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Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Politics of Mean--Republicans and Tea Party PSC Candidate Kathy Peterson Ridicule Democrat Lucy Baxley

"I don't think she's in a position health-wise to do what is in the best interest of the people of Alabama."--Kathy Peterson wife of failed Alabama Ag Commissioner candidate Dale Peterson

Who knew that the Koch Tea Party Llama lady would assign herself to be as qualified as a neurosurgeon to make a diagnosis on the health of PSC member and stroke victim Lucy Baxley? Mrs. Peterson wants the voting public to believe that her opinion outweighs the professional medical opinion of Baxley's doctors, including neurologists, who are always at the forefront of stroke victims medical needs and post injury care.

Peterson has kicked off her campaign from way down in the gutter of mean politics.

Kathy Peterson wants Baxley's seat so she can get the "EPA gorilla off our backs" and "help the utilities be successful."  Maybe Mrs. Peterson hasn't noticed the immense profit machine that is Alabama Power (APCO) and what those profits pay for, then again maybe she has, and the lure of loads of campaign cash is too good to resist cheer-leading for:
The cost of influence is high. And nobody buys it like Alabama Power Co.
Alabama Power spends almost $20 million a year to sway public or political opinion, federal documents show.
The purpose of the Alabama PSC is to "ensure a regulatory balance between regulated companies and consumers in order to provide consumers with safe, adequate and reliable services at rates that are equitable and economical." If anyone is confused in this equation it's not the 74 year-old Baxley as Peterson suggests, it's the younger and more corporate friendly challenger herself.
Lucy Baxley
 Peterson's assessment of the wheelchair-bound Mrs. Baxley is mean-spirited and totally uncalled for. Debate Baxley on the issues and leave the personal attacks about her health and physical status out of the discussion. We'll offer you a word of caution on that just because we're feeling momentarily charitable Mrs. Peterson--you may want to get your talking points from somewhere other than what Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh tried this past January.

Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, always delighted to serve her corporate masters before the citizens of Alabama, is joining Peterson's mean girl gang, and taking her turn at a Baxley beating that's couched in a more politically correct statement than Peterson's acerbic remark:
Public Service Commission member Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, a Republican who narrowly lost the 2008 race to Baxley, is considering running for president but hasn't made a decision.
"It is good to hear that Commissioner Baxley feels her health would allow her to serve another term on the Public Service Commission. But, as the only remaining Democrat elected statewide in Alabama, I'm sure she will face strong opposition and a vigorous campaign," the 45-year-old commissioner said Tuesday. 
Note how she says "it's good to hear that Commissioner Baxley feels her health would allow her to serve another term..." like that truly is good news to Alabama Power's favorite twinkling twit, who gets her talking points from APCO power point presentations, and then takes to the editorial pages to strike fear into the hearts of Alabama ratepayers (and voters!) Cavanaugh ran a nasty campaign against Baxley in 2008 and we don't believe for a minute that she's harboring anything good towards Baxley unless it's good riddance.

The Twinker Cavanaugh
Judging from the early positions of Cavanaugh and Peterson, we believe it's safe to presume that these two compassionate Christian women haven't been paying enough attention to their ever-ready bibles. Their Christ is a corporate deity who does not subscribe to the gentility of decorum towards the disadvantaged. It's disgusting to watch personal, hate-filled partisan politics enter into the arena for this PSC position, especially from women.

Mrs. Baxley has different political views from the republicans admittedly, and that makes her fair game for a contentious campaign--but to stoop so low as to question her health for the race in the public eye is beyond the pale.

Baxley's doctors have cleared her for campaigning and her disability in physical strength has no bearing on her mental facilities to continue in her position at the PSC:
The 74-year-old Baxley, who uses a wheelchair because of a stroke in 2006, said her doctors have told her that she is healthy enough to run a statewide race and serve four more years:
"The doctors told me it didn't affect my heart and brain. You use your heart and brain to serve the public," she said. 
We suspect that the two mean girls are attempting to portray Baxley as a weak, dottering old woman unable to do anything for the people of Alabama other than drool out a few statements here and there. 

State GOP head Bill Armistead hasn't put his hoof in his mouth yet but he's signaling the fight for Baxley's seat is going to be an all out war:
State Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead said the ALGOP is making Baxley's defeat a priority, and the normally low-profile race for the utility regulatory board should become one of the premier races in Alabama in 2012.
"We will run a vigorous campaign to make Alabama redder than it's ever been," Armistead said. 
Kathy's husband, Dale Peterson, is on the bought and paid for Koch candidate Herman Cain train with gusto making the Peterson's the latest addition to the Koch family values. They're the antithesis of the qualities the Tea Party claims as part of their core values: honesty, integrity and sincerity just to name a few:
Bloomberg.com--For six decades around the world, Koch Industries has blazed a path to riches -- in part, by making illicit payments to win contracts, trading with a terrorist state, fixing prices, neglecting safety and ignoring environmental regulations. At the same time, Charles and David Koch have promoted a form of government that interferes less with company actions. 
That form of government roots itself in the Tea Party, the political platform (with a lot of Shelby County republican mixed in) of PSC candidate Kathy Peterson. In the state of Alabama, the Tea Party and republicans are closely aligned, despite most TP'ers claiming disappointment with the republican party.  It seems they do agree on one thing in the race for the Alabama PSC seat currently held by Baxley: come out swinging, hit below the belt and don't be afraid to get mean for the team.

Take a look at the following video and imagine the kind of world Kathy Peterson, the Tea Party and most republicans are campaigning for. It's the world according to Koch, but at least there will jobs right?

So Say We The Opinion Board Of The Vincent Alabama Confidential

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  1. Cat fight!
    What a pair of angry bit*@es they are, geez.
    That's what happens when you go the church of money and influence and turn your back on humanness.

  2. Southern and Sick of ItOctober 27, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    The EPA reference to a gorilla? What the heck? Where is she coming up with this? If the EPA is a gorilla, it's one that is toothless and withered. Talk about drooling, weak, dottering and nothing for the people of Alabama, not only the EPA,also this Twinkie "Mean Girl" Cavanaugh.

    Makes me sick.

  3. Annette in AlabamaOctober 27, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Ms. Peterson's idea of helping the utilities to be successful...man. Where did the GOP find this one? That woman thinks the job of the PSC is to help the utilities.


    The GOP in all it's redness today is the right color. Their faces should be.

  4. Here's some straight talk - nasty people like these two ladies are basically empty headed, cold hearted, political parts of the machine. Most likely thinking they are hot or perhaps more important than they will ever be.

    If the GOP needs to get some ladies in the game, couldn't they at least find some with brains?

  5. Kathy Peterson is not qualified for this seat. After this display of arrogance I hope it backfires on her in a big way.
    Lucy Baxley has more ability in her little finger than KB.
    As for Twinkle one has to wonder if that cross around her hateful neck burns when she puts it on.

  6. Political parties are special interest groups, both by definition and in the eyes of our founding fathers. Interest groups allege that their policies are in the public interest in order to foster support. They may even believe this to be true; certainly our political parties think they exist for the public interest. Yet interest groups are not products of communities and cannot rely on the bonding of people and place that perpetuates natural social groups. They must attract and retain members through their beliefs, their special interests. These special interests must then remain fixed, become dogma, or they would lose their members, precisely because of the absence of natural social bonds.

    Our founding fathers did not like political parties, wanted to spare us the fate of having political parties, would turn up their nose at interest groups in general, even if they had “Tea Party” in their name.

  7. Three strikes for Ms. Cavanaugh: 1) mean-spirited, 2) ignorant of environmental problems, and 3) bought-and-paid for by AL Power.

    She's out, the way I see it.

  8. Lucy Baxley's public record speaks for itself. Those women know it as well as the people in this state.

    So being the low down dirty women they are, they decided to do the tacky and classless attack on the wonderful and nice Lucy Baxley, who is a class act.

    Everyone in this state knows Lucy Baxley served the people very well, has had no scandals and ran good campaigns. Lucy Baxley has been a classy lady and the people of Alabama know that, and now thanks to Cavanaugh and Peterson, the people of Alabama know those two are not.

  9. Girls Gone Wild, nah, Girls Gone Angry. Perhaps Girls Gone Mad (in the head), or just Girls Gone.

    This is most revealing.

  10. Horrifying that anyone running for public office would pull this kind of fraud over on the people.
    The Tea Party is a tool of the Koch's and despite overwhelming evidence that the Koch's are using them for their own ends they stubbornly cling to the message; down with EPA--jobs, jobs, jobs!--corporate America is a person too--we must give big business more freedoms...etc. etc.
    How damn stupid can you people be?

  11. Dear Herman Cain,

    Over the course of the last couple of weeks, you have openly made some rather stunning and derogatory statements about African Americans and their views as far as politics are concerned. Your lack of understanding, and your heightened levels of ignorance in regards to the issues plaguing folks who live in the same brown skin that you do, are so far beyond the pail, it is hard for me to even begin to prioritize all of the vial and disgusting things that you have said, but I can not allow you to continue to carry on in the manner in which you have, without putting you in your place.

    First off, I am not sure what you see when you look at yourself in the mirror, but apparently you must have had the Koch brothers use some of the billions of dollars that they have made off of the backs of ordinary working people to purchase the talking mirror that belonged to Snow White’s step-mother and trained it to tell you that you are “The Whitest of Them All.” If that is the case, let me be the first one to tell you that not only are you not the “Whitest of Them All”, you are BLACK, or a Negro, or an African American and I don’t care how many dollars that the Koch brothers spend, nothing will ever be able to change the fact that you sir were born in brown shin, and that your hair is nappy.

    Want some more of Sensible Sue's letter to Cain?


  12. Yeppers, get rid of the EPA and create those jobs Kathy, gravediggers need work too.

  13. Is it safe to say Kochabama yet? Looks like a Koch..talks like a Koch..you know the rest.

  14. Twinkie is an idiot on parade.

  15. Well whaddya expect from the we hate old people crowd? I swear the next time I speak to anyone who identifies themselves as a TP patriot or compassionate con--servative I'm gonna punch 'em right in the mouth!

  16. Steps Up to the PlateOctober 27, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    This youtube is very interesting. In 2008,unemployment in Alabama was NOT one of the lowest rates in the nation.

    And this 'beat Russia' speel is ludicrous.

    Transparency? It is transparent she is a loon.

    Wooooo Mike Huckabee endorsed her.

  17. i'myourhuckleberryOctober 28, 2011 at 7:28 AM

    "Here's some money for your campaign and cause," says corporation____. "Now, you go on out there and vilify the EPA and make sure you talk about the jobs and rates rising so the dumb masses will get on board, got it?"
    "Me and Charles have our eye on a new jet and we need a little spending money freed up. Okay, so we've had some problems at a few of our companies, but you know (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) that community is just poor black people and they vote for those socialistic liberals anyway. Who cares what happens to them really? It's about our bottom line and if we have less money you, politician____ will have less campaign money to play with."

  18. Cain's "whirlwind tour of Alabama" is about one thing before all others: his book. Translation: his own personal enrichment and ego stroking.

    "Mr. Cain has hardly shown up in New Hampshire and Iowa, they said, spending the bulk of his time on a book tour through the South. He occasionally mishandled potential big donors or ignored real voters. His campaign churned through the small staff; last week, his campaign announced the appointment of the veteran campaigner Steve Grubbs, his third Iowa leader in four months."
    NYT "As Cain Promotes His Management Skills, Ex-Aides Tell of a Campaign in Chaos"


    Dale Peterson, Alabama teanuts and right wing radio to the rescue on the southern front. What crap.

  19. My turn huck;

    Cavanaugh decoded

    What she says--“A big issue at the Public Service Commission is the ethics,” Cavanaugh said, referencing fair hearings for the people of Alabama. “Even if there is a perception that the people of Alabama are not going to get a fair hearing, then that’s wrong.”

    What she really means-You people that complain about us are just imagining things.

    What she says--“I always use the example that if you were going to court and you found out that the jury was taken out to dinner or the lawyer on the opposing side had bought them football tickets, do you really think the jury would render a fair decision?” Cavanaugh said. “I would say probably not. That wouldn’t be fair. It’s the same with the Public Service Commission. We needed to take all those incentives off the table so that commissioners can truly look at both sides of an argument and give a fair ruling for the people of Alabama. Cavanaugh said she and her fellow commissioners aim to “do the business” of the people of Alabama and strive for transparency."

    What she means--We're making it look like Alabama Power and Alagasco aren't telling us what to but those utility power point presentations are really good. So good I just have to tell all of Alabama about it. They're so dumb they'll never figure out the PAC maze and where we really get our money from during elections.

    What she says--“One of the things that I think is so important for the people to know is, let’s say we regulate coal to the point where we outlaw it,” Cavanaugh said. “Well, we’re just going to send our coal to places like South America, China and India. China and India are buying our coal, so they’re going to use it. We all share the same environment, so why do we want to price ourselves out of being able to recruit industry into the state of Alabama?”

    What she means--Gary Neal Drummond will really get upset with me if I don't say this. I shut my eyes to the rampant pollution in China, it's all the same from my beautiful front porch.

    What she says--"Cavanaugh said the Public Service Commission did not have a “direct role” in staving off EPA’s influence on energy. “The only way you can limit EPA’s input is to have Congress take their funding away,” Cavanaugh said. “I hope that will happen, because I think they have become very reckless right now and it will really drive up our prices here in Alabama. However, at the Public Service Commission, I believe it is our duty to explain to the public and to be able to be a loud voice in Washington as to how detrimental this would be to the Southeast, especially to Alabama.”
    Cavanaugh said that families in Alabama are unable to afford higher utility costs right now and that, when it comes to power, Alabamians need lower costs and not higher costs."

    What she means--Rules are for losers and we don't want the power company to lose. So what if they spend billions on lobbyists, lawyers and invitation only fancy events for us Alabammy politicians? I'm really a mess if I don't get my quiche on a regular basis and that might affect my job as their, oppsy, don't print that 'kay (giggling)? What I meant was the people's servant.

  20. Annette in AlabamaOctober 28, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Kudos Miss Kitty.

  21. I second that. Great insight with the article and the commenters are the frosting on the cake.
    You're doing really good stuff lately Max & team.

  22. Why corporate America and the fabulously wealthy CEOs don't need anymore handouts, "help being successful" and taxpayer-funded breaks.

    Figures from the Congressional Budget Office


  23. Usually candidates are well into the campaign before they go negative. Kathy Peterson reveals a lot about her demeanor by firing off from the get go. Her attack is reprehensible and a low blow to Lucy Baxley. Thanks for the heads up on this Max.


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