Diminished Capacity Premier for Alzheimer’s Association

From Rick:

My grandmother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s for several years before she died, used to crack me up with the crazy things she’d say after the disease took hold. She also brought profound sadness to our faces when she couldn’t remember the basic events of her full and happy life.

Pauline in her final years was the first image that came to mind as I watched Alan Alda’s amazing performance as Uncle Rollie in the Hart-Lunsford movie, “Diminished Capacity” at a special premier at the Kentucky Center last night. The movie was selected for this year’s Sundance Festival, and was screened here as a fund-raiser for the local Alzheimer’s organization.

Anyone who’s known someone with Alzheimer’s will chuckle at the movie’s comic moments. Sherwood Kiraly, who wrote the novel upon which the movie is based, told the handful of folks who stuck around after the film ended that Rollie was based on his real-life experiences with his own father.

Tons more along with photos and commentary from Jake after the jump…

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Tina Conner Back in Court

Can’t believe Hebert isn’t all over this.

Brandon Ortiz reports that Governor Paul Patton’s former mistress, Tina Conner, is attempting to reinstate her second lawsuit against Patton.

Conner’s attorney, Bill Jacobs, asked the Kentucky Court of Appeals to reconsider during a hearing earlier today. Neither Conner nor Patton were in attendance.

There’s a joke in this somewhere…

Jim Waters: Mine eyes have not seen the glory, but I’ve heard about it

This week Jim gives advice to Steve Beshear and wonders aloud if he’ll put ideas and talk into action. We’re not sure where the St. Ronnie stuff comes from or why it’s relevant, but the rest makes sense.



Mine eyes have not seen the glory, but I’ve heard about it

By Jim Waters

Now that Steve Beshear has stopped campaigning, he’s going to have to start articulating – about his plans to address serious challenges facing Kentucky’s economy and public schools.

The new governor must successfully transition from campaigning against an unpopular incumbent to working for sound policy that improves the lot of all Kentuckians. That means the interests of labor unions, social liberals and other special groups must become secondary to the betterment of the entire commonwealth.

If not, it will be “four and out” for Beshear, too.

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The Sound of a Democratic Landslide

What do outsiders have to say about E-Day in the Bluegrass?

It’s always interesting to read national coverage of politics in the Commonwealth. Thought you’d want to take a look at some of it.

Random blogger:

Beshear was whipped and chained to the homosexual agenda. (They started calling Beshear and his running mate “the San Francisco treats,” for example.) They did everything but draw pictures of a Kentucky overrun by Mexican hordes. And the night before the election Fletcher pulled out the big gun, ordering the Ten Commandments to be posted in the State Capitol.

Eschaton:

Looks like Kentucky has a Democratic Governor…and Mitch McConnell has reason to be real nervous.

dailyKos:

State Auditer Crit Luallen is cruising to reelection with around 62% of the vote. All eyes will be on her soon to see if she jumps in the KY-Sen race against Mitch McConnell.

CNN:

Beshear, 63, is a former lieutenant governor and state attorney general. His win marks a pickup for Democrats among governorships, offsetting a Republican pickup last month in Louisiana. Overall, Democrats would hold 28 governor’s posts, compared to 22 for Republicans.

New York Times:

Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher, a Republican whose lone term was dogged by a hiring scandal, lost badly Tuesday despite an election-eve effort to woo conservative voters by displaying the Ten Commandments in the state Capitol.

The Guardian:

“Tomorrow begins the time when I call on every person in this state to come together with us, join hands with us, because together, folks, we can make Kentucky a much better place to call home,” the 63-year-old Beshear told supporters.

ABC News:

Cyclist Lance Armstrong and Kentucky’s new governor were among the few people who could get voters to embrace change on a day they seemed inclined to re-elect incumbents and reject ballot measures calling for new proposals.

CQ Politics:

Kentucky Democrat Steve Beshear gained a governor’s seat for his party in Tuesday’s “off year” election, trouncing Republican incumbent Ernie Fletcher. The victory by Beshear — a longtime figure in Kentucky politics — and his apparent wide margin were both expected; Fletcher’s incumbent advantage was wiped away by ethics controversies that plagued him and his administration during his term in office.

The Wall Street Journal:

Mr. Beshear ran on a pledge to put “Kentucky first” and restore honesty to the post. Gov. Fletcher, however, asked voters to “choose values” and highlighted Mr. Beshear’s support for a ballot initiative that would change the state’s constitution to allow casino gambling.

The Hill:

Democrat Steve Beshear (D) rode to a convincing win over incumbent Gov. Ernie Fletcher (R) in Kentucky on Tuesday night, while malfunctioning voting machines have marred the special primary in the race for the late Rep. Paul Gillmor’s (R-Ohio) seat.

And, yes, it was a mandate no matter how we cut the cake. Let’s hear it for the double-digit winds of change that swept through Kentucky.

Interesting Campaign Finance Tidbits

Richie Farmer took money from controversial Monsanto. 31 August 2007 – Monsanto Citizenship Fund – $1,000. If he’s any kind of respectable gentleman he’ll return that grand ASAP.

Leonard and Steven Lawson both gave $1,000 to Crit Luallen on September 20. Leonard is the controversial highway contractor who gives money to everyone– no matter what they’re running for– in hopes of landing the next highway contract. We’re glad to see he hasn’t changed his tune this year.

The man who has tried to sell us all on the Louisville arena– Jim Host attempted to disguise his $500 contribution on June 18th to Stan Lee by listing himself as W. Host. Nice try. Evens out the $500 contribution he gave Lee on 02/02 to $1,000.

In addition to Host? Indicted and pardoned Basil Turbyfill gave Lee $1,000 on 08/23. (He also gave $1,000 to Trey Grayson). Casino maven Bill Butler contributed $1,000 on 08/28 – does this mean Stan supports casino gaming? Strangely, Lee also took in a ton of $100.00 contributions from old campaign funds. 12 of them. What’s going on there?

There’s nothing too controversial about funds raised by Trey Grayson, much to the chagrin of folks who want him to lose. Just the typical Northern Kentucky donors. One interesting contribution to note is on June 5 by Jimmy LaSalvia in the amount of $250. LaSalvia, as many Kentuckians will recall, is part of the Log Cabin Republicans. We thought Grayson didn’t like the gays?

Who knew Brett Hall was still serving as Melinda Wheeler’s campaign manager? Still doesn’t explain why Fletcher’s campaign provided him with their e-mail database or why he’s sending out e-mail blasts for his blog. Brett and his son make up most of Wheeler’s disbursements.

Jim Patterson, former funding giant for the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth gave $1,000 to both Todd Hollenbach and Ernie Fletcher. This may not seem major to you but it’s worth noting that Patterson never took heat for his actions in the Kentucky press and Republicans and Democrats alike have embraced him with open arms. The man hasn’t once offered up an apology for funding the hateful group. That’s a shame because we hear he’s a good guy.

Jack Conway’s primary opponent Bob Bullock gave him $500 on August 16. Certainly the gentlemanly thing to do. Doesn’t happen frequently in other races. Paul & Judi Patton really ponied up: $1,500. And former Apprentice star (who Steve Henry tried to obtain as treasurer) Mark Lamkin contributed $250. Conway’s entire report reads like a who’s who of Kentucky. From Louisville to Prestonsburg. Talk about widespread support. Half of his contributors have probably never given to the same candidate before now.

And there’s nothing really notable in the Beshear report other than what has already been reported.

Did this put you to sleep?