When Will Your Candidates Show Real Leadership?

It is disappointing, indeed, that Greg Fischer and business groups are allowing Jackie Green to be undemocratically excluded from mayoral debates. Fischer’s probably just afraid he’ll end up looking boring when compared to anyone else. [Fat Lip]

Last night, Governor Steve Beshear requested a Presidential disaster declaration in light of the terrible flash flooding. Will anyone bring up mountaintop removal? Will I get shot for doing so? And who wants to go up in a small plane to survey the damage and mining sites in the area? [Press Release]

Yesterday I broke a story about UK coach John Calipari hosting a fundraiser (a potentially illegal one being held alongside a non-profit fundraiser) for Steve Beshear and Jerry Abramson. The Frankfort press corps then went crazy because I got my hands on that letter before they did – one guy, from A Kentucky Newspaper, went so far as to call to tell me what an “egotist” I was for not agreeing to let him reprint images of the fundraising letter on our site without attribution. [Page One]

But six hours later, Calipari canceled the fundraiser via – get this – Facebook. He said it was for family reasons (family reasons he already knew about), but folks at UK and in Frankfort express doubt about that, as more than 1,000 invites had already been mailed out. [More Page One]

Metro gubmint’s fancy website got a facelift. Thoughts? [Click the Clicky]

If you have common sense, you totally ignored last night’s mayoral “debate” at Bellarmine, conducted almost entirely by A Kentucky Newspaper. So go read about it and listen to it. Because you’re at work today and don’t have anything else to do. [WFPL]

Greg Fischer – the guy who says he isn’t running a negative campaign- has new spokesperson and policy guy. That guy is spreading some interesting dirt on Hal Heiner. While I believe Heiner has changed his mind a bit since 2004, regrets his expenditure for a poll (this makes him a mental lightweight, in my opinion, for believing he contributed for a poll), and isn’t afraid to discuss it? I think it’s equally odd that the Fischer campaign is engaging in attacks that they believe won’t be tied back to them. [Curt Morrison]

On Saturday, August 7, The Pass and OK DEEJAYS are hosting a pool party at American Turners. 8:00 P.M. to Midnight. $7. Gotta be 18 to get in, 21 to buy alcohol from the cash bar. [Click the Clicky]

Guess who wasn’t abducted! And a live/work gallery is under renovation in the 1000 block of Bardstown Road. [Broken Sidewalk]

Bridges Coalition Intimidating Tolling Opponents

According to LEO Weekly, that seems to be the case:

As an outspoken critic of the $4.1 billion Ohio River Bridges Project, Shawn Reilly has come to expect a bit of public scrutiny. But the co-founder the Facebook group “Say NO to Bridge Tolls” never expected a supporter of the project would tattletale to his boss.

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A day after taking part in the panel discussion, Nicklies, a well-known local developer, called Reilly’s employer to solicit the company’s financial support for the Bridges Coalition. During that conversation, he allegedly suggested the company muzzle their outspoken employee.

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And while Nicklies confirms that he called Reilly’s place of business seeking donations to support the coalition’s efforts, he denies intimidating Reilly or his employer during the phone call.

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Meanwhile, Reilly has hired an attorney, who drafted a letter addressed to Nicklies demanding he immediately cease any and all communication with Reilly’s employer, clients or prospective customers concerning his views about the bridges project.

While childish and typical of of the wealthy who oppose an East End bridge – if this, indeed, occurred (it obviously did) – it’s tough not to think the anti-tolls folks (we don’t support tolls and like what the group does, for the most part) are out for a bit of publicity. Primarily because the group alerted us to the LEO story of intimidation this morning. Which maybe isn’t the best road to take if you’re truly concerned about intimidation.

Here are a couple photos from yesterday’s Say No To Tolls visibility rally:



Will Nicklies and others try to intimidate those in the photographs? Will they come after us? Will they start going after everybody who shares their opinion?

David Tandy’s Council Aide Resigns

David Tandy’s Metro Council aide, Rob Haynes, just resigned his position.

Here’s why:

In 2000, I returned home to Kentucky and began working at City Hall. Over the past ten years, I have met thousands of citizens and community leaders who have made significant contributions to our city and my life. I have had the honor of working with many of you through the transition of merged government and serving our residents every day, making a difference.

Today, I am writing you to let you know that I am resigning my position and leaving Kentucky to go assist with recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast. I’m not sure exactly how long I will be down there, but feel the need to go and help in some way with the worst environmental and economic disaster in our nation’s history.

We wish Rob the best on his latest endeavor!

Mayoral Debate At Bellarmine Tonight

Just a reminder that the mayoral “debate” between Greg Fischer, Hal Heiner and Jackie Green will take place at Bellarmine tonight at 7:00 P.M.

Despite a press release from Fischer’s campaign indicating that the event will take place the 20th, it will, indeed, take place this evening on the 21st.

If you can’t make it in person, you may click here to watch a live stream of the event, which will be dominated by A Kentucky Newspaper.

Is It Green If It’s Just For Show & Not Routine?

Hoping for light rail like this? Keep dreaming, Louisville, cause it’s never gonna happen with your current crop of leaders. [HuffPo]

A federal ruling could change the way Kentucky selects judges. Is it gonna be a good thing or a bad thing? [LEO Weekly]

Got a $1? Then stop by Jefferson Square today from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Country Legends 103.9 and Papa John’s will have pizza for a buck. Swope Discount Auto Center will also be on location. [Press Release]

Churchill Downs says it is “going green” for HullabaLOU. What’s that entail? Recycling. Apparently that’s what it takes to be “green.” [Press Release]

Has anybody filed a report for a missing person yet? [Broken Sidewalk]

Germantown-Schnitzelburg Pub Club. Pub Club. That is all you need to know. [Consuming Louisville]

Rand Paul, whiny ass titty baby, is complaining that Jack Conway doesn’t receive enough scrutiny. And he’s complaining about those old (and recent) letters of his that we’ve dug up. Naturally, stenographer Roger Alford fell for it. [AP via H-L]

If you have a lot of time to waste this morning – and you know you do because no one has a job – then you should watch this funny video. It’s the history of teabagging. [Page One]