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WFPL to Host Metro Council Debate

WFPL is hosting a debate featuring the candidates for the Louisville Metro Council’s District 1 seat.

The debate will be in the Louisville Public Media performance studio on May 15th at 6pm. It will be hosted by WFPL’s Political Editor Phillip M. Bailey and LEO Weekly’s Anne Marshall.

Candidates who will attend include:

  • Incumbent Attica Woodson Scott
  • Rosa Macklin
  • James Ponder
  • Steven Colston

The other two candidates have been invited and we are awaiting their response. All of the candidates are in Democratic primary, which is May 22nd. No Republican is vying for the seat.

The event is open to the public and to the press.

Our address is 619 S. 4th St. Louisville, KY 40202

UPDATE: James Ponder announced Friday he has dropped out of the District 1 race.

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U of L, Bellarmine Participate in “The Great Debate”

The University of Louisville is hosting a regional debate this Thursday that centers on race in politics, culture and class in the Obama era.

U of L will face off against Bellarmine University and Tennessee State University. Teams will argue from one of three perspectives including Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. or a synthesis of both. “The Great Debate” program has held debates on race and cultural issues throughout the region for 25 years, said Mary Mudd, program assistant for the U of L debate team.

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Candidates Again Clash on Economy in Final Gubernatorial Debate

by Stu Johnson, Kentucky Public Radio

The economy dominated an often contentious gubernatorial debate hosted last night by Kentucky Educational Television.

It was the second time all three candidates appeared together in a forum. Incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear has declined to attend several other debates. As he has previously, the governor repeated that, thanks to his work over the last three years, Kentucky’s economy may pick up quicker than other states.

“Kentucky is starting to come out of this recession and I think because of what we’ve done, is gonna come out a lot faster and a lot better off than most other states,” he said.

The governor touted the economic incentives his administration has offered to businesses that are considering moving to Kentucky. But independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith hasn’t been impressed.

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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.

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Members of Commission on Presidential Debates Visit Centre, EKU

Eastern Kentucky University and Centre College in Kentucky have both been visited by members of the Commission on Presidential Debates.

The two institutions both applied to host debates in next year’s presidential race. Officials with the schools confirmed today that members of the commission visited both campuses to tour potential venues.

At EKU, the venue is a new, 2,000-seat center for the arts that will open in September. At Centre, a recently-renovated 1,500-seat concert hall would likely host the debate, if the school is selected.

Centre hosted a vice presidential debate in 2000. Several Indiana schools also applied to host debates.

Additional information from the Associated Press

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IU Seeking to Host Presidential Debate

Indiana University has applied to host a 2012 presidential debate. The school also applied in 2008, but was unsuccessful.

Eastern Kentucky University and Centre College have also applied to host debates.

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Williams Challenges Beshear to Debate on Medicaid, Beshear Says Williams Should “Do His Job”

Kentucky Senate President David Williams is challenging Gov. Steve Beshear to a televised debate over Medicaid, but the debate is not likely to happen.

Governor Beshear is flying around the state, trying to drum up support for his plan to balance Medicaid within the Medicaid budget. The Republican-controlled Senate wants across-the-board cuts to state agencies. Senate President David Williams says the governor should return home and debate him on Kentucky Educational Televsion.

“So that we can put both sides of this budget controversy in front of the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Ask Mr. Goodman to moderate that and have press available if they want to be there to ask any questions,” he says.

But Beshear says there is nothing to debate and Williams “needs to do his job.” Beshear called lawmakers back to Frankfort after they failed to balance the Medicaid budget during the 30-day regular session that ended last week.

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Paul Will Debate Conway On KET

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Alan Lytle

Kentucky Republican US Senate candidate Rand Paul says he will keep his commitment to debate Democrat Jack Conway on statewide television Monday night.  Paul, a Tea Party favorite, had threatened to pull out of the KET appearance in light of Conway’s much talked about “Aqua Buddha” ad which he calls “despicable, odious, and dangerous.”  At a press opportunity this afternoon in Lexington, the Bowling Green eye surgeon read from a prepared script and declined to take follow up questions from the media.

“While I remain disappointed that my opponent continues these personal attacks, I do respect the voters of Kentucky, and therefore will participate in Monday’s final debate,” he said. “Kentuckians deserve another opportunity to understand the very real differences between Jack Conway and myself,” he said.

Paul says his campaign staff has collected “damaging information” about the Kentucky Attorney General but has instructed them not to use it. A poll released this week by the Lexington Herald Leader, WKYT TV in Lexington, and WAVE TV in Louisville, shows Paul leading the race by 5 points.

The KET debate will be simulcast on WFPL.

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Fischer And Heiner Discuss Endorsements At Debate

by Sheila Ash

The two candidates for Louisville Metro Mayor met for another debate Thursday, this time at the Rotary Club’s weekly meeting. The candidates spent several minutes discussing the politics of independent candidate Jackie Green’s decision to endorse Democrat Greg Fischer.

Republican Hal Heiner says Fischer promised Green influence in Metro Government in exchange for his support.

In the debate, Fischer said Heiner has done the same thing.

“Hal you’re a hypocrite,” said Fischer. “Tom Owen released a press release at 11:30 today saying the day before Tyler Allen endorsed your campaign you met with him you promised him input into your administration, you’re now telling me that that’s bad to give people input into your administration.”

Heiner then insisted he did not promise to give Allen influence.

“Tom has shown time and time again that he’s a hard line partisan so you know it doesn’t surprise me at all that he would come out with the comments that he did today.”

The entire debate can be heard below. For more, visit The Edit.

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Paul And Conway Focus On Criticisms During Debate

The two major-party candidates for U.S. Senate debated at the University of Louisville Sunday night. It was one of the most contentious meetings yet between Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Rand Paul.

The debate began with the candidates trading jabs over a recent ad from Conway that brought up pranks Paul was allegedly involved in as a college student. The candidates continued to criticize each other throughout the rest of the hour-long event. On the subject of the health care overhaul law, Paul said Conway should join other Attorneys General in a lawsuit that claims the law is unconstitutional.

“Jack misunderstands the Constitution. He thinks it has to list a right that you not have insurance. He doesn’t understand that the Constitution gives certain powers to the government, but it says those rights not listed are not to be disparaged,” said Paul.

“I’m not going to waste the resources of the taxpayers of Kentucky playing Tea Party politics,” said Conway in response. “If you were to go back and file one of these lawsuits, what you’d be doing, you’d be challenging well-settled law that says that Social Security and Medicare is constitutional.”

Conway frequently brought up previous statements from Paul in an effort to paint the Republican’s small-government platform as too extreme.

“He calls himself a constitutional conservative rather than a libertarian,” said Conway. “He would take us back to a point where we don’t have federal law enforcement, where we don’t have mine safety laws and we question the constitutionality of all these advancements we’ve had since the 1930s.”

Paul said Conway has taken him out of context.

“I’m not for eliminating Social Security. I’m not for eliminating Medicare. And I’m not for eliminating mine safety regulations,” said Paul. “So why don’t you just stop that so we can have an intelligent debate?”

The two agreed on certain parts of an immigration reform plan, and how to handle the construction of a new veterans’ hospital in Louisville.

For more on the debate and background on some of the candidates’ statements, visit The Edit.

The full debate:

Audio MP3