Kentucky Politics Distilled: The Coronavirus Relief Bill Saturday, Mar 28 2020 

This week in Kentucky politics, the state legislature still met during the coronavirus pandemic. They passed an emergency bill to help provide some relief to workers and businesses dealing with the virus, and they advanced a slew of other measures. And Kentucky’s 4th district Congressman Thomas Massie received America’s ire for threatening to block a federal coronavirus bill.

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Questions surround Sen. Rand Paul’s response to positive COVID-19 diagnosis Tuesday, Mar 24 2020 

Constituents and social media ask: What was Senator Rand Paul Thinking?

        

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Coronavirus Response Saturday, Mar 14 2020 

This week in Kentucky politics, Gov. Andy Beshear headed up the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, recommending that schools, churches and employers cease in-person activities. And Leaders of the legislature say they’re evaluating how to proceed with this year’s budget writing session.

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U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth hosts forum on gun violence prevention in Louisville Friday, Mar 6 2020 

"So many thousands of Americans lose their lives or have their lives unalterably changed by gun violence. We need to do something," Yarmuth told the crowd.

        

Senate hopeful Booker endorses Sanders for president Monday, Mar 2 2020 

Booker described Sanders, a democratic socialist from Vermont, as the candidate with the best ideas and best chance of defeating Republican President Donald Trump.

        

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Special Elections And Homophobia Saturday, Feb 29 2020 

This week in Kentucky politics, a Republican won a historically Democratic seat in the state House of Representatives during a special election. And the Kentucky Democratic Party called for a Republican state senator to resign after he made homophobic remarks during a campaign event.

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State senator attempts to clarify comments on Derby City Sisters Friday, Feb 28 2020 

Democrats are calling for Sen. Wheeler's resignation, while Gov. Beshear encourages Kentuckians to move past division.

        

“I always regarded him as a ‘can-do’ thinker and doer:” Lonnie Ali to serve as co-chair on Mike Bloomberg’s campaign Friday, Feb 28 2020 

"I believe Mike can restore strength and integrity to our democratic institutions and repair the deep cultural and political divides..." Lonnie Ali said.

        

SGA Elections should be your priority this week Monday, Feb 24 2020 

By Maggie Vancampen —

Student Government Association elections are underway and should be on everyone’s radar.

Even though people question what SGA actually does, it really is quite simple. SGA advocates for students at the administrative level and protects student rights.

Our current Student President Jasper Noble, and every president before him, serves on the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees runs the university and Noble serves as a voice for students in making final decisions on issues such as raising tuition.

The current Academic Vice President Sabrina Collins said her position sits on faculty senate and the executive board of faculty senate, committees regarding the Cardinal Core and implementation committees for President Neeli Bendapudi’s strategic plan.

Collins said Executive Vice President Kayla Payne is designed to run the student senate, promote diversity and works with athletics.

Service Vice President Lydia Burns is on committees that have to do with housing, parking and sustainability Collins said.

These are powerful committees that have student voices. They can make a difference.

However, SGA needs to know what students want. And the best way students can have their voices be heard is by voting.

Voter turnout has been historically low; the 2018-2019 school year election only had a 15 percent response rate with 3, 125 participants. Over 3,800 voted the previous year.

SGA hosted a forum for all candidates Feb. 19 so they could talk about what they wanted to improve within the University of Louisville community.

When this story is published, U of L will be in the midst of voting. Voting will end Feb. 26.

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Gov. Beshear calls for 350 more social workers in Kentucky Friday, Feb 21 2020 

According to the governor, the added workers will allow the state to reduce caseloads per social worker and help retain existing social workers across the state.

        

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