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2:34 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Louisville Councilman Dan Johnson Twice Wrote City Hot Checks for Metro Cell Phone

Dan Johnson
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Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson wrote the city two bad checks in the past month to pay off costs associated with personal use of his city-issued cell phone.

In a statement released Wednesday, Johnson, D-21, called for a thorough audit of his office accounts to demonstrate that his personal financial problems aren’t impacting his council duties.  He has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, with the filing of two civil lawsuits alleging he has written bad checks for unpaid debts.

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8:03 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Forum Examines What's at Stake in Kentucky House Races

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Two state House members outlined the Democratic and Republican parties' differences on a wide range of topics Wednesday during a Louisville Forum on Kentucky's fall legislative races.  

Democrats hold the majority in the Kentucky legislature's lower chamber, but Republicans are once again making a push to take it back for the first time since 1921.

It won't be an easy task for the GOP. To win a majority, Republicans  need to defend 42 incumbents and pick up nine seats.

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Politics
5:52 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Rand Paul Would Forgo Using Executive Orders as President

U.S. Senator Rand Paul on July 7, 2014, speaks with students at the Village Learning Center at Midwest Church of Christ in west Louisville.
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Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said Tuesday that if he is elected to the White House, he would only use his executive authority to revoke previous presidential orders.

Kentucky’s junior senator, who is gearing up for a 2016 presidential run, made the comments at a luncheon for the Louisville chamber of commerce, where he addressed a range of topics, from local issues to world affairs.

Asked directly if he would issue executive orders as president, Paul said the only circumstance would be to overturn the ones made by his predecessors.

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Politics
12:33 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Louisville Businessman Sues Councilman Dan Johnson Over Unpaid Debts

Metro Councilman Dan Johnson (foreground) and legislative aide Bryan Matthews.
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A local businessman who provides high-interest loans to people with bad credit is suing Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson for lack of payment on a $15,000 debt.

Gus Goldsmith, owner of Action Loan, wants repayment from Johnson on an $8,000 past due balance that the councilman has refused to pay, according the lawsuit filed Aug. 4 in Jefferson Circuit Court.

"I’ve asked him to repay and I even texted him," Goldsmith said in an interview with WFPL. "He said to please drop the case."

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9:00 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Kentucky Revenue Receipts Increase 2.2 Percent Over Last Year

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New data released this week by the state’s budget office suggest that Kentucky’s General Fund isn’t growing fast enough, leaving open the possibility of another budget shortfall.

Kentucky brought in about $706 million in revenue receipts in July, a 2.2 increase over last year, according to the budget office.

Jason Bailey, director for the nonpartisan Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, says that the growth won’t be enough to meet official revenue projections.

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Politics
2:39 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Libertarian David Patterson Files 9,100 Signatures To Get Onto Kentucky Ballot For Senate

David Patterson
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Libertarian David Patterson filed over 9,100 raw signatures with the Kentucky secretary of state's office Monday in his bid to make the ballot for the U.S. Senate election.

Patterson, a 42-year-old police officer who lives in Mercer County, seeks to join Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell on the November ballot.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Miners' Union Chief Wants Mitch McConnell to Explain Wife's Role on Anti-Coal Group

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The president of the United Mine Workers of America says Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell needs to explain why his wife joined the board of a group seeking to eliminate coal from the country's energy diet.

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11:28 am
Fri August 8, 2014

McConnell Campaign Lashes Out After Report Ties Wife to Anti-Coal Group

Senator Mitch McConnell and his wife, former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, at the Fancy Farm picnic.
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A report linking Republican Mitch McConnell’s wife to an aggressive anti-coal campaign has drawn angry reactions from the Kentucky senator’s re-election team.

McConnell is on a two-day bus tour in the eastern half of the state, countering stops earlier this week by Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

On Wednesday, Grimes told a Hazard audience that  she was the more pro-coal candidate.

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Politics
4:24 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Louisville Airport ‘Censoring’ Ad Campaign Highlighting Women's Issues, Group Says

The UltraViolet ad campaign in Kentucky

An activist group took the Louisville International Airport to task Thursday for rejecting its ads aimed at raising awareness about a number of women’s issues.

UltraViolet is a liberal-leaning national organization behind a series of billboards appearing across the U.S. that highlight paycheck fairness, minimum wage increases, and paid family leave.

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Politics
8:25 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Can Alison Lundergan Grimes Win Over Kentucky’s Coal Country?

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HAZARD—Speaking as if Republican Senator Mitch McConnell were in the room, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes told an Eastern Kentucky crowd Wednesday afternoon that she is the true champion of coal in the U.S. Senate race.

"Senator, let’s set the record straight. I’m the only pro-coal candidate in this race," said Grimes, joined on stage by former President Bill Clinton and members of the United Mine Workers of America.

Grimes' campaign filled the Hal Rogers Center in Hazard beyond its capacity. The optics were clear—these coal miners have her back.

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