4:31 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Turkey Tweet: Lawmaker Removes Message about Pilgrims and Guns

A Kentucky lawmaker has deleted a Thanksgiving Tweet over concerns it may be misinterpreted as a joke about Native American genocide.

In response to comments on gun control made by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Kentucky Rep. Brian Linder, a Republican from Dry Ridge, tweeted Friday that “If the Pilgrims had gun control, we wouldn’t have Thanksgiving.”

Linder explained to Kentucky Public Radio that the joke was about gun control preventing pilgrims from hunting turkeys.

“Thanksgiving is, you know, traditionally you have turkey, and so what I meant was you wouldn’t be able to have turkey. I know see that it, I could see where people have misunderstood what I meant.”

Louisville Rep. Reginald Meeks, who is part Cherokee, doesn't believe it. He called Linder’s comments” beyond offensive” and said they represent an ignorance of American history.

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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1:16 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

U.S. Senate Candidate Grimes Calls for Additional Child Care Tax Breaks

Alison Lundergan Grimes

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is calling for additional tax breaks for businesses that provide on-site child care to help working women in a policy statement unveiled on Friday.

Grimes, trying to capitalize on gender issues in her bid to unseat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, also called for pay equity for women and for an increase in the minimum wage, an issue that directly affects more women than men.

Grimes is the Democratic front-runner heading into next May's primary in Kentucky. McConnell, seeking re-election to a sixth term, also has a Republican opponent, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin.

Grimes rolled out the policy statement just days after Republicans tweeted a photo-shopped image of her face superimposed on a woman wearing a snug-fitting "Obama Girl" T-shirt. Grimes labeled that a sexist attack.

4:10 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Expanded Gambling to Again Be Taken Up By Kentucky Lawmakers

A Kentucky lawmaker has filed a pair of bills that will again bring the issue of expanded gaming before the General Assembly.

State Rep. Larry Clark, a Louisville Democrat, has pre-filed legislation that would place a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 2014 ballot asking Kentucky voters if they permit "the General Assembly to pass laws authorizing casino gaming?” according to language in BR 108.

Clark's companion gaming bill, BR 109, would establish the Kentucky Gaming Commission, a body comprised of nine members appointed by the governor that would regulate up to eight casinos under the proposed legislation, with an annual operational budget of no more than $5 million.

Out of a total estimated $830 million in gross revenue generated by the casinos, about $286 million of that amount would be collected in state taxes from casinos by the measure, according to an estimate conducted by the Legislative Research Commission.

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8:51 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Casinos May Be Issue Again for Kentucky Legislature

A Louisville Democrat has drafted legislation calling for a constitutional amendment to allow three stand-alone casinos, plus five others at horse tracks.  State Rep. Larry Clark said the proposal could generate needed cash for both state government and the horse tracks.

Gambling proposals have become perennial in the Kentucky Legislature, never garnering enough support to pass.  Gov. Steve Beshear has pressed lawmakers since he took office in 2007 to allow Kentuckians to wager on more than horse races. The Bible-belt state has a longstanding tradition of betting on horses and playing lotteries while barring casinos.

Clark said his proposal could generate $286 million a year in new revenue. If approved by the Legislature, the proposal would then be placed on the ballot for voters to ratify or reject next November.