No One Surprised By Thieneman’s Latest Move

U.S. Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, and GOP challenger Matt Bevin served up the sharpest exchanges of the 2014 U.S. Senate race Tuesday at Constitution Day ceremonies at the University of Kentucky. You’ll want to read this because Bevin comes off as dumber than anyone ever thought. [H-L]

The percentage of Americans living in poverty remained steady last year at 15 percent after rising for several years in the wake of the recession, while the number of people without health insurance fell slightly to 48 million, U.S. government data released on Tuesday showed. [Reuters]

Mitch McConnell blamed President Barack Obama for a loss of coal jobs even though the company shedding workers cited other factors? Surely not! [C-J/AKN]

Just after 1 a.m. this past Sunday, police in Shreveport, La., stumbled upon a horrifying scene at the city’s Cedar Grove neighborhood. Lying on the pavement with a gunshot wound in his upper body was Sidney Thomas. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin’s latest anti-McConnell attack site is embarrassingly bad. It’s not that Mitch thinks Bevin is part of the lunatic fringe – it’s that most Kentuckians KNOW he is. [Teabagger Meltdown]

Looks like that guy from Murray State has a hot mess on his hands these days. [The Advocate]

Whoopsiedaisy? Social Security attorney Eric C. Conn pleaded guilty Friday, in Franklin Circuit Court, to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to recruit a straw donor to contribute to a Supreme Court candidate. [Floyd County Times]

The Census Bureau released its income, poverty and health insurance numbers for 2011 on Wednesday and contrary to expectations, poverty was essentially unchanged, falling from 15.1 percent in 2010 to 15 percent in 2011. But more and more poverty experts are dismissing the official poverty figure. What gives? [WaPo]

Hoo boy, Karma really is a bitch. An awesome bitch that you will love after reading this. Chris Thieneman, a former candidate for Louisville Metro mayor and Kentucky Senate, was arrested Monday in connection with an altercation with a woman near the intersection of North Ewing Avenue and Brownsboro Road. [C-J/AKN]

It was only a coincidence that Larry Summers withdrew as a candidate for Federal Reserve chairman five years to the day after Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. But it was, in a way, fitting: Mr Summers’s surprise decision, conveyed in a letter to Barack Obama on September 15th, would not have been necessary without the forces unleashed by Lehman’s failure in 2008. [The Economist]

The Sheriff’s Department in Elliot County is looking for two people responsible for a case of suspected animal hoarding. [WKYT]

Maybe It’s Time To Put A Muzzle On Little Rand

Do Jim Ramsey’s complaints about politicians cutting higher education funding fall on deaf ears in light of his monster salary? [C-J/AKN]

What was that, again, about Mittens Romney being a foreign policy pro? [HuffPo]

While we tend to believe Mitch McConnell’s decision to hire a Paul staffer could be good for him (definitely not a grassroots guy, though, that’s bogus reporting), it seems the hardcore Ron Paul supporters aren’t convinced it’s a great idea. To say the least. [Ron Paul Forums]

The capitals of Kentucky and Indiana are among five cities chosen to receive assistance in green design from the Environmental Protection Agency through the agency’s Greening America’s Capitals program. [WFPL]

Oh, now they want to talk about the legislative pension problem in Kentucky? A group of Republican candidates for the state House and Senate called Wednesday for replacing the current pension plan for state lawmakers with a defined contribution plan like a 401-k system. [Bluegrass Politics]

A shocking security breach at what was supposed to be one of the most secure facilities in the United States has put new attention on a proposal to overhaul the way the government oversees its nuclear laboratories and weapons plants. [Reuters]

Of course Chris Thieneman is knowingly and purposefully violating campaign finance law for the second week in a row. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Voters in six Kentucky counties, including northern Scott County, will get to cast ballots Nov. 6 in two separate congressional district races. [H-L]

Fresh from having declined to constrain money market funds, the Securities and Exchange Commission has moved to loosen marketing constraints on hedge funds. [ProPublica]

Way to go, West Liberty thieves, for ruining a good thing. Construction on a school is being delayed because of thieves. [WKYT]

A New America Foundation analysis has calculated that under Paul Ryan’s budget proposal to cut federal spending by 20 percent, 77 percent of the 1,500-plus school districts that rely on federal funds for 20 percent or more of their annual revenue could wind up losing millions. [HuffPo]

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has a simple message for banks about poorer Americans: They could be good customers, and their numbers are growing. [Bloomberg]

Oh, look, here’s Rand Paul making claims that stealing from the government is just like being a Jewish family during the Holocaust. [Wonkette]

Thieneman Walks Right Into Campaign Finance Trap

You know what’s unfortunate for Chris Thieneman?

He can’t help putting his foot in his mouth or violating campaign finance law.

Like this:

You see, that’s what people with common sense would call vote buying. I.E., giving a potential voter something of value in exchange for their support.

KRS 121.055 (Warning: External PDF Link) says:

No candidate for nomination or election to any office shall expend, pay, promise, loan or become liable in any way for money or anything of value to any person in consideration for his or her vote.

Further, the KRS says that these (not all-inclusive) types of expenditures are not allowable:

  • Tickets to an event which is unrelated to a political campaign or candidacy
  • Tickets for general distribution for the purpose of influencing an election, either directly or indirectly
  • Items of personal property given to prospective voters which do not bear the name, likeness, or logo of a candidate or a campaign-related communication

The moral to this story: candidates and campaigns cannot give voters something of value. And perception does matter when running for office. Any intelligent opponent will be filing a complaint with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance today.

Where Will Your Candidate Be Tonight?

It’s election day. Along with the elections come the election night parties.

Wondering where your preferred candidate will be?

Louisville Mayoral Candidates

  • David Tandy – Henry Clay, Tavern Room, 604 S. 3rd Street
  • Jim King – Zeppelin Cafe, 1036 E. Burnette
  • Greg Fischer – Downtown Marriott, 2nd Floor
  • Tyler Allen – Bluegrass Brewing Co, 636 E. Main
  • Shannon White – Molly Malone’s in St. Matthews
  • Hal Heiner – Campaign HQ, 6403 Dutchmans Parkway
  • Chris Thieneman – Ernesto’s, 10105 Dixie Highway

U.S. Senate Candidates

  • Jack Conway – Downtown Marriott
  • Daniel Mongiardo – Capital Plaza, 405 Wilkinson Blvd in Frankfort
  • Rand Paul – Bowling Green Country Club, 251 Beech Bend Road, BG
  • Trey Grayson – Airport Marriott, Hebron

Lexington Mayoral Candidates

  • Jim Gray – Gumbo Yaya, Lexington, 1080 S. Broadway

No clue where the rest will be. Either they haven’t responded to my request for info or they aren’t holding events.

TGIF! Ready For Final Crazy Campaign Weekend

Former Senator Wendell Ford is campaigning with Jack Conway today. 9:00 at Shoney’s in Frankfort. 1:45 at Gillum’s in Richmond. 3:30 at the Teamsters Hall in Lexington. [Media Advisory]

When I mention something – like poll numbers – and then link to them, I get emails from station management about copyright. But then station reporters publish entire pieces from various political sites without linking back and it’s a-okay. Interesting how that game works. [WHAS11]

Greg Fischer’s lead is shrinking and Chris Thieneman is losing super-hard in Louisville. Looks like Hal Heiner – at 63 percent – has a huge shot to become Louisville’s first Republican mayor in a long time. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Jack Conway is confident on the last leg of his U.S. Senate campaign. [Amanda Van Benschoten]

Mitch McConnell has a lock on the GOP to maintain his Republican leadership position in the U.S. Senate. [National Journal]

Joe reminded us of all the extended footage of Rand Paul on Alex Jones’ crazy radio show. In addition to what’s in the latest anti-Rand ad I shared with you last night. [Barefoot & Progressive]

The Mongiardo campaign took to Daily Kos to spread that mountaintop removal video of Jack Conway. And they said nice things about Page One. HEADSPLOSIONS!!!!!!!!!! [Daily Kos]

Our education commissioner doesn’t realize that a deal has already been made. [H-L]

It should be clear to him because the Courier-Journal editorial board is pushing the anti-charter schools movement. Mostly on behalf of the JCTA. [C-J]

There’s no “may” to it – state workers will take the brunt of the budget heat. [State Journal]

The Foreigns Are Coming For Our Devil Water!

Do you folks watch LOST? Is your mind blown? Had to get up in the middle of the night to re-watch it. All these years. Who knew?

I’ll believe it when I see it, but last night some folks told me the SUSA will show Jack up by 3. Really, I’ll only believe it when I see it. [Just Saying]

Jim Newberry holds a 9-point lead over Jim Gray and a 15-point lead over Teresa Isaac. 36 for Newberry, 27 for Gray and 21 for Isaac. Undecideds at 14. Jim Gray holds the lowest unfavorables. Teresa Isaac leads among Republicans. Oh, maybe next time Andy Mead will bother including details that Dale Emmons is tied to Teresa Isaac. [Bluegrass Politics]

What’s this? A fake Grayson supporter trying to make him look badly? Best amateur hour campaign fake we’ve seen in a while. [Facebook]

Lt. Dan will be in Morehead at 9:00 this morning, in West Liberty at 10:15 and in Salyersville at 11:30. Hopefully all the other campaigns touring the state will spend equal amounts of time in the mountains. [Email Blast]

Mitch McConnell all the sudden supports Wall Street reform. [The Hill]

I love it when Republicans write about the Democratic U.S. Senate primary. [WLKY]

Saint Dr. Rand Paul says the U.S. Senate primary is a teabagger test. He is gonna plop his teabag on you a few times to see if it sticks. [Fox News]

Just as most Kentucky Republicans are running quickly away from racism and homophobia, Louisville’s Chris Thieneman builds his campaign on it. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Ready for the new SurveyUSA polling data? It’s coming today at 5:00 P.M. [Joe Arnold]

Will the foreigners drink our bourbon when the visit for the World Equestrian Games? [H-L]

Your Early Morning Of More Ruining The Economy

The Herald-Leader did what the Courier-Journal could not by revealing that the possible sale of LG&E and KU is kind of a crazy mess. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell’s right-hand man compared Greg Fischer to Trey Grayson. And you can expect Grayson’s camp to now go on a rampage about Social Security and entitlements. [John David Dyche]

Renee True isn’t just a contributor to Kent Ostrander and the Family Foundation, she’s a fan of Fox News. Because it’s just as trendy as supporting institutionalized discrimination. [Barefoot & Progressive]

Of course Massey Coal is going to defend itself by attacking the gubmint and defending its profit margin. That’s how King Coal works. Ignore reality, push for cash. [C-J]

It sure is cute when Mitch McConnell complains about Wall Street and the bailouts but works hard to stop Wall Street reform. [HuffPo]

Never mind that two-thirds of the U.S. support Wall Street reform and a majority supported the Senate bill. [WaPo]

Which city has a crazier mayoral race? Louisville or Lexington? This Horine guy is in Marshall territory. [H-L]

Republican mayoral candidate Chris Thieneman admitted to a $10,000 political bribe. On video. At his Courier-Journal editorial board interview. Apparently, discussion about it all has touched a nerve. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Don’t forget to take a look at highlights from your U.S. Senate candidates’ latest FEC reports. Millions of dollars just getting cold flushed down the toilet. [Page One]