Teabaggers are really mad about Mitch McConnell’s terrific anti-Matt Bevin mail piece:
Today the United Kentucky Tea Party issued a press release condemning the deceptive campaign tactics of Senator McConnell. Senator McConnell knows campaign law allows him to make these outrageous statements and unfortunately he as become the master of mudslinging. They say the problem with wrestling with a pig is you get dirty and the pig likes it. If you believe it is time for Senator McConnell to get out of the mud and start discussing his voting record call Senator McConnell and tell him to act like a Senator. Then call Senator Paul and ask him if he approves of Senator McConnell’s actions.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2014
United Kentucky Tea Party Condemns Senator Mitch McConnell for his deceptive “Fraud Alert” mass mailing
Elizabethtown, Ky – This past week the McConnell campaign sent thousands of mailers to Kentucky residents marked “Fraud Alert” without any identification as to who had sent the mailers. Kentuckians, concerned that their identities or credit card information may have been stolen, opened the mailers only to find that it was a political mailing from the McConnell campaign containing the same old mudslinging accusations that Senator McConnell has been trying to push for months now.
The United Kentucky Tea Party strongly condemns Senator McConnell and his campaign staff for attempting to scare hard working Kentuckians in this manner. Unfortunately, this type of irresponsible behavior is something that we have come to expect from Kentucky’s senior Senator.
Senator McConnell refuses to run on his record of complicity in the nation’s $17.3 trillion dollar debt, and giving President Obama a blank check in the most recent debt ceiling fiasco. His backroom deals with Joe Biden and Harry Reid have led to higher taxes for working Kentuckians.
“Frankly, Mitch McConnell should be ashamed of his record in Washington. His 60% disapproval rating with Kentucky voters illustrates that Kentuckians are fed up with his lack of leadership” stated Scott Hofstra, Spokesperson for the United Kentucky Tea Party.
Kentuckians demand real leadership in Washington and we are not getting it from Senator McConnell. Kentuckians also demand ethical and professional behavior from their elected representatives and we are not receiving this from Senator McConnell either.
The United Kentucky Tea Party urges Senator McConnell to announce his retirement in order for the voters to concentrate on keeping the Senate seat in Conservative hands by helping Matt Bevin defeat Alison Grimes in November.
Spokesperson United Kentucky Tea Party
We can’t stop laughing.
Tags: Flashback · Humor · Mitch McConnell
Not only have Greg Fischer, Jim Gray and Damon Thayer been put on notice for getting into bed with the Arnold Foundation (in light of the PBS and Brookings scandals), but now there’s this.
The American Federation of Teachers have now labeled the Commonwealth of Kentucky an Arnold state:
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Meanwhile, Jim Gray is in serious CYA mode. Greg Fischer is rolling his eyes. Damon Thayer continues to line up cash for 2015.
Tags: Corruption · Embarrassing · Wasted Money
You already know that state legislators got paid handsomely for their snow day. Meaning they got paid to be snowed in at home.
But regular state government employees?
Even non-essential staffers were required to show up. And if they couldn’t get to work or had no personal leave banked? Sorry bout their luck, they’re on their own.
There wasn’t even a two-hour delay.
Tags: Hypocrisy · Wasted Money
Since Katie Stine is thankfully leaving the State Senate and Damon Thayer is remaining to continue spreading misinformation about the pension disaster in Kentucky (until his lifelong dream of being lieutenant governor comes to a crushing halt), let’s have a fun caption contest.
MAKE IT FUNNY!
Seriously. Make it funny!
Tags: Contest · Humor
Lexington had five more murders in 2013 than the year before, but other serious crimes in the city decreased by 8 percent overall, police statistics show. [H-L]
One of the nation’s largest coal producers will pay a $27.5 million fine and is set to spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges into waterways across five Appalachian states. [HuffPo]
Amid melting snow and a bright sun, thousands of Kentuckians gathered at the capital Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of a landmark civil-rights march — and to proclaim that the fight for equality has not ended. [C-J/AKN]
Kentucky’s chief lawyer Jack Conway went against his governor and arguably the will of his constituents when he tearfully announced on Tuesday he wouldn’t defend a Kentucky law banning recognition of out-of-state gay marriages. [TPM]
Somebody call Martha Jane King, licensed coon hunter! A woman was attacked by raccoons in Madison County. [WKYT]
Undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder is having a major impact on injured civilians, particularly those with violent injuries, as we detailed last month. One national study of patients with traumatic injuries found that more than 20 percent of them developed PTSD. [ProPublica]
Finding friends in troubled times. Volunteer seeks to ease the pain of death. [Ashland Independent]
A UN illegal drugs body has criticised 2012 moves in two US states to legalise recreational use of marijuana. [BBC]
Steve Beshear says the issue of gay marriage should be left up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Because he’s a coward and can’t even comfortably say the word “gay” aloud. [WDRB]
Democrats need to wake up and understand the stakes involved in holding on to control of the U.S. Senate in the November congressional elections, President Barack Obama told Democratic Party donors at a fundraiser on Tuesday. [Reuters]
Saying ties to the country’s “most notorious cop-killer” was a question of professional fitness, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., led the way to defeating a key Obama nominee on Wednesday. [WFPL]
The economy often absorbs the impact of snowstorms, such as this week’s storm, without much trouble, but this winter the weather is doing more damage than usual. [NPR]
The sun has broken through the clouds and weather forecasts are calling for warmer temperatures. But if another winter storm hits Kentucky soon, commuters might have to drive on messier roads. [Business First]
These kayakers came across an abandoned 110-year-old ghost ship in a tributary just off the Ohio River. [Viral Forest]
Steve Beshear said Wednesday his son, Andrew Beshear, a candidate for attorney general in 2015, played no role in his decision to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries. Riiiiiiiight. [H-L]
Calling laws against same-sex marriage the last vestige of widespread discrimination in America, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway told TIME on Tuesday he refused to continue defending his state’s ban on gay marriage because he feared he’d regret it for the rest of his life. [TIME]
Tags: Barack Obama · Corruption · Discrimination · Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Environment · FEAR! · Giving Back · Health Care · Jack Conway · Mitch McConnell · Stats · Steve Beshear · The Gays
Bookkeeping for Harlan County’s fiscal court was so poor in 2012 that state auditors couldn’t verify the accuracy of the county’s financial statements. [H-L]
A new poll shows the vast majority of Americans — including a strong majority of Republicans — oppose the idea of businesses denying service to gays and lesbians. [WaPo]
Long story short: Andy Beshear is a coward just like his father and he has a serious inability to give a straight (no pun) answer. [C-J/AKN]
Rand Paul on Tuesday said that the federal government should stay away from state bans on same-sex marriage. He wants the state to decide things unless those things are whether he can run for two offices at the same time. [TPM]
Way to go, Laurel County! Reward offered in search for ax-wielding thief in Laurel County. [WKYT]
“Fueled” by a federal judge’s decision to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages in Kentucky, former Miss Kentucky 2010 Djuan Trent has come out as queer. [Queerty]
Spoiler alert: K.C. Crosbie is lying about gambling and playing the sexism card with Jamie Comer. How we know: uh, we know everyone in her flipping circle. She’s burned all kinds of people the past two weeks. [CN|2]
If you missed Jack Conway tell his story on Terry Meiners’ show, here’s your chance to listen to the archive. [84WHAS]
Hal Heiner thinks Kentucky needs a new plan, “a new plan to make Kentucky first.” [Ronnie Ellis]
One of the first pharmaceutical companies to disclose its payments to doctors has pulled all of the data offline. [ProPublica]
Here’s more of Hal Heiner being milquetoast. It’s 2010 all over again and on a statewide stage this time. [WHAS11]
Support for same-sex marriage is higher than ever before, according to a new poll. Nearly six in 10 Americans — 59 percent — say they support gay marriage, a record-high for the Washington Post/ABC poll. About a third — 34 percent — oppose it. [Politico]
With Estill County’s salt supplies exhausted, about all county roads crews could do during Monday morning’s snowstorm was to keep plowing the roads. [H-L]
A judge refused on Tuesday to dismiss a closely watched legal challenge to California’s teacher tenure laws, which education reform advocates say inflict public schools that serve poor and minority students with a disproportionate share of the worst teachers. [Reuters]
Sadly, this pension bill filed by Jim Wayne, will likely be ignored by Frankfort. The stinking waste, fraud and abuse at Kentucky Retirement Systems will continue. [HB 546]
Tags: Corruption · Discrimination · Eastern Kentucky · Education · Election 2015 · Health Care · Hypocrisy · Jack Conway · Polling · Rand Paul · Steve Beshear · The Gays · Wasted Money
Here’s why Hal Heiner will not be governor:
SAME POLITICAL TEAM, SAME FAILURE
Okay, so it’s just one of many reasons.
Tags: Election 2015 · Humor
Just when you think things could improve at Kentucky Retirement Systems? Haha, fat chance, not gonna happen.
With so many greedy Wall Street folks being hired by KRS, it was easy to overlook tons of juicy, scandalous stories with the mountain off gifts KRS gave us all at the end of the year.
In 2012, hedge fund Magnetar was in the news for all the wrong reasons. ProPublica and The Huffington Post were all over it:
In 2013, new business prospects were few and far between for Magnetar. Most state and corporate funds were staying far away.
So where does one like that turn when? To the KRS, of course, because it’s a secretive public pension that shares its values and doesn’t care about its troubled past. KRS pumped $73 million into the Magnetar MTP Energy Fund.
Just four months later, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed charges.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Magnetar was under SEC investigation.
Fun stuff, isn’t it?
Just about a week ago, interim CIO David Peden – during the Public Pension Oversight meeting – claimed that KRS had learned its lesson with the recent Camelot nightmare. Doesn’t look like his claims are at all based in reality.
This is why Kentucky can’t have nice things.
Tags: Corruption · Flashback · Wasted Money
Things you can immediately (usually) assume about a candidate when they claim race isn’t an issue in America:
- They have no comprehension of health care in the United States
- They have little if any concept of poverty
- They don’t know anyone who lives in fear of being pulled over due to the color of their skin
- They’ve never struggled to eat
- They’re not racist because a brown person was in their home on X date
- They definitely have never attempted to learn about the prison-industrial complex in this country
- They’re just plain ignorant
Have any more suggestions?
Help make this list a lot longer.
Mitch McConnell is taking tips from Rand Paul about how to flaunt himself on the teevee:
Gotta keep meemaw and poppop scared so they don’t vote for Jerry’s Daughter in November.
Tags: FEAR! · Mitch McConnell