Articles by AlMayo

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Iowa-It Just Doesn’t Matter!

With the rush toward Christmas, some will forget the Iowa Caucus that is also fast approaching, and that’s okay. Why? Because It just doesn’t matter! It’s a glorified back room convention held in living rooms across the heartland! The last of the smoke-filled rooms so to speak. How do I know it’s not important? All I should have to tell you is that twice in my lifetime “Uncommitted” has won the thing. That’s right in 1972 and 1976 Iowa Democrats chose “uncommitted” as their caucus winner. In 2008 Mike Huckabee won the GOP caucus, while Bob Dole won in 1988,…


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Raisin Cain And Lowering The Boom

Herman Cain is no longer a presidential candidate, and he blames the media for stirring up the controversy that knocked him out of the race. He’s exactly right. It is the media’s fault and thank goodness for that. See Herman it’s called vetting the candidates. Like it or not, the media has become the only real way for voters to see, and rate candidates in any major political race. Most-if not all-candidates understand this. While they might not welcome the exposure, they all court the media relentlessly. They will deny it forever, but they do. Cain’s troubles began when several…


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Bob Seger Still Knocks It Out Of The Park

At first glance you’d never know Bob Seger is 67 years old. The man has more energy and resilience than people half his age. It’s only after you listen to him sing a few minutes that you realize he IS 67, but might be singing better than ever. The man from Michigan filled the YUM! Center Thursday night with over 18,000 fans, who came to hear the classics. Seger did have a cold and apologized for it, but managed to keep the crowd jumping. The set began with a few problems. Seger was saddled with a lousy sound mix for…


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Penn State’s Shame

Shame is the only way to describe it. Having read the 23 page indictment of former PSU Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky, I can honestly say it’s a horror show. Now, the reputation of a once venerated coach and top-flight university is in tatters. Joe Paterno had to be let go. I was having some slightly mixed emotions about it until I read the entire legal document this morning. It shows a systematic and repeated effort to whitewash whatever Jerry Sandusky may have done over the years. Judging from the content, it was much more extensive and more widely know than…


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Election 2011; What Does It Mean?

Well, to the surprise of no one in Kentucky, Steve Beshear has been re-elected Governor by a landslide. In fact, on the surface, Democrats seemed to sweep the statewide races with only two exceptions. Republican James Comer easily defeated Bob Farmer to win the office of Agriculture Commissioner. BUT, the GOP has to be kicking itself a bit today because it missed a golden opportunity to knock off Todd Hollenbach in the Treasurer’s race. Relative newcomer K.C. Crosbie lost by a one percent margin. She had very little support from a state party that seemed hell-bent on backing other candidates,…


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Power Play Against Williams? A Name Rises!

First of all let me tell you that anything in this particular entry is merely speculation. That being said, the information comes from a pretty reliable Frankfort insider. It’s crystal clear Republican Senate President David Williams will lose the Governor’s race to incumbent Steve Beshear next week. Badly. The margin will be large. Possibly large enough for Beshear to claim a mandate and try to force some legislation through the next session of the General Assembly. But could it also be large enough to topple Williams from power in the Kentucky State Senate? On the surface it seems unlikely, but…


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Dem Sweep Seems Likely In November

With just weeks before the November General Election, the latest round of poll numbers have emerged for statewide races in Kentucky. According to the CN/2 poll release this week, Incumbent Steve Beshear is maintaining a 28 point lead over Republican David Williams. Beshear has been criticized heavily by the GOP and others around the state for not taking part in more debates, but his no confrontation strategy seems to be working just fine. In the only face-to-face meeting with Williams and Independent Gatewood Galbraith, Beshear came off as a little smug and Williams really did win the day. But, Williams…


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To Ed Reinke!

I recently turned 50 and with that milestone has come a fairly turbulent few months. All the events I’ve experienced have certainly made me stop and realize that this life on earth is far shorter and moving far more quickly than we can possibly know. It also shows there are no guarantees. My friend Ed Reinke passed away this morning. Ed was possibly the finest news photographer I have ever known. His pictures graced stories from Associated Press and other major publications for many years. If you have ever read a Kentucky newspaper, you have seen an Ed Reinke photo….


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Palin Quits Before She Begins

If you’ve read anything I’ve written on Sarah Palin in the past, you will know I’m not at all surprised she dropped out of the 2012 presidential race before she ever announced. But, it’s amazing to me just how many folks emailed me claiming she dropped out of the race after she declared her candidcay. She did no such thing, but so loyal is her constituency, many of them were convinced she had already begun to campaign. Sadly, (for them), that was not the case. Palin never announced, and as I predicted will not run. There are myriad reasons for…


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Election 2011? BORING!!!

Yes I said it! BORING me to tears! Not just the Kentucky Governor’s race but all the other statewide elections as well. No one candidate has risen to the top or caused so much as a ripple of controversy. While most voters say that’s just fine with them, it won’t do much for voter turnout come November. Despite what citizens and voters all claim, they do like candidates with a little spice in their elections. So far David Williams and Steve Beshear have managed to muster one gigantic yawn from me and most of the voting pubic as they run…