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 

Demographer projects growth in diversity will impact American politics and the economy

07/25/2018 08:44 AM

By: Eva McKend As the debate continues over who is allowed into the country, it will not alter the projected racial makeup in America. Though people may have different views about where the country is moving politically, based on the numbers alone, it is indisputable, the demographics in America will continue to change. Demographer William Frey says our demographics are changing regardless and that it will play a role in politics and the economy. “We could stop immigration today and we would... Read more 

Barr launches first ad of campaign focusing on central Kentucky roots

07/24/2018 02:12 PM

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr’s kids play a starring role in his first ad “all about Kentucky,” which is aimed at playing up his central Kentucky roots. The ad highlights a disparity likely to come to play later in the campaign between Barr and Democratic nominee Amy McGrath, a former Marine Corps fighter pilot who settled in Georgetown upon retirement from the military. Barr’s ad plays up his ties to central Kentucky, listing numerous events and outings he has attended in... Read more 

Secretary of State Grimes announces pregnancy

07/23/2018 04:18 PM

Alison Lundergan Grimes is pregnant with her first child. The Democratic Secretary of State announced the pregnancy via a news release and social media post on Monday. Grimes and her husband Andrew are expecting a boy in December. “The journey to grow our family has not been easy. With the assistance of talented doctors, numerous surgeries, a supportive family and immense prayer and faith, we are finally in a place where we can announce joyous news to the Commonwealth –... Read more 

Colmon Elridge bows out of 2019 speculation

07/23/2018 10:21 AM

Democrat Colmon Elridge, the former executive assistant to Gov. Steve Beshear, is pulling out of speculation surrounding 2019 statewide races. Elridge told Pure Politics on Sunday night that he would not be a candidate for governor in 2019, or any other statewide constitutional office. In a statement sent Monday, Elridge said there will be no shortage of candidates seeking office in 2019 that will support his values, and issues the state must confront. “I see in Democratic and Republican candidates... Read more