Kentucky lawmakers will be briefed next week on the state’s ailing coal severance tax fund. The office of the state budget director will update the lawmakers of the fund’s future on Wednesday, during a regularly scheduled meeting of the interim committee on natural resources and environment. The coal severance fund is made up of a tax collected on each ton of coal mined in Kentucky. But the coal industry has had a rough year, and officials are forecasting problems maintaining previous levels of revenue.
Kentucky delegates who attended the Republican National Convention accuse the media of portraying Mitt Romney in a bad light. Delegates are praising last evening's convention speech while preparing to volunteer for the campaign. Mitt Romney has had trouble connecting with average voters. So this week his campaign attempted to use the party's convention to portray him in a warmer light. And it worked according to Kentucky Republicans. Delegate Richard Grana says Romney's story is something to strive for.
Kentucky delegates at the Republican National Convention say Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan's controversial plan to overhaul Medicare is good for the party. WEKU Correspondent Matt Laslo reports from Tampa.
Kentucky’s two U-S senators addressed the Republican National Convention last evening. Many of the Kentucky delegates missed one of their senators speeches. Kentucky senior senator Mitch McConnell is the top Republican in the Senate. His leadership position may be why disgruntled libertarians started chanting “Ron Paul” at the start of his speech. But McConnell was undeterred as he lambasted President Obama. “For four long years Barack Obama has been running from the nation’s problems. He hasn’t been working to earn reelection. He’s been working to earn a spot on the PGA tour,” said McConnell
Libertarians are making a splash in Tampa. On Tuesday former presidential candidate Ron Paul’s delegates from Maine walked out of the convention after party leaders decided to strip half of Paul’s delegates from the state. “We are duly elected. They took it from us. Are we gonna take it? No…” The protest didn’t endear many delegates to the last name “Paul.” But Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says he’s happy his father’s delegates are making their voices heard in Tampa.
Republican Congressional candidate Andy Barr's not from a district where coal is a major employer. Nevertheless, coal was his focus when Barr made in his national debut today at the Republican National Convention. Barr is running against Congressman Ben Chandler in Kentucky’s Sixth District, which covers much of the central part of the state. In a short speech at the convention today, Barr repeatedly said President Barack Obama doesn’t care about coal issues.
The schedule shuffling at this year’s Republican National Convention won’t cost any Kentucky politicians their speaking slots. With the first day’s events canceled due to Tropical Storm (soon to be Hurricane) Isaac, at least two Kentucky speakers were in danger of being knocked off the schedule.
One of Kentucky’s two Democratic Congressmen believes his party has a good shot at unseating U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014. So far, many of the state’s top Democrats have announced plans to avoid challenging the Senate Minority Leader. That includes Attorney General Jack Conway, who ran for Senate against Rand Paul in 2010, former state Auditor Crit Luallen and current Auditor Adam Edelen.
Kentucky Republicans will share the spotlight when the GOP gathers for its national convention in Tampa this week – or, at least, they will when Tropical Storm Isaac lets the convention begin. The convention – originally scheduled to start Monday – has now been postponed until at least Tuesday, bowing to a threat posed by Isaac, which is churning toward Florida from Cuba.
Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville says his party dropped the ball on promoting the Affordable Care Act. Yarmuth is one of the few public officials in Kentucky who has supported the health care law, and he actively defends it from criticism. But he says his fellow Democrats could have done a better job explaining the legislation.
Hundreds of tea-party activists showed up at a midday rally at the state Capitol to protest the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Kentucky's involvement in its implementation. Both are issues in the Nov. 6 elections.
Kentucky’s two U.S. Senators say they both want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but wouldn’t elaborate on reforms to replace the measure. The senators headlined a Tea Party rally held today in Frankfort. This was Senator Mitch McConnell’s biggest Tea Party event to date, and his message wasn’t a surprise. Both he and Senator Rand Paul rallied the crowd around the idea of repealing the federal health care law, which they call "Obamacare."
Kentucky’s U.S. senators told a crowd of supporters they will repeal the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, when given the opportunity. About 400 stood on the Capitol steps in Frankfort at a rally headlined by Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and organized by the Louisville Tea Party Tuesday. All of the speakers focused on President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform law.
The special election spurred by U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis’ resignation in July is causing other problems because the ballot deadlines for that election are different from those for the general election. Gov. Steve Beshear has set the special election to fill the vacancy for Geoff Davis’ 4th Congressional District seat on the same day as the general election on Nov. 6. Even though the election is on the same day, the deadlines to finalize the ballots are different.
Calling the comments "inexcusable" Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is urging Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin to reconsidering his bid. Over the weekend, Congressman Akin was asked if he would support abortion in the case of women who have been raped. Akin said: "It seems to me first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare...If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
High-profile supporters of industrial hemp will rally for their cause at the Kentucky State Fair this week. U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will hold a news conference on Thursday morning on the fairgrounds. Paul is the co-sponsor of a Senate bill that would make hemp legal again across the U.S. And Comer supports a state-level bill that would allow it in Kentucky. He does not support legalizing hemp's cousin crop, marijuana.
A Tea Party activist is hoping to end a decade-long battle between the Kentucky Department of Insurance and a Christian health sharing organization. Christian Care Medishare pools money from members in various states to pay medical bills for members in need. The group has a religious exemption to certain federal rules governing insurance companies. But the state has not made such concessions.
With his voice cracking, Gov. Steve Beshear paid respects Wednesday at a memorial service in a packed Capitol Rotunda to one of his best friends and trusted confidants, chief of staff Mike Haydon. Haydon died unexpectedly Sunday at his home in Springfield of a heart attack. He was 62. Current and former state and federal officials, legislators and co-workers crowded into the Capitol to remember the man who became Beshear's chief of staff in 2010 after having served as his legislative liaison.
FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear announced Monday that a visitation and memorial for his chief of staff, Mike Haydon, will be held in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday afternoon. Haydon passed away unexpectedly on Sunday at his home in Springfield.
The 2000 vice-presidential debate at Centre College was billed as the "Thrill in the 'Ville," but the upcoming Oct. 11 contest there might well be "The Smackdown in Town." National and state political junkies are licking their chops in anticipation of the Danville debate since U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan has been added to the Republican ticket. He'll go up against Vice President Joe Biden.
Seven lawmakers out of Kentucky’s eight member congressional delegation have signed a pledge to never raise taxes. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge is vilified by critics who say its sponsor, Grover Norquist, now controls the Republican Party's tax policy. From Washington DC, WEKU Correspondent Matt Laslo reports Kentucky Republicans reject that claim, yet cling to their Pledge.
This year's vice presidential debate at Centre College is shaping up to be a policy wonk's dream. Both Vice President Joe Biden and newly-minted Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan are longtime lawmakers who are steeped in policy.
Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson's assertion that the Fancy Farm picnic is no longer a relevant political event has inspired a growing backlash. In remarks reported by CN2, Abramson dismissed the picnic, saying it's too rowdy. But Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who emceed this year's event, says when statewide officials skip the picnic, as Abramson did this year, it hurts the church and community that put the event on.
Now that Mitt Romney has made Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan his running mate voters and politicos finally have something to sink their teeth into in the lead up to the Oct. 11 vice presidential debate at Centre College. Local and state Republican leaders seemed well pleased by Romney’s Saturday morning surprise. Kentucky Republican Chairman Steve Robertson said Ryan was a fiscal hawk who would appeal to Kentucky voters tired of out-of-control spending at every level of government.
In Kentucky's Fourth Congressional District race, Republican Thomas Massie raised ten times more than Democrat Bill Adkins during the second quarter. According to Federal Election Commission report, Massie, who is the Lewis County Judge-Executive, garnered $247,493 compared to $21,783 by the Adkins campaign. Massie also has some notable contributors, including the infamous Koch brothers.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is defending his leadership role against conservative critics.Later this month, McConnell will join fellow Kentucky Senator Rand Paul at a Tea Party rally in the state Capitol. The two are expected to discuss President Obama’s health care law, which has been a punching bag for GOP leaders since its passage.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul will continue to build his national profile with a speech at the Republican National Convention later this month. A speaking slot at a convention is usually a springboard for wider national appeal. Senator Paul is a rumored running mate for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and a potential presidential candidate in 2016.
Unlike in years past, this year's Fancy Farm Picnic drew few elected officials. But that doesn't mean there weren't any fireworks. Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston covered the picnic, and he sat down with Gabe Bullard to sum up the post-picnic chatter.