Ethics? What Ethics? There Are No Ethics Here

Want to be involved in a new effort from Page One and The ‘Ville Voice to focus on ad-free, citizen-funded investigative journalism? It’ll trend toward more long form work. [Jump In]

Don’t worry, that dang bridge is never going to reopen. You should probably just call in sick. [FOX41]

Today at 1:30 the Metro Council Planning & Zoning committee will continue its discussion of proposed changes to the Landmarks Ordinance. A final vote is expected. [Agenda]

It’s sad that the girl went missing. But she’s a pretty white girl and that’s all the media will discuss. Never a mention of any non-white kid missing in the region. [WAVE3]

Sure, you see news of Steve Beshear creating child death review panels. But you see very little about a judge holding the Cabinet in contempt. That’s because the press releases and media battle was designed that way by the governor’s office. [H-L]

Dear WHAS11: only linking people to a petition against a proposed housing development doesn’t qualify as giving people an opportunity to voice their concerns for and against something. [WHAS11]

Barbara Shanklin has retained an attorney in the ethics probe. Because we all know it’s completely ethical to put your entire family on the dole – even when they’re in jail – just because you’re a Metro Councilcritter. [C-J/AKN]

Gannett Co. Inc., the McLean, Va.-based media company that owns The Courier-Journal newspaper, reported a drop in second-quarter revenue and profit despite a boost in digital revenue. [Business First]

The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission still cannot compel witnesses to testify, which could impact a possible hearing involving Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin. [WFPL]

Breaking news! A bunch of people were arrested on drug charges at a music festival. Because that’s what happens. [WLKY]

A New Endeavor/Side Project For Our Sites

For the past several months there has been increased frothing and complaining from mostly Democrats that the content on Page One and The ‘Ville Voice is bought and paid for. Despite, of course, that being so far from reality that it’s laughable.

Most of that criticism stems from the Consumer Health Products Association advertising on our sites to reach the obvious audience: people in Frankfort and those who influence Frankfort. And, of course, when Williams-Farmer advertised on our site to do the same thing. In Louisville, it comes from a handful of Greg Fischer’s people who still ignorantly believe we’re in the tank for Jim King– despite us being the reason he has to comment here as himself and despite us being part of the reason his daughter faced so much public scrutiny.

You’ll note that it’s never criticism from Republicans because they know a fair shake when they see it. We criticize Democrats and Republicans equally and have a years-long history of doing just that. Along with a love it or hate it history of breaking news and forcing uncomfortable change in state and local government. It may make you uncomfortable or angry on occasion but you’re still reading dozens of times per week.

Which brings us to today. We’re launching a new project.

To put aside ignorant criticism, we’re announcing a new subsection of our websites that will be completely advertising-free. Free of the perception of influence from advertisers and underwriters. And 100% free of opinion. We’re partnering with a few now-unemployed journalists to bring new text and video-rich investigative pieces. And it will be supported by those who read these sites and those who want to support a continued effort to uncover corruption in Louisville and Kentucky.

Whether this new effort generates $500 per year or $50,000, the funds will work to accomplish the same goal. We already have high-end video and recording equipment. We already have a well-known web presence. So the funds will specifically be used for research and payment to the journalists doing the work.

Your contribution can be public or anonymous – it’s up to you. Once we see where this is going, we’ll maintain a publicly available list (you’ll decide if you want to be on it).

Here’s how:

We’re not a non-profit and don’t want to be at this point. The contributed funds will be taxable as revenue. But that doesn’t mean we won’t form a c3 entity in the future.

You can contribute on this post or here at this support page on the site.

These sites and this new effort wouldn’t be possible without you. We’re looking forward to what you’re able to make happen.

Thanks for you support.

Greg’s Top Guy & The KRS Whitewash Under Way

You should probably get a load of the top guy in the running to be the new Executive Director of Kentucky Retirement Systems. It won’t blow your mind if you’ve been paying attention. Primarily because Greg Fischer’s top guy is the fellow making the selection. [Page One]

The State House and Senate started flushing more than $60,000 per day down the toilet yesterday. [H-L]

Would you pay $1,000 for this fancy Julep cup? Probably not. But you’ll enjoy watching a story about it. [FOX41]

UofL now says it is delaying the selection of a new University Hospital partner because more time is needed for “discussions and negotiations.” Which is Greek for, “We can’t figure out how to help our friends get super-rich off the gubmint just yet.” [C-J/AKN]

A study required in order for Indiana to finance its portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project was released Monday and offered that the economic impact will include nearly 18,000 jobs annually, result in $27.3 billion in personal income and $78 billion in economic output for the region. Let’s not even begin discussing how these jobs are super-temporary or how this study was made-to-order. [News & Tribune]

The Ohio River Bridges Debacle meets a new delay and everybody just feigns shock and outrage. [WAVE3]

Today the Kentuckiana Regional Planning Development Agency will visit John Yarmuth’s office. On Thursday, Kentucky Mortgage Bankers will pay him a visit. [Press Release]

On a scale of one to ten, how happy are you about this sneaky LG&E charge called the “Weather Normalization Adjustment”? [WHAS11]

What would you do if your home, place of employment and entire community were wiped off the face of the earth by a tornado? Recovery in Eastern Kentucky will take a long time and only the Red Cross remains on the ground supporting the people who most need it. [Click Here To Give]

You can’t even go to the Meijer on South Hurstbourne Parkway these days without getting carjacked by some shirtless young man. [WLKY]

On any given night in the U.S., there are approximately 60,500 youth confined in juvenile correctional facilities or other residential programs. Photographer Richard Ross has spent the past five years criss-crossing the country photographing the architecture, cells, classrooms and inhabitants of these detention sites. [Wired]

Jon Fleischaker won a fancy and much-deserved award from the Society of Professional Journalists. [Business First]

Actors Theater Is Why Louisville Has Nice Things

This A Kentucky Newspaper story about Greg Fischer turning to Facebook to ask questions about the budget is interesting. Doesn’t mention that he deleted nearly every comment perceived as negative – even when true and honest. [C-J/AKN]

What was that, again, about the Legislative Ethics Commission not being under the direct control of the good old boys in Frankfort? [John Cheves]

Bob Gunnell needs to focus on paying back the $400,000 or whatever he stiffed the IRS for. Maybe focus on his bankruptcy and walking out on Peritus – which is fighting to get what it’s owed from him, apparently – before he tries to keep it up with this bit of killing sidewalks on Brownsboro Road. And opponents declined to go to the forum last week not because the project is moving forward but because Bob got his ass handed to him and he has egg all over his face. [FOX41]

Oh, look, it’s Claudia Coffey doing a story about the Brownsboro Road sidewalk. Wouldn’t it be a good idea for her to disclose the fact that she knows Bob Gunnell personally when doing a slanted story like this? [WHAS11]

Will Jeffersonville ever stop flushing all of its poop into the Ohio River? [WFPL]

Lonnie Napier can’t read or use the Google so there’s no way for him to realize that welfare drug testing doesn’t work. What does work, though, is testing legislators for drug use. Someone needs to file that as an amendment ASAP. [WKYT]

Have you seen how much money taxpayers pony up for silly “studies” every year? Millions upon millions. [Page One]

You can’t even go to St. Matthews without cold getting robbed. Better pack your pepper spray, meemaw. [WAVE3]

Actors Theater opened some downtown apartments for visiting artists. This will be a good thing for Louisville, right? [Business First]

Here’s more on that large drug ring that was arrested in J-town last week. [WLKY]

David Whitlock is proof that Louisville doesn’t need outdated constables, right? [84WHAS]

$30,000 For That Faux “Survey”? Really? Wow

Stephen George is leaving his job as editor of the City Paper in Nashville to go to work as press secretary for U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee. Another great journalist lost to politics. [Nashville Post]

Really, what the hell is with Metro EMS? Is the entire place falling apart? [FOX41]

Why wouldn’t these folks work against Jack Conway, who only pulled this for-profit stunt to try to get re-elected? It’s not illegal as long as it’s not state government. He had zero interest a few years ago when he was approached. For Allison Martin to call it desperate for Sullivan to support Todd P’Pool is about as hilarious as watching her have to defend her boss and her colleagues when she knows they’re full of it. [John Cheves]

Is there something to worry about on the University of Louisville Hospital merger front that no one is considering? We take a deeper look later today. [Page One]

Remember that bogus “survey” Greg Fischer’s administration spent $30,000 on last month? The one asked next to nothing about merger? Well, turns out, that survey was able to reveal that Louisvillians are generally satisfied with merger. Yeah, we know, this is pee-worthy hilarity. [C-J/AKN]

Restaurant sexytime extortion lady, Karen Sypher, has until Friday to finalize her appeals. [WAVE3]

Yesterday, Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson questioned Jack Conway for the 98th day in a row over his involvement in his brother’s drug scandal: “I’m sure Jack Conway has set some sort of record for his evasiveness and refusal to answer the simple questions we have asked of him,” Robertson said. “If Conway has nothing to hide, he should answer the questions before his streak reaches day 100.” [Press Release]

Some parents are threatening to keep their children out of Jefferson County Public Schools over the busing dispute. How typical is that? Force your child to suffer on the educational front because school leaders are idiots? Yeah, that’s the ticket. [WHAS11]

Looks like Perry Clark has gone full-on teabagger. Look at the mindless slobs he’s dredged up from the bottom of the teabagger river. [We Get Comments]

Zen Tea House on Frankfort Avenue is closing and reopening inside a restaurant on Bardstown Road. [Consuming Louisville]

Cable and satellite television providers are losing subscribers in droves. Maybe Insight wouldn’t have people dropping like flies if it spent a little less on mailers for “Insight Phone” and a little more on providing actual service. [HuffPo]

If you’re on East Market Street or Main Street on a regular basis, you’ve seen the Lincoln Elementary construction transformation in process for a while. [Broken Sidewalk]

Louisville apparently ranks high for volunteering. Maybe because no one has a job and has plenty of free time. [Business First]

Louisville Loves Public Media & It Truly Shows

One of the great things about Louisville is that the community really knows how to come together in support of local good things.

Take, for instance, Louisville Public Media and its recently completed fund drive. Literally its most successful ever. The organization – home to WFPL, everybody’s favorite classical station WUOL and WFPK – raised $615,015 from more than 3,500 people. That’s a 22% increase over last year’s best of $502,000.

More than 1,300 new members came into the fray as a result of this year’s drive – sticking it to the anti-NPR types. And Friday broke LPM’s single day fundraising record with $149,552. We’d say that’s kind of a big deal.

“We are grateful that so many people in our community made the decision to stand up for public radio,” said Donovan Reynolds, LPM’s president and general manager. “Many callers said they were alarmed by recent attempts to cut public radio’s federal funding, and contributed to make sure that we continue to have stable funding.”

This is why Louisville can have nice things.

Why Not Just Call It A King Coal Conference?

If you are a nerd, you should probably check out this book about the history of Kentucky broadcasting from 1945-1970. [Click the Clicky or Get It On Kindle]

Maybe we should try harder to prevent teenage obesity? [CNN]

The Bridges Debacle group may move the planned pedestrian walkway. That’s not terrible, right? [FOX41]

An “energy” conference is being held at the Galt House on April 20. To give you an idea of the sort of “energy” being discussed, here’s the speaker list: Steve Beshear, Greg Stumbo and Len Peters. [Business First]

A man was severely beaten by a group of teenagers at First and Market Streets. [WAVE3]

Teach for America is placing 30 teachers per year in Eastern Kentucky for three years. [H-L]

UPS plans to change cockpits after the plane crash in Dubai that killed two pilots. [WHAS11]

Yes, yet another restaurant has opened in Louisville. We can’t go a day without having new food to pig out on. [Consuming Louisville]

Did your name get dropped by President Barack Obama? If so, the entire country is talking about it. [FatLip]

Does Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Alison Grimes have problem with her campaign narrative? Telling two different stories to different press-types? [Page One]

UofL’s New Scandal Gets The Mainstream Treatment

Remember that story we broke last week about Alisha Ward – an Equine Industry Program employee – at the University of Louisville allegedly swindling money? Imagine that – the full story is coming to light. Folks at UofL tell us it could involve more than $100,000. [C-J/AKN & FOX41]

Have you gotten the NO KILL KENTUCKY license plate? Do you love animals? Then consider it. [No Kill Louisville]

Oh noes! Guess who woke up! Branden Klayko! And he’s writing about giant pink snails. [Broken Sidewalk]

The Louisville Metro Police Department is looking for a bank robber. [The ‘Ville Voice]

The city is seeking proposals for an emergency warning system. [FOX41]

Seen this video from Goldman Sachs promoting the downtown arena? Here’s hoping we don’t find out all sorts of nasty things in the years to come. [Goldman Sachs]

Love Greg Fischer or hate him, he did something Jerry Abramson would never and could never do. He addressed Race relations. [WFPL]

Corbin reporter Samantha Swindler is why Kentucky can have nice things. Her work to uncover corruption is worthy of much praise. [On The Media]

That fancy new place on East Market Street opened on Friday. Anyone checked it out? [Consuming Louisville]

Frankfort lobbyists spent a ton of cash during the month of February. Check out the latest details from the Legislative Branch Ethics Commission. [Page One]

Some Section 8 tenants say they live in inhumane conditions and are ignored by property management. [WHAS11]

Somebody Finally Says What Needs To Be Said

Phillip Bailey is an outlaw!

But you already knew that, because, well, you just did.

I like outlaws. Not the commonly encountered criminals — drug dealers, thieves, murderers, most politicians and many preachers. I like outlaws who run afoul of the norm and actually stand for something. My former mentee Phillip Bailey has become such a man. I say “former” mentee because I now consider him an equal.


Recently, Phillip has come under fire in a small segment of Louisville’s black community because of a solid piece of investigative journalism on Councilwoman Judy Green. As a result, Bailey has been called “scum” and told that “black people here (in Louisville) don’t trust” him. Scum? Untrustworthy? Exactly what evil thing has Bailey done to merit such attacks? First of all, we have to be careful when we talk about which black people think young Bailey is a contemptible ne’er-do-well.


So who’s mad? I’ll tell you. A few nativistic, short-sighted members of Louisville’s black old guard and their younger human parrots are upset. These types like the status quo simply because it benefits them in one way or another. They are in positions of influence, not because of ability or inventiveness, but largely by virtue of who they know or the fact that they’ve simply been around Louisville forever. The younger people in their orbits are the typical sorts — uncreative, conformist, untalented lackeys who go along to get along without question just to get ahead. In this way, retrograde people and systems replicate themselves. This is not good, but it’s the norm in certain circles.

Phillip Bailey has simply rejected sucking up to this ideologically incestuous, parochial segment of our fair city.


IMMEDIATELY click here to read the rest from LEO’s Ricky Jones.

Local Media Forever Dominated By Blood & Sex

More people get their news from the internets than the newspaper. Imagine that reality. [Mashable]

The horsey set at the Paulick Report are hosting a fancy NCAA bracket pool to give back to those impacted in Japan. You should get on this thing ASAP. 3rd Place wins a Japan Racing Association 50th Anniversary medallion from the 2004 Japan Cup. 2nd Place wins an official JRA “Turfy” horse hat. 3rd Place wins a 2009 Japan Cup Jacket. [Paulick Report]

Haha, wow, the Sojourn cult is invading Nawbny. Good job, Indiana, they’re taking over yet another school. [NA Confidential]

David Tandy went somewhere and did something and talked about Michelle Obama. [WFPL]

You folks remember Evan Bayh? He’s that sometimes-Democrat who, well, took a sad, hypocritical retirement. Only to be a Faux News contributor. [WaPo]

Steve Beshear’s hand-picked candidate, Elaine Walker, seriously shot herself in the foot. This race is about to get crazy, I think. [Page One]

The Society of Professional Journalists has awarded the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services runner-up status in his “Black Hole Award” category. For trying to keep child deaths and injuries secret. Way to go, Kentucky! [H-L]

Am I the only one who thinks it’s a little crazy that everyone is freaking out about the Manual teacher found “partially naked” in a car with a 17-year-old student? That’s coming from me, the prude. [FOX41]

The Kentucky Derby Festival – not the “Derby Festival” (which we use as a category here for brevity) – has unveiled its 2011 event pins. [WAVE3]

The local media has finally noticed that failed and outgoing superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools, Sheldon Berman, is being considered for a job in Eugene, Oregon. [WHAS11]