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Yarmuth says statehouse harassment case puts Grimes in 'delicate' situation on responses and with donation

04/18/2014 11:04 AM

Kentucky U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, said Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes probably should have spoken up earlier about her frustration with the Legislative Ethics Commission handling of a sexual harassment case. In an interview that aired Monday on Pure Politics, Yarmuth said he believes the absence of members at the Legislative Ethics Commission is a problem that state leaders must address. And he said the commission should hold another hearing on the sexual harassment case regarding former Democratic... Read more 

Supreme Court ruling on campaign contributions shows another split in Ky. Senate Race

04/02/2014 01:12 PM

Add the United States Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday to strike down a piece of campaign contribution limits as yet another difference between Kentucky U.S. Senator McConnell and his chief Democratic rival in the race, Alison Lundergan Grimes. The 5-4 ruling by the court stated that the aggregate limits that cap the total amount of money an individual can give to political campaigns, PACs and parties are unconstitutional. McConnell last year filed an amicus brief in support of a GOP donor, Shaun McCutcheon,... Read more 

McConnell calls for stronger sanctions on Russia and larger focus veterans claims backlog

03/17/2014 07:43 PM

LOUISVILLE — Flanked by veterans and Republican colleagues, Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell called for tougher action to be taken against Russia as the situation in Crimea escalates. President Barack Obama announced Monday that he is leveling new sanctions against Russian officials. The announcement comes one day after the Crimean region of Ukraine voted overwhelmingly to join Russia in a referendum that the United States and western allies vowed not to recognize. In a press conference Monday afternoon, Republican U.S. Sens. Mitch... Read more 

Political foes take aim at McConnell for CPAC rifle moment

03/10/2014 11:27 AM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell walked onto the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week holding a flintlock musket over his head has seemed to give ammunition to Democrats and McConnell’s Republican primary foe. Both U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, Kentucky’s lone Democratic Congressman, and GOP U.S. Senate challenger Matt Bevin have sought to declare the moment a gaffe. Calling McConnell’s entrance “pathetic,” Yarmuth tried to add a political and historical interpretation of the moment. “If you had a caption that you... Read more 

After hearing details of heroin scourge, McConnell says solution should include treatment and jail

03/07/2014 06:17 PM

FLORENCE – One of U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s takeaways after listening to law enforcement officials, treatment counselors and former heroin addicts was that a little jail time for addicts might not be a bad thing. After a few opening comments by McConnell, 10 experts and recovering addicts outlined the epidemic of heroin addiction in Northern Kentucky and potential solutions. Mac MacArthur, executive director of Transitions, Inc. which runs several residential treatment centers in the area said one of the big... Read more 

Kentucky's top climate policy official warns EPA 'one size doesn't fit all here'

03/05/2014 01:29 PM

Kentucky officials are lobbying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take into consideration the commonwealth’s enormous reliance on coal when making new rules aimed at cutting down CO2 emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. John Lyons, Kentucky’s assistant secretary for climate policy, said he has had sit-down meetings with EPA officials to explain that if the agency imposed strict requirements, it would effectively shut down power plants in Kentucky. And the state gets roughly 90 percent of its power from... Read more 

'Leave us alone' at the heart of Paul's message to try to widen GOP's appeal

02/23/2014 09:42 AM

Not only is U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s “leave me alone” brand of libertarianism at the core of his brand within the Republican Party, it’s the foundation of his message to broaden the appeal of the party. Perhaps at no time was that more apparent than Friday night at the Jefferson County Republican Party’s “Party for the Party” event aimed at bringing in people who have been under-represented in many GOP events at the past: young people and African Americans, particularly.... Read more 

Senate rewrites felon voting rights measure, then passes it after Rand Paul testified in favor of the concept

02/19/2014 06:10 PM

With a 34-4 vote, the Republican-led state Senate for the first time approved a constitutional amendment to restore voting rights to convicted felons — albeit a changed version that didn’t sit well with many Democrats. The legislation has been brought in the House for more than a decade by Rep. Jesse Crenshaw a Democrat from Lexington. And on Wednesday, the effort got a boost from Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, who lent his celebrity to legislation which would restore... Read more 

Comer to launch 5 pilot projects to grow hemp, including testing of cannabinoids for medicinal purposes

02/17/2014 10:30 AM

LEBURN — Agriculture Commissioner James Comer on Monday announced the first five pilot programs to grow hemp in Kentucky as part of the foundation of his economic development plan for Eastern Kentucky. “Hemp will go into the ground for the first time in Kentucky since World War II,” Comer told several hundred people at the Knott County Sportsplex along Highway 80. That includes a project to research cannabinoids for medicinal purposes at an Eastern Kentucky site overseen by the University of... Read more 

Democrats energized by Bluegrass poll as Grimes sticks with jobs theme

02/06/2014 11:00 PM

LOUISVILLE — Buoyed by the results of the Bluegrass Poll Thursday, about 1,000 Democrats turned U.S. Senate challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes’ latest economic speech into more of a campaign pep rally. Grimes leads five-term U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell by four points, 46 percent to 42 percent with 12 percent undecided, in the poll conducted over the last week by SurveyUSA for the Lexington Herald-Leader, Louisville Courier-Journal, WHAS-11 and WKYT. (Click here to see the coverage from the Courier-Journal and WHAS... Read more 

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