Fischer Continues Fight To Raise Your Taxes

Kentucky is trying to do more to protect victims of dating violence. [WDRB]

With mayoral and city council primaries less than three months away, Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore will deliver his annual State of the City address Tuesday at a Jeffersonville Rotary Club luncheon. [C-J/AKN]

While George Junior went to Frankfort to beg for the right to raise your taxes, Rome continued to burn. [WHAS11]

A proposal to shore up the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System with the state’s largest-ever bond issue won approval Tuesday by the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. [H-L]

Greg Fischer will officially illuminate the Big Four Bridge in a celebration planned for Wednesday evening. [WLKY]

The U.S. government is creating a new agency to monitor cybersecurity threats, pooling and analyzing information on a spectrum of risks, a senior Obama administration official said on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Surely no one actually drinks this Angel’s Envy stuff. [WAVE3]

The Supreme Court is reviewing lethal injection for the first time in seven years. [ProPublica]

Here’s your NO DUH moment of the year. Records shed little light on vetting of new University of Louisville executive from scandal-plagued school. [WFPL]

House Democrats plan to hear their own version of a bill to combat the rise in heroin usage in Kentucky but the bill’s primary sponsor says he’s highly confident any differences can be worked out with the Republican Senate which has already passed its own measure. [Ronnie Ellis]

This might be a case of ending up with more than you bargained for. Last year, Anheuser-Busch LLC, a Louisville-based distributor owned by multinational beverage giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, purchased Budweiser of Owensboro, a previously unaffiliated distributorship. [Business First]

Though Groundhog Day was Monday, some New Albany officials feel like they’ve been through this scenario before. [News & Tribune]

JCTA Put Its Foot In Its Mouth With That One

Some Jefferson County teachers are upset after their names were included without their knowledge in a political advertisement sent to approximately 50,000 voters by the Jefferson County Teachers Association. [WDRB]

A record 548,815 people are registered to vote in Jefferson County in the general election Tuesday, Nov. 4, newly released figures by the Jefferson County clerk’s office and the county Board of Elections show. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another fun JCPS bus accident. [WHAS11]

After the 2014 Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs was hit with backlash from some unhappy owners who felt they’d been given less than VIP treatment so the racetrack has a plan to fix that. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A young man gunned down behind a West Louisville home leaves police searching for a suspect, and an outraged community is demanding justice. [WLKY]

Why it matters that PetSmart discriminates against Pit Bulls. [HuffPo]

The three candidates trying to win the Clark County sheriff race say improving low morale and attacking drug crimes are critical issues facing an agency rocked by scandal this summer. [WAVE3]

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Victims Advocacy, along with University of Kentucky professor TK Logan and fellow members of the Statewide Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee, released the Domestic Violence Special Report: Kentucky 2010 Homicides. [Press Release]

Kynect cannot survive without the Affordable Care Act, according to its director and a Kentucky public health educator. [WFPL]

Bellarmine University economics and finance professors will draw upon lessons of previous recessions to offer advice for consumers and investors about the current economic recovery during a forum on Thursday, November 6, at 5:30 p.m. [Bellarmine]

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority has granted preliminary approval for tax increment financing toward construction of the 150-room boutique hotel, which has been proposed on a vacant lot at Shelby and Market Streets in the NuLu district of Louisville. [Business First]

The Nawbny paper has a pretty solid 2014 general election voter guide. [News & Tribune]

GREG FISCHER PEE ALERT! Greg Fischer is now trying to spin in order to detract from negative press. He put out a release yesterday in an attempt to appear transparent and featured alleged Animal Services numbers that we already know to be… mythical, to say the least. [Metro Government]

Care What Family Court Candidates Think?

Then show up to this forum!

The Center for Women & Families, ElderServe and The Mary Byron Foundation are sponsoring a forum for Jefferson County Family Court candidates. Six of the ten Family Court seats in the county are up this year and that’s sure to shake things up.

Candace Mosley of the National District Attorneys Association, a nationally known domestic violence/judicial system expert, is set to moderate the event. All 12 candidates running plan to be there.

Here are the details:

  • Wednesday — October 15
  • 6:30 P.M.
  • Bellarmine — Horrigan Hall

Another Day, Another Domestic Violence Death

Really? Selling the ingredients for sizzurp? [WDRB]

A woman shot Thursday by her husband in an apparent murder suicide became the 10th victim killed in a domestic assault incident inside city limits this year. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky Baptists will vote later this year on whether to sever ties with a Louisville member church that says it is open to performing gay marriages. [WHAS11]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Friday that he voted for Richard Nixon, the only president to resign from office, as he continued to criticize his Democratic opponent for refusing to say if she voted for President Barack Obama. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! If Amy Shir couldn’t do it, she probably can’t. In one state House of Representatives race, a Democratic newcomer is challenging a Republican incumbent who has served for 22 years. [WLKY]

Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes on Thursday repeatedly dodged inquiries as to whether she voted for President Barack Obama, who remains extremely unpopular in the Bluegrass State. [HuffPo]

Bardstown’s police chief said the murder of Officer Jason Ellis was an “I-told-you-so moment” that led to Nelson County’s inclusion in a national drug-fighting program. [WAVE3]

Former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao will visit Bellarmine University to discuss her perspectives on business and politics on Wednesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. [Press Release]

All kinds of crazy things are floating around in the Ohio River. [WFPL]

Sen. Rand Paul met with Ferguson, Mo., community leaders Friday. Civil unrest there came to a boil after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. [The Hill]

The University of Louisville now has its roadmap in place for fiscal 2015. The board of trustees approved president James Ramsey’s 2015 strategic goals for the university at its board meeting Thursday afternoon. [Business First]

Work on the east-end crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project will cause lane closures and restrictions on Ind. 62 and Ind. 265 next week. [News & Tribune]

UofL’s Endowment’s Bigger Than Your Endowment

The cycle of violence starts early and spirals into adulthood, but Jefferson County attorney’s are hoping to put an end to it. [WDRB]

The Metropolitan Sewer District is spending $50 million to build a 17-million-gallon sewage storage basin on a nearly 5-acre site in Smoketown that was a public works complex. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another senseless shooting. Louisville Metro Police are investigating a shooting that left two men wounded in the Russell neighborhood Sunday morning. [WHAS11]

Peter Baniak might be crazy if he thinks a single statewide poll instead of multiple polls is better. [H-L]

It was a more than two-month long labor of love. On Sunday, friends of Jimbo Boone gathered near the Abbey of the Gethsemani in Nelson County for a ribbon cutting ceremony. [WLKY]

Veteran police officer, Floyd County Councilman, and small business owner Brad Striegel has officially filed his candidacy for Floyd County Sheriff, according to a news release. [News & Tribune]

This past week, 16 people have died in house fires in Kentucky, three of them Saturday in Richmond. [WAVE3]

Melvin Dickinson, who founded the Louisville Bach Society with his wife Margaret, died of a heart attack Friday morning in his Louisville home. [WFPL]

The tea party’s war against the Common Core State Standards escalated this week in the form of survey results supposedly attesting to the standards’ extreme unpopularity in Mississippi, the lowest-performing state in the country in terms of student achievement. But the survey’s questions were misleading, and some of them relied on information that’s downright false. [HuffPo]

If you missed it last week, Republicans in Frankfort are still losing their minds over health care reform. Unfortunately for 99% of them, they’re just making crap up. [Page One]

The University of Louisville’s endowment grew slower than the national average last fiscal year, but the university still has moved into the top 100 nationally based on its total assets. [Business First]

Quick, Everyone Roll Your Eyes At David James

State officials say Kentucky’s number of domestic violence victims is much higher than the national average. Legislators say they want to help some victims who have not been able to get necessary protection in the past. [WDRB]

Oh, look, Martha Elson noticed that there’s a bridge being built in the East End. And some people are angry about all the noise. [C-J/AKN]

Don’t worry, kids, nothing is changing for the Metro Council. A Louisville Metro Councilman has been re-elected for a fourth straight year during their annual organizational session. [WHAS11]

Nick Lawrence has his finger firmly on the pulse of everything that is Clarksville. As the town’s redevelopment director, Lawrence has a front-row seat and a hand in shaping Clarksville’s future while being tuned in to its residents’ concerns. [News & Tribune]

Glad to see Louisville is getting back on track with its murders. Metro Louisville police are investigating the city’s first homicide of the year. [WLKY]

According to United Van Lines’ Annual Migration Study, Kentucky had more people moving away in 2013 than moving into the state. [Business First]

Lexington got an honorable mention as one of the gayest cities in the country. These folks have clearly never been to Louisville. [The Advocate]

At least some people on Metro Council have sense. Louisville Metro Council’s Democratic members voted to oust one of their leaders Monday, a move some said was continued fallout from last summer’s decision to allow a controversial member to keep her job. [WAVE3]

Jeffersonville has been named one of the best places for job seekers in Indiana. Number 4 in the state based on unemployment rates, population growth, household income and monthly homeowner costs. [NerdWallet]

This should serve as a lesson for a few Louisville agencies. A Lexington-based economic development foundation violated Kentucky’s Open Records Act when it refused to release its spending records to the Herald-Leader last year, according to a ruling issued Friday by Attorney General Jack Conway’s office. [H-L]

There hasn’t been a black woman in Kentucky’s legislature since 2000. The special election of Democrat Reggie Thomas to the Kentucky Senate may have had little political consequence last December, but it did make history. [WFPL]

Kentucky Retirement Systems provided a Merry Christmas for Wall Street with another $10 million in fees. On top of the $50 million in fees KRS already gives Wall Street in no-bid contracts, that’s quite a boost. [Page One]