Kentucky State Senate http://wfpl.org en Siddique Malik Wants to be Kentucky's First Muslim State Legislator http://wfpl.org/post/siddique-malik-wants-be-kentuckys-first-muslim-state-legislator <p>Kentucky is among several states this year targeted for a Republican takeover. The GOP is hoping to win a majority in the House, a chamber currently controlled by Democrats 54-to-46.</p><p>But with all eyes on the House, there's a different battle brewing in the state's Republican-run Senate—one candidate is testing to see if the commonwealth is ready for its first Muslim lawmaker.</p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8939 at http://wfpl.org Siddique Malik Wants to be Kentucky's First Muslim State Legislator Outgoing Kentucky State Sen. Kathy Stein a Progressive Crusader http://wfpl.org/post/outgoing-kentucky-state-sen-kathy-stein-progressive-crusader <p>It’s Jan. 26, 2012, and on the floor of the Kentucky Senate, Sen. Kathy Stein is upset.</p><p>Nothing new for Stein. She’s earned a reputation as a crusader for progressive causes, including women’s rights and LGBT equality.</p><p>But on this day, after four years in the Senate, Stein’s outspokenness has, in a way, come back to haunt her: A new district map devised by Republican Senate leadership has effectively moved Stein out of the 13th, a liberal stronghold comprised of downtown Lexington and the University of Kentucky.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7837 at http://wfpl.org Outgoing Kentucky State Sen. Kathy Stein a Progressive Crusader GOP Nominates Stivers as Senate President http://wfpl.org/post/gop-nominates-stivers-senate-president <p>The State Senate Republican Caucus has officially nominated Sen. Robert Stivers for Senate president.</p><p>Stivers’ new role won’t be official until it’s voted on by the full chamber in early January. But the GOP holds a 24-14 advantage, meaning Stivers is all but certain to succeed former Senate President David Williams. Williams left the Senate to take a position as a circuit judge.</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 23:13:25 +0000 Kenny Colston 2668 at http://wfpl.org GOP Nominates Stivers as Senate President 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