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Yep, Metro Council Does Have Subpoena Power

October 1st, 2014 by jake · No Comments

If you missed last evening’s Metro Council ad-hoc committee meeting on Animal Services, it was tons of fun. And not just because Jim King got his rear end handed to him by his own attorneys several times over. If you wish to watch the entire meeting, click here to stream it or download it.

Just want the juicy bits? That’s what we’re here for.

Here’s the Jim King nonsense:

We hear King is now pandering for Fischer because he fears the release of dirt stemming from his daughter’s custody battle.

Also hear from members of the ad-hoc committee and from King’s own staff that King is attempting to railroad the investigation and is pressuring members of the committee to wrap things up instead of digging in for the truth.

While Jim King played the role of excuse maker and apologist, Kelly Downard was the opposite and pushed hard for cooperation. Downard not only ripped on the obfuscation from the Fischer Administration, he promised to go to war for whistleblower protections and demanded Fischer crew stop blaming the messenger(s):

Refreshing, to say the least.

Here’s a look from Kevin Kramer about Sadiqa Reynolds’ unbelievably irresponsible behavior with official government documents:

Kramer brought up a great point about determining legality of what’s gone on and what Fischer’s done to cover it up.

Here’s one of the committee’s attorneys explaining that they have subpoena power and the ability to compel documents and witness testimony:

Yep, it just got real.

And you know things are bad when Tina Ward-Pugh gets bent out of shape:

When Ward-Pugh is ringing alarm bells about the way Metro Government is operating, really, it’s pretty bad.

The next meeting will be in a couple weeks and you can expect all hell to break loose between now and then.

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Greg Fischer Sang A Much Different Tune Today

October 1st, 2014 by jake · No Comments

Far cry from yesterday, isn’t it?



Today it was all about putting himself where he doesn’t belong for a photo op.

Since Greg Fischer’s team is all about fluff and buzzwords and cheerleading, we thought we’d take a look at what people have had to say to him recently.

From his official social media accounts:


Possibility City!

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No Way Around It. Yesterday Was Just Horrible.

October 1st, 2014 by admin · No Comments

Officials say one person has been shot and one person has been taken into custody after a shooting at Fern Creek High School Tuesday. [WDRB]

A child was been found dead in Cherokee Park Tuesday evening, Louisville Metro Police said, and the incident is being treated as a death investigation. [C-J/AKN]

Officials confirm that a suspect is in custody in relation to the shooting of a student at Fern Creek High School [yesterday] afternoon. [WHAS11]

A state lawmaker is calling for the results of a review on the operations of Kentucky legislative staff to be made public. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO THAT THE STATION’S GENERAL MANAGER DOESN’T UNDERSTAND HOW TO STOP! Louisville police now believe a man found along the side of a road was killed. [WLKY]

THIS is the bullshit Rand Paul is supporting and pandering to. Anti-gay baker Melissa Klein openly cried at the Values Voter Summit last week over the forced closing of her business due to backlash stemming from her refusal to make a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding. [HuffPo]

Have you seen the latest with Chris Thieneman? This incident involves a horse, a kid and severe head injuries. [WAVE3]

Are you Eastern Kentucky buttcramps so disconnected from reality that you can’t see that having a coal dock on the waterfront in Louisville would be a horrible idea? WTF planet are you people living on? [Floyd County Nonsense]

Philosopher Stephen Cave argues that since the beginning of civilization humans have always tried to defy or defeat death. [WFPL]

Kentucky is done, with Sen. Mitch McConnell on his way to a hard-fought, single-digit victory over Alison Lundergan Grimes. [ U.S. News]

A new report shows there were few shakeups among the area’s largest banks as ranked by deposits in Louisville’s metropolitan statistical area. [Business First]

ndiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and State Sen. Ron Grooms visited Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville on Friday to recognize the hospital for its efforts to fight prescription drug abuse. [News & Tribune]

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Just In Case You Were Wondering About Greg…

September 30th, 2014 by jake · 2 Comments

Just in case you were wondering what Greg Fischer is up to this afternoon?

While the entirety of Louisville media was focused on a potential school shooting at Fern Creek High School?

Greg was tweeting about fancy dining options.

No joke.

Fire up your Tweeterererer for details.

And you folks wonder why his administration is so jacked up. The mayor was tweeting about going out to dinner while someone was taken away in an ambulance and students were being escorted from the school by armed officers.


Since Greg Fischer has since deleted his series of tweets, let’s document them here.


There’s one of them.

Contrary to what Fischer’s folks will claim, he wasn’t tweeting unaware. This wasn’t a new situation when he tweeted it out. Everyone knew what was going on. In fact, it was members of HIS staff who alerted me to the shooting at Fern Creek.


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Seems Fischer Admin Is Panicked Over Records

September 30th, 2014 by jake · 11 Comments

Can you believe this is what Metro Government employees see when they log on to their computer system?


So much for Fischer Administration claims that they’re not taking this Metro Council open records scandal investigation seriously.

They’re in full-on CYA mode.

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Here’s What Your Mayor Is Up To This Week

September 30th, 2014 by jake · No Comments

Instead of dealing with his scandal(s), actually leading or being the least bit transparent, Greg Fischer has taken his entire staff to the Kentucky Center for the week.

He’s spending every waking moment tweeting about it:


Can you imagine how much progress this city could make if he spent as much time dealing with Louisville’s actual problems as he does playing dry erase board games at a conference?

It’s fine to promote and be proud of IdeaFest. But come on.

TV stations will hype his presence at the conference as being earth shatteringly important in 3, 2…

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Do You Remember Chris Parente From WAVE?

September 30th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

Surely you remember Chris Parente from back in the day at WAVE3.

He’s had some, ahem, fun lately:

Something tells us he wishes he could have a do-over so that video won’t have been seen millions of times.

And what the heck kind of ego does a person have to have to be so unprepared and disrespectful of another person’s time? When you get paid tens of thousands of dollars to talk at a camera a few minutes a day, the least you could do is watch whatever it is you’re supposed to discuss.

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Central Principal Needs Some Prompt Education

September 30th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

West Virginia plans to frack beneath the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water to millions. Like everyone in Louisville. [Think Progress]

KFC Corp., a unit of Louisville-based Yum Brands, says 77 of its fried chicken restaurants across the country could be “in jeopardy” because of a real estate dispute with a California investment group. [WDRB]

What the heck is with all of these trans-panicked parents? Are they living under rocks? And what’s with Daniel Withers, the Central High School principal spewing some of the most insensitive remarks in recent memory? He ought to be schooled on how not to sound like a complete homophobic/transphobic idiot. [C-J/AKN]

A Louisville woman was arrested and is facing charges after a deadly accident in Pleasure Ridge Park Sunday. [WHAS11]

Paducah residents upset over sky high electric rates thanks to cost overruns at a new power plant say they have no idea when they might get some relief. [H-L]

TARC is helping passengers stay connected. On Monday, the city’s bus transit system is unveiling Wi-Fi on its buses. [WLKY]

The nation’s biggest and baddest for-profit prison company suddenly cares about halfway houses — so much so that they want in on the action. [HuffPo]

The Humane Society of Oldham County is in urgent need of help after confiscating almost 100 cats and kittens from the Lakewood Valley subdivision. [WAVE3]

Do you support transparency and accountability in government? Here’s your chance to speak up and be heard. [The 'Ville Voice]

A small group of Kentucky school districts—including Jefferson County Public Schools—and two major state agencies have received school culture and mental health grants. [WFPL]

A majority of Americans oppose putting U.S. troops on the ground to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a new poll released Monday shows. [Politico]

What’s the story behind the big incentive package for General Electric Co.’s Appliance Park? Thursday morning, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority board gave preliminary approval for a $40 million tax incentive package based on $277 million in additional investment into Louisville’s Appliance Park. [Business First]

New Albany Police Department spending would increase by about $500,000, or more than 6 percent, for 2015 based on the proposed budget being considered by the city council. [News & Tribune]

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Gov. Steve Beshear’s Occasional Video Update

September 29th, 2014 by admin · No Comments

Late last week Papaw Beshear decided to do another video update. This time he focused on the drop in Kentucky’s uninsured rate:

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The Problems At LMAS Weren’t All Brosko’s Fault

September 29th, 2014 by jake · No Comments

Here’s how we know…

Louisville Metro Animal Services held a fee-free adoption event at its Animal House facility on Saturday.

When did LMAS staff inform the press and the public?

After 6:00 P.M. on Friday. Long after the news day was over. Long after people were paying attention.

When I reached out to get more information so I could promote it to the obvious community of animal lovers who are following coverage, I was shut out. Iced. Given an earful and not provided any information. The mayor’s vindictive spokesperson and his communications team — which now includes Margaret Brosko — were even less helpful.

So, what was that about communication improvements, again?

What was that about compassion?

What was that about transparency?

Because it stands to reason (maybe not with that bunch, sadly) that you’d want someone with an audience locally and statewide to have information to help you promote the adoption of animals. That is, if you were really doing the great job you claim you’re doing. And if you aren’t still in the midst of some bizarre coverup scheme.

On a related note, here’s what Fischer promoted Sunday morning:


Some of the responses:


But.. Uh… the Animal Services director was fired (“resigned”) because of a story we published involving an escort service he operated. That took place on February 2, 2011. But only after months of flip-flopping and refusing to do anything to hold Zelinsky accountable.

A look back:

He didn’t do anything until we splattered egg all over his face in public. So if you LMAS and Fischer apologists want to make shit up? At least know your history.

While the front line staffers at LMAS are often terrific, the Animal House facility was understaffed and overworked on Saturday due to poor planning. People frequently waited more than an hour to have basic questions answered. Many left empty handed because of confusion and a lack of effort on the part of management to give staff the tools they needed to do their jobs effectively on that busy day.

And, most concerning, was the complete lack of reference checks conducted. Unless you’re adopting a Pit, you walk in, pay a fee and walk out with an animal. No checks done. In fact, one person we convinced to adopt on Saturday was informed by staff that reference checks are not conducted. That’s despite claims otherwise from Margaret Brosko, Sadiqa Reynolds and a couple other folks buried deep in the nonsense. It’s not the staff’s fault. It’s the fault of unbelievably poor management and leadership.

Maybe it’s time to start digging into the time an adoption coordinator refused to give a dog to a drunk guy… so Margaret Brosko stepped in and let him leave with a dog.

But Possibility City Compassionate Transparency Ice Machine, right?

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