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David Boswell and Brett Guthrie are in a virtual dead heat according to the latest SurveyUSA polling data. Boswell leads Guthrie 47-44 with a 4.3% margin of error. Only 9% of likely voters say they’re undecided. The two are tied among males but females prefer Boswell, the Democrat, 48-42. [Mark Hebert]

A British invasion? The Jakals (from southern England) will be performing tonight in Louisville at the Rudyard Kipling at 8:00 P.M. Their first appearance was in our fancy pants hometown in middle of nowhere West Liberty, deep in the hills of eastern Kentucky. Turns out they’re actually using a company in West Liberty (!!) to distribute their CD here in the U.S. and A. [Jakals, Rudyard Kipling]

There’s still no word on whether or not Mitch McConnell plans to hire anyone from Kentucky to work on his campaign. If you missed it, his treasurer lives in Indiana, none of the contacts on his campaign’s Statement of Organization are in Kentucky and only one of the three banks his campaign uses is located in the Bluegrass State. [Page One]

Do you have AB positive or AB negative blood? Get your ass to the Chestnut Street Red Cross in Louisville ASAP. There is an emergency need for that particular type of plasma. Please specify that your donation is for C. Thomas Bennett at Baptist East. [Just Do It]

Editors at Bloomberg noted on Friday that U.S. stock declines were the worst since June… of 1930! The Great Depression! Yeah, little economic mix-up, my formerly fat ass! Basically, the world is effed and we’re all gonna die of the poverty. [Bloomberg]

Thanks to rising gas prices, the Kentucky State Police is cutting back on patrols. So this basically means you’re less safe as a direct result of the economy. But the free market will fix that, right? I can’t remember which right-wing spin is appropriate in this instance. And this isn’t just happening with the KSP. It’s across the board. [C-J]

More on Mitch McConnell’s Money

We forgot to mention this in our original story about McConnell’s personal financial disclosure, but Senator Mitch McConnell’s assets grew by at least 40% while almost everyone else on earth got poor and starved to death. Oh, and Harry Reid is also in the same richie rich boat.

From The Hill:

Reid’s assets may have increased as much as $1.2 million. He has invested his wealth in an array of public and non-public assets, such as a Dow Jones Energy Index Fund and a healthcare sector index fund. His other assets include several mining claims and properties.

McConnell’s publicly traded investments grew by at least $600,000, or 40 percent. He reported public assets worth $1.5 million-$3.5 million in 2006. Those swelled to between $2.1 million and $7.8 million in 2007. He also reported a Washington property worth between $1 million and $5 million that stayed at the same value.

Despite their rising financial fortunes, Senate leaders say they still appreciate the economic struggles of the middle class. “American families are earning less today than five years ago and paying more for everyday necessities like a gallon of gas, heat for the home, and, of course, groceries,” Reid said on the Senate floor Monday. “And they’re paying more than ever for long-term needs like the goals of healthcare, college and retirement.

Republican Sex Perverts in the Afternoon Updates

John Boehner’s coming to town to help Brett Guthrie raise the skrilla and some dude we’ve never heard of is campaigning for Anne Northup. [PolWatchers]

Kids in Kentucky are poor, starving and going woah downhill. We’re all gonna die. Also, this is depressing/sad/hard to read. [C-J]

What? McConnell never distorts reality? And never takes things out of context? Mitch McConnell and Fox News are pros at distorting Barack Obama’s statement about high gas prices. Edited and taken out of context, no less. Imagine that. We won’t hold our breath for David Adams to feign outrage over this. [Huffington Post]

Not exactly mind blowing, but Kentucky agencies are only 80% compliant with the Civil Rights Act. The Governor’s Office for Local Development, Kentucky Board of Elections, Cabinet for Economic Development and Finance and Administration Cabinet all failed to succeed by having minority board representation in 2007. [PolWatchers]

Rep. John Yarmuth announced legislation that could dramatically increase oil production in the USA. Would compel oil companies to use the 68 million acres the federal government leased to them for oil and natural gas production, but are failing to use. Or lose it. This could double U.S. oil production and cut oil imports by one-third. 68 million acres is more than three times the size of the 19 million acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, of which only about eight percent is being considered for drilling. [Press Release]

Louisville International Airport’s spinmeisters are believing their own spin! “Airport officials expected to hear complaints after May 1, when most airlines added a $20 to $25 charge to check a second bag for passengers, but they didn’t hear a word, Tyra said.” What on earth planet are they living on? That’s all travelers can talk about these days. It’s all over the news and all over every air terminal in the country. [Business First]

Oh Snap Monday! Cicadas Are Maneaters Edition

Campaign signs are really upsetting some folks in Bowling Green. Primarily those of Greg Fischer. We’re not harping, just sharing this link. But it’s interesting that Warren County is considering an ordinance to tightly restrict campaign signs after the recent primary because of illegally placed signs from a few candidates: Brett Guthrie and Greg Fischer. Most of Boswell’s signs quickly disappeared after the primary, but Fischer’s are still up, Gaines said. “He’s all over the county,” he said. [Bowling Green Daily News]

Theeeeeeey’re back! The cicadas! We’ve all gotta move far, far away for several months or our nerves will be entirely shot. The 17-year buggers are popping up everywhere and we just know we’re all going to go crazy. The streets and sidewalks are sure to be crunchy in no time. Please do not eat these creatures of the devil like the article suggests or you will be cast into hell where you will rot forever. [C-J]

According to Brett Hall, the economy is getting greener and it only helps Republicans like John McCain. Unemployment rates are fine (even though everyone has six jobs at McDonald’s and Wal-Mart), inflation has only flared up a bit (even though everything has doubled in price) and we’re not in a recession because we aren’t experiencing fuel shortages. Also, be sure to check out the story he’s just now jumping on about Michelle Obama screaming “whitey” or something. Makes perfect sense that a candidate for governor in AL would want to hire him up, doesn’t it? [Brett Hall]

Guess it’s just coincidental propaganda that the Herald-Leader a top story headlined “Food and gasoline: Soaring prices hit the poor hardest.” on the same day, right? The consumer price index for food that rose five percent last year has nothing to do with it, of course. Nothing to do gas prices. Nothing to do with wages not keeping up with inflation. [H-L]

Did you know? Republicans are calling universal health care an “insurance scheme.” Because, you know, the free market always and totally takes care of the problems we encounter. Especially when it comes to health care. Maybe outsourcing health care to India and China will solve all of our problems. [KY Progress]

We’re puzzled by Jim Carroll’s latest piece about Barack Obama’s friendship and working relationship with Dick Lugar. Nothing negative, just puzzled. Something about politics by association? Also, air traffic controllers are still being overworked and will kill us all. John McCain will lose in November because Dubya’s approval rating is non-existent, economic growth is negative or whatever and because Newt Gingrich took over the world like 15 years ago. Also, what’s with republishing material from a blog as part of a newspaper column? [C-J]

Clay County: Poor, Dumb, Jobless and Smoking

At least that’s the view from CNN this morning.

Kentucky’s poorest county– and one of the poorest in the country– was featured on CNN in a story about voter apathy. Let’s just say it was disappointing that CNN chose to portray the worst of the worst and leave it at that. We all know the Bluegrass State isn’t em

Though, we loved it when the woman who kept saying “honey” screamed, “It’s the Bible! A woman’s place is in the home!” when she was asked about Hillary Clinton.

Hoo boy.




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Oh Snap Monday! Obama’s in Kentucky Edition

One in five Kentuckians are insane and should be committed. According to the Herald-Leader/WKYT poll, one in five say, essentially, they won’t vote for Obama because he’s black. But 56% interviewed said race wasn’t a factor. Thank goodness the entire state isn’t beaten regularly with the stupid stick. Except this idiot, Bill Donovan of Inez, who thinks Obama is a Muslim. Why even do a poll in KENTUCKY about race and gender? The H-L also told us at 11PM that Hillary is leading the presidential primary in Kentucky. Wasted money much? [PolWatchers]

In case you’ve forgotten, general Barack Obama will be in Kentucky this evening so people like Olivia Morris Fuchs can protest outside of the Kentucky International Convention Center! Errr, actually it’s so Obama’s camp can rally the troops for his eventual loss in Kentucky on May 20 and the eventual national nomination when Hillary finally gives up. 7:00 P.M. tonight. Thousands expected, he’ll be McCain-focused and will mostly ignore Clinton. [Page One]

Danny Briscoe says Greg Fischer’s ads have been so bad that he should sue the people who made them. Oh, and that they have no effect because no one knows who Greg Fischer is. We’re talking Danny Briscoe, a man aligned with every Lunsford-hating entity on the east coast. [The Morehead News]

Many Republican bloggers are trying to ignore this. The Executive Branch Ethics Commission reprimanded Robert H. Wilson, Jr., a former Fletcher personnel official, for taking part in hirings and firings based on politics instead of merit. The Ethics Commission has five more related cases to handle: Dan Druen, Darrell Brock, Basil Turbyfill, James Adams and Dick Murgatroyd. [C-J]

Speaking of Republicans, some enjoy obfuscation so much that they refuse to admit that Great Britain has been as racist as could be for a loooong time. Oh, no, gotta blame liberals for racism. Because “liberal” is a dirty word. FYI: “liberal” doesn’t mean the same thing every where you go unless you’re a Republican. [BGRS]

How does poverty affect health care in Kentucky? Here’s your chance to examine it on a county-by-county level. [Stephen Shepard]

In an interview with the Herald-Leader, Michael Cassaro still thought he could win the senate primary. And he said he had no political baggage. We guess that means he’s paid his campaign staff, didn’t try to cover up harrassment allegations and didn’t have his attorney try to keep former staffers quiet. [H-L]

In addition to what’s in the Cassaro story above, here’s some info on the also-rans in the U.S. Senate race. [C-J]

Medicaid Cuts Save the World

Compassionate Conservativism saves Medicaid and prevents Kentucky from receiving $1 billion in federal Medicaid funds. Kentuckians everywhere are obviously cheering because the pretzeldent has decided to balance the budget with flipping Medicaid.

Screw the already bankrupted state Medicaid program! Who cares about those 722,000 people, anyway?!

Kentucky would face more than $1 billion in Medicaid cuts over the next five years under new federal rules restricting how states can use money from the federal-state health plan for the poor and disabled, a new report says.

The report, released by a congressional committee this week, said the rules cut spending on such services as school programs that assist poor children with medical needs, public universities that train physicians and help for abused and neglected children in foster care.

Yay! We’re saved! Who cares if, oh, everyone who doesn’t make $100k/year dies? And who wants to be around poor people when you go to the emergency room? Ugh.