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Rand Paul makes Senate campaign stops in northern Kentucky; promises hearing in Kentucky on high cost of EpiPen

09/23/2016 01:59 PM

NEWPORT – U.S. Senator Rand Paul told a crowd of supporters in northern Kentucky on Friday that he is in the process of organizing a hearing in the state, regarding the high cost of EpiPen, used to treat severe allergic reactions, and tetracycline, a medication used to treat acne. The cost of EpiPen, has risen from less than $100 in 2007 for a two-pen set, to its current price of approximately $640.00. Tetracycline has seen its costs increase as much as 7,000... Read more 

Jim Gray focuses on trade in television ad released over weekend

09/22/2016 05:33 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray’s campaign is focusing on trade in a new television spot released last weekend. The 30-second ad is part biographical, part issue-based. Gray briefly discusses his background in his family’s construction business, Gray Construction, before transitioning into his views on trade. “I’ve seen enough of these trade agreements to know they help big business more than American workers,” Grays says in the spot. “I believe in fair trade, not bad trade. We need to level the playing... Read more 

Paul highlights efforts to block arms sales, foreign aid to Middle East countries for domestic projects in new TV ad

09/22/2016 10:20 AM

UPDATED On the heels of a failed vote to block a proposed arms sale worth some $1.15 billion to Saudi Arabia, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s campaign released a new television ad on Thursday highlighting his push to curtail deals between the U.S. and Middle Eastern countries. The 30-second spot, which is scheduled to first air in Louisville before hitting other television markets as part of a significant ad buy, also highlights the junior Republican senator’s proposal for economic freedom zones, which... Read more 

Paul, Gray weigh in on weekend terror attacks

09/20/2016 06:33 PM

After a string of explosions and bombs were found in New York and New Jersey on Saturday, law enforcement quickly tracked down and arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami on Monday after a shootout with the suspect. As the investigation into the bombings continues, politicians, including Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates, are speaking out about the incidents and about domestic terrorism. On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke to reporters in Richmond, Ky., about the attacks, which she said is being investigated... Read more 

Benton, former aide to Pauls, sentenced to two years' probation in federal bribery case

09/20/2016 05:53 PM

Aides on former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul’s 2012 campaign were sentenced to probation on Tuesday, avoiding jail time for their parts in a plot to pay an Iowa state senator for his endorsement. Jesse Benton, Paul’s campaign chairman in that race and a former political aide to Sen. Rand Paul and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and John Tate, Paul’s 2012 campaign manager, each received six months’ home confinement, two years’ probation and $10,000 in fines, according to The Des... Read more 

Freshman GOP representative apologizes for using state postage, seal for campaign material

09/16/2016 09:29 PM

A first-term Republican in the state’s House of Representatives has apologized and says he will reimburse the Legislative Research Commission for postage after he sent cards emblazoned with the state’s seal soliciting votes in his 74th House District. The mailings have sparked at least two complaints have been filed against Rep. David Hale, R-Wellington, with the Legislative Ethics Commission. Pure Politics obtained photos of one of the cards mailed by Hale on condition that the recipient remain unidentified, including a photo... Read more 

Paul touts charitable eye surgery in first ad of general election

09/14/2016 09:11 AM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s campaign released its first ad of the general election cycle with a positive spot focusing on the Bowling Green eye surgeon’s pro bono surgery’s performed in Kentucky and around the world. The advertisement titled “caring for Kentucky” is running as part of a “significant buy” according to the campaign. An announcer in the spot says, Paul’s “work as a surgeon says a lot about who he is.” “For over 20 years, Rand Paul has performed free... Read more 

Hillary Clinton, wrestling control of House from Democrats themes of RPK Lincoln Dinner

09/11/2016 12:15 AM

LEXINGTON — Republicans gleefully mocked Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during red-meat speeches at the Kentucky GOP’s top fundraising dinner Saturday evening. Gov. Matt Bevin opened his remarks at the Republican Party of Kentucky Lincoln Dinner by pulling four small, empty baskets from behind the lectern. “Hillary Clinton, she wants some of you in this basket,” he said. “This, I think, is for the Islamophobes and xenophobes, this basket is for the racists and sexists, this basket is for those of you... Read more 

Paul would be "hard pressed" to compliment Putin, doubts Clinton's pledge for no ground troops in Syria, Iraq

09/09/2016 08:20 PM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul didn’t have kind words for Russian President Vladimir Putin when asked Friday for his take on recent comparisons of leadership qualities between Putin and President Barack Obama. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said during NBC’s Commander-In-Chief Forum Wednesday that Putin has “been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader,” a point reiterated by his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, on CNN the next day. Asked about the comparisons between Obama and... Read more 

Sen. Paul tours Shepherdsville printing facility that will be consolidated, says businesses need lower taxes to thrive

09/06/2016 05:40 PM

SHEPHERDSVILLE — Soon the whirring presses at Publishers Printing Co. in Shepherdsville will wind to a stop. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul toured the facility, which will close once Publishers Printing consolidates its operations in Lebanon Junction, and met with management and employees on Tuesday. Part of what he wanted to glean from the trip, he said, is how government can help the printer make more money and hire more people. “Really there are a lot of things that affect businesses like this,”... Read more 

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