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3:11 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Receiving Louisville Tea Party Nod, Matt Bevin Says Mitch McConnell 'Afraid' to Debate

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The Louisville Tea Party has endorsed Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin, who is calling on incumbent Mitch McConnell to take part in a number of upcoming primary debates.

"We polled our membership and overwhelmingly their support was to endorse Matt," says Andrew Schachtner, who is president of the local Tea Party group.

Bevin has already received the official support from the United Kentucky Tea Party, a coalition of over a dozen such groups from across the state.

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10:13 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Cannabis Oil Bill Heads to Kentucky House

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A House committee has advanced a bill that would permit state university hospitals to research and utilize medicinal cannabis oil to treat certain neurological disorders.

Judging by the reception that Senate Bill 124 has received in its short lifespan in Frankfort, Rita Wooton likely won’t have to risk jail time in order to alleviate her son’s pain.

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9:32 am
Thu March 20, 2014

General Assembly: Kentucky Coal-Fired Power Plants Can Regulate Their Own Carbon Dioxide Emissions

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A bill allowing coal-fired power plants in Kentucky to regulate their own carbon dioxide emissions has passed out of both chamber of the state legislature.

The legislation was filed by Rep. Jim Gooch, a Providence Democrat, who has private interests in coal-related businesses. His bill permits coal power plants in Kentucky to regulate their own levels of CO2, one of the major contributors to climate change.

The bill passed in his chamber, as well as the Senate, by unanimous vote.

The bill now heads to the governor’s desk.

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11:27 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes Have 'Sharp Differences' on Campaign Finance Rules

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell
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Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes sit on opposite sides of the debate about the role of money in U.S. elections.

A deluge of campaign cash is playing a significant role in Kentucky's Senate race thus far.

The money raised by the campaigns and outside groups is expected to top the $100 million mark and go down as the most expensive in U.S. history.

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7:00 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Kentucky House Committee Approves Tax Incentives for Declining Coal Industry

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A Kentucky House committee  has passed a bill to give new tax incentives to Kentucky’s coal industry.

The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee has unanimously passed a bill that sponsor Rep. Rocky Adkins says would provide tax rebates to coal companies on new machinery and investment.

Adkins says his bill is designed to retain jobs in the beleaguered coal industry, which employs its lowest number of workers since 1927.

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4:15 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Allowing Rand Paul to Run for President and U.S. Senate at the Same Time

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A bill that would allow U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to run for both the Senate and the Presidency of the United States passed Tuesday out of the Republican-controlled Kentucky Senate.

Senate Bill 205, sponsored by Republican Floor Leader Damon Thayer,  would allow a candidate who is running for statewide election to also run for the office of the presidency or vice presidency. It passed by a 25 to 13 vote.

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9:36 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Senator Mitch McConnell's Campaign Bars LEO Weekly from 'Private' Press Conference

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The campaign to re-elect Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell barred a Kentucky reporter from covering a press conference Monday afternoon.

Louisville Metro Police were called to stop LEO Weekly's Joe Sonka from entering a hotel conference room where McConnell was holding an event with fellow Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and a group of veterans.

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8:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Bill Raising Metro Louisville Minimum Wage Underway

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Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, is moving forward with an ordinance that would eventually raise local workers' hourly wages to $10.10 over the next three years.

Last month, Scott asked for a legal opinion as to whether the council can mandate wage rates within the Metro area. The county attorney's office has said she can move forward with the bill while they seek more answers from the state Attorney General’s office about enforcing such a plan.

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10:25 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Attorney General Refers Metro Councilman David James' Dueling Jobs Case to Louisville Prosecutor

Democratic Louisville Metro Councilman David James

The question of whether Louisville Metro Councilman David James, D-6, is holding incompatible jobs is being been referred to the Commonwealth Attorney's office.

In a controversial memorandum, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell argued James has taken conflicting oaths as a council member, where he was first elected in 2010, and as a major with the University of Louisville police department.

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5:30 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte to Speak at the University of Louisville, Stump for Mitch McConnell

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH.,
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U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., will be in Louisville on Monday to speak at Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's leadership center and rally for his re-election campaign.

First elected in 2010, Ayotte is considered a leading voice on national security and foreign affairs as a member of the Senate’s Armed Services and Homeland
Security committees.

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