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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
3:01 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Legal Opinion is County Attorney Mike O'Connell Using ‘Bullying Tactic,’ Primary Challenger Says

County Attorney candidate Karen Faulkner
Credit http://faulknerforjca.com/

Louisville attorney Karen Faulkner is questioning the timing of the Jefferson County Attorney’s legal opinion that Metro Councilman David James’ two jobs are incompatible.

Faulkner is a former public defender who is running for county attorney against incumbent Mike O’Connell in the May primary.

James is supporting Faulkner in the Democratic primary election, citing concerns with O’Connell’s positions on expunging records and the county attorney’s tense relationship with district judges.

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Politics
7:30 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Ky. Attorney General Should Take 'Serious Look' at David James Opinion, County Attorney Says

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell
Credit Jefferson County Attorney's office

The Kentucky Attorney General needs to take a "serious look" at Democrat David James' dual roles as a Metro Council member and University of Louisville police officer.

That's according to Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell, who sat in the front row of council chambers Thursday as James cast votes in defiance of a legal opinion issued by the city's top lawyer this week.

O'Connell is arguing James is violating a provision of the Kentucky Constitution by occupying two incompatible offices.

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Politics
9:13 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Louisville Council Democrat's Internal Probe Based on 'Second-Hand Knowledge'

Council Democrats David James (l) and Vicki Aubrey Welch (r)

Louisville Metro Council Democrats are seeking to amend their caucus rules to bar legislative aides from working against fellow incumbents in local elections.

But the investigation that sparked the changes is based largely on hearsay and rumor, according to the council Democratic leader.

During the hour-long meeting, Council Democrats Vicki Aubrey Welch and David James clashed over the internal probe looking at whether his legislative aide is working to defeat an incumbent.

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Politics
2:10 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Jefferson County Attorney’s Legal Opinion is Political Payback, Councilman David James Says

Councilman David James, D-6,

Louisville Metro Councilman David James claims a legal opinion saying he should not cast a vote until he quits his police job is political retribution.

The Democratic lawmaker also says he plans to vote at Thursday's meeting despite a suggestion he cannot.

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell issued a memo to council members on Wednesday, citing a section of Kentucky Constitution that he says forbids James from sitting on the council while being a U of L police officer.

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Politics
5:29 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Jefferson County Attorney: Louisville Councilman David James's Jobs Conflict

Councilman David James, D-6, (center) with Metro Police officers
Credit louisvilleky.gov

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell says Metro Councilman David James, D-6, "should not be allowed to vote" on city matters until he relinquishes his job as a police officer at the University of Louisville.

In a Feb. 26 memorandum to city lawmakers, O'Connell says state law forbids James from holding two offices simultaneously.

The county attorney's office is arguing that as a campus officer and council member, James has taken conflicting oaths.

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Politics
3:50 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Louisville Council Democrats' Probe to Possibly Remove Member Involves District 1 Primary Race

Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, and Challenger Jessica Green

An internal probe on whether to remove a Louisville Metro Council Democrat from the majority caucus involves the District 1 primary race.

Earlier this month, Democratic Caucus Chair Vicki Aubrey Welch alleged that a legislative aide for one of the members had been working to defeat an incumbent, which Welch said was in violation of their rules.

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Politics
9:26 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

UofL, UK Presidents Praise Mitch McConnell for Helping Land Obama Manufacturing Jobs Partnership

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Credit U.S. Senate

The presidents of Kentucky's two major universities are praising Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for his role in helping to secure funding for an Obama administration partnership meant to spur manufacturing jobs.

President Obama announced earlier today a $140 million commitment in Department of Defense funds would be going towards a program for two innovation institutes.

The University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky have both been selected to participate in the public-private partnership.

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Politics
5:27 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Bill Clinton Joins Alison Lundergan Grimes to Rally for Middle-Class, Pounce Mitch McConnell

Bill Clinton and Alison Lundergan Grimes

Saying the Kentucky Senate race will make a big difference across the country, former President Bill Clinton stumped for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes before a packed crowd on Tuesday.

During a 25-minute speech, Clinton, who is longtime friends with Grimes's father, Jerry Lundergan, praised the Democratic nominee while taking swipes at Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell's campaign and leadership style.

Clinton said leaders in Washington can choose to fix problems like the health care law or "pout," adding the latter is a "dumb way to run a country."

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Politics
5:03 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

FBI Wouldn't Just 'Research' Louisville Metro Council Practices, Legal Experts Say

Credit fbi.gov

A former federal prosecutor says it is naïve to believe the FBI is interviewing members of the Louisville Metro Council just to learn about policies and procedures.

As WFPL and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting first uncovered, FBI agents have interviewed a number of city lawmakers over the past six months.

Federal investigators have asked about discretionary spending and the council's relationship to Jefferson County judges, a source said.

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Politics
4:28 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

FBI Looking Into Louisville Metro Government, Questioning Council Members

Louisville City Hall
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for potential misconduct in Louisville Metro government, questioning several lawmakers and quizzing others about council activities.

Four Metro council members—all contacted independently—and a council aide confirmed with WFPL and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting that they had spoken with agents as part of a federal inquiry into Metro government.

FBI agents also attended a Metro Ethics Commission meeting this week and interviewed a local political activist who has filed ethics complaints against two councilmen.

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