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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…


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The Free Ride is Over at Metro Council

On the heels of the Ethics Commission statement of the obvious — that Judy Green broke ethics rules — the domino effect of Green’s problems are being felt throughout the Metro Council. Green’s problems are mounting, and because of her steadfast refusal to step down (she needs the money her salary provides), we’re going to be subjected to a two-month circus before the Council finally votes to remove her from the Council. I expect that the first step will be her removal from the Democrats’ Majority Caucus, which may come as early as this week. But Green’s foibles have cast…


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Doing the Right Thing Friday

Finally Friday. It’s been a great week, and an exciting weekend ahead. Here’s a few things you might have missed. First, check out Billy Reed’s piece on Artis Gilmore, who was inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame Wednesday night. My favorite inductee was UK’s baller Rex Chapman, who was throwing behind-the-back passes and pulling up for three’s while I was watching from press row back in the ’80s.  He and Darrell Griffith will always be my two favorite college players of all time. I also had a soft spot for Ed Kallay, an institution in media as I…


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Whoever Heard of a PDS?

I’ve had my fill of not only weather, but weather panic. And of the new (to me) weather term — PDS (Particularly Dangerous Situation) Last night, during a perfect evening on the Waterfront, I was enjoying Over the Rhine with a thousand or so folks with a gorgeous sunset in the background, with the Belle of Louisville rolling by on the River. Suddenly, about 8:30, the singer Karin Bergquist announced this was the last song because she’d been told to wrap it up because of the oncoming storm. So there was no encore and the crowd dispersed. Blame the city….


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Green Weeps, Blames Others

Every media organization in town was covering the Judy Green ethics hearing yesterday, but the best way to keep up with things while they were happening was by following Phillip Bailey’s tweets. The WFPL reporter was giving some great play-by-play, and left little doubt that the testimony proved that Green broke ethics rules, blamed it on her assistant, and that she was crying throughout while her appointed attorneys argued she was some sort of do-gooder Robin Hood character. Telling details: Representatives of the 100 Black Men group, and her own current legislative aide, were called as witnesses but failed to…


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Hamilton’s List of Excuses

Cheri Bryant Hamilton reacted to being singled out for giving away taxpayer money (in the form of Kroger gift cards) in exactly the way you’d expect — she attacked the media, avoided actually answering questions, defended the practice, feigned outrage at the idea she would use the giveaways to influence voters, claimed the money is so insignificant it doesn’t matter and passed out blame in every corner she could think of. So the bottom line is this — Hamilton thinks it’s OK to pay people for winning door decorating contests, and for volunteering to help her campaign against drinking in…


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More Ethics Problems for Judy Green: Kroger-gate

The new problem for Judy Green, and for Cheri Bryant Hamilton, is that the Metro Council members don’t seem to think they did anything wrong. Green, if you read the C-J’s story on the distribution of Kroger gift cards, believes it’s OK to buy a bunch of gift cards with taxpayer money to hand out to constituents at parties. Worse, though, is that she thinks its OK to buy more cards than you are giving away and pocket the balance. That’s much more of a grievous ethics violation than Hamilton’s, who thought it was OK to reward volunteers who helped…