Louisville, KY- The 37th State Senate race has been a great example of exactly why we need new people elected to office. We know we need more accountability in elections from candidates but how do we get there? When mainstream media news continues to slant their so called "unbiased" news stories we continue to have serious problems.
Chris Thieneman for example in a WHAS story by Chelsea Rabideau that aired on Thursday November 1 is an example of slanted news coverage. For full disclosure I am a friend of Thieneman and have worked with him over the years on several projects.
That does not slant the facts of the WHAS story. When you watch the story the immediate reaction is that Thieneman is an illegal candidate and someone who steals from his own charity the Mint Jubilee.
37th State Senator incumbent Perry Clark knows better. And so does WHAS. In May I FILED a challenge to Thieneman's candidacy to ensure we would avoid this fiasco by Clark and the Democratic Party's Jennifer Moore who is known for this type of attacks right before the election.
The Judge ruled in May that Thieneman met all the residency requirements and was eligible. Moore and Clark knew it and went down this road knowingly to disparage Thieneman and cost him votes. Period.
They could have done this anytime in the interim and chose not to in order to get maximum effect of a lie perpetuated by them.
The Mint Jubilee? A cursory 5 minute online search showed this from the Courier Journal in May 2011:
From 2005 to 2009, Thieneman licensed the Mint Jubilee trademark to U of L, and the cancer center ran the event. Starting in 2010, the center put on its own event, the Julep Ball. There was no Mint Jubilee in 2010.
The event is returning this year under its original management team of Chris and Tom Thieneman and Matt Battaglia, but is not associated with U of L or the center. Its organizers have not announced which charities will benefit from the proceeds..
The article goes even further stating:
For example, in 2000, the event lost $44,915. But that year the Mint Jubilee Corp. gave $200,000 to the James Graham Brown Cancer Center — out of a total of $228,000 that the nonprofit gave to charity that year — after receiving private donations of $290,382.
The 2003 Mint Jubilee dinner and dance lost $128,213, but the corporation gave the cancer center $85,000 out of more than $90,000 in charitable giving.
And Clark, Jennifer Moore, the Democratic Party, and WHAS 11 knew this and did not report all the facts.
It is high time news reporting did the right thing and reported all the facts not slanting them during elections to favor their personal party candidates.
It's also time to hold lying incumbents and party leadership accountable for the lies.
The 2nd District Jefferson County Board of Election race could prove to be a problem for at least one candidate, David Jones, JR.
According to Jake Payne a lawsuit will be filed by Thomas Armistead who claims Jones is ineligible. And he may be right.
Jones has a serious conflict of interest thanks to his Chrysalis Ventures business.
Stay tuned to this one.
Oh by the way. Just how good is JCPS, arguably the largest funded school program in the State?
JCPS was outperformed by 76 percent of the state's schools in the most recent testing results. So much for the money argument eh?
Finally a lawsuit was filed by Tammy Ortiz against Constable, and felon David Whitlock, and Wal-Mart for the shooting by Whitlock against her.
Last month Whitlock entered yet another Alford plea when he pled guilty to charges of first-degree wanton endangerment and second-degree assault under extreme emotional disturbance. He did not admit his guilt but conceded there was enough evidence to convict him.
This guy makes the Alford plea a way of life and continues to get away with criminal behavior.
Needless to say Ortiz will get paid......