Don’t blink! It’s Friday

Making a difference at home. Battling drug abuse just got a little easier in Pike County. Following on the heels of Hal Rogers’ Operation UNITE, the Office of Drug Control Policy has been established and it’s the first in the state. Communities are waking up to reality. [News-Express]

Sickening. From the WTF Dept. Modern-day slavery right at home. Human trafficking in Kentucky? Yeah. For real. [C-J]

Our thoughts are with Justice Mac. Kentucky’s first African American supreme court justice succumbs to cancer. [C-J]

Throwing jobs away. Kentucky’s jobless rate in July rose quite a bit. According to statistics, 1,200 jobs alone were lost in the educational and health services sector. Yeah, the economy’s golden! [C-J]

Fabricated Support of Hypocrites

By now you’ve all see the Freedom’s Watch ads which use fear in an attempt to drum up support for the death trap that is Iraq. At the end of the 30-second spot you’re urged to call your elected officials in Washington with a number provided on the screen. It turns out that number rings at a call center (contracted by Freedom’s Watch) which exists to transfer your calls to Congress. The catch? They only transfer callers who support the war.

Americans United for Change recorded one of the calls and is sharing it with the world. See for yourself.

If the ads themselves weren’t filled with enough hypocrisy for you, this should break the bank.

Credit to Open KY

Pardon Us…

While we whore ourselves out for some friends for a moment. Don’t worry. It’s worth it.

Dedication flyerKentucky’s Hart-Lunsford Pictures has a classic on its hands. The movie Dedication opens tomorrow in New York and Los Angeles. It was one of two official H-L entries at Sundance this year and stars Mandy Moore and Billy Crudup. More importantly, especially for the crowd perpetually looking for another glimpse of its favorite cult classic funny ladies, Amy Sedaris (Strangers With Candy, author brother David Sedaris) and Dianne Wiest (of Parenthood— you know you remember the flashlight scene!) are also part of the cast.

Click here to peek a clip and trailer from the film. If you’re in NYC or LA? GO SEE IT.

We’ll fill you in when the release spreads in September. We’ll also let you know if we’re ever able to convince our good, dear, important, visionary friends (heh. shameless enough?) at HLP to let us screen their work for some free Kentucky publicity.

Fletcher Fundraising Not an Issue?

Many are reporting Ernie Fletcher’s (rumored) dismal fundraising numbers. While his campaign bank account may be indicative of waning support, we don’t think it will matter so much when it comes solely to finances.

By mid-October 2003 the Republican Governors Association (RGA) had spent about $1 million in Kentucky. If there weren’t other competitive races (the vast majority went to MO and MS) at the time it would have spent more. 2007 is a different story since Kentucky’s is the only competitive race. Mississippi and Louisiana are likely already in the bag for Republicans. The fact that all eyes are on the Beshear-Fletcher race this year should send a message to the Bluegrass State: get ready for RGA money.

As of 06/30/2007, the RGA had received about $12 million in contributions (according to IRS reporting – PDF link) and had more than $8 million on hand. Which means it will pad Fletcher’s coffers with all the cash he could possibly need to keep up. No, it doesn’t mean these efforts will accomplish anything. But people are fooling themselves if they think the RGA isn’t going to try to hold on to the Kentucky governor’s mansion with every dime it can spare. Just take a look at the front page of its website and you will see just how important Fletcher is to them. They feature his first campaign commercial of the general election.

Democrats: If you want to win you may want to get off your high horse of feeling invincible and pay attention to your competition. Run like there’s not a 20-point lead because that’s certainly what the other guys are doing. Republicans: Nice job controlling the conversation. No one’s caught on yet. They probably never will. Both: If you aren’t working as hard as you possibly can this year… what could you possibly learn and put to use during the next election cycle?

Rumors in the oh snap box

Snap. McConnell swings, misses and attacks the messenger. Again. [Our Future]

The liberal, Jewish, gay, vegan media lies about our GOP-donor heroes. Katie Halper shares her open letter to corrupt mine operator Robert Murray. They must be feeding us lies! Because Murray is “one of them” just like noble, God-like Rudy Giuliani was “one of them” at Ground Zero. [Huffington Post]

From the Not Surprising Anyone Dept. Markos Moulitsas says Jim Bunning will probably retire in 2010. But says if he doesn’t, Ben Chandler will run against him. [dKos]

Biting him in the butt? As we reported, the Baze death penalty issue not over. Fletcher has apparently created a flap. Turns out some people *do* believe this is politically motivated. Are they making a mountain out of a mole hill? [H-L]

Mad as hell. The town Ernie filmed his first commercial in is pissed. Aurora, IL residents and elected officials sound off. [H-L]

Irony of ironies. Jim Bunning urged Ernie to put gambling on the ballot. Guess we know how that went. [WLKY]

Campaign Contributions Buy Fletcher Appointment?

Last week Governor Ernie Fletcher appointed Martin D. Harley of Lawrenceburg to the Anderson County Fiscal Court. Mr. Harley, a real estate investor and limousine service operator, will serve as the 2nd District magistrate while running for that office in the November election.

But that’s not where the story ends.

Martin Harley Contributed Over $14,000 to Republicans, Including $5,000 to Fletcher, Over $1,900 to Fletcher’s Brother, and $2,000 to State Republican Party

That’s right. He has contributed a total of $14,761.31 to state and federal candidates and committees, all of them Republican. Of this total:

  • Harley made five contributions totaling $5,000 to Fletcher’s congressional, gubernatorial and exploratory gubernatorial committees between 2000 and 2003
  • In 2004, Harley made ten (monetary and in-kind) contributions totaling $1,911.31 to Fletcher’s older brother, Harold Fletcher, Jr., in his campaign for state senate
  • Harley has also contributed a total of $2,000 to the Republican Party of Kentucky, and $1,925 to Mitch McConnell

Take a look:

Harley Contributions Screengrab

CLICK HERE to view details of all of Harley’s contributions. (Warning: PDF link)

There you have it. Yet another controversial appointment.

Is this what we’ve come to expect in Kentucky? Is this what we’re left with? Pony up the cash and you’re appointed to office. That’s the way the wind blows these days. welcome to the ongoing saga of political appointments of the Fletcher Administration.