The Governor, The Lost and the Lame

The Doc is back. I’ve stretched, put on an Ace bandage and in honor of the Hanson brothers, I’m breaking out the foil. Here goes.

Gov. Steve Beshear vetoed $1.3 million earmarked for the Hopkins County fairgrounds before signing the state budget. Shame on him. Right? Maybe not. An insider tells the Doc that the governor had little choice. Seems that some folks in Frankfort (Senate President David Williams?) were unhappy that Beshear keeps bringing up those pesky slot machines for horse racing tracks. So, the fairgrounds and a number other projects were intentionally put in the Department of Local Government operating budget. The idea was to embarrass Beshear by forcing him to veto the projects, particularly one from his home county. The projects totaled 30 percent of the DLG budget and would have “gutted” it, if they were approved, the insider said.

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Political headline of the week — Rand of the Lost. It topped a story about a few missteps GOP Senate hopeful Rand Paul made following his primary win.

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Reports say that former eBay CEO Meg Whitman spent $70 million of her own money in winning the California Republican Party primary for governor. MSNBC reported it averaged out to about $80 per vote. Whitman had a cash bar at her victory celebration.

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University of Tennessee football fans — yeah there are a few around these parts — are laughing it up today in light of the NCAA sanctions against Southern Cal. Lots of luck Lane Kiffin. The Doc thinks it couldn’t have  happened to a nicer guy. Just in case you didn’t know, Kiffin and his good buddy, Ed Orgeron, were assistant coaches at the House of Ill Repute when the shenanigans were going down. Two years probation, no bowl games and the loss of 20 scholarships will put USC in a football wasteland for a while. Dream job, indeed.

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While on the subject of college football, methinks the Golden Domers may run into a scheduling problem when the dust finally settles if they don’t jump into a conference. The Big 12 is about to become extinct, the ACC and Big East could be next. With the Big 10 (Big 14?), the PAC 10 (PAC 16) and SEC cherry picking schools, the in-conference schedules will be increased to more games,  leaving fewer opportunities for out-of-conference match-ups. Teams will be looking for cupcakes to fill out their schedules instead of the guys who give confession to Touchdown Jesus. BTW, that NBC TV contract Notre Dame is apparently not the end all most thought it was. SEC and Big 10 colleges received $15 million each from their conferences’ TV contracts last year. NBC paid Notre Dame $9 million.

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Even if you don’t care about or understand the game, be in front of a TV Saturday afternoon and cheer on the U.S. against England in the World Cup.

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Happy 39th to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (June 10). He and his constituents need something to celebrate about.

About Don Perryman

Don Perryman, a.k.a. The Spin Doctor, has been The Messenger’s Lead Reporter for five years after spending one year in Madisonville as a sports reporter. Prior to coming to Madisonville, he was a sports reporter at the Bangor (Maine) Daily News and a number of weekly newspapers in Maine. A native of Tennessee, Don spent his summers growing up in Webster County, Kentucky.
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