They’re Still Spinning For Jamie Comer

Is it really gossip when a woman stands up to her alleged abuser after that alleged abuser forces her to do so?

Is it really gossip when former staffers of a candidate stand up to him? After they attempt to leave his crap in their past and he effectively terrorizes them by trash-talking them to potential employers, friends, relatives, neighbors?

Is it really just political pettiness?

Or maybe — just maybe — is Jamie Comer’s monster of a loss (and it is — he fell something like 20 points to lose to MATT BEVIN, of all people) about everything he tried to pull? About the victim-shaming he and his cohorts coordinated?

Get a load of what these four Comer supporters sent out to constituents in Central Kentucky:

Over the last several weeks, we’ve watched as local Republicans proactively participated in the campaign efforts of a number of candidates seeking statewide office. That is and will ever be a good thing. We need more citizens who are willing to engage in the raucous and sometimes impassioned effort to promote the best candidate for each office.

But, now, the decision of who actually moves beyond the Primary and into a campaign that will culminate in the general election this fall has been made—by Republican voters all across Kentucky.

We would observe that some of the efforts to spread mere gossip and innuendo during the Republican primary do not serve the greater good of our party. We do not suggest that individual candidates promoted such efforts, but we know from experience that every candidate must enunciate clear boundaries regarding how far they will go during a campaign—and how far they will tolerate their own supporters going on their behalf. For those of us who have campaigned and now serve on principles and values that transcend even the Republican Party, we must not lose sight of the reason we are in this party in the first place. We four—and many of you—are Christians first, Conservatives second, and Republicans third. The tone of our advocacy should never stray from those deeper truths, and we hope that the recent tactics otherwise on the part of some will not be an indication of trends to come.

Finally, now that our Republican candidates have been determined, we trust that every Republican will move beyond the intra-squad competition of the last several months. We must unite behind the Primary winners from Tuesday’s election. The alternatives are simply too outrageous to allow.

We remain committed to serving for the good of our entire Commonwealth, and hope that our party—and each Hardin County Republican—will demonstrate going forward that we are indeed united, and determined not to fall for the liberal Democrat who aspires to fill every state office in Kentucky in November. –

– Jim DuPlessis
State Representative, 25th District

– Tim Moore
State Representative, 18th District

– Bart Rowland
State Representative, 21st District

– Russell Webber
State Representative, 26th District

Those backward-ass people are still spinning for Jamie Comer.

Anti-gay bigots like Tim Moore and deluded Jim DuPlessis, who attempts to hide everything he does behind the bible, the last people Republicans should want speaking for them.

Gonna be fun watching the “liberal Democrat” attempt to gut them.

And even more fun watching the homo mafia redecorate their 1950s fantasy land.

Nope, There’s No Republican Unity

Maybe Massie could stop being a WATB and put in the 40 hours a week for call time like everybody else? He’s been saying for more than a year that he’s going to leave Congress and now he’s whining about a lack of cash. It’s only a matter of time before Trey Grayson takes that seat. [H-L]

Progressive Democrats have been hoping to see a showdown between Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton for years. Instead, they’re getting a public feud between the senator from Massachusetts and President Barack Obama. [HuffPo]

Folks from the big city drove out to Magoffin County to drum up some bigots for a gay marriage story. [C-J/AKN]

When will President Barack Obama apologize for all the other innocent victims of drone strikes? [The Intercept]

Berea residents may have access to larger recycling containers in the future. But they may also have to pay more for them, according to the city’s waste management provider. [Richmond Register]

Get the popcorn ready, folks, because Ron Paul has apparently been let out of his liburtea bunker. [The Hill]

Ashland city water is constantly in violation of strict cleanliness standards, City Engineer Ryan Eastwood said when asked about a violation notice sent to Ashland customers recently. [Ashland Independent]

The U.S. Supreme Court’s arguments on Tuesday over same-sex marriage will cap more than two decades of litigation and a transformation in public attitudes. [Reuters]

There was little disagreement among the four Republican candidates for governor at Thursday’s Louisville Rotary Club. [Ronnie Ellis]

Same-sex marriage is legal in most states but so is discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodation. [NPR]

Members of Rowan County Fiscal Court and other officials last Friday toured the Perry County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center in Tell City, Indiana. [The Morehead News]

Swedish scientists have decoded the DNA of woolly mammoths raising the possibility of recreating the now extinct creatures. [BBC]

One thing there WON’T be is real life GOP unity after the gubernatorial primary, contrary to claims being made by Republicans. [H-L]

The U.S. Supreme Court’s arguments on Tuesday over same-sex marriage will cap more than two decades of litigation and a transformation in public attitudes. Based on the court’s actions during the past two years, a sense of inevitability is in the air: That a majority is on the verge of declaring gay marriage legal nationwide. [HuffPo]

Ben Waide Is Taking A Plea Deal Today

Remember Republican State Representative Forrest “Ben” Waide?

He was indicted last summer on two felony counts of campaign finance violations.

Today?

He just pleaded guilty in Franklin Circuit Court on the following charges:

  • Illegal campaign contributions (KRS 121.150(20)) — Class D Felony
  • Unlawful campaign expenditures — Class D Felony

With both amended to criminal attempt charges, Class A Misdemeanors.


FRONT PAGE OF THE PLEA DEAL

According to a leaked copy of the plea deal I obtained, these are the facts of the case:

During December 2009 to December 31, 2010, the defendant was a candidate for state representative and he knowingly accepted contributions from a corporation. He further caused funds in a campaign account to be expended for purposes that were not allowable campaign expenditures.

Both counts come with supervised probation for two years and he’s set to pay restitution of $5,354.12 to Liberty Rehabilitation at a cost of $224 per month. Waide will also agree to pay investigative costs of $2,400 at a rate of $100 per month — $1,000 to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance and $1,400 to the Office of the Attorney General.

Waide also agreed never to seek public office again.

UPDATE

Here’s a release from the Attorney General:

Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the plea of guilty and sentencing of former Kentucky State Representative Forrest “Ben” Waide, of Madisonville, Ky., for violations of Kentucky campaign finance laws.

This morning, in Franklin Circuit Court, Waide pleaded guilty to Attempting to Accept Illegal Campaign Contributions and Attempted Unlawful Campaign Expenditures. Waide received a 12 month jail sentence, which will be probated and supervised for two years. Waide, who served as a state representative from 2010 to 2014, has agreed to pay restitution to Liberty Rehabilitation and others in the amount of $7,754.12. After being indicted, Waide reimbursed Liberty Rehabilitation $7,566.24 bringing the total restitution amount to $15,320.36.

Waide’s crimes relate to his 2010 campaign for state representative and the results of an investigation conducted by Attorney General Conway’s Department of Criminal Investigations. The investigation was conducted in response to a January 2014 complaint filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance (KREF) by shareholders of Liberty Rehabilitation, PSC. Waide illegally accepted campaign contributions from Liberty Rehabilitation, a company in Madisonville where he was a partner. Waide also used campaign funds for illegal expenditures. Waide sought personal reimbursements for campaign advertising expenses that were either nonexistent or paid for by Liberty Rehabilitation.

“I appreciate the hard work of my Department of Criminal Investigations and my Office of Special Prosecutions for holding public officials accountable for violating campaign finance laws,” General Conway said. “These laws are in place to protect the voters in Kentucky from illegal and mismanaged elections and to ensure that there is accounting transparency in the record keeping of campaign finances and contributions.”

John C. Whitfield, counsel for Liberty Rehabilitation, stated “our position all along has been that Mr. Waide needs to accept responsibility for his actions and make amends. That process formally began today in Franklin Circuit Court. We appreciate the hard work and dedication of the Office of the Attorney General.”

Attorney General Conway’s Department of Criminal Investigations investigated this case. The case was prosecuted by General Conway’s Office of Special Prosecutions. The Office of the Attorney General worked closely with KREF throughout the investigation, prosecution and ultimate resolution in this case.

On Diversity & Such In State Govt

Is Affirmative Action a thing in state government? What about diversity? Is there a diversity plan or are those just words on a screen/sheet of paper?

It’s necessary to ask those questions. Which means it’s time throw up some words and put them in a story on this clap trap called Page One.

Since the days of Ernie Fletcher’s corrupt and backwater administration, the Commonwealth has included white women in reports to lift up the state’s minority numbers. Because folks in charge (read: governor & friends) don’t want to detail how many African Americans, Latinos, et al work in state government. Transparency is not a thing in Kentucky.

Governor Paul Patton’s goal was to have 6% actual minorities (not white women) in state government. Governor Fletcher padded reports with white women, increasing the rate to 10%. Now Governor Steve Beshear has raised that amount to 12%, still including white women as minorities. No one in Beshear’s office wants to talk about it.

An example: Just a few years ago the Transportation Cabinet ran into problems with federal funding when it wasn’t meeting minority hiring requirements. Add white women? Voilà, numbers look good, funds keep flowing, no one’s the wiser.

We started sniffing around the governor’s minority management training program to examine statistics on graduates. Talk about a futile attempt to figure out what’s really going on in Frankfort. The program was moved from the Governor’s Office to the Personnel Cabinet, apparently with the hope that it would slip through the cracks.

It obviously has fallen through the cracks. We’ve been asking questions since January and haven’t received an answer to anything.

The program was designed to recruit and train a pool of minority employees to be prepared for positions in management. Cabinets in state government, according to current and former employees with direct knowledge, claimed they were unable to identify any minorities to hire for upper management. Which… right… control your laughter. So a program was developed to solve that problem and then it was promptly ignored.

Like it or not, this continues to happen in Kentucky because it’s ingrained in the good old boy culture. Regardless of the names of those in positions of leadership, policies don’t change, actions don’t change, practices don’t change.

It’s why people like Yolanda Costner can so easily be abused and discarded. The people carrying out the abuse know there are no consequences. Their good old boy brethren will protect them. From John Arnold to Johnny Bell to Greg Stumbo.

Before progressives try to blame this on Republicans? Remember that the Republican Party of Kentucky hasn’t been in charge in your lifetime. The Kentucky Democratic Party maintained control. For your entire lifetime.

The Democrats — the people you think of as the lesser of two evils — have been in charge for decades and this is what you’ve got.

Going to try to claim I’m being paid by Republicans or some nonsense? This website more than proves I hate both parties equally, as any thinking person should. It’s not about partisanship.

You’re going to be hearing a lot more about that good old boy network and how it’s maintained power over the next 18 months. They’ll still be in charge, sure, but Kentucky’s going to have an uncomfortable conversation or two.