The costs of good leadership are going up, even in the public sector. Here is the latest from the Oldham County School System.
Kentucky law has mandated since 1982 that the executive branch have no more than 33,000 employees. The good news, Mark Hebert reports, is that we have finally gotten down to that number after many years of ignoring the law.
It has been very easy to attack official Frankfort for mostly ignoring the growing $27 billion public employee benefits disaster. As such, it is only fair to give credit where it is due for this step in the right direction.
Nice work, guys.
Property rights and free speech activists all over the country are waiting for a ruling from Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate on Gov. Steve Beshear’s odd attempt to seize internet domains.
A ruling is expected at any time this afternoon. Stay tuned…
UPDATE: Judge Wingate’s office said his ruling will go out Thursday morning.
State Board of Education To Control Findings
Until yesterday, the information provided to the public consistently indicated that findings from this task force would be collected in a report to be provided to the legislature. Well, forget that.
Now – as announced yesterday at meeting five of the task force – the committee’s findings are going to have to be approved by the State Board of Education. Furthermore, instead of an independent and uncensored report, the task force’s findings will simply be buried in the Kentucky Board of Education’s 2009 legislative request.
If the public had known all of this back in April, then we could have created a truly independent study group, which is the way all previous task force efforts to improve our assessment program have operated.
Now, little time remains until the next legislative session, and if yesterday’s task force meeting is any indication, very little, if any, productive work is likely to be accomplished.
But, even if the Assessment and Accountability Task Force does come up with something new, the public and the legislature will only get to see it through the filter of the Kentucky Board of Education.
The Libertarian Party of Kentucky is going to file suit in federal court against the Commonwealth of Kentucky over a Court of Appeals decision issued last week that removed 3rd district Congressional candidate Ed Martin from the ballot, the party’s chairman said.
“Kentucky law doesn’t allow us to appeal a Court of Appeals decision,” said Ken Moellman, LPKY chairman. “So our only choice is to sue in the state on the federal level. It was a terrible decision. It violates the rights of all third parties.”
Martin, a registered Republican, argued in Jefferson Circuit Court in September that he should be allowed on the ballot even though Kentucky election law prohibits members of qualified parties — Republican or Democratic — from running for office as independent candidates in partisan races. He said the Libertarian Party is a bona fide party even though it is not considered a qualified party in Kentucky, and that he is not, therefore, an independent candidate.
The Circuit Court agreed with Martin, before the Court of Appeals overturned.
Martin and the Libertarian Party can find a lot to be optimistic about in a 2006 federal court decision in Libertarian Party of Ohio v. Blackwell.
Listen to this clip from the Howard Stern Show in which Barack Obama supporters are stopped on the street and asked if they support all of Obama’s positions on the issues.
It’s G-rated material, so give it a listen by clicking the image below. While the language is clean and there is nothing off-color in this at all, it is shocking.