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Jamie Comer wins GOP nomination in the 1st Congressional District, other congressional races set

05/17/2016 09:26 PM

Senator Mitch McConnell released this statement congratulating Comer on his victory: “I congratulate Jamie Comer on his impressive victory tonight. He ran an outstanding and honest campaign and his message of reining in Washington spending and the overreaching policies of the Obama Administration resonated in western Kentucky. Jamie’s conservative values will make him a strong advocate for his district in Congress. I will work hard to help Jamie win in November, and look forward to serving with him in the nation’s... Read more 

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray wins Senate Democratic nomination

05/17/2016 08:33 PM

LEXINGTON — Mayor Jim Gray won the six-way race for the Democratic nominee for US Senate. Gray took the stage just before 8 p.m. to thank supporters and remind everyone that his campaign did what they set out to do: Run a clean race on the issues. Gray, who carried all 120 counties en route to a nearly 46-point win, wasted no time in shifting gears and taking aim at his opponent in November, Senator Rand Paul. Gray was also crystal clear... Read more 

Sen. Rand Paul telegraphs nationalized U.S. Senate general election race

05/17/2016 01:10 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is gearing up to defend his seat this fall and says whoever emerges as his opponent on Tuesday will have to answer for Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton. The Bowling Green Republican and one term U.S. Senator faces token opposition in Tuesday’s primary election and is preparing his supporters for a nationalized presidential year re-election contest in the bluegrass. “If you like your state, if you like the jobs in your state, why in the world... Read more 

Hillary Clinton makes unannounced stops at Louisville black churches, urges voters to support her Tuesday

05/15/2016 07:04 PM

LOUISVILLE — Hillary Clinton stopped at two African-American churches on Sunday, urging the congregations to support her bid for the White House in Tuesday’s primary before making a scheduled appearance on the south side of the city. Clinton started her barnstorm of Louisville on Sunday morning at St. Stephens Baptist Church on Louisville’s West End. The former secretary of state was joined by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth and Councilman David Tandy at the campaign stop, days... Read more 

Congressmen Thomas Massie and Brett Guthrie say it's time for Trump to work on uniting GOP

05/06/2016 12:16 PM

COVINGTON – Kentucky 4th District U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie says that Republicans in Congress need to stop asking themselves how to deal with Donald Trump, and concentrate more on the message being sent from the voters who have chosen him. Trump is the likely GOP nominee since the two remaining GOP challengers, Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, and Ohio Governor John Kasich dropped out of the race earlier this week. Massie, who spoke on Thursday night at the Kenton County Republicans Spring... Read more 

Chatter: Jesse Benton, others found guilty in 2012 endorsement-buying scheme

05/05/2016 01:52 PM

Jesse Benton, the former campaign manager of U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and campaign chairman for Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign, has been found guilty of multiple corruption charges relating to an endorsement-buying scheme in Iowa. Federal jurors returned guilty verdicts against Benton, John Tate and Dimitri Kesari for their roles in bribing former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson, who previously pleaded guilty to receiving thousands for switching his support from Michele Bachmann to Ron Paul in the... Read more 

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 

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