Primary Election Preview; Spate of Shootings; Sustainable Energy: Today on Byline

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1:06: We preview Tuesday’s primary election in Kentucky, with WFPL’s Phillip M. Bailey, KPR’s Kenny Colston, and Joe Sonka from LEO Weekly.

1:20: WFPL’s Devin Katayama and Phillip M. Bailey covered yesterday’s shootings in West Louisville. They join us to talk about what is known and what remains unknown about the incidents, and what’s been said in the flurry of press conferences in the shootings’ wake.  In other Metro Area news, we discuss the proposed merger of MSD and the Louisville Water Company, the latest with the landmarks dispute, and review the Barbara Shanklin flap this week.

1:35: The Atlantic’s James Fallows talks about his new book, China Airborne, in which he looks at the possible future of China’s aerospace industry.

1:40: WFPL’s Erica Peterson talks to former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy, Sue Tierney, about “sustainable energy,” and what it means.

1:50: WFPL’s Erin Keane joins us with the week’s art news, including the Flyover Film Festival lineup and what’s going on in town this weekend.

Noise & Notes

Noise & Notes Podcast: Going Back to Indiana

On this edition of the Noise & Notes podcast, WFPL’s political editor Phillip M. Bailey  talks about Indiana and it’s senator, Dick Lugar, who just lost nomination to a seventh term to Tea Party favorite and State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

Joining Phillip are Time contributor Cary Stemle and WHAS-11 political editor Joe Arnold.


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Local News

New Scanners Coming to Louisville Airport

Louisville is slated to receive new airport passenger scanning equipment.

The Transportation Security Administration will send 300 of the $150,000 Advanced Imaging Technology machines to 16 cities.

The devices are full body scanners, but are different from the controversial backscatter machines that project an image of passengers’ bodies onto a screen for TSA officials to review. Rather, the AITs show an outline of a human form and identify any potential threats.

From Business First:

“The deployment of this technology further strengthens security while also enhancing passenger privacy,” TSA assistant administrator of security capabilities Robin Kane said in a news release. “The ability to safely detect non-metallic threats concealed under layers of clothing provides TSA officers with an invaluable resource.”

The TSA will pay for the machines, but hasn’t yet announced when the devices will be installed or how many will go to each city.

Local News Politics

It’s Election Day

Kentuckians are set to elect statewide officers today. The polls in Jefferson County are open until 6:00.

You can follow our past coverage of the races for governor, attorney general, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer and agriculture commissioner here. WFPL will have election news throughout the day and into the night, with special newscasts at 6:04, 7:04, 7:30, 8:04 and 9:04 to give results and analysis.

Residents of Jeffersonville and New Albany, Indiana will vote for mayor today, too.

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Southern Indiana Mayoral Races Are Underway

The Jeffersonville, Indiana mayoral race may be decided by what voters think of incumbent Tom Galligan’s $65 million canal plan.

The plan is partly a response to EPA requirements to fix sewer problems, but Galligan also expects the plan to increase business in the area.

Republican challenger Mike Moore says the plan is too expensive.

Thomas P. Wolf is a politics professor at Indiana University Southeast. He said he’s not sure how Galligan plans to fund the project, but he’s less sure how Moore plans to proceed if he’s elected.

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Election Day Looms. Who’s Doing What? State of the News [Audio]

The general election is just over a week away, and the big news this week was that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani came to town to campaign for Attorney General candidate Todd P’Pool, saying the race has national implications for health care and energy policy. Friday on State of the News, we talked with cn|2’s Kenny Colston and our own Phillip M. Bailey about the visit, and other election news and analysis.

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Local News Politics

Attorney General Debate Follows Campaign Pattern

The first debate between the candidates for Kentucky attorney general repeated many themes of the campaign.

Democratic incumbent Jack Conway and Republican challenger Todd P’Pool squared off on KET last night.

Conway continued touting his accomplishments as the state’s chief prosecutor fighting cyber crime, child pornography and prescription drug abuse. P’Pool, meanwhile, continued his efforts to nationalize the race and said Conway should join other state attorneys general in a lawsuit against President Obama’s healthcare overhaul law.

“It’s time we had a practicing prosecutor that would stand with the rank and file law enforcement and prosecutors around Kentucky and get to work and be an independent attorney general not one that’s interested in partisan politics,” says P’Pool.

“I’m not gonna take some of the valuable resources of the office of the attorney general and put them on a lawsuit on health care when it’s an issue that’s gonna get decided anyway,” says Conway.

Observers say the attorney general’s race could be the GOP’s best chance for a victory in November. The most recent polls show Conway with a double-digit lead, but P’Pool says internal polls show the race is closer than that.

Additional reporting by Ron Smith, Kentucky Public Radio

Local News Politics

Gubernatorial Debate Offers Few Surprises

For the first time, Kentucky voters had a direct comparison between the three candidates vying for governor when incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear, Republican David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith shared a debate stage.

There were few surprises in the hour-long forum, but the candidates took several jabs at one another while defending their platforms.

State Senate President Williams repeated his plans to revise the tax code to attract jobs to the commonwealth. Beshear touted the accomplishments of his first term. But Galbraith attempted to paint his opponents’ incumbency as a negative.

“These people have been in office all this time. It is amazing how educated they’ve become to the problems of the state of Kentucky, but never seems to come to the fore until election time comes around,” Galbraith said.

The independent frequently revisited his anti-Frankfort statements. Williams and Beshear both touted their bipartisan work in passing legislation while criticizing each other.

Local News Politics

Gubernatorial Debate Tonight at 7 pm

For the first time in the general election, the three candidates for governor of Kentucky will debate tonight.

Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear, Republican David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith last appeared together in early August at the Fancy Farm picnic. Beshear has drawn criticism for refusing to attend debates and forums with his opponents. And the three will have only two full-fledged debates before election day. The first is tonight (Tuesday) in Richmond, Kentucky. The second will be on the 31st on KET.

The Kentucky Broadcasters Association and the League of Women Voters are sponsoring the event.

WFPL will broadcast the debate live at 7 pm.

Local News Politics

Clark County Must Be ADA Compliant For Next Election

Clark County, Indiana lawmakers must decide how the county will comply with the American with Disabilities Act for fall and spring elections. Changing the way the county votes could increase voter access and save the county money.

The county’s ADA compliant voting machines came under scrutiny last spring after all the devices failed to record votes. Federal law says the county must provide one ADA machine at each polling location; if it does not an election could be recalled, which is what then-Clarksville clerk-treasurer candidate Gary Hall tried to have happen, said Robert Bottorff, Clark County election board attorney. The county must now decide how it will comply with ADA for the fall and spring elections.

One option is to switch from precinct polling places to voting centers, said Bottorff. The county would then have to purchase fewer machines, he said, and voters could then vote at any of the ten proposed voting centers, instead of being subjected to one of the 54 county precincts.

“The whole concept behind vote centers is when you have people that are voting like that it gives them an opportunity to vote at a multitude of different locations, whereas right now I can only vote at only one precinct location,” said Bottorff.

The commissioners will consider a contract with RBM Consulting, LLC to purchase 20 new ADA machines and the additional services required for $150,000 to comply for this fall’s municipal election. But next spring they will have to decide whether they want to purchase more machines, or change the way the county votes, said Bottorff.

“We need one machine per polling location to be compliant with the law. The way it is now we have 54 total polling locations. I guess if we don’t go to a vote center method it’s going to cost us a lot more in up front costs.”

It’s still early in the process but Botorff is prepared to write the necessary ordinances and to schedule public comment on the voting centers, he said.

Although funding for elections is mandated, the county still struggles with a growing $1.2 million deficit.