Fallout Over LMPD Chief Has Begun

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Here’s the latest bullshit from Teddy Gordon. Did you know his public relations girlfriend convinces local television stations into running with nearly everything he does? That’s what happens. But producers at television stations (specifically WDRB) aren’t always the brightest bulbs in news. And no one else wants to reveal how the sausage is made in this city. [WDRB]

The majority of students who are sent to Jefferson County Public Schools’ two behavior alternative schools are black, even though black students make up only 36 percent of the district’s overall population. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad released a statement on Facebook on Dec. 15 that addressed the River City FOP vote of no confidence. [WHAS11]

Most housing rates at the University of Kentucky will rise about 3.5 percent next fall, a Board of Trustees finance committee decided Tuesday. [H-L]

Members of the local police union have issued a no confidence vote in Louisville Metro Police Department and Chief Steve Conrad. [WLKY]

As a parting gift to women, the Obama administration finalized a rule on Wednesday that will prohibit states from defunding Planned Parenthood for political reasons. [HuffPo]

Really, does anyone think the man isn’t taking these cases for the publicity? And because he thinks he can get the legal insurance provider(s) JCPS pays to cough up some cash? We stopped taking him seriously when he started fighting against INTEGRATED SCHOOLS by opposing busing. [WAVE3]

Sadiqa Reynolds is a sad disaster. I’ll never understand why the Urban League put her in charge of anything. [The ‘Ville Voice]

A transgender man fired from GE Appliances in Louisville can sue for race and gender discrimination, according to a federal court ruling late last month. [WFPL]

This hilarious restaurant review caused Donald Trump to lose his mind this week. [Vanity Fair]

Maybe if Louisville stopped trying to rank on lists or be the best at whatever… all the things could happen? [Business First]

A measure to require every new business in Jeffersonville to pay for a certificate proving it is in compliance with the city’s zoning code is one step closer to becoming a reality. [News & Tribune]

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Sadiqa Reynolds Is A Sad Distraction

If there’s one person in Louisville who would know what a distraction is, it’s Sadiqa Reynolds.


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While she’s probably right to question the local FOP leadership, her latest remarks fall remarkably empty and ridiculously out-of-touch:

Sadiqa Reynolds, president of the Louisville Urban League, said Thursday morning that she had heard “rumblings” that people’s confidence in Conrad was lacking, so she also wasn’t surprised. While she acknowledged the vote is troubling, she said the timing feels like a distraction to a bigger issue – a spike in violent crime.

“It seems like (the department) can’t be dually focused,” she said. “It just really feels like a distraction to me and a distraction to the community. … I’m concerned.”

Reynolds urged officers to stay focused on making the community safer and likened the situation to a presidential election, as some people will be happy and others won’t. She called on the officers to help get Louisville “back on track.”

“There are too many homicides. You can’t have a house divided,” she said. Conrad “is the leader and, until he is not, he has our support.”

In other words, Sadiqa is saying to blindly trust the wealthy white men in power… while dismissing the far less wealthy men and women, many of the people of color, daring criticize their wealthy, disconnected bosses. The epitome of whitewashing.

The woman is a walking distraction. A train wreck of epic proportions. One need only look at her time serving under Greg Fischer or her testimony before the Metro Council to know she’s a disaster.

It’s sad that she’s tainting the Louisville Urban League with her ridiculous bullshit, coverups, scandals and irresponsibility. There are countless people in this great city who could outperform her in their sleep.

Yes, I realize some will be offended that a gay white guy is criticizing an African American woman but I am well-acquainted with white, cis-gendered male privilege. Race and gender do not negate the level of bullshit spread around by Sadiqa. Or maybe I mean dog shit… since some of her biggest scandals involved coverups of animal torture and abuse at Louisville Metro Animal Services that would have landed anyone else in jail or at the very least facing charges. (More on Sadiqa here)

Remember when Metro Council had to put new whistleblower laws on the books after I uncovered Sadiqa’s torture/coverup/neglect/abuse nightmare?

Or when she went after a young woman of color for daring question her? Remember the recorded telephone call where Sadiqa told the young woman she “sounded clean”?

I can’t sit on my hands and watch her piss things away.

Louisville deserves better than this wet blanket, never question authority mindset.

Maybe Don’t Ignore Frankfort Republicans

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Guess we can look forward to months and months of breathless regurgitation from this station’s education reporter on the charter schools front, right? Hopefully WDRB won’t rely on its teabagger staffers to assign stories so the public will get some actual deep-dives on what charters could mean for Jefferson County Public Schools. [WDRB]

Gunmen exchanged about 20 shots at an annual Thanksgiving Day football event, thrusting Louisville past its homicide record and into the national spotlight. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Of course the report was buried in a release the day before Thanksgiving – that’s how Greg Fischer STILL allows his staff to operate. A Metro Councilwoman criticized the timing of a report showing a multiple Louisville agencies failed to communicate with each other leading to the deadly South 28th Street building collapse. [WHAS11]

Like many students, Tyler Allen spent his college days enthusiastically experimenting with alcohol. Only for Allen, it turned into a habit that was more than recreational. [H-L]

Sucks that the guy got killed but can you imagine how much could be accomplished in Kentucky if we weren’t wasting time on constantly renaming roads, bridges and buildings? [WLKY]

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee on Monday asked the committee’s chairman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), to look into President-elect Donald Trump’s financial entanglements and make sure he’s not breaking the law. [HuffPo]

Homicide detectives with the Louisville Metro Police Department are investigating the death of a man found shot Monday morning. [WAVE3]

The Republican Party long insisted that the troubles of the inner city were cultural—but rather than apply the same logic to struggling blue-collar communities, Trump blamed their problems on external forces. [The Atlantic]

A state senator is planning to once again propose a bill during the upcoming legislative session that he says will protect religious freedoms. The bill would nullify local “fairness” ordinances across the state that protect Kentuckians from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Imagine how different things could be if Chris Hartman were permitted by the Fairness board over the past seven or eight years, as I have pushed, to spend time with these extremists trying to educate them. Kentucky would be in a much better spot than it is today. [WFPL]

You don’t get a pat on the back for ratcheting down from rabid after exploiting that very radicalism to your advantage. Unrepentant opportunism belies a staggering lack of character and caring that can’t simply be vanquished from memory. [NY Times]

Kroger Co. rates among the retailers doing the least to cut out the use of toxic chemicals, according to a new study completed by a group that aims to protect families from harmful chemicals. [Business First]

In the interest of preventing stagnation in downtown Jeffersonville, the city council approved a new zoning district that in part raises the maximum residential building height to 100 feet. [News & Tribune]

Your Tea Governor Is Ruining Everything

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Kentucky State Police have kicked off the fourth annual “Cram the Cruiser” food drive in Hickory, Ky. [WDRB]

In a stinging rebuke that may undermine Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad’s ability to lead, the local FOP has told Mayor Greg Fischer that confidence in the chief is “at an all-time low.” [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! 2,041 – That’s the number of people killed in DUI car crashes in Kentucky from 2003 to 2012. [WHAS11]

Kentucky’s dentists and optometrists asked Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration not to remove dental and vision coverage from basic Medicaid benefits. Visits to the dentist and eye doctor are often the first step in identifying more serious health conditions, including diabetes, they say. [H-L]

A man was shot and killed in the Park Hill neighborhood Friday within hours of winning the lottery. Leroy LeSean Williams, known to family as Sean, died at the scene. [WLKY]

Exactly a week after winning the presidential election, Donald Trump took time out to meet with Indian business partners and his three eldest children at Trump Tower in Manhattan. [HuffPo]

Three open concept Greater Clark County schools will be enclosed. [WAVE3]

The attacks may have seemed like just a fleeting, perverse twist on RINO (“Republican in name only”), but in fact they were something far more ominous—the stirrings of a loosely knit extremist movement soon more widely known as the “alt-right.” [Mother Jones]

The number of emergency room visits in Kentucky hasn’t gone up much since Medicaid expanded or people started getting coverage on the individual market. That’s according to a new report from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. [WFPL]

By the time Richard B. Spencer, the leading ideologue of the alt-right movement and the final speaker of the night, rose to address a gathering of his followers on Saturday, the crowd was restless. [NY Times]

Jason Rittenberry has been on the job as Kentucky State Fair Board CEO for only eight days, but he has a clear vision of ways to improve the status of the organization, which manages the Kentucky Exposition Center and the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville. [Business First]

Four decades of discussion, three and a half years of construction and more than a billion dollars. [News & Tribune]

Compassionate City Or Murder City, Let’s Pick One And Stick With It

LMPD is investigating after a deadly shooting in the 700 block of Camp Street. [WDRB]

A fatal shooting reported Saturday in the Shelby Park neighborhood marked the 100th homicide investigated by Louisville Metro Police this year. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A new campaign is showing support for girls in Kentuckiana led by one of the oldest organizations promoting sisterhood and unity. [WHAS11]

Matt Bevin often touts that his administration worked with state lawmakers to stop the longtime Frankfort practice of diverting Kentucky Lottery proceeds away from need-based scholarships to bolster the General Fund. [H-L]

Louisville looooooves a pedestrian accident or death almost as much as it loves a murder. Metrosafe has confirmed a pedestrian was struck on the 15300 block of Dixie Highway. [WLKY]

Chanting “Not my president” and “love trumps hate,” thousands of demonstrators took the streets in cities across the United States on Saturday to protest against President-elect Donald Trump, who they say threatens their civil and human rights. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! For the first time in four decades, the city of Louisville has reached 100 homicides. [WAVE3]

Lawyers for President-elect Donald Trump are asking for a delay in the Trump University trial until after his inauguration, according to multiple reports. [The Hill]

Standing outside his Highlands polling place on Election Day, Mayor Greg Fischer said he thought a new Republican majority in Frankfort could be open to the local option sales tax, a pet proposal of his administration for years. [WFPL]

An Ohio judge declared a mistrial on Saturday, finding jurors hopelessly deadlocked in the case of a white former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black motorist during a traffic stop last year. [Reuters]

Ohio River Bridges Project officials said Friday that the final ramp closure on the bridge will end by 5 a.m. Monday, when the ramp from Interstate 65 South to I-64 West reopens to traffic, taking the bridge to its full six southbound lanes. [Business First]

Optum, an information and technology-abled health services business, is adding 105 customer service representative and pharmacy technician jobs in Jeffersonville, according to a news release from the company. [News & Tribune]

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Still In A Crazy-Ass Fog, Everybody?

Bye, David! The chairman of the Jefferson County Board of Education lost his bid for re-election on Tuesday night. [WDRB]

In the interest of fairness, Walmart failed there because of wealthy, white, idealistic, deluded liberals. [C-J/AKN]

The Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating a homicide in the 7400 block of Egypt Lane. [WHAS11]

Way to go, racist Republicans, you’ve reached peak whatever this is. A Republican House candidate who was denounced by his own party for offensive online comments beat an incumbent Democrat in a state House race. [H-L]

Police in Oldham County have arrested a man they said fired shots fired from inside a car three times on Tuesday night. [WLKY]

Donald Trump openly bragged about using his celebrity status to sexually assault women. And multiple women accused him of actually doing so. He said he was in favor of banning people from entering the United States based on their religion. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The win marks the first time Holcomb has been elected to office. It was just about five months ago that Gov. Mike Pence appointed the former state GOP chair as lieutenant governor. [WAVE3]

The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. [New Yorker]

Bob Bernhardt is the principal pops conductor for the Louisville Orchestra. And this year, he’s celebrating his 35th consecutive season there. [WFPL]

Republican Donald Trump stunned the world by defeating heavily favored rival Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s presidential election, ending eight years of Democratic rule and sending the United States on a new, uncertain path. [Reuters]

Qingdao Haier Co. is moving the U.S. headquarters of Haier America to Louisville from Wayne, N.J. [Business First]

“It’s almost like you’ve entered this book on the fourth, fifth or sixth chapter.” That’s how Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing describes his reaction to a 27-page criminal information filed against one of his deputies, Frank Shahadey. [News & Tribune]

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It’s Over! It’s Finally Effing Over!

The JCPS teachers union and its political action committee have spent at least $291,005 to help Chris Brady keep his seat on the Jefferson County Board of Education, according to newly available election finance records. [WDRB]

A family court judge whose controversial comments about gay marriage recently caught the public’s attention wants state lawmakers in Kentucky to help put a stop to quickie divorces for couples who have children. [C-J/AKN]

It’s just the kind of non-story you need to get nervous about prior to voting. [WHAS11]

Suntory, parent company of Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, released third-quarter financial results Thursday indicating broad-based growth internationally for its alcoholic beverages segment, the company said. [H-L]

A Kroger store is closing and every media outlet in town is losing its mind. [WLKY]

Hillary Clinton has consistently led in a greater portion of presidential polls in the two months heading into Election Day than President Barack Obama did in both 2008 and 2012. [HuffPo]

What could possibly be worse than standing in line on Election Day, waiting to vote? Waiting to vote with small children in tow comes to mind. That’s why the YMCA of Greater Louisville is offering free Election Day child care so parents can cast their ballots in peace. [WAVE3]

In the Texas county known as the buckle on the “execution belt” for sending more people to the death chamber than any other nationwide, both candidates in the campaign for top prosecutor are calling for moderation in capital punishment. [Reuters]

If you think history doesn’t paint a clear picture of who will win this race, you have no business writing about it and have literally done no backgrounding. [WFPL]

Every election season, cries that voter fraud will threaten the legitimacy of American democracy can be heard throughout the country. [ProPublica]

Union head tells GE Appliances workers to prepare in case of strike. Contract negotiations have been ongoing for months now. [Business First]

River Run Family Waterpark was recently recognized at the United Aqua Group’s 2016 Awards of Distinction Competition. [News & Tribune]

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