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
10:49 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Report: Alison Lundergan Grimes May Have Received Illegal Campaign Help From Her Father

Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is drawing criticism for receiving discounted services from her well-connected father that may have violated a federal campaign finance law.

In a story first reported by Politico on Tuesday, a company owned by Jerry Lundergan bought the 45-foot-long Grimes campaign bus and reportedly rented it to his daughter far below the fair market value.

From Politico:

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Politics
7:30 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Louisville Council President Jim King Wants to ‘Explore’ Disciplinary Options Against Members

Louisville City Hall
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

Louisville Metro Council President Jim King is looking at ways for the legislative branch to discipline lawmakers short of their removal from office.

That's according to a legal document, obtained Monday by WFPL, that recommends alternative ways to sanction council members.

In an Aug. 18 letter to King, the county attorney found the council lacked measures to reprimand lawmakers for violating the city’s code of ethics or other rules other than expulsion.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Mitch McConnell Accepts KET Debate With Alison Lundergan Grimes

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

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell has accepted an invitation to debate Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes next month in Kentucky's closely watched U.S. Senate race.

McConnell's re-election team agreed to appear on KET's Kentucky Tonight program on October 13, according to a statement released Monday by the television network.

"KET is proud to be trusted by the candidates and Kentucky’s voters to provide a fair and independent platform in this pivotal U.S. Senate race," KET chief executive Shae Hopkins said.

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Politics
1:53 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Before Ferguson Unrest, Congressman John Yarmuth Voted Against De-Militarizing Local Police

John Yarmuth
Credit U.S. Congress

The image of heavily armed police confronting demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo., has sparked a national debate about militarized law enforcement.

Kentucky lawmakers, such as a Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth, were among the first to condemn police in the northern St. Louis suburb for using "military-style" tactics against residents.

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Politics
4:17 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Is James Comer Anti-Louisville?

Kentucky Ag Commissioner James Comer and his wife, T.J., at Fancy Farm
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Republican gubernatorial candidate James Comer's pledge that the next governor won't be a "millionaire from Louisville" is drawing the ire of a top local Republican.

Comer, the state's agriculture commissioner, made the comments earlier this month at Fancy Farm while announcing his intention to enter the 2015 governor's race.

In response, former Jefferson County GOP Chair Jack Richardson wrote this week in The Courier-Journal that Comer, who is from Tompkinsville, was attempting to exploit Kentucky’s urban-rural divide.

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Politics
3:00 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

In Wake of Ferguson Unrest, Kentucky Lawmakers Speak Out Against Police Militarization

Congressman John Yarmuth (l) and Senator Rand Paul (r) of Kentucky at the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate in Danville, Ky.
Credit Phillip Bailey / WFPL News

A pair of Kentucky lawmakers on opposite sides of the aisle Thursday spoke out against a suburban St. Louis police department's use of force amid civic unrest.

Both Republican Sen. Rand Paul and Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth offered their first comments on violence in Ferguson, Mo., where demonstrators and police have clashed over four days in reaction to the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who is African-American.

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Politics
2:34 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Louisville Councilman Dan Johnson Twice Wrote City Hot Checks for Metro Cell Phone

Dan Johnson
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson wrote the city two bad checks in the past month to pay off costs associated with personal use of his city-issued cell phone.

In a statement released Wednesday, Johnson, D-21, called for a thorough audit of his office accounts to demonstrate that his personal financial problems aren’t impacting his council duties.  He has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, with the filing of two civil lawsuits alleging he has written bad checks for unpaid debts.

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Politics
8:03 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Forum Examines What's at Stake in Kentucky House Races

Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Two state House members outlined the Democratic and Republican parties' differences on a wide range of topics Wednesday during a Louisville Forum on Kentucky's fall legislative races.  

Democrats hold the majority in the Kentucky legislature's lower chamber, but Republicans are once again making a push to take it back for the first time since 1921.

It won't be an easy task for the GOP. To win a majority, Republicans  need to defend 42 incumbents and pick up nine seats.

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Politics
5:52 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Rand Paul Would Forgo Using Executive Orders as President

U.S. Senator Rand Paul on July 7, 2014, speaks with students at the Village Learning Center at Midwest Church of Christ in west Louisville.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said Tuesday that if he is elected to the White House, he would only use his executive authority to revoke previous presidential orders.

Kentucky’s junior senator, who is gearing up for a 2016 presidential run, made the comments at a luncheon for the Louisville chamber of commerce, where he addressed a range of topics, from local issues to world affairs.

Asked directly if he would issue executive orders as president, Paul said the only circumstance would be to overturn the ones made by his predecessors.

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12:33 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Louisville Businessman Sues Councilman Dan Johnson Over Unpaid Debts

Metro Councilman Dan Johnson (foreground) and legislative aide Bryan Matthews.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

A local businessman who provides high-interest loans to people with bad credit is suing Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson for lack of payment on a $15,000 debt.

Gus Goldsmith, owner of Action Loan, wants repayment from Johnson on an $8,000 past due balance that the councilman has refused to pay, according the lawsuit filed Aug. 4 in Jefferson Circuit Court.

"I’ve asked him to repay and I even texted him," Goldsmith said in an interview with WFPL. "He said to please drop the case."

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