Noise & Notes

On Noise & Notes, WFPL's Phillip M. Bailey doesn't just discuss the issues, he dissects them. From city government to national politics, Phillip has covered it all. 

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Politics
7:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Young Voters Figure Large in Alison Lundergan Grimes’ Game Plan

Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Kentucky’s youngest voters have enough pull to decide the outcome in this year’s U.S. Senate race, according to a Tufts University report.

That fact is pivotal for Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, who many believe needs a strategy shakeup in order to defeat Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell this fall.

In 2008, McConnell won re-election by about 106,000 votes. This year’s contest could be much closer.

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Politics
6:21 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Congressman John Yarmuth Puts Political Weight Behind Louisville Minimum Wage Bill

Credit Phillip Bailey/WFPL News

The Metro Council minimum wage ordinance is the last hope for Louisville workers seeking a wage hike.

That’s according to Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth, who joined advocates at a local business Monday morning.

Yarmuth said he plans to be heavily involved in an effort to pass minimum wage legislation locally.

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Politics
10:26 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Wage Hike Provides Dividing Line in Louisville Metro Council District 9 Debate

Bill Hollander and Laura Rice
Credit Phillip Bailey/WFPL News

Louisville Metro Council candidates Bill Hollander and Laura Rice jousted in a debate Monday night over a variety of issues, including a proposed wage hike.

The two are seeking to succeed retiring Democratic Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, who will serve out her term through December.

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Politics
8:06 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Bellwether Kentucky House Race Turns Nasty

Credit submergekentucky.com

As Kentucky Republicans plot a takeover of the state House this year, one important legislative contest has taken an especially nasty turn.

Democrat Ashley Miller and Republican Phil Moffett are vying for an open seat in east Louisville that has been defined as a bellwether for GOP hopes.

In order to win a House majority, the GOP must defend 42 incumbents and pick up nine seats.

More than any other state legislative race, Miller and Moffett offer voters plenty of contrasts to consider.

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Politics
12:45 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Kentucky Election Finance Leader Retiring

Sarah M. Jackson
Credit Kentucky Registry of Election Finance

The longtime head of Kentucky’s agency overseeing state campaign finance law is stepping down later this year.

Sarah Jackson announced this week she is retiring as executive director of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance effective Nov. 1 after serving in the position since 1999.

“Sarah has been a tremendous asset to the agency and a true professional as executive director. The agency is stronger for it,” said KREF board chairman Craig C. Dilger in a released statement.

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Politics
7:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Kentucky Senators Split on Islamic State Plan as Obama Praises Congress’ Approval

Credit U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate gave overwhelming approval Thursday to a measure aimed at training and arming Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State.

By a 78-22 margin, senators backed a plan to combat the terrorist group, a plan that was pushed by President Obama and tucked in a larger spending bill. The House approved the same measure a day earlier by a similarly comfortable margin.

Kentucky’s Republican senators, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, stood on opposite sides of the debate as lawmakers cast their last votes before the mid-term elections.

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Politics
2:43 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Voices Opposition to Islamic State Plan

Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes said Thursday she would vote against arming and training Syrian forces combating the Islamic State.

The Senate is scheduled to take up a vote on the measure this afternoon, which passed through the House on Wednesday by a 273-156 tally.

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Politics
8:24 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Kentucky Congressional Delegation Divided on Islamic State Vote

Credit Architect of the Capitol's office

After a six-hour debate, the U.S. House approved a bipartisan measure to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State on Wednesday.

Congress adopted an amendment to the spending bill allowing the Obama administration to provide aid against the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which is also referred to as ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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Politics
3:01 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Pro-Coal Senate Democrat Joe Manchin Affirms Alison Lundergan Grimes' Position

Joe Manchin
Credit U.S. Senate

Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes received a boost from the most prominent pro-coal Democrat in Washington in her slugfest with Republican Leader Mitch McConnell this fall.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., waded into the contest Wednesday and said Grimes would be an ally to the coal industry and miners if elected.

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Politics
1:22 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

National AFL-CIO President Says Kentucky's Senate Race Is a Top Labor Priority

Richard Trumka
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

 The leader of a national labor union said Wednesday Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race is a top priority for organized labor that could define the country’s direction over the next two decades.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is visiting the state this week to rally working-class voters at a critical time for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ bid to defeat Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell, who has widened a slight lead in the polls.

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