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Gun violence a "vexing problem" for some politicians

08/27/2015 09:45 PM

LOUISVILLE — An attack carried out on live television Wednesday morning in Virginia again has politicians searching for answers to senseless acts of violence in the United States. Two journalists, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, were shot and killed by an apparently disgruntled former colleague in Roanoke, Virginia Wednesday. The killings are among a string of high-profile shootings in recent years that has gone largely unanswered by state and federal politicians. Chris Hurst, the boyfriend of Parker, told CNN that... Read more 

Yarmuth "unsure" if Joe Biden would be better for Democrats than Hillary Clinton in 2016

08/25/2015 11:12 PM

After his recent criticism of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, says Vice President Joe Biden’s entry in the race “could cause a lot of problems for a lot of Democrats (with) split loyalties.” Speaking to Pure Politics on Tuesday, Yarmuth said he’s “not sure yet” if a run from Biden would be better for Democrats seeking to keep the White House. “Joe is very popular. He is a great public servant,” Yarmuth said. (3:53) “I’ve known... Read more 

McConnell says stock market drops are a result of stalling worldwide economy

08/24/2015 04:12 PM

FLORENCE – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Kentucky reporters on Monday that the drop of the stock market is a reflection of a worldwide economic slowdown. The stock market dropped Monday morning more than 1,000 points in the first minutes of trading, the worst drop since Oct. of 2008. However, the market clawed its way back throughout the day with the Dow dropping 588.47, which is a 3.58 percent tumble. McConnell, who was in Florence on Monday speaking to... Read more 

Ky. GOP moves ahead with caucus, allowing Rand Paul to seek presidency and second Senate term

08/22/2015 04:58 PM

UPDATED FRANKFORT — The Republican Party of Kentucky’s central committee has approved a March 5 presidential caucus, clearing the way for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to continue his presidential campaign and defend his seat in Congress. But Saturday’s 111-36 secret-ballot vote also came with a caveat: $250,000 must be in an RPK account by Sept. 18 or the caucus will be nixed. Financing the caucus, which has been budgeted at $500,000, was a primary concern for some on the central committee.... Read more 

Funding remains a chief concern for some with Rand Paul's caucus plan

08/20/2015 11:56 PM

As U.S. Sen. Rand Paul readies his final pitch for a presidential caucus, he will need to assuage concerns from some Kentucky Republicans still unclear about how much money Paul had promised to cover the cost of the caucus process. Recollections of those interviewed by Pure Politics were mixed. But the concerns expressed by several Republican Party executive committee members underscore how important the cost factor will be as they decide Saturday whether to fundamentally alter Kentucky’s presidential nominating process, at... Read more 

McConnell says White House will need GOP to pass Trans-Pacific Partnership, wary of potential carve-outs

08/19/2015 06:45 PM

GEORGETOWN — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated his wariness of potential carve-outs to a major multinational trade deal being negotiated in the Pacific Rim. Speaking to Pure Politics and other reporters in Georgetown on Monday, McConnell said that he is “concerned about what the final deal may look like,” referring to the potential exclusion of tobacco from the agreement. McConnell said he is also wary of a climate-change carve-out in the trade deal. As Pure Politics has previously... Read more 

Mitch McConnell says President Obama could win on Iran nuclear deal

08/18/2015 06:44 PM

GEORGETOWN — U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will make a motion to disapprove the nuclear deal with Iran negotiated by the White House, but he says President Barack Obama could still succeed on Capitol Hill. McConnell explained the scenario to the Scott County Chamber of Commerce on Monday in Georgetown, saying that if his motion to disapprove is successful, Obama will likely veto the disapproval, forcing congressional Democrats to sustain the veto. “So he’s still got a great likelihood of success,... Read more 

Paul transfers $250K to RPK for caucus; McConnell still supporting plan

08/17/2015 06:01 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is seeking support from the Republican Party of Kentucky’s central committee in his bid to pursue an early presidential caucus in the commonwealth. Paul, R-Ky., transferred $250,000 to the RPK account to fund the caucus with plans to move an additional $200,000 “roughly mid fall after all the budgets and rules are finalized,” Paul told members of the RPK central committee in an email and letter sent Monday. The GOP presidential contender also has plans to host... Read more 

Matt Bevin downplays BuzzFeed report on 2011 OSHA violations, calls agency 'an unfortunate nuisance'

08/14/2015 10:39 PM

Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin dismissed a report by BuzzFeed News Friday that his bell-manufacturing company in Connecticut had paid more than $12,000 in penalties to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, saying his December 2011 violations were administrative in nature. What’s more, Bevin said the organization operates without a budget and targets businesses for funding. “If OSHA comes in and you end up paying somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 or 12 thousand dollars, essentially they didn’t find anything,” Bevin said... Read more 

Kentucky Coal Association watching gubernatorial race to see who will be best for industry

08/13/2015 11:55 PM

Gubernatorial candidates Matt Bevin and Jack Conway are seeking the support of the electorate on Nov. 3, but the two are also competing for the support of the coal industry — a group courted in nearly every statewide race in Kentucky. Kentucky Coal Association president Bill Bissett said the group recognizes their influential stature, but said some of the influence comes from the economic reality that coal offers a relatively cheap electrical power source that is used as a business... Read more 

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