Hal Heiner

Politics
2:34 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Republican Hal Heiner is Running for Kentucky Governor

Republican Hal Heiner

The first official candidate in the 2015 Kentucky governor's race is getting the word out across the Commonwealth.

Louisville businessman Hal Heiner announced Friday he is jumping into the gubernatorial contest with former Lexington council member K.C. Crosbie as his running mate. 

This is the first race for Heiner, a Republican, since narrowly losing a bid for Louisville mayor in 2010.  Crosby, who sat on Lexington'ss council for five years , was also unsuccessful in her bid for state treasurer three years ago. 

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Politics
1:15 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Hal Heiner Expected to Announce Kentucky Gubernatorial Bid

Republican Hal Heiner

The 2015 Kentucky gubernatorial contests could see its first official candidate enter the race this week

Republican Hal Heiner is scheduled to announce his intentions at a press conference scheduled for Tuesday morning in Lexington with a follow-up in Louisville.

Heiner is a former Louisville mayoral candidate and Metro Council member who recently launched a new group dedicated to helping the GOP gain a majority in the state House.

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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
8:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Hal Heiner: JCPS Equity Scorecard Results Are 'Unacceptable'

Kentucky Charter Schools Association Chair Hal Heiner

Jefferson County Public School officials and supporters are hoping a new report displaying student inequity will get the community more involved to help close achievement gaps parallel with the so-called Ninth Street Divide.

But one community leader argues the numbers should be a catalyst for elected leaders and others to open their minds up to alternative educational options for students who aren't being left behind in Louisville's public school system.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Louisville Councilman Jerry Miller Running for New State House Seat

Republican Louisville Councilman Jerry Miller
Credit Louisville Metro Council

Republican Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry Miller is running for a newly drawn state House district seat in next year's election.

District 36 is an open seat that was created during the special legislative session as part of the long-delayed redistricting plan based on the 2010 census.

According to the map, District 36 covers parts of east Louisville such the Eastwood, Fisherville and Lake Forest areas, and extends to south Pewee Valley in Oldham County.

Miller says he will serve out the remainder of his council term, but wants to take his advocacy for more fiscal responsibility and lower taxes to the General Assembly.

"I really felt that the issues that I cared most deeply about, which are pension reform, education, ethics. And particularly if we move down the path toward the local option sales tax it’s got to go through Frankfort before it can happen. So I want to be there," he says.

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News Special
6:38 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Jobs, Re-Election, Liquor Sales and Taxes

Mayor Greg Fischer
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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer visited WFPL News for an interview Thursday. In the hourlong chat, he discussed his bid for a second term in office, the city's controversial plan to re-open a potentially dangerous jail, a recent audit of the Air Pollution Control District, an attempt in the Metro Council to restrict package liquor sales and, as always, the local option sales tax.

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Education
12:10 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Hal Heiner Launches Second Charter School Organization Ahead of Louisville Panel

Hal Heiner is chairman of the Kentucky Charter Schools Association.

Leaders of a defunct organization supporting charter schools in Kentucky have launched a new group that will host a panel of charter supporters including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul tomorrow in Louisville.

“We’ve had a loose coalition for a couple years now and I wanted to sharpen the focus, pull the coalition together and sharpen the focus on public charter schools for Kentucky,” says Hal Heiner, chairman of the Kentucky Charter Schools Association.

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Politics
1:00 am
Mon August 5, 2013

What Hal Heiner Said About a Possible Run for Kentucky Governor

Hal Heiner

Hal Heiner lost a close election in 2010 for Louisville mayor. He hasn't sought political office since then, and his most prominent public role has been as an advocate for charter schools. During Saturday's Republican breakfast before the Fancy Farm Picnic, Heiner acknowledged that he may try another election—this time, the 2015 race for Kentucky.

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