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Clinton plans on campaigning in Kentucky, Trump could cost the GOP Congress, Yarmuth says

04/10/2016 03:15 PM

The presidential nominating contests are rolling on, but for one Kentucky Congressman both Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and Republican front-runner Donald Trump could cause varying degrees of damage to their respective parties. U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth is looking on to see which way the American people swing in their hope for a functioning government. The Louisville Democrat sees the uptick in outsider politicians as a symptom of Americans’ frustrations with government. “There’s just a restlessness out there, a sense that... Read more 

Yarmuth: Kentucky Democrats need to repudiate alleged bribery scheme connected to Tim Longmeyer; ranks Bevin’s first 100 days in office

04/06/2016 09:56 AM

Kentucky’s lone federally elected Democrat is calling on members of his party to condemn the actions of former Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer, who has been charged with bribery. Longmeyer has been accused of participating in a kickback scheme with others to persuade Humana and Anthem to hire a consulting firm, identified as MC Squared Consulting, in return for more than $200,000. As the case moves forward, Yarmuth said Democrats, more than Republicans, need to strike down corruption in order... Read more 

Congressman Thomas Massie believes that Republican presidential nominee can still win in November despite fractured GOP

03/31/2016 04:24 PM

COVINGTON – 4th District U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie feels that the Republican Party is fractured, but he still believes that whoever becomes the GOP presidential nominee that person can defeat Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in November. Massie, who spoke at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday in Covington, questioned why Ohio Governor John Kasich is still in the race, saying mathematically he won’t have enough delegates to win. He also felt that there was significance to the fact... Read more 

President Obama commutes prison sentences for three Kentuckians

03/30/2016 02:32 PM

President Barack Obama is cutting short prison time for three Kentuckians who are serving time for drug offenses, the White House announced on Wednesday. In total Obama commuted the sentences of 61 people on Wednesday, bringing the total number of people receiving reduced prison time during his administration to 248 people, more than the six previous presidents combined. In a letter sent to the 61 people receiving clemency on Wednesday, Obama said the measure represents the belief in second chances.... Read more 

Kentucky politicians mourn death of couple killed in Brussels terror attack

03/26/2016 10:06 PM

Stephanie Shults, a Lexington native, and her husband Justin, who had not been heard from since Tuesday’s terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium, have been confirmed dead, according to their employers and family. The couple, Justin, 30, and Stephanie, 29, was at the Brussels airport waving goodbye to family when the terrorist attack took place, killing more than 30 people and injuring hundreds more. Islamic terrorist group ISIS has taken credit for the attack. Within hours of the confirmation of the death... Read more 

Sen. Paul calls on Clinton to apologize for coal comments

03/18/2016 10:07 AM

UPDATED: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, is seeking an apology from Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton for comments she made at a recent town hall saying she would put coal companies out of business. During a CNN town hall on Sunday, Clinton said she wanted to use clean renewable energy as the key to economic prosperity in coal country. The statement that’s got Clinton in hot water is her prediction for decimation of the coal industry. “We’re gonna put a lot... Read more 

Obama nominates Kentucky Supreme Court Justice to serve on 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

03/17/2016 08:28 PM

President Obama has nominated state Supreme Court Justice Lisabeth Tabor Hughes to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Hughes, of Louisville, has served on the Kentucky Supreme Court since 2007, after being appointed to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the late Justice William E. McAnulty, Jr. She won election in Nov. 2008 as the justice form the 4th Supreme Court Dist. in Jefferson County. She was re-elected in Nov. 2014. “Justice... Read more 

Obama nominates Merrick Garland to Supreme Court; McConnell won't take action on nominee

03/16/2016 06:59 PM

President Obama nominated federal appeals Judge Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court Seat left vacant by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February. The nomination is reigniting a fight on Capitol Hill between Obama and the GOP Senate led by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is refusing to consider Obama’s nominee. The 63-year-old Garland is currently the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He is largely considered... Read more 

The Chatter: McConnell calls on Trump to condemn violence; Samantha Bee targets Gov. Bevin

03/15/2016 04:09 PM

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is advising Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to condemn violence at his political gatherings. Kentucky’s senior Senator talked with Trump on Tuesday morning as the New York real estate mogul was trying to win support from the GOP establishment on his road to the nomination. “I took the opportunity to recommend to him that no matter who may be triggering these violent expressions or conflicts that we’ve seen in some of these rallies, it... Read more 

Clinton promises 'to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business;' Grimes 'disappointed' with comments

03/14/2016 10:11 PM

Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton wants to bring “clean renewable energy as the key to coal country,” and in the process put miners and businesses out of work, she said at a town hall on CNN. The comments have already put Kentucky Democratic politicians in a pickle. During Sunday’s town hall, Clinton said she wants to “make it clear that we don’t want to forget those people” who worked in the coal mines, but she said their industry is... Read more 

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