John Yarmuth en Bi-Partisan Resolution Marks 50th Anniversary of Bourbon Whiskey Declaration <p><br />Two members of Kentucky’s Washington delegation are marking the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the date congress formally recognized bourbon whiskey as a distinct American product.&nbsp; The <a href="" target="_blank">Courier-Journal</a> reports Representatives John Yarmuth, a Democrat and Andy Barr a Republican, have introduced a resolution recognizing the importance of bourbon to the Bluegrass State.&nbsp;<br /><br />Bourbon was a $2 billion dollar industry in 2010. Ninety-five percent of the world’s bourbon comes from Kentucky and the industry employs some 9,000 Kentuckians.<br /> Fri, 09 May 2014 22:16:17 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 47829 at Bi-Partisan Resolution Marks 50th Anniversary of Bourbon Whiskey Declaration Yarmuth Files For Re-election in 3rd District <p>The lone Democrat in Kentucky's congressional delegation has filed for re-election to the state's 3rd District congressional seat in the Louisville area.<br /><br />U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth said Friday he provides an "important contrast" to what Kentucky voters hear from the Republicans who make up the rest of the state's federal delegation.<br /><br />Yarmuth submitted his candidacy papers to the secretary of state's office in Frankfort on Friday.<br /><br />Republican Michael Macfarlane, a Louisville urologic surgeon, has filed to challenge Yarmuth.<br /><br />Yarmuth cited his work to obtain federal economic incentives that led to job growth in his urban district.&nbsp;<br /><br />He says he also wants to help shepherd the new veterans' hospital project through to completion in Louisville.<br /><br />Yarmuth was first elected to Congress in 2006 and is running for his fifth term.<br /> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:16:39 +0000 Associated Press 42583 at Yarmuth Files For Re-election in 3rd District Analysis: Majority of Kentucky's Congressional Members are Millionaires <p>Six of Kentucky’s eight members of Congress are millionaires, and an analysis of financial disclosure reports filed last year also shows a Kentucky U.S. Senator and Congressman rank in the top 50 of most wealthy lawmakers.</p><p>Kentucky is far from alone when it comes to states with wealthy members of Congress. In fact, more than half of the U.S. Congressmen and Senators made the latest list of millionaires, the first time that has ever happened.</p><p>The analysis by the nonprofit Center of Responsive Politics shows that Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. John Yarmuth are the wealthiest lawmakers in Kentucky. Records show McConnell has a net worth of $22.8 million; Yarmuth has $21.2 million.</p><p>Nationwide, McConnell ranks as the 37<sup>th</sup> wealthiest member of Congress, with Yarmuth 41<sup>st</sup>.</p><p>Congressmen Brett Guthrie, Ed Whitfield, Hal Rogers, and Thomas Massie also made the list of millionaires. That leaves Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Andy Barr as the only members of Kentucky’s delegation not on the list. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:55:38 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 42424 at Louisville Urologist to Challenge Rep. Yarmuth in 2014 <p>Kentucky’s only Democratic member of Congress will have a challenger next year.</p><p>Michael Macfarlane is a Louisville urologist and a Republican who is vehemently opposed to the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.” Saying the new health law will negatively impact Kentucky jobs and small businesses, Macfarlane announced he will challenge incumbent Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth during the 2014 election cycle.</p><p>According <a href="" target="_blank">to the Courier-Journal</a>, the 60-year-old Macfarlane has lived in Louisville since 1992 and has practiced at Jewish Hospital, Norton Healthcare, and Baptist East Hospital.</p><p>The 65-year-old Yarmuth has represented Kentucky’s Third House District since 2007, and currently stands as the only Democratic member of Kentucky’s congressional delegation. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:51:58 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 38805 at Minds Made Up on Syria Among Some of Kentucky's D.C. Delegation <p>In a speech to the nation Tuesday, President Obama will make his case for a U.S. military strike on Syria.&nbsp; Regardless of what the president says, some members of Kentucky’s federal delegation already have their minds made up.&nbsp;</p><p>Republican Congressman Thomas Massie says he will vote against any resolution authorizing military force against Syria for its government’s alleged use of chemical weapons.&nbsp; For one thing, Massie says he’s uncomfortable with the language in the president’s proposal.</p><p>"It's not limited geographically, it's not limited by type of engagement, and it's not limited by who we can engage, not just the Syrians," contends Massie.</p><p>Massie contends the civil war in Syria is not a matter of U.S. national security.&nbsp; Massie is joined by Congressman Ed Whitfield as solid “no” votes.&nbsp; U.S. Representatives Brett Guthrie, Hal Rogers, and Andy Barr, all GOP members, are still contemplating. Sun, 08 Sep 2013 10:00:00 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 36658 at Yarmuth Predicts Hard-Hitting Campaign by Grimes vs. McConnell <p></p><p>Kentucky's only Democratic congressman is predicting Alison Lundergan Grimes will run the most aggressive campaign that Republican Sen. <span class="inline_link">Mitch McConnell</span> has seen from a challenger.</p><p>Grimes, the state's secretary of state, has kept a low profile since announcing her bid to unseat McConnell next year.</p><p>U.S. Rep. <span class="inline_link">John Yarmuth</span> said Monday that Grimes will soon take the fight to McConnell in what's shaping up as the most costly race ever in Kentucky.</p><p>McConnell, the Senate's top Republican, got in a recent dig at Grimes, saying she announced her candidacy and went into hiding.</p><p>Yarmuth says Grimes is putting together a campaign team but will come out with a hard-hitting campaign.</p><p>Yarmuth says McConnell has been "a master at controlling the narrative" of campaigns but won't be able to do so next year. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:36:12 +0000 Associated Press 34083 at Yarmuth Predicts Hard-Hitting Campaign by Grimes vs. McConnell Hemp Bill Sails Through Kentucky Senate Agriculture Committee <p></p><p>After testimony from a bevy of high-level supporters, the state Senate agriculture committee unanimously approved Monday a bill that would establish oversight for Kentucky&nbsp; industrial hemp farmer if hemp were made legal federally.</p><p>Agriculture Commission James Comer—the leading proponent of industrial hemp in Kentucky—recruited U.S. Reps. Thomas Massie and John Yarmuth to speak in favor of the bill at the committee, as well as U.S. Sen.&nbsp; Rand Paul. But the bill has opposition from many law enforcement agencies, including the Kentucky State Police and Operation UNITE, a federally-funded program.</p><p>The crop could create jobs in Kentucky in agriculture and other industries through hemp's use as a strong material, said Comer, a Republican. The legislative approved in committee Monday, Senate Bill 50, is Comer's chief legislative priority. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:15:11 +0000 26292 at Hemp Bill Sails Through Kentucky Senate Agriculture Committee Yarmuth Applauds Obama's Speech <p></p><p>Kentucky Third District Congressman John Yarmuth says President Obama delivered a very aspirational speech Monday after his second inauguration. He says he was most impressed with Obama saying the most important question to ask is the responsibility of the federal government.</p><p>Yarmuth says gun control, climate change and immigration are all issues that must be addressed and he's expecting more details in the State of the Union speech. Yarmuth said there was a lot of excitement in the crowd with history being made and the atmosphere was much more festive than it was four years ago.</p><p>Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell issued a statement following the President's speech saying Obama's second term "represents a fresh start when it comes to dealing with the great challenges of our day, especially the transcendent challenge of unsustainable federal spending and debt." Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:25:07 +0000 Joe Corcoran 25203 at Yarmuth Applauds Obama's Speech Kentucky Congressmen Respond to Gun Control Measures <p></p><p>Kentucky second district Republican Congressman Brett Guthrie says he thinks preventing other tragedies like the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut can best be accomplished by focusing on mental health issues. The Bowling Green Republican favors that approach instead of what he calls "infringing on the Constitutional rights of law abiding citizens."</p><p>Guthrie's House Committee on Education and the Workforce will be looking into school safety and he says he plans to get input from Kentucky education officials.</p><p>Third District Congressman John Yarmuth, on the other hand, says he fully supports all of President Obama's proposals to end gun violence. The only Democrat in Kentucky's Congressional delegation is co-sponsoring a bill to ban high capacity gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:33:08 +0000 Joe Corcoran 24999 at Kentucky Congressmen Respond to Gun Control Measures Yarmuth Joins Supporters of Legalization of Industrial Hemp <p>Republican advocates of industrial hemp in Kentucky are getting some across the aisle help. Rep. John Yarmuth, a Louisville Democrat, supports efforts to legalize the plant in Kentucky, his spokesman said. U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer are the two leading advocates for the move. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 21:23:25 +0000 23004 at