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8:30 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

State Representative Tom Burch Speaks Out About Sexual Abuse He Suffered as a Child

One of Kentucky's leading voices against child abuse is speaking out about abuse he suffered as a child.

State Rep. Tom Burch, D-Louisville, is the chairman of the House Health and Welfare committee. Burch wrote a letter to the Lexington Herald-Leader that mentioned that he was sexually abused by a priest as a middle schooler and was also physically abused by his father.

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5:59 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Wicker Pounces on Yarmuth Over Medical Device Tax

Republican congressional candidate Brooks Wicker called on Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth to vote against the medical device tax in the president’s healthcare law on Thursday. 

The Affordable Care Act includes a 2.3 percent tax on certain devices to pay for the legislation with an anticipated $29 billion over the next decade. Despite a veto threat from President Obama, the GOP-controlled House passed legislation to repeal the fee by a 241-to-173 vote.

Supporters of the repeal cite a study from the healthcare industry that warns about higher prices and the loss of  manufacturing jobs.

Speaking in front of Humana Inc., Wicker told a handful of supporters the tax makes pacemakers and knee replacements more expensive, and Yarmuth needs to explain his support of President Obama’s law.

"I’m calling on him to explain to the citizens of the Third District why he continues to support legislation– Obamacare—which the overwhelming number of people in this community do not support,” he says.

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Politics
2:06 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Most State Universities Avoiding Major Layoffs

The majority of the state's public universities are not following the University of Kentucky's lead in laying off a large number of employees to balance the budget.

UK announced this week that 140 employees will be laid off and 160 unfilled positions will be eliminated. But other public universities like Murray State, Eastern and Western Kentucky aren’t doing the same. Some schools are using hiring and pay freezes to deal with budget cuts from the state, but others, like Western, aren't using personnel to balance budgets at all.

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Politics
1:47 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Here Are the Members of Mayor Fischer's Violence Prevention Workgroup

Workgroup Chair Blaine Hudson
University of Louisville

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has appointed the members of what's now called the Violence Prevention Workgroup. The panel was announced last month after back-to-back shootings in the West End.

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Politics
10:53 am
Thu June 7, 2012

After Indiana Success, Supporters Hope to Pass "Right to Work" Law in Kentucky

Groups that support so-called right to work laws are looking to pass such a measure in Kentucky.

Right to work laws prohibit the mandatory payment of union dues. Indiana passed such a law last year, and some of the same groups that lobbied for it are now focusing on the commonwealth.  

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Politics
3:00 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Former Justice O'Connor Says Direct Election of Judges Corrupts the System

Library of Congress Wikimedia Commons

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor says the money involved in direct judicial elections is corrupting the legal system.

In Kentucky, judges from the district level to the state supreme court are elected. At the Kentucky Bar Association’s annual convention in Louisville today, O’Connor—the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court—told hundreds of lawyers and judges that judicial elections are in direct conflict with the intent of American justice system. 

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1:25 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Mourdock Web Ad Links Donnelly to Reid, Obama

In an online video for the Indiana Senate race, Republican Richard Mourdock is going after Democrat Joe Donnelly by tying him to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nv., and President Obama.

The 48-second spots goes after the congressman's votes in support of the bailout, stimulus package and Obama's health care overhaul. It marks the first official attack from the Mourdock campaign and demonstrates the president's unpopularity in Indiana this year.

"It's been a disaster," the narrator says. "Now Reid has the liberal ATM machine working overtime for Donnelly. Reid wants another loyal lieutenant to help implement the Obama agenda."

Check it out:

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Politics
11:48 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Paul Okay With Wealthy Paying More—If Tax Code Simplified

Appearing on CNN Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., supported the idea of wealthier Americans paying higher taxes if the code is simplified and all loopholes are closed.

From Mediate:

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10:30 am
Wed June 6, 2012

McConnell, Yarmuth Mark D-Day Anniversary

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., are celebrating the 68th anniversary of the D-Day invasion by meeting with World War II veterans.

For historians, D-Day marks the turning point against Nazi Germany when Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy in France. Over 3,000 U.S. service members were killed on the day of the invasion.

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Politics
6:52 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Public Comment Portion of Budget Hearings Begins Wednesday

The Louisville Metro Council will give the public a chance to comment on Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed budget Wednesday.

The meeting will likely be dominated by representatives from various external agencies and arts groups that receive taxpayer funding from the city.

Last year, Fischer set aside $4.9 million for external agency grants and told those organizations to come up with a "plan B" to city funding, but the council added a half a million dollars to the proposal. The mayor has kept the funding flat in the upcoming fiscal year and the council is expected to add less money this year.

Budget Committee Chairwoman Marianne Butler, D-15, says it is very important that lawmakers hear from the groups.

"I’m really not sure what to expect with this year’s budget. We have heard from a few of the external agencies who of course need more money and could more than likely use more money. We just have to look at the balanced budget and see where and if we can find it," she says.

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