Jones Nonsense Will Likely Cost Taxpayers

This David Jones-JCPS story is big enough to link to it again for the second day in a row. Now you know why Jones had his PR pal push that big C-J spread a couple days before Toni’s story hit. It was a big, failed CYA stunt. [Toni Konz]

Wait for it, though, because David Jones went on the offensive, criticizing the story. Instead of bothering to actually work with Konz as she was reporting. Now he faces inevitable OEA complaints and investigations that will ultimately cost the taxpayers tons of cash. [David Jones]

A display at every county clerk’s office tells car owners they can “preserve the Great Outdoors” by buying a special “Nature” license plate. But, for the time being, that message is — at best — not entirely true. [C-J/AKN]

A rub-n-tug in Nawbny?! Surely not! Officers at the New Albany Police Department have been investigating possible criminal behavior at the Hot Stone Spa on Pearl Street. [WHAS11]

Ervine Allen Jr., the property valuation administrator of Breathitt County, talks about the obstacles he faces trying to assess the value of property in a poor community. [H-L]

There was no other news to report so the teevee people focused on Girl Scout cookies. [WLKY]

Egyptian warplanes struck Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday in swift retribution for the extremists’ beheading of a group of Egyptian Christian hostages on a beach, shown in a grisly online video released hours earlier. [HuffPo]

Kentucky State Fair Board officials are releasing more details about a $180 million renovation of the Kentucky International Convention Center. [WAVE3]

A long-running campaign to fully subject the Federal Reserve to outside review could come down to a handful of moderate Democrats. [The Hill]

Upset that retired Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Michael McCall is taking a $324,000 consulting fee when the system has been running in the red, its professors and staff members are asking him to decline the money. [WFPL]

For the first time in history, Kentucky lawmakers voted on a statewide smoking ban – and the House of Representatives narrowly passed it, 51-46. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Bourbon Classic, a third-year event, takes place next weekend at the Kentucky Center, and tickets are still available. [Business First]

In weighing when to refinance a series of bonds from 2005, West Clark Community Schools’ board of trustees will consider their proposed referendum project and other variables. [News & Tribune]

Some Greg Fischer Minimum Wage Back Story

Lost in all the mainstream and social media hubbub over the minimum wage hike in Louisville was what people actually told Greg Fischer’s office. Fischer’s been fond of telling the community that most people opposed the wage increase.

But who was telling him that? What kind of businesses do they operate? What did they really have to say? Do they even live in Louisville?


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Let’s take a look at documents received as part of an open records request that Fischer’s office finally decided to fulfill two months later.

These are all the folks Fischer’s office say opposed a minimum wage increase.

Brent Beanblossom, Home Instead Senior Care:


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Steve Brooks, Tumbleweed:


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Rebecca Daigrepont:


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Jeffrey Davis, Accu-Tec, Inc.:


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John Doster, PARx Solutions:


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Steve Dutton, Printex USA:


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Scott Ferguson:


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Steve Ford, Prospect:


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Christopher Fuller, Arby’s — Atlanta, GA:


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Rich Gimmel, Atlas:


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Debbie Glasgow, Red Roof Inn:


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Mike King, consultant:


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Katrina Kopatz:


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Debbie Glasgow, Red Roof Inn:


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Mike King, consultant:


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Katrina Kopatz:


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Pam Krause:


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Cliff Krawiec, claims increase will harm seniors:


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Barry Laws, Openrange:


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Charles Leis, Bramco:


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Buddy Mattingly, Tumbleweed:


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Christian McCutcheon, BrightStar Care:


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Tim Poole, Dizzy Whizz:


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Andrew Ott, Kentucky Restaurant Association:


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Anthony Piagentini, Republican Party:


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Cindi Peeff:


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Jeff Reetz, failed Republican congressional candidate and Pizza Hut franchisee:



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Jones Shenanigans Will Plague The School Board

Ruh ro. It’s a rare morning roundup from Jake and not some college kid trying to score some intern credits.

We told you ages ago this was happening! There’s more where this came from, particularly on the communications front. Just watch. A close associate of Jefferson County Board of Education Chairman David Jones Jr. was one of four people who vetted and interviewed candidates for a high-level Jefferson County Public Schools job last year — despite a state law that prohibits school board members from playing any role in the hiring of district personnel. [Toni Konz]

The sides are lining up for what may be the last battle over the design of a planned Wal-Mart superstore at Broadway and Dixie Highway. [C-J/AKN]

LG&E said there was an explosion and fire at the Cane Run sub-station in PRP, just after 1 a.m. on Sunday. [WHAS11]

A quarter of a century ago, “inadequate” was a kind description for many schools in Kentucky. School districts relied heavily on local property taxes for funding, which meant children in poor counties with small property-tax bases sometimes sold candy or magazines to help keep the lights on at school. [H-L]

Guess there are no crazy ass murders to solve or anything. Two women were arrested on prostitution charges following an undercover LMPD operation. [WLKY]

One of the few bipartisan goals that President Barack Obama and Republicans agree on is comprehensive reform of the tax system, but Democrats cried foul Friday as GOP leaders in the House began passing permanent tax cuts that opponents believe would make that reform harder. [HuffPo]

Some of those putting up with the tunnel blasting and traffic stoppages for the construction of the new east end bridge may need to be reminded why the project is going underground before going across the river. [WAVE3]

A married same-sex couple on Friday asked a federal court to force Indiana state and county officials to name both of the women as parents on their newborn son’s birth certificate. [Reuters]

The passing rate for Kentuckians taking the GED has improved since the national high school equivalency exam underwent changes in 2014, according to Kentucky Adult Education officials. [WFPL]

It was a wildly busy week in the Kentucky General Assembly as the Democratic-controlled House sprang into overdrive, passing a bevy of bills after the Senate had done the same in the session’s first week. [Ronnie Ellis]

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, the nation’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler, plans to cut the ribbon on a new sales and distribution center in Louisville on Monday. [Business First]

The Floyd County Election Board has been working on improving the voting process since the day after the November election, when some voters stood in line more than two hours to cast a ballot. [News & Tribune]

Do You Want Greg Fischer To Raise Your Taxes?

Plans will move ahead to close the New Albany Pillsbury plant, despite efforts by the mayor and city council to keep the company — and its 400 jobs — from leaving the city, a union representative says. [WDRB]

Carolyn Miller Cooper, executive director of the city’s Human Relations Commission, struggled to sleep Monday night. [C-J/AKN]

On a chilly night in downtown Louisville rainbow colors warmed the night sky as the lights of the Big 4 Bridge officially turned on. [WHAS11]

Requesting help to avoid a “costly and time-consuming legal challenge,” U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is asking members of the Republican Party of Kentucky’s central committee to create a presidential caucus in 2016. [H-L]

A Louisville man is behind bars in connection with a string of home burglaries. [WLKY]

Of course Rand Paul is appearing in a crazy ass anti-gay documentary. The only thing that’s surprising is that it’s not a pro-Jim Crow documentary. [HuffPo]

Police say an inmate escaped from Metro Corrections after taking the place of another inmate at the office for the home incarceration program. [WAVE3]

Louis Brandeis was wrong. The lawyer and Supreme Court justice famously declared that sunlight is the best disinfectant, and we have unquestioningly embraced that advice ever since. [ProPublica]

As an anti-smoking rally descended on the Capitol rotunda on Wednesday, a bill that would ban smoking in public places across Kentucky is still waiting to be heard on the state House floor. [WFPL]

If you missed it yesterday, a Circuit Court judge entered the most remarkable eff you Order of Recusal we’ve ever seen. And it was in the Joshua Powell case in Montgomery County! [Page One]

A new ranking of public universities was a mixed bag for the University of Louisville, which scored high in admissions and has shown growth in diversity, costs and advancement but is still struggling with prestige nationally. [Business First]

Television and radio stations were approved for each of Greater Clark County Schools’ high schools at Tuesday night’s board meeting, with funding to get figured out next month. [News & Tribune]

Do you really want to trust GREG FISCHER to raise your taxes? Of course you don’t. [Ronnie Ellis]