To the Beltway

Twitter feud prompts absence of Puerto Rican governor during hearing over island's electric utility

07/26/2018 10:40 AM

Ten months after Hurricane Maria, more than 500 buildings remain without power in Puerto Rico and many blame the bankrupt Puerto Rico Power Authority. Meanwhile, lawmakers are looking for answers by holding a hearing on Capitol Hill. But one major player wasn’t there — Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rossello, who chose not to attend after a Twitter feud with the committee’s chairman. The tweet that made waves from San Juan to Capitol Hill was sent via a key house panel’s official... Read more 

Rep. James Comer says $12B in emergency aid for farmers needed for market stability

07/25/2018 06:21 PM

The Trump administration says they’ll be rolling out $12 billion in emergency aid aimed at helping farmers struggling as a result of the global trade fight. President Trump is defending the tariffs, saying they’re about forcing other countries to sign on to better trade agreements. Some lawmakers on Capitol Hill are firing back, likening it to welfare for farmers and a bailout. U.S. Senator Rand Paul tweeted that tariffs “punish” American consumers and producers. U.S. Congressman and former Kentucky agriculture commissioner... Read more 

Demographer projects growth in diversity will impact American politics and the economy

07/25/2018 08:44 AM

By: Eva McKend As the debate continues over who is allowed into the country, it will not alter the projected racial makeup in America. Though people may have different views about where the country is moving politically, based on the numbers alone, it is indisputable, the demographics in America will continue to change. Demographer William Frey says our demographics are changing regardless and that it will play a role in politics and the economy. “We could stop immigration today and we would... Read more 

Libertarian group calls on public to question federal dietary guidelines

07/19/2018 05:18 PM

By: Eva McKend WASHINGTON-Should the American government get out of the business of giving dietary advice? For decades, the USDA and Health and Human Services has been telling us what the best foods are for our bodies but a new report suggests the government should just stay out of it. Many of us may have grown up being told to eat our fruits and veggies but one clinical biochemist warns it was bad nutrition advice from the federal government that has... Read more 

Progressive group says states have power to increase voter participation

07/18/2018 09:18 AM

By: Eva McKend WASHINGTON-What if voting could be more convenient? A progressive think tank says states could adopt policies that could dramatically increase voter participation. When America elected President Donald Trump, there were 92 million eligible voters who didn’t show up at the polls. “It’s an astounding number and when we look at the 2014 midterms, that number rises to 143 million people who didn’t vote, said Danielle Root, Voting Rights Manager at the Center for American Progress. The left leaning think... Read more 

Common Ground: Political Discourse

07/16/2018 05:17 PM

It’s no secret that in the past couple years politics has turned down right nasty. What used to be attacks on policy—have turned into personal attacks on politicians. Freedom of speech and the right to protest are some of the things that the country prides itself for—but when those protests turn personal—it becomes vicious. From protesters disrupting meals with those they disagree with—to lawmakers saying derogatory names about those on the other side of the aisle. Political discourse in the country... Read more 

Paul uncertain about Trump's SCOTUS nominee

07/16/2018 01:53 PM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, is unsure if he can support Brett Kavanaugh, the man President Trump has nominated for the open U.S. Supreme Court position. Paul, a staunch defender of individual liberties, spoke at an invitation only town-hall style event with Louisville’s financial industry, bankers, community leaders and business owners, where he said its Kavanaugh’s thoughts on the 4th Amendment that are of concern. Kentucky’s junior Senator will be meeting with Kavanaugh in the next week or two,... Read more 

A fight over privacy rights at the border

07/12/2018 05:03 PM

By Eva McKend WASHINGTON- If you own a smart phone, you may feel having your device searched could be more intrusive than searching your home. That’s the argument of several Senators who are pushing for a new law to protect your privacy at the border. Washington reporter Eva McKend has the story. They are the computers in our pockets. Cell phones can detail our entire lives, including everything from our financial information to the history of our most intimate relationships. So it... Read more 

Barr pushing for passage on contentious horse racing legislation

07/11/2018 01:07 PM

LEXINGTON — Since 2015 U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, has been pushing a bill which would move the multi-billion dollar sport of horse racing in the nation to one universal, federally regulated medical commission. The legislation has largely divided the sport of horse racing, with proponents on both sides of the bipartisan bill arguing economic downturns will come if the bill is either not enacted or enacted. Recently Barr alongside breeder and owner Arthur Hancock of Stone Farm, and Hall... Read more 

Common Ground: Presidents pardoning themselves

07/09/2018 05:32 PM

Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on very much anymore—especially when it comes to the presidency. But a new poll from the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that the two sides overwhelmingly agree on one thing—that a president should not pardon themselves and if they do—a majority thinks Congress should impeach the president. This poll came as the FBI continues their investigation into Russia’s interaction in the 2016 presidential election and President Trump’s campaign. Four of... Read more 

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