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9:56 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Rand Paul Will Outline His Agenda For Minority Voters In National Urban League Address

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul speaking with the Rev. Jerry Stephenson of Louisville
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Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul speaks before the National Urban League this Friday to outline an agenda relevant to minorities.

In a one-on-one interview with WFPL Thursday morning, Paul previewed a speech that will focus on criminal justice reform, school choice, and economic freedom zones.

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Politics
10:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Despite Senator Rand Paul's Suggestion, Fort Knox Won’t House Immigrant Children, Says HHS Official

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Unaccompanied immigrant children taken into custody at the U.S.-Mexico border will not be coming to Fort Knox in Kentucky.

That’s according to an e-mail from the U.S. Department Health and Human Services sent to WFPL, which contradicts a statement Monday by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., at a business event in Louisville.

Speaking at the Kentucky Chamber Business Summit, Paul said the federal government was sending some of the children who had been apprehended to the Kentucky military installation.

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Politics
6:07 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Rand Paul's Targeting of D.C. Gun Laws a Step Backwards Among Black Voters, Says Congresswoman

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in his most recent visit to west Louisville.
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Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is once again seeking to roll back Washington, D.C.'s strict gun laws.

The legislative maneuver is under fire from gun control activists in the nation's capitol and their congressional delegate, who told WFPL Wednesday that Paul's amendment is undermining his national efforts to court black voters.

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Politics
7:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Rand Paul Doesn't Have a ‘Distinguished’ Civil Rights Record, Congressional Black Caucus Leader Says

U.S. Senator Rand Paul speaks with students on Monday at the Village Learning Center at Midwest Church of Christ in west Louisville.
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The vice chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday blasted Republican Senator Rand Paul for saying he is doing more for minorities than any other sitting U.S. lawmaker.

Paul touted his civil rights record a day earlier in a visit to west Louisville, where he discussed the importance of school choice. Gearing up for a 2016 presidential bid, Paul has tried to reach out to minorities and make inroads in the black community.

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Politics
12:04 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Kentucky Conservatives Claim Victory After Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling

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Conservative leaders in Kentucky are praising the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Monday that closely held corporations can opt out of providing contraceptives under the health care law.

The case was brought by Hobby Lobby, a family-owned business and national chain, which has religious objections to the provision.

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Politics
7:22 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Rand Paul Bids To Loosen Democratic Hold On African-American Vote

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky testified last year in favor of revamping the nation's mandatory federal minimum sentencing laws.
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Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 2:37 pm

For more than a year, GOP Sen. Rand Paul has been staking out positions on issues that resonate in the black community, including school choice and prison sentencing reform. And he's been showing up in some unexpected — for a Republican — venues, including historically black colleges.

It's stirred an unusual degree of curiosity about the freshman Kentucky senator — and 2016 GOP presidential prospect — among the Democratic Party's most reliable voting bloc.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Allowing Rand Paul to Run for President and U.S. Senate at the Same Time

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A bill that would allow U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to run for both the Senate and the Presidency of the United States passed Tuesday out of the Republican-controlled Kentucky Senate.

Senate Bill 205, sponsored by Republican Floor Leader Damon Thayer,  would allow a candidate who is running for statewide election to also run for the office of the presidency or vice presidency. It passed by a 25 to 13 vote.

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Local News
5:14 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Legislation to Let Rand Paul Run for Senate and President Could Be On The Way

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A state Republican lawmaker is considering filing a bill that will permit U.S. Senator Rand Paul to run for re-election in Congress as well as President of the United States.

Senate GOP Floor Leader Damon Thayer is mulling legislation that would clarify a state law that prohibits candidates from holding or running for two offices simultaneously.

Thayer says that Paul discussed the issue with members of the Senate Republican caucus earlier this month, when Paul testified in Frankfort in support of a bill restoring felons’ voting rights.

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Politics
6:42 am
Mon February 24, 2014

At Louisville Republican Gathering, Rand Paul Talks Inclusiveness With Minorities

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he wants the Republican Party to become more inclusive toward minorities and the poor.

He spoke Friday before a gathering of state Republicans in downtown Louisville. Paul—who just a few years ago voiced his displeasure with the 1964 Civil Rights Act—said the GOP needs to change is collective voice.  

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Politics
12:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

In Kentucky the Path to Restoring Voting Rights to Felons Makes a Detour

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FRANKFORT — As a child, Teddi Smith-Robillard suffered trauma that haunted and shaped her early years—to the point that she ended up a convicted felon, she said.

“I lived in hell, in my mind," she said. 

Now 74, she can reflect on a life of overcoming many obstacles—including regaining the right to vote in Kentucky, which she needed extraordinary measures to achieve.

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