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Majority of Kentuckians not fearful of losing insurance; Congressional Budget Office says repeal will raise costs, leave millions without insurance

01/18/2017 10:00 AM

A new study suggests less than one-fifth of Kentucky adults with health insurance were concerned with losing their coverage, at least in the weeks leading up to the November elections. The most recent study from the Kentucky Health Issues Poll, funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Cincinnati-based Interact for Health, showed voters were not concerned about losing their coverage, but were split on their opinion of the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as Obamacare. The poll... Read more 

President Obama commutes sentences of 18 with local ties days before leaving office

01/17/2017 06:16 PM

In what could be his last round of commutations, President Obama has cut short the prison sentences for 18 individuals with ties to Kentucky in his final days in office, the White House announced Tuesday. Obama has now commuted sentences for 1,385 individuals, far more than recent predecessors. Tuesday’s commutations followed the recent trend from Obama by cutting time for inmates serving sentences for non-violent drug crimes. Many of those which Obama granted clemency to on Tuesday were convicted of... Read more 

Congressman Yarmuth will boycott Trump inauguration

01/17/2017 09:23 AM

Kentucky’s lone federally elected Democratic Congressman will be sitting out the Presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. In a statement issued Monday evening, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, said it’s not his intention to protest the election results, but rather a statement of “respect” that led to his decision not to participate in the transition of power. “I will not be attending the inauguration because I believe the office of the President deserves our respect, and that respect must begin with... Read more 

Congressman Rogers serving on three appropriations subcommittees

01/16/2017 08:00 PM

With more than three decades of experience in the appropriations committees in the House of Representatives, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, is adding to his biography by serving on three appropriations subcommittees in the 115th Congress. Rogers, who served as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee from 2011 to 2016, is serving on three U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittees during the 115th Congress, according to a press release. The longest serving Kentucky Republican to hold federal office, is chairing the U.S.... Read more 

Schedule for week one of U.S. Senate confirmation hearings

01/10/2017 10:36 AM

Confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks start Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Below is the schedule for the first week of confirmation hearings, including updates on the proceedings. Tuesday, January 10 9:30 a.m. Senate Judiciary Committee: Attorney General nominee, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama. 3:30 p.m. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee: Secretary of Homeland Security nominee, retired General John F. Kelly, USMC. Wednesday, January 11 9 a.m. Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Secretary of State nominee, Rex Tillerson. 9:30 a.m. Senate... Read more 

Barr named chair of monetary policy and trade subcommittee; Guthrie vice-chair of health subcomittee

01/09/2017 11:38 AM

Two Kentucky Congressman have been appointed to high level committee positions in the U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie both landed on prime subcommittees in Congress last week. Sixth District Rep. Barr, R-Lexington, was appointed to a prime spot as Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade for the 115th Congress. The subcommittee is responsible for oversight of the Federal Reserve System, as well as domestic and international... Read more 

Massie sees 2017 as a time to act for the GOP

12/26/2016 03:45 PM

U.S. Congressman Thomas Massie believes that the time to act for the GOP in Congress to take action is now that Republicans have control of the White House, House and Senate. Massie looks at the partisan control as “once in a lifetime opportunity” for Republicans to push a conservative agenda without the Democratic lawmakers being able to block, and believes that the first hundred days are going to be make or break beginning of the session with tax reform. “I know Kevin... Read more 

From the Beltway | 2016 Year in Review

12/23/2016 12:29 PM

From gun control legislation to a fight over the future of the Supreme Court and a milestone in the United States’ relationship with Cuba, Time Warner Cable News looks back on 2016 from the Beltway.  Read more 

President Obama commutes prison sentences for three Kentuckians as administration nears end

12/20/2016 10:02 AM

President Barack Obama is cutting prison time short for three Kentuckians who are serving time for drug offenses, the White House announced this week. In total, Obama granted clemency to 231 individuals – the most granted in a single day by any U.S. president, according to the White House. Source: Department of Justice “For the commutation recipient, it is the story of an individual who has made the most of his or her time in prison, by participating in educational courses, vocational training,... Read more 

Despite rumors, Congressman Thomas Massie says 95 percent chance that he remains a congressman

12/12/2016 04:54 PM

HEBRON – U.S. Congressman Thomas Massie says that there’s a “95 percent chance” that he will continue as 4th district congressman despite rumors that the MIT grad is rumored to be appointed the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. Massie, who was a guest speaker at the Boone County Republicans Christmas Gala this past Friday, said that to date, he has not had any talks with Trump or any other... Read more 

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