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]

News Drama Daily Briefing Dept

Oh, the drama.

Most Kentuckians approve of the job Greg Stumbo has done but a few say they wouldn’t vote for him to be dog catcher. [C-J 1, 2]

Mitch McConnell queens out, cuts Dianne Feinstein’s head off, screams “I want the guy who suppressed the black vote to run the FEC!” [SacBee]

Mitchy’s reelection a safe bet? The Hill thinks so. But they see a ton of Republicans coming out of the woodwork to challenge whether or not he’s Republican enough. [The Hill]

Not in my Kentucky home? Bowling Green woman sums up the hypocrisy of Ernie Fletcher opposing casinos in one sentence, “With the way our governor operates, it is surprising he opposes casinos because it would represent a huge opportunity for him and his cronies to feed at the trough of corruption.” [BG Daily News]

Remembering is tough. Steve Beshear finally remembers parts of what went down with Kentucky Central. Looks like everyone involved has a horrible memory. It’s time for the “secret” report to be released by the judge so we can get on with this retarded fiasco. I mean, if it was too terrible, don’t you think we’d already be reading it? [PolWatchers]

Rallying the faithful. Dan Mongiardo comes out of hiding to open Democratic Headquarters in E-town, champions the work of Hardin County politicos. He warned, surprisingly to some, not to put too much faith in polling data when he recalled his race against Jim Bunning in 2004. Speaking of polling, seems there’s a bit of a controversy brewing over the “Insider Advantage” data. [News-Enterprise, BGR]

Selling out to big coal is not enough. Jody Richards on the hunt. Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman is under investigation, thanks to House Speaker and sellout Jody Richards. Everyone and their mother says Sherman has created a hostile work environment wrought with favoritism and bitchiness. Oh, the drama of Frankfort. [Hebert]

Children’s Health or Big Money Donors?

Remember when McConnell used to support campaign finance reform? Yeah? Those days are over.

Mitch McConnell continues to oppose legislation that would help provide health coverage to 158,000 children across Kentucky.

Public Campaign Action Fund has produced a web ad pointing out that McConnell would rather put the needs of his big tobacco campaign contributors ahead of the health of children.

The Senate snow job on Iraq

Stephen George penned a great analysis of the McConnell effort to slaughter Democrats on Iraq. George is consistently proving his journalistic prowess these days on matters across the board. Hope the rest of the state is paying attention to him.

Just check it out.

Senators hide behind in an outrageous attempt to deflect the debate

By Stephen George

It is beyond troubling that a well-paid body of representatives tasked with doing the essential business of the American people would instead waste taxpayer time and money on such a childish, inappropriate act as publicly denouncing a citizen advocacy group for exercising its right to free speech.

The group,, took out a paid advertisement (albeit underpaid, though it has since paid full price) in The New York Times. We will reserve judgment as to how appropriate it is to call Gen. David Petraeus a name — Betray Us — at a time when a serious discourse on Iraq and the efficacy of the Bush/Petraeus “plan” to keep our soldiers mired in a civil war is necessary. It goes without saying that the MoveOn ad, though it attempted to stoke serious questions about what the general was expected to tell Congress, has instead served Republicans well, drawing attention away from the actual debate and allowing quislings like Kentucky Sens.

Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning to hide behind some emotional, nostalgic defense of Petraeus as the ultimate American solider when, in fact, he has appeared to be something of a White House lackey.

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Important: Matthew Shepard Act Vote Tomorrow

We never discuss hate or discrimination in Kentucky politics and that’s a shame. We’ll never hear a gubernatorial candidate or or state officer (save a few) speak out in support of ending crazy discrimination. That may change some day but we’re not holding our breath.

It’s finally here. Tomorrow, the U.S. Senate will vote on the Matthew Shepard Act (S. 1105), a force to end hate crimes in America. Unfortunately, hate-mongers are out in full force trying to spin this into a frenzy.

Contrary to popular belief among self-hating gays and Log Cabin Republicans this bill does not threaten free speech or weaken the Constitution. It won’t put preachers in jail for speaking out at the pulpit. It only applies to violent attacks based on a victim’s gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. The bill also provides funding to help law enforcement agencies investigate and prosecute violent hate crimes. It does not make hate crimes more serious than other crimes, only pushes toward eliminating discrimination.

Without this legislation hate crimes will continue to be glossed over, ignored, covered up. Most will continue to remain unprosecuted. It’s time to move into the 21st century (like the rest of the world) by telling all Americans they’ll be protected under the law. Call Sen. Jim Bunning at (202) 224-4343 and Sen. Mitch McConnell at (202) 224-2541 today. Let them know supporting S. 1105 is the right thing to do.

Rumors on the Internets: The News

She’s just a working girl. Heh. Julie McPeak, a Democrat and Fletcher panderer, is looking for a job. And is apparently afraid of Steve Beshear. [H-L]

Nothing slips by David Hawpe– unless it bores him. Fortunately, Mitch McConnell’s tripe about the MoveOn ad isn’t something that got by. He reminds us that Mitch’s poop actually stinks. Should also point out that McConnell’s disapproval rating is at an all-time high among Democrats in Kentucky. [C-J, DMKY]

The Hispanic business community catches on to Bunning’s ignorance, recognizes the importance of not giving any president unlimited power in preventing the truth to come out. [HB]

Evil liberals are evil for wanting evil health care for those who need it most. Apparently, providing care 99% of the free world provides is the downfall of society and the reason our country is going bankrupt. It has nothing to do, of course, with the trillions of dollars of debt the Bush administration has racked up. [KY Progress]

Polar ice caps aren’t melting– it’s made-up! At least that’s what a strong majority (62%) of those who approve of McConnell believe. Can’t let science get in the way of ignorance and hating the gays. When we grow up we want to base our political ideology on a knee-jerk reaction to a single issue, too! [SUSA]

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.