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1:22 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

National AFL-CIO President Says Kentucky's Senate Race Is a Top Labor Priority

Richard Trumka
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

 The leader of a national labor union said Wednesday Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race is a top priority for organized labor that could define the country’s direction over the next two decades.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is visiting the state this week to rally working-class voters at a critical time for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ bid to defeat Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell, who has widened a slight lead in the polls.

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5:16 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Kentucky Ordered to Pay $160,000 in Redistricting Lawsuit

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FRANKFORT — The state must pay the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky and other plaintiffs more than $160,000 in attorneys’ fees because the legislature failed to enact new legislative district maps in a timely fashion, the group announced today.

U.S. District Court Judge William Bertelsman in late July ordered the payment in the joint civil suit filed against the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the State Board of Elections.

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11:04 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Kramer, Hujo Offer Contrasts In Louisville Council District 11 Debate

Larry Hugo and Kevin Kramer
Credit Phillip M. Bailey/WFPL News

Louisville Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer sparred with Democratic challenger Larry Hujo at a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Wednesday evening.

The debate touched on a range of topics, including District 11's infrastructure needs, ethics reform, and a recent bill filed to raise the minimum wage in Louisville.

And while Kramer and Hujo agreed on opposing the mayor’s LG&E fee hike and creating new bike lanes, the two provided many contrasts for voters in attendance.

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Politics
8:00 am
Sat September 13, 2014

ACLU of Kentucky Wants More Inclusive KET Senate Debate

David Patterson
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky is calling on Kentucky Educational Television to hold a more inclusive U.S. Senate debate next month.

KET is set to hold a debate featuring Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes on Oct. 13.

Libertarians have taken KET to task, however, for creating new debate criteria that party leaders argue was aimed at excluding their candidate, David Patterson, from participating.

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2:01 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Ray Rice Incident Underscores Importance of Violence Against Women Act, John Yarmuth Says

John Yarmuth
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Congressman John Yarmuth said the high-profile domestic violence case involving NFL player Ray Rice demonstrates the need for legislation empowering abused women.

The Rice incident "in very graphic ways highlighted a problem that’s been around for a very long time,” Yarmuth, a Democrat who represents Louisville, told WFPL Friday. “And that is, unfortunately, too many men try to exert their physical power over women to control them. Society needs to be very much aware of the problem and to deal with it decisively.”

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6:50 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Kentucky Deputy Veterans Affairs Commissioner Urges More to Be Done for Women Veterans

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The deputy commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs is imploring lawmakers to create a new position that would help connect women veterans in the state with benefits and services.

Retired Lt. Col. Margaret Plattner told lawmakers on the Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Thursday that there aren’t specialized programs for women veterans, and asked them to consider funding a full-time services coordinator for women veterans during the upcoming 2016 legislative session.

About 30,000 women in Kentucky are veterans.

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7:00 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Beshear Forms Task Force to Combat Bullying in Kentucky

Steve Beshear
Credit Kentucky Governor's Office

Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday announced the creation of a new task force aimed at combating bullying in Kentucky’s schools.

Beshear, citing statistics from the Kentucky Department of Education, said the state had 15,000 reported incidents of bullying in the 2012-2013 school year. He also discussed research that links bullying with dropout rates and teen suicides.

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5:17 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Business Leaders, Employers Urge Louisville Council to ‘Abandon’ Wage Bill

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A coalition of Kentucky business associations and employers urged the Louisville Metro Council on Thursday to forgo efforts to raise the minimum wage for the city's workers to $10.10 over a three-year period.

Those businesses are also questioning the legality of a proposed ordinance to raise the city’s minimum wage.

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2:37 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Kentucky, Indiana Lawmakers React to President Obama's Strategy Against Islamic State

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President Obama's proposed strategy to “take out” Islamic State terrorists is being backed by a bipartisan group of Kentucky and Indiana lawmakers.

The president made the remarks Wednesday in a prime-time speech, signaling a broadening American role in combating ISIL.

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9:29 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Louisville Councilman Dan Johnson Escapes Opponent Attacks, Voters at Debate

John Witt and Dan Johnson
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Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson was spared any punches by his political opponent over his recent controversies at a debate Wednesday evening.

Johnson, D-21, and independent candidate John Witt disagreed on little at a 30-minute forum organized by the League of Women Voters.

The discussion was held in the basement of the Iroquois Library, but few District 21 residents attended a debate that touched on public safety concerns, affordable housing, skepticism over bike lanes and other issues.

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