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1:45 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Matt Bevin Favors U.S. Seizing Russian Assets to Pay for Ukrainian Aid

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin of Kentucky

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin suggests the U.S. government should seize Russian assets and remove the foreign super power from international organizations in response to the Ukraine crisis.

President Obama put financial sanctions on a dozen of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest aides and allies this week.

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6:36 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Kentucky's Local Option Sales Tax Push Gets Boost From Speaker Greg Stumbo

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A push to allow Kentucky's local governments to fund projects with  a 1-percent sales tax increase has won the support of key leadership in the state House.

All it took was a conversation between House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Gov. Steve Beshear, both Democrats.

After spending the past 50 days of the session criticizing the measure championed by Democratic Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Stumbo says he now supports legislation to allow local governments to fund capital construction projects with a new sales tax.

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8:43 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Kentucky House Committee Declines Bills Requiring Ultrasounds Before Abortions

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The Kentucky House Health and Welfare Committee voted down two similar bills Thursday that would require ultrasounds for women seeking abortions and penalize doctors who don’t comply.

The committee also rejected a measure requiring women to meet in person with their doctor before having an abortion. They were each rejected along party-line votes.

Derek Selznick is executive director of the ACLU of Kentucky’s Reproductive Freedom Project. He says the mandatory ultrasounds would be traumatic to a woman who conceived a child after being raped.

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6:57 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Louisville Metro Ethics Commission Seeks Guidance on Council Members and Zoning Decisions

Jim King
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The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission punted Thursday on an advisory opinion sought by Council President Jim King regarding whether council members have to determine who has an interest in zoning decisions.

With little discussion, the committee voted to send a letter to King’s attorney, saying the commission would seek the legislative guidance of the metro council’s government accountability and ethics committee.

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3:11 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Receiving Louisville Tea Party Nod, Matt Bevin Says Mitch McConnell 'Afraid' to Debate

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Republican challenger Matt Bevin
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The Louisville Tea Party has endorsed Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin, who is calling on incumbent Mitch McConnell to take part in a number of upcoming primary debates.

"We polled our membership and overwhelmingly their support was to endorse Matt," says Andrew Schachtner, who is president of the local Tea Party group.

Bevin has already received the official support from the United Kentucky Tea Party, a coalition of over a dozen such groups from across the state.

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10:13 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Cannabis Oil Bill Heads to Kentucky House

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A House committee has advanced a bill that would permit state university hospitals to research and utilize medicinal cannabis oil to treat certain neurological disorders.

Judging by the reception that Senate Bill 124 has received in its short lifespan in Frankfort, Rita Wooton likely won’t have to risk jail time in order to alleviate her son’s pain.

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9:32 am
Thu March 20, 2014

General Assembly: Kentucky Coal-Fired Power Plants Can Regulate Their Own Carbon Dioxide Emissions

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A bill allowing coal-fired power plants in Kentucky to regulate their own carbon dioxide emissions has passed out of both chamber of the state legislature.

The legislation was filed by Rep. Jim Gooch, a Providence Democrat, who has private interests in coal-related businesses. His bill permits coal power plants in Kentucky to regulate their own levels of CO2, one of the major contributors to climate change.

The bill passed in his chamber, as well as the Senate, by unanimous vote.

The bill now heads to the governor’s desk.

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11:27 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes Have 'Sharp Differences' on Campaign Finance Rules

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell
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Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes sit on opposite sides of the debate about the role of money in U.S. elections.

A deluge of campaign cash is playing a significant role in Kentucky's Senate race thus far.

The money raised by the campaigns and outside groups is expected to top the $100 million mark and go down as the most expensive in U.S. history.

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7:00 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Kentucky House Committee Approves Tax Incentives for Declining Coal Industry

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A Kentucky House committee  has passed a bill to give new tax incentives to Kentucky’s coal industry.

The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee has unanimously passed a bill that sponsor Rep. Rocky Adkins says would provide tax rebates to coal companies on new machinery and investment.

Adkins says his bill is designed to retain jobs in the beleaguered coal industry, which employs its lowest number of workers since 1927.

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4:15 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Allowing Rand Paul to Run for President and U.S. Senate at the Same Time

Rand Paul
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A bill that would allow U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to run for both the Senate and the Presidency of the United States passed Tuesday out of the Republican-controlled Kentucky Senate.

Senate Bill 205, sponsored by Republican Floor Leader Damon Thayer,  would allow a candidate who is running for statewide election to also run for the office of the presidency or vice presidency. It passed by a 25 to 13 vote.

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