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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
8:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Matt Bevin: Gay Marriage Ruling Undermines Kentucky Sovereignty

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin argued the recent federal court ruling in Kentucky regarding gay marriages performed in other states is redefining the institution.

But the Tea Party backed challenger to incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell is bristling at suggestions he said legalizing same-sex unions may potentially allow a parent to wed their child.

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2:56 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh Disagrees with Mayor Greg Fischer's Endorsement in District 9 Primary

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9,
Credit twitter.com/No9purpletina

Joining a chorus of Democratic candidates, retiring Louisville Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh says she disagrees with Mayor Greg Fischer's decision to endorse in the District 9 primary race.

This past Saturday, Fischer announced he is supporting attorney Bill Hollander in a crowded field of 13 contenders.

Many of the council candidates running to replace Ward-Pugh, however, called the mayor's decision inappropriate.

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Politics
12:48 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Former Legislative Employee Says Kentucky Senate Republicans Caused Firing

Credit File photo

The Kentucky legislative employee who was fired for appearing in an online video supporting Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes says state Senate Republicans were behind his termination.

On Monday, 29-year-old Charles Booker of Louisville was let go as a Legislative Research Commission analyst.

The firing was due to Booker's appearance in a Grimes campaign ad starring his wife and daughter, which criticized Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's record.

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Politics
7:01 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes Joust Over CBO Report on Minimum Wage Hike

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

Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes are both highlighting parts of the Congressional Budget Office report regarding the effects of a minimum wage increase.

Congress' non-partisan budget analyst released estimates on Tuesday showing a federal minimum wage hike of $10.10 would results in higher earnings for 16.5 million Americans.

Democrats points out the report finds such a proposal lifts nearly 1 million Americans out of poverty.

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5:51 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Councilwoman Attica Scott Seeks to Raise Minimum Wage in Metro Louisville

Louisville Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1,
Credit Louisville Metro Council

Democratic Councilwoman Attica Scott is seeking a legal opinion on whether city lawmakers can raise the minimum wage for all workers in Louisville Metro.

Scott is hoping to file an ordinance in the coming weeks that would mirror legislation in the Kentucky General Assembly. It would increase the hourly pay for employees to $10.10 per hour over the next three years.

"We are unsure at this point if we have the legislative authority to do that," she says.

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Politics
8:05 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Kentucky Legislative Employee Fired for Appearing in Alison Lundergan Grimes Campaign Ad

Tanesha and Corey Booker in a Grimes campaign ad

A Kentucky legislative employee who appeared in a video supporting Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has been fired for violating a policy forbidding political activity.

Charles Booker, 29, of Louisville worked at the Legislative Research Commission as an analyst for just over a year.

Last week, he appeared in an online Grimes ad starring his wife, Tanesha, which accused Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of losing touch with poorer voters.

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Politics
6:57 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Greater Louisville Inc. President and CEO Craig Richard Resigns

Greater Louisville Inc. CEO and President Craig Richard
Credit File photo

After two weeks on paid administrative leave, Greater Louisville Inc. President and CEO Craig Richard resigned on Monday.

Richard took the position at the city's chamber of commerce in January 2013 and his resignation is effective immediately.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Metro Council Candidates Disappointed in Mayor Greg Fischer's Endorsement of Primary Opponent

Louisville Metro Council District 9 candidate Bill Hollander and Mayor Greg Fischer

Democrats vying for the Louisville Metro Council District 9 seat are disappointed Mayor Greg Fischer is endorsing one of their rivals in their primary election.

As WFPL’s Jacob Ryan reported, the mayor announced Saturday he is backing attorney Bill Hollander in a crowded field of 13 candidates.

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Politics
10:31 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Louisville Metro Council Democrats Consider Removing Member, But Won't Say Who or Why

Councilman David James, D-6, and Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch, D-13,
Credit Louisville Metro Council

The already divided Democratic majority in the Louisville Metro Council is investigating whether to kick a member out of the caucus, but the councilwoman leading the push won't say who the member is.

Caucus Chairwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch, D-13, alleged Thursday that a staffer working for one of the Democrats has been working on an election to defeat a sitting member.

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4:23 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Kentucky Tea Party Defends Matt Bevin Against TARP Story, But Reagan Alumnus is Skeptical

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin
Credit foxnews.com

A coalition of tea party groups in Kentucky are lashing out at Washington, D.C. publication in defense of Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin for a story reporting he signed a document praising the bank bailouts.

But not everyone is buying the Louisville businessman's explanation even as conservative activists rally around Bevin.

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