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Quarles named 2018 Fancy Farm emcee

06/04/2018 11:47 AM

Kentucky’s most raucous political speaking event will be emceed by Republican Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles this year. Quarles will moderate the 138th annual Fancy Farm picnic political speaking event on the grounds of St. Jerome Catholic Church, event organizers announced on Monday. “Growing up a farm kid in Kentucky, you always hear about the Fancy Farm picnic,” said Commissioner Quarles. “It was the fulfillment of a dream when I got the opportunity to take the stage for the first time... Read more 

McConnell to Trump: Mind the details on any deal with North Korea

06/01/2018 04:30 PM

LOUISVILLE — As President Trump announces a planned summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is back on for later this month, the U.S. Senate Majority Leader has some advice — don’t want the deal too much. McConnell spoke at the Greater Louisville Inc. 2018 Congressional Summit in Louisville on Friday, where he told those present that Trump should be weary of the details with the regime. “If you’re a great deal maker be interested in the details,” McConnell said,... Read more 

Democrats say unintended consequences of pension and tax reform legislation will result in Democrat gains in November

06/01/2018 02:50 PM

NEWPORT – House Democrats believe that the unrest during the 2018 legislative session will result in more voter participation in the general election which will lead to positive vote counts for numerous Democratic candidates across the state of Kentucky. House Minority Caucus Chair Rep. Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, believes that the process by which pension and tax reform was done has left a bad taste in the mouths of numerous middle class Kentuckians and that will result in consequences for many of... Read more 

Governor Bevin signs alcohol shipping bill

06/01/2018 01:54 PM

LOUISVILLE- Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, ceremonially signed a bill allowing visitors to ship spirits and wine home. House Bill 400, sponsored by Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, allows visitors to ship up to 4.5 liters of spirits and four bottles of wine per person while visiting a distillery or winery. Alcohol may only be shipped to states that allow alcohol shipments. Currently, only seven states and the District of Columbia allow spirit shipments, and 44 states allow wine shipments. To... Read more 

Bevin promotes Sunderland to Deputy Chief of Staff

06/01/2018 09:28 AM

Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, has promoted Bryan Sunderland, a former Vice President with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce as his Deputy Chief of Staff for policy and legislation. Sunderland, who had been acting as Bevin’s legislative director, will assume many of the responsibilities formerly held by Adam Meier, who was named Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary on May 17, according to the administration. “I am sincerely appreciative for the opportunity to serve the Commonwealth in this new capacity,” Sunderland... Read more 

House Republicans say they are poised to hold their ground in November election

05/31/2018 01:42 PM

FLORENCE – Despite House Republican Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell, R-Lancaster, losing to Rockcastle County High School math teacher R. Travis Brenda in the Republican primary, some Republican House members believe that in the end, they will still maintain around the same number of seats that they won in 2016 and in the 2018 general election. Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, who attended the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Legislative Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday in Florence, and was unopposed in the primary,... Read more 

Distillers' Association watching as Trump administration announces tariffs, allies threaten retaliation

05/31/2018 01:39 PM

Photo Courtesy: Vine Pair

The Trump administration is announcing new tariffs on metals imported from close allies, which some fear will cause retaliation against business and consumers — including the bourbon industry in Kentucky. Twenty-five percent tariffs on steel and 10 percent on aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, will take effect at midnight Thursday, the commerce secretary told national news outlets, according to the New York Times. The countries represent nearly half of the United State’s supply on imported metal. The... Read more 

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