Tuesday Propaganda: Dept of the GOP Is Always Hunting Hillary

Don’t waste your time. Former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry and his former Miss America wife, Heather French Henry, will be guests on Kentucky Life “Christmas 2007” on KET December 22. They’ll be giving a tour of the Rosemary Clooney House… we mean the house filled with all of Heather’s crap in Augusta (not Maysville as the KET link suggests). The Henrys, you’ll recall, are embroiled in some serious legal disputes. Not to mention they’ve had some difficulty with the IRS (check with the IRS if you want proof) in maintaining 501(c)3 status for their “museum” because they use it as a residence. Par for the course. P.S. If you’ve ever visited the museum your contact information is now part of a political database. Just an FYI. [KET]

All birds leave the nest at some point. Mark Birdwhistell finally jumps ship as secretary of the Health and Family Services cabinet. According to Birdwhistell he’ll be returning to work at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center as an administrator. He’ll also work to kill the rest of health care by serving as a consultant for Medicaid contractor Amerigroup. [C-J]

Purse much? Mitch McConnell loses his lips over Trent Lott during CNN’s footage of a press conference. Inappropriate, yes, but absolutely hilarious. Check the video at the link. [CNN]

Complete and utter crap. That Zogby poll released two days ago showing Hillary getting trampled by everyone and their mother? It’s complete crap. We won’t say we told you so. [Carpet Bagger]

Ernest Lee had horrible advisers. Steve Pence confirms the problems within the Fletcher misadministration and provides a peek into his own credibility by discussing his reasons for refusing to resign as Lt. Gov. Pence may have done some crazy shiz in 2003 but not caving to Fletcher’s obscure desires proves he’s a man of character. We’re sure his new practice as an attorney will be fruitful. [H-L]

Native American outrage. Ernie Fletcher appointed Bruce Brading as chairman of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission (KNAHC) and it turns out he’s quite the shady character. Indictments, fraud, illegal transportation of human remains. Talk about some scandalous hoo-ha. [Rural Democrat]

Partial Update Dept.

Jake spent the evening in the ER so there’ll be light posting for a day or so. Medically necessary “vacation” time.

It’s the economy, stupid. Personal bankruptcy filings for the first three quarters of 2007 totaled more than all bankruptcy filings in 2006. A 40.2% increase. Business filings are up 40.5%. Great economy, isn’t it? All this after more stringent filing rules. [Business First]

Blah. Is it even worth wasting our breath anymore? David Adams rails on our failure of a Board of Education and their new Commissioner. Dear Leader was anointed by King Ernest Lee. We can only hope he’s nothing like Barbara Erwin. [KY Progress]

Hebert has the juice on political appointments. Most notable is Dana Mayton who will take the helm as Jack Conway’s Chief Deputy. Mayton, a UofL lobbyist, has a reputation for bringing home the university bacon. The funny part is in Hebert’s first graph, “Mayton takes the post currently held, and ably administered by, Pierce Whites, who has seemingly run the A.G.’s office the past four years because Greg Stumbo has rarely been seen in Frankfort. Hoo boy. [Mark Hebert]

Rumors on the Internets: The News

She’s just a working girl. Heh. Julie McPeak, a Democrat and Fletcher panderer, is looking for a job. And is apparently afraid of Steve Beshear. [H-L]

Nothing slips by David Hawpe– unless it bores him. Fortunately, Mitch McConnell’s tripe about the MoveOn ad isn’t something that got by. He reminds us that Mitch’s poop actually stinks. Should also point out that McConnell’s disapproval rating is at an all-time high among Democrats in Kentucky. [C-J, DMKY]

The Hispanic business community catches on to Bunning’s ignorance, recognizes the importance of not giving any president unlimited power in preventing the truth to come out. [HB]

Evil liberals are evil for wanting evil health care for those who need it most. Apparently, providing care 99% of the free world provides is the downfall of society and the reason our country is going bankrupt. It has nothing to do, of course, with the trillions of dollars of debt the Bush administration has racked up. [KY Progress]

Polar ice caps aren’t melting– it’s made-up! At least that’s what a strong majority (62%) of those who approve of McConnell believe. Can’t let science get in the way of ignorance and hating the gays. When we grow up we want to base our political ideology on a knee-jerk reaction to a single issue, too! [SUSA]

What’s Your Rank? Health of Kentucky Counties

It’s no surprise that smoking, poor nutrition and lack of insurance put Kentuckians at risk. There’s a whole host of other issues to tackle, though, and for the first time ever all 120 Kentucky counties have been ranked from most healthy to least healthy.

Maybe health care is more important than gambling? Maybe health care should be taken more seriously? Wait, wait– we apologize. Gambling and alleged accountability are the most pressing issues facing Kentuckians.


120 County Ranking - Health



Oldham County leads the pack as the state’s healthiest. Wolfe County is at the bottom. No surprise, as Oldham is also one of Kentucky’s wealthiest. Wolfe is among the state’s poorest, as are the other ten counties ranked as Kentucky’s least healthy. All ten lowest-ranked counties are in Appalachia. Further evidence that our gubernatorial candidates should be focusing on the eastern part of the state.

While not the most important, we found it notable that Kentucky leads the nation in work-related injuries. Nonfatal injuries are 28% higher and fatal injuries are 75% higher than the national rate. Mostly thanks to our high concentration of workers in risky industries like mining and manufacturing.

Notable statistics: % of high school graduates: Oldham 87, Wolfe 54; % of uninsured: Oldham 8, Wolfe 21; number of drug arrests per 100k: Oldham 37, Wolfe 2,128.