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7:00 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Northern Kentuckians Share Thoughts on Heroin Epidemic With U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell, left.
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FLORENCE– Republican U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell heard testimony on Friday from Northern Kentuckians on how to tackle Kentucky’s burgeoning heroin epidemic.

McConnell held court at the Northern Kentucky Area Development District building for a 90-minute discussion that featured panelists with first-hand knowledge of the drug’s impact, including law enforcement officials, opiate treatment specialists, educators and a recovering heroin addict.

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Politics
4:39 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Rand Paul Says He Will Sue President Obama Over NSA Domestic Surveillance Program

RandPAC, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul's political arm, has announced that the Republican lawmaker will join a class action lawsuit against President Barack Obama.

In a statement, Paul says the NSA's monitoring of American citizens violates the Fourth Amendment. He will file the suit in Washington D.C. Wednesday, then hold a press conference.

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Politics
12:53 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Conservative Group Bucks Team Mitch, NRSC by Hiring Blacklisted Consulting Firm

A prominent conservative group is hiring a consulting firm which had been all but excommunicated by national Republicans at the behest of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell last year.

The Club for Growth has yet to endorse in Kentucky's GOP primary battle between McConnell and Tea Party-backed businessman Matt Bevin, but the group has said it is paying close attention to the race.

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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
8:30 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer Praises Hemp Provision in Federal Farm Bill

Hemp.
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Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is praising a provision in the U.S. farm bill that would allow hemp cultivation at state universities.

Language in the federal legislation would permit state-level hemp growth if they've passed legislation allowing it on the state level. Kentucky passed such legislation last year.

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell was integral in getting the language in the bill, Comer says.

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Politics
8:54 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Files for Senate Election

Alison Lundergan Grimes

It’s official. Grimes is running for the senate.

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.

“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.

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Politics
1:27 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Kentucky Senate Candidate Ed Marksberry Offered Different Stories of Alleged Bribe from Democrats

Independent Ed Marksberry and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes are running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky

Call it a tale of two Marksberrys.

The Democrat-turned-independent candidate for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat dropped a bombshell this week when he accused his former party—and by extension, likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign—of offering him money and incentives to drop out of the race.

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Politics
7:55 am
Sat November 16, 2013

Matt Bevin Officially Files to Run in 2014 Republican Senate Primary

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It’s not often you hear a chorus of bells ringing throughout the state Capitol. But then, Matt Bevin, a bell manufacturer looking to unseat Kentucky’s most powerful politician, doesn’t often show up with dozens of supporters to soapbox months in advance of a Republican primary.

Republican senate candidate Matt Bevin filed paperwork Friday with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office to officially run in the Republican primary against Sen. Mitch McConnell. Bevin’s press conference in the Capitol rotunda was meant to draw attention to a race that won’t happen for months.

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Politics
6:55 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Supreme Court Hears Another Challenge To Campaign Finance Law

Shaun McCutcheon is challenging the aggregate limits on contributions to political candidates and parties.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 1:17 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court returns to the campaign finance fray on Tuesday, hearing arguments in a case that could undercut most of the remaining rules that limit big money in politics.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Dwindling Tea Party Support Among GOP May Impact Matt Bevin's Insurgency

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A new poll finds fewer Americans support the Tea Party movement and the noticeable dip among Republican voters could impact Kentucky’s U.S. Senate GOP primary race.

According to a Gallup survey conducted earlier this month, opponents of the Tea Party outnumber supporters by a 27 percent to 22 percent.

Most are indifferent to the movement, but the poll shows the Tea Party's favorable rating among GOP voters is 38 percent compared to 65 percent in 2010.

Those numbers could put a damper on Louisville businessman Matt Bevin's primary hopes as he seeks to overthrow incumbent Mitch McConnell with heavy Tea Party support in the state.

Observers say the low approval numbers are a sign the Tea Party is being blamed for the gridlock in Washington in the face of a possible government shutdown.

"It's so much easier to rail against the establishment, people like that when you show enthusiasm and energy," says University of Louisville political science professor Dewey Clayton. "But once you become the establishment and you actually have to govern things change somewhat. One of the reasons the Tea Party is falling out of favor with many Americans is because people are seeing them as part of problem in Washington now."

Clayton says it's hard to compare Bevin's 2014 bid to Rand Paul's insurgency GOP primary candidacy for a number of reasons, but says the Tea Party doesn't appear to have the same strength it did in 2010.

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