To the Beltway

Congressman Barr agrees with need to fight ISIS; says AUMF does not go far enough

02/23/2015 05:46 PM

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr agrees President Barack Obama is on the right course in pursuing military force against Islamic terrorists known as ISIS, but he said Obama is missing the mark when it comes to the campaign the commander-in-chief would wage. Speaking to Pure Politics by telephone last week, Barr, R-Lexington, said the “limited force with artificial timetables” is not a strategy which would produce victory against Islamic extremists. Obama’s Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF, request to... Read more 

Inching closer to presidential run, Paul continues to push for criminal justice reforms

02/20/2015 04:27 PM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul hopes the new GOP-led Congress will consider a bill he has filed that would lower societal barriers for nonviolent offenders, the Bowling Green Republican said Friday during a forum at Sullivan University. Kentucky’s junior senator, who is openly considering a presidential campaign next year while frequenting early primary states like New Hampshire and Iowa in recent months, continues to stake his claim as an advocate for criminal justice reforms, estimating that half the Senate’s Republican... Read more 

Obama seeks war powers against ISIS; historian and author offers dire predictions of terrorism at home

02/11/2015 11:42 AM

President Barack Obama is seeking a formal authorization of war to fight Islamic terrorists in a limited three year engagement that prohibits the use of “enduring offensive ground forces.” The request was delivered to Congressional leaders Wednesday morning, and Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, said there are already plans to talk with his caucus on the proposal. “It was clear from the outset that a successful military campaign to defeat ISIL would require a multi-year effort,”... Read more 

State of the Union address largely panned by Kentucky's congressional delegation

01/21/2015 05:29 PM

Newly empowered Republicans, particularly Kentucky’s pair of GOP senators, lambasted President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday, saying the president said little to convince them of his readiness to find common ground with the Republican-led Congress. Obama’s penultimate State of the Union address highlighted progress made during his administration, particularly an economy that’s showing continued signs of improvement after a recession that’s lingered in the public conscience since late 2007. Although the president touched on potential areas of agreement... Read more 

Kelley Paul promotes book about female bonding; says decision on Rand's presidential run a 'hard decision to make'

01/08/2015 03:53 PM

As U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, contemplates a potential bid for the White House in 2016 Kelley Paul is touring Kentucky promoting her book about the female bond from grandmothers, mothers, sisters and friends. Kelley Paul was in Lexington on Thursday speaking to the Women Republicans of Central Kentucky, promoting her new book, “True and Constant Friends”, which contains essays about inspiring women. As she travels the state promoting her book, the first thing she’s asked about is her husband running... Read more 

Massie says he plans to vote against Boehner again on Tuesday

01/04/2015 03:26 PM

When U.S. House Republicans vote for leadership on Tuesday Kentucky U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie is hoping they’ll choose someone other than current speaker John Boehner of Ohio to lead the body. The new Congress will convene next week and an already a frustrated faction of the GOP is letting it be known that they don’t plan to vote for another term with Boehner at the helm. In a press release issued Saturday Massie, who has voted against Boehner in the... Read more 

Yarmuth: Cuban embargo has 'not accomplished anything'

01/02/2015 01:29 PM

President Barack Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba has Kentucky’s lone Democratic representative at the federal level both “excited and pleased” with his actions — even if some of his GOP counterparts don’t share his enthusiasm. In mid December U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth told Pure Politics Obama made the right choice to restore diplomacy with the Cuban government after more than 50 years of frozen relations with the communist island which lies a mere 90-miles from the United States.... Read more 

Rogers ready for McConnell-led Senate, return to "old fashioned way" of appropriating

12/28/2014 09:15 AM

Count U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers among those eager for a new Republican-controlled Congress to convene Jan. 6, especially since a fellow Kentuckian will be leading the Senate. U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell made his 15-point re-election victory this fall a referendum on President Barack Obama, particularly his administration’s policies to cut carbon-dioxide emissions at power plants. McConnell, the incoming Senate majority leader, has repeatedly stressed his plans to slash funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the next round of budget... Read more 

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 


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