Another Robert Felner Lackey Bites The Dust

Do you remember this guy?


That’s John Deasy. A centerpiece of the Robert Felner scandal.

Here’s a bit of a refresher:


After years and years of nonsense in Los Angeles, he’s running for the hills:

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy, under fire recently for his handling of an iPad program and whose hard-charging leadership style has alienated many in the school district during his nearly four-year term, is expected to announce Thursday morning that he is stepping down, according to L.A.-area media reports.

Literally years. Folks on the LAUSD board have gone so far as to visit me on several occasions to review our Felner research file. It’s been a real effort. A real effort that’s finally paid off.

Another Felner lackey bites the dust.

If Louisville’s PubTrans Is Good, What’s Bad?

For decades, it’s been an oasis of agricultural land at the intersection of Interstate 64 and the Watterson Expressway. But the family trusts that control Oxmoor Farm appear to be reviving long-delayed plans to develop what is perhaps the most desirable acreage in Louisville. [WDRB]

Didn’t we ridicule this back before it kicked off? Over pounding music, the local reality TV show “Deadbeat” promises that “those who don’t pay up will be locked up.” [C-J/AKN]

If you don’t hate the gays, the close cases at the Southern Baptist Compound don’t want to play Barbies with you. [WHAS11]

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes declined Wednesday to say whether she will pull a television ad that three left-leaning, pro-immigration reform groups condemned Tuesday as “offensive” and “hurtful.” [Sam Youngman]

This riverboat thing is apparently a big deal. So say all the teevee people. [WLKY]

People are changing Earth so much, warming and polluting it, that many scientists are turning to a new way to describe the time we live in. They’re calling it the Anthropocene — the age of humans. [HuffPo]

Grimes implies that she’s barred from saying who she voted for, and the Constitution includes no prohibition on that. [WAVE3]

Many thousands of Americans who lost their homes in the housing bust, but have since begun to rebuild their finances, are suddenly facing a new foreclosure nightmare: debt collectors are chasing them down for the money they still owe by freezing their bank accounts, garnishing their wages and seizing their assets. [Reuters]

Louisville workers using public transit have “better than average” accessibility to their jobs compared to other large metropolitan areas, according to a researcher involved in a recent study. [WFPL]

Louisville’s disaster of a mayor spends his days lying on the radio. The man will be called on something, his claims will be debunked and then he’ll show up on the radio the next day spewing what he knows is false. [The ‘Ville Voice]

A committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has ordered Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs to hold mediated discussions in their dispute over September racing dates for next year. [Business First]

Basically, everybody in Southern Indiana thinks they’re gonna get the Ebola. Two patients in the United States with confirmed cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever were both hundreds of miles away from the region, but health officials in Clark and Floyd counties said they’re still taking measures to prepare locally. [News & Tribune]

Greg Fischer Lied On The Joe Elliott Show

Just a bit ago Greg Fischer appeared on the Joe Elliott show. You’ll be able to listen to the archive here a bit later.

Here’s what essentially happened:

  • Fischer said he’s in the final stages of hiring a director for Louisville Metro Animal Services
  • Criticism of being without a director for more than a year is unfounded
  • Lied about the live release rate improving
  • “They’ve done a heck of a job out there”
  • The average person believes time is being wasted by Metro Council with the ad-hoc committee, says it’s just about one dog
  • If not for LMAS, sadie would have been euthanized
  • Said Sadie didn’t get surgery because of the cost involved and because “someone took her home”
  • Claimed LMAS was the biggest turnaround of any division in Metro Government


Joe didn’t really press him on anything but did set him up to lie.

As an added bonus, Fischer said there were no homeless people living in Metro Parks.

Will update if callers chime in questioning Fischer.

UPDATE: The archive of Fischer’s appearance is now available.

Don’t Worry! Possibility City Is Totally Crime-Free

A plan to transform Maupin Elementary into a school that will be based on arts and humanities in an effort to boost student achievement was approved by the Jefferson County Board of Education on Monday. [WDRB]

Two politically savvy and seasoned candidates, incumbent Republican Kevin Kramer and longtime labor leader Larry Hujo, are battling for the 11th District seat on the Louisville Metro Council. [C-J/AKN]

A former candidate for Clark County Sheriff has pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday after allegations of campaign fraud. [WHAS11]

Jon Larson campaigned in 2010 for Fayette County judge-executive saying he wanted to abolish what he saw as an unnecessary office. Once Larson, a Lexington attorney, was elected, he lobbied hard for an amendment to the Kentucky Constitution four years in a row but never got a hearing before a legislative committee. [H-L]

Looks like there was a fun stabbing just off Frankfort Avenue near Caffe Classico and a Catholic church. But don’t worry! Crime doesn’t happen outside the West End. [WLKY]

Students from high-poverty public schools are less likely to attend college than those from wealthier ones, regardless of whether they’re from urban, suburban or rural areas. [HuffPo]

See? Crime isn’t a thing outside the West End. [WAVE3]

There wasn’t much new information gleaned from the eagerly awaited debate between incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes on Monday night on KET’s Kentucky Tonight program. [Ronnie Ellis]

Remember last winter, when schools around Kentucky closed because of the unusually harsh weather? [WFPL]

Death is often an uncomfortable conversation but it is one that Morehead State University instructor Steven Middleton and MSU alumnus Mike Clark have had many times. [The Morehead News & Video]

The Old Forester Distillery and Bourbon Experience announced by Brown-Forman Corp. last month isn’t the only project on Whiskey Row in downtown Louisville. [Business First]

As more students come into schools without knowing how to speak English, Greater Clark County Schools will pilot a program to help prepare them and their parents before they enter kindergarten. [News & Tribune]

Care What Family Court Candidates Think?

Then show up to this forum!

The Center for Women & Families, ElderServe and The Mary Byron Foundation are sponsoring a forum for Jefferson County Family Court candidates. Six of the ten Family Court seats in the county are up this year and that’s sure to shake things up.

Candace Mosley of the National District Attorneys Association, a nationally known domestic violence/judicial system expert, is set to moderate the event. All 12 candidates running plan to be there.

Here are the details:

  • Wednesday — October 15
  • 6:30 P.M.
  • Bellarmine — Horrigan Hall

Council Democrats Apparently Lack All Courage

From the Department of Things That Make This Possibility City… A fire run to a Louisville residence led to the arrest of two people after police say firefighters found something illegal inside the home. [WDRB]

In a dozen years representing the Louisville Metro Council’s 5th District centered in the Shawnee and Portland, Democrat Cheri Bryant Hamilton says she has spent significant effort “planting seeds” in trying to improve the district’s quality of life. [C-J/AKN]

Police were on the scene at Valley High School after officials said they received a threat Monday morning. [WHAS11]

It’s a shame no one in Louisville has the guts to stand up. You want to know why people like Vicki Aubrey Welch and Jim King don’t stand up? Because cable lobbyists have been on them like white on rice in a coordinated lobbying campaign focused on Louisville, Lexington and Northern Kentucky. Bravo to Mayor Jim Gray and a unanimous Urban County Council for taking on Time Warner Cable. It’s about time somebody stood up to the giant cable television and Internet companies and their frustrating game of monopoly. [H-L]

The sister of a central Indiana man who has challenged rulings that his death last year was a suicide says she’s sent documents about the investigation to 500 community leaders. [WLKY]

The Vincennes New Years Eve Ball is a tradition for parents and students of Vincennes Lincoln High School. [HuffPo]

Donations poured in when a homeless family struggled to cover expenses for a child killed in Cherokee Park. [WAVE3]

KFC’s parent company, Yum! Brands, has teamed up with Singapore-listed Yoma Strategic Holdings to bring the franchise to Myanmar, also known as Burma. [BBC]

Why a JCPS parent didn’t let her son take Kentucky’s standardized tests. [WFPL]

Grimes’s refusal to say who she voted for is emblematic of her entire campaign, which, for the last 15 months, has been waged in a defensive crouch—evading and obfuscating at every turn. [TNR]

Companies that usually compete for business have partnered together for a common cause. [Business First]

Brian Meyer was unanimously selected by the Clark County Democrats to succeed Danny Rodden as sheriff in their caucus Saturday morning, but not without some resistance. [News & Tribune]