October 30, 2014

Mitch McConnell and cocaine

Mitch McConnell's Freighted Ties to a Shadowy Shipping Company

This is my new favorite person:

Oh wow. Kentucky's US Senate race just got real.

October 29, 2014

Seven days before election, Mitch McConnell admits he won't be repealing Obamacare

The Senate Conservatives Fund PAC is reporting that Sen. Mitch McConnell is rolling over on his promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, just seven days before the November 4, 2014 election.

Mitch McConnell Surrenders on Obamacare Repeal

Seven days.

October 28, 2014

Bluegrass Institute VP Kelly Smith attempts Hillary Clinton joke

Kelly Smith,  the "Vice President of Strategic Partners" for the BlueGrass Institute (BIPPS), attempted humor today when she suggested former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seek employment at Lexington's Hugh Jass Burgers:

Kentucky indigenous activist to participate in protest of 'Redskins' mascot

Thomas Edward Pearce, of Louisville, hopes to participate in a march and rally to protest the Washington NFL team's mascot (the "Redskins") at their November 2, 2014 game with the Minnesota Vikings at Minneapolis' TCF Stadium.

October 26, 2014

McConnell rats out Boehner for smoking in federal building, defends Iraq War

Speaking to a small audience in Boyle County, Kentucky in August, Senator Mitch McConnell ratted out House Majority Leader John Boehner for smoking in a federal building.

A video of the event was uploaded to the new Youtube channel proudly launched by the Boyle County Republican Party on August 27, 2014.
"My office is about 30 feet from Speaker Boehner. It's not hard to find if all you do is just follow the cigarette fumes," said McConnell. 
President Bill Clinton made smoking in federal buildings illegal with Executive Order 13058 in 1997. Here's the clip:

When asked to explain the deficit, McConnell wondered around a bit until he stumbled upon a defense of the Iraq war. Hear him say, "You could argue those conflicts needed to occur" at the (27:02).

Other highlights from the talk:

Instead of paying supporters to show up, McConnell to open at Lee Greenwood concerts

Lee Greenwood, musician (wiki)
The Boyle County Republicans have been kind enough to share a couple of Mitch McConnell's campaign events for the upcoming week with the public. (H/t to Jim Pence for finding first!)

Instead of McConnell paying supporters to show up at his rallies, looks like he'll be the supporting act for a series of Lee Greenwood concerts:

McConnell website features Missouri showboat, not Belle of Louisville

Screenshot from McConnell Senate website, 10/26/14 3 am EST
As the oldest steamboat still in operation, the Belle of Louisville is a U.S. National Historic Landmark.

Nevertheless, Senator Mitch McConnell, also of Louisville, features what appears to be the Branson Belle front and center on his Senate website.

The Branson Belle is not even a steamboat, but a diesel-powered showboat with an electric paddlewheel that floats around on a landlocked lake, in Missouri.
Magnified from that screenshot

October 24, 2014

Commercial nails McConnell on certain 'unfair advantage'

Screenshot: "Be considerate and think before sharing."
Two weeks ago, Alison Lundergan Grimes' campaign began airing a commercial that was not publicly searchable on its Youtube channel. Now the Senate Majority PAC is doing the same.

Unlike Grimes ad that annoyed her base because it was downright hateful to immigrants, the Senate Majority PAC's ad looks pretty good. Why is it not publicly searchable on Youtube?  Would a modest show of transparency hurt that much?

October 22, 2014

Mitch McConnell, Above The Law

I'm following up on my source for this image of Mitch McConnell's campaign bus, so in the meantime let's just all hope he's being detained for his crimes.

Mitch McConnell fills his tank with gas, not coal

Joe Sonka deserves some kind of $100,000 grant for reading Mitch McConnell's eight million page FEC reports. Today he found a McConnell contribution from America's Natural Gas Alliance Political Action Committee:

Mitch McConnell received $2,500 from the War on Coal PAC: #kysen
As I wrote in August, when it comes to the war on coal, McConnell's interest is more-aligned with Barack Obama's interest in the switch to gas. (War on Coal: Mitch McConnell's contributions from oil and gas industry almost double that from mining (coal))

Since then, I've also wrote about how a PAC supporting McConnell has taken in $25,000 by corporation very invested in the gas industry that also stores explosive chemicals next to suburban schools. (McConnell donor receives EPA scrutiny for storing 1.5 million pounds of sulfur dioxide near schools, and his gas pipeline)