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
4:05 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Louisville Officials Join 'Bring Our Girls Back' Rally

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority member Keidra King speaking at the "Bring Our Girls Back" rally in Metro Hall
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

Several Louisville public officials joined a rally in downtown to raise awareness and call for action regarding the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian school children.

The terrorist group Boko Haram is claiming responsibility for taking over 200 girls from a Nigerian school last month. They have demanded the release of jailed Islamic militants in exchange for the students.

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Politics
12:03 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Chart: Money Gap Creates Two Tiers of Candidates in Louisville Council's District 9 Race

Metro Council District 9 candidate JP Davis holds a commanding fundraising lead in the Democratic primary
Credit http://www.kyjpdavis.com

How much does money matter in a Louisville Metro Council race?

In the crowded Democratic primary for the District 9 seat, three candidates have a huge fundraising edge in the 13-person primary election over their opponents.

University of Louisville fundraiser J.P. Davis and attorney Bill Hollander, who are vying for the seat, have reportedly raised approximately $50,000 each, according to the campaign finance reports filed 32 days ahead of Election Day.

Former assistant county attorney Chris Hartley has raised just over $37,000 in this contest.

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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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