The Chatter: Barr on Immigration; Yarmuth to join Paul on hemp testimony; and more on Ashley Judd

01/30/2013 02:02 PM

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr told reporters this week that this week’s emergence of bipartisan support among U.S. senators for immigration reform is “in the ballpark.”

The Lexington Hearld-Leader first reported the comments from Barr who has a public meeting with constituents in a Frankfort bank on Tuesday.

The group of senators — four Republicans and four Democrats — unveiled a broad framework for immigration reforms on Monday. Those principles included a path to citizenship for seasonal workers and children of illegal immigrants, providing the U.S.-Mexican border was shored up.

Yarmuth to testify before Ky. Senate Ag. Committee on hemp legislation

Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth will join Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and Republican state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer when they testify before the state Senate agriculture committee on Feb. 11.

Holly Harris, chief of staff and general counsel for Comer, shared the news via Twitter on Wednesday.

“Yes it’s true! Senator Paul AND Congressman Yarmuth will join @KYComer on 2/11 to testify for industrial hemp! It’s a jobs issue! #starpower,” Harris tweeted.

The trio will be called by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, who is the sponsor of the Senate Bill 50 – the industrial hemp bill. The bill seeks to create regulatory framework for Kentucky farmers to produce hemp should the federal government allow it to be grown in Kentucky.

Yarmuth and“Paul”:http://mycn2.com/politics/rand-paul-says-ky-could-get-a-federal-waiver-to-grow-industrial-hemp have vowed to request a presidential waiver to grow hemp in Kentucky if the General Assembly passes the measure in the 2013 session.

National Journal says Judd’s divorce could be bad news for McConnell in 2014

Ashley Judd and race car driver Dario Franchitti announced Tuesday they agreed to end their 11 years of marriage.

And by Wednesday morning the National Journal’s Michael Catalini had written that the development could spell trouble for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell — but not because it makes Judd more likely to run in 2014 against the five-term incumbent. Instead, Catalini wrote that the divorce could lessen the chance for a Judd candidacy paving the way for a Democrat who could be tougher.

“Given this development, there’s a chance Judd won’t want to jump into a messy political campaign. If she doesn’t enter the race, it would be bad news for McConnell, whose campaign has publicly telegraphed that they’re looking forward to running against the actress,” Catalini wrote.

Judd has been saying she’s considering challenging McConnell in the 2014 U.S. Senate race.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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