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GOP primary candidates in governor’s race agree on blame for decline in coal industry, disagree on approach to fixing it

08/25/2014 02:31 PM

The Republican candidates in the 2015 governor’s race agree on the idea that the coal industry is in decline in large part to the regulations put in place by President Barack Obama. But while one candidate is looking at other ways to help the region beyond coal, the other says it is time to take some of the harmful federal regulations to court. After recent comments from state Rep. Tom Burch, D-Louisville, about the state needing to “get coal out... Read more 

Barr defends spending on mail to constituents saying it comes with cuts of other spending in office

08/25/2014 09:29 AM

Spending more taxpayer dollars on mailing in his first term in office than most other members of Congress, Kentucky U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, says he will not apologize for communicating with his constituents and defends his office’s fiscal record of cutting other wasteful spending. Barr’s use of franked communications, where members of Congress use their signature as postage on mail, has totaled a $190,000 in taxpayer money to send mail and conduct other constituent services during his first term in... Read more 

Beshear says focus will be on jobs and education in final session as governor

08/24/2014 09:00 AM

Gov. Steve Beshear says he will continue to focus on the “basic tools” that Kentucky has to have to compete among the top states in the country in his final 16 months in office. Beshear said the state is breaking through the last vestiges of the economic downturn which will help fuel expansion of jobs and businesses in the state. “We’re going to continue to create great jobs for our people. We are coming out of this great recession... Read more 

Louisville Councilwoman Attica Scott on unrest in Ferguson and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul

08/23/2014 08:15 AM

LOUISVILLE — Democratic Louisville Metro Councilwoman, Attica Scott, says the conversations on race and the American justice system around the country need to be happening and people like U.S. Sen. Rand Paul have a responsibility to have those conversations too. Scott traveled to Ferguson, Missouri last weekend to take part in peaceful protests after 18-year old Michael Brown was shot and killed by police. “It’s actually scary,” Scott said describing how she and other protestors were met after curfew with smoke... Read more 

Barr wants divide between police and military but worries about cost to local businesses

08/22/2014 04:28 PM

As unrest in Ferguson continues and many lawmakers discuss the possible need for legislation to demilitarize the police forces, Kentucky U.S. Rep. Andy Barr says the federal government needs to make sure they are not hurting businesses selling that type of equipment in the process. As reported by WFPL , Congress voted down a measure proposed by a Democratic Congressman to de-militarize the police forces. The bill would have banned the use of funds to transfer a wide range of very... Read more 

Kentucky GOP files FEC complaint against Grimes campaign; Ky. Dems call for ethics investigation into McConnell

08/22/2014 02:05 PM

Kentucky’s Democratic and Republican parties entered an allegation fray on Friday calling for investigations into the U.S. Senate candidates. The Republican Party of Kentucky filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging Grimes violated campaign finance laws by accepting a 45-foot bus from Signature Special Event Services, Grimes’ father’s company, below fair market rates. From the Republican Party’s FEC complaint: “Even if Signature Special Events were to provide any transportation services to others who are not Alison Lundergan... Read more 

Stumbo says he will call on Rep. Burch to resign when Elaine Chao steps down from board positions

08/22/2014 12:37 PM

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, says he will call for one of his Democratic members to resign his seat in the Kentucky legislature when U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s wife leaves her post on a board which has been linked to anti-coal donations. “I’ll call for Tom Burch’s resignation when Elaine Chao resigns from the anti-coal boards she’s on,“Stumbo said. “I can’t fathom the fact that she was paid almost half a million dollars a year to serve on boards that are... Read more 

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