Advice to Steve Beshear – Get off the bench

It occurs to us that Steve Beshear is allowing Ernie Fletcher to dictate the terms of this election. It’s Fletcher who’s acting like a challenger, the one who seems to be trying his darnedest to prove his worthiness for the job, while his opponent seems content to watch, resting on his double-digit lead in the polls.

Fletcher can’t win this election on his record. But he can win it with the tactics he’s using, dominating the media with illogical, dramatic TV commercials and turning every public appearance into a shaming of Beshear on the gambling issue.

The idea that Fletcher could win in November may be scary to some, but don’t think it’s unrealistic. We’re still more than two months away from election day.

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Fletcher’s Second Ad

Ernie Fletcher has launched his second commercial.




Are one gambling addict’s criminal past actions enough to keep expanded gaming out of Kentucky? Will it scare granny and pop-pop into voting Republican?

UPDATE:

Take a look at the rest of Fletcher’s “interview” with Norma Brandt. Note that even she doesn’t say that Beshear shouldn’t bring casinos to Kentucky– just that he should “take a look” at things and listen to her.



Gallatin County repeals Sunday liquor sales, joins the middle ages

Very rarely (okay, we’re being kind) does something this absurd come down the pike. You read the headline correctly. Gallatin Co has repealed a two-year-old law allowing liquor sales on Sunday.

That’s right. Gallatin Co. In tourism-heavy Northern Kentucky. Has gone crazy.

We, like Tricia Houston, are blown away that people’s religious preferences are not just inhibiting progress in Kentucky but are pushing us back in time by a minimum of six decades.

Next week we’ll be discussing the merits of allowing women to show their faces in public.

Welcome to the stone age. Or Kabul. Or anywhere else where community leaders have stopped taking their meds.

McConnell says the surge is working

And he’s suddenly interested in the “facts.” He loves the facts and he’s not pre-judging anything. Kentucky’s senior senator appeared on Fox News Sunday. Take a look.




The surge is working! What do you have to say about that, Col. Horne? Care to chime in? Has there been tremendous progress in Iraq?Sen. Jack Reed has been to Iraq more than any other senator (ten times) and says it’s a flipping train wreck. We want to know what everyone else thinks.

And for you dirty, America-hating liberals who disagree with McConnell? There’s a vigil on Tuesday. We hear there’s also a march to McConnell’s house after the event.

Oh Snap. It’s Monday again.

Readying money. The frequently discussed 527 Bluegrass Freedom Fund has launched its website. Alessi has the story and discusses the $86K it had raised by the end of June. Bruce Lunsford’s former campaign manager, Achim Bergmann, is the organization’s strategic consultant. [H-L]

Faith in humanity restored. Lexington and Kentucky really pulled together during and after the tragedy of Comair flight 5191. An open letter from the NTSB’s Debbie Hersman to Kentucky hits it home. [H-L]

The Boston Globe makes the case that casinos and gambling are part of the American way. [Boston Globe]

From the Steve Henry Dept of Playing Fast & Loose with Other Peoples’ Money. One-time Bush Labor Secretary nominee and just one of many of the nation’s employers of illegal immigrants raises gajillions of dollars through her PACs and keeps the money for herself, which should surprise exactly no one. Is this even news? [WP]

Fancy lettuce talking “Barry Hussein Obama” (heh) made a campaign stop in Lexington last night. If you were there and have photos or stories to share, get in touch. [H-L]

Tug-o-War with himself. Larry Dale Keeling says political ineptitude and inconsistency are Fletcher trademarks. He offers a litany of examples. [KY Kurmudgeon]

Army possibly nearing equality?

Zahora - NPR - IraqMilitary policies don’t keep women off the front lines anymore. NPR’s Jack Zahora for All Things Considered reports that sixty-one women have been killed by hostile fire in Iraq and discusses important new roles women are more often beginning to play in combat zones– despite Pentagon policies.

Go Listen!

Zahora is a rising star at NPR and has covered Iraq quite a bit. Give more of his work a listen while you’re at it. More Kentuckians should familiarize themselves with his reporting as 2008 draws near.

Killing Kentucky’s Gem

Mountaintop Removal

The Bush administration is showing its corrupt love of big coal. The big business cabal has created energy policy that not only protects but promotes mountaintop removal.

We’re flushing eastern Kentucky down the drain. Literally killing it. And we hear nothing about it from either gubernatorial campaign. They sit idly by instead of using their unique platform to discuss the real problems facing the Bluegrass State.