Monthly Archives: July 2010

Things that make you go Yum

Come October 10, Louisville’s economic woes will be answered… right? For $238 million, the city could have bought herself a nice swath of quality affordable housing; small business grants to local entrepreneurs; or Kawasaki jet skis for every man, woman and child in the metropolitan statistical area. Hell, for over a quarter of a billion […]

Democrats select James for 6th District race

After four hours of mostly closed-door deliberations, a Jefferson County Democratic Party executive committee selected former Fraternal Order of Police president David James as the tentative candidate to run for the 6th District Metro Council seat in the general election. Last month, the seat that was declared vacant after the sudden death of George Unseld. […]

Kentucky 40th in child well-being

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released their 2010 Kids Count Data Book, and — wouldn’t you know it — our fair Commonwealth is a pretty terrible place to be if you’re a child, a single parent or (in some cases) both. Here’s this, from a press release by Kentucky Youth Advocates: The Data Book […]

Tolls? We don’ need no stinkin’ tolls.

For the second time in a week, The Courier-Journal’s editorial board hath ordered another curious article about the $4.1 billion Ohio River Bridges Project, which, for the record, aims to construct: An East End bridge. A Downtown bridge. A Butchertown/Waterfront-killing redesign of Spaghetti Junction. 1,000-plus miles of concrete barriers, dragon’s teeth and minefields blocking every […]

Air of inevitability is escaping Fischer

In the race for mayor of Louisville, political observers aren’t hesitant to criticize Democrat Greg Fischer and note that Republican Hal Heiner has a legitimate shot in winning this November. It’s hard to tell if any of this will impact the results on Election Day, but there are dents in the Louisville businessman’s campaign armor. […]

‘Whistleblower’ ordered to undergo pysch test

A Metro government employee who filed a “whistleblower” lawsuit against the city now says he is being forced to take a mental health evaluation or lose his job. In an injunction filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court, Shane Sidebottom, an attorney for Public Works employee Eric Garrett, asks a judge to prohibit the city from […]

Yarmuth touts lead in latest poll

With the general election almost three months away, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth’s campaign has released a recent survey that shows the two-term leading with 58 percent of the vote going into November. The poll was conducted by Cooper and Secrest Associates in late June and shows Yarmuth with a 26-point lead over Republican challenger Todd […]

A perfect time to panic

I like movies. One of my favorite Westerns, “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly,” is not only a “good movie” because of its cinematography and excellent musical score; it manages to transcend the more banal aspects of the genre by offering an unflinching, amoral and John Wayne-free portrayal of human conflict in a way […]

City website gets a facelift

Today Mayor Jerry Abramson unveiled improvements to the city’s website that his administration hopes will make it easier and faster for citizens to connect with Metro government services. The changes include an improved way to search the city’s site using the popular Google search engine, and offer options ranging from animal licensing, to garbage pickup […]

Green and the debate beatdown

Thus far the public forums in the race for mayor of Louisville have been a bore, but tonight Bellarmine University and the Governor’s Scholars Program will host an actual mayoral debate, featuring Democrat Greg Fischer, Republican Hal Heiner and independent Jackie Green. The debate starts at 7 p.m. and will be on on the Bellarmine […]