David Tandy’s Campaign Wakes Up a Bit

Yesterday David Tandy’s mayoral campaign woke up for a minute and sent out an email blast.

Take a look:

Just over a year ago Progressives across America came together and worked to change our political system and help elect a president who has made each of us proud. Here in Louisville we have the opportunity to do the same thing in 2010: elect a mayor who embodies those same Democratic values, has that same vision for the future, and provides the type of leadership we need right now.

David Tandy has represented the people of Louisville with honor and integrity as a member of Metro Council. He has been a strong voice for change, he has stood up for working families and has offered common sense solutions to the problems we face. He and his wife Carolyn have committed themselves to making Louisville a better place to live for their children, and for each of us.

We’d like to invite you to learn more about David and his policies for moving Louisville forward. You can receive regular updates on the campaign by clicking here, join our growing network of volunteers by clicking here, or help support David’s campaign by making a contribution online by clicking here. You can also follow our campaign by becoming a fan on Facebook by clicking here.

With your help and support, David will bring his record of leadership to the mayor’s office. Together, we will work for the open, honest, and responsive government we deserve.

Sincerely,

Megan Brown
Campaign Manager
Tandy for Mayor

So. Uh. Far be it for me to tear Tandy down again (done that quite enough already with, you know, facts and reality), but. Uh. Um… Comparing him to Barack Obama? REALLY?

Love Barack Obama or hate him, he’s presidential-caliber, isn’t an empty suit, has never been afraid to speak with his constituency and doesn’t run from simple questions.

This city knows David Tandy. David Tandy is no Barack Obama. David would do himself and his constituents well if he just stuck to talking about David Tandy, what he’s done and what he hopes to do (and maybe, you know, stop running from people with questions).  Cause this whole comparing himself to the President?  It’s not working.

P.S. About eight of my various email accounts somehow found their way to David’s email blast list. Surely he paid for each and every one of those addresses, right?

It’s Thursday and It’s Cold Out There

Political communications analyst Kathleen Hall Jamieson will discuss money and media in Barack Obama’s 2008 victory at the University of Louisville. October 19, 6:00 P.M. in Speed Art Museum Auditorium. [Press Release]

East Market Street’s newest street art installation wants to build a relationship. And it is amazing. Be sure to watch the video provided by one of my most favorite local websites. [Broken Sidewalk]

This could turn out to be a mess. New elementary reports are getting mixed reviews. [Toni Konz]

The Metro ethics tip line is up and running. Anyone had an experience with it so far? [WFPL & WHAS11]

Gannett Company sold $500 Million in new bonds on Tuesday. Anyone holding their breath? [NY Times]

First Lady of Kentucky Jane Beshear will speak at the opening night (tonight!) of the Louisville International Festival of Film. 7:30 P.M. at Kentucky Center for the Arts, lobby and Bomhard Theatre. [Press Release]

You ready for this? The Kentucky Public Service Commission has decided to allow LG&E and KU to keep special accounts for paying for ice storm damage. And the companies are this close to raising rates to help. [C-J]

Don’t miss these stories about the Daniel Mongiardo mess:

Good Excuses for Long Hoops Lunches

It’s one of the few days each year that sports bars are packed during the lunch hour. Cards at Noon, Cats at 1. Hope you’ve got an understanding boss.

Transparency Talk: This morming, Tony Cruise had as a guest David Toborowsky, an assistant to State Sen. Dan Seum and a harsh critic of the Mayor. Tobo was pushing Seum’s transparency bill, defeated in a committee meeting in Frankfort last week. Cruise played Abramson’s sound bite criticizing Seum. Tobo brought up the Cordish deal, including the $1.8 million for the Starks Building that he says was moved over to help pay for the Lucky Strike remodel.

Byck’s Passing: Dann Byck, who died Tuesday at age 72, was a co-founder of Actors Theatre and loved by many, including Jake.  [Page One]

Paved Paradise, Put Up a Parking Lot: Neighbors who live near the Christ Church United Methodist Church on Brownsboro Road are outraged by the church’s plan to build a parking garage in the residential setting. So chuch leaders and attorney Glenn Price met with them last night. The church needs a zoning waiver, and is going to have to fight neighbors to get it.

But If She Had Won, It Might Have Been Different: Bristol Palin’s boyfriend decided he doesn’t want to marry into the family of ex-VP candidate Sarah Palin after all. Levi Johnston split with the 19-year-old mother of his newborn son, providing fodder for celeb TV shows for the next week. It’s the top story on the C-J website this morning. [C-J]

Life Without Newspapers: Check out this NYT story speculating on which major U.S. market will be the first to lose its only daily newspaper. The day is coming, folks. [NYTimes]

Sticking it to the Horse Industry: It’s pretty obvious that Kentucky politicians don’t understand the damage they’re doing to the horse industry. Maybe they should read this piece,  which says the end could be near. [Paulick Report]

Dead Bill, We Think, But Still: Check out Stephen George’s angle on SB 68, Sen. Gary Tapp’s bill to keep gays or other unmarried couples from adopting. It’s kids’ lives that are at stake here. [LEO]

Enjoy the games!

Big Inauguration Party Tomorrow – Come!

Okay, we gave in and agreed to be sponsors. So now you have to come.

Our 1 Planet, Interfaith Paths to Peace and other organizations are holding a fancy inauguration party tomorrow night at the historic Henry Clay Ballroom in Louisville, at 604 South Third Street.

From 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M., there’s a luncheon (it’s now closed if you haven’t RSVPd) and live oath of office viewing. And from 4:00 – 10:00 P.M. there’s a FREE happy hour celebration with drinks, appetizers and entertainment – no RSVP required!

The event is non-partisan and is being sponsored by Sustain – which will give away discount coupons and other great eco-friendly products during the happy hour – and US!

You’ll have a chance to make history and will officially be a part of the presidential inaugural program. Video from our event will be streamed live on television and video walls at other official inaugural events. And you’ll have the opportunity to see video from elected officials like Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Congressman John Yarmuth and Mayor Jerry Abramson about the importance of the inauguration and the presidency.

Did we mention that it’s FREE?

If you can’t make it to our event? MSNBC and Starbucks are teaming up everywhere to make sure you have a front row seat at the inauguration. And theaters in Louisville are hosting screenings.

P.S. Check back later for fancy giveaways from Sustain for those of you who want to take part in our event but can’t attend for whatever reason. And if you’re interested, there’s still time to RSVP for the 11-2:00 P.M. luncheon. You’ve got til 5:00 P.M. today.

Big Inauguration Event in Louisville

Hey, folks, let’s think for a moment…

How interested would you be in attending a big, non-partisan inauguration party/happy hour in Louisville on the 20th?

We’re gauging interest for some friends and a couple organizations who are planning an event.

So, let us know via email or in the comments about whether you’d be interested in attending. Should be tons of fun with food, drink, lots of celebrity hype.

Interested?

Obama’s Louisville

A photo book about Barack Obama’s ties to Louisville may not seem like much, we know. But when you examine his deep ties to the city and the Commonwealth and the time he’s spent here over the past few years, you really begin to understand that an Obama presidency may be the best thing to ever happen to the River City.

Well-known photographer Tom LeGoff just produced this great book featuring the President-Elect and Joe Biden and it’s well worth picking up.

Here’s a sneak peak:


This is allegedly on Obama’s mantel


Fancy, fancy


Oh, look, it’s Yarmuth before he was elected and Gill & Augusta


Joe Biden came to town, too

Instead of buying an atrocious Obama plate or some hideous photo coin, why not pick this up? It’s local, too.