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It’s Your Christmas Eve Round-Up Funtimes

December 24th, 2012 by admin · 3 Comments

We’re closer and closer to hitting our goal and launching our new project. Consider helping make that happen because it’s so close we can taste it. [Support Our New Project!]

You have to believe to receive from Saint Nick. Sterling Riggs swapped gigs with an elf to see what kids want from Santa this year. [WDRB]

This was the biggest duh moment of the entire holiday season. It was supposed to be a reliable way to help cover the cost of a new downtown arena: The building’s events would bring throngs of people downtown who would eat, drink and shop nearby. Their sales taxes would be captured to help pay for the KFC Yum! Center. But the arena hasn’t added as much to tax revenues as expected during its first three years — producing less than one-third of the amount originally projected. [C-J/AKN]

Is the answer to gun crimes, more guns? The comments are causing quite a stir and even UofL Coach Rick Pitino is sharing his opinion. [WHAS11]

How dark money helped Republicans hold the House and hurt voters. In the November election, a million more Americans voted for Democrats seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives than Republicans. [ProPublica]

A 19-year-old man is dead after a shooting in a parking lot near a busy intersection in Shively. It happened around 4:00 pm Sunday near in the 4000 block of Dixie Highway near Garr Lane in a parking lot between Beverage World Superstore near Shear Wizardry Hairstyling. [WAVE3]

For more than 20 years, Louisville artist Ed White has led River City Drum Corps to teach children and young adults about the arts. [WFPL]

Another day, another Greater Clark County Schools employee is arrested. [WLKY]

A joint venture of Churchill Downs Inc. and Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment has completed a purchase of the harness racing licenses and certain assets held by Ohio-based Lebanon Trotting Club Inc. and Miami Valley Trotting Inc. [Business First]

The New Albany City Council may take a more aggressive role in union contract negotiations. With the payment of $300,000 in retroactive salary benefits to city police officers still in question, council members discussed last week ways they can play a greater part in the bargaining process. [News & Tribune]

In his last few years, Adam Lanza shut himself off from the outside world almost completely, his troubles slowly escalating as his family splintered. [WSJ]

Here’s a five-page story about how glorious and amazing Jim Ramsey is from Joe Gerth. Not a single mention of the Robert Felner scandal or any other behemoth of a mess Ramsey has been involved in. [C-J/AKN]

→ 3 CommentsTags: Bad Behavior · Charity · Churchill Downs · Death · Gambling · Guns · Indiana · James Ramsey · Politics · Republican Party · University of Louisville · Youth

Governor Beshear Finally Releases New Video

December 21st, 2012 by jake · Comments Off

It’s been a couple months since Steve Beshear released a video.

So here he is with Jane with a Christmas message:

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Maker’s Mark Blames Cordish Cos. For Mess

December 21st, 2012 by jake · 3 Comments

Of course it is Cordish that is responsible for that mess (even if the guy is a bit nutty, allegedly).

From Maker’s Mark:

We wanted to share our response to media stories regarding the Maker’s Mark Bourbon House and Lounge. Be assured that Maker’s Mark will take the appropriate actions in this situation.


Maker’s Mark licenses its name and trademark to a third party appointed by Cordish Operating Ventures, LLC, which is solely responsible for the ownership, operation and management of the Maker’s Mark Bourbon House and Lounge in Louisville Kentucky. Maker’s Mark has no ownership or involvement in the Lounge whatsoever. Maker’s Mark was unaware of the complaint filed by Andre Mulligan against the Lounge until it was covered in the media and, contrary to a published report, no one from Maker’s Mark has had any dealings with Mr. Mulligan.

“The allegations in the complaint are extremely serious and, if true, reflect behavior that is abhorrent and unacceptable, as well as absolutely contrary to the core brand values of Maker’s Mark. Maker’s Mark does not accept, and will not tolerate, discrimination in any form, and has so notified and warned the company which is solely responsible for the operation of the Lounge. While not involved in the litigation, Maker’s Mark will continue to monitor the situation closely and will take all actions it feels necessary under the circumstances.”

Bill Samuels, Jr.
Rob Samuels

Maybe MM will man up and terminate its agreement with Cordish.

Or maybe Metro Government will finally tire of the mountain of mess Cordish has created in this town and kick them out.

Haha, we know, fat chance.

→ 3 CommentsTags: Bad Behavior · Cordish · Discrimination · Race

Your Weekly Transportation Lady Video Update

December 21st, 2012 by jake · Comments Off

This week the Transportation Lady focuses on the agreement signed by Steve Beshear and Ohio Governator John Kasich to build a new bridge across the Ohio River between Cincinnasti and Covington:

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Will Kentucky Kingdom Ever Be A Thing Again?

December 21st, 2012 by admin · 2 Comments

We’re closer and closer to hitting our goal and launching our new project. Consider helping make that happen because it’s so close we can taste it. [Support Our New Project!]

Papaw Beshear says he still isn’t sure whether or not he’s going to screw Ed Hart over Kentucky Kingdom again. [WDRB]

You should read this mess of a letter Jerry Abramson wrote about tax reform. It’d maybe be okay if he wasn’t coughing up buzzwords and spewing out “Beshear” every other breath. [C-J/AKN]

An expected guilty plea by the founder of USA Harvest was delayed Thursday after a defense attorney raised questions about his client’s competence to understand the legal proceedings. [WHAS11]

“How long can the American taxpayers afford to pump $200 million annually into the Kentucky mountains in various forms of welfare aid without achieving any significant improvement in the region’s economy?” Caudill said while testifying to Congress in 1964. “We ask only an investment in our future as part of the nation’s future.” [H-L]

No criminal charges – that’s the decision Thursday from Clark County Prosecutor Steve Stewart in the case of two off-duty Jeffersonville Police officers accused of beating a man inside a restaurant. [WAVE3]

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has accepted a settlement agreed to by all the parties in a rate increase case filed by Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities. [WFPL]

An area school district has heard the concern from parents, students and the community about security. It has been a huge topic in light of the tragedy in Connecticut. [WLKY]

After more than 26 years of attempts to establish a Louisville botanical garden, a lease has been signed for a space across from Waterfront Park. [Business First]

Employees thinking about retiring from Greater Clark County Schools may have an offer they can’t refuse after the board of trustees approved a retirement incentive program. [News & Tribune]

Oh, look, A Kentucky Newspaper has decided to cover what we covered months ago regarding Kentucky Retirement Systems. The paper will probably run a Sunday feature about it and claim it’s breaking news. [C-J/AKN]

→ 2 CommentsTags: Bad Behavior · Charity · Education · Indiana · Jerry Abramson · Kentucky Kingdom · LG&E · Scandal · State Government · Steve Beshear · Taxes

This Sounds Like A Total Disaster, Maybe

December 20th, 2012 by jake · 2 Comments

Something about this doesn’t smell quite right:

The Maker’s Mark Bourbon House and Lounge in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, used to be a decently classy place, the type of glass- and wood-paneled establishment striving for a level of authenticity beyond the reach of a chain restaurant named after a bourbon label.

Late this past August, however, the Bourbon House and Lounge officially became one of the most despicable restaurants in the country when it denied African Americans access to a public event held at the site.


Mulligan and his brother explained that the party-goers would be ‘100 percent African American,’ to which information the officials from Maker’s Mark said essentially, nope, you can’t hold an event at our lounge—a clear violation of not only the states’ laws, but also all human decency and basic 21st century codes of ethics and respect.

Sounds like more Cordish Cos. funtimes.

→ 2 CommentsTags: Cordish · Discrimination · Race

Jeffersonville’s Mayor Is A Real Life Hot Mess

December 20th, 2012 by admin · Comments Off

We’re closer and closer to hitting our goal and launching our new project. Consider helping make that happen because it’s so close we can taste it. [Support Our New Project!]

Former McMahan Fire Chief Paul Barth begins serving his prison sentence [yesterday] after stealing $200,000 meant for the Crusade for Children. [WDRB]

We’re not going to hold our breath over this web marketing scheme to promote the Commonwealth of Kentucky. [H-L]

You a fan of Kentucky history? Then check out the latest from the Kentucky HIstoric Preservation Review Board, which included the Historic Highlands District in Louisville. [Page One]

You can’t even go to the hospital in St. Matthews these days without having some butthole break into your car. [WAVE3]

Kentucky’s senior U.S. Senator says it will be up to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to decide whether the chamber will consider new gun control measures when the new Congress convenes in January. [WFPL]

City Life Shawnee, an after-school program and more, in what was a run-down building on the corner of 41st and Market Street, hope its model for faith-based positivity will change the reputation of crime in west Louisville neighborhoods. [WHAS11]

Thanks to revenues larger than planned, Louisville Metro officials won’t have to face a budget deficit in midyear or make service cuts. [Business First]

Crowded into the back of a cargo truck with his family and strangers, they all made their way out of Belgium and into France as Hitler’s troops invaded. [News & Tribune]

When is this jackass going to resign? His current and former staffers have zero kind words for the man. Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore apologized to residents and city employees Wednesday after police were called to his office a day earlier over a disagreement between him and his wife. [C-J/AKN]

Really, when is he going to be ousted from office? His latest stunt caused damage to his office. [WLKY]

Comments OffTags: Bad Behavior · Crime · Guns · Highlands · Indiana · Jail · Metro Government · Mitch McConnell · State Government · West End · Youth

A Couple Radio Blowhards Will Hate This One

December 19th, 2012 by jake · 6 Comments

Here’s Rep. John Yarmuth’s statement on the Presidential Task Force to Address Gun Violence:

“I share the President’s commitment to strengthening our nation’s gun laws, and I thank him for approaching the complex problem of gun violence in a comprehensive way,” Congressman Yarmuth said. “Whether it is reinstating the ban on assault weapons and getting high-capacity ammunition magazines off our streets, expanding background checks to help ensure guns don’t fall into the wrong hands, addressing gaps in our mental health care system, or other failures, we must address all the factors that contribute to gun violence in our society. This task force will help in those efforts.”

As gun owners (unlike the teabagger lady who wouldn’t know a Ruger if it fell into her lap), we’re glad to see Washington finally waking up to pushing responsible gun ownership.

Love Yarmuth or hate him, he’s the only one of our Kentucky delegation with guts enough to speak out with ideas so far.

→ 6 CommentsTags: Guns · John Yarmuth

John Yarmuth On Banning Assault Weapons

December 19th, 2012 by jake · 2 Comments

John Yarmuth was on MSNBC to discuss banning assault weapons:

When will the rest of Kentucky’s delegation speak up?

→ 2 CommentsTags: Guns · John Yarmuth

Will Kentucky Kingdom Happen Or Just Fall Apart?

December 19th, 2012 by admin · Comments Off

We’re closer and closer to hitting our goal and launching our new project. Consider helping make that happen because it’s so close we can taste it. [Support Our New Project!]

The Greater Clark County school board voted on Tuesday evening not to renew the contract of Jim Sexton. [WDRB]

Someone else should step up to the plate. It should be Tina Ward-Pugh. Jim King, a Democrat who represents the 10th District in southeastern Louisville, appears unopposed to be elected president of the Metro Council for an unprecedented third straight year. [C-J/AKN]

A Kentucky juvenile justice employee is in trouble with the law for allegedly having sex with a boy in her care. [WHAS11]

A proposed 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Lexington received approval Monday for up to $9 million in state tax incentives over a decade. [H-L]

Basically, everybody and their mother is freaking out post-Newtown massacre. [WAVE3]

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is convinced her fellow Democrats will get behind the White House’s latest “fiscal cliff” deal that cuts Social Security benefits and increases taxes on the middle class. [HuffPo]

Rick Dickman will no longer be the Town of Clarksville’s redevelopment director at the beginning of 2013, thanks to a $55,000 settlement unanimously approved by the town council Monday. [News & Tribune]

As federal agents continue their probe into the cause of the Paducah & Louisville derailment near West Point, WLKY is continuing its own investigation. [WLKY]

Just in case you’re wondering what stupid and wasteful looks like? Here you go. [C-J/AKN]

After decades on air (he joined the BBC in 1989), legendary broadcaster Robin Lustig has signed off. He mentioned Louisville in his final broadcast. [WFPL]

Steve Beshear said the state is closing in on a deal to re-open Kentucky Kingdom. Beshear made the comments following an unrelated economic development announcement in downtown Louisville. [Business First]

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