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4:07 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Bill Would Close Early Release Loophole for Indiana Sex Offenders

People sent to prison for sex offenses couldn't receive credit toward an early release by earning college degrees under a proposal supported by an Indiana Senate committee.

The Indiana Senate's corrections committee voted 8-1 today to advance the measure.

Bill sponsor Sen. Jim Merritt cited the case of a former high school swim coach who was released after serving less than two years of an eight-year sentence for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl he coached.     The man was able to use his education credits to help shorten his time in prison. 

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10:35 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Kentucky Tea Party Leaders Issue Warning to Mitch McConnell, Plan to Draft Primary Challenger

Mitch McConnell
Credit U.S. Senate

A coalition of more than a dozen Tea Party groups in Kentucky are issuing a stern warning to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell against co-opting the grassroots movement — and they plan to draft a challenger for the 2014 Senate primary.

The United Kentucky Tea Party is made up of several independent organizations from across the state. In a press release sent late Monday evening, the group says that McConnell and state Republicans are being "intellectually dishonest" by calling anyone with the GOP leader's campaign personnel a tea party leader.

"What I can tell you is we have a battle plan that we’re executing and to date that plan is working better than we expected. And our goal is to have a primary challenger for Sen. McConnell,” said John Kemper, a spokesman for United Kentucky Tea Party. 

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8:30 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers Considering Criminal Code Overhaul

fbi.gov

A proposed overhaul of Indiana’s criminal code has cleared its first legislative hurdle but will be the focus of much more debate in the weeks to come.

Last week, an Indiana House committee approved the legislation, which proposes the first major changes to the state’s criminal code since 1977.

Supporters say the state is long overdue for an adjustment of punishment for certain crimes.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Pence to Address Indiana Lawmakers This Week

Indiana’s new governor will deliver his State of the State address to lawmakers this week.

Governor Mike Pence is expected to reiterate his call for a ten-percent cut in the state income tax and urge lawmakers to approve other elements of his budget proposal, which includes a one-percent increase in education spending and modest hikes for other programs.

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1:00 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer to Present Ishmon Burks With Freedom Award

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has chosen former Kentucky Secretary of Justice Ishmon Burks to be the 2013 recipient of the city’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award.

Burks is a retired army colonel who also served as the first African-American commissioner of the Kentucky State Police. In 2011, he served as interim chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department and as Fischer’s chief of public safety.

Burks says he is humbled by the mayor’s choice, and accepts the Freedom Award with a sense of gratitude.

"I wasn’t quite sure how to take it, but he said ‘I think you’re the man’ and I said mayor if you think so it’s fine with me. And so I was surprised by the whole thing," he says.

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Politics
6:45 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

McConnell Campaign Warns Obama, Democrats Coming for Kentuckians Guns

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
Credit U.S. Senate

In a fundraiser e-mail, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign is warning Kentuckians that President Obama and Senate Democrats are "coming for your guns" and undermining the Second Amendment.

"You and I are literally surrounded. The gun-grabbers in the Senate are about to launch an all-out-assault on the Second Amendment. On your rights. On your freedom," McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton said in the January 20 e-mail.

Last week, the president unveiled a legislative package that he urged Congress to pass in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre. It includes a ban on assault weapons and armor piercing bullets, universal background checks and a 10-round limit on ammunition magazines.

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12:00 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Rand Paul to Oppose Second Sandy Relief Bill Due to Extra Spending

Sen. Rand Paul said he will oppose a measure the U.S. Senate will take up this week for payments to areas of the Northeast affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The Northeast does need help after the storm, but he would like to offset the costs with spending cuts elsewhere in the federal government, he said.

“I would have given them ($)9 billion and I would’ve taken the ($)9 billion from somewhere else," he said. "I would have taken it from foreign aid and said you know what, we don’t have money for Egypt or Pakistan this year because we have to help the Northeast."

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8:30 am
Sun January 20, 2013

Ashley Judd: Kentucky Needs a Fighter

Actress Ashley Judd
Credit Salon

Actress Ashley Judd says the "people of Kentucky need a fighter" when asked about a potential bid against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in 2014.

The Hollywood celebrity and activist has been flirting with a run for public office for months, and made the comments at the the Kentucky Society of Washington's Bluegrass Ball this weekend.

In a brief interview, Judd said there is no time frame for her decision but that she is taking a serious look at running.

From Politico:

"I am incredibly honored and frankly overwhelmed by the outpouring of support — that the people of Kentucky are interested in having me represent them is the greatest honor of my life so far, and I am certainly taking a close look at it,” Judd told POLITICO before The Kentucky Society of Washington’s Bluegrass Ball in Washington.

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Politics
11:11 pm
Sat January 19, 2013

Noise and Notes: Louisville NAACP Raoul Cunningham on The State of Civil Rights

Credit NAACP

NAACP President Raoul Cunningham has been involved with civil rights since he was a 14-year-old activist protesting against Jim Crow in downtown Louisville.

Still, Cunningham says that in 2013 there are still many pertinent issues and some will be before the Supreme Court this year, such as cases dealing with affirmative action and gay marriage.

The most important question the justices will face deals with a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that could unravel the historic legislation. For Cunningham, this will be a defining moment for the Roberts Court on matters of civil rights.

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6:00 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Rand Paul To Introduce Bill Directing Priorities if Debt Ceiling Not Raised

Rand Paul
Credit U.S. Senate

Sen. Rand Paul plans to introduce legislation that would prevent the federal  government from defaulting if it fails to raise the debt ceiling. 

President Barack Obama and Congress are once again tussling over increasing the nation’s debt limit. The president says he won’t negotiate the issue, while the GOP wants to tie any change to spending cuts.

If an agreement isn't reached, the U.S. will be unable to pay its bills. Paul says his legislation will force the president pay debt interest, entitlements and the military before using remaining funds.

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