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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
5:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

No Kentuckians Give to Kentuckians for Strong Leadership Super PAC

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A pair of super PACs supporting Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes may want to consider a name change.

Campaign finance records show Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, which is aiding McConnell, raised about $1.2 million in the last six months of 2013, but not one dollar came from the Bluegrass.

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Politics
4:08 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

West Louisville Neighborhood Leaders Want Transparency in 'Walmart Deal'

The old Philip Morris site at 18th and Broadway

Neighborhood leaders in west Louisville want more information about a development project at the old Philip Morris plant.

Last November, WFPL reported a deal was in the works to bring a Walmart to the southwest corner of Dixie Highway and Broadway in the California area.

Since then community leaders, labor groups and elected officials have engaged in an at times fiercely worded debate over the retail giant.

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Politics
9:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Growing Number of Kentucky Women Running for State Legislature

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A growing number of women are vying for seats in the Kentucky General Assembly this year.

Of the 220 candidates running for either the state House or Senate in the 2014 election cycle, about 20 percent are women.

That’s a five-point increase compared to four years ago when the same offices were up for a vote.

Observers credit organizations aimed at recruiting and training women to run for public office.

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Politics
3:23 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Raises $2.1 Million, Outpacing Fellow Democratic Senate Candidates

Surpassing other top Democratic incumbents and contenders in contributions, Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes raised $2.1 million during the last three months of 2013.

Grimes's campaign announced the totals on Friday afternoon, which are down from the $2.5 million she raised in the previous quarter.

The first-term secretary of state has generated over $4.5 million from supporters to date, and has $3.5 million in cash-on-hand.

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Politics
12:53 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Conservative Group Bucks Team Mitch, NRSC by Hiring Blacklisted Consulting Firm

A prominent conservative group is hiring a consulting firm which had been all but excommunicated by national Republicans at the behest of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell last year.

The Club for Growth has yet to endorse in Kentucky's GOP primary battle between McConnell and Tea Party-backed businessman Matt Bevin, but the group has said it is paying close attention to the race.

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Politics
12:35 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Senator Mitch McConnell Urges IRS Commissioner to Resist Proposed Changes

Calling it a war on free speech, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is urging the head of the Internal Revenue Service to resist rule changes regarding politically active groups that are tax-exempt.

The Obama administration is tightening the tax code for non-profits under section 501(c)4 to curb the influence of "social welfare" groups, which are often involved in political campaigns and activities.

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Politics
8:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Poll: Kentuckians Lack Information About Affordable Care Act as Favorability Declines

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A large majority of insured and uninsured Kentuckians say they still lack the necessary information about the Affordable Care Act to determine its impact on them.

And a declining number of residents view the federal overhaul favorably compared to two years ago.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Late Louisville Councilwoman Judy Green’s Daughter Running for Mother’s Seat

Louisville attorney Jessica Green

The daughter of the late Louisville Metro Councilwoman Judy Green is running for the seat once occupied by her mother.

Attorney Jessica Green is a 32-year-old former prosecutor in the Commonwealth Attorney’s office who is running against incumbent Attica Scott in the Democratic primary.

Green's mother represented District 1, which covers parts of west and southwest Louisville, for five years.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Hal Heiner Launches New Group to Elect State House Republicans

Republican Hal Heiner

Former Louisville mayoral candidate Hal Heiner is launching a new group aimed at helping Kentucky Republicans win a majority in the state House.

The political organization is called New Direction Kentucky, and as an independent expenditure it will be able to raise and spend an unlimited amount of money to aid GOP candidates running this year.

Democrats are clinging to a 54-46 majority in the lower chamber, and many observers believe 2014 could be the year Republicans take over.

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Politics
5:01 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

John Yarmuth Wants Obama to Focus on Income Inequality Over Executive Authority

Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky.,
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Kentucky Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth is hoping President Obama's State of the Union address focuses on economic fairness rather than executive power.

The president is set to deliver his fifth address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.

Supporters are hoping the speech can revive the administration's second-term agenda as Obama faces near record-low approval ratings and gridlock in Washington.

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