state representative reginald meeks http://wfpl.org en Kentucky Lawmaker Tweets: 'If the Pilgrims Had Gun Control, We Wouldn't Have Thanksgiving #Irony' http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-lawmaker-tweets-if-pilgrims-had-gun-control-we-wouldnt-have-thanksgiving-irony <p>A Northern Kentucky state lawmaker stepped in a Thanksgiving Twitter controversy after making a joke about gun control.</p><p>Responding to a call from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for families across the nation to talk about gun control over their Thanksgiving dinner, Rep. Brian Linder on Friday fired off this Tweet:</p><p></p><p>He deleted the tweet within minutes after other Twitter users replied and accused him of making light of the genocide of Native Americans by European pioneers.</p><p>Linder says it was all a big misunderstanding.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:47:34 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7658 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Lawmaker Tweets: 'If the Pilgrims Had Gun Control, We Wouldn't Have Thanksgiving #Irony' Rand Paul Reaching Out to Black Voters Receives Praise from Local Leaders http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-reaching-out-black-voters-receives-praise-local-leaders <p>Republican Senator Rand Paul will speak at one of the country’s oldest historically black colleges as he seeks to reach out to African-American voters, and some Louisville leaders say that's a good sign.</p><p>Paul is scheduled to address students at Howard University in Washington, D.C. next Wednesday where Kentucky's junior senator is expected to talk about school choice and <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/senator-rand-paul-joins-democrat-give-judges-more-flexibility-federal-sentencing">changing federal mandatory minimum sentencing</a> laws.</p><p>The senator’s remarks will also focus on how the GOP and black history intertwine, and marks another sign <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-reaffirms-support-path-citizenship">Paul is earnest in his attempts to seek out minorities</a> ahead of his potential presidential bid.</p><p>"It's important that the Republican Party to talk to everybody," says Paul spokesman Dan Bayens. "And I'm not sure that we've been doing that, especially recently. No matter who the group is let's go and have a conversation with them."</p><p>Paul is becoming a force in the GOP that has <a href="http://harpers.org/blog/2013/04/on-rand-paul-and-the-libertarian-statist-divide/">rocked the establishment of both parties</a> in an unexpected way. National polls show Paul is at the top rumored 2016 Republican presidential candidates, coming in at either second in the still too early to predict GOP primary field.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 20:01:20 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4832 at http://wfpl.org Rand Paul Reaching Out to Black Voters Receives Praise from Local Leaders Meeks Beats Tea Party Candidate in State House Primary http://wfpl.org/post/meeks-beats-tea-party-candidate-state-house-primary <p>State Representative Reginald Meeks thumped Tea Party challenger Wendy Caswell in Tuesday&rsquo;s Democratic primary.</p><p>Meeks carried 80 percent of the vote in the race for the state House&rsquo;s 42nd District seat, which covers parts of Old Louisville, downtown and the West End. Caswell is the founder and former president of the Louisville Tea Party, who said she has always been a registered Democrat.</p><p>Meeks said Caswell was a fraud and he pressured party leaders to file suit against her candidacy, though they never did.</p><p>No Republican is vying for the seat.</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 02:11:27 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 409 at http://wfpl.org