December 28, 2012

Transparency from Louisville Metro Government? Not today.

Remember in July when I reported findings of the 'single audit' of Metro Louisville that were released last Christmas?: -->

For that story, mayor spokesperson Chris Poynter had told us the single audits were uploaded online where people could find them. This year, that is apparently not the case.  My first attempt at using an open records request to obtain the findings were not fulfilled, meaning I won't have anything for y'all on this until 2013. No one should have to do an open records request to get these findings.

Check out the email chain where Mayor Greg Fischer's administration is trying to stall, after the jump:

December 27, 2012

Kentucky's CAFR - 1136 pages of reasons 'Unbridled Spirit' is not a good slogan

Kentucky's CAFR is out, (that's the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2012), and it looks like we may have had better years. 

David Adams, who blogs at Kentucky Progress,  has already seized on his messaging and sent this out from
Kentucky Knows Best PAC:
"Kentucky state government quietly reported to bankers on Thursday that, despite record General Fund revenues in FY 2012, the $46 million budget surplus they crowed about to newspapers in July was actually swallowed up by an $870.6 million overspending of available revenues.

The new report, which will supposedly be released to the public next week, also shows an increase in bonded indebtedness of $267.6 million. The report lists retirement fund current assets and liabilities, but not the enormous future obligations or current underfunding."
Speaking of retirement funds, there's a lot of restating going on, from p 72 of 1136:

Louisville activists to Yarmuth: "Speak boldly against cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid'

From an email from Kay Tillow:

'On Wed., Dec. 26, 2012, more than a dozen in Louisville braved the windblown snow and rain to send a message to Congressman John Yarmuth urging him to speak boldly against any cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. 

The group gathered at the Federal Building at 6th and Chestnut and specifically urged opposition to the chained CPI which would slash Social Security every year so that in 10 years the average retiree would get $500 less per year and in 20 years $1000 less per year.

Please help us to get this message to others and to build this campaign to protect our precious programs that have done so much to lift so many out of poverty and to sustain human dignity. '

December 26, 2012

December 25, 2012

That time a US Senator from Kentucky called for invasion of Canada

On this very Christmas day, 202 years ago, Kentucky US Senator Henry Clay took to the Senate floor in defense of President James Madison's 1810 invasion, conquest and occupation of the Republic of West Florida. 

December 22, 2012

Occupy Louisville next meeting in 2013

Received this email from Occupy Louisville. I vote that, yes, Mitch McConnell is a suitable target for their next action. Dear Occupiers, Due to the holidays we will meet with our family and friends on Wed., Dec. 26 and Sat., Dec 29. We will gather again at the Occupy Headquarters 3208 Broadway at 7pm, Wed., Jan 2, 2013 At that meeting we will decide on our next protest. Should it be against Mitch McConnell on Gun Control? Please come and be part of our planning taking action to support the 99%. And may your holiday be blessed with light, love and laughter. Occupy Louisville We are the 99%! Web | Facebook | Tumblr 3208 West Broadway Louisville, KY

December 12, 2012

'Share the Love' with Subaru, LMAS, and Kentucky Humane Society

My friend Holly who is in D.C. sent me this link today, I don't know if it's because she thinks I should adopt a dog or if it's because it's a neat campaign, and I should share it. I'm going with the latter, because I'm still mourning Boomer. Anyway, from the Courier-Journal:
Some pet-friendly agencies and an auto company are teaming up to create off-site animal-adoption opportunities during the holidays.

December 7, 2012

Mitch McConnell visits Kentucky, aligns with extremist group (VIDEO)

12.8.12 2:15 pm UpdateBelow is the speech of Senator Mitch McConnell's speech from his speech Friday at Kentucky Farm Bureau's Annual Meeting.

Within the first two minutes, McConnell reveals how he agrees with the organization on everything, which might cause him a BIG PROBLEM for voters under 40, since the Kentucky Farm Bureau is invested in fighting against equality for gays and lesbians, and women's right to choice.

Kentucky's biggest industry, contrary to what Rand Paul says, is manufacturing and a lot of voters work at Ford and GE. Yet, McConnell is aligning with an organization focused on passing right-to-work legislation. It's like he wants to lose in 2014:

"A lot of groups come to town, this is the only one I tend agree on with absolutely everything."

From Louisville's Fairness Campaign:

Pippen, the Pomeranian

Meet Pippen. He's an affectionate, 2-year old Pomeranian in need of a forever home as his rescuer is selling home, and moving into apartment where she can't keep him. Pippen's was found on the streets of Lexington, so he may even be tolerable of UK fans. 
He's currently staying in the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville until he finds his forever home. If you have interest, want to meet Pippen, contact his rescuer's Realtor, Barbara Jones 502-544-5749. He's not been fixed, but I understand that's gonna happen next week. He's nothin' but a bundle of love.

December 6, 2012

James Comer at Kentucky Farm Bureau Convention

Kentucky Commissioner of Agricultural James Comer gave a speech today at Kentucky Farm Bureau's Annual Meeting:

I'm a fan of farming, and farmer (READ: NOT CAFO), and even pretty tolerable of James Comer. But I'm no fan of the Kentucky Farm Bureau. They've invested lots of money in oppressing gays and lesbians in Kentucky. Every time I see someone hanging out with them that acts cool with me in person, I'm just totally like WTF. WTF. WTF.

Rand Paul misrepresents Kentucky's biggest industry

"She hates our biggest industry, which is coal..." said Senator Rand Paul on a radio show Wednesday, in response to a question about Ashley Judd's potential candidacy for US Senate. (RawStory)

Well, this is awkward. Paul, as one of Kentucky's representatives to Washington, has asserted that coal is Kentucky's biggest industry. It's not. That would be manufacturing.

Let's see what Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes has to say about Kentucky's biggest industry. From the SOS Kid's webpage:
"Today manufacturing provides the largest single share of the state's earnings.
Kentucky ranks 3rd among U.S. states in the number of light vehicles produced with plants in Bowling Green, Georgetown, and Louisville. The Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Escape, Ford Expedition, Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks, Lincoln Navigator, Toyota Camry, Toyota Avalon, Toyota Camry Hybrid, and Toyota Venza are assembled in plants across Kentucky."
Poor Paul. He'd like to think he represents Kentucky, but this is one example of how he's really representing the coal industry. Also, Judd's from Kentucky. Paul's from Texas. He needs to back up on questioning her residency.

The gaff:

December 3, 2012

Bring 'Chasing Ice' documentary to Louisville

Want to see this movie in Louisville? Good. So do I.

Especially since it was announced Thursday that LG&E is investing $0 in wind and $0 in solar in Kentucky, but is spending $940 million to install scrubbers to Mill Creek. That kind of investment is LG&E's way of saying that they're on #TEAMCOAL, until it kills us all.

Here's a petition so we can bring the movie here. Sign it: