Starting Another Crazy Mayoral Campaign Week

This afternoon State Auditor of Public Accounts Crit Luallen will appear before the Metro Council to discuss her office’s audit of Metro Government. Republican councilcritters tell me the questions they’ve got prepared for Luallen will make Jerry Abramson’s political career even more limp. [Don’t Miss It]

Today at 10:00 A.M. Hal Heiner will announce a “significant endorsement” during a press conference at the River City FOP lodge. Hmm, what could that be? [Media Adivsory]

Steve Beshear appointed banker Luther Deaton, Jr. of Lexington to the Bi-State Bridge Authority. Yup, another non-Louisvillian. [Press Release]

Finally! Wayside may legally be able to operate its shelter downtown! [WFPL]

Check out this great story from Ambassador Matthew Barzun about some Kentuckians and the TEDx Conference. [DipNote]

The Courier-Journal editorial board is not having any of Jim Ramsey’s WATB letter about transparency. [C-J]

We’re probably all screwed with this new LG&E/KY-Duke Energy deal. [WLKY]

So why did E.ON stick it to Jerry Abramson and his pals? What gives? Why can’t the Water Company get a chance to buy everything up? [Business First]

You don’t have to agree with the Courier-Journal on anything because, well, who does? But you should check out the voter guide. It’s not live as of this writing, but it could be soon. [C-J]

Take your pets to this Derby Festival event and have a cocktail. [Consuming Louisville]

Get rid of just SOME urban billboards? Let’s get rid of them all. [Broken Sidewalk]

Friday Morning Dept of Vote For Tina

The 18th Annual Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade will take place on Saturday, April 3, 2010. The parade begins at 11:30 A.M. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Metro Councilcritter Tina Ward-Pugh, our favorite, will be the parade’s Grand Marshall and will be escorted through the parade by a terrifying Easter Bunny. We love Tina but hope she doesn’t come to say hello to us with some dude in a scary rabbit suit beside her. Hopefully Jeebus won’t smite us this year with another sunburn. [Easter Parade Excitement Press Release!]

Speaking of Ward-Pugh, go vote for her in the ‘Most Admired’ contest at Today’s Woman! [Click the Clicky]

Kentucky’s environment is going to pot but Democrats aren’t keen on doing anything about it. Greg Stumbo favors allowing Jim Gooch to spew his weight in propaganda. And, no, Stumbo doesn’t really live in Prestonsburg. [Ronnie Ellis]

Fairdale Bigfoot may no longer be running for mayor, but he’s still got all kinds of advice for you. Especially if you’re troubled in the relationship department. [Consuming Louisville]

The next piece of the Wayside block redevelopment puzzle is in place. East Market Street is going gangbusters. [Broken Sidewalk]

There’s always been deep corruption in Southeastern Kentucky. But the latest audit from Crit Luallen details serious troubles with the Whitley County Sheriff. Check out the massive waste, fraud and abuse. [Page One]

Metro Government is definitely playing chicken with PETA. But who really wants a disgusting chicken statue erected, you know, anywhere? Hard to pick a side in this fight. [LEO Weekly]

Quick, Everybody Pray For Doug Hawkins

Here’s one thing mayoral candidate Jackie Green loves about Louisville. [Consuming Louisville]

Mike Sodrel apparently wants history to repeat itself every two years, forever, amen. [Press Release]

Let’s make this new cleaners/condo/shop thingy happen on Bardstown Road. [C-J]

Tyler Allen raised $10,000 in the last 48 hours of the quarter. He’s scheduled to officially file for office tomorrow at noon. [Press Releases]

Poor Doug “Protector of Our White Women” Hawkins is getting a primary opponent. [WFPL]

Anybody have thoughts on the Coalition for the Homeless stepping up to the plate for Wayside Christian Mission? The organization is backing the lawsuit alleging the city violated federal law when it stopped Wayside from moving to the Highlands. [C-J]

Does Tom Riner know what EMO really means – outside of education? Also, HMOs for schools? Really? Wait… HOMOS FOR SCHOOLS? Oh noes. [WAVE3]

Gilles Meloche applied for a job in Columbus, Ohio. But guess what? The administration there ran so quickly from him it isn’t funny. Can’t sexually harass people and kill animals willy nilly and get away with it. [Sources]

Hal Heiner’s has shared his opinion on take-home care fees: “Now is the time for the Mayor and his representatives to halt their appeal, and instead begin talks with representatives of our Police Officers to put this dispute to an end. Rather than adjudicate this for years, we need to put this matter behind us and find an acceptable answer for this contentious legal fight.” Where are our other councilcritters? [Press Release]

Today at 3:00 the University of Louisville will unveil new officers for Military and Veterans Services. Both Jim Ramsey and Shirley Willihnganz are scheduled to speak. Since this is for veterans, I won’t show up and ask them about anonymous crap. [Press Release]

It’s Tuesday Morning & You’re Not Really Working

Since it’s really still holiday time and everybody in an office is just sitting around on YouTube or reading Cheezburger, posting will be light today and tomorrow. Because why not! It’s the holidays.

WHAS11 has the most unintentionally hilarious Twitter line of the week. Something about getting tough on bad bears. Heh. Yes, I went there. [The Twitter Machine]

Banned by Humana? Must be all those offensive mentions of things like coffee or delicious treats. [Consuming Louisville]

Wayside finally got the title to its hotel on Broadway. [Sheldon Shafer]

Fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them here has turned out to be some dangerous bunk. [LEO’s FatLip]

This story about Daniel Mongiardo has his campaign in an uproar for some reason. But the campaign has refused to say why or provide additional information. [Page One]

All the more reason Kentucky needs comprehensive tax reform. Maybe some day Governor Beshear will wake up to that reality instead of poo-pooing something so hugely popular with the entire Commonwealth. [H-L]

Flying right now can be kind of a headache and totally confusing. Have you flown lately? What was your experience? [Huffington Post]

Ruh ro: It’s top albums of 2009 time. [Backseat Sandbar]

Just How Frozen Are We This Thursday Morning?

Chris Thieneman should be wary of Kentucky’s campaign finance law if he wants to pass the smell test. [The ‘Ville Voice]

The University of Louisville’s winter commencement ceremony is set for December 17. [Press Release]

Ford is considering Louisville for an investment of $300 to $500 million to assemble advanced batteries and electric/hybrid electric cars if Michigan denies tax credits. [C-J]

Parking wars in Louisville are heating up. When will the reality series come here? [Phillip Bailey]

Listen to the story of Steve Beshear marking the midpoint of his gubernatorial term. [WFPL]

Watch a video of the Charlie Strong press conference. [C-J]

Doug Hawkins’ head is exploding because Jerry got his way with the firemenz. [WFPL]

Mayor McCheese plans to meet with small business owners today at 10:00 A.M. at Metro Hall to discuss job creation ideas. But the press isn’t allowed in until 11:20. Not exactly the openness and transparency required in government. [Press Release]

If Chris Thieneman isn’t trying to gain politically from Wayside-JCTCS, then why is he just cold forwarding emails exchanged with JCTCS officials to a certain member of the media without JCTCS knowledge? [Julie & Ellen]

The 13th installment of mayoral candidate Fairdale Bigfoot has hit the internets. Advice on holiday parties and the end of the world in 2012. [Consuming Louisville]

Guess Kentucky’s Just Stagnant These Days

Special election bloodbath last night. Republicans cleaned up in both the House and Senate races. Steve Beshear might as well pack his bags after last night’s massive losses. [Page One]

Jason Stinson said he wasn’t at fault in Max Gilpin’s death. [Toni Konz]

Charlie Strong will be the University of Louisville’s new coach. [WHAS11]

Osama is gonna ruin the mail! [FatLip]

Here’s Mockingbird Terrace rising above its neighbors. [Broken Sidewalk]

Lexington has a brand new mayoral candidate. The city’s Vice Mayor, Jim Gray, is challenging his corrupt boss for the city’s top job. [Bluegrass Politics]

It’s not so great when hype-mongers work double-time to confuse an issue, is it? That’s exactly what some are doing in trying to pit JCTCS against Wayside. [C-J]

Kentucky’s climate change could bring about poverty or growth. [H-L]

TARC heard citizens on planned service cuts. No one is happy. [Sheldon Shafer]

Everybody is hungry for transportation changes these days. But before there were good roads, mass transit had mass appeal. [More Broken Sidewalk]