Politics http://wfpl.org en A New Low in Latest Senate Ad Featuring Republican Matt Bevin's Children? http://wfpl.org/post/new-low-latest-senate-ad-featuring-republican-matt-bevins-children <p>A new low?</p><p>The nasty Kentucky U.S. Senate Republican battle for incumbent Mitch McConnell's seat has now embroiled one of primary challenger Matt Bevin's children.</p><p>In a new 30-second TV ad, one of Bevin's daughters, Olivia, tells viewers not to be fooled by "a bunch of lies" McConnell is telling about her father.</p><p>Overall, it's meant to be a positive commercial featuring Bevin's children.</p><p>They are praising their father's military record, leadership, and role as a family man.</p><p>Watch:</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:53:45 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9197 at http://wfpl.org A New Low in Latest Senate Ad Featuring Republican Matt Bevin's Children? Rand Paul Bids To Loosen Democratic Hold On African-American Vote http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-bids-loosen-democratic-hold-african-american-vote For more than a year, GOP Sen. Rand Paul has been staking out positions on issues that resonate in the black community, including school choice and prison sentencing reform. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:22:53 +0000 Liz Halloran 9188 at http://wfpl.org Rand Paul Bids To Loosen Democratic Hold On African-American Vote Matt Bevin Campaign Spokeswoman Departs Ahead of Primary Election http://wfpl.org/post/matt-bevin-campaign-spokeswoman-departs-ahead-primary-election <p>In the final weeks of the Kentucky Republican primary election, U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin's chief spokeswoman has left the campaign for an unknown reason.</p><p>Rachel Semmel joined Bevin's bid to unseat GOP leader Mitch McConnell last September after <a href="http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/05/gop-aide-leaving-job-after-helping-mcconnell-challenger/">leaving an Arizona GOP lawmaker’s</a> office.</p><p>But in recent weeks Semmel had missed several campaign events and failed to respond to follow-up questions.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:14:46 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9184 at http://wfpl.org Matt Bevin Campaign Spokeswoman Departs Ahead of Primary Election Losers, Winners and Lost Causes of the Kentucky General Assembly's 2014 Session http://wfpl.org/post/losers-winners-and-lost-causes-kentucky-general-assemblys-2014-session <p>By law, the only piece of legislation that the 2014 &nbsp;Kentucky General Assembly had to pass was a two-year state budget.</p><p>A<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ll else, as Will Rogers put it, is applesauce.</span></p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9159 at http://wfpl.org Losers, Winners and Lost Causes of the Kentucky General Assembly's 2014 Session Ethics Case Against Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold May Not Be Over Just Yet http://wfpl.org/post/ethics-case-against-former-kentucky-lawmaker-john-arnold-may-not-be-over-just-yet <p>The ethics trial against former Kentucky lawmaker John Arnold may continue.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:44:36 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9168 at http://wfpl.org Ethics Case Against Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold May Not Be Over Just Yet Journalist Matt Taibbi Takes on America’s Widening 'Justice Gap' in New Book http://wfpl.org/post/journalist-matt-taibbi-takes-america-s-widening-justice-gap-new-book <p>Matt Taibbi describes writing his latest book—"The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap"—as a journalistic revelation of sorts.</p><p>Originally, "The Divide" was going to focus on Wall Street criminals and why those behind the economic downturn haven't been imprisoned.</p><p>As Taibbi started researching how the criminal justice system operates, it became difficult to ignore how the sentences and treatment of average Americans were far more punitive than wealthier culprits of far worse crimes.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:47:52 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9160 at http://wfpl.org Journalist Matt Taibbi Takes on America’s Widening 'Justice Gap' in New Book National Supporter Has Doubts Matt Bevin Can Overcome Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/national-supporter-has-doubts-matt-bevin-can-overcome-mitch-mcconnell <p>Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin has failed to provide Kentucky primary voters with a compelling reason to replace incumbent Mitch McConnell in next month's election.</p><p>That's what conservative commentator Erick Erickson said in a blog post Wednesday, sharing his doubts about the Tea Party-backed challenger's chances.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:40:13 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9150 at http://wfpl.org National Supporter Has Doubts Matt Bevin Can Overcome Mitch McConnell Alison Lundergan Grimes’ Fundraising Haul Cuts Mitch's McConnell Cash Advantage in Half http://wfpl.org/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-fundraising-haul-cuts-mitchs-mcconnell-cash-advantage-half <p>For the second time since entering the Kentucky Senate race, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes' fundraising haul has outpaced Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell.</p><p>In the first three months of the year, Grimes raised $2.7 million compared to the $2.4 million McConnell generated for the quarter.</p><p>The money advantage still belongs to McConnell, who has raised $22 million overall in a duel campaign against Grimes and GOP primary challenger Matt Bevin.</p><p>Bevin announced Monday his campaign raised $1.1 million during the same period.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:23:06 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9146 at http://wfpl.org Alison Lundergan Grimes’ Fundraising Haul Cuts Mitch's McConnell Cash Advantage in Half Louisville Minimum Wage Forum Highlights Tipped Worker's Struggles http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-minimum-wage-forum-highlights-tipped-workers-struggles <p>As lawmakers the nation over debate raising the minimum wage, one Louisville server says local elected leaders need to pay closer attention to the struggle of tipped employees especially.</p><p>Supporters of raising the pay rate to $10.10 testified before the Metro Council’s Community Affairs Committee Monday evening.</p><p>Less than a dozen people showed up and all voiced their support of the idea.</p><p>But those in attendance said they were disappointed even fewer council members—save Democrats Attica Scott, David James and Chairwoman Barbara Shanklin—attended the special hearing.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:23:42 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9143 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Minimum Wage Forum Highlights Tipped Worker's Struggles Kentucky Rep. Jim Gooch Threw Women's Underwear On A Dinner Table, Statehouse Staffers Allege http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-rep-jim-gooch-threw-womens-underwear-dinner-table-statehouse-staffers-allege <p>FRANKFORT—The two female statehouse employees who previously accused Kentucky Rep. John Arnold of sexually harassing them say another Democratic lawmaker acted inappropriately, this time&nbsp;on an out-of-state trip conducting official legislative business.</p><p>Legislative Research Commission employees Cassaundra Cooper and Yolanda Costner&nbsp;allege that Rep. Jim&nbsp;Gooch, D-Providence, threw a pair of women's panties onto a dining table at a restaurant during the Southern Legislative Conference held in Mobile, Ala., last year.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:34:39 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9140 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Rep. Jim Gooch Threw Women's Underwear On A Dinner Table, Statehouse Staffers Allege