The Chatter: Paul on East Ky., Bevin and his 2-hour Obamacare saga; Democratic state senator to run for local office in '14

12/06/2013 11:26 AM

As Kentucky leaders prepare to descend upon Pikeville for Monday’s summit on Eastern Kentucky’s future, U.S. Sen Rand Paul said the biggest barrier to the region isn’t a lack of diversification but the Obama administration.

“Diversification is a help, but the real thing is we’d like the president let up on the war. There’s a war on coal going on. It’s a war on Kentucky jobs. It’s mostly done by executive regulation,” Paul told reporters in Northern Kentucky on Thursday.

Paul answered questions on a host of topics, including whether he’s receiving angry backlash from tea party supporters who are unhappy he is backing U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell over Republican challenger Matt Bevin in the May 20 primary.

And Paul told supporters — and later reporters — that it took him two hours to sign up for health insurance through the federal health exchange website. Members of Congress and their staffs must go through the exchange to sign up for insurance. Here’s why it took him so long:

State Sen. Blevins files for Rowan County judge-executive

Longtime Democratic Sen. Walter Blevins will run for Rowan County judge-executive in 2014, potentially bringing an end to his legislative career that began in 1982, as Ronnie Ellis of CNHI News Service reported Thursday evening.

Blevins currently represents the 27th Senate District. But that district changed perhaps more than any other Senate district as a result of this summer’s special session

When Blevins was last re-elected in 2012, the 27th district covered Boyd, Elliott, Fleming, Lawrence and Rowan counties. Under the new maps, the district shifted north and west to cover Rowan, Lewis, Fleming, Mason, Robertson, Nicholas, Harrison and Bourbon counties.

“It’s a big district and it requires time and I can spend more time with my wife and family,” Blevins told Ellis. “I’m excited because it’s another opportunity to take care of the people of Rowan County.”

The next time the 27th District will be up for re-election will be 2016, meaning if Blevins wins the Rowan County judge-executive race next November, the state will hold a special election sometime in 2015 to fill the seat.

New free ‘Capitol Cable’ app is here to provide all the latest on Kentucky lawmakers

For followers of Kentucky politics, particularly the General Assembly, there’s a new free app that gives you access to all the vital details about Kentucky lawmakers and delivers the latest headlines from Pure Politics.

The Kentucky Cable Telecommunications Association in partnership with cn|2’s parent company, Time Warner Cable, is providing the app. You can download it from iTunes here .

Sorry Android users — the app is available only through iTunes for iPhones and iPads right now.


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