An Interview with Bruce Lunsford

Politically inclined? Go read Daniel Solzman’s interview with Bruce Lunsford.

Bruce has changed his tune (okay, Achim Bergmann and his communications team changed their tune) and are now saying Bruce took a long, hard look at the U.S. Senate race. The previous bit, which Bruce said on-camera, was that he decided to run overnight after watching Dubya’s State of the Union address.

Our favorite part of the interview is when ‘campaign for change’ is resurrected from the 2007 gubernatorial primary. Or maybe it’s the part where Achim’s buddy Mark Nickolas gets another mention. (Note that Bruce had no idea who Nickolas was through most of the primary last year.) Or still yet, our favorite part may be where Bruce foolishly thinks he can develop a positive relationship with blogs in Kentucky. The ‘Ville Voice? We live in the reality-based community here. Page One? Nope. BlueGrassRoots? Nope. Ditch Mitch? Not happening. The Rural Democrat? Again, not happening. What’s left, Republicans? Good luck on that one. Screwed the pooch too early.

Meatless interview, sure, but definitely some insight into Achi… I mean, Bruce’s motives. Nice guy. Horrible candidate to run as a Democrat against McConnell when there are real life, actual Democrats ready to take him on.

Jefferson County GOP Cat Fight Brewing

The abrupt withdrawal of Chris Thieneman (you remember him– he’s the guy McConnell and Northup allegedly forced out of the race) from Kentucky’s 3rd District Republican congressional primary sent shockwaves through Jefferson County’s GOP and across the Republican Party of Kentucky. Unfortunately for the powers that be, the uproar is far from over.

See the Kentucky Pachyderm 2 for their rant against GOP Chairman Jack Richardson IV:

Hmmm. Seems Richardson can’t even follow his own rules. We remember that for the last two years, Richardson basically took former Democrat Attorney General Greg Stumbo’s side against Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher. Richardson showed his own party’s governor no love nor support, opting instead to bash Fletcher at every opportunity given him when a Courier-Journal reporter called Richardson for comment.

This just serves as another reminder as to why Richardson is not good for the Republican Party. Not in his home county and not in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He needs to be replaced as chair of the party in the state’s most-populous county and Louisville Republicans will have that option this spring. We hope they’ll avail themselves of the opportunity and choose a real, loyal Republican to lead them.

Ruh ro. Drama in Republicanland. I mean, we can’t always rail against Steve Beshear.

Louisville Democrats Reorganize

The Louisville-Jefferson County Democratic Party is in the midst of a major reorganization in 2008, along with the rest of the Kentucky Democratic Party. The local party will elect new Legislative District Chairs and Vice Chairs in April to make up its new governing Executive Committee.

Interesting names include Steve Henry apologist Kimberly Greenwell, Claudia Riner, a woman who many accused of rigging her 2004 election, and West End political boss Clarence Yancey.

Peep the recently released names of candidates and the District in which they live after the jump.

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Doug Hawkins: “Send the Mexicans Away!”

Can you handle it? Your favorite protector of the homeland has made a name for himself and he’s been invited to play with with the big kids.

Louisville’s Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins (R-Protecting us from Mexicans) will testify in Frankfort at 2:00 P.M. today before the House Standing Committee on the Judiciary in support of Rep. Bob Damrom’s HB 304. Damron’s bill would expand the definition of identity theft, prohibit the employment of illegal aliens and– you guessed it– push for already stressed local law enforcement to handle federal immigration enforcement.

Doug Hawkins. Protecting us from Mexicans all across the land. He’s finally made it to Frankfort to spew his nonsense. Huzzuh!

CYA 2008: Education & Student Aid Damage Control

Mere days after Governor Steve Beshear delivered the gloom and doom news of his budget cuts for state universities, days after University of Kentucky President Lee Todd sent out a damning email and only one day after six state university presidents testified in Frankfort, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority sent out a blast of its “Financial Aid Tip of the Month” preaching wonders of student financial aid, the CAP program and KEES scholarships.

Perhaps the best known program is the merit-based Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES). Students at certified Kentucky high schools earn college scholarships based on their yearly grade point average and their best ACT score. Home school graduates and GED recipients earn awards based on their ACT score.

Students do not have to apply for a KEES award. If they attend a participating Kentucky college, KHEAA will automatically send the scholarship money after the school reports that they are attending classes. KEES awards may also be used at some out-of-state colleges, but only if the school is in a state that participates in the Academic Common Market and the student is pursuing an approved major not available in Kentucky.

Classic CYA, no?

Read the rest at Page One…

Bluegrass Freedom Fund $$$, Lunsford, Beshear

Ryan Alessi wrote a detailed story about the money infamous 527 group Bluegrass Freedom Fund raised in 2007. The story didn’t mention the names of any staff members or affiliates, which surprised us quite a bit as they’re relevant to the story. BFF is headed by Achim BergmannBruce Lunsford’s main advisor and former (maybe current?) campaign manager– whose wife Emily was the first person to be mentioned in the press as part of the Lunsford for Senate team. Meaning you can bet your undergarments that Lunsford will be able to pull heavily from that crowd of millionaires.

Interesting to note the money that rolled into the BFF’s coffers in 2007. Over $3 million. $1.9 million from the casino-horsie set that’s argued before the legislature on behalf of casino gaming, $600,000 from the Democratic Governors Association headed by Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius at the time (she visited the Lunsford-Stumbo campaign in 2007, so that’s an obvious one), $300,000 from organized labor, $345,000 from other interest groups.

Even more interesting to note that of the casino set, the following contributed: Bill Yung ($1 million), Churchill Downs Inc., Ron Geary of Ellis Park, Turfway Park, W.S. Farish, Tracy Farmer, Greg Goodman and John Oxley.

Alessi adds:

Some of the same names and interests also opened their wallets to other funds that benefited Beshear and his gubernatorial campaign, including Beshear’s campaign fund, his inauguration committee fund and the Kentucky Victory 2007 committee — a joint fund-raising group set up by the Kentucky Democratic Party and the Democratic National Committee last spring.

So the fund was merely an extension of the Beshear campaign. Nothing wrong with that. Just saying. As it’s even more clear today why Governor Steve Beshear would tacitly endorse Bruce Lunsford as a senatorial candidate.

Money makes the world go round.