Noise & Notes

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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
11:11 pm
Sat January 19, 2013

Noise and Notes: Louisville NAACP Raoul Cunningham on The State of Civil Rights

Credit NAACP

NAACP President Raoul Cunningham has been involved with civil rights since he was a 14-year-old activist protesting against Jim Crow in downtown Louisville.

Still, Cunningham says that in 2013 there are still many pertinent issues and some will be before the Supreme Court this year, such as cases dealing with affirmative action and gay marriage.

The most important question the justices will face deals with a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that could unravel the historic legislation. For Cunningham, this will be a defining moment for the Roberts Court on matters of civil rights.

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Politics
7:24 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Councilman Ken Fleming Questions Mayor Fischer's Local Option Sales Tax Proposal

Councilman Ken Fleming, R-7,
Credit Louisville Metro Council

Louisville Metro Councilman Ken Fleming, R-7, is concerned that Mayor Greg Fischer’s push for a local option sales tax will burden residents and wants to examine cutting other levies first.

For several months the mayor has been lobbying that the city needs the tool to be more competitive and independent.

Fischer argues his administration is not seeking a tax increase, and only wants voters to have the power to decide whether or not to fund special projects through a temporary hike to the state's sales tax.

But Fleming says the mayor has provided few details on what a specific proposal would look like, and is ignoring his campaign promises to spur economic development and job creation.

"Their goal should be economic development, and adding an additional tax on individuals regardless of income is not the right way to go," he says. "What we need to focus on is to try to find those strategies and tactics like getting rid of the occupational tax. That will help development incur job creation. I think we ought to look at that process and not a tax mentality."

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Politics
3:01 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Pro-Gun Kentucky Shows Little Appetite for President Obama's Gun Reforms

President Barack Obama
Credit White House

President Barack Obama’s gun control speech is being praised by supporters as a bold step, but the White House acknowledges that sweeping reforms will require support from pro gun areas like Kentucky in order to pass Congress.

Surrounded by a group of elementary school students Wednesday, the president signed 23 executive actions to enforce current laws. He also urged Congress to pass a number of legislative measures such as a ban on military-style assault weapons and armor piercing bullets.

The package includes universal background checks for gun purchases and a 10-round limit on ammunition magazines.

"I will put everything I've got into this — and so will (Vice President) Joe (Biden) — but I tell you, the only way we can change is if the American people demand it. And by the way, that doesn’t just mean from certain parts of the country," Mr. Obama said. "We’re going to need voices in those areas and those congressional districts where the tradition of gun ownership is strong to speak up and to say this is important."

Third District Congressman John Yarmuth was an early proponent of gun regulations in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre, but he is the only Democrat in Kentucky’s entire federal delegation.

Yarmuth says he is proud of Mr. Obama's leadership, however, he acknowledges gun owners and Second Amendment advocates will have to play a bigger role in order for lawmakers to pass any reforms.

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Politics
11:31 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch Opens Satellite Office in Fairdale Neighborhood

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch, D-13, announced Wednesday she is opening a satellite office in the Fairdale neighborhood to give resident more opportunities to stay in touch with her office.

From Welch's office:

"This office will allow closer contact to constituents and easy accessibility to problem areas in the district," says Welch. "I plan to have this office open on Mondays and Fridays 12 to 5 pm. Come out and see us there!"

The councilwoman will host a grand opening for the new office on January 28 from 2 pm to 5 pm. There will be Metro agencies available for information and light refreshments at this event.

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Politics
10:31 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Congressman Todd Young's Campaign Ad Nominated for National Award

Congressman Todd Young

A television ad aired by Indiana Ninth District Congressman Todd Young's campaign last fall has been nominated for two national awards.

The Reed Awards recognize excellence in campaign management, political consulting and political design across dozens of categories.

Young's ad focusing on his effort to get the name of David "Larry" Deckard inscribed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall have been nominated for Best Republican Congressional Candidate Ad and Best Television Advertisement of 2012.

Watch (again):

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Politics
1:53 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

WHAS's Mandy Connell Apologizes for ‘Yellow Star’ Remark

WHAS radio host Mandy Connell

WHAS radio host Mandy Connell has apologized for controversial remarks that compared gun registration to the tagging of Jews in Nazi Germany.

Last week, Connell had a debate with Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth over firearm regulations in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre.

Second Amendment advocates have voice concern over new stricter laws, and Connell said legislation to register legal gun owners could be the first step to total citizen disarmament and was similar Jews being tagged with yellow stars during the Holocaust.

Speaking on her Tuesday morning broadcast, Connell said the comparison was inappropriate.

"It seemed to some that I was making light of the persecution of the Jews in Germany. That is not at all my intention—ever," she says. "I’m well aware of the horrors perpetuated on the Jewish people. And if my comments caused pain or unhappiness or discomfort to those in the Jewish community, I am truly, truly sorry."

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Politics
4:07 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

State Lawmaker Proposes Local Option Sales Tax Bill

State Sen. Kathy Stein and Mayor Greg Fischer
Credit Legislative Research Commission/Metro Louisville

State Sen. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington, has introduced a bill in the General Assembly that would give cities a local option sales tax.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has been a major proponent of the measure, which allows local voters to decide whether to fund special projects through a temporary sales tax increase. The mayor recently outlined the measure for Metro Council members, saying it gives Louisville more independence.

The bill was introduced Jan. 8 and will be in the State and Local Government Committee.

Stein says many lawmakers oppose any new taxes, but this gives local residents decision-making power.

"It is an option, unfortunately whenever some of us hear the word tax we jump 10 feet up in the air and say 'no, no, no.' But you need to pay attention. It gives the taxpayers the option of doing it. The people who vote have the options," she says.

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Politics
1:36 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

State Law Forces Metro Council to Leave Guns Out of ‘Deadly Weapons’ Ordinance; Nunchucks Included

Nunchucks
Credit Wikipedia Commons/Public domain

The Louisville Metro Council’s Public Safety Committee will discuss a proposed ordinance this week that would take out guns in the city’s definition of deadly weapons.

The ordinance seeks to change Metro Government's safety codes to include such things as knives, nightsticks, ninja star, nunchuck karate sticks and brass knuckles as violent weapons, but not firearms.

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Politics
10:27 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Senator Mitch McConnell Joins Congressional Delegation to Afghanistan and Israel

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Joined by a delegation of lawmakers, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Monday that he and four other senators recently completed a trip to Afghanistan and Israel.

From McConnell's office:

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Politics
10:32 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Noise and Notes: The Teachings and Legacy of Dr. J. Blaine Hudson

Dr. J. Blaine Hudson
Credit University of Louisville

The late Dr. J. Blaine Hudson spent his life dedicated to scholarship and community, and in the process became one of Louisville's most beloved natives.

Whether as a student activist, historian or University of Louisville dean, Hudson left a mark on everyone he encountered. The outpouring of grief and fond memories has been immense since his death last week at age 63.

Over the years Hudson stopped by WFPL on numerous occasions to show how the city's past informed its present and could potentially solve problems in the future.

He had a wealth of knowledge about theories on race, African-American history and Louisville's role in the Civil Rights Movement, and we have collected some of the best excerpts for one final class.

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