It’s a Hot & Humid Wednesday of Drama & More

The House & Senate agreed on several new “incentives” in Frankfort. Active-duty military members are now tax-exempt (state), folks trading in a vehicle for a different vehicle only pay sales tax on the difference of value in the two vehicles (wtf?), $5,000 credit for people who buy newly built homes. Not just any home– must be new, which is, uh, whatever. No one has a clue how much these “incentives” will cost Kentucky taxpayers in the long run. [Bluegrass Politics]

Joe Scarborough, author of Last Best Hope and host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, will be in Lexington tonight at Joseph Beth Booksellers to sign his new book. 7:00 P.M. Go check it out.  Make sure you send us pictures. (And, no, FTC, we weren’t paid to mention this. This just happens to be a political blog and we routinely mention political events.) [Press Release]

Just in case you need to be reminded that Al Mohler and his dozens of gay employees continue to support bigoted and hypocritical behavior. [C-J]

Oh, and this, as well. [Even More Ignorance Disguised As “Religion”]

Man, we love this Governor Mark Sanford asshat from South Carolina. Pretended he’d disappeared to the Appalachian Trail for four days while he was actually in Argentina? Hahaha. We love him because he makes our governor come off as a genius even in the midst of legislative failure. [HuffPo]

Marcus Carey has got to be the most racist “conservative” in Kentucky. We wish he’d just start referring to the president with the n-word. It’s clear he’s got that kind of racist energy built-up inside him. [Way Too Much Racism]

Can you believe someone actually believes a Bunning retirement would mean the end for Democrats? There’s not a single candidate the Republicans can put up that will be able to beat Jack Conway. [National Journal]

Did you know it is unwarranted and mean spirited to report when stewards of the public trust break the rules and deceive the public? Garsh, how mean! Can’t let the facts get in the way of hurt feelings. [C-J]

We hear Mexican-afeared Doug Hawkins has forced the Saint Paul Parish Council to keep David Yates from holding a campaign event after previously giving him permission. Hawkins did the same thing a few weeks ago when Holy Cross High School. Guess it’s time to start getting Doug “Tan In A Can/Protect Our White Women/WATB” Hawkins’ events canceled left and right. [Multiple Reports]

Uh, sorry, but Dale Romans isn’t being totally honest about what he’s up to. For instance, throughout 2007, he was nigh impossible to get a hold of (he was a supporter of Lunsford) because he was rarely in Louisville. He was gone so often, in fact, that I was forced to always deal with his pal Frank L. Jones, Jr. all the time. While there’s no denying the thoroughbred racing industry in Kentucky is suffering badly, we’re just not swallowing his story hook, line and sinker. [Joe Arnold]

Looks like Ben Chandler is one of the Congresscritters who is upset over his fancy and potentially unethical trip to the Caribbean is being investigated. [Sunlight Foundation]

State House Dems Release Big, Uh, Release

The Democratic Leadership of the Kentucky House of Representatives just released this giant… thing. Let’s just look at it and, you know, think or whatever. Way too much spin for us to dig in without barfing.

Here it is:

House votes to balance budget, create jobs, and lower taxes on military pay

Frankfort – Classroom funding will be protected, Kentucky companies will have further incentive to expand, our men and women in uniform will get much-deserved tax relief, and large bridge projects will now be able to move forward under legislation strongly supported today in the state House of Representatives.

“This short special session has a long list of accomplishments, and every Kentuckian will benefit,” said House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg. “It will move the state forward in numerous ways, and speed up our recovery during these trying economic times. I am proud of the leadership the House has shown, and of the way both the House and Senate came together in difficult times.”

The bills sent to Governor Steve Beshear today for his signature will do such things as:

  • Overcome the billion-dollar shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year. “This largely follows the governor’s plan, which shields classroom funding, our universities and critical health programs like Medicaid from cuts. We also made sure, though, that state employees will not have to forfeit any holiday pay as had been proposed,” said House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook.

Peep the rest of the release after the jump…

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Gambling Bill Just Passed in the House

House Bill 2 of the special legislative session in Frankfort – the gambling bill – just passed in the State House.

After a huffy start by Larry Clark, an impassioned floor speech by Greg Stumbo, a speech from David Osborne (who personally benefits from this legislation), a speech by Robin Webb about how terrible the Herald-Leader is for not including non-thoroughbred horses in its stories and how it’s for the children and charity, a speech from Rick Rand about how this will solve our budgetary disaster(s), an 8,000-hour speech from Harry Moberly about how the Kentucky Derby will die without gambling and how David Williams’ proposal is the devil and how he isn’t a coward (really), a speech from Hubert Collins that we didn’t understand…

A negative speech from Tom Riner about how Jesus and all of his (Riner’s) 80 children will choke everyone for supporting gambling because whatever, questions and yelling and screaming from Danny Ford about money and how scary it is and declarations from him that too much money will be spent and how the budget shortfall hasn’t been addressed and how KEA is the devil, a speech from Eddie Ballard about how veterans groups need to be able to operate slot machines because they give to ball clubs and cheerleading squads…

David Watkins moved for Ballard’s amendment for veterans to be killed as it was out of order, a speech from known “Breck Girl” model and expert on killing babies with parking garages Stan Lee yelling about how this is Kentucky and not Kansas and how he feels like he’s at a nudist camp (seriously – and he sounded like he spoke from experience), a speech from Ron Crimm about how nobody has had time to read the bill, a speech from Jim DeCesare about how tobacco farming is increasing and it’s not fair (his floor amendment was killed when Rick Rand spoke against it, failed 36-55)…

A brief speech from Jeff Hoover about how he opposes the bill because the legislature doesn’t have the fiscal discipline necessary to handle the revenues, a speech from Bill Farmer about how he could have maybe voted for the Governor’s bill, a speech from Jeff Greer about how he was a school board member, a speech from Tim Moore about gambling corruption and its stronghold over politics and how he’s been strong-armed like a prisoner of war, a speech from Myron Dossett about how he’s going to fight for a military tax exemption…

A speech from Tom Burch about how he’s fascinated by Danny Ford and Stan Lee’s craziness (he then got attacked by Larry Clark because Larry is insecure), a speech from Tom/Bob Kerr about how lottery legislation doesn’t allow slots and how the people should get a vote (like the Governor originally said as he campaigned), a speech from Steve Riggs all about praying over ice cream and schools (really), a speech from Lonnie Napier about how he won’t buy raffle tickets or play bingo and how he’ll support race track casinos so they don’t permeate his district, a speech from Kelly Flood about how the legislature makes the peoples’ decision and how “moralists” are wasteful and Susan Westrom gave a years-long speech about her “lucky horse shoe” and paid political organizations posing as churches and how she loves chickens, seriously…

… It passed. By a vote of 52 to 45 with Bob Damron and Jim Wayne abstaining due to conflicts of interest.

So on to the Senate chambers with President David Williams it goes to die.

Get your popcorn or low-carb snacks ready, ladies, cause the circus has come to town.

Highlights of the House proceedings: Kelly Flood sitting with a giant grin on her face and a huge Starbucks cup in front of her (can’t she buy local?), Jody Richards and his fancy metrosexual glasses drinking orange juice, Joni Jenkins laughing all over the floor (she’s gotten skinny and wore a fancy jacket!), Susan Klimchak scrolling through her BlackBerry, Danny Ford constantly licking his lips and Rocky Adkins hollering like auctioneer Joe Prather. We thank all of these individuals for keeping us entertained throughout that hot mess.

P.S. Haha – Eddie Ballard asked why he didn’t get a chance to explain his vote before the vote was taken, asked if that’s the new way of doing business in the House. Ruh ro.

UPDATE – Governor Steve Beshear’s statement:

“I applaud the action taken by the House today. After a thoughtful debate, the House stood up for Kentucky’s signature industry and its 100,000 jobs and $4 billion economic impact. Everyone got to debate. Everyone had the chance to vote. That is the definition of leadership. An issue that is this important deserves the deliberation and vote of everyone. Now the question is will the Senate give everyone in its chamber the same privilege – an up-or-down vote on an issue of such importance to our Commonwealth?”

John Waltz on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

John Waltz, a Democrat and disabled Navy veteran running for U.S. Congress in the 4th District, has issued the following release about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. We haven’t said too much about the matter, but we wanted to run John’s statement because he says much of what we believe and feel.

It’s high time Barack Obama and the rest of Washington recognize that sexual orientation shouldn’t matter when to one’s ability to serve this great nation.

Some policies that are put into effect in the halls of Congress seem to be an egregious error, but nonetheless they continue to live on for years. One of the fundamental errors put into place is the policy saying that gays and lesbians can serve in the military so long as they do not tell someone and no one can ask them their sexual affiliation. Fundamentally any American that is willing to serve our country should be screened for their qualifications not their sexuality.

Many of the military brass state that it is imperative that we have Don’t Ask Don’t Tell simply because your sexual preference can be a breakdown in military discipline. While in the military the last thing that was on my mind was whether the person I am serving with was gay or lesbian. What mattered to us when we were rushing into fires or a crisis was if the person that was next to us would do their part for the team to get us out safe.

Read the rest of John’s statement after the jump…

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Happy Memorial Day in Beautiful Kentucky

It’s Memorial Day. So in addition to remembering lost military and veteran loved ones and saluting those still around today, let’s take a bit to learn more about this great day.

  • Ten facts about Memorial Day from CNN/mental_floss [CNN]
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs Memorial Day site [VA Memorial Day]
  • U.S. Memorial Day History & Background [USMemorialDay.org]
  • Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Memorial Day Events [2009]
  • Kentucky State Parks honoring Memorial Day with several events [Press Release]

Enjoy the day with your family! We’ll be back tomorrow so we can all get back to hating each other and peeing in your corn flakes.

Tuesday Dept of Getting Interesting Already

Wasn’t that fun last night? Losing power in a mere thunderstorm is awesome. Louisville must be the most technologically advanced city on the planet.

We’ve got all the video from Jack Conway’s press conference/candidacy announcement last night. His speech along with endorsements from Greg Stumbo, Crit Luallen, Ben Chandler and John Yarmuth. Also a funny video featuring Joe Sonka and Rep. Chandler. Check it out. [Clicky Clicky]

Elite bashing in Kentucky. This is getting absolutely hilarious. Effete elitists? Really? Hahahaha. We can’t believe Kim Geveden ran with that quote about Ben Chandler and the rest of the Democratic Party establishment in Kentucky. It’s the best thing ever. [Politico]

Daniel Essek is threatening to run against Jim Bunning in 2010 as he did Mitch McConnell in 2008. [Page One Comments]

Yesterday President Barack Obama issued a statement on the Month of the Military Child: “In 1986, April was designated as the Month of the Military Child, and I am proud to mark the special recognition the Department of Defense has given to military children. Like all Americans, I am grateful to the brave men and women in uniform who are serving our nation. They are the living embodiment of the ideals of sacrifice, honor and duty that have always made this nation great – and their sacrifice is their families’ sacrifice too. Their children, especially, display tremendous strength and courage each day, bravely bearing the burden of having a loved one serving in harm’s way. They may move many times – across the nation and even around the world – as they grow up. They may not see their loved ones for months on end. It is not easy, and Michelle and I, as well as the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden, admire and are deeply grateful to each and every one of them. I call on all Americans to keep military children in their thoughts and prayers and to do their part to reach out to and support them and their families.” [Press Release]

Here’s Joe Gerth’s take on Jack Conway’s announcement yesterday with interesting comments from Ben Chandler about why he’s not running for Senate. [C-J]

Ronnie Ellis has the skinny on Jack’s remarks about Mongiardo’s/Kim Geveden’s infantile remarks of late. “This is not a grade school, student council name-calling contest,” Conway said. “This is a serious run for the United States Senate and nothing less than the future of our country hangs in the balance.” [Ronnie Ellis]

Something about this is terribly creepy. A statue of Ronald Reagan will be added to the National Statuary Hall Collection on Wednesday in Washington. [The Hill’s Briefing Room]

Daniel Mongiardo is a deadbeat candidate from 2004. He owes Kim Geveden almost $17,000. $7,330 to the Kentucky Democratic Party. $14,412 to union printers (he paid the non-union printers off). And money to Mary Karen Stumbo for endorsement letters.  Joe got confused – the debt is to Janet Stumbo, not Greg’s wife. This is all very interesting news. [Barefoot & Progressive]

Today at 1:00 P.M. in Capitol Room 110 in Frankfort, Governor Steve Beshear will sign House Bill 73. Meemaw Mary Lou Marzian’s art therapy bill. While ceremonial, it’s nice for the Governor to recognize the importance of this legislation. Hopefully a member of the press will ask Mary Lou what it’s like to be a meemaw. [Press Release]