State Senator Gerald Neal http://wfpl.org en Sen. Gerald Neal Files Bill to Replace Kentucky Death Penalty http://wfpl.org/post/sen-gerald-neal-files-bill-replace-kentucky-death-penalty <p>State Sen. Gerald Neal plans to file a bill that would replace the death penalty in Kentucky with a sentence of life without parole.</p><p>For years, Neal has filed a bill to outlaw the death penalty.</p><p>But he says a combination of factors—ranging from reticence by party leaders who support it but don’t want to appear soft on crime, to those who believe in the death penalty as a means of justice—have prevented the bill from getting traction.</p><p>Neal says he continues filing the measure to keep the issue front and center.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:55:34 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7767 at http://wfpl.org Sen. Gerald Neal Files Bill to Replace Kentucky Death Penalty Opposition to Felon Voting Rights Thawing, Kentucky Lawmaker Says http://wfpl.org/post/opposition-felon-voting-rights-thawing-kentucky-lawmaker-says <p>Saying Kentucky state senators have been the historical roadblock, Democrat Gerald Neal of Louisville has pre-filed a bill to restore voting rights to certain former felons.</p><p>Movement on the proposal comes weeks after U.S. Sen. Rand <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/citing-racial-disparities-senator-rand-paul-favors-restoration-felon-voting-rights">Paul, R-Ky., spoke out in favor of restoring felons' voting rights at the state and federal levels</a>, which many observers argue is an indication the GOP may be changing its view on the issue.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 19:18:23 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7282 at http://wfpl.org Opposition to Felon Voting Rights Thawing, Kentucky Lawmaker Says Local Montford Point Marines Presented With Congressional Gold Medals http://wfpl.org/post/local-montford-point-marines-presented-congressional-gold-medals <p>Congressman John Yarmuth presented two local members of the Montford Point Marines with the Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday.</p><p>The Montford Point Marines are the first African-Americans to enlist and serve in the United States Marine Corps. Approximately 20,000 black recruits were trained for combat in World War II, breaking the armed services color barrier.</p><p>Yarmuth says the men who enlisted in the Montford Point Marines deserve to be honored for their military service, but also for breaking Jim Crow segregation.</p><p>"The Montford Point Marines changed the course of history and their story continues to inspire all of us in the fight for racial equality to do more. What happened at Montford Point was a key moment of progress in U.S. history with 20,000 unique stories of triumph," he says.</p><p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 23:08:39 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1498 at http://wfpl.org 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 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