What A Week
Louisville’s Weekly Zeitgeist Radar
Five Metro Council members formed a charging committee last week to begin hearings to remove embattled Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin from office, just as the Metro Ethics Commission had recommended a week earlier. Shanklin’s attorney Aubrey Williams is appealing the ruling and says the council must stop in its tracks, further proving that 2013 is the new 2011.
And just like that, the Ashley Judd Senate candidacy is over. Last week, Judd suddenly tweeted that she will not take on Sen. Mitch McConnell next year, bringing about gloating from Republicans and a large magnifying glass on the last prominent Democrat to not rule out a challenge: Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. If Grimes passes, Kentucky Democrats will get what they deserve: six more years of Mitch.
Kentucky’s General Assembly overrode Gov. Steve Beshear’s (shocking) veto of HB 279 — the mislabeled “religious freedom” bill — that will end the invisible scourge of oppression for Christians in the commonwealth. According to multiple sources in the House, HB 279 supporters have Louisville’s own Rep. Larry Clark to thank, as the bill’s swift passage was his initiative to mend fences with Catholic bishops upset that transvaginal ultrasounds will be holstered for another year.
The Kentucky Department of Education has warned school districts to expect a 5 percent cut in federal funds next year due to sequestration, amounting to 10 percent in Jefferson County. While this is incredibly bad news, there is a silver lining to sequestration: There will be no official military aircrafts during Thunder Over Louisville to give you permanent hearing damage. While Thunder participants can’t get their WAR on, public drunkenness and vomiting are still a go.