Dull man walkingGovernor Ernie Fletcher was indicted in connection with the merit-system scandal that’s plagued most of his term. The misdemeanor charges include criminal conspiracy, misconduct, political discrimination and getting the verbs in his promises to “end waste, fraud and abuse” and “restore hope” backwards. The charges stem from accusations of political shenanigans at the Transportation Cabinet, an agency that coincidentally announced it is once again accepting bids to paint the Kennedy Bridge, a seven-year, $23-million failed project that has exhausted both the nation’s supply of bridge painters and the repertoires of local joke writers. If convicted, the governor faces a year in the pokey. On the bright side, his re-election campaign can save money by not having to come up with new slogans.
After 12 months of secret grand-jury testimony, a spate of search-and-seizure raids in the Capitol and other state government buildings, a steady process of fifth-amendment takers, 13 controversial pardons, untold small fortunes in lawyers fees, and a zillion editorials, the principal combatants in the commonwealth’s humiliating merit-system scandal haven’t budged an iota. To the contrary, both have dug in their heels deeper than ever.
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Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s angry reaction to his indictments last week had a familiar ring to anyone who paid attention to the end stages of his embattled predecessor’s tenure.
Just after Lyndon Johnson’s landslide victory over Barry Goldwater — arguably the low point of conservative politics in late-20th century America — conservatives regrouped and set out on a decades-long campaign for political power.
Let’s start with hoops recruiting. Because, well, because that’s the staff of life around here during post-Derby depression. (Most other times, too.)The Rick gets lanced.The buzz was that The Rick gave a speech in Orlando, in which he bragged (by insinuation, of course) that he would steal a big time recruit from the evil Blue Devil Empire. Card fans assumed he was referring to Lance Thomas, a Jersey bud of future Cards, Derek Caracter and Earl Clark. Thomas committed to Duke, as the gurus thought all along.
Any game show contestant takes the audience along for a suspenseful ride in the time leading up to the announcement of the grand prize. Imagine the stiff-grinning host cutting the tension in a booming voice, “You’ve won a free all-expenses-paid trip to Louisville!”
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A snake with a mortal wound can still discharge its venom. This is a natural, proven fact, and for some, a hard-learned lesson.
It was no surprise, really, that Katharine Fulkerson was last — the final person accepted for a peace mission to Iran sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
Dechubbin’ the childrenUnder an agreement brokered by former president and nugget-fan Bill Clinton, soft-drink giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo agreed to stop selling sugary sodas to all public schools nationwide by 2010. The agreement strengthens Kentucky’s rules and limits sales to water, milk, juices, diet soda, teas and sports drinks. Some students acknowledged the childhood obesity problem and expressed a willingness to get the sugar monkey off their backs by washing down their super-sized tater tots, pizza and sloppy joes with Gatorade, if that’s what it’ll take to make parents shut the hell up so they can get back to Grand Theft Auto San Andreas and a couple after-school Twinkies and some Bagel Bites and maybe a frozen Snickers.
Down at the end of Lonely Street, which is what Broadway became during Kentucky Derby weekend, a lot of merchants were checking into Heartbreak Hotel.