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11:30 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Kentucky Tea Party Groups Urging House Delegation to Oppose Immigration Reform

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.

Late last week House Republicans unveiled a one-page set of standards that would allow those who immigrated to the U.S. illegally to obtain citizenship.

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Politics
8:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Poll: Kentuckians Lack Information About Affordable Care Act as Favorability Declines

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A large majority of insured and uninsured Kentuckians say they still lack the necessary information about the Affordable Care Act to determine its impact on them.

And a declining number of residents view the federal overhaul favorably compared to two years ago.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Expiring Unemployment Benefits Will Affect Thousands of Kentuckians

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A Kentucky think tank is warning that unemployment benefits for tens of thousands of people in the commonwealth will expire Dec. 28 if Congress does not act.

The emergency benefits were created five years ago under President George W. Bush to combat the recession, and it now gives workers up to 73 weeks of unemployment compensation.

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Politics
1:40 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

‘Stand Your Ground’ Summit Focusing on Kentucky Self-Defense Laws

A one-day summit will be held in downtown Louisville this week to educate residents about controversial Stand Your Ground laws and question if they make communities safer.

The laws have been under intense scrutiny since the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, who was killed by George Zimmerman in an altercation. Since then other high-profile cases involving the use of deadly force have put Stand Your Ground laws more into focus.

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Politics
3:29 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Challenging Eastern Kentucky Leaders, Ag Commissioner James Comer Says It's Time to Look Beyond Coal

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer
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Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is challenging leaders in eastern Kentucky to accept the decline of coal production and invest in a new economy to help pull the region out of poverty.

"A lot of leaders in Eastern Kentucky keep talking about ‘coal is the answer and there is a war on coal.’ I’m a friend of coal. I support the coal industry. But the coal industry’s future doesn't look bright and we have to look beyond that and learn to develop a new economy in Eastern Kentucky," he says.

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Politics
2:37 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Former Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidate Endorses Matt Bevin for U.S. Senate

Former Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Larry Forgy

Former Kentucky gubernatorial nominee Larry Forgy is backing challenger Matt Bevin over incumbent Mitch McConnell in next year's Republican primary battle for U.S. Senate.

Forgy is a Lexington attorney who once served as the state chairman for Ronald Reagan's presidential campaigns in the 1980s.

In 1995, Forgy made an unsuccessful bid for Kentucky governor against Democrat Paul Patton.

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Politics
4:02 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Tea Party 'RINO Refund' Site Targets Kentucky GOP Congressmen

Kentucky Second District Congressman Brett Guthrie

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell isn't the only Kentucky Republican facing Tea Party criticism for the plan ending the shutdown.

Tea Party Leadership Fund launched RINORefund.com this week targeting nearly 100 House Republicans for their Oct. 16 vote to re-open the federal government.

The site encourages donors to withdraw their support and asks for their contributions to be returned, including from Republicans Ed Whitfield, Brett Guthrie and Hal Rogers of Kentucky.

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Politics
2:15 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

With Labor Support, Grimes Knocks McConnell's Right to Work Measure

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes
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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has received a major labor endorsement ahead of next year's election.

The AFL-CIO of Kentucky announced before a packed house of union members in Louisville that it is formally backing Grimes in the 2014 race, citing her commitment to workers and their families.

"Labor has literally lifted millions out of poverty and it is labor that is the way we're going to continue to grow the middle-class of this state," says Grimes.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Kentucky Farmer Demands Congressman Andy Barr Back ‘Clean’ Bill to End Shutdown

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A Kentucky farmer is calling on Republican Congressman Andy Barr to support a "clean" spending bill to end the government shutdown.

The demand comes as agriculture issues such as the farm bill are being put on hold and farming advocates wonder how long federal resources and services will be pulled.

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Politics
1:43 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Two Kentucky Lawmakers Highlight Government Shutdown's Effects on Kentucky Women

Mary Lou Marzian
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Kentucky state Reps. Joni Jenkins and Mary Lou Marzian are highlighting the effects of the federal government shutdown on women.

The two Democrats were in Washington, D.C., this week meeting with lawmakers and hope Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will keep those adverse impacts in mind as potential negotiations begin.

"Certainly the furloughing of employees—half of those or more are going to be single females who are heads of families—and I don't know how many of your listeners can go without paycheck for a day, a week or possibly longer," said Jenkins, whose district covers parts of western Jefferson County. "That money not coming into our communities is going to trickle down to all sorts of businesses."

Beyond federal workers there is growing concern about social services that could be impacted.

Almost 9 million new mothers and young children rely on programs such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children or WIC. But federal officials have warned funding for WIC could run out in the next week or so.

Observers expect the shutdown to last at least that long even as President Obama is inviting congressional leaders, including McConnell, to the White House Wednesday afternoon to possibly negotiate.

Marzian says the shutdown is a disaster for women on a number of fronts and low-income mothers in particular, adding the blame should be on Tea Party-backed Republicans in the House.

"It's going to really effect women being able to feed their families and pay their rent as these programs run out of money in the next weeks," she says. "But the Tea Party and these right-wing Republicans care nothing about women and children. They only care about themselves and pushing their agenda forward. However, they care about fetuses but once you’re here you’re on your own."

Last year, over 132,000 pregnant women and new mothers in Kentucky received nutrition assistance through WIC programs for their young children.

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