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10:27 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Yarmuth: Obama Has Right to Politicize bin Laden Death

For most of the week Republicans have been critical of an attack ad by President Obama's re-election campaign highlighting the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. But Democratic Congress John Yarmuth believes its proper for the president to politicize the issue. The ad released earlier this month features former President Bill Clinton, who says Mr. Obama made a tough but important decision. The ad also suggests—without naming him—that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would had failed to go after the al-Qaeda leader. Watch it below:

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Politics
4:07 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Beshear Will Enact Key Part of Healthcare Law if Court Upholds It

A key part of the Affordable Care Act will be implemented by executive order in Kentucky if the healthcare law is upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Exchanges in which residents can purchase insurance are a major part of the law. Each state must have an exchange, and if states don't set them up, the federal government will.

Governor Steve Beshear says he will sign an executive order to create a state-run exchange if the law is upheld.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Drug Group Sets Record for Legislative Lobbying Expenses

 

A lobbying group for various drug manufacturers has set a record for money spent during a Kentucky legislative session.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association spent nearly half a million dollars between January and March lobbying against a bill aimed at curbing meth production by limiting pseudoephedrine purchases.

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Politics
3:19 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Kentucky ALEC Co-Chair Says Challenge to Tax Exemption Unlikely to Change IRS Status

 

A national battle between two legislative groups has reached Kentucky.

The advocacy group Common Cause is asking federal agencies to remove the non-profit tax-exempt status of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.  ALEC provides lawmakers with sample legislation and talking points, often to promote conservative issues, and Common Cause says the organization is a lobbying group.

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Politics
3:14 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Yarmuth Praises Obama Afghan Speech, But Policy Questions Remain

After more than a decade of war, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., is pleased President Obama is withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, but the congressman has questions about the policy.

The president made a surprise visit to the foreign country on Tuesday to sign a strategic partnership agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Mr. Obama announced the U.S. will have no permanent military bases and that all armed forces will be out of the central Asian country by 2014.

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Politics
1:14 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Noise and Notes: The Presidents Club and the Crowded Fourth Congressional District

 

For this edition of Noise & Notes, I sat down with TIME Magazine executive editor Michael Duffy, who is co-author of The Presidents Club: Inside The World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity. It’s a fascinating read about how presidents and the predecessors have a special bond despite being rivals in politics and history.

And Kentucky Public Radio’s Frankfort Bureau Chief Kenny Colston stopped by to talk about the wild Fourth District Congressional race.

 

Politics
1:09 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Noise and Notes: Pilot

 

For over a year, WFPL’s political editor Phillip M. Bailey has written the Noise & Notes political blog. Now he has something for your ears.

The Noise & Notes podcast is a weekly conversation between Phillip and another politically-minded person. They could be a reporter, an author or even a politician. For the pilot, Phillip’s guest is me, Gabe Bullard. This week’s topics:

Politics
1:04 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

McConnell Declines Obama Invite to Celebrate Kentucky Wildcats

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., turned down an invitation from President Obama to join the University of Kentucky men's basketball team at the White House on Friday.

The Wildcats are visiting the president to celebrate their 2012 NCAA championship after defeating Kansas last month to obtain the university's eighth national title.

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Politics
1:01 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

New Lugar Attack Ad Targets Mourdock's Judgment

With the Indiana Republican primary a week away, incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar released a vicious new attack ad Tuesday, chastising challenger Richard Mourdock over his decision-making as state treasurer. The 30-second spot accuses the Tea Party backed Mourdock of gambling with state "pensions on junk bonds" and alleges he "risked thousands of Hoosier jobs" by filing a lawsuit against the Chrysler bankruptcy on behalf of two pension funds. The petition went all the way to the Supreme Court, but the justices denied the motion. Check it out:

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Politics
12:50 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Northern Kentucky Super PAC's First Campaign Piece Draws Criticism

 

A campaign mailer from Northern Kentucky Super PAC AmeriGOP is raising the ire of one candidate in the Fourth Congressional District Republican primary.

AmeriGOP openly supports Tea Party candidate Thomas Massie. The super PAC's first campaign piece is a flyer that attacks the other two frontrunners in the race, Gary Moore and Alecia Webb-Edgington.

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