Another Reason To Think Swift Is Gross

If Greg Fischer’s involved in discussing the future of the South End, you know it’s doomed. [WDRB]

The Louisville Arena Authority ended its total ban on firearms and agreed Monday to give promoters and booking agents of events at the KFC Yum! Center the right to decide whether ticketed visitors can carry firearms into the downtown arena. [C-J/AKN]

Just in case you need another reason to distrust Greg Fischer and his people to protect anything. Quite a fascinating trip down memory lane. [WHAS11]

Veterans and active duty military personnel are invited to visit the Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill Downs free of charge on Wednesday in honor of Veterans Day. [H-L]

A case of tuberculosis at the JBS Swift processing plant is being investigated by the health department. [WLKY]

Oh, nowwwwww we know why Anne Northup is five Old Fashioneds deep in Marco Rubio’s world. Gay panic beams are on high, henny. [HuffPo]

The UAW says Ford’s investment in U.S. plants of $9 billion will create or keep about 8,500 jobs over the next four years. [WAVE3]

In December 1988, Jörg Winger was a West German Army radio operator eavesdropping on Soviet military channels when he overheard a startling message: The Russians wished him Merry Christmas by name. “That was the moment where we realized that we had moles on the base,” he recalled. [NY Times]

PEE ALERT! Former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup has endorsed Marco Rubio for president and will lead his efforts in Kentucky’s first ever presidential caucus in March. [WFPL]

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear another challenge to the Affordable Care Act, this time to decide whether religiously affiliated organizations such as universities, hospitals and charities can be free from playing any role in providing their employees with contraceptive coverage. [WaPo]

Louisville-based Yum Brands Inc. again is getting negative press for its food-supplier practices. This Washington Post story from today identifies Yum — which owns the KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut brands — as the last major fast food company not to embrace higher-quality food sourcing that takes animal welfare into account. [Business First]

An ordinance to give $75,000 to a local organization aimed at eliminated homelessness advanced at Thursday night’s New Albany City Council meeting. [News & Tribune]

Now The Ohio River Bridges Will Just Be Ugly?

Several groups who want to make it more difficult to buy guns took their case to one of the country’s most powerful senators. [WDRB]

With school finances getting tighter all across Kentucky, disputes have erupted between county and independent school districts in several locations recently over agreements that allow students to attend schools across district lines. [H-L]

Did you know that lazy assholes abuse handicapped parking spaces? It’s apparently breaking news on the teevee. [WHAS11]

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, and community activist Christopher 2x announced a march to commemorate the triple homicide in the Parkland neighborhood last year. But one of the family members of a victim says it’s a misplaced attempt by the city lawmaker and activist to grab headlines. [WFPL]

Attorneys are making final preparations in a high-profile, love triangle murder trial. [WLKY]

The state capitol isn’t exactly a ghost town during Derby Week, but it’s close. The rich and powerful, the office holders and politicians who run Kentucky are all in Louisville, doing backside interviews and attending Derby parties. This might be the most damning, honest thing you’ll read all week about Kentucky. [Ronnie Ellis]

One person has been killed after being struck by a train. MetroSafe said the accident was reported along railroad tracks in the area of Six Mile Lane and Breckenridge Lane at 6:45 p.m. [WAVE3]

Jeffersonville, Ind., leaders say Kentucky is getting a lopsided share of the design features associated with a new Ohio River bridge, and they’ve taken their case to state officials in Indianapolis. [C-J/AKN]

Though impressed with the company’s fundamentals and overall business outlook, Hilliard Lyons has lowered its guidance on Churchill Downs Inc. to neutral from long-term buy. [Business First]

Sooo, Anne Northup has a fancy new job. Using her time at Consumer Product Safety Commission to, you know, make money. [Press Release]

Awwwww, Bobbie Coleslaw has decided not to run for mayor. We will likely never get our hands on her biscuit recipe. [WFPL]

Louisville and the Commonwealth really dodged a bullet when the Koch Family lost out on Kentucky Kingdom. In the Southwestern Indiana hamlet of Santa Claus nearly 70 years ago, an Evansville industrialist had an inspiration. With little there for children but a post office that handled Santa letters, why not offer something more. Much more. [News & Tribune]

Most-Hated Former Congresscritter’s Having Fun

Atherton has to be the most important part of Louisville, right? Must be. Because the paper has mentioned Greg Fischer’s meeting there at least 100 times. [C-J/AKN]

Wondering what Anne Northup is up to these days? She’s involved in the partisan gridlock threatening the Consumer Product Safety Commission, that’s what. [WaPo]

Okay, kids, should we be holding our breath that Greg Fischer will actually selected a chief for the LMPD that officers respect and the city will appreciate? [WFPL]

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has postponed plans to alter that city’s police take-home car program. They could learn a lot from Louisville. [H-L]

Today at 10:00 A.M. Congressman John Yarmuth will take part in the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations hearing to discuss current foreign policy with Iran. [Press Release]

Really, this is the same protest that’s been going on since 2002 or 2003. Same people, even. Just a deeper cause. [C-J/AKN]

The University of Louisville received a $1.1 million grant from the Department of Education to help JCPS students via the Talent Search program. We apologize for the Robert Felner-related PTSD moment we just caused. [FOX41]

IMPORTANT: Third Annual Highlands Beer Festival. The only thing more important would be a Highlands Bourbon Festival. Get on this thing. [Consuming Lousiville]

Animal abuse is alleged at an area shelter that is not Louisville Metro Animal Services for a change. [WAVE3]

The Humana Foundation is pledging $600,000 in grants to help two Metro United Way charities reach their funding goals. The rest of our wealthy companies in town need to follow suit. [Business First]

Is your car more than ten-years-old? Then no title is required and no mandatory waiting period exists for it to be stolen and sold to a scrap yard with ease. No questions asked. [WHAS11]

Your local big town newspaper essentially ignores the mega scandals going down with a hospital in Owensboro. You should probably pay attention because it mirrors much of what is occurring with the University of Louisville’s planned merger. [Page One]

Anne Northup Is Once Again Attention-Starved

How on earth does Jefferson County Public Schools have $302,000 to spend on a curriculum audit? [C-J/AKN]

If you aren’t following me on Twitter, you aren’t getting the full story. I do things like leak candidate ads (last night was Todd P’Pool’s and then the mainstream jumped on it) and share tidbits I don’t have time to write about. [Get On It]

LG&E wants to convert its coal-fired plant on Cane Run to natural gas. Is this a good thing, folks? [FOX41]

What sense does it make to move mail processing from Lexington all the way to Louisville and Knoxville? [H-L]

And what sense does it make to close one of Louisville’s facilities if the city is expecting even more mail volume from the rest of the state? [Business First]

Maybe rider numbers for a river shuttle service wouldn’t be low if there was adequate public transportation in the metro area. Most people don’t want to walk 45 miles to and from the boat. [WAVE3]

This is apparently a thing that is happening tomorrow on the waterfront. [Consuming Louisville]

Oh, look, it’s Anne Northup putting down the sauce long enough to complain about John Yarmuth again. If she really gave two flips about the bridges situation, wouldn’t her ass still be working on it? This city voted her out for a reason – it wanted her gone. She needs to get the hint. (It’s true, though, that John is placating his rich friends more than he should.) [WHAS11]

Remember the monster water main break? It cost $1.1 million to repair. [WLKY]

Have you seen the stinky hypocrisy rolling out of the Democrats in Kentucky lately? We’re still waiting on their jobs plan and goals for Kentucky’s economy. It’s too bad they’ll never offer them, ever. [Page One]

Landmark status was denied for the South End’s Kenwood Drive-In. [WFPL]

Churchill Downs says it won’t be renewing its contract with the Jockeys’ Guild. [Paulick Report]

Jim King’s Newest Ad Takes on Greg Fischer

Jim King’s latest ad hits Greg Fischer pretty hard: Contributions to Anne Northup and other Republicans, embellishing his record by claiming to have won an award he didn’t win, moving jobs to Indiana and staying there because it was “easier” – see for yourself:


The ad is set to hit Louisville airwaves late tomorrow.

Trip Down the Greg Fischer Memory Hole

In late March and early April 2008, Greg Fischer attacked Bruce Lunsford’s campaign contribution history. That hypocritical attack resulted in a close examination of Fischer’s own contribution history. And it’s coming back to haunt him in his current mayoral race.

See for yourself:

Greg Fischer has a history of contributing to the most rabid, right-wing Republicans in the country, as does the rest of his family. On October 8, 1998 Greg Fischer gave $250 to Anne Northup. On October 10, 2000 he gave Northup an additional $350– meaning he approved of her activity in congress enough to give her more money. Check for yourself at And on July 1, 1998 Fischer gave Republican Rebecca Jackson $250. She’s not quite a rabid right-winger, but Republican nonetheless.

So what’s with the hypocrisy? Fischer and his family can give thousands to Republicans and others cannot? Does Greg Fischer regret his Republican contributions? Does he attack his sister Lynn for her 1996 contribution to Mitch McConnell? Joe’s (NOTE IN 2010: apparently not an immediate family member) four contributions to Jim Bunning and $1,000 contribution to the Republican Party of Kentucky? Or George’s contributions to Bob Dole, George W. Bush, and Anne Northup?  How does he explain George’s $1,000 contribution to Bruce in last year’s gubernatorial primary?  We’re just wondering.

His tight ties with the far right isn’t going to help him much in the Democratic primary. Not with so many other well-liked candidates in the race.

Greg Fischer’s other problems aren’t going to help him, either:

Figured it’d be easier (Greg’s a fan of doing the easy thing, according to him at the Louisville Forum) to link what’s already out there in the public record than to re-write it all.

** Greg says he’s an open book. And his latest television spot is about customer service and transparency in government. So why did he all the sudden decide to send his campaign finance report to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance by mail? So he could delay the process of the report getting released to the public. And so he could avoid having his campaign expenditures scrutinized, as they won’t be released. We won’t be holding our breathe as we await Fischer’s full KREF report to arrive in our email inbox.

In the latest television spot, Fischer says he’s running for mayor to make city hall the most open in the nation. He says that begins with offering more online services (but not for campaign finance reports?) and doing things out in the open (except when it comes to campaign finance reports). Maybe his next ad could say, “Do as I say, not as I do. Vote for Greg!”

Republican Hausman’s First Congressional TV Spot

Republican Larry Hausman is launching his first television spot in the bid for the U.S. Congress today.

Here it is:

I’m a bit confused, really, because I wasn’t aware John Yarmuth had stolen the peoples’ house. Pretty certain he won the seat – for which he donates his entire salary and votes the way a majority of locals want him to vote – by 18 or 19 percentage points over Anne Northup.