Progressive Change Campaign Committee http://wfpl.org en Gun Control Groups Petition Mitch McConnell to Support Background Checks Bill http://wfpl.org/post/gun-control-groups-petition-mitch-mcconnell-support-background-checks-bill <p>Gun control advocates rallied outside of Republican Mitch McConnell’s downtown Louisville office to deliver a petition asking Kentucky’s senior senator to change his position on expanded background checks.</p><p>Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Moms Demand Action had over 30 members demonstrating outside McConnell's office before delivering 1,200 signatures urging Congress to support "sensible" gun reforms.</p><p>Last month, the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-john-yarmuth-urges-senate-pass-gun-background-checks">Senate rejected the Manchin-Toomey bill,</a> which supporters argued would keep firearms out of the hands of convicted felons and the mentally ill.</p><p>Gun rights activists say the bill would only restrict the ability of law-abiding citizens to obtain guns, however.</p><p>The petition to McConnell scolds lawmakers for doing "nothing to stop gun killings." It goes on to argue any guns reforms "must include background checks for gun purchases."</p><p>Moms Demand Action member Pam Gersh spoke at the rally. She says McConnell is out of touch for voting against the bipartisan compromise, but promises more pressure in the coming weeks.</p><p>"We’re a group that is enraged and engaged," she says. "We are going to continue putting pressure on our elected representative and they’re going to continue to hear our voices whenever we have the opportunity. And there are lot of groups working on this now." Mon, 06 May 2013 21:30:16 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5278 at http://wfpl.org Gun Control Groups Petition Mitch McConnell to Support Background Checks Bill Liberal Group Politicizes Kevin Ware Injury, Petitions NCAA for Athlete Health Care http://wfpl.org/post/liberal-group-politicizes-kevin-ware-injury-petitions-ncaa-athlete-health-care <p>A liberal group is launching a <a href="http://act.boldprogressives.org/survey/ncaa_healtchare?source=ncaahealth.com">petition asking the NCAA be required to provide universal health care for student athletes</a> in the wake of a shocking leg injury to Louisville men's basketball player Kevin Ware.</p><p>Ware <a href="http://youtu.be/EoSVhXe5QTc">suffered a compound fracture of his right leg</a> on Sunday during the Cardinals's game against Duke in the Elite Eight.</p><p>The Progressive Change Campaign Committee points out the NCAA makes $780 million per year off college athletes, but does not guarantee full payment of medical bills for injuries.</p><p>Louisville’s basketball program is also the <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2013/03/27/1779391/the-university-of-louisville-is-everything-thats-wrong-with-college-basketball/">most profitable in the country</a>, raking in <span class="userContent">$40 million in revenue annually with a projected $23 to $28 million in profit. </span></p><p>The Ware injury has gained national media attention, but is has also put the <a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/03/31/will_ware_be_stuck_with_the_bill/">spotlight on how college athletes aren't protected</a> and universities aren't legally obligated to take care of players once they're hurt.</p><p>From <em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/16/sports/16athletes.html">The New York Times</a>:</em></p><blockquote><p>University officials say they go out of their way to inform students about the limits of insurance. Yet the situation has confused and frustrated athletes and their families, some of whom have had to shoulder large and unexpected medical bills.</p><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 20:05:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4796 at http://wfpl.org Liberal Group Politicizes Kevin Ware Injury, Petitions NCAA for Athlete Health Care Gun Control Group Continues Ad Campaign Against Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/gun-control-group-continues-ad-campaign-against-mitch-mcconnell <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Progressive Change Campaign Committee has launched a new ad criticizing Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell over proposed gun control measures.</span></p><p>This is the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/gun-control-group-aims-tv-ads-mitch-mcconnell">second spot by the group to target McConnell</a>, and like the previous ad it features a Kentucky gun owner and military veteran who supports a ban on assault weapons.</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GlrCnCJsozw" width="540"></iframe> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:29:34 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4182 at http://wfpl.org Gun Control Group Continues Ad Campaign Against Mitch McConnell Gun Control Group Aims TV Ads at Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/gun-control-group-aims-tv-ads-mitch-mcconnell <p>A liberal group is attacking Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in a new television ad over his opposition to gun control measures.</p><p>The group Progressive Change Campaign Committee is launching the commercial, which will air in Kentucky and Washington, D.C. area. It features gun owner and former military marksman Rodney Kendrick from Berea, calling on McConnell to support a ban on assault weapons and background checks on gun purchases.</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UmVLznif9u0" width="540"></iframe></p><p>"On pretty much every major issue Mitch McConnell sides with his big campaign contributors over everyday people in Kentucky," PCCC co-founder Adam Green told WFPL. "Right now the gun debate is front and center, and therefore we’re elevating the fact that after the gun industry has spent (hundreds of thousands of dollars) to elect Mitch McConnell. He is opposing the will of the people in Kentucky and basic things like background checks to buy a gun."</p><p>In response McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton condemned the commercial, adding PCCC is far outside the mainstream of Kentucky voters and is backed by liberal billionaire George Soros.</p><p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:41:42 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3820 at http://wfpl.org Gun Control Group Aims TV Ads at Mitch McConnell National Progressive Group Targets Kentucky Lawmakers for ALEC Ties http://wfpl.org/post/national-progressive-group-targets-kentucky-lawmakers-alec-ties <p>&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px; ">A national progressive organization that&#39;s pressuring Democrats to drop their memberships in a conservative nonprofit is now operating in Kentucky.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 17:06:05 +0000 Kenny Colston 471 at http://wfpl.org