Kentucky Congressman Ben Chandler says he doesn't want to wait to see if the U-S Postal Service follows through on a proposal to close the mail processing and distribution center in Lexington. The Sixth District U-S Representative is calling on the Government Accountability Office to conduct a formal review of any plan that would result in the closure of the Lexington facility.
Kentucky’s senators helped the GOP block the president’s nominee to head the nation’s new bureau to protect consumers from financial fraud. Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray didn’t stand a chance and it’s not because he’s viewed as extreme or controversial in the least. Republicans just don’t like the consumer bureau the president asked him to head.
Occupy protestors, labor groups and unemployed people from across the U-S took their message to Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell this week. Hundreds of demonstrators descended on Capitol Hill asking Republicans to stop blocking bills intended to help who they call the nation’s “neediest citizens,” like extending unemployment benefits and the president’s jobs bill. Ashley Howard, who's an unemployed mother of two, spent Tuesday sitting in McConnell’s personal office with about twenty other protesters.
During a press conference Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took jabs at a fellow GOP lawmaker for introducing a bill that raises taxes on wealthy Americans to extend the payroll tax cuts. The bipartisan legislation is co-sponsored by Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Susan Collins, R-Me., and would put higher taxes on millionaires and oil companies while renewing the two percent cut for workers. Anticipating that her fellow Republicans would continue to argue that any revenue increase would hurt small businesses, Collins highlighted the bill also extends a 2 percent cut to employers on their first $10 million of payroll.
During a press conference Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took jabs at a fellow GOP lawmaker for introducing a bill that raises taxes on wealthy Americans to extend the payroll tax cuts.
U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., has hired former LEO Weekly editor Stephen George as his new communications director. A Louisville-native, George served as editor of the alt-weekly newspaper for two years and briefly worked for Yarmuth, who founded LEO in 1990, as a staff writer. The congressman sold the newspaper in 2003, but remained with the publication as a columnist until he announced his bid for Congress in 2006.
An electrical contractor from Scott County will challenge state Sen. Damon Thayer in the 2012 Republican primary and hopes to get support from the tea party. Ricky Hostetler has filed a letter of intent to run for the Republican nomination for Kentucky's 17th Senate District, which covers part of southern Kenton County and Grant, Owen and Scott counties.
With the failure of the super committee to cut more than a trillion dollars from the nation’s debt, automatic cuts are scheduled to hit the federal budget. Kentucky lawmakers are still holding out hope that a new deal can be reached.
The Northern Kentucky Tea Party did not violate campaign finance laws by paying for a November 2010 newspaper ad that listed candidates that supported tea party values, the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance board decided Wednesday. The board dismissed a complaint filed by Hebron resident Jonathan Brown that alleged the ad endorsed candidates and therefore required the Northern Kentucky Tea Party to register as a campaign committee where it would have to report its contributions and expenditures.
Speaking on the House floor Wednesday in support of extending the payroll tax cuts, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., criticized Republicans, claiming they are putting wealthier Americans over working families. The current payroll rate is set to expire January 1, which would end the relief for about 160 million Americans.
The U.S. Department of the Interior is delaying an order to merge certain parts of the office that regulates surface mining with another department. Last month, the Department of the Interior announced a proposal to merge parts of the Office of Surface Mining with the Bureau of Land Management. But concerns have been raised about both the idea itself and the way the department went about the plan.
The National Republican Congressional Committee is resuming its attack ads against U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Ky., blaming the central Kentucky congressman for the woeful economy by supporting President Obama’s jobs plan.
Various Kentucky advocacy groups are lining up in support of legislation that would take private money out of judicial races. The measure would block judicial candidates from taking contributions from individuals or companies, and would instead establish a fund to distribute campaign money to candidates. The money would come from voluntary income tax contributions, Kentucky Bar Association dues or nonpartisan fundraisers.
Cheney and Liberman go mano a mano at Centre College in 2000.
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“From historic Danville, Kentucky, good evening and welcome to this year's only vice presidential debate…” That simple introduction from CNN’s Bernard Shaw signaled the beginning of the 2000 vice presidential debate between Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman for the viewing public, but for the people who worked to make the event happen it signified the culmination of a whirlwind year. An idea few thought possible had become a reality. Both those at Centre and with the Commission on Presidential Debates will tell you the fact the school has many of the same people in place was big reason why the debate is coming back to Danville in 2012.
Some of the Commonwealth’s lawmakers are pressuring members of the so-called “super committee” to exceed their goal and cut more than one point two trillion dollars in debt. However, as its deadline nears, the special panel remains gridlocked. The clock is ticking on Capitol Hill. The deadline for the super committee is less than a week away, but as of now the two sides remain far apart. Kentucky Republican Congressman Ed Whitfield says this is a time for Congress to make hard decisions and set aside party loyalty.
On Dec. 13, Gov. Steve Beshear will become only the second Kentucky governor to be sworn in to a second consecutive term. To oversee the state's 59th inaugural celebration, the governor Wednesday named eight inauguration committee co-chairs.
Just one week after he prevailed in the city’s special election, Bruce Wilkerson was sworn in as Bowling Green’s mayor before Tuesday night’s regular commission meeting. “It’s been a long journey and I’m glad we came to the conclusion and can get back together and get down to business with the city,” Wilkerson said.
On December 13th, Governor Steve Beshear will become only the second governor in Kentucky history to be sworn into a second consecutive term. Governor Beshear has appointed eight committee co-chairs to oversee the state's 59th inaugural celebration.
Some Republicans helped Gov. Steve Beshear win re-election. Beshear won predominantly Republican areas of Northern Kentucky, including Fort Thomas by 2 percent over Republican challenger and state Senate President David Williams, R- Burkesville. Republicans saw Beshear's victory and the Democrats' success Election Day as an anomaly and not foreshadowing 2012. Democrats saw this year's election, particularly Beshear's victory in conservative areas, as proof Democrats can win in the region.
Election Day 2011 is history though the official certification of results by the Kentucky State Board of Elections is scheduled for November 28. While most Kentuckians are moving into the advent of the holiday season and a new year, the election season rarely has a breather.
Senate President David Williams says he has no second thoughts about how he conducted his campaign for Kentucky governor. The G-O-P leader is not ready to talk about legislative issues—yet. The Burkesville Senator is reflecting on his 20 point loss to incumbent governor Steve Beshear. Williams doesn’t believe his political agenda was a factor in his race. “I don’t think my message was wrong.. I just think I was too unpopular to be elected..that’s the bottom line.. I don’t know how more candid that you can be than that is I was just too unpopular to be elected,” said Williams.
When Democrats last night celebrated their victory in Frankfort, the master-of-ceremonies was US Representative Ben Chandler. With Chandler facing a rematch next year with GOP challenger and Tea Party favorite Andy Barr, the Congressman’s appearance before the party faithful was no accident. Political scientist Joe Gershtenson says Chandler should take no comfort in yesterday’s Democratic successes.
Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes coasted to victory in the Tuesday night's election for Secretary of State. The Lexington lawyer took home more votes than any other Democrat on Tuesday's ballot. In her first bid for public office, Alison Lundergan Grimes, the daughter of former Kentucky Democratic Party chair Jerry Lundergan, won 61 percent of the vote. Grimes, who has said she would support automatic restoration of voting rights for felons and opposes a photo ID requirement at the polls, sounded a familiar note in her acceptance speech.
A record 2,944,603 Kentuckians were registered to vote in Tuesday's general election, but just more than 28 percent made the trip to the polls. By about 10:45 p.m., with 99.61 percent of precincts reporting, 837,868 ballots had been counted. The percentage of voters was slightly higher than the 25 percent to 28 percent that Secretary of State Elaine N. Walker had predicted.
The atmosphere was pretty subdued last night (Tuesday) when Republicans gathered in Lexington to watch election returns. By evening’s end, the lone G-O-P winner was Jamie Comer, who will be Kentucky’s next Agriculture Commissioners. So the rest of the Republican candidates are left wondering, what happened? Since the 20-10 general election, supporters of the ‘taxed enough already’ or ‘tea’ party have grabbed the attention of Kentucky’s politicians. A year ago, Tea Party voters were credited with playing a significant role in the election of political novice Rand Paul to the U-S Senate.
Democrats won five of the six statewide races on the ballot in Kentucky Tuesday. At the top of the ticket, incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear beat Republican challenger David Williams by nearly 20 points.
It’s an ancient tradition. An election immediately sparks speculation on the political future of losers and winners. Even as the final votes were counted, pundits wondered about the Governor’s next step. Will he run for US Senate? And what will become of David Williams, the all powerful head of the Kentucky State Senate.
Brilliant sunshine greeted voters across the commonwealth today . Despite the fair weather, pre-election predictions suggest a light voter turnout as Kentuckians decide six statewide races. Lexington voter Frank Byron worries that social studies have ‘gone downhill’ and suspects a lack of interest in civic affairs is behind a voter turnout that could be below 30 percent.
Putting political pressure on U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Ky., the National Republican Congressional Committee is challenging the central Kentucky lawmaker to support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The new rule would require the federal budget be balanced and that the government cannot spend more than projected receipts and expenditures. The Republican-controlled House has pushed the measure as a way to limit spending and has scheduled a vote for November 14, but the language still hasn’t been finalized.