TGIF! Frankfort Comes Alive Again Next Week

What, no one has thoughts about Governor Steve Beshear’s misleading and potential fraud of an “energy plan” ?? NO ONE? [Questions About the Governor’s Energy Plan]

It’s tough not to be disappointed that legislators are blocking tax decreases– for whatever reason– in this economy. [C-J]

Mark Hebert is feeling sorry for Mayor McCheese Jerry Abramson. What the hell? The man has one rough week and suddenly everyone feels sorry that he has to do real work? In other news: We spotted a billboard on I-64 yesterday that read, “MAKER’S MARK: Never Changes, Kinda Like the Mayor.” [Mark Hebert]

Squeaky the herding pig? Maybe the most hilarious and/or sweet thing on earth. We can’t even deal. [Awesome Video]

Tom Burch will kill the “seance with your fetus” bill when it hits the house. [Joe Gerth]

So how many homeless people were counted in Louisville last night? [The ‘Ville Voice]

College English teachers should be the most bothered by the plan being pushed by state Republicans to gut CATS testing and get rid of writing portfolios. Because they’re the ones who are going to have to revert to basics when they show up for English 101. It’s THE most important skill kids learn in high school. It’s the big topic on the C-J Editorial Page. [C-J]

How does Kentucky rank on the 2008 Poverty Scorecard? Not as well as you might think. 17.3% poverty rate. Check to see which legislators are mucking things up and continually screwing you. [Poverty Score Card]

Keep standing up against Senate Bill 68. Call Senate Judiciary members and let them know how you feel. Urge Bob Stivers to continue his consideration for tabling the hateful and discriminator bill. Don’t back down. Don’t fall into apathy. Stand up. [Page One]

Monday Afternoon Dept of Failures & Such

Has Jim Ramsey’s Post-Felner PR Campaign resorted to lies? Haha, yup. Like we said. This is a good round-up of stories we’ve written about the snafu over the past year. [The Principal]

Stand up against Senate Hate Bill 68. Making it illegal to foster or adopt children if you’re gay? Really? Is that what we’re going to waste our time on? Thanks to Gary Tapp Tapp Tapp for bringing homophobia to the front of the discussion. [Page One]

Louisville Mayor McCheese Jerry Abramson’s approval rating has hit an all-time low. According to the latest Survey USA/WHAS11 poll, Abramson’s approval rating is at 54% while 43% of Jefferson Countians disapprove of him. 13% down from the last time SUSA polled in March 2006. The Mayor’s spokescritters blame the economy. But we think common sense is prevailing. Young people don’t like Abramson. Even the folks who support the same issues that Abramson supports are pulling away from him. It’s time for the guy to wake up and smell the poopy Cordish Companies roses that are gagging everyone to death. [Mark Hebert]

Why did we and everyone else in Kentucky think J. Marshall Hughes would come out on top of Mike Reynolds in the Special Election last week? Maybe because an internal Democratic poll found that Hughes had double the name I.D. and 75% of people had a favorable view of him. Fancy how Mark Riddle, an ally of the people he’s speaking out against, admits that the Kentucky Democratic Party and Governor stayed far, far away from the race. [Joe Gerth]

Daniel Solzman has done stand-up. Again. We are not kidding. Awwwwwkkkk-waaaard. [Solzy]

See this, also. [Kentucky Sports Radio]

What’s your take on Joey Pendleton’s Senate Bill 131, a law that would require hemp farmers to register with the Department of Agriculture? It’d give farmers the replacement crop they’ve been desperately seeking. And you could smoke an entire acre of it and never get high. We think it’s a good move. [SB 131]

If you missed it on Friday and still haven’t gotten a chance to see Diane Sawyer’s introductory piece on Appalachian poverty, check it out. It’ll slay you. [Page One]

Haha. John “Sexy Panties” Ziegler is at it again with Sarah Palin. Absolute hilarity. [OC Register]

I Love Mountains Day is tomorrow in Frankfort. Show up. Do your part. Shame Jim “Coconut Cake” Gooch. [Page One]

Are you a college-aged individual who loves to work with children? The Fresh Air Fund is now accepting applications for counselors for this coming summer. They hire staff members with a wide range in some pretty amazing fields. [Fresh Air Fund]

Happy Early Valentine’s Day Updates N Such

Tomorrow is the most commercial of faux “holidays,” so, enjoy! Eat lots of bad candy, get drunk, have all kinds of babies. It’s the American way.

And on that note, we’re over and out for a couple days.

Here’s some stuff:

The University of Kentucky is doing a great job at poorly educating this mining engineering major. [KY Kernel]

The Herald-Leader editorial board’s piece calling Greg Stumbo out for his pure stupidity about pregnancy has gone national. Greg doesn’t realize that pregnancy is not a disability. [H-L]

Chris Cillizza now ranks the 2010 U.S. Senate race against Jim Bunning as #4 for the second week in a row. It is, indeed, a golden opportunity for Democrats. [Washington Post – The Fix]

Two great pieces of hilarity that are neither political nor appropriate for work. [Toothpaste For Dinner & Natalie Dee]

Oh, that $15,000 credit for homebuyers? Yeah, AXED from the “stimulus” bill. Thank you, Mitch McConnell, for screwing America again. [Consumer Reports]

In honor of next Tuesday, a federal appeals court overturned new mountaintop mining rules. [MSN’s Money Central]

Looks like Binack Ruhbama made a joke about Judd Gregg:




We’re pretty much stoked that Barry is cool with making fun of himself.

32nd Senate Dist Special Election Results

We’re out for the evening, most likely, so you’ll want to check the State Board of Elections website for results.

There are 74,215 registered voters in the three-county district. So, whattya say, about 200 or 300 people will show up to vote?

We can pretty much declare Republican J. Marshall Hughes the victor and Democrat Mike Reynolds the loser. But. You know. Gotta play fair and all.

Somebody send us a text message once the results are in… in case we’re out and about.

UPDATE:

HOLY CRAP!! Reynolds didn’t just win, he blew Hughes OUT OF THE WATER!

This is what happens when the Governor and Lt. Governor stay out of special elections, folks! And it’s a major, major victory for grassroots organization. The grassroots won this election, hands down, and worked super-hard. Reynolds had zero name i.d. and was no doubt outspent 20-to-1.

Final numbers:

J. Marshall Hughes 6,858
Mike Reynolds 8,283

1,425 vote margin of victory out of 15,141 votes cast with a– get this– 20% voter turnout!

Thank goodness the KDP ignored the hell out of this race because NO ONE thought it was doable. No one but Lisa Tanner. So, Adam Edelen, take note: hire her first thing in the morning. She knows her shiz, unlike time wasters Jennifer Moore, Jeremy Horton and the poo-doesn’t-stink Nathan Smith.

Monday Afternoon, Near 70, Frankfort Sucking

We heard through the grapevine that the medical malpractice suit against Steve Henry brought by Amie Fuchs has been settled. We checked with Charlie Cunningham’s court and that is, indeed, the case. Maury Kommor and John Doyle of the firm Maury Kommor and Associates confirmed that it was resolved in the form of a settlement. Under the terms of the settlement, however, details cannot be released. Very interesting stuff. [Never-Ending Henry Snafu]

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee just announced its second phase of the Families First Campaign, hitting freshman Republican members of Congress. Here’s the text of the automated call targeting Brett Guthrie in KY-02: “Hello, I’m calling on behalf of the DCCC with an important message about the economy. Did you know Congressman Brett Guthrie voted against economic recovery that would immediately create and save nearly 330,000 Kentucky jobs? Times are tough, tell Congressman Guthrie to put families before politics. Check out www.dccc.org to learn more. Paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, 202-741-1350, not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.” [Press Release]

House Bill 70, a proposed constitutional amendment for the automatic restoration of voting rights for former felons who have completed their sentences, is expected to get serious consideration in the Kentucky House tomorrow morning. There’s a hearing at 8:00 A.M. with the House Elections & Constitutional Amendments Committee and will be followed at 10:00 A.M. by a Voting Rights Speak-Out and Press Conference in Annex Room 131. [Press Release]

Daniel Mongiardo is the latest bailout recipient. [KY Progress]

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