Dirty Politicking From The Marilyn Parker Crowd?

When Marilyn Parker was running against Jon Ackerson, something interesting went down that no one wants to talk about.

A supporter approached Ackerson with a piece of campaign literature sent by Parker and received by that supporter on May 14. It was all about multiple ethics charges filed against Ackerson.

The strange thing? Ackerson didn’t receive those charges in his Metro Council office until May 16. One of those interesting charges, filed on May 8, alleged Ackerson’s campaign signs were too close to his town hall meeting signs. Which was beyond bizarre… since his campaign signs weren’t released until May 10/11.

When the Ethics Commission met in June, Ackerson was cleared of any wrongdoing. The Commission was so concerned about the timeline of events, though, that the case was sent to the Commonwealth’s Attorney for possible investigation.

We sat on this story for quite some time. A Local Newspaper ran a story about the Ethics results but neglected to share any of the juicy details above. We thought it’d be prudent to give them time to print them. But that was a hot minute ago.

So here we are. Asking questions. Waiting for someone to spill the tea.

Now The Ohio River Bridges Will Just Be Ugly?

Several groups who want to make it more difficult to buy guns took their case to one of the country’s most powerful senators. [WDRB]

With school finances getting tighter all across Kentucky, disputes have erupted between county and independent school districts in several locations recently over agreements that allow students to attend schools across district lines. [H-L]

Did you know that lazy assholes abuse handicapped parking spaces? It’s apparently breaking news on the teevee. [WHAS11]

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, and community activist Christopher 2x announced a march to commemorate the triple homicide in the Parkland neighborhood last year. But one of the family members of a victim says it’s a misplaced attempt by the city lawmaker and activist to grab headlines. [WFPL]

Attorneys are making final preparations in a high-profile, love triangle murder trial. [WLKY]

The state capitol isn’t exactly a ghost town during Derby Week, but it’s close. The rich and powerful, the office holders and politicians who run Kentucky are all in Louisville, doing backside interviews and attending Derby parties. This might be the most damning, honest thing you’ll read all week about Kentucky. [Ronnie Ellis]

One person has been killed after being struck by a train. MetroSafe said the accident was reported along railroad tracks in the area of Six Mile Lane and Breckenridge Lane at 6:45 p.m. [WAVE3]

Jeffersonville, Ind., leaders say Kentucky is getting a lopsided share of the design features associated with a new Ohio River bridge, and they’ve taken their case to state officials in Indianapolis. [C-J/AKN]

Though impressed with the company’s fundamentals and overall business outlook, Hilliard Lyons has lowered its guidance on Churchill Downs Inc. to neutral from long-term buy. [Business First]

Sooo, Anne Northup has a fancy new job. Using her time at Consumer Product Safety Commission to, you know, make money. [Press Release]

Awwwww, Bobbie Coleslaw has decided not to run for mayor. We will likely never get our hands on her biscuit recipe. [WFPL]

Louisville and the Commonwealth really dodged a bullet when the Koch Family lost out on Kentucky Kingdom. In the Southwestern Indiana hamlet of Santa Claus nearly 70 years ago, an Evansville industrialist had an inspiration. With little there for children but a post office that handled Santa letters, why not offer something more. Much more. [News & Tribune]

You’re So Hung Over You Can Barely See, Right?

Orb has won the 139th Kentucky Derby on a rainy day that left the track muddy, but fans in high spirits. The win marked the first Derby win for acclaimed trainer Shug McGaughey. [WDRB]

Last spring, Conor Murphy was a hired hand who spent his days galloping racehorses, combing knotted manes and shoveling manure in a stable in Berkshire, England. [H-L]

Police responded to a car accident in the 1800 block of W. Muhammed Ali Blvd. around 5:30 A.M. on Sunday to find a man who had been shot before his car crashed into a telephone pole. [WHAS11]

The city’s tree commission wants developers to save or plant more trees to replace those lost when building homes or businesses. [C-J/AKN]

More than 151,000 fans left a massive mess under the twin spires. Perhaps one of the hottest tickets after the Derby, is being selected to work as a cleanup crew. [WAVE3]

The state is asking for dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the legality of the Kentucky Health Benefits Exchange that Gov. Steve Beshear approved last year by executive order. [BGDN]

So, as forecasts predicted, it rained Saturday on the Kentucky Derby. The rain—sometimes steady—led to Derby-goers packing under any shelter they could find. [WFPL]

An arrest has been made in connection with the Friday shooting in the Parkland neighborhood. [WLKY]

As he prepares for a possible run at Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, trainer Shug McGaughey said he expects bigger things from Kentucky Derby winner Orb. [Business First]

Someone in leadership at the University of Kentucky must have forgotten about higher education’s historic commitment to a free and open search for truth. That noble ideal evaporated in a Lexington courtroom last week when UK sued a reporter from its own public radio station, WUKY. [The Morehead News]

The covered sidewalk the city erected nearly three years ago in front of the historic buildings on Main Street known as Whiskey Row, just east of the KFC Yum! Center, is hurting business on the block, restaurant operators say. [C-J/AKN]

Plans to redevelop the former Colgate-Palmolive Co. plant have long been in the works. But according to at least one Clarksville town official, the developers of the site, Boston Development Group, may be reconsidering plans. [News & Tribune]

It’s Oaks Day! Everyone Is Probably Already Drunk

Another day, another senseless murder in Louisville. Homicide detectives are investigating after a shooting in west Louisville that left one person dead early Friday. [WDRB]

When it comes to the field for Friday’s Longines Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs, “depth” is the buzzword on the backside — no matter how one might go about saying it. [C-J/AKN]

Kevin Krigger on board Goldencents may become the first African American to win the Derby since 1902. So who won it in 1902? [WHAS11]

Madden and Hamburg Place are names that for decades were synonymous with Thoroughbreds, Kentucky Derby winners and Derby Eve parties. [H-L]

From tastings, to gala’s(sic) and parties, the pre-Derby celebrations are off to a great start. Not only are these events fun and they bring in celebrities, but they also raise a lot of money and awareness. [WAVE3]

Local residents interested in the plans for the Ohio River Bridges Project can attend an open house Wednesday, May 8. The event will provide an overview of the entire project, but will focus on 2013 construction activities, according to a press release from the Ohio River Bridges Project. [News & Tribune]

A man faces multiple charges after police said he exposed himself at a bus stop and had an open container of alcohol. Possibility City! [WLKY]

You already know how the game is played. Private equity firm hires placement agents, Kentucky Retirement Systems throws all kinds of scratch at it, private equity firm makes an investment in Kentucky company. Get your cards ready. [Page One]

Attorney General Jack Conway said he’s had a “few preliminary conversations” with potential running mates in the 2015 governor’s race and said he hopes he and Crit Luallen can work it out so that they won’t run against each other. Crit’s already said she’s not going to run against Jack. [Ryan Alessi]

The cast of characters that pulls off the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs racetrack numbers in the thousands. [Business First]

Two new revitalization efforts in Portland could pump more than $25 million into the historic but struggling Louisville neighborhood during the next three years. [C-J/AKN]

Pondering The Seven Counties-KRS Bankruptcy…

In addition to our thoughts on this mess yesterday:

If a bankruptcy judge rules against Kentucky Retirement Systems, allowing Seven Counties to leave KERS, that’d make it much more likely that CERS would move toward divorce.

CERS has its own non-governmental issues: Kentucky League of Cities, Kentucky Association of Counties and dozens of other groups.

Reality is that many of the agencies that make up KERS handle tons of federal dollars. Maybe 90 percent of them? Tough to say.

The feds have an interest in this mess and there’s a lot of discussion in Frankfort surrounding potential DOJ and FBI interest. With these sweetheart six-figure pensions in KERS that were created for non-profit executives using tons of federal cash? Makes sense.