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Congress is reviewing its sexual harassment policies

11/15/2017 01:06 PM

Members of Congress are reviewing their policies on sexual harassment in the wake of a cascade of allegations involving celebrities and some politicians. “There are two members of Congress, Republican and Democrat that have engaged in sexual harassment,” said U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D- California, during a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Lawmakers detailed accounts of pervasive inappropriate conduct happening in the halls of Congress during the U.S. House of Representatives hearing. “The young staffer was a young woman, went there... Read more 

McConnell on Roy Moore allegations: "I believe the women"

11/13/2017 11:30 AM

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, is calling for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to step down, and for another Republican to run in his place. Moore is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year old girl when he was a 32-year old assistant district attorney, according to a report from the the Washington Post. Moore threatened to sue the newspaper in a campaign speech Sunday night. Moore has denied the allegations, but on Monday McConnell told reporters he “believe... Read more 

Kentucky horses allowed back in China

11/11/2017 09:12 AM

A Chinese law banning horses from America has been lifted, and for many in Kentucky that means a lot more dollars up for grabs. Many of the horses that are being sold this week at Keeneland will sell for the price of a really nice house in Lexington, and there are now Chinese buyers in the crowd. “There are some groups that are affiliated with the Chinese, whether they are gong to be bring these horses back to China... Read more 

Rand Paul ribs broken after being assaulted at home on Friday

11/06/2017 05:09 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is recovering from five fractured ribs and a bruised lung. Kentucky state police arrested and charged the Senator’s Bowling Green neighbor with assault over the weekend. It is no secret that the Senator has been extra careful since the shooting in Washington D.C. earlier this year. The question now becomes was this attack on the Senator politically motivated or a feud between two neighbors? According to Kentucky State Police public affairs Master Trooper Jeremy Hodges, 59 year... Read more 

Protestor throws Russian flags at Trump and McConnell

10/24/2017 05:01 PM

A protestor is under arrest after throwing Russian flags at President Trump and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell on Tuesday. The protestor, who identified himself as Ryan Clayton with the group America Take Action, shouted “Trump is treason” as he threw the flags at the President and Senate Majority Leader. “Why is Congress talking about tax cuts when they should be talking about treason,” Clayton shouted as Trump and McConnell walked by. Trump and McConnell were walking into a luncheon on... Read more 

Beshear files complaint against President Trump's ACA cost-sharing decision

10/13/2017 02:41 PM

Attorney General Andy Beshear, along with several other state attorney’s general, is suing President Trump over the White House’s decision to end cost sharing reduction payments made to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act. Late Thursday night the Trump administration announced they would immediately stop supporting the cost-sharing subsidies the reimburse insurers for reducing co-pays for low-income Affordable Care Act enrollees. The Trump administration had been paying the subsidies month-to-month. Beshear and other Democratic attorney generals are now seeking to... Read more 

Trump signs executive order changing key parts of health insurance

10/12/2017 02:55 PM

Flanked by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday making way for major changes with health care insurance in the United States. In signing the executive order, Trump is acknowledging the inability of the Republican controlled-Congress to take action on dismantling and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The President is changing several provisions within the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, including allowing the sale of cheaper policies across state lines with... Read more 

Yarmuth joins amicus brief in support of Clean Power Plan

10/10/2017 04:19 PM

While many in Kentucky’s federal delegation are applauding the move to end the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth is joining the fight to keep the Environmental Protection Agency rule. Yarmuth, D-Louisville, joined an amicus curiae brief on Tuesday in support of the Clean Power Plan, which sought to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by the year 2030. The rule is aimed at curbing climate change, and touted as a measure to prevent 90,000 childhood asthma attacks over... Read more 

Andy Barr stocking good-will war chest ahead of 2018

10/10/2017 12:41 PM

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr is restocking his good-will war chest, Building America’s Republican Representation, BARR PAC, heading into a re-election year. Barr will be hosting a dinner on Thursday in Washington D.C. at Acqua Al 2, a rustic Italian restaurant on 7th Street in the nation’s capital. Contribution levels to BARR PAC range from $1,000 for a political action committee or personal guest, to $2,500 to be a host level PAC or guest host, according to Political Party Time a... Read more 

EPA chief announces withdraw from Clean Power Plan

10/09/2017 02:14 PM

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt traveled to Hazard, Kentucky on Monday to announce his plans to end an Obama-era regulation long denounced in the commonwealth by elected officials. Pruitt, flanked by state Sen. Brandon Smith and U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would sign a regulation on Tuesday effectively ending the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. “It’s good for eastern Kentucky to hear that right? No better place to make that announcement than Hazard, Kentucky,” Pruitt said at the event.... Read more 

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