Greg Can Give Away Money But Ignores LMAS

I’m not going to shut up about this. There’s no reason for wasteful legislation to stop meth production. Limiting access to legitimate consumers is ridiculous. Send a letter to your legislator today. [SEND A LETTER!]

On February 27, in honor of the 83rd Academy Awards, the WHAS Crusade For Children will host an officially sanctioned party. All proceeds will benefit the Crusade. Should be fun stuff. We’ll update you when the charity releases additional details. [Press Release]

Here’s a six sentence story about a former death row inmate who spoke at the University of Louisville. [WHAS11]

Is Lexington’s new mayor doing a better job at tackling budget and debt challenges than Louisville’s new mayor? [H-L]

Newsflash: The USDA says physical activity and good nutrition are a must. Will anyone notice? Or will everyone continue sucking down 40 gallons of corn syrup water every day as they ride around Kroger on their Rascal? [WAVE3]

We shared the press release about the Iron Quarter yesterday. But the reality that Greg Fischer is throwing $400K at the buildings and giving permission to demolish them doesn’t sound any better today than it did yesterday. On a funny note: an hour after we published our story, written from the press release, a Guthrie Mayes PR exec called us on our personal telephone lines to ask if we had received the unsolicited release. Yet another reason Louisville can’t have nice things. [FOX41]

East Market Street is getting a fancy new restaurant from the creators of Proof. How bout them apples? Let’s talk about how it’s tough not to get fat again. [Consuming Louisville]

Secretary of State Trey Grayson bid farewell to the Commonwealth last week. Have a look at his goodbye letter. [Page One]

The Kentucky Lottery has millions in unclaimed winnings. If you won? Please apply to be our sugar momma/poppa ASAP. [FatLip]

Egypt isn’t the only country with a problem on its hands. Jordan’s King Abdullah II dismissed his cabinet after protests. [NY Times]

Teens Cant Get It Right, Metro Government Can’t

You folks should notice some major speed improvements, stability and such. We finalized some big time technical upgrades over the weekend. No more problems when we accidentally appear on teevee or get traffic from CNN.

While ear X-tacy may not be focusing on offering digital music any longer, I can’t help but think this is going to set the store back quite a bit – revenue aside. So much for that argument about being tech-savvy. [WFPL]

Now that our very own crazy Bobbie Holsclaw has decided to run for governor, um, looks like that other ticket won’t be the only Republican loser. [Page One]

Just a reminder that John Yarmuth will appear with Trey Grayson at the University of Louisville today to discuss the tone of political discourse. [FatLip]

Live in Shepherdsville? Your elected officials are going to borrow more money – which costs you more money – because they accidentally lost some $2 million. [FOX 41]

When it’s frigid outside, don’t forget those who don’t have a way to get warm. Some 600 people flocked to shelters over the weekend. [WAVE3]

If you are a cool kid, you are probably going to take part in this Idea Festival Spelling Bee at Zanzabar this Thursday. [Consuming Louisville]

Local teenagers are taking a stand against bullying. This should serve as a message to teens all across the Commonwealth. [WHAS11]

Mine medics are growing in numbers in rural Eastern Kentucky coalfields. Maybe because of all the injuries lately? [H-L]

Local band The Pass, which seem to be making it big time lately, have a new music video for “Walk Away.” [Backseat Sandbar]

There are still problems at Louisville Metro Animal Services. While no one expects Greg Fischer to work miracles in just three short weeks, we certainly didn’t expect his staff to try to silence whistle blowers and attempt to cover the mess(es) up. [The ‘Ville Voice]

OAG and SOS Release Election Fraud Statement

Late this morning, the Office of the Attorney General and the Secretary of State released a joint statement about election fraud. Here’s a bit from the press release:

“The success of any election includes the vigilance of Kentucky citizens, and their reporting anything that they may find unusual concerning the election. I encourage all citizens to report any irregularities, both large and small, so that our agencies may work together to address these issues as quickly as possible. Together, we will work to ensure that every citizen can participate in a fair and honest election,” said Secretary Grayson.

The Office of the Attorney General has jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute violations of the Kentucky election laws. By law, the Attorney General administers programs to observe the conduct of elections, maintains a toll-free hotline to receive reports of election law violations, investigates any such violations, takes appropriate enforcement action and conducts post-election audits based on random selection in counties throughout Kentucky. The Election Fraud Hotline is 1-800-328-VOTE (800-328-8683). The hotline is available throughout the year during normal business hours. On November 2nd, calls will be received from 6 a.m. EST until 7 p.m. EST.

“We need Kentucky voters to be our eyes and ears on Election Day,” General Conway said. “We will have investigators from my office patrolling precincts throughout the Commonwealth, but we need citizens to join with us to ensure we have a fair election and every vote counts.”

The State Board of Elections will also be fielding calls about the election from now through Election Day. Citizens are encouraged to contact their local county clerk or the State Board of Elections with general election concerns or for election information.

Anyone know anything that needs to be reported?

*cough*

The Pitino-Sypher Sexytime Scandal Is Just Gross

Former Fraternal Order of Police president David James was selected by the local Democratic Party to run for the 6th District Metro Council seat. Good pick! Told ya Herndon wasn’t happening, folks. But now first responders finally have a voice in the city’s legislative body. This is a good thing.  But concerns over residency seem to keep popping up. [Save Your Complaints]

We’re in the midst of the Second Annual Golden Poo Awards and your nominations are needed! Jump into the golden mix of hilarity! [Page One]

Kentucky’s got a new gubernatorial slate from the teabaggers: Phil Moffett & Mike Harmon. [Moffett-Harmon]

On Wednesday, the U.S. House approved Rep. John Yarmuth’s $534,000 funding request for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s emergency response unit. The funds will be used to build a new facility in Louisville that will house the Contingency Response Group. [Press Release]

Here is the dilly: you need to eat at these places in the East Market/NuLu District ASAP. [Click the Clicky]

The new arena opens in just a couple months. You ready for the influx of people downtown when you’re just trying to get home from work, among other things? We are! [WFPL]

Your school should take part in this year’s mock election. The Secretary of State could come visit you. [Civic Literacy]

Fairdale Bigfoot has a few good tips for dealing with the intense summer heat. [Consuming Louisville]

Karen Sypher’s ex-husband says she’s nuts. Will it float? [WAVE3]

Rick Pitino says Sypher is a great actress. Call us crazy, but, that’s crazy. Every teevee viewer on earth thinks she’s wonky, even if she’s innocent. If you don’t want to toss your cookies this early in the morning, do not read about the sexytime. [FOX 41]

What’d You Do Without TeeVee Yesterday?

You should read this powerful story of a 1965 murder in Louisville. [C-J]

The Louisville and Southern Indiana Bridges Authority will meeting tomorrow at 10:00 A.M. at the Muhammad Ali Center. [Media Advisory]

Congressman John Yarmuth touted fallen soldier scholarships in a press release earlier this week. Here’s a story about it. [Fat Lip]

The University of Louisville has set commencement for May 8 at 1:00 P.M. in Freedom Hall. UofL will award about 2,800 degrees this semester. The event will be streamed live if you can’t make it in person. [Press Release and Live Stream]

Latest Kentucky U.S. Senate polling data released, Conway and Grayson down. [Page One]

It’s a good idea to take your kids to get sprayed this summer. Could really help keep the brats under control. [C-J]

Do you remember radio? If you’re not a regular listener of local radio, you should be. Here’s radio’s reaction to the latest King ad. [WFPL]

The second annual Fair Trade Festival is this Saturday. You going? [Consuming Louisville]

I WISH MR. K WOULD UPDATE MORE OFTEN! [Broken Sidewalk]

Everybody lost teevee yesterday. Any of you folks go crazy for about a day? Insight is awesome, I know. Internet speeds that don’t function as advertised (ever), cable that goes out for entire days, equipment that’s never 100%. [Business First]

Everything Is Puppies & Rainbows In Metro Govt

Mitch McConnell’s right-hand man compared Greg Fischer to Trey Grayson. And you can expect Grayson’s camp to now go on a rampage about Social Security and entitlements. [John David Dyche]

At least when we accept advertising from a candidate it appears on our site and in plain view. [Barefoot & Progressive]

At 5:03 P.M. yesterday, Chris Thieneman’s campaign manager sent this out in a statement: Due to an unforeseen emergency, Chris Thieneman will not be holding a press conference tomorrow morning. Chris looks forward to sharing his vision for Louisville’s economic future, and will be delivering his plan at a time and date to be announced shortly. We hope all is well with Thieneman. [Media Advisory]

The Courier-Journal just got around to mentioning some endorsements Greg Fischer got a week ago. [C-J]

Last night David Tandy rejected the endorsement of bigot Frank Simon and his Freedom’s Heritage Forum: “My entire political career has been about bringing people together,” said Tandy.  “I cannot accept the endorsement of any organization that works to exclude anyone from the political process.  This entire campaign is about bringing every citizen of Louisville together to create better, more vibrant and more inclusive communities; a vision that organization does not share. My Christian values are extremely important to me,” said Tandy.  “But my Christian values teach that every individual has a voice, that every person is entitled to equal rights and opportunities and that any organization which chooses to discriminate based on race, gender, nationality or sexual orientation has no place in my campaign.” Standing up to bigots isn’t easy, so here’s hoping you tell Tandy you like what he’s done. [Press Release]

Mike O’Connell rejected Simon’s endorsement, as well: “It has come to my attention that your organization, Freedom’s Heritage Forum, has endorsed my candidacy for Jefferson County Attorney. And, I reject that endorsement and ask that you immediately remove my name from any of your materials. Along with many endorsements, I have been endorsed by CFAIR, the PAC of the Fairness Campaign. When the Fairness Ordinance was pending before the Louisville Metro Council, I testified in favor of its passage. I am a firm supporter of the Fairness Ordinance and all of the civil rights protections provided to the citizens of Louisville Metr.” [Press Release & Letter]

On May 14, 2008 in response to an ad run by Bruce Lunsford, here’s what Greg Fischer had to say: “I don’t enjoy having to point out this discrepancy. But when a candidate for public office stands before a statewide audience on live TV and says something that is blatantly false, I think you have to point that out.” I tend to agree with him, don’t you? [Flashback]

Jerry Abramson’s office is still pretending that everything is puppies and rainbows post-Metro Government audit. Unfortunately for Jerry, if changes had been made, we wouldn’t still be having problems.  And why did David Tandy look like he was falling asleep during Crit Luallen’s appearance before the council? [WFPL & Press Release]

State Auditor of Public Accounts Crit Luallen even said the audit needed to go deeper because there are other problems. So let’s quit playing pat-a-cake and acting like nothing has gone on in Louisville. [C-J]