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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
8:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

McConnell Campaign Manager Subpoenaed in Bribery Case Before He Resigned

Jessie Benton, center
Credit Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons

  The e-mails and financial statements of Republican Mitch McConnell’s former campaign manager were subpoenaed a month before he quit as the senator’s top aide.

That’s according a grand jury document posted Thursday by The Center for Responsive Politics in a report about an ongoing federal investigation stemming from an alleged bribery of an Iowa legislator in 2012.

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Politics
1:19 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

AFL-CIO's New Ad Takes Aim at Koch Brothers’ ‘Corporate Cash’ in Kentucky

The Koch Sisters in the AFL-CIO's ad.
Credit AFL-CIO via YouTube

A national labor union is launching a catchy new ad campaign in Kentucky on Thursday to counteract and draw attention to the politically-influential, billionaire Koch brothers.

The AFL-CIO is making a six-figure ad buy this week introducing voters to the so-called “Koch Sisters,” two women, Karen and Joyce, who cast Republicans and the Koch brothers as enemies of middle-class Americans.

In the 30-second spot, Karen and Joyce, who aren’t related, said they are “just two average women” standing up for working families.

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Politics
10:59 am
Thu September 4, 2014

37,500 TV Ads Have Aired For Kentucky's Senate Race, Report Says

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

Spending in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate contest is expected to top $100 million, which could buy a lot in a poor state like this one.

The campaigns and aligned groups for Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes are putting much of that cash into television ads.

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Politics
11:30 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Mitch McConnell Ready to ‘Move On’ After Campaign Manager’s Resignation

Mitch McConnell last month in Louisville.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Less than a week after his top campaign aide, Jesse Benton, stepped down while being circled by questions from a federal bribery case, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is ready to move forward.

“We’re moving on,” McConnell told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Tuesday. “We've got 60-some odd days left in the campaign. We're talking about the future and not the past.”

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Politics
11:07 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Kentucky Republicans Question Libertarian Senate Candidate’s Ballot Signatures

David Patterson
Credit david4senate.com

The Republican Party of Kentucky is questioning petition signatures obtained by Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate David Patterson to place him on the Nov. 4 ballot.

In a letter to county clerks last week, GOP Chairman Steve Robertson asks that the signatures be reviewed and verified. Patterson obtained around 9,100 signatures for his petition to join Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Mitch McConnell on the ballot.

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Politics
8:00 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Mitch McConnell Extends Lead Over Alison Lundergan Grimes in Latest Bluegrass Poll

Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has added slightly to his lead over Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, according to the latest Bluegrass Poll released Saturday evening.

The survey of 569 likely Kentucky voters puts McConnell ahead of Grimes by four points in the tightly contested U.S. Senate race, a lead that is still within the margin of error with less than 10-weeks until Election Day.

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Politics
8:07 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

McConnell Campaign Manager Resigns After Iowa Bribery Probe Expands

Sen. Mitch McConnell and former campaign manager Jesse Benton mocking reports of private call where Benton said he was 'holding his nose' working for the campaign.
Credit File photo

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Benton stepped down late Friday as a federal bribery investigation of Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential run expands.

In a released statement, Benton, who ran Paul’s presidential campaign, said he met with McConnell on Friday afternoon and resigned in order to avoid further distractions in Kentucky’s tightly-contested Senate race.

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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
Credit Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons

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
Credit Creative Commons

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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