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Former U.S. Sen. Marlow Cook dies at 89

02/04/2016 12:37 PM

UPDATED — Marlow Cook, who served in the U.S. Senate from 1968 to 1974, has passed away at the age of 89 according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. The Louisville moderate Republican served as a mentor to both U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth. Cook served two terms in the Kentucky state House of Representatives from 1957 to 1961 before being elected Jefferson County Judge-Executive in 1961 and re-elected in 1965. After leaving the U.S.... Read more 

After 5th place finish in Iowa Rand Paul vows to 'fight on,' calls on ABC to include him in next debate

02/02/2016 09:25 AM

After coming in fifth place in the Iowa caucuses Kentucky Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul indicated the race for the White House is “wide open,” and he called on debate organizers to put him on the stage for the next GOP debate in New Hampshire. Paul finished with 4.5 percent of the vote in Iowa coming in behind U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; New York real estate mogul Donald Trump; U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida; and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.... Read more 

What Kentucky's federal delegation is saying about President Obama's final State of the Union

01/13/2016 12:15 PM

With a change of tact President Obama’s final State of the Union speech departed from the normal wish list of legislative priorities, and turned towards America’s future. Kentucky Congressman largely panned Obama’s speech, but that’s not surprising considering the partisan tilt to the right at the federal level. Lone Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville was the only Kentucky Congressman to praise the president’s vision. Yarmuth called Obama’s speech a “wake-up call for both the American people and for... Read more 

McConnell: North Korea is problem without a solution; offers Obama advice on ISIS

01/06/2016 09:29 PM

LEXINGTON — With increasingly aggressive actions abroad, politicians are searching for answers, but in some cases those answers are as complicated and uncertain as the times. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered his advice on Wednesday to President Barack Obama in confronting Islamic extremists in the Middle East, but when it comes to international posturing from North Korea, he conceded that the answers are not that simple. On Wednesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told his countrymen that... Read more 

John Yarmuth files for sixth Congressional term

01/04/2016 05:40 PM

FRANKFORT – Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth has filed for re-election. The 68-year-old Yarmuth, who was first elected to represent the Louisville area in 2006, will be seeking his sixth term in office. Yarmuth has won each of his re-election campaigns by double digits. Yarmuth’s priorities have included improving education, expanded health care, benefits for veterans, finance reform, and combating gun violence. Yarmuth said that one of the chief reasons that he’s running is the fact that he didn’t want the only message that... Read more 

The Chatter: Rand Paul celebrates Festivus on Twitter

12/23/2015 02:20 PM

For the third straight year, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul celebrated the Seinfeld-inspired holiday “Festivus” on Wednesday, targeting his fellow presidential candidates and the federal government as he aired his grievances for the year. Good morning and HAPPY #Festivus! I will be airing my grievances soon.— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 23, 2015 For those who are unfamiliar with Festivus, the Dec. 23 faux holiday became popular in thanks to a 1997 episode of “Seinfeld” where the holiday was celebrated with a dinner,... Read more 

State files petition asking EPA to reconsider Clean Power Plan, saying final rules far different from earlier proposal

12/22/2015 03:01 PM

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeking a reconsideration of the Clean Power Plan finalized in August aimed to address climate change. The petition, filed Monday and announced in a news release Tuesday, accuses the federal agency of drastically changing its proposed rules from June 2014, giving Kentucky and other states no chance to offer public comment on the emissions guidelines finalized Aug. 3. Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely wrote... Read more 

The Chatter: Paul asks "Where in the world is Marco Rubio?" in new ad

12/22/2015 10:36 AM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is taking a shot at U.S. Senate colleague and fellow presidential candidate Marco Rubio in an ad released this week. The minute-long spot hits Rubio for his failure to show up for Senate votes. It highlights the information about the $1.8 trillion spending bill Senate took a vote on last week. Rubio was just one of two senators who was nowhere to be seen at vote time, and the only one running for president. It... Read more 

The Chatter: U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell staying out of presidential race, kind of

12/21/2015 11:53 AM

The 2016 presidential race is dominating news headlines and conversations across the nation, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that he’s made it a point to stay out of the presidential contest and would rather concentrate on what the Senate has done for the American people. “This has been an extraordinarily accomplished first year of the new Senate majority,” McConnell said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. Tapper started by asking... Read more 

Immigration reform unlikely with Obama in White House, but horse trainer Dale Romans says action is necessary

12/02/2015 03:29 PM

President Barack Obama‚Äôs executive action on immigration policy has drawn legal challenges and ramped up the political rhetoric in the presidential race. But lost in the talking points is how Kentucky stands to benefit from changes in national immigration policy. Horse trainer Dale Romans, owner of Romans Racing Stables, employs anywhere from 40 to 80 foreign workers from places like Mexico and Guatemala on H-2B temporary visas, and he says his business and others like it depend on immigrant labor. The lower-wage jobs... Read more 

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