Thomas Massie

Politics
5:00 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Minds Made Up on Syria Among Some of Kentucky's D.C. Delegation

In a speech to the nation Tuesday, President Obama will make his case for a U.S. military strike on Syria.  Regardless of what the president says, some members of Kentucky’s federal delegation already have their minds made up. 

Republican Congressman Thomas Massie says he will vote against any resolution authorizing military force against Syria for its government’s alleged use of chemical weapons.  For one thing, Massie says he’s uncomfortable with the language in the president’s proposal.

"It's not limited geographically, it's not limited by type of engagement, and it's not limited by who we can engage, not just the Syrians," contends Massie.

Massie contends the civil war in Syria is not a matter of U.S. national security.  Massie is joined by Congressman Ed Whitfield as solid “no” votes.  U.S. Representatives Brett Guthrie, Hal Rogers, and Andy Barr, all GOP members, are still contemplating.

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Agriculture
2:15 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Hemp Bill Sails Through Kentucky Senate Agriculture Committee

(From right) U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, Congressman John Yarmuth, D-KY, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, and Congressman Thomas Massie, R-KY, testify in favor of an industrial hemp bill up for consideration in the Kentucky Senate Agriculture Committee.
Credit Kentucky LRC

After testimony from a bevy of high-level supporters, the state Senate agriculture committee unanimously approved Monday a bill that would establish oversight for Kentucky  industrial hemp farmer if hemp were made legal federally.

Agriculture Commission James Comer—the leading proponent of industrial hemp in Kentucky—recruited U.S. Reps. Thomas Massie and John Yarmuth to speak in favor of the bill at the committee, as well as U.S. Sen.  Rand Paul. But the bill has opposition from many law enforcement agencies, including the Kentucky State Police and Operation UNITE, a federally-funded program.

The crop could create jobs in Kentucky in agriculture and other industries through hemp's use as a strong material, said Comer, a Republican. The legislative approved in committee Monday, Senate Bill 50, is Comer's chief legislative priority.

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Politics
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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Politics
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.

Politics
4:20 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Politico: Kentucky Rep. Earning Reputation as Someone Willing to Say "No"

U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie

The newest member of Kentucky's congressional delegation is fast becoming known as someone who is willing to vote "no"--including against measures favored by his own party.

According to Politico, Rep. Thomas Massie has voted against the fiscal cliff deal negotiated between fellow Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell and the White House, the National Defense Authorization Act, and all bills aimed at providing aid for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the northeast.

Massie is a 42-year-old M.I.T. graduate who easily won November's election to fill the vacant Fourth District U.S. House seat, which covers a stretch of northern and northeastern Kentucky.

Politics
3:04 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Freshman Kentucky Congressman Seeks to Repeal Gun Free School Zones Act

Republican Rep. Thomas Massie (4-KY)

Kentucky's fourth district U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie says he wants to repeal the 1990 Gun Free School Zones Act, according to a published report.

The  Lewis County Republican was sworn into office this week in Washington D.C., and receives great support from the Tea Party.

“Gun free school zones are ineffective. They make people less safe by inviting criminals into target-rich, no-risk environments,” Massie said in a statement. “Gun free zones prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves, and create vulnerable populations that are targeted by criminals.”

Politics
6:17 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Massie Gets Spot on Important Government Oversight Committee

Newly elected U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie has been selected to serve on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, a plum for the tea party darling from Kentucky. Massie also was selected to serve on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Committee.

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Politics
8:54 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Democrats Hope to Rally Support in Effort to Win Kentucky's 4th U.S. House Seat

Democratic congressional candidate Bill Adkins is calling for financial supporters to get behind his campaign now that U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis has resigned from office. Davis resigned abruptly on Tuesday, saying a family medical issue prevented him from fulfilling his congressional responsibilities.

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Politics
1:23 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Massie's Victory in Kentucky's 4th Shines Spotlight on Rand Paul's Influence

Many political pundits are ready to crown U.S. Senator Rand Paul as another Kentucky kingmaker following the Congressional primary victory of Thomas Massie. Paul endorsed tea party candidate Massie, who won the Fourth Congressional GOP primary yesterday. The endorsement was Paul’s first in his home state since becoming Kentucky’s junior senator in 2010.

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Politics
8:28 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Republicans Like Chances of Holding Kentucky's 4th US House Seat

Tea party candidate Thomas Massie says he likes his chances this fall after winning the GOP nomination in Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District. Massie has the backing of many national tea party groups and of U.S. Senator Rand Paul. The Lewis County Judge-Executive gathered just under half of the vote in a seven person primary, greatly out-distancing his two closest contenders.

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