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2:58 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Can The Kentucky Tea Party Win? An Election Analysis

With the news that more than a dozen tea party groups are actively recruiting a GOP candidate  to run against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014, it’s worth taking a look at how Kentucky tea party-endorsed candidates have fared in statewide or Congressional races.

Since forming in the run up to the 2010 mid-term elections, Kentucky's tea party has won more than a third of the races its challenged for prominent offices, and its candidates have won several primaries over Republican establishment candidates.

Here's a rundown:

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8:35 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Paul: Republican Party in Need of Facelift

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

Kentucky's junior U.S. Senator says the Republican Party must broaden its appeal to voters by toning down some of its rhetoric on social issues. Rand Paul also thinks the GOP too often presents itself as a party "eager to go to war."

Paul, a first-term Senator from Bowling Green and rumored 2016 Presidential candidate, spoke to more than 500 Cincinnati-area Republicans over the weekend.

Paul said if Republicans hope to rebound from recent electoral disappointments, the GOP must find new ways to reach out to voters who disagree with the party on hot-topic issues such as abortion and gay marriage.

“We’re going to have to be a little hands off on some of these issues ... and get people into the party,” Paul told the audience.

This isn't the first time Paul has spoken out on the need for the GOP to refashion its approach. He was recently quoted as saying Republicans must "evolve and adapt", or else face continued losses on election day.

11:34 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Paul Says Clinton Should've Been Fired Over Benghazi Attacks

During Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Congressional testimony Wednesday about the attack on an American consulate in Benghazi last year, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul questioned what he described as Clinton's negligence in the months preceding the attack.

The web site Mediaite quotes Paul as thanking Clinton for taking culpability for "the worst tragedy since 9/11" but noted that, if he had been President at the time and had learned that Clinton failed to read some key diplomatic cables before the attack, he would have "relieved her of her post."

Paul's opening statement prior to his questioning laid out his argument.

"One of the things that disappointed me most about the original 9/11 is that no one was fired. We spent trillions of dollars, but there were a lot of human errors. These are judgment errors and the people who make judgment errors need to be replaced, fired, and no longer in the position of making these judgment calls," said Paul, a first term Senator from Bowling Green, Ky.

During her testimony, Clinton pointed out that Congress has failed to act on several State Department requests for increased funding for consulate and embassy security.

12:49 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Rand Paul Considering White House Bid, Says GOP Must "Evolve and Adapt"

Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator says he’ll make a decision within the next two years on a possible presidential run. Bowling Green Republican Rand Paul told a New York City radio station he will seek to play a major role in determining the future of the GOP and wants to “try to be part of the national debate.”

Paul admitted the Republican Party is currently unpopular with many American voters, and is an almost non-factor in several parts of the country, including the west coast and New England. The Warren County native said the GOP must “evolve and adapt”, or face becoming a “permanent minority party.”

As for a possible White House bid in 2016, Senator Paul said he believes his brand of conservatism could play well in parts of the country that normally don’t embrace Republican ideals.

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5:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul Won't Back Second Sandy Relief Bill

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

The Senate this week will take up relief payments for areas hit by Superstorm Sandy, and Senator Rand Paul says he will oppose the measure.  Paul says the Northeast does need help after the storm, but he would like to offset the costs with spending cuts elsewhere in government.

A measure authorizing $9 billion in relief already passed Congress. The Republican-controlled House recently approved an additional $51 billion package, which Paul says is laden with pork spending.

“I would have given them 9 billion and I would’ve taken the 9 billion from somewhere else. I would have taken it from foreign aid and said you know what, we don’t have money for Egypt or Pakistan this year because we have to help the Northeast.”

Kentucky Congressmen Brett Guthrie, Andy Barr and Thomas Massie all opposed the legislation in the House.

9:38 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Kentucky Senator Will File Bill Directing Priorities if Debt Ceiling Isn't Raised

U.S. Senator Rand Paul plans to introduce legislation that would prevent the federal  government from defaulting if it fails to raise the debt ceiling. President Barack Obama and Congress are once again tussling over increasing the nation’s debt limit. The president says he won’t negotiate the issue, while the GOP wants to tie any change to spending cuts.

If an agreement isn't reached, the U.S. will be unable to pay its bills. Paul, a Republican from Bowling Green, says his legislation will force the president pay debt interest, entitlements and the military before using remaining funds.

“Why would we ever try to scare the markets by saying, oh if you don’t raise the debt ceiling we’ll default. We bring in over $200 billion dollars every month and the interest payment is $30 billion," explains Paul.

The nation will hit its debt ceiling in the next few months.

1:34 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Rand Paul Says Israel Trip Was to 'Cement Relationships'

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

Fresh off a trip to Israel, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says his mission was to prove he is an ally of the Middle Eastern nation.

Many pro-Israel groups have been wary of the senator, because of his calls to reduce foreign aid. Paul’s father, Ron Paul, the former U.S. representative and Republican presidential candidate, also had a frosty relationship with pro-Israel groups.

But the senator said he learned a lot from his trip and worked to solidify his relationships with the U.S. ally.

“My going over there was to cement that, not to rub salt in the wound and say, 'Oh I’m not going to give anymore money to Israel," Paul said. "Really it’s always been about foreign aid that we can’t continue to borrow from China to send anywhere really."

Paul said a bankrupt America is less of an ally to Israel. The Bowling Green Republican says it would be better for everyone if Congress slightly reduced foreign aid payments.

1:47 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Kentucky GOP Senator Vows Challenge to President's Gun Ban

Credit WKU Public Radio

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said he'll examine President Obama's just-announced executive orders to see if the president has overstepped his authority — and, if he believes so, will introduce legislation to overturn the orders. 

“Executive orders can be overturned and cannot run afoul of legislation that is the current law, if he tries to create legislation, I will oppose him,” Paul said on Wednesday.

Obama on Wednesday announced 23 executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence, plus a push for new legislation.

Paul made his comments as the president was unveiling his plans, prefacing them by saying he wasn’t sure of all the details.

Paul said he believes if he has to submit legislation to overturn the president, he would win the support of Republicans and Democrats.

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9:43 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Senator Rand Paul Makes Inaugural Visit to Israel, Calls for Gradual Cut in Aid

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul on Monday called for a gradual reduction of American foreign aid, delivering the message in an unlikely venue — since Israel is among the top recipients of American assistance.

Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, told reporters that the U.S. can't afford to keep borrowing money and then handing it out to others, even to allies like Israel.

"It will harder to be a friend of Israel if we are out of money. It will be harder to defend Israel if we destroy our country in the process," he told the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, an Israeli think tank. "I think there will be significant repercussions to running massive deficits ... you destroy your currency by spending money you don't have."

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4:37 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul's Son Arrested at N.C. Airport

William Hilton Paul

Police say 19-year-old William Hilton Paul was arrested after a flight from Kentucky to North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer reports he was arrested Saturday morning at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and charged with alcohol related offenses.

The newspaper quotes Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Lieutenant Blake Hollar as saying it's possible Paul was served alcohol on the flight from Lexington, KY to Charlotte. When the plane landed shortly after 11:00 a.m., the son of the Republican Kentucky Senator and grandson of former presidential candidate Ron Paul was charged with consuming beer/wine underage, disorderly conduct and being intoxicated and disruptive.

In a brief written statement, Senator Paul's office said "as many parents with teenagers would understand," the family is requesting their privacy be respected "in a situation such as this."