Wednesday Afternoon Update In Rick’s Absence

Rick is still experiencing connectivity issues with the site, so I’m sharing some links he just passed along.

Does Mo Know Kentucky? One of the funniest guys on the planet, Mo Rocca, will be in Frankfort today for a press conference hosted by the Kentucky Historical Society. We’re hoping he’s got some new “make fun of Kentucky” jokes, or that he’ll mention us on his blog, where of course he’s preoccupied with American Idol. [Mo Rocca’s Blog]

AA Skirts the Open Records Law: We all knew there was some hanky panky going on with the way the Arena was picking contractors last fall, prompting the filing of a lawsuit by RAM Engineering. Now Jack Conway says the smart guys at the AA were conspiring to “subvert the intent” of the open records law by denying RAM access to records. It’ll cost them. [C-J]

Turfway’s Big Plans: If only the legislature passes Greg Stumbo’s video slots bill, Turfway Park will spend $150 million on a destination casino, even though there would be no table games. And, by the way, it’s not going to happen. [Enquirer]

Lexington’s Scandal: That Lexington airport scandal just keeps growing. After it was revealed they charged Hannah Montana tickets to their company credit cards, three top managers resigned. New blood is on board. I’m experiencing scandal-envy. [Herald-Leader]

Not Like a Virgin, A Real Virgin: This 23-year-old woman in San Diego is auctioning off her virginity. To pay for a masters degree. And she’s got a $3.7 million offer for a one-night stand. Start of a trend? [UK Telegraph]

Rep. John Yarmuth played a major role in the re-authorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Go read his floor speech in support of the expanded legislation. [Page One]

Page One & The ‘Ville Voice on TeeVee

It’s us. On the teevee again. Discussing David Williams proposal to ban smoking (he wasn’t just in support of a ban, as Rick stated) across the Commonwealth of Kentucky and other boring crap. Enjoy.

Oh, and guys? Here’s a hint: Don’t let Joe Blow call in to the show. It’s worse than the hemorrhoid surgery guy and way more painful to watch. Pure hilarity.

You’re Invited to the MLK Celebration in Frankfort

The Martin Luther King, Jr. State Commission is set to hold its annual MLK celebration on Thursday, January 15 at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort. Events begin at 4:00 P.M. eastern.

Big names: Governor Steve Beshear, First Lady Jane Beshear, Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, Dr. Harold Fenderson (KSU, keynote speaker) with entertainment provided by the Louisville Youth Performing Arts School choir.

The eighth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship award will be given to the late Rev. Louis Coleman that afternoon. Middle school and high school winners of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest and Visual Art Contest will be awarded U.S. Savings Bonds, which can promptly be used as bird cage liners.

If you go? Take pictures!

Governor Beshear Eighty-Sixes East End Bridge

According to a press release from 8664, Governor Steve Beshear has shifted funding away from an East End Louisville bridge. From 62% of 2008-2010 road funds to 27%. So much for the Ohio River Bridges Project.

The governor’s road plan reduced the state’s commitment to the ORBP by $236 million. Of that $236 million, $231 million (98%!) was nixed from the East End Bridge.

Tyler Allen had a lot to say in the release: “It’s shocking to me that the one bridge this community fully supports and has been trying to build for over four decades isn’t the clear funding priority. The citizens of this region need to speak up before our elected leaders make a monumental mistake.”

This isn’t going to go over so well. Both John Yarmuth and Anne Northup are going to flip their lids.

Page One & The ‘Ville Voice on TeeVee

You’d think those fancy tv people would learn their lesson and stop putting us on the air– but no! We’re way too powerful and important or whatever.

This week Rick referred to Larry Clark as Perry Clark (Perry: at least he didn’t refer to you as Doug Hawkins), made fun of Jerry Abramson’s budget and yammered about various other politically incorrect topics. Ruh ro.

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Reminder: UofL Student Walk Out Wednesday

From Page One:

This is a reminder for the media executives who don’t want their reporters covering anything other than the weather, march madness or George Clooney coming to Maysville.

As we reported weeks ago, students at the University of Louisville will protest Governor Steve Beshear’s lovely handling of higher education cost increases in Kentucky this Wednesday by walking out. At 1:11 P.M. this Wednesday, March 26, 2008, students will gather in front of the UofL President’s Office at Grawemeyer Hall (near the intersection of 3rd St & Eastern Pkwy).

From a Facebook group set up for the event:

The University of Louisville consistently places the burden of our state’s budget crises on US – the STUDENTS. This is completely unacceptable, and we are calling on the university administration to explore every option available as to ensure tuition rates DO NOT increase above the rate of inflation for the 2008-2009 school year.

All UofL students are urged to walk out of their classes on Wednesday, March 26th, at 1:11 pm, and attend a rally in front of Grawemeyer Hall near the The Thinker in protest of our university administration’s constant refusal to include OUR VOICE in matters that affect OUR lives.

The skinny:

  • What: Students to walk out at UofL
  • When: Wednesday, March 26 at 1:11 P.M.
  • Where: Rally in front of The Thinker / President’s office @ Grawemeyer Hall

So, media, show up. Give the everyday student in Kentucky a voice.

Doug Hawkins: “Send the Mexicans Away!”

Can you handle it? Your favorite protector of the homeland has made a name for himself and he’s been invited to play with with the big kids.

Louisville’s Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins (R-Protecting us from Mexicans) will testify in Frankfort at 2:00 P.M. today before the House Standing Committee on the Judiciary in support of Rep. Bob Damrom’s HB 304. Damron’s bill would expand the definition of identity theft, prohibit the employment of illegal aliens and– you guessed it– push for already stressed local law enforcement to handle federal immigration enforcement.

Doug Hawkins. Protecting us from Mexicans all across the land. He’s finally made it to Frankfort to spew his nonsense. Huzzuh!

CYA 2008: Education & Student Aid Damage Control

Mere days after Governor Steve Beshear delivered the gloom and doom news of his budget cuts for state universities, days after University of Kentucky President Lee Todd sent out a damning email and only one day after six state university presidents testified in Frankfort, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority sent out a blast of its “Financial Aid Tip of the Month” preaching wonders of student financial aid, the CAP program and KEES scholarships.

Perhaps the best known program is the merit-based Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES). Students at certified Kentucky high schools earn college scholarships based on their yearly grade point average and their best ACT score. Home school graduates and GED recipients earn awards based on their ACT score.

Students do not have to apply for a KEES award. If they attend a participating Kentucky college, KHEAA will automatically send the scholarship money after the school reports that they are attending classes. KEES awards may also be used at some out-of-state colleges, but only if the school is in a state that participates in the Academic Common Market and the student is pursuing an approved major not available in Kentucky.

Classic CYA, no?

Read the rest at Page One…