Brett Guthrie http://wkyufm.org en U.S. House Majority Leader-Elect in Bowling Green to Raise Money for GOP Efforts to Win State House http://wkyufm.org/post/us-house-majority-leader-elect-bowling-green-raise-money-gop-efforts-win-state-house <p></p><p>Republican efforts to win control of the Kentucky House got a boost from a national figure Saturday.</p><p>The incoming U.S. House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, was in Bowling Green to raise money for the Republican Party of Kentucky House Trust. McCarthy visited the commonwealth at the request of the state’s 2<sup>nd</sup> District Congressman, Brett Guthrie of Warren County.</p><p>Speaking to reporters before the fundraiser, Rep. McCarthy said what happens in state legislatures can often trickle up to the nation's capital.</p><p>“I feel states are able to show and be a generator of ideas greater than Washington--that you can do the pilot programs,” the California Republican said. “The whole concept of welfare reform came from states. States don’t get to print more money. States have to balance a budget. States have to move forward. They carry out agencies they didn’t create.”</p><p>Democrats have controlled the Kentucky House for over 90 years, and the party’s state leaders say they will continue to hold the chamber despite the amount of GOP money being raised ahead of the November election. Republicans would have to win a net gain of five seats this fall to take control of the House.</p><p>Multiple super PACs have been created by Republicans this year to boost their party’s efforts to win the chamber, including <a href="http://wkyufm.org/post/new-pac-aimed-helping-kentucky-republicans-win-control-state-house" target="_blank">a group founded by GOP gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner</a>, and <a href="http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-gop-group-hires-former-romney-staffer" target="_blank">a PAC run by a Kentuckian</a> who served as a top aide to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.</p><p><strong>Broadening the Republican Party’s Appeal? </strong></p><p>During his visit to The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, McCarthy said he agreed with Kentucky Senator <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rand-paul-the-republican-party-could-use-a-few-more-votes/" target="_blank">Rand Paul’s recent statements</a> about Republicans needing to expand the party’s appeal to groups that haven’t recently voted for the GOP in large numbers, such as African-Americans, Hispanics, and young people. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:28:34 +0000 Kevin Willis 51332 at http://wkyufm.org U.S. House Majority Leader-Elect in Bowling Green to Raise Money for GOP Efforts to Win State House 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 Guthrie Says He Considered Run for Kentucky Governor http://wkyufm.org/post/guthrie-says-he-considered-run-kentucky-governor <p>Kentucky Congressman Brett Guthrie says he strongly considered running for governor next year, but ultimately decided against it for family reasons.</p><p>The Bowling Green Republican told students at Daviess County High School Monday that he believes he would have “had a good chance” at winning the race.</p><p>The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports Guthrie said he didn’t want to be campaigning across the state during his 16-year-old daughter’s last few years at home.</p><p>Guthrie was first elected as Kentucky’s Second District Congressman in 2008 after serving in the Kentucky state Senate. Tue, 06 May 2014 17:32:19 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 47638 at http://wkyufm.org 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 Military Veteran to Launch Democratic Challenge Against GOP Rep. Guthrie http://wkyufm.org/post/military-veteran-launch-democratic-challenge-against-gop-rep-guthrie <p>A retired U.S. Army medical officer has filed to run against U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie of Kentucky.</p><p>Democrat Ron Leach says Kentucky and the nation suffer from rampant income inequality, and a growing dependence on the social safety net is a symptom of that problem.</p><p>“Do you call the cost of that safety net, you know, food stamps, SNAP, Medicare, Medicaid, the problem and you just simply cut it? Or do you realize it that it is the symptom. It is a symptom of an economy that simply doesn’t work for most people anymore," the Democratic candidate said.</p><p>Rep. Guthrie has supported SNAP cuts in the past. Guthrie has held Kentucky’s 2nd Congressional seat since 2009.</p><p>Leach has spent two decades in the military. The district is home to Fort Knox, as well as other parts of the WKU Public Radio listening area, including Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, and Owensboro. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:55:10 +0000 Jonathan Meador 42269 at http://wkyufm.org Guthrie: While Repealing ObamaCare May Not Happen, Major Changes Likely to Come http://wkyufm.org/post/guthrie-while-repealing-obamacare-may-not-happen-major-changes-likely-come <p></p><p>Kentucky's Second District Congressman believes the problems with the rollout of Obamacare make it more likely major changes will be made to the law.</p><p>Bowling Green Republican Brett Guthrie is sponsoring a ten-point bill that includes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>Speaking Friday to a gathering of area business leaders, Guthrie said while a repeal isn't likely, the public is getting a glimpse of the problems related to greater government involvement in health care.</p><p>Guthrie also said Republicans missed an opportunity to highlight those points when the federal government was shut down.</p><p>"I think what would have been better for us, as the government shutdown was happening is not just, ‘let’s repeal Obamacare, and if not the government shuts down.’ Why don’t we say, ‘here’s our alternative to address people in the insurance market that are being priced out of the market without affecting it for everybody else.'” Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:29:16 +0000 Kevin Willis 40268 at http://wkyufm.org Guthrie: While Repealing ObamaCare May Not Happen, Major Changes Likely to Come Tea Party Group Targets Kentucky Congressmen, Including Guthrie http://wkyufm.org/post/tea-party-group-targets-kentucky-congressmen-including-guthrie <p>A tea party group is launching a new site targeting three Kentucky Republican congressmen who voted to re-open the federal government.</p><p>The Tea Party Leadership Fund announced this week that the website will encourage&nbsp;donors to the 87 GOP&nbsp;members who backed the McConnell-Reid plan to withdraw their support. Those lawmakers include Kentucky congressmen Ed Whitfield, Brett Guthrie and Hal Rogers.</p><p>Dan Backer is the group’s treasurer. He says lawmakers such as Guthrie have an overall good record, but he ultimately funded the president’s health care law.</p><p>“So we have the list of 87 and I’m scanning it eyeball right now. Oh, wow. And here’s a surprise. One of those 87 is Brett Guthrie from the Kentucky Second. And you know, this is a great example. Brett’s a guy that I think highly of and we’ve always thought very highly of. We think he’s a good representative and by in large he’s very much a conservative, but then he took this vote,” he says. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:38:14 +0000 Phillip Bailey 39484 at http://wkyufm.org Guthrie Says Obamacare Should be Separated From Spending Bill http://wkyufm.org/post/guthrie-says-obamacare-should-be-separated-spending-bill <p></p><p></p><p>With the massive federal spending bill facing them, including funding for President Obama's controversial Affordable Care Act, House members return to Washington this week. The government would be forced to shut down if the continuing resolution providing the money is not passed by the beginning of next week.</p><p>Second district Kentucky Congressman Brett Guthrie appeared live on WKU Public Radio's Morning Edition Tuesday. In a wide-ranging interview, he told host Joe Corcoran the President is as much to blame for the political standoff in Washington as Republicans. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:34:42 +0000 Joe Corcoran 37503 at http://wkyufm.org Guthrie Says Obamacare Should be Separated From Spending Bill Guthrie a "No" Vote on U.S. Military Strike Against Syria http://wkyufm.org/post/guthrie-no-vote-us-military-strike-against-syria <p><span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}">Kentucky's 2nd District Congressman, Brett Guthrie, has announced he will oppose the President's call for a U.S. military strike in Syria.<br><br>Here's what the Bowling Green Republican said in a news release about how he came to his decision:<br><br>"I appreciate Administration officials briefing the House on this very important situation. However, none of the information shared with me today has convinced me that military action is necessa<span class="text_exposed_show">ry or appropriate to further our national security interests in Syria and the surrounding region.<br><br>“There is no doubt that the Middle East is ripe with conflict and that the chemical weapons attack against the Syrian people on August 21 was horrific. But I do not believe that a bombing campaign against the Assad regime would be appropriate, and may even further enflame regional tensions. As the last remaining superpower, the United States should act as a role model for these troubled nations and look for further diplomatic solutions.</span></span><br> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:40:42 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 36797 at http://wkyufm.org Minds Made Up on Syria Among Some of Kentucky's D.C. Delegation http://wkyufm.org/post/minds-made-syria-among-some-kentuckys-dc-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. 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