Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Another non binding (and meaningless) resolution ...
Pence sees cover-up in Gov.'s pardons, won't resign.
"Black history is American history".
Is Mississippi thanking Kentucky ... again?
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
***** "Pay to play, Fletcher style", according to Liberal Blogger. *****
Bush yields to voices of REASON in the Middle East.
It's about time, too. Please continue reading here.
Northup, and now Bunning, say expect more endorsements.
Senate expected to "leave our daughters alone".
Kentucky's role in the Black Civil Rights experience.
Monday, February 26, 2007
Lieberman could become a GOPer, McConnell Majority Leader.
*** Lt. Governor, Steve Pence, endorses Anne Northup for Governor. ***
Senior judge program: a boon for taxpayers? ...
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Did Ron Lewis endorse Fletcher?
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Capitol sex and politics.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Beshear/Mongiardo tie lead with Henry/True.
Another good one you can buy here.
About the Book
Buck Wild offers a scathing critique of the Republican Party and explains how its abandonment of limited government principles jeopardize the future of the Grand Old Party and the nation.
Through gripping narrative and trenchant analysis, Stephen Slivinski tells the surprising story of the GOP's unfortunate transformation, revealing how and why Republicans have:
-become the biggest spenders in Washington since Lyndon Johnson.
-abandoned the keystone principles that catapulted them to power in the first place.
-betrayed taxpayers and fiscal conservatives.
-planted the seeds of their own undoing in the coming elections.
Buck Wild tells the story of how the Republican Party lost its head and also explores urgent questions about the fate of limited government, including whether conservatives within the GOP can save the party from itself before it's too late.
A fight for the heart and soul of the Republican Party is brewing. Buck Wild explains how the GOP reached the breaking point and what it means for the future of the party and American government.
Leviathan on the right.
A good book. Order it here.
About the Book
For conservatives generally and the Republican Party in particular, now is a time of intense soul-searching. For the first time in a dozen years, Republicans have lost control of Congress. As a result, they are being forced to reexamine who they are and what they stand for.
It’s about time. After all, more than a decade has passed since President Bill Clinton announced in his State of the Union address that “the era of big gov-ernment is over.” Yet, since then, government has grown far bigger and far more intrusive. It spends more, regulates us more, and reaches far more into our daily lives than it did before the Republican Revolution. Behind this alarming trend stands the rise of a new brand of conservatism—one that believes big government can be used for conservative ends. It is a conservatism that ridicules F. A. Hayek and Barry Goldwater while embracing Teddy and even Franklin Roosevelt. It has more in common with Ted Kennedy than with Ronald Reagan.
Leviathan on the Right provides an incisive analysis of the roots and core beliefs of big-government conservatism and the major currents that fueled its growth—neoconservatism, the Religious Right, supply-side economics, national greatness conservatism, and Newt Gingrich–style technophilia—and offers a detailed critique of its policies on a wide range of issues.
Leviathan on the Right is a clear warning that, unless conservatives return to their small-government roots, the electoral defeat of 2006 is just the beginning.
A new "mandate" for our KY Democratic House.
Miller makes big deal of filing finance report early.
Caveat: My wife and I voted for Miller when he first ran for Treasurer, after he came to Bowling Green and personally spoke to us and asked us. But I opposed his KAPT and wrote a letter published in the Courier-journal against it. So there.
Is Bush "surging" to war with Iran? ...
"Goldilocks" may come calling.
As the bitter defeat of the Democratic anti "surge" resolution at the hands of the Republican minority was sinking in, there's a renewed attempt on the part of the Democratic majority to alter the existing war authorization. The "Goldilocks" amendment -- "hot enough for the radical left wing, but cool enough for party leaders to claim that they are for the troops" -- would have the effect of further restricting the President's power to conduct the war as Commander in Chief, and begs the question of whether such a resolution would NOT be constitutionally invalid and not binding on the President. Goldilocks may come calling alright, but so what?
Friday, February 23, 2007
Person(s) for the week: HPV vaccine edict opponents.
The persons for the week are the COURAGEOUS AND NATURAL RIGHTS CIVIC MINDED men and women Legislators, who resisted Merck -- the maker of the HPV vaccine (see Merck in the cartoon above) -- and voted against the recently passed Kentucky House edict MANDATING the vaccination of our daughters (unless we "opt out"), in order to ensure parents their NATURAL RIGHTS to decide what is in their daughters' best interests. To you ALL listed below, WE SALUTE YOU! IF YOUR lEGISLATOR ISN'T ON THE LIST, YOU KNOW WHY:
Ballard, Rasche, Riner, A. Smith, (Hall).
Baugh, Bratcher, Brinkman, Butler, Comer, Couch, Crimm, DeCesare, DeWeese, Dossett, Draud, Embry, Fischer, Floyd, Ford, Harmon, Henley, Higdon, Hoover, T. Kerr, Koenig, S. Lee, Mobley, Montell, Moore, Napier, Osborne, Rader, Rudy, Santoro, B. Smith, Stewart, Upchurch, Vincent, Wuchner, (Farmer).
Labels: Person for the week.
Quote(s) for the week.
- Republican gubernatorial candidate, Anne Northup, on whether the runoff provision should be repealed.
2) "Gubernatorial elections are not decided by name ID. If they were, Britney Spears would be governor."
- Carol Andrews, a spokeswoman for Miller, reacting to Miller's low name recognition in the recently released Bluegrass poll.
3) "I think that Donald Rumsfeld will go down in history as one of the worst secretaries of defense in history."
- Republican presidential candidate, John McCain, belatedly doing the "Rummy Shuffle".
4) "My grandson did not overdose. Howard was there when he died. And Howard was there when my daughter died. And he has my granddaughter now."
- Anna Nicole Smith's mom, raising suspicions about her daughter's hanger-on, Howard K. Stern, during a Florida court hearing on what to do with her remains.
5) "... I sure don't want Democrats or supporters of Democrats to be engaging in the politics of personal destruction."
- Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, having a "political meltdown" while speaking (not of the "right wing conspiracy" this time, but her fellow Democrats) over the endorsement of her opponent, Barack Obama, by Hollywood media moguls who previously supported her and her husband, Bill.
6) "It's great, isn't it?"
- Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney, on the "Rumble in the Hollywood jungle" spat between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponents.
7) "I've had enough of 'non-binding.'"
- Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), on a new Democratic proposal to repeal the 2002 resolution authorizing the war in Iraq.
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Thursday, February 22, 2007
*** KY Senate should display WISDOM and tell House Democrats to "opt out"! ***
UPDATE #1: To Kentucky Democratic House members: Here's a willing group I'm sure will welcome your mandate for your HPV vaccine.
Panel funds "Boni" bill, "socialist" wage increase passes, and "fire safe" smokes!
The Rumble in the Hollywood jungle.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
*** Northup ticket to make MAJOR announcement in Bowling Green on Monday. ***
SURVEYUSA poll is out. So how did Fletcher fare?
Stan Lee garners AG endorsements.
For Immediate Release:
State Sen. Tom Buford, State Sen. Vernie McGaha, State Sen. Gary Tapp, State Rep. Marie Rader, State Sen. Jack Westwood, and State Sen. Damon Thayer endorse Stan Lee's candidacy for Attorney General.
A note from me: These endorsements are by 5 of the state's 21 Senators, representing the districts that cover the following counties: Buford (Boyle, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine); McGaha (Adair, Casey, Pulaski, Russell); Tapp (Bullitt, Shelby, Spencer); Westwood (Kenton); Thayer (Grant, Kenton, Owen, Scott) and, Rep. Rader (Jackson, Laurel, Owsley).
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Obama will be in Louisville on Sunday at 5:30 p. m. ...
Britain set to announce troop withdrawals from Iraq ...
Merck abandons hype to make HPV vaccine MANDATORY ...
Sen. McConnell named Leader of 2007.
Anne Northup needs to keep talking and to say something ...
Runoff elections are here to stay ...
Monday, February 19, 2007
Bush marks President's day and compares terror war to revolutionary war, as McCain BELATEDLY does the "Rummy Shuffle".
Meanwhile, our greatest American President, according to Gallup poll is Abraham Lincoln, followed by Ronald Reagan. No wonder many Presidential contenders from both parties are casting themselves in the images of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan.
Speaking of presidential contenders, Sen. John McCain, has uttered the very words that many people have been uttering for many years: that Donald Rumsfeld, the former Defense Secretary for Bush, "will be remembered as one of the worst in history." Read it here. First of all, we welcome Sen. McCain as he BELATEDLY does his "Rummy Shuffle". Secondly, his latest action begs the question of whether polls like this and others are making him desperate? I invite your comments.
Unions disown Lunsford, Beshear banks on gambling and Legislators deal with "run-off".
Sunday, February 18, 2007
C-J/Bluegrass poll on Gov.'s race is out, but how reliable is it?
We need to slow down and take care of one another ...
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Dems. surge to stop Bush's "surge", measure passes in House but fails in Senate.
Democrats in the Senate, in a RARE Saturday session and with Senator John McCain Missing In Action on the vote, attempted to pass the same measure. In a debate whether to start a debate, the measure failed to garner the 60 votes needed to end a Republican filibuster and allow debate (the vote was 56 to 44, with 7 Republicans joining Democrats to allow debate). I don't know about you, but unlike Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) who stated that "[t]he American people can see what is happening here,... . They know that some want to prevent a vote at all costs", I join Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a man who I admire and who has dared -- I guess dared is the proper word to use here -- "surge" opponents to cut off funding for our troops in Iraq. At least that way the "surge" opponents can stop trying to "have their political cake and eat it, too", while putting a welcome end to all of these meaningless exercises in political posturing, pandering, gamesmanship and futility.
Did Obama scare Clinton into buying support?
Friday, February 16, 2007
Rep. Addia Wuchner gets it on HPV vaccination, Legislators should approve her amendment.
Rudy Giuliani gets it, will appoint "strict constructionist" Judges/Justices ...
Person for the week: Anna Nicole Smith.
The person of the week (for the right or wrong reasons) is Anna Nicole Smith, whose unexpected (?) death last week still has the news media in a feeding frenzy (enough already, guys and gals!) and EVERY man claiming to be the father of her baby (which may prompt the more appropriate question of: is there any man out there who will agree he is not the baby's father?)!!
Honorable mention goes to Larry Dale Heeling, a Lexington Herald Leader columnist, whose column touched off a firestorm (of sorts) between gubernatorial candidates former U. S. Rep. Anne Northup and Gov. Ernie Fletcher (and bloggers).
Labels: Person for the week.
Quote(s) for the week.
- Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Bruce Lunsford, on why he supported Gov. Fletcher's 2003 campaign and is now running against him.
2) "I have to say, the governor delivering chili brings a new meaning to giving out pork."
- Billy Harper, Republican challenger to Gov. Fletcher, reacting to the chili Fletcher brought to the Jessamine County GOP chili event.
3) "I did something very conservative. If the General Assembly does what I ask ... we will have the highest rainy day fund ever."
- Gov. Fletcher on his request for $150 million be put in the state's "rainy day fund."
4) "Jeff Hoover and I have stepped forward after hearing a call from Republicans across the state who wanted an electable alternative."
- Republican gubernatorial candidate, Rep. Anne Northup, reacting to Larry Dale Keeling's piece as published in the Lexington Herald Leader, which the campaign used as a basis for a campaign mail piece.
5) "I know what Gingrich tells people privately, I know what DeLay tells people privately, I know what Karl Rove tells people privately ... . I'm the one person they are most afraid of. Bill and I have beaten them before and we will again."
- Braggadocio from Hillary Clinton, Democratic Presidential candidate.
6) "The intelligence has gone cold on Osama bin Laden."
- Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, the former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, in a remember him? remark to CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
7) "On abortion, I was not always a Ronald Reagan conservative. Neither was Ronald Reagan, by the way. But like him, I learned with experience."
- Former Massachusetts Governor Mitch Romney, announcing his bid for the White House, while attempting to "Reaganize" himself in order to stifle criticism that he is not conservative enough to win the Republican Presidential nomination.
8) "Lunsford put his own personal interests ahead of the best interests of Kentucky, and that’s something no Kentucky working family should forget. UMWA members and their families certainly haven’t."
- The United Mine Workers of America International President, Cecil E. Roberts, on the groups lack of endorsement for Lunsford/Stumbo ticket, a day or so after the United Steelworkers Local 14851, with about 3,000 members statewide endorsed the same ticket.
9) "We know that they have good judgment because if they didn't we wouldn't be here."
- Rep. Derrick Graham, D-Frankfort, on the wisdom of allowing Kentucky voters to vote on a constitutional amendment to limit the Governor's pardoning power in 2008.
10) "Steve's a person with extraordinary possibility and promise, but he's a person who has a problem with the truth."
- Leslie Holland, former staff member for Steve Henry, describing the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
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Does Steve Henry "have a problem with the truth"?
Thursday, February 15, 2007
This time Mississippi thanks Kentucky!
House passes bill to limit Governor's pardon powers.
* require any person seeking a pardon to apply to the governor;
* require that the person act to accept the pardon; and,
* limits pardons only to those who had been indicted and convicted of a crime.
It now moves to the Senate, where its chances for passage are unknown, but where it needs 23 votes -- or more than 60 percent -- to pass before being placed on the 2008 constitutional ballot.
Senate should show leadership and vote to tighten abortion law.
These requirements do not unfairly burden a woman's Roe v. Wade right to an abortion and are REASONABLE. The full Senate should act and the House should follow.
It is time, again, to contact your Legislator.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
HAPPY Valentine's day (& my 16th wedding anniversary).
Today is Valentine's day as we all know. This day also happens to be my 16th wedding anniversary. As such, and for obvious LEGITIMATE reasons, I will take the day off and NOT do any postings. I will speak to you all starting tomorrow.
To my wife and BETTER half, I wish you a VERY happy anniversary and heartfelt thanks for putting up with me all these years. Here's
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Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Mass. Gov., Mitt Romney, explores bid ...
Larry Dale Keeling of H-L sets off firestorm.
Over the weekend, the Lexington Herald Leader ran a story outlining the problems confronting the Fletcher Administration. Governor Fletcher seems to be facing yet another crisis flash-point.
Special prosecutor Larry Cleveland says he will bring a former Transportation Cabinet official to trial on perjury charges stemming from the Fletcher abuses of the state merit system. That likely will put the governor in the untenable position of facing three choices, any one of which, according to Herald-Leader columnist Larry Dale Keeling, would doom whatever slim chances he retains to be re-elected in November.
Fletcher faces the unenviable prospect of having to: 1) Pardon an official who he as already pardoned once2) Testify under oath in open court3) Or take the Fifth Amendment. In any case, his decision will dredge up the entire scandal once again, remind voters of why the governor’s poll ratings are at an all-time low and why he is so unelectable in a General Election.
It is imperative that Republican voters understand that Governor Fletcher’s hiring scandal is not going to go away. If he is the nominee this issue will paralyze him in the General Election. Keep in mind that in 2003, the most optimal time for a Republican to run, over 100,000 Democrats voted for Ernie Fletcher. Kentucky is still a Democratic state and without this amount of crossover no Republican can win. Like it or not, these Democratic votes are gone for Ernie Fletcher.
Jeff Hoover and I have stepped forward after hearing a call from Republicans across the state who wanted an electable alternative. We look forward to continuing our discourse and sharing our vision of where we plan to lead Kentucky over the next four years!
A few minutes ago, the Fletcher/Rudolph campaign took the email seriously enough to send out its own email:
You may have recently received an e-mail from Anne Northup attacking Governor Fletcher yet again. It is unfortunate that her entire campaign is based on repeating arguments championed by the Democrats and attempting to use them for her personal ambitions.
As the first Republican Governor in 32 years, Governor Fletcher has begun to turn state government around. After inheriting a $1 billion deficit, we now have an over $700 million surplus. He has reduced the size of government by 2,000 employees and gone from 14 cabinets to nine. He has increased education funding by 25%. He has undertaken the most expansive road building program in our state’s history. And he did all this without increasing taxes. In fact, Governor Fletcher cut taxes for 78% of working Kentuckians, and removed 500,000 family members from the tax rolls altogether.
But we don’t hear Mrs. Northup talking about those issues that are important to Republicans. Instead, she is taking the arguments presented by the most liberal columnist in Kentucky and presenting them as reasons to vote for her.
The columnist of the Lexington Herald Leader, Larry Dale Keeling, makes his living by trying to run conservatives out of government. It is his opinion that she has chosen to parrot, and we do not agree. Here are some of his other opinions that we do not share:
Gay Marriage Will Triumph Eventually, August 29, 2004
Research Would Make Embryos Death Useful, July 23, 2006
Get Cash-Sniffing Hounds to Find Mitch (McConnell), October 18, 2006
Most Republicans don’t put much credence in Mr. Keeling’s opinions, but apparently Mrs. Northup does.
Republican primary voters deserve more. Tell Anne Northup that giving lip service to the liberal Democrats' attacks on Governor Fletcher should end. She should either tell us how she would better lead our state, or get out of the way. Governor Fletcher is providing true conservative leadership that we call all be proud of.
Stay tuned as the gubernatorial election could start getting ugly.
Registered sex offenders to provide Web ID.
C-J Blogger accuses Fletcher of dishonesty.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Dishonesty at dinner honoring Honest Abe
"Last night, at the Lincoln Day dinner in Murray, Gov. Fletcher claimed Kentucky had added 125,000 new jobs since he became governor.
My, how the number is growing: Just five days ago, in his State of the Commonwealth address, the Governor had put the number at 100,000.
And that was already a huge exaggeration: The Bureau of Labor Statistics says between 54,000 and 57,000 new jobs have been added since Dr. Fletcher took office."
Update: Senate unanimously ok's I-65 KING rename.
Fletcher appears on News Makers, too.
Monday, February 12, 2007
A VERY, VERY Happy Birthday to ABRAHAM LINCLOLN, America's GREATEST President.
America's GREATEST (and 16th) President, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, born: on February 12, 1809, in Hodgenville, (Hardin, now a part of Larue, County) Kentucky; died: Washington, D. C. (Ford's Theater at the hands of John Wilkes Booth, a Southern sympathizer) on April 15, 1865, is wished a VERY, VERY Happy Birthday. In honor of Lincoln's birthday, I will NOT be posting to the blog today (February 12th).
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Lincolnism vs. Reaganism: Sobering truths or comforting flattery?
To me, this dichotomy explains why some may prefer Reagan to Lincoln: One tells them "comforting words" that they want to hear, such as that they are not responsible for their desires and actions, which are inherently good; the other tells them "sobering truths" about man's evil nature and sets up government -- with checks and balances -- to curtail, and even frustrate, their unruly passions and desires. No comforting flattery for this guy. ABRAHAM LINCOLN's sobering truths are what I need to know.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Anne Northup appears on Kentucky News Makers.
Leave our daughters alone.
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Saturday, February 10, 2007
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The vaccine debate
'Leave daughters alone'
Much has been written about the need for girls to get the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine.
HPV is linked to cervical cancer and is transmitted through sexual contact.
Texas, where an executive order made it the first and only state mandating HPV vaccination for girls entering fifth grade, is now attempting to legislatively reverse the order.
Legislators cite the governor's incestuous relationship with Merck, the drug maker, which is bankrolling efforts nationwide to mandate the vaccinations, as well as costs, safety concerns and the governor's lack of authority.
Those concerns are very legitimate. Add to that my concern whether our government needs to act as "Superparent"to our children. I suggest our government leave our daughters alone.
HPV, like HIV, which causes AIDS, is a bad virus. But no good can come from an edict denying parents their natural right to decide what is in their children's best interests -- especially for such a lifestyle-choice virus, which is not a true public threat.
An obviously true public threat, tuberculosis, which is airborne and doesn't need direct contact to spread, demands mandatory vaccination. HPV, which isn't airborne, doesn't.
We invite our government to resist the pressure of Merck's lobbying power, as well as the urge to play our Big Brother.
Bowling Green, Ky. 42102
Click here to see where the C_J stands on this issue.
Friday, February 09, 2007
*** GOP Chair, Darrell Brock, calls it quits ... ***
Person for the week: The Family Foundation of Kentucky.
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Quote(s) for the week.
- A National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) Report, in an unclassified summary.
2) "I wish they would attack us with a nuclear bomb and kill us all so we will rest and anybody who wants the oil — which is the core of the problem — can come and get it."
- Haydar Abdul Jabbar, a witness to last Saturday's truck bombing in Baghdad, which killed 135.
3) "This budget is plunging us toward a cliff that will take us right into a chasm of debt."
- Senate Budget Committee Chair, Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), alarmed at President Bush's proposed $2.9 trillion budget.
4) "It's very humbling to think that running for President of the United States is for a kid from Brooklyn. It's quite a step."
- Rudy Giuliani, who filed a statement of candidacy with the FEC on Monday in preparation for his presidential bid.
5) "He is completely heterosexual. That is something he discovered. It was the acting-out situations where things took place. It wasn't a constant thing."
- Rev. Tim Ralph, in a jaw dropping comment about disgraced pastor Ted Haggard's completed intensive counseling since his "homosexual" outing by a male prostitute.
6) "The Western world loves liberalization, provided it doesn't affect them. But that's the case with all countries all over the world — liberalization is a great word if it doesn't affect you."
- Entrepreneur Azim Premji, India's richest man pointing out hypocrisy in the face of First World opposition to outsourcing.
7) "Providing the HPV vaccine doesn't promote sexual promiscuity any more than providing the hepatitis B vaccine promotes drug use."
- Texas Governor, Rick Perry, forgetting the concept of liberty, which our Founding Fathers fought a costly battle for, while attempting to defend his executive order MANDATING sixth-grade girls be inoculated with the HPV vaccine.
8) "Let us listen more carefully to do justice to those that our creator called the least of these my brethren."
- Magnanimous words spoken at the State of the state address. I just wish ALL will abide by them."
9) "If people didn’t think it’s an election year before the speech, they certainly do now."
- Jeff Hoover, House Minority Leader and Rep. Anne Northup's running mate, reacting to the State of the state address.
10) "The legislature is about to re-assert itself as the primary policy-making entity in state government, whether it is a Republican governor or a Democratic governor."
- Kentucky Senate President, David Williams, reacting to Gov. Fletcher's State of the state address while signaling the Legislature's intended toughness in response."
11) "Separating children from their biological families is not in the best interest of the child."
- State Rep. Tom Burch, D-Louisville, commenting on a bill he co-introduced in the Legislation, which could afford more WELCOMED protections to Kentucky parents whose children have been UNFAIRLY removed by state social workers.
12) "The forced vaccination of 9 to 12 year-old girls takes away parental rights ... [The HPV vaccination decision] should be in the hands of physicians, parents and the daughters who are having this shot."
- David Edmunds, a policy analyst with the Family Foundation, admirably objecting to the HPV vaccination bill, because it interfered with parental rights.
13) "I think they sought this kind of intelligence. They made it clear they wanted any kind of possible connections, no matter how skimpy, and they got it."
— Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), reacting to a Defense Department report that says the Pentagon intentionally manipulated intelligence linking Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda.
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Was pre-war Iraqi intelligence "cooked"?
Northup to focus on "clear priorities", Laurel County GOP gives Fletcher nod.
Meanwhile, PolWatchers is reporting that "the Laurel County Republican Party's executive committee "unanimously and enthusiastically" endorsed Gov. Ernie Fletcher's re-election bid." The press release dispatched by Warren Scoville, the county's GOP chairman, is quoted as stating: "Gov. Fletcher has brought more money into Laurel, Whitley, Knox and the surrounding counties than any governor in Kentucky's history."
Kudos to Senators Dan Seum, Gerald Neal and The Louisville Metro Council.
Update: 7:27 p. m.: Thanks to all of you who have called or emailed your Legislator -- and more thanks to Senate President David Williams and Speaker Jody Richards -- the Senate has put the MLK, Jr., bill on a fast track and the House promises to do the same next week. Keep those communications coming, including urging for a similar fast track action for the Abraham Lincoln bill.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
How much is your vote worth?
And on the home front ...
Update: 2/09/07, 11:43 a. m.: Here is Stumbo's opinion.
Update #2: 2:27 p. m.: Protesters drop idea of visiting Bardstown.
And On the world stage ...
On the popular culture entertainment front ...
... Anna Nicole Smith, 39, whose bizarre life careened from marrying an octogenarian billionaire (she was still fighting for her share of his estate) to the untimely death of her son from drug abuse (she recently gave birth to a baby girl 5 months ago of unknown paternity), collapsed at a Florida hotel and died. The cause of death is yet undetermined, but I suspect drug abuse. And so it goes.
Update: 2/09, 1:46 p. m.: The saga of the Marilyn Monroe wanna-be, Anna Nicole, whose life and death imitated the legendary movie star's -- except for John and Bob Kennedy and the Mafia and Elton John's song, candle in the wind -- is getting a lot more bizzare. Expect more of the same, by the way!
Billy Harper signs "no tax" pledge, vows fiscal conservatism. Will the others follow? And, can the pledge once made be kept?
HARPER SIGNS NO TAX PLEDGE
– Kentucky businessman touts credentials as fiscal conservative –
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Republican Billy Harper announced today that he has signed a pledge not to raise taxes if elected governor and said he would veto any tax increases approved by the state Legislature during his tenure. Harper also said his support for repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax and cutting unnecessary government spending as well as his real-world experience as an entrepreneur and business owner position him as the true fiscal conservative in the GOP primary. "As a Kentucky businessman, I’ve created hundreds of jobs, met multi-million dollar payrolls and balanced multi-million dollar budgets time and again," Harper said. "Others in this race have only talked about these things." To read more, visit the Harper website.
The questions now are: will the other candidates follow Harper on this now blazed pathway to victory and more importantly, will they KEEP the "no tax" pledge once elected?
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Anne Northup hires new campaign manager.
Black History Month: Resolve to fight REAL racism in Kentucky and EVERYWHERE.
With all that has gone wrong in Iraq ...
News release: Gatewood for Governor.
Step Up, Kentucky!
FORMER GOVERNOR JONES ENDORSES GATEWOOD’S PLAN FOR KENTUCKY
[February 6, 2007 - Lexington, Kentucky] – Gatewood Galbraith and Mark Wireman, candidates for the Democratic nomination for Governor in this May’s Primary, announced their Eastern Kentucky media tour today and issued a challenge to their opponents to reveal how they would seek to cure Kentucky’s problems without an increase in tax revenue and with the repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax. "All our opponents are talking about gambling and what they would do with the new money. That is pure conjecture at this point and we must construct programs that will address Kentucky’s problems without being dependent on passing gambling legislation or the continuation of the Alternative Minimum Tax. Our proposals for lifting Kentucky from poverty and illiteracy have been endorsed by former Governor Brereton Jones, who said that every Kentuckian should read Gatewood’s autobiography The Last Free Man In America before they vote in this election. "Gatewood’s book is one of the finest statements on behalf of the Democratic Party and whether he wins the Primary or not, whoever wins, would serve the state well by advancing his solutions,’" said Governor Jones. Galbraith said his solutions such as the "Commonwealth Incentive", whereby each high school graduate in Kentucky would receive a $5,000 for books, tuition and fees at any institution of higher learning in Kentucky, would not cost one penny of additional taxes. "In 1991, we spent 68% of the state’s budget on education. Today it is 60%. We are de-funding education at the very time we should be increasing it by restoring funding that has been stripped away for other projects." "And as to the gaming issue, let me be clear," said Galbraith. "We believe the issue of gaming should be presented to the citizens by referendum. If they do not want it, fine. If they do want gaming and it produces new revenues, we believe that money should go to bolster education, remove the automobile property tax and improve the environment. If it passes, we want to center such enterprises at the race tracks to preserve their existence. We do not want slot machines at the 7-11s. "Finally," said Galbraith, "we believe we will have the vote of every Democrat who voted for Ben Chandler in the ’03 Primary. Ben was seen as the reform element in the Democrat’s Party and garnered 53% of the vote. The majority of Democrats in Kentucky want the party to reform and we are the candidates of reform in this election. Our opponents are the face of the old Democrats who were defeated by the Republicans in ’03. We cannot afford to resurrect the Party in its old image. It needs a new face and the Galbraith/Wireman ticket is a winner."
Eastern Kentucky Media Tour, Thursday, February 8th,, Schedule:
9:00 AM – Old Country Inn, Jetts Shopping Center, Hwy 15, Jackson, Kentucky
11:30 AM – Ponderosa, 308 Morton Boulevard, Hazard, Kentucky
1:30 PM – Jenny Wiley State Park, 75 Theatre Court, Prestonsburg, Kentucky
5:30 PM – Ponderosa, 711 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Ashland, Kentucky
For information contact: email@example.com.
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
On the WEB @: www.gatewood.com
Office Phone: 859-259-1522 or 859-433-3567 Fax: 859-281-1386
Paid for by Gatewood for Governor
Merit system investigations persist ...
Fletcher's State of Our State Address.
As for me, I am particularly supportive of some of the proposed funding, assuming the "surplus" will be there when we need it, like putting a lot of the money in the 'rainy day fund" (since we can't return it to taxpayers in some form), exempting the military from taxes, student financial aid, teacher incentive pay, shoring up the retirement system and paying for the HPV vaccines for some. I am also very happy to hear the Gov. urge making the HPV vaccination voluntary. That's a good idea, indeed. House Judiciary Committee Chair, Kathy Stein, has introduced a bad bill (HB 143) to make it mandatory. So call or email your state Representative and demand the Gov.'s good idea instead. Don't know who your legislator is? Click here.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Happy birthday to "the Gipper" ...
Astronaut puts training to use, wears diapers to "attempt murder".
Rudy Guiliani files papers: Is he the Republican Presidential frontrunner?
All indications are that he is, even before he announces that he is running for President. And if he chooses Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas as his Vice Presidential running mate, then he'll have a very strong ticket going into the Presidential primary next spring -- unless something really bad (politically) happens.
In an update to my earlier post ...
Legislature convenes, state of the state address tonight, etc.
Monday, February 05, 2007
"It is not too late to right these wrongs."
Sunday, February 04, 2007
"Shuffling" Bears take on "Galloping" Colts in historic Superbowl.
Update, 9:25 p. m.: Just as I surmised. With QB Peyton Manning suffering ONLY one "Bear hug", it was "lights out" for the Bears as I say "hello, champs" to the Colts. Congratulations to both teams and their coaches for making history in 2007! On a related point, Prince did not make me "party like it's 1999," but his "purple rain" proved appropriate for the rainy event. What a
Update #2: Here are the Super Bowl ads.
Mittt Romney: Sincere, Flip Flopper or Political Opportunist?
Ellen Goodman of the Washington Post Writers Group pens an interesting column that expresses my concerns (and the concerns of many non-RINO conservatives) about the new darling of the Republican Party, presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who was the Keynote Speaker at the state Lincoln Day dinner last night. The question that needs to be answered, I think, is whether Gov. Mitt Romney is now sincere about his conservative beliefs, is a flip flopper in the mold of John Kerry and others or is worse and his epiphany on conservative issues is a direct result of political opportunism?
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Bush extends "olive branch" to Democrats.
Friday, February 02, 2007
More J. E.'s back Fletcher, Northup "peels" one away & Harper says he's "change agent".
On the national level, we learn that Congressmen Hal Rogers of Somerset, Ron Lewis of Cecilia, and Ed Whitfield of Hopkinsville, have endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential bid.
Richards "Lapp"s it up, Miller worries about retirement accounts & Beshear wants minimum wage raise.
Person(s) for the week: Candidates for elections.
The person(s) for the week are all candidates who have volunteered their time, energy and whatever else it takes to run for offices this year in Kentucky. The ENTIRE field of candidates is represented here by the Governor candidates represented above.
Labels: Person for the week.
Quote(s) for the week.
- Lt. Governor, Steve Pence, who declined to run for public office this year, describing the crowded Democratic field for Governor.
2) "It's almost too easy to be a terrorist these days. You stick a box on a corner and you can shut down a city".
- Jennifer Mason, 26, a fan of the show "Aqua Teen Hunger Force", whose promoters shut down parts of Boston on Wednesday after placing 38 blinking signs throughout the city.
3) "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy, I mean, that’s a storybook, man."
- Senator Joe Biden (D-De), publicly exposing his ignorance, while describing fellow Senator Barack Obama (D-Il.).
4) "I told him I take a bath every day."
- Rev. Al Sharpton, on his conversation with Senator Joe Biden (D-Del.) after Biden's description of Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.).
5) "We said all along if there was a situation where it would become more difficult for him, then it would be time."
- Roy Jackson, the owner of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, on the decision to euthanize the horse eight months after it was injured in competition.
6) "I was appalled to learn that people are exploiting my and my sisters' private personal belongings for commercial gain."
- Paris Hilton, the shameless heiress, taking issue with others (and filing suit against the owners of the website ParisExposed.com), for doing what she does so shamefully well: exploiting the media for her commercial gain.
7) "I would suggest respectfully to the President that he is not the sole decider."
- Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), responding to President Bush's remark that he is the "Sole decider" on Iraq, during a Tuesday hearing on Congress's war powers.
Labels: Quote for the week
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Northup commissioned poll has her and Fletcher tied, Harper a distant third.
(The first column is the GOP, Dem is next, then Margin).
Northup-Hoover vs. Richards-Brown 39% 45% -6%
Fletcher-Rudolph vs. Richards-Brown 32% 53% -21%
Northup-Hoover vs. Lunsford-Stumbo 40% 45% -5%
Fletcher-Rudolph vs. Lunsford-Stumbo 36% 50% -14%
I consider the absence of other Democratic tickets in the poll results to mean that the Richards/Brown is shown by the poll results to be the Democrat's STRONGEST ticket now -- as I predicted here in my blog post: Richards follows Henry and Galbraith into race. Jody Richards is the only candidate I described as "strong" in the Democratic field -- (and to my surprise the Lunsford/Stumbo ticket the second). Or could the released information be hiding some strengths of the other tickets, though it is highly unlikely? I shall post the results of any other candidate's (for Governor only) polls as soon as those become available. Stay tuned.
Fletcher announces anti-drug initiatives.
GOVERNOR FLETCHER UNVEILS EXTENSIVE INITIATIVE TO COMBAT SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Drug Interdiction Initiative, Asset Forfeiture, Secret Compartment, Electronic Pseudoephedrine Log Monitoring, Enhanced Internet Pharmacy Legislation and Pre-Trial Drug Diversion highlight the drug abuse plan
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced an aggressive substance-abuse initiative involving a balance of law enforcement, treatment and prevention-education. The Governor has proposed a broad range of legislation and substance-abuse plans which will continue to tackle the drug problem in Kentucky. "Removing drugs from our communities is one of the top priorities of our administration," said Governor Fletcher. "Drug trafficking is one of the greatest concerns of our citizens. I will continue to support and exhaust all efforts to make considerable strides to become a model for other states in this effort. We will not tolerate illegal use of drugs in the Commonwealth." "In the past, people in drug prevention, treatment and law enforcement did not communicate and work together. Now, Kentucky has a balanced attack which has begun to reduce the drug trafficking and substance abuse," said Sen. Robert Stivers (R-Manchester). "These important initiatives will allow us to continue the cooperation and coordination between federal, state and local agencies and share drug and national security intelligence to make a larger impact on violent crime and the availability of illegal drugs in Kentucky." "I want to implement a more aggressive and effective response to the drug problem in Kentucky, and one way to do this is by allowing nonviolent drug offenders to receive treatment before they hit the prison door," said Sen. Dan Kelly (R-Springfield), the Senate majority floor leader. "Senate Bill 34 will provide an emphasis on treatment and diversion instead of incarceration, which is part of the overall movement and attitude this administration has taken. We owe it to our citizens." "With additional resources, the Drug Interdiction plan can make a difference in intercepting drugs, apprehending those who traffic, and keeping a significant volume of drugs from reaching our citizens and being transported through our state," said Gen. Norman E. Arflack, secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. "Expanded financial support, additional staffing, training and equipment will make an even bigger impact on removing drugs on highways and from common carriers." The Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Office of Attorney General also have worked together to enhance Internet pharmacy legislation. The practice of distributing dangerous narcotics over the Internet has become a nationwide problem. Kentucky was one of the first states to address the issue with the passage of Senate Bill 63 in 2005. This legislation was an excellent start at dealing with the problem, however improvements are needed. "The Internet has a dark side,” said Attorney General Greg Stumbo. "We have learned this lesson well as we develop rapid responses to emerging criminal threats. This enhanced Internet Pharmacy legislation advances our shared goal to protect Kentuckians from these threats and the ravages of drug abuse." The substance abuse initiative will include: drug interdiction plan, asset forfeiture revisions (sponsored by Senator Stivers), secret compartment legislation (sponsored by Senator Stivers), pre-trial drug diversion bill (sponsored by Senator Kelly), enhanced Internet pharmacy legislation (sponsored by Senator Stivers), electronic monitoring of pseudoephedrine purchases (sponsored by Senator Stivers).
A welcome first step in the recovery process.
Exxon Mobil continues lead in fleecing consumers.