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Former LouisvilleKY mayor Jerry Abramson to begin stint at Spalding University

Story from Louisville, KY., – Jerry Abramson, formerly the Mayor of Louisville, Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky and Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House, has accepted the position of Executive in Residence at Spalding University, Spalding President Tori Murden McClure announced Tuesday. Abramson will teach undergraduate and graduate classes at Spalding and is expected to play a role in Spalding’s development of academic programs focused on juvenile criminal justice reform and restorative practices. He will be available to teach and guest lecture in courses on comparative leadership, public finance and innovation in…

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THE WEEK: Bikes, Wishes, Beer and Politics

I had a series of interesting conversations in a busy post-Derby Week — so here’s some of the highlights. What if you worked in Old Louisville, (maybe at Genscape’s office on Garvin Place) and you want to go over to the Mayan Cafe in NuLu for lunch. That’s one scenario in which Rolf Eisinger, director of the city’s bike and pedestrian program, says you might take advantage of an available bike you could pick up at an exchange station less than a block away. Eisinger’s been busy this week setting up 27 stations, including the one at Oak and Garvin, for…


Former LouisvilleKY Mayor Abramson to serve as executive in residence at Bellarmine

Louisville, KY., – Jerry Abramson, President Obama’s Director of Intergovernmental Affairs — previously Kentucky’s lieutenant governor and Louisville’s longest-serving mayor — is joining Bellarmine University next week as an Executive in Residence. Dr. Doris Tegart, Bellarmine’s interim president, said Abramson will teach courses on leadership and civics and be available as a guest lecturer in other classes. He will also develop and direct a new institute for local government leadership, which will train elected local government officials from across the nation, including city council presidents and officials serving large urban counties. Working with organizations including the National League of Cities…

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Louisville Ky’s school system names new communications chief

Louisville, Ky., – Jefferson County Public Schools has a new spokesperson: Allison Martin. According to local news reports, JCPS says Martin will take over January 14, 2016. Martin has served as chief of staff and communications director for Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, deputy communications director for former Mayor Jerry Abramson and as a reporter/anchor at WLKY. “Martin is a passionate supporter of public education and a highly experienced communicator who has great familiarity with JCPS, both as a parent and through her work overseeing education communications for the Mayor’s office,” said Superintendent Donna Hargens in a statement. “She is…

It’s Memorial Day So It Must Be Hike & Bike Time

NOTE: I almost never miss the Memorial Day/Labor Day Hike and Bike Events. It’s hard to believe the event that started with Jerry Abramson and not-so-many bikers has turned into a holiday staple with thousands of riders. I’ve done it with each of my three sons and a few other friends. This time we’re going to Iroquois Park and back from Waterfront Park, my favorite route. I hope to see you there. Booths, activities begin at 8:30 a.m./cycling, paddling, walking at 10 a.m. LOUISVILLE – Thousands of cyclists, paddlers and walkers will be in motion Memorial Day at the21st Subway Fresh Fit Hike,…

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While You Wait, News on Schools, Media and Jer

Still awaiting word on the all-important re-districting plan that is holding up everything in Frankfort.  Today the C-J takes its stand, pushing for keeping everything the way it is (old district plan) and rightly criticizing the partisan method used for setting new boundaries. You can’t leave this up to the politicians. Here’s some other big and small ideas: Charter Knowledge: If all you know about Hal Heiner’s push for charter schools in Kentucky is what you hear in that expensive ad campaign, take a look at this OP-ED by JCTA president Brent McKim in today’s C-J.  Using public money for…

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Governor Chicken Tucks Tail Again

There may be nothing we can do about it, but I sure am disappointed in Gov. Steve Beshear, who seems so afraid of being seen in public with David Williams that he’s given up the pretense of making up excuses for not showing up. Last night’s KET Debate, in which the topic was education, would seem an ideal opportunity for the Governor to tout his policies, given they’re in such sharp contrast to his opponents. And traditionally the KET Debates are the ones that get the most attention — a statewide TV audience and a chance to engage the public….

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Chilled Out and Back to Work

It may have been the chilliest Hike & Bike we’ve had yet, but there were all kinds of folks riding to the West End yesterday. The C-J said it was a record 9,000, but it didn’t seem that crowded. In other words, I didn’t have to wait in line to get Jackie Green to check the air pressure in my tires. Also, a note to Mayor Fischer — it’s time to re-pave Southwestern Parkway.  And where the heck was Jerry Abramson — isn’t he running for Lt. Gov.? Oh, Yeah, He Is: And like it or not, Jerry’s going to…

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Fancy Farm-BBQ and Bull!

Just as politicos around Kentucky set their sights on Fancy Farm, the most recent poll on the Governor’s Race shows Republican David Williams still trailing incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear by a healthy 24 points. A margin very similar to a different poll that was disputed by Williams and company. So now the question seems to be how soon will the GOP go negative in the gubernatorial contest. I think Saturday’s Fancy Farm blowout will provide all the answers. I know this will come as a shock, but Williams has clear problems with likeability. A 36 percent unfavorable rating among likely…