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]

Kentuckians Protest Bush SCHIP Veto

Dozens of people showed up in Louisville during today’s rush hour to protest President Bush’s veto of children’s health insurance program SCHIP. Their purpose was to pressure Sen. Mitch McConnell to override the Bush veto.

Fox41 News has once again proved their dedication to the community by covering the story. Unlike their national counterpart, the Louisville station doesn’t distort the facts and has done a great job covering politics the past couple years. Send Fox41 your thanks for their continued coverage of issues that matter to Kentuckians.



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]

Steamy, hot Tuesday goodness

Back in the USSR. Gorbachev comes to Kentucky to speak in Louisville tomorrow. Colin Powell will visit in April on his credibility restoration tour. [Hebert]

Freshly laundered money. The Associated Press picked up the campaign finance story written by Tom Loftus and dumbed it down so terribly that 99% of it disappeared. Way to go, AP, get rid of the meat. [AP via H-L]

Whistleblowing blows, man. Ernie’s whistleblower in the hiring scandal (Doug Doerting) is now helping Steve Beshear’s campaign. Ernie’s people are freaking out like there’s no tomorrow. [H-L, KY Politics]

Casino-free for one debate? Is that even possible? Billy Reed ponders whether or not it’s possible to have a gubernatorial debate without bringing up gambling. It’s certainly possible if guidelines are set. We’ve proved it here. [Billy Reed]

The facts. Make sure you have them when listening to McConnell spin about why he voted against children’s health care. [FactCheck]

Deep in the mines. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing today on mine safety. All kinds of witnesses are slated to appear. Very little in the mainstream press about the matter and we’re right in the middle of Mine Central, USA. [C-J]

McConnell does something good!

Sen. Mitch McConnell speaks out with Sen. Diane Feinstein to show support for the people of Burma. Rare opportunity, we know, but the senator should be commended. Too bad those in Burma/Myanmar have no internets or teevee to see this message.




McConnell doesn’t, however, offer support for those suffering from lack of proper health care in the United States or those who are victims of 1950s-esque discrimination. But he’s getting one thing (out of millions) right.

Friday News Fun

Oh, we know you love the drama. And the best drama of all is Ernie Fletcher starting a cat fight with Vicki Glass. Oh snap. Fletcher quipped at Glass for holding a recording device close to him and pushed her arm away. Glass, rightfully so, snapped back telling the man not to push her. We’re no experts here, but, uh, we’re pretty sure no man wants to mess with a woman on a mission. [C-J]

Matthew Shepard Act passed, tacked onto defense spending bill. No worries, haters! Dubya promises a veto. McConnell and Bunning both voted against the measure. They love them some gay-hatin. [AP]

Some day they’ll stop bitching and moaning about gambling. Some day they’ll focus on real issues. Right? Doesn’t look too promising now as not even Steve Beshear will take an opportunity to clear things up. [H-L, PoLWachers]

Poo hits the Lex fan. Lexington’s transportation system (LexTran) union had $49,000 stolen, mostly by its secretary and president. More are expected to be named culprits. What the heck is going on? First Louisville’s Metro Animal Services, now LexTran. [H-L]

Children first. Senate passes SCHIP/children’s health insurance bill with 67 votes– more than the majority needed to overturn a threatened veto by Dubya. McConnell and Bunning voted against it. Big shocker there. [CBS]

No sunshine here. More on Bunning’s mess of trying to cover Dubya’s incompetence up. He put a secret hold on the Presidential Records Amendment. [TP]

Hendrickson or Grayson? The Rural Democrat chimes in in the Secretary of State debate. Did anyone watch it? What about the debate for Secretary of Agriculture? [Rural Democrat]

Standing up. The Courier-Journal covered the Bristol protest. A zillion photos were snapped of folks entering and leaving the eatery but they didn’t make the C-J’s cut. The restaurant’s owner, Pete Peters, is unable to offer any semblance of an apology. Said the Bristol’s policy is to serve all fairly but, uh, policy isn’t the problem. We hope Pete finally gets it. [C-J]