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?

Welcome to Autumn. AKA Slow news day.

Who knew? Hal Rogers drops $400k on Lake Cumberland for tourism advertising. [H-L]

Too little too late? Gubernatorial candidates finally discuss public health and its problems. [H-L]

The Courier-Journal rightly questions both gubernatorial candidates’ health care agendas. Surprisingly, they hit on the scare tactics used to freak your shit out about socialized medicine. And they criticize both for being afraid to discuss a cigarette tax. What isn’t discussed is why neither candidate wants to provide health care for all Kentuckians– instead of just children or the elderly. [C-J]

Five of the six regional university boards have been stacked by Fletcher. Some day we’ll get little things like following the law right. Right? [C-J]

While Kentucky soldiers die left and right, things are just peachy in Iraq. We might not even need to stay there that much longer! [WP]

BREAKING – Steve Henry’s at it again

Hebert has the full story. Check it out for more details and choice quotes.

Seems our old friend Steve Henry isn’t just calling a few people volunteers and data entry guys, he’s now alleging Brian Wright (a consultant who wrote position papers for his campaign) was a volunteer. That’s an about face from a few weeks ago when Henry said he didn’t know if he had been paid.

Now Henry is being called out by Articulated Man, the Chicago-based web development company that produced his website. This makes three web development firms in a row he hasn’t paid or has had difficulty paying. The first, operated by a guy named Eric, developed a site for Henry prior to his filing for office (click here for a screenshot of that site— note the logo on that site was designed by yet another firm left unpaid). The second was a company operated by Lucy Steilberg (the former Mrs. John Schumaker). Now this.

Henry says he doesn’t know what’s been paid or what he owes– but he’s his own campaign treasurer. No one to blame but himself. Another notch on the log.

Here’s the story as it appeared a few moments ago:



Shepherd Shears his Sheep!

Dr. James Holsinger – Funnelling Millions from his Church

From the Steve Henry Financial Playbook Dept

Dr. James HolsingerAn investigation into George Bush’s nominee for Surgeon General, gay-hating Dr. James Holsinger, used the sale of a United Methodist Church-owned hospital in Kentucky as a cash cow for his personal ambitions.

It took years of litigation by the church to get to the bottom of what happened to its money, only to learn that Holsinger diverted millions to endow professorships at the Chandler Medical Center at UK where he served as Chancellor and chief fundraiser.

Will the Senate question Holsinger’s ethics?

E-Voting Security

Bruce Hendrickson, Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, released a statement to Billy Reed about the certification of electronic voting machines:

“…Mr. Grayson failed in 2004 to provide Kentuckians with a VVPT or a Voter Verified Paper Trail. Change for Kentucky petitioned him with 3,200 signatures and a letter from Governor Howard Dean, asking Grayson to provide a VVPT. Grayson denied Kentuckians that right. Now we have a terrible situation that will if nothing else shake the public confidence in our election system. We should have caught this and we did not. Now that it is election time Grayson wants a VVPT, that will not fly”

Current Republican Secretary of State, Trey Grayson, who is running for re-election against Hendrickson responded. In his response, Grayson says he and Greg Stumbo could work together to solve the voting machine problem and work to institute a paper trail. Interesting flip-flop, we think, since Hendrickson has touted a paper trail since before running for office… not to mention it’s an about-face for Grayson since Stumbo started to question voting certification and security.

Hendrickson released a one-page statement to the Associated Press and newspapers around the state detailing the issue. Take a look after the jump.

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