Dan Johnson’s Gonna Retire Soon. Wonder Why?

Kentucky is seeking to join a handful of states that regulate companies such as Uber and Lyft, whose smartphone-driven businesses are now competing with taxis in Louisville, Lexington and other cities across the country. [WDRB]

Retired Metro narcotics detectives say he was like a modern-day Robin Hood. He bought shoes and book bags for teenagers and paid for them to go to college. They in turn tipped him off about hits from other dealers and raids by police. [C-J/AKN]

A Jefferson County Public Schools bus driver is under criminal investigation for allegedly failing to stop a sex act on a bus between students. [WHAS11]

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes pushed back Wednesday against public polling that shows U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell with a growing lead in Kentucky, releasing an internal poll that shows a race to be a dead-heat. [H-L]

A 1-year-old boy was taken to the emergency room after being hit by a truck while in a stroller. [WLKY]

Though the law will be a year older, Republicans will push a vote to repeal Obamacare if they take back the Senate in November, a top GOP senator told reporters Thursday morning. [HuffPo]

Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson largely avoided criticism from an opponent at a debate Wednesday, despite his recent troubles. But he says he’s going to retire soon. [WAVE3]

Don’t believe for a bluegrass minute that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is taking his challenge from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes lightly. [CPI]

Louisville residents’ perceptions of neighborhood crime are not always a reflection of reality, according to a survey commissioned by Louisville Metro Police to gauge Louisvillians’ attitudes about crime, safety and the department. [WFPL]

Just in case you needed more proof that Rand Paul is a chickenhawk warmonger with the same brain as his racist, delusional father. [Think Progress]

It looks like downtown Louisville, that hotbed of hotel activity, soon will have another project. [Business First]

A recently obtained police report reveals that an off-duty New Albany Police Department officer kicked open the door of a home and business in an incident that would later be part of a grand jury investigation. The report, obtained from a source, comes to light after numerous attempts by the News and Tribune to access a report generated by NAPD — the first agency that responded to the scene of the April incident involving NAPD officer Gary Humphrey. [News & Tribune]

Sadiqa Reynolds Finally Showed Up To Talk


It finally happened.

Sadiqa Reynolds showed up at a Metro Council ad-hoc committee meeting.

It was INSANE. Everything from lying about her investigation, lying about what she does and doesn’t do to attempting to defame the Metro Animal Services whistleblower!

Watch it for yourself by clicking here. WARNING: You WILL be infuriated. Make sure you’ve taken your blood pressure meds. And, if applicable, make sure you’ve had a couple big swigs of fine Kentucky Bourbon before watching.

We’ll upload highlights a bit later.

Isn’t it crazy? Giving conflicting testimony, interrupting, snapping.

Can you believe that? Cited all of her fancy job titles — like being OIG at CHFS — so she knows how to conduct an investigation. Only to admit she didn’t interview more than 1-2% of the people involved in a scandal. WOW.

Now the entire community knows why Metro Animal Services is in sad shape.

There’s a large cloud of shame hanging over this city.

Greg Fischer needs to act. He needs to lead for maybe the first time in his term as mayor. It needs to happen.


You ready? Here are 30 video clips!

Wondering why there’s a pending criminal investigation?

Why is the committee continuing to fight for access?

Is there any other reason:

Why is the ad-hoc committee so frustrated?

Marilyn Parker hits the nail on the head:

Here’s where things get dicey — Sadiqa Reynolds comes to the front.

Why do we constantly suggest that Sadiqa is responsible for a lot of hot messes in Possibility City?

Here she is lying about the live release rate:

Remember when two of our previous investigations got Wayne and Jackie “resigned”?

Here’s confirmation:

When we broke news about the Fischer Administration trying to “partner” (give LMAS to) with the Kentucky Humane Society?


On Donald Robinson and Margaret Brosko:

The telephone call we leaked?

On how ill-prepared she is to do her job:

On the calibre of people Sadiqa hires to work at LMAS:

Kevin Kramer was having none of that:

On that fake “internal investigation: Sadiqa conducted:

David James pressed further:

You can see for yourself how nasty she was to the ad-hoc committee. You can see that she attempted to attack the whistleblower’s integrity. More of that famous Fischer Administration retaliation.

On the Sadiqa trying to do everything in secret:

Here she is trying to complain about the severity of the situation she’s responsible for:

Kevin Kramer pressed Sadiqa once more on her fancy “investigation”:

Catch that bit at the end? It’s Fowler asking, “Are their legs dangling?”

Here’s Sadiqa telling on herself:

She’s okay with interrupting and insulting elected members of the council but how dare they try to keep her on track.

Kevin Kramer finally steps in to defend Heather Adkins, who merely told the truth about what was going on:

But Sadiqa couldn’t handle being questioned or held accountable, so she started up her obfuscation machine:

Downard gives her a reality check;

Gray. Remember that name. We’ve written about her in the past.

Here Sadiqa revs up the obfuscation a bit more:

It gets worse:

It gets really good here:

And here:

Sadiqa was so unprepared that THIS happened:

Some interesting Sadie tidbits:

Finally, Downard points out that this was all in PIU’s hands long before Fischer requested an investigation and before everything rolled out:

There you have it. An in-depth look at why Metro Government — specifically Metro Animal Services — is so… you pick the word.

LMPD Raided Cahoots, Which Surprises No One

Wanna see LMPD raid Cahoots on a drug hunt?

Took place September 9/10, 2014:

What kinda fun things went on there, folks?

We’re not publishing the rest of the footage available because there’s no sense in identifying innocent bystanders or police officers. We feel like the above footage is newsworthy and would be justified in publishing everything, though, since LMPD entered an establishment accommodating the public.

This story will be updated once/if we receive a statement from LMDP.

UPDATE: LMPD says the department was assisting Alcohol Beverage Control with a complaint they’d received.

GLI: Working Hard To Keep Everybody Down

Jefferson County Public Schools has hired a new team to help its most vulnerable students. [WDRB]

Of course GLI opposes a living wage for workers in Louisville. Remember, these are people put in charge by Greg Fischer. Arguing that increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 locally would hurt local businesses and possibly result in job loss, Louisville’s chamber of commerce announced its opposition to a proposed increase on Tuesday. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another pedestrian gets hit in Possibility City. MetroSafe tells us that a pedestrian has been hit by a vehicle near the intersection of S. Hancock Street and E. Kentucky Street in Louisville. [WHAS11]

The American Heart Association has awarded $1.26 million in grants to the University of Kentucky for cardiovascular research. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Time is running out for crews to finish construction on the Big Four Station in Jeffersonville(sic). [WLKY]

Large churches in the South tend to pay their senior pastors the highest salaries, a new survey finds. That’s right, poorer states have the highest-paid megachurch pastors. [HuffPo]

The University of Louisville is spending $300,000 on new police officers and patrols after a series of crimes left students and parents on edge. [WAVE3]

Whenever someone mentions a General Electrics appliance the first thing that comes to mind is 30 Rock‘s Jack Donaghy and the pocket microwave, “The Funcooker.” Of course neither of those things really have anything to do with Electrolux’s deal to buy the GE appliance business, but it’s never the wrong time to reminisce about Liz Lemon and the gang. [Consumerist]

Two Jefferson County Public Schools are getting some help in the fight against childhood obesity. [WFPL]

More carbon dioxide was emitted into our atmosphere between 2012 and 2013 than in any other year since 1984, putting humans on the fast track toward irreversible global warming. [Think Progress]

Jim Mims was one of the people who has allegedly gone after women working in Metro Government, giving them hard times, silencing and discriminating against them. The most recent is a woman who had an injury and, with physician requests, asked Mims to allow her to work from home until recovered – something Metro does not infrequently. Her labor rep even recommended it. Mims wouldn’t have it, started pushing her out, claiming her work needed to be done in-house. When she was gone, he outsourced her (union) job to a grunt who is not in-house. What’s he get as a reward? A sweet promotion. Just like Margaret Brosko of LMAS. [Business First]

Jeffersonville asks for plaintiff to put up $24 million bond in suit over ‘gateway’ property. Jeffersonville’s city attorney submitted two pleadings in response to a resident filing suit against the city Monday. [News & Tribune]

Let’s Take Racism More Seriously, Louisville

Officials with Jefferson County Public Schools unveiled a plan to the school board Monday on where to place two new innovative schools that will open in time for the 2015-16 school year. [WDRB]

The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday the crew of a UPS jet that crashed last year in Birmingham, Ala., made mistakes during the critical pre-dawn approach to the runway, adding that the fatigue of the pilot and co-pilot were factors in the accident. [C-J/AKN]

With the appliance sale of General Electric to Electrolux, many employees are wondering what it will mean for them in the future. [WHAS11]

Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer formally entered the 2015 race for governor on Tuesday in front of hundreds of hometown supporters in an ambitious campaign rollout more than a year before the election. [WKYT]

Will this Josh Young saga never end with local media??? [WLKY]

Atmospheric volumes of greenhouse gas hit a record in 2013 as carbon dioxide concentrations grew at the fastest rate since reliable global records began, the World Meteorological Organization said on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Six decades ago a family’s home was attacked in a neighborhood ripped apart by racism. Now, researchers at the University of Louisville are retelling the story about two families and their fight for desegregation and need the public’s help. [WAVE3]

The Louisville ECHO program (Louisville is Engaging Children Outdoors), Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation’s signature environmental education initiative for fourth-grade students, has received significant support this year with $41,295 in grant funding from the U.S. Forest Service, and $7,500 Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. [Press Release]

Starting this week, members of the Jefferson County Board of Education are hosting community conversations across the district. [WFPL]

WDRB in Louisville, Kentucky has hired six journalists from print publications to contribute to its website during the last two years, said Barry Fulmer, the station’s news director. [Poynter]

A University of Louisville cancer researcher, Dr. Anthony Dragun, is trying to make treatment easier for breast cancer patients. [Business First]

An outside firm will investigate New Albany’s police department for possible workplace violations after a state police investigation cleared two officers accused of working on private jobs on taxpayer time. [News & Tribune]

Watch Metro Council Take Fischer Folks To Task

Miss yesterday’s Metro Council ad-hoc committee on Metro Animal Services?

We mentioned some highlights yesterday.

But now it’s time to see video highlights. We’ve broken down the important bits into ten parts. If you want to see the entire event in its entirety? Click here for that.

Let’s get to the pertinents:

Part 1 — Greg Fischer’s attorney, Kellie Watson, appears nervous and dances around everything:

Part 2 — Kevin Kramer takes the Fischer Administration to task on responsibility and transparency:

Part 3 — David James pushes for ensuring the city auditor, infamous for maybe not doing a stellar job during the Shanklin mess, to record all interviews:

Part 4 — The opener says this is part three but it’s really part four. Watch the squirming around Sadiqa Reynolds, the LMAS investigation and all of the lying/obfuscation/conflicts flying out of the Fischer world — oh, and nothing was ever written down:

Part 5 — Will Sadiqa Reynolds ever show up to answer questions? What does she have to hide?

Part 6 — Kelly Downard takes CFO Steve Rowland to task, getting him to admit he was never consulted during a review. Downard also gets him to admit funds earmarked for Sadie were misappropriated:

Part 7 — The CFO denies his job responsibility but Downard schools him with the law. Then he points out just how bad things are, highlights the terrible condition Sadie was in until she was put to death:

Part 8 — Councilman Kramer chaps ass on the investigation front, Rowland makes ridiculous remarks about cash, Kramer positions a reality nail and Downard hammers it home:

Part 9 — Downard invokes the nightmare that was Gilles Meloche, Cindi Fowler says the big picture is disturbing — Sadie was used as a PR tool, kicks Rowland square in the you-know-where:

Part 10 — Finally, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh just… unloads. There’s no other way to describe it:

Brava, Councilwoman!!!

Still wondering why this is a big deal for Greg Fischer?

The writing is on the wall and there’s more in this dog death poo storm to come. Just wait.

Kudos to the members of the ad-hoc committee for holding government accountable.