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
2:51 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Update: McConnell Campaign Top Aide Resigns Amid Iowa 'Endorsement-for-Pay' Investigation

Jesse Benton, middle
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Update 6:22 p.m.: Benton Resigns

Jesse Benton, McConnell's campaign manager, resigned this afternoon. He issued the following statement Friday evening:

"There is no more important cause for both Kentucky, my new home I have come to love, and our country than electing Mitch McConnell Majority Leader of the United States Senate. I believe this deep in my bones, and I would never allow anything or anyone to get in the way.

That includes myself.

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Politics
10:22 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Louisville Council Democrats Differ on Minimum Wage Ordinance

Louisville City Hall
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A number of Metro Council Democrats expressed concern Thursday with a possible minimum wage ordinance in Louisville, especially its effect on larger businesses and younger workers.

The county attorney’s office told city lawmakers this week that they have the authority to establish a wage rate separate from the rest of the state.

A draft ordinance sponsored by Democrats Attica Scott, Barbara Shanklin, and David James would increase worker’s pay rates over a three-year period.

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Politics
8:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Leaked McConnell Tape Lacks ‘Gotcha Moment’ But Underscores Democratic Narrative

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell speaking at the 2014 Fancy Farm event.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

A secret recording of Republican Senator Mitch McConnell telling a summit of wealthy conservatives that he plans to block many populist measures sent Democrats in a fury this week.

In a leaked audiotape released Wednesday by The Nation, McConnell vowed to block a raise to the minimum wage, tackling student loan debt, and extending unemployment benefits if he becomes majority leader.

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Politics
3:28 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Louisville Minimum Wage Ordinance Moving Forward

A minimum wage increase supporter holds a sign during an April public forum in Louisville on the issue.
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Now that the Louisville Metro Council has been told it can move ahead on raising the local minimum wage, a group of Democratic lawmakers have announced they’re moving forward with a proposal.

As WFPL first reported Monday, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell told council members they have the authority to establish a wage rate separate from the rest of the state.

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Politics
11:59 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Kentucky Libertarians Object to KET Senate Debate Criteria

David Patterson
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Kentucky Libertarian David Patterson is taking KET to task for its new criteria excluding his participation from their scheduled Senate debate.

Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell last week accepted the public television network's invitation to face-off against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes on Oct. 13. Grimes had accepted earlier in the summer.

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Politics
7:18 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Centre College Cancels McConnell-Grimes Senate Debate Efforts

Centre College President John Roush
Credit centre.edu

Centre College has canceled its efforts to host a Kentucky U.S. Senate debate between Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The decision comes days after Centre launched an online campaign asking voters to help persuade both campaigns to agree to their Sept. 2 date.

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Politics
1:26 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Council Can Establish a Minimum Wage Just for Metro Louisville, County Attorney Says

Mike O'Connell
Credit Jefferson County Attorney's Office

The Louisville Metro Council can legally establish a local minimum wage within the city limits, according to a legal opinion  issued Monday by Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell's office.

The opinion clears a legal hurdle for wage increase advocates: whether the council has the legal authority to increase the minimum pay rate in the city.

For months, advocates have argued for a raise in Louisville workers' minimum pay rate to $10.10 per hour.

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Politics
1:37 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Kentucky Democrats Seek Ethics Probe Into McConnell; GOP Files FEC Complaint Against Grimes

Kentuky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney—between Secretary Alison Lundergan Grimes and Senator Mitch McConnell—gave an introduction Wednesday to the “Measure the Candidates” forum in Louisville.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes were hit Friday with allegations of federal ethics and campaign finance violations by each other's respective political parties.

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Politics
11:14 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Pro-McConnell Super PAC Asks to Rent Grimes' Bus for Same 'Sweetheart Deal'

Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

A super PAC supporting Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is taking advantage of Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes' tour bus controversy by asking if it can use the vehicle for a similar price.

Kentuckians for Strong Leadership sent a letter Thursday to Signature Special Events Services seeking to rent the 45-foot-long bus adorned with Grimes’ photo and logo for $456 per day.

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Politics
11:30 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Centre College Wants Answer on Grimes-McConnell Debate

John A. Roush, President Centre College
Credit centre.edu

The president of Centre College is asking Kentucky voters to help persuade Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Ludergan Grimes to commit to a debate at the school.

Last month, Centre partnered with AARP Kentucky and Louisville TV station WAVE-3 to host a public debate scheduled for Sept. 3. The group gave both campaigns a deadline before the Fancy Farm picnic, but neither side has provided a response.

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