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August 30, 2011

Statewide Links for August 30, 2011

Candidate for Agriculture Commissioner, James Comer, announces Urban Agriculture Initiative

Lt. Governor candidate Richie Farmer used your tax dollars to buy refrigerators for his house

The Kentucky Democratic Party got Farmer a hotel room for his birthday

Farmer is frustrated with coverage of his divorce

Oklahoma Attorney General and Kentucky native Scott Pruitt will campaign for Kentucky Attorney General candidate Todd P'Pool

August 29, 2011

Beshear Continues to Waste Taxdollars on Legislatively-Rejected Plan

From the Boone County Tea Party

The Governor is trying to do an end-run around the legislators on one issue -- the issuance of the state's Climate Action Plan. Garth Kuhnhein of NKTP tells us that the final report for the Kentucky Climate Action Plan Council will be delivered to Secretary Len Peters and not the General Assembly! "This is a huge move because all of the legislators on the KCAPC stepped back from the table and had minimal to no participation. The KCAPC had their final vote and conference call [August 25]...and heard many non-unanimous votes. Not everyone was in agreement with the recommendations."

The Climate Action Plan is a huge boonedoggle - wasting taxes and other resources to develop and implement a plan based on the myth of man-made global warming and President Obama's plan to destroy the coal industry. It's just one more reason we need to be working to beat him in November.

This report has already been rejected by Kentucky citizens via their elected representatives in the legislature. One year ago, Governor Beshear unilaterally decided to waste money:

Kentucky state government will continue a $200,000 contract it has with a Washington consultant on climate change. Last week, a legislative oversight panel rejected the contract because many members fear the consulting firm is biased against the coal industry.

While Beshear complains about opponent David Williams' dubious spending habits, here's a $500,000 waste of his own making.

Statewide Links for August 29, 2011

Governor candidate David Williams has a bad record on legislative pensions

Former US Senator Jim Bunning endorsed David Williams for Governor

Jack Brammer assesses Williams' chances of winning

Joe Gerth says Williams hasn't closed the gap

Williams calls on Governor candidate Steve Beshear to defend pre-game prayer in Bell County

August 26, 2011

Statewide Links for August 26, 2011

Governor candidate Steve Beshear admits to manure at State Fair Ham Breakfast

Gov. Mike Huckabee to campaign for Attorney General candidate Todd P'Pool

Attorney General candidate Jack Conway slams Virginia Attorney General leading the fight against Obamacare

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to campaign for Governor candidate David Williams

Williams' wife doesn't like attack ads

August 25, 2011

Illinois a Negative Example for Public Policy

In January, the Illinois legislature congratulated itself for enacting a large tax hike in order to avoid deeper cuts in services.

By April, giant employers like Caterpillar were threatening to leave the state.

Now, courtesy of, we can look back at Illinois' employment picture and see the tax hike destroy jobs in that state.

Statewide Links for August 25, 2011

Everyone's at the State Fair Ham Breakfast

Governor candidate David Williams once didn't like debates

Ronnie Ellis calls out /a> Governor candidate Steve Beshear for ducking debates

Beshear fights prescription drug abuse while Attorney General Jack Conway is too busy fighting culinary colleges

Attorney General candidate Todd P'Pool will be in Hardin County with US Rep. Brett Guthrie

August 24, 2011

How To Improve Your State's Credit Rating

As opposed to Governor Steve Beshear, whose bad management has eroded Kentucky's credit rating, Florida Governor Rick Scott explains how Florida improved the state's credit outlook from negative to stable (by cutting spending):

Big News at State Fair Commodity Breakfast

There was big news made by the candidates at the annual Commodity Breakfast.

OK, we are a little sarcastic, but this is really the first time we remember Governor Steve Beshear really speaking about his campaign:

Gov. Beshear says, "The polling looks great right now, but of course the only poll that counts is in November when people go and vote, and I'm balancing my time between campaigning and being governor."

Such tough leadership.

For his part, Williams actually insists that he'll offer ideas for moving Kentucky forward:

Sen. Williams says, "This mudslinging that they are already involved in and all these negative ads, I'm going to avoid that type of thing. I think people are tired of it. I think people want to see what our vision for this state is."

In the last session, he did put forward good proposals. We look forward to continuing that discussion.

Statewide Links for August 24, 2011

More of Governor Beshear's fundraising tactics questioned

Auditor candidate John Kemper opposes property tax increases

Area Development Districts chide Beshear for not showing up

Candidate for Agriculture Commissioner, James Comer, raises $100,000

Attorney General Candidate Todd P'Pool says unions aren't needed anymore

August 22, 2011

Statewide Links for August 22, 2011

Governor candidate Steve Beshear gets endorsed by some old guy they named Hopkins county after and several local electeds who think 'leadership' is begging the benevolent Governor for transfer payments

Beshear announces a program to certify that Kentuckians are unemployed

Attorney General candidate Jack Conway doesn't think opponent Hopkins County Attorney Todd P'Pool is an 'Outstanding County Attorney'

Peyton hula hoops for Governor Steve Beshear at the State Fair

Last week was Coal Miner Appreciation Week

August 19, 2011

Jack Conway "Textbook Case of Government Waste and Stupidity"

Over at, they're not mincing words about Attorney General Jack Conway's political stunt:

Conway has been on the warpath against for-profit colleges, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer funds to mount an investigation against seven academic institutions in the state.

Conway's investigation recently got a big break. The smoking gun? Louisville-based Daymar College seems to have overcharged students for textbooks. That's right; apparently Daymar encouraged students to purchase textbooks in the college bookstore even though they were available more cheaply through other retailers.

...The real issue is that state officials like Conway are conducting a witch-hunt against for-profit colleges when they should be focusing time and money on rampant fraud within taxpayer-funded public schools.

For-profit colleges are private institutions that students can choose to attend or not to attend. The same cannot be said for public schools, which are racking up institutionalized cheating scandals faster than investigators can keep up with them.

While Conway is out blustering-up Daymar, we have no idea how the University of Kentucky is spending the $300 million taxpayer subsidy granted to it every year.

The post concludes:

Bottom line: As long as there is rampant waste, fraud, and abuse in public schools, let's focus limited taxpayer resources on tackling those institutions that most children have no choice but to attend, and let the private sector take care of itself.

Statewide Links for August 19, 2011

The campaign manager for Governor candidate David Williams left

Williams will not replace him

Lt Governor candidate Richie Farmer has divorce trial date set for after the election

Farmer says it's not a distraction and that it's a private matter

Williams says he's going to avoid 'mudslinging'

August 18, 2011

Todd P'Pool's First Ad

Here's Todd P'Pool's first ad. See it full size here.


The Outlook for Small Businesses is Bad, and Bad for the Economy

The NFIB reports:

For the fifth consecutive month, NFIB's monthly Small-Business Optimism Index fell, dropping 0.9 points in July--a larger decline than in each of the previous three months--and bringing the Index down to a disappointing 89.9.

While the national unemployment rate dipped marginally, for the nation's small businesses, the employment story is not a positive one. Twelve percent (seasonally adjusted) reported unfilled job openings, down 3 points. Over the next three months, 10 percent plan to increase employment (down 1 point), and 11 percent plan to reduce their workforce (up 4 points), yielding a seasonally adjusted 2 percent of owners planning to create new jobs, 1 point lower than June, leaving the prospect for job creation bleak.

Small businesses, the engines of economic recovery, are not recovering. The NFIB's economist puts it this way:

"At the two year anniversary of the expansion, the Index is only 3.4 points higher than it was in July 2009. And considering the confidence-draining performance of policy makers, there is little hope that Washington will stop hemorrhaging money and put spending back on a sustainable course. Perhaps we might begin referring to the 'Small-Business Pessimism Index' from now on."

Statewide Links for August 18, 2011

Governor candidate Steve Beshear is 'mulling' approval of the Louisville hospital merger

Attorney General candidate Todd P'Pool says he will challenge the constitutionality of Obamacare because "Jack Conway believes that ObamaCare is irrelevant to his job as attorney general. When I'm attorney general, the Constitution will be relevant to this job."

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will come to Kentucky for Todd P'Pool

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will come to Kentucky for Governor candidate David Williams

Kentucky Democrats will hit Todd P'Pool for being an attorney

August 16, 2011

UPDATE: Al Cross Says Limiting State Debt an 'Out of Touch' Idea

State-sponsored journalist Al Cross always has some subtle observations to share with readers of the Courier-Journal, and his latest column is no exception. But we were surprised with how ridiculous this line is:

Edelen has learned how to give an effective speech, but he probably doesn't have to. John Kemper, the GOP candidate for auditor, is so out of touch he wants "a debt-free Kentucky."

Here, Cross is referring to pro-cronyism candidate for Auditor Adam Edelen, and his opponent John Kemper.

Kemper maintains that he wants to create a "DEBT-FREE Kentucky - without raising our taxes," which doesn't sound far-fetched to us.

In fact we'd maintain that it's a popular sentiment in Kentucky. We'd offer as evidence the recent federal debt ceiling debate where six of Kentucky's eight federal Representatives and Sentors support a Balanced budget Amendment to the Constitution, six supported the debt-limit deal that cut projected spending without raising taxes and two others opposed it because it did not go far enough in debt reduction.

How out of touch are those seven of eight of our federal delegation?

Or maybe, Al Cross is dead wrong, and Kentuckians are really tired of government spending money it doesn't have.

UPDATE: Ha! Guess who else is "out of touch" according to Al Cross - Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and French President Nicolas Sarkozy!

Statewide Candidate News - August 16, 2011 Links

Attorney General candidate Todd P'Pool launched his first ad

Attorney General candidate Jack Conway is jealous

Conway's horse will run in Pacific Classic

Conway has also learned not to curse in public

Candidate for Governor Steve Beshear thinks he's glad he's a Frankfort politician and not a Washington politician

August 10, 2011

Libertarian Candidate Moellman Denied Speaking Spot at Fancy Farm

Inexplicably, Fancy Farm singled-out Libertarian candidate for Treasurer Ken Moellman and denied him the opportunity to speak at the event this weekend.

Ken Moellman of Pendleton County went to Fancy Farm last week with supporters and signs that said "Let Moellman speak!" Moellman filed last week as the Libertarian candidate for state treasurer on the pledge to abolish the office. He said he was denied permission to address the crowd at Fancy Farm with the other candidates and was told the speaking schedule was already booked.

"I only need two minutes to give spiel," Moellman said. "I'm running to get rid of the office. How much time do you need to talk about that?"

He said he tried to get on the speaking schedule at Fancy Farm for two months.

On the Importance of Economic Freedom


August 9, 2011

How a Better Regulatory Environment Helps Kentucky's Competitiveness

Does a better regulatory environment create commerce? No question.

This year, the legislature passed HB 333, which we continue to have concerns about. The large element of the legislation was adopting national standards for firework sales, effectively legalizing many fireworks that were previously illegal in Kentucky.

Before the change, these fireworks could only be purchased elsewhere, like Tennessee.

Naturally, as Kentucky consumers' freedom has expanded, Kentucky has gained and at Tennessee's expense.

"Fourth of July is one day. And these people travel different parts of the United States to come to this area," he said.

Many of those customers came from nearby Kentucky, less than a mile away.

"We probably get about 30% of our business out of Kentucky."

But with legislation passed in March by Kentucky governor Steve Beshear, more fireworks can now be sold in the Bluegrass State. That, in turn, is making an impact to salesmen in the Volunteer State.

"This year sales have been down, probably worse than they've ever been down," North added.

Meanwhile, at least three fireworks tents popped up across the border in Middlesboro last week.

It's common-sense, but it's another example of Tennessee profiting from Kentucky's commerce-limiting policies, and of the benefits for Kentucky when economic freedom is embraced.

Fancy Farm Wrap Up - Other Candidates

Just like we did in 2009, we've collected quotes from various news stories, from speeches at Fancy Farm and presentations elsewhere during the weekend. We've posted quotes from and about the candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor. Here, we offer direct quotes available in the news (and hybrid direct-indirect quotes), without context, from the other candidates.

Attorney Genral candidate Todd P'Pool

"In my first month in office, Kentucky will report for duty in the fight against 'Obama-care." (source)

Attorney General candidate Jack Conway

"It's a hard speech to give, because you are up there and people are just screaming at you. They're screaming the most foul stuff you can imagine, and whenever you speak, you're hearing yourself speak simultaneously, and you're trying to not to hear it and deliver your speech at the same time. It's the most unnatural speaking opportunity any political figure will have." (source)

Secretary of State candidate Bill Johnson

"With Bill Johnson as secretary of state, the policy will be: No address, no vote. An open-door policy to election fraud is unacceptable. Second, today, you need a picture ID to buy prescription drugs. You need an ID to buy a pack of cigarettes. Shouldn't the security of election laws be at least to the level to buy a pack of cigarettes?" (source)

Johnson told the Fancy Farm crowd to find a medic because he was going "to put liberals in distress." (source)

Secretary of State candidate Alison Grimes

"I don't know my opponent, but what I do know is that he is not about sound solutions, friends." (source)

"He's betting against the intelligence of each and everyone of you here. He's playing on each of you, using scare tactics based on half-truths. I see through it. You see through it, and I have faith Kentucky families across the commonwealth will see through it." (source)

Agriculture Commissioner candidate Representatitive James Comer

Republican James Comer of Tompkinsville said he is the only qualified candidate in this year's race because he is the only one with farm experience. He also said Bob Farmer is "an imposter" who has shoplifted the name of Richie Farmer. (source)

Treasurer candidate Todd Hollenback

"When you're talking to a candidate who holds public office, let them tell you what they've done. And if they don't, either they haven't done anything or they don't want to talk about it." (source)

August 8, 2011

Fancy Farm Wrap Up - Candidates for Lt. Governor

Just like we did in 2009, we've collected quotes from various news stories, from speeches at Fancy Farm and presentations elsewhere during the weekend. We've posted quotes from and about the candidates for Governor. Here, we offer direct quotes available in the news (and hybrid direct-indirect quotes), without context, from the candidates for Lt. Governor.

Jerry Abramson

Abramson said he was running for the state's No. 2 office because of Beshear's "honesty, integrity and love for the commonwealth." (source)

"He has shown integrity, honesty and a love for the commonwealth of Kentucky." (source)

Richie Farmer

Abramson would rather spend time with people who have Obama stickers on their vehicles. "You won't find them out here." ( source)

"He can get ornery, but he'll get a lot less ornery when we get these Steve Beshear Democrats out of Frankfort." (source)

"Raising money for a campaign is hard work. It's a lot easier when you get state workers to pony up." (source)

Richie Farmer, surprised some - including some Republican supporters - with his speech, alluding "to things that happened to me this year I didn't think would happen in my private life. You all know what I'm talking about. You've read about it in the paper probably. So I will just come out with it: David Williams is actually a pretty good guy. Do you believe that?" (source)

Dea Riley

It's "long overdue that we get these good old boys out of office." ( source)

"I'm even thinking Richie's wife might vote for me." (source)

She complimented Abramson "for making it at all to western Kentucky. You say hello to him now, because you won't see him again until election time." (source)

Fancy Farm Wrap Up - Candidates for Governor

Just like we did in 2009, we've collected quotes from various news stories, from speeches at Fancy Farm and presentations elsewhere during the weekend. We offer direct quotes available in the news (and hybrid direct-indirect quotes), without context.

Governor Steve Beshear

"I know the great tradition of Fancy Farm. I know that there should be great, fiery, partisan political rhetoric here ... and quite honestly, I was prepared to give just one of those speeches." (source)

"I will tell you something, my heart and mind are not with partisan politics. My heart and mind are thousands of miles away with our troops." (source)

He asked the crowd to applaud the many men and women in the military, saying they were "some of the best people I've ever met." Beshear said the experience was "the greatest trip of my lifetime." (source)

"That was an honor for me. If other people didn't like it, that's their problem. They can say what they want. I was on the ground on those streets of Afghanistan and Iraq. I know what they're going through. Today is not a time, for me, for partisan politics." (source)

"Politics has never played a role in anybody getting a job in the Beshear administration; it's never played a role in anybody losing their job in this administration. Contributions haven't either. We play by the rules. We always have." (source)

"We're starting to come out of that now. We're by no means out of it. We still have way too many people out of work, but we're starting to turn the corner. We're coming out of this a little faster and better than most other states. I just want now to finish the job. We're going to get out of this." (source)

"Come November, Kentucky will elect its next governor and I have every confidence that Kentuckians will make the right decision. But I know this -- I know that I'm going to sleep better every night from now on knowing that this country's future is in the hands of men and women like I met last week." (source)

Senate President David Williams

"If I was Steve Beshear, I wouldn't want to talk about my record, either." (source)

"Congratulations, you did the right thing. You did the wrong thing when you wouldn't leave the (Kentucky) Oaks to go to Fort Campbell." (source)

"He spent all of your money, he spent all of Obama's money and now he's spending your children and grandchildren's money." (source)

"As governor, I will stand up to Barack Obama." (source)

"My grandfather was a barber but I can't cut hair." (source)

"The only difference between Charlie and Chuck Geveden and Frank and Jesse James is, the James boys rode horses and carried guns." (source)

"That's OK, that's OK, leave the guy alone. I remember when I had my first beer. You'll be OK tomorrow, buddy." (source)

"He just doesn't want to talk his record, and, you know, I think the people of this state will not stand for his continued avoidance of any discussion of his record or any justification of him not having an agenda." (source)

"I think Gatewood Galbraith expressed what everyone else in the crowd felt." (source)

Gatewood Galbraith

Instead of talking about solutions for Kentucky's problems, he said, "You go over there and try to hide behind the bodies of our young men and women in the military. I was highly offended" by the speech. (source)

"And the reason you did that was because you were too damn cowardly to go down there and congratulate the Navy SEALs at Fort Campbell." (source)

"That was the worst darn speech I've ever heard. I'm highly offended by it." (source)

Galbraith said the only reason Beshear went to the Middle East was because he had failed to accompany President Barack Obama to Fort Campbell to congratulate the Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden. "It's like trying to buy a room full of flowers for your girl after you've been caught cheating."(source)

"Neither party has presented any solutions." (source)

"If you're going to use your outside voice, go over with the other children on the playground." (source)

"Only I can beat Steve Beshear and that's because we've got solutions to problems." (source)

"If that speech didn't cost Steve Beshear the election then nobody was listening." (source)

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell

"We need a governor who will stand up to Barack Obama, not endorse him, and the man for that job is David Williams." (source)

"Steve likes his state workers like he likes his martinis - Shaken down and not heard." (source)

"Beshear and President Obama are singing the same tune; they both claim they've improved the economy. Is there anybody out there who is better off since Beshear and Obama took over?" (source)

He recalled the 1996 Senate race when he turned back Beshear's challenge. "It was over so early, I was able to give a victory speech and go to an afternoon movie." (source)

August 2, 2011

Statewide Candidate News - August 2, 2011 Links

The father-in-law of Governor candidate David Williams gave $1 million to the RGA

Dems whine about Williams gambling

State worker claims political corruption in Governor candidate Steve Beshear's administration

The Herald-Leader wants to tax Kentucky employers for Steve Beshear's mistake

>Steve Beshear has grown government faster than 40 other states

August 1, 2011

California- A Negative Example of Economic Freedom

We often think of California as the ultimate example of a high-tax, over-regulated, business unfriendly state.

Latest data shows that companies are fleeing California with increasing rapidity.

Buffeted by high taxes, strict regulations and uncertain state budgets, a growing number of California companies are seeking friendlier business environments outside of the Golden State.

And governors around the country, smelling blood in the water, have stepped up their courtship of California companies. Officials in states like Florida, Texas, Arizona and Utah are telling California firms how business-friendly they are in comparison.

Companies are "disinvesting" in California at a rate five times greater than just two years ago, said Joseph Vranich, a business relocation expert based in Irvine. This includes leaving altogether, establishing divisions elsewhere or opting not to set up shop in California.

"There is a feeling that the state is not stable," Vranich said. "Sacramento can't get its act together...and that includes the governor, legislators and regulatory agencies that are running wild."

The state has been ranked by Chief Executive magazine as the worst place to do business for seven years.

"California, once a business friendly state, continues to conduct a war on its own economy," the magazine wrote.

Too bad Governor Beshear hasn't added Kentucky to the list of states that are recruiting.

Statewide Candidate News - August 1, 2011 Links

Auditor candidate Adam Edelen appoints coal regulator at coal company's instructions

Governor candidate Steve Beshear is sure he didn't snub President Obama

Beshear appoints friends to university boards

Beshear's incompetent mistake on unemployment could cost Kentucky businesses tenfold

Beshear leads his opponents 'for now' says Al Cross

The Outlook for Small Businesses is Bad, and Bad for the Economy
The NFIB reports: For the fifth consecutive month, NFIB's monthly Small-Business Optimism Index fell, dropping 0.9 points in July--a larger decline than in each of the previous three months--and bringing the Index down to a disappointing 89.9. While the national...

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