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Joe Biden to appear in Louisville in June

04/02/2018 12:43 PM

LOUISVILLE — Former Vice President Joe Biden will appear in Louisville this June as part of his “American Promise Tour.” The speech will take place on Thursday, June 7, at 8:00 PM, and will be held at Whitney Hall in the The Kentucky Center. The tour is being promoted as a series of conversations that will go beyond the 24-hour news cycle and 140-character arguments to connect friends and neighbors around the topics that matter most. Biden is expect to discuss his memoir... Read more 

Kentucky benefits little from tax reform according to study

03/28/2018 10:38 AM

If you listen to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, speak on the Senate floor, you would get the impression that Kentucky is thriving under the new sweeping tax reform, but a new study suggests something different. WalletHub conducted a study to see the states affected most from the tax reform, and instead of ranking in the top, Kentucky came in near the bottom at 38. WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on the... Read more 

Senator McConnell and Commissioner Quarles Announce Hemp Legislation

03/26/2018 02:10 PM

FRANKFORT- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, joined Commissioner Ryan Quarles in Frankfort on Monday to announce new legislation to support Kentucky’s hemp industry. The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 would legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances. “Hemp has played a foundational role in Kentucky’s agricultural heritage and I believe that it can be an important part of our future. I am grateful to join our Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles... Read more 

U.S. Census Bureau population estimates show Louisville, Lexington growing

03/22/2018 10:44 AM

The two largest metropolitan areas in Kentucky are growing, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The data released shows population estimates from July 1, 2017 and revealed that Louisville gained 9,105 people since July 1, 2016. The population of the Louisville-Jefferson County metro area increased to 1,293,953. The Lexington-Fayette area wasn’t too far behind the growth in the state’s biggest city, experiencing an increase of 5,890 people in the area. The Lexington-Fayette area now has 512,650... Read more 

GOP SOS candidate issues then deletes threat against Congressman Yarmuth

03/20/2018 01:35 PM

Carl Nett, a Republican candidate for Kentucky Secretary of State, drew a swift rebuke Tuesday from both Democrats and Republicans after tweeting a threat against U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth following a message from the Louisville Democrat about his stance on the National Rifle Association. Yarmuth tweeting Tuesday morning that he is “so proud of my @NRA rating, I’ll wear it on my chest. I invite my colleagues to join me in wearing our F ratings every day until the GOP... Read more 

Attorney General Sessions meets with families affected by opioids

03/15/2018 05:50 PM

LEXINGTON- Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in Lexington Thursday speaking with family members who are affected from the opioid epidemic. Sessions held a roundtable discussion with ten local families to hear about their experiences and insights on how to put an end to the crisis. Kentucky has been hit especially hard with opioid epidemic, seeing 1,400 overdoses last year— the fifth highest overdose death rate in the country. Nearly half of those deaths were a result of fentanyl; and one... Read more 

Attorney General Sessions in Lexington Thursday

03/13/2018 03:55 PM

LEXINGTON- Attorney General Jeff Sessions will travel to Lexington Thursday to meet with families of overdose victims and deliver remarks on the opioid epidemic. Sessions will hold a roundtable with families of victims, before delivering a speech at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Session was in Louisville on January 30 delivering similar remarks . Kentucky is one of the states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic. With more than 1,400 people dying of overdoses in... Read more 

Massie pushes for repeal of gun free school zones in Meet the Press interview

02/26/2018 01:42 PM

Kentucky’s 4th Dist. U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie appeared on Meet the Press this Sunday where he argued for more lax attitude on where guns are permitted and how old you have to be to purchase them — in an effort to protect students. The Vanceburg Republican advocated for armed educators in an effort to reduce mass shootings at schools. Massie said that lawmakers need to take off the “gun free” labels from schools. Massie was also asked about efforts to... Read more 

Congressman Barr supports armed guards in schools

02/23/2018 01:51 PM

LEXINGTON- U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, is in support of adding armed guards to schools in hopes it will keep children safe. While in Lexington for an unrelated event, Congressman Barr told Spectrum News that adding armed guards to schools was a personal issue for many members of Congress. He referenced the shooting last summer in Washington D.C. while Republican members of Congress were holding baseball practice, that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise with life threatening injuries. “If it wasn’t... Read more 

Common Ground: Immigration Reform

02/19/2018 05:57 PM

Immigration—it’s a topic that’s been discussed vehemently over the past year. It’s also something that both sides of the aisle agree needs to be reformed. In hopes of bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate set aside the week of February 12 to hold an open debate on immigration reform, which was meant to forge a bipartisan agreement. Both Democrats and Republicans agree something needs to be done with the 1.8 million “Dreamers” —the children who were brought to the country illegally... Read more 

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