RPK on House Gambling Bill

Steve Robertson, Chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky, has just issued a statement re: today’s casino development:

“House Speaker Jody Richards has shown Kentuckians just how easy it is to fix the odds in favor of the ‘house.’ Regardless of where Kentuckians stand on the issue of allowing expanded gambling, it is truly disappointing to see Jody Richards stack the deck against Kentucky’s signature industry in favor of big casinos.”

So, hop to it! Start calling us a Republican mouthpiece for publishing a political attack on our ineffective Speaker.

“Slot-Trot” Begins. How great is that name?

With the onslaught of casino gossip in Frankfort and all the shiz that’s gone down the past few days, the Republican Party of Kentucky today filed a complaining with the Legislative Ethics Commission begging for an investigation into whether or not Kentucky’s House leadership are extortionists.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Republican Party of Kentucky (RPK) today filed a complaint with the Legislative Ethics Commission asking for an immediate investigation into allegations that House Democratic Leadership are extorting members of the horse industry and race tracks for campaign contributions in exchange for support of casino legislation.

“It is my hope that the Legislative Ethics Commission will make this ‘Slot-Trot’ inquiry a high priority as public confidence in House Democratic Leadership is rapidly eroding,” said RPK Chairman Steve Robertson.

The RPK’s complaint with the LEC cites Mark Hebert’s February 26 story about Democratic House members (“perhaps including the House Speaker” – haha) and their attempt to “whip the horse industry into shape” for political (ahem, casino) reasons. Read the full complaint here.

In addition to the LEC complaint, RPK Chairman Steve Robertson sent a letter to Attorney General Jack Conway requesting an investigation into potential wrongdoing (evil doers! PLEASE let the RPK use “evil doers!” in a press release soon). Peep that letter here.

While usually in disagreement with our perfect, righteous beliefs, the RPK has really proved it knows how to play politics this go round. Totally trumps that silly business Jennifer Moore started with Doug “Protector of Our White Women” Hawkins.

Oh Oh! You think some crazy shiz isn’t going down with the Democrats in Frankfort these days? Well, take a look at THIS. Democratic Representative Dottie Sims was KICKED OFF the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee because she didn’t vote for the casinos bit. Come ON!

Casino Amendment Fails

Look.

An internal leadership struggle in the Democratic caucus may have derailed, at least for the time being, the constitutional amendment that would allow casinos.

A version failed this morning in a committee meeting, with three yes votes, five no votes and three passes.

This came after Rep. Rob Wilkey and Rep. Larry Clark, buoyed by three Republican votes, managed to get their preferred version before the committe instead of an alternative backed by House Speaker Jody Richards and the committee chairman, Rep. Darryl Owens, D-Louisville.

Yeah, we SO didn’t call that one like forever ago. Just didn’t see it coming. As the mother of Margaret Cho would say, we’re so “surpris-a!”

Does anyone else have the feeling that Steve Robertson’s call yesterday for legislators who have knowledge about any “illegal quid pro quos” to speak up is causing a few folks in the House to sweat? We’re disappointed to report it, but we’re hearing from powerful boys & girls in Frankvegas that Robertson’s request for whistle blowers is necessary and a few may have already come forward to talk.

Once again, citizens of the Commonwealth are left wondering why Governor Steve Beshear is failing to provide leadership so we can reap the benefits of all that casino cash.