Politics http://wkyufm.org en Rogers: President's Funding Request to Deal with Border Crisis "Too Much Money" http://wkyufm.org/post/rogers-presidents-funding-request-deal-border-crisis-too-much-money <p>A Kentucky Congressman who leads the House Appropriations Committee says President Obama needs to lower the amount of funding he’s seeking to address the crisis along the country’s southern border.</p><p><a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/hal-rogers-obama-immigration-request-108805.html?hp=l1" target="_blank">Politico reports</a> that Somerset Republican Hal Rogers told reporters Friday that the nearly $4 billion the President wants is “too much money.” The President made the request in response to the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/11/330725799/border-patrol-ceases-flying-migrants-to-san-diego" target="_blank">growing number of unaccompanied children</a> who are trying to enter the country from central America.</p><p>Congressman Rogers said while members of the appropriations committee continue to look through the President’s plan, the $3.7 billion dollar price tag will have to come down in order to gain House support.</p><p>While he didn’t suggest a different number, Rogers said he hopes to make a counter-proposal &nbsp;next week. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:03:38 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 50923 at http://wkyufm.org Rogers: President's Funding Request to Deal with Border Crisis "Too Much Money" Paul Remains Second in Poll of Likely New Hampshire Republican Voters http://wkyufm.org/post/paul-remains-second-poll-likely-new-hampshire-republican-voters <p>The controversy that has surrounded New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hasn’t dashed his 2016 presidential aspirations – at least not according to New Hampshire Republicans.&nbsp;<br /><br />Christie is first in a poll of potential GOP White House candidates at 19 percent.&nbsp; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul placed second in the <a href="http://cola.unh.edu/sites/cola.unh.edu/files/research_publications/gsp2014_summer_primary071014.pdf" target="_blank">WMUR Granite State Poll</a> with 14 percent.&nbsp;<br /><br />Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is third at 11 percent. Those numbers are based on the assumption that Mitt Romney will not run again.&nbsp;<br /><br />Paul, for his part,&nbsp; has said he won’t make a decision on whether or not to run for president until after this year’s mid-term election.<br /><br />On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton still leads among New Hampshire Democrats, at 59 percent. But that number has edged down slightly from April.<br /> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:55:45 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 50918 at http://wkyufm.org Paul Remains Second in Poll of Likely New Hampshire Republican Voters Guthrie Reelection Campaign Reports Second Quarter Numbers http://wkyufm.org/post/guthrie-reelection-campaign-reports-second-quarter-numbers <p></p><p>The reelection campaign of Kentucky Congressman Brett Guthrie reports having over $1.5 million in cash-on-hand.</p><p>The Warren County Republican is running for a fourth term in the U.S. House, and is being challenged this fall by <a href="http://wkyufm.org/post/democrat-challenging-2nd-district-us-house-seat-upset-over-income-inequality" target="_blank">Democrat Ron Leach </a>of Meade County. In reports filed with the Federal Election Commission Thursday, Guthrie’s campaign said it raised over $321,000 during the second quarter.</p><p>Guthrie’s re-election committee says it has donated about 20-percent of the money raised this election cycle with groups such as the state Republican Party and the National Republican Congressional Committee. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:10:55 +0000 WKU Public Radio 50859 at http://wkyufm.org Guthrie Reelection Campaign Reports Second Quarter Numbers Koch-Tied Group's Arrival Points to Increased Interest In Kentucky State-Level Races http://wkyufm.org/post/koch-tied-groups-arrival-points-increased-interest-kentucky-state-level-races <p>The well-funded non-profit Americans for Prosperity's hiring of a Kentucky state director signals to many political observers outside donors'&nbsp;intense interest&nbsp;in this fall's state House races and beyond.</p><p>In a news &nbsp;release on Tuesday, Americans for Prosperity announced that Julia Crigler, a former political director for the Kentucky House Republican Caucus, would lead its efforts in Kentucky.</p><p>Democrats maintain a narrow majority over Republicans in the state House, 54-46.</p><p>AFP&nbsp;was&nbsp;founded in 2004 and originally helmed&nbsp;by—and maintaining ties with, David Koch—a billionaire libertarian industrialist known for his <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer?currentPage=all" target="_blank">political and financial support for conservative causes alongside his brother</a>, Charles.</p><p>The organization is known for supporting traditionally pro-corporate and conservative issues, and has been a fervent critic of the Affordable Care, climate change and, more recently, net neutrality.<br /> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:42:34 +0000 Jonathan Meador 50794 at http://wkyufm.org Koch-Tied Group's Arrival Points to Increased Interest In Kentucky State-Level Races McConnell, Grimes Agree... To Different Debates http://wkyufm.org/post/mcconnell-grimes-agree-different-debates <p>Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes have agreed to debate each other - just not at the same time.<br /><br />Tuesday, McConnell accepted an invitation to a candidate forum sponsored by the Kentucky Farm Bureau on Aug. 20. Grimes, meanwhile, has accepted an invitation to an Oct. 13 debate that would air on Kentucky Educational Television.<br /><br />But the candidates have yet to agree to a debate they would both attend. One debate, to be hosted by WDRB, was canceled after McConnell accepted but Grimes did not.<br />&nbsp;<br />McConnell has asked Grimes to agree to three debates with no audience and none after Labor Day. Grimes said she wants an audience and debates in September or October when more people will be paying attention to the election.<br /> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:38:26 +0000 Associated Press 50781 at http://wkyufm.org McConnell, Grimes Agree... To Different Debates Conway Announces First-Quarter Fundraising Totals, Decries Super PAC Influence http://wkyufm.org/post/conway-announces-first-quarter-fundraising-totals-decries-super-pac-influence <p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway is concerned about the influence that a conservative 501(c)(4) group could have on Kentucky’s fall elections and beyond.</p><p>Americans for Prosperity was founded in 2004, and was led by David Koch of the billionaire, right-wing Koch brothers fame. The group and its network of undisclosed donors spent $40 million in 2010 to wrest control of the U.S. House from Democrats.<br /><br />And with the recent announcement that the group has hired a director for its Kentucky chapter, Attorney General Conway says he’s concerned that the network of “dark” campaign money will warp Kentucky politics.</p><p>“I don’t think we ought to let in Kentucky state politics happen what’s happened at the federal level," said Conway. " Because people raise money for Senate campaign or House campaigns, and all of a sudden the corporate interests come in in the end and outspend what the individuals raised, and they treat the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives like it’s members are just nothing more than pawns in a larger corporate game.”<br /> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:33:06 +0000 Jonathan Meador 50722 at http://wkyufm.org Conway Announces First-Quarter Fundraising Totals, Decries Super PAC Influence Rand Paul Co-Sponsors Measure to Help Scrub Certain Criminal Records http://wkyufm.org/post/rand-paul-co-sponsors-measure-help-scrub-certain-criminal-records <p></p><p>Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator is partnering with a Democratic colleague to help low-level offenders wipe their criminal records clean. Republican Rand Paul of Bowling Green and Cory Booker of New Jersey plan to introduce legislation that would encourage states to increase the age of criminal responsibility to 18.</p><p>The bi-partisan effort is being called the REDEEM Act, and would automatically expunge the records of juveniles who commit nonviolent crimes before they turn 15 and would automatically seal the records of those who commit them after.</p><p>The bill would also create a broad-based federal path for sealing criminal record for adults, with non-violent offenders able to petition courts to make their case. &nbsp;</p><p>Paul is considering a run for the White House in 2016, and <a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=2058" target="_blank">a new Quinnipiac University poll</a> shows the Kentucky Senator narrowly leading his potential GOP rivals with 11 percent ofthe vote. That’s just ahead of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who had the support of 10 percent of respondents. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:06:16 +0000 WKU Public Radio News & Associated Press 50711 at http://wkyufm.org Rand Paul Co-Sponsors Measure to Help Scrub Certain Criminal Records McConnell, Grimes Disagree on Contraception Case http://wkyufm.org/post/mcconnell-grimes-disagree-contraception-case <p>Kentucky's two U.S. Senate candidates disagree on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow some corporations to opt out of a new law requiring them to pay for contraception.<br />&nbsp;<br />Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell called the decision a victory for religious freedom. Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes said churches should be allowed to not provide contraception coverage, but not corporations. She said she supports the right of all women to have access to contraception.<br />&nbsp;<br />It is one of the few times the candidates in one of the country's closest Senate races have sparred on social issues. But more could be coming. McConnell spoke at the National Right to Life convention in Louisville on Saturday. Grimes has said abortion is a choice between a woman, her doctor and her God.<br /> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:13:16 +0000 Associated Press 50359 at http://wkyufm.org McConnell, Grimes Disagree on Contraception Case Lamar Alexander Shows Little Interest in Debates http://wkyufm.org/post/lamar-alexander-shows-little-interest-debates <p>Lamar Alexander is showing little interest in taking up Joe Carr on a debate challenge in advance of the Republican Senate primary in August.<br /><br />Alexander told reporters in Nashville on Monday that there are seven candidates running for the GOP nomination and that it would be difficult to schedule them all to appear at once.<br /><br />Among the challengers, only Carr and Memphis radio station owner George Flinn have shown significant past campaign spending.&nbsp; Alexander wouldn't say whether he would insist on debating all of the candidates.<br /><br />Alexander, a former two-term Tennessee governor, is running for a third term in the Senate this year. He said voters could find out about him on his website. Or, in his words: "Usually I'm walking down the street and they can ask me."<br /> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:32:28 +0000 Associated Press 50342 at http://wkyufm.org Lamar Alexander Shows Little Interest in Debates Kentucky Governor: We Will Balance Our Budget http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-governor-we-will-balance-our-budget <p></p><p>As the fiscal year comes to a close, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says it’s too soon to say if spending cuts will be needed to balance the state budget.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>State officials predicted earlier this month a shortfall “significantly larger” than the $28 million projected in April.&nbsp; Beshear told WKU Public Radio that one area in particular is contributing to the shortfall.</p><p>"The income tax is not coming in as high as projected.&nbsp; We're looking at that to see if there's any particular reasons to address in the future, but we won't know a lot of that for another few weeks," said Beshear.</p><p>The income tax, which is Kentucky’s largest source of revenue, has grown by one-half percent this year. State officials expected it to grow by 2.4 percent.&nbsp;</p><p>Tapping into the state’s rainy day fund, which currently has about $100 million, is one option under consideration for balancing the budget. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Lisa Autry 50240 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Governor: We Will Balance Our Budget