Summer is over! FINALLY! For real this time!

$$$$$. Ernie Fletcher has raised $3.46 million and has $1.24 million on-hand. Steve Beshear has raised $5.31 million and has $1.68 million on-hand. What’s that sound? Why, it’s the cha-ching you hear coming from a challenger who has far out-raised an incumbent governor. The AP has pushed the story around the state. [C-J, Ledger Independent]

Not til next year. Everyone is reporting what we reported weeks ago. Crit is considering the Senate. Worst kept secret yet. Miraculously, the story has reappeared and everyone is shocked by the news? [Hebert]

Oh snap! Proponents of Louisville’s library tax are displaying some pretty weird behavior. Canceling public appearances left and right, lying to library staff. And Mayor Jerry Abramson (D-only when convenient) puts his foot in his mouth once again by breaking a campaign promise. Promises, promises kids! Don’t make em if you’re gonna break em. Oh, library tax opponents have hit the airwaves. [The ‘Ville Voice, YouTube]

Racism hits UK. After a controversial cartoon appeared in the University of Kentucky’s student newspaper? A threatening racist epithet was scrawled on the door of a black student’s dorm room. My, what an adult state we live in. [C-J]

Still striking. ARH nurses are still on strike throughout Eastern Kentucky and parts of West Virginia. This time the nurses have taken things to the capitol steps in WV. Not surprisingly, ARH still refuses to negotiate. [H-L]

Sodrel’s Doing it AGAIN

Tying the congressional record for four back-to-back races, Mike Sodrel (R) is once again running against Baron Hill (Usually D) for Southern Indiana’s U.S. Congressional seat. For the past week Sodrell has made announcements about making announcements about making announcements. All right for free press.

Peep part of the press conference:



Taking up the failing flat tax? What is this “fur tax” he speaks of? Preventing the wealthy from paying their fair share? Yeah, sounds like the plan to draw out all the middle class voters currently screwed by the tax “cuts.” Keep it up.

We’re just guessing here, but… Baron Hill has this one in the bag. Wealthy Republicans just don’t fit the voters’ bill in Southern Indiana any longer.

Oh Snap Monday

Dept of Freaking Out Over Kentucky Central. Another news agency opens their coverage of the Kentucky Central non-scandal with an introductory paragraph that could be considered critical of Beshear. Everyone continues to freak out over the Herald-Leader. What is it with people who can’t handle critical stories? [C-J]

600lb gorilla in the room: Ernest Lee. Crowley says that if Trey goes down it’s Ernie Fletcher’s fault. [Enquirer]

There’s still a race going on. Day 4 of the CNHI Gubernatorial reader forum takes on transparency with taxpayers’ money. We’re disappointed that both candidates have to continually bring up wedge issues. [Daily Times]

The deciding vote. 100+ union members took over Northern Kentucky Saturday. They spent their time canvassing two counties in support of Democratic candidates. Fletcher continues to oppose organized labor. [Enquirer]

Religious wars. Roger Alford explores the gubernatorial battle on Christian radio. We’ll let you guess which candidate is using wedge issues to scare that crowd. Also will leave it up to you to guess which candidate doesn’t know how to stop referring to himself in the third-person. [H-L]

McConnell on Radio: Democrats are bad, MoveOn sucks, Yay Eye-Rack, we’re turning into France

Mitch McConnell appeared on a right-wing web radio show called Blog Talk/Heading Right yesterday with host Ed Morrissey. As Kentuckians, we thought you’d like to take a listen to McConnell’s segment of the show:

[audio:http://pageonekentucky.com/audio/mitchwingerradio.mp3]

Highlights:

McConnell said Kentuckians would pay $600 million in new taxes for SCHIP but neglected to mention it would be in the form of a cigarette tax– something that is voluntary.

He said “anytime the Democrats talk about ‘the children’ you know they’re talking about some other cause” – then said they’re trying to take people off private insurance and put them on the government teat. First: What the heck do you mean the Democrats use “the children” as a front? Have you ever paid attention? It’s a two-way street, buddy, and the Republicans have always used “the children” to scare the bejeezus out of people. Second: Taking people off private insurance plans? Uh, I believe they were allowing people who, you know, don’t have insurance to benefit. Way to spin.

Interesting that McConnell used his constituents in Kentucky in defense of not supporting SCHIP but didn’t mention that his constituents want us out of Iraq when he discussed whether or not the Senate would vote for an exit. Does he actually know or care what his constituents desire?

MoveOn was brought up (someone must’ve struck a nerve) and McConnell went on to say Iraq was responsible for 9/11, the USS Cole, etc. WTF, indeed.

The best part is the end of the segment when the Senator says “this Congress” is only about rewarding its friends. (“Plaintiff Lawyers and Organized Labor Bosses”) Pot, meet Kettle. (Big Business, Mega Insurance, Big Oil, Big War Contractors, Halliburton, KBR, et al)

And apparently “they” (the Democrats) want to “turn us into France when even the French are having second thoughts.” HAHAHA. Oh man.

Jim Waters: Is this the best we can do?

Jim Waters’ column this week tackles the issue of failure in the Fletcher Administration. Something everyone can read without completely freaking out.



Is this the best we can do?

By Jim Waters

As this year’s gubernatorial campaign unfolds in all of its benign beauty, I keep coming back to the same question: “Is this the best Kentucky can do?”

One political hack – this one a Republican from Meade County – thinks so. She called me last week and sprung this gusher: The incumbent and former physician-pilot-preacher-turned-politician Ernie Fletcher is “the greatest governor we’ve ever had.”

I suspected she based her opinion on reasons beyond political success, leadership, competent advisers or charisma – all of which remain glaringly absent from the current administration.

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