Filtering the News So You Don’t Have To

Suffering from the Steve Henry Syndrome. Sam Beverage didn’t show for ethics hearing. Said he had jury duty, the court said there was no trial. Woops. [PolWatchers]

Selective memory runs rampant. Hey, Cyberhillbilly, Mitch McConnell’s ties to China aren’t just alleged. They’re real. Read Cheves’ series in the Herald-Leader from last year for a refresher. Your boy does some shady stuff. [CH, H-L]

Jim Bunning (R-skeert of Fancy Farm) sells out. Blocks effort to prevent Bush from sealing records indefinitely. He knows where his Osama bread is buttered. And has no idea what the hell he’s doing. [Dallas News]

The state’s health is improving? What? Kentucky has the 7th highest obesity rate in the nation for adults and our children are the third-fattest. Wait. Ernest Lee, who was it that said we should walk more often and then secretly rode in a Towncar to his office– all of 500 feet away? Oh, right. [C-J]

Billion point lead? Jack Conway still leads the man with Breck girl hair by 8390283908238. Stan Lee will lose by millions of points. [C-J]

Denial maven on the loose! Some guy in Radcliff lives in the past. Believes Democratic corruption trumps that of Republicans and Ernie Fletcher. For real. Someone actually believes this. [News-Enterprise]

Healthcare not Warfare. A vigil for healthcare will be held in Louisville this Friday, September 28 from 7:00 – 8:00 P.M. 2240 Frankfort Avenue.

Monday’s Obfuscation Report

Will Kentucky’s senators support the HIV Prevention Act? [FGA]

Jim Bunning (R-Afraid of Fancy Farm and Osama) freaks out over former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan’s new book. The book is critical of Bush economic policies and Bunning just can’t handle a financial big dog telling the truth about, well, the economy. Says he’ll be thumbing through it while on the throne. [Enquirer, Jim Welp]

From the Dept of Senatorial Foot Tapping. Mitch McConnell is afraid of Larry Craig. He “stood still as a statue” when Craig approached him. Jim Bunning, on the other hand, patted him on the back. Does this mean one senator approves of foot tapping and one senator doesn’t? [C-J]

Head of the Alcoholic Beverage Control arrested on DUI charges. Chris Lilly, the ABC’s executive director, plans to be an a adult and resign. Imagine that– someone in the Fletcher administration doing the right thing. [WLEX]

Delaying what everyone wants to see so the story will die. Thomas Wingate, Franklin Circuit Judge, has postponed the release of a report of the secret ethics investigation into Kentucky Central and Steve Beshear’s law firm. Looks like we’ll all eventually be able to pour over the details. Won’t be the case for Ernie’s secret defense fund donors, though. [PolWatchers]

Mitch McConnell. The Republicans. A betrayal of trust.

MoveOn has released another anti-McConnell commercial that will air nationwide on CNN.

The ad, beginning today, criticizes Sen. Mitch McConnell and other Republicans for voting against an extension of leave time for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. The video will be up here soon.

What was it Jim Bunning said? Giving our dying men and women a break is bad business for commanders? Riiiight.

Still high on the Kentucky win?

Do they matter? Running mates aren’t really a factor in the race for governor. But Mongiardo’s more popular and has more positives than Rudolph. [H-L]

They want to vote. Some 82% of Kentuckians want the chance to to vote on (against) casino gaming. Ernie’s strategy of ‘casinos = the gays will eat your children’ has sorely backfired. [PolWatchers]

In case you missed it. Kentucky is the talk of the Nation. Namely, everyone’s drive to rid Mitch McConnell of his elected position. The piece about bluegrass grassroots activism opens with the story of Carol Trainer (an activist friend of ours in Louisville) being arrested on Memorial day for protesting the war. We still think Democratic Sheriff John Aubrey owes her an apology for that one. [Nation]

(Lex) VA fails on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Only VA medical center in the country to fail on four points. Things could be changing for the better in 2007. It’s about time the VA and military begin to recognize PTSD and treat it. Better late than never. [H-L]

Rep. John Yarmuth afraid of strippers. Or porn stars. For real– we would be, too! 21C hosted an event with Annie Sprinkle a week ago. She moved her breasts in time to classical music while wearing black opera gloves and folks could get into bed with her. John didn’t attend. [C-J]

Is Jim Bunning delusional? Kentuckians aren’t opposed to the Iraq war? Is he for real? He says very little communication from constituents is about Iraq. We’re beginning to believe the insanity rumors. [Enquirer]

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Owsley Brown II to face McConnell?

David Hawpe shares this rumor with readers of the Courier-Journal today.

One scary rumor, if you’re a McConnell supporter: Soon-to-retire Brown-Forman chairman Owsley Brown II, a widely respected and very successful business leader, not to mention a zillionaire, is thinking about making the race. Some say he could be attacked as a liquor baron, but then McConnell has taken loads of contributions from the Brown family over the years.

This is certain: Brown has been making the rounds lately. He could self-finance. He’s spent lots of time working with the anti-war crowd and has been meeting with anti-McConnell big dogs pretty regularly. One such meeting took place earlier this week in Louisville.

So Crit Luallen isn’t the only one making rumblings. And for all the Luallen supporters out there calling for our heads: we merely reported the worst-kept secret in senatorial politics. If we’ve burned bridges for reporting what everyone is talking about– and in a positive light? Then color us surprised. Must’ve been one of those bridges Ernest Lee hired his brother to repair.

We think it’s time for everyone running for office next year to jump into their respective races. We’re all ready and waiting to talk about it. And we already have a taste of what’s to come.