Slow Friday Press Release Time

Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-03) just announced $452,746 in federal funding from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program to fund support services for Louisville’s hungry and homeless.

“This will provide a major boost to the people in our community who need it most,” Congressman Yarmuth said. “The funding will go help people get off the streets and back on their feet.”

“The emergency food and shelter program is a fantastic partnership between the federal government and local homeless service providers throughout the United States,” said Greg Hudleson, Community Coordinator at Metro United Way. “It’s a tremendously efficient operation, and this funding will immediately benefit the most vulnerable citizens of our community.”

Since Dubya’s done his level best to kill funding for food banks and programs to help those who can’t help themselves, this is positive news. Organizations like Louisville’s Dare to Care are the silent backbone of our entire community. We see it day in and day out. Can’t even begin to count the number of lives that have been saved just because a foodbank was able to get a jar of peanut butter into the hands of a child of a crackhead. They’re able to open the jar themselves and get necessary protein. You’d be surprised how serious I am and how often this takes place.

P.S. Don’t forget the Wendell Ford Dinner tonight. Come hang out with us. We love attention and gossip.  But if you can’t, look out for photographs and mean stories tonight/tomorrow.

Dottie Sims Receives Roses

Brett Hall reported earlier that Rep. Dottie Sims received a dozen roses (we stole the picture from him) from some unknown individual today as a gift or thank-you for Sims’ ouster yesterday from the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.

Moments ago Ryan Alessi reported that Sims received the flowers from Rep. Larry Clark as a thank-you for her friendship and bravery.

Interesting.

And on a totally superficial and mean note: Who sends baby’s breath with roses these days? We only see that junk at funerals.

Louisvillians Everywhere Wrought w/Envy

Being a very powerful and important blogger has its perks.

Yesterday we asked where our FIVE 0 TWO t-shirt was. Today we received one of our very own:


But that’s not all we got… Since we’re way more cool than Rick, we also received an awesome Hunter S. Thompson poster by Bill Green.


Buy one for yourself here.

Eat your heart out, Joe Sonka!

The Page One/’Ville Voice offices are looking pretty cool these days.

Enjoy Yourselves Today/Send Us Stuff Or Else

While the rest of the state is hurriedly scarfing down proposed gambling legislation (we’re not opposed to it, obviously, just wish we’d all get on with it) and viciously trying to figure out how Kentucky can reap $9,000,000,000,000,000,000 in new revenues, we thought you might enjoy a little, uh, non-political stuff.

Also, we have very important stuff to do for most of the afternoon that will prevent us from keeping up on all the fancy happenings in Frankfort. Meetings and stuff. AKA we need to catch up on a month of I Can Has Cheezburger, Toothpaste For Dinner and Married to the Sea.

So. Here’s some not political stuff to keep you occupied in addition to the junk above.

All the fun’s after the jump, of course…

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In Lexington Tonight? Go See This.

We’ve got something for you political types to do.

The Writing Program Film Series at the University of Kentucky will host filmmaker Frank Popper and Missouri Senator Jeff Smith for a screening of the award-winning movie- Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?– about Jeff’s run in the 2004 Missouri Democratic primary to take retiring Majority Leader Dick Gephardt’s seat. We have gotten to know Senator Smith a bit over the past year and feel his story will be especially powerful for Kentuckians.

More about the movie here and here.

Don’t miss it if you can get to Lexington. Go rent/buy a copy if you can’t. With recent strongarming of the KDP/DSCC/Governor to oust grassroots favorite Andrew Horne from the U.S. Senate race fresh on your mind, Jeff’s movie will hit home. It’s a story about the tremendous power of the grassroots and the amazing ability of the everyday man. It’s also a story that proves the candidate with the most access to power and money has all the advantages– regardless of their abilities and shortcomings. (Sound familiar?)

Jeff, who uses his movie to add a layer of transparency to the political process, will be available for discussion after the screening.

Details:

  • Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?
  • Tonight, Thursday, February 14, 2008
  • Doors Open at 7:00 P.M. / Screening Begins at 7:30 P.M.
  • William T. Young Library Auditorium (Room 1-62)
  • 401 Hilltop Avenue, Lexington, KY 40506 (Map)

Yes, we’ll try to host the film in Louisville soon.

Illegal Firings & Skrilla Update Dept

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter and his wife are giving $1 million to the Louisville Zoo to fund the zoo’s Glacier Run project that will feature polar bears and other arctic critters. All right for doling out the skrilla when the state can’t afford it. We’re sure it’s a drop in the bucket because the guy has a $2 million bronze and gold statue of two bald eagles fighting in his foyer. It’s two stories tall and rotates on a base of marble. You reading this, other rich folk? Pony up for your community like John Schnatter routinely does. Build your legacy. [Business First]

We’ve long been a fan of Cincinnati’s City Beat, but this makes us love it even more: The Kentucky Enquirer reported today that local rich man Bill Yung has purchased the Jillian’s entertainment complex in Covington for $7 million and has hopes of transforming it into Northern Kentucky’s first casino. The purchase — which is well in advance of potential legislation that would allow gaming in the state — is one in a long line of moves that Yung has made that coincides with the state’s “F Ohio in the B” revenue plan. Last year Yung contributed $1 million to an independent campaign called “F Fletcher in the B” to help defeat incumbent governor and anti-casino guy Ernie Fletcher. Yung is now preparing for a backlash from Indiana’s long-running “F Kentucky and Ohio in the B at the Same Time” campaign, which he expects will try to derail Kentucky gaming legislation. [City Beat]

Firings, Laura the Librarian and more after the jump…

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