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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
3:11 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Kentucky GOP Demands Alison Lundergan Grimes Return Campaign Cash from John Arnold

Alison Lundergan Grimes

The Republican Party of Kentucky is calling on Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes to return campaign contributions from a former state representative accused of sexual harassment.

Last September, Democrat John Arnold resigned amid allegations he harassed and assaulted three statehouse employees.

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Politics
2:13 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Larry Sabato Predicted Kentucky Senate Race Would Get Attention, Now Says It's Undeserved

University of Virginia Center for Politics Director Larry Sabato

In the 2014 election cycle is Kentucky's U.S. Senate race a top contest or an over-hyped media circus?

According to political guru Larry Sabato, it's both.

In a piece for Politico Magazine this month, Sabato, who is director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, listed the campaign for Republican Senator Mitch McConnell's seat as one of the "six most overrated" races this year.

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Politics
1:27 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Bill Clinton Will Campaign for Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky as Feud With Rand Paul Escalates

Former President Bill Clinton and Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes

The last Democratic presidential nominee to carry Kentucky is coming to campaign for Alison Lundergan Grimes this month.

As first reported by The Courier-Journal's Joe Gerth, former U.S. President Bill Clinton will be in Louisville on Feb. 25.

The visit further underscores the importance of the Senate race for Democrats and Republicans nationally, as Grimes vies for GOP Leader Mitch McConnell's seat.

From the C-J:

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Politics
9:17 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Poll: Alison Lundergan Grimes Leads Mitch McConnell 46-42 Among Kentucky Voters

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's popularity is lower than President Barack Obama in Kentucky and less than one-third of registered voters across the state hold a favorable view of the Republican lawmaker.

That's according to a new Bluegrass Poll conducted by the Louisville Courier-Journal, WHAS-TV, Lexington Herald Leader and WKYT-TV in Lexington, which was released Thursday evening.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Potential Walmart Plays Role in Louisville Metro Council District 1 Election

Challenger Jessica Green (l) is taking on incumbent Attica Scott in the Metro Council District 1 Democratic primary.

The debate over a potential Walmart in west Louisville is beginning to influence a city election.

In the Democratic primary election for the Metro Council Distirct 1 seat, attorney Jessica Green is challenging incumbent Attica Scott in a closely watched contest.

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Politics
11:30 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Kentucky Tea Party Groups Urging House Delegation to Oppose Immigration Reform

The United Kentucky Tea Party is putting members of the state’s congressional delegation on notice to oppose any attempt at overhauling the U.S. immigration system this year.

Late last week House Republicans unveiled a one-page set of standards that would allow those who immigrated to the U.S. illegally to obtain citizenship.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

No Kentuckians Give to Kentuckians for Strong Leadership Super PAC

Credit http://kentuckiansforstrongleadership.org/

A pair of super PACs supporting Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes may want to consider a name change.

Campaign finance records show Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, which is aiding McConnell, raised about $1.2 million in the last six months of 2013, but not one dollar came from the Bluegrass.

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Politics
4:08 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

West Louisville Neighborhood Leaders Want Transparency in 'Walmart Deal'

The old Philip Morris site at 18th and Broadway

Neighborhood leaders in west Louisville want more information about a development project at the old Philip Morris plant.

Last November, WFPL reported a deal was in the works to bring a Walmart to the southwest corner of Dixie Highway and Broadway in the California area.

Since then community leaders, labor groups and elected officials have engaged in an at times fiercely worded debate over the retail giant.

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Politics
9:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Growing Number of Kentucky Women Running for State Legislature

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A growing number of women are vying for seats in the Kentucky General Assembly this year.

Of the 220 candidates running for either the state House or Senate in the 2014 election cycle, about 20 percent are women.

That’s a five-point increase compared to four years ago when the same offices were up for a vote.

Observers credit organizations aimed at recruiting and training women to run for public office.

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Politics
3:23 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Raises $2.1 Million, Outpacing Fellow Democratic Senate Candidates

Surpassing other top Democratic incumbents and contenders in contributions, Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes raised $2.1 million during the last three months of 2013.

Grimes's campaign announced the totals on Friday afternoon, which are down from the $2.5 million she raised in the previous quarter.

The first-term secretary of state has generated over $4.5 million from supporters to date, and has $3.5 million in cash-on-hand.

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