Wednesday Dept of Yesterday Was Pure Insanity

In case you missed it last night, check all the shenanigans of the House Leadership elections. [Page One]

Louisvillian and musical icon Will Oldham gets profiled in the New Yorker. Probably one of the best articles about him that we’ve ever read. [New Yorker]

Ha – Jody says he’s not the super counter he thought it was. At least he has a sense of humor. And then there’s this: When asked whether he thought Gov. Steve Beshear meddled in the race between him and Rep. Greg Stumbo, Richards declined to comment. His wife, Neva, however, stood next to him and swiftly nodded her head up and down. [Stephenie Steitzer]

So how right or wrong was Mark Hebert? [Mark Hebert]

Larry Dale has the vote totals. Stumbo 34, Richards 31; Clark 47, Jenkins 18; Stacy 33, Thompson 32; Bigoted Damron 34, Hoffman 31. We hope Kelly Flood feels great about supporting Bob Damron. We hope she’ll feel even better the next time he attempts to legislate hatred and ignorance. [Larry Dale Keeling]

Indeed, Andy, indeed. The governor is certainly flirting with disaster. [Kentucky Club for Growth]

The United States Attorney’s office says it needs more time to prepare for the case against Robert Felner. Meanwhile, Scott Cox is still babbling on about Felner’s right’s being violated when he was interrogated about squandering/stealing millions and millions of OUR tax dollars. [WLKY]

Is Harry Moberly out as budget chair? Harry got the best line of press yesterday, in reference to Greg Stumbo, “I was one of the ones who engineered the revolt that made it more open and broader,” Moberly said. “If he’s saying I’ve been against that, then he’s lying.” [Ronnie Ellis]

Greg Stumbo admits that there were fights within the caucus yesterday. [State Journal]

Don’t you love how the Associated Press refers to Martin Cothran’s hate organization as a “pro-family” group? He’s now communications director for Say No To Casinos, which means we know that it’s not really about casinos or gambling. The far right wing thinks gambling brings in the scary homosexuals who want to recruit your children! [WAVE3]

Speaking of Cock-run… Yeah, Marty, I’m here. Bend over, sweetie, and take it like a champ because you’ll need Democrats on your self-hating side if you want to stop gambling. [Self-Hater]

A Look Back At Our Favorite Stories of 2008

Earlier we shared a list of the ten most popular stories of 2008.

But what were our favorites? We couldn’t come up with a list of just ten. So you’re gonna have to take a look at our favorite eleventy billion.

From the Jennifer Moore-Jeff Noble nightmare to a particular state legislator’s penchant for fancy red shoes, it’s all here.

Let’s take a stroll down the memory hole…

The nightmare of the Robert Felner debacle consumed the University of Louisville and the entire world of higher education

  • Federal Investigation at UofL – What’s Going On? [Link]
  • A Much-Awaited Inside Look at the Communication of Robert Felner, Jim Ramsey and Shirley Willihnganz – Or How to Make the University of Louisville Look As Bad As Possible [Link]
  • The Felner Story: Proof of No Confidence Vote [Link]
  • Robert Felner: Serious Problems & Serious $$$ [Link]

The Louisville-Jefferson County Democratic Party’s annual Wendell Ford dinner. Photographs, drama and personal stories.

  • Finally – Wendell Ford Dinner Drama, Photos, Gossip [Link]

The mess that was the Louisville campaign to be district court judge consumed as all

  • Ready For This? Katie King Is In Trouble [Link]

Live blogging the KDP’s eulogy for Hillary Clinton was one of the most fun evenings of the year. It turned into a nightmare of hilarity.

  • KDP Live: Hillary Still Losing Edition [Link]
  • Live Blogging the KDP’s Eulogy for Hillary Clinton Last Night: In Photos [Link]

The depressing downfall of the Kentucky Democratic Party as chairwoman Jennifer Moore threatened longtime Party loyalist Jeff Noble (and attempted to pressure us into silence) was an eye-opener for Kentuckians everywhere. The mess caused by Miss Moore led to an evening at a Democratic club where her boyfriend threatened us and our livelihood.

  • Dirty Politics Can Be Quite a Bitch [Link]
  • An Open Letter to the Chairwoman Of the Kentucky Democratic Party [Link]
  • Almost-Livebloggy: Hebert & Edelen at Metro Dems [Link]

Read the rest of this long list after the jump…

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A Look at the Most Popular Stories of 2008

According to our internets machines, these are the top stories of the year, based on readership:

  1. Breaking: More Anti-McConnell Campaign Material [Link]
  2. Breaking: Felner and Schroeder More Than Friends? And Other Updates On the Scandal [Link]
  3. Felner-UofL Investigation: The Neverending Story [Link]
  4. Worst Anti-McConnell Ad Ever [Link]
  5. Robert Felner, the University of Louisville, Open Records Requests Galore – an Interesting Look at the Situation [Link]
  6. Why Was “Outer” Michael Rogers in Louisville? [Link]
  7. Obama Opening in Louisville [Link]
  8. A Much-Awaited Inside Look at the Communication of Robert Felner, Jim Ramsey and Shirley Willihnganz – Or How to Make the University of Louisville Look As Bad As Possible [Link]
  9. More On Ramsey’s Comments About Robert Felner [Link]
  10. Federal Investigation at UofL – What’s Going On? [Link]

Remember, this list is based solely on popularity.

In LEO This Week…

There’s too much in LEO this week to focus on one issue.

Who Killed Timmy Jo? Phillip Bailey writes what breaks our heart.

The flamboyant ensemble would be the same outfit the teenager — fondly called “Timmy Jo” by friends and family — was found dead in hours later. Acquaintances tell LEO Weekly they saw Timothy in passing the night he was murdered; however, no definitive timeline has been established.

The sparse incident report, signed by Louisville Metro Police homicide detective Gary Huffman, indicates a witness called dispatchers around 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2005, to report a person lying at the corner of 28th and Magazine streets. Police responded, found Timothy with multiple gunshot wounds and pronounced him dead at the scene.

The murder of a black man dressed in drag prompted friends and family to believe, at least initially, that a hate crime might have been committed. But Timothy’s murder has since garnered few headlines and little interest from the community.

Click here to read the rest…

Is Marco Allen Chapman Ready To Die?

Time is running out for Marco Allen Chapman, who is scheduled to die by lethal injection Friday at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville. If the execution is carried out as expected, the 36-year-old will become the first Kentucky inmate put to death in nearly a decade.

It’s an outcome Chapman has welcomed since his arrest for murdering two children and wounding their sister and mother during a violent rampage in Gallatin County in 2002. After confessing to the crime, the killer fired his public defenders, waived a jury trial and pleaded with the court to impose a death sentence.

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Art experts are pushing to restore one of our favorite things about Louisville – “The Thinker” – and we couldn’t be more pleased that it’s finally getting some attention.

For decades, the University of Louisville has been home to a masterpiece you’re probably familiar with — “The Thinker.” But chances are you are completely unaware of the remarkable history behind this hidden jewel, which the university has long failed to promote, meanwhile letting the iconic statue fall into disrepair.

French sculptor Auguste Rodin created the “The Thinker,” which depicts a man deep in thought. It’s his most famous work, and it turns out U of L is home to the first full-size bronze cast of the piece, with other casts of the statue in such prominent locations as the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, the Sydney Opera House and Stanford University in California.

But again, ours is the first, a fascinating morsel of knowledge the university has inexplicably neglected to publicize — until now.

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Special to Page One – Conway on Voting and the Early Release of Convicted Felons

The following column is special to Page One from Attorney General Jack Conway.

As many of you prepare to cast your votes on November 4, I want Kentucky citizens to know that my office stands ready to investigate and prosecute any violations of election laws. In fact, we have been working closely with Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Kentucky State Police and federal investigators as part of a task force to prevent and investigate allegations of voter fraud during the November 4, 2008 general election.

We need Kentucky voters to be our eyes and ears at the polls to ensure that this historic election is a fair election. A record number of Kentuckians, nearly three million, have registered to vote and we expect a record number of people at the polls on Election Day. I encourage all citizens to report any irregularities, large or small, to our Election Fraud Hotline (800)328-VOTE (800-328-8683). On Election Day, calls will be received from 6:00 a.m. EST until 7:00 p.m. EST.

During the primary, the Office of the Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline received 59 calls from 28 counties. There were no complaints of vote buying. I believe folks have gotten the message that we won’t tolerate vote buying here in the Commonwealth. I will be diligent in watching to make sure that does not occur.

In addition to our hotline, we will have about a dozen investigators patrolling the precincts throughout the Commonwealth. After the election, my office will randomly select six Kentucky counties to undergo independent inquiries for any potential irregularities that may have occurred during the general election.

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Robert Felner Free on $100,000 Bond

Robert Felner is already out on bond. Wow. A $100,000 bond, that is.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A former University of Louisville education dean has pleaded not guilty to pilfering more than $2 million in federal grant money.

A federal magistrate on Thursday ordered Robert Felner free on $100,000 bond.

The arraignment came a day after he and an associate were charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service.

Nagging question: What percentage of that bond did he actually have to pay? Was his passport confiscated? And is he under close watch?