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Legislative Candidates Frustrated With Limbo Status

Several candidates for state legislative office are decrying the partisanship in Frankfort that has put their bids in limbo.

The General Assembly approved new district maps last month, but the plans faced legal challenges and were thrown out last week by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherds’ ruling. That’s caused candidates who are running in the new districts to either drop out, be disqualified or decide to wait for the appeals process to finish before mounting campaigns.

Democrat Steve Bittenbender can run in the 37th District for the state Senate under either map proposal. But he says the uncertainty of representation is too much for candidates and voters.

“I believe that it is in the best interests of the state and it’s in the best interest of the voters to let a neutral third party redraw these districts. If you take a look at these new districts, there was politics done on all sides,” he says.

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State Lawmaker Shares Conspiratorial Views on 9/11

With the 10th anniversary of September 11 approaching, a Kentucky lawmaker shared more of his controversial and conspiratorial views on the terror attacks with a local publication.

Last month, WFPL talked to state Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville, about a letter he wrote that compared President Barack Obama to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler over the debt ceiling compromise.

During the discussion, Clark indicated the public didn’t know everything about 9/11 and appeared to align himself with the “truth movement”, which contends—among other things—the attacks were an inside job committed by the federal government.

The south Louisville Democrat expanded his views in an interview Wednesday.

From LEO Weekly:

At the start of the interview, Clark immediately indicates he wants the conversation recorded, as he “likes the protection.” Then he launches right into talk of 7 World Trade Center, a building across from the Twin Towers that fell later in the afternoon on 9/11. Truthers commonly believe that building collapsed as part of a “controlled demolition” as opposed to falling as a result of debris and fire from towers one and two.

“Go look it up, BBC reported that three buildings fell that day. We only remember two. BBC reported that World Trade Center Building 7 had been ‘pulled.’ It was gone. And it was still in the background while they were reporting on the news. Look, somebody knew more than we knew. Go look that up, did that really happen?”

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Former Councilman Considering Bid for State Legislature

Almost a year after becoming the first elected Louisville Metro Council member to lose his seat, former Councilman Doug Hawkins is mulling over a second run for the state legislature.

Last year, Hawkins lost a razor-thin contest against Councilman David Yates, D-25, in what was a nasty local race for the 25th District seat.

It’s been eight months since the outspoken south Louisville Republican left the council with an emotional farewell speech, but he appears eager to get back into public service.

From Pure Politics:

Three years ago Hawkins made an unsuccessful big to unseat state Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville, who has been embroiled in his own controversy after comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler.

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Clark Defends Remarks Comparing Obama to Hitler (AUDIO)

Responding to growing denunciation of his controversial remarks, state Senator Perry Clark, D-Louisville, is defending a letter he wrote that compared President Barack Obama to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler for agreeing to the debt ceiling compromise.

The outspoken state lawmaker claims he was only calling attention to the need for stronger reforms on Wall Street and that he is sounding an alarm about attempts by bankers to destroy the U.S. economy.

Last week, Clark called for the president to step down or face impeachment over the debt ceiling legislation that passed August 2. In a letter posted to the website of former presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche, the state lawmaker, who represents parts of south Louisville, said the debt limit bill is “unconstitutional” and a “direct echo” of legislation that handed power to the Nazi dictatorship.

Denying that he compared Mr. Obama to Hitler, Clark says his comments were intentionally provocative in order to bring attention to the country’s economic crisis and the lax regulation of the U.S. banking system.

“I did that purposefully to upset people. I wanted them angry, I wanted them thinking, I meant for it to be brash and I meant for it to be incendiary,” he says. ” People have to think about where we are.”

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Senate Democrats Mulling Over Clark Comparing Obama to Hitler

Democratic leaders in the state Senate have discussed the controversial remarks made by Kentucky lawmaker who compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler on a conspiracy theorist website, but caucus leaders won’t say if any action will be taken.

Last week, state Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville, called for the president to step down or face impeachment over what he calls the “unconstitutional” debt ceiling legislation. Clark says the bill is a “direct echo” of legislation that handed over power to the Nazi dictator in 1933.

Asked about possible censure, Democratic caucus leaders said they have discussed the remarks amongst themselves, but won’t disclose what disciplinary action—if any—will be taken against the state lawmaker.

“I think that would be a personal caucus matter. But it’s something that we continue to discuss,” says state Senate Minority Leader R.J. Palmer. “Again, it’s the opinion of Senator Clark and not the Senate Democratic caucus. I think people understand that there are 15 Democratic Senators and no one individual speaks for everyone.”

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Democrats React to State Senator’s Call for Obama Resignation

Comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler in a letter posted to former presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche’s website, state Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville, calls for the president to step down over what the Kentucky lawmaker calls the “unconstitutional” debt ceiling legislation.

Using official state letterhead, Clark says the recent agreement to raise the debt ceiling and create a 12-member super committee to reduce spending violates the U.S. Constitution. The south Louisville Democrat goes further, saying the bill is a “direct echo” of legislation that handed over power to the “murderous Hitler government” in 1933.

“My fellow citizens, after much reflection on the passage of last week’s debt ceiling and austerity legislation in Washington, I have decided that ‘enough is enough.’,” he writes.

Clark was unavailable for comment, but he confirmed in an interview with LEO Weekly that he wrote the letter and that it speaks for itself.