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Media slut-shaming of Ashley Judd well under way (UPDATED)

With all of the attention being heaped upon Ashley Judd and her much-rumored candidacy against Mitch McConnell, it was only a matter of time before the media turned its attention to the actress’  celluloid past. But instead of debating the political import of “Bug,” or how Judd’s feminist views factored into her depiction of Marilyn […]

Hundreds rally to support affordable housing trust fund

Last night, roughly 200 people gathered at the chilly, windswept steps of City Hall to urge the Louisville Metro Council to support a lingering ordinance that would raise insurance premiums to fund affordable housing efforts across the city. It was the third and largest such gathering over the past three months to draw attention to […]

Ashland man face of LGBT discrimination in Buzzfeed story

Buzzfeed, the HuffPo-meets-lol cats aggregation site, has profiled the unique and unfortunately more-common-than-you’d think story of Kevin McCaffery, a former Ashland public school teacher-turned-llama farmer and his battle against discrimination in the Bluegrass State, which the site points out is one of 38 states where gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees can be fired simply for being themselves. […]

Kentucky State Police unit spends millions to catch paltry few

  A task force under the jurisdiction of the Kentucky State Police (seen here in their natural, helicopter-rappelling environment) spends more than $1 million in federal grant money each year to apprehend a small number of suspects, records show. According to data obtained from the KSP via an open records request, the agency’s Marijuana Suppression […]

The NYT does the ORBP

And the results ain’t pretty. From Gov. Steve Beshear humping the old talking points of job growth to the perpetually quixotic counterpoint of 8664, The New York Times’ article does a decent job of portraying the Ohio River Bridges Project as a depressing, illogical boondoggle. A choice excerpt: The project comes at a time when […]

A brief ‘I ♥ Mountains Day’ recap

While your humble correspondents busied themselves with Louisville-centric matters yesterday, roughly 1,000 people showed up at the steps of the state capitol building for the annual I ♥ Mountains Day rally in a perennial call for environmental justice from state government. Here’s more from the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth blog: More than a thousand people met at […]

Marco Rubio: Driest mouth in the Senate

Right after President Obama gave his first  State of the Union Address since re-election — in which the commander-in-chief called for raising the minimum wage to 9 whole dollars, mandating preschool for all Americans, and explained how the extralegal murder of foreign men, women and children by drones is not the first phase of Skynet — the […]

WHAS in league for Pulitzer with ‘Ghost Hunter’ coverage

Thank the supernatural deities that WFPL recently hired a media critic, because, frankly, we’re just getting too old for this shit. “This shit” being the above clip wherein WHAS-11′s indubitable anchors discuss an upcoming broadcast of the SyFy Channel program “Ghost Hunters” set in the oh-so-spooky confines of the Belle of Louisville. If you haven’t […]

Hemp takes center stage on ‘Kentucky Tonight’

On last night’s episode of “Kentucky Tonight,” host Bill Goodman fielded a debate on the growing movement surrounding legislation that would create a framework for industrial hemp cultivation and manufacture in the state. Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer  and former state treasurer and Recovering Politician founder Jonathan Miller argued for the economic benefits represented by the former […]

Louisville’s first homicide in 2013: Man shot to death in Clifton neighborhood

WAVE-3 News reports that Louisville’s first homicide of the new year occurred yesterday around 12:30 in the afternoon in the Clifton neighborhood. Around 12:30 Sunday afternoon, Louisville Metro Police officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 1800 block of Frankfort Avenue. When they arrived on the scene they discovered two men with […]