Chuck Ellinger to Beat Kathy Stein?

Sorry, there’s about zero chance a Republican will replace Ernesto Scorsone. Kathy Stein has this one locked up, kids.

There’s no way on earth a Republican can win in one of the most liberal State Senate districts in Kentucky. Especially a district that supported openly-gay and hugely liberal Scorsone.

No matter what Mark Hebert says, it’s not happening. Voters in Scorsone’s district aren’t willing to consider a Republican as a replacement.

In other news, it’s a slow news day and everyone in Kentucky is sleeping in or something.

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