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
9:03 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Mathews Also Working as Metro Council Aide

Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Matthews
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Democratic Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Mathews is taking on a new public service role—Louisville Metro Council aide.

Mathews, who has served as judge-executive since 2011 and he is seeking re-election this year, started a new job last Monday as a legislative assistant for Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21.

Mathews' dual roles — a county official also working as a Metro officer — raises a host of questions.

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Politics
6:26 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad Blames State Law for Lack of Curfew Enforcement

Steve Conrad speaking at a previous Louisville Forum.
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Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad on Wednesday said the teenage mob rampage through downtown Louisville in March was not a riot, noting that his officers are limited as to how they can handle juvenile offenders. 

The chief, joined by educators and community leaders, made the comments during a panel discussion about the brief spike in violence, which caused an outcry from concerned residents. 

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Politics
5:10 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Matt Bevin Says Virginia Voters Showed 'Courage' in Ousting House GOP Leader

Kentucky Republican Matt Bevin
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The enormous upset of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia Republican primary election caught the political world off guard.

In less than 24 hours, GOP members have begun to carve up what is left of Cantor's political carcass, vying for his leadership spot. So far, House and Senate members of Kentucky's Republican delegation have either declined or have yet to respond to our request for comment.

Perhaps living vicariously through a more successful Republican insurgent candidate, former Senate candidate Matt Bevin told WFPL this is a good sign for the party.

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Politics
5:19 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Metro Employee Minimum Wage Bill Expected to Have Little Effect on Local Movement

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An ordinance raising the minimum wage for city employees sailed through the Louisville Metro Council last week without much fanfare or opposition. 

Though the ordinance affects only five city workers, some see it as significant in a larger citywide minimum-wage push.

The legislation sponsored by Councilman Rick Blackwell, D-12, will increase the hourly pay of the city's approximately 5,500 full-time employees to $10.10.

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Politics
4:22 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Louisville Metro Council Members Seek to Bar ‘Hate Speech’ by City Hall Speakers

Councilwoman Attica Scott
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The language used by a controversial City Hall gadfly has a handful of Louisville Metro Council members seeking to change the rules for public comment at meetings.

For years, Connie Marshall, a former candidate for mayor, has used the lectern at public meetings to riff about different conspiracies against her, often in explicit terms.

Those speeches have made some council members uncomfortable.

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Politics
8:25 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Rand Paul, Louisville GOP Open West End Headquarters to Reach Black Voters

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Joined by dozens of residents and elected officials, the Jefferson County Republican Party opened new headquarters in west Louisville on Saturday in an effort to better reach black voters.

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Politics
9:00 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Hal Heiner Launches First TV Ad in Kentucky Governor’s Race

Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner of Kentucky

Republican Hal Heiner is once again taking the lead in Kentucky’s 2015 gubernatorial contest by launching the first TV ad in the race.

The 30-second spot features Heiner, an engineer and former Louisville councilman, touting hay at his farm along the Jefferson-Shelby county border.

In the ad, Heiner tells voters state government needs a political outsider who is willing to shake things up and stand up against federal regulators.

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Politics
6:00 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Louisville Metro Council Approves Mayor Greg Fischer's LG&E Fee

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After an intense 90-minute debate, the Louisville Metro Council Thursday night approved a measure allowing a 2 percent fee on natural gas that will likely be passed on to customers. 

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Politics
3:10 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Council GOP Highlight Rising Cost of Louisville Taxes, Fees

Metro Council Republicans speaking out against Mayor Greg Fischer's LG&E fee
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Louisville Metro Council Republicans rallied this morning against Democratic Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed ordinance to add a fee to LG&E’s natural gas rates.

The mayor had proposed a 3 percent fee that would be applied to some resident's utility bills in order to pay for more public safety in response to downtown violence. The proposal comes up for a vote at tonight's Metro Council meeting.

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Politics
11:51 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Raises Stakes on Senate Debates

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes wants to debate Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell across Kentucky, and before an audience.

Grimes outlined her criteria for debates—and accepted McConnell's challenge for a possible debate series—in a letter sent Thursday to the Republican Senate leader.

Last month, McConnell issued a challenge to Grimes for a number of "Lincoln-Douglas" style debates, with the first taking place before July 4.

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