Kentucky Third Congressional District http://wfpl.org en Louisville Physician Says Obamacare is Chief Reason for Challenging Rep. John Yarmuth http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-physician-says-obamacare-chief-reason-challenging-rep-john-yarmuth <p>Calling Obamacare the wrong solution for the country, Republican Michael Macfarlane is running for Kentucky's Third Congressional District seat against Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth in next year's election.</p><p>A urological surgeon by trade, the 60-year-old Macfarlane has been a Louisville resident for over two decades and previously worked at Jewish Hospital, Norton Healthcare and Baptist East.</p><p>In 2007, Macfarlane was voted "Top Surgeon" in Louisville Magazine.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:55:46 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7290 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Physician Says Obamacare is Chief Reason for Challenging Rep. John Yarmuth Yarmuth First TV Ad Focuses on Obamacare Benefits http://wfpl.org/post/yarmuth-first-tv-ad-focuses-obamacare-benefits <p>Pledging to do what's right for Louisville, Congressman John Yarmuth is using his first and only TV ad in the Third Congressional District race to highlight his support of President Obama's health care law.</p><p>With little over a week until Election Day, the 30-second spot brags about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, such as expanding coverage and banning the use of pre-existing conditions to deny insurance coverage.</p><p>Check it out:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4j-nkf9duPc" frameborder="0" height="360" width="540"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 17:06:45 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2225 at http://wfpl.org Wicker Lashes Out at C-J Over Yarmuth Endorsement http://wfpl.org/post/wicker-lashes-out-c-j-over-yarmuth-endorsement <p>In a message to supporters, Republican Brooks Wicker is attacking <em>The Louisville</em> <em>Courier-Journal</em> editorial board for endorsing Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth in Kentucky's Third Congressional District race.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20121021/OPINION01/310210028/1016/OPINION/Endorsements-Yarmuth-Congress-Chandler-Adkins-too?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Opinion|p">newspaper gave Yarmuth the nod for a fourth term Sunday</a>, citing his defense of President Obama’s health care overhaul, knowledge of the issues and public criticisms of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. It goes on to argue that Wicker is a "Tea Party enthusiast" who has made generalities when talking about solutions to the country’s problems.</p><p>Wicker campaign manager Michael Wray says the editorial board made its decision without interviewing his candidate and overlooked the <a href="http://www.brookswicker.com/wicker-plan-for-economic-recovery/">GOP challengers’ 5-point plan</a> for economic recovery.</p><p>"We did not get one invitation—not one—from the editorial board," he says. "The editorial board just didn’t do its due diligence in informing the voters. They based it on assumptions. Their endorsement was not surprising, but the process that they went through to get to their conclusion was astounding."</p><p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 22:41:55 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2108 at http://wfpl.org WaPo Questions Yarmuth Votes and Family Ties http://wfpl.org/post/wapo-questions-yarmuth-votes-and-family-ties <p>An <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congress-members-back-legislation-that-could-benefit-themselves-relatives/2012/10/07/c2fa7d94-f3a9-11e1-a612-3cfc842a6d89_story.html">analysis by <em>The Washington Post</em></a> shows U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., has supported a number of bills that benefit the home health care industry, which the three-term Congressman has a $5 million investment in through his brother's business.</p><p>The article looks at several members of Congress who have either sponsored or co-sponsored legislation that could personally benefit themselves or a family members's businesses. It goes through financial disclosure forms and other public records, and questions whether more reforms are needed.</p><p>Yarmuth’s brother owns <a href="http://www.patientcare.com/ataglance.php">Almost Family, a home health care business</a> that provides nursing, rehabilitation and other personal care services. The newspaper reports that Yarmuth, who is a shareholder, did seek an opinion from the ethics committee on whether he could vote on bills relating to the industry when he took office in 2007.</p><p>But a trade group representing home health care businesses has lobbied on five bills Yarmuth has co-sponsored.</p><p>From <em><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congress-members-back-legislation-that-could-benefit-themselves-relatives/2012/10/07/c2fa7d94-f3a9-11e1-a612-3cfc842a6d89_story_4.html">The Washington Post</a>:</em></p><blockquote><p>In office, Yarmuth joined the congressional <a data-xslt="_http" href="http://www.congressweb.com/nahc/docfiles/Home%20Health%20Working%20Group.pdf" target="_blank">Home Health Caucus</a>, a group of two dozen lawmakers that promotes the value of in-home health care. Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:58:05 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1929 at http://wfpl.org WaPo Questions Yarmuth Votes and Family Ties WFPL to Host Third Congressional District Debate October 8th http://wfpl.org/post/wfpl-host-third-congressional-district-debate-october-8th <p>Fundraising numbers in the race for Kentucky's Third Congressional District seat have been wildly uneven. Accountant Brooks Wicker <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/abysmal-fundraising-continues-wicker">raised $2,600 during the second quarter</a>, compared to the $184,000 raised by his opponent, three-term incumbent John Yarmuth.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 20:41:53 +0000 Laura Ellis 1791 at http://wfpl.org WFPL to Host Third Congressional District Debate October 8th Wicker Launches First Ad, Attacks Yarmuth Over National Debt http://wfpl.org/post/wicker-launches-first-ad-attacks-yarmuth-over-national-debt <p>Republican congressional candidate Brooks Wicker has launched his first ad of the general election campaign, and it attacks Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth over the <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57400369-503544/national-debt-has-increased-more-under-obama-than-under-bush/">country's increasing debt</a> under President Obama.</p><p>The online ad features Yarmuth at a town hall meeting three years ago at Central High School discussing the president's pending health care overhaul. Yarmuth faced a series of questions from constituents, many of whom opposed the legislation.</p><p>It criticizes the congressman for saying he didn't know how the government would pay for the rising cost to entitlement programs on top of the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>Check it out:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wGpxTC9_adI" frameborder="0" height="360" width="540"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:05:35 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1747 at http://wfpl.org