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  • Ted Cruz unloads on Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul in new book

    06/29/2015 8:48:30 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/29/15 | MANU RAJU
    Cruz accuses McConnell and GOP leadership of maneuvering to dry up his fundraising and plant hit pieces in the press aimed at hurting him politically. He says GOP leaders cowered from joining him in big fights over the debt ceiling, Obamacare and gun control, accusing his colleagues of “mendacity” and capitulating to Democrats to avoid bad headlines.He contends that McConnell misled him in vowing to stay out of primaries when Cruz accepted a senior-level position at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. And he accuses a GOP rival, Rand Paul of Kentucky, of parroting McConnell’s talking points by seeking to “undermine”...
  • Obama signs trade legislation; Boehner, McConnell miss White House event

    06/29/2015 5:36:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 29, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    resident Obama signed hard-fought trade legislation Monday, thanking Republican leaders who helped get it done and saying the package will reinforce Americas leadership role in the world. I think its fair to say that getting these bills through Congress has not been easy, Mr. Obama said as he signed the trade bills into law in the East Room. Theyve been declared dead more than once. The two major pieces of legislation grant Mr. Obama fast track trade-promotion authority
  • Cruz Says McConnell Misled on Funding Incumbents

    06/29/2015 10:38:47 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 6/29/15 | Niels Lesniewski
    Sen. Ted Cruz is suggesting current Majority Leader Mitch McConnell misled him about the objectives of the National Republican Senatorial Committee last cycle. The Texas Republicans vice chairmanship of the party campaign committee was always a bit mysterious, and in his new book to be released Tuesday, Cruz contends that McConnell, the longtime Kentucky senator who faced perhaps the most vociferous tea party primary challenger of the year, said the NRSC would not be defending its own incumbents. When I mentioned to Mitch that if the NRSC had its way, every one of those four conservatives would have lost, he...
  • Conservatives Split Over Continuing U.S. Military Aid to Egypt

    08/21/2013 2:12:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 21, 2013 - 4:37 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    As administration officials mull a response to the turmoil in Egypt, conservative foreign policy experts and commentators remain divided over the question of U.S. aid and how to deal with the military following its takeover and the recent bloodshed. Those who favor continuing aid cite the need to protect key U.S. regional interests, topped by a secure Suez Canal and the Egypt-Israel peace treatyinterests more likely to be safeguarded by the Egyptian military than the Muslim Brotherhood administration it overthrew on July 3.
  • GOP Gov. Nominee Matt Bevin calls for removal of Jefferson Davis statue from Kentucky capitol

    06/23/2015 4:38:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/23/2015 | AllahPundit
    Is this bolder than what Haley did or not as bold? Davis may not hold the same cultural currency as a symbol of southern pride that the flag does, but Haley had less to lose in making her move than Bevin does. She’s the term-limited governor of South Carolina; he’s the GOP nominee for governor in Kentucky. If there’s a broader southern backlash coming to all of the criticism of Confederate iconography this past week, he’ll pay for it more than she will. NEW: @MattBevin, in a statement to me, calls for removing the Jefferson Davis statue in the...
  • Mitch McConnell to Kentucky Capitol: Lose the Jefferson Davis Statue

    06/23/2015 4:10:58 PM PDT · by Robe · 235 replies
    Nationl Journal ^ | 6/23/2015 | Nora Kelly
    The Senate majority leader told reporters Tuesday that the memorial belongs in a museum, not the statehouse.
  • Toss Up for Governor in Kentucky (Bevin 38%, Conway 35%)

    06/23/2015 2:20:03 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 17 replies
    PPP's first poll of the general election for Governor in Kentucky finds a toss up race. Republican Matt Bevin gets 38% to 35% for Democrat Jack Conway, with independent Drew Curtis getting 6%. In a two person race with Curtis taken out of the mix, Bevin's lead over Conway is 40/38. More than 20% of voters are undecided and that's a function of neither candidate being particularly well known. Even after a pair of terms as Attorney General, a 35% plurality of voters in Kentucky have no opinion about Conway with those who do have one pretty evenly divided on...
  • Matt Bevin calls for removal of Jefferson Davis statue from Kentucky capitol

    06/23/2015 1:00:40 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 120 replies
    http://hotair.com ^ | June 23, 2015
    Is this bolder than what Haley did or not as bold? Davis may not hold the same cultural currency as a symbol of southern pride that the flag does, but Haley had less to lose in making her move than Bevin does. Shes the term-limited governor of South Carolina; hes the GOP nominee for governor in Kentucky. If theres a broader southern backlash coming to all of the criticism of Confederate iconography this past week, hell pay for it more than she will.
  • First black female GOP representative Mia Love returning Holt donations

    06/22/2015 1:39:39 PM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | June 22, 2015 | Tom LoBianco and Sara Murray
    Washington (CNN)The first black Republican woman elected to Congress is returning $1,000 in donations from Earl Holt, the alleged white supremacist whose writings have reportedly inspired Charleston shooter Dylann Roof. A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Mia Love said Monday that she would be returning the three donations Holt made to her campaign immediately, after being contacted by CNN. Love made history last November when Utah residents selected her as the first black Republican woman to serve in Congress. Holt, who is president Council of Conservative Citizens, donated thousands of dollars to Republican candidates Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum...
  • RAND PAUL: OBAMATRADE TAX HIKES ON SMALL BUSINESSES MEAN REPUBLICANS SHOULD OPPOSE REVIVAL EFFORTS

    06/16/2015 12:39:46 AM PDT · by z taxman · 71 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/15/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)93% is calling on Republicans in the Houseand the grassroots nationwideto oppose efforts by House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)58% to revive Obamatrade via a tax increase hidden inside the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) portion of the deal. Paul said when asked to react to an article from Breitbart News from late Sunday evening exposing the tax increase in the deal: "You know typically to pass these kinds of things, the establishment will try to buy off Democrats by sprinkling money so they have some money in there. To get the money, under...
  • Louisville police union leader attacks 'sensationalists, liars and race-baiters'

    06/20/2015 11:43:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    WAVE-TV ^ | June 19, 2015 | Theo Keith
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer denounced a controversial letter from the head of the local police officers' union that attacks "sensationalists" who are "blind to reason" after a deadly police confrontation in Old Louisville. Dave Mutchler, president of the River City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 614, promised that officers would "no longer stand on the sidelines while anyone continues to assault and demonize us." "To the sensationalists, liars and race-baiters - we are done with you," Mutchler wrote in a two-page letter released to reporters Thursday afternoon. Mutchler, who is a Louisville Metro Police sergeant, did...
  • Conway releases tax records in spite of Bevin's refusal, reveals forced energy stock sale

    06/20/2015 12:27:53 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 6/18/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    ...Conway, who filed jointly with his wife Elizabeth, paid $837,700 in capital gains taxes in the sale $644,385 to the Feds and $193,315 to the state according to campaign spokesman Daniel Kemp. Thats 76.8 percent of his familys $1.3 million in state and federal income taxes paid, according to the tax summary. He also reported $18,875 in charitable contributions last year. Conway, who earns $118,217 annually as attorney general, and his wife earned $233,421 in gross income in 2013 and $213,055 in 2012, and the couple paid $47,916 and $40,615 in federal and state income taxes in those...
  • First joint appearance lacks debate feel, but gubernatorial hopefuls continue public sparring

    06/19/2015 11:53:34 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 6/19/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    The first debate between Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway and Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin Friday wasnt an exchange of ideas, but rather a pair of broad speeches limited to 15 minutes with only Bevin, by virtue of speaking last, given an opportunity at rebuttal. The two shared the stage for the first time as their parties nominees at the Kentucky County Judge-Executive Association/Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association Joint Summer Conference at the Galt House in Louisville. Their pre-lunch remarks drew about 300. Both Conway and Bevin did their best to present their visions for the state in the allotted...
  • Police union leader: Activists liars and race-baiters (Louisville KY)

    06/19/2015 5:31:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 19, 2015 7:35 PM EDT
    The president of the Louisville police union caused a backlash when he issued an open letter calling unspecified activists sensationalists, liars and race-baiters. Dave Mutchler is the president of the River City Fraternal Order of Police and a sergeant in the Louisville Metro Police Department. He distributed the two-page letter six days after a police officer shot and killed 35-year-old Deng Manyuon, a Sudanese refugee who attacked him with a flagpole.
  • Fox's Andrew Napolitano for President?

    06/16/2015 5:49:50 AM PDT · by lward99 · 18 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 6/16/15 | Matthew Disler
    As Jeb Bush announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination Monday, a conservative political action committee released an open letter urging Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano to run as a third-party candidate if Bush and Hillary Clinton are their parties nominees. The Democrat and Republican brands have become two wings of the same bird of prey, as you yourself have pointed out, which is why the American People deserve an alternative choice in the coming presidential election, reads the letter from Constitutional Rights Political Action Committee Chairman Larry Ward. The letter concludes, Above all, we need a President...
  • Jeb Bush Makes Surprise Pick for Political Director (Romney hack)

    06/19/2015 1:23:30 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/19/15 | BETH REINHARD
    For the second time in less than two weeks, Jeb Bush is shuffling the top tier of his 2016 campaign staff. The job of political director expected to go to Kentucky-based consultant Scott Jennings will instead be filled by David James, who served as a senior adviser to Mitt Romneys 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. He has also worked at the Republican National Committee and helped lead the Pennsylvania Republican Party.
  • WH: 'No Invitation' to Netanyahu to Discuss Iran Deal

    06/19/2015 6:04:15 AM PDT · by Fay · 7 replies
    Truth Revoltt ^ | 6/19/2015 | Bradford Thomas
    The White House shut down the rumor that President Obama had extended an invitation to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the finalization of the Iran Deal. "No invitation has been extended, though certainly wed expect that there will be occasion for the two leaders to meet in Washington at some point going forward," an unnamed White House official told the Free Beacon in response to an inquiry. http://freebeacon.com/national-security/white-house-denies-obama-asked-to-meet-with-netanyahu/ WFB provides some context for its request for clarification: Reports surfaced earlier this week that Obama had invited Netanyahu to the White House for a mid-July meeting about Iran and the...
  • LouisvilleKentucky Police Respond To Attacks Against PolicingFlag Pole AttackOpen Letter To Public

    06/19/2015 4:03:09 AM PDT · by Bratch · 31 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | June 18, 2015 | sundance
    Full title: Louisville Kentucky Police Respond To Attacks Against Policing – Flag Pole Attack – Open Letter To Public… Earlier this week the professionally aggrieved began a campaign against the Louisville Kentucky police department after a deranged man attacked a police officer with a flag pole,and was shot and killed. Video shows man fatally shot swinging flag pole at officer. Police Shooting In Louisville The professional agitators began using the same antagonistic activist messaging, “F**k the Police”, as previously used in Ferguson, Saint Louis, Baltimore, Madison, New York, Charlottesville and McKinney, Texas. The Louisville Kentucky police have had enough.  They pen an open letter...
  • Walker Continues Lead in Iowa Caucus Poll, Rand Paul Slides

    06/19/2015 12:10:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 18, 2015 | Alana Goodman
    Scott Walker continues to lead the field of Republican presidential candidates in Iowa, according to a poll of likely Republican Iowa caucus participants released on Thursday. The poll, commissioned by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, also found a 5-point drop in support for Sen. Rand Paul compared to a similar survey by the Des Moines Register late last month. Walker received 19 percent in the poll, followed by Ben Carson at 13 percent and Jeb Bush at 11 percent. Marco Rubio received 9 percent, followed by Rick Perry at 7 percent, Ted Cruz at 6 percent and Rand Paul at...
  • Rand Paul to GOP: It's Time to Move Beyond the Second Amendment

    06/18/2015 7:11:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 18, 2015 | Emma Roller
    The senator from Kentucky continues to takes the road less traveled through the GOP primaries.Sen. Rand Paul took a risk Thursday. Speaking to an audience of religious conservatives in the wake of a racially charged shooting in South Carolina, Paul delicately suggested that Republicans might want to start focusing on other parts of the Bill of Rights than the Second Amendment. "Everybody is for the Second Amendment. All 55 candidates running for president are for the Second Amendmenton our side," Paul told the crowd. "But the thing is that a lot of young people, that might not be their primary...
  • Rand Paul: "Blow Up the Tax Code and Start Over"

    06/17/2015 7:23:05 PM PDT · by DugwayDuke · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 18 Jun 2015 | Rand Paul
    Don't know if the link will work for you since it's probably behind a pay for usage wall. In summary, Rand Paul, in a Wall Street Journal Opinion tomorrow, will propose a complete rework of the federal tax code. Quote: "My tax plan would blow up the tax code and start over. In consultation with some of the top tax experts in the country, including the Heritage Foundations Stephen Moore, former presidential candidate Steve Forbes and Reagan economist Arthur Laffer, I devised a 21st-century tax code that would establish a 14.5% flat-rate tax applied equally to all personal income, including...
  • Kentucky Insurers Request Double Digit Premium Hikes (ACA)

    06/17/2015 5:41:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 6/17 | Jim Waters
    The Kentucky Health Cooperative, the largest insurer on Kynect, Kentuckys Obamacare health insurance exchange, proposed a 25.1 percent health insurance premium rate increase for 2016. Despite the daunting numbers, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) is unconcerned about the double-digit rate in his administrations signature policy. System-wide averages dont give a good picture of what an individuals out-of-pocket costs may be, Beshear said. Beshear bypassed the legislature and created Kynect, the nations first state-run health-insurance exchange, through an executive order. The rates for private health plans on Kynect have been filed but have not yet been approved or certified, so we...
  • U.S. cop shoots berserk African 'refugee' dead (Louisville, Kentucky)

    06/16/2015 1:44:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 15, 2015 | Leo hohmann
    It is not known exactly how Deng Manyoun entered the country, but he is believed to be a refugee from the Dinka tribe in south Sudan. Police in Louisville, Kentucky, are taking heat for the fatal shooting of an African immigrant from Sudan, who charged at an officer while swinging a metal flagpole just moments after he had allegedly assaulted a random woman on the street. The man, identified as 35-year-old Deng Manyoun, was staggering as if intoxicated when he ignored an officers command to drop the seven-foot flagpole. Officer Nathan Blanford, a 10-year veteran of the Louisville police force,...
  • Cruz, Paul push for ban on indefinite detention of US citizens

    06/15/2015 1:07:00 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 12, 2015, 02:38 pm | Jordain Carney
    Two 2016 presidential competitors have joined forces to get a ban on the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens included in an annual defense policy bill. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), both of whom are running for president, have joined up with other senators to introduce an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), currently before the Senate, that would ban indefinite detention of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, without being charged or given a trial, unless authorized by Congress.Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) also put their names on the...
  • Police Officer Shoots, Kills Drunk Man Attacking Him with Flag Pole (VIDEO)

    06/15/2015 9:36:31 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 37 replies
    Thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 6-15-2015 | Gateway Guest Blogger
    A Kenucky polie officer shot a drunk man dead after the man attacked the officer with a flagpole.A Kentucky police officer shot and killed a man who attacked him with a flagpole. The local police chief said his officer was justified in using deadly force against the attacker.NBC News reported: A police officer who killed a flagpole-wielding man in Louisville, Kentucky, appeared justified in using deadly force, Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad said Sunday.“The officer believed his life was being threatened,” Conrad said at a news conference, adding that the shooting — which was captured in dramatic surveillance video...
  • Ted Cruz 2016 : Demands TPP Public Disclosure -- REFUSES Obama-Boehner-Ryan Secret TPP Treason !

    06/13/2015 3:29:58 AM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 139 replies
    Kuhner Radio Report ^ | 2015-06-13 | Patton@Bastogne
    . CLICK This LINK to HEAR the Entire Kuhner Radio Interview A Note to Conservatives on Trade Agreements Senator Cruz entirely understands the widespread suspicion of the President. Nobody has been more vocal in pointing out the Presidents lawlessness or more passionate about fighting his usurpation of congressional authority. Senator Cruz would not and will not give President Obama one more inch of unrestricted power. There have been a lot of questions and concerns about 2the ongoing Pacific trade negotiations. Many of those concerns, fueled by the media, stem from confusion about Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and the proposed Trans-Pacific...
  • EXCLUSIVEREP. MASSIE: OBAMAS SWAN SONG IS GUN CONTROL BY EXECUTIVE ORDER

    06/12/2015 7:26:32 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/12/15 | AWR Hawkins
    Breitbart News sat down with Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)91% (R-KY-4th Dist.) earlier this week, and he explained that he put forth a rider to a Department of Justice appropriations bill to block the ATF from banning common rifle ammunition out of concern that Obamas swan song is gun control by executive order. On June 3, Breitbart News had reported that GOP representatives were adding riders to the bill to deny funding and block the DOJ and ATF from following through on backdoor gun controls under consideration at the time. Massie now explains:
  • Bevin, Conway plan to follow recent tradition in disclosing tax filings if elected, but only Conway

    06/10/2015 4:28:17 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 3 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 6/10/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    ...will release his as a candidate BARDSTOWN Recent governors and some candidates for the office have made their tax filings public, a trend that will continue in the next administration. Both Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway and Republican Matt Bevin said they will release their tax returns if elected governor. Let me win the job first, Bevin told Pure Politics at a meet and greet at Handy Food Mart in Bardstown on Wednesday. Ive released plenty of financial information as a result of decisions Ive made to run for office in the last couple years. What Im required to...
  • Ky hospitals: Obamacare forcing cuts, layoffs

    05/12/2015 7:13:31 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 19 replies
    May 11, 2015 | Laura Ungar
    Link only http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2015/05/08/ky-hospitals-obamacare-forcing-cuts-layoffs/26990637/
  • Congressman Barr says he will help Matt Bevin reach conservative Democrats

    06/05/2015 3:20:07 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 10 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 6/5/2015 | Nick Storm
    U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, had to bridge the partisan divide to win two terms in the central Kentucky 6th Congressional District, and he says that knowledge of the political terrain will be put to use for GOP governor nominee Matt Bevin. The 6th Congressional District has 1.6 times more registered Democrats than Republicans, but Barr was able to defeat incumbent U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler in 2012 and hold the seat facing a Democratic challenge in 2014. The incumbent congressman used some well-placed ads and had the benefit of President Barack Obama on the ballot, but he also credits voter...
  • Jack Conway defends donations from 'political ally' whose company was subject of audit he reviewed

    06/04/2015 10:10:12 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 3 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | May 30, 2015 | JOHN CHEVES
    Actual title: Jack Conway defends donations from 'political ally' whose company was subject of state audit Conway reviewed FRANKFORT In early 2011, Attorney General Jack Conway decided he lacked probable cause to act on a state audit that criticized public business deals worth tens of millions of dollars at an Eastern Kentucky utility company and questioned improper bidding procedures, violations of the Open Meetings Act and possible conflicts of interest. However, Conway this year's Democratic nominee for governor kept in touch with people at that company, Pikeville-based Utility Management Group, which privately runs Pike County's water and...
  • Another Positive Sign for Jews From the Egyptian Government

    06/04/2015 11:51:50 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 6-4-15
    Egypts National Center for Translation has just released an Arabic translation of the Torah. To be precise, they converted Rav Saadia Gaons 10th century translation of the Torah to Judeo-Arabic into Arabic itself. (Judeo-Arabic is mostly Arabic with Hebrew letters.) The Egyptian scholars who published the book emphasize that R Saadia was born in Egypt (in Fayoum, identified by R Saadia himself as the Biblical Pitom), and that his philosophy and translations were heavily influenced by Islam. They even claim that he borrows Quranic texts in some of his translations to Arabic. They dont emphasize that R Saadia moved to...
  • Im a Conservative Tea Party Christian Republican, and I Support Gay Marriage

    06/04/2015 11:49:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 112 replies
    Townhall ^ | 06/04/2015 | Justin Haskins
    Politics today seems to be dominated by an either youre in or youre out mentality. If youre a good Republican, a good Christian, and a good conservative, then you really cant support gay marriageat least, thats what Im constantly being told. We cant redefine an institution thats been around for thousands of years, opponents of marriage equality say. To do so would be to radically transform the way society has always understood marriage. Thats just not what conservatism is all about. But is that really true? It seems to me the heroes of the modern conservative movement individuals such as...
  • Rand Paul calls out Jeb Bush for defending NSA

    06/04/2015 12:00:11 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 2 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/3/15 | Katie Glueck
    He likened Bush's position on the NSA to his "confused" position on the Iraq War. Rand Paul is slamming Jeb Bush over the former Florida governors defense of National Security Agency data collection, the latest round in the Kentucky senators battles with his own party on the issue. Just like he was confused for weeks about his position on the Iraq war, Gov. Bush appears completely unaware of the facts about the governments illegal and unnecessary spying [on] the American people and made it clear his position is based on politics, not policy and the Constitution, Paul spokesman Sergio Gor...
  • Appalachia gripped by hepatitis C epidemic, bracing for HIV

    06/04/2015 4:05:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    AP ^ | 6/4/15 | CLAIRE GALOFARO
    Patton Couch shook his head and clenched his teeth, recounting the night four years ago when he plucked a dirty needle from a pile at a flophouse and jabbed it into his scarred arm. He knew the odds; most of the addicts in the room probably had hepatitis C. "All I cared about was how soon and how fast I could get it in," he says. "I hated myself, it was misery. But when you're in the grips of it, the only way I thought I could escape it was one more time." Couch, 25 years old and one month...
  • Most health insurance rates expected to rise next year in Kentucky

    06/03/2015 9:27:37 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 8 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | June 3, 2015 | MARY MEEHAN
    Health insurance costs will probably jump by 10 percent or more next year for many Kentuckians buying coverage through Kynect, the state-run insurance exchange created under the federal Affordable Care Act. The five providers that are returning to Kynect have requested average rate changes for 2016 that range from a decrease of 9.28 percent (WellCare Health Plans of Kentucky) to an increase of 25.1 percent (Kentucky Health Cooperative). Two other companies offering insurance plans in the private marketplace that comply with requirements of the health law requested rate increases of 9.93 percent and 11.5 percent. ... Kentucky is one of...
  • Jeb Bush: Im Upset About False, Dangerous Narrative of Civil Liberties Threat

    06/02/2015 7:04:29 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/2/15 | Pam Key
    Tuesday in in Orlando at the Florida Economic Growth Summit, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said he was upset and deeply troubled about the debate over the NSA encroaching upon Americans civil liberties by the warrantless collection of bulk data that has now been reformed by the Senate passing the Freedom Act. Bush said, The simple fact is, we are safer today because of the Patriot Act, and this notion that somehow you create a false narrative, as many on the left, and a few on our team, but mostly on the left, that our civil liberties are being violated....
  • Senate Roll Vote on USA Freedom Act

    06/02/2015 3:46:12 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 12 replies
    Senate.gov ^ | 06/02/2015 | Senate
    Of the Presidential candidates: Sanders - NO Rubio - NO Cruz - YES Graham - Did not vote
  • Breaking: Legislation to resume, overhaul NSA surveillance clears key Senate hurdle

    06/02/2015 1:38:25 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 2, 2015 | FoxNews.Com
    A bill that would allow key government surveillance programs to resume for now after they were temporarily suspended Sunday cleared another hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday.
  • 2015 Election field is set in Kentucky - meet the candidates (Matt Bevin and entire ticket)

    06/01/2015 5:13:04 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    Governor: MATT BEVIN (R) MattBevin.comOpponent: Jack Conway (D) Lt. Governor: JENEAN HAMPTON (R) (Note: In Kentucky, Governor and Lt. Governor run together on the same slate as running mates vs. separate elections like in many other states) Opponent: Sannie Overly (D) Secretary of State: STEVE KNIPPER (R)Steve Knipper campaign websiteOpponent: Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) State Auditor: MIKE HARMON (R)Mike Harmon campaign websiteOpponent: Adam Edelen (D)Attorney General: WHITNEY WESTERFIELD (R) Whitney Westerfield campaign websiteOpponent: Andy Beshear (D)State Treasurer: ALLISON BALL (R) Allison Ball campaign websiteOpponent: Rick Nelson (D) Commissioner of Agriculture: RYAN QUARLES (R)RyanQuarles.comOpponent: Jean-Marie Lawson Spann (D)
  • Though skeptics may remain, GOP voters seem ready to get behind Bevin's gubernatorial bid

    06/01/2015 2:43:44 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 6/1/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    LEXINGTON Unity within the Republican Party of Kentucky has been a narrative since Louisville businessman Matt Bevins win in the May 19 gubernatorial primary. Not only did Bevin survive a bitter four-way primary for governor on the Republican side by a mere 83 votes, he also unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. The latter race has drawn the lions share of attention given Bevins inability to publicly endorse McConnell by name after his nearly 25-point loss to the now Senate majority leader. The Kentucky Democratic Party, in fact, has published a website dedicated to past anti-Bevin comments from fellow...
  • Sun sets on some NSA surveillance powers as Rand Paul foils extension

    06/01/2015 8:27:01 AM PDT · by NRx · 16 replies
    WaPo ^ | 06-01-2015 | Mike DeBonis and Ellen Nakashima
    The legal authority for several national security programs expired at midnight Sunday and will not be renewed for at least two days, after Senate Republicans leaders were unable to maneuver around Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a presidential candidate who followed through on a pledge to block an extension of the law. The Senate closed a rare Sunday session without approving the only legislation that would have averted a lapse in the authority a House-passed bill that would provide for an orderly transition away from the most controversial program authorized under the current law: the National Security Agencys bulk collection...
  • Paul walks back charge that some 'secretly' hoping for terrorist attack

    06/01/2015 7:16:23 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/01/2015 | Nick Gass
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Monday walked back his comments that some in Washington might be secretly hoping for a terrorist attack with the expiration of provisions of the PATRIOT Act, saying in an interview on Fox News that hyperbole can get the better of anyone, and that was what happened on the Senate floor on Sunday. I think, sometimes, in the heat of battle, hyperbole can get the better of anyone, and that may be the problem there. The point I was trying to make is that I think people do use fear to try to get us to...
  • McCain, Paul scuffle amid NSA debate

    06/01/2015 6:06:38 AM PDT · by McGruff · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 31, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Republican Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) faced off late Sunday afternoon, as the Kentucky Republican tried to speak from the Senate floor about expiring provisions of the Patriot Act. McCain and Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) were speaking about the National Security Agency's (NSA) phone "metadata" collection program when Paul tried to ask a question. Coats said he had not yielded the floor to Paul, effectively blocking the 2016 presidential candidate from speaking. Coats then yielded to McCain for a question, instead. "The senator from Kentucky needs to learn the rules of the Senate," McCain said. "Maybe the...
  • Lets not forget [Randy Paul]

    06/01/2015 2:48:23 AM PDT · by iowamark · 24 replies
    RedState ^ | May 31st, 2015 | Ben Howe
    As the accolades and attaboys come in for Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) standing up against the continuation of NSA surveillance, we would do well to remember that this is a man who believes the GOP created ISIS. While many candidates are saying that knowing what they know now they wouldnt have supported the Iraq War, Paul went a step further and basically gave an updated version of his fathers view of 9/11; a view which received gasps and boos from the audience when Ron Paul espoused it during the 2007 Republican primary debates. Those gasps have turned into agreement and...
  • LIVE THREAD: United States Senate debate over NSA Survelliance

    05/31/2015 8:45:22 PM PDT · by pulaskibush · 52 replies
    www.c-span.org ^ | 053115 | none
    I didn't a post saying LIVE THREAD, so I decided to post one. Senator Rand Paul will likely be able to force an end to some parts of the NSA program by midnight. (1 hour 15 minutes from now) http://www.c-span.org/video/?326227-2/us-senate-debate-nsa-surveillance&live
  • Senate Advances Patriot Act Overhaul, but Too Late to Foil Rand Paul (Cornyn, McCain hissyfit)

    05/31/2015 5:59:49 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 5/31/15 | Steven Dennis
    The Senate voted overwhelmingly to advance the USA Freedom Act Sunday evening, but too late to prevent Sen. Rand Paul from being able to force a short-term expiration of Patriot Act surveillance authorities at midnight. The overwhelming vote Sunday came after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., threw in the towel on advancing any short-term extensions of the Patriot Act authorities under the continuing objections of Paul, the fellow Kentuckian he has endorsed for the presidency. The Senate voted 77-17, far above the 60-vote threshold to advance the bill. Several more steps are required, however, before a vote on final passage,...
  • [VIDEO] Ted Cruzs rainy day socialism: How a right-wing fanatic learned to stop worrying and...

    05/31/2015 10:10:37 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    Salon.com ^ | May 30, 2015 | Bob Cesca
    Full Title - Ted Cruz’s rainy day socialism: How a right-wing fanatic learned to stop worrying and love redistribution When New Jersey was underwater, Cruz slammed federal relief spending. Now he's asking for some of his ownEnlargeTed Cruz (Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) For the first time ever, I agree with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., and Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Tex.. Specifically, as deadly floods drown parts of Texas, I absolutely agree that President Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ought to spend taxpayer funds redistributed from citizens in other states, including from leftists in Massachusetts, New York and California, to...
  • USA Freedom Act Supporters Say They Have the Votes

    05/31/2015 10:00:56 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 05/31/2015 | Niels Lesniewski
    Senate advocates for an overhaul of National Security Agency surveillance programs sound confident they have the votes to advance the USA Freedom Act. Its just a matter of time. I think well get it passed on Sunday night, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., told CNN Saturday, making a bullish prediction on the timing. Now, by the rules of the Senate, with objections and so forth the Patriot Act may very well expire Sunday night, but weve got to start moving forward here. We could have done this a week ago. And this is the nature of Washington, D.C., is always...
  • Graham's entry into race could help Rubio, hurt Paul

    05/31/2015 9:57:29 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/31/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Lindsey Graham will formally announce his candidacy for president in his hometown of Central, S.C., on Monday, entering the race with the strongest foreign policy resume of any candidate. Republican strategists give him little chance of winning, but say he could play the role of kingmaker in South Carolina, a crucial early primary state that with the exception of 2012 historically picks the Republican nominee. Grahams bid is designed to push the muscular foreign policy approach that he and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), his close ally, have advocated for years.