In Stunning Reversal, Trump Suggests He’d ‘Work With’ Immigrants In U.S. Illegally Thursday, Aug 25 2016 

After signaling that his position on immigration is “to be determined” and that it could “soften,” Donald Trump did an amazing thing — what amounts to almost a full about-face on the principal issue that has driven his campaign.

Trump indicated in a town hall with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, which aired Wednesday night, that he would be in favor of a path to legalization for immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

“No citizenship,” he said. But he added, “Let me go a step further — they’ll pay back-taxes; they have to pay taxes; there’s no amnesty, as such, there’s no amnesty, but we work with them.”

He continued: “Now, everybody agrees we get the bad ones out. But when I go through and I meet thousands and thousands of people on this subject, and I’ve had very strong people come up to me, really great, great people come up to me, and they’ve said, ‘Mr. Trump, I love you, but to take a person who’s been here for 15 or 20 years and throw them and their family out, it’s so tough, Mr. Trump,’ I have it all the time! It’s a very, very hard thing.”

“Look, we have to follow the laws of our country,” Trump said, before conducting a call-and-response with the audience. “Now, can we be, and I’ll ask the audience. You have somebody who’s terrific who’s been here, right, long time — long court proceeding, long everything in other words to get them out. Can we go through a process or do you think they have to get out?”

Citing a hypothetical example of an immigrant who came into the country illegally but has been in the country 20 years and has “done a great job, has a job and everything else,” Trump asked:

“Do we take him and the family … and send ’em out? Or when somebody really has shown — it’s called like the merit system, other than they did break the law in the first place, OK? And that’s a little unfair to people but we’re going to let people come in anyway … So do we tell these people to get out or do we work with them and let them stay in some form?”

Trump stood by his stance that immigrants in the country illegally who have committed crimes should be “out on Day 1.”

“That one is so simple,” he said. “There are some things where you sort of feel bad, this one, we have these killers in this country.”

Changing Stance

Trump said earlier this year that his support was so strong, he could go out on Fifth Avenue and shoot someone, and he wouldn’t lose his base. Well, that’s about to be tested, because if there’s one issue that has animated the Republican rank and file over the past decade, it’s immigration.

Trump courted hard-liners on immigration in the primary campaign. In his announcement speech, he infuriated Latinos with his comments that Mexican immigrants entering the U.S. illegally were “rapists” bringing in “drugs” and and that “some,” he assumed, “were good people.”

His original immigration policy was written with the help of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, an immigration hard-liner.

Overall, Trump’s supporters are split on how they view immigrants in the country illegally — according to a new survey from Pew Research Center, only 50 percent of Trump supporters agree that “undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. are more likely than U.S. citizens to commit serious crimes.” However, most Republicans (79 percent) favor building a wall along the entire border with Mexico, the survey found — a policy Trump stood by on Wednesday night, and one that has been echoed at nearly every Trump rally.

That may help satisfy some supporters who take a hard line on immigration, like Krista Kosier, 51, who told the Washington Post that the wall is “the most important thing” to her.

“He’s still going to build the wall. He’s still going to get rid of the murderers and rapists and those wreaking havoc in our country,” she said.

The reversal on deportations, though, comes after Trump called for a “deportation force” during the GOP primary, and went after fellow Republican candidates like Jeb Bush for their positions.

“The great majority of people that come to this country come because they have no other choice, they want to come to provide [for] their families. … but the motivation — they’re not all rapists, as you know who said … these are people who are coming to provide for their families and we should show a little more respect for the fact that they’re struggling,” Bush said in a January debate.

“The weakest person on this stage by far on illegal immigration, is Jeb Bush,” Trump hit back. “They come out of an act of love. Whether you like it or not, he is so weak on illegal immigration, it’s laughable and everybody knows it.”

And last year, Trump told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet the Press that while he’d be open to keeping families together, “they have to go.”

He was pressed on what would happen in cases where immigrants didn’t have anywhere to return, and Trump responded: “We will work with them. They have to go. Chuck, we either have a country, or we don’t have a country.”

Trump’s new position on legalization is essentially the House Republican position on the 2013 immigration bill. Legalization was the biggest flashpoint between Democrats and Republicans. A bill that included citizenship — but only after a wait for immigrants of more than a decade and needing to pay fines — passed with 68 votes in the Senate that year.

Democrats argued that a bill that didn’t include citizenship amounted to millions of people being ushered into a second class. By not being citizens, they wouldn’t have the right to vote, for example.

Arguably, no other issue has animated the GOP base more than immigration over the past decade since former Republican President George W. Bush, a former border governor, pushed for a similar bill in 2007.

Arizona Sen. John McCain was a principal advocate of that bill — and nearly saw his presidential campaign derailed because of it. He had to go on what amounted to an apology tour because of his support of the legislation. McCain would repeatedly tell New Hampshire voters that he’d gotten the message. McCain eventually won the nomination, but lost to Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.

After Mitt Romney called for “self-deportation,” which sounded tame in comparison to the way Trump has talked about Latinos, Romney won only 27 percent of the Latino vote in 2012. The Republican Party recognized the problem and after the election, a Republican National Committee report recommended moderating on immigration — seen as a threshold issue for many Latinos.

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Gray: Kentucky Farm Bureau Should ‘Adapt To The Times’ On Gay Marriage Thursday, Aug 25 2016 

Lexington Mayor and U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray says the Kentucky Farm Bureau should change its policies that oppose same-sex marriage and other LGBTQ issues.

“I think the Farm Bureau needs to adjust and adapt to the times, and that means adjusting their policies,” Gray said after wading through a crowd of pro-LGBTQ protesters outside the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual Ham Breakfast event in Louisville on Thursday morning.

A Democrat, Gray is openly gay and running against Republcian Sen. Rand Paul in his bid for reelection.

The Kentucky Fairness Campaign, an LGBTQ advocacy organization, has demonstrated outside of the annual event for years, opposing the Farm Bureau’s stances against same-sex marriage, domestic benefits for same-sex couples and abortion.

Chris Hartman, executive director of the Fairness Campaign, said his group’s opposition to the Kentucky Farm Bureau “is not going away.”

“People’s awareness is being raised about the fact that they’re buying into discrimination when they’re buying Kentucky Farm Bureau insurance,” Hartman said.

Last year, Hartman and activists Sonja de Vries and Carla Wallace were arrested while protesting the event. The charges were eventually dropped, though the activists later filed a lawsuit against the Kentucky State Police, alleging false arrest, First Amendment free speech violation, First Amendment retaliation and malicious prosecution.

Gray said he shares the concerns of the protesters and that he attended the event “to engage those who often have different points of view than I have.”

“I’ve learned that as mayor of the city and as a public servant that we often have to engage those who have different points of view in order to find common ground and shared values,” Gray said.

During his welcome address, KFB President Mark Haney defended the organization, which he said “does not discriminate” and bases its positions on input from members.

“We will not apologize for our democratic, grassroots process, the principles of which have served our nation very well for a long time and our organization for 97 years,” Haney said.

During his speech, Gov. Matt Bevin joked that the protesters outside the event were demonstrating against ham, the ostensible centerpiece of the event.

“I know some people don’t like ham, but I don’t know if you saw some of these people outside, they’re taking it to an extreme,” Bevin said. “Somebody asked me what I thought about these protesters and I thought, well, just don’t eat the ham, it’s alright.”

No protesters were arrested this year, though Hartman said state troopers told them they had to take down a large sign prohibited by longstanding Kentucky State Fair rules.

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, a Democrat from Louisville, and 6th Congressional District candidate Nancy Jo Kemper also joined the protests.

Yarmuth purchased a table at the Ham Breakfast in previous years but declined to go into the event on Thursday.

“Gay marriage is legal, so why you would have a policy saying you don’t recognize it is bizarre to me,” Yarmuth said.

Kentucky Campaign Donors Turned To Donald Trump This Summer Thursday, Aug 25 2016 

With the presidential election just months away, Republican candidate Donald Trump is surging among Kentucky campaign donors, pulling in more than $359,625 last month.

His July campaign haul was more than 2 1/2 times that of the $136,926 received by Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, according to new data from the Federal Election Commission.

One reason for Trump’s boost: the number of contributions to his campaign increased more than ten-fold over the previous month. His main source of donations to date, about 87 percent, came from Kentuckians giving $200 or less.

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While Trump’s increase in funds this past month is due mainly to smaller contributions, he’s shown he can rally some of Kentucky’s bigger donors. Trump pulled in 58 contributions of $2,000 or more in July. Clinton managed only two.

Despite Trump’s summer surge, he still trails far behind Clinton in netting Kentucky’s dollars. Clinton raised more than $921,409 through the end of July, compared to Trump’s $545,940.

Clinton benefits from an early start to fundraising. She pulled in tens of thousands of dollars each month in late 2015, whereas Trump had months in which his campaign netted just a few hundred dollars.

In all, Clinton supporters have made 8,871 donations. Trump supporters, meanwhile, have made 3,768 donations.

The Republican candidate’s most recent campaign pull is a far cry from his fundraising totals this spring. In March, his tally from the whole state was a meager $3,556.

Alexandra Kanik contributed to this report. KyCIR Managing Editor Brendan McCarthy can be reached at or (502) 814.6541.

WFPL Interview: New Orleans Mayor Joins Mayor Fischer For A Chat About Change Tuesday, Aug 23 2016 

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Tuesday to address a group of business and government leaders at the 2016 Leadership Louisville Luncheon.

Landrieu was recently selected by his peers as the mayor who ushered the biggest turnaround in his city, according to Politico.

Before he addressed the crowd in Louisville, Landrieu, along with Fischer, who was selected as the “most innovative” mayor in the Politico poll of more than 70 mayors, sat down to discuss what it takes for cities to change.

We met in a conference room at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Louisville. After the interview, Fischer directed Landrieu’s attention to the large, south-facing window, where work on the near $300 million Omni Hotel is underway.

You can listen to the interview in the audio player above.

Mayor Landrieu, you were recently voted as the most transformative mayor by your peers for changes associated with housing, policing and blight. Some of these things have come under unique circumstances, one of which being a federal consent decree associated with the police department. I want to get your take on the role the federal government plays in ushering in changes on a more local level.

“What’s worked in New Orleans is a great partnership between the federal government, the state government, the local government and, more importantly, the business community and the faith-based community, and everybody pulling in the same direction. That’s what’s allowed us to transform organizational structures that didn’t produce good results to structures that actually do. Whether it’s police reform, education, infrastructure, recreation, public safety, whatever it is. It’s about everybody being at the table.”

Mayor Fischer, we’ve seen the changes in New Orleans. What changes are you looking to maybe adopt from that city here, if any at all?

“Our teams have worked together, a lot, on innovation. You’ve seen it take place with our public safety, our environmental education, different public services as well. Today, I think people will be reminded of the importance of authenticity in a city, being your own person in terms of arts and entertainment. But also leaning into race relations, civil rights, making sure that everybody is along for the ride to success and, as you know, we get after that every day.”

The blight issue in New Orleans has transformed over the past few years. Mayor Landrieu, you had a unique opportunity with the failure of the levees that presented an opportunity that wasn’t welcome, but you did make the best of it, some say. What would you say to a city that is wanting to address blight but doesn’t have such an opportunity?

“I wouldn’t call it an opportunity. What happened is the city got completely drenched by water that destroyed a lot of houses, that was one of the things that happened. What happened before that was a lot of people moved out of the city.

“What’s happening now is that people are moving back into the city, but a lot of folks had property left and they just didn’t take care of it, which put the burden on other tax payers to take care of other citizens’ private property. So we began to really kind of think about how to fix that problem, because it’s like, just having trash sitting on the street, it’s debilitating, it doesn’t work.

“We confected a program where we’ve taken down more blighted properties than any other place in America, but that is a very difficult problem. One of the ways you fix that is with economic growth and development. You get economic growth and development by having a safe city, you deal with that by dealing with the issue of violence, poverty, equity — all of those things — and blight, over time, will take care of itself.”

Bevin Sues To Stop Federal Rule On Transgender Health Discrimination Tuesday, Aug 23 2016 

Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration is suing the federal government to block a rule that says medical providers and insurance companies can’t discriminate against transgender patients. The states of Nebraska, Wisconsin, Kansas and Texas, along with religious provider groups, filed suit Tuesday.

The federal rule is intended to prevent health care providers from refusing care for transgender patients, and for insurers to do away with bans on covering gender reassignment services, including hormone therapy or surgery.

The lawsuit was filed in the Northern District of Texas, under the same judge who on Monday issued an injunction barring federal government agencies from taking action against school districts that don’t allow transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity rather than their sex at birth.

In a statement, Bevin said the rule was an infringement on Kentuckians’ constitutional rights.

“I intend to fight this type of liberal foolishness at every turn and will stand firm in protecting the rights and values of Kentuckians,” he said.

The regulation at issue, known as section 1557, was approved as part of the Affordable Care Act, but there weren’t firm rules for providers and insurers until May. Transgender people, along with any patient, can now file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights if they believe they’ve been denied care due to their gender, race, color, national orgin, age or disability. That includes health care providers and insurers that receive federal money through programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

If the suit is successful, the federal government could not enforce the rule.

The federal government also said in the final rule that if a health care group found that abiding by the protections went against religious freedom laws, the rule would not apply.

According to the lawsuit, the rule “seeks to override the medical judgment of health care professionals” and that it “forces doctors to perform controversial and sometimes harmful medical procedures ostensibly designed to permanently change an individual’s sex.”

But Sasha Buchert, a staff attorney with the Transgender Law Center, said the rule doesn’t require providers who aren’t offering gender-reassignment services such as hormone therapy, counseling or gender reassignment surgery to begin doing them.

“If you’re a health care provider and you receive money from the federal government, all it says is that if you’re offering something like hormone replacement therapy to someone who is non-transgender, you can’t deny that treatment to a transgender person,” Buchert said. “It doesn’t require providers do something they’re not already doing.”

The suit says even that goes against the opinions and consideration of many medical professionals.

“Despite the widespread, well-documented debate about the medical risks and ethics associated with various medical transition procedures, even within the transgender community itself, the new rule attempts to preempt the serious medical and moral debate,” the lawsuit reads.

Advocates say a benefit of the rule is to make routine care more accessible to transgender patients. Even routine checkups, gynecological visits and basic care can be a challenge. Someone who is transitioning might still have organs associated with the other gender, such as a uterus and breast tissue for someone born as a woman but who identifies as a man.

Robin Maril, senior legislative counsel at the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group for lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender people, said there’s a shortage of health care providers who perform gender-reassignment surgery. That’s because until the rule, insurers could have exclusions providing transgender-specific coverage.

“There are actually long wait lists for getting gender-affirming surgery because doctors just aren’t trained in it because it wasn’t covered, and still in a lot of cases, isn’t covered by health insurance,” Maril said. “If you can’t get paid for it, why be a doctor that does it?”

If the lawsuit is successful, it would block enforcement unless the Obama administration appeals.

Weeks After Injunction, Judge Concerned With U of L Governance Tuesday, Aug 23 2016 

The judge presiding over a challenge to Gov. Matt Bevin’s overhaul of the University of Louisville board of trustees expressed frustration on Tuesday that the opposing parties hadn’t come to an agreement on which version of the U of L board should be in charge of the school.

Attorney General Andy Beshear sued Bevin for abolishing the 17-member U of L board and replacing it with a 10-member board made up of his own appointments.

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Philip Shepherd temporarily blocked the move late last month, effectively restoring the old version of the board, which Bevin scrapped in June.

On Tuesday, Shepherd said he had been optimistic that questions about the school’s governance would settle after the temporary injunction, but now he’s “concerned.”

“I was still hopeful that there would be some agreement or some consensus that would develop without any issues with regard to the governance of the university while the case is pending,” Shepherd said. “It is now, I think, abundantly apparent to the court that that is not going to happen.”

As a result, Shepherd said the court will expedite proceedings of the case.

Trustees on the “old” board are planning to call a meeting for Thursday. The governor’s office maintains that the board is “illegally constituted” because it doesn’t meet standards requiring proportional representation of racial minorities and political party affiliation.

Shepherd temporarily blocked Bevin’s reorganization of the U of L board, citing concerns that the school might lose its accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools due to “undue political influence.”

Neither version of the board has met since the injunction, though Bevin’s “new” board met in the weeks beforehand.

In an interview on WHAS 840 News Radio last week, when asked if the board should continue meeting despite the injunction, Bevin said “they’ve got work to do, absolutely.”

“Their job is to govern, and that is exactly what I think they should do,” Bevin said in the interview.

On Tuesday, Bevin’s general counsel Steve Pitt walked back the governor’s comments.

“The governor has never encouraged defiance of the court’s order, the governor recognizes that the court has ruled and has stated, at least temporarily, what the law is,” Pitt said.

But Pitt maintained that the “old” version of the board should not meet because it is not appropriately “racially constituted or politically constituted.”

“It’s our position it is not a legitimate board at this point in time and it would be our position that they should not meet,” Pitt said.

Shepherd is also presiding over Attorney General Beshear’s challenge of Bevin’ abolishment and reorganization of the Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees as well as his removal of the board’s chair, Tommy Elliott.

Late Monday, Shepherd temporarily blocked Bevin’s removal of Elliott, but allowed the KRS board reorganization to stand while the case is still pending.

Bevin To Appeal Order Preventing Removal Of KRS Board Chair Tuesday, Aug 23 2016 

Gov. Matt Bevin’s attorney says the office will appeal a judge’s ruling that temporarily blocks the governor’s removal of the former chair of one of the state’s pension boards.

Kentucky Retirement Systems board chair Tommy Elliott sued the governor for removing him from the panel in April, three years before his term was set to expire. Attorney General Andy Beshear joined the lawsuit in June after Bevin abolished and reorganized the board, adding four new members.

On Monday evening, Franklin Circuit Court Judge Philip Shepherd ruled that Elliott should remain on the board while the case is still pending. Shepherd denied a request to temporarily block Bevin’s overhaul of the board.

Steve Pitt, Bevin’s general counsel, said the order was “inconsistent and improper” because Elliott was never a member of the governor’s newly constituted board.

“We will appeal the issue relating to the judicial appointment of Mr. Elliott to a board on which he was never a member,” Pitt said. “You may recognize that he was removed from a board that was abolished and that the court in its order yesterday recognized that it had been abolished.”

After the judge’s ruling on Monday evening, the governor’s office released a statement criticizing Elliott’s record on the KRS board.

“Under Tommy Elliott’s chairmanship the KRS had an abysmal investment track record and operated under a shroud of secrecy,” the statement said.

When he removed Elliott from the board in April, Bevin said he was giving the agency a “fresh start.”

KRS manages pensions for about 120,000 state employees and has only 17 percent of the money it needs to make future payments. The agency has been criticized for keeping billions of dollars in investments that are concealed from public view.

Shepherd’s ruling Monday means that the governor’s newly constituted KRS board will meet along with Elliott.

Elliott did not participate in a meeting of the KRS investment committee that was held Tuesday morning. According to KRS’ Twitter account, Elliott was out of town.

The KRS board of directors is scheduled to select an interim executive director of the state agency on Wednesday morning. Current Executive Director Bill Thielen is retiring at the end of the month.

Bevin Applauds Judge’s Order To Block Transgender Bathroom Policy Monday, Aug 22 2016 

Gov. Matt Bevin is praising a federal judge’s preliminary injunction that blocks a federal rule requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choosing.

Kentucky is one of 13 states suing the federal government over the policy.

“We are pleased the federal court has put a halt to the Obama administration’s absurd proposals for bathroom and locker room policy in our public schools,” Bevin said in a statement Monday. “The court’s decision recognizes the danger of this governmental overreach and reaffirms the right of local control.”

Bevin joined Kentucky in the multi-state lawsuit in late May, saying that the new rule violates the 10th Amendment, which concerns powers delegated to the states and the federal government.

Earlier that month, the federal Department of Justice sent a letter to schools across the country telling them they must “immediately allow students to use the bathrooms, locker rooms and showers of the student’s choosing, or risk losing Title IX-linked funding.”

The states argued the new guidelines would violate federal education regulations that require public schools to have separate restrooms based on sex.

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor of Wichita Falls, TX agreed, ruling that the Obama administration could not enforce the policy because students would be allowed to use restrooms that don’t correspond with the sex they had at birth.

In the order, the judge said that the “plain meaning” of the term “sex” as well as its use in federal education policy means “the biological and anatomical differences between male and female students as determined at their birth.”

As NPR reported Monday, under his injunction, O’Connor ordered all parties to “maintain the status quo.” That would mean until the lawsuit works its way through the courts, the existing rules would be maintained and the guidance from the Obama administration could not be considered enforceable.

A bill that would have required transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificate failed to pass during this year’s Kentucky General Assembly.

Joining Kentucky in the lawsuit are the states of Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah, Georgia and Mississippi; Harrold Independent School District in Texas, the Arizona Department of Education, Heber-Overgaard Unified School District in Arizona and Maine Gov. Paul LePage.

Judge Blocks Removal Of KRS Chair, Allows Board Reorganization Monday, Aug 22 2016 

UPDATE 6:07 p.m.: A Frankfort judge has blocked Governor Matt Bevin’s removal of the chair of the Kentucky Retirement Systems board, but he’s allowing the governor’s reorganization of that agency’s board of directors to remain.

Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled late Monday that KRS board chair Tommy Elliott should remain in that position, granting a temporary injunction to Elliott and Attorney General Andy Beshear, who had sued Bevin.

The judge also allowed Bevin’s reorganization of the retirement systems’ board to remain in place.

Bevin abolished the Kentucky Retirement Systems board in June and created a new board with additional members. He also removed Elliott in April, three years before the end of his term.

The governor’s office issued a statement Monday evening applauding Shepherd’s decision regarding the board overhaul, while at the same time disagreeing with the order to allow Elliot to remain chair.

“We are pleased the court has recognized Gov. Matt Bevin’s authority to reorganize the KRS board under KRS 12.028,” the statement said. “The new transparency provisions and board members with substantial investment experience are critical to turning around the nation’s worst funded pension plan.”

The statement goes on to say that Bevin’s administration is “confident the court of appeals will reaffirm that Mr. Elliot is not a member of the new KRS board.”

Beshear said in a statement that the judge’s ruling meant questions over the governor’s executive actions were appropriate.

“While our request for a temporary injunction was not granted, Judge Shepherd in his ruling today recognized the important and legitimate questions my office has raised about the governor’s authority to re-organize the KRS board,” he said. “Our goal is to quickly move this case to a final decision at the trial court level and ultimately to the Supreme Court of Kentucky.”


A judge says he will rule Tuesday on whether to temporarily block Gov. Matt Bevin’s reorganization of the board that oversees the pension system for most state workers.

Bevin abolished the Kentucky Retirement Systems board in June and created a new board with additional members. He also removed board chair Tommy Elliott in April, three years before the end of his term.

Elliott and Attorney General Andy Beshear have sued Bevin over the moves.

KRS attorney Brian Thomas said that the board needs clarity on whether the new board is legal before making important investment and personnel decisions in the coming weeks.

“At least from the agency’s standpoint, it is unclear to the agency on how to proceed,” Thomas said.

On Tuesday, the board’s investment committee is scheduled to meet and make “four or five” investment decisions that executive director Bill Thielen said amounted to $40 to $50 million per decision.

“Managers will be there to make presentations and then the committee will decide whether they’re going to invest that money with that investment manager, and then ultimately that would be ratified by the board,” Thielen said after the hearing.

The board will also soon select an interim executive director and form a search committee to replace Thielen, who is retiring at the end of the month.

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Philip Shephard’s forthcoming ruling comes weeks after he ruled to temporarily block Bevin’s overhaul of the University of Louisville board of trustees, which the governor also reorganized by executive order in June.

Bevin dissolved the 17-member U of L board, alleging dysfunction among the group. He later reconstituted it as a 10-member board. Beshear also challenged that move.

Steve Pitt, Bevin’s general counsel, is arguing both cases in Shepherd’s court.

“I know that the board’s got a meeting coming up and the investment committee needs to meet prior to the board meeting, so there are some reasons to get a ruling in place,” Pitt said.

Bevin has appealed Shepherd’s temporary block of the U of L overhaul to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

LouisvilleKY’s SummerWorks 2016 called a success Monday, Aug 22 2016 

Greater focus on placing young people in jobs with career potential

LOUISVILLE (August 18, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer announced last week that more than 4,200 young people ages 16-21 – many of them lower income or disadvantaged – were placed in jobs by SummerWorks this year. And more than 110 companies and organizations partnered with the city and KentuckianaWorks to provide those jobs.

“That’s a record number for us, both in terms of employed youth and employers involved, and that’s a huge benefit to our community,” the Mayor said. “A summer job can be a pivotal, life-shaping experience for a young person, and our society and economy need these positive experiences more than ever.”

Fischer said SummerWorks’ “employer champions” hired youth for jobs in hospitals, restaurants, amusement parks, banks and hotels. Working closely with supervisors and mentors, young people worked on manufacturing assembly lines, assisted companies with their IT and human resources needs, helped process insurance claims, worked in television and advertising and helped ship packages around the world.

There was a stronger focus this year on placing students in jobs that match up with what they are learning in school, and jobs in the key business sectors the city is focused on growing such as technology and healthcare.

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“JCPS is proud to partner with SummerWorks because this dynamic initiative directly aligns with our district’s vision that all students graduate prepared, empowered and inspired to reach their full potential,” Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Hargens said. “The hands-on learning that happens in SummerWorks connects the classroom to the work place and allows our students to see how what they’re learning in the classroom applies to their careers.”

Businesses new to the program included Humana, Kindred Healthcare, Interapt, UPS, Starbucks, Ross Dress for Less and FedEx.

“We are thrilled to be adding new employers to the team such as Humana and Kindred Healthcare who open new opportunities for young people to bring skills they are learning in school into the workplace and connect with potential careers,” said Michael Gritton, executive director of KentuckianaWorks, which operates the SummerWorks program.

A combination of public and private funding created SummerWorks jobs at dozens of non-profit organizations and city agencies, including YouthBuild, Boys and Girls Clubs, the Food Literacy Project, Louisville Metro Police, Louisville Fire, EMS, Metro Parks, Family Health Centers, Americana Community Center and Louisville Grows. Funding for those jobs included $600,000 that the Mayor and Metro Council placed in last year’s city budget, $100,000 from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, $25,000 from the Kauffman Foundation, and $10,000 from LG&E.

The Mayor launched SummerWorks right after taking office in 2011, in response to the elimination of federal funding for summer jobs.  In that first year, 200 young people were placed in jobs. The program was recognized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2014 as one of the nation’s best summer jobs programs for young people.

Other companies participating in SummerWorks this year included the Belle of Louisville, GE, GlowTouch Technologies, Harland Clarke, Kentucky Kingdom, Louisville Urban League, Louisville Zoo, Norton Healthcare, Speedway, Thorntons and YMCA of Greater Louisville.

A new website,, made it easier for employers to sign up to hire, and for young people to register for a summer work opportunity.

Fischer said work is already underway to make SummerWorks even stronger next year, and Kent Oyler, president and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc. said his organization “is actively partnering with the Mayor’s Office and KentuckianaWorks to grow the SummerWorks program to new heights in 2017.”

“When business organizations and leaders get involved in exposing the next generation to the world of work,” Oyler said, “the future of our entire region grows even brighter.”


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