October 23, 2013

What a Week

Louisville’s Weekly Zeitgeist Radar


Louisville urologist and Republican Michael Macfarlane announced that he will challenge Rep. John Yarmuth next year, running on a platform of repealing Obamacare and hoping to lose by less than 20 percent. Many have heard Sen. Mitch McConnell was discouraging a challenge against Yarmuth, fearing that increased Democratic turnout in Louisville would doom his re-election chances next year. Unfortunately for Mitch, the Tea Party doesn’t give a shit what he thinks.


It was a crappy week for the University of Louisville Cardinals, as their football team choked their way out of a national championship run with an improbable defeat to Central Florida, and junior forward Chane Behanan was suspended from the basketball team for violating team rules. U of L can take comfort in knowing its football team isn’t the Wildcats, and there’s a 99 percent chance Behanan will be back just in time for Rupp Arena.


Almost 6 million young people are neither in school nor working, according to a report released this week by The Opportunity Nation coalition. Kentucky placed 39th in the study’s “opportunity index,” which tracked 16 contributing factors to young people’s success in life and ranked the states doing the most to help its young people. Factors included college graduation, income inequality and a bunch of other things we already know are issues here.


State Sen. Gerald Neal has pre-filed a bill to restore voting rights to most former felons, reported WFPL. An estimated 243,842 residents with felony convictions were unable to vote in 2010; 180,000 of them had completed their full sentences. Allowing these individuals to partake in this most basic civic duty is a step toward better representative government. Now it’s time to cross our fingers the proposal to restore voting rights doesn’t get stalled, as it has in the past.

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