Of Course Macfarlane Is Trying To Walk It All Back

The Oldham County Jail was built in 1989. Over 25-years-later, the technology is outdated and county officials say it’s time for an upgrade. [WDRB]

What kind of delusional crack is Cathy Zion smoking? This member of the Metro Animal Services SPOT Board wrote a letter to the editor chastising the entire city for having a conversation about what’s gone wrong with that shit hole of an agency. Jesus H, the stupid is thick. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another death in Possibility City. Louisville Metro Police are conducting a death investigation in the Russell neighborhood, according to MetroSafe. [WHAS11]

A majority of Kentucky voters continue to view the economy as the top issue facing the United States, but a growing number say foreign policy is the nation’s top concern, according to the latest Bluegrass Poll. [H-L]

Doesn’t she sound nice? A Louisville woman admitted to beating a homeless man to death with a baseball bat. [WLKY]

21 numbers that explain why the time to address climate change is right now. Or maybe yesterday. [HuffPo]

Too little, too late, Macfarlane. It’s too late to walk your racist commentary back. [WAVE3]

Exposure in pregnancy to a chemical commonly found in plastics and cans — known as bisphenol A, or BPA — may increase a child’s risk of breathing problems, researchers say. [CBS News]

Officials have announced what’s next in Jefferson County Public Schools’ partnership with Ford’s Next Generation Learning program, and it includes more investment to improve students’ real world experience. [WFPL]

More than six months after a bill that would improve coordination and oversight of the for-profit college industry was introduced in the Senate and House, a number of state attorneys general have signed on in support. [Consumerist & Press Releases]

Work is under way at the former Goss Avenue Antique Mall after a series of historic approvals delayed the original start date for the project. [Business First]

A proposed senior living facility that raised opposition from its neighbors a year ago is coming back before the Jeffersonville Planning and Zoning Department. [News & Tribune]

The Gays Are Taking Over Everything In Indiana

Louisville’s notorious drug dealer, Ricky Kelly, returned to court Monday morning, charged with murder — and prosecutors are grappling with a decision they have to make. [WDRB]

John Yarmuth and Michael Macfarlane, his Republican opponent in next month’s election, took shot at one another during a testy one-hour debate on Kentucky Educational Television on Monday. [C-J/AKN]

For Jim and Alan, the Supreme Court’s decision not to act on same-sex marriage cases has been a long time coming. [WHAS11]

Renovations of the historic National Bank Building in Lexington for a 21c Museum Hotel are proceeding inside and out. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Take a look at the 7th District Metro Council race. [WLKY]

Police overseeing security at protests in Ferguson, Missouri, in August violated the constitutional rights of demonstrators and journalists by forcing them to stay in constant motion and not stop walking, a federal judge ruled on Monday. [HuffPo]

Wedding bells rang in southern Indiana after a move by the Supreme Court reinstated same-sex marriage in the Hoosier state Monday. [WAVE3]

This is the sort of thing that political junkies love a month before Election Day: A new poll in Kentucky suggesting that a party leader in the Senate rather abruptly trails the challenger he’s been trying to fight off (pretty successfully) for months. But it’s also time for sober heads to weigh in. [WaPo]

Hundreds of homeless people are expected to seek help during Louisville’s annual Project Homeless Connect/VA Stand Down event this Wednesday. [WFPL]

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether states can ban judges from personally hitting up campaign donors for contributions. [Think Progress]

Indianapolis-based Milhaus Properties LLC has bought the former Ready Electric Co. Inc. site off Frankfort Avenue, where it will begin work on a 93-unit apartment complex. [Business First]

More than 20 current and former employees of the U.S. Census Bureau in Jeffersonville are suing a Cincinnati dry cleaning business and its local franchisee for contaminating wells used for drinking water in the census building. [News & Tribune]

Louisville Singled Out For Pedestrian Death Rate

This should be hugely embarrassing/troubling. Louisville is receiving money from the government to help prevent pedestrian deaths. Louisville, Philadelphia and New York City are the three recipients. [WDRB]

Louisville is getting ready to monitor air pollution on a micro-level, potentially shedding light on city “hot spots” that could be damaging people’s health. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky’s junior Senator will be visiting Louisville on Monday. The event will take place at the Louisville Plate Glass Company on West Broadway. [WHAS11]

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s faith in God was shaped by her grandmother’s hymns and the bedtime prayers from her gruff Navy father, the former secretary of state told thousands of Methodist women Saturday. [H-L]

Just the kind of horrific news Louisville needs. Louisville Metro Police are investigating reports that a 4-year-old boy shot himself in the face. [WLKY]

UofL has selected Southern Illinois University administrator Kimberly Kempf-Leonard as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. [Press Release]

For the unemployed in Kentuckiana, a sure bet for a career with benefits and excellent pay comes from a new collaboration of groups in town. [WAVE3]

One idea floated in the aftermath of the string of violence by young people last month in downtown Louisville is strengthening the city’s curfew law. [WFPL]

The Obama Administration is urging the Supreme Court not to take up New York Times reporter James Risen’s plea to consider overturning a ruling that he must testify about his confidential sources for his reporting about a Central Intelligence Agency effort to undermine Iran’s nuclear program. [Politico]

Despite a local push to bring higher-speed Internet service to Louisville, at least one large telecommunications company won’t be looking to add upgraded service here — or in any part of Kentucky — in the near future. Warning: silly auto-play video. [Business First]

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore’s recent public clash with the Indiana Department of Transportation over the opening date for the Big Four Bridge has caused Clark County officials to worry that future projects could be jeopardized if the city is involved. [News & Tribune]

More On Your State Government Harming Children

We’re closer and closer to hitting our goal and launching our new project. Consider helping make that happen. [Support Our New Project!]

Family and friends of a Western Kentucky University student who was murdered over the weekend are returning to the scene of the crime. Cheryl Williamson’s family and friends want her to be the last person killed after leaving a party or nightclub. [WDRB]

The Heartland Institute, a libertarian think tank skeptical of climate change science, has joined with the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council to write model legislation aimed at reversing state renewable energy mandates across the country. [WaPo]

Didn’t we know this was the case the second Bob Gunnell got involved? Joe Arnold certainly knew it, as did Mark Hebert. The co-chairs of Home Court Advantage, a group aimed at discouraging Louisville from pursuing an NBA team to share the KFC Yum! Center with the University of Louisville, have revealed their involvement in a letter to business leaders. [WHAS11]

An independent panel that convened Tuesday for the first time to review deaths and serious injuries of abused and neglected children won’t have access to the state’s full case files, prompting concern among some of its members. [WFPL]

Here’s a story about Greg Fischer’s imaginary “compassion” that he hyped around on Twitter and Facebook yesterday. No mention of the thousands of homeless people, hundreds (thousands?) of hungry kids, daily violent gun deaths and the weekly deaths of pedestrians. Compassion! It’s the new “Possibility.” [HuffPo]

Clarksville police are searching for the person responsible for shooting and killing a man at his home. Billy Chambers, 39, was found shot to death by his young daughter in the doorway of the home on Parkwood Drive near the intersection with Lombardy Drive about 3 p.m. Tuesday. [WLKY]

A grievance filed Nov. 12 over a police staffing issue was taken under consideration Tuesday by the New Albany Board of Public Works and Safety. [News & Tribune]

This is the dumbest/most hilarious thing we’ve read from WFPL, ever, hands down. Is this what Joe Lord was hired to do? Write articles about celebrities he found on Wikipedia and have Phillip Bailey answer questions about politics so he sounds believable? Jesus H. [WFPL]

Looks like yet another royal screw-up by Lauren Roberts. A former University of Louisville football and basketball player is suing Jefferson County Public Schools. [WAVE3]

On what has been deemed by charities nationwide as Giving Tuesday, The Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., has pledged up to $200,000 to support relief efforts on the East Coast related to Hurricane Sandy. [Business First]

Ward-Pugh Stood Up. Where Were The Others?

Last week we said that Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh and Councilman Kelly Downard needed to raise hell over the corrupt push to limit debate.

And it seems both have fought for the people of Louisville since before news of the limit broke.

On the 15th, Downard exchanged emails with his colleagues attempting to find a compromise. Rather than limit debate to an hour, Downard proposed:

When a motion to limit debate is made and an objection is made, a vote by the majority of the Council members present shall be the deciding vote on whether the debate shall be limited. A motion to limit debate is not debatable. If a motion to limit debate successfully passes, then debate on a particular ordinance or resolution shall be limited to 2-3 hours in totality. After the allotted time for debate on an item has passed, the members of the Metro Council may, by majority vote, decide to continue debate for an additional period of time, send the item back to committee for additional discussion or hold the item on the agenda until the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Metro Council. Items that are held until the next meeting will receive 2 hours of debate with a call of the question required unless a majority of the members of the Council elect to delay the vote for additional discussion. Rule 5.11(i) shall not be invoked during the passage of either the Capital or Operating Budgets for Metro Government.

Later that day, Councilwoman Ward-Pugh wrote to her colleagues to let everyone know she was not in support of the Majority Caucus in its decision to support the Ackerson amendment to limit debate. She made it clear she not only opposed limiting debate to a mere hour but also opposed a Downard-esque proposal to limit debate to two-three hours because, in her own words:

I expressed my great displeasure with this amendment, and even to what you are proposing, because our very democracy is built on debate. And by taking this measure, I am confident it will appear to our community that we are moving towards becoming Frankfort and Washington–partisan bickering, stalling and obstructionism–something I’m proud to say our Metro Council has worked hard at preventing.

She went on to say:

This amendment is a bad idea and no amount of amending will change that. From this time forward a simple majority of those present–likely to be Democrats for a long, long time–will have the option of calling the question at any time to shut down debate. I think this is a huge mistake and too low a threshold to squelch debate on the floor. Folks supporting this argue the work and debate should be done in committees. Though that is reasonable and appropriate, it excludes those who don’t serve on committees where legislation is present and who might not be able to attend to debate and hear others’ opinions. To my point, on the floor at a Metro Council meeting is the only time all 26 of us are expected to be present at once to hear directly from each other about why we support or oppose legislation. I think it only fair to have the debate in front of all council members and the viewing public, especially since most of the public tunes in to the full council meetings rather than individual committee meetings.

It’s safe to say Ward-Pugh is standing up for what’s right and deserves support.

So when you’re wondering if there’s any responsible leadership left in Kentucky? There she is. One of the only people standing up and speaking out against stifling not just government but the will of the people.

It is not just embarrassing but disgusting that this legislative body from the largest city in the Commonwealth is spiraling out of control in such a grand manner.

Congressional Flashback: Politics Two Years Ago

Remember this moment two years ago?

During a “debate” with WAVE3’s Republican John Boehner look-alike, Scott, Todd Lally decided to stereotype gender before letting everyone know he’d never seen gender discrimination and didn’t believe that it exists:

Hate Todd Lally’s ignorant, bigoted politics as a huge majority of Louisville did and does, he still made for a more exciting race than… what’s that guy’s name? Brooks Wicker.

Note: If you’re interested in seeing the moment on KET that Yarmuth referenced, it’s available after the jump…

Read more…

3rd District Congressional Debate Will Be Enjoyable

Need proof Brooks Wicker has no idea who he is running against?

He and his staff have clearly not done their jobs because they haven’t seen how Yarmuth handed Andrew Horne his rear end in 2006. Or how he beat Anne Northup twice.

At least it will be entertaining watching Wicker spew already disproved talking points.

Just unfortunate that the 3rd Congressional District doesn’t have two solid candidates to choose from this year. No matter how much one likes Yarmuth, it’s always a disservice to the community when both sides aren’t solid and capable of leading.