republicans http://wkms.org en Governor Beshear Tells Opponents Of Affordable Care Act To 'Get Over It' http://wkms.org/post/governor-beshear-tells-opponents-affordable-care-act-get-over-it <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky&rsquo;s Democratic governor is chiding Congressional Republicans for their efforts to </span>defund<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> or delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic Governor Steve&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Beshear spoke in Washington&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;at a health care forum sponsored by the National Journal and the American Medical Association.&nbsp;</span><img height="1" src="file:///C:/DOCUME~1/WKMS~1.SCA/LOCALS~1/Temp/msohtml1/01/clip_image001.gif" style="line-height: 1.5;" width="1" /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Beshear said Republicans attempting to stop or delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act are hurting people who need health insurance.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&ldquo;Look, the Affordable Care Act was proposed by the president, approved by Congress, and upheld by the United States Supreme Court,&quot; said Beshear. &quot;It is the law of the land. So, to those more worried about political power than Kentucky&rsquo;s families, I have a simple message for them: Get over it, and get out of the way so I can help my people. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&quot;Back home in Kentucky, we cannot afford to waste another day, or another life.&rdquo;</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 20:25:28 +0000 Dan Conti (KPR) 35461 at http://wkms.org Governor Beshear Tells Opponents Of Affordable Care Act To 'Get Over It' Kentucky State Legislative Races to Watch http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-state-legislative-races-watch <p><font size="2">Election day is two weeks away, and with only one competitive Congressional race (6th District with Congressman Ben Chandler and Andy Barr) and no statewide races on the ballot, this year's politics will definitely be local.&nbsp;<font size="2"> </font></font> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 16:47:23 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 23541 at http://wkms.org Kentucky State Legislative Races to Watch Republicans Have Strong Showing at Fancy Farm http://wkms.org/post/republicans-have-strong-showing-fancy-farm <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The republican party has a strong showing at this year&#39;s Fancy Farm Picnic. Less than 20 minutes are left to the start of the political speaking. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will emcee, and U. S. Sen. Mitch McConnell will lead off the slate of politicians and candidates.<br />&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Republicans are hoping to cinch a big victory in western Kentucky, with five open races in the general election. Sat, 04 Aug 2012 18:44:07 +0000 Angela Hatton 20233 at http://wkms.org Republicans Have Strong Showing at Fancy Farm Kentucky Gay Marriage Stance May Not Affect State Democrats http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-gay-marriage-stance-may-not-affect-state-democrats <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: normal; ">The push to add support for gay marriage to the national Democratic platform this year is unlikely to affect elected officials in Kentucky.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: normal; " /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: normal; " /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: normal; ">Following P Tue, 31 Jul 2012 20:40:34 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 20022 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Gay Marriage Stance May Not Affect State Democrats Quinn Thanks Lawmakers http://wkms.org/post/quinn-thanks-lawmakers <p>Governor Pat Quinn is thanking lawmakers who voted to approve a $1 increase in cigarette taxes. It&#39;s the final piece of his plan to ease crushing financial burdens on the state&rsquo;s Medicaid system.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 29 May 2012 21:38:14 +0000 Drew Adams & The Associated Press 18159 at http://wkms.org Quinn Thanks Lawmakers State Senators Consider Continued ALEC Membership http://wkms.org/post/state-senators-consider-continued-alec-membership <p>Several Democrats in the Kentucky Senate have held on to their memberships in the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, despite national blowback against the group for its conservative model laws.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 May 2012 16:11:34 +0000 Gabe Bullard (KPR) 18031 at http://wkms.org State Senators Consider Continued ALEC Membership Tennessee GOP Reconsidering Lottery Scholarship Bill http://wkms.org/post/tennessee-gop-reconsidering-lottery-scholarship-bill <p>Republican leaders are proposing legislation that would tie changes to lottery scholarship requirements to lottery revenue growth.&nbsp; A GOP-backed measure that would cut some students&#39; scholarships in half has drawn heavy criticism from Democrats who say it&#39;s unnecessary because the lottery&#39;s education proceeds have increased 4 percent since 2005, with about $10 million more coming in a year.&nbsp; Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Dolores Gresham announced Tuesday in a statement that if the $10 million is sustained through 2015, then the pro Wed, 07 Mar 2012 19:06:51 +0000 Shelly Baskin & From the Associated Press 17187 at http://wkms.org House Republicans Attacking New Environmental Regulations http://wkms.org/post/house-republicans-attacking-new-environmental-regulations <p>U.S. House Republicans are again attacking new environmental regulations that limit the amount of mercury and other pollution power plants can emit. The new rules were the subject of a House subcommittee meeting today. The hearing, led by Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield, essentially can be summarized like this: Republicans question all of the data released by the Environmental Protection Agency, including the cost of the regulations and their effect on the economy. Wed, 08 Feb 2012 22:53:35 +0000 Erica Peterson (KPR) 16848 at http://wkms.org Judge Rules on Legislative District Lawsuit http://wkms.org/post/judge-rules-legislative-district-lawsuit <p>A judge has ruled that Kentucky lawmakers can&#39;t implement newly redrawn legislative districts. Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled this afternoon on the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of newly redrawn district boundaries. House Republicans unhappy with the outcome of the legislative redistricting battle filed the lawsuit in January claiming the new boundaries favor Democrats. The lawsuit contends the legislative districts could have been better balanced by population and could have been drawn in a way that required fewer splits in counties and precincts. Tue, 07 Feb 2012 21:57:44 +0000 Shelly Baskin 16831 at http://wkms.org