Author Archives: Joe Sonka

“Work horse” McConnell won’t debate Matt Bevin, but debates Rand Paul virtually

Last Friday, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign released the following radio ad claiming that he is not a “show horse,” rather a “work horse,” opening with this truly memorable line: “No one ever accused Mitch McConnell of being a big-talking backslapper.” Fact Check on that latter point: True! Today, Team Mitch followed up on the same […]

The shotgun marriage of Rand and Mitch is now a “private” affair

When Glenn Beck asked Sen. Rand Paul back in February why he was endorsing the scourge of the Tea Party, Sen. Mitch McConnell, hilarity ensued. Rand jokingly pretended that he didn’t know what Beck was talking about, and then excused himself by saying that he only did so because McConnell asked him to endorse when […]

Mitch McConnell declines Second Amendment questions at Second Amendment campaign event

Sen. Mitch McConnell held a campaign event this morning at the Jefferson County Sportsmen Club, where he once again touted his endorsement from the NRA and criticized the Obama Administration’s gun control policies. I’m quite pleased to say that McConnell’s campaign decided to respect the First Amendment at his Second Amendment event today, as his […]

Big Cockfighting lobby inserts itself into KY Senate race

Our big, stupid and ridiculous U.S. Senate race in Kentucky got another dose of WTF on Wednesday, as The News Journal in Corbin reported that Matt Bevin attended and spoke at a rally in support of legalizing cockfighting in Kentucky. Yes, cockfighting. But wait just a second there before you go jumping to conclusions and […]

Dukeghazi fallout: Mitch McConnell cancels on Matt Jones, gets ribbed by Jimmy Fallon (UPDATE)

Sen. Mitch McConnell has been dead silent when it comes to basketball over the last two days, and considering his daylong rake-in-the-face exhibition on Tuesday, we’ll give that campaign strategy a grade of A. Then again, plenty of other people are continuing to talk about McConnell’s Duke/Randle flub on Tuesday, including Tonight Show host Jimmy […]

Team Mitch for Team Duke: McConnell’s day of #BBN rake-in-the-face

(cartoon actor recreation of Sen. Mitch McConnell on Tuesday) Yesterday morning, the campaign of Sen. Mitch McConnell released another hilarious video by boy wonder Lucas Baiano that tried to make Kentucky’s senior senator look like a mix of Vin Diesel and Abraham Lincoln. Over the audio of McConnell’s CPAC speech — and wild cheering that […]

Councilmembers James and Welch volley accusations back and fourth after Democratic Caucus meeting (UPDATE)

The Metro Council Democratic Caucus discussed several proposed amendments to their rules of conduct tonight, a process that first began in February when chairwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch accused the staffer of a then-anonymous Caucus member (later determined to be Councilman David James) of campaigning against one of their colleagues, saying this violated their rules and […]

Rachel Maddow mocks Beshear administration’s shrug on coal ash discharge at LG&E Mill Creek plant

As we’ve written about this week, the Sierra Club caught LG&E red-handed with a hidden time-lapse camera of their Mill Creek plant in Louisville, showing visual proof that coal ash wastewater has been dumped into the Ohio River nearly constantly for an entire year. While the Sierra Club And Earthjustice are planning to sue LG&E […]

Mitch McConnell: Part-time First Amendment advocate, full-time coward

(Photo by Alton Strupp/Courier-Journal) As you’ve probably heard by now, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Benton threatened to have police arrest me for covering his press conference at a hotel in Louisville on Monday, then followed through on that threat by ordering a Louisville police officer to block me from entering the room. This […]

Sierra Club plans to sue LG&E, citing footage of coal ash wastewater flowing into Ohio River from Mill Creek plant (UPDATE)

Citing evidence obtained by a hidden camera positioned across the Ohio River from Louisville Gas & Electric’s Mill Creek power plant, the Sierra Club and Earthjustice have given their notice of intent to sue LG&E for violating the federal Clean Water Act and the terms of the utility’s own permit, which allows only an “occasional” […]