Senator Rand Paul http://wkyufm.org en Rand Paul Facing Allegations of Using Plagiarized Material in Op-Ed Piece http://wkyufm.org/post/rand-paul-facing-allegations-using-plagiarized-material-op-ed-piece <p></p><p>Senator Rand Paul is facing charges of plagiarizing material used in an op-ed article. The Kentucky Republican has also had to explain in recent weeks how Wikipedia entries were used in his speeches without attribution.</p><p>Sen. Paul wrote<a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/20/paul-the-devastating-effect-of-a-drug-war-weapon/?page=all" target="_blank"> an opinion piece</a> about mandatory minimum prison sentences for The Washington Times that was published in September.<a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/sections-of-rand-pauls-op-ed-on-drug-sentencing-plagiarized" target="_blank"> An article posted on Buzzfeed </a>points out that the Bowling Green Republican copied language contained<a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/249578/rethinking-" target="_blank"> in an essay</a> published by The Week magazine.</p><p>Multiple lines in Senator Paul’s op-ed appear to be lifted verbatim from the essay written by Dan Stewart and published shortly before the Senator’s op-ed came out.</p><p>Aides to Senator Paul have declined to answer questions about the incident.</p><p>However, aides<a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/rand-paul-pledges-caution-wikipedia-entry-gattaca-99208.html" target="_blank"> told the website Politico </a>that they would be “more cautious in presenting and attributing sources” after it was discovered that Paul used word-for-word Wikipedia entries during a speech last week. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 17:59:32 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 39449 at http://wkyufm.org Rand Paul Facing Allegations of Using Plagiarized Material in Op-Ed Piece Poll: Rand Paul Strongest Republican For Iowa Voters in '16 Presidential Election http://wkyufm.org/post/poll-rand-paul-strongest-republican-iowa-voters-16-presidential-election <p>Among voters in Iowa—a key primary state—U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is the strongest Republican in the field of prospective 2016&nbsp; presidential candidates,&nbsp; says a new poll by Quinnipiac University.</p><p>Kentucky's junior senator leads current Vice President Joe Biden by five points among Iowa voters— and he trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democratic frontrunner, by only four points.</p><p>Those totals are better than Sen. Marco Rubio, the Floridian who is also a leading Republican contender for the 2016 presidential election.</p><p>In the Quinnipiac poll, Rubio barely edges Biden and trails Clinton by nine points.</p><p>The polling numbers come on heels of his keynote speech to Iowa Republicans weeks ago. But a major reason for Paul's strong standing in Iowa is his perception among Iowa's independent voters. Fri, 24 May 2013 17:09:00 +0000 31446 at http://wkyufm.org Poll: Rand Paul Strongest Republican For Iowa Voters in '16 Presidential Election Comer Sees Progress on Hemp Legalization in Kentucky http://wkyufm.org/post/comer-sees-progress-hemp-legalization-kentucky <p></p><p>Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says an increasing number of state legislators are lining up in support of legalizing the growing of hemp as a cash crop for Kentucky farmers.</p><p>Bills have been filed in both the Kentucky House and Senate to allow the growing of industrial hemp after licensing through the agriculture department.</p><p>Speaking before the Kentucky Commodities Conference in Bowling Green Friday, Comer told WKU Public Radio hemp is a crop with potential uses for industry, clothing, paper and more. The biggest problem, he said, is overcoming the opposition of law enforcement agencies that fear growing hemp could lead to an increase in marijuana growing. The two plants are almost identical and police say hemp would serve as a cover for marijuana plots. Sat, 19 Jan 2013 14:35:09 +0000 Joe Corcoran 25115 at http://wkyufm.org Comer Sees Progress on Hemp Legalization in Kentucky