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?

How Do You Know a Democrat Is Winning?

When the Republican Party of Kentucky issues a press release, of course.

Even though the RPK’s latest release attacking David Boswell has some merit, it’s obviously timed to impact Boswell’s poll numbers over Guthrie.

Anyway, take a look at the release:

RPK CHAIRMAN: Is David Boswell Illegally Using State Senate Campaign Account to Fund Congressional Race?

FRANKFORT – Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson today called on State Senator and Second District Congressional Candidate David Boswell (D-Owensboro) to release a full accounting of his State Senate reelection campaign finances to ensure no funds from that account are being illegally used in his Congressional Campaign.

Read the rest of the release after the jump. But keep in mind Boswell also has a state senate re-election campaign for 2010 open and is filing reports with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. Meaning Boswell is raising funds for 2010 in case he loses his current race. Meaning the RPK should be able to figure out that Boswell isn’t violating campaign finance law by accepting a $100 contribution. (That is, as long as Boswell actually held an event for his state senate campaign and not his congressional race.)

We wish the RPK would stand up against all campaign finance shenanigans and not just those that potentially benefit their candidate of choice. It would do the Republican Party quite a bit of good to actually be at the forefront of an issue for once. The RPK attacked Bruce Lunsford for paying to appear on the CW in Louisville but neglected to mention Michael Cassaro, who did the very same thing. The RPK ignored every single thing Greg Fischer’s campaign pulled during the primary. So now it’s tough to take the party seriously on matters of campaign finance.

Read moreHow Do You Know a Democrat Is Winning?

Wednesday Update. Survived the Gays Edition.

Republicans have way more cash on-hand than Democrats. $1,256,967.51 to $371,220.58. How exciting for Democrats! Also, where’s all the g.d. money, KDP? [PolWatchers]

The U.S. Senate confirmed controversial FEC picks. Finally, a working election commission. Maybe. If we’re lucky. Don’t get too excited. [The Hill]

The Internal Revenue Service is increasing the optional standard mileage rate to 58.5 cents per mile. That’s from July 1 through December 31. All as a response to rising fuel costs. The current mileage rate is 50.5 cents per mile. Should help a bunch of folks out. [Business First]

OH OH OH! Some former Republican dude named Sonny Landham is an actor who once was in a Predator movie (he’s old). And he’s running for U.S. Senate against Mitch McConnell and Bruce Lunsford. How priceless is this? Omg. Priceless. We cannot contain our excitement. [PolWatchers, IMDB, Barefoot & Progressive,]

Jack Conway was the victim of identify theft. Someone bought all kinds of crap on his credit card. He found out what was going down when he tried to make an iTunes purchase, as his credit card was declined for a mis-matching billing zip code. Someone had changed his mailing address. Ugh. [WKYT]

First Lady Jane Beshear is holding a farmer’s market at the capitol. Near the floral clock, even! How great and campy is that? It’s part of an ongoing mission to promote farmer’s markets around the state and part of the ceremony surrounding Governor Steve Beshear’s signing of House Bil 626. That bill makes the “Kentucky Proud” campaign the permanent marketing machine for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.  (We secretly love Jane Beshear) [Business First]

We hear yesterday’s portion of the special session lasted like 10 minutes and everyone went off to talk about gambling. Exciting, we know. [Rumor Mill]