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4:09 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Matt Bevin Questions Constitutionality of Minimum Wage

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin says the federal government has no role in setting a minimum wage, which he suggests violates the U.S. Constitution.

The Tea Party-backed candidate made the comments during a campaign stop in western Kentucky this week.

"I don't see anywhere that it has been constitutionally-defined," Bevin told Think Progress when asked if it was unconstitutional.

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8:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

U.S. Humane Society Calls on Kentucky to Strengthen Laws Against Cockfighting

Greg Stumbo
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

  The CEO of the Humane Society of the United States is calling on House Speaker Greg Stumbo to strengthen the state’s cockfighting laws.

Cockfighting carries a misdemeanor charge in Kentucky, though attending a fight is now a federal crime. Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle is asking Stumbo to toughen the state’s law after an alleged cockfighting ring was recently busted in McDowell, Ky. Three of Stumbo's distant relatives are accused of running the operation.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Chart: Most Campaign Cash for Attica Scott and Jessica Green Comes from Outside District 1

Councilwoman Attica Scott and challenger Jessica Green

In the Democratic primary for the Louisville Metro Council District 1 seat, both incumbent Attica Scott and challenger Jessica Green have showcased their ties to the community.

A WFPL analysis of the two candidate's finance reports this past quarter, however, shows the vast majority of their funding comes from outside the district covering west and southwest Louisville.

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Politics
9:15 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Once Again Cockfighting Is An Issue in Kentucky Politics

For the third time in as many months, leading Kentucky politicians find themselves addressing cockfighting.

A new federal case brings questions about the bloodsport to a top state Democratic lawmaker and puts the practice back into conversations about the U.S. Senate race.

Federal authorities filed charges against three Eastern Kentucky residents this week in a massive cockfighting ring run out of the Big Blue Sportsman’s Club in McDowell, Ky.

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Politics
8:30 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Embarking on 50-County Jobs Bus Tour

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes
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Senate Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes will tout her jobs plan on a 50-county bus tour across Kentucky this week.

The road trip begins Friday in McCracken County and ends in Lexington on May 20, which is primary Election Day.

"As the divisive GOP primary rages on, Republicans, Democrats and independents alike are excited to get involved in our grassroots campaign," said Grimes political director Elizabeth Cantrell in a news release.

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Politics
8:28 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

In Reversal, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Finds Former Lawmaker John Arnold Guilty

John Arnold
Credit Jonathan Meador/WFPL News

FRANKFORT—After hours of deliberation and sparring with his defense attorney—not to mention the news media—a full quorum of the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission on Wednesday voted to reprimand and fine former state Rep. John Arnold.

It ws the second, and final, hearing in the ethics case brought against the Western Kentucky Democrat by female state House staffers.

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6:04 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

West Louisville Neighborhoods Seek One-Year Ban on Transitional Housing

Homeowners in two West Louisville neighborhoods are fed up with the influx of transitional housing and are seeking to ban such units in their part of the city for at least a year.

Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, D-5, is sponsoring the ordinance, which would impose a 12-month moratorium on granting any permits for the construction or establishment of such units in the Shawnee and Chickasaw neighborhoods.

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1:16 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Update: The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Rehears John Arnold Case, Finds Him Guilty

John Arnold
Credit Jonathan Meador/WFPL News

Quick update: Former Kentucky Representative John Arnold has been found guilt of violating state ethics laws in sexual harassment complaints.

This time around, more members were present, and by a five-to-one vote, Arnold was found guilty in all three charges against him.

He will be fined a total of $3,000.

Arnold's attorney says he will appeal the ruling in Franklin Circuit Court. He also says Arnold, who retired after the allegations against him were made public, has dementia.    

We'll have more details coming up.

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Politics
8:19 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Jack Conway and Sannie Overly Offer Few Details In Gubernatorial Campaign Launch

Credit Jonathan Meador, Kentucky Public Radio

FRANKFORT—During their campaign's first press conference as a  gubernatorial ticket, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and his running mate, House Majority Caucus Chair Sannie Overly on Tuesday emphasized a focus on early childhood education.

That is,  they largely reiterated the content of a press release they sent out to media earlier in the day.

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3:32 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

An Ideal Conservative, Matt Bevin’s Insurgent Campaign Filled With Missteps

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin speaking to supporters in Louisville, Ky.
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

In south central Kentucky, few people care more about politics than Joe Walden.

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