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Louisville Ky’s school system names new communications chief

Louisville, Ky., – Jefferson County Public Schools has a new spokesperson: Allison Martin. According to local news reports, JCPS says Martin will take over January 14, 2016. Martin has served as chief of staff and communications director for Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, deputy communications director for former Mayor Jerry Abramson and as a reporter/anchor at WLKY. “Martin is a passionate supporter of public education and a highly experienced communicator who has great familiarity with JCPS, both as a parent and through her work overseeing education communications for the Mayor’s office,” said Superintendent Donna Hargens in a statement. “She is…


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LouisvilleKY’s The WEEK: Sombreros, Spooks, Skeletons

LouisvilleKY.com is celebrating/lamenting the end of October and Daylight Savings Time by getting out on the town and, also, watching some good TV — Cards at Wake Forest Friday night, then the Breeders Cup all weekend (you can still get a Friday ticket for $22 on StubHub). On Sunday, you can see Rick Pitino’s Cardinals at the Yum! Center against Bellarmine. Sad Sombrero: Let’s not feel sorry for U of L president James Ramsey, whose office had to defend this embarrassing photo of staff members making fun of Mexicans. The pic was from a story reported by the Courier-Journal at…


Attorney General Jack Conway Files Suit Against Marathon for Gouging in Louisville and other Kentucky Cities

Attorney General Jack Conway filed a lawsuit today in federal court against Marathon Petroleum.  The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Western District of Kentucky, alleges that Marathon engages in anti-competitive practices that lead to higher gas prices for consumers across Kentucky. “For almost two decades, Marathon has been allowed to run rampant in Kentucky,” Attorney General Conway said.  “Marathon owns and operates the only refinery in Kentucky, and it maintains its wholesale monopoly by making retailers and other potential suppliers enter into contracts that are outright anti-competitive.  This conducts harms everyone who buys gas in Kentucky.” As…


Bets Are On for Kentucky vs. Wisconsin; Conway and Beshear Ante Up

They may be prevented from placing a bet at a casino in Kentucky by stubborn rural lawmakers, but Gov. Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway are glad to put the Commonwealth’s best stuff on the line in bets with their counterparts in Wisconsin. From Kentucky.gov… Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that he will enter into a friendly wager with Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel over the outcome of Saturday night’s National Championship Semi-final game in Indianapolis between the undefeated and number one ranked University of Kentucky (UK) Wildcats and the number one seed and Big Ten Champion Wisconsin Badgers. …


Bracket Distractions — Arts and Business and Politics

It’s always good to have some friends who don’t pay attention to the same things you do — it offers perspective. What’s important to you (whether U of will be a #2 seed or #3 seed in the NCAA bracket) is like speaking a foreign language, I’m guessing, to someone like Les Waters, the artistic director at Actors’ Theatre and my guest on the Rusty Satellite Show this week.


Rusty’s Top Five on Rednecks, Gays, Governors, Plays and Big Blue

  I hope you get a chance to listen to this week’s Rusty Satellite podcast featuring JCPS board member Debbie Wesslund and Louisville Sports Commission chief Karl Schmitt. You’ll find out why we had so many snow days, among other topics, and learn a little about how the city’s top sports attraction arm is focused on “heads and beds.” LISTEN HERE TO RUSTY SATELLITE And you’ll hear what’s in the news that I think is worth talking about. Here’s a summary of those Top Five stories. 1. OUTREACH TO REDNECKS: Not that I worry a lot about what people think,…


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Election 2011; What Does It Mean?

Well, to the surprise of no one in Kentucky, Steve Beshear has been re-elected Governor by a landslide. In fact, on the surface, Democrats seemed to sweep the statewide races with only two exceptions. Republican James Comer easily defeated Bob Farmer to win the office of Agriculture Commissioner. BUT, the GOP has to be kicking itself a bit today because it missed a golden opportunity to knock off Todd Hollenbach in the Treasurer’s race. Relative newcomer K.C. Crosbie lost by a one percent margin. She had very little support from a state party that seemed hell-bent on backing other candidates,…


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Dem Sweep Seems Likely In November

With just weeks before the November General Election, the latest round of poll numbers have emerged for statewide races in Kentucky. According to the CN/2 poll release this week, Incumbent Steve Beshear is maintaining a 28 point lead over Republican David Williams. Beshear has been criticized heavily by the GOP and others around the state for not taking part in more debates, but his no confrontation strategy seems to be working just fine. In the only face-to-face meeting with Williams and Independent Gatewood Galbraith, Beshear came off as a little smug and Williams really did win the day. But, Williams…


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Rick’s New York Slip and Why UK Fans Deserve a Title

Oh, my. Here’s the bad choice of analogy that Rick Pitino used yesterday about Syracuse and Pittsburgh leaving the Big East. The setting was the Big East Media Day in New York. My problem is not them leaving,” he said. “My problem is you did it in 48 hours. Don’t run away with a girl after one date when you’ve been dating someone else for three or four years. You’ve been dating this woman for 30 years, show a little respect.” You might have guessed that Big Apple newspapers jumped on the quote, given Pitino’s well-publicized tryst with Karen Sypher…


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Judge Stops Those Awful Commercials, and the AG Debate

A Frankfort judge yesterday gave an important election victory to Gov. Steve Beshear, as if he needed one. Judge Thomas Wingate issued a restraining order prohibiting a secretive group, Restoring America, from airing TV commercials critical of Beshear. Wingate said the group is breaking campaign laws because it won’t reveal the names of donors who contributed $1.3 million to run the ads. Instead, the group reported that all of its money came from one source, something called Restoring America Inc.  That group won’t have to reveal its income source until January, when it won’t matter. No one at the Ohio-based…