This week we discuss corruption and wasted money in Jerry Abramson’s administration– not just involving Cordish Companies! Jake went on a trip out west. The Lady Cards (college basketball) will probably lose. And a teaser for a major media story coming tomorrow!
Governor Steve Beshear and Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell are making a “friendly wager” on the outcome of Tuesday’s final game between the University of Louisville and the University of Connecticut in the NCAA women’s college basketball championship tournament.
Governor Beshear is betting a Kentucky country ham and Governor Rell is offering up a lobster dinner for two, which includes two live lobsters, steamers, red potatoes and clam chowder.
“As a great seafood lover, I gladly welcome Gov. Rell’s lobster dinner wager,” said Gov. Beshear said. “The First Lady and I will savor this lobster just as we will savor the NCAA victory of our University of Louisville Lady Cardinals.”
“What better way to cap off a perfect UConn season than with a perfectly cooked, smoky-sweet, delicious ham,” Gov. Rell said. “We are so proud of what the University of Connecticut has accomplished on the basketball court this year, and we can’t wait to cheer them on to a history-making victory.”
That’s right. We’re rolling out of the Commonwealth for a week or so and will be crossing the country. We’ll be in various towns and cities across the southwest over the next several days while working on a project. But we’ll still be writing on a regular basis. And maybe Rick will pick up the slack a bit?
This is our first workcation in two years. So. Everyone needs to email us sights to see in the southwest.
What was that, Lee Murphy, about accusing me of running the anti-Mongiardo group on Facebook? Maybe you should read this constituent letter to Daniel Mongiard for an eye-opening experience. [Barefoot &Progressive]
Louisville is wasting thousands and thousands of dollars are ridiculous advertising campaigns that don’t do much to promote the city outside of Louisville. This is probably the worst waste in a few months. Worse than when “Possibility City” advertised with us but didn’t want to reach outside the metro area– which is fairly lame, as the people you should be reaching out to live outside of Louisville. [The ‘Ville Voice]
The Food and Drug Administration could be responsible for regulating tobacco if legislation being considered today is passed in Washington. [Jim Carroll]
LEO Weekly finally got the Mayor’s Office to hand over documents that are public record. The paper has summarily dropped its complaint with the Office of the Attorney General. Read all about it. We smell Abramson Corruption. [LEO Weekly]
Bank of Louisville, now BB&T/Branch Banking & Trust, was found liable for fraud and a Louisville couple was awarded $10.6 million in damages. The bank used false information in 2002 to persuade customers to consolidate loans to one mortgage with the bank. After pushing Larry & Linda Thompson into a bogus lending relationship, the bank dried up the Thompson’s business and refused to let them buy real estate. All right for fraud. [C-J]
The Lexington Herald-Leader is not happy with the rushed hiring decision at the University of Kentucky. Ruh ro. [H-L]
Frankfort is abuzz this week with rumors that Attorney General Jack Conway plans to announce his candidacy for the United States Senate tomorrow or Friday. Everyone knows he’s going to announce so it’s a bit surprising to us that everyone would be giddy like school girls, gossiping in excitement that the date of announcement could be near. [Frankfort Rumors]
Watch this clip from WAVE3 of WHAS11’s Mark Hebert chasing Billy Gillispie down a hallway. It’s quite possibly the best thing we have ever seen on television:
Happy weekend! It’s cool, rainy and Frankfort is eerily quiet.
Oh, we hear LEO is finally getting those documents from the Mayor’s office. Funny what shining a bit of light on corrupt practice will do, isn’t it?
Mark Hebert just chased Billy Gillispie down a hallway. Absolutely priceless. Anyone else see it?
WHAS11’s Mark Hebert points out that everything we’ve printed about Kelly Flood’s illegal alcohol party at the capitol was true. Though some legislators tell Hebert there were only a few bottles of wine, and that’s not accurate. We spoke with several legislators in attendance who independently confirm there were bottles of bourbon, gin, vodka and several cases of beer. It’s not a big deal in everyday life but it’s still illegal at the capitol. And Hebert is right, it’s not the first or last time our state legislators will break the law or waste our tax dollars. [Mark Hebert]
Never thought we’d see Martin Cothran condoning men and women who aren’t married to each other having alcohol– illegally– together. At least Cockring is reading us. Guess Marty hasn’t been reading for long, though, or he’d know we always point out hypocrisy– even among our friends. [PURE HILARITY]
Human remains were discovered at the Kentucky Horse Park while digging with a backhoe at the location for a new outdoor stadium. We must’ve missed this story, but 35 skeletons were discovered in November. Turns out it’s an old cemetery that’s been around since the mid 1800s. The horse park plans to release further details as they’re discovered and warranted. [Press Release]
What the heck is up with this Maricle guy who was indicted this month? Murder charges dropped against him on New Year’s Day when the courts were closed? What? [U.S. Justice Watch]
Read the rest of the juicy juicy after the jump…
Daniel Mongiardo, the FEC, Keith Hall shirking his duties, Frankfort being a hot mess, media shenanigans in the big city, major newspaper layoffs, yadda yadda yadda. Check it out.
What a beautiful day in the Commonwealth. Hope you’re out enjoying this perfect weather. We’ve been in meetings all day and are just now venturing out to enjoy it.
We’ve got a bunch of press releases for you today. So. Here ya go.
What’s Jerry Abramson got to hide? LEO wants to know. [LEO Weekly]
Brackets from Trey Grayson, John Yarmuth, Mitch McConnell and more. [Red N Blue Fans]
Bluegrass Institute’s proclamations are total horse hockey? Who knew! Kentucky School News and Commentary takes on Jim Waters, much as we’ve done in the past, and exposes BIPPS for what it is. “I’m Jim Waters for Bluegrass institute; trafficking in hyperbole; spewing propaganda based on misinformation; and promoting the free-market principles that have made the nation’s economy what it is today at BIPPS, B-I-P-P-S.org.” [The Principal]
Governor Steve Beshear announced that the Owensboro-area Green River Intra-County Transit System (GRITS– I’m not kidding) will receive $4 million as part of federal stimulus funding. The award will fund expansion of the system’s bus garage $3.4 million) and the purchase of hybrid buses ($665,000 toward the purchase of 7 of them) to replace older models. “This grant is a timely investment in public services that are indispensable for many of our residents,” Gov. Beshear said. “It is an example of how the President’s plan and our Kentucky At Work initiative will help us get through this very challenging time.” [Press Release]
Read the rest after the jump…