To the Beltway

Republicans reflect on electoral victories, look ahead to policy changes at state, national levels

12/03/2016 06:02 PM

FRANKFORT — After surprising even themselves in winning a 64-member supermajority in the state’s House of Representatives on Election Day, the state GOP took a victory lap of sorts during Saturday’s state central executive committee meeting at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has seen just about everything during his 32 years manning one of the state’s highest elected offices, and he remembered being “nervous as hell” during his first Fancy Farm when... Read more 

President-elect Trump names James Mattis as secretary of defense at first celebration rally

12/02/2016 12:30 PM

CINCINNATI — President-elect Donald Trump used his first “USA Thank You Tour” on Thursday night in Cincinnati to announce that retired Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis was his choice to be the next secretary of defense. Mattis, who retired as chief of U.S. Central Command in 2013, has indicated that Washington lacks an overall strategy in the Middle East. Trump plans to officially announce the appointment on Monday and joked with the crowd about not saying anything to anybody until next... Read more 

Elaine Chao expected to be named Trump's transportation secretary

11/29/2016 11:39 AM

Elaine Chao, the former Labor Secretary under President George W. Bush, will be President-elect Donald Trump’s choice selection to lead the Department of Transportation, according to multiple national news outlets. Both The New York Times and Politico, among other outlets, are reporting that Chao will be formally announced as Trump selection on Tuesday. Chao is the wife of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and is the first Asian-American woman to hold a cabinet position. Chao met with... Read more 

Yarmuth, Democrats call on Trump to withdraw Bannon appointment

11/16/2016 04:45 PM

Democratic lawmakers, including Kentucky U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, are calling on President-elect Donald Trump to withdraw his appointment of Steve Bannon as White House chief strategist. Yarmuth, D-Louisville, joined more than 140 Democratic colleagues in penning a letter to the President-elect, calling for Bannon’s appointment to be withdrawn on Tuesday. In the letter, Yarmuth and his Democratic colleagues said they felt Trump struck the right chord in his election night speech calling for unity, but his appointment of the former executive... Read more 

McConnell re-elected majority leader of the U.S. Senate

11/16/2016 01:02 PM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, was re-elected to his post as majority leader of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. The Senate Republican Conference elected its leadership team for the 115th Congress behind closed doors, appointing McConnell to another two-year leadership role. “It’s an honor to once again have been chosen by my colleagues to continue serving as their leader,” said Sen. McConnell. “I know I speak for each of my Republican colleagues in expressing my gratitude to the American people... Read more 

Like other health advocates, Ben Chandler waiting "with bated breath" to see what Trumpcare looks like

11/15/2016 08:30 PM

Like others in the health advocacy field, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky President Ben Chandler isn’t sure exactly what changes will be made to the Affordable Care Act under President-elect Donald Trump or how his administration will handle Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver application. Trump campaigned on a promise to repeal and replace the health law known as Obamacare, but he’s softened his tone on certain pieces, such as forcing insurers to cover those with pre-existing health conditions and allowing young beneficiaries to... Read more 

Sen. Paul to President-elect Trump: Don’t appoint John Bolton Secretary of State

11/15/2016 01:18 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul cautioned President-elect Donald Trump against appointing John Bolton as secretary of state, saying the hawkish conservative has shown a penchant for “hot-blooded war to create democracy across the globe.” Paul, in an op-ed published on the website Rare, criticized Bolton’s continued support of the invasion of Iraq and his belief that similar actions need to be taken in Syria and Iran. “Bolton is a longtime member of the failed Washington elite that Trump vowed to oppose,... Read more 

McConnell says "a variety of options" for coal industry will be presented to Trump but immediate impact "hard to tell"

11/12/2016 09:30 AM

LOUISVILLE – Fresh off a meeting with the incoming president and vice president, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that he expects a “good start” from President-elect Donald Trump when he takes office in January. Exactly what will be taken up and when is still unknown. McConnell shed little light on what was discussed behind closed doors during his hour-long meeting with Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Thursday, saying the Republicans discussed changes to the Affordable Care... Read more 

What you need to know about Kentucky's healthcare transition

10/29/2016 08:55 PM

FRANKFORT – On Tuesday, November 1 Kentucky will officially be using the federal healthcare portal, healthcare.gov, and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is asking Kentuckians to prepare for the transition to the federal healthcare exchange. According to the CHFS, nothing will change for Kentuckians previously enrolled in healthcare under kynect during 2016. However, Kentuckians seeking coverage will need to re-enroll for coverage in 2017. Open enrollment for 2017 runs from Nov. 1, 2016 to Jan. 31,... Read more 

Former US Senator Jim Bunning recovering from stroke

10/21/2016 06:02 PM

Jim Bunning suffered a stroke, earlier this week, at his home in Southgate, Ky. A statement released today says his wife Mary was with him as he was transported to St Elizabeth hospital. Bunning was moved from the intensive care unit into a transitional care unit Thursday night. Bunning, who turns 85 years old on Sunday, served as Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator from 1999-2010. Prior to that he had served Kentucky’s 4th district as Congressman. Prior to entering politics... Read more 

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