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Biking All the Buzz in D.C.

In case you’re just tuning in, I’m posting this from Washington, D.C. I got here by bike in an all-day rain on Saturday — 130 miles from Louisville to Cincinnati — and by Amtrak. The train ride took 20 hours. A shoot-out on the railroad tracks caused a five hour delay when police turned the tracks into a real live CSI. Special thanks to my RAGBRAI pal Steve Edwards for transporting me and my bike to his Potomac Falls home, where he and Sharon treat me like a king. I’ll be using the Metro Orange Line and commuting to Metro…


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Beshear’s Hand Forced-Calls Special Session

 Well, despite all his detractors, (including me), Governor Steve Beshear seems to finally have developed a backbone when it comes to Senate President David Williams. On Wednesday, Williams gaveled the Senate to order, which forced Behsear to call a special session in order to deal with the shortfall in Kentucky’s Medicaid budget.  The reason is that Wednesday made it 30 days for the session, which is the limit for a short  year. The House had opted to wait until next week for the final day in order to negotiate a Medicaid agreement. Williams decided that plan would give the House, and…


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Figuring Things Out with Joe Elliott

The big topic during my conversation with Joe Elliott on WGTK-AM today was several of the ways that our government officials have been failing us, and how if we were in charge, we’d save taxpayers a lot of money. The news broke during my visit that Gov. Steve Beshear has, in reaction to State Sen. David Williams ending the state session early, decided to recall legislators for a special session. At a cost of, Joe said, at least $68K a day. This after we taxpayers have spent $1.5 million for them to pass no meaningful legislation the last two months….



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No End in Sight for (Judy) Green News

No paper today? For you folks still getting the actual newspaper delivered to your home, that technology apparently failed again today. So you might as well go online for your news.Here’s some: More Heat For Green: One noteworthy story in today’s paper details how Judy Green is getting some more heat, this time from Councilman Jim King, who wants the Ethics Commission to expand its investigation. Green tells the C-J that the allegation of accepting a bribe is no big deal because it’s all been investigated already. She doesn’t realize that people are upset because of the findings in the…


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Legislature 2011-No Compromise No Satisfaction

 After hinting that the Kentucky House and Senate were doing SO well early in the 2011 session that they might adjourn early saving taxpayers a lot of dough, Senate President David Williams now says a special session is needed. Hmmm, sounds like he changed his tune when he lost control of the debate. Williams made that bold, and ultimately outlandish statement during the early days of the session when his full agenda zoomed through the GOP controlled Senate. He was making the assumption that he could bully the House, and by extension Governor Steve Beshear, into caving in and rubber-stamping his…


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I can’t believe you’ve never been to….

Even though I’ve lived most of my life in the Bluegrass State, I humbly admit that I, in fact, have never been to Keeneland. Every year around this time, I mention this to friends who stare at me in crazed bewilderment. Oh, I’ve been to Oaks and Derby, the Churchill Fall meet, the infield, even the nicer parts of the Clubhouse. But not Keeneland. But this year, the BF is looking fill the Keeneland void in my Bluegrass State dance card. In researching when to go, I looked first to the great ambassador program at Maker’s Mark and their annual Redheads…


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Crazy Idea from Billy Reed: Character Counts

I had lunch with Billy Reed today. The famed sportswriter was talking with a few members of the Okolona Business and Professional Association at the University Club about his crazy ideas about sports. Billy thinks character should still count in athletics. He’s for university presidents placing an emphasis on academics. He thinks bad behavior by student athletes should be punished. At Georgetown College, where he’s heading up something called the Academy for Character in Sport, 25 percent of every coach’s evaluation is based on character development. As part of that program, he’s put together a video series (airing on KET)…


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Got Two Cents on the Iron Quarter? Edie Bingham Believes Our Future is Enriched by the Past

Thanks for keeping up with my “Iwo Cents” series on this issue. I wil cross post all of these onto my Facebook page listed under Cindy Flanagan Lamb if you would like to remain in the loop. I am honored to stand beside Edie Bingham and Martina Kunnecke as they stand up for the future of of our city. In this particular mode, it is raising a voice for the row of buildings who cannot speak for themselves.  I believe that our rich history is stronger than the block of abandoned and weakened structures and should be a part of the new designs. Money…


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Awaiting the Madness of March

Basketball fans in Kentucky have got to be giddy with the fine meal they are being served right now. With the conference tournament appetizers, high school sweet 16s for the first course, and the main course NCAA tourney just around the corner; things are heating up. There will be plenty of exciting basketball to watch. Louisville Looks to Solidify High Seed While the Cards won’t play their first game in the Big East tourney until Thursday, Rick Pitino will be watching closely to see who they will face. The Cardinals will face the winner of West Virginia vs. Providence/Marquette game…