Articles by AlMayo

Richie Farmer; A Life Lived on Scholarship

First of all, allow me to apologize for my extended absence from these pages. I’ve been in the beginning stages of a new job, and it’s taken until now for me to get time to write. NOW–let’s get to the fun part! Two words. Richie Farmer. Can you believe this guy? Never in my professional lifetime have I seen an office-holder destroy a lifetime of goodwill and political capital in such a concentrated period of time. Granted George Bush The Elder managed to come close after his popularity plummeted following the first Gulf War, but Farmer’s implosion has been so…


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Halfway To Nowhere In Frankfort

Today marks the official halfway point of the 2012 Kentucky General Assembly. So far there’s no gambling amendment, no final redistricting plan, and no budget. I’m willing to concede the budget always comes last in the session so lawmakers are off the hook for now on that issue. As for everything else–not so much. A possible vote on expanded gaming by the public is now dead and buried. Possibly for good. The Senate strongly shot it down 21-16, so it accomplished two things. Killing the bill, and killing once and for all, the idea that Senate President David Williams would…


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NASCAR And Casinos Could Mix-In Kentucky?

Earlier this month a new Hollywood Casino opened in Kansas. That event alone isn’t very interesting, but the location is. The new gaming palace overlooks turn two of Kansas Speedway. This interests me for several reasons. First of all, I’ve never heard of auto racing and casinos mixing unless it happens in Monte Carlo. Next, I’m intrigued that the subject hasn’t come up here in Kentucky—yet. With new proposed gaming legislation allowing up to seven casinos across the commonwealth, is it possible we could see one at Kentucky Speedway? I really don’t know because I don’t think the question has…


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Gambling On Kentucky

Exactly four years ago today, Governor Steve Beshear proposed up to twelve casinos in Kentucky. As of Tuesday morning his latest proposal wants to allow up to seven casinos to operate in the commonwealth. You may ask what is different except the number of gambling palaces. Well first of all, this new proposal only allows a statewide referendum on the idea. The new bill is also being introduced by a Republican in the State Senate. Not something I would have guessed could happen four years ago. None of these changes guarantee passage. In fact I’d guess the chances are less…


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Whitney Houston; An Appreciation

With statewide politics a vast wasteland right now, I thought I’d jot down some things about Whitney Houston. When I heard of Whitney Houston’s untimely death, I must admit it shook me more than I thought it would or should. My reasons for this are many, but I was not a die-hard Whitney fan. However I was part of the radio industry that helped her career skyrocket into superstardom in the 1980’s I first heard of Whitney Houston while working as an on-air personality for a hit radio station. One Wednesday our record shipments arrived. Yes RECORDS! Once upon a…


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Buddy, Ritchie, and The Bopper

It’s no secret that this is the anniversary of the “Day The Music Died”. So why another posting or article on this day? Well it’s not to look back, it’s to anticipate what might have been. Buddy Holly was only 22 years-old, and produced a body of work that remains staggering in quality and scope. Listing all the songs he recorded is completely unneccesary, but the fact that he is remembered so vividly speaks to his accomplishments. But in reflecting on Buddy’s legacy, think of what was in his tragically abbreviated future. He had already begun swinging his sound away…


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Beshear’s Budget Could Be a lot worse

Governor Steve Beshear outlined his latest biennial budget Tuesday night and as expected, there are some major cuts. But they are not across the board. That is something new for Beshear since he’s been in budget-cutting mode for virtually his entire administration. Ten times in the past four-plus years Beshear had to balance a budget with across the board cuts and attrition. But not this time. The governor revealed a figure of eight-point-four percent which will be cut this time around. At first blush that seems almost draconian next to cuts of three percent for the rest of his time…


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Beshear Leaves A Lot Out-For Now

He focused on gambling and how deep spending cuts will effect the commonwealth, but Governor Steve Beshear made more news by omission than anything else. During his fifth State Of The Commonwealth speech, Beshear informed the General Assembly that there will be very deep cuts in spending during the coming budget cycle. He also renewed his call for expanded gaming several times. The gaming is old hat for Beshear, but he used the potential budget cuts to soften the ground for a possible vote on gaming this time instead of plugging in non-existing gambling dollars to a phantom budget. Remember,…


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RIP Gatewood Galbraith

Well I know one thing for sure today. Kentucky politics just became a lot less entertaining. Gatewood Galbraith has passed away. He just completed another run for governor as an independent, and was found Wednesday morning in his Lexington home. No cause of death has been revealed but Gatewood was not well for these past few years. But, he kept fighting the good fight. He got nine percent of the vote in the recent Governor’s race as a third party candidate. Oh by the way–he also got the endorsement of the United Mine Workers. No Independent has ever done that…


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Political Stew–Here and There

Iowa Aftermath–As I posted last month, Iowa really means nothing as far as who wins the nomination, but it does serve one purpose. It usually weeds out the haves from the have-nots money-wise. That doesn’t seem to be the case this year. Mitt Romney is well financed, but Rick Santorum ran a shoestring campaign and tied the front-runner. While it’s a great start for Santorum, unless he gets a huge cash infusion from this, it can’t last. My take on Santorum is simple. Timing is everything. After watching everyone in the GOP race take a turn at the top of…