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As Trans Pacific Partnership deal announced GOP candidate for ag commish warns of repercussions

10/05/2015 04:59 PM

On Monday the United States and 11 other nations announced the largest regional trade deal in history which would connect 40 percent of the world’s economy, from Canada to Japan and Australia. However, the Trans-Pacific Partnership faces a rigorous road of approval or disapproval in Congress, and concerns back in Kentucky. The full text of the TPP will not be available for as long as a month, according to the New York Times but as details of the deal... Read more 

Rand Paul talks criminal justice reform, but not politics, during stop at west Louisville business

10/02/2015 08:07 PM

Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul visited a commercial and residential filter manufacturer in Louisville’s West End on Friday, highlighting his efforts to enact far-reaching criminal justice reforms. But the GOP presidential candidate didn’t touch one topic the gathered media was eager to press: politics. On Saturday, Paul will be a featured participant in a rally for Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin at Kentucky State University in Frankfort. During Wednesday’s debate on Kentucky Sports Radio, however, Bevin said he would vote for retired... Read more 

Congressman Ed Whitfield announces he will not run for re-election in 2016

09/29/2015 03:53 PM

Republican Congressman Ed Whitfield, subject of a House ethics probe, announced on Tuesday that he will not run for a 12th term next year. Whitfield told Pure Politics in August that he planned to seek re-election, but in a statement released through his office, he offered no reason for his decision. “Representing the people of the 1st District for 21 years has been an honor,” he said in a statement. “I will cherish forever the countless opportunities to work with... Read more 

House Speaker John Boehner will resign Oct. 30

09/25/2015 10:44 AM

UPDATED WITH KENTUCKY REACTIONS: House Speaker John Boehner will retire from Congress at the end of October ending five-years in his role as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. An aide to Boehner confirmed that the Ohio Congressman had planned on leaving Congress in 2014, but stayed in his roll after the surprise defeat of Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia. “Boehner believes that the first job of any Speaker is to protect this institution and, as we saw yesterday... Read more 

Sunday Chatter: Rand Paul wins Michigan straw poll, blasts Clinton on 'Face the Nation'

09/20/2015 04:21 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is putting some of the blame for a refugee crisis in Syria on Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, Paul said, “I think frankly that Hillary Clinton bears some of the responsibility for the crisis.” “Thomas Friedman wrote an op-ed saying about a week ago, a couple weeks ago, saying basically that Iran and Saudi Arabia had been arsonists throwing gasoline on flames there,”... Read more 

U.S. Supreme Court will not intervene on behalf of Rowan Co. Clerk Kim Davis

08/31/2015 10:36 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an emergency application from Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who is refusing to issue marriage licenses because of her religious objections regarding same-sex marriage. With one sentence Monday the court declined to take up Davis’ plea to stay a lower court’s preliminary injunction, potentially forcing her to issue marriage licenses in Rowan County. Last week, U.S. District Judge David Bunning denied Davis’ motion requesting a stay in his previous ruling mandating she resume issuing... Read more 

Gun violence a "vexing problem" for some politicians

08/27/2015 09:45 PM

LOUISVILLE — An attack carried out on live television Wednesday morning in Virginia again has politicians searching for answers to senseless acts of violence in the United States. Two journalists, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, were shot and killed by an apparently disgruntled former colleague in Roanoke, Virginia Wednesday. The killings are among a string of high-profile shootings in recent years that has gone largely unanswered by state and federal politicians. Chris Hurst, the boyfriend of Parker, told CNN that... Read more 

Yarmuth "unsure" if Joe Biden would be better for Democrats than Hillary Clinton in 2016

08/25/2015 11:12 PM

After his recent criticism of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, says Vice President Joe Biden’s entry in the race “could cause a lot of problems for a lot of Democrats (with) split loyalties.” Speaking to Pure Politics on Tuesday, Yarmuth said he’s “not sure yet” if a run from Biden would be better for Democrats seeking to keep the White House. “Joe is very popular. He is a great public servant,” Yarmuth said. (3:53) “I’ve known... Read more 

McConnell says stock market drops are a result of stalling worldwide economy

08/24/2015 04:12 PM

FLORENCE – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Kentucky reporters on Monday that the drop of the stock market is a reflection of a worldwide economic slowdown. The stock market dropped Monday morning more than 1,000 points in the first minutes of trading, the worst drop since Oct. of 2008. However, the market clawed its way back throughout the day with the Dow dropping 588.47, which is a 3.58 percent tumble. McConnell, who was in Florence on Monday speaking to... Read more 

Ky. GOP moves ahead with caucus, allowing Rand Paul to seek presidency and second Senate term

08/22/2015 04:58 PM

UPDATED FRANKFORT — The Republican Party of Kentucky’s central committee has approved a March 5 presidential caucus, clearing the way for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to continue his presidential campaign and defend his seat in Congress. But Saturday’s 111-36 secret-ballot vote also came with a caveat: $250,000 must be in an RPK account by Sept. 18 or the caucus will be nixed. Financing the caucus, which has been budgeted at $500,000, was a primary concern for some on the central committee.... Read more 


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