Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Frosty Treatment: Don’t let this one go under the radar — last week Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office sent an e-mail accelerating the GOP’s campaign to slime Graeme Frost, a 12-year-old whose story illustrates why the S-CHIP bill that Mitch opposes is a good thing. The New York Times adds to the furor exposed first in Kentucky by PageOne. Oh, yes, the bill calls for a tax increase on tobacco.

Another Scapegoat? Are illegal immigrants the next frontier for the haters in our world? In Lexington, there’s a brewing controversy over a bus line that brings Mexicans to town, because A.G. candidate Stan Lee, with no evidence, said the buses import illegal aliens and drugs. Lee might want to compare notes with Metro Council member Doug Hawkins, who admits he doesn’t know how bad the illegal immigrant problem is in Louisville, he just wants to stop giving them services.

Sports and Politics do Mix. Billy Reed’s got more good news for Steve Beshear, comparing him favorably with Kentucky’s rock star coach-of-the-moment, Rich Brooks. He sees Ernie Fletcher more in the mold of disgraced ex-coach Hal Mumme. Does that mean Ernie will surface in a few years as the governor of New Mexico?

Late to the Game. Ad agencies in Louisville are playing catch-up in the move to the Web, according to a story in Business First by Terry Boyd that’s getting plenty of attention in ad circles. Boyd gathered some pretty interesting statistics, and opinions, from six local agencies. Like, did you know, that Internet advertising generated $4.9 billion in revenue in the first quarter of this year, 26 percent more than the same period a year before. Meanwhile, newspaper advertising is stagnant. You can’t really tell from Boyd’s story, but Power Creative, which has 160 employees working in five Louisville buildings and the region’s largest IT staff among agencies, is closest to “getting it.”