Congressman John Yarmuth http://wfpl.org en Mitch McConnell ‘Extraordinarily Helpful’ in SCOTUS Ruling Eliminating Overall Campaign Gift Limits http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-extraordinarily-helpful-scotus-ruling-eliminating-overall-campaign-gift-limits <p>Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was "extraordinarily helpful" in the Supreme Court case overturning overall campaign gift limits,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">according to the lead attorney for the plaintiff in the groundbreaking case, which is likely to pour even more money into U.S. elections.</span></p><p>In a <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/supreme-court-strikes-down-overall-limits-political-contributions">5-4 decision</a> Wednesday, the high court found that government regulations on aggregate contributions violate the First Amendment rights of donors.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:32:32 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9045 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell ‘Extraordinarily Helpful’ in SCOTUS Ruling Eliminating Overall Campaign Gift Limits Congressman John Yarmuth Calls for Minimum Wage Hike http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-john-yarmuth-calls-minimum-wage-hike <p>In a House floor speech Wednesday afternoon, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky called for an increase to the federal minimum wage.</p><p>A hike to hourly wages has been a popular issue for Democrats in 2014, and has been a clear contrast in the U.S. Senate race.</p><p>The congressman is co-sponsoring the <a href="http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/460">Fair Minimum Wage Act</a>, which would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour incrementally over three years.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:07:21 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8982 at http://wfpl.org John Yarmuth Suggests House May Need to Investigate CIA for Alleged Congressional Spying http://wfpl.org/post/john-yarmuth-suggests-house-may-need-investigate-cia-alleged-congressional-spying <p>Saying the House may need to get involved, Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., worries the Central Intelligence Agency is "going rogue" if accusations the agency spied on a Senate committee turn out to be true.</p><p>The allegations stem from an eye popping floor speech by a veteran lawmaker this week.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:18:01 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8857 at http://wfpl.org John Yarmuth Suggests House May Need to Investigate CIA for Alleged Congressional Spying Louisville's Simmons College Gets National Accreditation http://wfpl.org/post/louisvilles-simmons-college-gets-national-accreditation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Simmons College of Kentucky has become the state’s first private, historically black college to receive national accreditation.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The accreditation was awarded on earlier this month by the <a href="http://www.abhe.org/">Association of Biblical Higher Education</a>, an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.</p><p>With the recognition, Simmons will become the nation’s 107<sup>th</sup> Historically Black College and University and be eligible for a $300,000 annual grant from the Department of Education.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:54:24 +0000 Jacob Ryan 8682 at http://wfpl.org Louisville's Simmons College Gets National Accreditation Kentucky Gay Marriage Ban 'Practically' Over, Says Congressman John Yarmuth http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-gay-marriage-ban-practically-over-says-congressman-john-yarmuth <p>Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth is predicting the end of Kentucky's gay marriage ban now that a federal judge has ruled a key provision unconstitutional.</p><p>The <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-must-recognize-out-state-same-sex-marriages-federal-judge-rules">decision by Judge John G. Heyburn II found the state law violates the U.S. Constitution</a>’s equal protection clause by denying recognition of same-sex marriages performed outside the state.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:45:03 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8571 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Gay Marriage Ban 'Practically' Over, Says Congressman John Yarmuth Kentucky Tea Party Groups Urging House Delegation to Oppose Immigration Reform http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-tea-party-groups-urging-house-delegation-oppose-immigration-reform <p>The United Kentucky Tea Party is putting members of the state’s congressional delegation on notice to oppose any attempt at overhauling the U.S. immigration system this year.</p><p>Late last week House <a href="http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/30/22508134-house-gop-unveils-standards-for-immigration-reform?lite">Republicans unveiled a one-page set of standards</a> that would allow those who immigrated to the U.S. illegally to obtain citizenship.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:30:20 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8470 at http://wfpl.org John Yarmuth Wants Obama to Focus on Income Inequality Over Executive Authority http://wfpl.org/post/john-yarmuth-wants-obama-focus-income-inequality-over-executive-authority <p>Kentucky Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth is hoping President Obama's State of the Union address focuses on economic fairness rather than executive power.</p><p>The president is set to deliver his fifth address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.</p><p>Supporters are hoping the speech can revive the administration's second-term agenda as <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/27/obamas-polls-nothing-to-brag-about-ahead-of-big-speech/">Obama faces near record-low approval</a> ratings and gridlock in Washington.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:01:25 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8377 at http://wfpl.org John Yarmuth Wants Obama to Focus on Income Inequality Over Executive Authority Report: Mitch McConnell, John Yarmuth Among Wealthiest Members of Congress http://wfpl.org/post/report-mitch-mcconnell-john-yarmuth-among-wealthiest-members-congress <p>A new report shows that for the first time in U.S. history, a majority of lawmakers in Washington are millionaires. And two members of Kentucky’s federal delegation are among the wealthiest.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/">analysis of personal financial disclosure records</a> released by the Center for Responsive Politics shows most members of Congress have an average net worth of $1 million.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8214 at http://wfpl.org Report: Mitch McConnell, John Yarmuth Among Wealthiest Members of Congress Congressman John Yarmuth Urges House Colleagues to Extend Unemployment Benefits http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-john-yarmuth-urges-house-colleagues-extend-unemployment-benefits <p>Speaking on the House floor Wednesday afternoon, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky marked the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty by urging Republicans to support an extension of unemployment benefits.</p><p>The <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/senate-unexpectedly-moves-forward-unemployment-benefits">Senate surprised political observers earlier this week</a> when a bipartisan push moved the measure forward by a 60-37 vote. But senators still disagree over whether the 3-month extension of benefits should be offset with cuts elsewhere.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:02:34 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8175 at http://wfpl.org Congressman John Yarmuth Urges House Colleagues to Extend Unemployment Benefits Rep. John Yarmuth: Not Being Mitch McConnell Isn’t Enough for Alison Lundergan Grimes http://wfpl.org/post/rep-john-yarmuth-not-being-mitch-mcconnell-isn-t-enough-alison-lundergan-grimes <p>Kentucky's lone Democrat on Capitol Hill is urging U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes to open up more with voters going into next year.</p><p>One of the chief knocks against Grimes in the early stages of the race by <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/11/30/alison-grimes-will-have-to-step-it-up-to-beat-mitch-mcconnell.html">reporters</a>, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-gop-launches-ask-alison-press-grimes-campaign-trail">Republicans and political observers</a> is that she remains cagey on complicated issues.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8065 at http://wfpl.org Rep. John Yarmuth: Not Being Mitch McConnell Isn’t Enough for Alison Lundergan Grimes