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Congressman Yarmuth says country moving away from 'demonizing' marijuana

01/09/2018 11:46 AM

Following Attorney General Jeff Session’s announcement that he would be rescinding the Cole memo, which created a passive policy on marijuana laws in states, U.S. Representative John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, says he believes marijuana policy could soon change in the country. Congressman Yarmuth says some in Congress are seeking to reschedule the class of marijuana. Currently, marijuana is identified under DEA as a Schedule I drug, the same classification as heroin, LSD and ecstasy. “Its judged to be the same potency as... Read more 

Grimes responds to disbandment of Trump's voter fraud commission

01/04/2018 11:47 AM

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says voter rights are under attack in response to an announcement from the White House that President Donald Trump is dissolving the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity. Trump created the commission early last year to investigate his allegations of voter fraud during the 2016 presidential election. He claimed that three to five million people voted illegally. Grimes had stymied efforts of the commission to view Kentucky voter data, denying multiple requests from the commission’s vice-chairman... Read more 

Kentucky likely to benefit from trade accord which resumes live equine exports to China

12/04/2017 04:35 PM

LEXINGTON – Kentucky’s equine industry has received a boost thanks to a recently signed trade accord with China which allows the export of live horses to that country from the United States for the first time in two years. Quarles praised the agreement, which was signed last month in Beijing, on Monday at Keeneland along with leaders of the state’s equine industry. The trade accord came about as a result of a collaboration of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the United States... Read more 

Former GOP insider blasts Congressional tax reforms plans as bad for the country, nefarious political maneuver

11/29/2017 10:06 AM

As the U.S. Senate inches closer to a series of sweeping reforms to the tax code, a former White House adviser to President Ronald Reagan and a Treasury official under President George H.W. Bush says the plan is bad for the economy and will only serve for political gain. Bruce Bartlett, an economist and author from Virginia who worked under Regan and Bush, told Pure Politics this week that the main reason the Senate tax reform plan is bad, is... Read more 

Sen. Bernie Sanders to headline anti-tax reform event in Louisville

11/28/2017 02:29 PM

Former Presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will headline an event opposing Republican efforts to change the tax code in Louisville this Friday. The rally “to oppose Republican tax cuts for millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations” will be held at the Galt House and is expected to begin at 7:00 PM on Friday, Dec. 1. Sanders is joining along with ‘Not One Penny’ and MoveOn.org Civic Action at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville for the... Read more 

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 

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