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Barr releases first attack ad against McGrath

08/06/2018 10:45 AM

LEXINGTON- U.S. Representative Andy Barr, R-Lexington, has released his first attack ad against opponent Amy McGrath. The ad paints the former fighter pilot as “too liberal” for the sixth congressional district and uses clips of McGrath from various interviews and speeches. It is the second ad released by Barr. The race between Andy Barr and McGrath is tight, with Sabato’s Crystal Ball and Cook Political Report listing the race as a toss-up.  Read more 

Sharp elbows as Fancy Farm looks ahead to 2019

08/04/2018 04:39 PM

FANCY FARM — The 138th annual Fancy Farm picnic and political speaking featured sharp jabs surrounding the upcoming gubernatorial elections, a full year and a half before Kentuckians go to the polls. Teachers packed the pavilion on the Democratic side with chants of “120 Strong,” and a promise to remember in November the actions of the Republican majority party during the legislative session. The state House of Representatives is up for grabs once again, and the Kentucky Democratic Party is... Read more 

New paid family leave bill unveiled in Washington

08/03/2018 12:18 PM

By: Samantha Jo Roth WASHINGTON, D.C. – Florida Senator Marco Rubio has unveiled a new plan to provide family leave for parents in a bill backed by President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump. Economic Security for New Parents Act Allows new parents to draw paid leave from Social Security Parents would have to push retirement start date back The Economic Security for New Parents Act would allow parents to receive paid family leave by drawing from Social Security — money reserved for retirement or disability. Workers... Read more 

Activists Push to Restore Voting Rights Act Provision that Could Curb Voter Suppression

08/03/2018 11:25 AM

By: Eva McKend WASHINGTON D.C. – As we mark the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a lawyer with Asian Americans Advancing Justice is part of a growing activist movement pushing Congress to restore a piece of it struck down by the high court in 2013. “It had been something that had been working to help contain discrimination, particularly in those jurisdictions that had been bad actors in the past,” said Terry Minnis, Asian Americans Advancing Justice. The “preclearance” provision... Read more 

All Eyes on Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District

08/01/2018 04:00 PM

By: Eva McKend A congressional race in Kentucky continues to gain national attention. Will a GOP incumbent with strong local ties be ousted by an anti-establishment Democrat? Congressional correspondent Eva McKend has been tracking the fight for the 6th district. The race between Amy McGrath and Andy Barr is arguably one of the most interesting Congressional races in the country. Kentucky has not seen this type of well-funded, high profile race in the sixth district in quite some time. It was a... Read more 

Trey Grayson expects focus on fall elections at Fancy Farm; look ahead to 2019

08/01/2018 03:31 PM

Trey Grayson, the former Secretary of State and director of Harvard Institute of Politics expects plenty of punches to go along with the pork and mutton at Fancy Farm, but expects a lot of the major moments will happen off-stage. Grayson, who spoke at Fancy Farm himself as Secretary of State and a candidate for the U.S. Senate, says Democrats may find extra energy this year as part of the minority. Democrats used to find the strength of their party... Read more 

Lawmakers seek upgrades to national suicide prevention hotline

07/31/2018 02:44 PM

By: Kevin Frey U.S. lawmakers are seeking upgrades to the national suicide prevention hotline, including giving it its own version of 911. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the suicide rate has been ticking upward in recent years. In Kentucky, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death. On average, one person dies by suicide every three hours, and lawmakers on Capitol Hill are taking notice. “We need to address this and do it in a way that we can give... Read more 

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