Western Kentucky is in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Sun Belt Tournament late last night. We’re happy about reporting this news. Really, what’s more important than that? This week is Selection Sunday, when we find out where WKU, Morehead and U of L are going for the first round. And maybe where Billy Gillispie goes.
Optimists Abound: Not once was the word “depression” mentioned on stage last night at the Kentucky Center, as GLI and David Novak tried to get everyone fired up about everything. Rubber chickens for everyone! The expulsion of the PETA people even got a standing “O”. More on Novak’s speech here later.
Now we’ll find it if an ad hoc committee can solve the ethics stalemate: As we predicted, last night David Tandy announced he would form a committee, composed of five members of each Metro Council caucus, to come up with a new ethics proposal. [WHAS-TV]
OK, We Do Have Some Bad News: Kentucky legislators take note — Ellis Park in Henderson is closing next year and running a reduced schedule this year. Ron Geary blames expanded gambling in other states, saying that Ellis can’t get good horses or offer adequate purses for horsemen. The question is – will Churchill Downs have to close before state politicians figure out that gaming is vital to their future? [Courier]
Take Us Out of the Ballpark: Rumor has it that the C-J jumped the gun in reporting that the deal for a restaurant at Slugger Field was done. Far from it. It’s dead. No one’s happy. [Courier]
Abortion Bill Dies: A House committee deadlocked 8-8, effectively killing a state bill requiring that women have an ultrasound before getting an abortion. E-town Republican Tim Moore gets the most ridiculous quote of the day. After saying the measure would have passed in the Senate, he told the H-L that “With God all things are possible.” Louisville Dems Tom Burch, Mary Lou Marzian and Gerald Neal opposed it. [H-L]
OK, Here’s a Better Quote: Sen. Jim Bunning told reporters yesterday that internal poll results concerning his 2010 race were “none of your god damn business.” Stay classy, Jim. [H-L]
Tapped Out: Shelbyville’s number one homophobe, State Sen. Gary Tapp, admitted his SB 68 limiting adoption to married couples is toast. “…hate legislation should never be passed in the Commonwealth,” said Fairness Alliance chief Christopher Hartman.
10 Years of YPAL: Young professionals in this town are growing up a bit. They’ve been getting more active in pushing for projects they like (like the downtown arena and the tax on cigarettes) and now they’ve launched a community service project with Yum! to collect 10,000 canned goods for charity. The Mayor patted ’em on the back yesterday. [YPAL]