Summer is over! FINALLY! For real this time!

$$$$$. Ernie Fletcher has raised $3.46 million and has $1.24 million on-hand. Steve Beshear has raised $5.31 million and has $1.68 million on-hand. What’s that sound? Why, it’s the cha-ching you hear coming from a challenger who has far out-raised an incumbent governor. The AP has pushed the story around the state. [C-J, Ledger Independent]

Not til next year. Everyone is reporting what we reported weeks ago. Crit is considering the Senate. Worst kept secret yet. Miraculously, the story has reappeared and everyone is shocked by the news? [Hebert]

Oh snap! Proponents of Louisville’s library tax are displaying some pretty weird behavior. Canceling public appearances left and right, lying to library staff. And Mayor Jerry Abramson (D-only when convenient) puts his foot in his mouth once again by breaking a campaign promise. Promises, promises kids! Don’t make em if you’re gonna break em. Oh, library tax opponents have hit the airwaves. [The ‘Ville Voice, YouTube]

Racism hits UK. After a controversial cartoon appeared in the University of Kentucky’s student newspaper? A threatening racist epithet was scrawled on the door of a black student’s dorm room. My, what an adult state we live in. [C-J]

Still striking. ARH nurses are still on strike throughout Eastern Kentucky and parts of West Virginia. This time the nurses have taken things to the capitol steps in WV. Not surprisingly, ARH still refuses to negotiate. [H-L]

Casino Advocate a Major Fletcher Supporter

Hypocrisy in the Fletcher campaign? What? Perhaps our dear Preacher/Doctor/Governor needs a refresher. Recall the commercials with which Ernie flooded the airwaves. Casinos bad, church good! Remember? Great.

Who has contributed to and helped raise more than $100,000 for Ernie Fletcher? None other than Northern Kentucky developer William P. Butler, a man who has for years vigorously fought to build a land-based casino in Covington. In fact, the Herald-Leader described Bill Butler (along with Jerry Carroll) as one of Kentucky’s most pro-casino businessmen.

“Two of Kentucky’s most outspoken advocates of full-scale casino gambling have lined up behind Republican Ernie Fletcher in this fall’s race for governor.”

-Lexington Herald-Leader, “Key Casino Advocates Back Fletcher,” 10/24/2003

Interesting, right?

Some facts:

  • Butler served as co-chair of Fletcher’s Northern Kentucky fundraising in 2003
  • Butler contributed $15,000 to Fletcher’s inaugural committee in 2003
  • Butler gave $1,000 to Fletcher’s current reelection campaign in December 2006
  • Fletcher raised at least $103,500 during a 2007 fundraiser hosted by Butler
  • Executives and employees of Butler’s company Corporex contributed $7,500 to Fletcher

It gets better:

William Butler was one of only three businessmen to whom Fletcher awarded the 2005 Governor’s Economic Development Leadership award during the Tenth Annual Governor’s Economic Development Leadership Awards Dinner.

Just a bit of the never-ending hypocrisy surrounding Ernie Fletcher and casino gaming. Feel free to search for yourself at the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance website. Use the contributor search terms “William P. Butler,” “Bill Butler,” and “Corporex” in the employee search.

Sodrel’s Doing it AGAIN

Tying the congressional record for four back-to-back races, Mike Sodrel (R) is once again running against Baron Hill (Usually D) for Southern Indiana’s U.S. Congressional seat. For the past week Sodrell has made announcements about making announcements about making announcements. All right for free press.

Peep part of the press conference:



Taking up the failing flat tax? What is this “fur tax” he speaks of? Preventing the wealthy from paying their fair share? Yeah, sounds like the plan to draw out all the middle class voters currently screwed by the tax “cuts.” Keep it up.

We’re just guessing here, but… Baron Hill has this one in the bag. Wealthy Republicans just don’t fit the voters’ bill in Southern Indiana any longer.

Desperate Fletcher Releases Document. Still No Traction.

As we reported yesterday, the Fletcher campaign has been desperately trying to discredit all assessments and facts related to the Kentucky Central non-scandal.

Well, they released it. It’s a 20-page PowerPoint (PDF) alleging it refutes all of Beshear’s/Stites’ claims.

All that hype for this? We’re disappointed, Ernest! Thought there was gonna be bombshell evidence that would damage the Beshear campaign?

This is no Enron, boys. Sorry.

Anti-McConnell Ads Make an Impact

A story in today’s Courier-Journal examines the more-than-a-year-early attacks on Senator Mitch McConnell. He’s been under attack since the beginning of 2007 and rightly so.

We could go on and on but these words from Dale Emmons really sums everything up quite nicely:

…Dale Emmons, a Democratic consultant in Richmond, Ky., said the sponsors of the anti-McConnell ads “are definitely not wasting their money.”

“What it’s done is, it’s made people talk about Mitch and pay attention to Mitch,” Emmons said. “I think it’s setting the stage for a one-on-one race with somebody.” The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has run just one ad against McConnell, attacking his support for President Bush’s Iraq war policies.