Norris Shelton http://wfpl.org en Noise and Notes: Presidential Debate Afterthoughts and Norris Shelton's Pitch for Frankfort http://wfpl.org/post/noise-and-notes-presidential-debate-afterthoughts-and-norris-sheltons-pitch-frankfort <p>The first presidential debate is behind us, and observers are still digesting how President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney performed.</p><p>It was a much <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/04/presidential-debate-ratings_n_1940066.html?utm_hp_ref=media">anticipated discussion that about 67 million Americans watched</a>, but surprisingly both Mr. Obama's critics and <a href="http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/49285127/#49285127">supporters agreed that the president gave a lackluster performance</a>.</p><p>Romney was more aggressive and forceful, and this could be the turning point his campaign needs less than five weeks until Election Day. For many, this puts added pressure on Vice President Joe Biden in his debate against Congressman Paul Ryan on Thursday in Danville, Ky.</p><p>But the president's supporters point out that while Romney may have won the style of the debate <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/82002.html">his facts do not add up on a number of his assertions</a>.</p><p>I talked to political commentator Stacy Brooks and Louisville Young Republicans Chairman James Young about the debate, Mr. Obama's performance and where the election is headed.</p><p> Sun, 07 Oct 2012 02:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1923 at http://wfpl.org Noise and Notes: Presidential Debate Afterthoughts and Norris Shelton's Pitch for Frankfort Outspoken Community Activist Challenges Neal for State Senate Seat http://wfpl.org/post/outspoken-community-activist-challenges-neal-state-senate-seat <p>Louisville businessman and community activist Norris Shelton is vying for the state Senate against Democratic incumbent Gerald Neal in this year's general election.</p><p>The 75-year-old west Louisville business owner is the <a href="http://www.slavesusa.com/about.htm">founder </a><span><a href="http://www.slavesusa.com/about.htm">and president of American Slaves Inc.</a>, a non-profit group that is most notable for eschewing the use of the term "African-American" to describe black Americans.</span> Running under the Descendants of American Slaves Party, this is Shelton's first bid for public office despite being an outspoken critic of local leaders for a number of years.</p><p>Shelton says the decision to run was made by the group and isn't a personal slap against Neal, but he argues the longtime lawmaker hasn't done enough for the district.</p><p>"I don’t know of anything he’s done except collect his salary and ignore his people. If there’s something good that he’s done I’d like to know it," he says.</p><p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 20:10:01 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1176 at http://wfpl.org Outspoken Community Activist Challenges Neal for State Senate Seat