As for congressional races, the Club has suggested it would like to dabble in some GOP Senate primaries if opportunities present themselves.
It issued a poll last week showing Stevens losing handily to Gov. Sarah Palin (R) and this week criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) votes for the Democrats’ appropriations bills.
Stevens does not have a major potential primary challenger at this point, while some Kentucky GOP activists are trying to recruit former gubernatorial nominee Larry Forgy (R) to challenge McConnell.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
And the influential anti-tax group Club for Growth signaled Wednesday that it might play a role in a primary fight against McConnell.
The Club remarked in a statement Wednesday that the Republican leader “is looking more and more like his counterpart across the aisle, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)” on spending issues.
McConnell has backed all four of the appropriations bills that the Senate has considered this year, three of which face White House veto threats.“If Republicans want to convince taxpayers that they are fiscally responsible, they are going to have to start backing up their words with some votes,” said Club President Pat Toomey, a former House Republican.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Now Grayson, the Kentucky secretary of state and a Boone County resident, and Fletcher are running for re-election and sharing space on the statewide ballot. Each claim that any friction or disagreements have evaporated as they pursue re-election.
So why have the Fletcher and Grayson campaigns scheduled their major Northern Kentucky fundraisers on the same night - Tuesday - at roughly the same time and in the same county?...
Even some Northern Kentucky Republicans have privately scratched their heads, wondering how the situation arose
Some wonder if there is a concern by the Grayson camp that Fletcher's poor polling numbers are a drag on the rest of the GOP ticket and Grayson may be distancing himself from the incumbent governor.
This is really remarkable that these tradecoats can be blaming Governor Fletcher when Tradecoat Trey Grayson and Mitch McConnell were the ones that ran the smear campaign that placed the Governor behind in the polls to begin with. Grayson should make a pledge not to hold any other fundraising events on the same day as the Governor's campaign, because he is in for a huge surprise when true conservatives find out about his own ethical issues before election day.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
A bitter legal fight has ended over some $1 million that former Kenton County Attorney John Elfers banked after leaving office in 1994.
Garry Edmondson, the current county attorney, said he and Elfers formally agreed on Wednesday to settle a lawsuit over the money. Elfers will pay his successor about 10 percent of the disputed money.
When he left office at the end of 1993, Elfers took with him $964,269, saying he had earned it over the previous 17 years collecting delinquent child support...
The agreement leaves one important loose end. Edmondson's fight to gain access to the money was a civil case; Elfers also faces a criminal charge of mingling his private funds with public money.
Is this the kind of judgment we want from our Republican Party leaders? Its time to stand up to corrupt officials masquerading as conservatives and support our true Conservative leaders like Ernie Fletcher, Robbie Rudolph, and Larry Forgy.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
The daughter of a deceased Northern Kentucky home remodeler is suing former Kenton County Attorney John Elfers, claiming he took advantage of her father to benefit from his multimillion-dollar estate...Well, it looks like Tradecoat Trey Grayson is going to have a lot of explaining to do before election day...
Bridget Hofler-Saunders of Independence filed a civil suit this month in Kenton Circuit Court, saying the will of her father, William T. Hofler, was changed two months before his death as a result of “undue influence” by Mr. Elfers.
Ms. Hofler-Saunders said she believes Mr. Elfers and others named in the suit took advantage of her ill father, who had only a third-grade education and put more trust in people with higher educational levels. She said her father was aggressively being treated with chemotherapy and the painkiller OxyContin and could not have been of “sound mind and memory'' to change his will in March...
The lawsuit also names as defendants Charles Grayson III, co-executor of the estate
Monday, September 17, 2007
But what is the price that Grayson will have to pay? Republican sources unhappy with Grayson say that reporters have started calling about scandals coming back to light involving Tradecoat Trey, one of which may involve a former client filing ethics complaints against him. We'll have updates as this story develops...
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
More bad news for Fletcher: Despite hammering on Beshear's pro-casino stance, 79% of those polled say they want to vote on the gaming issue. Just 19% don't.Mitch now has a choice. Either get on board with the Governor on opposing gambling and turn out the vote in Louisville or face an early entry into the Senate race from Larry Forgy
Of those who say there should be a vote on casinos, Beshear leads 64-32. Of those who don't want a vote, Fletcher leads 59-36.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
The decision not to run by Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) now raises to five the possible losses of Senate seats by Republicans. Democrats also are targeting Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) for a sixth seat. If 2008 turns into a Democratic landslide, Senators Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) and even Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could be in danger.
Keep in mind that two house members, James Carr and Tom Kerr switched from democrat to republican. That was when republicans were flying high, both nationally and in Kentucky. It appears the tide has turned, politically, and some moderate GOP state legislators may not want to be on the ballot with Sen. Mitch McConnell and the republican presidential nominee next year.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Duncan's critics say he is loyal only to those who can help himIt could be only a matter of time until Duncan comes under investigation himself after the RNC now claims that it has lost emails sent from the former McConnell Political Director Scott Jennings while he was working in the White House. Its only a matter of time before Kentucky conservatives realize that the corruption of McConnell and Duncan lost the Republicans control of Congress in 2006, and vote to replace McConnell with Larry Forgy in 2008.
"He's not a particular friend of mine," said Larry Forgy, a former
gubernatorial candidate who is considering challenging McConnell in next year's
Republican primary. "I ran for governor twice and I don't remember his
involvement at all. I lost his home county ... and Duncan lived there. That
characterizes my relationship with him."
Friday, September 7, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Sens. Ted Stevens of Alaska, Jim Bunning of Kentucky and Michael Enzi of Wyoming voiced their dissatisfaction with the response of GOP leaders in the chamber, according to one senator who was at the luncheon and two aides familiar with the meeting...
He was joined by Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky and Sen. Michael Enzi of Wyoming, who also "wagged their finger" at the leadership, in the words of one of the aides.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
If he is able to get the case favorably disposed of in Minneapolis, it would be his intention to come back to the Senate, to deal with the Ethics Committee case that he knows that he will have, and to try to finish his term.What is our party coming to under McConnell's (lack of) leadership? Why is McConnell not pushing ahead with investigations and ensuring strong Republican nominees to keep these seats in Alaska and Idaho. Because if he sits around, he can be sure that Kentucky will have a strong nominee who represents conservative values in Larry Forgy.
Monday, September 3, 2007
The ‘Northup Trifecta’ of failed fiscal policy dates back to May 2002, when Citizens Against Government Waste named Northup “Porker of the Month” for her efforts at funding a Louisville-based foundation she started with taxpayer dollars.Now, it appears that the Club for Growth is gearing up to make huge waves once again in several U.S. Senate primaries. Reports are that its members are already organizing for former Governor Jim Gilmore in his battle against Tom Davis in Virginia, and will rally behind Larry Forgy after Governor Fletcher is victorious in November.
Update: The Club for Growth also appears to be infuriated by McConnell's refusal to back Governor Fletcher on his opposition to gambling, one of the signature issues of the campaign.