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Obama Delays Departure for Kentucky Because of Iran Talks

Apr 2, 2015

President Barack Obama has delayed his departure for a trip to Kentucky because of the Iran nuclear talks in Switzerland. But he's going ahead with the visit.

The White House says Obama will depart after speaking Thursday from the Rose Garden on the breakthrough in the Iran talks.

Obama plans to tour a Louisville-based technology company and discuss job training and Republican plans to repeal the estate tax.

After Kentucky, Obama is scheduled to fly to Hill Air Force Base in Utah for an appearance there Friday.

The Utah stop would be Obama's first visit there as president. It also will leave him one state short of having visited all 50 while in office.

South Dakota is the other state Obama hasn't been to as president.

President Obama to visit Louisville on Thursday

Mar 30, 2015
White House

Update: 5:12 am

President Barack Obama will visit Louisville on Thursday for an event on the economy, the White House announced Monday.

The stop at Indatus will be Obama's first visit to Kentucky since 2011 when he went to Fort Campbell near the Tennessee border to greet soldiers returning from Afghanistan.

While Obama has not been in Kentucky for a few years, he has loomed large over the state's politics. Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell won a landslide victory in November based largely on tying his opponent to Obama. Polls routinely show about 60 percent of Kentucky voters disapprove of Obama as president.

Kentucky will be in the political spotlight again in November with one of the country's few governors' races in what is traditionally an off year for elections.

Obama To Speak in Nashville on Immigration

Dec 5, 2014

President Barack Obama is traveling to Nashville to speak about his executive actions on immigration.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest announced the visit during a Thursday press briefing, saying that Nashville is a city that has "actively worked to welcome new Americans." Earnest said the city's actions are paying off and noted that Nashville has been a leader in job growth in the South.

The president last month announced sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system could shield 4 million people here illegally from deportation. Opponents of the move have vowed to try to stop the executive action, which they consider unconstitutional.

Obama will speak on Tuesday at Casa Azafran, a community center and office space housing nonprofit groups that serve the city's immigrants.

McConnell Courts Coal Country Votes

Aug 7, 2014

Sen. Mitch McConnell is campaigning for re-election in Kentucky's coal country, blaming the loss of thousands of industry jobs on President Barack Obama's Environmental Protection Agency and saying his Democratic rival would be a vote to continue them in Congress.

The Republican incumbent is in a close race with Alison Lundergan Grimes. He rarely, if ever, mentioned her by name Thursday as he set out on a two-day bus tour. But he blasted Obama as well as former President Bill Clinton, who campaigned in Kentucky for the Democratic challenger on Wednesday.

Hoping to discredit the former president, McConnell told each of his audiences that Obama had renamed the building that houses the EPA in Washington for Clinton.
  
Grimes has said repeatedly she disagrees with Obama's approach on coal issues.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is distancing herself from President Barack Obama on the issues of coal and health care.

Grimes, who is seeking her party's nomination to challenge Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in next year's election, told reporters Thursday that she disagrees with Obama's philosophy on coal. Griimes said she would work to protect coal jobs if elected.

Grimes also said there were many problems with the federal health care overhaul championed by the president. But she called efforts to repeal the health care law a waste of taxpayer money.

Grimes spoke to reporters in Louisville after giving a speech to a large gathering of county leaders from across Kentucky. She announced her candidacy earlier this month.

Kentucky Third District Congressman John Yarmuth says President Obama delivered a very aspirational speech Monday after his second inauguration. He says he was most impressed with Obama saying the most important question to ask is the responsibility of the federal government.

Yarmuth says gun control, climate change and immigration are all issues that must be addressed and he's expecting more details in the State of the Union speech. Yarmuth said there was a lot of excitement in the crowd with history being made and the atmosphere was much more festive than it was four years ago.

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell issued a statement following the President's speech saying Obama's second term "represents a fresh start when it comes to dealing with the great challenges of our day, especially the transcendent challenge of unsustainable federal spending and debt."

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said he hopes a deal can be hatched to avoid the fiscal cliff,  but that talks so far have not gone well.

McConnell said President Barack Obama is asking for a new stimulus package -- the unlimited ability to raise the debt ceiling and more than $1 trillion in new tax revenues.

And those proposals are not something Republicans want to concede, McConnell said.

Still, McConnell said he's hopeful a deal can be reached to avert the tax increases and large budget reductions scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1.

Republican Congressional candidate Andy Barr focused on coal in his national debut at the Republican National Convention. Barr is running against Congressman Ben Chandler in Kentucky’s Sixth District, which covers much of the central part of the state.

A WKU political analyst says voters should brace themselves for a rough general election battle this fall. Political Science Professor Scott Lasley says with Rick Santorum out of the Republican primary, Mitt Romney and President Obama can focus on something they had already started to do—blaming the other person’s ideology for the current condition of the economy.

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has opened its first office in Kentucky. The Bluegrass State has never been a priority for the president, not in his 2008 bid and not now. But spokesman Frank Benenati says the president is serious about competing in all fifty states.

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