Fancy Democracy In Action In Louisville

What the crap? The Commercial Council of the Home Builders Association of Louisville barred Jackie Green from taking part in its mayoral forum – with the aid of police:

The first general election debate for mayor of Louisville may have been mostly a bore, but a stirring story behind the scenes was that event organizers barred independent candidate Jackie Green from the discussion and had Metro Police stop him from entering the building.


“We know where Mr. Green stands on development, and it is strictly focused on the urban area and redevelopment,” says Tara Brinkmoeller, a spokeswoman for Home Builders. “We know that he doesn’t believe new development should occur. And knowing that he speaks directly against what we stand for, we didn’t feel it was a forum that would’ve been appropriate.”

Maybe I’m missing something, but wouldn’t you want someone who disagrees with you to take part in your event that’s allegedly for the good of the public?

Read the rest from Phillip Bailey.

Humana Contract With UofL Physicians Ending

Got Humana? Well… no agreement’s been reached with Humana and University of Louisville phsyicians, so the contract ends tonight at midnight.

UofL sent letters to patients who have Humana updating them on possible outcomes. And a ton of employers and brokers have also been contacted.

Here’s a snippet from the latest press release from UofL physicians:

Patients have been encouraged to contact Humana to learn how their health coverage will be affected. Most will have to change doctors or pay out-of-network charges. Employers may need to consider changing insurance carriers if they still wish in-network coverage for their employees.

Humana initiated the dispute by demanding a 10% decrease in reimbursements. UofL Physicians rejected that demand and provided a counter-offer that was more in line with comparable reimbursements. Humana has rejected that offer.

Humana is a for-profit business with their executives getting millions of dollars in bonuses. Last year, their CEO received a bonus of $1.8 million over his million dollar salary.

Humana had a 65% increase in profits in 2009 worth billions of dollars.

UofL Physicians represents the largest collection of specialist physicians in the region with those specialists representing nearly every conceivable adult and pediatric medical and surgical discipline.

UofL Physicians is principally responsible for staffing at Kosair Children’s Hospital and UofL Hospital, and provides care for patients at hospitals throughout the city, including UofL Hospital, Kosair Children’s Hospital, the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, Norton Hospital, Jewish Hospital, Baptist East Hospital, and at a number of inpatient and outpatient sites around the state.

Click here for more details. If you’re insured by Humana and utilize UofL doctors, click here for information that could come in handy.

UofL doesn’t seem to be taking this in stride. Any predictions?

Care About Louisville? Then Don’t Bail In Protest

You should go to the Crescent Hill Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. [Click the Clicky]

We get awesome comments about Todd Lally. Lally or one of his supporters is… maybe needs help? Judge for yourself. [We Get Comments]

Today a group of folks calling themselves Save Louisville will host a petition drive at Waterfront Park. The goal is to collect signatures of Louisville residents pledging to leave the city if the Ohio River Bridges Project is built as proposed. They’ll be on the Great Lawn 10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.  Does anyone else believe that saying you’re going to move away is a cop-out?  People who give up don’t care enough in the first place, in my opinion. [Press Release]

Religious conservatives are backing away from and opening questioning Rand Paul. [Page One]

Speaking of Rand Paul, his income jumped $116,000 in the last four months of 2009 and his rental income dropped $76,000. You’ll want to read all about his Personal Financial Disclosure. Especially the parts his campaign wouldn’t discuss. [H-L]

Phillip Bailey watched Metro Council’s interview session with potential Unseld replacements. Despite what he says about the local Democratic Party, members of the LJCDP tell me they already have a favorite to run as a candidate. [Fat Lip]

Sesame Street Presents: The Body opens this Saturday, July 3, at the Louisville Science Center. It’s there through January 2, 2011, so make sure you take the rugrats. [Press Release]

Kentucky is totally number one in some really awesome categories. [Barefoot & Progressive]

Frank Simon Raising Money For Lally

Republican Congressional candidate for Kentucky’s 3rd District Todd Lally isn’t just content with the endorsement of known bigot Frank Simon.

Lally isn’t content with merely supporting Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell because says it’s a cop-out.

Nope. None of that.

And he’s not content with defending his close ties to Frank Simon in the comments section of this very website.

Now he’s letting Frank Simon host a fundraiser for him:

What was that again, Todd, about not hating the gays and not supporting discrimination of any kind?

That dog will no longer hunt.

Kentucky Is 7th-Most Fat In The Country

Ready for more stats you aren’t going to like? 30.5% of adult Kentuckians are obese. 21% of Kentucky children are obese. We are fat, Kentucky. Jeeeeeeeez.

Some of the key findings about Kentucky:

  • Kentucky set nutritional standards for school lunches, breakfasts, and snacks that are stricter than current United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements. Twenty states and D.C. have set such standards. Five years ago, only four states had legislation requiring stricter standards
  • Kentucky has nutritional standards for competitive foods sold in schools on á la carte lines, in vending machines, in school stores, or through school bake sales. Twenty-eight states and D.C. have nutritional standards for competitive foods. Five years ago, only six states had such standards.
  • Kentucky has not passed requirements for body mass index (BMI) screenings of children and adolescents or legislation requiring other forms of weight-related assessments in schools. Twenty states have passed such requirements for BMI screenings. Five years ago, only four states had passed screening requirements.
  • Kentucky has not passed Complete Streets legislation, which aims to ensure that all users — pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities — have safe access to a community’s streets. Thirteen states have passed Complete Streets legislation.

Is this maybe what happens when 90% of Frankfort weighs 300 pounds and eats nothing but fast food?