Money in the bank?: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear proposed a budget that bets on $780 million in revenue from expanded gambling, but House Democrats are showing little support for the spending plan and Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, still represents a brick wall. Most observers are scratching their heads at the governor’s “bold” strategy and others have already started a movement on Facebook to draft State Auditor Crit Luallen, a Democrat, to run for governor in 2011.
The fired-man: The Pleasure Ridge Park fire protection district decided to fire Captain Robert Heil, who was suspended last spring for harassing a fellow firefighter. In May 2009, firefighter Chris Glass claimed that Heil used racial slurs and dressed up in a mock Klu Klux Klan uniform while working in the firehouse. Just last week, Heil had criminal charges against him dropped after completing community service and a racial sensitivity class. His attorney said Heil had not decided whether they would appeal the board’s decision.
Bought and paid for: The corporations are people too according to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling repealing campaign finance laws, but Vanity Fair’s Andrew Cohen writes that the consequence will be the production of more, “attack/advocacy ads aimed at swaying undecided, uneducated, or just plain lazy voters.”