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
2:43 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Council Democrats Support Louisville Minimum Wage Hike

A majority of Louisville Metro Council Democrats are in support of raising the pay of local workers as other cities begin to take the lead on the issue.

Raising the hourly wage has been a heated debate across Kentucky's political landscape, including the U.S. Senate race between likely Democratic nominee Alison Ludergan Grimes and Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell.

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Politics
4:09 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Matt Bevin Questions Constitutionality of Minimum Wage

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin says the federal government has no role in setting a minimum wage, which he suggests violates the U.S. Constitution.

The Tea Party-backed candidate made the comments during a campaign stop in western Kentucky this week.

"I don't see anywhere that it has been constitutionally-defined," Bevin told Think Progress when asked if it was unconstitutional.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Chart: Most Campaign Cash for Attica Scott and Jessica Green Comes from Outside District 1

Councilwoman Attica Scott and challenger Jessica Green

In the Democratic primary for the Louisville Metro Council District 1 seat, both incumbent Attica Scott and challenger Jessica Green have showcased their ties to the community.

A WFPL analysis of the two candidate's finance reports this past quarter, however, shows the vast majority of their funding comes from outside the district covering west and southwest Louisville.

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Politics
9:15 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Once Again Cockfighting Is An Issue in Kentucky Politics

For the third time in as many months, leading Kentucky politicians find themselves addressing cockfighting.

A new federal case brings questions about the bloodsport to a top state Democratic lawmaker and puts the practice back into conversations about the U.S. Senate race.

Federal authorities filed charges against three Eastern Kentucky residents this week in a massive cockfighting ring run out of the Big Blue Sportsman’s Club in McDowell, Ky.

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Politics
8:30 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Embarking on 50-County Jobs Bus Tour

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes
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Senate Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes will tout her jobs plan on a 50-county bus tour across Kentucky this week.

The road trip begins Friday in McCracken County and ends in Lexington on May 20, which is primary Election Day.

"As the divisive GOP primary rages on, Republicans, Democrats and independents alike are excited to get involved in our grassroots campaign," said Grimes political director Elizabeth Cantrell in a news release.

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Politics
6:04 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

West Louisville Neighborhoods Seek One-Year Ban on Transitional Housing

Homeowners in two West Louisville neighborhoods are fed up with the influx of transitional housing and are seeking to ban such units in their part of the city for at least a year.

Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, D-5, is sponsoring the ordinance, which would impose a 12-month moratorium on granting any permits for the construction or establishment of such units in the Shawnee and Chickasaw neighborhoods.

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Politics
3:32 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

An Ideal Conservative, Matt Bevin’s Insurgent Campaign Filled With Missteps

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin speaking to supporters in Louisville, Ky.
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

In south central Kentucky, few people care more about politics than Joe Walden.

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Politics
9:42 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Jack Conway's Bid for Kentucky Governor Imminent

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway
Credit Kentucky Attorney General's Office

Days after the Kentucky Derby another horse race is on the mind of Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, according to multiple sources.

Conway is expected to announce his bid for governor this week, possibly as early as Tuesday.

Those familiar with the decision have leaked that he has plucked state Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, as a running mate.

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Politics
6:42 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Special Prosecutor Named in Louisville Councilman David James' Job-Conflict Case

Councilman David James, D-6, and Metro Police officers
Credit Phillip M. Bailey/WFPL

The Kentucky Attorney General's office has appointed a special prosecutor to determine whether Councilman David James' simultaneous job as a University of Louisville police officer is unconstitutional.

Commonwealth Attorney Laura Witt Donnell is the prosecutor in Shelby, Spencer, and Anderson counties. She will make a ruling on the case, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Jack Conway's office confirmed.

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Politics
10:33 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Congressman John Yarmuth 'Thrilled' Over Son Purchasing LEO Weekly

Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky.,
Credit U.S. Congress

Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., says he is thrilled that his son is buying the alternative news weekly he founded almost 25 years ago.

Last week it was announced Aaron Yarmuth is leading a group purchasing LEO Weekly from the Nashville-based SouthComm Communications.

But the elder Yarmuth said he doesn’t expect to receive preferential treatment from LEO Weekly as a result.

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