Breaking: AIPAC Fundraiser Moved

LEO‘s Managing Editor Stephen George just confirmed that Jewish Hospital has decided not to host the September 10th AIPAC fundraiser featuring controversial figure Dan Senor. Senor is affiliated with Fox News and the group Vets for Freedom.

A source with Jewish Hospital revealed to Page One earlier today that many physicians were upset about being invited to the event and expressed concern about its location. Though not confirmed, one surgical group allegedly threatened to cancel surgeries in protest.

Barbara Mackovich, spokesperson for Jewish Hospital, told George the event will instead be hosted at the Louisville home of Bill Yarmuth.

Yarmuth is the brother of U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY 3) and is CEO & President of the health care company Almost Family.

AIPAC Update

LEO (yes, we’re on a LEO kick today) published a story we initially broke about a Jewish Hospital-approved & hosted AIPAC fundraiser.

The final graph of the story is most interesting:

Barbara Mackovich, spokeswoman for Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Healthcare, said the nonprofit hospital has no political agenda, has never hosted a political event*, and is renting the group space to conduct its fundraiser**. She said the conference center is used for a variety of gatherings.

* Never hosted a political event? Hrm. Guess that explains away the multitude of political events we’ve been to that were hosted by, you guessed it, Jewish Hospital and the Jewish Hospital Foundation.

** Renting the space to AIPAC? Must be a huge, huge coincidence that the only invitees to the event happen to be physicians and moneyed individuals at Jewish Hospital.

Take a look at the invite here:

AIPAC Invite 1 AIPAC Invite 2 AIPAC Invite 3

Absurdity: Visionary framework for energy policy?

Wearing your bullshit goggles? Get ready. The stink is big.

The following Democratic sell-outs and mouthpieces for big coal penned a letter to LEO: Rep. Jody Richards, Speaker of the House; Rep. Larry Clark, Speaker Pro Tem; Rep. Rocky Adkins, Majority Floor Leader; Rep. Charlie Hoffman, Majority Caucus Chair; and Rep. Rob Wilkey, Majority Whip. We won’t get into who works for which company. *Cough* Rocky Adkins *Cough*…

After spending four paragraphs telling us that House Bill 1 was signed, they get down to the business of explaining just how visionary and remarkable the state’s new energy policy is.

Here’s a peek:

Our energy policy also encourages the hiring of Kentucky residents; forgives student loans of young people who obtain science and engineering degrees necessary to fill the jobs; advances research and development at our universities; and promotes the protection of our environment in the process. And it does so in a manner that protects Kentucky’s investment. House Bill 1 looks to the future of the energy industry by enabling cutting-edge research. It sets aside $7 million to the Kentucky Geological Survey and the Center for Applied Energy Research to perfect carbon dioxide capture management.

Contrary to some news reports, this bill is not about attracting one project or one company. It’s about attracting a new industry to Kentucky by providing a framework that can be tailored to different types of investments. Tax incentives must be approved by the Economic Development Cabinet and KEDFA (Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority). Any incentives received up front will be tied to hiring Kentucky workers, and funds will be recouped once the plant is operating.

What they don’t mention is that the few jobs created (about 300 projected) will cost roughly a million dollars each. Spending $7million to perfect carbon capture techniques? $7million surely can’t perfect clean coal technology that barely exists. What’s with this drop in the bucket compared to the $300million being floated to Peabody? And no mention of the untold millions given to Peabody just to consider building in Kentucky?

Oh, it’s not about attracting one company, kids. Even though Jody and Ernie made the entire special session about Peabody.

Here’s more:

In addition to providing $5 million for research and requiring carbon-capture readiness of any new alternative fuel facility seeking incentives, the legislation creates the Center for Renewable Energy Research and Environmental Stewardship. This collaborative effort will bring together various public and private interests to promote energy efficiency and protection of our most hallowed resource — our planet.

That’s right. Just $5million will solve all problems and make life grand by protecting our planet. Big coal and the House members responsible for killing eastern Kentucky via mountaintop removal and illegal faux-reclamation will protect our planet and they’ve put it in writing.

It’s a good time to discuss the mind blowing sludge disaster of October 11, 2000. Remember it? More than 300 million gallons of coal sludge killed Martin County. Millions of fish and other animals wiped out. Homes ruined. Property devastated.

The individuals who let that sort of disaster slide are the individuals selling us a bill of coal goods. We hope voters are paying attention.

The growing movement to oust McConnell

LEO follows up on last week’s rally to end the bloodbath in Iraq.

Stephen George sums up the opposition to Sen. Mitch McConnell in a way no other journalist in Louisville could hope to.

Here’s a great excerpt:

We are 14 months from an election, an eternity where the space will probably be filled with one of the most savage and barbaric senate campaigns in this state’s history. Hippos don’t seem dangerous, at least to those who’ve watched one slunk through a muddy river content not to upset the balance. But step between a hippo and its young and the river-horse will charge and gore you with startling ferocity. Block its escape route and you should expect to get bloodied. Never forget what you’re dealing with.

Stephen really hits it home.

Go read it.

We got a nice mention. Thanks, Stephen!

Sen. Mitch McConnell Racist?

Senator Mitch McConnell, wholly loved and supported by liberals with a tinge of awe, opposes Senate Bill 1257. The legislation was developed with bipartisan support and would provide Washington, D.C. a voting seat in the House of Representatives.

Sources say McConnell wants to filibuster in order to block passage.

Race is the only reason D.C. has been denied congressional representation for 175 years. We wonder if the 650,000+ African Americans inside the capital have anything to do with Mitch’s opposition.

Is this 1910? What the flip century is this?