We Need More Scandals Edition

Still Pissed: Fox41’s Bill Lamb is still pissed at the federal government about having to keep his analog signal on through June. But Bill, you could have shown some guts and gone forward without the other stations. [Fox41]

Look, More People to Blame: Are you starting to get the feeling that the courts are going to eventually make Max Gilpin’s parents rich? After reviewing more evidence, they’re adding the principal, athletic director and an assistant coach at PRP to their civil lawsuit. And Sheldon Berman is standing by principal David Johnson and criticizing the newspaper. [C-J]

Give Me a Home: The homeless problem is getting worse, and a lot of people are moving in with relatives. And it doesn’t help that the Metro government can’t administer federal grants. [C-J]

Speaking of Homeless, Jerry Takes a Meeting: After representative of several homeless groups held a press conference yesterday saying, no, they weren’t surprised at all the mismanagement allegations in the state auditor’s report, Jerry Abramson set up a meeting with them for next week. The groups indicated that they’ve been silent about the problems for years out of fear that speaking out would endanger their grant money. [WAVE]

Casinos Still in Power in Indiana: Give them credit for trying, but Indiana lawmakers lacked the courage to pass a strong statewide smoking ban, instead providing an exemption for casinos and bars.  The bill that passed the Hoosier House requires places like Horseshoe to make 20 percent of its space non-smoking.  That place, by the way, really stinks. Smokers can have it. Now the bill’s up to the Senate. [IndyStar]

Let the Spending Begin: But none of that stimulus money will go toward building bridges. $52 million is going to Jefferson County Public Schools, and Sheldon Berman says that means he won’t have to layoff so many workers. [WHAS, C-J]

Return to Appalachia: That Diane Sawyer special on eastern Kentucky pulled some huge ratings, and the producers are back in the hills to produce a follow-up that will air Friday night at 10. It got the biggest audience for a 20/20 episode since 2004. [Herald-Leader]

Ashley on Tape: Watch Ashley Judd’s speech in Frankfort yesterday, thanks to the H-L, and read Billy Reed’s love letter to her. [Herald-Leader, BillyReedSays]

Heard on the Homo Mafia Gayvine: There’s some hanky panky going on at the Kentucky Equality Federation, and Jack Conway’s crew has sniffed it out. [Page One]

Big News Day Wrap-up Notes and Giggles

Only the Beginning: That audit on the Housing Department has everyone at City Hall busy. In three weeks, the Metro Council’s Oversight Committee will hold a Q&A with a rep from the Auditor’s Office.

500 Rally for Mountains: Ashley Judd wants to see mountaintop removal ended, and told 500 people at a rally in Frankfort today. She’s supporting Sen. Kathy Stein’s bill blocking coal companies from filling valleys with soil from mountaintops. Media note: photos of Ashley in the H-L, nada in the C-J. [Herald-Leader]

Can’t Stop Laughing: Page One has a post explaining what Gary Tapp’s homo bill really means. [Page One]

Another DTV Note: I know you probably turned off the TV after my appearance on the CW this morning, but later in the Louisville Live show this morning the CW became the first, and only, local station to shut down its analog signal. A farmer in Campbellsville complained, but otherwise everything went smoothly.

Eats Makes a Big List: We’re proud to announce that our own food and dining blog, Ville Voice Eats, has been selected by a significant national food blog as one of the “Best Food Blogs in America.” Congrats to our own David Domine for consistently coming up with great stories.

Fun with Facebook: I just got an e-mail with the subject line: Steve Forbert Sent you a Message on Facebook.  Steve has a new studio album coming out. How cool is that?

Page One & The ‘Ville Voice on TeeVee

Crit Luallen’s damning audit of Metro Housing in Louisville, the gay hate legislation in Frankfort, Francene and the JobJam this Saturday and Jim Bulleit speaking out.

The first few seconds were cut off because the CW apparently can’t figure out how to start at 10:00 A.M. instead of a minute before, killing our TiVo.

Tapp Gets More Deserved Grief

When our elected representatives get into promoting legislation that advances bigotry and discrimination, it’s up to you, and us, to make them pay a political price.

So let’s start jumping on Shelbyville homophobe Gary Tapp, who’s introduced a bill in the state Senate seeking to prevent gays from adopting children or providing foster care. The Republican has been gettting plenty of crticism, starting with Jake’s aptly-named post: Gary Tapp is a Despicable Human Being.

Then there’s a mention in FatLip. Really, it’s time for Tapp to get the message. The bill’s probably not going anywhere, but let’s not forget Tapp’s misguided idea.

And here’s a portion of a release from the Fairness Campaign:

The deceptively-worded bill is identical to a measure recently passed in Arkansas that prohibits adoption or foster care by an applicant “cohabiting with a sexual partner outside of a marriage that is legally valid in Kentucky.” The language of the bill renders not just same-gender couples unfit to parent, but countless heterosexual couples that could serve as “next of kin” placement for children in need. The state would be forced to provide millions in additional foster care, an irresponsible burden to add to the Commonwealth’s economic crisis.

Major Fairness News: First Director Hired

The Fairness Campaign has officially announced the hiring of its first Director, Chris Hartman. Most in the press will recognize him as John Yarmuth’s campaign press secretary from the 2008 General Election, but he’s been involved in politics and his community for nearly a decade. He’ll oversee fundraising, communications, leadership development and legislative strategy for the almost two-decade-old civil rights group.

More on Hartman: He served in 2005 as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer In Service To America) in St. Louis, Director of Philadelphia’s Grassroots Fundraising for the Democratic National Committee in 2004’s Presidential Election and as Producer and Founder of performance companies Project Improv in St. Louis and Louisville. Hartman holds a Master’s degree in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis, where his thesis, Stage Families of Choice: Emergence, Evolution, and Future of the American Gay Male Family on Stage, focused on American gay male family history and analysis.

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Page One & The ‘Ville Voice On TeeVee

God Jesus we move our head and eyes around way too much on the teevee. Plus it’s way worse when we’re super-sleepy. You likey?

Like how I over-dressed?

Stephen crosses his legs just like me. Because he is as skinny as me– dangerous for him, because I’m likely to maul anyone who tries to outdo me on the fat-free front.

And Rick got a haircut!

Stephen did a good job being a dirty librul, Rick offered some fancy insights and I said positive things about Mitch McConnell… and shared the truth about Katie King and what a cluster-eff THAT mess is.


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Discrimination Suit Filed in Louisville – McDonald’s Employee Called Customers “Faggots”

Come on, people! We have a city-wide Fairness Ordinance for a reason! Discrimination on the basis of perceived sexual orientation is about the stupidest thing one can do. Stop this bull! McDonald’s should fire the insufferable, bigoted woman for using slurs. We may just hop down there this afternoon to take a film crew and ask some questions.

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a complaint with the Metro Human Relations Commission. God knows if it’ll ever get anywhere, but they’ve filed it just the same.

So check this out: Ryan Marlatt, Teddy Eggers and three of their friends stopped at the McDonald’s at 420 East Market Street (telephone 502.589.3753, manager is Phyllis) for lunch on July 26. While waiting for their food, a service worker behind the counter referred to them as “faggots” while talking to a coworker. The customers made it clear they weren’t there to be insulted and requested to speak with a manager. While continuing to wait, the woman behind the counter repeatedly called them “faggots” in front of other patrons, also referring to them as “cocksucker” and “bitch.”

So classy. A McDonald’s employee calling some gay dudes “cocksucker” and “bitch.”

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