Predicting Politics and Weather

How To Be Popular: If you’re on the Metro Council, use your Neighborhood Development Fund to pick up debris in your district. While most people with flood damage spent the weekend hauling their crap to drop-off sites, Marianne Butler’s constituents in District 15 waited for curbside pickups, provided by Butler for about $10K. Many Council members have a surplus in their accounts. [WHAS-TV]

Spotted at Lunch: Steve Pence, Dan Seum and Chris Thieneman at P.F. Chang’s yesterday.  Will the Republican candidate for Mayor come from that trio?

Solution – Trees: In hopes of intercepting rain, MSD will plant a zillion trees (actually 10,000) in the next year. The bad news  — your MSD bill, on average, will go up from $354 to $757 in the next 15 years. [Courier]

Raider Nation Needs Help: The floods ruined the football equipment at my alma mater, Iroquois High, and the team’s 20 players can’t even practice outside because they don’t have cleats. The opener is Aug. 21. [WHAS-TV]

Museum Closed: We’re just finding out how bad the flooding was at the Derby Museum. “Closed until further notice” is not an optimistic phrase for a news release.  The press is invited to take pictures over there today at 10:30.

And, More Rain: Who moved Seattle’s weather to Louisville in August? Rain is in the forecast this afternoon and evening.