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Legislating An Election? Maybe!

 Now that we know Governor Steve Beshear will not be facing an opponent in the Democratic primary, it will be interesting, (and no doubt entertaining), to sit back and watch the annual State Of the Commonwealth Speech coming up when the General Assembly returns to Frankfort next week. I expect Beshear will attempt to create the illusion that he’s got just as ambitious an agenda as David Williams. The trouble with that scenario is that the GOP Senate President from Burkesville, has already managed to push most of his own agenda through the Senate. Williams is also running for Governor…


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Mom Needs a Nap, Why Don’t My Twins?

Luke and Max are 18 months old now.  It’s about that time when the morning nap becomes a pleasant memory.  But i’m not ready and it seems they aren’t either.  I’ve tried it.  They are so grumpy from the hours of 10 a.m. to noon because they’re tired.  So I scrap the plan to scrap the nap and decide to keep it going.  Then decide not to nap. As I type this the boys are in their cribs for their afternoon nap.  They’ve been up there for more than an hour and neither has slept yet.  Not a wink.  First…


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TV Spot for Mint Jubilee

Feeling Derby? Click on this link to see the spot:  Mint PSA 001-MPEG-4 800Kbps Hey, it’s almost February. Which means Derby season can’t be far behind. This year, the Mint Jubilee will be held Derby Eve at the Louisville Palace. It’s going to be different, thanks to the involvement of the original founders Matt Battaglia, and Chris and Tom Thieneman. The Derby Eve party will feature plenty of new frills. Take a look at this TV spot, produced by Battaglia, the former U of L football All-American who is now a Hollywood producer.


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Parents Want it Both Ways

So we waited all this time for the so-called experts (definition: somebody from out of town) to tell us what we already knew about parents’ attitudes toward the JCPS’ student-assignment plan — parents want diversity, as long as it doesn’t affect what school their kid attends. They want the freedom to choose neighborhood schools and they sure as hell don’t want their kids spending an hour or more each way on a bus. TV stations have been doing meaningless polls that show the same overwhelming sentiment. Now that the expert from California, Gary Orfield, has spent 2 months doing a…


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All You Can Eat Lobster….I’m there!!!

One of my favorite foods in the entire world is Lobster! I can just about eat my weight in the Crustaceans in one sitting. I’ve even mastered a unique way to get the meat out of a tail without having to do any cutting. So combine an all you can eat lobster event with a fundraiser for one of my favorite Louisville organizations, Actors Theater, and you have a win – win! That’s the background and why I’m thrilled this Saturday is the annual 2011 Lobster Feast. This year the theme is Pop Goes The Sixties and so we’ve been…


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I’ve declared a war on Little Pony, Barbie, anything else little & pink

I really wasn’t planning on writing today. I have a whole house to clean up after yesterday’s unexpected snow day. But I feel the need to vent after working in just one room of the house: my daughter’s. I would give my life for my little 5-year-old princess. She can just make my heart explode every time she pops a little kiss on my cheek. But. I’ve declared a war. On her toys. Those little, pink, sharp, pink, cute little toys. After sorting all those little ponies and barbies into their appropriate boxes, I just happened to peek under her…


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Fischer’s Five Things

Today Greg Fischer gave his first State of the City address. Here’s the official release. Your thoughts? LOUISVILLE (Jan. 27, 2011) – In his first State of the City address, Mayor Greg Fischer today called for a new economic development vision for Louisville, saying the city has lost too many jobs the last decade while competitor cities have grown. He said Louisville needs a culture change and must act more boldly to be relevant in the 21st Century. He also proposed to begin a dialogue with Lexington to create a “super region” along I-64 and he has asked the Brookings…


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Big Shots on Schools

It may be an important step in improving the quality of the public schools to have open, public discussions, so I applaud Business First for hosting its “What’s Brewing” event the other day with some smart guys, including David Jones of Chrysalis Ventures andVic Staffieri of LG&E. Some other big shots showed up — like JPCS superintendent Sheldon Berman, JCPS board members Debbie Wesslund, Diane Porter and Carol Haddad.  Even Hal Heiner was three, though someone should tell the newspaper that Heiner’s not on the Metro Council any longer. Our own Barbara Day was there as well — and gave…


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The Over-Under on Fischer’s Speech

I feel like I’m so far behind on making wisecracks about our public officials, media types and tattoo-parlor crashers.  But it’s easy to make excuses for inactivity these days — it DID snow a few inches yesterday. This morning I went to the Okolona Business Association breakfast, where the speaker was our own blogger/staff nutritionist Barbara Day. She had some good advice for pushing away from the table, and was shocked that the guy sitting in front of her at the Yum Center last night had 3 beers. I didn’t need to hear how many calories that was. 7th District…


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The Blizzard On My Window

By the third snowfall of the season, the love affair with winter was starting to wane.  I had made the first big chili, a slow-cooker roast and had gone through the packets of gourmet hot chocolate. There was nothing left to do but wait for the temps to rise above 50 and bear witness to the eager folks in the Cherokee Triangle rip off all unnecessary clothing and go running, biking and dog walking in the traditional ritual of forcing spring to arrive. And getting sick. So, yes. Boredom was setting in. I peered from my north-facing windows to see…