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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
Credit Louisville GOP

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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Politics
7:35 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Glenn Beck Headlining FreedomWorks Rally in Louisville

Glenn Beck

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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Politics
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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3:44 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Unclear on Supporting Senate Democrats Climate Change 'Talk-a-Thon'

Alison Lundergan Grimes

A majority of Democrats are planning to takeover the Senate floor to bring attention to climate change in a so-called "talk-a-thon" Monday. 

It's unclear if Kentucky candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes either supports or would participate in the event.

But a prominent environmentalist says the campaign is promising Grimes will be more aggressive in fighting for a green agenda after the election.

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Politics
11:31 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Mitch McConnell Holds Wide Lead Over Matt Bevin, Super PAC Senate Poll Finds

Senator Mitch McConnell (l) and Matt Bevin (r)
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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell holds a nearly 40-point lead over primary challenger Matt Bevin, according to a super PAC supporting the incumbent.

Kentuckians for Strong Leadership released the poll Monday, showing McConnell ahead of Bevin by a 61-23 margin among likely voters.

The polling memo says McConnell's support among primary voters "cuts across ideology and Tea Party affiliation."

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Politics
7:00 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Northern Kentuckians Share Thoughts on Heroin Epidemic With U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell, left.
Credit Jonathan Meador/Kentucky Public Radio

FLORENCE– Republican U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell heard testimony on Friday from Northern Kentuckians on how to tackle Kentucky’s burgeoning heroin epidemic.

McConnell held court at the Northern Kentucky Area Development District building for a 90-minute discussion that featured panelists with first-hand knowledge of the drug’s impact, including law enforcement officials, opiate treatment specialists, educators and a recovering heroin addict.

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Politics
4:01 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Bill Requiring Ultrasound Before Abortion Sent to Kentucky House Committee

A new bill that would require Kentucky women to have an ultrasound before receiving an abortion has been assigned to the House Health and Welfare Committee.

But those who work at Kentucky's two abortion clinics argue the proposal is redundant given their medical procedures.

The legislation is being proposed by Democratic state Rep. Gerald Watkins of Paducah and has bipartisan support from over 55 lawmakers.

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7:07 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Kentucky Statewide Smoking Ban Push Stopped by Democratic House Leaders, Bill Sponsor Says

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FRANKFORT — The sponsor of a bill that would ban smoking in public places and some private businesses in Kentucky says House Democratic leadership has killed the measure.

Democratic Rep. Susan Westrom of Lexington, says a combination of pressure from lobbying groups and political concerns of colleagues with tobacco farms in their districts were behind the bill's failure.

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7:54 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

E-Cigarette Ban for Minors Passes Kentucky Senate

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FRANKFORT — Kentucky is one step closer to banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

The state Senate has passed a measure doing just that by a 26 to 2 vote.

The proposed legislation would prohibit retailers from selling electronic cigarettes or vaporized nicotine devices to anyone younger than 18, and would penalize retailers under the same laws that govern traditional tobacco products.

The bill now heads to the House.

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