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8:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Seeks Changes to 'Ban The Box' Ahead of Metro Council Vote

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Threatening a veto, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's office is proposing a half dozen exemptions to the ban the box ordinance ahead of Metro Council members voting on the proposal Thursday.

The bill prohibits the city and its private contractors from asking about an applicant's conviction history until it has been determined they're qualified for the job.

But the mayor's office has objected to the ordinance on a number of fronts.

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8:12 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Mitch McConnell Supports a Kentucky State Bill Days After Saying He Generally Doesn't Do That

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told RollCall on Wednesday that he supports a bill filed in the Kentucky state legislature that aids his junior Senate counterpart—less than a week after he said he doesn't take positions on state-level legislation.

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6:38 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Chances For a Kentucky Statewide Smoking Ban Are Slim

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FRANKFORT — Chances that a smoking ban will pass in Kentucky this year are growing ever more slim.

Each year, about 1,000 Kentuckians die from illnesses related to second-hand smoke, but the Kentucky legislature hasn't come close to passing a ban on smoking in public places and many private businesses.

Last week, state Rep. Susan Westrom, a Lexington Democrat, declared her ban proposal dead after House leadership refused to bring it for a vote on the floor.

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7:00 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Did Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Get Calls, Voicemails Regarding the Same-Sex Marriage Appeal?

Steve Beshear
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When Gov. Steve Beshear announced that he would split with Attorney General Jack Conway and appeal a federal judge's ruling requiring Kentucky to recognize same sex marriage, he upset marriage-equality proponents, who took to Twitter. They encouraged followers to call the governor's office at (502) 564-2611 and leave a message.

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8:08 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Kentucky House Committee Approves Budget Plan, 'Virtually the Same' as Gov. Steve Beshear's Proposal

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Kentucky lawmakers have a month remaining in the 2014 legislative session, and in that time they must pass a new state budget.

The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee has approved a series of bills, including a modified version of the governor's proposed $20.3 billion, two-year budget.

Committee Chair Rick Rand says his chamber’s version is “virtually the same” as Gov. Steve Beshear's draft.

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7:00 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Kentucky Local Option Sales Tax Clears House Committee, But Speaker Stumbo Issues Criticism

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FRANKFORT — A plan to give local governments the ability to pay for capital projects with a temporary sales tax increase is headed to the Kentucky House.

But, though the measure has cleared a committee, it faces difficult prospects.

Because it would amend the state constitution, the local option sales tax legislation will need a supermajority in both the House and the Senate.

It would then go to the public on the November ballot.

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4:47 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

New Louisville Republican Ad Campaign Seeks to Win Over Black Voters

The Jefferson Co. Republican Party is running these ads in the Louisville Defender
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Louisville Republicans have a new ad campaign aimed at winning over African-American voters.

The GOP is running a half-page ad in the Louisville Defender that says the party of Abraham Lincoln is listening.

This follows the lead of U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., who has made a noticeable effort to court minorities as he gears up for a presidential bid.

In an interview with WFPL, Jefferson County Republican Party Chairman Nathan Haney says the newspaper ad is the just the first of many targeting black voters.

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10:42 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Needs to do 'Serious Soul Searching,' Says Mitch McConnell

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes (l) and Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell (r)
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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is scolding Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes for not coming out against a climate change "talk-a-thon" staged by her party this week.

During a marathon of speeches lasting from Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning, 28 Democrats took over the Senate floor to bring attention to how human activity and carbon emissions are changing weather patterns.

The Grimes campaign has dodged repeated questions about whether she opposes, supports or would have participated in the climate change discussion.

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7:35 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Glenn Beck Headlining FreedomWorks Rally in Louisville

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Conservative radio show host Glenn Beck will be in Louisville next month to host a rally and training session sponsored by FreedomWorks, a national Tea Party group that has endorsed Republican Matt Bevin in the Senate primary election.

Organizers says FreePAC Kentucky will feature grassroots activists from the state and across the country, including FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe. Those in attendance will gather to hear from conservative pundits, entrepreneurs and community leaders.

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3:57 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

House's Kentucky Budget Proposal Similar to Gov. Steve Beshear's

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FRANKFORT — A budget proposal in the Kentucky House will closely resemble the $20 billion biennial budget outlined by Gov. Steve Beshear.

House Appropriations and Revenue chair Rick Rand says that that chamber’s budget will be virtually the same as the governor’s, specifically in the area of education. It largely preserves Beshear’s requests for the funding formula known as SEEK and implements raises for teachers.

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