This just doesn’t look good

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August 2, 2011

Allegations surfaced yesterday about state workers being pressured to give money to Gov. Steve Beshear’s campaign by Deputy Justice Cabinet Secretary Charles Geveden.

My advice to the governor: Put a muzzle on Matt Erwin, force Geveden to resign (at a minimum, suspend him for a few days), return the money to the individuals named in the letter and vow to voters that this sort of thing won’t be tolerated.

For those who can’t remember what happens when you double down on a state employee scandal, ask former Gov. Ernie Fletcher.

Yes, it’s more than a little fishy that the whistleblower sent a copy of his complaint to the RPK chair, but the worst kept secret in Frankfort these days is how much dough Beshear’s people have shaken out of merit and non-merit state workers.

It would take a big scandal for Beshear to blow the 24-point lead he has over Williams. I hope this isn’t it.

$86 million? $86 million.

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July 13, 2011

Barack Obama is often fond of half-stepping, but he is most certainly whole-stepping when it comes to raising mountains of dough to prevent President Romney/Bachmann:

Mind the gap:

The $86 million raised for Obama’s reelection easily doubles – and nearly triples – all the major GOP candidates to announce so far, combined. While there are a few Republicans who haven’t shared their numbers, including Michele Bachmann, the group that includes Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich has taken in just $33.1 million.

That sounds all well and good until you realize that Citizens United will allow every shadowy group and gazillionaire to match Obama in attack ads from today until November 2012. A long road ahead…

RGA outraising the DGA

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July 7, 2011

The Republican Governors Association has more money

The Democratic Governors Association will announce today that it raised $11 million in the first six months of 2012 and has $8.6 million on hand.

The total raised is more than twice as much as the committee raised during the first six months of the last comparable year — 2007. It is slightly less than the DGA raised in the first half of the last off-year, 2009.

The Republicans Governors Association announced earlier this week that it had raised more than twice that amount — $22.1 million — for the same period and had nearly twice as much cash on hand, with $16.2 million.

…but do they have a candidate in Kentucky that is close enough to even have a prayer of winning?

If not, there are plenty of races coming up next year that could use that money.

Personally, I think they should pour money into Kentucky with TV ads highlighting the fact that Richie Farmer was valedictorian of his elementary school.

VIDEO: Barefoot & Progressive’s Greatest Hits?

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July 1, 2011

The B&P 2.0 Fundraiser is just over a week old and we’ve raised durn near half the money.

We love you. Thank you for helping.

As you get ready to celebrate our Declaration of Interdependence, here’s a quick video of some of B&P’s greatest hits over the past three years. Feel free to share it with friends and conservative family members.

If you’d still like to toss $5 in the bucket (or is it a non-working Bureaucrat toilet?), well, we’d be most appreciative.

And if you’re interested in advertising on the site — if that’s how you might like to gift your money (and reach thousands of the smartest Kentuckians Kentucky’s ever known) — you can send an email to: barefootandprogressive AT gmail DOT com

Space if filling up fast! Get one now! Joe says step on it!

And also, if you watched the video then you heard (and were probably enamored with) the sweet sounds of Lexington’s own super-talent, Matt Duncan. You can buy his album through his site,, or you can listen to more of his great tunes at Bandcamp.

B&P 2.0 Fundraiser almost to the halfway point!

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June 29, 2011

The Barefoot and Progressive 2.0 Fundraiser has been going for less than a week, and we’re almost halfway there!

If you appreciate what we do and would like to chip in on our server/host/website/graphics/awesomeness update, please consider clicking on that big donate button below and giving what you can.

A huge thanks to all of the readers and supporters who have poured in donations over the last week. I would go into more detail about how much your contribution means to me, but I need to keep up my public facade as the cold and heartless slayer of conservatives. I hope you understand. But really, a huge thanks to all of you.

For the rest of you out there that haven’t chipped in: the sooner we get to our goal, the sooner we can upgrade, and the sooner I can focus more time and trouble on the folks that deserve it. Plus, with a minimum $10 contribution, I will be giving out one free dinosaur ride! I swear.


KY GOP still gunning heavily for Jack Conway

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June 28, 2011

Via Herald Leader Twitter Contraption:

While the GOP has plenty of internal divisions apparent with their other candidates, this is the one that everyone from Mitch to Mica is behind 100%.

Unfortunately for Todd P’Pool (pronounced ‘pee pool’ and French), the guy at the top of his party’s ticket is the most unlikable major party candidate to ever run for a statewide office in American political history*. And P’Pool’s fate lies with him.

*Embellishment. Maybe.

B&P Fundraising: Rand Paul and King Coal haven’t donated, but plenty of good people have

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June 24, 2011

It’s day three of the Barefoot & Progressive 2.0 fundraising drive and we’re going strong!

Almost fifty kind souls have generously chipped in so far. Earlier this afternoon we topped the $1,000 mark. That is, in a word, awesome.

Still nothing from Rand Paul or the Big Monied Coal folks… which is strange. But we’re patient.

If you’ve already given, we thank you adamantly. You kick ass.

If you haven’t, there’s still time and we’d appreciate it. We understand times are tough and if you ain’t got it, you can help in other ways… encouraging your friends and family and coworkers, for example. Heck, you can even lie to them and tell them you gave $10 and challenge them to match it. They don’t have to know and we won’t tell.

Over half of the donations have come in amounts smaller than $20… no amount is too little, every single cent helps. One of our resident critc-commenters even promised to give a pocket full of nickels. We’ll take it!

Yesterday we wondered aloud if anyone would be willing to top the $50 mark and, lo, it happened! Four excellent readers one-upped the competition and tossed in $51 each, and one very smart contestant went in for $52.

But alas, that was not all! We got our first $100 donation just a couple hours ago and that, friends, means the bar is raised.

Who out there is feeling the itch to Price-Is-Right our current leader?

Click the DONATE BUTTON, spread the word, and thank you! for reading, for giving and for helping to show the world that Kentucky is more than Mitch McConnell and some nutball who wants to starve grandma to death.

In Commonwealth,
The B&P Team

The B&P 2.0 fundraiser continues!

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June 23, 2011

Oh, we’re not done yet!

As we told you yesterday afternoon, Barefoot and Progressive is making the big leap to a new website/server, which is going to require a significant chunk of change. So we’re asking you, our brilliant and attractive readers, to help us make that possible by contributing whatever you can to the cause, whether that be $5 or $50 or more. We’ve had about two dozen people pitch in over the last 24 hours, all under $50, and every little bit helps. You might even be daring enough to be the first to give $51!

If you’d like to assist in speeding the process along and helping Barefoot and Progressive boldly go where no snarky Kentucky liberal rabble rousing blog has gone before, please consider clicking on that big thermometer or donate button below.


The Barefoot and Progressive 2.0 fundraiser!

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June 22, 2011

OK folks, we here at Barefoot and Progressive have decided that it’s finally time to graduate from our Blogger/Blogspot platform and make the big leap onto our very own server. This will allow us to greatly improve the site (WordPress!) and upgrade your daily Lexington/Kentucky political fix experience.

Yes, it’s time for Barefoot & Progressive 2.0!

But in order to make this big switch, it’s going to cost us some serious dough. We have to pay for:

  • sufficient web hosting server power to handle the flow of traffic and maintain browser speed
  • the hiring of web wizards to transfer over the 3-plus years of B&P archives, so that links are re-directed and Google rankings are not lost
  • web and graphic design goodness

Unfortunately, this kind of stuff ain’t cheap. So we’re asking you, our loyal readers, to contribute whatever you can spare to help us meet our goal. We’re setting a goal of $5,000 to cover these costs of the move to a new website, plus the additional costs that we’ll incur in order to cover the 2011 statewide races on the ground all over the state this summer and fall.

If all of our regular readers chip in $10 each, we’ll reach this goal without breaking a sweat. But that’s the big “if”. So if you see value in the service that we at Barefoot and Progressive provide (liberal muckraking, analysis, coverage and troublemaking in general), I ask you to please consider clicking on the donate button below and giving what you can (either through paypal or credit card… if you’re more comfortable paying by check, please email me at barefootandprogressive AT gmail DOT com):

A big thanks to everyone for their support over the last three plus years, and a big thanks to the folks willing to chip in and let Barefoot and Progressive make our next big step. The sooner we can get close to our goal, the sooner we’ll get to share a shiny happy snarky B&P 2.0 with you!

*(same rules apply as before: if you are a current elected official or current political candidate in Kentucky, your donations will not be accepted. Also, contributions will have zero effect on the content of this site. No exceptions.)

Beshear campaign says they’ve raised $1.5 million since primary

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June 20, 2011

On the heels of David Williams’ campaign announcing a $700,000 fundraiser late last week, the Beshear campaign announced this morning that they’ve been raising a boatload of money, too:

“Today the Beshear-Abramson filed its 30-day post primary campaign finance report. In addition to this required filing, the details of which are attached, I am pleased to announce that the campaign has raised over $1.5 million since the primary for the general election. Kentuckians from every corner of the Commonwealth have shown support for Governor Beshear’s efforts to create the smallest state government in a generation, fight broad-based tax increases and create and save jobs around the state.”

From late-August to November, your television sets will transmit nothing but a non-stop barrage of attack ads from both sides. Brace for it.

The campaign reported $2.9 million in disbursements since the pre-15 filing, with about $500k cash on hand (not counting the $1.5 million they just raised). $2.25 million of that was transferred over to their general account, and $570,000 was spent on their three-week “happy ad” TV campaign buy.




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