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Two Democrats and one independent candidate for mayor answered Michelle Jones‘ call for short essays on Louisville for her Consuming Louisville site. Now Republican Hal Heiner weighs in with a (possibly Thoreau-inspired) piece on the parks system.

As I put my orange kayak in the water, it dawns on me that here there are no iPhones or Blackberrys, there are no urgent emails, no agendas to follow and absolutely no conflicts to resolve. When I get to kayak down Floyds Fork, watching a coyote scamper along the shore or a blue heron glide seemingly forever through the lush tree canopy, it is an experience that I cherish.

So far, three candidates for mayor have accepted Michelle Jones‘ challenge to write short essays on one thing they love about Louisville for Consuming Louisville.

Independent Jackie Green loves Louisville’s overall conservatism, but hopes for positive change:

She stands back, evaluates, weighs and then, if the concept merits, she embraces. If the concept under evaluation falls short of the measure, she continues to hold off. That conservative nature has served Louisville well. It has helped her avoid a lot of silliness and foolishness of the twentieth century. But more importantly, it has kept her from many of the serious mistakes that other cities have suffered.

Democrat Greg Fischer loves how close everything is:

Whether I’m desirous of a chicken salad sandwich from Expressions of You at 18th and Muhammad Ali, feel like taking in a movie at the De Lux 16 in Okolona (the most comfortable seats in town!) or taking out a canoe on Floyd’s Fork, I can be doing what I want to do in twenty minutes.

Democrat Jim King loves just about everything the city has to offer:

I love Louisville for having such a great art scene and the largest annual art show in the Midwest at St. James court. I love Louisville where each year, thousands enjoy the largest fireworks show sparkling over our warm, spring skies. I love Louisville for showcasing the fastest two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby. I love Louisville for being home. I love Louisville, where I am proud to run for Mayor.

One more post is coming tomorrow. We’ll link to it here.

State Representative Larry Clark has introduced a bill that would block candidates from spending large donations from their parents, if the donations were meant to help fund a political campaign.

The bill is a reaction to mayoral candidate and Metro Councilman Jim King‘s gift to his daughter Katie during her 2008 judicial campaign.

From the C-J:

Under the provisions of Clark’s House Bill 214, personal funds that candidates would be allowed to contribute in unlimited sums to their campaigns would include money they had before the campaign began; salary earned during the campaign; money from the sale of investments; bequests and trusts created by bequests; trusts established before the election cycle; proceeds from lotteries and other games of chance; and personal gifts that had been customarily given prior to beginning of the election cycle.

The bill was filed at the request of the Registry of Election Finance and the King’s support it.

Sheryl Snyder, the Kings’ lawyer, welcomed the legislation, saying that it would have saved his clients time, money and trouble had the law been changed before the 2008 election.

“It’s way overdue,” he said. “If the statute had been clearly written so people knew what the rules were, the Kings wouldn’t have made the gift, wouldn’t have had the ensuing litigation expenses, much less the criticism.”

We’ll link to the bill’s text when it’s posted.

Shanon White is the sixth Democrat to enter the primary race. At the Barrett Avenue Government Center this morning, as White filled out her paperwork, passers-by asked what was going on. A few people seemed happy to hear about a female candidate, but White isn’t the only female candidate in the race. West-end resident and activist Connie Marshall has been in for months, and White acknowledges that.

White was also asked if she has time to run a campaign, since she’s a mother of three young boys. She politely said she wouldn’t run if she didn’t have time, and pointed out that Hal Heiner, Greg Fischer, Tyler Allen and David Tandy all have children. Tandy’s youngest’s age is still being counted in months, but I haven’t heard anyone ask the other candidates if they have time to run. (Though last year Tandy volunteered the fact that he may not run, considering his duties as a father to a newborn). In fact, it seems like the only time the press has asked about a candidate’s offspring has been with Jim King.

Do you think the family question is appropriate to ask to any candidate? Is it more appropriate to ask to one candidate than others?

Today’s Courier editorial urges Metro Councilman and Democratic candidate for mayor Jim King to drop out of the race. The piece argues that King does not have the temperament or judgement to be mayor:

He should abandon his candidacy for the Democratic nomination, in order to allow for the focus to return to vital issues facing the metro area.

The paper also criticizes King’s plan to revamp the police force, and concludes:

The community needs to move on from discussions that center on Mr. King. It needs to hear from plausible candidates about their vision for Louisville, their assessment of the city’s strengths and problems, their views of the area’s economic direction, and their ideas for where the city and the office of mayor go after the long tenure of Jerry Abramson.

Mr. King’s serial errors are a constant distraction from such debate. Louisville deserves better. Mr. King can help put an important decision back on track by stepping aside.

This is a bold statement from the C-J. But if the community does indeed move on from discussions about King…what will we talk about? King gets so much attention because he’s the only candidate doing much campaigning right now. The other candidates have had discussions, sure. But aside from Tyler Allen‘s bloggers’ breakfasts and the occasional statement from other camps, it seems like the race is fairly quiet. I’m sure this will pick up, but until there’s something else to talk about, how could mayoral conversations not center on King?

Metro Councilman and Democratic Mayoral Candidate Jim King has an official campaign website.

It’s a fairly basic but modern campaign site with a biography and options to donate money or volunteer time. There are also social media links, which are probably more important for web-saavy voters than the homepage itself. All the links appear to work and nothing looks out of place. Fundraising frontrunner Greg Fischer‘s site was live when he announced his campaign, but now it’s asking me for a password.

(Link to King’s site from Page One)

I was out yesterday, but here are a few quick updates on what I missed.

First: Greg Fischer and Jim King topped a fifth of a million in fundraising and Chris Thieneman hasn’t filed to raise money yet. Link.

Second: Rasmussen’s latest poll gives Jack Conway a better chance than Daniel Mongiardo at winning the general election. Link. But the real question with Conway/Mongiardo is who had the better use of “S.O.B.” in the news? Conway’s was loud and proud at Fancy Farm, but Mongiardo’s was secretive and stinging.

Democratic Metro Councilman and mayoral candidate Jim King wrote a letter to the CJ to respond to an editorial about how King funded his daughter’s campaign for district judge.

I did make a good faith effort to learn the law on this matter because it didn’t seem logical to me that the legislature could ban gifts between a father and daughter for any reason. My question (by e-mail) to the KREF asking if I could give unrestricted gifts to my daughter in this context was very clear and I was informed via e-mail by a KREF staff member that they “do not regulate the private finances of a candidate.” I believed that answer to be an unequivocal “yes” because if the answer was “no,” that’s what they would have said. Inexplicably, you (and the KREF) assume and assert I ignored the second part of the answer I received where I was advised to “bear in mind the appearance and perception others may have.” On the contrary, I did consider appearance and perception and concluded those intuitive concepts did not preclude me from making gifts to my daughter.

Page One has a comment on King’s letter.

I think it takes some guts to be man enough to accept sole responsibility.

The Kentucky Registry of Election Finance and the mainstream media can spend nearly three years with the Steve Henry case…


But Jim King gives his spoiled daughter some money after asking the advice of the Registry and he’s instantly “guilty”? That’s some bullshiz. The real crooks are walking free. I know because I turned over all the evidence and people are now just sitting on their hands. The efforts of investigators totally being ignored

The $145,000 that Metro Councilman and mayoral candidate Jim King gave his daughter Katie‘s District court campaign was illegal, says the Registry of Election Finance, but King says it’s okay. From the Courier:

The staff also concluded that “there is reason to believe” that Katie King, who narrowly won the seat in the general election, broke the law in accepting the gifts and later reporting them as personal loans for her campaign.

But the registry staff found the violations didn’t appear to be committed knowingly and recommended that the board refer them for conciliation when it takes up the case Sept. 25.

In a prepared statement issued by the public relations firm for his campaign, Jim King said the preliminary report “completely vindicates us” because the violations weren’t intentional. King has said he relied on advice from a registry employee in making the gifts.

From the preliminary report, it looks like this isn’t going to be a campaign issue. Unless one of the fringe candidates hammers on it.

Web developer and Louisville History and Issues founder Steve Magruder tweeted this after Sunday’s AIDS walk:

Report: Mayoral candidates at the Louisville AIDS Walk – Jim King had people hand out fans. That’s cool, but Tyler Allen actually walked it.

Did anyone else attend the AIDS walk? Were there other campaigns present? Councilman Kelly Downard mentioned last week that King hadn’t been feeling well, but I don’t know if that kept him from attending the walk.

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