The blog's week-long poll has indicated that 57.1% favor a ban on smoking in buildings open to the public. Another 14.3 % favor such a law if there is an outdoor smoking area available, while 28.6% opposed the law.
While the issue is moot for many folks such as in Lexington where there is already a smoking ordinance, other places such as in Bourbon County do not have such a rule.
So the issue lives on.
Friends of Gatewood Galbraith know that forcountless thousands of Kentuckians who came to admire him over the past few decades, Gatewood’s persona will not be forgotten.
But it seems that the Commonwealth of Kentucky could benefit from an effort to memorialize Gatewood’s legacy in a more permanent way that honors our friend but more importantly carries forward some meaningful part of Gatewood’s legacy.
Friends, family and some of those who have worked closely in Gatewood’s campaigns over the past years may have a better idea but one that has crossed mine is the notion of a permanent Galbraith Commission chartered to fulfill some legitimate state policy on a permanent basis. Others may have a different idea but one such policy area that comes to mind is the area of open government.
A Galbraith Commission on Open Government charged with the responsibility of making recommendations relating to open and transparent government would seem to be a fitting tribute to Galbraith and more importantly a useful non-partisan commission that would help guide government in Kentucky toward greater transparency in the future.
Such a commission would seem to fit in with one of things I think of the most about Gatewood Galbraith’s policy goals, ‘transparent government,’ but at the same time would likely be supported by the Kentucky Press and others with an interest in ensuring government accountability.
There may be other ideas; perhaps already in place, but the idea of Galbraith’s legacy being carried forward in a permanent and useful means ought to be considered.
Whether you believe that David Williams is a principled leader or a political bully, or that Steve Beshear is an adequate Governor or a political hack, one fact is for certain. With either of those candidates you will be getting more of the same kind of politics we have had in the past. Gatewood Galbraith on the other hand offers voters a candidate who is knowledgeable enough to do the job but more importantly a candidate capable of serving without being bought by special interests, one who will not put politics first and the public interest last. Galbraith/Riley is the best choice. Other candidates who should be elected include Bob Farmer for secretary of agriculture. The attack on Farmer for being a promoter/comedian is not well taken. Farmer makes a good argument that he is capable of using his skills to promote Kentucky's brand as ag secretary. The blog believes that some of the statewide offices such as state auditor need to be eliminated by constitutional amendment but since we have to vote, Adam Edelin is the best choice. The race for attorney general is sickening. Jack Conway is an utter disgrace and should not be elected pooper scooper. Problem is the other fellow may not be much better. The blog holds its nose to vote against Conway.
A bright star of this year's ballot is KC Crosbie who is far better than Todd Hollenback for state treasurer. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray gives a great endorsement of KC and it appears she has done her job well on the Lexington council. She deserves a chance. Another candidate who deserves election is Bill Johnson. Johnson's resume is exemplary. The problem is Johnson is pitted against Allison Lundergan Grimes (you have to say it a couple of times, and then see if you can think of anything else that rhymes.) Allison Lundergan Grimes may be capable and will surely win, but the blog doesnt like the politics that is based on these blatent name recognition efforts. Maybe next year Ritchie Farmer will have his name changed to Ritchie Wildcat Farmer.
In this climate of sound bites and political back biting on both sides of the aisle in Washington, there is one candidate who exemplifies the common sense and experience that will move the nation forward in a positive way on economics and in our foreign policy.
The story of Jon Hunstman for those who have'nt taken the time to look at is, is a story of accomplishments in private business and as Governor of Utah. Much of that story can be found on Huntsman's web site and won't be repeated here. http://www.jon2012.com/about-jon
The real reasons Huntsman should be president have to do with real facts and real issues not partisan politics. For example, Huntsman is the only candidate including the President who has set in a succinct and sensible way what he would do to get the American economy moving again. That plan won the praise recently of the Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904583204576544703176083600.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
For another example, on the issue of foreign policy, Huntsman is the only candidate on the Republican side with actual foreign policy experience. http://www.jon2012.com/blog/Tags/Foreign-Policy
More importantly, Huntsman is the only candidate on either side to have the common sense to with reference to foreign policy to know when to hold'em and when to fold'em. Mr. Obama has been the Bush 3 we heard so much about in 2008 when it comes to the insanity in Afghanistan. The only other candidate that has opposed the continued "episode" in Afghanistan is Ron Paul, who is basically advocating an isolationist policy that is dangerous to America.
For those who are concerned about a foreign policy that protects American interests but at the same time values hard nosed common sense, consider the statements of former Homeland Security head, and Pennslyvania Governor Tom Ridge:
Ridge called the former Utah governor and ambassador to China "the only candidate with demonstrated success at the state, national and international levels." He said that Huntsman "has the unique ability to bring people together, to build consensus around the kind of ideas and the kind of change we need to affect to make America more secure, more prosperous, and more competitive.
"I'm certainly proud to join him .....and to publicly announce my strong support and endorsement of a man who I think would be a great president of the United States of America. A great country needs a great leader with a great vision and I think he's standing next to me." http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20107419-503544.html
It is time for us to get this thing right and the jimmy brannon blog appeals to the good common sense and independent streak of the people of New Hampshire and others to give Jon Huntsman and in the process, the United States, a good strong hand up.
President Obama has done a good job in handling America's role in the matter of Egypt, Libya, Syria and the Middle East generally......What has NOT been done by the Adminisitration to the extent that it should be is to emphasize the philosophical bases for the revolts in these countries. The people of Libya and Syria must be told, and the US. President is the one person who should do it, that the war they are fighting is not just about removing a dictator but rather is one that is based on principles of liberty and freedom that transcend generations, governments, religions and indeed are rights that belong to the citizens of those countries as human kind.
As Americans we have an obligation to speak out about freedom as the very first of the revolutionary democracies. It is true that a motivation is to win the hearts of the young people fighting on the streets in freedom, but it is also an obligation that is born from America's own beginnings.
Mr. President to the people of the Middle East perhaps we say:
"When we survey the wretched condition of man, under the monarchical and hereditary systems of Government, dragged from his home by one power, or driven by another, and impoverished by taxes more than by enemies, it becomes evident that those systems are bad, and that a general revolution in the principle and construction of Governments is necessary.
What is government more than the management of the affairs of a Nation? It is not, and from its nature cannot be, the property of any particular man or family, but of the whole community, at whose expense it is supported; and though by force and contrivance it has been usurped into an inheritance, the usurpation cannot alter the right of things. Sovereignty, as a matter of right, appertains to the Nation only, and not to any individual; and a Nation has at all times an inherent indefeasible right to abolish any form of Government it finds inconvenient, and to establish such as accords with its interest, disposition and happiness. The romantic and barbarous distinction of men into Kings and subjects, though it may suit the condition of courtiers, cannot that of citizens; and is exploded by the principle upon which Governments are now founded. Every citizen is a member of the Sovereignty, and, as such, can acknowledge no personal subjection; and his obedience can be only to the laws.
Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man, 1791
President Obama is reportedly poised to change American policy and call for the departure of Syrian President Assad on account of his treatment of dissenters over the past few weeks in Syria. The president has been thus far on the right side of this critical movement in the Middle East and can ill afford to lose this opportunity to support those in the region who support the quest for freedom.
It is a delicate balance and the President does not want to appear to be "driving" the issue too forcefully for fear it may backfire with the masses. The view of this blog, however, is that the President need only tell the truth and continue to reemphasise that the issue to America is not simply about politics but rather is truthful statement about the fundamental beliefs of America, which is the first of the revolutionary democracies. That our own quest for freedom was born in the same manner as those protesters on the streets of Egypt and Libya and now Syria.