It’s Thursday And We Miss The Office on TV

There was a crazy hot mess at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport last night. White powder (OH NOES!) and wires were coming from a bag in the cargo area of a plane so the entire world shut down for like three hundred hours. Turns out it was a portable dental kit that was dusty. FEAR. [Enquirer]

Steve Beshear told the Louisville Forum that he still supports raising the cigarette tax. And he continued to push for a public vote on casino gambling. [C-J]

Bill Nighbert is also the target of a Transportation Cabinet investigation. One of the people charged with investigating him is a man Nighbert once fired. This should be interesting. [H-L]

Do you know Lilly Ledbetter? Do you support fair and equal pay for women? Or do you support Mitch Mcconnell? You may want to educate yourself. [KY Women]

Democrat Doug Mullins dropped out of the 51st District State House race yesterday. This guarantees that Republican John Carney will win the seat. This means that only 30 of the 100 State House seats are being contested. Way to go, KDP! [PolWatchers]

Turns out Russia launched a coordinated cyber attack on Georgia before and during their physical attack on the country. Welcome to the 21st century, I guess. [NY Times by way of Barefoot & Progressive]

A few things from Politicker:

OMG. Sonny Landham to host a voter registration rally in Louisville’s West End? OMG. We can’t take it.  Will anyone ask him just how racist he is? [Trey Pollard]

Trey Grayson was selected to be a part of the RNC’s platform committee team. He’ll serve as co-chairman of the Guaranteeing Energy Independence and a Cleaner Environment subcommittee. [Trey Pollard]

And in other news, Politicker is definitely Republican. [Some Other Dude With An Ego Bigger Than Ours]

Monday Afternoon Update Dept of Kittehs and Other Matters Of Extreme Importance

ALERT! Famous racist and hardcore porn star Sonny Landham will be in Louisville this Saturday for a fancy scary movie festival! Everyone go tell him how excited you are about his unique brand of racism. [C-J]

Uh, homie, it’s only an exclusive if no one else knows about it. When the entire Commonwealth knows about something and the traditional media world has already covered something… that’s, you know, not exactly an exclusive. But it really is good that someone is focusing on King David these days. [BGR]

Tonight’s episode of Kentucky Tonight on KET will be all about taxes, the economy and the presidential election. Tonight’s guests are David Tandy, a Louisville Metro Councilcritter/lawyer/KDP Treasurer; Gail Russel, Louisville lawyer and RPKer; Bill Londrigan, president of the Kentucky AFL-CIO; Angela Leet, chair of Kentucky Women for McCain, meaning she’s president and sole member of that club. Send comments and questions to kytonight@ket.org. It airs at 8:00 P.M. Eastern. [Kentucky Tonight]

Joe has a very important video of a very important and exciting place right here in Bluegrass USA. Quite possibly the greatest and funniest place on earth. Contains monkeys. Go lookit. [Barefoot & Progressive]

Dee Dee Myers and Karl Rove are the big dog speakers at Northern Kentucky University’s Alumni Lecture Series. Their discussion will take place on October 9 at 6:00 P.M. Eastern in the ballroom of NKU’s Student Union. $40 admission for the general public, which is a little high-dollar for spinsters of their ilk. [Pat Crowley]

Grampa John McCain duz not undrstd techanogoly. Look! It’s John McCain kitteh! In other news, this cool person who once called me from an establishment resembling a steakhouse says Ceiling Cat approves. [Yes We Can]

Another Leonard Lawson Flashback

More Trouble For Henry

In ’03, ex-Miss America Heather French Henry used $50K from the Heather French Foundation for Veterans to publish a series of children’s books. The foundation’s biggest contributor that year was a non-profit tied to Leonard Lawson, “one of the state’s largest road contractors and most prolific political contributors.” At the time, Steve Henry (D) was in office as LG. Henry, through a spokesperson, said he had no contact with the Lawsons about the foundation. Heather’s books didn’t make money, and “now they are the subject of a lawsuit” in Jefferson Circuit Court [Sarah Vos, Herald-Leader, 5/13/2007]

Mark Hebert: The problem with secret money

Lawson’s company, Mountain Enterprises, appealed the state of Kentucky’s sales tax bill for $795,000 on the purchase of a $13,250,000 aircraft. After penalties and interest, the state revenue department said Mountain owed $965,000. As the appeal was headed to hearing, both sides agreed to a settlement that is undisclosed. One source familiar with the case told me it was for about half the original tax bill or close to $400,000. State law prohibits the release of that information so my sources number could not be confirmed.

The settlement occurred April 27, less than a month before election day. Lawson and his wife and son, who’s president of Mountain Enterprises, all gave $1000 to Fletcher’s campaign last year. There’s a legitimate question to be raised from this…..did the Lawsons get a sweetheart deal because they’re Fletcher supporters? Did the Lawsons recently give to Fletcher’s defense fund and, in return, get a break on their tax bill? Again, this appears on its face to be a routine, legitimate dispute over taxes owed that resulted in a settlement both parties could live with. But with Fletcher keeping the names and donations to his legal defense fund secret, who knows? [Clicky Clicky]

TGIF! John McCain’s Gonna Make It Rain!

Yesterday Bruce Lunsford released his eight-point energy plan, which we told you about here. But he also said that Mitch McConnell thinks Kentucky voters are stupid– which is probably true. And then Mitch’s crew wet their pants and had to respond. [Mark Hebert]

Governor Steve Beshear went on another one of his fancy town hall meetings in Winchester. Ryan Alessi was there and has the skinny on what went down. Sales tax holidays, light rail in central Kentucky (HAHA) and more. [H-L]

Remember Jon Draud? The new education commissioner who spent a hundred million dollars of state money on a fancy car so he would feel safe or whatever? It’s now for sale on eBay! And Draud told Kentucky Public Radio that he plans to buy the $31,000 car himself. And we thought he needed all those vacation days and perks because he was in the poor house. [Pat Crowley]

What did senile John McCain do while Barack Obama was busy living it up with a fancy speech in Germany? Why, he went to a German restaurant in Columbus, Ohio to complain about Obama’s trip. How embarrassing is that? [The Page]

Greg Stumbo told reporters that Democratic House leadership under Jody Richards failed to help Steve Beshear enough. Oh snap, it’s on. Jody Richards denied everything. And then Greg started talking about running for a leadership spot. Who wants to take bets that Larry Clark is crying on the phone to Steve Henry as we speak (type)? [C-J]

Mitch McConnell’s Ad Filled With Distortions

The Herald-Leader rips Mitch McConnell’s latest attack ad apart in an editorial. McConnell blames opponent Bruce Lunsford for high gas prices in the ad, which is reportedly responsible for serious health problems plaguing thinking people. Injuries from eye-rolling accidents are on the rise in Kentucky emergency rooms.

From the H-L:

Kentucky’s gas tax, 8 cents below the national average, is a negligible part of the price of gasoline.

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McConnell’s commercial is essentially dishonest.

But that’s not the worst of it.

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McConnell’s misleading ad isn’t unexpected. Manipulation has long been his strong suit, and the senior senator must be very pleased with the way his ad uses Lunsford’s own words against him.

But this dishonesty from McConnell is disappointing all the same. It’s a discredit to his lofty position and an insult to the people who have kept him in Washington for 24 years.

You may view the ad in question by clicking here.

The Courier-Journal also has an editorial today:

Sen. McConnell’s criticism is simply irrelevant. This is a Senate race, and most individual senators cannot influence fuel costs.

An exception would be Sen. McConnell himself as the Senate muscle of the Bush administration’s party. But Sen. McConnell has been President Bush’s enabler — declining to demand a coherent national energy policy, failing to push for effective alternative energy sources and clinging to the fiction that drilling for more oil in Alaska and offshore will produce meaningful relief.

A leader would tell the truth about oil. Kentucky, and America, will need someone other than Sen. McConnell to fill that role.