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Yarmuth: Sony Pictures made the right call to pull 'The Interview'

12/18/2014 09:18 PM

Filmmakers and Sony Pictures knew the risk to make a movie about the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, said U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, but they made the right choice to not release the film after threats of terrorism. Yarmuth’s remarks to Pure Politics Thursday come one day after major theaters pulled the comedy due out Christmas day, leaving Sony to ultimately not distribute the film on any platform. “I questioned their decision initially to make the movie,”... Read more 

Sunday Chatter: McConnell meets with Ky. House GOP ahead of '16; Paul talks pot

12/07/2014 10:01 PM

With more three weeks left of 2014 House Republicans met up with U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, on Saturday to talk strategy before the 2016 House races. The Lexington Herald-Leader first reported McConnell’s meeting with members of the House Republican caucus who again came up short in their hopes to flip the state House — the lone Democratically held chamber in the south. As Pure Politics first reported in late November House Republicans formed a committee to identify potential... Read more 

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell plans to limit EPA funding, hopes to find consensus on taxes and other issues

12/06/2014 01:43 PM

With Congress facing a deadline to fund the federal government next week, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell again pledged on Saturday he would not risk a government shutdown once Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate in January. But the incoming Senate majority leader said he would hold President Barack Obama’s administration accountable throughout budget negotiations, particularly by limiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to implement new regulations. McConnell spoke to Kentucky Farm Bureau members during the group’s annual meeting at... Read more 

Beshear named to DNC "Democratic Victory Task Force" after dreadful 2014 election cycle

12/04/2014 02:39 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear was named Thursday to the Democratic National Committee’s “Democratic Victory Task Force” to assess the party’s strengths and weaknesses ahead of future elections. Beshear was selected by DNC Chair and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz, D-Florida, alongside nine other appointees. “We are proud to announce the members of the Democratic Victory Task Force, and are eager to work with them to build on what we’ve done that works, identify and prioritize challenges and ultimately improve our... Read more 

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul seeks declaration of war against ISIS

12/03/2014 02:44 PM

Less than two weeks after unveiling his plans to declare war against the terrorist group Islamic State to The New York Times, Kentucky U.S. Sen. filed a formal declaration of war against the organization. “I believe the President must come to Congress to begin a war and that Congress has a duty to act,” Paul said in a statement Wednesday. “Right now, this war is illegal until Congress acts pursuant to the Constitution and authorizes it.” President Barack Obama relied on... Read more 

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul makes re-election bid official, mum on other 2016 plans

12/02/2014 12:29 PM

After many months of raising questions about whether or not he will run for re-election to the U.S. Senate and for president in 2016, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul announced his intentions for one of the offices Tuesday as he said his name will be on the ballot for his Senate seat. But Paul remained quiet on a White House bid in the same year. In a statement, Paul said he is running for re-election because he still has many concerns... Read more 

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell agrees with Obama's take on Ferguson but not much else

11/25/2014 11:44 PM

BUCKNER — Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell doesn’t agree with President Barack Obama often, but he said Tuesday the president is correct in his assessment of the turmoil surrounding a Missouri grand jury’s decision to not indict a white police officer who gunned down an unarmed black teen. Moments after a St. Louis grand jury’s decision against indicting Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August, Obama said the protests surround the inaction show “broader challenges that... Read more 

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says Obama wrong on use of executive order; Congress will pass immigration bill

11/21/2014 03:45 PM

LEXINGTON — More than one year after the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan immigration bill which ultimately stalled in the Republican-led House, President Barack Obama took it upon himself to craft patches to the immigration system, but the move has led him into a battle with Congressional members of the GOP. On Friday, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., described the move by Obama as one of a monarch and not a U.S. President. Paul, who has traveled extensively over the past... Read more 

Senate Majority Leader-elect McConnell says some Democrats "anxious" for new leadership

11/15/2014 04:19 PM

FRANKFORT — Tuesday’s vote in the U.S. Senate on legislation directing President Barack Obama’s administration to move forward on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will likely reveal a handful of Democrats who’ve grown tired of following the president’s directives, Senate Majority Leader-elect Mitch McConnell told reporters Saturday. McConnell spoke to the Republican Party of Kentucky’s executive committee on Saturday and said half of those in the U.S. Senate who called him in the wake of last week’s midterm elections were members... Read more 

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell elected majority leader by caucus

11/13/2014 12:22 PM

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell was unanimously re-elected to his leadership position by his Republican caucus colleagues in a closed door meeting Thursday, according to McConnell’s Senate office. By remaining in his position of leader of his caucus, McConnell will become the Senate majority leader in January when the new Congress convenes after Republicans picked up enough seats to take control of the chamber after the Nov. 4 elections. McConnell becomes the second Kentuckian to be named majority leader. Democratic U.S.... Read more 


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