the table If you don’t think this story matters, something is wrong with you. [NPR]

The Frankfort City Commission Thursday morning finally passed an ordinance banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations. Don’t worry, though, small employers (translation: most) can still discriminate. [State Journal]

The $52.6 billion “black budget” for fiscal 2013, obtained by The Washington Post from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, maps a bureaucratic and operational landscape that has never been subject to public scrutiny. [WaPo]

Did you read all about the hilarity of Matt Bevin promoting an “endorsement” from a Progress Kentucky-aligned Democrat/teabagger/confused girl? [Page One]

Why Today’s Bevin “Endorsement” Is So Sad/Funny

Remember Democratic teabagger Wendy Caswell? The woman who willfully violated campaign law while she got her ass handed to her by Reggie Meeks?

Well… She decided to “endorse” Matt Bevin. Because that apparently matters.

But who is this unknown Wendy Caswell that Matt Bevin has been melting down for today?


Turns out, she met with Progress Kentucky to discuss taking on Mitch McConnell and was dumb enough to blast the details out to her “Tea Party” email list. On the same day the McConnell headquarters was bugged, no less.

From: Louisville Tea Party
Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2013 11:41 AM Eastern Standard Time
Subject: February Newsletter

-SNIP-

Right and Left: Not So Divided After All?
by Wendy Caswell

A new Super PAC has been formed in the State of Kentucky. Progress Kentucky, run by democratic delegate Shawn Reilly, has just one mission in mind; to get rid of Sen. Mitch McConnell. Now you may be thinking “we can’t possibly have anything in common with a liberal PAC”, but to the contrary, we may have more in common than you know. I recently sat down with Shawn Reilly and discussed his new group, its goals, and its plans for a new senator in Kentucky.

“The single most important thing we want to achieve is electing a new US Senator to represent Kentucky” says Reilly about the mission of the new PAC. He continues, “It’s time to level the playing field. It’s time to make things right. It’s time to hold Mitch McConnell accountable.” We all know holding elected officials accountable is one of the highest missions of the Louisville Tea Party as well. So when asked what kind of candidate Progress Kentucky would focus on, Reilly said any candidate. This surprised me. I said “any, meaning a republican too?” The answer was yes. The initial goal is to get any kind of new leadership for the State of Kentucky whether it be Democrat, Republican, Independent or otherwise. In fact, the group has on its webpage, at ProgressKentucky.com, a list of 31 potential candidates that they would support in defeating Sen. McConnell. The list includes several familiar Tea Party candidates including Larry Hausman, Phil Moffett, Rep. Thomas Massie, and Ag Commissioner James Comer; just to name a few.

While talking policy and politics, we agreed on several key issues. Wall Street bailouts, the TARP bill, Patriot Act, military spending and intervention, and special interests in politics are all topics that we seemed to have a lot of agreement on. Much like the Louisville Tea Party, Progress Kentucky is focused more on fiscal issues and trying to steer clear of social issues. Reilly stated that Progress Kentucky is trying to be different than many liberal groups and navigate away from environmental, social, and gender specific issues. The main points they’re focusing on is how Sen. McConnell fundraises, his special interest backers, and the wealth he’s created for himself through pork spending and ear marks hidden inside of unconnected legislation. One of their biggest grievances with the Senator is the fact that only 13% of his funding comes from supporters inside Kentucky. They feel he’s been in Washington too long and is disconnected from his constituents back at home. The concern is with so many political backers outside of the state, why should he be concerned with what the citizens of Kentucky care about? Of course we didn’t agree on everything, but there’s certainly more in common than the mainstream media pundits would have you believe.

Progress Kentucky has offered to support a republican primary challenger in the hopes of ousting Sen. McConnell in 2014. The proposition has even garnered some national media in the last few weeks. Most recently in an article from Politico entitled “Democrats, Tea Party unite vs. Mitch McConnell”. The article can be found here.

We will continue to follow the latest developments on this new Super PAC, as well as the 2014 race and re-election bid for Sen. McConnell. Let us know what you think at our webpage or Facebook page.

Yeah. That’s some ripe stuff.

That’s how you know Matt Bevin is losing harder than Kent Downey porking a lady of the night. Because he’s touting endorsements from random people on the street. Random people affiliated with Progress Kentucky, that is.


Note for outsiders: Kent Downey is a guy who used to throw wild sex parties with hookers, condom trees and Greg Stumbo.

Whoops: Fracking Becomes A Problem In Kentucky

The state medical board has filed a complaint against a Pikeville doctor who is accused of conspiring to sell prescription drug samples in exchange for office rent and free or discounted prescription drugs for his employees. [H-L]

The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he’s done waiting for answers about how the Justice Department will handle marijuana offenses in states that have legalized small amounts of the drug. [NPR]

Matt Bevin is really butt hurt about being known as a fringe wingnut. It’s a shame he’ll have to remain butt hurt until the day he loses to Grandmother Mitch. [Teabagger Meltdowns]

Private-sector groups are growing increasingly worried that the Postal Service’s board is going to consider a broad rate increase next month, a move they say would amount to an attack on some of the agency’s best customers. [“The Hill]

Laurel County murder suspect says he killed his wife to end her pain. Moments after his wife lay in her bed..with two gunshot wounds…Ernest Chris Chumbley picked up the phone and dialed 911. [WKYT]

Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell are mum on Syria as Rand Paul calls for debate. [Roll Call]

The long, sometimes acrimonious fight over drawing new state legislative district maps in Kentucky may be about to end. [Ronnie Ellis]

A judge assassinated while serving on Kentucky’s highest court more than a century ago has been memorialized with a portrait in the Capitol. [H-L]

An unmanned Delta 4-Heavy rocket, the largest in the U.S. fleet, blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Wednesday to put a classified spy satellite into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office, officials said Wednesday. [Reuters]

Are pension liars meddling with the criminal justice system in Louisville? [The ‘Ville Voice]

US President Barack Obama has linked the ongoing struggle for economic equality in America with the goals of the 1963 March on Washington, in a speech marking its 50th anniversary. [BBC]

Hey, Kim King, make sure your husband lets you pay attention to this: A federal report is blaming a spill of hydraulic fracturing fluids for harming a fish population in a small stream in southeastern Kentucky. [WDRB]