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
12:35 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Senator Mitch McConnell Urges IRS Commissioner to Resist Proposed Changes

Calling it a war on free speech, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is urging the head of the Internal Revenue Service to resist rule changes regarding politically active groups that are tax-exempt.

The Obama administration is tightening the tax code for non-profits under section 501(c)4 to curb the influence of "social welfare" groups, which are often involved in political campaigns and activities.

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Politics
8:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Poll: Kentuckians Lack Information About Affordable Care Act as Favorability Declines

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A large majority of insured and uninsured Kentuckians say they still lack the necessary information about the Affordable Care Act to determine its impact on them.

And a declining number of residents view the federal overhaul favorably compared to two years ago.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Late Louisville Councilwoman Judy Green’s Daughter Running for Mother’s Seat

Louisville attorney Jessica Green

The daughter of the late Louisville Metro Councilwoman Judy Green is running for the seat once occupied by her mother.

Attorney Jessica Green is a 32-year-old former prosecutor in the Commonwealth Attorney’s office who is running against incumbent Attica Scott in the Democratic primary.

Green's mother represented District 1, which covers parts of west and southwest Louisville, for five years.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Hal Heiner Launches New Group to Elect State House Republicans

Republican Hal Heiner

Former Louisville mayoral candidate Hal Heiner is launching a new group aimed at helping Kentucky Republicans win a majority in the state House.

The political organization is called New Direction Kentucky, and as an independent expenditure it will be able to raise and spend an unlimited amount of money to aid GOP candidates running this year.

Democrats are clinging to a 54-46 majority in the lower chamber, and many observers believe 2014 could be the year Republicans take over.

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Politics
5:01 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

John Yarmuth Wants Obama to Focus on Income Inequality Over Executive Authority

Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky.,
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Kentucky Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth is hoping President Obama's State of the Union address focuses on economic fairness rather than executive power.

The president is set to deliver his fifth address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.

Supporters are hoping the speech can revive the administration's second-term agenda as Obama faces near record-low approval ratings and gridlock in Washington.

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Politics
4:42 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Poll: Majority of Kentuckians Support Expanded Medicaid Under Obamacare, Including Most Republicans

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An overwhelming majority of Kentuckians support the state's decision to expand Medicaid for low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act, including most self-identified Republicans.

That's according to a new poll released by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky this month, which is the first since the health care rollout began in the state.

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Politics
10:30 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Third Democrat Enters Louisville Metro Council District 9 Race

Democratic Council candidate Mollie Younger Noe
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A third Democratic candidate has jumped in the race to replace retiring Louisville Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh.

Mollie Young Noe is a real estate broker who lives in the Crescent Hill neighborhood. She also owns a franchise restaurant in the St. Matthews area.

The contest for the District 9 seat has already drawn a competitive field of candidates. Attorney Chris Hartley and gay rights activist Greg Bourke have also filed to run in the Democratic primary.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Report: Mitch McConnell, John Yarmuth Among Wealthiest Members of Congress

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth (l) and Republican Senator Mitch McConnell (r)

A new report shows that for the first time in U.S. history, a majority of lawmakers in Washington are millionaires. And two members of Kentucky’s federal delegation are among the wealthiest.

The analysis of personal financial disclosure records released by the Center for Responsive Politics shows most members of Congress have an average net worth of $1 million.

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Politics
2:29 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Republican Senate Candidate Matt Bevin Outlines Key Differences With Mitch McConnell

Sen. Mitch McConnell and Matt Bevin
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Saying the Republican Party needs to adopt a new vision, U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin is hoping to shift Kentucky's race to issues, rather than surface-level politics and attacks.

The Tea Party-backed Bevin has often given speeches focusing on policy, and he decried Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes for failing to discuss them in-depth.

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Politics
5:02 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Congressman John Yarmuth Urges House Colleagues to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Speaking on the House floor Wednesday afternoon, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky marked the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty by urging Republicans to support an extension of unemployment benefits.

The Senate surprised political observers earlier this week when a bipartisan push moved the measure forward by a 60-37 vote. But senators still disagree over whether the 3-month extension of benefits should be offset with cuts elsewhere.

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