Frankfort Republican Planned Parenthood Freakout – High Beams On

Two secret homosexuals and their five Republican friends are freaking out about Planned Parenthood.

This sect of the Republican Party of Kentucky — the most extreme of the extreme — are holding another public circle jerk in releasing letters sent to Auditor of Public Accounts and human troll, Todd Hollenbach.

Here’s their release announcing their backward-ass letters:

“Over the summer, highly-publicized videos have documented the widespread and ongoing practice by Planned Parenthood to proactively engage in the harvesting and selling of baby body parts. Former employees have testified that this revenue-generating strategy is at the heart of Planned Parenthood’s business model. Following that disturbing revelation, State Representatives learned that the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services allows significant taxpayer dollars to flow to Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.

Last Friday, after repeated requests to Executive Branch agencies trying to determine the amount of taxpayer dollars flowing through and from Kentucky State government to Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, seven Kentucky State Representatives wrote to Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen and Treasurer Todd Hollenbach calling on them to investigate and audit the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Kentucky citizens have a legal and moral right to know with certainty how their tax dollars are being spent.

Although these Constitutional elected officers were respectfully requested to immediately advise us of their intentions and the timeframe that their results would be forthcoming, the Auditor has refused to respond, and the Treasurer says he will not honor our request for an investigation.

For that reason, we are releasing our correspondence as open letters.

While Governor Beshear has stated that he doesn’t “really see any issue to get riled up about,” we, along with countless Kentuckians, are outraged and disgusted by the clear evidence that Planned Parenthood has callously engaged in the harvesting and selling of baby body parts. On behalf of those citizens we have demanded: (1) a fully transparent accounting of how much of their money is going to support Planned Parenthood; (2) that the tax dollars of Kentucky citizens immediately stop going to support Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky; and (3) that State Government take affirmative steps to ensure that the Commonwealth of Kentucky does not, directly or indirectly, facilitate Planned Parenthood or any other organization that engages in the harvesting or selling of the body parts of babies.

Given the clear unwillingness of the Beshear Administration to take these matters seriously, we have called upon Auditor Edelen and Treasurer Hollenbach to get to the bottom of who exactly is funding these atrocities. The source of these public funds is irrelevant if Kentucky State Government is providing financial support that aids or abets in these crimes against humanity. Likewise, we remind the Executive Branch that except in emergency situations, only the Kentucky General Assembly has the constitutional authority to direct where funds, collected by the Kentucky Treasurer, will be appropriated.”

Rep. Robert Benvenuti, State Representative, 88th District
Rep. Tim Couch, State Representative, 90th District
Rep. Kim King, State Representative, 55th District
Rep. Stan Lee, State Representative, 45th District
Rep. David Meade, State Representative, 80th District
Rep. Tim Moore, State Representative, 18th District
Rep. Russell Webber, State Representative, 26th District

Isn’t that fun? These people are publicly admitting that they possess few functioning brain cells. They’re publicly admitting to falling for hype.

Here’s their letter to Edelen:

And to Troll Hollenbach:

No One Believes Little Todd’s Office Matters

Democrat Todd Hollenbach, not yet sure what he’s going to do after his term as state treasurer ends in December, says that his post is critical to Kentuckians and that his leadership has saved the state millions of dollars. [H-L]

The first nationwide strike at U.S. oil refineries since 1980 is spreading to two BP plants in the Midwest. [HuffPo]

From the Department of Things That Won’t Matter… The Republican-controlled Senate passed a charter schools bill Friday, but the measure is almost sure to die in the House where Democrats rule. [C-J/AKN]

Both President Obama and Rep. Paul Ryan want to expand a key tax break for the working poor, but any hopes for a bipartisan compromise face a familiar obstacle – immigration reform. [The Hill]

For motorists, the recent dramatic decline in gas prices is a windfall. For the state’s Transportation Cabinet and local officials, it’s a kick in the gut — or at least in the Road Fund budget which is financed by a fluctuating gas tax based on wholesale prices. [Ronnie Ellis]

Two congressional Democrats have asked the Federal Reserve Board for a briefing about its investigation into a leak of confidential Fed policy deliberations two years ago. [ProPublica]

Kentucky State Police Post 3 Commander Captain John Clark is reporting the following activity by the troopers and detectives for the month of January 2015. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concludes that driving after smoking marijuana does not make you more likely to get into a car crash — especially when compared to driving after alcohol consumption. [Think Progress]

Regal Beloit, a global manufacturer of electric motors, mechanical and electrical motion controls, and power generation products, has acquired the Power Transmissions Solutions arm of Emerson Electric Company. Included in that acquisition was the Morehead SealMaster plant which has a workforce of about 200. [The Morehead News]

The Agriculture Department is getting ready to tell a lot of people who’ve been getting farm subsidy checks without lifting a hay bale, swinging a pitch fork or driving a tractor that they’re cut off. [ProPublica]

After depending solely on decades-old marketing methods since its inception, the Office of Hazard/Perry County Tourism has finally stepped into the 21st Century this year. That move was made possible by the new tourism marketing manager, Sam Neace, who has cannonballed into the position, creating social media pages and revamping the tourism website within his first month on the job. [Hazard Herald]

High school police asked a judge to let them pepper spray and arrest unruly students. [Mother Jones]

As a medical doctor, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has a rare set of credentials at the intersection of science and politics. But the glare of the 2016 presidential race is searing, and under it, Paul had a rough week. [H-L]

It’s no secret that the United States is headed toward marriage equality. A majority of states recognize same-sex marriage, and the Supreme Court will soon decide whether to extend that right nationwide. In this progressive climate, the battle has shifted to the state level, where conservatives are waging a last-ditch campaign to target LGBT Americans. [HuffPo]

What Your Electeds Had To Say About Sen. Ford

Since former U.S. Senator Wendell Ford died today, thought it’d be a good idea to share a few quotes from various people:

Alison Grimes:

Senator Wendell Ford was not only a close friend, but a mentor to me. He was one of the best Kentuckians I’ve ever known, and he deeply loved our Commonwealth and all of its people.

Sen. Ford was a true statesman. On every stage, he represented Kentucky with dignity and honor, embracing compromise to achieve results that benefitted the Commonwealth. His service has provided an extraordinary example for others who wish to serve Kentucky, and especially for me.

I will miss Sen. Ford’s friendship and, most of all, his incredible support and counsel. Andrew and I send our warmest thoughts and prayers to his wife Jean and their family.

Jack Conway:

This is a sad day for all of Kentucky. Wendell Ford was a lion of a public servant for Kentucky and the nation, but he had the heart and kindness of a lamb. He was my dear friend, and one of the largest influences on my professional life. I am so saddened to learn of his passing, yet I know I am blessed to have known him and learned from him. Since I was 18 years old, I have kept a picture of the two of us, signed by him, from the day we first met in his office in Washington, D.C. I keep it because I recall how extraordinarily kind and attentive he was to a high school kid, and it serves as a reminder to me of how people should be treated.

Wendell Ford fought for Kentucky – its schools, its towns, its farmers, and its airports. But most of all, he fought for the people of the Commonwealth he loved so dearly. What a public servant. What a man. What a life. Rest in peace, my dear friend.

Elizabeth and I, and our family, send our condolences to his wife Jean (who even the Senator called ‘Mrs. Ford’), to his children Steve and Shirley, to his grandchildren, and to the entire Ford family. They will be in our prayers.

Steve Beshear:

Kentucky has lost one of its great statesmen, and we all have lost a friend. Jane and I join with all of Kentucky to mourn the loss of Senator Wendell Ford. As I began my career in public service, I watched and learned from Senator Ford, who was the epitome of principled leadership. In every office in which he served, his methods were simple: Wendell Ford listened, he cared, and he got the job done. Our state and our nation are better places for his decades of thoughtful, cooperative work to help people. We are grateful for his legacy of service, and our prayers are with his wife, Jean, their children, Steve and Shirley, and their families.

Crit Luallen:

I’m deeply saddened by the loss of Sen. Wendell Ford, who was one of Kentucky’s great leaders. He was a true voice for the people of Kentucky throughout his remarkable career in public service, and so many Kentuckians are better off today because of his leadership and willingness to always put Kentucky first. I got my first job in politics in the mailroom of his Senate campaign, and he continued to mentor and guide me throughout my career, just as he did so many other Kentucky leaders. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Jean, and his entire family during this time of mourning and remembrance of this iconic Kentucky statesman.

Todd Hollenbach:

Kentucky has lost a great elder statesman in Wendell Ford. He was a friend, a mentor and an inspiration. I will miss his good counsel and his fellowship. He leaves behind a legacy of progressive leadership and public service that all Kentuckians can be proud of. Our prayers go out to his family.

Mitch McConnell:


President Barack Obama:

Michelle and I were saddened to learn of the passing of former Senator Wendell Ford. A veteran, businessman, Governor and four-term Senator, Wendell dedicated his life to the people of Kentucky. He believed deeply in fairness – everyone doing their part, everyone getting a fair shot. A formidable political strategist, he fought to make sure all Americans had equal access to the polls, championed paying workers a decent wage and extending a helping hand to those looking for work, and mentored scores of young people who entered public service with Wendell’s advice and support. Few in politics were as admired as he, and few have had as great an impact on his beloved Kentucky. Wendell leaves behind an extraordinary legacy of service, and a Commonwealth and country that are stronger and fairer thanks to him. Michelle and I send our condolences to his wife Jean and all the members of the Ford family.

Vice President Joe Biden:

Jill and I were very sorry to hear of the passing of Senator Wendell Ford.

He was one of the most effective legislative leaders I’ve ever worked with throughout my entire career. His philosophy was summed up when he said, “why make a speech when you can sit down with your colleagues and work something out?”

He always took care of Kentucky, but never lost sight of the fact that he represented all of America.

During Wendell’s time in the Senate, he helped bring greater transparency to government, greater safety to the airlines, and greater access to the polls.

It was thanks to his leadership as Whip that the Violence Against Women Act passed in 1994 as part of the Biden Crime Bill, changing the lives of so many women and men in this country and around the world.

On a personal note, Senator Ford has been an important part of our family for a long time. He gave Sara Jones Biden, from Owensboro, Kentucky, her first job on the Hill when she graduated from Duke Law School, and that’s how she met my brother Jimmy.

Last May, Jill had the honor of speaking at Owensboro Community College in Wendell’s hometown, and it was clear that his legacy will long outlive him in Owensboro, in Kentucky, and across the United States.

Wendell was an extremely effective senator and a great personal friend whose advice I sought long after he had left the Senate. I will miss him.

Our thoughts are with Jean, Steve, and Shirley during this difficult time. He was a good man.

Hal Rogers:

Kentucky has lost one of its greatest defenders, the honorable Wendell Ford. The people of the Commonwealth chose to have Ford in the foxhole with them time and again, electing him to consecutive terms as lieutenant governor, governor and senator.

Although he was a staunch Democrat, Senator Ford never hesitated to reach across the aisle for issues that benefited Kentucky the most, from promoting the development of coal-based synthetic fuels to protecting tobacco farmers.

He shed a new light on Kentucky country boys in Frankfort and Washington, proving that we always keep our word, we never back down from a challenge, and showing a little kindness goes a long way.

He was a true statesman for Kentucky who not only impacted change for today, but for tomorrow and generations to follow. My wife Cynthia and I offer our deepest condolences to his wife, Jean and the host of family and friends who stood steady by his side through the years.

Ready For A Todd Hollenbach Pee Alert Moment?

Wondering why the pension system in Kentucky is jacked?

Because of people like Todd Hollenbach.

From a release:

Kentucky Treasurer Todd Hollenbach, ex-officio board member of the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System(KTRS), praised House Speaker Greg Stumbo for taking action to shore up the unfunded liability of the pension system for teachers.

“I wholeheartedly support Speaker Stumbo’s proposal to authorize the issuance of bonds to refinance the pension debt and take advantage of the current favorable interest rates. It is a welcome example of legislative leadership to push this fiscally responsible initiative”, Treasurer Hollenbach stated.

“The KTRS board has been doing all it can but legislative involvement is critical to any long term solution,” Hollenbach added. “This action today by Speaker Stumbo is the best way right now to make KTRS whole and secure the future for our teachers”


It's Fancy Farm 2014 – Video Roundup Time

If you missed Fancy Farm, here are all the speeches. In no particular order.

Steve Beshear:

Stan Humpries:

Richard Heath:

Jesse Wright:

Floridian Ed Whitfield:

Some crazy guy named Charles Hatchett:

Grandmother Mitch McConnell:

Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes:

Little Todd:

Rand Paul:

Adam Edelen:

Big Ole Tough Man Jack Conway:

Jamie Comer, as he announces his gubernatorial bid:

Who had the best speech? It’s tough to say but the race for best is definitely between Mitch McConnell and Jamie Comer.

Thanks to KET for being awesome.

We Found Little Todd Trying To Promote Himself

People always ask what Little Todd Hollenbach is up to these days. In addition to being close friends with notorious bigot and homophobe, Frank Simon.

Well, really, he’s not up to much. Since his job is pointless and he rarely shows up in Frankfort.

He’s lately been on a self-promotional tour because he wants to run for another office:


Fortunately for Kentucky? Todd isn’t really capable of doing much else. And if he was ever to run for an office with a credible opponent, his life would be torn apart.

Your Taxes Paid For Him To Attend The Event

On the morning of Alison Grimes’ fundraiser with Bill Clinton, we spied this tweet from Todd Hollenbach:


Maybe the day would have been better spent actually doing the work taxpayers pay you to do, Little Todd.

Along with Jack Conway, Adam Edelen, Greg Stumbo, Steve Beshear and crew.

If LRC staffers aren’t permitted to take part in partisan campaign activity, then constitutional officers shouldn’t be paid for their own direct roles in partisan events. They ought to return that day’s pay to the taxpayers. (The entire day – because most attended a fundraiser for Andy Beshear a bit later.)