Some Questions For Anybody To Answer…

Why is the mayoral spokesperson speaking on behalf of Greg Fischer’s campaign?

Are our tax dollars now paying for campaign matters?

Does Greg really believe Bruce Lunsford and Ed Hart are going to back down after the stunts he’s pulled?

Who believes it’s wise for Greg to continue talking smack about Hart & Lunsford?

Why aren’t Louisville Metro Animal Services vaccination records in the government computer system? Why are LMAS officials claiming they are?

Why are 99% of cats being killed after 5 days with no effort to find homes?

Who believes it’s appropriate to come up to me (Jake) on the street to make threats when you’re a Metro Animal Services official?

Why is the general public turned away from the LMAS location on Manslick?

Why is Greg Fischer allowing Bud Scharedein to waltz off with that $200,000 bonus after the mess he caused at MSD? Is it hush money?

Okay. I’ll stop now. Way too many questions that will never get answered.

Louisville Used To Have Some Great Transit Dreams

Does anyone in the Louisville metro area have warehouse space they’d be interested in providing to No Kill Louisville for its food bank? If so, please get in touch with Jake. [Contact Jake]

Regardless of what happens today with the University of Louisville Hospital merger decision, Kentuckians will still be screwed. You already expect it, we know. [FOX41]

Pro-tip to to Patti Swope: Stop spamming us and everyone else with unsolicited press releases. Or get a new PR agent who takes your business relationships more seriously. [Come On]

WHAS11 explores the lives of 3 transgendered women living in Louisville. And, of course, that exploration pushes nothing but stereotypes. Come on, Gene. [WHAS11]

As I explained to Curt Morrison at the time, and he apparently didn’t take to heart, the person who solicited inaugural funds from Ed Hart and Bruce Lunsford was Tommy Elliott, not Christy Brown. I know because they told me so and have email trails to back it up. Even KREF is ignorantly placing blame in her lap. Christy may be the River Fields frenemy everybody loves to hate but she wasn’t involved in that mess of Greg Fischer’s. Maybe every other mess, but not that one. That’s all Tommy Elliott, Jim Mims and Bill Bardenwerper. Hopefully Christy will finally learn her lesson about trying to play power broker for her favorite little boy, Greg. [Curt Morrison]

Oh, look, the Ohio River Bridges Debacle talking points are spreading amongst the loyal. Thank goodness Kentucky has no money and won’t be able to build a downtown bridge. [Business First]

You’ve seen the corruption Greg Stumbo admits publicly he’ll do nothing about, right? Because it involves his friend, Keith Hall? The guy Crit Luallen fingered in a massive audit? The guy Jack Conway refuses to investigate? The guy the Ethics Commission fined and spanked? Yeah. [Page One]

Frankfort is still living in the dark ages, believing their pseudoephedrine legislation will solve the meth problem. Something that’s only really an issue in ten counties. And wouldn’t be if more than 30% of doctors and pharmacists actually used systems that already exist. But that’s the Kentucky way – raising costs to Medicaid, killing tax revenue and playing to fears. [C-J/AKN]

Sorry, WAVE, you didn’t have an exclusive on Senate Republicans meeting with Steve Beshear on gambling. Every outlet with a reporter in Frankfort or covering Frankfort had the story and interviews. [WAVE3]

We can’t decide if this story makes Greg Fischer look disconnected or just a bit confused when it comes to the economy. [NYT]

Here’s a history nerd look at vintage buses of Louisville’s transit past. Remember when Louisville had transit dreams? [Broken Sidewalk]

Beshear Says KY & IN Reached A “Consensus”

Steve Beshear’s office released the following bit about the Ohio River Bridges Debacle:

LOUISVILLE (Dec. 29, 2011) –Kentucky and Indiana have reached consensus on a basic plan to finance and build the Ohio River Bridges Project, keeping the project on target to begin construction in 2012.

Under an agreement in principle reached by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and leaders of the Louisville and Southern Indiana Bridges Authority, each state would take the lead in financing and overseeing construction of one half of the project, among the largest transportation projects in the United States.

Kentucky would be responsible for financing and constructing the downtown portion of the project – a new I-65 bridge, a re-decked Kennedy Bridge, modernization of the Kennedy Interchange, and expansion of the I-65 approach in Indiana.

Indiana would be responsible for financing and constructing the East End portion of the project – a new bridge near Utica, Ind., and Prospect, Ky.; a new highway linking the Lee Hamilton Expressway and Gene Snyder Freeway; and a tunnel in Eastern Jefferson County.

The Bridges Authority would help coordinate, monitor and ensure an interface between the two procurements, which would continue to be carried out as one project under a single financial plan.

At its October meeting, the Bridges Authority reviewed and discussed six potential delivery options for the project, and then began a process of building consensus between the states on their preferred approach. Since then, the state sponsors have worked diligently, both internally and in joint discussions, to evaluate different scenarios.

In the course of these discussions, the states decided the landmark project could best be advanced through separate procurements, each of which is expected to take advantage of innovative contracting methods that can save time and money.

Cost savings now projected at $1.5 billion

A cost-savings plan outlined last January by the two governors and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has led to a further reduction in the project’s estimated construction price tag from $4.1 billion to $2.6 billion – a $1.5 billion savings. The estimated price tag for each half – the downtown and East End – is virtually the same, $1.3 billion.

Both states plan to use a combination of traditional transportation funds and tolls on the new and improved crossings to pay for construction and financing of the project.

The Bridges Authority will incorporate the relevant cost, funding and revenue components into its financial plan for the project, which is expected to be completed soon on the basis of the agreement announced today.

A more detailed update on these developments will be shared at the Bridges Authority’s upcoming quarterly meeting scheduled for next Thursday, January 5th, at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

You hear the eye rolls, right?

UPDATE — Here’s what John Yarmuth had to say:

“It is very encouraging that Kentucky and Indiana have agreed on a financing plan for the Ohio River Bridges Project,” Congressman Yarmuth said. “This appears to be fair and reasonable for both states, and splitting up the project lowers costs for everyone. With this hurdle cleared, the next major step is for the Kentucky General Assembly to approve the plan.”

Our First Taste Of Local Problems Going Statewide

Will Kentuckians vote in support of the expansion of gambling if the legislation isn’t even written? [H-L]

Attorney-client privilege is a stupid thing to claim when it comes to dealing with Metro Government and something as simple as a silly permit. Particularly when it’s for a protest that accomplishes absolutely nothing. [WFPL]

Who really believes the University of Louisville Hospital faces a dire future without merging? Who believes Jim Ramsey could fix this in a heartbeat if he tried? [84WHAS]

Apparently 2011 was a good year for the Louisville “International” Airport? Lots of changes afoot. [FOX41]

Chris Poynter says a decision will be made on January 3 about Occupy Louisville. But Jim Mims says the the park needs to be returned to a public square “as opposed to a settlement.” So which is it? Has a decision already been made by the director of Codes and Regulations? [C-J/AKN]

What’s happening with the Sherman Minton Bridge? Are you still freaking out about it? [WAVE3]

Yep, this is how they’re pushing the University of Louisville Hospital merger effort on you now. By saying it’s the end of the world. [Business First]

What will Steve Beshear’s hospital merger decision be? Surely you can muster a guess. [WHAS11]

Just in case you still don’t understand why sidewalks are important in Louisville’s neighborhoods, here’s a video. [Broken Sidewalk]

Here’s more on that story about a dismembered girl in Fort Wayne. This is why Indiana can’t have nice things. [WLKY]

Is Tommy Elliott now causing problems on the state level with the Kentucky Retirement Systems and the SEC? Seems he’s not just the guy causing problems for Greg Fischer. [Page One]

The Top Stories Of 2011 – A Look Back

Critics and Fischer Administration people love to complain about our coverage of Louisville Metro Animal Services and the lack of transparency in Greg Fischer’s new crew.

So we thought it’d be a good idea to take a look at the top stories of 2011 on The ‘Ville Voice.

Whattya know?

Interesting how that works.

Better Hope Redistricting Doesn’t Fail In Frankfort

Greg Fischer says his New Year’s resolution is more government transparency. Really. He’s still using the transparency talking point. [Business First]

This is the creepiest story you will read all week. Hands-down. What a terror. [FOX41]

Apparently, no one in Southeastern Kentucky pays attention to how these things fail. Charging a subscriber fee for protection from a fire department? Wow. [H-L]

Here’s more of that famous Greg Fischer Transparency. This one likely won’t surprise you at all. [The ‘Ville Voice]

What this story doesn’t tell you is that Jim Mims’ office lead Curt Morrison and others to believe tens would be removed prior to issuing a new permit and could provide no solid answers until the press started digging. [C-J/AKN]

It’s been just a little more than three months since a fight turned deadly at a Germantown festival. WAVE 3 continues to look into the Gary Muncy case. [WAVE3]

Louisville’s parking folks finally get it and are testing out fancy new parking meters that accept paper cash and credit cards. [Broken Sidewalk]

You can vote in this magazine thing about the tastiest city in the south, even though Louisville isn’t in the south. Because, well, why not? [Consuming Louisville]

THE PIG FLU IS COMING FOR YOU AGAIN! Better alert meemaw so she can freak out all over town. [WHAS11]

If redistricting in Kentucky fails, there’s next to no way on earth that John Yarmuth will hold on to his seat in Congress. Because he can’t win a statewide election. [Ryan Alessi]

Industrial hemp in Kentucky? Don’t hold your breath. Frankfort freaks out when it hears the word “hemp” – no matter the context. [WFPL]