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Early Lex Vegas odds on Speakerpalooza

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May 31, 2011
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With Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner coming to Lexington for a joint event at Transy on June 24th, the Lex Vegas odds makers are already hard at work taking bets.

So far they say that by July 1st, the Republican Party of Kentucky will have sent out 6 press releases tying Steve Beshear and Jack Conway to Nancy Pelosi. The KDP’s expected output of press releases tying Boehner and his horrendous Medicare-killing bill to McConnell and the KY GOP House members that voted for it is currently zero.

Might want to go with the overs on RPK.

Also, the odds that John Boehner cries on stage is currently at 10:1.

Odds that our old friend Shaye Rabold grants us a press pass? 2:1

Odds that Rand Paul will send out a press release calling John Boehner a weak-kneed compromiser for making a deal with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling and turn us into “Greece”, just like that sell out Henry Clay would probably do? 8:1

We’ll fill you in if there are any updates…

Pelosi and Boehner coming to Transy June 24th

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May 31, 2011
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Nancy Pelosi and Speaker Oompa Loompa will be in Lexington next month, speaking at Transylvania University’s ode to the Great Compromiser:

Transylvania will host the first ever Henry Clay Week June 18-24

The Henry Clay Memorial Foundation and the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship announced today that Lexington will celebrate its first ever Henry Clay Week June 18-24. The week will culminate with a special event, “The Role of the Speaker of the House: A Tribute to Henry Clay,” on Friday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium. The tribute will feature a moderated conversation with Speaker of the House John Boehner, former Speaker and current House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker Dennis Hastert and former Speaker Jim Wright.

The event celebrates the 200th anniversary of Henry Clay becoming Speaker of the United States House of Representatives in 1811. Historians have said that it was Henry Clay who made the Speakership the powerful position it is today. Clay served as Speaker three times during his tenure in Congress and served in the position longer than anyone else in the nineteenth century. Henry Clay and Transylvania enjoyed a close relationship during the university’s formative years. Clay served as a professor in our law school and remained a trustee and friend until his death in 1852.

Tickets ($15 and $7.50 with student ID) go on sale Wednesday, June 1, and are available at The Lexington Center Box Office by calling 233-3535 or online at TicketMaster.com.

Senator Rand Paul will also be speaking that day, at the counter-Henry Clay protest held outside Haggin.

In the meantime, Boehner and his GOP colleagues will continue to threaten to force the US government to default unless the Democrats give them everything they want. Henry Clay would be proud.

Ben Chandler votes against Pelosi

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November 18, 2010
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I collected some Big Money this morning:

Chandler said Wednesday that he voted for Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina, who lost to Pelosi on a 150-43 vote in secret balloting during a gathering of House Democrats in the Capitol.

Chandler said in a statement that Shuler is a “commonsense moderate” from a district similar to his own.

I’m shocked that Ben’s using his small margin of victory as an excuse to keep going right. Shocked, I say.

Before you go asking powerful Dems in Lexington about what to do with Ben, let me spare you the effort and just tell you what they’ll say to you:

Taking bets…

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November 17, 2010
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Nancy Pelosi was just re-elected as the House Democratic Leader by a vote of 150-43.

Vegas odds at the time the votes came in had Chandler voting for her at 2:1.

I look forward to collecting…

John Yarmuth’s victory speech

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November 3, 2010
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What he said:

Bless him.

Too Poor to Fuck

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January 27, 2009
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In case you haven’t already heard, there was a provision in the pending stimulus plan that would expedite funding for family planning services. And because a large percentage of the population is too fucking arrogant to read, they are freaking the fuck out about it.

And because our president is not what a feminist looks like, he’s caving to mouth-breathing blowhards who are on the wrong side of pretty much every issue that faces the American people.

And because Nancy Pelosi is pretty much useless in her defense of a practical, inexpensive provision that – holy shit! – will provide a return on investment, the GOP was once again able to set the framing and turn a non-issue into a fucking controversy.

Not exactly the “change” we were promised, eh?

Women are screwed, the poor lose essential health care, the Republicans galvanize their nutcase base by removing contraception but will still run around playing the common ground card.

Could it maybe have been a better idea to flip this tired script and show some muscle right now?

Was it so irrational to hope, perchance to dream, that Obama would get out there and say…”wait a minute, I am not caving to this misrepresentation of the facts nor denying the needs of low-income people for adequate health care. Here are the facts and here’s where I stand?”

Oh, yeah….that only happens in the movies.

Low hanging fruit, motherfuckers. And because it bears repeating:

Listen up, pundits, party, and bullying bloggers: It is not women’s job to “come home” to the party. It is the party’s job to make us fucking feel welcome in our own “home.” It is Obama’s job to earn our votes. Taking us for granted is shitty, and threatening us with the loss of our bodily autonomy is about a zillion times shittier. STOP IT. You are not helping. You are driving voters away.

And you are seriously pissing off even those of us voters you can count on this year. I’m not ready to abstain just yet, but give me another couple decades of this bullshit — of being told you won’t bother to work for my vote, of being told it will be my own fault if Roe v. Wade is overturned, of being told that my concerns about sexism thriving in the party are overblown — and I might just say hey, you know what? I’ve spent my entire adult life voting for Democrats, and they’ve never shown one real whit of interest in me. They’ve done nothing but take me for granted, because to them, I’m low-hanging fruit, not someone whose concerns actually merit any expenditure of time, effort, or political capital. Well, hey, maybe they’ll miss me when I’m gone…

Not surprisingly, a whole lot of the women refusing to vote for Obama this year are a couple decades older than me. Do the math. You can only get away with treating a large chunk of your base as an afterthought for so long.

Way to piss all over your political capital, Democrats! I am so looking forward to this flaccidity for years to come!

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