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Bert and Ernie are a comedic duo of Muppets on the children's TV series 'Sesame Street'. You may have grown up watching these guys.

But is Kentucky the only state that has had both an Ernie and a Bert as governor? And they're from different political parties. Back in 1959, Kentucky elected Bert Combs (a Democrat) as governor. In 2003, the governorship was won by Ernie Fletcher (a Republican).

Kentucky is the Bluegrass State, but it might as well be the 'Sesame Street' State!
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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Bert and an Ernie as governor?
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2017, 03:42:00 PM »

Bert T. Combs died when he drove while intoxicated into floodwaters in Powell County. His widow, who still lives in Powell County, is one of the nicest ladies you could ever hope to meet. She's very down-to-earth, and you would never know that she was the widow of a governor nor that she has been a very influential judge in Kentucky. Plus, she's an animal lover. I was already acquainted with her and then my wife met her at the veterinarian's office. When Sara Combs found out that she was married to me, and that she was such a big critter lover, they hit it off immediately.


Ernie Fletcher is the only governor whom I have personally known. He is a great guy.
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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Bert and an Ernie as governor?
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2017, 02:06:00 PM »

Bert and Ernie are a comedic duo of Muppets on the children's TV series 'Sesame Street'. You may have grown up watching these guys.

But is Kentucky the only state that has had both an Ernie and a Bert as governor? And they're from different political parties. Back in 1959, Kentucky elected Bert Combs (a Democrat) as governor. In 2003, the governorship was won by Ernie Fletcher (a Republican).

Kentucky is the Bluegrass State, but it might as well be the 'Sesame Street' State!
Then why do you live there?
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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Bert and an Ernie as governor?
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2017, 05:32:15 PM »

Bert and Ernie are a comedic duo of Muppets on the children's TV series 'Sesame Street'. You may have grown up watching these guys.

But is Kentucky the only state that has had both an Ernie and a Bert as governor? And they're from different political parties. Back in 1959, Kentucky elected Bert Combs (a Democrat) as governor. In 2003, the governorship was won by Ernie Fletcher (a Republican).

Kentucky is the Bluegrass State, but it might as well be the 'Sesame Street' State!
Then why do you live there?

Because 'Sesame Street' is cool.
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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Bert and an Ernie as governor?
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2018, 10:41:32 PM »

In Wisconsin back in the 90's we had a head of the Department of Instruction named Burt Grover. We are the only state that elects that position as all other are appointed by the Governor.
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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Bert and an Ernie as governor?
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2018, 09:21:17 AM »

In Wisconsin back in the 90's we had a head of the Department of Instruction named Burt Grover. We are the only state that elects that position as all other are appointed by the Governor.

Indiana elects a Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Sounds like pretty much the same position.
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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Bert and an Ernie as governor?
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2018, 09:59:16 AM »

Texas has had a Ma Ferguson and a Pa Ferguson as governor.

Also has had governors with Coke as a first name (Coke R. Stevenson) and last name (Richard Coke). In their honor, every soft drink in Texas is called a Coke.
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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Bert and an Ernie as governor?
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2018, 04:14:53 PM »

In Wisconsin back in the 90's we had a head of the Department of Instruction named Burt Grover. We are the only state that elects that position as all other are appointed by the Governor.

Kentucky used to elect its superintendent of public instruction until the position was abolished after the 1990 state education reform act. The education commissioner is selected by the state board of education, whose members are appointed by the governor, but the commissioner him- or herself is selected independent of politics.
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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Bert and an Ernie as governor?
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2018, 04:29:52 PM »

While Massachusetts never had that duo, we did have an 'Increase' as an early governor. That name is likely quite extinct.
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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Bert and an Ernie as governor?
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2018, 09:05:40 AM »

I saw an image of a ballot from Florida once in which Ron Howard and Charles Bronson were running for office.

Can't find it, sadly.
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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Bert and an Ernie as governor?
« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2018, 09:57:09 AM »

There was some town in Mississippi where a guy named Rick James ran for City Council. After he put a bunch of his campaign signs in his front yard, people kept driving past his house and yelling, "Super freak! Super freak!"
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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Bert and an Ernie as governor?
« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2018, 10:33:04 AM »

Jeff Johnson just won the Republican gubernatorial primary in Minnesota. I wonder whether he gets jokes about “the name you know” (Eddie Murphy in The Distinguished Gentleman).


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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Bert and an Ernie as governor?
« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2018, 11:07:53 AM »

There was some town in Mississippi where a guy named Rick James ran for City Council. After he put a bunch of his campaign signs in his front yard, people kept driving past his house and yelling, "Super freak! Super freak!"
Well, that’s certainly less rude than yelling “I’m Rick James, bitch!”
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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Bert and an Ernie as governor?
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2018, 05:31:41 PM »

The name of my local state senator (ie to the Virginia senate, not the US one) is Steve Martin.
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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Bert and an Ernie as governor?
« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2018, 06:04:05 PM »

Texas has had a Ma Ferguson and a Pa Ferguson as....

Too bad their last names weren't "Kettle". (Google if confused)
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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Bert and an Ernie as governor?
« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2018, 06:27:37 PM »

Texas has had a Ma Ferguson and a Pa Ferguson as....

Too bad their last names weren't "Kettle". (Google if confused)
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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Bert and an Ernie as governor?
« Reply #16 on: August 15, 2018, 07:25:24 PM »

There was a senator from Illinois named Paul Simon
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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Bert and an Ernie as governor?
« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2018, 08:53:44 PM »

There was a senator from Illinois named Paul Simon

I called him Al.
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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Bert and an Ernie as governor?
« Reply #18 on: August 15, 2018, 09:41:43 PM »

There was a senator from Illinois named Paul Simon

I called him Al.

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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Blas and an Epi as governor?
« Reply #20 on: August 16, 2018, 04:51:56 AM »

Bert and Ernie are a comedic duo of Muppets on the children's TV series 'Sesame Street'. You may have grown up watching these guys.

But is Kentucky the only state that has had both an Ernie and a Bert as governor? And they're from different political parties. Back in 1959, Kentucky elected Bert Combs (a Democrat) as governor. In 2003, the governorship was won by Ernie Fletcher (a Republican).

Kentucky is the Bluegrass State, but it might as well be the 'Sesame Street' State!

They are known as Epi and Blas to me, and up to date Kentucky has not had any governors with these names. So the thread title is wrong for me :sombrero:.
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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Bert and an Ernie as governor?
« Reply #21 on: August 16, 2018, 08:49:05 AM »

There was a senator from Illinois named Paul Simon

I called him Al.

...he needs a photo opportunity.
... he needs a shot at redemption, and I'm sure he doesn't want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard.
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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Bert and an Ernie as governor?
« Reply #22 on: August 16, 2018, 09:17:45 AM »

I don’t find this stuff amusing any more.
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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Bert and an Ernie as governor?
« Reply #23 on: August 17, 2018, 02:24:21 AM »

Never thought of it before this thread, but........if CA would have elected Tom Bradley (erstwhile mayor of L.A. in the 70's & '80's; the International Terminal at LAX is named after him) governor (he seemed to run every 4 years during the time he was mayor), we would have had both a Tom & Jerry as governors.  Trivial but quasi-amusing!
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Re: Kentucky the only state with both a Bert and an Ernie as governor?
« Reply #24 on: August 20, 2018, 08:02:42 PM »

New York has never had either, but it has had a Grover (Grover Cleveland).

Now, what states can contribute Oscar or Elmo?

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