Monthly Archives: November 2012

A few steps back in the quest for 55,000 degrees

As former Mayor Jerry Abramson’s reign in Louisville came to a close, an ambitious goal was set: 55,000 Degrees. The hybrid business/education initiative is aimed at increasing the number of college degree holders in the city by 55,000 (with at least 40,000 being bachelor’s degrees) by 2020. Today, 55k released a report showing that the […]

Tea Partiers want Papa John’s to be the new Chick-Fil-A

Papa John Schnatter — he of the mansion estate with a 22-car elevator garage, and the company giving away 2 million free bland pizzas — announced that he will be cutting back the hours of his workers so that he can avoid giving them health care under the dreaded Affordable Care Act. Swell guy. His […]

Patriot Coal to phase out mountaintop removal mining

We cannot overstate how huge today’s news is: HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Patriot Coal has agreed to phase out mountaintop removal and other forms of strip mining in a move Patriot officials say is in the best interests of the company and the communities where it operates. In a deal with citizen groups, Patriot said it […]

Yarmuth: “Mitch McConnell will always do what’s in Mitch McConnell’s best interests” (VIDEO)

Rep. John Yarmuth was on MSNBC this afternoon explaining Mitch McConnell’s strange world view in which voters gave McConnell — despite losing big time — a mandate to enact every public policy that Republicans ran on. As we’ve said many, many times, Mitch is all about Mitch, and no amount of voters will ever convince […]

Election night winners and losers

Here’s LEO Weekly’s rundown of the winners and losers from election night. Our congrats and condolences to the following: Winner: Barack Obama; Loser: Mitch McConnell How’s that No. 1 goal working out for you, Mitch? Yeah, not so well. Not only did McConnell’s knee-jerk obstruction for the benefit of his political party not take down […]

KY State House race projections (same as it ever was)

As we noted in this week’s LEO, Kentucky Republicans think they can win enough seats in the state House next week to take back the majority, which would be sure to usher in a wave of conservative legislation in Frankfort. But can they pull off gaining 10 seats? The Democrats have a giant fundraising advantage […]

It was the test of times; it was the worst of times.

With a row of colorful, explanatory pie charts lined up behind her, Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens opted for an upbeat take on today’s grim news. Today, of course, marked the release of test scores showing how the district stacked up under a new accountability system dubbed, “Unbridled Learning.” “We did better than […]