U.S. Senate http://wfpl.org en Alison Lundergan Grimes Files for Senate Election http://wfpl.org/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-files-senate-election <p>It’s official. Grimes is running for the senate.</p><p>After a ceremonial signing of her candidacy papers attended by Gov. Steve Beshear and four former Kentucky governors, Grimes told reporters that she intends to support a raise in the minimum wage and pay equity for women.</p><p>“I believe, especially on behalf of the women all across Kentucky, in closing the pay equity gap. Instead, Sen. McConnell votes against the Lilly Ledbetter Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act. Kentuckians, especially the women of Kentucky, deserve better," she says.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:54:37 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8190 at http://wfpl.org Alison Lundergan Grimes Files for Senate Election Ethics Complaint Filed Over Grimes Fundraising Emails http://wfpl.org/post/ethics-complaint-filed-over-grimes-fundraising-emails <p>A county clerk in southeastern Kentucky has asked the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to determine the propriety of a fundraising email sent to government email accounts by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes last week.</p><p>Republican Laurel County Clerk Dean Johnson filed the complaint today (Thursday), a week after receiving the email from Grimes, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:15:40 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 6246 at http://wfpl.org Ethics Complaint Filed Over Grimes Fundraising Emails Senator Rand Paul Defends Apple Against Tax Evasion Charges http://wfpl.org/post/senator-rand-paul-defends-apple-against-tax-evasion-charges <p>Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky blasted Democratic lawmakers for calling on Apple Inc.'s chief executive to testify over moving assets offshore to avoid taxes.</p><p>Apple CEO Tim Cook was called to testify before a Senate panel on Tuesday over claims the technology company is exploiting loopholes to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes.</p><p>A report compiled by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations found Apple is holding around $102 billion of its $145 billion in profits overseas while using technicalities to avoid any levies.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 15:45:04 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5483 at http://wfpl.org Senator Rand Paul Defends Apple Against Tax Evasion Charges Potential Republican Challenger to Mitch McConnell Expanding Outreach to Kentucky Tea Party http://wfpl.org/post/potential-republican-challenger-mitch-mcconnell-expanding-outreach-kentucky-tea-party <p>A Louisville businessman exploring a Republican primary against U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is setting up meetings with Tea Party groups in Central Kentucky.</p><p></p><p>David Adams, a tea party activist from Central Kentucky, said he's planning to meet with&nbsp;Bevin&nbsp;next week in Lexington with other activists to familiarize themselves with Matt Bevin, the possible Republican Senate candidate and a Louisvillian who runs the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut-based&nbsp;Bevin&nbsp;Brothers Manufacturing.</span></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 17:00:15 +0000 Kenny Colston 4560 at http://wfpl.org Potential Republican Challenger to Mitch McConnell Expanding Outreach to Kentucky Tea Party Former Sen. Lugar Joins IU Faculty http://wfpl.org/post/former-sen-lugar-joins-iu-faculty <p></p><p>Former Sen. Richard Lugar will join former Congressman Lee Hamilton as a professor in Indiana University's new School of Global and International Studies.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The pairing announced Thursday in Bloomington gives the school two of the foremost U.S. authorities on foreign relations.</span></p><p>The Herald-Times reports Lugar also will donate his Senate papers to the Herman B Wells Library on the Bloomington campus.</p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:42:30 +0000 Associated Press 3595 at http://wfpl.org Former Sen. Lugar Joins IU Faculty Lugar to Become University Lecturer, Lead Internship Program http://wfpl.org/post/lugar-become-university-lecturer-lead-internship-program <p>U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana will continue wielding influence in Washington after he leaves office, but with a much younger audience.</p> <p>Lugar is starting an internship program with the University of Indianapolis that will operate out of Washington. He has also agreed to deliver a handful of lectures each year as a distinguished professor at the private university.</p> <p>The 80 year old Lugar will split his time between Washington and Indianapolis in the new job.</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 21:33:39 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 2881 at http://wfpl.org Lugar to Become University Lecturer, Lead Internship Program Lugar to Announce Post-Senate Plans Friday http://wfpl.org/post/lugar-announce-post-senate-plans-friday <p>U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar is preparing to announce his plans for the future after spending 36 years in the Senate.</p> <p>The Indiana Republican will reveal his plans during a news conference Friday afternoon at the University of Indianapolis.</p> <p>The university might be part of those plans. School President Robert Manual will join Lugar at the news conference.</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 20:55:37 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 2847 at http://wfpl.org Lugar to Announce Post-Senate Plans Friday Observers Displeased with Joint McConnell, Reid 60 Minutes Interview http://wfpl.org/post/observers-displeased-joint-mcconnell-reid-60-minutes-interview <p>In a joint interview with Democratic Leader Harry Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell that CBS News described as <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504803_162-57544857-10391709/an-exasperating-interview-with-senate-leaders/?tag=contentMain;cbsCarousel">"exasperating,"</a> 60 Minutes took on the gridlock in the U.S. Senate.</p><p>The piece noted that the Senate was once the chamber of Congress where deals were made, but that in recent years the ability to find common ground has been lost.</p><p>Reid said that compromise is not something the Senate does anyone, highlighting McConnell’s comment after the 2010 mid-terms, where he said that the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/when-did-mcconnell-say-he-wanted-to-make-obama-a-one-term-president/2012/09/24/79fd5cd8-0696-11e2-afff-d6c7f20a83bf_blog.html">chief GOP goal was to limit President Obama to one-term</a>.</p><p>McConnell added that the Senate has met the president halfway on a number of bills , but acknowledged the difficulty in forging bipartisan measures.</p><p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 17:06:03 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2339 at http://wfpl.org