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Yarmuth among key group of House Democrats staging sit-in on gun control legislation

06/22/2016 06:34 PM

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are doing something rarely seen in modern politics — staging a sit-in and posing a threat to Republicans who control the chamber that they’ll hold up legislative business until they’re promised a vote on gun control legislation. Kentucky’s lone federal Democrat, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville, is one of a group of 20 who first began talking about the non-violent protest on Monday. When Pure Politics spoke to Yarmuth by phone on Wednesday,... Read more 

McConnell honors Muhammad Ali from the floor of the U.S. Senate

06/07/2016 09:06 AM

U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, took to the floor of the United States Senate on Monday to honor the former heavyweight champion and advocate for social justice. Ali grew up in Louisville, the same city where McConnell lives. McConnell said the Muhammad Ali Center stands today as a memorial to Ali’s legacy and to his life story. “As people around the world honor The Greatest, the spotlight shines bright upon his hometown,” McConnell said. “I wish to again add... Read more 

In honor of Muhammad Ali, Sen. Rand Paul will introduce bill to end Selective Service

06/06/2016 04:37 PM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, will soon be filing stand-alone legislation to end the practice of registering for the Selective Service. The bill titled ‘The Muhammad Ali Voluntary Service Act’ will be presented to Congress in honor of the famed boxer who refused to serve in the Vietnam War. On April, 28 1967 the heavy weight champion was stripped of his title for refusing to be inducted in the United States Army. Ali, a Muslim and conscientious objector,... Read more 

The Chatter: How D.C. leadership PACs spend their money, new Ky. Colonels on hold and Gov. Bevin's office sells 237 Derby tickets

05/28/2016 02:18 PM

Golf outings, poolside fundraisers in Beverly Hills, gambling tips from an expert horseracing handicapper and political consultants. Those are among the items paid for by leadership PACs affiliated with Kentucky’s congressional delegation, according to reports by the Lexington Herald-Leader on Friday. The newspaper examined how leadership PACs linked to Kentucky’s elected representatives in Washington, D.C., spent their dollars ahead of this year’s election cycle, expenses defended as necessary to help boost fundraising and, in turn, help other like-minded politicians win or retain... Read more 

Jamie Comer wins GOP nomination in the 1st Congressional District, other congressional races set

05/17/2016 09:26 PM

Senator Mitch McConnell released this statement congratulating Comer on his victory: “I congratulate Jamie Comer on his impressive victory tonight. He ran an outstanding and honest campaign and his message of reining in Washington spending and the overreaching policies of the Obama Administration resonated in western Kentucky. Jamie’s conservative values will make him a strong advocate for his district in Congress. I will work hard to help Jamie win in November, and look forward to serving with him in the nation’s... Read more 

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray wins Senate Democratic nomination

05/17/2016 08:33 PM

LEXINGTON — Mayor Jim Gray won the six-way race for the Democratic nominee for US Senate. Gray took the stage just before 8 p.m. to thank supporters and remind everyone that his campaign did what they set out to do: Run a clean race on the issues. Gray, who carried all 120 counties en route to a nearly 46-point win, wasted no time in shifting gears and taking aim at his opponent in November, Senator Rand Paul. Gray was also crystal clear... Read more 

Sen. Rand Paul telegraphs nationalized U.S. Senate general election race

05/17/2016 01:10 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is gearing up to defend his seat this fall and says whoever emerges as his opponent on Tuesday will have to answer for Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton. The Bowling Green Republican and one term U.S. Senator faces token opposition in Tuesday’s primary election and is preparing his supporters for a nationalized presidential year re-election contest in the bluegrass. “If you like your state, if you like the jobs in your state, why in the world... Read more 

Hillary Clinton makes unannounced stops at Louisville black churches, urges voters to support her Tuesday

05/15/2016 07:04 PM

LOUISVILLE — Hillary Clinton stopped at two African-American churches on Sunday, urging the congregations to support her bid for the White House in Tuesday’s primary before making a scheduled appearance on the south side of the city. Clinton started her barnstorm of Louisville on Sunday morning at St. Stephens Baptist Church on Louisville’s West End. The former secretary of state was joined by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth and Councilman David Tandy at the campaign stop, days... Read more 

Congressmen Thomas Massie and Brett Guthrie say it's time for Trump to work on uniting GOP

05/06/2016 12:16 PM

COVINGTON – Kentucky 4th District U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie says that Republicans in Congress need to stop asking themselves how to deal with Donald Trump, and concentrate more on the message being sent from the voters who have chosen him. Trump is the likely GOP nominee since the two remaining GOP challengers, Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, and Ohio Governor John Kasich dropped out of the race earlier this week. Massie, who spoke on Thursday night at the Kenton County Republicans Spring... Read more 

Chatter: Jesse Benton, others found guilty in 2012 endorsement-buying scheme

05/05/2016 01:52 PM

Jesse Benton, the former campaign manager of U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and campaign chairman for Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign, has been found guilty of multiple corruption charges relating to an endorsement-buying scheme in Iowa. Federal jurors returned guilty verdicts against Benton, John Tate and Dimitri Kesari for their roles in bribing former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson, who previously pleaded guilty to receiving thousands for switching his support from Michele Bachmann to Ron Paul in the... Read more 

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