Yep, Metro Council Does Have Subpoena Power

If you missed last evening’s Metro Council ad-hoc committee meeting on Animal Services, it was tons of fun. And not just because Jim King got his rear end handed to him by his own attorneys several times over. If you wish to watch the entire meeting, click here to stream it or download it.

Just want the juicy bits? That’s what we’re here for.

Here’s the Jim King nonsense:

We hear King is now pandering for Fischer because he fears the release of dirt stemming from his daughter’s custody battle.

Also hear from members of the ad-hoc committee and from King’s own staff that King is attempting to railroad the investigation and is pressuring members of the committee to wrap things up instead of digging in for the truth.

While Jim King played the role of excuse maker and apologist, Kelly Downard was the opposite and pushed hard for cooperation. Downard not only ripped on the obfuscation from the Fischer Administration, he promised to go to war for whistleblower protections and demanded Fischer crew stop blaming the messenger(s):

Refreshing, to say the least.

Here’s a look from Kevin Kramer about Sadiqa Reynolds’ unbelievably irresponsible behavior with official government documents:

Kramer brought up a great point about determining legality of what’s gone on and what Fischer’s done to cover it up.

Here’s one of the committee’s attorneys explaining that they have subpoena power and the ability to compel documents and witness testimony:

Yep, it just got real.

And you know things are bad when Tina Ward-Pugh gets bent out of shape:

When Ward-Pugh is ringing alarm bells about the way Metro Government is operating, really, it’s pretty bad.

The next meeting will be in a couple weeks and you can expect all hell to break loose between now and then.

Youth Homelessness Is Possible In Possibility City!

Under a “concept” unveiled to the school board Monday, JCPS administrators are prepared to make dramatic changes to some of the district’s failing schools in an effort to improve student and teacher performance. [WDRB]

Sorry, this isn’t going to lessen the extreme impact of tolls on this community. The Transit Authority of River City on Monday announced $30 million on service and equipment upgrades, including 21 new buses with wider seats and free Wi-Fi connectivity, as part of an effort ordered by federal officials to lessen the impact of bridge tolls on low-income commuters. [C-J/AKN]

Here’s a shocker! Another Cordish hot mess has decided to close its doors at Fourth Street Visitors. [WHAS11]

A new bourbon-themed retailer will open downtown early next month as more distilleries and bourbon-related businesses make their way to Louisville’s Main Street. [Business First]

A major development in the Highlands would bring dozens of high-paying jobs to the area, but not everyone is happy about it. [WLKY]

The glory days of big hair in Kentucky. This story will make you wet yourself. [Slate]

Wayside Christian Mission is moving forward with plans to expand and renovate its facility near the Phoenix Hill neighborhood, and it’s all thanks to an infusion of cash from the Ohio River Bridges Project. [WAVE3]

In Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, environmentalists says there’s little to distinguish Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes from Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell on coal. [WFPL]

Business First will publish its annual list of highest paid public officials in Friday’s print edition. [Business First]

Northern Kentuckians are about to discover what it feels like to have insane tolls shoved up their rear ends by Jerry Abramson and crew. People may not like it, but a new Brent Spence Bridge will not be built until the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky regions accept that tolls are the only way to get the project done, Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson says. [Enquirer]

A prominent conservative lobbying group is pushing for Indiana lawmakers to disclose what side they’ll take in next year’s expected vote on whether to put a ban on gay marriage into the state constitution. [News & Tribune]

Way to go, Kentucky, for still discriminating against people who are gay. Despite Louisville having a anti-gay discrimination ordinance. The same-sex partner of a woman charged with murder must testify against her and isn’t protected by the husband-wife privilege under state law, a Jefferson County judge ruled Monday. [H-L]

If you missed it yesterday, a prominent Democrat tried to buy Ed Marksberry out of the U.S. Senate race against Alison Grimes. [Page One]

Pressed by a tepid economy and slashed support programs, Louisville’s young adults increasingly are slipping into homelessness, officials said Monday. [C-J/AKN]

Why Someone Else Should Bring Up UofL Cuts…

Read this story about pending University of Louisville hiring freezes and budget cuts:

U of L Enacts Hiring Freeze, Anticipates Budget Cuts

The University of Louisville has implemented a hiring freeze in anticipation of statewide cuts to education.

University Provost Shirley Willihnganz sent a letter to faculty this week saying U of L is planning for a five to seven percent cut in Gov. Steve Beshear’s upcoming budget.

“While our achievements have continues to be impressive, this is much more die to your hard work and , frankly, to smart and creative management by the chairs, directors, deans, vice presidents and the president than to any sustained support from the state,” she wrote.

Then scroll to page 25 of this 990 (Warning: Huge PDF File) for the University of Louisville Research Foundation.

You’ll quickly understand why anything Shirley Willihnganz says is taken seriously by no one. Not even because she’s been a wet blanket for all the UofL scandals (not just Felner) over the past few years.

She made at least $962,065. Of course, the paper only shows that she makes $367K in an apparent attempt to hide foundation kickers.

And that’s why concerns fall on deaf ears.

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]

Let’s Dry Heave Together Over Karen Sypher

Please. PLEASE. Can we please stop hearing about this Karen Sypher – Rick Pitino sexytime scandal? It’s flipping gross. I can’t even walk by Porcini without making the Ricky Gervais gag face these days. And that is my most favorite place to carboload. That’s what a travesty this is.

No, we apparently cannot stop hearing about it. Because that would be an affront to conspiracy theorists everywhere. Like failed U.S. Senate candidate and pretend whistleblower lady Darlene Fitzgerald Price. When she’s not busy standing outside yelling like a street preacher, she’s been spamming the press promoting some radio show that she’s hosting today.

Take a look:

RE: The Rick Pitino / Karen Cunagin Sypher Matter

Issues show “Truth or Politics” will have a one hour exclusive interview with members of the legal team U.S. Justice Watch and Karen Sypher, before a live audience. They will reveal astonishing and disturbing new evidence of how they have exposed government corruption. Evidence will be presented in this bizarre case where government officials and their agents have conspired to railroad a rape victim into prison, in order to protect a multi-million dollar corporate interest. This will be a one hour, uninterrupted interview conducted by experienced columnist, writer and author, Peter S. Ferrara. You may listen live on the radio at FM 98.3 or live on the internet. This interview will also be posted in its entirety, later this week on U-Tube.

The general public is invited to attend:

WHERE: The McCreary County Court House
District Court Room
Main Street, Whitley City, Kentucky

WHEN: Valentine’s Day, Monday, February 14th, 6:00p.m.,EST

Yeah. About that. If these folks had “astonishing and disturbing” evidence – wouldn’t they have been able to provide it weeks ago when they promised to share it with us? Right.


GOD, We’re So Dry Heaving This Early Morning!

We’re half way through the Second Annual Golden Poo Awards nomination process. So you should probably drop a few, you know, nominations. [Page One]

The latest WHAS/A Kentucky Newspaper Bluegrass/Survey USA Poll has Rand Up up EIGHT POINTS over Jack Conway. Eight. This is the most accurate poll in Kentucky. So 8 it is. 51 to 43 with 5% undecided. Jack leads by a single point in Eastern Kentucky and Rand leads by five in the Louisville region (5 in Louisville!) 63% of moderates go Conway, as do 78% of progressives. Meaning Jack should probably, you know, stop pretending to be a Republican. Note to WHAS11/A Kentucky Newspaper: Cute little disclaimer you added to your story. You don’t accurately cite us (Joe does, the rest dont), so we’re definitely not accurately citing you. [Joe Arnold & Crosstabs]

VERY IMPORTANT: Go see Anchorman tonight at the Iroquois Amphitheater. For free. 8:00 P.M. It’s so hot. Milk was a bad idea. [Consuming Louisville]

Jack is still dismissing these poll numbers. Despite every poll, forever, showing him down to Rand. Note to Jack: An outlier would require that all other polls show you in the lead. If you think this is going to be a cake walk, you need to think again. You need to figure out how [WHAS11]

If you enjoy being scared out of your skin, go lookit this photo of Jim Host and Jerry Abramson holding a seance or whatever. [FatLip]

The Karen Sypher – Rick Pitino sexytime extortion trial is entering its second week. Apparently everyone but us had a little fun with Sypher at some point. The number of people she’s slept with – and the fact that we now know there are about 400,000,000 of those people – is mind boggling and terrifying. [WAVE3]

We’re literally dry heaving because explicit photos have been showing during the trial. DRY HEAVING. [FOX 41]

Go look at some embarrassing photos of her on the 84WHAS website. This will cause you to dry heave. [Click the Clicky]

Maybe a murder victim wasn’t the intended target. Uh. This kind of news is not good. [More FOX 41]

This Kentucky American Water Company lawsuit kind of involves Louisville so you should probably read the judge’s opinion. [Page One]

Papaw Beshear Doesn’t Like Uppity Women

The rumor was right. Ed Martin filed to run for congress in the 3rd district as a Libertarian. [SoS]

Yesterday was awesome in Crescent Hill, in case you didn’t know. [WHAS11]

Our investigative work found its way to the Colbert Report. Woopsiedaisy. [Page One]

Jurors in the Karen Sypher-Rick Pitino extortion trial had to tell everybody where they stand on abortion, sexytime and their University of Louisville basketball game attendance habits. It’s a shame Sypher has been barred from speaking to the media. Cause we’ve heard some craaaazy sauce stuff over the past couple years. [A Kentucky Newspaper]

Got any predictions for today’s mayoral debate? Bill Lamb, the moderator, likely won’t throw softball questions and he tends to be well-informed on matters of Metro Gubmint. [Joe Arnold]

Interesting that a particular publication has finally realized it is a good idea to cover the U.S. Senate race. Too bad the publication merely publishes what others have researched and written along with a few letters to the editor. All while trying to milk it for cash. [A Kentucky Newspaper]

Burglar alarm fees are out of the Metro budget. [FOX41]

Maybe Fairdale Bigfoot likes to feel pretty. Maybe he likes taking fancy trips to the mountains. [Consuming Louisville]

Governor Steve Beshear has effectively demoted the Division of Violence Prevention Resources. [Page One]