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11:05 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Yoder: Young Stalling On Debate Challenge

In Indiana's Ninth Congressional District race, Democrat Shelli Yoder is calling on Republican incumbent Todd Young to get serious about a series of debates she has proposed.

Last month, Yoder challenged Young to 13 town-hall-style debates, one in each county in the southern Indiana district. In response, the Young campaign called the request a political stunt meant to gain media attention because Yoder's staff delivered a letter requesting the debates only 15 minutes before sending it to the press.

Yoder told WFPL in a recent interview that the two camps met since her initial request, but she now accuses Young's campaign of "stalling" and "wasting time" while voters want to hear the issues.

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Politics
3:07 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Revised RNC Schedule Still Gives Kentuckians Speaking Slots

National Weather Service

The schedule shuffling at this year’s Republican National Convention won’t cost any Kentucky politicians their speaking slots.

With the first day’s events canceled due to Tropical Storm (soon to be Hurricane) Isaac, at least two Kentucky speakers were in danger of being knocked off the schedule.

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Politics
9:01 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Yarmuth Says Several Democrats Could Unseat McConnell in 2014

One of Kentucky’s two Democratic Congressmen believes his party has a good shot at unseating U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014.

So far, many of the state’s top Democrats have announced plans to avoid challenging the Senate Minority Leader. That includes Attorney General Jack Conway, who ran for Senate against Rand Paul in 2010, former state Auditor Crit Luallen and current Auditor Adam Edelen.

But Congressman John Yarmuth, D-3, says he believes most of the other well known Democrats could unseat McConnell, including Governor Steve Beshear or Congressman Ben Chandler.

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Politics
7:40 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Kentucky Delegates Prepared for RNC Despite Tropical Storm Isaac

The Republican National Convention has been postponed Monday due to tropical storm Isaac, but Kentucky delegates are still headed to Tampa, Florida to support presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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Politics
9:30 am
Sun August 26, 2012

Reports from Kentucky's Tea Party Rally

A Tea Party rally featuring Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul was held earlier this week in Frankfort to protest President Obama’s health care law. WFPL's Phillip Bailey and Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston were there, and they joined us on Friday's Byline to let us know what they saw.  

Politics
10:30 pm
Sat August 25, 2012

Noise and Notes: Braden's Southern Patriotism and The Values of Hip-Hop Politcs

Louisville Public Media

A new documentary on the late civil rights icon Anne Braden is coming out.

The Louisville social justice advocate died in 2006 at the age of 81 and dedicated her life to civil rights. Braden gained notoriety as an affluent southern white woman who led many campaigns against Jim Crow laws at the height of segregation.

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I talked with Braden biographer and historian Cate Fosl, who is the director of the Anne Braden Institute at the University of Louisville. We talked about Braden’s legacy, the new film and if her brand of social justice still matters in a so-called post-racial America.

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Politics
3:35 pm
Sat August 25, 2012

Paul: There is a War Over The American Dream

Days before his speech at the Republican National Convention, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is warning Americans about a "war going on" between those who respect the Constitution and those who do not.

Paul delivered the message in the GOP weekly address on Friday, and says many of the country's problems could have been resolved over the past two years if President Obama had worked with congressional Republicans.

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Politics
2:54 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Yoder Presses Young Over Akin 'Legitimate Rape' Comments

In Indiana’s Ninth Congressional District race, Democratic challenger Shelli Yoder is calling on Republican incumbent Todd Young to denounce Missouri Congressman Todd Akin’s controversial comments.

But the GOP lawmaker has already spoken out against the recent statements in a televised interview earlier this week.

Akin made national headlines for saying that women who are "legitimately raped" rarely get pregnant. Other Republicans have urged him to drop out, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said Akin’s Senate campaign "has no future."

Yoder says Hoosiers of all political backgrounds have come up to her on the campaign trail and are disgusted with Akin's remarks.

"I want to know why hasn’t Todd Young come out with a statement on something that’s really deplorable in thought," she says.

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Politics
5:05 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Despite Akin Controversy, McConnell Says GOP Chances at Senate Majority Are "50-50"

McConnell
Kenny Colston Kentucky Public Radio

A recent controversy over a Missouri Senate candidate’s comments on rape has not diminished U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s outlook for November.

McConnell is hoping to become majority leader next year. Depending on who wins the presidency, he needs either three of four GOP Senate victories this fall to do so. He recently asked Republican Congressman Todd Akin to drop out of his race to give Republicans a better chance in Missouri, but Akin declined.

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Politics
1:05 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

More Data Coming Soon to City Data Website

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has unveiled his office's long-planned data tracking system, LouieStat.

LouieStat is meant to be the source for significant data on Metro Government. It's supposed to track everything from pothole locations to release rates at Metro Animal Services to overtime hours of public employees.

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