john yarmuth

8:24 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Kentucky Congressional Delegation Divided on Islamic State Vote

Credit Architect of the Capitol's office

After a six-hour debate, the U.S. House approved a bipartisan measure to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State on Wednesday.

Congress adopted an amendment to the spending bill allowing the Obama administration to provide aid against the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which is also referred to as ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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2:01 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Ray Rice Incident Underscores Importance of Violence Against Women Act, John Yarmuth Says

John Yarmuth
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Congressman John Yarmuth said the high-profile domestic violence case involving NFL player Ray Rice demonstrates the need for legislation empowering abused women.

The Rice incident "in very graphic ways highlighted a problem that’s been around for a very long time,” Yarmuth, a Democrat who represents Louisville, told WFPL Friday. “And that is, unfortunately, too many men try to exert their physical power over women to control them. Society needs to be very much aware of the problem and to deal with it decisively.”

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3:51 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Listen: John Yarmuth Talks Ferguson, Executive Orders and More in News Special

John Yarmuth
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth discussed coal, Syria, the issues in U.S. veterans' hospitals and much more Wednesday during a WFPL News special.

Yarmuth, a Democrat first elected in 2006 to represent the district covering most of Louisville, told WFPL's Rick Howlett that he wished "the Congress were more functional so we could actually initiate action and make the kind of changes in the law that I think would move the country forward. That’s not happening."

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12:47 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Approval of W. Va. Surface Mine Renews Calls for Study of Health Effects

Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL

A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers acted appropriately when it granted a permit for surface coal mining in West Virginia, and some are using the ruling to champion legislation introduced by Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth.

The lawsuit argued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers didn’t take into account several studies that found mountaintop removal mines have negative effects on human health, and contribute to problems like cancer and birth defects.

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3:11 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

2 LEO Weekly Staff Writers Decline to Sign Contracts, But New Owner Says He's Confident They'll Stay

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Just days after a round of layoffs at LEO Weekly, concerns on Monday shifted to the future of the remaining editorial staff.

Peter Berkowitz and Joe Sonka, the only staff members left in LEO's editorial department, declined to sign new contracts Monday morning as requested during a staff meeting, said Aaron Yarmuth, the alternative weekly's new owner and the son of the publication's founder, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth.

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4:42 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Poll: Majority of Kentuckians Support Expanded Medicaid Under Obamacare, Including Most Republicans


An overwhelming majority of Kentuckians support the state's decision to expand Medicaid for low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act, including most self-identified Republicans.

That's according to a new poll released by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky this month, which is the first since the health care rollout began in the state.

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11:11 am
Tue September 3, 2013

WFPL News Special: Rep. John Yarmuth at 1 p.m. Today

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U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth will discuss a wide range of topics during a news special at 1 p.m. today. 

WFPL political editor Phillip Bailey will ask the Louisville Democrat about immigration, Obamacare, education and more.

Yarmuth will also discuss the situation in Syria as President Obama asks Congress to authorize the use of force in response to that regime's alleged use of chemical weapons.

He'll also be taking calls. Join the conversation at (502) 814-TALK.

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1:45 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Despite Lack of Local Issues, Kentucky Officials Pleased With VP Debate

Congressman John Yarmuth and Senator Rand Paul
Phillip Bailey WFPL News

Even though the candidates for vice president met at Centre College in Danville for their debate Thursday night, Kentucky issues such as coal and the auto industry weren’t heavily addressed.

Kentucky is affected by many of the national issues that were discussed, but Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan had little to say on topics specific to the commonwealth, such as coal and the auto industry.

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