Tuesday Update. Closer to Friday than Yesterday.

It’s what you’ve all been waiting for – the endorsement of the year – after months of nail biting and bated breath. We totally don’t understand why someone off the street making an “endorsement” matters? Daniel Solzman has “endorsed” Bruce Lunsford for U.S. Senate. [Things that make you go hmm]

Heather French Henry gets a mention in the story about George Clooney’s shindig in Maysville but her husband doesn’t get mentioned for being the former Lt. Governor. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. [Enquirer]

The state senate approved a budget with no new taxes. Meaning we’ll never have a budget in Kentucky. Further restoring everyone’s great faith in Frankfort. Special session is on its way. [PolWatchers]

Don’t forget that former President Bill Clinton is all over Kentucky today. 10:30 rally at the Frankfort Convention Center. 12:15 veterans event at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds American Legion Building. 2:30 rally at Mason County High School. 5:45 rally at the Morehead Conference Center. Everyone go take all kinds of pictures as you fawn all over the big dog. [The Arena]

Steve Beshear is now wondering why he bothered to run for governor. His approval rating fell below 50% and more Kentuckians disapprove of him than approve. WHAS11/Survey USA polling data say 46% approve, 48% disapprove. Those same numbers were 52-38 in February, meaning there’s been a six percent drop in less than a month. Ruh ro. [Hebert, Crosstabs]

Taking Bets: How Badly Will Dems Screw Up?

Now that the Democratic Party has a strong advantage over Republicans when it comes to swing voters – and now that fewer people identify as Republican – how long will it take the Dems to throw it all away? How long will it take for the average democratic voter to recognize that their support is wholly taken for granted?

From the Pew Research Center:

The balance of party identification in the American electorate now favors the Democratic Party by a decidedly larger margin than in either of the two previous presidential election cycles.

In 5,566 interviews with registered voters conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press during the first two months of 2008, 36% identify themselves as Democrats, and just 27% as Republicans.

The share of voters who call themselves Republicans has declined by six points since 2004, and represents, on an annualized basis, the lowest percentage of self-identified Republican voters in 16 years of polling by the Center.

The Democratic Party has also built a substantial edge among independent voters. Of the 37% who claim no party identification, 15% lean Democratic, 10% lean Republican, and 12% have no leaning either way.

Interesting Search Terms Lately

Welcome to slow news Friday.

It’s tough to keep up with all statistics for Page One but occasionally we’ll spot some interesting search or keyword phrases used to land on the site.

Here are a few from the past month:

“jim cauley” indictment – 12 searches

steve henry miss america – 64 searches

jim bunning is crazy – 5 searches

bill yung kentucky governor campaign – 55 searches

greg fischer finance staff – 29 searches

larry clark secret relationship – 4 searches

heather french henry sued – 21 searches

“vote buying” “30th district senate” – 167 searches

mike cassaro + ted – 19 searches

steve beshear lied bill yung – 14 searches

boswell gay site:pageonekentucky.com – 11 searches

jacob payne kentucky photograph – 55 searches (just email me if you wanna see how skinny I am these days, or friend me on Facebook like a normal stalker)

“nick phelps” obama – 1,271 searches

January Was Record Month for Visitors

It’s not often that we gloat or pat ourselves on the back (okay, at least publicly… cause you know our egos are giant in private situations). So it’s only appropriate that we do so on a slow news day.

Thanks to our advertisers who have included: Bluegrass Freedom Fund, Bryan S. Bush, Draft Horne, Cascade Broadcasting, Kentucky Democratic Party, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Louisville History & Issues, Louisville Originals, Sannie Overly, et al. They believed in us from the get-go and have stood by us. And the dollars they spent paid off heavily with hundreds of thousands of prolonged ad views.

More importantly, thank you to our readers. We had no idea it was possible to make Page One a success in just seven short months. We did it with your help and remain forever grateful. Your readership, participation, tips, suggestions, assistance. It’s you, the everyday Kentuckian, who will change the face of the Bluegrass State for the better. We heart you for making this political scandal sheet possible.

Just wanted to take a moment to share some statistics to give you an idea of just how successful we have been. Who knew it was possible? We reached our 2,000,000th visitor near the end of January and it’s been steady since then.

More after the jump…

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Beshear’s Approval Rating

SurveyUSA just released polling data indicating that Governor Steve Beshear has a positive 62% approval and 27% disapproval rating. Quite a swing from Ernie Fletcher’s end of term numbers of 32% approval and 64% disapproval.

Interesting to note that Beshear has the highest disapproval rate (33%) with those aged 18 to 34.

Of those who approve of Beshear, the environment, Iraq, education and the economy are the top issues for presidential candidates in 2008. Among those who disapprove, terrorism, social security, immigration and health care top the list of most important.

Kentuckians more racist than sexist?

Who knows. But let’s look at the latest Survey USA results for POTUS.

More people would vote for Hillary Clinton over a Republican (except McCain) than Barack Obama:

Giuliani vs. Clinton – Clinton 47%, Giuliani 45%, Undecided 8%
Romney vs. Clinton – Clinton 48%, Romney 44%, Undecided 8%
Huckabee vs. Clinton – Clinton 47%, Huckabee 46%, Undecided 7%
McCain vs. Clinton – Clinton 44%, McCain 50%, Undecided 6%

Giuliani vs. Obama – Obama 40%, Giuliani 50%, Undecided 11%
Romney vs. Obama – Obama 40%, Romney 46%, Undecided 14%
Huckabee vs. Obama – Obama 38%, Huckabee 51%, Undecided 11%
McCain vs. Obama – Obama 35%, McCain 53%, Undecided 12%

Margin of Error – 4.3%

Interesting that John Edwards has all but disappeared in the media.

Oh. And McConnell’s approval ratings are up and apparently money (or having none of it) is more important than the war.