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Congressman Yarmuth donates salary to charities

05/17/2018 09:56 AM

LOUISVILLE- U.S. Representative John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, has donated his 2017 congressional salary to several local non-profits. Yarmuth, founder of Louisville Eccentric Observer, has donated his salary each year since being elected to Congress in 2006. “At the state and federal level, we are seeing our elected officials turn their backs on the basic needs of our communities, and responsibility is increasingly falling to a handful of exceptional organizations to pick up the growing slack,” Yarmuth said in a news... Read more 

McConnell pokes fun at Blankenship loss

05/09/2018 09:48 AM

After weeks of attack ads from a West Virginia Senate GOP candidate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign team got the last laugh. After former Coal executive Don Blankenship came in a distant third in the West Virginia GOP Senate primary on Tuesday, McConnell’s campaign team tweeted out “Thanks for playing, Don”, with a picture of McConnell surrounded by a white powdery substance, likely in reference to Netflix show Narcos. The tweet was in response to Blankenship’s nickname “Cocaine Mitch”... Read more 

McConnell, Yarmuth react to withdrawal from Iran deal announcement

05/08/2018 04:04 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kentucky federal lawmakers are reacting to President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States will be withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. The president made the announcement Tuesday, following months of speculation. Trump announced he would be reinstating all sanctions against the Middle Eastern Country prior to the 2015 deal. “Today’s action sends a critical message. The United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them,” President Trump said during his announcement.... Read more 

Barr, Chao announce TIGER grant in Frankfort; Avoid talking Blankenship

05/04/2018 04:28 PM

FRANKFORT — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao appeared alongside U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, in at Second Street School in Frankfort to announce a grant to redevelop the street in the state’s capital city. Barr faces a tough re-election bid this year, as Democrats battle it out for the nomination to challenge the Republican in the swing district. The Lexington Congressman has brought other high level officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, to hold policy summits and make announcements... Read more 

4th District Congressman Thomas Massie continues to be frustrated by rising national debt

05/03/2018 03:38 PM

ERLANGER – U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Garrison, says that one of his biggest frustrations so far in Congress has been the fact that the national debt has continued to rise despite the fact that the GOP holds the White House and both chambers. Massie, who was in Northern Kentucky on Thursday addressing the Kenton County Rotary Club, reiterated that the reason the deficit continues to rise is the government’s practice of spending. “You know, when I got to Congress, the first thing... Read more 

McConnell ducks question on migrant caravan at U.S. Mexico border

04/30/2018 03:52 PM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell side-stepped a question from Pure Politics Monday morning on the dozens of migrants now at the U.S. Mexico border. The Central American migrants traveled en masse to the United States where they are pleading for asylum. “We’ve got Mexico to work with us on stopping a lot of what’s pouring in, but we have the worst laws anywhere in the world,” President Trump said in response to the so-called migrant caravan. National... Read more 

McConnell promotes next phase in opioid fight

04/30/2018 03:28 PM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promoted his latest piece of legislation known as the CAREER Act, which is aimed at helping addicts find recovery and a path back to work. McConnell and business leaders with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Greater Louisville Inc. Metro Chamber of Commerce said the state’s business community is eager to get workers back into steady employment with the resources found in the legislation. The legislation authorizes up to $1 billion for... Read more 

Presidential Disaster declared for counties impacted by flooding

04/27/2018 12:28 PM

FRANKFORT- President Donald Trump has authorized assistance for the Kentucky counties hit by the severe weather and flooding from February 21, 2018 through March 21, 2018. “We are grateful to the President for issuing an official disaster declaration to aid more Kentucky counties impacted by severe weather and flooding earlier this year,” said Gov. Bevin. “This federal assistance will provide more than one-quarter of our counties with important resources as they continue recovery efforts, and I am appreciative to... Read more 

Former First Lady Barbara Bush dies at 92

04/17/2018 08:12 PM

Former First Lady and Barbara Bush, the wife of President George H.W. Bush, and mother of George W. Bush, has died Tuesday evening at the age of 92 years old. Jim McGrath, the Bush family spokesperson, broke the news on Twitter Tuesday evening in a statement posted on social media. Bush declined further medical treatment this week, instead focusing on “comfort and care.” Bush suffered from pneumonia in 2013, according to news reports. Barbara is survived by her husband, former President... Read more 

Joe Biden to appear in Louisville in June

04/02/2018 12:43 PM

LOUISVILLE — Former Vice President Joe Biden will appear in Louisville this June as part of his “American Promise Tour.” The speech will take place on Thursday, June 7, at 8:00 PM, and will be held at Whitney Hall in the The Kentucky Center. The tour is being promoted as a series of conversations that will go beyond the 24-hour news cycle and 140-character arguments to connect friends and neighbors around the topics that matter most. Biden is expect to discuss his memoir... Read more 

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