We’re Half-Way to Friday, Boys & Girls

Mitch McConnell visited Morehead on Thursday as the guest speaker at the Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. He gave a bunch of non-answers about the health care crisis and used Great Britain’s system to scare country folks. One woman compared him to Al Gore and we’re totally blown away. For real. [The Morehead News]

Politicians really do love coal money. And that’s fine by us. They just need to be honest about the influence King Coal has on them. [Green KY]

WHAS11 touts the latest SurveyUSA data but neglects to mention the massive under sampling of Democrats by the polling firm. Proper sampling would yield VASTLY different results that are much more in line with reality. But can’t let the facts get in the way of the news. [WHAS11]

Former senate candidate Greg Fischer announced yesterday in Frankfort that he will be signing on as David Boswell’s volunteer finance chairman. We find that quite interesting since, you know, Fischer promised long ago to help Bruce Lunsford oust Mitch McConnell. [PolWatchers]

Nancy Pelosi will be one of the featured speakers on Monday night at the DNC. Along with Michelle Obama, Claire McCaskill and Craig Robinson. We’re going to be flooded with boring DNC news for like years, kids, so get used to it. [Pat Crowley]

And more from PolWatchers: Ed Martin, who filed papers as a Libertarian to run against Anne Northup and John Yarmuth in Louisville’s 3rd District U.S. House race is apparently a registered Republican. Uh, kind of hard to run as a Lib if you’re a Pub, dudes. Just saying. [PolWatchers]

Volunteers of America are honoring University of Louisville president Jim Ramsey on September 10. The organization is throwing ‘an evening of tribute’ for Ramsey because he’s allegedly focusing on improving the standard of living in Louisville. No mention of his remarks that complaints against Robert Felner were “crap.” [VOAKY]

Watson Makes His Case in the 48th District

by Zak Owens

In Kentucky’s 48th House District, Democrat David Watson thinks he is in a perfect position to beat 16-year GOP incumbent Bob DeWeese in November. He thinks the right-leaning district in northeastern Jefferson County is changing.

“Voting registration over the last four years have been trending heavily Democratic,” Watson said. “There are about 19,000 registered Republicans and 18,200 registered Democrats. Four or five years ago there was a much bigger disparity.”

Closing the partisan gap among registered voters is vital if Watson is to pull an upset, and so is getting help from local elected officials.

“The planets have aligned perfectly to create this opportunity,” said Watson, who’s been campaigning door-to-door for several months. “With more and more registered Democrats, and people realizing that Republican state leadership has been completely ineffective, people are starting to realize it is time for a change in Frankfort.”

Read the rest after the jump…

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Latest SurveyUSA: A Little Bit Jacked Up?

SUSA’s Current Numbers:

McConnell 52%
Lunsford 40%
Undecided 8%
4% Margin of Error

SurveyUSA used a mix of 57% Democratic, 33% Republican and 9% Other in June polling. But SUSA took it upon itself to under sample Democrats this month. In their latest polling data, they questioned 50% Democratic, 39% Republican, 9% Other.

So, if the group had sampled appropriately this month, the margin between Bruce Lunsford and Mitch McConnell would be 5-6 points instead of 12. Not exactly what we would call “breathing room.”

Current voter registration in Kentucky:

Democratic 1,647,140 (57.26%)
Republican 1,043,331 (36.27%)
Other 186,079 (6.49%)

Total 2,876,550

Hot And Sticky Tuesdays Are No Fun In Kentucky

Labor unions are the devil and it’s all Bruce Lunsford’s fault! Gosh, they’re so scary! [PolWatchers]

Did you miss Fancy Farm? Joe Sonka has an interesting recap of the events on the ground. And an encounter with the KDP’s Thom Karmik, who apparently doesn’t live in the reality-based community. [Barefoot & Progressive]

WTVQ in Lexington is all kind of jacked up. A lead anchor left and the news director was fired. Then the station manager hired former Fletcher official Doug Hogan to be news director. He’s currently being sued along with Bill Nighbert by a woman alleging discrimination and harassment. This is going to get interesting. [H-L]

In case you missed it, the University of Louisville has a serious problem on its hands. A problem so serious that there is no way UofL president Jim Ramsey can continue to say stupid things in the media and expect to keep his $500,000+ per year job. [Page One]

Are you one of the folks who watch Fox News on a regular basis? Then you probably believe a KFC franchise was opened in Fallujah. Turns out the story is essentially made up and pedaled on Fox News in an attempt to make it seem like things are working in Iraq. [TPM Muckraker]

Did you hear? The Courier-Journal died a little more the other day. Public Editor Pam Platt’s job was axed and she was moved to the editorial board. The Gannett paper just doesn’t have any room for, you know, anything that costs money or is worth reading. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Republican voter registration has dropped in many states for the fourth year in a row. Meanwhile, Democratic and Independent registrations have increased. You seeing a pattern here, kids? [NYT]

Friday Afternoon Update – Fancy Farm Is Here

Enjoy yourselves at Fancy Farm, kids! Let us know if anything exciting goes down.

Why would the Courier-Journal apologize for saying that Mitch McConnell is unethical? He’s probably the most unethical person in either house of the United States Congress. He immediately distanced himself from folks like Larry Craig when it was revealed that they were closet-case perverts but he took his sweet time getting rid of that sweet Ted Stevens money. That’s not what we’d call ETHICAL, holmes. [Osi Speaks]

In other news, Mitch McConnell is still pretending that he is the Jesus of lowering gas prices. Naturally, he’s still blaming Democrats for ruining the world. [Mitchypooh’s Website]

Just a reminder: tonight’s episode of Comment on Kentucky will air live from Fancy Farm at 8:00 P.M. Eastern. Guests will include Mark Hebert, Bill Bartleman and Ronnie Ellis. Watch it! [Page One]

From Mark Hebert, here’s a decent list of recent polling data. Check it out. Along with a review in the Wall Street Journal of SurveyUSA. [Real Clear Politics, WSJ]

We haven’t laughed this hard in hours. “The most tragic thing about the next three months will be watching John McCain try to catch up on all of the news he has been ignoring for the past 50 years. It will be like that Rocky montage where he exercises and eats raw eggs, except it will be John McCain reading the large-print edition of Congressional Quarterly and falling asleep with his mouth open.” [Wonkette]

Abstinence-Only Programs Failing in Kentucky?

The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) recently released a report about abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in Kentucky and it’s a doozy.

25 other states have rejected Title V abstinence-only funds– but not Kentucky. The Commonwealth received more than $3 million last year alone, the majority of funds going to crisis pregnancy centers.

This sort of thing is obviously not working, since the teen birth rate in Kentucky rose 6.6% from 2005-2006 while the national rate only rose 3%.

Check the report out here and then get an eye-opening look at how health indicators are failing in Kentucky here.

Statewide media: Where are you on this issue? It’s time for you to wake up.

Tuesday Afternoon Stormy Update Dept

Diane Brumback is going to basically beat Mitch McConnell up on women’s issues this year. [Kentucky Women]

Frank Simon and his gay-hating friends have decided that America’s fat farm– McDonald’s — is horrible, horrible, horrible because of the gays. Some dude sits on some homo board or whatever and now McDonald’s has to be boycotted. [Barefoot & Progressive]

That’s right. Only two or three people on earth approve of the United States Congress. Could this mean Republicans are in trouble? [Pat Crowley]

Some Democrats held a press conference before some Republicans over some funny-looking electric cars and everyone is all upset or whatever. Also, some dude was late for his own press conference, we hear. [Mark Hebert]

Common knowledge these days? State Senator Ernesto Scorsone (D-Head Gay) is going to be Chief Circuit Judge in the Seventh Division and State Rep. Kathy Stein (D-Frank Simon’s Worst Enemy) is going to take his place. [PolSmo… er… PolWatchers]