Audit Reveals Major Utility & Legislator Corruption

Ever wondered what happens when corrupt Eastern Kentucky legislators skirt the law and abuse coal severance funds while they think no one is looking?

You don’t have to live in Pikeville to know there are problems with the Mountain Water District and Utility Management Group.

Regular readers of Page One have known for years that there’s a problem in the hills and it’s a classic case of good old boys and wasted money. Unfortunately, in this case, those wasted dollars are in the millions and we’re all left footing the bill.

Oh, and by good old boys, we’re obviously talking about State Representative W. Keith Hall, the gentleman pictured in the photograph at left. An alleged man of the cloth, no less.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the scathing audit released in Frankfort this afternoon…

Every Louisville Neighborhood Needs A Fancy Shirt

I love it when rumors get confirmed by the people we’re writing about. Unfortunately, I don’t love it when good news folks leave the city for greener pastures. [We Get Comments]

Let’s get real on the coal mining front: 7,000 jobs are temporary. The entire environment and the health of hundreds of millions? Not so temporary. [H-L]

Rick Pitino Sexytime Pal Karen Sypher had her defense attorney, who was convicted of fraud in 2002 and served time in the federal pen, file some fancy new documents with the court. I’ve been asking for weeks for them to prove the claims they’re all trying to make to me via email, but they’ve been unable to do so. And it doesn’t help that members of their defense team at US JusticeWatch are quitting left and right.  WE ARE STILL DRY HEAVING OVER THIS MESS. [84WHAS]

The Six Flags Over Jesus Easter Pageant begins on March 18. Will there be tons of farm animals, a giraffe, camels, maybe an elephant? We can only hope. [WHAS11]

David Nicklies, who once threatened an anti-toll group member, has been removed/is resigning from the Ohio River Bridges Coalition. Bourbon king Bill Samuels is replacing him. [WAVE3]

I realize this is a joke, but is it standard operating procedure for all liberals to assume anyone opposed to busing is dumb enough to call in bomb threats? That sounds like something A Kentucky Newspaper’s editorial board would suggest. [LEO Weekly]

An “expert” is set to reveal his findings on the Jefferson County Public Schools student assignment plan. He’s an “expert” supported by Sheldon Berman, of course. Not sure any “expert” backed by a man who openly admits to serving on boards to allow them to make money from JCPS is qualified to do anything, but whatever. [FOX41]

If you missed it, A Democrat in Frankfort is supporting the racist anti-immigration legislation currently pending. More proof that Kentucky Democrats tend to be more bigoted than Republicans in every other state. [Page One]

The UofL Students United for Peace and Justice, the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and the ACLU of Kentucky are hosting Ron Keine at Chao Auditorium on Monday at noon. Keine is an exonerated death row inmate from New Mexico who was nine days away from death when a stay was granted. You should go. It’s free. [Press Release]

We think these Louisville neighborhood t-shirts are great. More of them need to exist. [WHY Louisville]

Somebody Stole Dougie Hawkins’ Crown!

We’ve definitely spent most of our afternoon feeling disgusted by Metro Animal Services and the utter level of inaction on the part of Greg Fischer.

The things we hear get worse every day.

So with all the negatives floating heavily in our offices, it makes sense to focus on something positive.

Okay, so it’s only positive in the sense that Louisville is no longer home to the most prominent fearer of non-whites in the Commonwealth. That title has been handed from Dougie Hawkins to State Senator Ray Jones, who is so afraid of the Messicans he can’t sit still.

Jones looks positively magnificent in that sombrero.

Oh, Butchertown…

HAHAHA.

It would be a lot more funny if PETA wasn’t a miserable failure and/or had an actual movement on the local level that it could engage for events like this.

At least we can laugh at the pictures and envision the ripe spell of roasting pig guts and fecal matter.

Here Is A Thing For You To Read Today

“Sixth & Jefferson” isn’t just the physical location where Louisville’s hopes and dreams go to die, it’s also the name of Phillip Bailey’s weekly column.

Because I am busy trying to figure out how to not pop a vein over the latest from Metro Animal Services, you’ll just need to read this for a while:

In recent weeks, however, a handful of stories have raised questions about the ethical judgment of some council Democrats, who are regularly called out by Republicans despite having a 17-9 majority.

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In response to unflattering news coverage about the aforementioned issues, Councilman Rick Blackwell, D-12, called for more accountability from the local press, particularly from the A Kentucky Newspaper’s Metro reporter, Dan Klepal, whom he referred to as “the Republican writer” during the meeting, before launching into a missive about Councilman Ken Fleming, R-7, who co-sponsored the amended ethics ordinance and is often quoted in news stories as a result.

“We need to do some PR work. It frustrates me that Ken Fleming … is now the guru of ethics. Every article about anything ethical goes back to Fleming,” Blackwell said. “We got to do something to balance that a little bit as a caucus. I don’t think Fleming should have the reins on that.”

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At one point, Councilman Brent Ackerson, D-26, said that when controversial stories are published, he’d like Democratic caucus spokesman Tony Hyatt to alert caucus members.

You’ll most certainly want to click here to read the rest.

Here’s a pro-tip to the Metro Councilcritter Democrats who are so up in arms over negative press: stop walking around with your heads up your asses and you’ll know when a negative story hits. Maybe you wouldn’t face so many questions about your ethics if you weren’t as unethical as everyone in the entirety of Frankfort and Washington combined. Once you quit complaining about the mainstream press on the rare occasion it actually does it’s job, then everyone will stop laughing at you like you’re a bunch of time and money wasters who exist only to rubber stamp every bad idea ever.

Jesus H.

Also, remember that time Tony Hyatt melted down in our comments section because we dared to suggest he deserved a raise for all the work he does?

It’s the Democratic way. Anytime someone questions a Democrat? Immediately get defensive, attack and blame it on a Republican.

Heads-Up: 7th Annual Children’s Advocacy Day

This is something I’ve mentioned quite a bit on Page One, as we’re a sponsor, so listen up.

The 7th Annual Children’s Advocacy Day, put on by Kentucky Youth Advocates, will take place in Frankfort on February 17.


You may read all about the day by clicking here. It’s your chance to show legislators that Kentucky cares about its youth and that THEY should care, as well.

If you have the ability to go to the State Capitol on the 17th? Please consider doing so. Make your voice heard, no matter your politics.