Bloggers, Others, Like New Lunsford-Stumbo Site Already Receiving Praise from BlogsDemocratic Candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor Bruce Lunsford and Greg Stumbo today launched their Campaign for Change website one day before the kick-off of their campaign in Prestonsburg.

The website address is:

This new website continues to build on the excitement and energy of the past weeks and will serve as the campaign’s online headquarters.

The Campaign for Change website contains interactive features such as a campaign blog, a video clips library, and a photo blog; as well as useful information for voters about Lunsford, Stumbo and their plan to take on the challenges facing Kentucky and get the state back in business.

Throughout the campaign, Lunsford and Stumbo will continue to update the site with dynamic content that details their visits with Kentuckians across the Commonwealth, news from the trail and other information important to Kentucky voters.

Kentuckians interested in volunteering on, contributing to, or receiving messages from the campaign can also sign-up on the website.

The website has already drawn rave reviews from blogs. TheBridge, a widely read political blog, called it the “Best KY Gub Website for 2007.”

TheBridge says: “I LOVE THE LUNSFORD-STUMBO FOR CHANGE site. It is one of the best political websites that I have even seen. Great colors!  Great visuals! Best features!”

Lunsford and Stumbo are aggressivly using the Internet to reach out to young voters and voters across Kentucky.  The campaign has created webpages on social networking sites including, Facebook and louisville mojo.

Now Live:

If you’re wondering why posts have been few around here in the last week, we’ve been putting the finishing touches on the new Lunsford-Stumbo Web site. Here’s a link to the first blog entry on the site.

Like any major project, there was plenty of intensity in the last few hours before last night’s deadline. Boston-based Liberty Concepts is our technology partner on the project, and they were working with us almost until midnight Tuesday.

The launch comes just in time for the first campaign kick-off, set for Thursday in Prestonsburg. Look on the Web site for details. In addition to my campaign blog, there’s a photo blog on the site in which you can post your own photos, a video section, and of course areas where you can volunteer, sign up for e-mails and contribute to the Campaign for Change.

Save the Brick House Deadline

I hope this is not a case of too little, too late. The Brick House is a worthy organization that needs some help. My personal interest is that my son Nick, a junior at Manual High School, is one of the activist young people who are trying to help the organization keep its house at the corner of 2nd and St. Catherine. He plays in a band that regularly performs at concerts there. The group is currently in the midst of a fund drive to help pay the mortgage.

Among the group’s projects is the operation of a low-power FM radio station, which is making good progress toward becoming a reality. The group, in fact, held a training session last week for those interested in producing radio for the station. It’s backed by the Louisville Media Reform Community.

Please take a look at the Save the Brick House Web site, and pledge $5 a month for a worthy cause.

This is from John Hicks, a board member heading up the Fund Drive:

The Brick House, you may recall, is the local hippie/radical commune/PAZ at Second and St. Catherine Streets that houses various collectives devoted to art, bicycle repair, all-ages concerts, and a number of other
random but creative endeavors.

Long story short: After renting for several years, the group bought its own building in 2002 and then struggled to make the mortgage each month driven by the hope that someday its FCC approved low-power FM radio station would go on the air and things would get better. Last summer, in a move they may now be regretting, they placed a number of radio volunteers on their board of directors.

So this month, just as it looked like the radio station was going to go on the air, the new board of directors decided they’d like to sell the building and disband the commune because it was not paying for itself!

Undaunted, the group is now trying to prove to the directors that they can support themselves by assembling 100 people who pledge a mere $5 a month. That $500 plus their concert revenues will pay the monthly bills and let the radio folk do their thing without having to fret over their poor hippie relations.

So it’s Adopt a Hippie Commune Week, folks. If you’ve ever wondered if — just maybe, with a little tweaking — anarcho-communism might someday work, and you have a spare $5 at the end of the month, check out, make your pledge, and join the commune!

Carpenters Want to Discuss Issues in Gov Race

A press release from the Indiana/Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenters:

The Indiana/Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenters did not participate in the vote to support Change to Win Kentucky’s decision not to endorse Bruce Lunsford and Greg Stumbo in their campaign to govern the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

“The Carpenters and Millwrights have in fact met with the Lunsford – Stumbo team, as well as other candidates in the race for Governor. We are very interested in discussing the issues facing working families in Kentucky with every candidate, and we would encourage other labor organizations to do the same, said David Tharp, Executive Secretary-Treasurer / Business Manager of the Carpenters and Millwrights Regional Council. Tharp went on to say “Greg Stumbo is one of many friends of labor who fill the ballot in this year’s primary election. Our members in Kentucky are very fortunate to count many friends among the group of candidates, and we will certainly not close our ears to any of them. The Carpenters and Millwrights will continue to discuss their issues with the candidates, and we will speak for ourselves, if and when an endorsement decision is made.”

LEO and the Culture Maven – Nevermore?

If you didn’t catch it, LEO’s renowned “Culture Maven” — C.D. Kaplan — will no longer grace the pages of LEO. Kaplan’s last regular column appeared last week, and Kaplan used it to explain his new role at the alternative weekly, where he’s held forth on various local topics for at least a decade.

Kaplan’s colorful language won’t be totally gone from LEO. He says he’s doing a regular “featurette” that he compared to his work for Emazing, that dot-com era company that used to send you e-mails every day noting stuff like important birthdays. And Kaplan’s regular Tuesday appearances on WFPK reviewing movies will continue. And he’s still going to do his Seedy K rumor bit at the paper.

Read moreLEO and the Culture Maven – Nevermore?

Reed Handicaps Gov. Race

If there’s one person who knows something about handicapping a political race, it’s Billy Reed. Here is Billy’s take on the Governor’s race, with a special emphasis on the importance of the running mate for each of the 10 entries.  Billy’s  exacta on the Dem. side is  Lunsford-Stumbo at 5-1 followed by Richards-Brown at 8-1. In order, his finish after that is Miller-Maze, Beshear-Mongiardo and Henry-True.

In the Republican race, he’s got the Fletcher-Rudolph ticket as a heavy favorite at 5-2.

Reed is also publicly seeking a sponsor for a special book project on famous Kentuckians, and makes a pretty good case to entice a sponsor for the project. Read about it here.

Leading the Way on Positive Campaigning

The Bruce Lunsford campaign was among the first to declare it would keep its campaign positive in the Kentucky Governor’s Race. Here’s the latest release from the campaign:

Democratic candidate for governor Bruce Lunsford and Attorney General and Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Greg Stumbo were among the first candidates to sign the Kentucky Democratic Party Unity Pledge this past week.


“From day one, I’ve pledged to run a positive campaign. I’m thrilled that all of my fellow Democratic candidates have joined in signing the Unity Pledge,” said Bruce Lunsford. “Voters are tired of personal, negative attacks. They want to hear our ideas for fixing Kentucky and our vision for getting Kentucky back on track.”


Attorney General Greg Stumbo said, “This election is about the voters in Kentucky. They deserve to hear a positive campaign on the issues important to them, the soaring cost of health care, the importance of quality public schools, the need for good paying jobs.”


On their very first day, when they announced their bid for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Lunsford and Stumbo promised to run a positive campaign.


“I learned what it’s like to be the victim of a personal, negative political attack and they have no place in this primary,” said Lunsford. “There are several Democratic candidates in this race who will do a better job than Gov. Fletcher. If we are to win the governor’s office back for the Democrats, we need to focus on the important issues and not tear each other down.”


The Kentucky Democratic Party Unity Pledge, in part, states, “I further affirm my desire to maintain unity within our Party and agree to run a clean, positive and issues-based campaign. I fully understand the ramifications of personal, negative attacks toward Democratic candidates during the primary election cycle and I recognize that such campaign tactics have the potential to damage all candidates, place opponents in a potentially advantageous position with our constituents, and divide the Party.”

Next Up: Amateur Hour in C-J Neighborhoods

The Courier-Journal is really taking this citizen participation thing to heart. On Feb. 28, the Neighborhoods section is reaching out to enlist a bunch of volunteer contributors to the paper. The planned sections include “Amen Corner”, so that clergy and their congregants can submit photos and copy from their church; Coach’s Corner, so Little League coaches can tout their tykes; plus stuff on neighbors, businesses and simple pats on the back to do-gooders.

If you have something you’ve created, the C-J wants to publish it.

It’s easy to criticize this effort — why would the C-J give space and time to this rather trivial stuff while it is failing to adequately cover actual, real news. It has cut back on its paid reporting staff, and stories that should be covered are getting missed. See my post on LEO’s exclusive story.

It’s no secret that in terms of political coverage, Lexington’s Herald-Leader is hitting home runs while the C-J is struggling to hit .200. The efforts by the C-J to create a readable and entertaining blog section, on any topic, have not gained any traction.  Videos? Nobody’s watching. The top video today is a Tumbleweed commercial. Photo Galleries? Not much interest.

I give the C-J credit for trying to be inclusive of its readership. Maybe bringing in a bunch of amateurs to fill its Neighborhoods section will be a success. Be warned, though. Depending on volunteers to produce a viable, marketable product is no way to run a business.

Ky. Gazette’s New Owner Needs Tech

Mark Hebert has the story on the change in ownership of the Kentucky Gazette, a Frankfort-based political newspaper. Lowell Reese, who had owned the paper for 12 years, says he sold the paper to because it was “too much work and not enough income.” The buyer is Laura Cullen Glasscock, who has been the paper’s editor.

It looks to me like the paper, with a circulation of around 1,000, is another example of an “old media” icon that failed to adjust to the new media technology. The Gazette, which I admittedly don’t remember ever seeing, has a terribly outdated Web site that literally features articles that are four years old.

So Glasscock has her work cut out for her. Hebert says it’s a “must read for political junkies and insiders.” That may be so, but unless the new owner figures out a way to get that great information online, it will be hard to stay competitive with politically-active blogs and online newspapers.