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3:00 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

In Wake of Ferguson Unrest, Kentucky Lawmakers Speak Out Against Police Militarization

Congressman John Yarmuth (l) and Senator Rand Paul (r) of Kentucky at the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate in Danville, Ky.
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A pair of Kentucky lawmakers on opposite sides of the aisle Thursday spoke out against a suburban St. Louis police department's use of force amid civic unrest.

Both Republican Sen. Rand Paul and Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth offered their first comments on violence in Ferguson, Mo., where demonstrators and police have clashed over four days in reaction to the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who is African-American.

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5:52 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Rand Paul Would Forgo Using Executive Orders as President

U.S. Senator Rand Paul on July 7, 2014, speaks with students at the Village Learning Center at Midwest Church of Christ in west Louisville.
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Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said Tuesday that if he is elected to the White House, he would only use his executive authority to revoke previous presidential orders.

Kentucky’s junior senator, who is gearing up for a 2016 presidential run, made the comments at a luncheon for the Louisville chamber of commerce, where he addressed a range of topics, from local issues to world affairs.

Asked directly if he would issue executive orders as president, Paul said the only circumstance would be to overturn the ones made by his predecessors.

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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
4:40 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Rand Paul Says No Other U.S. Lawmaker Has Better Civil Rights Record

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, of Kentucky, speaks with the Rev. Jerry Stephenson at Stephenson's church, Midwest Church of Christ, in west Louisville.
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Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said no other U.S. lawmaker is doing more for minorities and their civil rights than his latest efforts.

The libertarian-leaning senator made the comments during an event Monday in west Louisville, at least his fifth stop in the predominantly African-American area in the last eight months. 

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Politics
8:25 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Rand Paul, Louisville GOP Open West End Headquarters to Reach Black Voters

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Joined by dozens of residents and elected officials, the Jefferson County Republican Party opened new headquarters in west Louisville on Saturday in an effort to better reach black voters.

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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.,
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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
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
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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
12:01 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

After Defending Nevada Rancher, Rand Paul Denounces Cliven Bundy's 'Negro' Remarks

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.,
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A week after defending controversial Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy against federal agencies, Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is denouncing his comments about African-Americans.

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