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
3:14 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Matt Bevin Doesn't Trust Iran in Nuclear Talks, Other Candidates Silent

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin is blasting the Obama administration's deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for lifting certain economic sanctions.

The preliminary agreement stipulates Iran must halt any uranium enrichment above 5 percent and eliminate any stockpile that is near-20 percent enriched.

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Politics
8:30 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Labor Union Urges Louisville Leaders Against West End Walmart

Credit Walmart

One of Louisville’s largest labor unions is arguing against any city investment towards a Walmart filling the old Philip Morris site in the West End.

But local retailers and job seekers appear eager for the retail giant to move into an area that many argue is in need of jobs and development.

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Politics
2:26 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Republican Senate Candidate Matt Bevin Wins Boone County GOP Straw Poll Over Mitch McConnell

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin
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Kentucky U.S Senate candidate Matt Bevin beat incumbent Mitch McConnell in a straw poll conducted by the Boone County Republican Party.

The unscientific survey was held at the group's gala on Thursday which featured libertarian speaker Judge Andrew Napolitano among others. Of the approximately 425 people who participated, Bevin won 85 percent compared to just 13 percent favoring McConnell.

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Politics
3:20 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Senator Mitch McConnell: Democrats Will Regret Detonating 'Nuclear Option' in 2014

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Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and his top aides are warning the detonation of the so-called "nuclear option" will backfire on Senate Democrats after the results of next year's election.

The vote gives the 2014 mid-term elections even higher stakes and puts more attention on Kentucky's Senate race, which could pit McConnell up against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes next fall.

After months of debating the use of the 60-vote cloture maneuver to block President Obama's judicial nominees and other measures, Democratic Leader Harry Reid moved forward with changing the Senate rules.

By a 52-48 vote, it now takes just a simple majority vote to end debate and move ahead with presidential nominations other than Supreme Court justices.

"If you want to play games and set yet another precedent that you'll no doubt come to regret. I say to my friends on the other side of the aisle you'll regret this," said McConnell. "And you may regret it a lot sooner than you think."

Others in McConnell's camp, such as former chief of staff Josh Holmes, who is working on the senator's re-election bid, also derided the nuclear option. But he put the vote in even starker terms if the GOP captures the majority next fall.

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Politics
7:30 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Kentucky Lawmaker Files ‘Second Chance’ Bill to Help Low-Level, First Time Felons

Credit fbi.gov

Saying it is hard for Kentuckians who committed low-level offenses to get a job or participate in their child’s school, state Rep. Darryl Owens, D-Louisville, is filing legislation to make it easier for certain felons to expunge their records.

The bill has been pre-filed for the General Assembly’s 2014 legislative session and would allow those imprisoned for a non-violent or non-sexual crime with no prior offenses or pending felony case to erase that conviction from their record.

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Politics
6:34 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Forgetting Previous Twitter Scandal, McConnell Camp Jabs Grimes for Distracting Voters

The National Republican Senatorial Committee compared Grimes to "Obama girl" for attending a fundraiser with the First Lady

Call it a tale of two Tweets.

The campaign to re-elect Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is taking umbrage with Democratic challenger Allison Lundergan Grimes for putting too much focus on a Tweet by a national GOP group.

Supporters of Kentucky's senior senator slammed Grimes for trying to distract voters and playing the "sexist card," but Team Mitch had no trouble putting Twitter at the forefront when a liberal super PAC attacked the race of McConnell's wife Elaine Chao online.

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1:32 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Jefferson County Official: Fiscal Court Building 'Probably Needs To Be In the Graveyard'

The Fiscal Court building in downtown Louisville

A Jefferson County official is furious with the lack of maintenance at his offices and wants Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's administration to do more to address the needs of city buildings.

This comes as the Louisville Metro Council is looking at fixing the malfunctioning escalators at the Hall of Justice, which has been a headache for visitors and public officials over the past few years.

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Politics
5:25 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Fixing Hall of Justice Escalators Could Cost Up to $4 Million

Jefferson County Hall of Justice

The Louisville Metro Public Works Department estimates it will cost $3.9 million to renovate parts of the Hall of Justice in order to fix its outdated escalator system.

The city owns the courthouse, which first opened in 1975, and leases it to the state. But Metro Government is responsible for its upkeep, including the four escalators that have been prone to malfunction or shut down recently.

Among the public offices that are housed in the downtown building are Jefferson County’s district courts, county attorney’s office and circuit court clerk.

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Politics
3:29 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Challenging Eastern Kentucky Leaders, Ag Commissioner James Comer Says It's Time to Look Beyond Coal

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer
Credit File photo

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is challenging leaders in eastern Kentucky to accept the decline of coal production and invest in a new economy to help pull the region out of poverty.

"A lot of leaders in Eastern Kentucky keep talking about ‘coal is the answer and there is a war on coal.’ I’m a friend of coal. I support the coal industry. But the coal industry’s future doesn't look bright and we have to look beyond that and learn to develop a new economy in Eastern Kentucky," he says.

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Politics
11:40 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Andy Beshear Announces Bid for Kentucky Attorney General

Andrew Beshear
Credit Stites & Harbison

Louisville attorney Andy Beshear, the son of Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, announced he is running for attorney general in 2015.

The younger Beshear has been a rumored candidate for much of this year to succeed incumbent Jack Conway, who is term-limited. 

Andy Beshear launched his campaign website on Thursday, and filed paperwork to run as a Democrat. He is the first candidate to declare his intentions two years ahead of the election.

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