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.
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.
Aides to Senator Paul have declined to answer questions about the incident.
However, aides told the website Politico 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.
Republican businessman Phil Moffett has ruled out a follow-up run for governor in 2015, opting to campaign for a state legislative seat in Louisville next year.
Moffett, a tea party favorite who was runner up in the 2011 GOP gubernatorial primary, says the timing isn't right to pursue another statewide race. He says he and his wife will have four teenage children at home during the next gubernatorial campaign season.
Instead, Moffett says he'll run for the 32nd House District seat. His announcement Monday narrows the potential field of GOP candidates for governor.
Moffett says James Comer would be the front-runner if the state agriculture commissioner enters the race.
Democrat Steve Beshear is in the middle of his second term as governor. Governors are limited to two terms in Kentucky.
Kentucky's Attorney General continues to say he's strongly considering a run for governor.
Democrat Jack Conway was in south-central Kentucky Wednesday, addressing students and civic groups about issues including the state's prescription drug abuse problems.
After a speech to the Noon Rotary Club in Bowling Green, Conway told reporters there are other races that deserve the spotlight ahead of the 2015 gubernatorial election.
"With the Alison Lundergan Grimes campaign underway, they deserve a few quarters under their belt before a governor's race lands on top of them," Conway said. "But I would think that by the spring of next year, whoever's running for governor ought to be starting a fundraising operation to put together the resources necessary."
Grimes is challenging Republican Senator Mitch McConnell in next year's much-talked-about Kentucky Senate race. Conway told his Bowling Green audience that coal will continue to be an important source of energy for the region, and that the state must continue to step up its fight against prescription pill abuse.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul warned a crowd at a religious college that scientific advances—coupled with abortion—could be used to eliminate those who are deemed to be undesirable.
Sen. Paul made the comments at Liberty University in Virginia, while campaigning on behalf of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli. Paul, a Bowling Green Republican, said that those who are considered less intelligent or even overweight could be eliminated through abortion.
Paul was addressing an audience during the weekly convocation services at Liberty, the school founded by the late evangelical leader Jerry Falwell. Paul told his audience “in your lifetime, much of your potential—or lack thereof—can be known simply by swabbing the inside of your cheek. Are we prepared to select out the imperfect among us?”
Paul has become an active campaigner on behalf of other conservative Republican candidates across the nation, including Cuccinelli, who is taking on Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia Governor’s race that will be decided Nov. 5.
Although he’s made no decisions about a run for governor in 2015, Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner is sounding like a candidate as he travels the state.
Since taking the reins in 2012 from embattled former commissioner Richie Farmer, James Comer told a group of Rotarians in Bowling Green Wednesday that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture now lives by three words…transparency, efficiency, and accountability.
Comer touted his office’s new website that allows the public to see all expenditures.
Kentucky’s only Democratic member of Congress will have a challenger next year.
Michael Macfarlane is a Louisville urologist and a Republican who is vehemently opposed to the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.” Saying the new health law will negatively impact Kentucky jobs and small businesses, Macfarlane announced he will challenge incumbent Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth during the 2014 election cycle.
According to the Courier-Journal, the 60-year-old Macfarlane has lived in Louisville since 1992 and has practiced at Jewish Hospital, Norton Healthcare, and Baptist East Hospital.
The 65-year-old Yarmuth has represented Kentucky’s Third House District since 2007, and currently stands as the only Democratic member of Kentucky’s congressional delegation.
A powerful conservative group has endorsed Republican challenger Matt Bevin in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race.
The move by the Senate Conservatives Fund came two days after the incumbent, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, finalized a budget compromise with Democrats to end an impasse that had led to a partial shutdown of the federal government.
The group, founded by former Sen. Jim DeMint, was sharply critical of the budget deal. Executive director Matt Hoskins called Bevin "a true conservative" who will fight to stop overspending, bailouts and rising debt.
Hoskins said his group, which has already spent some $340,000 to run a TV ad in Kentucky criticizing McConnell, polled 70,000 of its members and that 90 percent preferred to endorse Bevin.
The Kentucky Republican and Democratic parties have elected their nominees to run for a state House seat.
Members of the Republican Executive Committees in Daviess, Henderson and Union Counties met Wednesday night and elected Suzanne Miles of Daviess County as the Republican nominee for the Special Election on December 10th.
A news release from the state GOP says Miles was the only candidate nominated and was elected unanimously.
“Given her background as a small business owner and her dedicated work on behalf of the community, we are confident Suzanne Miles will serve as an excellent representative of the people of Kentucky’s 7th House District,” said Steve Roberston, Chairman of the Kentucky Republican Party.
Miles is currently the Owensboro field representative for 2nd District U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green.
“As someone dedicated to serving our community and the Commonwealth as a whole, I am eager to speak about the issues important to this district and all Kentuckians,” said Miles. “Many people have contacted me about making Frankfort a better place, and I'm excited to bring much needed change to the state house.”
Meanwhile, Kim Humphrey of Union County has been chosen as the state Democratic party’s nominee for the special election.
The federal government is back open for business after Congress on Wednesday night approved a bi-partisan agreement that ended the partial shutdown and avoided a debt default.
Among Kentucky’s Congressional delegation, three members, all Republicans, voted against the measure. Senator Rand Paul issued a statement following the vote in his chamber.
“Tonight, a deal was struck to reopen the government and avoid the debt ceiling deadline. That is a good thing,” Sen. Paul said. “However, our country faces a problem bigger than any deadline: a $17 trillion debt. I am disappointed that Democrats would not compromise to avoid the looming debt debacle.”
Congressmen Andy Barr and Thomas Massie also voted against the bill.
The remainder of Kentucky’s federal lawmakers voted to approve the compromise agreement, partially brokered by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
“No deal is ever perfect, and this one is far from it,” said Congressman Guthrie. “But after 16 days of a government shutdown and on the brink of potential fiscal calamity, we acted to resume government operations and avoid defaulting on our financial obligations.”
Joining Guthrie and McConnell as ‘yes’ votes were GOP Congressmen Hal Rogers and Ed Whitfield, and Democrat John Yarmuth.
With a deal to end the debt ceiling debate and ongoing government shutdown apparently in place, a well-respected political column lists both of Kentucky’s Republican Senators as “winners” following the extended drama.
The Washington Post’s political column, “The Fix”, says both Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul come out of the battle stronger than when it began. Post reporter Chris Cillizza says Paul benefited from appearing moderate compared to another Tea Party-backed Republican Senator, Ted Cruz. Both Cruz and Paul are believed to be strongly considering 2016 presidential runs, and both would try to capture much of the same electorate.
Cillizza says that by not leading the charge against the GOP establishment, Paul could come across as a kind of hybrid Tea Party candidate with at least some establishment backing.
Senator McConnell is once again being seen as one of the preeminent dealmakers in Washington, playing a central role at the end to come up with a deal after staying in the background during much of the debate.