Rep. Reginald Meeks Hits Frankfort Hacks

State Rep. Reginald Meeks is hitting back at Frankfort.

Check out this bit from his latest email blast:

Here’s what I know:

  • Pay Day lenders keep thousands of good Kentuckians in hoc, costing us millions. But a bill to bring these families relief is DOA
  • Cockfighting is apparently the real state sport
  • Coal reserves must be endless, and
  • one legislator’s fear of lottery ticket buyers being herded like sheep to the corner convenience store led to a 20 year ban on informing you exactly where lottery proceeds go and how they are spent. [I’m not sure, but I’m fairly certain we have not missed the $7 – 10 million each year we left sitting on the table because we chose to not be transparent with our citizens…..]

Also, if you have a problem with a state agency, gut the agency and put their personnel on traffic patrol.
And whatever you do, take all the federal money you can get your needy little paws on — but keep “them” as far away from “us” as possible. . .

People can and do put political ideology, dogma and expedience over common sense, sound public policy and good government, but I am as shocked to learn this as you are.



Attend This Titanic Discussion Next Saturday

The Titanic Artifact Exhibition (an advertiser here, as you’re likely aware) at the Louisville Science Center is rolling out of town on March 7th. So before that date, be sure to check it out.

But on Saturday, March 6, the Science Center will host a special event with local descendants of Titanic survivor Margaret Devaney. Devaney, who was a 19-year-old a third-class passenger on the ship at the time, was moving from Ireland to be with her brother and two sisters in New York City when, well, you know the rest of the story…

Devaney’s grandchildren will give talks at 3:15, 4:15 and 5:15 and you can attend if you’re visiting the exhibit. $18 for adults, $14 for kids aged 2 to 12 (definitely worth it). Maybe we’ll see you there.

Friday Morning Dept of Vote For Tina

The 18th Annual Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade will take place on Saturday, April 3, 2010. The parade begins at 11:30 A.M. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Metro Councilcritter Tina Ward-Pugh, our favorite, will be the parade’s Grand Marshall and will be escorted through the parade by a terrifying Easter Bunny. We love Tina but hope she doesn’t come to say hello to us with some dude in a scary rabbit suit beside her. Hopefully Jeebus won’t smite us this year with another sunburn. [Easter Parade Excitement Press Release!]

Speaking of Ward-Pugh, go vote for her in the ‘Most Admired’ contest at Today’s Woman! [Click the Clicky]

Kentucky’s environment is going to pot but Democrats aren’t keen on doing anything about it. Greg Stumbo favors allowing Jim Gooch to spew his weight in propaganda. And, no, Stumbo doesn’t really live in Prestonsburg. [Ronnie Ellis]

Fairdale Bigfoot may no longer be running for mayor, but he’s still got all kinds of advice for you. Especially if you’re troubled in the relationship department. [Consuming Louisville]

The next piece of the Wayside block redevelopment puzzle is in place. East Market Street is going gangbusters. [Broken Sidewalk]

There’s always been deep corruption in Southeastern Kentucky. But the latest audit from Crit Luallen details serious troubles with the Whitley County Sheriff. Check out the massive waste, fraud and abuse. [Page One]

Metro Government is definitely playing chicken with PETA. But who really wants a disgusting chicken statue erected, you know, anywhere? Hard to pick a side in this fight. [LEO Weekly]

Young Democrats of America Coming to Louisville

The Kentucky Young Democrats just announced that Louisville will play host city for the 2011 Young Democrats of America (YDA) National Convention.

According to the KYDs, the next year will be spent planning the entire conference and developing a schedule that will put Louisville – and the rest of Kentucky – on full display for attendees. The event will include campaign education sessions, breakout groups for policy discussions, a gala dinner and several evening recreational opportunities.

“The Kentucky delegation’s commitment to the future of Young Democrats of America and hard work in preparing their bid showcases just how ideal Kentucky is as a location for the 2011 conference,” said Crystal Strait, President of the Young Democrats of America.

According to Kentucky Democratic Party chairman Charlie Moore, the KYDs were aggressive in their bid for the convention. “This is a great time for Louisville. Young Democrats from all across the nation will be coming to Louisville for this conference. This will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase Kentucky.”

Kentuckian Colmon Elridge, vice-president of the YDA, said, “[h]osting the YDA National Con­vention in Louisville will showcase for our voters the enthusiasm and energy behind our party’s vision for America.” Regardless of your political leanings, no one can argue that it’s a good thing for the city.

The Convention is set to be held July 27 – 31, 2011 at the Galt House. Organizers expect 2,000 people from across the country to attend the five-day event.

David Tandy On Doling Out Your Cash

Shouldn’t a Metrocouncil Critter and candidate for mayor know the name of a development to which he proposes directing $300,000?

And what’s with using a Twitter account set up for a mayoral campaign to tout something one does in their council office? Does this mean Tandy’s action as a councilcritter was for pure political gain?

Before you suggest it’s just a typo or an iPhone mistake: if it were a typo, it could have been corrected in the past 12 hours. If it were a telephone mistake, the tweet wouldn’t have been made via web.

Oh, what’s that? We’re just being picky and uptight? You don’t say. The guy’s running for mayor and talking about essentially giving away $300,000.

Shannon White on Running for Mayor

I’ve been critical of Shannon White as she’s stumbled out of the mayoral campaign gates. But this week Phillip Bailey interviewed her in LEO. Take a look:

LEO: During one of the mayoral forums you said you entered the race because you saw “an uninspiring group of more of the same.” What did you mean by that?

Shannon White: When I look down the long table at these Democratic and Republican candidates, I tend to see people who are already represented in Metro government. I see people who have been around a long time and people who are not necessarily bringing a fresh perspective or new ideas to the table.


LEO: How would you handle the budgetary shortfalls the city has faced over the past few years?

SW: Turning the economy around and fixing the budget shortfall is so dependent on the (national) economy … and I know through my work at Dress for Success when we gave women suits, we didn’t just give them clothes, we gave them confidence to get back to work. And when people feel more confident about the economy turning around that’s when they get back to work and bring new jobs in. In a shortfall, hard decisions have to be made, and with my nonprofit experience I can really make a dollar stretch. In my personal life, we’ve had to tighten our belts as a family. And we expect the same from our government.

Click here for the entire interview.

My questions:

  • She says she’s offering fresh, new ideas – so what are they?
  • White says Louisville should tighten its belt – how/where?

Maybe someone else can answer those questions.

Louisville Isn’t the Only City With a Mayoral Race

Tyler Allen’s family is sharing experiences from the campaign trail. Check out the family blog. [Click the Clicky]

Happy to see local media jumping on board a story we initially broke last week about wasteful Derby “charity” events. [WHAS11]

This is kind of major: the Grawemeyer Players, a 13-member University of Louisville faculty chamber ensemble, is set to play at Carnegie Hall. March 9 at 8:00 P.M. [Press Release]

You should probably buy this EP from Louisville band The Pass on iTunes. Just released Tuesday. [iTunes Link]

Metro Government sure is good at passing the buck and ignoring what its afraid of. [Jonathan Meador]

Doug Hawkins will protect our white women from the Mexicans and the people who aren’t Real Americans. Don’t you worry. And he’s probably going to spam your inbox and flood your voicemail. [WFPL]

The Google machine defaults to Louisville, NE instead of Louisville, KY because NE is closer to Google Earth’s central location than KY. This concludes your moment of nerdiness. [Broken Sidewalk]

Lexington’s failure of a mayor, Jim Newberry, attacked Louisville during a forum last night. Unfortunately for Newberry, he’s about to get his ass handed to him in November by Jim Gray, the openly gay vice mayor who has the support of both Democrats and Republicans and is loved by the business community. [Barefoot & Progressive]

Is “sexting” really a problem? I don’t think so. But I’d like your opinion before our state legislature wasted countless thousands of hours and dollars on the matter. [Page One]

2010 Derby-Eve Julep Ball is ON

With all the discussion over Chris Thieneman’s less than honest handling of the Mint Jubilee and the talk of wasted money hitting the television news cycle, well, let’s get back to doing something that matters. Giving back. Cause the Julep Ball is on.

Here’s a press release from the University of Louisville in its entirety:

Join 2010 Julep Ball chairs Tonya York Dees & Tammy York Day on Friday, April 30, to celebrate another star-studded Derby-eve at the Galt House Grand Ballroom. The same organizers who brought you the Mint Jubilee from 2005-2009 are proud to present the Julep Ball, benefitting the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville.

This year’s honorary chairman is 11-time World Championship of Poker winner Phil Hellmuth. While the 2010 celebrity list hasn’t been finalized, past celebrity guests have included Valerie Bertinelli, John Elway, Mekhi Phifer, Joe Piscopo, Evander Holyfield, Greg Grunberg, Bob Guiney, Rebecca Budig, Kathryn Joosten, Conrad Bachmann, Nora Roberts and more.

The Julep Ball has caught the eye of national publications. The February issue of Southern Living magazine promotes the Julep Ball as the charity event to attend for a “Trip of a Lifetime.”

The excitement is building locally as well; one-third of available tickets have been reserved during pre-sale opportunities. Formal invitations are scheduled to be distributed in March.

Tickets for the ball are $500 per person. For event and sponsorship information, visit or contact Heather Falmen at 502.562.3153 or

I suggest you buy your tickets quickly.

New JCPS ExCEL Award Winner

Fern Creek social studies teacher, Robert Haire, is the latest winner of the WHAS ExCEL (Excellence in Classroom and Education Leadership) Award. Jefferson County Public Schools, WHAS-TV and E.ON U.S. are honoring Haire this afternoon during a ceremony at Fern Creek Traditional High School.

“Mr. Haire’s academic expectations for students are very high,” said Dawn Roseberry, Youth Services Center coordinator. “Moreover, Mr. Haire’s teaching methods motivate students to rise to achieve at high levels. … I see the many things that Bob does to help students not only with academics but also with life skills … [H]e has sponsored the Student Council, coached Quick Recall, organized class officer elections and sponsored a Relay for Life team of students who raised money for breast cancer awareness.”

From a release about the award:

Haire also has served as Fern Creek’s Social Studies Department Chair and as a member of the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan Committee. He currently is a member of the School Climate Committee, the Advanced Placement Teachers’ Team, and the School Renaissance Committee as well as the Civic Engagement Program Committee at the University of Louisville.

His previous awards and honors include an Outstanding Teacher of American History Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution and an Educator of the Year Award in Law Related Education from JCPS and the Kentucky Court of Justice. In 2007, the McConnell Center and the Liberty Fund invited Haire to attend a national colloquium on the U.S. Constitution. As an ExCEL Award winner, he will receive a $1,000 instructional grant from E.ON U.S.

Congratulations to Robert Haire!