Endorsements like these are fairly routine in contested races, but a list of the some GOP heavy hitters are supporting Republican Alecia Webb-Edgington in Kenton County's Jan. 8 special statehouse election.Wheres Mitch? Looks like the Kentucky Republican Party is going to have to support another Larry Forgy backed candidate without the help of Mitch McConnell.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Asked by CNBC's Larry Kudlow last week about earmarks, GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell replied that, "Well, there certainly have been some bad earmarks in the past. But you've got to remember, you can knock out all the earmarks, and it wouldn't save any money."
Well, $7.4 billion is real money where we come from, and that misses the way in which earmarks have become opportunities for corruption (felon Duke Cunningham) and an incentive for logrolling that increases overall spending. Mr. Bush and the GOP can take one more step toward restoring their fiscal credentials by striking a blow against "nonlegislative" earmarks.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
McConnell's obstructionist tactics over campaign finance reform infuriate John McCain, who is the strongest Republican candidate among Kentucky GOP voters. Now with Larry Forgy already starting with a strong conservative base, John McCain could be at the top of the ticket to help Larry Forgy win enough independents to claim a 3-way general election.
This Republican Presidential primary is shaping up to be terrifying for Mitch McConnell, but with either John McCain or Mike Huckabee at the top of the ticket to boost Larry Forgy, it could be the catapult we need for Kentucky's conservatives.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Now Mark Hebert of WHAS reports that John McCain is the strongest Republican candidate in Kentucky.
Clearly not good news for the Louisville liberal McConnell. Especially considering that John McCain will likely be endorsing Larry Forgy for the United States Senate.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
One of the nation's leading conservative blog may soon be rallying the grassroots all across the country behind the Senate candidacy of Larry Forgy. Check out what Erick Erickson wrote about the cowardly acts of Mitch McConnell in the budget battle this week:
Let's look at the budget battle today.
Pull back the curtain a bit and you see a GOP in Congress that is totally caving in on fiscal responsibility. Instead of supporting an omnibus that is $24 billion over budget and that contains the second highest amount of earmarks in history, the GOP should have gone for a continuing resolution and made the Democrats fund the troops anyway. We would have won that. Instead, we let the Mitch McConnells of the world go the earmark route.
It is okay to cheer the GOP on for making Democrats cave on troop funding, but we need to hold our guys accountable when they promise a big spending fight all year long and then back down like little girls.
While you can see this so called budget victory for the GOP as a short term victory because of troop funding, it is a long term failure because it is an abandonment of the GOP's fiscally conservative base.
It’s hard to understand why Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was so shortsighted. In exchange for giving up his coveted earmarks, McConnell could have held the growth of government to 2% next year. Instead, it will increase between 4% to 5% under the omnibus. Even House Minority Leader Roy Blunt admitted today during a lunch with conservative bloggers that a continuing resolution would have been catastrophic for the Democrats in comparison to the omnibus.
For as frustrating as it is to watch McConnell roll over, what’s even more disappointing is that President Bush is willing to sign a bill (assuming troop funding for Iraq is added) that violates so many of the principles he’s been fighting for all year. The bill is nearly $20 billion more than Bush’s top-line numberwhen “emergencies” are factored in and comes nowhere close to slashing pork projects in half.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Nobody seems to know the last time Mitch McConnell went to church.
Governor Huckabee represents family values.
Mitch McConnell's own daughter does not even speak to him.
Governor Huckabee opposed the Bush/McConnell amnesty bill.
Mitch McConnell tried to shove a bill giving amnesty to illegal aliens down our throats.
Governor Huckabee will create a Veterans Bill of Rights.
Mitch McConnell thinks its OK when "professional soldiers" are killed.
Governor Huckabee believes in balancing the budget and fiscal responsibility.
Mitch McConnell support pushed Senate legislation in support of Las Vegas casino gambling.
Governor Huckabee sounds a lot more like Larry Forgy, dont you think?...
These actions alone bring the total to $23 billion more than Bush requested -- and that’s before anyone has even seen the actual omnibus itself. How did the extra money get through without the Capitol Hill press corps even noticing?
It’s partly the fault of partisan Republicans, who relish the opportunity to kick Democrats while they’re down. It doesn’t help that several of the GOP’s Senate leaders, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, are veteran appropriators who might swallow more spending if it means another week’s worth of bad headlines for Democrats. House Republicans appear more likely to hold firm, launching a "Butcher Shop” to expose the pork projects in the spending bill.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
If Mitch McConnell does not start campaigning hard for Webb-Edgington, you can look for Larry Forgy to carry Kenton County by a nice margin come election day!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
28. If the election for the U.S. Senate were held today, for whom would you vote?The Democrats appear headed to an expensive primary with Greg Stumbo, Andrew Horne, and Greg Fischer. True Conservatives already know this is our big chance. With a little help from the Club for Growth, Larry Forgy will be taking the lead in no time!
1. Republican Mitch McConnell - 34 percent
2. Democrat Greg Stumbo - 31 percent
3. Independent Larry Forgy - 27 percent
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Club for Growth Criticizes McConnell Plan on Omnibus
Washington - In response to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s press conference this afternoon on the Omnibus bill, Club for Growth President Pat Toomey issued the following statement:
“It is a shame to see the highest ranking Republicans in the Senate move to the left of the Democrats on earmarks. For weeks, House Republicans stood strong against wasteful spending, resulting in a victory when Democratic Representative David Obey proposed eliminating all earmarks from the Omnibus Appropriations bill in order to reduce the bill’s price tag to meet the President’s request. We think this is a fantastic idea and applaud Obey for recognizing that earmarks are the least worthy component of the Omnibus bill.”
“Unfortunately, Senator McConnell and Trent Lott are perpetuating the practice of wasteful pork-barrel spending. Rather than part with his own and his colleagues’ pet projects, Senator McConnell announced his intention to offer an amendment that will reduce spending in the Omnibus bill by about two percent across the board, including earmarks. Trent Lott jumped to Senator McConnell’s defense, arguing that ‘Earmarks are justified and legitimate . . . I wouldn't give up my earmarks.’ We disagree. The earmarking process is inherently abusive. The earmarks are not subjected to committee hearings, competitive bidding, or other normal vetting processes. This is why the earmarking practice must end. We have even recently seen earmarks famously abused as a currency of corruption. Senators McConnell and Lott’s support for pork projects in the Omnibus is a sad statement about the priorities of the Republican Leadership in the Senate.”
Friday, December 7, 2007
Webb-Edgington was chosen by a secret ballot of the Kenton County Republican Party Executive Committee. She is running for the Kenton County suburban seat vacated by Edgewood Republican Jon Draud, who on Monday became Kentucky Education Commissioner.
She was nominated over former Kenton County Commissioner Steve Arlinghaus – a surprise, late entry into the mix – and Kelly White, a former aide to Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.