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4:54 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

State Rep. Tom Burch: Laws Outlawing Marijuana Were 'Ill Advised'

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A Democratic state legislator said he believes legalized medical marijuana in Kentucky is a matter of when, not if.

Still, Senate Republicans are concerned that people would use the drug for recreational purposes.

State Rep.Tom Burch said he remembers when the state outlawed marijuana—and he called it a mistake. 

“I was here when we criminalized the use of marijuana back in the '70s," said Burch, a Louisville Democrat. "It was a rush to, you know, get these criminals off the street, and all this kind of stuff that was going on.

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7:01 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Adam Edelen Won't Run For Kentucky Governor, But Says Democrats Must Have a 'Reform Element'

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Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen declared Wednesday that he won't run for governor next year.

Edelen, viewed by many as a potential Democratic candidate, cited family reasons as the basis for his decision.

“My wife and my sons were all gung-ho for me to run, but at the end of the day I made the determination that I’d rather spend the next year-and-a-half coaching little league and catching crooks and running for re-election than I would worrying about my name ID in a governor’s race," Edelen told Kentucky Public Radio.

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Politics
6:42 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Top 4 Changes to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's Budget

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After a month of hearings, the Louisville Metro Council is set to vote on Mayor Greg Fischer's 2014-15 budget proposal this evening.

Of all the items in Fischer's $553-million spending plan, one of the most notable was a proposed 3 percent fee on natural gas, a revenue-producer that would among other things pay for more police downtown.

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Politics
3:15 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Senator Mitch McConnell Spearheads GOP 'Working Families' Agenda

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell
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Speaking on the Senate floor, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill Wednesday to assist working-class Kentucky parents take care of their children.

The "Working Parents Home Office Act" would give parents a tax deduction for their home office if they have a baby crib.

Currently, federal law does not allow work-at-home parents the opportunity to deduct those costs.

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Politics
11:02 am
Wed June 18, 2014

State Auditor Adam Edelen Won't Run for Kentucky Governor

Adam Edelen
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Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen won't be a candidate for governor in 2015.

Political observers considered Edelen a serious contender. He'd made in-roads toward a run for governor, including courting Democratic donors and nailing down a running mate who was never publicly identified.

Edelen released this statement today announcing his decision:

In 2015, I will be a candidate for re-election as State Auditor.

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Politics
3:16 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

President Obama Fundraising for Super PAC Linked to Kentucky Senate Race

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President Barack Obama is raising money for a political action committee that has been running attack ads in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race against Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

From the Associated Press:

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Politics
8:00 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Gov. Beshear Says Federal Carbon Emissions Regs May Not Give Enough Flexibility

Steve Beshear
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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says federal proposed regulations on the carbon emissions generated by coal-fired power plants could come at the expense of jobs.

But the concern may be misplaced.

When the EPA announced first-ever regulations limiting the nation’s coal-fired CO2 emissions by 30 percent nationwide, Kentucky politicians were quick to denounce the move.

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2:57 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Councilman Dan Johnson Declines to Share Legal Opinion Regarding Aide’s Dual Roles

Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21
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Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21, is refusing, for now, to share the contents of a legal opinion on whether Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Mathews can also serve as Johnson’s legislative aide.

This comes as many constituents in Johnson's district are demanding more answers from the councilman on the hire, and raising concerns about Mathews' firing by a former employer for allegedly using racial slurs.

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5:48 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Firmly Opposes Using U.S. Troops to Assist Iraq

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is against using U.S. military troops to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against a band of militants.

A group called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an off shoot of al-Qaeda, has taken over Iraq's second-largest city as of late, and threatens to topple the government.

American officials have been debating how the U.S. should respond to the escalation of violence.

For most the Kentucky's Senate race Grimes has sparred with Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell over domestic issues.

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Politics
8:14 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Neighborhood Leaders, Residents Slam West Louisville Walmart's Suburban Design

An urban-designed Walmart.
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A coalition of west Louisville neighborhood leaders on Friday night hammered Walmart for seeking to build a suburban-styled superstore in their community at the old Philip Morris site.

Since Mayor Greg Fischer announced the $25 million project, the debate on the big-box retailer's emergence at 18th and Broadway has shifted from jobs and retail needs to the superstore's design.

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