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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 

UofL professor analyzes the data on police involved shootings and the 'war on cops'

07/12/2016 05:20 PM

The images are ingrained in our collective subconscious — police-involved shootings and the resulting social outcry, and now outright attacks against the police in Dallas, Texas, but what is the actual prevalence of what we see on social media? Justin Nix, an assistant professor of criminology at the University of Louisville, has been studying the trends of police-involved shootings. In recent studies, Nix has found that police-involved shootings have not gone up as some might presume. Nix and his colleagues studied... Read more 

GOP delegates are preparing for the Republican National Convention July 18-21

07/07/2016 03:10 PM

Forty-six delegates and 43 alternate delegates will soon travel to Cleveland, Ohio, to nominate their presidential candidate and weigh in on the national party platform when the Republican National Convention commences in 11 days. The Republican Party of Kentucky is still getting last-minute details ironed out between the Republican National Committee and the campaign of likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, but the convention acts as more than just a nominating procedure. “Every four years we have these conventions... Read more 

McConnell's Long Game: Looking back on his career and the future of the country

07/05/2016 01:11 PM

WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has achieved his dream job in Congress, but the road to get there has taken the better part of several decades. McConnell is looking back on the road to Majority Leader in his memoir ‘The Long Game’ a series of stories about his upbringing, challenges in politics and in the Senate. Kentucky’s senior Senator sat down with Time Warner Cable News’ Geoff Bennett in Washington D.C. for Pure Politics to talk... Read more 

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell: Trump needs to change

06/30/2016 10:49 AM

Ahead of November’s general election, most on the left are embracing the presumptive democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. However, that’s not the case for those on the right. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he has reservations about the candidate at the top of the Republican ticket, Donald Trump. McConnell had already made headlines this week for declining to say whether or not Trump is qualified for the presidency. But he told Pure Politics’ Washington D.C. bureau reporter, Geoff Bennett, that... Read more 

Yarmuth: Bevin's 'very devious attempt' to force the feds to disapprove Medicaid waiver

06/29/2016 04:12 PM

It’s no secret that not everyone is a fan of Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to change the healthcare delivery model for those on Medicaid, but U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth says the Republican governor is actively trying to put forward a plan he’s knows can’t be approved. Kentucky’s lone Democratic Congressman is “furious” with Bevin’s administration over the “very devious attempt” to change healthcare. “What they’ve done is come up with a plan that cannot possibly be approved by [Centers for... Read more 

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 

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