Brett Guthrie

Health & Politics
2:29 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Guthrie Wants Obamacare "Re-Write", Focus on Getting Medical Devices on U.S. Market Sooner

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, a Republican from Bowling Green
Credit Kevin Willis

Kentucky’s Second District Congressman is predicting a major “re-write” of the Affordable Care Act next year.

Bowling Green Republican Brett Guthrie would have an up-close view of such an effort, as he was named vice-chair of a key House Health Subcommittee Wednesday.

Guthrie says the complicated structure of the federal health law makes it difficult to change certain aspects of the A.C.A without creating unintended consequences elsewhere.

“You hear a lot of people say, ‘let’s keep what we like and fix what we don’t like.’ And there are things that we need as part of our system. We need to make sure that people have health care if they’re sick, and pre-existing conditions don’t push them out of the marketplace.”

But the Bowling Green Republican said adding so many additional Americans to the healthcare system made it impossible for President Obama to keep his pledge that everyone could keep the doctor and health plan that they wanted.

The Congressman also expressed concern about states—like Kentucky—that expanded their Medicaid rolls as part of Obamacare.

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Politics
4:33 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Guthrie Supports President Obama's Plans To Stop ISIL

Second district Republican Congressman Brett Guthrie calls the members of ISIL "evil people that need to be stopped.

Speaking in Bowling Green, Guthrie said he supports Obama's actions fighting ISIL in Syria, especially bringing in other countries to join the fight. He said he wants to see "their boots on the ground, not our boots on the ground."

The Bowling Green Republican held a late afternoon Town Hall meeting at WKU's Carroll Knicely Center Wednesday; he'll hold one more next week in Edmonson County.

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Politics
5:40 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Both Guthrie and Leach Hope U.S. Can Avoid Sending More Ground Forces to Fight ISIL

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green)
Credit Kevin Willis

Kentucky’s Second District Congressman says his vote in favor of the President’s plan to train moderate Syrian rebels was based largely on his desire to keep U.S. ground forces out of the effort. 

Bowling Green Republican Brett Guthrie told WKU Public Radio he wants to see ground forces from Middle Eastern countries taking on the Islamic State, also known as ISIL.

While Guthrie says he understands the reluctance of some lawmakers who voted against the measure that ultimately passed the House Wednesday, he believes it’s in the country’s interests to help those fighting the Islamic State.

“If we don’t engage them in Syria, then that will become a safe haven. It’s like the Vietnam War and Cambodia, when every time we would push (the VietCong soldiers), they would cross back into an international border that we were not allowed to cross. So if they have a safe haven, they can retreat, they can wait, and they can come back.”

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Politics
6:45 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Owensboro's Political Picnic Lineup Taking Shape

The Red, White & Blue Picnic takes place Aug. 26 in Owensboro
Credit Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce

One of the candidates in the highly-contested Kentucky U.S. Senate race has agreed to take part in an event in Owensboro next month.  

Incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell confirmed he will appear at the Red, White & Blue Picnic on Aug. 26.  The event is sponsored by the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce. McConnell’s Democratic challenger Allison Lundergan Grimes has not said whether she’ll attend. 

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Politics
2:28 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

U.S. House Majority Leader-Elect in Bowling Green to Raise Money for GOP Efforts to Win State House

Rep. Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green (left), and the U.S. House Majority Leader-elect, Kevin McCarthy of California, spoke to reporters Saturday in Warren County ahead of a fundraiser.
Credit Abbey Oldham/WKU Public Radio

Republican efforts to win control of the Kentucky House got a boost from a national figure Saturday.

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 2nd District Congressman, Brett Guthrie of Warren County.

Speaking to reporters before the fundraiser, Rep. McCarthy said what happens in state legislatures can often trickle up to the nation's capital.

“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.”

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.

Multiple super PACs have been created by Republicans this year to boost their party’s efforts to win the chamber, including a group founded by GOP gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner, and a PAC run by a Kentuckian who served as a top aide to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.

Broadening the Republican Party’s Appeal?

During his visit to The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, McCarthy said he agreed with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s recent statements 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.

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Politics
2:10 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Guthrie Reelection Campaign Reports Second Quarter Numbers

Rep. Brett Guthrie, right, spoke to a Bowling Green businessman following an event in Warren County.
Credit Kevin Willis

The reelection campaign of Kentucky Congressman Brett Guthrie reports having over $1.5 million in cash-on-hand.

The Warren County Republican is running for a fourth term in the U.S. House, and is being challenged this fall by Democrat Ron Leach 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.

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.

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Politics
12:32 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Guthrie Says He Considered Run for Kentucky Governor

Kentucky Congressman Brett Guthrie says he strongly considered running for governor next year, but ultimately decided against it for family reasons.

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.

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.

Guthrie was first elected as Kentucky’s Second District Congressman in 2008 after serving in the Kentucky state Senate.

Politics
7:42 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Democrat Challenging for 2nd District U.S. House Seat Upset Over Income Inequality

Ron Leach is challenging Republican Rep. Brett Guthrie for Kentucky's 2nd district House seat
Credit Ron Leach campaign

The Democrat running for Kentucky’s Second District U.S. House seat says Congress should pass a federal minimum wage bill.

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.

“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.”

Leach is running for the seat currently held by three-term Republican Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green. 

Leach attacked what he called “immoral levels of compensation at the top” while employees earn “poverty wages.”

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Politics
6:55 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Military Veteran to Launch Democratic Challenge Against GOP Rep. Guthrie

A retired U.S. Army medical officer has filed to run against U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie of Kentucky.

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.

“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.

Rep. Guthrie has supported SNAP cuts in the past. Guthrie has held Kentucky’s 2nd Congressional seat since 2009.

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.

Politics
2:29 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Guthrie: While Repealing ObamaCare May Not Happen, Major Changes Likely to Come

Rep. Brett Guthrie (right) speaks to a Bowling Green area businessman Friday.
Credit Kevin Willis

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.

Bowling Green Republican Brett Guthrie is sponsoring a ten-point bill that includes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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.

Guthrie also said Republicans missed an opportunity to highlight those points when the federal government was shut down.

"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.'”

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