July 3, 2013

What A Week

Louisville’s Weekly Zeitgeist Radar

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May the most expensive and ugly Senate campaign in American history commence! After months of Democratic hot potato and whac-a-mole, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday that she intends to take on Sen. Mitch McConnell next year. Kentucky will be the center of the political universe for the next 16 months, as Mitch tries to tie Grimes to the dreaded Obama, and Grimes ties Mitch to the dreaded … well, Mitch.

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Republicans around the country continued their mission to alienate women voters for eternity last week, pushing through draconian laws in Ohio and Texas (though state Sen. Wendy David shut that whole thing down temporally with her epic filibuster) to close women’s health clinics and switch their party logo from an elephant to a transvaginal ultrasound probe. Also, is it just us, or does Kentucky suddenly look progressive by comparison?

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Starting this week, the Child Care Assistance Program — offering financial assistance to low-income Kentucky families for daycare expenses — faces enormous cuts that will drop thousands of families from eligibility. This means many parents will have to quit their jobs and go on welfare, or put their children in shady “underground” daycares. Never mind, Kentucky isn’t progressive at all.

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Vision Louisville held a town hall meeting at The Parklands this week, the first in a series designed to collect input on what future growth and development patterns should be for the city. Naturally, there is also a Twitter hashtag, #visionlou. Beyond tired suggestions of bringing a pro sports team are thoughtful ideas about promoting intergenerational support and sustainability efforts. It’s a reassuring reminder this city has some dedicated and innovative residents.

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