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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Reminder: Contest Ending Soon!

You’ve seen the ad on our site for weeks.

History and Political Buffs: now’s your chance. Full Signal Media Group, LLC (the parent company of Page One) and the author of Butcher Burbridge, Bryan S. Bush, are giving away an autographed copy of the book to readers of our site.

It’s your chance to own a piece of scandalous history. The winner will be selected on Thursday, January 31, 2008.

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A couple weeks ago the infamous “Yellow Dog” threw an award our way. The
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Weekend Update… on Monday

Greg Stumbo has no regrets as he leaves office. Has a lot to say about Ernie Fletcher’s indictment, his campaign with Bruce Lunsford, the seat he’s taking from Brandon Spencer. Says it’d be “premature” to speculate on a House leadership position. We’re speculating, so, guess we’re premature speculators. [H-L]

Greg Stumbo’s also the Democratic nominee for the 95th district house seat to replace Spencer. 19,474 weighted votes for Stumbo compared to Chuck Meade’s 1,107. Republicans still have no viable candidate. Look for Stumbo to walk handily to victory. [H-L]

Ralph Long on Steve Beshear and the budget crunch: In other words we have the standard, predictable entrance of a new administration cooking the books on the backs of state employees. [Ralph Long]

John Yarmuth (D-KY3) donates his entire congressional salary to charity in Louisville. PolWatchers does a story on it. Commenters go crazy calling him a silver spoon liberal and a left-wing lunatic. We’d like to see Mitch McConnell or Ron Lewis donate their salaries to charity but we know that’s not going to happen. [PolWatchers]

Brian Smith penned a great good-bye about the Iraq Summer campaign and its successes. The group, as many haters of perceived libruls will recall, heightened awareness of Mitch McConnell’s role in the never-ending Iraqi quagmire. [BGR]

Getting upset that the Courier-Journal’s parent company, Gannett Co. Inc., is worth billions of dollars? Upset because they call McConnell out? What? This doesn’t even make sense. When will people stop with the “librul” crap? Interesting that so many people dismiss the truth as “dirty librulism” when it doesn’t mesh with their views. [Heffalumps]

Attention Kentucky Media

Tired of outdated and nonsensical non-compete clauses with your station/outlet/publication?

Interested in putting an end to them once and for all?

Contact Jake to express your concern, share your story or to get involved. Confidentiality assured.

Our goal is to push legislation nixing the non-coms once and for all. Allowing station managers and human resources departments to force good people to leave their beloved career or the state (in order to work) needs to come to an end.

We know someone out there is ready to help. Several have expressed interest. So pony up. We’re willing to help you on the political front.

Butcher Burbridge: Your Chance to Win

You’ve seen the ad on our site for weeks. History and Political Buffs: now’s your chance. Full Signal Media Group, LLC (the parent company of Page One) and the author of Butcher Burbridge, Bryan S. Bush, are giving away an autographed copy of the book to readers of our site.

Here’s how it works:

  • You must be 18 or older to enter (or have parental permission)
  • Leave a comment on this page with a valid email address at which we may contact you. You may use any screenname you like but a valid email address is required.
  • On Thursday, January 31, 2008 we’ll randomly select a commenter as winner of the book.
  • No strings attached. But it’d be nice if the winner could write a review for the author.

About the book:

Butcher Burbridge: Union General Stephen Burbridge and His Reign of Terror Over Kentucky

One of the most vilified and hated men during the Civil War in Kentucky had to be Kentucky born Union (brevet) Major General Stephen Gano Burbridge, but why have Kentuckian historians continued to cast him negatively?

More after the jump…

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