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DSCC going back on air in Kentucky for Grimes

10/22/2014 02:44 PM

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is going back on-air for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in her battle against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. Buoyed by recent polling, the DSCC told Politico that they were investing $650,000 in air time after “reviewing recent internal and public polling,” according to Manu Raju. The latest Bluegrass Poll published Monday shows McConnell up one percentage point on Grimes, but the race remains within the margin of error. The decision to go back on... Read more 

Possible GOP Secretary of State candidate Michael Adams says he will be "most qualified" candidate if he runs

10/22/2014 02:26 PM

Election lawyer and Republican insider Michael Adams made his case for a run for Secretary of State in 2015, but he said it’s current Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes who makes his case for running a top notch GOP candidate in 2015. Adams has served as counsel for the Republican Governors Association as well as representing PACs, politicians, issue groups and political consultants with Dinsmore out of Washington D.C. and Louisville, Kentucky. Saying he is “flattered” that his name is being... Read more 

McConnell wants to stop flights from nations with Ebola outbreaks, supports sending U.S. troops to Africa

10/15/2014 04:34 PM

MURRAY — U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that concerns about the global spread of Ebola are great enough that the United States should halt flights from countries affected by the disease. “I’m not an expert on this, but it strikes me that it would be a good idea to discontinue flights from that part of the world,” he told Pure Politics on Wednesday before he attended a meeting with leaders at the Briggs & Stratton plant in downtown Murray.... Read more 

Funding for Syrian rebels likely, but vote on military action against ISIS "might be problematic," Yarmuth says

09/15/2014 09:02 AM

Congress is on the clock as President Barack Obama seeks support “to degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria, and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth says Obama’s requested aid to train Syrian moderates will likely materialize. Congressional action granting further military force in the Middle East, though, could prove more difficult, he said. Obama’s request, announced during a nationally televised address Wednesday, threw a wrench in plans by the U.S. House to vote on a short-term spending bill Thursday ... Read more 

U.S. Senators react to Obama's plan of attack against Islamic militants

09/11/2014 02:45 PM

Kentucky Congressional leaders expressed agreement with President Barack Obama following his remarks to strike the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq and Syria. In his speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Sen. Mitch McConnell said he was “glad the president has brought a new focus to the effort against ISIL.” “I’m hoping that the Congress will consider what this multi-year campaign will mean for the overall defense program, the need to modernize our military... Read more 

Massie says redacted pages from 9/11 report could change opinions on foreign policy

09/11/2014 11:48 AM

After reviewing redacted pages from the official Congressional inquiry into the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R – Vanceburg, says the pages could change opinions about the role of the United States in middle eastern conflicts. Describing the pages as “very profound,” Massie along with several other Congressmen are urging President Obama to declassify the pages, and provide more information to the public. Massie told Pure Politics over the August... Read more 

Jensen on ISIS: 'If we don't go to them they are going to come to us'

09/10/2014 08:47 PM

Democratic 6th District Congressional candidate Elisabeth Jensen says that the United States needs to “make sure we are prepared” to protect American interests at home and abroad as Islamic militants have threatened to carry out an attack on American soil. “The danger is very real. The actors there right now are very ruthless and I think if we don’t go to them they are going to come to us,” Jensen said Wednesday morning. Jensen, who is vying for the Congressional... Read more 

Why Massie says House Republicans are wrong to sue Obama

09/08/2014 03:24 PM

Kentucky U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, sided with Democrats when he said House Speaker John Boehner took “unprecedented action” opting to sue President Barack Obama in late July. Massie, along with four other members of the GOP, voted against the lawsuit which claims Obama overstepped his legal authority when the White House opted to delay a provision in the Affordable Healthcare Act. The lawsuit, Massie said, is “a distraction and I think it’s going to waste time and money.” “Number... Read more 

Massie explains why he was against militarization of the police before Ferguson

09/08/2014 08:11 AM

In mid-June most of the House of Representatives voted against an amendment to stop the demilitarization of police forces across the nation, just a handful of Congressman including Kentucky’s fourth district U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, voted in favor of the bill. Little did Congress know that a police involved shooting on the outskirts of St. Louis would have the whole country weighing in on the tactics and tools of police just one month later. In the wake of unrest... Read more 

The Chatter: Barr and Jensen release first ads of campaign focused on position in Congress

09/04/2014 11:14 AM

The candidates in the sixth district Congressional race are introducing themselves to the voters of the area with their first ads of the cycle released just one day apart. U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, released two ads Wednesday marking his first ads of the election cycle. In the first ad, the messaging revolves around the title of the ad as it looks to say Barr is protecting “Our Home” in Congress. “This is our home, our values, and Andy Barr is protecting... Read more 

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