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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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Today’s Losers: Williams, Charter Schools, Constables

Here’s what I’m paying attention to lately. The Politics of Gaming — Funny to watch David Williams, who usually loves to hear himself speak to reporters, avoid a TV camera from WDRB yesterday. Williams made a dash for an elevator, telling Gilbert Corsey he wasn’t talking about the gaming issue. Gov. Beshear introduced legislation yesterday that would pave the way for a vote on gaming in Kentucky. I’ll Drink to This: This headline from WHAS-TV’s website — “Alcohol may boost creativity.” A study shows that a few beers actually helped people solve problems. Manual’s President Project: Some good news for…


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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…


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Hoops, A Ball and Harsh Words for Reagan

That was quite a weekend. especially if you’re a hoops junkie. End of the World – Not: Kentucky’s last-second loss to Indiana was a shocker, especially considering that even though the Cats played poorly overall, they were in a position to win on anything other than a last-second 3-pointer. They’re still a superior team, especially if Calipari can somehow figure out what alien inhabited Terrence Jones’ body in Bloomington. Jones disappeared and needs a wake-up call.  Even Dick Vitale, on the ESPN broadcast, was at a loss about Jones’ performance, saying repeately he couldn’t understand what he was doing after…


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Dyche Starred in KET’s Election Coverage

It’s hard to complain about KET’s coverage of the election last night. The statewide network’s show, anchored competently by Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw, had the most-up-to-date numbers on the Beshear landslide, and included interviews with reporters from around the state (including the C-J’s Joe Gerth). There werre on-site interviews with politicos, like the GOP’s uncomfortable Steve Robertson, and every concession and victory speech.  It lasted 208 minutes. But the highlight of the show was in the studio, and specifically John David Dyche,who refused to go along with anyone’s party line. Jennifer Moore, the former chair of the state Democratic…


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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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Vote Because It’s the Right Thing to Do

I’m voting today. You should too. It doesn’t matter that the candidates don’t give me much hope that if elected, they’ll be able to get anything done to improve our world, stop the waste in government or balance our budget. Voting is really about civic duty and doing the right thing. I’ve noticed this morning some bits of wisdom about voting, from people who can say it better than me. I’ll post a few below. But first you should know what you’re doing before going behind that curtain. In the Governor’s Race, Gov. Beshear is going to win. And I…


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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…