To the Beltway

Sen. Ernst calls for more counter-terrorism efforts in Philippines, whose president intends to end U.S. relations

10/21/2016 03:49 PM

LOUISVILLE – A day after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his intent to sever military and diplomatic ties with the U.S. in favor of a cozier relationship with China, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst on Friday urged President Barack Obama to dedicate more resources to combat terrorism in the country. Ernst, a first-term Republican, said the Philippines were ripe for terror groups in the years leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks carried out by al-Qaeda. She spoke to more than... Read more 

Ky. Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, speaks out against possibility of election rigging

10/18/2016 03:00 PM

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force met on Tuesday to discuss how to defend against efforts to illegally influence elections. The task force created and chaired by Kentucky’s Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, convenes before and after every primary and general election, but Tuesday’s meeting was overcast with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s warnings of a rigged election. Grimes issued a statement Monday night speaking out against Trump’s claims of a rigged election. “Kentucky elections are... Read more 

Kentucky's request for REAL ID extension denied

10/12/2016 03:10 PM


FRANKFORT – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is denying Kentucky’s request for a one-year extension to come into compliance with federal regulations known as REAL ID. Kentucky had already been operating on a one-year extension that expired on Monday October 10, 2016. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) requested another one-year extension after legislation that would have brought Kentucky into compliance was vetoed by Governor Matt Bevin earlier this year. Bevin vetoed Senate Bill 245 at... Read more 

McConnell talks addiction law, not presidential politics, at Elizabethtown stop

10/11/2016 09:16 PM

ELIZABETHTOWN — After a newly unshackled Donald Trump unleashed a Twitter barrage on Tuesday against House Speaker Paul Ryan and other “disloyal” Republicans, mum was the word for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “I don’t have anything to say about the presidential race,” he said during a press conference at the Elizabethtown Police Department when asked about Trump’s sexually aggressive remarks in a 2005 recording that caused more than two dozen Republican governors, senators and representatives to rescind their endorsements from... Read more 

Federal government grants approval to transition from kynect to federal exchange

10/04/2016 08:48 PM

The U.S. Department for Health and Human Services has signaled they will allow Gov. Matt Bevin to transition away from kynect despite reservations over loss of coverage in the commonwealth. Bevin’s administration has said kynect offers the same service that the federal exchange,, provides. “This is not unexpected since we’ve continued to hit every milestone throughout the process,” Gov. Bevin said in a statement sent to Pure Politics on Tuesday. “This transition will allow Kentucky to achieve substantial cost savings while... Read more 

Sen. Paul hopes to see substantive debate when Trump, Clinton square off Monday night

09/26/2016 07:18 PM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he wants to see Donald Trump differentiate himself from Hillary Clinton when they square off in what’s expected to be the highest-rated presidential debate in history Monday evening. An audience estimated at up to 100 million will watch as Clinton, the Democratic nominee, and Trump, the Republican standard bearer, clash on a debate stage for the first time. Paul, who debated Trump as a GOP presidential hopeful, said the New York real estate mogul’s personality... Read more 

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 

Madison Co. science teacher wins national award as she looks to make learning fun through exploration

09/22/2016 05:23 PM

RICHMOND – Vivian Bowles, a 4th-grade science teacher at Kit Carson Elementary in Richmond was one of 213 science and math teachers around the country to receive the honor of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching on September 8 in Washington, D.C. Bowles initially was a social worker in Eastern Kentucky working with Head Start when she noticed many of the mothers of the children that she worked with were drop outs, because of bad experiences in... Read more 

Gov. Bevin directs Kentucky to join with 20 other states in challenging overtime rule

09/21/2016 04:21 PM

Twenty-one states, including Kentucky, have joined together to challenge a federal rule change which would effectively mandate more salaried workers get paid for overtime. First-year Republican Gov. Matt Bevin released a statement on Wednesday decrying the federal rule as unconstitutional and potentially costly to the state and businesses. “This new Obama Administration rule is another example of the federal government’s never-ending attempt to encroach upon the rights of individual states. This is a direct violation the Tenth Amendment to the... 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 


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