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Yarmuth: Ky. stands to lose with Graham-Cassidy health care bill

09/25/2017 09:18 AM

The latest push from Republicans in the U.S. Senate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act seems to be on shaky ground on Capitol Hill with time winding down this week, and revisions quickly coming to entice GOP hold outs. On Friday, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, warned that the bill as proposed last week by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, and Bill Cassidy, R-LA, would harm Kentuckians. “Sadly Kentucky stands to experience one of the worst impacts from this... Read more 

Congressman Barr hopes to launch military sexual trauma pilot project in Lexington, other areas with Military SAVE Act

09/22/2017 04:09 PM

FRANKFORT – U.S. Rep. Andy Barr unveiled legislation Friday that aims to better serve military veterans who have endured sexual assaults, saying he hopes a pilot project in the Lexington area will launch if it passes Congress. Barr, R-Lexington, said the Military Sexual Assault Victim Empowerment Act would allow veterans to circumvent the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for treatment and instead choose a doctor to handle problems stemming from military sexual trauma. The Military SAVE Act would establish five pilot projects... Read more 

Congressman Andy Barr says he supports Graham-Cassidy health reform bill for "flexibility" offered to states

09/22/2017 02:44 PM

FRANKFORT – If the U.S. Senate passes the Graham-Cassidy bill reforming the country’s health-care system, count Congressman Andy Barr among those in the U.S. House of Representatives eager to vote for the legislation. Barr, R-Lexington, said the Graham-Cassidy bill retains the “basic principles” of the American Health Care Act, which cleared the House but failed to gain traction in the Senate. Barr says he expects a press conference by the Republican Study Committee in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, where the group... Read more 

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch shares his judicial philosophies during U of L talk

09/21/2017 05:28 PM

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch offered himself as a practitioner of “originalism” when interpreting the Constitution during a speech at the University of Louisville Thursday, calling it a “tried and true” method of deciding legal cases while also presenting it as “the least-worst option” available to the judiciary. Gorsuch, who was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, came to U of L as part of the McConnell Center’s Distinguished Speakers Series. The newly minted Supreme Court justice gave the packed... Read more 

Senate confirms Russell Coleman as U.S. Attorney for Western Dist. of Kentucky

09/15/2017 09:03 AM

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Russell Coleman to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky; he was nominated by President Trump for the position in late June. Coleman is an attorney with the law firm of Frost Brown Todd, LLC in Louisville, where he focuses on internal investigations, white-collar criminal matters, and government relations. The Louisville lawyer also serves as an Assistant Commonwealths Attorney for Kentucky’s 12th Judicial Circuit. “I congratulate Russell Coleman on his confirmation as the... Read more 

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch will speak at UofL

09/13/2017 01:52 PM

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch will be speaking at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville next week. Gorsuch will take part in the center’s Distinguished Speakers Series Thursday, Sept. 21, according to a news release from the university. The U.S. Supreme Court’s newest justice will speak and answer questions at the public event, which has featured other high ranking politicians and judges including Chief Justice John Roberts in 2009 and Associate Justice Clarence Thomas in 2000. Gorsuch is... Read more 

McConnell, Bevin release 9/11 memorial videos

09/11/2017 11:24 AM

Sixteen years ago terrorists attacked the United States and forever changed the country. On Monday, state elected leaders released videos reflecting on the events of September 11, 2001. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, released a video message on Monday honoring first responders and families of the victims. “Today, we remember the victims of the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11th.” McConnell narrates in the video. “We honor their families. We show our gratitude for the courageous... Read more 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces rescinding of DACA program

09/05/2017 11:38 AM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday that the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals program (DACA) is being rescinded. In a briefing this morning, Sessions said that Department of Homeland Security would begin to wind down the program. Sessions’ comments come after reports from multiple news outlets that President Donald Trump would put an expiration date on the program, giving Congress six months to make DACA law. Tuesday morning, the President told Congress to “get ready to do your job,”... Read more 

Congressman Massie disagress with Trump, calls for withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan

08/25/2017 01:04 PM

LOUISVILLE – As President Donald Trump seeks to extend the longest war in U.S. history, Kentucky U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie is calling on the Commander-in-Chief to follow his campaign promises. On Monday, Trump told the nation he would continue the war in Afghanistan, but would not be nation building. Trump did not say how many more troops would be sent to the country, but many say up to 4,000 more troops could be called on to serve. “We will not... Read more 

McConnell ignores Trump attacks, laments slim majority in Senate at Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast

08/24/2017 11:42 AM

LOUISVILLE — As U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took the podium at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, President Trump began to tweet. Days after a New York Times article claimed Trump and McConnell’s relationship had disintegrated, McConnell ignored questions from reporters on the topic. Meanwhile back in Washington, D.C., Trump tweeted his frustrations writing ,“The only problem I have with Mitch McConnell is that, after hearing Repeal & Replace for... Read more 

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