Noise & Notes http://wfpl.org en National Supporter Has Doubts Matt Bevin Can Overcome Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/national-supporter-has-doubts-matt-bevin-can-overcome-mitch-mcconnell <p>Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin has failed to provide Kentucky primary voters with a compelling reason to replace incumbent Mitch McConnell in next month's election.</p><p>That's what conservative commentator Erick Erickson said in a blog post Wednesday, sharing his doubts about the Tea Party-backed challenger's chances.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:40:13 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9150 at http://wfpl.org National Supporter Has Doubts Matt Bevin Can Overcome Mitch McConnell Alison Lundergan Grimes’ Fundraising Haul Cuts Mitch's McConnell Cash Advantage in Half http://wfpl.org/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-fundraising-haul-cuts-mitchs-mcconnell-cash-advantage-half <p>For the second time since entering the Kentucky Senate race, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes' fundraising haul has outpaced Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell.</p><p>In the first three months of the year, Grimes raised $2.7 million compared to the $2.4 million McConnell generated for the quarter.</p><p>The money advantage still belongs to McConnell, who has raised $22 million overall in a duel campaign against Grimes and GOP primary challenger Matt Bevin.</p><p>Bevin announced Monday his campaign raised $1.1 million during the same period.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:23:06 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9146 at http://wfpl.org Alison Lundergan Grimes’ Fundraising Haul Cuts Mitch's McConnell Cash Advantage in Half Louisville Minimum Wage Forum Highlights Tipped Worker's Struggles http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-minimum-wage-forum-highlights-tipped-workers-struggles <p>As lawmakers the nation over debate raising the minimum wage, one Louisville server says local elected leaders need to pay closer attention to the struggle of tipped employees especially.</p><p>Supporters of raising the pay rate to $10.10 testified before the Metro Council’s Community Affairs Committee Monday evening.</p><p>Less than a dozen people showed up and all voiced their support of the idea.</p><p>But those in attendance said they were disappointed even fewer council members—save Democrats Attica Scott, David James and Chairwoman Barbara Shanklin—attended the special hearing.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:23:42 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9143 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Minimum Wage Forum Highlights Tipped Worker's Struggles Mitch McConnell Expresses Outrage at Sexual Harassment 'Cover-Up' in Kentucky House http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-expresses-outrage-sexual-harassment-cover-kentucky-house <p>Calling it a "cover up," Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky contrasted how he handled a sexual harassment scandal differently than likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes has in recent months.</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:22:55 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9132 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell Expresses Outrage at Sexual Harassment 'Cover-Up' in Kentucky House Staffers: Lack of African-American Women 'Decision-Makers' in Kentucky Behind Arnold Ethics Verdict http://wfpl.org/post/staffers-lack-african-american-women-decision-makers-kentucky-behind-arnold-ethics-verdict <p>The absence of African-American women in Kentucky's halls of power is why former state Rep. John Arnold hasn't been held accountable.</p><p>That's according to <span class="st">Cassaundra</span> Cooper and Yolanda Costner, two of the three statehouse staffers who have alleged they were sexually harassed and assaulted by Arnold over a three-year period.</p><p>Since August, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-statehouse-staffers-accuse-rep-john-arnold-sexual-harassment-assault">the Arnold scandal</a> has put the treatment of women in the legislature front and center.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:55:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9106 at http://wfpl.org Staffers: Lack of African-American Women 'Decision-Makers' in Kentucky Behind Arnold Ethics Verdict Does Walmart Fit West Louisville’s Jobs and Economic Vision, Forum Asks http://wfpl.org/post/does-walmart-fit-west-louisville-s-jobs-and-economic-vision-forum-asks <p>Does Walmart fit with the vision of west Louisville's economic and jobs plan?</p><p>That was a question the Louisville Forum tackled Wednesday afternoon in a debate featuring some of the deal's vocal critics and supporters.</p><p>Metro Council Democrats Attica Scott and David Tandy took opposing views on the deal and the need for public subsidies.</p><p>The two grappled with what the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/walmart-supercenter-be-built-west-louisville">$25 million project </a>will mean for the area.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:22:50 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9101 at http://wfpl.org Does Walmart Fit West Louisville’s Jobs and Economic Vision, Forum Asks Alison Lundergan Grimes Mum as Staffer Claims 'War on Women' in Kentucky State House http://wfpl.org/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-mum-staffer-claims-war-women-kentucky-state-house <p>A statehouse staffer says there is a clear "war on women" being waged in the Kentucky legislature after a questionable decision cleared former state Rep. John Arnold of any ethical wrongdoing.</p><p>The scandal is also threatening to entangle U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is in a difficult spot due to her connections to state Democrats involved.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9098 at http://wfpl.org Alison Lundergan Grimes Mum as Staffer Claims 'War on Women' in Kentucky State House What Does 'Equal Pay Day' Mean for Kentucky Women, Especially Minorities? http://wfpl.org/post/what-does-equal-pay-day-mean-kentucky-women-especially-minorities <p>President <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/04/07/obama-equal-pay-executive-action/7423401/">Obama penned a pair of executive actions</a> on Tuesday tied to<a href="http://www.pay-equity.org/day.html"> "Equal Pay Day,"</a>&nbsp;acting on an especially important issue for Kentucky women of all races and ethnicities.</p><p><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">The wage rates along gender lines overall are telling.</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:36:39 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9097 at http://wfpl.org What Does 'Equal Pay Day' Mean for Kentucky Women, Especially Minorities? Andy Beshear Raises Over $1 Million for Kentucky Attorney General Race http://wfpl.org/post/andy-beshear-raises-over-1-million-kentucky-attorney-general-race <p>Louisville <a href="http://www.stites.com/attorneys/andrew-g-beshear/">attorney Andy Beshear</a> announced Monday that he has raised $1.1 million for his Kentucky attorney general bid.</p><p>In the first three months of 2014, Beshear received $880,000 in contributions, but he has yet to file his campaign finance report.</p><p>Observers note that Beshear has been massaging donors across the state since announcing his candidacy last November to succeed incumbent Jack Conway, who is term-limited.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:35:49 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9085 at http://wfpl.org Andy Beshear Raises Over $1 Million for Kentucky Attorney General Race Tired of Mitch McConnell's Attacks, Matt Bevin Supporters Believe Upset Possible http://wfpl.org/post/tired-mitch-mcconnells-attacks-matt-bevin-supporters-believe-upset-possible <p>With the Kentucky primary election six weeks away supporters of Republican Matt Bevin believe the tea party-backed challenger to Mitch McConnell still has a chance to pull off an upset.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">McConnell leads </span>Bevin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> by double-digits in every poll and has brutalized his challenger in attack ads, calling him a "con man" and "fraud" in campaign materials. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Wenzel Strategies survey shows McConnell's negative attacks are working. </span></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:24:14 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9081 at http://wfpl.org Tired of Mitch McConnell's Attacks, Matt Bevin Supporters Believe Upset Possible