House and Senate work to reconcile a final version of the Farm Bill

09/05/2018 01:42 PM

Washington D.C. – Eva McKend The Farm Bill Conference Committee held their first public meeting Wednesday to begin the process of reconciling a final version of the behemoth bill. Before their meeting began, President Trump signaled via tweet that he wanted a bill that includes work requirements for people receiving food stamps, the grocery subsidies officially called “SNAP.” The Farm Bill is a multibillion dollar omnibus bill passed roughly once every five years that covers agricultural, food and farm policy. The highly... Read more 

Kentucky Woman Relentlessly Pushes Senators to Block Kavanaugh Confirmation

08/30/2018 12:53 PM

By: Eva McKend WASHINGTON-With confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh set to start next week, a young woman with ties to Lexington is gaining attention for her activism on Capitol Hill. Reproductive justice advocate Angela Maske has been working to meet with key players for more than a month. Washington reporter Eva McKend has the details. For Angela Maske, this work is personal. “My interests in reproductive justice actually stemmed from my time living in Kentucky. In... Read more 

EXCLUSIVE: McConnell talks farm bill, SCOTUS, among other hot topics

08/17/2018 07:54 PM

By: Eva McKend Kentucky’s senior senator is transforming the federal judiciary. Majority leader Mitch McConnell returned to Congress this week after canceling the August recess. In a rare one-on-one interview, Washington reporter Eva McKend learned why the next few weeks will be significant. The close race between Congressman Andy Barr and Amy McGrath may be all the talk in Kentucky but Senator Mitch McConnell is remaining tight lipped on if he’ll enter the fray and campaign for Barr. “It’s a purple... Read more 

How does social media affect our kids? Lawmakers push for research

08/14/2018 09:02 AM

By: Taylor Popielarz According to the National Institutes of Health, not much is known about how media and technology affect young people. And if a partisan bill makes its way through Congress, tens of millions of dollars will be given to the institute to change that. Technology and the media it leads us to is surrounding young people more than ever. That’s why many say it’s important to understand what impact all of those devices are having on kids. And a bipartisan... Read more 

Washington, D.C. prepares for Unite the Right rally

08/11/2018 10:00 AM

By: Eva McKend The nation’s capital is gearing up for a self-described white civil rights rally. The Unite the Right event comes on the anniversary of last year’s deadly Charlottesville demonstration. The permits have been issued. The date set. Hundreds of white nationalists and even more counter protesters will demonstrate near the White House Sunday. “We the people of Washington, D.C. say unequivocally that we denounce hate, we announce that we denounce anti-Semitism, and we denounce the rhetoric that we... Read more 

Will Republicans Hold on to Power in Congress After November?

08/10/2018 09:40 AM

By: Eva McKend WASHINGTON-When it comes to the midterms, Republicans know history is not on their side. “Typically the President that is holding the White House will lose seats in his first midterm election. Right now, Democrats have a five-point advantage when the question is asked are they energized, we need to make that gap zero,” said Kayleigh McEnany, a national spokesperson for the RNC. McEnany describes the next few months as a battle of the bases. She anticipates nail biter races.... Read more 

DNC to focus on unregistered voters, reaching people on cell phones ahead of the midterms

08/08/2018 06:10 PM

By: Eva McKend WASHINGTON-Democrats say they are leaving no stone unturned in the crucial months leading up to the midterm election. For Democrats, the game plan is to organize everywhere. “We’ve been investing in all 50 states for quite some time because what we learned over the past decade or so is that when you don’t organize everywhere, you lose seats down ballot and you lose seats in the years to come,” said Xochitl Hinojosa, Communications Director at the DNC. With just... Read more 

Sharp elbows as Fancy Farm looks ahead to 2019

08/04/2018 04:39 PM

FANCY FARM — The 138th annual Fancy Farm picnic and political speaking featured sharp jabs surrounding the upcoming gubernatorial elections, a full year and a half before Kentuckians go to the polls. Teachers packed the pavilion on the Democratic side with chants of “120 Strong,” and a promise to remember in November the actions of the Republican majority party during the legislative session. The state House of Representatives is up for grabs once again, and the Kentucky Democratic Party is... Read more 

New paid family leave bill unveiled in Washington

08/03/2018 12:18 PM

By: Samantha Jo Roth WASHINGTON, D.C. – Florida Senator Marco Rubio has unveiled a new plan to provide family leave for parents in a bill backed by President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump. Economic Security for New Parents Act Allows new parents to draw paid leave from Social Security Parents would have to push retirement start date back The Economic Security for New Parents Act would allow parents to receive paid family leave by drawing from Social Security — money reserved for retirement or disability. Workers... Read more 

Activists Push to Restore Voting Rights Act Provision that Could Curb Voter Suppression

08/03/2018 11:25 AM

By: Eva McKend WASHINGTON D.C. – As we mark the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a lawyer with Asian Americans Advancing Justice is part of a growing activist movement pushing Congress to restore a piece of it struck down by the high court in 2013. “It had been something that had been working to help contain discrimination, particularly in those jurisdictions that had been bad actors in the past,” said Terry Minnis, Asian Americans Advancing Justice. The “preclearance” provision... Read more