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4:47 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

New Louisville Republican Ad Campaign Seeks to Win Over Black Voters

The Jefferson Co. Republican Party is running these ads in the Louisville Defender
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Louisville Republicans have a new ad campaign aimed at winning over African-American voters.

The GOP is running a half-page ad in the Louisville Defender that says the party of Abraham Lincoln is listening.

This follows the lead of U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., who has made a noticeable effort to court minorities as he gears up for a presidential bid.

In an interview with WFPL, Jefferson County Republican Party Chairman Nathan Haney says the newspaper ad is the just the first of many targeting black voters.

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3:10 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Expiring Unemployment Benefits Will Affect Thousands of Kentuckians

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A Kentucky think tank is warning that unemployment benefits for tens of thousands of people in the commonwealth will expire Dec. 28 if Congress does not act.

The emergency benefits were created five years ago under President George W. Bush to combat the recession, and it now gives workers up to 73 weeks of unemployment compensation.

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7:01 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Senator Rand Paul Hails Federal Judge for Protecting Fourth Amendment Rights Against NSA

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.,

Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is praising a federal judge for ruling against the National Security Agency's collection of U.S. phone records.

In a blistering 68-page decision, Judge Richard Leon shot down much of the intelligence agency's chief arguments to gather large swaths of telecommunications data.

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2:13 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Senator Rand Paul Proposes Economic 'Freedom Zones' for Detroit, Other Depressed Areas

Saying Detroit residents deserve a chance to "bail themselves out" U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., is unveiling a recovery plan for the troubled city and other economically depressed areas.

The proposal is being viewed as another part of the libertarian-leaning Kentuckian's outreach to minority voters in urban centers, constituents the GOP has traditionally struggled to attract.

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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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1:42 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

U.S. Senator Rand Paul Warns of Eugenics Policy in Anti-Abortion Remarks

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.,
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Campaigning for Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli on Monday, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky warned that abortion could be used to create a new U.S. eugenics policy.

The recent remarks continue a theme in Paul's pro-life speeches, which often argue the Roe v. Wade decision paves the way to eliminate certain populations.

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4:33 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Republican State Senator Damon Thayer Hits Breaks on Kentucky Felon Voting Rights

Kentucky Senator Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown,
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A Republican leader in the Kentucky Senate says GOP members are not warming to the restoration of felon voting rights despite U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's support of the issue.

The response comes days after Paul staffers said they had been in contact with state lawmakers about the voting rights of ex-convicts

Democratic Senator Gerald Neal of Louisville told WFPL he was beginning to see opposition to his proposal wane earlier this week.

Neal's bill would automatically restore the civil rights of certain convicted felons unless they committed an intentional killing, treason, bribery or a sex crime.

Paul spokesman Dan Bayens said no specific bill has been discussed. However, GOP state senators appeared to be "more open to the conversation" than in years past he said.

But Senate Republican Floor Leader Damon Thayer of Georgetown made it clear it's too early to make predictions and that other issues remain a priority.

"It’s way too early for pundits to start handicapping the chances of legislation that may or may not pass sometime between January and April when we adjourn the session," he says.

The GOP holds a 23-seat majority in the 38-member state Senate. The one independent caucuses with the Republicans.

If felons' rights are to come up in the 2014 General Assembly it might have to be tied to a more conservative measure such as a possible voter ID bill in order to pass.

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4:14 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Congressman John Lewis Reflects on Civil Rights Past and Future in New Graphic Novel

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-GA,

Democrat John Lewis is more than an ordinary member of Congress in the view of many Americans.

The child of southern sharecroppers, Lewis became a pillar of the Civil Rights Movement as a student activist and is a legend in U.S. history for his direct protests against racial segregation.

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5:43 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Admonishes Senator Rand Paul for Debt Ceiling Comments

Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., (l) and Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., (r)
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Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth is scolding fellow Kentuckian and Republican Senator Rand Paul for downplaying the significance of default if the U.S. government doesn't raise the debt ceiling.

The borrowing limit is currently set at $16.7 trillion for things such as publicly traded bonds and Social Security payments.

Most experts on the matter say the U.S. won't be able to pay off those loans after the Oct. 17 deadline and could run out of money by the end of the month unless Congress raises the ceiling.

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11:58 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Hot Mic Catches Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Discussing Shutdown Talking Points

Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul at a Tea Party rally in Kentucky
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As a growing number of Americans disapprove of the federal government shutdown, a "hot mic" conversation Wednesday night caught Kentucky Republican Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul discussing how the GOP can avoid blame.

Speaking to McConnell in the midst of Capitol Hill interviews, Paul says if Republicans were to pivot from de-funding President Obama's health care law to seeking an overall "compromise" the GOP will "win this."

McConnell can be heard concurring with Paul that it is bad politics for Democrats to say they won't negotiate, but a recent CBS News survey shows most Americans are still blaming the GOP for the shutdown.


It is certainly a raw politics moment for Kentucky's two U.S. senators, who have forged an alliance in recent years.

The campaign to elect U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is pouncing on the conversation, calling it a cynical approach in the face of the shutdown's real world impact.

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