U.S. Senator Rand Paul

Politics
10:36 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Paul: Obamacare Debate Will Continue

Comparing the debate to the infamous Dred Scott case, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says the Supreme Court's ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act isn't the final word.

In a brief editorial, Paul also addresses criticisms for his earlier dismissal of the high court's powers to declare what is constitutional. He also mentions the Plessy v. Ferguson decision that made racial separation legal in the U.S. under Jim Crow as an example of the high court being wrong about what is constitutional.

From USA Today:

While it is clear to anyone who was awake in high school civics class that the Supreme Court has the power to declare whether a law is valid under the Constitution, that power is not a pronouncement set in stone.

Think of how our country would look now had the Supreme Court not changed its view of what is constitutional. Think of 1857, when the court handed down the outrageous Dred Scott decision, which said African Americans were not citizens.

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Politics
1:31 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

D.C. Mayor, Groups Call Paul Hypocrite

DC Vote accuses Paul of abandoning his libertarian principles.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul is being criticized for adding provisions to a bill that would give the District of Columbia more control over its budget.

The D.C. Budget Autonomy Act allows the mayor and city council to pass a spending plan without waiting for approval from Congress. Both Republican and Democratic Senators backed the proposal when it was introduced in April, arguing it would avoid a city government shutdown due to congressional delay.

But Paul introduced several amendments to the bill that would change the city’s gun, abortion and labor laws, and observers argue the legislation will remain in limbo for the rest of the year.

James Jones is a spokesman for D.C. Vote, which seeks full voting representation for residents of the nation's capitol in Congress. He says Paul is overstepping his bounds and betraying his libertarian values.

"Residents of the District are deeply offended by Mr. Paul’s hypocrisy. What seems to be right for the whole rest of the country, which is moving decisions closer to the locality where people seem to know best in the mind of Mr. Paul out on the stump. When it comes to the District of Columbia, he feels he knows best and is using the federal power to come down on us," he says.

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Politics
2:44 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

UofL Scholars Blast Paul Over SCOTUS Remarks

U.S. Senate

Legal and political scholars are lambasting U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., for dismissing the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in reaction to the health care ruling on Thursday.

In a statement, Paul said the Affordable Care Act would destroy the country's health care system and belittled the role of judicial review.

"Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional," said Paul. "While the court may have erroneously come to the conclusion that the law is allowable, it certainly does nothing to make this mandate or government takeover of our health care right."

But several local and national observers have called Paul's comment out of bounds with the Constitution and the landmark Madison v. Marbury case (1803), which allows for the high court to review laws.

University of Louisville law professor Sam Marcosson says Paul's comments are irresponsible, adding the Supreme Court is the referee of the Constitution.

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Politics
12:29 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Paul Dimisses SCOTUS, Health Care Ruling

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., dismissed the role of the Supreme Court in disagreeing with the high court's ruling to uphold President Obama's health care law.

From Paul's office:

 “Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional. While the court may have erroneously come to the conclusion that the law is allowable, it certainly does nothing to make this mandate or government takeover of our health care right,” Sen. Paul said.

Politics
1:37 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

McConnell, Paul Want Holder to Appoint Special Prosecutor Regarding Leak Investigation

Joining a chorus of Republican lawmakers, Kentucky U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are requesting Attorney General Eric Holder immediately appoint a special prosecutor to investigate a series of national security leaks.

Last week, Holder announced two U.S. attorneys would lead the criminal investigation into possible leaks that some GOP lawmakers have alleged originated in the White House. But President Obama has vehemently denied his administration revealed information about the president's terrorist "kill lists" and cyber-attacks against Iran's nuclear program.

Over 30 GOP Senators have signed a letter asking the attorney general to assign a special counsel who would be "free from the appearance of politics or undue influence," to investigate. The circulated letter has the signature of many high-profiled lawmakers including Senators Jim DeMint of South Carolina, John Cornyn of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida.

From the letter:

Dear Attorney General Holder:

The numerous national security leaks reportedly originating out of the Executive Branch in recent months have been stunning.  If true, they reveal details of some of our Nation’s most highly classified and sensitive military and intelligence matters, thereby risking our national security, as well as the lives of American citizens and our allies. If there were ever a case requiring an outside special counsel with bipartisan acceptance and widespread public trust, this is it.

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Environment
1:49 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

WV Senator Votes Against Anti-EPA Resolution, KY Senators Don't Follow Suit

In an unexpected move, West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller addressed the Senate today to speak against a resolution that would register objection to the Environmental Protection Agency's upcoming restrictions on mercury emissions from power plants.

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Politics
3:33 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Paul Addresses Criticism, Death Threats Over Romney Endorsement

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., has received harsh criticism from his base over his recent endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the fall election.

Earlier this month, Paul announced his support for Romney despite the fact that his father—Congressman Ron Paul—is still pursuing delegates. Since the endorsement, vocal Tea Party activists have accused Sen. Paul of betraying the so-called liberty movement that brought him to office.

He has also received death threats but dismissed what he calls a small group of “Internet extremists” who are preaching violence against his family.

"The people that are over the top and even making death threats on the Internet, I hope they are not serious, but they are a small number of people making a disproportionate number of the comments," Paul told The Washington Times. "A lot of those people may not even vote or may not have voted for my father. They don’t represent the majority of the people that support what we’re fighting for."

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Politics
4:44 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Paul Rails Against Food Stamps

The Senate shot down an amendment proposed by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to drastically cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on Wednesday despite an impassioned speech about fraud and misuse in the system.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Paul defended his amendment by arguing the federal government is giving assistance millionaires and brought up a case of a Chicago woman who lied about having triplets to receive more food stamps.

Check it out (h/t PageOne Kentucky):

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Politics
10:55 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Paul Proposes Bill Against Domestic Drone Surveillance

U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., proposed legislation Tuesday that would forbid the federal government from using aerial drones to watch citizens without a warrant.

The bill is called the "Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act" and it is aimed at addressing growing privacy concerns over drone use in the country. Earlier this week, an unmanned Navy surveillance drone crashed into Chesapeake Bay and has raised several questions about its domestic usage.

Paul says the government should have restrictions to use drones on citizens, except to patrol national borders, when drones are needed to prevent "imminent danger to life," or when there are risks of a terrorist attack.

"Like other tools used to collect information in law enforcement, in order to use drones a warrant needs to be issued," he says. "Americans going about their everyday lives should not be treated like criminals or terrorists and have their rights infringed upon by military tactics."

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Politics
12:15 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Rand Paul Endorses Mitt Romney

U.S. Senate

Appearing on Fox News Channel's "Hannity" Thursday, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., endorsed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney despite his father Congressman Ron Paul's ongoing White House bid.

Romney has clinched the 1,144 delegates needed for the Republican nomination, and Paul's father has suspended his campaign but is still pursuing delegates through the state process.

"Well, you know, my first choice had always been my father," Paul told conservative commentator Sean Hannity. "He is still my first pick, but now that the nominating process is over, tonight, I am happy to announce I am supporting Governor Romney."

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