Wendell Ford Dinner Tonight

Every Democrat with a hundred bucks to throw away on bad food and expensive, watered-down alcohol will be on-hand for the annual Wendell Ford Dinner in Louisville this evening.

We’ll be there. Will you?

If so, introduce yourself to us during the reception or stop by our table to say hello. That’s the best way to make sure we don’t write about your ugly dress or inability to sing. Heck, it’s the best way to make sure we don’t photograph you while you’re drunk and groping your server from behind.

Also, someone will need to give us several free drink tickets. We’ll trade for the less than mean things we’ve said lately. (Dale– you reading this? FREE DRINK TICKETS. Need them.)

Should be a great night of drama, attitude, social rifts, drunken flirting and laughter. If you have gossip? Seek us out tonight. We’ll be all ears and smiling so long as you don’t spill cheap bourbon on our shoes or try to get your greasy fingers on our tie.

To recap, there are a few ways to curry favor with us: Free drink tickets, gossip, free drink tickets, just introduce yourself (especially if you’re an elected who routinely avoids us/someone we say mean things about) and (this is important) tell us how skinny we’re looking these days.

Louisvillians Everywhere Wrought w/Envy

Being a very powerful and important blogger has its perks.

Yesterday we asked where our FIVE 0 TWO t-shirt was. Today we received one of our very own:


But that’s not all we got… Since we’re way more cool than Rick, we also received an awesome Hunter S. Thompson poster by Bill Green.


Buy one for yourself here.

Eat your heart out, Joe Sonka!

The Page One/’Ville Voice offices are looking pretty cool these days.

Two Things

While Rick is busy having fun in New Orleans showing off his fancy t-shirt (where’s ours?!) we (the royal kind) have some serious complaining to do.

1: If WHAS11 says “mobile webcam” one more time someone will need to be choked. Who feels like being choked today? We can’t take it.

2: The damn train whistle in our neighborhood. We can’t deal. PLEASE fix it. Please, Tina, make it stop! 33 times a day. OH MY GOD. (Reminds us of this story in 2006– we knew it was a jinx. Thanks, Sean!)

See? Very important complaints.

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KDP Files Ethics Complaint Against Doug Hawkins

You read it right, kids.

Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Jennifer Moore filed a complaint with the do-nothing Louisville Metro Ethics Commission against Doug Hawkins (R-Sombrero Lover).

Hawkins, a current Metro Council member who is running for State Senate against Perry Clark, links to his senate campaign website on his metro council site, something the KDP alleges is a clear violation of the Louisville Metro Ethics Ordinance (it is).

From a KDP press release:

“This is a blatant abuse of power. Doug Hawkins is simply using his position as a Metro Council Member to support his State Senate campaign and that is in violation of the ethics code,” Moore said. “I am confident that, after reviewing our complaint, the Commission will agree.”

While we agree with Moore’s opinion, it’s a little silly to get so up in arms over Kentucky’s most well-known protector of our white women against Mexicans. The citizens of the 37th State Senate District already know Doug Hawkins is insane. Pointing it out to them is a waste of time.

Isn’t there a senate race to meddle in somewhere? Some money to raise? Votes to buy? Maybe some legitimate work to be done… like pointing out idiots like Frank Simon have seriously violated campaign finance law again and again? Never hear anything about the real wrongdoers. We want some real leadership. Not bickering over a website.

Jennifer, don’t you know? Doug will protect you!

WANTED: You, for Your Slave Labor

Haha so, funny story, we need to hire a creative and capable advertising executive to grow our media sales team.

Could that be you? Would you relish the opportunity to work with some very sexy and powerful bloggers and politico/media types?

We’re obviously a flourishing media operation with trillions of dedicated readers per day so it’ll be easy for you to sell a highly educated and web-savvy audience to advertisers.

We’ll offer a generous commissioned sales package to start with serious opportunity for growth. You’ll offer a great sense of humor (must be fluent in LOLcat) with real world ability to deliver the goods – AKA you’ll be able to force some old codgers who don’t have a clue how to spend ad dollars to spend their ad dollars on the internets and teevee.

Send your cover letter (yes, it’s required, don’t accidentally “forget” to include it), a resume that makes sense and 3-5 strong references to Jake. We promise not to tell your current employer that you’re job shopping.

On Mythical Ohio River Bridges and Such

Steve Magruder of Louisville History & Issues sent a letter to the Courier-Journal today in response to the paper’s editorial “Deciding who decides” – where the editorial board gives the appearance of ruminating on how the Ohio River Bridges Project will be financed.

Since the C-J is unlikely to publish anything critical of their stance, we’re publishing Steve’s letter in full.

Editorial board pretends its pet monstrosity is going forward

Re: “Deciding who decides” editorial…

Isn’t it quaint to see how the C-J editorial board acts as if this monstrosity of a bridges project is happily going forward, as if there’s no real local opposition to the current plan’s extreme girth and needless destructiveness, and the only question before us is where Kentucky’s share of $4.1 billion is going to come from?

The C-J editorial board needs to face reality: The Ohio River Bridges Project, as it currently stands, is dead. Accordingly, the idea of tolls is dead on arrival. The more the public inspects this bridges plan, the more people realize that most of it simply isn’t needed for enhancing regional transportation. So why pay a lot over the long term for development we don’t want or need? Wouldn’t that be, um, frivolous spending? I have a strong hunch that taxpayers are sick and tired of being treated as spendthrifts.

Read the rest after the jump…

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Yarmuth Announces $600K for Flood Prevention

Louisvillians (and those from Lively Shively) rejoice! The great floods won’t swallow up your home thanks to Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-03).

(Louisville, KY) Today at West County Wastewater Treatment Plant, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) announced that he had secured federal funding for three flood prevention projects in the Louisville area.

“Each downpour should not bring about fresh fears of flooding. Jefferson County families deserve to raise their families in sanitary conditions and should not have to constantly worry about overflow,” Congressman Yarmuth said. “This funding will help ensure that the residents of Shively, PRP, and other areas in the South and West Ends no longer face this regular and costly threat.”

Yarmuth’s three flood projects will include:

  • $96,432– Flood Damage Reduction Feasibility Study
  • $145,632–Mill Creek Flood Risk Feasibility Study
  • $492,200 – Shively Sewer System

In Louisville? Would Like Your Help

I (Jake) just had a nice little accident (I’m 100% fine) and need your help if you live in the Louisville area.

Anyone know who drives a cherry red Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet that would be parked directly in front of Porcini on Frankfort Avenue at roughly 2:00 P.M. on a Friday? The jackass recklessly peeled out of a parking spot and into the front of my Jeep only to speed away like an idiot.

I know it’s not Tim Coury, the owner of Porcini. No worries there. Can’t be many of these rides in Louisville, though. If anyone reading has a clue, please pass it my way. Someone owes me for missing an important meeting and for the repair of my hunk of junk Cherokee.

January Was Record Month for Visitors

It’s not often that we gloat or pat ourselves on the back (okay, at least publicly… cause you know our egos are giant in private situations). So it’s only appropriate that we do so on a slow news day.

Thanks to our advertisers who have included: Bluegrass Freedom Fund, Bryan S. Bush, Draft Horne, Cascade Broadcasting, Kentucky Democratic Party, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Louisville History & Issues, Louisville Originals, Sannie Overly, et al. They believed in us from the get-go and have stood by us. And the dollars they spent paid off heavily with hundreds of thousands of prolonged ad views.

More importantly, thank you to our readers. We had no idea it was possible to make the rebirth of The ‘Ville Voice a success in just seven short months. We did it with your help and remain forever grateful. Your readership, participation, tips, suggestions, assistance. It’s you, the everyday Kentuckian, who will change the face of the Bluegrass State for the better. We heart you for making this political scandal sheet possible.

Just wanted to take a moment to share some statistics to give you an idea of just how successful we have been. Who knew it was possible?

More after the jump…

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