Ron Leach 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 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 Meade County Democrat Eyes Seat Held by U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green http://wkyufm.org/post/democrat-eyes-seat-held-us-rep-brett-guthrie-bowling-green <p>A Meade County Democrat with nearly 30 years of military experience is entering Kentucky's Second District Congressional campaign.</p><p>Retired U.S. Army Major Ron Leach wants to win the seat currently held by Bowling Green Republican Brett Guthrie. Leach told WKU Public Radio he believes the majority of Kentuckians are "being left behind" by a Congress more interested in partisanship than solving problems.</p><p>He was asked how he would describe the kind of campaign he hopes to run.</p><p>"It's not left, it's not right. You know, the idea that we need leaders and not looters, that we need a Kentucky and an America that works, and works for all of us. That we need a functioning government that represents all Kentuckians---that's not left or right, and that's not partisan," said Leach, who also served eight years in the National Guard. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 19:27:16 +0000 Kevin Willis 33670 at http://wkyufm.org