Kentucky Tonight on May 26 – Watch It

The May 26th edition of Kentucky Tonight with host Bill Goodman will discuss the 2008 election.

Scheduled guests include:

  • Jennifer Moore, KDP Chair
  • Steve Robertson, RPK Chair
  • John Y. Brown III, former Secretary of State
  • Scott Jennings, former Karl Rove aide

It airs live at 8:00 P.M. eastern. Viewers with questions and comments may participate in the live broadcast by telephone at 1-800-494-7605.

Set your TiVo or DVR! This should be good.

Friday Afternoon Roundup. Shoot Yer Guns in Honor of the NRA Convention Edition.

John McCain is speaking to the National Rifle Association Convention at about 4:00 P.M. this afternoon. If you live in Louisville, head on down to the gun show or whatever to get your fancy guns for killing some bear and neighbors and such. [C-J Photos]

An AOL blogger says Greg Fischer will win the Senate primary because he has an ActBlue page. Don’t you love it when people who have no idea what’s going on in Kentucky politics write about it on a national level? [AOL Bloggers]

Hillary’s visiting Maysville on Monday. [Ledger Independent]

Candidate for the 4th District Congressional seat, Dr. Michael Kelley, will ride his bicycle across the 4th District over Memorial Day weekend to put the spotlight on physical fitness’ impact on healthcare costs. Kelley also plans to meet with voters to hear their ideas and concerns. [Press Release]

The Republican Party of Kentucky attacked Barack Obama by scaring the bejeezus out of gun owners. Obama’s gonna take yer guns! HIDE! But the RPK neglected to note that John McCain told the NRA to get out of the Republican Party. [Press Release, Cliff Schecter, B&P]

Steve Beshear won’t be cutting the $400,000 he gives away to the coal industry for self-promotion in order to save costs during our budgetary crisis. Should be noted that it was one of the first things Ernie Fletcher nixed when trying to get things under control. WTF. Also, we feel sorry for Ryan Alessi having to sit through the NRA shindig today. [PolWatchers]

Senate President David Williams is suing Governor Steve Beshear for vetoing his road projects. Hrm. [Hebert]

Jack Conway Finally Used by KDP

Finally, the Kentucky Democratic Party is using Jack Conway and his intellect to stand up to the Republican Party of Kentucky. No more Nathan Smith nervously wading through foreign waters while getting his butt kicked by Trey Grayson. He may be a great vice chair, but you don’t put an unskilled public speaker with no experience holding his own in debate up against the star of the Republican Party.

Next Monday, May 19, KET’s Kentucky Tonight (8/7 central) will host

  • Attorney General Jack Conway
  • Secretary of State Trey Grayson
  • KDP Chair Jennifer Moore
  • RPK Chair Steve Robertson

to discuss the primary election the following day. Viewers with questions and comments participate in the live broadcast by telephone at 1-800-494-7605.

And if you can’t watch the program live, it will be archived on KET’s website. We can’t say it enough: KET outdoes itself by providing informational programming to the public for free. You should thank the network when you have the opportunity to do so.

Early Evening Tidbits & Junk

It’s still primary day in Indiana and North Carolina or whatever. Can you believe it? Our heads haven’t yet exploded.

Bruce Lunsford’s campaign for U.S. Senate released its giant list of endorsements along with its latest campaign ad. Individuals and organizations from all walks of life and from across the political spectrum. [Lunsford Campaign]

The Republican Party of Kentucky reminded us of why it’s so crucial to defeat John Dubya McCain this November. In a press release the party’s chairperson said, “The next president will nominate hundreds of qualified men and women to the federal courts, and the impact of these choices will reach far into the future.” Plenty of reason to vote for the Democratic nominee. [RPK Release]

Indiana Primary Coverage – Live on the Internets. Joe Arnold of WHAS11 will host a live webcast beginning at 8:00 P.M. Eastern to discuss the Indiana primary. His panel will include Sean Smith of the Obama campaign, Jonathan Hurst of the Clinton campaign, Scott Jennings from Peritus PR and formerly a Karl Rove aide. They’ll also be discussing the upcoming Kentucky primary and the latest SurveyUSA results that indicate there’s less support for Obama in Kentucky than any other contested state (62%-28%), with the exception of Arkansas. []

Note: See snippets of an interview with Hurst and Smith after the jump.

Greg Fischer only gained four points, not six as the ill-informed (about Kentucky and reality here in the Bluegrass) national blogosphere would have you believe. And you wonder why Kentuckians feel so disenfranchised when it comes to national folks. Check out the comments section where Joe Sonka drops a bit of reality into the mix. [Open Left]

Barack Obama’s campaign for the U.S. Presidency purchased $10,000 worth of tickets for this Friday’s fundraiser for the Kentucky Democratic Party that will feature prominent Democrats– including Hillary Clinton. Obama was invited but has refused/declined/been unable to confirm an appearance at the event. [Pat Crowley]

WHAS11 Clip after the jump…

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RPK Releases Lunsford Complaints

We told you yesterday that the Republican Party of Kentucky’s chairman, Steve Robertson, was filing complaints with the FEC and FCC against U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Lunsford and The CW Louisville/WBKI-TV, alleging campaign finance violations.

The RPK just released the official complaints along with accompanying exhibits. A Page One story is included as evidence in both complaints. Does this mean our silly little blog has reached the big time? Of course not, but we love having our egos fluffed! Even if we disagree with the manner in which they’re being fluffed.

The Exhibit

FCC & FEC Complaints, Respectively (PDF Links)

And we thought Mitch McConnell wasn’t afraid of Bruce Lunsford. Boy, were we wrong. We love that McConnell is now campaigning for Greg Fischer. And, we’re (honestly) pleasantly surprised that McConnell is taking the senate race seriously.

Sidenote: Get ready, folks, you’re going to hear nothing but “Bruce is the Devil” from a few disconnected folks who write about Kentucky from afar. Too little, too late.

UPDATE @ 2:21: It’s been brought to our attention that the CW has pulled the Lunsford interview from their YouTube account.

What gives? It’s not like it’s not already out there for public consumption.

RPK Complains About Lunsford TV Appearance

Did you hear? The Republican Party of Kentucky filed an FEC complaint against Bruce Lunsford for paying to appear on the CW’s morning show. The appearance, the RPK alleges, is a paid commercial for Bruce that didn’t contain the proper disclaimers. See the full text of the RPK’s press release after the jump.

What’s funny, really, is that Michael Cassaro appeared on the same show doing the same thing this past Monday. RPK didn’t mention him. Selective, eh?

The Lunsford campaign responded, noting:

“It was acknowledged on the air that the interview segment was paid for by the campaign. The campaign was not at all involved in the production of the television show,” -SNIP- “If there was a written disclaimer required in that instance and the campaign was responsible for making sure the television producers put that on the air, it was an oversight and we will take responsibility.”

Long story short: It’s the station’s responsibility to ensure that proper disclaimers are provided, if required, since they’re the folks who produce the show. Dan Spangler did explain that Bruce’s campaign paid for the segment but didn’t do so in the manner in which the FEC requires. In fairness, I’m pretty sure the station’s management had no idea they were responsible for so much re: the FEC. (I mean, who is? Like four people in the entire state.)

The Lunsford camp says it takes responsibility for any mix-up and I’m sure, knowing station management personally, that the CW will do anything it’s required to do.

RPK Release after the jump…

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BREAKING: Chris Thieneman Running for Congress

That’s the word from Chris Thieneman, the on-again, off-again Republican candidate for the 3rd District seat in the U.S. Congress.

He says he’s got commitments for more than $100,000 from at least 50 political supporters. Thieneman told us Friday night that he’s committed to the race.

Thieneman said it will be a good, clean, honest campaign. “I was trained to step on the field and play by the rules,” he said.

There has been plenty of pressure, he said, from Republican Party officials to drop out of the race, but he told us that he made the decision to run long ago, but waited until now to make it official. He said a Courier-Journal deadline for providing biographical information prompted him to make his announcement now, rather than in early May.

He’ll face Anne Northup in the May 20 Republican primary. The winner will face incumbent Democrat John Yarmuth this fall.