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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…


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Return of the Restoring America Ads

Those Restoring America TV ads are back — not that every station in town stopped running them anyway. This may be the most compelling drama of the entire gubernatorial campaign. You’ll recall that on Monday a Frankfort judge issued a restraining order on the Restoring America group because it wouldn’t reveal who was financing the $1.3 million that was being spent on (editorializing here) stupid, poorly-done ads critical of Steve Beshear.  At a hearing yesterday, Judge Thomas Wingate lifted the order after, according to the Herald-Leader,  “the group disclosed that its sole donor was the father-in-law of Republican gubernatorial candidate…


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Judge Stops Those Awful Commercials, and the AG Debate

A Frankfort judge yesterday gave an important election victory to Gov. Steve Beshear, as if he needed one. Judge Thomas Wingate issued a restraining order prohibiting a secretive group, Restoring America, from airing TV commercials critical of Beshear. Wingate said the group is breaking campaign laws because it won’t reveal the names of donors who contributed $1.3 million to run the ads. Instead, the group reported that all of its money came from one source, something called Restoring America Inc.  That group won’t have to reveal its income source until January, when it won’t matter. No one at the Ohio-based…


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No Wonder Beshear Didn’t Want to Debate

I know I’m not the only one who’s disappointed with the current political season, especially the governors race.  There’s certainly not as much money being spent on TV advertising as some GMs had hoped. Given the wide margin that Gov. Steve Beshear has in the polls, you can’t blame him for dodging debates. Besides, he’s got a terrible speaking voice, has no accomplishments to tout, and has to face the accusation from his challengers that he’s only running to keep the seat warm for Jerry Abramson.And the more colorful characters in this election season, our former Mayor for Life and…


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Six Months More Pain with Sherman Minton

At a morning press conference, officials said it will take at least six months and $20 million, but the Sherman Minton Bridge will open again. Here’s a link to the press conference with the Indiana and Kentucky governors, Mitch Daniels and Steve Beshear. Both Governors indicated that they would come up with the money and get the job done, emphasizing safety and expediency. Six months would put us at March 2012 as a target date for the bridge to open. First out with a statement, within minutes of the press conference, was Mayor Greg Fischer: “I’m pleased that we have…


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This Is Not Going to End Well, Louisville

I’m a little groggy this morning after staying up half the night watching some tremendous baseball. Wow. My Braves stunk it up, completing one of baseball’s most memorable chokes by losing in 13 to the Phillies. The Cardinals, 8-0 winners over the Astros, are in the playoffs. Not to be outdone by the Braves in the choking department, the Red Sox blew a lead to the Orioles while the Rays came back from a 7-0 deficit to the Yankees. In terms of TV viewing, it was quite dramatic as the Orioles winning run scored moments before the Rays’ Evan Longoria’s…