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Rand Paul files to run for U.S. Senate and KY GOP presidential caucus

11/30/2015 06:02 PM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, made his dual candidacy official on Monday filing his paperwork to run for re-election and for Kentucky’s GOP presidential caucus. Kentucky’s presidential caucus comes as a route around state statute which prohibits a candidate from appearing on the ballot twice in the same election. The Kentucky GOP will hold the caucus on March 5 in an effort to keep Paul’s name on the May primary ballot for re-election. “I think what it reflects... Read more 

Paul: U.S. should “absolutely not” monitor mosques, create Muslim database

11/22/2015 04:31 PM

Calling Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s stance on the topic “disqualifying,” Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said on CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’ Sunday that he opposed government surveillance at mosques and establishing databases to track Muslims. “Yes we should follow people who are a risk,” Paul said. “Should we talk to their neighbors and friends, should we talk to their imam? Sure, all of that is legitimate, but should we target mosques and have a database of Muslims? “Absolutely not, and... Read more 

Sen. Rand Paul files bill to suspend issuing visas to certain countries

11/16/2015 04:42 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, announced Monday that he is filing legislation to suspend issuing visas for citizens of countries with a high risk of terrorism. Paul’s bill would impose a waiting period on background checks on visas for refugees and nationals of 30 countries, “until the American people can be assured terrorists cannot enter the country through our immigration and visa system,” according to a press release. “The time has come to stop terrorists from walking in our... Read more 

Sen. McConnell: "More of the same is not going to work" against ISIS

11/16/2015 03:32 PM

LOUISVILLE – The United States military tactics against ISIS will continue, President Obama announced on Monday defending his strategy, and rejecting calls for an increased military presence in Syria and the Middle East. Days after members of ISIS killed more than 100 people in Paris, France and injured hundreds others Obama spoke from Antalya, Turkey at the conclusion of the G20 summit to condemn the attacks and stress solidarity with France. Obama said he would increase coordinated airstrikes against ISIS... Read more 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz enters Kentucky's GOP presidential caucus, becoming third candidate to file

11/06/2015 03:06 PM

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is the third presidential candidate to file for Kentucky’s March 5 caucus, formally entering the contest on Thursday. Republican Party of Kentucky Executive Director Mike Biagi said Friday that Cruz, R-Texas, paid the $15,000 filing fee, joining former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New York real estate mogul Donald Trump as the only GOP presidential candidates in the caucus. Biagi said he’s happy to see candidates begin making plans for Kentucky’s caucus and expects more to come as... Read more 

Rand Paul: Matt Bevin victory the beginning of GOP "growing to ascendency in Kentucky"

11/05/2015 04:08 PM

The reasons for Republican Gov.-elect Matt Bevin’s victory in Kentucky are plenty: his outsider persona, a deeply red state, the unpopularity of the national Democratic Party in Kentucky, but it’s just the start of things to come, says U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. Paul, who found support for his 2010 Senate campaign using a similar message, said Bevin ran a “great campaign to the fact that he’s not a career politician and he’s a businessman, and people want an outsider.” “I think... Read more 

Thomas Massie sees GOP leadership debate in the House as the best thing to happen to the Republican Party

10/15/2015 04:26 PM

ERLANGER- Fourth District Congressman Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, feels that the current debate in the U.S. House over leadership is for the best. Massie, who was in Erlanger Wednesday night addressing members of the Northern Kentucky Tea Party, is on record as never having voted for outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner. Massie said he is happy that current Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy did not seek the position of Speaker, and he says it’s a time to change the way of... Read more 

As Trans Pacific Partnership deal announced GOP candidate for ag commish warns of repercussions

10/05/2015 04:59 PM

On Monday the United States and 11 other nations announced the largest regional trade deal in history which would connect 40 percent of the world’s economy, from Canada to Japan and Australia. However, the Trans-Pacific Partnership faces a rigorous road of approval or disapproval in Congress, and concerns back in Kentucky. The full text of the TPP will not be available for as long as a month, according to the New York Times but as details of the deal... Read more 

Rand Paul talks criminal justice reform, but not politics, during stop at west Louisville business

10/02/2015 08:07 PM

Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul visited a commercial and residential filter manufacturer in Louisville’s West End on Friday, highlighting his efforts to enact far-reaching criminal justice reforms. But the GOP presidential candidate didn’t touch one topic the gathered media was eager to press: politics. On Saturday, Paul will be a featured participant in a rally for Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin at Kentucky State University in Frankfort. During Wednesday’s debate on Kentucky Sports Radio, however, Bevin said he would vote for retired... Read more 

Congressman Ed Whitfield announces he will not run for re-election in 2016

09/29/2015 03:53 PM

Republican Congressman Ed Whitfield, subject of a House ethics probe, announced on Tuesday that he will not run for a 12th term next year. Whitfield told Pure Politics in August that he planned to seek re-election, but in a statement released through his office, he offered no reason for his decision. “Representing the people of the 1st District for 21 years has been an honor,” he said in a statement. “I will cherish forever the countless opportunities to work with... Read more 


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