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Tom Block: Worrisome start for Congress, as Republicans deal with mess of own making


Kentucky’s senior senator again finds himself in the middle of a firestorm as the Congress is faced with funding the Department of Homeland Security for the remaining of the current fiscal year.   Sen. McConnell started his tenure as majority …

Tom Block: ‘Herding cats’ role falls to Sen. McConnell as Congress deals with budget


Former Mississippi Senator Trent Lott, describing his job as leader of the Senate Republicans labeled the task as “herding cats” and now that role falls on our own senior Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell.   There will be a lot of …

Tom Block: President’s speech less partisan, but some of his proposals have little chance


President Obama delivered his second to last State of the Union speech and his first address to Congress since Republicans captured both the House and the Senate. He made clear at the outset that when it comes to headline issues …

Tom Block: It’s a new year, a new Congress and a new set of deadlines in nation’s capital


It will be a big year for Kentucky in D.C., with our senior senator, Mitch McConnell, becoming majority leader and junior senator, Rand Paul, in the presidential spotlight. In addition Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers will continue as chair of the …

Tom Block: Mitch McConnell’s elevation
to majority leader is big deal for Kentucky


The Republican victory in the battle to control the Senate elevates Kentucky’s senior Senator, Mitch McConnell to the position of Majority Leader, a very big deal.   While the final spread is still to be determined due to a December …

Tom Block: An updated election forecast shows control of the Senate not a done deal


With less than a week before the important midterm election, I wanted to update my forecast.   Two weeks ago, I thought the odds favored a very narrow Democratic victory in the battle for control of the Senate. I saw …

Tom Block: Fight for control of U.S. Senate
is still too close to call, but may end in a tie


Here is my analysis of how the battle for control in the U.S. Senate is shaping up. Starting with the current count of 55 Democrats and 45 Republicans, there are three Democratic seats – Montana, West Virginia and South Dakota …

Tom Block: Focus on control of Senate shifting to a surprising race in Kansas


With the November election set to determine whether Democrats will retain control of the Senate or Republicans can gain control, Kentucky has one of the key races that will determine the outcome.   Furthermore, the race in the Commonwealth is …

Tom Block: Congress’ return to Washington forces budget, foreign affairs issues to fore


This week Congress returns to Washington after its five-week recess and has three weeks to pass a spending plan for the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Everything Congress does in the next few weeks will have the November …

Tom Block: House and Senate approved short-term funding of Highway Trust Fund


Earlier this summer I wrote of the challenge faced by Kentucky and the nation with the impending shortfall of the Highway Trust Fund and the potential for stopping of work on large road projects across the Commonwealth and the nation. …