Politics http://wfpl.org en Dainty: A Democratic Pit Stop In Louisville on the Road to Fancy Farm http://wfpl.org/post/dainty-democratic-pit-stop-louisville-road-fancy-farm <p>On the road to this weekend's Fancy Farm political picnic, there are&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">detours. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One is the Dainty contest, a unique annual sports event in Louisville’s </span>Schnitzelburg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> neighborhood that draws local and statewide politicians.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:39:58 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9864 at http://wfpl.org Dainty: A Democratic Pit Stop In Louisville on the Road to Fancy Farm Kentucky Congressman Denies Allegations of Ethical Misconduct http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-congressman-denies-allegations-ethical-misconduct <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield of Kentucky said Monday that a pending federal ethics complaint against him involves allegations of improper lobbying of him and his staff by his wife on behalf of the national Humane Society.</p><p>The pending complaint does not include or address ethical issues raised earlier this month in articles by WFPL's &nbsp;Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, which found that Whitfield, his wife and another powerful lobbyist had a longstanding financial partnership in property at a West Virginia luxury resort.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:33:38 +0000 R.G. Dunlop 9863 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Congressman Denies Allegations of Ethical Misconduct 5 Takeaways From McConnell-Grimes Bluegrass Poll http://wfpl.org/post/5-takeaways-mcconnell-grimes-bluegrass-poll <p>Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell has a slight edge over Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes going into this weekend's Fancy Farm picnic, according to t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he Bluegrass Poll released Monday.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:17:25 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9860 at http://wfpl.org 5 Takeaways From McConnell-Grimes Bluegrass Poll Kentucky Rep. Ed Whitfield Under House Ethics Investigation http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-rep-ed-whitfield-under-house-ethics-investigation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A House committee on Friday announced an inquiry into a possible ethics violation by U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky.</span></p><div><div>The statement followed an investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics, which concluded there was “substantial reason to believe” that Whitfield had committed one or more ethics violations.<p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:43:02 +0000 R.G. Dunlop 9854 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Rep. Ed Whitfield Under House Ethics Investigation Kentucky's Medicaid Expansion Is Nearly Complete http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-medicaid-expansion-nearly-complete <p>FRANKFORT — Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act is almost complete.</p><p>Lawrence Kissner, commissioner for Kentucky’s Department of Medicaid Services, told lawmakers Thursday his<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;department is on track to fully implement the expansion, and enrollee health outcomes are improving under the new federal health care law.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9843 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky's Medicaid Expansion Is Nearly Complete Rand Paul Will Outline His Agenda For Minority Voters In National Urban League Address http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-will-outline-his-agenda-minority-voters-national-urban-league-address <p>Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul speaks before the National Urban League this Friday to outline an agenda relevant to minorities.</p><p>In a one-on-one interview with WFPL Thursday morning, Paul previewed a speech that will focus on criminal justice reform, school choice, and economic freedom zones.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:56:09 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9835 at http://wfpl.org Rand Paul Will Outline His Agenda For Minority Voters In National Urban League Address Alison Lundergan Grimes Presses Mitch McConnell to 'Change Tune' on Outsourcing Jobs Bill http://wfpl.org/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-presses-mitch-mcconnell-change-tune-outsourcing-jobs-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic Senate candidate Alison </span>Lundergan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Grimes is urging Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell to "change his tune" on a proposal that would end tax breaks for U.S. companies that ship jobs overseas.</span></p><p>The statement made Wednesday continues a debate between Grimes and McConnell over Kentucky jobs, which has been the subject of their dueling ads this week.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:53:10 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9832 at http://wfpl.org Alison Lundergan Grimes Presses Mitch McConnell to 'Change Tune' on Outsourcing Jobs Bill Kentucky Unaffected By Contradictory Health Care Rulings http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-unaffected-contradictory-health-care-rulings <p>A <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/federal-appeals-court-panel-deals-major-blow-to-health-law/2014/07/22/c86dd2ce-06a5-11e4-bbf1-cc51275e7f8f_story.html">pair of conflicting appeals court rulings about the Affordable Care Act</a> issued Tuesday will not impact Kentucky's implementation of the federal overhaul, state officials told WFPL.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:09:28 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9829 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Unaffected By Contradictory Health Care Rulings D.C. Lawmaker Challenges Ky. Congressman Thomas Massie to End Gun Prohibition on Capitol Hill http://wfpl.org/post/dc-lawmaker-challenges-ky-congressman-thomas-massie-end-gun-prohibition-capitol-hill <p>A fellow member of Congress challenged Kentucky Republican Thomas Massie on Tuesday to propose legislation allow firearms on Capitol Hill.</p><p>Last week, Congressman Massie, whose district spans Ashland to east Louisville, targeted Washington, D.C.'s gun laws, introducing an <a href="http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/local/revised-massie-dc-gun-amendment/1132/">amendment to the 2015 D.C. Appropriations</a> Bill to block the city from enforcing its firearm restrictions.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:53:08 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9826 at http://wfpl.org D.C. Lawmaker Challenges Ky. Congressman Thomas Massie to End Gun Prohibition on Capitol Hill Despite Senator Rand Paul's Suggestion, Fort Knox Won’t House Immigrant Children, Says HHS Official http://wfpl.org/post/despite-senator-rand-pauls-suggestion-fort-knox-won-t-house-immigrant-children-says-hhs <p>Unaccompanied immigrant children taken into custody at the U.S.-Mexico border will not be coming to Fort Knox in Kentucky.</p><p>That’s according to an e-mail from the U.S. Department Health and Human Services sent to WFPL, which contradicts a statement Monday by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., at a business event in Louisville.</p><p>Speaking at the Kentucky Chamber Business Summit, Paul said the federal government was sending some of the children who had been apprehended to the Kentucky military installation.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:59:04 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9818 at http://wfpl.org Despite Senator Rand Paul's Suggestion, Fort Knox Won’t House Immigrant Children, Says HHS Official