Mint Jubilee: Rehashing What Really Went Down

While Chris Thieneman digs his heels in attempting to spin the Mint Jubilee disaster story, you need to flashback to 2010.

Click here to read the real story behind the mess.

It’s a look back at the history of the not-so-charitable shenanigans and an examination of the legal spat between Thieneman and the University of Louisville. Which, of course, left UofL smelling like roses.

Barbara Shanklin Costing Taxpayers Out The Rear

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One of the biggest events in horse racing — the Breeder’s Cup — was this weekend in California. But WDRB has learned there’s some doubt over whether the race will return to Churchill Downs. [WDRB]

What a great way to waste taxpayer dollars. A Jefferson Circuit Court judge is allowing state Senate candidate Chris Thieneman to stay on the ballot through next week’s election but has ordered that the election results not be certified before he can obtain further information about where Thieneman actually lives. [C-J/AKN]

Jefferson Community and Technical College and Jefferson County Public Schools have temporarily suspended their joint Aviation Maintenance Technology program based at The Academy at Shawnee, following a Federal Aviation Administration inspection in October. [WHAS11]

State Senate candidate Chris Thieneman says he is an eligible resident of the 37th District, despite a lawsuit that calls his residency into question. [WFPL]

Jefferson County constable David Whitlock and Walmart are now named in a lawsuit filed on behalf of Tammie and Pedro Ortiz. A year ago this month, Whitlock shot Tammie Ortiz as she was leaving the Walmart store in southwest Jefferson County. [WLKY]

Let’s stop pretending this hasn’t happened in Louisville. The city of Rye, nestled along the scenic Long Island Sound in affluent Westchester County, N.Y., represents the best of suburban living. Sprawling mansions perch atop rolling hills. Children attend top-notch schools. Residents browse tony boutiques and sun themselves on café patios in a downtown that manages to be both quaint and chic. [ProPublica]

The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold public meetings this month in Louisville, Lexington and Harlan concerning requests for rate increases by the Kentucky Utilities Co. and Louisville Gas & Electric Co. [Business First]

Crews are continuing efforts to move tanker cars near a chemical fire at the site of a train derailment in Louisville. [H-L]

Support continues to pour in by the truckload, including food, water, and warm clothes, to devastated communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. Thanks to a group from Louisville, a town in New Jersey now has some much needed necessities. [WAVE3]

Obama’s America—one that progresses, however falteringly, toward social justice, tolerance, and equality—represents the future that this country deserves. [New Yorker]

Barbara Shanklin is a flipping disaster and she’s costing Louisville an arm and a leg. $50,000 for her attorney plus taxpayer dollars for a laptop, projector and even a cake mixer. [Dan Klepal Here & Here]

Thieneman Literally Advertises Vote-Buying Now

Christ Thieneman just keeps on skirting campaign finance law. It’s almost as if vote buying means nothing to him. Which makes sense, as he’s paid journalists off and pretended to live in a zillion different places.

He’s taking his latest bit much further. This time he’s actually advertising – literally paying Facebook – a ticket raffle for voters:



Of course, he still hasn’t reported any of the ticket give-aways as a contribution or expenditure of the campaign.

He has nothing to worry about, though, because the Democrats don’t have the sense to hit him on all of his improprieties.

Your Brain Melted From All The Campaign Commercials Interrupting Your Teevee Stories

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Will Chris Thieneman get to stay on the ballot this year or won’t he? A judge is supposed to rule on the matter of where he pretends to live today. [WDRB]

Global business leaders have been warned of a “carbon bubble” that will pop as nations accelerate their move into renewable energy and send the value of coal miners and other fossil fuel industries tumbling. Overnight Tuesday, Scotland set a goal of meeting half its electricity demand from renewable sources by 2015, up from 35 per cent last year. It aims to get all its power from clean sources by 2020. [The Age]

Donna Hargens went on the teevee to talk about how horribly Jefferson County Public Schools performed. [WHAS11]

Unfortunately for the spinsters, you can look through the awful scores for yourself on the internets. [WFPL]

Churchill Downs Inc. announced Thursday the official launch of its new online gambling platform, Luckity.com. [H-L]

A shelter in place order has been lifted a day after cleanup of a derailed train in southwest Jefferson County took an explosive turn. The evacuation order for the 1.2 mile radius and community of West Point continues. [WLKY]

A $5,000 grant from the LG&E/KY Plant for the Planet Program will be used to replace trees at Waterfront Park. [C-J/AKN]

Passport Health Plan has filed a formal protest with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services related to contracts awarded to other Medicaid managed-care organizations. [Business First]

You want a child, right? And you can afford to adopt so there’s no need to procreate, right? Because you’re pro-life and support adopting unwanted children, right? Then click on this flipping link right now and find a child to adopt. There is no excuse. [CLICK HERE NOW]

In a surprise announcement, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Thursday that Hurricane Sandy had reshaped his thinking about the presidential campaign and that as a result he was endorsing President Obama. [NY Times]

Things aren’t looking so great for Katie King now that the teevee people have pointed out (this isn’t new, just the first time it’s been on teevee) that she skipped out on nine weeks of work. [WAVE3]

It is a hospital’s nightmare: The power goes out and backup generators don’t kick in, leaving critically ill patients without the mechanical help they need to breathe. [ProPublica]

Violence Prevention Coordinator? Is That What The City Needs? Or Maybe That’s Just A Waste Of Time

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The best/most hilarious/disgusting thing all week: Neal Richmond claiming that Jake has “AIDS dementia” in front of his staffers. It’s just a shame for him that we’ve been supplied an audio recording. Looks like we hit a serious nerve when pointing out his absenteeism and general mismanagement of a public service that sorely needs him. [Way To Go, Greg Fischer]

Thirty eight chemical industry jobs paying about $25 hourly at the Solae Louisville polymer plant are being eliminated with the closure of the Floyd Street plant. [C-J/AKN]

Jacques Barzun, a pioneering cultural historian, reigning public intellectual and longtime Ivy League professor who became a best-selling author in his 90s with the acclaimed “From Dawn to Decadence,” has died. He was 104. Our thoughts are with Matthew Barzun and his family. [HuffPo]

As the sun sets over the familiar University of Louisville silos, there is the promise of a new day. But not for the 50 employees of the Solae plant, who learned this week their days are numbered here. They’ll lose their jobs when production stops at the end of year. [WDRB]

Police are investigating a vandalism incident at a New Albany Company. “There were busted windshields, slashed tires,” John Lukes, owner of Nexgen Mold and Tool, Inc., said. [WHAS11]

Two Louisville physicians are part of a Senate Finance Committee report that creates new questions about the medical research by Medtronic Inc. and one its medical devices. [Business First]

A WLKY investigation found skyrocketing health care costs are creating a major drain on the budget of Metro Corrections. [WLKY]

Translation: The Democratic Party is paying Jennifer Moore to sue to get idiot Chris Thieneman off the ballot. Her M.O. is to go around trying to find someone to file suit any time there’s a candidate on the ballot who is not a Democrat. It has nothing to do with Perry Clark, who we all know to be constantly high and off his rocker, and everything to do with people who know Thieneman doesn’t live in the South End. [C-J/AKN]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced Thursday that the new slip ramp from eastbound Interstate 264 (Watterson Expressway) to KY 22 (Old Brownsboro Road) is ready to open. [WAVE3]

Louisville should hire a full-time violence prevention coordinator, do more to address vacant houses and foster more economic development in west Louisville, according to a report commissioned by Mayor Greg Fischer to find ways to address violence in Louisville. [WFPL]

Why Thieneman Could Beat Incumbent Perry Clark

Chris Thieneman probably doesn’t even live in his district, he’s paid journalists for favors and we all know he is notorious for putting his idiot foot in his mouth. But he may be the next State Senator from the 37th District.

Let’s take a look at the highlights from his latest report to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance:

  • $159,486.71 raised
  • $785 in unitemized contributions
  • $125,934.52 spent
  • $33,552.19 cash on hand

Notable Contributions

  • Dan Seum $500
  • Dana Seum Stephenson $250
  • Bob DeWeese $100
  • Rich Gimmel $500
  • Jeff Reetz $100
  • Gail Russel $100
  • Bigot Frank Simon $500
  • Jamie Comer $100
  • John Schnatter $1,000
  • Mitch McConnell’s Bluegrass Committee $1,000
  • Senate Republican Caucus $39,256.45

Note to Thieneman lackeys: listing a contribution as “Other Candidates” is not acceptable. If someone gives you $100, it must be reported accurately to KREF.

Notable Disbursements

  • $7,573 on staff
  • $1,696 on food & events
  • $3,180.46 on printing
  • $111,615.91 on advertising

Now for his opponent, incumbent Perry Weed Party Clark:

  • $59,278.61 raised
  • $3,055 in unitemized contributions
  • $18,274.72 spent
  • $41,003.89 cash on hand

Notable Contributions

  • Tim Shaughnessy $200
  • John Aubrey $250
  • Mike O’Connell $500
  • Matt Conway $1,000
  • Greg Fischer’s sister $150
  • Julian Carroll $200
  • Denise Harper Angel $100
  • Mike Cherry $100
  • Merck PAC $1,000
  • Pfizer Inc. PAC $250
  • Amgen Inc. PAC $500
  • Kentucky State Democratic Executive Committee $5,000
  • Senate Democratic Caucus Committee $10,000

Notable Disbursements
You won’t find out unless you request a copy of his itemized report from KREF.

Why? Because Clark purposefully filed by fax so KREF wouldn’t reveal his itemized expenditure data.

Thieneman Does It Again, Gives Something Valuable

Chris Thieneman is apparently a fan of buying favor. Be it giving a journalist free rent or buying a vote/doing the equivalent of vote buying with free tickets and parking.

Like we told you last week, Thieneman is blatantly ignoring KRS 121.

He’s doing it again this today:



It’s not an allegation or accusation if it’s something you actually did. Thieneman, as a candidate, actually gave away something of serious value to a potential voter. Merely claiming something isn’t flying in the face of campaign finance law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky doesn’t make it so.

If he had a Democratic opponent who wasn’t constantly smoking trying to get himself some medical marijuana, maybe this would have been nipped in the, ahem, bud by now.

Thieneman Walks Right Into Campaign Finance Trap

You know what’s unfortunate for Chris Thieneman?

He can’t help putting his foot in his mouth or violating campaign finance law.

Like this:




You see, that’s what people with common sense would call vote buying. I.E., giving a potential voter something of value in exchange for their support.

KRS 121.055 (Warning: External PDF Link) says:

No candidate for nomination or election to any office shall expend, pay, promise, loan or become liable in any way for money or anything of value to any person in consideration for his or her vote.

Further, the KRS says that these (not all-inclusive) types of expenditures are not allowable:

  • Tickets to an event which is unrelated to a political campaign or candidacy
  • Tickets for general distribution for the purpose of influencing an election, either directly or indirectly
  • Items of personal property given to prospective voters which do not bear the name, likeness, or logo of a candidate or a campaign-related communication

The moral to this story: candidates and campaigns cannot give voters something of value. And perception does matter when running for office. Any intelligent opponent will be filing a complaint with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance today.

It’s Just A Greg Fischer Kind Of News Monday

This is why Kentucky needs House Bill 233. If you’re an animal care advocate, you’ll want to pay close attention. [Page One]

Mitch McConnell spent part of his time this weekend addressing Burmese refugees here in Louisville. [FOX41]

Go read the quote from Greg Fischer about local food in this story and tell us you don’t feel like he’s talking down to some five-year-olds in his mind. [WHAS11]

What? Greg Fischer is in another socialite photo spread? You don’t say! [Voice-Tribune]

Can you imagine Greg Fischer sitting on a panel of mayors to discuss educational reform? HAHAHA. He went to an exclusive private school and every member of his family did the same. He’s literally never worked a day in his life for a paycheck. And still thinks he can come off knowing anything about the needs of public education. HAHAHAHAHA. [C-SPAN]

Don’t hold your breath, Curt. Emily Dennis isn’t about to dig too deeply. And if the case got to the point where Jack Conway had to appoint a special prosecutor, it’d take a couple years for anything to happen. And then folks would plead down to misdemeanors. Won’t even get that far unless you’re willing to spend $30,000ish on attorneys to push it. [Curt Morrison]

The Public Service Commission approved LG&E’s land swap with Metro Government to help complete a 100-mile hiking and biking trail. From a release: Louisville Gas & Electric Co. (LG&E) will deed 6.94 acres of land at its Cane Run power plant in western Jefferson County to Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government in exchange for 17.198 acres of vacant city-owned property that abuts the Cane Run plant property on Woodland Avenue. Because the city property has a higher appraised value, LG&E also will pay $56,400 to Louisville Metro government. [Press Release]

Remember Todd Lally? Now he wants to run for the newly-created 10th District State House seat in Eastern Jefferson County. [Ryan Alessi]

Greg Fischer promised he’d stand up for equality as he pocketed thousands upon thousands of gay dollars on the campaign trail. So where’s he at now? Not standing up for equality. [Here & Here]

Congressman John Yarmuth is cosponsoring two bills that ensure no U.S. citizen may be indefinitely detained or have their right to due process violated. [Twitter & More Twitter]

How excited do you think Greg Fischer was to hear Ed Hart chapping his rear end on the radio today? [WFPL]

Perennial candidate Chris Thieneman filed to run for State Senate in the 37th district. [SoS]