And Now, Our Whole Main Purpose

Sun’s out, so the holiday must be over. We’ll skip all the Sarah Palin news (though we recommend Maureen Dowd’s column), the Steve McNair story that’s just beginning, and your need to know details of Michael Jackson’s memorial service, and tell you what’s going on around here.

Mayor’s List:  There’s more speculation on the list of potential Mayoral candidates, minus one. Our sources say you can cross Craig Greenberg off the list, because he’s focusing on Museum Plaza. Of the rest on Joe Gerth’s list, David Tandy, Jim King and Greg Fischer seem the most serious. Jerry, of course, is still weeks away from making a decision about running. [Gerth]

Jerry Crossed: Check out Al Cross’ take on the possibility of Jerry Abramson joining the race for Lt. Gov. with Steve Beshear.  [Cross]

I Think It’s Because They Want to Take Them to Church: Gun permit requests are on the rise in Kentucky and Indiana.  A typical quote, referring to AG Eric Holder from a Kentucky gun instructor: “His whole main purpose in life is to outlaw personal gun ownership.” [Courier]

Beginning of the End: Questions surrounding the future of horse racing are all over now that Churchill has concluded its spring meet, more notable for marketing effort than racing. We expect the final betting handle and attendance numbers to be way down. Traditionally, the horses, trainers and jockeys go from here to Ellis Park, but that track’s on its last legs. TV sweeps have started, and WLKY’s John Boel sorts out the hype starting tonight.

Farewell Tour: Muhammad Ali, 67, has acknowledged his failing health won’t allow him to travel much longer, so he’s making a trip to the UK which he says will be his last. [WHAS-TV]

The End for Many: It’s the last week for the Gannett Blog, which is going out with a bang chronicling the expected cuts across the country at Gannett papers. We’ll be watching to see what happens with the Courier-Journal. [Gannett Blog]