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Paul: U.S. needs help from China in easing tensions with North Korea

04/20/2017 06:25 PM

CLERMONT – With tensions between the U.S. and North Korea escalating, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is looking to China for help in keeping the isolated communist country in check. Both sides have escalated their rhetoric, with North Korea warning of a “super-mighty preemptive strike” against the U.S. and South Korea that would reduce them “to ashes” as American warships head to the Korean Peninsula. Paul said China, North Korea’s only major ally, should help keep peace in the region. “I think China... Read more 

Bernie Sanders implores Democratic voters to fight on at Louisville rally

04/19/2017 10:51 AM

LOUISVILLE – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders urged Democratic supporters on Tuesday night to get involved in the political process and work to resist the current policies of the Trump administration. Sanders appeared with Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez as part of the Democratic Unity Tour sponsored by the Democratic National Committee. Perez took a shot at Gov. Matt Bevin in saying why Kentucky was chosen as one of the first stops on the tour. “As we were trying to figure out where... Read more 

GOP strategist reviews Trump's first months in office

04/16/2017 08:32 PM

Scott Jennings, a Kentucky Republican political operative and PR guru, is paying close attention to President Trump’s first 100 days in office, and has plenty of positive things to say about the president’s action overseas. “We’ve seen a no nonsense president who makes decisions quickly, decisively,” Jennings said in an interview on Friday. “We’ve seen him take a strong hand with China, North Korea, Afghanistan, Syria.” “I think what we’re seeing is that American leadership is restored,” he continued. “People will have... Read more 

Bernie Sanders will appear in Louisville on Tuesday

04/13/2017 04:38 PM

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is making a return trip to Kentucky as part of a larger effort to excite the Democratic base. Sanders and Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez will be speaking at the Louisville Palace on Tuesday, April 18th at 7:00. The duo will be speaking across several-states, and the events are being billed as the ‘Come Back Together and Fight tour. The aim is to reignite the Democratic base following the defeat of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton... Read more 

Ads run in support of McConnell's confirmation of Gorsuch; Senator calls decision "most consequential" item of career

04/13/2017 04:21 PM

A new six-figure ad buy is lauding the actions of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell which led to the U.S. Supreme Court tipping back in favor of conservatives. The Judicial Crisis Network is running ads thanking McConnell in Kentucky, as well as separate ads running in Washington D.C. in support of President Trump and in Iowa supporting Sen. Chuck Grassley. In an ad entitled: Strong, the Republican group asks Kentuckians to thank McConnell for stonewalling President Obama’s Supreme Court... Read more 

McConnell "totally supports" airstrike in Syria

04/12/2017 08:01 PM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is lauding an airstrike against Syria by President Trump as a message to U.S. adversaries. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday at the Gene Snyder Federal Courthouse in Louisville, McConnell cast the strike as a reset for the United States on foreign policy. “It served a multitude of purposes. Number one, it sends a message to Assad to beware of using chemical weapons again,” McConnell said. “Important message to the Russians, who I thought... Read more 

What Kentucky Congressmen are saying after U.S. launches missile strike in Syria

04/07/2017 01:38 PM

On Thursday night the United States carried out a strike against the government of Bashar al Assad in Syria launching more than 50 missiles from two Navy warships in the Mediterranean Sea. Syria’s President Bashar al Assad’s office called the strike ordered by President Trump as “reckless, irresponsible behavior.” The Syrian government also calls the strike an “act of aggression.” In Kentucky, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he supports the “action and objective” from the Trump administration. “It was taken... Read more 

Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Tilley, others talk reentry programs during White House visit

04/05/2017 03:27 PM

Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley lauded a meeting with White House officials last week as an indication that business and policy leaders are serious about strengthening felon reentry programs. Last week’s visit came as state lawmakers wrapped up their work in this year’s 30-day legislative session, during which legislators approved a wide-ranging bill that included new felon reentry programs. Tilley was among officials from Alabama, Pennsylvania, Utah and Washington, D.C., who met with President Donald Trump’s Domestic... Read more 

The Chatter: FBI wants contracting documents from Transportation Cabinet, support for smoke-free law tops 70 percent, McConnell on SCOTUS and more

04/04/2017 11:38 AM

The FBI has launched an antitrust investigation involving state road contracting, subpoenaing records dating back to 2010, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Monday. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet confirmed the probe, telling the newspaper that officials there received a federal subpoena March 22 regarding contracts it has awarded since 2010. The cabinet posted a March 29 letter from Matthew Henderson, the agency’s deputy executive director of legal services, to Rachel Mills in the Division of Construction Procurement, to its website directing contractors to... Read more 

McConnell: Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed to Supreme Court "one way or the other" this week

04/02/2017 11:22 AM

As Democrats in the U.S. Senate look to deny Neil Gorsuch the 60 votes needed for his confirmation to the Supreme Court, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Gorsuch will take a spot on the high court “one way or the other” this week. McConnell, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, made clear he’s prepared to evoke the so-called “nuclear option” to confirm Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, changing the Senate’s rules and eliminating the 60-vote threshold needed to affirm... Read more 

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