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Entries from June 2009

Yates Launching Campaign to Unseat Hawkins

June 30th, 2009 · 22 Comments

David Yates has the ideal pedigree to knock off Doug Hawkins in the 2010 Metro Council race in District 25. Yates’ grandfather, James B. Yates Sr., served 22 years in the Kentucky General Assembly, often taking his grandson with him to campaign stops, government meetings and trips to Frankfort. The younger Yates, 29, is an [...]

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Tags: Dixie Highway · Doug Hawkins · Election · Metro Council · South End

Anti-Jerry Movement Taking Hold

June 30th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Today the local Republican Party came out with some bold statements criticizing Mayor Jerry Abramson. Brad Cummings, the local GOP chair, for the first time, listed the Mayor’s sins in a lengthy document, which you can see here. Ultimately, the Republicans are encouraging the Mayor not to run for another term. Last week, amid speculation [...]

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Tags: Bad Behavior · Doug Hawkins · Housing · Jerry Abramson · Library · Metro Council · Metro Government · Politics · Possibility City · Republican Party · Steve Beshear · Zoning

Litter vs. Speech Will Go to Court

June 30th, 2009 · 10 Comments

It didn’t take long for the Courier-Journal to file suit against the city over the Metro Council’s new anti-littering ordinance. The Council approved the ordinance this month, which doesn’t outlaw the distribution of C-J advertising supplements, but requires that they be delivered to porches instead of thrown on driveways and streets. A similar ordinance was [...]

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Tags: Courier-Journal · Legal

Nice Weather, Not Nice News

June 30th, 2009 · 9 Comments

Enjoy this stretch of good weather, but check with us for all the news. Everybody Loves Shelly: Not really, but the School Board gave a really positive review of Sheldon Berman’s performance as JCPS superintendant, no doubt impressed by the 35-page self-assessment he provided yesterday. The teachers’ union criticized the glowing evaluation. [Courier] Bad Guy [...]

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Tags: Health Care · Horse Industry · JCPS · Lexington · Race · Reporters · Technology · TV · WHAS

Reporting on a Slow News Day

June 29th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Is It Required that Every Business Association Abuse Its Members’ Finances?: The latest Lexington Herald-Leader investigation turns up abuse of privileges by execs at the Kentucky Association of Counties. Travel and entertainment bill for five people in two years — $600K. When is somebody going to clean house? [H-L] Horne On Board for Jack: Andrew [...]

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Tags: Bad Behavior · Death · Democrats · Health Care · Jack Conway · LG&E · Politics · Reporters · Taxes · University of Louisville

Bluegrass Treasures & Horse Farms Give-Away

June 29th, 2009 · Comments Off

We recently gave away copies of The Complete Guide to Kentucky State Parks because we love our magnificent state parks system. And now, thanks to Sunshine Publications, we’ve pleased to give away two copies (each) of Horse Farms and Horse Tales of the Bluegrass and Bluegrass Treasures: A Guide to Extraordinary Lodging, Dining & Entertainment. [...]

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Tags: Books · Contests · Dining · Golf · Horse Industry · Travel

Berman’s Case is a Long One

June 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

When the Board of Education considers Sheldon Berman’s accomplishments this afternoon, they’ll have digested quite a case being made by the Superintendent. In preparing for today’s meeting, Berman put together a comprehensive document listing four goals with multiple strategies for achieving each one. In his intro to the Board, Berman’s “Progress Report on 2008-09 Comprehensive [...]

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Tags: Education · JCPS

Tough Here, But Look at Lexington Media

June 29th, 2009 · Comments Off

No one knows whether the layoffs in local media are over with, but the economy is continuing to hit personnel hard in Lexington. There’s no official word, but rumors persist that more cuts are coming to the Courier-Journal on July 8. At Lexington’s ABC affiliate, three reporters are not being renewed when their contracts end. [...]

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Tags: Fired · Lexington · Media · TV

The Color of Growth at Sullivan: Green

June 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The Sullivan University System had a big shindig this morning at the site of a new 12,000-square foot building that will house a new school to teach students the ins and outs of Heating and Air Conditioning. And it announced that its Louisville Technical Institute will now be known as Sullivan College of Technology and [...]

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Tags: Construction · Education · Green

Is This Really the Best Of Louisville’s TV Media?

June 29th, 2009 · 37 Comments

Here at the V.V., we have a soft spot for the Louisville Magazine’s Best of Louisville Awards, since they picked Jake and me as Best Bloggers last year (nothing in the category this year, so we’re still the champs). But there’s still room to question the readers’ choices in media categories, especially TV. The July [...]

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Tags: Anchor · Reporters · Sports · TV · WAVE · WDRB · Weather · WHAS · WLKY