Fischer Continues Trail Of Campaign Finance Lies

Still remember Greg Fischer’s latest campaign finance mess? The one where he’s lied umpteen times to the press about inaugural fund contributions from Bruce Lunsford and Ed Hart? The funds he and his people pulled a bait-and-switch with to use as campaign contributions to retire Greg’s personal debt?

Here’s your refresher:

  • Fischer’s Crew Still Don’t Get Campaign Finance [January 13]
  • A Greg Fischer Prediction… [January 20]
  • More On Fischer-KREF-Elliott-Corruption Mess [January 20]

His inaugural account filed amendments for its December 2010 and March 2011 Quarterly reports with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance last week:

Still no mention of the contributions from Bruce Lunsford or Ed Hart.

So it’s clear Greg Fischer is continuing to illegally handle those funds.

If this ever gets to court? A judge looks at it and says, “Uh, you corrected other problems but not these glaring issues backed up with a paper trail? You’re a Steve Henry-style criminal.”

It’s time for Jack Conway to appoint a special prosecutor in this case so the Kentucky State Police Special Investigations Unit can dig in.

Just When We Thought LMAS Did Something Right

We were about to applaud Metro Animal Services for promoting success stories until we stumbled upon this:


See that?

Metro Animal Services offers the only classroom humane education program in animal welfare in the region

Not exactly based in reality. Since, you know, the following all offer the same programs:

  • The Louisville Zoo
  • Kentucky Humane Society
  • Second Chances Wildlife
  • Raptor Rehab

And we wonder why euthanasia isn’t dropping at a rate that’s noticeable and we wonder why communication from LMAS has essentially become non-existent.

It’s all about spin and controlling public perception.

Note: The former outreach coordinator for LMAS refused to put that on the LMAS website because it’s not based in reality.

Let’s See How Hard Jim Host Can Spin This Week


Kentucky has the #2 worst well-being of all 50 states in the United States of America. The only state worse is West Virginia. And that’s just barely. [HuffPo]

LMPD was a no-show last night at a meeting with Occupy Louisville. The excuse is that there’s ongoing litigation. LMPD folks tell us Greg Fischer’s office made that decision. [Deep Louisville Failures]

This is what Steve Beshear’s crew is all about. And people still try to tell me they’re golden and wonderful people. [H-L]

Really, it’s unbelievably hilarious that Jim Host is still pretending to be shocked that Ted Nicholson was fired from the Grease Bucket Arena. [FOX41]

And now Yum! Brands is denying reports that it has plans for restaurants in Iran. [Business First]

For more proof Nicholson was part of the problem and a Host/Beshear apologist, look how Ron Carmicle and the rest of the Beshear crew are reacting. [WHAS11]

Tell us we’re wrong for thinking Jefferson County Public Schools are once again about to get the shaft. Central office workers are in a rage, emailing is non-stop. [WFPL]

There were absolutely no other important news stories in Louisville. So this station did a story about pot holes. [WLKY]

March is American Red Cross Month in Kentucky. Officially. So why aren’t the Fairness folks complaining about that? It’s an organization that discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation. And the Commonwealth’s government officially approves of it. [SoS]

A Northern Kentucky woman is being honored by the White House. Finally something that won’t make you cringe for the Commonwealth. [Page One]

JCPS “Diversity” Director Raising Some Eyebrows

Who is Jamilah Fraser, the new Chief “Diversity Officer” for Jefferson County Public Schools?

Let’s take a look…


The School District of Philadelphia cleaned its media relations house on Monday when Director Jamilah Fraser and two staffers stepped down alongside Superintendent Arlene Ackerman. Fernando Gallard, a long-time (and thanks to calls from me and other reporters, long-suffering) staffer, is now acting Communications Director.


Three members of the communications office were let go the day Ackerman’s separation agreement came to light. Together, communications chief Jamilah Fraser and deputy chiefs Shana Kemp and Elizabeth Childs made $440,000.


The Philadelphia School District — on the heels of announcing last week that it has established a new superintendent search team — made a major announcement regarding its organizational structure and finances.

The School Reform Commission meeting Thursday night revealed the district will have to cut an additional $61 million by June, and named a new “chief recovery officer” to assist in its struggling financial state.


Capping the school district’s tumultuous last few weeks was the civil lawsuit filed by former district executive John L. Byars. Byars’ suit alleges he was made the scapegoat when critics decried a no-bid contract awarded to minority firm, IBS Communications Inc. Byars alleges that former superintendent Arlene Ackerman not only steered IBS to the contract, but signed off on the $7.5 million plan, even though there were plans to award that contract to the Newton, Bucks County-based firm Security & Data Technologies.

Byars filed his suit Jan. 11, and named acting school superintendent Leroy D. Nunery II, Ackerman, the SRC, the School District of Philadelphia, Robert Archie Jr., Denise McGregor Armbrister, Johnny Irizarry, Estelle G. Matthews, Jamilah Fraser and Shana Kemp as defendants.


When they were employed by the School District of Philadelphia, Jamilah Fraser, and staffers Shana Kemp and Elizabeth Childs were paid to talk.

It was their job as part of the communications staff.

But all three stepped down last week, and according to a City Paper report, the decision was more of an ultimatum than a choice. Citing two anonymous sources, CP delved into the hiring, practices and resignations of the three, whom ex-Superintendent Arlene Ackerman brought on in November.

Among the dirt the sources dish is that Fraser and her two deputies spent their time promoting Ackerman, not the district, and worked to coordinate some of the pro-Ackerman rallies and campaigns — including the goodbye video Ackerman filmed that briefly sat on the district’s website before angry officials took it down.


The three Communications staffers who allegedly orchestrated a personal public relations campaign for Ackerman — former Director Jamilah Fraser, and staffers Shana Kemp and Elizabeth Childs — resigned last Monday, the same day that Ackerman’s buyout was announced. According to one source, the three were told they would be fired if they did not resign because they had gone rogue, spending the majority of their time working for the Superintendent even as she was headed for the door.

These sources say that Jamilah Fraser and her two deputies were dedicated to protecting and promoting Ackerman above all else. (Fraser and her two deputies were hired in November 2010, 11 months after two staffers were fired in the wake of a highly critical Philadelphia Magazine cover story titled “Queen Arlene.”)


Ackerman, frequently criticized for high central office salaries, paid top dollar to the three people directing her message machine: Fraser received a salary of $170,000 and Kemp and Childs made $135,000 each.*


As criticism of Ackerman grew louder, the superintendent echoed allegations made by activists that she was unfairly targeted because of her race and sex. According to CP’s sources, the Communications office, under Fraser’s direction, was in touch with the same small group of African-American activists, coordinating and making posters for a July 22 rally in support of Ackerman.


According to CP sources, during Ackerman’s last week in office, Jamilah Fraser and her deputies fought a rear-guard guerilla public relations war, beginning with a sensational August 18 appearance at a principal’s meeting. Ackerman entered to Sade’s “Is It a Crime?” and recited the Maya Angelou poem “And Still I Rise.”


Both sources consulted for this story confirm that the video was produced by Fraser and Kemp, working on the taxpayer dollar.

But it gets worse. It’s not just those crazy shenanigans.

Check this mess out…


The Philadelphia educational system is now under fire after it was revealed that many of the city’s schools cheated on their state exams.


The forensic analysis of the 2009 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment results does not assert cheating occurred, but says certain answer patterns and erasures make the results suspicious.


The Philadelphia schools are willing to investigate the cheating allegations, but spokeswoman Jamilah Fraser said in a statement that such probes are difficult because of teacher turnover, student transience and the vagaries of memory.

The district has received about 10 to 15 accusations of breaches in test security in each of the past three years, and a few have been substantiated through internal investigations, Fraser said. Alleged violations could range from “low-level” offenses, such as failing to cover materials during a testing period, to more serious ones.

She also noted the district has a “very robust test monitoring protocol.” Approximately 75 percent of schools, including charters, receive unannounced visits to random classrooms during PSSA testing, Fraser said.


Did state officials bury 2009 cheating report?


New state Secretary of Education Ronald Tomalis is “concerned” that a 2009 report flagged dozens of Pennsylvania schools for possible cheating – then languished for two years.

Only the best for JCPS.

Prosthetic Medic News: Joe Riffe Took First Steps

From Joe:

Here it is. My first steps…It’s far from graceful, I’m wearing mismatched shoes, and it’s not the prosthetic I will be using, but I was able to walk and stand. The weirdest thing was I could almost feel my feet touching the ground. It gives me some hope towards the future and a glimpse of things to come. The knee I will be getting will keep me from buckling while I walk, and I’ll be able to tackle steps and other obstacles.

Click here to check his video out.

This is why Louisville can have nice things.

Maybe Not Such A Great Week For TARC News

No, the Kings are not moving to Louisville. Quit holding your breath and believing that hype. [Click the Clicky]

Don’t you find it hilarious that the only people attacking the addition of a sidewalk in an area sorely in need of pedestrian traffic is someone at an elitist hair salon run by people who drive a Maserati and live far, far away in the East End? [C-J/AKN]

Wait, yet another sewer/poop incident downtown? Seems like it’s only a matter of time until there’s actually poop flooding the streets. [WLKY]

This isn’t the first time a state government official has done something shady with corporate money outside the country and it won’t be the last. [John Cheves]

Have you seen this story about the secret world of human trafficking in the Bluegrass? [WKYT]

Suspending a TARC supervisor for four weeks without pay for kicking a drunk man who attacked him may seem extreme at first. But it’s pretty easy to get away from a drunk guy. [FOX41]

Maybe Barry Barker had to suspend the guy without pay so he can afford to pay out all those accident settlements. [WAVE3]

The Metropolitan Sewer District board further loosened on Monday what were once very tight curbs on public participation at its meetings. [C-J/AKN]

Jim Host knows that Grease Bucket Manager Ted Nicholson was fired because operations have been a bit of a disaster. [Business First]

The now-former head of One Southern Indiana had to “resign” after sending pictures of his wiener to several women from his work email address. [News & Tribune]

Here comes a particular female reporter (though she’s not named in the web posting) pushing stories for Bob Gunnell about the Brownsboro Road sidewalk again. If you think that’s not the case, I have a lot of other stories for you that will make you think twice about the lack of disclosure coming from your local news outlets. [WHAS11]

Louisville Gas and Electric is meeting resistance from residents and the state Division of Waste Management over a proposed coal ash landfill near its Trimble County power station. It’s a story most media outlets have been ignoring for quite some time. [WFPL]

Here’s Why That Movement Continues To Fail

Today, Occupy Louisville sent out a… press release?… About ALEC – the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Here’s a taste:

Occupy Louisville members and other local residents will participate, along with over 70 cities, in a National Day of Action organized by the Occupy Wall Street Movement to expose the corporate influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in state legislatures. Local residents will rally from 4:00-7:00 pm at 201 W. Main Street, outside the KFC YUM! Center. The goal is to stop the influence of ALEC and its 800 corporate members, such as KFC Yum! Brands, UPS, Humana, Koch Industries, and Monsanto, in the making of state laws.


YUM! Brands co-chairs ALEC’s Labor and Business Regulation Subcommittee. At ALEC’s annual meeting in 2011, this subcommittee focused completely on the subject of paid sick leave. At the meeting, those in attendance were given model bills to override paid sick leave legislation in the states. ALEC targets labor, education, immigrants, animal right, prisons, the environment, women and voting rights. ALEC has worked on behalf of the banking industry, recommending that seniors be forced to give up their homes by reverse mortgages in order to receive Medicaid.

According to, there are five state representatives from Jefferson County who are members of ALEC, including the chairman of the ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development task force, Rep. David Osborne [R-Dist. 59]. The others are:

  • Sen. Denise Harper Angel [D-Dist. 35]
  • Sen. Julie Denton [R-Dist. 36]
  • Sen. Dan Seum [R-Dist. 38]
  • Sen. Tim Shaughnessy [D-Dist. 19]

Occupy Louisville opposes ALEC because the corporate-funded Council and state politicians meet behind closed doors to craft “model bills” which the elected representatives take back to their states, working to pass them into law. These corporate-approved laws negatively affect almost every facet of American life while providing direct benefits to huge corporations.

So let’s get the obvious out of the way. State Senators are not State Representatives. Tim Shaughnessy is retiring and doesn’t matter.

While we obviously support their mission for transparency in government and the end of corrupt corporate influence in politics?

It’s tough to take anyone seriously when they issue press releases and media alerts that are both poorly written and horribly inaccurate.

And, really, “Shut Down the Corporations dot Org”? Because all corporations are bad?

Head – desk.