Dan Mongiardo Should Fear Trey Grayson

Because he’s the likely Republican U.S. Senate nominee. Here’s the latest poll from Public Policy Polling:

Bunning 33% — Chandler 47% — Undecided 20%
Bunning 33% — Conway 42% — Undecided 26%
Bunning 34% — Luallen 42% — Undecided 25%
Bunning 36% — Mongiardo 43% — Undecided 21%

Williams 30% … Chandler 45% … Undecided 25%
Williams 29% … Conway 43% … Undecided 30%
Williams 31% … Luallen 41% … Undecided 29%
Williams 32% … Mongiardo 43% … Undecided 25%

Grayson 34% — Chandler 40% — Undecided 26%
Grayson 33% — Conway 37% — Undecided 30%
Grayson 36% — Luallen 34% — Undecided 30%
Grayson 40% — Mongiardo 36% — Undecided 24%

Those were the head-to-head match-up numbers. But what’s really interesting are are favorable/unfavorable numbers. Let’s take a look:

Jim Bunning
Approve 28% — Disapprove 54% — Not Sure 18%

Ben Chandler
Approve 38% — Disapprove 28% — Not sure 34%

Jack Conway
Approve 40% — Disapprove 21% — Not sure 39%

Trey Grayson
Approve 46% — Disapprove 19% — Not sure 36%

Crit Luallen
Approve 43% — Disapprove 21% — Not sure 35%

Daniel Mongiardo
Approve 41% — Disapprove 34% — Not sure 25%

David Williams
Approve 28% — Disapprove 41% — Not sure 31%

Mongiardo has the highest disapproval rating among Democrats– a whopping 34%. Jack Conway’s disapproval is just 19%. The two are in the same boat with approval but these numbers indicate there’s almost no way Mongiardo can recover from such high negatives while his opponent’s are already 13 points lower (and he’s not even in the race yet).

Oh Snap Monday! Puppies & Rainbows Edition

Have you taken a look at the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance lately? Look at the final reports for Kelly Flood, Susan Westrom, Larry Clark and Bob Damron. They obviously had money left over in their accounts but they were zeroed out. What’s up with that? It’s like there’s no campaign account post-election. Has all of their money disappeared? Has it gone somewhere not to be seen until roughly November– when the next report is due? [KREF]

Unemployment insurance ordeal part II. [Stephenie Steitzer]

U.S. Senate paranoia? Not likely, but it’s an interesting theory. Thank goodness those guys in Frankfort aren’t intelligent enough to dream something like this up. [Blue In The Bluegrass]

The budget crisis – which hasn’t been solved, as Beshear and Stumbo want us to believe – certainly does make gambling sound more attractive. [C-J]

Thanks, Frankfort, for putting public safety at risk! This clearly was the best session ever. [WLKY]

Why did Steve Beshear hide his endorsement of Daniel Mongiardo? Is he behind him 100% or isn’t it? [Club for Growth]

Over the weekend the Courier-Journal editorial board noted what a nightmare Elaine Chao was for workers in the United States: A particularly grotesque example was the reaction of the Labor bureaucrat to a call in which an undercover agent claimed to have seen children working in a California meatpacking plant. Nobody checked it out. The fictitious but presumably frightening claim never even made it into the agency’s database. [C-J]

Anyone see Mitch McConnell yesterday on CNN’s State of the Union program? [CNN on TeeVee]

Governor Steve Beshear’s approval rating still hasn’t broken the magical 50% mark. He’s still sitting at 49% approval with a 41% disapproval. And has Hebert says, he’s got big problems in eastern Kentucky where his numbers are 20 points lower than in Louisville. Can’t be good for Mongiardo. No wonder he buried the endorsement. [Mark Hebert]

Jefferson County Republican Party is bringing in U.S. Rep. Mike Pence to keynote its Lincoln Dinner on April 3rd. Wonder how many people even know who he is?  Come on, Brad Cummings, can’t you bring someone good like Fred Phelps, Rush Limbaugh or that meth lab grandmother of Bristol Palin’s love child? [Louisville GOP]

Interesting note from the Kentucky Young Democrats convention on Saturday: Jack Conway mentioned having already filed suit against the Beshear Administration. It’s definitely on since he mentioned that. [Various Reports]

More on Conway’s speech Saturday night. [Barefoot & Progressive]

And what’d Daniel Mongiardo do when he stopped by the Young Democrats Convention on Friday? He hijacked it– even Valerie Biden Owens snubbed her nose at him. Here’s the best line we’ve heard all weekend: “For a doctor who claims to love the outdoors, Mongiardo sure does a good job at not giving a damn about the very land, and people, closest to him.” [C-J]

Go read this great story about the reuniting of a family from war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. [H-L]

TGIF! Abramson & Newberry Are Just Corrupt

Does it make sense that a well-known Louisville plumbing company would bill someone nearly $300 for ten minutes of labor installing a new shower knob? Yeah, didn’t think so. Hopefully we won’t have to name names but stay tuned.

Thank goodness the session is over. Now we can all relax for a few days.

And on that note, hope you enjoy this rainy Friday!

Mitch McConnell and Washington Republicans are at it again, proposing a new tax cut for the wealthy. [HuffPo]

The latest SurveyUSA/WHAS11 poll shows 39% approve of Jim Bunning’s job performance. 48% disapprove. Mitch McConnell: 46% approve, 46% disapprove. [SurveyUSA]

We hear the gubnuh was so upset over yesterday’s shenanigans that he told several folks he plans on calling a special session on April 6 just to take up the economic development/bridges and NASCAR bills. We don’t doubt that he said it. We just doubt that he’ll do it. Because most people seem to believe he’ll add it to the June special session for race track gambling. Which is risky on his part– the special session for slots should be tightly drawn with no room for holding any other legislation hostage. [Big Rumor]

Speaking of Mitch McConnell, he and other Republican Senate leaders skipped President Barack Obama’s briefing on Afghanistan and Pakistan. [NY Times]

We’ve mentioned John Waltz in the past. Here’s what a regular commenter had to say about him last night, “John Waltz is a member of Vets for Freedom, a conservative group funded by right-wing muckety mucks to counter the strength of the anti-war movement in 2006-2007. Waltz hosted two get-togethers in the KY area in the summer of 2007 to promote the pro-war agenda.” [Page One Commenter]

Interesting take on the 2010 U.S. Senate race. Jim Bunning, Trey Grayson, Daniel Mongiardo, Jack Conway, Steve Beshear. [They Gave Us A Republic]

Have you read about this crazy corruption roaring out of Jerry Abramson’s office? LEO Weekly is going to fight this to the bitter death. Jack Conway needs to wise up and follow the law on the corrupt Metro Sewer District. The mayor’s office is openly denying open records requests based not on the content of the material requested, but the probability that an unfavorable story will be written. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Hey, Jerry, why obfuscate behind fancy legalese if you’ve got nothing to hide? [LEO’s Fat Lip]

Steve Huffman, Bill May III and Phil Osborne, all lobbyists, were fined (along with their firms) by the Legislative Ethics Commission for failing to register on time. Huffman and May were ordered to pay $1,000. Osborne was fined $750. [Mark Hebert]

Good on our state legislators for refusing to appoint Beshear nominee Bernie Lovely to the Long Term Policy Research Board. Lovely chaired the Blue Grass Airport Board during the big swindle and Beshear STILL appointed him. [More Hebert]

Wednesday Morning of Sweeping It Under the Rug

Still miss George W. Bush and his cadre of world-ruiners? “In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the Justice Department secretly gave the green light for the U.S. military to attack apartment buildings and office complexes inside the United States, deploy high-tech surveillance against U.S. citizens and potentially suspend First Amendment freedom-of-the-press rights in order to combat the terror threat, according to a memo released Monday.” [Newsweek]

The Limbaugh Wire. [From Media Matters]

Jim Bunning’s approval rating remains steady. [Mark Hebert]

Really, Marty Cothran and David Williams? If those 7,000 children in foster care are wanted– why are their parents doing horrible, shitty jobs? And why are you haters trying to make it even more impossible for them to find good homes? Kathy Stein should tell David Williams to shove it up his rear end, publicly, on the Senate floor. And David having anything to do with Martin means he and his staff are now off our list– including our close friends– until King David publicly distances himself from the bigoted hatemonger. [Marty the Self-Hater]

Tom Eblen takes a great trip down memory lane with Eastern Airlines. The story rings true today. Eerily so. [Tom Eblen]

Speaking of Tom Eblen, he should run for Mayor of Lexington. He’d win and he’d actually be good at his job. Draft Tom Eblen! Or Jim Gray. Or anybody but Jim Newberry. [Barefoot & Progressive]

Pee alert! Pee alert! Send a letter of apology to Rush Limbaugh. [Sorry]

New CPE head and former Governor Paul Patton sat down for an interview. [Kentucky Gazette]

Will today be the day we officially learn that David Williams was given control of one-third of the road budget in Kentucky? The fancy plan is set to be released by legislators today. [Bluegrass Politics]

When a tragedy happens, doesn’t an official city or state agency usually investigate to find out what went wrong? It may be a good idea for Jerry Abramson to dig into this mess so doesn’t become even more hated. [C-J]

Did Jim Bunning violate campaign finance law? Of course he did. Will anything happen? Nope, because Kathy Groob has tainted the whole mess. [Bruce Maples]

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]