49 thoughts on “The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home”

  1. at least for now pending a recount or GOPer gov goes to GOPer legislature to overturn it

    Louisville courier journal:

    There have been contested elections in Kentucky but not on the scale of what’s going on in the Kentucky governor’s race, where late Tuesday it appeared that Gov. Matt Bevin lost re-election to Attorney General Andy Beshear.

    With 100% of precincts reporting and trailing by a slim 4,658 votes, Bevin defiantly took to the stage at the Republican “victory” celebration at the Galt House in Louisville and declared that he wasn’t giving up.

    He didn’t say exactly what that meant, but it likely will start with a recanvass that will call for election officials to check all voting machines in the state and make sure their vote totals match up with what was reported to the secretary of state’s office.

    That’s not likely to move more than a handful of votes.

    Next there would be a recount if Bevin and the GOP decide that’s what they want — to pay the oodles of dollars it will cost to do a recount.

    Or, Bevin could simply contest the election, which would mean going to the Republican-held state legislature and asking it to overturn the elections results because — well, because they have the votes to do it.

    That would seem to be unlikely.

    Les Fugate, the chief deputy for former Secretary of State Trey Grayson, said he doesn’t believe there has ever been a statewide recount in Kentucky.

    The largest recount in Kentucky history may have come in 1994 when Democrat Mike Ward beat Republican Susan Stokes for the open 3rd District congressional seat by just 425 votes.

    Stokes requested a recount, and after court challenges and a snail’s pace recount, Ward was confirmed to be the winner — by a slightly larger 473-vote margin. The final total came two days before Christmas that year.

    In 2004, there was an election contest in the state Senate when Dana Seum Stephenson was trying to be seated in a southern Jefferson County Senate district, even though a court ruled she was ineligible to serve.

    The Republican Senate sided with the Republican Stephenson, but the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled against her and ordered a new election.

    Then, of course, there was the Republican primary four years ago when Landslide Bevin emerged from a four-candidate field to win the nomination by just 83 votes. James Comer, the second-place finisher, asked for a recanvass but decided not to ask for a recount.

    Whatever they decide, Bevin, the courts or the legislature will have to act quickly. The constitution calls on the governor to be sworn in on the fifth Tuesday following the election. That would be Dec. 10 for those of you keeping score at home.

    We can only hope this one goes that quickly.

  2. and carry me back to ole virginny

    wapo:  Democrats flip Virginia Senate and House, taking control of state government for the first time in a generation

  3. “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny” is a song which was written by James A. Bland (1854 — 1911), an African American minstrel who wrote over 700 folk songs. It is was an adaption by Bland of the traditional “Carry Me Back to Ole Virginny” popular since the 1840’s and frequently sung by Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War. Bland’s version, the most well known, was adapted in 1878 when many of the newly freed slaves were struggling to find work. The song has become controversial in modern times.
    Ray Charles released a cover of the song on his album Sings for America.

  4. 🖕🏼
    Cyclist who flipped off Trump wins county supervisor seat representing his golf club

    A legion of reasons propel political neophytes to run for office, but none may be as unusual as what inspired Juli Briskman, the cyclist who gave President Trump the finger two years ago and found herself without a job and at the center of a national uproar.

    On Tuesday, Briskman got a new job, winning a seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors — ousting a Republican in the process.

    “It’s feeling fantastic, it’s feeling surreal,” Briskman, 52, a Democrat, said by telephone as she celebrated her victory. “The last two years have been quite a ride. Now we’re helping to flip Loudoun blue.”

    So SFB gets flipped off at the statewide, district wide and local level yesterday. Bwahahahahahahah. 😂

  5. Virginia is Blue.  And, these are not your old Democrats, these are modern Dems.  Although much is made of them being in the suburbs, it is when you look at the map of Virginia you see that Northern Virginia, Richmond and Hampton are only part of the story.  Much of Virginia is rural and agricultural, much less populated than the cities.  But, population growth or replacement is not strictly white.  Something to look forward to is how the Dems change the voting restrictions created by the republicans.  That change will increase the number of voters, a guess is Black voters.


    Other fun things is that what started in 2017 is still a force and it should cause a few more retirements in the Congress during the next few months.

  6. the week:
    Virginia, now in Democratic hands, will try to push the Equal Rights Amendment over the finish line

    Virginia, then, is on track to be the 38th and final state needed to enact the ERA — maybe. When Congress passed the ERA in 1972 — proposing to amend the Constitution to say: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex” — it essentially gave America seven years to get the three-quarters majority of states needed to enshrine the amendment. Congress would almost certainly need to extend that deadline before the amendment could be added to the Constitution.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is probably up to the task of thwarting legislation to extend or eliminate the deadline, but the ERA has been under consideration for nearly 100 years, and if Virginia ratifies it, the amendment can outwait the senior senator from Kentucky, too.

  7. Last night on MSNBC they were reporting that Republican Bevin talked only about trump while campaigning.  Democratic Beshear talked about the issues…  mainly healthcare and education.  About time some Kentuckians woke up and cared enough about their lives to not care about the “R” behind someone’s name.  Hopefully other southerners wake up too.

  8. it might be too late, but lizzie should show the profits made by health insurance industry as a whole are equal to or even  exceed the estimated cost of her M4A plan.   seems that’s a lot of money that could otherwise be used to insure universal coverage.  ‘course that puts a bunch of folks in the industry out of work to say nothing of depriving some ceo  yachts,  mansions and Armani suits. 

  9. other ky news from the hill:

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that he might disclose the name of a whistleblower whose complaint about President Trump’s actions toward Ukraine spurred the House impeachment inquiry.

    Asked why he hasn’t disclosed the name of the unknown individual, Paul told reporters that he “probably will.”
    Paul doubled down on potentially publicly releasing the whistleblower’s name during an interview with Fox News’s Bret Baier on Tuesday night, saying that he “may” disclose the name. 
    “There’s nothing that prevents me from saying it now,” Paul said. 
    Questioned on why he didn’t go to the Senate floor and disclose the name as part of a speech, he added, “I can, and I may, but I can do it right now if I want. Nothing stops me.” 
    Paul stressed during the Fox News interview that he was convinced he knew the individual’s identity but that he had so far refrained from saying the name because he wanted to keep the focus on the process.
    “I want it to be more about the process and less about the person,” Paul argued. “Nothing stops me. There’s no law that stops me from doing it other than that I don’t want to make it about the one individual.”
    Paul’s comments came after he said during a rally in Kentucky on Monday night that the media should disclose the name of the whistleblower.
    “We also now know the name of the whistleblower. The whistleblower needs to come forward as a material witness because he worked for Joe Biden at the same time Hunter Biden was getting money from corrupt oligarchs,” Paul said at the rally after Trump invited him onstage, referencing unconfirmed reports in conservative media that the whistleblower worked for former Vice President Joe Biden.
    “I say tonight to the media, do your job and print his name,” Paul told the crowd to loud cheers.
    Paul’s push to out the whistleblower drew blowback on Tuesday from several of his Republican colleagues who warned it would threaten legal protections for the whistleblower. 


  10. The Times has an article today saying researchers are “grasping for answers”  to understanding the SFB phenomenon   —   It’s not so hard to understand as with many things  people are embarrassed and don’t want to admit that they are racist pigs and that it why they support Trump   no matter how they dress it up   that is the answer
    This is a turn out election for Democrats and  we would do better if all the media shut down

    Name me one thing that Fat Ass the golfing president has done that you could support — and the crime bill doesn’t count

  11. The economy is only doing “well” because SFB’s tax cut is bankrupting the country.
    Another day older and deeper in debt —  so the future is gas masks and no public services
    Tired of winning yet

  12. Let the goopers try to take away the govenor’s office in Kentucky it will not end well for them

  13. The last couple of years we have had Thanksgiving with neighbors we like a lot.  Except that, unlike everyone I know they are not gluttons at Thanksgiving no relish tray no bread no stuffing (although I can get behind that)  This year, we are staying home and some close friends are coming over.  My favorite thing is gravy and mashed potatoes and leftovers for turkey sandwiches (turkey clubs)  and this year I am making mole’ for the leftovers.   I’m so excited.   I’ve asked everyone for their must-haves   –Brussel sprouts with pancetta, orange cranberry relish, roasted sweet potatoes, baked acorn squash with maple syrup, classic wedge salad with blue cheese or vinaigrette plain pumpkin pie, apple cake and chocolate pie candy cookies and of course liquor.  I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year.
    What makes it Thanksgiving for you?

  14. KGC – to my brothers place for a family get together.  I do not even fill a plate any more. 
    I can hardly wait until SFB is gone and the deep sourced WH books start pouring out.

  15. KGC…  I LOVE turkey and stuffing with lots of gravy over both.  I will forgo mash potatoes in order to have extra stuffing.  I know it’s not good for me….  but hey…   I eat it only once a year.  Oh… and we go to Rick’s youngest brother’s house… he’s a great cook!
    BlueBronc…   I couldn’t help myself…  I pre-ordered the much anticipated upcoming trump book by a senior WH official known as “Anonymous” on Amazon last week.  Can’t wait to have it in my hands.

  16. the hill:

    Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) on Wednesday endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for president, breaking with the three other members of the “squad” of progressive freshman congresswomen who have backed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
    “I’m proud to call her my senator. I can’t wait to call her our president,” Pressley said in a video she tweeted Wednesday.
    “You’ve all heard about the senator’s plans but here’s the thing: The plans are about power, who has it, who refuses to let it go, and who deserves more of it. For Elizabeth and for me, power belongs in the hands of the people,” Pressley said in the video.
    “That’s why she’s fighting for fundamental change that restores power to those who’ve been left behind and centers those who’ve never had access to it in the first place,” Pressley added.
    After the other “squad” members — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) — endorsed Sanders, Pressley said that, while she had “tremendous respect for her sisters-in-service,” she would make her own endorsement decision.
    Pressley is slated to make her first appearance on the campaign trail with Warren at a town hall meeting in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, according to BuzzFeed News.
    Pressley, although she has joined the other three congresswomen in endorsing major progressive policy planks such as “Medicare for All” and debt-free college, also served as a surrogate for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primaries and broke with the other three earlier this year when she voted for a resolution condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
    “There are a lot of anti-BDS bills out there that infringe on 1st amendment rights at the state and federal level. In my view, HRes 246 wasn’t one of them,” Pressley tweeted after the vote.
    “What I heard resounding in community was that voting yes on this resolution affirmed to my constituents raised in the Jewish faith Israel’s right to exist, a view I share as a supporter of a two state solution,” she added.

  17. RR – I don’t have that one on order, yet.  One group in the WH I wonder about are the staff of the East Wing.  The people who take care of the first family area in particular.  In the past they have been very tight about sharing what happens in their purview, but this one may be way too far out to not talk about.

  18. des moines register:

    In an event commemorating 100 years of women’s suffrage, former Democratic nominee for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams said Monday she would be comfortable running for vice president with the eventual Democratic nominee in the general election.

    Abrams disputed rumors around her lunch with former Vice President Joe Biden during the last question of the night at the University of Iowa event, including theories that he made her an “offer she couldn’t refuse” relating to the vice presidency.

    “But when I got the question (from reporters) I was, myself, contemplating my next steps,” she said. “And what I said was, you do not run in a primary for second place, so no, for whatever rumors are out there. However, I’m not in the primary, but you can run as second in the general election, and I am happy to do so with the nominee. That is my answer.”


  19. i still support Warren- that Republicans are scared shitless of her leads me to believe she’s on the right side of things.   

  20. crackers – I love parade and the smell of something with cinnamon baking in the oven, followed by family phone calls. 

  21. I like the parades too although not so much the Macy’s parade which is a less of parade than a series of performances

  22. Bink, catchy.  Someone should write a song….
    KC, year before last we were in NYC visiting Little P over Thaksgiving.  We were saying at the corner of 35th and 6th Ave – at Herald Square, where the parade turns to go in front of Macy’s – the performances occur only when the groups pass in front of the Macy’s reviewing stands.  Anywhere else on the route it’s like a traditional parade – with a bunch of bands, dancers, etc. and balloons instead of floats.  The good news was that it was in the upper 50s and no rain, so Mrs. P’s mother (80 at the time) could watch it comfortably.  The fun part of viewing on 6th instead of 34th is that you can look up 6th and see the balloons lined up one after another for blocks.

  23. KGC…  bread stuffing…  particularly the Pepperidge Farm stuffing that comes in a bag.  Dan once did an experiment where he made his own bread stuffing and PF stuffing.  He didn’t tell us which was which but asked us to say which we preferred.  All 8 of us preferred the Pepperidge Farm.  That’s what he makes now.
    I love the dog show after the parade….  and of course….   football.

  24. Talk about an appropriate description of tRudy by Sondland…

    “He was always swirling around somewhere,” Sondland said of Giuliani, adding that he did not believe anyone wanted to deal with the former New York mayor.

    From WaPo.  
    Poobah, I intentionally left the internal link to Sondland’s transcript in the quote above.

  25. Renee, I have to agree with you about the PF stuffing.
    Who was it that asked me a while back whether I thought Ernie Sessions would run for Senate?  Well, the answer then was probably – and now it has become yes. And the dipshit will probably win against Doug Jones if he gets the nomination.

  26. rippers continue to waste time and resources making crap up about the alleged whistleblower. 
    Meanwhile, the rest of the universe has left the whistleblower lightyears behind and gone on to new and ever greater galaxies of damning revelations. 
    They’ve come to a Star Wars battle armed with clubs and spears. 

  27. Well . . . someone decided to take over my old campaign website.  Enjoy it while it lasts.  The links function, do not use the email links!  The site is ten years old and more useful as an example of life back then.  Oh – I have not lived there in almost ten years!  Do not contribute to campaign.  It is long gone.

  28. I’m still leaning toward Warren, but I like Harris, Klobuchar and Booker, too. The fact that Biden has the best poll numbers against trump keeps me from rejecting Joe. This is my trilemma, and I think it may also be the trilemma of most Dems : Do I go with the best candidate, the one who can swing the most voters or have the longest coattails ? Or, do I vote for the best administrator ? Or, do I vote for the best program ? I come up with three different persons depending on which question I think is the most important at any given time. 

  29. I seldom make my own stuffing now, but when I do it’s always done with bread that I bake myself and with herbs and spices that I hand blend/grind as appropriate. I always use Kosher salt, etc., etc. Whenever it is served it is praised as the best I’ve ever made with demands for baggies.

  30. I wonder how many people went to vote on Sunday (Nov 3)? BB, you woulda been a fine commissioner/mayor/governor.

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