The Chatter: U.S. Rep. Yarmuth on U.S. Rep. Weiner; grading teachers and more

06/14/2011 01:56 PM

By now, most of America is well aware of the scandal surrounding New York Congressman Anthony Weiner and semi-nude photos he sent to women through social media.

Many officials have calls for Weiner, a Democrat, to resign, including House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. And yesterday, President Barack Obama told reporters he would resign if he was in the same situation.

Instead, Weiner has asked for a leave of absence and checked himself into rehab.

Neither of Kentucky’s two Democratic congressmen have weighed in on the Weiner scandal.

And when Pure Politics caught up with U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, a Democrat representing Kentucky’s Third Congressional District, he said he had lots of thoughts on the scandal. But he declined to give details because he is a member of the House Ethics Committee that will investigate whether Weiner broke any rules:

Bright joins Williams-Farmer
Julia Bright, the campaign manager of former Republican Secretary of State candidate Hilda Legg, is joining the Republican gubernatorial slate of David Williams for the general election.

Legg lost by just 1,114 votes in this year’s GOP primary to Bill Johnson.

Bright, a graduate of Western Kentucky University and Louisville native, will join Williams’ campaign as political coordinator, with an emphasis on the Women for Williams’ campaign group.

She’ll also help coordinate other volunteers and events, the Williams campaign said.

Grading the teachers
New provisions from Senate Bill 1 that the General Assembly passed in 2009 are changing the way Kentucky grades its teachers, Ronnie Ellis of CNHI reports.

Previously, teachers were evaluated on an in-classroom observation or interview. Teachers will now be assessed based on their students’ improvement and achievement in the classroom.

While an in-classroom observation will remain a part of a teacher’s evaluation, administrators are working to include performance reviews from other teachers and students.This new system is expected to increase parent and student involvement in classrooms across Kentucky.

Joining in?
Members of Kentucky’s Tea Party are creating political action committees to bolster their ranks and increase their influence on elections.

As Pure Politics first reported , Republican political strategist David Adams has created the Kentucky Knows Best PAC.

Now, a second committee is expected to connect supporters in western Kentucky and sponsor candidates in both state and congressional races, according to Bruce Schreiner of the Associated Press.

Randy Keller, of the Bowling Green/Southern Kentucky Tea Party, said the PACs show the tea party movement is maturing.

-Written by Lauren Brown and Kenny Colston


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