Adam Edelen

Unforgettable!

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January 13, 2012
By David M. F. Schankula

Richie Farmer’s in some doodoo. A day after incoming Agriculture Secretary Jamie Comer asked Auditor Adam Edelen to go through the Ag Department with a fine tooth moustache comb, the Herald Leader got its hands on a list of missing or lost items already available. That means this is just what’s missing now before Edelen tries to account for everything. Many people point out that it may be the case that many items on this list will ultimately be located, but it’s worth keeping in mind that much more may ultimately turn up missing.

The list includes:

■ Four Dell Latitude ES400 laptop computers, valued at a combined $4,727, according to the state

■ 24-inch flat-panel monitor, valued at $679 and listed as lost by the department

■ HP OfficeJet printer, not returned from home

■ $890 Dell computer, listed as lost

■ $1,595 Sharp fax machine, listed as lost

[Which is odd since the top level fax machine listed on Sharp's website, the 2081, seems to list for $999 and sells for less than that.]

■ $3,630 Lexmark color printer, listed as lost

[Sweet! It's the X 658dtfe MFP Monochrome Laser - Fax / copier / printer / scanner. That would look good in any home office, garage or basement.]

■ Garmin GPS, not returned

■ TomCat GPS or radar detector, not returned

■ 110-plus computers, and other computer equipment

■ $4,122 phone system with 15 phones and two consoles

■ $4,758 Gateway media center

■ $3,880 projector

■ $758 VCR for a break room for the division of regulation and inspection

 

There’s way more than just all that missing. Like:

■ Numerous sets of weights for testing scales

So head on over to the HL. There’s a rumor that Beshear’s going to announce a statewide hunt… if you can find the missing/stolen Agriculture, you get to keep it! Where-oh-where will that Gateway media center be?

 

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H-L endorses Conway, Edelen; CN|2 new poll numbers show Dems sweeping

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October 24, 2011
By David M. F. Schankula

A quick round-up:

His opponent, Republican John T. Kemper III, is a developer with no government experience. As a candidate he’s talked about many hot-button social issues outside the purview of the auditor’s office and has failed to convince that he fully understands the responsibilities of the job.

Conway is far and away the better choice.

  • Beshear and Williams and everyone else are going to Henderson. That’s not really all that interesting except that it gives me an opportunity to point out what’s been on my mind for months now… why in the world is David Williams following Beshear to Henderson two days after the Governor leaves town? He’s whined and whined and whined about how Steve is avoiding him, how Steve’s afraid to debate… blah blah blah. The answer for his dumb campaign was obvious: get in a bus and follow Steve everywhere, whenever Steve gets out and says something, David gets out and says something… else. Or they can both agree the coal industry is more important than the people of the Commonwealth. Whatever it is, point being, why is David Williams not dogging Steve everywhere? How much does his campaign staff suck?

 

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Kemper for Dog Catcher?

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October 11, 2011
By David M. F. Schankula

BlueBluegrass hit the Kemper/Edelen debate for State Auditor last night and has some thoughts on Kemper’s fellow travelers (including two Constables in full dress). Check it:

So, not only does Kemper have the sense of humor to ask for votes for an office that insures funds are managed wisely, after mismanaging his own business into bankruptcy not once, but twice. Not only does he have a guy in pajamas walking in front of him providing some sort of bizarre security function, and not only does he have a dog walking behind him, but in between, he’s raised the question of whether he’s having public resources misused as part of his election efforts. On the bright side, at least Richie Farmer must be happy that someone else is capable of actually drawing the public’s attention away from his stunning conduct…

 

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Bankrupt Kentucky Conservative seeks taxpayer money to pay own bills

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October 10, 2011
By David M. F. Schankula

Adam Edelen, the Democrat, against John Kemper, the Republican. The Herald-Leader’s John Cheves takes a closer look at the race for Kentucky State Auditor which, in classic Kentucky fashion of course features this…

Kemper, 47, is in personal bankruptcy after the failure of his home-construction business in Lexington. He said he takes responsibility for his mistakes and he’s obeying a debt-repayment schedule administered by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, which court records confirm.

“I’m living under the thumb of the federal government for five years,” Kemper said.

Ain’t that just the most succinct encapsulation of the defining philosophy of the 21st century Republican party?

Guy fails at business, blames the government, lambasting the feds for their oppression, and then runs for office for a party that claims it stands for fiscal order and personal responsibility.

Kentucky!

Read Cheves full report for more.

Kemper’s uphill struggle to win a taxpayer pay check for the next four years so that he can get out bankruptcy while on the dole (which would make him a ‘Welfare Queen,’ I believe) also piqued the interest of the Associated Press:

The winner of the Nov. 8 general election will oversee an office that has more than 130 employees, controls a $10.5 million budget and churns out hundreds of annual audits.

The taxpayers of Kentucky need somebody who has weathered the storm … and taken responsibility for the things that have happened,” said Kemper, a 47-year-old residential developer from Lexington.

Edelen, a 36-year-old Lexington business consultant and former chief of staff to Gov. Steve Beshear, said his opponent’s bankruptcy “goes to the heart of having a demonstrated record of competence.”

“It’s an awfully far stretch to go from being in personal bankruptcy to be making the case to the people of Kentucky that you should be the taxpayer watchdog,” Edelen said.

The winner in the November election will succeed current state Auditor Crit Luallen, a Democrat finishing her second term, the limit allowed by law. The state auditor makes just more than $110,000 a year.

Kentucky!

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Adam Edelen on the road

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June 9, 2011
By Joe Sonka

Despite the fact that Adam Edelen is an overwhelming favorite this Fall in the KY State Auditor race against Republican John Kemper III, he’s still traveling Kentucky like a mad man. Here’s a video his campaign released today, where he visits the folks tucked away in the Kentucky Bend:

Good stuff. Something odd about that voice, though…

But that doesn’t mean Kemper isn’t working hard either. Here he was last week at the Bluegrass Freedom Festival, a giant $15 ticket event at LCA with all the important Republican activists in the state, even the rockstar Ken Blackwell from Ohio.

Kemper is the guy in the very top right sitting next to Candy Barr. I know, there were soooo many people there that it would have taken years to find him on your own.

I leave you with pictures of David Williams silently cursing the fact that he wasted his time on a teabagger event with 40 people for 3 hours:

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Crit for Edelen (VIDEO)

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May 31, 2011
By Joe Sonka

Here’s the most respected public official in Kentucky, State Auditor Crit Luallen, talking up the Democratic nominee to replace her this year, Adam Edelen.

It seems like GOP nominee John Kemper III has a steep climb ahead of him to defeat Edelen, as he trails horribly in fundraising and is going through a personal bankruptcy as well (not the greatest feature when running for the bookkeeper of the state). However, Kemper recently came across enough money to not have his home auctioned off (score), and he also has this sweet photoshop ready to blast all over the Bluegrass:

(yes, that is a real product of the Kemper campaign that just won a blowout victory 2 weeks ago)

Then again, Kemper also has tons of fun pics on his Facebook page, like this goodie:

So there’s that…

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Last night’s winners and losers

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May 18, 2011
By Joe Sonka

OK, here’s my rundown from last night’s 2011 Kentucky primary results, looking at the big winners and the big losers:

Winner: Alison Lundergan Grimes

Not only did she easily beat an incumbent Democrat in a statewide primary (when’s the last time that happened?), but she managed to do so despite the opposition of Governor Beshear (and Grimes people claim the KDP, too). And while the Beshear/KDP event in Frankfort featured a C-list crowd, the Grimes event in Lexington featured everyone from Chandler and Stumbo to Jorts, crowning her as the New Great Hope of the Kentucky Democratic Party (I’m sure her Dad took a little pleasure in that). And she now faces Some Dude Named Bill Johnson in November (the man whose campaign bumper stickers once said “Obama Been Lyin”), which should be relatively easy. She claimed in her victory speech that she wanted to follow in the footsteps of Martha Layne Collins and be Governor of Kentucky some day, and that doesn’t sound the least bit implausible at this point.


Loser: Steve Beshear

When a Democratic Governor sticks his neck out to endorse and work for a candidate in a Democratic primary, he better be sure that the candidate wins, or else he’s going to look weak. Hello 10+% defeat! All Steve Beshear managed to do is alienate a lot of Democrats and look like yesterday’s news. The only bright spot for him is that his opponent in November is the only person that had a worse night.

Winner: Kentucky Tea Party

They’re not dead yet. David Williams was supposed to trounce Phil Moffett, the candidate with no money and no TV ads. Instead, he wound up limping to a 10 point victory, not even breaking 50%, while Moffett dominated the Golden Triangle. Bill Johnson had no money and no TV ads, whereas his establishment opponent Hilda Legg was all over television and supposed to win easily. Johnson won by 1,000 votes. John Kemper had no money, no ads, and was running for the state’s bookkeeping position while himself being in bankruptcy. And yes, he crushed his GOP establishment opponent by 14 points. The only thing stopping the Kentucky tea partiers from their second full sweep of the GOP establishment in one year was the horrible mismanagement of money in the Moffett campaign. If they had been able to get even a fraction of the airtime as Williams, Kentucky’s shocking upset might be the #1 political story in America today, and breathe some life into the intellectually and morally bankrupt political movement.

Loser: David Williams

Now that’s what you call limping into the general election. The man that was supposed to dominate last night wound up losing Lexington by 20 points and finishing 3rd place in Louisville. Between those two cities and all the way up to Boone and Kenton counties, Williams got his ass handed to him by Phil Moffett and his People of Tea. Not only does Williams look weak by not even coming close to getting the vote of half of Republicans last night, but he now faces bitter Teabaggers who are going to give a long hard look at The Last Free Man in America, Gatewood Galbraith. Getcha popcorn.

Winner: Overs

Despite reports all day of tumbleweeds sweeping across polling stations all over the Bluegrass, those who bet on double-figure turnout had a sweet payday last night (10.34%).

Losers: Kentucky democracy

10.34%? Pathetic.

Loser: BD Wilson

Wilson had three times the money of anyone in the Democratic primary for Commissioner of Agriculture, yet finished an embarrassing third place to a Bible-beater named “Farmer” and an old man’s cow. I guess that’s what happens when a candidate doesn’t listen to smart people on his staff. But enough about Elaine Walker…

Winner: James Comer

Bob Farmer? You can go ahead and tell Richie Farmer to hand over the keys to Mr. Comer, because there’s no way on earth that he is going to lose in November. He would have been a favorite even if Wilson or Lackey won, but now he’s a mortal lock.

Loser: Katie the Cow

John Lackey’s cow became Kentucky’s newest A-list celebrity, as she was the star of his ad that ran approximately 2.5 million times on MSNBC. But now that Lackey came up short, we’re sad to inform you that she will no longer be spotted in the trendiest Lex/Lville clubs, as she’s now “what’s for dinner”.

Winner: Frank Simon

Kentucky’s most prominent bigot only made 3 endorsements during the primary, but he was 100%, including longshot candidates Bill Johnson and Democrat Bob Farmer. Yes, Kentucky Democrats, you just nominated someone who sought and accepted the endorsement of Frank Simon and Kentucky Right to Life (i.e., no abortion even in cases of rape and incest). Pat yourself on the back. Simon also had two of his old buddies, Todd Hollenbach and David Williams advance to the general, so I’m sure that he’s a happy old disgusting bigot today.

Even: Adam Edelen

Edelen now faces John Kemper in November. Which, if you’ve followed Kemper since his Congressional run last year, is friggin hilarious. Edelen will sleepwalk into Crit Luallen’s office. The only downside to last night for him is that he now has some competition in the Young New Greatest Hope position for Kentucky Democrats in Grimes. You can almost hear the two fiefdoms taking sides and making their long-term battle plans for 2015, can’t you?

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Crit Luallen promotes Edelen to succeed her

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April 25, 2011
By Joe Sonka

Who was she going to endorse, Wuchner?

Here’s the email that the KDP sent out on Friday:

Dear Fellow Democrat,

For nearly eight years now, I’ve had the honor of serving as your taxpayer watchdog in Frankfort. You’re familiar with the work my office has done to deliver the people of Kentucky the honest, transparent and effective government they deserve.

It hasn’t always been easy. Thankfully, I’ve been able to rely on my excellent staff and my fellow Kentuckians who have so strongly supported our efforts to root out corruption and bring transparency to every level of government.

However, the work of the State Auditor is never complete.

That’s why I’m so strongly supporting Adam Edelen to carry on my work as Kentucky’s next Auditor of Public Accounts. Having watched Adam grow into an outstanding public servant over the last 15 years, I know Adam will be the kind of leader who will make us proud.

Can I count on you to click here and endorse Adam Edelen to be Kentucky’s next Auditor?

In difficult economic times like these, Adam’s combined business and government experience make him ideally suited to serve as our taxpayer watchdog. He has a real record of making organizations run more efficiently and effectively.

He needs our help getting there, so please take a moment to click here and support Adam’s effort to run a vigorous campaign in all 120 Kentucky counties.

Thank you,

Crit Luallen

Auditor of Public Accounts for the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Sure, having the most respected public official in Kentucky cheering you on is good, but Addia has some powerful cheerleaders, too.

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Factcheck.org backs up Aqua Buddha ad

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October 18, 2010
By Joe Sonka

They say that every claim that Jack Conway makes in the Aqua Buddha ad is well-documented and not a “lie” (except for last claim on taxes, which is “misleading”, even though it’s not).

Bearing false witness? Factcheck.org doesn’t think so. Does that mean that Rand Paul’s new ad claiming that Conway is bearing false witness is itself bearing false witness?

Whooooa dude, that’s trippy.

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Where are the Independent Expenditures?

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September 27, 2010
By Joe Sonka

While the SUSA poll on the Conway-Paul race from this weekend was certainly great news, there are other numbers out there that aren’t as shiny or happy. Like the numbers showing independent expenditures in Kentucky. Jack is getting his but kicked by Karl Rove, the NRSC and the Chamber of Commerce, but no one from outside Kentucky has laid a glove on Rand Paul so far.

The Republican groups have spent $1.39 million on ad buys so far. Democrats? A measly $40k from MoveOn and reportedly $360k from the DSCC that hasn’t aired yet, but is supposed to kick in soon (please? right?).

If you want the ugly math, that’s about 35 times more ads slamming Conway than Paul, and almost 4 times when the DSCC is added in.

S.O.S.

Another month with that kind of disparity on the airwaves will bury Conway.

Silver lining? Conway’s been taking a licking from all of these groups over the past 3 weeks, and what happened? Well, SUSA says he surged 13 points. So assuming those numbers are accurate, this would at least show that these ads are ineffective. But three weeks of getting clobbered is different than 8 straight weeks of getting clobbered. Somebody needs to come in from DC and level the playing field on the airwaves. Soon, please.

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