January 30, 2013

Farmington's deal with Sullivan University under scrutiny

(1/31/12 3pm Updates: As more info came out which seems relevant to how the proposal came to be, an update was posted to Insider this morning: Also, an Historic Homes Foundation, Inc. board member has reached out to me and I'm hoping they'll be able to provide a statement by Friday/Saturday.)

Whose scrutiny? Mine, for one. But I received no less than a dozen phone calls and emails from people in the last couple hours who were startled to discover some of the things that were published in my story today on Insider Louisville:

Sullivan University moving forward with plan to use five acres at Farmington for parking lot

I like to give LC readers the deeper story, but it looks like there's so much that's come together in the last couple hours, I'll be doing a follow-up post on Insider before the weekend. I will share here some captioned graphics that Insider didn't use for you nerds though:

January 25, 2013

It's rope that makes Compassion City safe

This pole is starting to bother me. Not sure if it's a telephone pole, an electric pole, a cable tv pole, there's probably a line on there holding up the vollyball net across the street. Someone has to be responsible for this? 

Tag: Louisville Gas and Electric, Insight Cable, ATT, Bellsouth, Public Works, anyone who is responsible for fixing this

Sexualizing children. Louisville hosts Porcelain Dolls National Beauty Pageant

The father of JonBenet Ramsey, the 6-year-old beauty queen who was killed in 1996, now says child pageants are bad for young girls.(Good Morning, America)
This weekend is the Porcelain Dolls National Beauty Pageant, and it's being held in Louisville, Kentucky at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport.

Me and a friend were at the hotel for a reception and walked down the wrong hall and BAM! Little girls dressed women.   

There were signs on all the doors to the ballroom that strictly prohibited photography or recording of video, or entrance by those not registered for the pageant.

The have a Facebook page. 
And a website, The entry fee is $995.

The Louisville event, it's the National Pageant. There are "annual GLITZ state pageants" also in somewhere in the Carolina's, Ohio, Florida and Texas.

Greg Fischer, Wendell Berry, James Comer- Oh my!

Received in email from Wendell Berry fan:

Around the Table: A Plan for Louisville’s Local Food Economy presented by Seed Capital KY

Louisville Main Library
Saturday, February 16, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Check-In begins at 9 a.m.

Please join us for Seed Capital KY's annual local food event!

This event will feature a series of “kitchen table” discussions focused on key issues related to developing a thriving local food economy.  Learn the results of a Seed Capital KY study that identifies large unmet demand for local food in Louisville from nationally renowned local food consultant, Karen Karp of Karp Resources. 

Former Republican State Legislator & County Party Chairman Joins the Louisville/Jefferson County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee

From press release:

Former Republican State Legislator and County Party Chairman Joins the Louisville/Jefferson County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee.

Louisville, KY- Yesterday, January 23, 13, the members of the Louisville/Jefferson County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee voted to elect former State Senator Lindy Casebier to fill the un-expired term of former 34th Legislative District Vice Chairman Shawn Reilly.

Casebier served as a Republican in both chambers of the General Assembly from 1987-2005. He and his mother the late Frieda Casebier were long time Republican leaders and Casebier served as Jefferson County Republican Party chairman for several years during the 1990’s. He officially became a Democrat in 2008 and is currently serving in Governor Beshear’s administration as the Deputy Secretary of Tourism Arts and Heritage Cabinet.  Since switching parties he has actively supported Democratic candidates.

January 24, 2013

Occupy Louisville protested Mitch McConnell Thursday

Occupy Louisville and the Justice Resource Center sponsored a march on the downtown Louisville office of Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell Thursday, January 24, 2012. Here's a little video from that.

January 19, 2013

"Pro-God, Pro-Gun, Anti-Obama"

From Joe Sonka's twitter. Looks like the Gun Appreciation Day folks are having trouble focusing on their message.

January 17, 2013

A Louisville victory: Cavalier saved

Cavalier building, 2551 W. Market St.
The Cavalier stands another day...

Yesterday we put up a plea from Neighborhood Planning and Preservation (NPP) to save the Cavalier Building on the corner of W. Market St and 26th St.

We learned last night the the Landmarks Commission made the decision to landmark the building, and at least for the day, the building is saved.

Received the celebratory email from NPP's president Martina Kunnecke:

January 16, 2013

Action! Email Metro's Historic Preservation Officer to save Cavalier!

Cavalier, located at 2551 W. Market Street
Time to save the Cavalier. As a corner building, this one is especially important- corner buildings really define our communities.

 Got this email today from Neighborhood Planning and Preservation, Inc:
Dear Friends and neighbors,

Tonight at 6 pm, the Landmarks Commission will hear the first landmark case that has progressed from beginning to end under the new Landmark's ordinance.  The Portland neighborhood and its association, PORTLAND NOW, is attempting to landmark the historic and still very viable Cavalier Building.   ( n.b.: A copy of the staff report describing the historic and architectural details of the building is attached).  
This structure is a corner store which has held a family or local business for 137 years.  It is also a remnant of Portland's prosperous commercial past.

January 15, 2013

Kentucky Hemp Commission members disclosed

I was recently in need of the names of the members of the Kentucky Hemp Commission and could not find them on the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's website. I figured if I couldn't, you might not have been able to either so I emailed for them and here they are:
Hon.      Richard Henderson         Speaker's designee
Hon.      John Schickel                     President's designee                    
Hon.      Paul Hornback                   Senate Ag Chair                              
Hon.      Tom McKee                        House Ag Chair
Hon.      James Comer                     Commissioner of Agriculture
Major    Anthony Terry                   State Police
Mr.         Biff Baker                            GOAP designee
Dean     M. Scott Smith                 UK College of Agriculture
Mr.         David Hadland                   Hemp Grower's Co-op
Sheriff  Steve Sparrow                  Sheriff's Assc.
Mr          Dan Smoot                          KY Assc. Of Chiefs of Police (proxy)
Mr.         John Riley                            Senate Appointment
Mr.         Craig Lee                              Senate Appointment
Ms.        Katie Moyer                       House Appointment
Mr.         Brian Furnish                      House Appointment
Ms.        Deborah Hill                       House Appointment
Mr.         Jim Higdon                          Commission Appointment
Mr.         Rob Moseley                     Commission Appointment
Mr.         Jonathan Miller                 Commission Appointment
Mr.         Mark Metcalf                     Commission Appointment
Speaking of Ag- tonight is Matthew Dominguez's presentation to Louisville's Sierra Club. Dominguez is with Humane Society of the United States Farm Animal Protection Program. (Insider: Dominguez...) I'll be there.

Courier-Journal disrespectful to pedestrian struck by car

"Use Caution- This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths."
This sad news from Friday was reported on the Courier-Journal website in only 88 words, so I'll copy paste it the whole damn thing and if they want to sue me, so be it:

Pedestrian killed on Bardstown Road in Buechel

7:11 PM, Jan 13, 2013 | Written by The Courier-Journal 
A 67-year-old pedestrian was killed Friday when he was struck by a northbound car on Bardstown Road while he tried to cross the street outside a crosswalk, according to the Jefferson County coroner’s office
Deputy Coroner Jim Wesley identified the man as George Tunstall III, of Chichester Avenue in the Highlands.
Wesley said Tunstall was trying to cross Bardstown Road just south of Fegenbush Lane when the accident occurred at 6:30 p.m. Friday. He was taken to University Hospital, where he died at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Wesley said.
What's wrong with this picture? We have a victim, George Tunstall III, who was killed when he was stuck by a car

January 12, 2013

Must-see news for Saturday

1)  Insider Louisville | Matthew Dominguez, Humane Society present ‘Moving the Ball Forward for Farm Animals’ Jan. 15 at the Clifton Center

I've met Dominquez and he's a smart fella. Don't miss this.

2)  WAVE3 - Bill would reimburse bridge tolls to low income workers
From Dan Borsh, founder of Say No To Bridge Tolls:
"Thank you Reps. Wayne, Meeks, Butler, Jenkins, Marzian, Owens, & Riner for your work on behalf of regular folks and not the highway industrial complex. Call your representatives and ask them to co-sponsor this bill, 1-800-372-7181."

January 11, 2013

Gun advocates jump shark, embarrass Kentucky

This meme already has 375 shares on Facebook after an hour. Ironic it's missing a word I thought, since you know, it's about following the Constitution verbatim.
My Tea Party friend, David Adams, is giving some press in his blog to Jackson County, Kentucky Sheriff Denny Peyman for making a declaration against, well, here's his entry...

January 9, 2013

Fleming has no moral authority to complain about 'total tax burden'

First, Councilman Ken Fleming is wrong. Very wrong. So wrong, he should just go find a cardboard box somewhere, write wrong on it with a big black sharpee. Crawl into it and have someone seal it up with tape.

What has Fleming done? He has challenged Mayor Greg Fischer's 'LIFT'- (local option sales tax)- proposal by citing some DC study that compares 'total tax burdens' of families. Oh no he dint.

(Good reporting by C-J's Chris Otts

The state's income tax rates punish poor and middle class families while taking care of families that earn bank- it's not right. But that's the state's fault, not the mayor's.

I didn't see Councilman Ken Fleming standing up at the Blue Ribbon Commission last summer to request something be done about Kentucky unjust regressive tax rates? Does Fleming have the moral authority to oppose Fischer for the 'total tax burden' if Fleming was silent when there was a Commission to address that very topic? ARGH!

January 8, 2013

Chris Tobe covered in Forbes

I didn't write this but I think Chris Tobe is awesome, so read:

Legal limbo: Attorney uses Forbes post on whistleblower Chris Tobe to turn up heat on SEC

The Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald Leader have really done a disservice to Kentucky by not reporting on the KRS placement agent scandal, and when the SEC findings are released, I predict that will be even more embarrassing for them. 

Think about it- Page One, cn|2, Insider Louisville, Forbes, and hell, even me have reported on it and they still haven't touched it. 

January 5, 2013

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Motorcade/Rally planned for Jan 21

January 21, 2013 will be President Barack Obama's inauguration for his second term, but it's also Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday.  

In Louisville, King will be remembered with a motorcade and rally that is scheduled to 'Line up 10 am-Move out 11 am' from the McDonald's parking lot at S. 28th and W. Broadway, according to this flyer attached to a W. Broadway telephone pole.

January 2, 2013

'Fiscal Fiscal cliff deal is a disaster'- Louisville Tea Party

McConnell's logo throws Kentucky off cliff.

A lot of people from about every political persuasion agree on one thing today- Mitch McConnell's not winning in the leadership department.

Below (after the jump) is a fundraising email sent out today from the Louisville Tea Party: