Oh Snap Monday! Lexington Is Screwed, Hard!

With David Huber out as U.S. Attorney, what will become of the Robert Felner prosecution? [C-J]

Aww, Barry called Pork Rind while he was at Kroger. It’s the second time this has happened. [Heffalumps]

Where is Governor Steve Beshear’s long-term solution? Can the Commonwealth survive with quick fix after quick fix? Greg Stumbo’s slots at tracks bill isn’t going to save us. The cigarette tax isn’t going to save us (it’s Kentucky, so you know we can’t even reach a $1 with it). And David WIlliams certainly isn’t going to help. [Larry Dale Keeling]

It’s silly that the state is planning to take a loss on Jon Draud’s luxury car. Why not keep it for his successor? The Commonwealth will just end up buying a new car for that person, anyway. Maybe someone should think this decision through before actually going through with it? Goodness. [C-J]

Dozens of northern Kentucky high school students are traveling to Washington, D.C. for the Presidential Inauguration. Despite, of course, refusals to help from Senators Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning. We hear the only person who bothered to help in gaining access to the massive event was Rep. Geoff Davis, who doesn’t even represent the district the kids are from. [Pat Crowley by way of Kentucky Women]

Mitch McConnell isn’t a conservative. He’s not the savior of the Republican Party, as many spinning members of the RPK would have you believe. He’s a pork machine and sells out to the highest bidder. [The Daily Beast]

State lawmakers are looking at $656 million in school district contingency funds to balance the budget. Meanwhile, Kentucky remains uneducated, poor and broken. It’s right up Frankfort’s alley to dumb, I guess, by spending education dollars like crazy. [Mark Hebert]

The feds have reversed an earlier decision and now will allow the Transit Authority of River City to continue providing circulator service in and around the University of Louisville. And Miller Transportation is probably back at the drawing board, trying to figure out a way to kill the public service (it loses money) TARC provides the community. [C-J]

It’s not surprising that Lexington’s failure of a mayor (Jim Newberry) is silent on the Blue Grass Airport scandal. Vice Mayor Jim Gray is spot-on to say the public expects accountability and they expect a public voice that insists on it. So much for Newberry saying we shouldn’t be meddling in airport business. We think Newberry needs to be investigated, audited, yadda yadda. What the hell is up with this guy? Really? Newberry is done. [H-L]

You’ve gotta read all about the $332,000 flushed down the toilet by the Blue Grass Airport buffoons. Ryan Alessi and Jennifer Hewlett have pieced together a disgusting timeline of the hundreds of thousands of dollars wasted. Strip clubs, Wiis, sports tickets, concert tickets, meals, hundreds of dollars worth of gasoline per day. [THIS IS SICK]

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…

Read moreA Look Back At Our Favorite Stories of 2008

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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