Is nothing safe in this economy? The traditional Derby Breakfast held on the quaint grounds of the Kentucky state capitol on the first Saturday in May is being scaled way back. No free breakfast. Breakfast goers will pay ala carte. And those big event tents that are put up around the state house won't be going up. Instead people will have to enjoy the ham biscuit they just paid for on a makeshift picnic table. Barbara Bailey and sometimes joke "No breakfast for you!" when our schedules get too tight to allow a break. This year is applies to derby goers. Oh by the way.... No train ride either. The whistlestop that used to take dignitaries from Frankfort to Louisville won't be in operation either. Those out of state visitors will be shuttled by "other" means. The savings to the state is about $200,000. It will help some with the $456 million budget shortfall. It was good while it lasted. I covered a few Derby breakfasts early in my career. It was quaint and distinctly Kentucky. Anyone can argue whether it was worth the annual investment.
On another matter... The man who defeated Kentuckian Mike Duncan for RNC chair is getting some tough publicity. Micheal Steele, who used to be Lt. governor of Maryland is getting hit with some rough comments on Politico.com and some other sites and radio shows. Steele is being criticized for calling radio icon Rush Limbaugh "an entertainer" and some of his show "ugly." Steele backed away from that and from comments that he could support primary challengers to the Republicans who voted for the economic stimulus package. A top Republican also expresses concern that Steele hasn't hired high level staffers at the RNC. Duncan was always seen as an able administrator and quiet force in the GOP. The timing for his re-election in January was very difficult after the Republican losses in November.