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10:44 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Ethics Case Against Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold May Not Be Over Just Yet

Credit Jonathan Meador/WFPL News

The ethics trial against former Kentucky lawmaker John Arnold may continue.

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Politics
3:47 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Journalist Matt Taibbi Takes on America’s Widening 'Justice Gap' in New Book

Matt Taibbi talks to WFPL about his new book "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap"
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

Matt Taibbi describes writing his latest book—"The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap"—as a journalistic revelation of sorts.

Originally, "The Divide" was going to focus on Wall Street criminals and why those behind the economic downturn haven't been imprisoned.

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.

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Politics
1:40 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

National Supporter Has Doubts Matt Bevin Can Overcome Mitch McConnell

Matt Bevin speaking at a FreedomWorks event in Kentucky
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

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.

That's what conservative commentator Erick Erickson said in a blog post Wednesday, sharing his doubts about the Tea Party-backed challenger's chances.

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Politics
4:23 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes’ Fundraising Haul Cuts Mitch's McConnell Cash Advantage in Half

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

For the second time since entering the Kentucky Senate race, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes' fundraising haul has outpaced Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell.

In the first three months of the year, Grimes raised $2.7 million compared to the $2.4 million McConnell generated for the quarter.

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.

Bevin announced Monday his campaign raised $1.1 million during the same period.

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Politics
11:23 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Louisville Minimum Wage Forum Highlights Tipped Worker's Struggles

A supporter of the minimum wage hike at Louisville City Hall
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

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.

Supporters of raising the pay rate to $10.10 testified before the Metro Council’s Community Affairs Committee Monday evening.

Less than a dozen people showed up and all voiced their support of the idea.

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Politics
5:34 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Kentucky Rep. Jim Gooch Threw Women's Underwear On A Dinner Table, Statehouse Staffers Allege

Rep. Jim Gooch
Credit Legislative Research Commission

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 on an out-of-state trip conducting official legislative business.

Legislative Research Commission employees Cassaundra Cooper and Yolanda Costner allege that Rep. Jim 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. 

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Politics
3:22 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Mitch McConnell Expresses Outrage at Sexual Harassment 'Cover-Up' in Kentucky House

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,
Credit U.S. Senate

Calling it a "cover up," Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky contrasted how he handled a sexual harassment scandal differently than likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes has in recent months.

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Politics
5:56 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

John Arnold's Accusers Plan to Appeal the Kentucky Ethics Panel's Decision

Cassaundra Cooper (l) and Yolanda Costner (r) filing an ethics complain against John Arnold with their attorneys.
Credit Jonathan Meador/WFPL News

FRANKFORT—Two women who made formal complaints against former state Rep. John Arnold filed a motion Friday afternoon with the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission asking it to reconsider its ruling that cleared Arnold of ethics charges.

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Politics
2:55 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Staffers: Lack of African-American Women 'Decision-Makers' in Kentucky Behind Arnold Ethics Verdict

Cassaundra Cooper (l) and Yolanda Costner (r) filing an ethics complain against John Arnold with their attorneys
Credit Jonathan Meador/WFPL News

The absence of African-American women in Kentucky's halls of power is why former state Rep. John Arnold hasn't been held accountable.

That's according to Cassaundra Cooper and Yolanda Costner, two of the three statehouse staffers who have alleged they were sexually harassed and assaulted by Arnold over a three-year period.

Since August, the Arnold scandal has put the treatment of women in the legislature front and center.

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Politics
7:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Bill Requiring Sexual Harassment Training for Kentucky Legislators Awaits Governor's Signature

John Arnold
Credit Jonathan Meador/WFPL News

A bill that would make sexual harassment training mandatory for Kentucky state lawmakers is poised to become law.

Currently, such training isn’t mandatory for lawmakers. But an amendment to an ethics bill would change that. The bill has passed both chambers and awaits the governor's signature.

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