Hillary Clinton http://wfpl.org en Hillary Clinton to Speak in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/hillary-clinton-speak-louisville <p>Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will speak in Louisville next month.</p><p>Clinton will deliver the keynote address at the United Methodist Women’s Assembly on April 26. The group’s chief executive says Clinton, a lifelong Methodist, will speak to a gathering of more than seven thousand participants at the Kentucky International Convention Center.</p><p>This won’t be Hillary Clinton’s first speech in Louisville. She delivered a talk at the University of Louisville in 2010, when she was Secretary of State.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:58:16 +0000 Rick Howlett 8797 at http://wfpl.org Hillary Clinton to Speak in Louisville Rand Paul Says No Evidence of Racial Discrimination in Elections http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-says-no-evidence-racial-discrimination-elections <p>Speaking at the Louisville Forum this week, Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., says there is no evidence that African-Americans are being barred from U.S. elections more than whites.</p><p>The comments come as several civil rights leaders announce they are launching a 50-state project aimed at reviving a historic law after the Supreme Court struck down a key part of it this year.</p><p>Many proponents argue a recent <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/july-dec13/voting_08-13.html">voter ID law in North Carolina</a> is an example of legislation that wouldn’t have passed if the full Voting Rights Act was intact. Both the ACLU and NAACP have filed a <a href="http://www.usnews.com/news/newsgram/articles/2013/08/13/two-lawsuits-challenge-nc-voter-id-law">pair of lawsuits alleging the state law is aimed at suppressing minority voters</a> in upcoming elections.</p><p>Paul says there was once a time for the Voting Rights Act and there is still justification for the federal government to intervene if an individual's civil rights are violated.</p><p>But Kentucky's junior senator says any new provisions shouldn’t focus on southern states based on past cases of discrimination.</p><p>"The interesting thing about voting patterns now is in this last election African-Americans voted at a higher percentage than whites in almost every one of the states that were under the special provisions of the federal government," he says. "So really, I don't think there is objective evidence that we're precluding African-Americans from voting any longer."</p><p>In 2012, census figures showed black voter turnout was around 66 percent compared 64 percent among whites. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:47:26 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6459 at http://wfpl.org Rand Paul Says No Evidence of Racial Discrimination in Elections Strange Fruit: Rob Portman for Marriage Equality; Trevor Hoppe on the Criminalization of HIV http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-rob-portman-marriage-equality-trevor-hoppe-criminalization-hiv-0 <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F84557049&amp;color=a40062&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>It's been a week full of political news on the LGBTQ front, so we asked WFPL's political editor, <a href="http://wfpl.org/programs/noise-notes">Phillip M. Bailey</a>, to join us for our Juicy Fruit segment this week and help us talk through some of the finer points of these issues. Here in Kentucky, we've been watching and waiting to see what Governor Beshear would do with House Bill 279, the so-called 'religious freedom' bill that would let people ignore civil rights laws that go against their religious beliefs.&nbsp;</p><p>On Monday, we learned the city of Covington had <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/covington-mayor-city-commissioners-ask-gov-beshear-block-religious-freedom-bill">joined the chorus</a> of those opposing the bill and urging a veto. Covington Mayor Sherry Carran sent Beshear a letter warning the bill could "do harm and will present a poor image of our state to progressive professionals and companies who understand and appreciate the value of diversity and open-mindedness."</p><p>Naturally, opponents of the bill in Louisville then collectively turned their heads and raised an eyebrow at our own Mayor Greg Fischer, and on Tuesday he sent <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-comes-out-against-religious-freedom-bill">a letter of his own</a> to the capitol, saying the law was unnecessary. "We don’t need this proposed law, full of ambiguity and question, to prove our religious freedom and protect our citizens from some perceived threat. We have plenty of laws and a Constitution adopted by our citizens that provide us ample protections—no matter our faith, our profession, or our other rights and traits as human beings."</p><p>Indeed, on Friday, Governor Beshear did veto the bill, and now it comes down to whether the General Assembly will override the gubernatorial veto—which it appears to have enough votes to do.</p><p>In national news, Senator Rob Portman became the first GOP senator to publicly support marriage equality for LGBTQ folks. He revealed this week that <a href="http://www.towleroad.com/2013/03/why-we-welcome-bob-portman.html">he changed his mind on the issue</a> because his son is gay. Hillary Clinton also <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RP9pbKMJ7c&amp;feature=youtu.be">released a video statement</a> this week voicing her unequivocal support of same gender marriage, saying "Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights."</p><p>But Phillip, who covers politics full time, didn't have the same warm fuzzy feelings as many did over these announcements. He pointed out that Senator Portman has known his son is gay for two years, and that Clinton is widely rumored to be planning a run for president in 2016. So the cynical observer could see these moves as exactly that: PR maneuvers, carefully timed for maximum political advantage.</p><p>Jaison, so often the voice of activism and idealism on our show, preferred the less cynical explanation. "Are there any politicians who do the right thing just for the sake of doing it?" We'll let you listen for the discussion that followed.</p><p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-reverend-maurice-bojangles-blanchard-faith-and-fairness">Earlier this month we mentioned</a> in a Juicy Fruit segment that people in Michigan were suffering legal consequences for supposedly-confidential HIV tests. To learn more, we called <a href="http://www.trevorhoppe.com/">Trevor Hoppe</a>. He's a graduate student at the University of Michigan who's studying <a href="http://www.trevorhoppe.com/research.html">sexuality, medicine, and the law</a>. Trevor told us there are indeed cases of no- or very-low-risk behavior on the part of HIV-positive folks being treated like deliberate endangerment in the eyes of the law.</p><p>He says the criminalization of these seemingly-innocuous acts is a method of social control that has little to do with actually protecting public health. "I think it's just another way that HIV-positive people face a particular kind of stigma, despite the fact that there's no risk in these cases. It's not about that. It's about punishing HIV-positive people as much as the law can facilitate."</p><p> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 14:39:28 +0000 Laura Ellis 4636 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Rob Portman for Marriage Equality; Trevor Hoppe on the Criminalization of HIV Sen. Rand Paul Says He Would Have Fired Secretary Hillary Clinton Over Benghazi Attack http://wfpl.org/post/sen-rand-paul-says-he-would-have-fired-secretary-hillary-clinton-over-benghazi-attack <p>At his first meeting as a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton he would have fired her over the attacks at a U.S. consulate in Libya.</p><p>The hearing was the first time <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/secretary-clinton-benghazi-attack-i-take-responsibility">Clinton was able to testify about the Benghazi attacks</a> and it was marked by tense exchanges with Republican committee members. Clinton defended her actions, and called out Congress for not adequately funding security requests.</p><p>In his opening statement, Paul rebuked Clinton's leadership at the State Department.</p><p>Kentucky's junior senator added that Clinton leaving the Obama administration was an acceptance of her culpability in what Paul called "the worst tragedy since 9/11."</p><p>Watch:</p><p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:58:16 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3559 at http://wfpl.org Sen. Rand Paul Says He Would Have Fired Secretary Hillary Clinton Over Benghazi Attack Poll: Hillary Clinton Leads Rand Paul in Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/poll-hillary-clinton-leads-rand-paul-kentucky <p>In a new survey released Wednesday, Public Policy Polling found that in a hypothetical 2016 presidential race Democratic Hillary Clinton leads Republican Sen. Rand Paul in Kentucky.</p><p>Clinton is the outgoing U.S. Secretary of State who many Democrats want to run in four years, while Paul is a rising GOP star and Tea Party favorite. Both are rumored presidential candidates at this point, but the PPP survey shows Clinton ahead of Paul by a 5-point margin in the commonwealth at 47-to-42 percent.</p><p>A large reason for Clinton's lead is that she is far more popular in Kentucky than President Obama, who has struggled amongst state Democrats.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/12/kentucky-miscellany.html">PPP</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Clinton has a 48/42 favorability rating with Kentucky voters. By comparison Barack Obama's approval rating is 38/59.</p><p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 17:47:47 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2932 at http://wfpl.org Poll: Hillary Clinton Leads Rand Paul in Kentucky