Rev. Kevin Cosby

Politics
6:43 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Walmart at 18th and Broadway in Louisville Expected to be Announced Monday

The former Philip Morris site at 18th and Broadway

A former Louisville Metro Councilwoman is saying a Walmart is coming to 18th and Broadway in Louisville, and an official announcement will be made Monday morning.

Denise Bentley, who left the council in 2005, posted to Facebook Friday saying "Walmart is coming to 18th and Broadway!"

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Politics
4:29 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Prominent African-American Leaders Discuss Rand Paul's Outreach to Black Voters

Dr. Ricky L. Jones (l) and the Rev. Kevin Cosby (r) discuss race, politics and Rand Paul

Two prominent African-American leaders in Louisville want voters to pay close attention to Republican Rand Paul’s outreach to minorities as Kentucky's junior senator gears up for a possible presidential bid.

University of Louisville Professor Ricky Jones and the Rev. Kevin Cosby held a public dialogue on Wednesday to address Paul's recent efforts.

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Politics
12:19 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Senator Rand Paul: Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws Target Racial Minorities

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

Speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws need to be changed in part because they disproportionately target African-Americans and Hispanics.

"If I told you that one out of three African-American males is forbidden by law from voting, you might think I was talking about Jim Crow 50 years ago. Yet today, a third of African-American males are still prevented from voting because of the War on Drugs," Paul told fellow lawmakers. "The War on Drugs has disproportionately affected young black males."

Paul was testifying about the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013, which he is co-sponsoring along with Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont.

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The measure will expand the so-called "safety valve" allowing federal judges to impose a sentence below the mandatory minimum in qualifying drug cases.

This is also part of Paul's larger outreach effort to racial minorities, which has sparked a discussion among civil rights leaders and lawmakers in his home state.

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Local News
1:51 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul: 'I'm Trying to Figure Out How To Get More Votes'

Sen. Rand Paul sits with Simmons College of Kentucky officials to engage in dialog.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is asking Louisville’s African-American community to consider his vote.

Paul spoke to students and faculty members at Simmons College of Kentucky on Friday.

This follows his appearance this week at Howard University in Washington D.C. where Paul tried connecting black history to the Republican Party.

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Politics
4:01 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Rand Paul Reaching Out to Black Voters Receives Praise from Local Leaders

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and Congress John Yarmuth
Credit Phillip Bailey / WFPL News

Republican Senator Rand Paul will speak at one of the country’s oldest historically black colleges as he seeks to reach out to African-American voters, and some Louisville leaders say that's a good sign.

Paul is scheduled to address students at Howard University in Washington, D.C. next Wednesday where Kentucky's junior senator is expected to talk about school choice and changing federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws.

The senator’s remarks will also focus on how the GOP and black history intertwine, and marks another sign Paul is earnest in his attempts to seek out minorities ahead of his potential presidential bid.

"It's important that the Republican Party to talk to everybody," says Paul spokesman Dan Bayens. "And I'm not sure that we've been doing that, especially recently. No matter who the group is let's go and have a conversation with them."

Paul is becoming a force in the GOP that has rocked the establishment of both parties in an unexpected way. National polls show Paul is at the top rumored 2016 Republican presidential candidates, coming in at either second in the still too early to predict GOP primary field. 

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