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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
7:35 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Glenn Beck Headlining FreedomWorks Rally in Louisville

Glenn Beck

Conservative radio show host Glenn Beck will be in Louisville next month to host a rally and training session sponsored by FreedomWorks, a national Tea Party group that has endorsed Republican Matt Bevin in the Senate primary election.

Organizers says FreePAC Kentucky will feature grassroots activists from the state and across the country, including FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe. Those in attendance will gather to hear from conservative pundits, entrepreneurs and community leaders.

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Politics
3:44 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Unclear on Supporting Senate Democrats Climate Change 'Talk-a-Thon'

Alison Lundergan Grimes

A majority of Democrats are planning to takeover the Senate floor to bring attention to climate change in a so-called "talk-a-thon" Monday. 

It's unclear if Kentucky candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes either supports or would participate in the event.

But a prominent environmentalist says the campaign is promising Grimes will be more aggressive in fighting for a green agenda after the election.

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Politics
11:31 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Mitch McConnell Holds Wide Lead Over Matt Bevin, Super PAC Senate Poll Finds

Senator Mitch McConnell (l) and Matt Bevin (r)
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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell holds a nearly 40-point lead over primary challenger Matt Bevin, according to a super PAC supporting the incumbent.

Kentuckians for Strong Leadership released the poll Monday, showing McConnell ahead of Bevin by a 61-23 margin among likely voters.

The polling memo says McConnell's support among primary voters "cuts across ideology and Tea Party affiliation."

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Politics
4:01 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Bill Requiring Ultrasound Before Abortion Sent to Kentucky House Committee

A new bill that would require Kentucky women to have an ultrasound before receiving an abortion has been assigned to the House Health and Welfare Committee.

But those who work at Kentucky's two abortion clinics argue the proposal is redundant given their medical procedures.

The legislation is being proposed by Democratic state Rep. Gerald Watkins of Paducah and has bipartisan support from over 55 lawmakers.

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Politics
5:40 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

‘Ban The Box’ Moves Forward in Louisville Despite Fischer Administration's Objections

A Louisville Metro Council committee has approved a measure prohibiting the city and its private contractors from asking about an applicant's criminal history until the job is offered.

But members of Democratic Mayor Greg Fischer's administration joined council Republicans to voice concerns about the bill and its additional burden on local businesses.

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Politics
4:17 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Senator Mitch McConnell Helps Defeat Obama Nominee Who Defended Mumia Abu-Jamal

Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,
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Saying ties to the country's "most notorious cop-killer" was a question of professional fitness, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., led the way to defeating a key Obama nominee on Wednesday.

It marks the first time one of the president's appointments has failed to move through the Senate since Democrats changed the rules last year to overcome McConnell's effective filibusters.

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Politics
6:30 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes 'Dodging' and 'Evading' Stance on Same-Sex Marriage Appeal, Says Independent

Independent U.S. Senate Ed Marksberry
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Independent U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marksberry is shredding Democratic contender Alison Lundergan Grimes for what he calls a "dodging" and "evading" answer on whether she support appealing a federal same-sex marriage ruling.

Kentucky's top two officials—Governor Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway—disagreed on whether the state should fight a federal order that the state must recognize out-of-state marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples.

Conway said he would not appeal the ruling while Beshear said he is hiring outside counsel to do so.

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Politics
5:02 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Applauds UofL for Plan to Raise Minimum Wage

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is applauding the University of Louisville for raising the salaries of hundreds of employees, which will go up to $11 per hour over the next three years.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Kentucky Democrats Differ on Jack Conway, Steve Beshear's Dueling Appeal Decisions

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (l) and Attorney General Jack Conway (r)

Kentucky Democrats remain split over gay marriage as two of their top officials publicly differ on whether to appeal a federal order that the state must recognize same-sex unions performed out-of-state.

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Politics
1:15 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Hal Heiner Expected to Announce Kentucky Gubernatorial Bid

Republican Hal Heiner

The 2015 Kentucky gubernatorial contests could see its first official candidate enter the race this week

Republican Hal Heiner is scheduled to announce his intentions at a press conference scheduled for Tuesday morning in Lexington with a follow-up in Louisville.

Heiner is a former Louisville mayoral candidate and Metro Council member who recently launched a new group dedicated to helping the GOP gain a majority in the state House.

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