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Tom Block: Trade pacts are more difficult to move through Congress; TPP is no exception

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In Kentucky our economy is growing in large part because of the state’s commitment to international trade.   The state has developed a very close relationship with Japan best demonstrated by the Toyota plant in Georgetown and the recent purchase …

Tom Block: Tough decisions ahead with next act to be played out when Congress returns

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Before leaving for their two-week spring break, the House and Senate each passed their own versions of a budget resolution. A big reason for the push is that Republicans believe that to fulfill the mandate they got in the 2014 …

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …