Thursday, April 05, 2007

An unholy alliance

No, we're not talking about the marriages of convenience between bootleggers and ministerial associations that occur in small towns all across Kentucky every time a wet-dry local option issue comes up for a public vote.

We're talking about the union between Tokyo Mark Nickolas (bluegrassreport.org), the Anne Northup campaign, and the Northup supporters who infest the Kentucky conservative blog network.

All seem to be on a mission to see Ernie Fletcher defeated in next month's primary election -- and this despite the fact that Nickolas and his Kool-Aide drinking lemmings who participate in the daily patting-each-other-on-the-back circle jerk sessions on that blog seem to think Northup will be harder to defeat in the fall.

There have been reports of a pow-wow between Nickolas and Northup's press secretary, ex-WKYT-TV reporter Barry Peel. Why anyone associated with Northup would have anything other than obscenities to say to Nickolas, who bashed Northup and praised John Yarmuth at every opportunity last fall, is beyond comprehension.

When state unemployment figures came out earlier this week, Nickolas took a look at them and noticed that things haven't gone as well as could be hoped for in some of the more rural Republican counties in the state. He basically invited Northup's campaign and her supporters to use his "research" and sure enough, the Northup-lovin' Fletcher-hatin' bloggers (and you know who you are) took him up on it. They lapped up Nickolas' posting like kittens after a saucer of milk.

We have our doubts that Nickolas could find Owsley County or Butler County on a map, and we'd be highly suprised if he's ever been in any of the counties he singled out for analysis. It's definite, though, that he doesn't know much about those individual locales.

Most of them are very isolated and cut off from good highway access to the rest of the state. Only one (Rockcastle) has an interstate and only one (Butler) has a four-lane parkway. Many of these counties have a small local property tax base because so much of the land is owned by the federal government in the form of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

And there are extenuating circumstances involved with some of the counties. Mid-South Electronics operated a factory in Jackson County that employed a large number of people from that county as well as neighboring Owsley and Clay counties. That factory burned and a large number of employees were laid off. Not everyone was recalled when the factory began operating in a temporary facility, and that arrangement didn't work out well so the company severely curtailed its operations, resulting in even more layoffs.

In addition, in a lot of these counties, the largest employer is the county board of education. Small rural communities are losing population, and as a result school enrollment is declining. When that happens, school boards are forced to cut back on staff. Young non-tenured teachers and classified staff are often not rehired from one year to the next.

And in a community with a small population, even the loss of as few as half-a-dozen jobs can move the unemployment percentage a significant amount.

The types of things needed to increase employment numbers in communities like these can't be done overnight. The Tennessee border counties listed (Monroe, Cumberland and Clinton) suffer from extreme isolation and the highway projects designed to connect them to the rest of the state have languished in previous administrations. The Fletcher administration has moved forward on major north-south highways such as KY 163 (Tompkinsville to Edmonton), KY 61 (Burkesville to Columbia) and US 127 (Albany to Jamestown-Russell Springs) but it takes legislative cooperation to move them from paper-only design projects to actual construction. After years of neglect by the Patton and Jones administrations, the Fletcher administration is finally moving forward on the highway project that will link Jackson and Owsley counties to I-75.

We don't know what the Northupians think they'll gain from striking a deal with the devil (Nickolas). Surely they don't think he'll support her if his preferred candidate, Jonathan Miller, doesn't win the Democratic nomination. After all, Nickolas has been blasting Bruce Lunsford for his party disloyalty in 2003. Surely Nickolas wouldn't prove himself to be a hypocrite on this issue by ripping a Democrat for not supporting the party's nominee four years ago, and then turning around and not supporting the nominee this year.

At any rate, it's fun to watch Nickolas spout off about subjects of which he knows little, and the Fletcher-hating Northupians accepting Nickolas' ill-informed analysis as gospel truth.

11 Comments:

At 12:52 PM, April 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you K-Pac II for pointing a straight finger at this unholy alliance.

Much has been printed concerning the negative attacks of Ann Northup. It appeared she had moved toward policy and substance in the last week. For her campaign to now partake of the Bluegrass Reports Kool Aid is nearly unforgivable. The reports of an alliance between Nickolas and Peel have been widely reported for weeks. For the campaign and its mouth piece blogger to carry Bluegrass Reports water for them now, seems to cement that relationship. I am sure the Northup campaign monitors the postings of this blog. I believe a response from both Poole and the Northup campaign would be appropriate.

Her mouth piece needs to be told by the Northup campaign to put a sock in it. With tactics like this those of us who have sit the fence will quickly lean away from the Northup ticket no matter how much we believe in Rep. Hoover.

Why would any self respecting Republican be caught in bed with Mark Nickolas?

 
At 7:30 PM, April 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny thing to me, NONE of you notice places like Owsley until you can use our less than stellar statistics to your advantage one way or another. Shame on you. And by the way, I hope Fletcher wins the nomination -- he will be beaten hands down by anyone, absolutley anyone, who runs against him. Anne Northup? She's no better than he is.

 
At 10:03 PM, April 05, 2007, Blogger K-Pac II said...

Anonymous 7:30, you'd be surprised how much we know about Owsley County. The Booneville Theatre which was a hopping place 25 years ago or so. Spencer's Dairy Bar -- the old one out across from Searcy & Strong Funeral Home on the old road, not the new one in town. The Owls vs. the Bobcats. Dooley's Diner. Campbell's Restaurant. The old drive-in going out toward Oneida. Farmers State Bank. Birthplace of Earle B. Combs. Jeff "Moose" Moore. Goodman's Motel. The old skating rink at Lerose.

Wilsons, Campbells, Bowlings, Marshalls,
Spencers, Gabbards, Cornetts. Most all good people and good families.

Our contacts run far and wide.

And if you really think Fletcher has no shot against those second-rate clowns that are running on the Democrat side, you know little about politics or how to exploit a candidate's weaknesses to your own advantage.

 
At 1:40 PM, April 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a big Northup supporter and I resent any notion that I am in agreement with Mark Nickolas on anything. The numbers speak for themselves, not just in Republican counties, but everywhere in the state. Fletcher has overstated the employment figures during this whole campaign. The only ones who are guilty by association are those bloggers who have aligned themselves with this governor and who have done nothing but trash the highly ethical and conservative former Congresswoman from Louisville. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves.

 
At 9:11 PM, April 07, 2007, Blogger K-Pac II said...

We have nothing personally against Anne Northup. We were really hoping she would win against Yarmuth and keep her seat in Congress. We honor and respect her service there and in the General Assembly prior to that.

However, we regret to see her challenging our incumbent governor and to see her and her supporters aligning herself with disingenuous Democrats like Mark Nickolas and Greg Stumbo and Doug Doerting to trash an honorable and decent man like Ernie Fletcher. You've chosen to align yourselves with the enemies of Fletcher and the GOP and that is a shame.

 
At 9:41 PM, April 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The enemies of the GOP? Sir, I have ate, slept, and breathed Republican Party for many years and have poured my money, blood, sweat, and tears into Republican campaigns and causes, just like so many other Republicans across the state who do not want to see our work destroyed by this governor. It is Fletcher and his supporters who have placed our party on the road to destruction and paved the way for Democrats to sweep the November elections. Fletcher stands not only to lose the general by a landslide against any of the Democratic nominees, but his loss will surely drag down the rest of the ticket. I challenge you to find an example of where a scandal-ridden governor with approval ratings in the low 30's ever prevailed for a second term. That question is something Fletcher supporters can never seem to answer.

 
At 12:39 PM, April 08, 2007, Blogger K-Pac II said...

9:41, if you have done all that, then what did you do when Fletcher came under attack from Greg Stumbo? How did you rise to his defense? Are you one of those Republican loyalists who demanded that they hire more Republicans yet ran when fallout from that occurred? When Stumbo started his investigation some of us worked very hard to discredit him, but we didn't get a whole lot of help from within the party. No one seemed to want to join in the chorus.

And do you really think Fletcher is that surely headed to defeat against the Democratic nominee? That whole ticket is severely, most likely fatally flawed. Henry has more warts than a toad. The Democrats themselves hate Lunsford. Miller's a non-factor, polling down there around Galbraith's level, and quite honestly we don't think Kentucky is ready to elect a Jewish governor. Beshear has his own merit system baggage he'll have to explain if he's nominated. Richards is politically impotent and lots of Democrats think he's nothing more than David Williams' punching bag. Gateweed and Bullman are field-fillers.

We have frequently said that you are either with Ernie Fletcher or you are with Greg Stumbo. We've been saddened to see so many Republicans side with Stumbo.

 
At 2:51 PM, April 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You conveniently ignore the poll taken when this campaign started showing Fletcher losing by double digits to any of the Democrats. You have no evidence whatsoever that Fletcher can win in November. You can preach about about Stumbo all you want, but the numbers are real. Your rhetoric contains no substance, but rather unwarranted attacks on good Republicans who want nothing more than to keep the governorship in the hands of a conservative. Your purely black or white approach to this campaign by saying things like "You are with Fletcher or you are with Stumbo" is exactly what is going to lose us this election in November. If a Democrat had committed the same actions as Ernie Fletcher, you would be the first to attack.

 
At 2:54 PM, April 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You also continue to ignore my challenge to you: find an example where a governor with a 32% approval rating was re-elected.

 
At 8:18 PM, April 08, 2007, Blogger K-Pac II said...

We're not interested in finding previous examples or living in the past. We're interested in moving forward and re-electing a decent and honorable and intelligent man named Ernie Fletcher who deserves better than he's gotten from his own political "family."

 
At 9:07 PM, April 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well you can keep dreaming, because it's not going to happen. Refusing to view the facts is just pure ignorance on your part. This blog and a few others are having a major part in tearing down this party and making us sure losers in November. Thank you for once again dodging my challenge.

 

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