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Massie and Yarmuth disagree on U.S. military actions in middle east

08/26/2014 05:57 PM

As President Barack Obama approves U.S. spy flights over Syria to identify Islamic militant forces which have been plaguing Iraq and have beheaded an American journalist in the region, two Kentucky congressmen disagree on the need for military action — and the authority to take the action. U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, have a different view on what rights the president can take to bomb targets in Iraq — which has been on-going over... Read more 

Barr defends spending on mail to constituents saying it comes with cuts of other spending in office

08/25/2014 09:29 AM

Spending more taxpayer dollars on mailing in his first term in office than most other members of Congress, Kentucky U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, says he will not apologize for communicating with his constituents and defends his office’s fiscal record of cutting other wasteful spending. Barr’s use of franked communications, where members of Congress use their signature as postage on mail, has totaled a $190,000 in taxpayer money to send mail and conduct other constituent services during his first term in... Read more 

Barr wants divide between police and military but worries about cost to local businesses

08/22/2014 04:28 PM

As unrest in Ferguson continues and many lawmakers discuss the possible need for legislation to demilitarize the police forces, Kentucky U.S. Rep. Andy Barr says the federal government needs to make sure they are not hurting businesses selling that type of equipment in the process. As reported by WFPL , Congress voted down a measure proposed by a Democratic Congressman to de-militarize the police forces. The bill would have banned the use of funds to transfer a wide range of very... Read more 

McConnell explains why he should keep his spot on the Senate AG Committee -- even if he skips the meetings

08/22/2014 07:50 AM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, says being on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee can serve its purposes — even if he is too busy to attend the meetings. On Wednesday, McConnell’s Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes repeatedly went on the offensive during the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s “Measure the Candidates” forum on McConnell’s nearly three years of absences from the Senate Agriculture Committee. “When it comes to the Agriculture Committee did Senator McConnell bother to show up? No, for... Read more 

Kentucky to receive large chunk of federal settlement with Bank of America for pension system

08/21/2014 02:11 PM

The Kentucky Retirement System is set to get $23 million dollars back to make up for losses as part of the largest civic settlement of a single entity in American history. Along with the money to the retirement system, the state will get a portion of $150 million dollars for other services, according to Attorney General Jack Conway. The U.S. Department of Justice alongside six attorneys general, including Kentucky Attorney General Conway, announced Thursday they had reached a $16.6 billion settlement... Read more 

As tensions rise in Missouri, Kentucky politicians speak out on unrest

08/14/2014 04:53 PM

A clash between residents of a Missouri community and police officers following the death of an 18-year-old boy has Kentucky lawmakers talking about the problem with the militarization of police forces. Police officers are using an amount of force that some are finding questionable against demonstrators of a community outside St. Louis after Michael Brown, a young resident of Ferguson, Missouri, was fatally shot by a police officer. In an op-ed on the issue on TIME Magazine’s website, Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand... Read more 

Paul says president making a "mess" by going around Congress on big issues

08/12/2014 05:27 PM

Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul is not completely against targeted airstrikes in Iraq ordered by President Barack Obama, but he strongly disagrees with the approach the president is taking with action in the region among other things. As tensions continue to rise in Iraq and the United States begins to get involved, the president has ordered targeted airstrikes in the region, as well as the dropping of supplies for Iraqis fighting militant forces. In a speech at the Greater Louisville Inc. luncheon... Read more 

Whitfield potentially eyeing chairmanship, says current ethics investigation won't hurt chances

08/07/2014 11:32 AM

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville, is raising a lot of campaign cash to potentially help him grab a higher position in Congress. But the western Kentucky Republican is also under a House Ethics investigation which he says will not hurt his chances. While he faces a Democratic challenger in Charles Hatchet, who Whitfield defeated during his race in 2012, the first District Congressman has raised a lot of money that he will likely not have to use all on his own... Read more 

Satirical candidate campaigns for end to dark money and tougher ethics laws

08/07/2014 10:22 AM

Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race has been estimated to be the most expensive race for Senate ever run in the country — with a price tag of $100 million coming from across the nation. Former President Bill Clinton said the political model is out of control, and another group is joining in on the issue by mocking politicians who are out for the money. While campaigning at a fundraiser in Lexington on Wednesday for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes former Clinton... Read more 

Grimes says one way to keep Medicare solvent is to negotiate prescription drug costs

08/01/2014 03:07 PM

PADUCAH — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes said the federal government must re-prioritize its spending, including renegotiating with drug companies, in order to preserve Medicare. A report released this week found that Medicare should meet its obligations to Americans until the year 2030, according to The Hill but it’s still a dire picture. Grimes has released ads attacking McConnell on his position on Medicare, but has said little about how to protect the program. In Paducah Friday, Grimes... Read more 

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