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October 17, 2014

McConnell senate website hides old news releases

Want to search the website of Senator Mitch McConnell to see what he said in the 1980's about a current issue like amnesty for immigrants or infectious disease prevention?

What about the news releases from the first four years of his current term? Surely those are relevant to the current referendum on his government service, right?

Ain't gonna happen. McConnell's senate office has restricted searches of the database to only the years 2013 and 2014.

Might as well change his name to Senator Sneaky.

How about waybackmachine? Nope. The senate doesn't allow it. Wonder why?

Sorry, not Sorry: Grimes pulling immigration ad, after it's done 'saturating'

According to Joe Sonka at Insider Louisville, Alison Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst sit down with Kentucky immigration advocates Louisville Metro Councilmembers Attica Scott and Tina Ward-Pugh, as well as Flaco Aleman, Rev. Tony Aja, and (my former professor) Edgardo Mansilla to listen to their concerns about her pejorative anti-amnesty ad.

Scott told Sonka the meeting was positive and that the Grimes campaign was pulling the ad.

However, when Sonka probed the Grimes campaign for when the ads will stop, he received a statement explaining the pulling of the immigration ads will come, I swear I'm not making this up, after it's done "saturating."

It is uncertain how many latino children watching television in Kentucky will be saturated with the terms "illegal alien" and "illegal immigrant"  before Grimes budget for the message is exhausted.

Grimes has yet to offer an apology.

If you're not in Kentucky, you probably learned first about the ad either from here or Barefoot and Progressive (or someone who got it from us), because Grimes campaign made the video "unlisted" for the internet. Meaning, the video was uploaded and the link, which was not searchable, then-leaked outside of the campaign.



Related- Earlier today KFTC explained to members why they will continue to support Grimes through the election, despite the commercial.

Despite Grimes' anti-amnesty ad, Kentucky-wide social justice group/PAC, sticks with her

From Facebook
In spite of senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes' repulsive anti-amnesty ad airing last week, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) decided to continue supporting her (through their New Power PAC), against incumbent Mitch McConnell, according to an email sent out to members this morning. KFTC sent a similar letter to their allies, which would include organizations focused on immigrant rights, explaining their decision.

But KFTC also sent a letter to Grimes, "expressing in the clearest terms our disappointment in her and her campaign. All this may also lead to more public expression of our disappointment."

KFTC may be Kentucky's largest grassroots social justice group, and it isn't just an environmental group. Other issues KFTC organizes around include economic justice, new safe energy, an honest democracy. That includes working in solidarity with Kentucky's immigrant community in the fight for immigrant rights.

Disclosure: I'm  a proud KFTC member, but even I wasn't, I believe the KFTC Executive Committee got this one right, and their comprehensive analysis is helpful to putting Grimes ad in perspective.

Here's their complete heart-wrestling email below:

October 16, 2014

Recently indicted mortgage broker still promotes charitable GoFundMe campaign

Screenshot from GoFundMe
Brady Bunte has raised $6,165 from 25 people on a GoFundMe campaign he set up three weeks ago, before he was indicted by a Louisville federal grand jury just two weeks ago for bank fraud.

According to Bunte, his fundraising campaign is unrelated to his own legal issues, but is for his ongoing charitable attempt to raise money for a specific family who found themselves victims of tropical storm Odile, which hit Baja, Mexico last month

Bunte's indictment was related to 53 fraudulent funding requests, totaling $17,900,000, from his Orange County, California mortgage company sent to National City and PNC Banks for non-existent mortgage loans.

Following his indictment, Bunte has continued to promote the campaign using his personal Twitter account. On October 4, 2013, about a week after Bunte's indictment, he promoted the campaign with these two tweets (4:26 PM, 4:30 PM):

October 12, 2014

McConnell donor receives EPA scrutiny for storing 1.5 million pounds of sulfur dioxide near schools, and his gas pipeline

Image: Siam PVS Chemical
A major funder of a pro Mitch McConnell super pac is receiving critical scrutiny after the EPA revealed the corporation he heads is causing students in suburban Chicago schools to be vulnerable to toxic exposure.

James B. Nicholson contributed $25,000 to Kentuckians for Strong Leadership on May 22, 2014, per an FEC report. He has served as the President and CEO of PVS Chemical Solutions, Inc. since 1979

While PVS Chemical Solutions is a Detroit-based manufacturer, distributor and marketer of chemicals, the firm owns and operates facilities worldwide from California to Thailand.

October 11, 2014

(VIDEO) Alison Lundergan Grimes panders to racists with 'illegal aliens' rhetoric

Screenshot from Grimes Youtube
Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes's campaign began airing a new commercial Thursday that panders to Kentucky's most racist voting block by using the term "illegal aliens."

Further, Grimes commits to oppose amnesty or benefits for "illegal immigrants" forever.

When the Grimes campaign uploaded the video to Youtube, they designated the video as "unlisted" so that it could not be found in search engines. Her campaign probably thought it best if her out-of-state pro-amnesty supporters didn't see it. Here it is:



October 10, 2014

Grimes to McConnell: 'Explain vote to keep tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas'

Senator Mitch McConnell opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes is finally hitting him on his support for tax breaks for US companies that ship jobs abroad:
I wrote here in August about how McConnell's in laws evade US taxes by flagging their ships in Liberia. International Business Times used that original research for this widely-read analysis:


Grimes: Immigrants should have 'earned pathway of citizenship'

Here's US senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in a 2013 interview voicing courageous support for an "earned pathway of citizenship" for Kentucky's undocumented immigrants at the 50 second mark:



There's been some outrage on Facebook today due to Grimes allegedly releasing an insensitive commercial to immigrants, but I haven't seen it. Per Al Cross, Grimes says in the commercial:
"I've never supported amnesty or benefits for illegal immigrants, and I never will."
Let's be clear. Even though Mitch McConnell teeters between illusive and outright ridiculous on immigration reform, if Grimes called humans "illegal," she's going to need to apologize.

Someone record this commercial, send it to me (curtster3@gmail.com), so I can upload it here, demand an apology and/or go nuclear.

Pro-Mitch McConnell Superpac wants Kentucky Senate Race to be about China? Okay!

According to Al Cross, the group calling themselves the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a political committee supporting Sen. Mitch McConnell with money from undisclosed donors, has mailed print pieces in Kentucky attempting to link Alison Lundergan Grimes to China.

From Al Cross's blog
Okay. Here's McConnell's wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao speaking in China about her influence over a trade bill being debated in the US Senate:

October 9, 2014