Tom FitzGerald http://wfpl.org en On the Kentucky Legislature's Proposed Constitutional Amendment and Environmental Regulations http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-legislatures-proposed-constitutional-amendment-and-environmental-regulations <p>A <a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/14RS/SB1.htm" target="_blank">bill moving through the Kentucky General Assembly</a> would place a measure on the ballot to allow legislators to overturn executive branch actions. And if the measure ever becomes law, it could have an effect on Kentucky’s environmental laws.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:46:32 +0000 Erica Peterson 8556 at http://wfpl.org On the Kentucky Legislature's Proposed Constitutional Amendment and Environmental Regulations Poll: Mitch McConnell Holds Edge in 2014 http://wfpl.org/post/poll-mitch-mcconnell-holds-edge-2014 <p>A new poll of Kentucky voters shows Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell with a slight edge over two potential Democratic challengers in a 2014 match-up.</p><p>The Ohio-based firm <a href="http://images.politico.com/global/2013/06/04/kentucky_senate_poll_topline_summary_report_6-3-2013.html">Wenzel Strategies conducted the survey</a> and released the results on Tuesday. It gives McConnell a 7-point lead over Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is considered the top contender.</p><p>Those are very different results when compared to a <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/poll-alison-lundergan-grimes-mitch-mcconnell-tied-potential-us-senate-matchup">Public Policy Polling survey that had McConnell and Grimes tied</a> last week. McConnell's re-election campaign raked the PPP survey for what it called "laughable poll questions," saying it should be dismissed.</p><p>In a head-to-head contest with Grimes, Wenzel found McConnell receives 46 percent of the vote compared to 39 percent for the secretary of state, who has still not indicated whether she is running for U.S. Senate in 2014.</p><p>The same survey finds McConnell leading former Miss America Heather French Henry by just a 5-point margin, however. In that mock race, Henry, who is also mulling a possible candidacy, fairs slightly better than Grimes at 40 percent of the vote compared to 45 percent for McConnell. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:41:35 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5642 at http://wfpl.org Poll: Mitch McConnell Holds Edge in 2014 Now Heather French Henry? Less Prominent Candidates May Hurt Democrats' Senate Hopes http://wfpl.org/post/now-heather-french-henry-less-prominent-candidates-may-hurt-democrats-senate-hopes <p>Now it's Heather French Henry's turn.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The former Miss America has joined a list of half a dozen party activists or leaders waiting for Kentucky Secretary of State Alison&nbsp;</span>Lundergan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Grimes to decide whether she'll run in 2014 against Mitch McConnell for his U.S. Senate seat.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 17:32:26 +0000 Kenny Colston 5499 at http://wfpl.org Now Heather French Henry? Less Prominent Candidates May Hurt Democrats' Senate Hopes Mitch McConnell's Office Promotes Op-Ed Attacking Potential Challenger Tom FitzGerald http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnells-office-promotes-op-ed-attacking-potential-challenger-tom-fitzgerald <p>In an <a href="http://richmondregister.com/viewpoints/x6225405/Kentucky-to-the-EPA-Man-up-or-shut-up" target="_blank">opinion piece published in the <em>Richmond Register</em> this week</a>, <a href="http://www.freedomkentucky.org/" target="_blank">Bluegrass Institute</a> acting president Jim Waters heaps praise on the <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-introduce-coal-jobs-protection-act?nopop=1" target="_blank">legislation recently introduced</a> by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to force the Environmental Protection Agency’s hand in approving or denying coal mine permits.</p><p>McConnell’s office <a href="https://twitter.com/McConnellPress/status/331763785578713088" target="_blank">tweeted a link </a>to the op-ed twice (today and yesterday), which makes sense because it’s an article about the legislation the GOP leader introduced to expedite the EPA’s regulatory timeline. But it’s also an article attacking environmental attorney Tom FitzGerald, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-environmentalist-tom-fitzgerald-mulling-bid-against-mitch-mcconnell" target="_blank">who has said he’s flirting with the idea of challenging McConnell as a Democrat in next year’s election.</a> Tue, 07 May 2013 15:26:35 +0000 Erica Peterson 5287 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell's Office Promotes Op-Ed Attacking Potential Challenger Tom FitzGerald Kentucky Environmentalist Tom FitzGerald Mulling Bid Against Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-environmentalist-tom-fitzgerald-mulling-bid-against-mitch-mcconnell <p>Environmental activist and Louisville attorney Tom FitzGerald says he is being encouraged to run against Republican Mitch McConnell in the Kentucky 2014 U.S. Senate race.</p><p>The 58-year-old Democrat currently serves as <a href="http://www.kyrc.org/">executive director of the Kentucky Resources Council</a>, an environmental group that lobbies state lawmakers on conservation issues.</p><p>In a telephone interview, FitzGerald told WFPL the decision is still in its early stages and leaving the non-profit world would be a significant change.</p><p>"For me to go into electoral politics and partisan politics is a very different way of approaching public service. I have a real fondness and appreciation for the amazing people of this Commonwealth and I've devoted my adult life to try to improve the quality of the community's health," he says. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:11:50 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5123 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Environmentalist Tom FitzGerald Mulling Bid Against Mitch McConnell