John Schnatter http://wfpl.org en Colbert Lampoons Papa John's http://wfpl.org/post/colbert-lampoons-papa-johns <p>Comparing Papa John&#39;s pizza to &quot;the ass of a raccoon that drowned in your birdbath&quot; political satirist Stephen Colbert mocked founder and CEO John Schnatter for his opposition to the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>Schnatter, who is a well-known Republican fundraiser, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/papa-johns-ceo-health-care-law-will-raise-pizza-prices">said President Obama&#39;s health care overhaul will increase the cost of pizza</a> and hurt business. Since then, he has been criticized for <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-papa-johns-healthcare-cheapskate-20120808,0,6290027.story">being a cheapskate</a> and mistreating employees, with threats of a boycott by Democratic activists.</p><p>Watch below:</p><div style="background-color:#000000;width:520px;"><div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="288" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:cms:video:colbertnation.com:417589" width="512"></iframe><p style="text-align:left;background-color:#FFFFFF;padding:4px;margin-top:4px;margin-bottom:0px;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;"><b><a href="http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/417589/august-08-2012/obamacare-s-effect-on-pizza-costs">The Colbert Report</a></b><br />Get More: <a href="http://www.colbertnation.com/full-episodes/">Colbert Report Full Episodes</a>,<a href="http://www.indecisionforever.com/">Political Humor &amp; Satire Blog</a>,<a href="http://www.colbertnation.com/video">Video Archive</a></p></div></div><p></p><p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 14:34:58 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1263 at http://wfpl.org Papa John's CEO: Health Care Law Will Raise Pizza Prices http://wfpl.org/post/papa-johns-ceo-health-care-law-will-raise-pizza-prices <p>In a conference call, Papa John&#39;s CEO and founder John Schnatter spoke out against President Obama&#39;s health care law, arguing the Affordable Care Act will increase the cost of pizza.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/08/papa-johns-obamacare-will-raise-pizza-prices-131331.html">Politico</a>:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Our best estimate is that the Obamacare will cost 11 to 14 cents per pizza, or 15 to 20 cents per order from a corporate basis,&quot; Schnatter said.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;re not supportive of Obamacare, like most businesses in our industry. But our business model and unit economics are about as ideal as you can get for a food company to absorb Obamacare,&quot; he said. Tue, 07 Aug 2012 17:11:25 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1243 at http://wfpl.org Wicker Questions Boehner’s Leadership http://wfpl.org/post/wicker-questions-boehner-s-leadership <p>Republican congressional candidate Brooks Wicker won&rsquo;t commit to keeping current House Speaker John Boehner in the position if he defeats Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth this fall.</p><p>Since taking control of Congress, the <a href="http://www.thenation.com/blog/167949/tea-party-boxes-boehner-again#">GOP caucus has had some internal infighting</a> and conservative activists have been critical of Speaker John <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/07/27/tea-party-activists-revolt-against-boehner-amid-debt-crisis/">Boehner, who has clashed with Tea Party lawmakers over the debt ceiling</a> and other negotiations.</p><p>Some national conservative <a href="http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2011/07/27/tea-party-wants-boehner-obama-fired">groups have publicly called for Boehner&#39;s ouster</a> as House leader.</p><p>Wicker says he won&rsquo;t commit to voting for Boehner or not, and hopes other lawmakers will be vying for the position.</p><p>&quot;I have questions about some of the issues and positions that have been taken. I would prefer to have an open election for the seat,&quot; he told 84 WHAS radio show host Mandy Connell. &quot;Hopefully there will be other people who will contest him for that leadership position and we&rsquo;ll be able to have a true election for the leader.&quot;</p><p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 18:07:13 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 914 at http://wfpl.org Wicker Questions Boehner’s Leadership