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
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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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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Politics
4:47 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Mitch McConnell-Led Filibuster Halts Minimum Wage Bill in Senate

Credit File photo

Senate Republicans successfully blocked a key Democratic proposal on Wednesday to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., all but one GOP senator voted to sustain a filibuster against the measure, which failed to reached the needed 60-vote threshold.

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Politics
10:52 am
Wed April 30, 2014

City Taking Over GLI's Role Under Louisville Mayor's Reorganization Plan

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
Credit File photo

The city is taking over the day-to-day economic development role of Greater Louisville Inc. under Mayor Greg Fischer's reorganization plan.

It's a change that will significantly scale back Metro Government's relationship with the local chamber of commerce, which has been plagued by internal strife, financial woes and organizational troubles over the past year.

Saying the city needs a unified job creation approach, Fischer announced "Louisville Forward" Wednesday morning. 

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Politics
5:41 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Kentucky Coal Association Warns Alison Lundergan Grimes Against Taking Environmentalist's Donations

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Coal Association is warning Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes against taking donations from a California billionaire known for environmental activism.

Grimes attended a meeting in Chicago on Tuesday with major Democratic donors. She is seeking the nomination to run against Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell in the fall.

The donors included NextGen Climate Action President Tom Steyer, who has pledged to work against candidates in favor of coal production in the United States.

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Politics
8:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Minimum Wage Hike Hurts 'Minorities and Youth' Job Chances, Rand Paul Says

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky.,
Credit U.S. Senate

Speaking in west Louisville this week, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., warned that a hike to the minimum wage would hurt job opportunities for racial minorities and younger workers.

Paul made the comments at a roundtable discussion with community and business leaders that his office organized to field questions about his Economic Freedom Zones proposal.

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Politics
5:59 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Matt Bevin 'Shocked and Saddened' Over Toyota Closing Kentucky Headquarters

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin
Credit mail.com

In a move observers are calling a huge blow to the state's economy, Toyota is closing their Northern Kentucky headquarters as part of a national consolidation.

The relocation will result in the loss of 1,600 mostly white-collar jobs.

From The Cincinnati Enquirer:

A few hundred engineers also may move to the company's manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Ky., where more than 7,000 people now work.

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Politics
2:55 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Rand Paul Holds Economic Freedom Zones Roundtable in West Louisville

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., talking about Economic Freedom Zones
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., met with nearly a dozen community and business leaders in Louisville on Monday to discuss his push for Economic Freedom Zones in the city’s West End.

The proposal would dramatically cut income and corporate tax rates for companies and job creators, and eliminate the capital gains tax.

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Politics
7:59 am
Sun April 27, 2014

McConnell Campaign Hopes GOP Lawmaker Will Apologize for Grimes 'Fat in Empty Dress' Joke

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

Republican U.S. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign is urging a Kentucky state lawmaker to apologize for joking about Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes being called an "empty dress" last year.

The comments were made during the Fayette County GOP's Ronald Reagan Dinner on Saturday where several candidates and elected officials, including McConnell, were in attendance.

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