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The Chatter: Sabato's Crystal Ball bumps governor's race to leans GOP, McConnell sows hemp language in spending bill

07/16/2015 06:39 PM

A national political website has moved Kentucky’s gubernatorial election from “toss up” to “leans Republican,” citing conservative federal voting trends as a key factor in boosting GOP nominee Matt Bevin’s prospects in the Nov. 3 election. In a piece by Managing Editor Kyle Kondik and Associate Editor Geoffrey Skelley, Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball bumped the race’s rating on Thursday. The two said the Kentucky electorate may be poised to vote in the governor’s race as it does in recent presidential... Read more 

Kentucky federal delgation responds to Army troop reductions

07/09/2015 09:20 PM

The U.S. Army’s plans to reduce troop levels by 40,000 service members in the next two-years may not impact Kentucky, but the commonwealth’s federal delegation is still expressing concerns over what the draw back will do to American military might. As Army bases around the nation announce the cuts Fort Knox will actually gain 67 troops in the announced plans, while Fort Campbell is expecting to cut 350 troops by 2017. There will also be a reduction of 17,000 civilian... Read more 

Army plans 40k troop cuts; Ky. Congressmen brace for state cuts

07/09/2015 10:29 AM

Updated: Fort Knox will add 67 troops over the next two-years as the Army draws back their service members nationally, according to multiple media outlets. Fort Campbell will cut 350 troops over the next two-years, as worst case scenarios could have been as high as 16,000 troops. Earlier Story: The U.S. Army is planning to announce a 40,000 troop draw back over the next two years, in Kentucky that has congressmen bracing for cuts to the state’s largest military outposts... Read more 

Yarmuth supports President Obama's OT rule but says Congress should've played a role in crafting proposal

07/03/2015 05:28 PM

President Barack Obama’s plan to expand overtime pay may not have passed Congress on its own, but Kentucky’s lone Democrat in Washington believes lawmakers were better equipped to examine the issue and enact resolutions. Obama announced Tuesday that the Labor Department will grant overtime benefits to salaried workers making up to $50,440 annually, an increase from the Federal Labor Standards Act’s current threshold of $23,660 per year. The proposal has drawn praise from organized labor and scorn from pro-business groups like... Read more 

Rowan County clerk sued by ACLU after denying new marriage licenses while U.S. Rep. Yarmuth and Chief Justice Minton weigh in

07/02/2015 06:59 PM

As a handful of county clerks continue their refusal to issue new marriage licenses in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling last week, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth says those who continue to balk at the high court’s decision “ought to leave or do their job.” Inaction by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has already prompted the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky to file suit on behalf of two homosexual couples and two heterosexual couples who were denied... Read more 

Supreme Court rules gay marriage legal in all 50 states, striking down Kentucky's ban

06/26/2015 10:25 AM

UPDATED WITH REACTIONS: In a landmark ruling the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5 to 4 that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states striking down bans in more than a dozen states, including Kentucky. The court ruled on the Obergefell v. Hodges case, which includes Kentucky’s “Freedom to Marry” lawsuit, Bourke v. Beshear with liberal leaning justices in favor of same-sex marriages and conservative justices dissenting. Read the full 103 page ruling here. Six couples from... Read more 

U.S. Supreme Court upholds tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act

06/25/2015 11:31 AM

UPDATED WITH REACTION FROM GOV. BESHEAR: In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld tax subsidies within the Affordable Care Act. The ruling upholds all healthcare marketplaces as they stand. The underlying question in the case of King v. Burwell was the intent of a phrase dealing with exchanges and whether or not states that did not setup their own exchanges were forbidden from receiving federal government subsidies. The decision likely would not have affected Kentucky... Read more 

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell joins bipartisan chorus of voices calling for "move beyond" Confederate flag

06/22/2015 04:55 PM

Joining voices on both sides of the aisle, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said “it’s time to move beyond” the Confederate battle flag flying on the grounds of the South Carolina state Capitol. In a statement sent to the media Monday afternoon, McConnell said the “Confederate Battle Flag means different things to different people, but the fact that it continues to be a painful reminder of racial oppression to many.” The symbolic “reminder of racial oppression” dating back to the Civil War... Read more 

Federal appeals court boots challenge to EPA emissions rules

06/09/2015 04:40 PM

A federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to set limits on carbon-dioxide emissions. The three-judge U.S. Court of Appeals panel in Washington, D.C., ruled that the petition for review brought by Murray Energy Corp., Peabody Energy Corp., and attorneys general in 12 states including Kentucky was premature because the EPA has only proposed a rule on greenhouse gas emissions. ”They want us to do something that they candidly acknowledge we have never done... Read more 

Disability payments restored to 900 people in E. Ky., Congressman Rogers says

06/04/2015 04:53 PM

Nearly 1,000 individuals in eastern Kentucky will have their disability payments returned after a meeting between acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration Carolyn Colvin and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers. The payments had been suspended as the Social Security Administration suspected fraud on behalf of a Floyd County attorney, who had been under investigation by the U.S. Senate. Nine hundred Kentuckians will once again receive the payments after Colvin heard from Rogers of the dire straights the Kentuckians face without the... Read more 

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