politics http://wkyufm.org en Democrat Challenging for 2nd District U.S. House Seat Upset Over Income Inequality http://wkyufm.org/post/democrat-challenging-2nd-district-us-house-seat-upset-over-income-inequality <p>The Democrat running for Kentucky’s Second District U.S. House seat says Congress should pass a federal minimum wage bill.</p><p>Ron Leach was in Glasgow Thursday, and told WKU Public Radio one of the biggest themes of this year’s election will be the growing income inequality seen throughout the nation in recent years. The retired U.S. Army Major says he’d like to see the minimum wage increased $10.10 an hour.</p><p>“There’s no excuse for anyone working full-time, 40 hours a week, living in poverty. So, beyond the minimum wage, we need to be looking at a living wage,” the Meade County Democrat said. “We have way too many folks out there working full-time or working multiple jobs, yet still qualify for federal assistance.”</p><p>Leach is running for the seat currently held by three-term Republican Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green.&nbsp;</p><p>Leach attacked what he called “immoral levels of compensation at the top” while employees earn “poverty wages.” Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:42:54 +0000 Kevin Willis 46764 at http://wkyufm.org Democrat Challenging for 2nd District U.S. House Seat Upset Over Income Inequality Republican-Led Kentucky Senate Wants to Defund ACA Through Next State Budget http://wkyufm.org/post/republican-led-kentucky-senate-wants-defund-aca-through-next-state-budget <p></p><p>The Kentucky Senate’s $20 billion budget proposal aims to defund the Affordable Care Act in the commonwealth, but its provisions won’t affect the program.</p><p>The Senate’s executive budget that was passed Monday disallows state general funds from being used to fund the ACA, the commonwealth’s Medicaid expansion and the state health insurance exchange, Kynect, all of which are federally funded until the year 2017.</p><p>But the state budget only affects fiscal years 2014-2016, making the measure largely a political one in advance of November’s elections.</p><p>When asked what his chamber would do if the 321,000 Kentuckians enrolled via Kynect lost their coverage due to the ACA being defunded, Sen. President Robert Stivers said he would support “supplemental programs,” like health savings accounts, to help insure them. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:13:19 +0000 Jonathan Meador 45659 at http://wkyufm.org Republican-Led Kentucky Senate Wants to Defund ACA Through Next State Budget Holder Speaks Out On Snowden, Drone Policy, Softening Sentences http://wkyufm.org/post/holder-speaks-out-snowden-drone-policy-softening-sentences Virtually any time a major event ripples across Washington, the Justice Department is positioned near the center of it.<p>From the disappearance of a Malaysian airliner that carried three Americans on board to the fate of voting rights for millions of people, the attorney general has an enormous portfolio. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 44879 at http://wkyufm.org Holder Speaks Out On Snowden, Drone Policy, Softening Sentences Governors' Races Offer Promise For Democrats http://wkyufm.org/post/governors-races-offer-promise-democrats Elections for governor could provide some good news for Democrats this fall, giving them the chance to regain ground in a few states where the party has had good fortune recently.<p>At this early stage, Republicans are expected to hold control of the House and pick up seats in the Senate — maybe even win a majority in the Senate.<p>But the GOP has fewer opportunities when it comes to statehouses. Republicans dominated state elections back in 2010, leaving them few openings this year. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:45:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 44846 at http://wkyufm.org Governors' Races Offer Promise For Democrats Bill Clinton, Party-Builder In Chief http://wkyufm.org/post/bill-clinton-party-builder-chief President Obama may be the standard bearer of the Democratic Party, but his unpopularity in some parts of the country means there are certain places on the campaign trail where it's best for him to stay away.<p>Enter former President Clinton, who can go where Obama fears to tread.<p>The ex-president recently made his first campaign foray of the 2014 election cycle in an unlikely state — Kentucky, where Obama won just 38 percent in 2012 (but where Clinton won twice in the 1990s). Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:59:00 +0000 Frank James 44675 at http://wkyufm.org Bill Clinton, Party-Builder In Chief New PAC is Aimed at Helping Kentucky Republicans Win Control of State House http://wkyufm.org/post/new-pac-aimed-helping-kentucky-republicans-win-control-state-house <p>A newly-formed Super PAC will target Kentucky House races this fall in an effort to win a GOP majority in that chamber.</p><p>New Direction Kentucky is a nonprofit founded by former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner, who is rumored to be a GOP contender for next year's governor’s race.</p><p>Currently, Democrats retain a narrow majority in the House, with 54 seats to the Republicans’ 46.</p><p>New Direction Kentucky spokesman Joe Burgan says the group will not directly give money to campaigns, but will raise funds to purchase ads in contested races come November.</p><p>“We will do grassroots work; we will do paid media; we will do earned media. So that’s TV, radio, mail. Working with the press. To really do everything we can to get these candidates across the line," Burgain said.</p><p>The group is comprised of business and political luminaries, including Humana founder David Jones.</p><p>Burgan did not say how much money the group intends to raise. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:37:36 +0000 Jonathan Meador 43069 at http://wkyufm.org New PAC is Aimed at Helping Kentucky Republicans Win Control of State House Analysis: Majority of Kentucky's Congressional Members are Millionaires http://wkyufm.org/post/analysis-majority-kentuckys-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 http://wkyufm.org Report: Outside Group to Make Major Ad Buy in Kentucky Boosting McConnell, Paul http://wkyufm.org/post/report-outside-group-make-major-ad-buy-kentucky-boosting-mcconnell-paul <p></p><p>A conservative group is planning to blanket Kentucky in coming weeks with TV ads defending Republican Senator Mitch McConnell. The ad buy will also link McConnell with his fellow Kentucky Republican, Rand Paul.</p><p>The website <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/mitch-mcconnell-rand-paul-kentucky-senate-republicans-ad-2014-elections-affordable-care-act-obamacare-101223.html?hp=l15" target="_blank">Politico says it’s learned</a> that the nonprofit group Kentucky Opportunity Coalition will spend nearly $400,000 over the next week on the ads. According to a script shared with Politico, the ad will tell viewers that Senators McConnell and Paul are “working together to stop Obamacare.”</p><p>The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition is a 501 (c) (4) group aligned with the SuperPAC Kentuckians for Strong Leadership. That group has already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on commercials attacking Kentucky Senate Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.</p><p>Democratic groups have also jumped into the fray, with Senate Majority PAC and the group Patriot Money labeling McConnell as an obstructionist who should be retired from office after nearly three decades in the U.S. Senate. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:45:20 +0000 Kevin Willis 41323 at http://wkyufm.org Report: Outside Group to Make Major Ad Buy in Kentucky Boosting McConnell, Paul GOP Family Feud: 'Showboat' DeMint Takes on 'Tyrant' McConnell http://wkyufm.org/post/gop-family-feud-showboat-demint-takes-tyrant-mcconnell Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is more than a little aggravated with the Senate Conservatives Fund, and who can blame him.<p>The youngish but well-financed Tea Party organization has targeted McConnell, a five-termer from Kentucky and highest-ranking Senate Republican, by helping to bankroll a primary challenger and using the race as an intraparty, us vs. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 11:20:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 40769 at http://wkyufm.org GOP Family Feud: 'Showboat' DeMint Takes on 'Tyrant' McConnell Influential Kentucky Senate Republican to help Beshear with gambling bill http://wkyufm.org/post/influential-kentucky-senate-republican-help-beshear-gambling-bill <p>While Senate President David Williams and other GOP state lawmakers have expressed criticism of the Governor&#39;s expanded gambling plans, at least one Senate Republican says he&#39;ll help Beshear. Kevin Willis has this story about Scott County Senator Damon Thayer. Mon, 09 Jan 2012 21:22:20 +0000 Kevin Willis 2565 at http://wkyufm.org Influential Kentucky Senate Republican to help Beshear with gambling bill