To the Beltway

Sen. Paul hopes to see substantive debate when Trump, Clinton square off Monday night

09/26/2016 07:18 PM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he wants to see Donald Trump differentiate himself from Hillary Clinton when they square off in what’s expected to be the highest-rated presidential debate in history Monday evening. An audience estimated at up to 100 million will watch as Clinton, the Democratic nominee, and Trump, the Republican standard bearer, clash on a debate stage for the first time. Paul, who debated Trump as a GOP presidential hopeful, said the New York real estate mogul’s personality... Read more 

Rand Paul makes Senate campaign stops in northern Kentucky; promises hearing in Kentucky on high cost of EpiPen

09/23/2016 01:59 PM

NEWPORT – U.S. Senator Rand Paul told a crowd of supporters in northern Kentucky on Friday that he is in the process of organizing a hearing in the state, regarding the high cost of EpiPen, used to treat severe allergic reactions, and tetracycline, a medication used to treat acne. The cost of EpiPen, has risen from less than $100 in 2007 for a two-pen set, to its current price of approximately $640.00. Tetracycline has seen its costs increase as much as 7,000... Read more 

Madison Co. science teacher wins national award as she looks to make learning fun through exploration

09/22/2016 05:23 PM

RICHMOND – Vivian Bowles, a 4th-grade science teacher at Kit Carson Elementary in Richmond was one of 213 science and math teachers around the country to receive the honor of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching on September 8 in Washington, D.C. Bowles initially was a social worker in Eastern Kentucky working with Head Start when she noticed many of the mothers of the children that she worked with were drop outs, because of bad experiences in... Read more 

Gov. Bevin directs Kentucky to join with 20 other states in challenging overtime rule

09/21/2016 04:21 PM

Twenty-one states, including Kentucky, have joined together to challenge a federal rule change which would effectively mandate more salaried workers get paid for overtime. First-year Republican Gov. Matt Bevin released a statement on Wednesday decrying the federal rule as unconstitutional and potentially costly to the state and businesses. “This new Obama Administration rule is another example of the federal government’s never-ending attempt to encroach upon the rights of individual states. This is a direct violation the Tenth Amendment to the... Read more 

Paul, Gray weigh in on weekend terror attacks

09/20/2016 06:33 PM

After a string of explosions and bombs were found in New York and New Jersey on Saturday, law enforcement quickly tracked down and arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami on Monday after a shootout with the suspect. As the investigation into the bombings continues, politicians, including Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates, are speaking out about the incidents and about domestic terrorism. On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke to reporters in Richmond, Ky., about the attacks, which she said is being investigated... Read more 

As EpiPen prices soar, Sen. Paul hopes bill creates more competition, cheaper prices for generics

09/09/2016 09:48 PM

LOUISVILLE — While he may have to tangle with one of the world’s largest drugmakers to get legislation aimed at getting more generic versions of the EpiPen in the marketplace, Sen. Rand Paul said Friday that he hopes others in the pharmaceutical industry will see opportunity. The price of EpiPen two-packs has surged to $600, up from $57 in 2007, sparking outrage across the U.S. The dramatic increase has caused many to accuse EpiPen’s manufacturer, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, of price gouging. During a... Read more 

Congressman Ed Whitfield will step down early, special election to be held on Election Day

08/31/2016 05:28 PM

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield announced Wednesday that he will resign effective 6 p.m. Sept. 6. Whitfield, a Hopkinsville Republican who has served in Congress for nearly 22 years and did not seek re-election this cycle, alerted Gov. Matt Bevin and House Speaker Paul Ryan of his decision. In his letter to Bevin, Whitfield said that it has been an honor and a privilege to represent the constituents of the 1st Congressional District. Nov. 8 will double as the general election and special election... Read more 

Bevin submits updated Medicaid plan to federal government

08/24/2016 02:14 PM

After some tweaking Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, has submitted his Medicaid waiver plan to the federal government, but not everyone is on board with the proposal. The waiver, known as Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health) was sent to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Sec. Sylvia Burwell on Wednesday — and reflects changes to the proposal after a public comment period. Among the changes to the proposal include allergy testing and... Read more 

U.S. Senate sends bill addressing opiate addiction as health problem to President Obama

07/14/2016 10:11 AM

With a 92 to 2 vote the U.S. Senate approved comprehensive addiction legislation in a bipartisan manner. The bill known as the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA, will essentially change the way police and health care professionals treat people struggling with opioid addiction. CARA contains numerous proposals passed in recent years in the House and Senate. The bill which is expected to be signed by President Obama would strengthen treatment programs and increase access to the overdose halting... Read more 

Consultants Carville and Matalin say police forces need more pay, better training, more minority officers in light of recent tragedies

07/12/2016 10:52 PM

LEXINGTON — Hours before President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush spoke at a memorial for five Dallas police officers slain in a racial shooting attack by an African-American veteran last week, political consultants James Carville and Mary Matalin offered their thoughts on police-race relations on the closing day of the Southern Legislative Conference. Both said cops should be better trained and paid more, with Matalin adding to more than 400 at the Lexington Convention Center on Tuesday that... Read more 

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