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8:30 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Mitch McConnell's Coal Bill 'Inadequate,' Says Alison Lundergan Grimes Campaign

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Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes isn't giving an inch in the coal wars that federal regulators have ignited in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race this week.

In reaction to Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell's so-called "Coal Country Protection Action" the Grimes campaign said the measure isn't good enough.

From Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst:

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6:17 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Louisville Council GOP Demand Democratic Budget Chair Resign Over East End Funding Flap

Council Budget Committee Chair Marianne Butler, D-15,
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Calling it a case of "political bullying" Louisville Metro Council Republicans are demanding Budget Committee Chair Marianne Butler step down after failing to deliver a list of their spending priorities to the mayor's office.

This comes a week after WFPL News reported on the lack of city-funded projects in East End districts in Mayor Greg Fischer's 2014-15 budget proposal.

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4:41 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Louisville Residents Slam Mayor’s LG&E Fee

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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A review of the city’s information hotline and e-mails to the Metro Council found an overwhelming majority of Louisville residents are in opposition the Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed LG&E fee hike.

City lawmakers are scheduled to vote Thursday on an ordinance that would attach to Metro Government's deal with the utility company a 3 percent increase on natural gas. This would trickle down to residents in Metro Louisville, but not incorporated cities.

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12:16 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Mitch McConnell Sponsors Coal Country Protection Act Targeting EPA Rules

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Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky introduced legislation that would block pollution regulations on existing coal power plants.

It's dubbed the "Coal Country Protection Action" and would require the U.S. Labor Department to prove that any restrictions by the Environmental Protection Agency will not eliminate jobs, raise utility bills or reduce electricity reliability.

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3:46 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Both McConnell and Grimes Vow to Fight New EPA Regulations

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
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Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes jousted Monday over who better defends the Kentucky coal industry against new federal pollution standards.

The Environmental Protection Agency's groundbreaking regulations announced Monday aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at power plants.

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2:47 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Who Spent the Most Lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly In The 2014 Session

Kentucky state Capitol
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Lobbyists spent $8.7 million to lobby Kentucky lawmakers this year—and tobacco giant Altria led the pack at $156,000, according to records released by the Legislative Ethics Commission this week.

Some have pointed to the tobacco lobby's heavy spending during the 2014 session as a major contributing factor in the defeat of a statewide smoking ban.

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5:35 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Greater Louisville Inc. Opposes Mayor Greg Fischer's LG&E Fee

Greater Louisville Inc.

Calling Mayor Greg Fischer's proposed LG&E franchise fee a "burdensome tax" Greater Louisville Inc. is urging its business members to oppose the idea ahead of a key vote.

The mayor wants a 3 percent fee on natural gas in order to generate a net worth of $4.8 million, which will go towards a more public safety spending.

According to Fischer's office the gas fee would add about $20 per year to an average household's bill.

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4:51 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen to Make Decision on Governor's Race in 'Coming Weeks,' AP Says

Adam Edelen
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Kentucky state Auditor Adam Edelen will announce his plans regarding a 2015 bid for governor in the "coming weeks," The Associated Press reports.

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4:15 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Does Mayor Greg Fischer's Proposed Capital Budget Stiff Louisville's East End?

The Fourth Street streetscape would get funding in Mayor Greg Fischer's capital budget proposal.
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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's 2014-15 budget proposal has $63.7 million slated for capital spending, a 60 percent increase compared to last year.

But some Metro Council members are crying foul over the lack of funding for needed projects in the city's East End, which has experienced the greatest  population growth in recent years.

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12:47 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Inching Towards Obamacare Defense

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes

The campaign manager for Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is blasting Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell for saying Kentucky's health exchange is unconnected to the Affordable Care Act.

"Mitch McConnell has been in the fantasyland that is Washington for so long that he cannot tell the difference between fact and fiction," says Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst.

Last Friday, McConnell repeated his call to repeal the president's health care law at a recent press conference.

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