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McConnell approval numbers in Kentucky at 18%; Trump at 60% in latest public polling

08/22/2017 03:13 PM

Just 18 percent of Kentuckians approve of the job U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, is doing, according to a survey released this week. Public Policy Polling released the poll on Monday which found 18 percent of respondents approving of the job McConnell is doing, compared to 74 percent who disapprove. Seven percent of respondents were unsure of McConnell’s performance in office. McConnell fairs slightly better when respondents were asked if they would vote for McConnell if the election... Read more 

McConnell, Sec. of Treasury Mnuchin to visit Ft. Knox; McConnell promises to raise debt ceiling

08/21/2017 04:27 PM

LOUISVILLE — For just the third time in history a U.S. Treasury Secretary will step foot inside Fort Knox and check on around $200 billion in gold bullion stashed there. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told members of Greater Louisville Inc. about the planned visit during prepared remarks on Monday afternoon in Louisville. Mnuchin was planning on visiting the bullion with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, after his stop at GLI at the Olmstead. Mnuchin said he would... Read more 

Congressman Yarmuth sends scathing letter to President Trump

08/16/2017 02:17 PM

After a flip-flop in position on violence in Charlottesville on Tuesday, President Trump again blamed “both sides” in a press conference, sparking the outrage of many in Congress. U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, an out-spoken critic of Trump, sent a letter to the president condemning Trump’s position. “I am depressed and horrified that I must once again respond to your position on the Charlottesville incident,” Yarmuth wrote in the letter sent on Wednesday. “However, as an elected official, like you,... Read more 

McConnell tells KKK & neo-nazis they are not welcome in Kentucky

08/16/2017 10:50 AM

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, is telling white supremacist groups planning to rally in Lexington that they are not welcome in the Bluegrass State. “The white supremacist, KKK, and neo-Nazi groups who brought hatred and violence to Charlottesville are now planning a rally in Lexington,” McConnell said in a statement. “Their messages of hate and bigotry are not welcome in Kentucky and should not be welcome anywhere in America.” Groups such as the KKK announced their plan to... Read more 

Trump digs in on Charlottesville "both sides" argument

08/16/2017 10:43 AM

It took President Donald Trump more than two days after the events in Charlottesville, to condemn, by name, white supremacy groups like the KKK and neo-Nazis. But Tuesday, the President is doubling down on his words from Saturday, saying “both sides” are to blame for the violence. Washington, D.C. bureau Reporter Alberto Pimienta has more. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin made similar comments Tuesday when talking about the removal of Confederate statues from government property. “There’s no side in any of... Read more 

Confederate monument toppled in Durham, North Carolina, more fallout from weekend violence

08/15/2017 11:26 AM

Protesters pulled down a statue from a Confederate monument in Durham, NC Monday night. The statue was dedicated to soldiers who fought in the Civil War and was located on a monument outside the old Durham County Courthouse. Spectrum News reporter Ryan Breslin has the details. A fourth CEO has resigned from a presidential business council in response to President Donald Trump’s initial remarks on the violence in Charlottesville, VA. Scott Paul is the head of the Alliance for American... Read more 

"White supremacy is just absolutely intolerable in our society," Barr says

08/14/2017 04:00 PM

LEXINGTON — U.S. Rep. Andy Barr is not parsing words in his reaction to three dead and 20 injured after a car drove through a crowd of counter protestors where white supremacists and other alt-right groups were scheduled to take place in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. “What a just terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go to those who died and the injured there and their families,” Barr said in an interview Monday. “This has particular resonance with... Read more 

Trump goes after McConnell on Twitter

08/10/2017 11:13 AM

President Donald Trump took to Twitter again on Thursday morning to slam Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for failing to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The tweet sent just before 7 a.m. chastised McConnell for campaigning on repealing and replacing the ACA for seven years and then not being able to get the votes necessary to follow through with the pledge. This morning’s attack echoed one from Wednesday afternoon when the President first lashed out against McConnell for something he... Read more 

Threats fly between Trump and North Korea

08/09/2017 11:02 AM

President Donald Trump is sending an unprecedented warning to North Korea, threatening “fire and fury” against the country if its government continues to make threats. Trump’s extraordinarily strong words come amid reports that the regime of Kim Jong-un is now able to produce nuclear warheads small enough to fit inside missiles. Meanwhile, North Korean state media says Pyongyang would fire missiles to the U.S. territory of Guam, if they see signs of provocation. Washington D.C. Bureau reporter Alberto Pimienta has more.  Read more 

Trump latest: POTUS on working vacation, report: VP Pence looking at 2020 run

08/08/2017 10:34 AM

On his 200th day in the White House, President Trump returned to Twitter to tout what he views as victories and declare that he will be working hard during his vacation in New Jersey. Our Washington bureau reporter Alberto Pimienta has the story. The New York Times story that Vice President Mike Pence is looking at a potential run for the presidency came out on Saturday. The report also mentions other potential Republican rivals in 2020, including Ohio Governor... Read more 

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