The Chatter: Jensen to drop out; Sen. Rand Paul to speak in Tampa; and Papa John on Obamacare

08/07/2012 01:51 PM

Republican state Sen. Tom Jensen said Tuesday he plans to withdraw from his re-election bid. Jensen, who was known for his work on correction reforms, decided to drop out his bid for re-election to pursue a run for circuit judge in Laurel and Knox counties.

CNHI News Service’s Ronnie Ellis was first to report Jensen’s intentions followed by the Hearld-Leader’s Bill Estep. Jensen said he would abandon his re-election bid to run for the open circuit judgeship.

The decision was not completely unexpected. Jensen said earlier this summer he was looking at withdrawing to run for judge. He had been unopposed in his bid for a third term representing the 21st District in southern Kentucky.

Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, issued a brief statement saying Jensen will be missed.

“Sen Jensen’s departure will be a huge loss for the Senate. I had a great talk with him and I am confident he will be an exemplary judge,” Williams said.

Jensen has served as Senate Judiciary Chairman where he and his House counterpart Rep. John Tilley, the Democratic House judiciary committee chairman, worked together to forge a bipartisan plan to ease rising prison costs in the 2011 session.

Sen. Paul to speak in Tampa

U.S. Senator Rand Paul will speak at the Republican National Convention later this month in Tampa, Florida.

This has been expected since Paul endorsed Mitt Romney in June.

Some supporters’ of Senator Paul’s father, Congressman Ron Paul’s presidential bid weren’t wild about the younger Paul backing Romney.

But Senator Paul told the Daily Caller “I believe Gov. Romney would help our country start a new path, where job creators are encouraged not punished, and where the size and scope of government are brought under control.”

Affordable Care Act raising price of pizza
Papa John says “Obamacare” will raise prices of their pizza for consumers.

Politico reported that Louisville native and founder and CEO of Papa John’s John Schnatter said on a conference call last week that the healthcare law will result in higher costs for the company, which customers will have to pay.

Schnatter said that if the law is not repealed, then his company will find ways to lessen the costs that are a result of the law and that those costs will be passed onto the consumer to protect the interests of shareholders.


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