The Chatter: McConnell and Reid hold hands and sing; Yarmuth talks carbon regs; and Cochran hangs on in MS runoff

06/25/2014 09:55 AM

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, quizzed EPA officials on Tuesday about the flexibility Kentucky asked for in new carbon emissions regulations put in place by the agency.

Yarmuth said that he’s “happy” the EPA agreed with steps that can be taken to limit carbon emissions without additional burden to power plants. For instance, he mentioned energy saving appliances.

The 3rd Congressional District of Louisville, which Yarmuth represents, is home to Ford and the global hub of UPS among others. But Yarmuth said those companies haven’t expressed a fear of the newly proposed carbon emissions rule.

“I haven’t heard from any of my major manufacturers and I have a lot of them in my district. They are not afraid of this proposed rule,” Yarmuth said.

EPA officials told Yarmuth that they expect a “modest” three percent rise on manufacturing companies electric rates in the short term, which Yarmuth said he didn’t feel would run companies out of the commonwealth.

Agreement from U.S. Senate leaders?

U.S. House and Senate leaders joined hands Tuesday and sang “We Shall Overcome” during the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony honoring Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act where Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed similar ideas in their speeches.

The ceremony had a bi-partisan feel with leaders calling on Congress to return to a time of working together to pass legislation like the Civil Rights Act, which forbids discrimination based on color, race, sex, religion or national origin.

The clip which shows U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, among others has quickly grabbed headlines.

McConnell and Reid have an adversarial relationship in the Senate, and to make matters more awkward Reid has been making appearances at fundraisers for Democratic U.S. Senate challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran defeats tea-party challenger in run off election

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi, cinched the GOP nomination for re-election defeating tea-party backed challenger Chris McDaniel.

The 76-year-old six-term incumbent won 50.8 percent of the vote to McDaniel in a three-week run off election.

The Washington Post reports that Cochran relied heavily on mainstream Republicans and African-American Democrats to boost his turnout.

McConnell has been backing Cochran, headlining fundraisers and gathering his supporters for the run off election.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is 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 his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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