To the Beltway

Barr won't sign discharge petition to force immigration vote; says he's secured deal for guest worker reforms later this session

06/11/2018 03:41 PM

LEXINGTON – U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, appeared in his hometown on Monday, before a tumultuous week on Capitol Hill, where moderates in his party are trying to force a vote on immigration before the midterm elections in November. Barr, who is up for re-election in the 6th Congressional District against former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, said he will not sign a discharge petition to move the immigration fight forward — rather hoping for a comprehensive solution through normal... Read more 

Biden promotes book, signals further ambitions in Louisville appearance

06/07/2018 09:54 PM

LOUISVILLE — Former Vice President Joe Biden stopped in Louisville on Thursday night for his American Promise Tour, promoting his book, and sharing stories of his life with those in attendance. Thursday’s event in Louisville, Joe Biden American Promise Tour, was moderated by Jerry Abramson, Louisville’s former Mayor, the former Lt. Gov. under Steve Beshear, as well as Obama Administration White House alum, where he served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Abramson now serves... Read more 

Western Dist. U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman and the mission to target gangs, drugs and violent crimes

06/07/2018 12:03 PM

Kentucky’s Western District U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman has his hands full as the state battles the opiate epidemic, a resurgence of high potency meth, and increased murders and violent crimes perpetrated by gangs in the state’s largest county. The Commonwealth’s western district encompasses 53 counties in Kentucky with around 2.5 million people; it stretches from Oldham and Jefferson County, the state’s most populous county, to Fulton County in the Purchase area where you’ll find Kentucky Bend, a bulb-shaped peninsula that’s... Read more 

FBI Director Christopher Wray visits Louisville talks about avoiding distractions, confronting problems in the commonwealth

06/06/2018 02:52 PM

LOUISVILLE — Federal Bureau of Investigations Director Christopher Wray made a stop at the FBI’s Louisville field office on Wednesday as part of an effort to visit all of the field offices across the nation. The director is trying to visit all 56 field offices around the country after being appointed to the post, following President Trump’s dismissal of former Director James Comey in May of last year. Wray spoke to members of the media about his top missions for... Read more 

USDA Under Secretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs talks tariffs, NAFTA

06/06/2018 02:03 PM

LEXINGTON- Amidst a burgeoning trade war between Canada and Mexico, USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney held a round table with Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, to address concerns of those in the agricultural community. McKinney answered questions about a variety of topics, but many were interested in the new tariffs opposed on our North American neighbors, and the financial consequences the agricultural community will have to bear. The United States imposed Mexico and Canada... 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 

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

05/31/2018 01:39 PM

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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 

PRIMARY 2018 | Former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath wins democratic nomination for sixth congressional district seat

05/22/2018 09:16 PM

A political newcomer in one of the most closely-watched primary races in Kentucky, retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath has nabbed the democratic nomination for the commonwealth’s sixth U.S. Congressional district seat. McGrath will take on republican Rep. Andy Barr in November. “If I’ve learned anything on this journey, I’ve learned that people want badly to believe in their leaders again,” said McGrath. “They want to know that they’re honest. They want to know that their leaders have the moral courage... Read more 

PRIMARY 2018 | Rep. Andy Barr discusses campaign moving forward after republican nomination

05/22/2018 07:41 PM

Shortly after winning the republican nomination for the U.S. 6th Congressional District, Representative Andy Barr spoke with Pure Politics’ Nick Storm about his campaign as he approaches a fierce battle for his seat in November.  Read more 

Congressman Yarmuth donates salary to charities

05/17/2018 09:56 AM

LOUISVILLE- U.S. Representative John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, has donated his 2017 congressional salary to several local non-profits. Yarmuth, founder of Louisville Eccentric Observer, has donated his salary each year since being elected to Congress in 2006. “At the state and federal level, we are seeing our elected officials turn their backs on the basic needs of our communities, and responsibility is increasingly falling to a handful of exceptional organizations to pick up the growing slack,” Yarmuth said in a news... Read more 

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