That Smell Is Greg Fischer’s Lack Of Transparency

About a year ago, a consultant hired by the Louisville Downtown Partnership concluded that downtown Louisville could support a medium-size grocery in the central business district, a small food market in the Nulu area, or even both. But one of the chains the consultant said could work downtown – Paul’s Fruit Market — isn’t convinced. [WDRB]

What began as an outreach effort two years ago to a portion of a potentially underserved population is now the first LGBT Citizens Police Academy offered by the Louisville Metro Police Department. [C-J/AKN]

Jefferson County Public Schools has named a new principal for Ballard High School. [WHAS11]

There’s a bad smell in parts of Metro Louisville, but nobody knows where it’s coming from. Media report that city crews have been trying for nearly a week to pin down the odor that smells like mildew, but so far they’ve had no luck. [H-L]

The Clark County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a Louisville man who was hit by a car in Clarksville. [WLKY]

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul won the straw poll vote at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday. [HuffPo]

A mystery surrounds Louisville of really stinky proportions. [WAVE3]

A bill strengthening regulation of deep-well drillings was unanimously passed by a state Senate committee Thursday. [Richmond Register]

Metro Louisville’s three emergency services departments have been consolidated into a single agency, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday. [WFPL]

You know what’s scary? People in Delaware are trying to emulate Jerry Abramson. [Delaware Online]

Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bill Carstanjen said the company will not see major financial implications from its acquisition of Big Fish games, a producer and distributor of mobile and online games, until the end of the first quarter of 2015. [Business First]

Clark County is one step closer to adding a court to handle the county’s heavy caseload, as members of the Indiana House of Representatives passed House Bill 1110 last week. [News & Tribune]

You A Pedestrian? Your Days Are Numbered

Walsh Construction won’t be cited after three workers were thrown into the Ohio River as they sought to retrieve a boat that had broken free from the downtown bridge construction site. [WDRB]

A year after two members of Congress asked for an investigation into the appraisal price of the planned Brownsboro Road VA Medical Center site, there has been no response and opponents are launching an 11th-hour appeal to persuade Veterans Affairs officials to pick another site. [C-J/AKN]

Three pedestrians in the Kentuckiana area were struck in three separate accidents within two hours Friday night. Nothing to see here, move along, Possibility City, compassion, transparency. [WHAS11]

The state Senate voted Friday to limit Kentucky’s debt, and the Senate president later said the chamber will search for another way to strengthen the state’s teacher pension system instead of the House-approved plan to borrow $3.3 billion. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A local reporter was indicted for leaving the scene of a deadly crash. Police said Jeff Woods, a WHAS sports reporter, was driving a station vehicle when he hit a woman in downtown Louisville in January. [WLKY]

There’s good news and bad news for both parties, in a Pew Research poll out Thursday: Republicans are seen as extreme and intolerant but more trusted to handle international issues, while Democrats’ position as the party of the middle class doesn’t translate into an edge on the economy. [HuffPo]

Remember Debbie Fox? She’s the woman who half-assed everything so badly at Metro Animal Services that everyone threatened to resign unless Fischer moved her ASAP. Now she’s making mega bucks handling an agency that’s far more important. [WAVE3]

Indiana could be the first US state to introduce baby boxes – anonymous drop-off points designed to prevent the deaths of abandoned infants. [BBC]

Young people living in Louisville’s westernmost neighborhoods have less opportunities for physical, social and cognitive development than in other parts of the metropolitan area, according to findings of a recent study by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. [WFPL]

More jails are replacing face-to-face visits with video, passing the costs on to inmates. [Mother Jones]

Hillerich & Bradsby Co., maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats, may be up for sale. [Business First]

The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library is looking for a new director. [News & Tribune]

Let’s Thank Roger Baylor For Bringing The Funny

You know, sometimes you’ve just gotta laugh.

And Roger Baylor sure knows how to bring the funny to New Albany politics.

Check out this press release sent just before 1:00 A.M.:


Text of the release:

Media note: Roger A. Baylor will take a leave of absence from NABC to run for mayor of New Albany.

Two months ago, I utilized the bully pulpit afforded me by my weekly blog column to announce that in 2015, I’d be running for mayor of New Albany as an independent.

ON THE AVENUES: To the third floor — but first, we throw the rascals out.

My rationale isn’t overly complicated. I’m running for mayor because a city in transition like New Albany desperately needs progressive ideas like those espoused by people like me, from all walks of life, who routinely have been marginalized or ignored by the same old game, played the same old way, by the same old, tired political suspects. 

It’s a big undertaking for any candidate. One must complete various forms and gather the necessary signatures, and then organize a whole campaign from scratch. All along, it has been my intention to begin the campaign in earnest come March 2 … and we’re right on schedule.

Consequently, the first of many transitions on along the path to come begins today. Effective immediately, I’m taking a leave of absence from the New Albanian Brewing Company (NABC), so as to devote my full attention to the campaign for mayor.

Of course, I’ll honor all previous commitments, but from this point the day-to-day is in the capable hands of my business partners, Kate Lewison and Amy Baylor, and our fine staff.

As many readers may already know, I own 33% of NABC’s two incorporations. When the November election is over and I’ve been elected to the office of mayor, I’ll act immediately to sell my shares to my two business partners, according to the terms of our buy-sell agreement.

Which is to say, I’m all in. I’m very serious about running for mayor — and winning. Let the fun begin.

Questions? Just ask.

This should be good, right?

No Crime Here, Move Along, Nothing To See

Louisville’s Police Chief is calling on help from other law enforcement agencies after a surge of violent crime this year in the city. [WDRB]

Sam Connally, who was fired in December by the University of Louisville as its vice president for human resources, has filed a lawsuit against U of L’s board of trustees. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville Metro Police have formally charged a man in connection with a shooting death on Interstate 71 Southbound Wednesday. [WHAS11]

After turning down a request to ban tolls for a new Brent Spence Bridge in Northern Kentucky, the Kentucky House overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday night to allow state government to partner with private sources on building projects. [H-L]

Keeneland has announced that tickets for this fall’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships will go on sale Wednesday, three months earlier than usual due to high demand for the event’s debut at the storied Lexington track. [WLKY & Press Release]

Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said earlier this month that members of the Congressional Black Caucus opposed war because they wanted to spend money on food stamps instead. [HuffPo]

To address what he called the “shocking” number of homicides that “tear the fabric of our community,” Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad announced on Thursday the formation of a new task force. [WAVE3]

A bill that would essentially “cap the co-pay” for those buying medications heard emotional testimony from both sponsor Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, and a Glasgow woman with epilepsy. [Ashland Independent]

On many days, Kenny Winfield found comfort in alcohol—typically tall cans of Olde English. He’d drink just about anything, said his sister, Arleathiea Winfield. [WFPL]

Economists usually worry about a “wage-price spiral” taking hold. That’s when workers are earning more, but losing buying power as prices rise. [NPR]

Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford Motor Co. is opening a new location in downtown Louisville — well, sort of. You won’t be buying cars there, but students can learn a bit about the auto giant and its manufacturing careers. [Business First]

New Albany is fighting to keep one portion of the city eligible for federal funding improvements, and residents will be asked to help with the dispute. [News & Tribune]