Afternoon Tidbit On the Robert Felner Story

We hear through the newsie grapevine that Robert Felner has spoken to Courier-Journal reporters for a story that is likely to appear in the paper this weekend.

It’s quite the interesting development considering C-J’s tight relationship with the University of Louisville and its inability to get all the facts straight about the Felner story.

Can you even begin to imagine what interesting pieces of information Felner is likely to reveal or deny?

Keep your eyes peeled for the C-J story.

AG Announces Subpoenas in Gas Price Investigation

Attorney General Jack Conway has announced subpoenas in the gas price hike investigation in Louisville. He’s also asked the FTC and DOJ to review the merger of Marathon and Ashland Oil.

Check the pertinent bits from the press release:

“Our investigation has raised significant questions about the wholesale price of gasoline being charged in Louisville compared to other communities that utilize similar blends of gasoline,” said Gov. Beshear. “We intend to get answers.”

The preliminary data from the past two years shows that Louisville retailers have been paying about 10 cents more per gallon for gas when compared to prices reported in other parts of the state and region. Higher wholesale prices result in higher prices paid by consumers.

General Conway, Gov. Beshear, Rep. Yarmuth and Mayor Abramson have urged federal anti-trust authorities to review the 1997 merger of Marathon and Ashland Oil and its impact on the entire Kentucky petroleum market.

The FTC reviewed the merger in 2004 and determined it had not adversely affected consumers because retail prices were not out of line with other cities in the region.

Read the rest after the jump…

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Is Katie King Behind Piece Attacking Her?

By now everyone knows the grand suspicion is that Denise Bentley could be involved in the homophobic mail piece that attacked Ken Herndon during the May primary.

So, we’ve got some news for ya.

Last Wednesday we ran into Katie King at the Metro Democratic Club where we asked her all kinds of questions about her 911 boyfriend drama, the race for judge, all the crazy rumors about damning photos of her and the Herndon snafu.

Katie took it upon herself at that point to tell us the following, “Just wait til next week – there is something coming out that will totally exonerate Denise Bentley from the Ken thing.” We questioned her over and over about it but she wouldn’t spill the beans.

Low and behold, this morning we found out that there is a new “mail piece” (a tri-fold piece of paper that could have been printed off of any computer with a printer) attacking Katie King from the same alleged organization that attacked Herndon.

See for yourself:


Pretty nasty, eh? Complete with a fancy butt tattoo.

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Who Was Felner Calling on UofL’s Dime?

WHAS11’s Adam Walser has Robert Felner’s telephone records. And they’re verrrry interesting. And questionable at the very least.

Felner was assigned a cell phone that was paid for by the University of Louisville and he made extensive use of it.  Here are some of the calls he made:

  • Jennifer Taylor – 58 times, often at night and on weekends
  • Calls Comcast in Naples, FL – in Lee Co where Felner owns two homes
  • Called his estranged wife dozens of times. At one point just minutes before calling his “hugs” buddy Tom Schroeder.
  • Once instance of 100 data transmissions on his cell phone within a 23-hour period right after he learned he would be Chancelor at UW Parkside
  • And who did Felner call more than 50 times at (502) 648-7012? Anyone have information?
  • He called a local dating hotline twice last August

Interesting, eh?

As always, we’ll add a link to Walser’s story once it’s online.

Here’s the link to Walser’s story.

UPDATE: Turns out the number 502.648.7012 belongs to Natalie Stiglitz. At some point she rolled the telephone number into a UofL-paid account with AT&T. According to sources at the university, Stiglitz has initiated a number change as a result of the public revelation of Felner’s shenanigans.

Since it’s paid for by UofL, we assume we can obtain information via open records requests.

More on Felner Squandering UofL Money

This mess is never, ever going to end. The Courier-Journal (in another “exclusive” – I know, right?) is reporting that Robert Felner directed employees of the National Center on Public Education and Social Policy in Rhode Island to bill the University of Louisville for research.

The even crazier bit? He told the center to use those funds to pay salaries. Just shy of $130,000.

From Nancy Rodriguez:

Former University of Louisville dean Robert Felner directed almost $130,000 in U of L funds toward a University of Rhode Island education center he created that was in dire need of money, according to e-mails and documents obtained by The Courier-Journal.

And in at least once instance he told officials at the National Center on Public Education and Social Policy in Rhode Island to submit a bill to U of L for research work but use the money for center salaries and future work, those e-mails show.

Unfortunately for Robert Felner, telling someone to bill UofL for one thing and using the money for something else is against university policy and is probably probably illegal since federal funds are involved.

Nancy Rodriguez still perpetuates the myth of the $694,000 grant after it’s been proved time and again that the investigation goes much deeper.

And if you missed it last night, tons of other shady business is going down at UofL surrounding the Felner scandal. Heads will probably roll.

Thursday Update Dept of The Olympics Are UGH

The middle class is progressive. Maybe Democrats and stop pretending they’re center of left now? [Barefoot & Progressive]

Bruce Lunsford went for Mitch McConnell’s jugular last night at the homophobic, law-breaking Kentucky Farm Bureau debate. “The last 24 years, you’ve had an opportunity to do some great things for this state and this country. And in my opinion, you’ve failed,” Lunsford said. [PolWatchers]

Older than dirt Grandpa John McCain says he doesn’t disagree with re-instituting a military draft in the United States of America. “I don’t disagree with anything you said.” [Think Progress]

Presidential weener alert. ALERTA! ALERTA! [Wonkette]

Phillip Butler, a man with whom John McCain was a prisoner of war, wrote an op-ed for the Military Times about how he refuses to vote for Walnuts. That’s kind of, um, bad, right? [Military Times]

Bruce Lunsford will unveil his plan for a Kentucky Women’s Bill of Rights on September 25 in Lexington. Carrick House, 312 N. Limestone, 7:00 P.M. [Kentucky Women]

The grand jury subpoenaed 13 road contracts in the Leonard Lawson-Bill Nighbert snafu. What a hot mess. [H-L]

In other news, the latest Bigfoot hoax has Kentucky’s newsosphere in quite a tizzy. The latest gossip is all about the amazing movie Harry and the Hendersons. Our sources say a number of Louisville reporters, including former WHAS11 journalist Sean Bartel, thought the movie was better than The Godfather, which is a huge effing travesty. [Terrible First-Hand Accounts]

Why can’t Elaine Chao do something about the Red Chinese winning all of our damn medals?!?! UGH! MITCH: Send a memo to your wife, damnit. Tell her THOSE ARE OUR MEDALS. Got it? [Ugh. Make it stop.]

New Details About UofL-Felner-Just Solutions

It’s been the hot topic of the past few weeks: the Just Solutions report that the University of Louisville commissioned to help deal with faculty concerns at the College of Education and Human Development. We initially reported on the situation and published documents yielded from open records requests on July 14.

Earlier in the week we reported that UofL’s open records officer revealed no report was ever completed. Now we learn from WHAS11’s Adam Walser that not only was the report never completed and released, UofL never paid the $9,987.80 bill from Just Solutions. There’s no really clear reasoning for why UofL never paid the bill. It was sent three times but UofL says it was never received.

Might it have something to do with the fact that the faculty survey yielded results that were unfavorable for Robert Felner? Or a survey of students that also yielded terrible results for Felner?  Who knows.

What’s more interesting? Jim Ramsey says he knows nothing about Just Solutions. Imagine that.

We’ll update with a link to WHAS11’s story once it’s online.

UPDATE: Here’s the link to Walser’s story.