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Lawmakers and candidates reviewing increased federal authority over U.S. waters

05/27/2015 03:26 PM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers followed through with the finalization of a rule regulating waterways of the United States, which some in the GOP fear could turn into a land grab. In Kentucky, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and GOP candidates running for statewide office have voiced concerns with the proposed rule and the harm it may pose to farmers in the state. In mid-May Pure Politics spoke with farmers and the Kentucky Farm Bureau,... Read more 

Rand Paul begins hours long "filibuster" of Patriot Act

05/20/2015 04:52 PM

Taking to the U.S. Senate floor just after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul began to “filibuster” the Patriot Act and the warrantless wiretapping of American citizens under the program. The issue over the surveillance program has been a key point in Paul’s campaign for president. In his speeches in early primary states and announcing his presidential bid from Louisville Paul says, “Our phone records are none of their damn business.” “I remember having this debate about three years ago... Read more 

McConnell doesn't want the U.S. to "go dark" over NSA bill, explains split with Paul on issue

05/17/2015 05:25 PM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell further illustrated the split between himself and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul over government surveillance programs while speaking on a Sunday morning program. McConnell told ABC’s “This Week” the surveillance program operated by the National Security Administration that bulk collects Americans’ telephone records under the Patriot Act, which is set to expire at the end of the month, is vital to protecting the United States. “We know the terrorist overseas are trying to recruit people in our country... Read more 

Rand Paul aide and state communications director Dan Bayens to create ads, work with Liberty PAC

05/08/2015 03:13 PM

After several years working alongside U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in Kentucky, Dan Bayens will return to making ads benefiting Republican candidates — including Paul. The New York Times first reported the story as Paul’s super PAC takes shape under John Tate and Jesse Benton. Bayens will leave Paul’s official office May 15, and then he will begin independently coordinating with Republican groups including Paul’s Liberty PAC, which will be active in the presidential race and Paul’s re-election campaign in Kentucky.... Read more 

Congressman Andy Barr announces formation of task force to combat heroin abuse

05/07/2015 04:07 PM

LEXINGTON — Combating the growing heroin epidemic in central and eastern Kentucky was the subject of a roundtable discussion hosted by U.S. Rep. Andy Barr on Thursday. Law enforcement, state and federal officials contributed to the discussion including White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli. Kentucky has the third highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States. Fayette County is ranked second out of all 120 counties in the state for heroin detected in overdose deaths.... Read more 

Drug czar visits northern Kentucky to discuss heroin epidemic in region

04/09/2015 04:33 PM

COVINGTON — Michael Botticelli, the director of National Drug Control Policy, was in northern Kentucky on Wednesday to address the growing heroin epidemic in the region at the invitation of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who accompanied the drug czar to an event with the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Botticelli and McConnell participated in a roundtable discussion with medical personnel at St. Elizabeth Medical Center before they spoke at the chamber event. The hospital in Edgewood has seen... Read more 

McConnell says Senate panel will review tenative nuclear framework with Iran

04/06/2015 04:53 PM

Fresh on the heels of a trip to the Middle East, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell says he has reviewed the framework of a nuclear deal with Iran and wants President Barack Obama to justify the deal to Congress. McConnell was leading a Senate delegation in Israel, Jordan, Iraq, and Afghanistan when Obama announced the interim deal from the White House Thursday before boarding Air Force One and flying into McConnell’s home turf of Kentucky. In a statement Monday, the Senate... Read more 

VIDEO: The April 2, 2015 edition of Pure Politics

04/03/2015 10:31 AM

On Thursday, the commander-in-chief flew into Louisville to discuss the economy and Auditor Adam Edelen shared the next steps for the state with KTRS. In the event our programming is preempted due to severe weather moving across the Commonwealth, watch our FULL episode here:  Read more 

Delayed by potential Iran deal, President Barack Obama heralds Louisville tech company in pitch for TechHire initiative

04/02/2015 10:28 PM

After touring downtown Louisville’s communications and software development company Indatus about three hours behind schedule Thursday, President Barack Obama stepped to the podium and apologized. “First of all, sorry I’m late,” he said. “I had a couple things I had to do.” Despite a lengthy delay in the wake of a breakthrough in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, Obama held Indatus as an example of “what’s possible in developing the kind of innovation and job creation here in the 21st century knowing... Read more 

President Barack Obama set to talk economy in Louisville on Thursday

03/30/2015 06:08 PM

President Barack Obama is scheduled to appear in Louisville Thursday, the White House announced on Monday. Obama will visit Indatus, a communications and software development company, to discuss the economy, according to the White House. Kentucky has proven infertile ground in Obama’s two presidential campaigns, twice losing handily to Republican candidates U.S. Sen John McCain of Arizona and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Thursday will mark the first time Obama has visited the state since 2011, when the president stopped in Covington... Read more 

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