Kentucky Legislature: Backward and Ignorant

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In one of the most stupid moves by the Kentucky legislature in our lifetimes, the Senate voted in favor (30-5) of SB 112 that bans state universities and all government agencies from offering domestic partner benefits.

Sen. Ernesto Scorsone has it right when he says this kind of measure brings out the worst in all of us. It brings the biggest tools out of the shed. Tools led by Republican Senator Vernie McGaha (unfortunate name) of Russell Springs. McGaha says he is “quite proud” of his bill and stands strong for his convictions. So we hope for his sake he’s not one of the several rumored closeted Republicans in the state senate. We hope the same for his 30 friends who voted for the ban.

The bill is now on its way to the House where it’s expected to pass comfortably.

Next on their agenda? Making it illegal for businesses of any type to receive tax breaks or incentives from the state if they offer domestic partner benefits.

Every single elected official in Frankfort should feel completely ashamed.


Will Governor Beshear make good on his promise to use the veto pen?

Tuesday Update Dept: Filing Deadline Edition

Steve Beshear said he wouldn’t use state planes for political purposes. He’s now being criticized for doing just that on his first trip in a state plane as Governor of the Commonwealth. Leaving us to wonder if everything the man does will be construed as controversial. [Hebert]

Earmark Anne Northup, the woman who said during the gubernatorial primary that she didn’t want to be a congress critter anymore, is filing this afternoon to become a congress critter again. Can she beat Chris Thieneman? Will she move on to the general and get trounced by John Yarmuth? Who knows. But strong arming another Republican to get out of her way isn’t a good way to get started. [C-J]

The No Child Left Behind report is out and Mark Hebert leaves it up to you to decide whether or not it’s a good or bad thing. Hey, at least we’re not teaching Mexicans english, right? We’re also not tutoring our kids like the rest of the country, either. And only 83% of our kids graduate high school. [Hebert]

And speaking of Mexicans. Something Anne Northup’s never done (to our knowlege): met with border patrol to research how many scary Mexicans they’re protecting us from. It’s exactly what Rep. John Yarmuth did when he visited the border. You’ll be pleased to learn patrol agents are getting good at what they do. Fewer and fewer Mexicans will be able to get across the border to scare our white women. [The Arena]

Our white women are scared! All the updates you can handle after the jump…

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Oh Noes It’s Cold Roundup: Jake Has Returned!

David Williams calls Dan Mongiardo a bad boy. Alleging all kinds of threats toward officials in eastern Kentucky for not supporting Scott Alexander. Williams met with Attorney General Jack Conway today to discuss a possible investigation. Call us crazy but we see this going no where fast. [PolWatchers]

Speaking of David Williams, he and soon-to-be ousted Speaker of the House Jody Richards are pushing a plan to start the use of tolls to help finance Kentucky’s various bridge projects. Uh. That won’t go over too well. Taxing roadways in Kentucky? What? Have you ever driven on our crappy highways? Like anyone wants to pay for that nightmarish opportunity. [The Arena]

Hank List is back as deputy secretary of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet. The job he held from 2001-2003. List is also a former state representative and has worked for companies like the devil Louisville Gas & Electric. [Hebert]

There’s still no Democratic challenger for Stan Lee. The call for a candidate totally fell on deaf ears. Both the Kentucky Democratic Party and the House Democratic Caucus have dropped the ball. If Stan Lee is ever vulnerable, it’s now. But people seem pleased as punch to piss away an opportunity to elect a true leader. [BlueGrassRoots]

Stephen George, LEO’s excellent managing editor, turns our attention to a clip from Bill Maher’s HBO program that featured sex columnist Dan Savage reporting from the Huckabee campaign in South Carolina. Can you say hilarious? Always funny to send a scary, known homosexual to anti-gay land. Alert: put down your beverage. [General Sense of Outrage, The Stranger]

Republican Spreading Lies & Distortions

Former Fletcher spokesperson-turned-blogger Brett Hall (R-History of Making Shit Up) has done it again. This time he’s lying about an aide of Rep. John Yarmuth. It’s one thing to discuss Yarmuth’s perceived negatives in an election year but it’s an entirely different ball game when you begin attacking and lying about a candidate’s staff. Staff whom, we remind you, are not elected officials.

Hall recently posted this blurb on his site, Kentucky Politics:

Yarmuth, who’s taken hits lately following the discovery of a congressional aide’s gay porn website activity, may have a tough go of it this year. Two factors could work against him: (1) Hillary Clinton at the top of the Democrat ticket and (2) U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s being a probable shoo-in for re-election on the GOP side.

Catch that? He’s alleging– no, making shit up— that a Yarmuth staffer has had some sort of issue involving activity on a gay pornography website. What on earth is he talking about?

Could he be talking about the (awful and painful to watch) mainstream movie that Yarmuth’s spokesperson Stuart Perelmuter wrote and starred in? You know, the one we stopped the RPK from using in a negative manner? The movie that is not disgusting or shameful and can be rented at almost any Blockbuster? We’ve emailed Hall asking for clarification but he has not provided comment. We wanted to give him a fair and honest opportunity to clear the air and he has run in the opposite direction.  So all we can do is chalk his claims up as complete bull.

If Brett Hall is going to post false/libelous/hurtful information about non-elected officials on his website he should be able to back his claims up. Since he cannot do so, people like Chris Theineman, Jack Richardson, Anne Northup and others should tell Hall how they feel about his disgusting activity. It’s brainless, spiteful and should be shunned by anyone old enough to vote. There’s no place in politics for that level of ignorance.

Heads-Up to Questionable Rights Organization

Stop the petty bickering.

A week or so ago the questionable gay rights organization calling itself the Kentucky Equality Federation blasted the Kentucky Fairness Alliance and its leader, Christina Gilgor, for allegedly alienating members of the KEF. Jordan Palmer, KEF’s self-appointed leader, has made it a point over the years to feature himself prominently in everything his group does. Totally undermining its alleged mission.

Figured we should chime in to add that Palmer and his Republican self (part of the reason he’s clashing with the legit Fairness Alliance, otherwise party affiliation wouldn’t matter) need to stop with fracturing the equality movement in Kentucky. For over a year he’s attempted to demonize the Fairness Campaign and Kentucky Fairness Alliance. Instead of attempting to work together as Palmer alleges, his organization hasn’t done anything but try to promote itself while diminishing the potential impact of the Fairness Alliance.

It’s great that Palmer wants to help the gays or whatever. But the Fairness Alliance actually has a staff of people who aren’t just a group of friends in real life. They’re affiliated with the Fairness Campaign. And they’re well-connected, active individuals who have strong roots in Frankfort and have fought the war to bring equality to Kentucky. The Kentucky Equality Federation is a new little start-up that should try to play well with others instead of getting envious and upset when the legitimate equality organization receives the full backing of those who strive for equal rights.

We’re not suggesting the Equality Federation shouldn’t exist. But come on. This is ridiculous. You can’t trash an organization just because they won’t put you on a pedestal and cater to your every whim.

Greg Fischer & Self-Funding

Has someone recently explained the millionaires’ rule to Greg Fischer and the young people at the KDP? Did they just figure out that Fischer would be a waste?

Forgot to mention this last week, but, the Millionaires’ Rule (Millionaires’ Amendment) is kind of a big deal in this Senate race. And the only person it really affects is Greg Fischer. (Bruce Lunsford is so wealthy it doesn’t even come into play. He could write a $20 million check and never think twice about it.)

Here’s the dilly, kids: Once Greg Fischer loans about $600,000 to his campaign, Mitch McConnell can at that point allow all of his contributors to double their contribution amount. Meaning Mitch could easily have $20 million on-hand in no time.

If Fischer gave his campaign about $1.4 million, McConnell would then be able to triple the contribution amounts from all of his money men. So… how does $30 million sound?

Yeah. Exactly. That’s why Fischer can’t contribute a wad of cash because he just doesn’t have enough to keep up. He’s afraid of losing money and doesn’t want to win badly enough.

At a Christmas party Greg Fischer told numerous people he would drop $5 million into his campaign. A week later, after getting a bit of an FEC education, Fischer is saying he can only drop in $200,000. He and the Party now realize dropping any more into the race would sink his faux progressive ship faster than Fat Albert in a pool with floaties.

More after the jump…

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Rumors on the Internets: The budget & stuff

Kentucky’s Al Mohler wants to be president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Mohler, head of the Souther Baptist Seminary in Louisville is behind the Christian “exit” from public schools and has speculated for a while– publicly– about “fixing” the gays. [H-L]

Boptrot is back. Bob Foster, an FBI investigator from the O.B. days has been hired by Jack Conway to head the Attorney General’s investigations unit in Frankfort. He’s a former head of the FBI’s Eastern District Office and was most recently head of the Transportation Security Administration in Louisville. [Hebert]

The state senate is trying yet again to improve math and science. Along with providing incentive pay for teachers to work in those fields. Ken Winters is pushing for it. Even though the KEA says pay increases are whack. Looks like more counting on their fingers ahead. [H-L]

Andy Alcock had an exclusive story last night about a middle school boy who wanted to join East Hardin Middle School’s cheerleading squad. The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, responding to a lawsuit, ordered the school to pay the parents $3,000. The settlement includes an order for the school to undergo training sessions and produce reports on its progress. The coach who cut the kid from the team is no longer there. Maybe she should have found a spot for him. [WLKY]

Bucks for Brains is screwed until the budget ordeal is over. King David Williams says so. Maybe Steve Henry could donate his salary to the program for a while like… oh, right, turns out that never happened. [C-J]

Steve Beshear still afraid to raise the cigarette tax to be in line with other states. Even though Ernie Fletcher said the current tax rate has worked well for reducing teen smoking. And even after the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids announced an increase would provide Kentucky with over $300 million per year in additional revenue. [PolWatchers]