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Friday's for fighting... and driving

by Joe Arnold


Posted on February 18, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Friday starts with a breakfast to honor veterans and the Beshear Bash otherwise known as the General Assembly leadership news conference, continues with Ford featuring Louisville made vehicles, and ends with one event to elect Republicans and another to kick all the bums out.

Jefferson County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner

Expect more fur to fly Friday night as the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, mayor and Congress are all expected to appear at the Jefferson County GOP Lincoln Day dinner.

The party might need retired Southeast Christian pastor Bob Russell to keep the politicians from getting too nasty.  Russell is the emcee, and the GOP promises a "special message" from Russell.

The last time Senate candidates Trey Grayson, Rand Paul and Bill Johnson appeared together was at the GOP debate last Saturday in Paducah, at which Paul called for "the lies to stop" about his positions on issues like abortion and terrorist detainees, Grayson accused Paul of doing the "Potomac two-step" dancing around the abortion issue, "Reagan" conservative Bill Johnson was "the clear crowd favorite" according to the AP's Roger Alford and 86 year old Gurley Martin of Owensboro was ejected by sheriff's deputies.    

Hal Heiner and Chris Theineman will no doubt stir things up.  It may provide Thieneman to respond to recent revelations about why the Mint Jubliee cancer fundraiser became so controversial.  Credit The Ville Voice with an exhaustive review of court filings in the Mint mess.

And, it's also a coming out party for the Republicans hoping to unseat Congressman John Yarmuth.  So far, I would imagine none of them have any kind of name ID, even among the GOP.

The Jefferson County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner is Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

GOOOH rally in Louisville

The founder of GOOOH “Get Out of Our House,” Tim Cox, will "demonstrate (the) GOOOH Process at 7pm Friday night at the Holiday Inn Hurstbourne.

A news release says Cox will conduct a rally and “Mock SelectionSession” to explain "his non-partisan group’s goal to replace all 435 members of the House of Representatives by empowering voters to choose their own candidates."

Ford Motor Company brings new vehicle line-up to Louisville Auto Show

I know it's the political blog, but I've been covering Ford developments for years and it's such a pivotal time for the automaker and the auto industry.  Ford says highlights include Ford’s 2011 Super Duty (made in Louisville), Mustang and Fiesta

From Ford:

2011 Ford Super Duty:  Built right here in Louisville, the 2011 F-Series Super Duty boasts all-new powertrains which deliver significantly improved torque and horsepower as well as class-leading fuel economy while maintaining best-in-class towing and payload capability; new engine also has biodiesel compatibility up to B20.

2011 Mustang: This year's version of America's #1 selling muscle car puts 305 high-performance horses in the hands of V-6 coupe buyers with a new engine that delivers a projected 30 mpg on the highway with a new six-speed automatic transmission.  In addition, the vehicle features a die-cast aluminum deep-sump oil pan that provides 10,000-mile oil change intervals, saving drivers money on maintenance and resulting in less oil disposal waste.

2011 Fiesta:  Ford’s new Ford Fiesta will deliver more than just great looks and top fuel economy of any vehicle in its segment when it goes on sale in North America later this year.  The 2011 Fiesta, available in four- and five-door body styles – also will set a new small car benchmark for safety, connectivity and powertrain technology. Fiesta is the next milestone under the ONE Ford plan to design and develop vehicles that meet the differing needs, wants and expectations of customers around the world. More than 500,000 Fiestas have already been sold to customers in Europe and Asia.

Yarmuth to Honor Local African-American Veterans

News release from Yarmuth:

(Louisville, KY) On Friday, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) will join dozens of African-American veterans from Louisville, representatives of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and veterans organizations from throughout the community for his 4th Annual African-American Veteran’s Appreciation Breakfast.  At the event, Congressman Yarmuth will visit with attendees to hear about the issues that matter most to them and present awards to several veterans for their distinguished service.

The event is open to Louisville area veterans, and more than 100 have attended in previous years.

Friday, February 19, 2010, 8:00 am at  Masterson’s Restaurant, 1830 S. Third Street


Senate President David Williams and House Speaker Greg Stumbo will hold a news conference on Friday, February 19,at 8:30 a.m.