Heather French Henry

Next!: So one of the big stories popping out of Kentucky this week may sound a touch familiar: Democrats approach well-known to somewhat well-known celebrity to take on Mitch McConnell in the upcoming Senate race; makes national news even though the candidate-to-be has yet to say she will.

So goodbye, Ashley Judd; Hello, Heather French Henry, as all the usual suspects speculate whether the former Miss America should take a shot at running against Mitch McConnell for the U.S. Senate and what kind of shot she might have: The Huffington Post, ABC News, The Hill, CNN, USA Today, The Republic, and overseas at The Daily Mail.

Democrats believe McConnell is vulnerable, and there are a plethora of qualified, viable candidates who should be able to capitalize; Republicans say this kind of candidate shuffle at this late date shows the Democrats are desperate and said desperation shows McConnell is still a formidable opponent.

Posts also note Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is still in the conversation.

Last month, The Huffington Post ran a quote from Grimes (originally reported by WHAS 11 TV) saying she would not be bullied by McConnell.

Speaking of, Politico has video of McConnell’s recent interview with FOX News in which he claims some bullying of his own, citing what he calls a “culture of intimidation” within the Obama administration.

Center of Attention: National Journal Magazine highlights Louisville’s positioning geographically and economically as leader in logistics.  As part of their series, “The Next Economy,” a joint project with The Atlantic, the Journal notes it all started with UPS, who figured out you can get just about anywhere from here in not a lot of time.  Compelling not only to a shipper, but businesses with a lot to ship, like Amazon and recent Louisville transplant, Café Press.  There’s also an Instagram Tour of Louisville for you to peruse while you’re there.

Compassionate City: There are two people I was delighted and amazed to find on Twitter, both ambassadors for peace in his own way: the Dalai Lama and Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee.  The former swept through Louisville this past week as part of our Festival of Faiths, “Sacred Silence: Pathway to Compassion;” the latter is coming in July.  Keith Runyon at the Huffington Post covers the run-up and his public teaching at the KFC YUM! Center this past Sunday, as does the Indianapolis Star and the Washington Times. I confess that I’m a little surprised this didn’t get more national traction, but our local media did a really great job staying on it.

For information on Stan Lee’s appearance at this FandomFest, check out our piece right here on Insider Louisville. A couple hundred dollars will get you into the Meet and Greet.  Donations to get me into the Meet and Greet will be accepted.

Terrence Williams Arrested:  Bad situation reported out of Seattle this week, as former Louisville Cardinal and current Boston Celtic Terrence Williams was arrested for allegedly pulling out a gun during an argument with the mother of his son during a scheduled visit, according to police, reported by NBC Sports, The Boston GlobeMassLive interviews a lawyer in Washington for details and clarification. The Boston Globe and ESPN report prosecutors want more time to investigate before bringing charges.  Warren Shaw for Yahoo! Sports suggests Boston let him go over the incident. Earlier this week, Williams stated on Twitter the real story is not out there.

No “I” in Team: In better Cardinal sports news, Sports Illustrated and Yahoo! Sports report that University of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater would rather focus on the team than a Heisman campaign.  The Sugar Bowl win entered Bridgewater into the conversation, but the junior would rather not be a distraction, even if it means he lowers his chance at having a real shot at the trophy.

Catching Fire: Last week, I was on my way to dinner, and a car almost came into my lane on the expressway.  Nothing happened, but by the time I made it to dinner, it had evolved in my brain to the heights of a near-death experience. By the end of the night, I told the story like Kurt Russell from Quentin Tarantino’s “Death Proof” was trying to personally take me out with his Chevy Nova, and I’d be in a ditch were it not for my cunning, cat-like reflexes and keen driving skills.

The celebrity version of this kind of “almost a story” comes from the New York Daily News, who reports that Jennifer Lawrence and Hunger Games co-star Liam Hemsworth were almost hurt, but then they weren’t and both seem to be just fine.  The two were at the Cannes Film Festival’s party for the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, when a pillar topped with candles — according to the report — either fell directly on top of them or missed them completely. No mater which paragraph you believe, they are OK.

In other Jennifer Lawrence sequel news, she’s painted blue and back on the set reprising her role as Mystique in X-Men: Days of Future Past, as tweeted by Bryan Singer and posted by ABC News and Moviefone.

Finally, Perez Hilton features a retrospective, Jennifer Lawrence: Through the Years, going all the way back to…2008. So just five years, really.  But when your subject is only 22, what can you do?  I am reminded of the Miley Ray Cyrus memoir announced that same year, in which Miley, then 15, says, “I hope to…inspire kids around the world to live their dreams.” Earlier this month, Miley followed that up on Twitter with:

One of those statements may have had some help from a publicist.

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Kyle Ware
Kyle Ware is a Louisville-based actor, artist, educator and writer. His column, In Other News, appears at Insider Louisville every Friday.

8 thoughts on “In Other News… A possible McConnell challenger; Louisville found to be (almost) center of the universe

  1. When the KDP (Kentucky’s Republican Democratic organization) eagerly shuts down progressive candidates, it all tumbles down from there. McConnell has this, unfortunately.

  2. I like John Yarmuth for the most part but both he and the Democrats really come across as desperate here with no real clue and no real candidate. Here’s a clue though guys: just because you are some quasi-celebrity in the state of Kentucky doesn’t translate to a victory over somebody like Mitch McConnell. Richie Farmer’s run as an Agriculture Commissioner hardly lends much credence to their line of thinking either as he had no real opponent. Heather Henry has ZERO qualifications for this job and nowhere near the visibility of Ashley Judd. Alison Grimes should be pretty ticked at her party’s leaders for treating her like a plan C candidate. I wish she would call them out on it too but won’t happen.

  3. I like John Yarmuth for the most part but both he and the Democrats really come across as desperate here with no real clue and no real candidate. Here’s a clue though guys: just because you are some quasi-celebrity in the state of Kentucky doesn’t translate to a victory over somebody like Mitch McConnell. Richie Farmer’s run as an Agriculture Commissioner hardly lends much credence to their line of thinking either as he had no real opponent. Heather Henry has ZERO qualifications for this job and nowhere near the visibility of Ashley Judd. Alison Grimes should be pretty ticked at her party’s leaders for treating her like a plan C candidate. I wish she would call them out on it too but won’t happen.

  4. I know some find that funny but to tell you the truth what bothers me the most is that she proceeded with TV ads for Triple A almost immediately after the accident occurred. I felt that was very insensitive to the victim’s family, not to mention in very poor taste.

  5. I know some find that funny but to tell you the truth what bothers me the most is that she proceeded with TV ads for Triple A almost immediately after the accident occurred. I felt that was very insensitive to the victim’s family, not to mention in very poor taste.

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