Kentucky Second Congressional District http://wfpl.org en Congressman Brett Guthrie Announces Re-Election, Bypassing Governor's Race http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-brett-guthrie-announces-re-election-bypassing-governors-race <p>Kentucky Second District Congressman Brett Guthrie announced he is running for re-election next year, but made it clear he is bypassing a bid for governor in 2015.</p><p>Guthrie is a Republican from Bowling Green who has represented the district covering parts of western and central Kentucky since January 2009.</p><p>"We are fighting in Washington to balance the federal budget, to cut wasteful spending, and to create an environment where small businesses can create good paying jobs," he says. "My work in Congress is all about providing opportunity. I am passionate about improving the economy, cultivating educational opportunity for people of all ages, and getting our nation’s finances under control."</p><p>The GOP lawmaker was a top contender for the party's nomination in the 2015 gubernatorial contest. But Guthrie clarified he is not interested in statewide office and will keep his full attention on representing the state in Washington.</p><p>"I am not running for any state office in 2015, although I was humbled by the number of people who asked me to run for governor," he says. "I went to Washington solve big problems and to leave a better America behind for the next generation. I’ve spent every day doing that and I feel that my time and energy is best spent on solving the big financial and economic problems we face as a nation."</p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:32:18 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6133 at http://wfpl.org Congressman Brett Guthrie Announces Re-Election, Bypassing Governor's Race Fort Knox Cuts Could Factor Into Kentucky Congressional Race http://wfpl.org/post/fort-knox-cuts-could-factor-kentucky-congressional-race <p>U.S. defense cuts that will slash about half of Ft. Knox’s combat brigades could be a top issue in <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/democrat-ron-leach-announces-bid-kentucky-second-congressional-district-seat">Kentucky’s Second Congressional District race</a>.</p><p>Last month it was reported the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/fort-knox-endure-deep-staff-cuts">base will lose 3,300 troops in the so-called Duke Brigade over the next six years</a>, which public officials worry could result in the loss of 10,000 jobs in the process.</p><p>In reaction to the news, Republican Congressman Brett <a href="http://www.guthrie.house.gov/latest-news/guthrie-cuts-to-fort-knox-will-significantly-affect-kentucky/">Guthrie, whose district includes Ft. Knox, blamed President Obama</a>'s defense plan for the cuts.</p><p>In a June 25 e-mail, however, Army officials said the reduction forces reflects funding cuts based on the <a href="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:S.365:">Budget Control Act</a>, which Guthrie voted for two years ago.</p><p>"Congressman Guthrie did vote for the Budget Control Act because he believes we must get our nation’s spending problem under control," says congressional spokeswoman Jennifer Sherman. "He has also voted several times to offset the military cuts and ensure our nation’s men and women in uniform have the tools they need to protect our country."</p><p>At the time, many lawmakers supported the Budget Control Act to get beyond an impasse between Democrats and Republican over the debt ceiling. But after the so-called Super Committee failed many of those cuts are coming to fruition. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 19:32:44 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6084 at http://wfpl.org Fort Knox Cuts Could Factor Into Kentucky Congressional Race Democrat Ron Leach Announces Bid for Kentucky Second Congressional District Seat http://wfpl.org/post/democrat-ron-leach-announces-bid-kentucky-second-congressional-district-seat <p>Democrat Ron Leach is running for Kentucky’s Second Congressional District seat held by Republican Brett Guthrie in next year's election.<br><br>A 49-year-old Brandeburg, Ky. resident, Leach is a farmer and retired U.S. Army major, who served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.</p><p>The Leach campaign will be run by Lacey Connell, who worked as a field organizer with a Democratic group that helped elect U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. They officially kick-off on July 20, but <a href="http://www.ronleach4ky.com/splash.html">Leach launched a campaign website</a> on Monday to collect contributions.</p><p>Leach says he is running to represent Kentuckians who have been left behind in the economy, adding members of Congress are more concerned with serving special interest groups than working families.</p><p>"These folks are not represented and we need a congressman who places his constituent's needs above lobbyists and special interest groups," he told WFPL.</p><p>This is Leach’s first run for public office, but observers have said he is a credible opponent who plans to run against Washington’s unpopularity as much as Republican incumbent Brett Guthrie’s record. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 20:16:31 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6044 at http://wfpl.org Democrat Ron Leach Announces Bid for Kentucky Second Congressional District Seat