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 

All Eyes on Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District

08/01/2018 04:00 PM

By: Eva McKend A congressional race in Kentucky continues to gain national attention. Will a GOP incumbent with strong local ties be ousted by an anti-establishment Democrat? Congressional correspondent Eva McKend has been tracking the fight for the 6th district. The race between Amy McGrath and Andy Barr is arguably one of the most interesting Congressional races in the country. Kentucky has not seen this type of well-funded, high profile race in the sixth district in quite some time. It was a... Read more 

Trey Grayson expects focus on fall elections at Fancy Farm; look ahead to 2019

08/01/2018 03:31 PM

Trey Grayson, the former Secretary of State and director of Harvard Institute of Politics expects plenty of punches to go along with the pork and mutton at Fancy Farm, but expects a lot of the major moments will happen off-stage. Grayson, who spoke at Fancy Farm himself as Secretary of State and a candidate for the U.S. Senate, says Democrats may find extra energy this year as part of the minority. Democrats used to find the strength of their party... Read more 

Lawmakers seek upgrades to national suicide prevention hotline

07/31/2018 02:44 PM

By: Kevin Frey U.S. lawmakers are seeking upgrades to the national suicide prevention hotline, including giving it its own version of 911. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the suicide rate has been ticking upward in recent years. In Kentucky, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death. On average, one person dies by suicide every three hours, and lawmakers on Capitol Hill are taking notice. “We need to address this and do it in a way that we can give... Read more 

Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarles preparing to emcee Fancy Farm

07/30/2018 12:41 PM

FRANKFORT — Kentucky political forces will caravan west on Saturday for that annual pilgrimage dating back to the 1880’s — Fancy Farm in rural Graves County for the 138th annual Fancy Farm Picnic. This year it will be Republican Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles doling out the punch lines from the stage as the emcee of the event which benefits the St. Jerome Catholic Church. Quarles, who is in his first term in office first spoke on the stage at Fancy Farm... Read more 

U.S. State Department clears way to post 3D-printed gun designs online

07/27/2018 12:37 PM

By: Samantha Jo Roth In a matter of days, a do-it-yourself gun made at home with a 3D printer will become a reality. The Trump administration settled with a non-profit that plans to post instructions for making the weapons on August 1. “If you put the plans up there, then it’s anybody that can go on and has access to a 3D printer and then they’re going to be able to make a lethal weapon that will evade detection,” said Senator Bill Nelson,... Read more 

Renewed debate in Washington over controversial carbon tax

07/26/2018 04:18 PM

Reporting by: Eva McKend The debate over a proposed carbon tax renewed this week after a Florida lawmaker introduced legislation on the issue, going against the party line. Some view it as a thoughtful solution to climate change. Others say it’s a burdensome tax that will crush coal communities and low-income Americans. “Fossil fuels and other sources of greenhouse gasses will have a charge associated with emissions that will come from those fuels,” said Adele Morris, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow. “Economists wildly... Read more 

Twitter feud prompts absence of Puerto Rican governor during hearing over island's electric utility

07/26/2018 10:40 AM

Ten months after Hurricane Maria, more than 500 buildings remain without power in Puerto Rico and many blame the bankrupt Puerto Rico Power Authority. Meanwhile, lawmakers are looking for answers by holding a hearing on Capitol Hill. But one major player wasn’t there — Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rossello, who chose not to attend after a Twitter feud with the committee’s chairman. The tweet that made waves from San Juan to Capitol Hill was sent via a key house panel’s official... Read more 

Former House candidate defends Democratic socialism, explains why Democrats should not listen to James Comey

07/26/2018 09:14 AM

Former 35th Dist. Democratic state House candidate Richard Becker says he found many on the campaign trail open to policies trending towards Democratic socialism. Becker came in second in a three-way Democratic primary for the seat currently held by Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville. He penned a first person account of his experiences on the campaign trail in Kentucky for online publication Vox about why Socialism is an easy sell in “flyover country.” The union organizer from Louisville, said that even voters... Read more