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5:58 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Hillary Clinton to Speak in Louisville

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will speak in Louisville next month.

Clinton will deliver the keynote address at the United Methodist Women’s Assembly on April 26. The group’s chief executive says Clinton, a lifelong Methodist, will speak to a gathering of more than seven thousand participants at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

This won’t be Hillary Clinton’s first speech in Louisville. She delivered a talk at the University of Louisville in 2010, when she was Secretary of State.

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5:40 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

‘Ban The Box’ Moves Forward in Louisville Despite Fischer Administration's Objections

A Louisville Metro Council committee has approved a measure prohibiting the city and its private contractors from asking about an applicant's criminal history until the job is offered.

But members of Democratic Mayor Greg Fischer's administration joined council Republicans to voice concerns about the bill and its additional burden on local businesses.

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7:58 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Kentucky House Rejects Senate's Changes to Felon Voting Rights Legislation

Jesse Crenshaw
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FRANKFORT — The Kentucky House on Wednesday rejected changes to a bill that would automatically restore voting rights to many felons.

This throws out a set of revisions from the Republican-controlled Senate that would have reduced the number of affected felons by more than half.

State Rep. Jesse Crenshaw, a Lexington Democrat, implored colleagues to vote against the changes.

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7:58 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Explains Decision to Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Order

Steve Beshear
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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he knows marriage equality supporters are upset with his decision to appeal a federal ruling requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriages.

But the governor adds that he wants advocates to know further action is needed to prevent what he calls the “legal chaos” that would arise from too many contradictory rulings.

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4:17 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Senator Mitch McConnell Helps Defeat Obama Nominee Who Defended Mumia Abu-Jamal

Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,
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Saying ties to the country's "most notorious cop-killer" was a question of professional fitness, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., led the way to defeating a key Obama nominee on Wednesday.

It marks the first time one of the president's appointments has failed to move through the Senate since Democrats changed the rules last year to overcome McConnell's effective filibusters.

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10:26 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway Explains Decision to Not Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Order

Jack Conway
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FRANKFORT — Last month, U.S. District Court Judge John Heyburn issued an opinion that Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, effectively allowing out-of-state same-sex marriages to be recognized in the state.

In an emotional press conference Tuesday, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced that his office would not appeal Heyburn’s decision, saying that to do so would be to “defend discrimination.” But at the same time, Governor Steve Beshear is seeking outside counsel to lead an appeal effort.

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6:30 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes 'Dodging' and 'Evading' Stance on Same-Sex Marriage Appeal, Says Independent

Independent U.S. Senate Ed Marksberry
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Independent U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marksberry is shredding Democratic contender Alison Lundergan Grimes for what he calls a "dodging" and "evading" answer on whether she support appealing a federal same-sex marriage ruling.

Kentucky's top two officials—Governor Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway—disagreed on whether the state should fight a federal order that the state must recognize out-of-state marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples.

Conway said he would not appeal the ruling while Beshear said he is hiring outside counsel to do so.

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5:02 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Applauds UofL for Plan to Raise Minimum Wage

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is applauding the University of Louisville for raising the salaries of hundreds of employees, which will go up to $11 per hour over the next three years.

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4:06 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Kentucky Democrats Differ on Jack Conway, Steve Beshear's Dueling Appeal Decisions

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (l) and Attorney General Jack Conway (r)

Kentucky Democrats remain split over gay marriage as two of their top officials publicly differ on whether to appeal a federal order that the state must recognize same-sex unions performed out-of-state.

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2:34 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Republican Hal Heiner is Running for Kentucky Governor

Republican Hal Heiner

The first official candidate in the 2015 Kentucky governor's race is getting the word out across the Commonwealth.

Louisville businessman Hal Heiner announced Friday he is jumping into the gubernatorial contest with former Lexington council member K.C. Crosbie as his running mate. 

This is the first race for Heiner, a Republican, since narrowly losing a bid for Louisville mayor in 2010.  Crosby, who sat on Lexington'ss council for five years , was also unsuccessful in her bid for state treasurer three years ago. 

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