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Indiana and Kentucky have selected a Virginia-based company to oversee the toll system for the Ohio River Bridges Project. The contract, estimated at $39.9 million, includes installing, operating and maintaining the toll equipment for seven years, said Kendra York, Indiana’s public finance director. [WDRB]

Churchill Downs Incorporated announced Churchill Downs, its namesake racetrack, and Yum! Brands, Inc., have signed a five-year agreement that extends Yum!’s role as the presenting sponsor of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby, one of America’s most legendary sports and entertainment events. [Press Release]

Local police amass millions in military surplus. Jeffersontown Police Officer Tommy McCann popped the trunk of his cruiser to reveal thousands of dollars worth of military-grade equipment. [C-J/AKN]

WTF? Is there a war coming to Clarksville? [More C-J/AKN]

There was a ribbon cutting Monday afternoon for the new visitor center at the Stitzel-Weller distillery in Shively. The Kentucky Distillers’ Association says Stitzel-Weller will be the newest stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. [WHAS11]

Police in Pulaski County recently worked two incidents in a week’s time involving alleged drunk drivers on riding lawn mowers, including one arrested after he ​drove to the drive-through window at a fast-food restaurant, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. [H-L]

The affidavit said after Oberhansley killed Blanton, he removed parts of her skull and brain, heart and part of a lung. The document said Oberhansley told detectives he cooked and ate the organs. [WLKY]

An astounding 72% percent of Americans say they are unhappy with Republicans in Congress. [HuffPo]

It could be the most important thing you do this week. A Louisville high school sophomore desperately needs a bone marrow match to win the fight he’s battled for three years. [WAVE3]

Was it really only a year ago that we were gearing up for the big unveil of where the uninsured could seamlessly go online and shop for health care as they would their vacation travel? [WaPo]

Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District has reached an agreement with the union that represents several of its employees. [WFPL]

Public schools throughout the nation continue to contend with budget shortfalls and insufficient classroom resources, while U.S. test scores remain far behind those of many other developed nations. Here are measures that can be taken to fix America’s troubled education system. [The Onion]

You guessed it — more of the same for the arena shenanigans. [Business First]

Complaints about the termination of a recycling program in Clark County’s unincorporated areas may prompt the county commissioners to bring it back — if the price is right. [News & Tribune]

Is Everything In Clark County, Ind. Crazy Corrupt?

Does this stink of unnecessary fearmongering? On Wednesday morning, police say a student at Hite Elementary was approached by a stranger in the neighborhood behind her school. [WDRB]

It’s fine and dandy to profess your extreme level of transparency. That is — if you’re actually transparent and not cherry picking what gets released. Like with Metro Animal Services. Greg Fischer, like Jerry Abramson, is all talk and the entire community has finally realized it. [C-J/AKN]

One of the worst work place shootings ever took place in Louisville 25 years ago. On the morning of September 14, 1989, 47-year-old Joseph Wesbecker walked in to the Standard Gravure Plant on 6th and Broadway Streets. [WHAS11]

Leave it to some shyster judge in Jessamine County to fine a cyclist for riding responsibly and within the law. And you wonder why outsiders think Kentucky is still in the dark ages. [H-L]

It was perfect weather Saturday for one of the larger fall festivals in the Louisville area. [WLKY]

While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria — a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe — poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. aviation, American officials say. [HuffPo]

Supporters of Alison Lundergan Grimes gathered in the west end of Louisville as the Democratic candidate for Senate opened a new campaign office with less than two months to go before the election. [WAVE3]

Why do Democrats keep trying to ban guns that look scary, not the guns that kill the most people? On the twentieth anniversary of the assault weapons ban, a look at why politicians and the public support a policy that showed no evidence of saving lives. [ProPublica]

The process of selecting a contractor to install the tolling system for the Ohio River Bridges Project takes another step Monday. The joint board for the bridges project will identify a potential toll systems provider, said Chuck Wolfe, a spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. [WFPL]

How superbugs hitch a ride from hog farms into your community. [Mother Jones]

University of Louisville President James Ramsey called the strategic goals he outlined Thursday to the board of trustees could be viewed as “crazy.” [Business First]

An inmate of the Clark County jail was removed from the facility last week to move furniture from a rental property that belongs to Clark County Circuit Court No. 2 Judge Jerry Jacobi. [News & Tribune]

Rep. Yarmuth Says Democracy Is Needed For All

Here’s Congressman John Yarmuth speaking common sense about campaign finance and special interests:

Can’t watch the video at work? Here’s what he had to say:

The last thing Congress needs is more special-interest candidates who don’t answer to the American people. The Supreme Court decisions in Citizens United and McCutcheon have opened the floodgates of unlimited spending on campaigns. Protections against special-interest influence on our elections have steadily eroded – along with public confidence in government.

The result is campaigns dominated not by ideas, thoughtful debates, or visions for the future, but by television ads – mostly negative, and mostly funded by unaccountable outside groups.

In my state of Kentucky, Mitch McConnell and his special-interest allies have spent more than $8 million running nearly 26,000 TV ads in our Commonwealth. The vast majority are from outside groups attacking Mr. McConnell’s opponents. Many bend the truth and intentionally mislead Kentuckians, which is a lot easier to get away with if the attacker isn’t accountable to voters.

Under our current political system, these groups are allowed massive influence over our campaigns – much more than any average citizen or groups of citizens could ever exert. It is a system is riddled with loopholes, lacking meaningful disclosure, and more awash in corporate influence than ever.

In Kentucky, Mr. McConnell’s race is expected to cost $100 million. That would pay the annual salaries of about 2,000 public school teachers in our Commonwealth.

And while Sen. McConnell and other supporters of the Citizens United decision call this freedom of speech, it’s actually the freedom to deceive. To be fair, dishonest ads are coming from both sides by both parties. These are ads made possible by Citizens United.

And if the Washington Post Fact Checker actually had to present real Pinocchios for all the dishonest ads made possible by Citizens United, Geppetto would be the busiest man in America.

That’s why we need to pass the Democracy For All amendment, to put a stop to this runaway special-interest spending on campaigns and return Congress to the people it was meant to serve.

Let’s Have Greg Fischer Video Flashback Time

People are coming up to us left and right, exasperated that Greg Fischer has bungled Louisville Metro Animal Services for so badly.

Folks who just can’t figure out what went wrong. People who have been snowed — but are no longer — by the cheerleader schtick originally perfected in Possibility City by Jerry Abramson.

Regular readers knew who Greg Fischer was and what he would do way back in 2008. Rather than link you to a bunch of boring stories, let’s just flip through some quick video flashbacks.

We knew who he was when he hired an actress to slime Bruce Lunsford… because he couldn’t get anyone to disparage him with questionable material without paying them:

We knew who he was when he claimed to treat everyone equally, to be compassionate:

We knew who he was when he claimed (starting at about 2:30) he was the second coming, that everybody loved him, he was a successful problem solver:

We knew who Greg was when he hypocritically attacked Lunsford for contributing to Republicans:

We knew who Greg Fischer was when Bruce Lunsford called him out on his hypocrisy:

He lost to Lunsford.

Then Greg resurfaced in 2010 to run for mayor. His new claim to fame? Depending upon the day, he either invented or co-invented an ice machine:

Of course we later discovered that he not only didn’t invent anything, he wasn’t even present when the guy (who originally owned the patent) created the metal plate (not an actual machine) used to dispense ice. We knew who he was then.

He’d even claimed to be an award winner, which, well… we also discovered was another Fischer myth:

We knew who Greg was when Jim King — of all people! — tried to warn the city:

King tried again:

There were so many red flags that nearly every one of Fischer’s Democratic opponents in the mayoral primary endorsed his bigoted, right-wing extremist opponent:

But the puppies and rainbows set were enthralled with Greg. He was anointed mayor, thanks to the old money that runs the good old boy network.

We knew trouble was around the bend, sadly, and it didn’t take long for Metro Animal Services nightmares to re-surface under Greg.

First up was a budgetary mess, despite Fischer’s claim of being a budget champion. His CFO, Steve Rowland (you already know him) was there to angrily spin for him, flying spittle and all:

Way back then in 2011, Kelly Downard was having none of the nonsense and excuses:

Unfortunately, Tina Ward-Pugh was snowed a few years ago, loosely defending the people who made matters much worse:

Thank goodness the councilwoman has come to her senses.

Back to the original point…

Fischer’s one to tell people about actions speaking louder than words. You’ve heard his words. You’ve seen his actions.

Fischer also loves to tell you how compassionate he is:


He made the above image his profile photo on every social media platform his office uses just hours after the Sadie scandal became a big deal.

For anyone feigning surprise that Greg Fischer has bungled LMAS since day one? The writing was on the wall years before you elected him mayor. It’s only gotten worse sense then. It’s well-documented. None of it is secret. You can read all about it. There are even hundreds of videos to watch if you don’t feel like reading.

Anyone mortified and shocked that Fischer’s henchwoman, Sadiqa Reynolds, along with his other top folks, have played pat-a-cake with the agency? It’s probably time to pay a bit more attention, probably time to demand accountability instead of lip service, whitewashing and schadenfreude.