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3:36 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Pension Task Force Says Everything is "On the Table" at First Meeting

A group of Kentucky lawmakers has a new summer assignment…shoring up the state’s failing pension systems.

At least two of Kentucky’s six pension plans are at a high risk for failure. And their troubles have been highlighted by Bloomberg, the New York Times and the Pew Center.

In response, the state has formed a public pension task force. Co-chairman Mike Cherry says he's dedicated to find a solution, and it may not be pretty.

“From my standpoint, everything’s on the table for this summer interim session,” he says.

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Politics
3:11 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Yarmuth Defends Health Care Law on Fox News

Appearing on Fox & Friends, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., defended the Affordable Care Act on Monday.

The liberal congressman has accused Republicans—particularly Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell—of misleading the public about President Obama's health care law, but Yarmuth had a civil exchange on the Fox News Channel.

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Politics
1:31 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

D.C. Mayor, Groups Call Paul Hypocrite

DC Vote accuses Paul of abandoning his libertarian principles.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul is being criticized for adding provisions to a bill that would give the District of Columbia more control over its budget.

The D.C. Budget Autonomy Act allows the mayor and city council to pass a spending plan without waiting for approval from Congress. Both Republican and Democratic Senators backed the proposal when it was introduced in April, arguing it would avoid a city government shutdown due to congressional delay.

But Paul introduced several amendments to the bill that would change the city’s gun, abortion and labor laws, and observers argue the legislation will remain in limbo for the rest of the year.

James Jones is a spokesman for D.C. Vote, which seeks full voting representation for residents of the nation's capitol in Congress. He says Paul is overstepping his bounds and betraying his libertarian values.

"Residents of the District are deeply offended by Mr. Paul’s hypocrisy. What seems to be right for the whole rest of the country, which is moving decisions closer to the locality where people seem to know best in the mind of Mr. Paul out on the stump. When it comes to the District of Columbia, he feels he knows best and is using the federal power to come down on us," he says.

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Politics
7:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Scott Launches "Clean It Up" Program

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, is partnering with Metro Corrections and Solid Waste Management to launch a new program aimed at clearing out trash in alleyways.

The "Clean it up" initiative begins Tuesday and will use inmates in a work release crew from the city jail to clean up blight in District 1 neighborhoods. The first area that the program will target will be the Parkland neighborhood where a shooting spree broke out on May 17.

Scott says the program is a chance for inmates to earn back the community’s trust and volunteer in their former neighborhoods.

"To my knowledge what the inmates get is giving back to the community. This is their community service. This is there way of helping to take care of  the neighborhoods where some of them come from,"she says.

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Politics
3:22 pm
Sun July 1, 2012

McConnell Grilled Over What Would Replace Affordable Care Act

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said a top GOP priority will be to repeal President Obama's health care overhaul.

But McConnell faced tough questions about what would replace the law.

When asked by Fox News' Chris Wallace what specifically are Republican lawmakers going to do to provide universal coverage to the uninsured, McConnell replied: "That is not the issue."

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Politics
9:00 am
Sun July 1, 2012

Indiana's Political Landscape Without Mitch Daniels "Hard to Get Used To"

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has accepted the presidency of Purdue University, starting when his term is over in January. The Indianapolis Star's Mary Beth Schneider said the move had been rumored for a while, but the  idea of Mitch Daniels not being involved in partisan politics is hard for many to imagine. "The thought of the Indiana Republican landscape without Mitch Daniels as an active player is hard to get used to," she says, "and I think it's hard for him to get used to too." Schneider joined us on Friday's Byline to talk about the move's possible impact on Indiana politics. 

Politics
10:30 pm
Sat June 30, 2012

Noise and Notes: Questioning Shanklin and The Politics of Davis' Eyebrows

Louisville Public Media

The mounting scrutiny against Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, has been the chatter inside and outside of City Hall.

Facing back-to-back-to-back scandals and stinging satire, political observers have compared Shanklin's troubles to former Councilwoman Judy Green's ouster.

But supporters are whispering that the media coverage is racially biased for focusing on another African-American lawmaker while others have argued news outlets are ignoring larger spending controversies in the mayor's office.

Joining that conversation are Chickasaw Federation President Donovan Taylor and radio talk show host Brandon Lawrence.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Sat June 30, 2012

C-J's James Carroll Says Health Care Will Be Big Campaign Issue; Economy Bigger

Thursday's Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act came as a shock to many, who expected the High Court to declare it unconstitutional. James Carroll covers the Capitol for the Courier-Journal, and he joined us Friday on Byline to talk about reactions to the decision. 

 

Politics
3:03 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Shaughnessy Resigns from Kentucky State Senate

Kentucky state Senator Tim Shaughnessy, D-Louisville, has officially resigned.

Last fall, Shaughnessy announced he was not seeking re-election after serving more than 20 years in the state legislature. And with no plans of a special session or imperative issues on the interim agenda, Shaughnessy says now is the best time to step down.

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Politics
2:15 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Congress Reaches Agreement on Transportation Bill, Student Loans

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation Friday that funds transportation programs and averts an increase in interest rates on loans for college students.

The packaged measure passed by a 373-to-52 vote and avoids a looming deadline that would have doubled Stafford loan rates to 6.8 percent on July 1. The bill also pays for construction of highways, bridges and other projects over the next two years. 

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