Some Stories You May Have Missed This Week

BREAKING: The Kentucky Democratic Party Has a National Problem On Its Hands. KDP Chair Jennifer Moore and Executive Director Jeremy Horton are the target of a challenge at the DNC brought by 20 delegates. This isn’t something that will go away.

Drama Never Ends for Kentucky Democrats. Michael “Whitey” Adkins, Democratic candidate for the State House in eastern Kentucky’s 25th District, has quite the black past.

The Reality Disconnect in State Government. Or why Dick Brown probably helped sink Steve Beshear’s approval rating. Beshear’s former communications director reveals he has no concept of modern media.

Candidate Shoots, Misses, Gets Arrested. Repubican candidate for State Senate in Louisville’s 35th District was arrested for wanton endangerment, menacing and fourth degree assault after telling someone he would kill them and then firing a handgun at them.

Ken Herndon Files Suit Over Nasty Mail Piece. He now has subpoena power to investigate those responsible for one of the nastiest attacks in years. Things are about to get crazy.

RPK Chairman Releases Statement on Albers

Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson just released a statement about State Senate candidate John Albers, whom we told you about yesterday. Albers is charged with wanton endangerment, menacing and fourth degree assault for threatening some dude’s life and then firing a gun at him.

Here’s Robertson’s statement:

“Although I have never met Mr. Albers, these charges seem to indicate that this is not the appropriate time for him to pursue public office on behalf of the Republican Party of Kentucky,” said Robertson. “It would seem to be appropriate for Mr. Albers to withdraw his candidacy in order to concentrate on what appears to be a serious issue in his personal life.”

Candidate Shoots, Misses, Gets Arrested

John Albers, a Republican candidate for State Senate in District 35, was arrested last night on charges of wanton endangerment (a felony), menacing and fourth degree assault. (This is where you yell, “OH SNAP!”)

Albers, 35, lives in Old Louisville at 1036 S. Sixth St. He is on the ballot to face incumbent Denise Harper Angel (D-35) and independent Scott Ritcher, who just filed for the seat Monday.

It’s hilarious. According to an arrest warrant, on Aug. 6 Albers approached a man named Ricky Lester at 6th and St. Catherine and yelled at him, accusing him of stealing something belonging to Albers. From the report: “Deft (Albers) then grabbed aft (Lester) by the front of his shirt and told aft that he wanted his stuff back or he would kill aft.”

After Lester ran off, Albers chased him in a van, pulled out a handgun and shot at the fleeing Lester.

Two days earlier, Albers reportedly approached Lester wanting to know where his “breaker” was. He then punched him in the eye, pulled and cocked a gun and was “telling aft that he was getting ready to kill aft.”

Local Republican Party Chairman Brad Cummings said Albers wasn’t getting any support from the party, as he’d attempted to reach him and was unable to get through.

Folks, we are not making this stuff up.

Republicans Breaking Campaign Finance Law

Remember those complaints from the Republican Party of Kentucky in April?

This one and this one?

The RPK was upset that the CW Louisville and Bruce Lunsford’s U.S. Senate campaign didn’t provide on-air disclaimers about his television appearance.

Whattya know? Anne Northup did the exact same thing this morning. There was no FEC-required disclosure about who paid for Northup’s campaign appearance on the television program.

Will the RPK file complaints against Anne Northup or will the party sit happily in the land of hypocrisy?

Station management tells us that nothing was charged for Northup’s appearance today, which is interesting considering Bruce Lunsford and other candidates were charged in the past. But that doesn’t change the fact that a disclosure is required to be in compliance with the law.

Lawson’s Recent-ish Campaign Contributions

Will the folks Leonard Lawson (H/T to Joe for this link) recently contributed to return his dirty money?

Here’s just a smattering of the hundreds the man has contributed to:

Republican Party of Kentucky

National Republican Congressional Committee

National Republican Senatorial Committee

Read the rest– including Democrats– after the jump…

Read moreLawson’s Recent-ish Campaign Contributions

Thursday Afternoon Update Dept of Craziness

Did you know? Martin Cothran says a story about gay-hating really had nothing to do with gay-hating. How quaint. Also, Jake thinks he’s “big stuff” these days. And yeah, those who do nothing but complain about the gays all the time are probably closet queens, Marty. For example: Mark Foley, Larry Craig, Glenn Murphy, Jr. Huge, huge closet homos. Huge. [Martin Cothran]

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled that the road bill Steve Beshear vetoed is invalid because it wasn’t given to the governor until after the close of the session. [PolWatchers]

We’re not sure how Republicans can not expect us to lose respect for them when he continues to post racist tripe over and over and over again. This time MC publishes a photo of prominent African Americans praying with Barack Obama with the headline, “Be afraid, Be VERY, VERY Afraid!!!!!!!” You may not be a racist, but repeatedly publishing crap like this will continue to drive people away. [Marc Carey]

And more from PolWatchers… The Republican Party of Kentucky is now going after Bruce Lunsford by blaming him for high gas prices. How much lower can the RPK sink? This ridiculous claim is getting embarrassing. [PolWatchers]

David Adams continues to repeat the Republican meme that the economy is peachy keen! No recession here! Carry on about your business, kids. Nothing to see. All you have to do is think positive thoughts. [KY Progress]

The McCain campaign is accusing Barack Obama of playing the race card. Heads up to McCain: If you’re really worried about Obama’s actions and aren’t just trying to fabricate a racially-charged snafu? You wouldn’t wait a day-and-a-half to respond. [Huffington Post]

“The left’s reign is over in Congress. Praise Jesus!” Proclaims someone named “K. Smith” in a letter to the Courier-Journal. Never mind that the “left” hasn’t been in control of congress since, oh, before Newt Gingrich. Make sure you check out the other hilarious letters to the editor that spew the exact same talking points from the McConnell campaign. We love it. [C-J]

To end on a positive note, here’s a message from a prominent McCain supporter to you. These are my testing supplies! [The YouTubez]

Fancy Farm 2008 – Should We Go?

Well, should we? Will it be worth our time?

A campaign or two needs to drop us a confidential note letting us know what will go down. We can guarantee confidentiality. But we’re not gonna suffer through a lack of healthy vegetarian options for two sweat-filled days unless we know it’s worth our time.

Will there be wi-fi? Any kind of internets? Electricity? Does Sprint even have towers out there? Will we die of the starvation and lack of connectivity?

Also, who will be driving us from Louisville?