Metro Council

Are You Overlooking Election Day?

No, I haven’t been paying close attention to the local political races. I hate that, because there are a few really interesting races being largely overlooked by the media. Chief among those is the 37th District Republican State Senate primary, featuring well-known locals Doug Hawkins and Chris Thieneman. The latter, who is a friend and involved in this site, has survived two challenges to his candidacy based on residency issues. But just last week he was cleared by a court to compete in the race. He says he’s raised more than $40,000 and has signs all over the district. Meanwhile…


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Preservation Rules Don’t Need Fixing

My friend John Gilderbloom makes some good points in this editorial he managed to slip into the Courier-Journal this morning. In regard to the Metro Council’s efforts to make major changes, and gain more control of, the process in which properties are designated to be preserved — Gilderbloom’s valid point is that if it ain’t broke, why fix it. It seems the effort by Council members to gain more control of the preservation process was prompted by an admittedly bad decision by local officials. That was the decision to designate the South End’s Colonial Gardens as historically signficant, which makes…


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Council’s Plan Would Kill Preservation

UPDATE 1:30 P.M. — David Yates says an amendment is being added that would allow the requirement of 100 signatures of property owners within a mile to be altered to require 10% of the property owners in the area. He said the goal of the ordinance is to give Metro Council some control over the process. I had to make a few calls to get this straight. Last night, the Metro Council introduced an ordinance that would require that, for any property to be eligible for landmark status, an application must include 100 signatures from property owners living within a…


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Morrisson Switches Races, And Other Policital Wanderings

I never thought that Curtis Morrison’s chances of upending the popular Tom Owen on the Metro Council were very good. Neither did Morrison, apparently, because on the filing deadline yesterday the commnity organizer and Bridge Toll opponent withdrew from the Metro Council race, went to Frankfort and filed to run in the 35th District State Senate race.  There he will face incumbent Denise Harper Angel. Owen will have 2 Democratic opponents in a primary — Bryan Matthews and Mason Roberts. And a Republican filed in the heavily-Democratic Highlands district — Kirt Jacobs. He does those leadership interview segments in the…


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Here’s to the Jealous, Malicious, Ignorant and Paranoid

Yes, you. Rick Pitino is ignoring you. And John Calipari, and all those witty Big Blue followers filling the Internet with barbs about Pitino, now that the Rick decided he had to take a shot at Calipari for saying earlier this week that UK was the only basketball program in the state. If you missed it, Rick said this, as reported by CBS Sports:: “Four things I’ve learned in my 59 years about people. I ignore the jealous, I ignore the malicious, I ignore the ignorant and I ignore the paranoid. If the shoe fits anyone, wear it.” Much of…


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What’s up with Bruce; and a Metro Council Skirmish

Things would have been different if. . . cn/2 did an interview yesterday with Bruce Lunsford, who seems to b e enjoying life away from politics. He thinks Steve Beshear will win in mandate-fastion in the Governor’s Race, and that, well, he hasn’t done much as governor. Lunsford said Beshear has failed to articulate a vision for his time in office. I can’t help but think how things might have been different if he had won the May 2007 primary (note: I worked on his campaign). With running mate Greg Stumbo, he finished second in a hotly-contested primary. Lunsford ran…


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Judy Green Saga Ends, Maybe

Have we heard the last of Judy Green? The embattled Metro Councilwoman, a day after declaring she wouldn’t resign on the eve of her removal hearing, delivered a brief letter to the Clerk’s office just before Noon, as reported by the C-J: Effective immediately, I do hereby resign from my position as Metro Councilperson from District One Metro Louisville. It has been my privilege to represent the residents of District One. Once the resignation is official, it will be up to the rest of the Council to fill her seat until the next election, scheduled for 2014. And yes, Green…


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As Bad as the Gift Card Scandal

It’s hard to blame some Metro Council members. They’re just doing things the way they’ve always done it. They just don’t get it that holding office isn’t about doling out favors and self-promotion. The latest, reported by the C-J’s Dan Klepal, is as much the fault of Mayor Fischer as the council members, and points out the real need for Metro Government to put some clamps on how they spend those Neighborhood Development Funds. Apparently the Mayor’s Office wanted Council members to give some NDF money to support WorldFest, one of Fischer’s pet projects and a worthwhile event. So Fischer…


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Green: Losing Friends by Trying to Influnce People

So now we know Judy Green’s strategy to try and keep her seat on the Metro Council. Yesterday, as WFPL’s Philip Bailey reported, Green started lobbying her colleagues for support, cornering them in Council meetings pleading her case. That didn’t go over well, especially with Madonna Flood, who told her, basically, to shut up. And Council president Jim King told council members not only that they weren’t to discuss the Green case with media, but that they shouldn’t discuss it with Green, either. So Green came up with a story that was aired on WLKY, claiming that King has been…


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A Desperate Green, Decision for JCPS and Winston’s Women

Two big stories, plus crime, are dominating the news during this respite from weather-related crises — Judy Green and the JCPS superintendent search. This is What Desperation Looks Like: Judy Green “believes racism is involved and that she’s being targeted” after five Metro Council members began the process of removing her. A grand total of 20 people showed up to support her at a rally yesterday. Green says she’s going to fight it and is “disappointed” that her colleagues voted to do this to her. The gutsy Council members were Kevin Kramer, Tina Ward-Pugh, Barbara Shanklin, Madonna Flood and Stuart…