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
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

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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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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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Politics
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,
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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

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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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Politics
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
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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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