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Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul touch on impeachment issue in speeches to Federalist Society in Frankfort

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Both of Kentucky’s U.S. Senators weighed in on the impeachment inquiry involving President Donald Trump while in Frankfort Monday to speak to the Federalist Society. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville, wouldn’t talk to reporters after his speech but did make a brief comment on impeachment during his remarks to the group. “People think of it as a judicial-type proceeding,...

McConnell announces that Kentucky to get $31.48 million, part of State Opioid Response Grants

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Wednesday that Kentucky will receive $31.48 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the State Opioid Response Grants Program. This program was created by the 21st Century Cures (CURES) Act that McConnell shepherded through Congress in 2016. Senator Mitch McConnell “Kentucky is leading the national...

Fancy Farm this Saturday kicks off political season, focus on gubernatorial candidates; election Nov. 5

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Expect some fancy talking at the Fancy Farm picnic Saturday in western Kentucky as the fall political campaign season gets off to a rousing start.

 Much of the spotlight will be on the gubernatorial race with incumbent Republican Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear. They will have eight minutes apiece to bend the ears of an audience that knows how...

Sen. McConnell invites Chrysalis House Executive Director Lisa Minton as his guest at State of Union

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has invited Lisa Minton, Executive Director of Chrysalis House in Lexington, to be his guest for President Donald Trump’s State of the Union on Tuesday, February 5th in the House of Representatives Chamber. Sen. McConnell has worked with Chrysalis House to secure federal resources for treatment programs to assist women and children devastated by...

Former McConnell staffer Daniel Cameron seeking nomination for Kentucky attorney general

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A one-time staffer for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is seeking the Republican nomination for Kentucky Attorney General. Daniel Cameron, 33, is a Hardin County native and a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law. Daniel Cameron, a former staffer of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, files candidacy papers to run for the Republican nomination for Kentucky...

Sen. Mitch McConnell: Aiming to legalize growing industrial hemp and help Kentucky farmers expand

For far too long, the federal government has prevented most farmers from growing hemp. Although it was a foundational part of Kentucky’s heritage and today you can buy products made with hemp at stores across the country, most farmers have been barred from planting it in their fields. I have heard from many Kentucky farmers who agree it’s time to remove the federal hurdles in place and give our...

Mitch McConnell: Judicial nominees don’t grab headlines, but remain key to administration’s agenda

There’s an important issue that hasn’t gotten a lot of headlines, but it’s a key part of President Trump’s agenda. In fact, it will have a significant and beneficial impact on the future of our country for generations to come. This crucial issue is the confirmation of well-qualified individuals to serve as federal judges. Unlike the House of Representatives, it is the Senate’s responsibility...

Mitch McConnell: Kentuckians’ generosity eases burden in wake of devastating hurricanes

Several powerful hurricanes have recently devastated the southeastern United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Already, Congress has responded by providing funding to begin the recovery. We also passed legislation authorizing federal agencies that are critical to the relief efforts. Recently, the Trump administration requested a new round of supplemental funding, and the Senate remains...

Bill Straub: With Senate unable to get anything done, McConnell is facing opposition from all sides

It’s becoming obvious that Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root ‘n Branch’’ McConnell needs to embrace the advice of the late Warren Zevon and seek lawyers, guns and money to fend off the GOP’s right-wing crazies as they go from nipping at his heels to taking a big chunk out of his calf. He is, as the song goes, a desperate man. A coalition of ultra-conservative outfits, including FreedomWorks,...

Proud to say yes to her nation’s call, Kelly Craft officially becomes U.S. ambassador to Canada

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kelly Craft, the new United States ambassador to Canada, said she was proud to serve in the tradition of the American experience and say yes to the nation’s call. “It was the founders who left their farms and families to craft a new nation,” Craft said during a ceremony at the U.S. State Department. “It is the men and women who have shed blood, both home and abroad,...

Bill Straub: McConnell, Trump appear headed for a showdown — and it could come sooner than later

WASHINGTON – If you are among those who felt the nuptial of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn was something of a mismatch, wait until you get a load of the deteriorating relationship between President Trump and Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root ‘n Branch’’ McConnell. These two star-crossed Republicans appear destined for a showdown and it could come sooner rather than later, further muddling...

Dustin Pugel: Cassidy-Graham proposal greatest threat yet to Kentucky’s health care coverage

The latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is known as Cassidy-Graham, and it very well may be the greatest threat to Kentucky’s health care we’ve seen. The state’s recent success in getting people coverage, and even health care gains achieved decades ago, are at risk of being undone with this legislation. The bill, sponsored by Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham, is perhaps...

Rural Blog: McConnell, Rogers backing plan to move ARC out of Washington D.C., focus on poorest areas

Two powerful Kentucky Republicans have an idea to boost the economic development agency created to help Appalachia: “Move it out of the nation’s capital,” Matthew Daly reports for the Associated Press. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Rep. Hal Rogers, a House Appropriations Committee chair and former committee chair, “are sponsoring a bill they say will refocus the Appalachian...

Bill Straub: Latest effort to repeal and replace ACA not about improving health care … it’s about winning

WASHINGTON – To quote Michael Corleone, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.’’ Efforts a few months back by the Republican Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, that dastardly program promulgated to bolster the nation’s health needs through an extensive insurance program, suffered an ignoble defeat, leaving Senate Republican Leader Mitch...

Bill Straub: Massie’s vote against hurricane relief for Texas shows unsettling lack of compassion

WASHINGTON – It appears our Wonder Boy, Rep. Thomas Massie, is making up for lost time, to the nation’s detriment. Congress abandoned the nation’s capital on summer recess for most of August, leaving Massie, R-SomewhereorotherLewisCounty, with few opportunities to bring shame to the Northern Kentucky region he allegedly represents. Now that the boys and girls have returned, the old Whiz Kid...

Mitch McConnell: Congress making consequential decisions that have direct impact on Kentucky

By Mitch McConnell Special to KyForward This Republican Congress is making important strides on issues that have a direct impact on Kentucky. We’ve listened to you and the concerns you’ve raised. As your senior senator, I am proud of these accomplishments, and we’re just getting started. The first major victory of this year was the confirmation of a nominee committed to the rule of law to the...

Lexington’s Kelly Knight Craft, ‘proven advocate for national interests,’ confirmed as ambassador to Canada

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Kelly Knight Craft of Lexington to be Ambassador to Canada. She was nominated by Pres. Donald Trump and recommended by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Craft was a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention from Kentucky. In 2007, she was appointed by President George W. Bush as the alternate ambassador to the United Nations. Kelly Knight Craft Craft...

Blocked again, Republicans divided about whether to keep trying to pass a health insurance bill

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News After his last-ditch attempt to pass a health-insurance bill failed early Friday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “It’s time to move on,” and scheduled other business. President Donald Trump, hungry for a legislative victory, did not agree. “Unless the Republican Senators are total quitters, Repeal & Replace is not dead!...

With McCain casting the decisive vote, McConnell’s latest effort to repeal Obamacare narrowly defeated

With three Republicans joining 48 Democrats voted against the bill, the Senate’s “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, failed by a 51-49 count in action taken early Friday morning. GOP senators voting against the legislation were Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, John McCain of Arizona and Susan Collins of Maine. The bill’s 51-49 defeat pulled the plug,...

Paul joins McConnell to advance health care debate, but votes against first repeal and replace bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got just the votes he needed to start debate on a health-insurance bill Tuesday, but that night Republicans’ “most comprehensive plan to replace President Barack Obama’s health law fell far short of the votes it needed,” The New York Times reported. The latest version of McConnell’s Better Care Reconciliation Act needed 60 votes to overcome...