Spin Is In Session

Maybe “Kentucky is for Losers” would be a more appropriate state motto, as suggested in today’s LEO. After spending $600,000 for a special session, state Dems have the nerve to pat themselves on the back (see below).

Brings Back Memories: A southern governor is caught in an affair with an exotic woman. Promising political career ends. Hmm. Sound familiar? [NYTimes]

Bridge Finally Getting Built: No, not that bridge. But construction has started on the Harrods Creek Bridge, which will be a two-lane thoroughfare by Christmas. [WAVE]

Do What Your Momma Says: If your Momma saw you on tape committing a crime, would she make you turn yourself in? That’s what happened when a robber’s Momma saw him on TV. [WLKY]

Let’s See, Shouldn’t the Rally Have Been Held Before the Vote: KEEP is hosting a rally for the horse industry tonight at Keeneland, and Gov. Beshear and Speaker Stumbo are scheduled to speak. [Thoroughbred Times]

Already, Slots Dead in 2010: Guess the horse industry should get the message. If it takes slots to keep the racing industry alive in Kentucky, David Williams prefers to let it die. [Courier]

Baptist Backhand Compliment: The SBCers kind of sort of said they liked Pres. Obama, but made sure to not mince words in criticizing his position on abortion. [Peter Smith]

No Disaster After All at U of L: Remember the horrors predicted at U of L over the brain surgeons who left to form a new department at Norton?  Well U of L hired new surgeons, and announced today that its residency program in neurosurgery was reaccredited. There are still some hoops to jump through, but the world is not ending for the school. [U of L]

Oh, So the Session was a Big Success, Huh? Check out the spin from Kentucky’s Democrats, as if everything that happened in the special session was like, really good for us. [Page One]

King Says Budget is Set

Even though today’s meeting between Mayor Jerry Abramson and Metro Council Budget Chair Jim King seems fraught with opportunities for conflict, King says the spending in the budget is set and the $4 million in additional spending in the Council’s budget proposal will move forward.

King explained the way the separation of powers works, in this case. “We have the power to limit spending, and he has the power not to spend,” King said this afternoon.

In other words, the Council has put money in place to re-hire Neighborhood Place administrators, but Abramson is not required to spend the money to hire them. Alternately, the Council did not authorize money that Abramson wanted to use for fleet purchases, so the Mayor can’t just go ahead and spend that money.

King says the Mayor could make a compelling case for changing some aspects of the budget the Council is proposing, and the Council would react, but the money the Council wants to spend can’t be vetoed.

“Our spending proposal is just $4 million, which is less than 1 percent of the budget,” King said.

On the revenue side, King said that Abramson doesn’t have to follow the Council’s direction for additional monies, such as the suggestion of taking $2 million from the Water Company or $750,000 from the Downtown Development Corp. It doesn’t mean, however, that if he doesn’t do so that something else will have to be cut.

King said he expects near unanimous approval of the Metro Council budget on Thursday night.

Wilder Case Draws Media Spotlight

Here’s proof that if you’re a public figure, you can’t get away with going on a drunken binge in which you end up sleeping in a garbage can. At least not in your own neighborhood.

Jeffersonville attorney Larry Wilder resigned today from his position as attorney for the Jeffersonville City Council and the school board, and every media outlet is all over it. Though he was listed as unavailable for comment in the C-J, WLKY’s Hailee Lampert talked with Wilder off camera, who told her he resigned because the media attention was too much for his family and friends.

Meanwhile, the story of how the incriminating photo made it to the newspaper took another twist. Turns out it was standard procedure for a police officer to photograph the scene, in case a crime was committed. When the officer, still unnamed, uploaded the photo to the police department computer system, someone with access found it and took it outside the department, where it ended up in the local newspaper.

That info certainly widens the net of people who had the opportunity to distribute the photo. And now a battle has ensued between the Mayor (who accused a rogue police officer) and the FOP, which seems now to have a legitimate defense against the charge that one of its officers was out to get Wilder. Apparently, even if an internal investigation pins the blame on someone, there’s no department policy against taking photos from the department computers.

Mayor Galligan would be smart to drop the whole investigation and let the story die. It’s already been front and center on newscasts for a week. But that’s not gonna happen.

The Bats of Summer Book

Thanks to the good folks at Louisville Slugger, we’ve got another copy of the new book about our most famous local company to give away to some lucky reader.

The book, “Sweet Spot: 125 Years of Baseball and the Louisville Slugger” is written by David Magee and Philip Shirley, who will be in town Friday at the Slugger Museum to sign copies of the book and talk a little baseball.

They’ll be there Friday from 3-5 p.m. and Saturday from 9-Noon.  The book will be on sale at the gift shop.

But if you want our copy, just give us a good reason to give it you in the Comments  section of this post.

King and Abramson Holding Weighty Meeting

Oh, to be in on the 4 p.m. meeting this afternoon at Jerry’s office.  In one corner, our Mayor for Life and budget slasher — Jerry Abramson. Across the desk, Budget committee chair and a suddenly big spender for the Metro Council, Jim King.

It’s hardly a prize fight, but going into today’s meeting there are clear areas of disagreement. Yesterday, King’s Council committee released its suggestions that restore funding to plenty of organizations and using money to do it from sources that the Mayor considers off the table.

For instance, King’s plan calls for simply taking $2 million from the Louisville Water Co. City spokesman Chris Poynter said that’s one of several items in the Council plan that won’t fly.

“The Water Company has an agreement in place to return money to the government,” he said. “And remember how wet it’s been, and there’s not as much water being used.”

Poynter said the idea of marketing the building housing the Neighborhoods department by August 1 is not realistic and would not likely raise the $1.5 million promised in the plan. He said Council ideas for shutting down the Neighborhoods Department and eliminating Brightside would also not be agreed to. And taking $750,000 from the Downtown Development Corporation is unlikely.

So how much of the millions in additional spending proposed by the Council yesterday will actually be funded?

Nice Sarcasm Leonard

You definitely want to check out the FAKE NEWS issue of LEO, or is it the more mature cousin Leonard, which has us chuckling. No, Laughing. Really Hard. It’s like they hired writers from The Onion for a week.

Nobody’s unscathed, like…

  • the Zoo, where a panda bear considers an abortion
  • the Original Highlands, which are not
  • St. James, where some of that stuff really isn’t art.
  • State Government, for which the new motto, “God Help Us All” fits.
  • that Sojourn Church, for preaching that God and sex are mutually exclusive
  • our beloved 2X, who can’t seem to get a spokesgig.
  • Cordish, with a story about taking over government so close to the truth it’s scary.
  • our personal fave, a pool of money from local TV stations used to buy a snow machine in a desperate ratings generator.
  • A flower found in the dark, abandoned Louisville Gardens.
  • A piece with quotes from dogs on Cherokee Hill.

and a few more on bridges, horses, the police chief and gays.