Thomas Massie http://wkms.org en Industrial Hemp Provision Makes It into Farm Bill http://wkms.org/post/industrial-hemp-provision-makes-it-farm-bill <p></p><p>An amendment legalizing hemp production for research has made it into the Farm Bill that will be up for a vote soon in Congress.&nbsp;The amendment, co-sponsored by Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie, allows universities and state agriculture departments to grow hemp for study purposes. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:49:53 +0000 Lisa Autry (KPR) 38332 at http://wkms.org Industrial Hemp Provision Makes It into Farm Bill House Passes First Industrial Hemp Amendment In 50 Years http://wkms.org/post/house-passes-first-industrial-hemp-amendment-50-years <p>An amendment to legalize the growing of industrial hemp for research passed the U.S. House Thursday by an eight-vote margin, the first to pass in fifty years.&nbsp;</p><p>The amendment is part of the Farm Bill and allows colleges and universities to cultivate industrial hemp for academic and agricultural research purposes. &nbsp;However, it only applies to states where industrial hemp farming is already legal.&nbsp; Fri, 12 Jul 2013 19:50:26 +0000 Rob Canning 33024 at http://wkms.org House Passes First Industrial Hemp Amendment In 50 Years Congressman Thomas Massie's Hemp Cultivation Amendment Passes House (and Then the Farm Bill Fails) http://wkms.org/post/congressman-thomas-massies-hemp-cultivation-amendment-passes-house-and-then-farm-bill-fails <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/card_280/public/201211/Thomas_Massie_official_portrait.jpg" alt="" /><p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> The House just made Massie's amendment a moot point by <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/20/house-to-vote-on-cuts-to-crop-insurance/">rejecting the farm bill </a>in a 234-195 bipartisan vote.<p><strong>Earlier: </strong>Colleges and universities would be allowed to grow hemp for academic research under an <a href="http://massie.house.gov/sites/massie.house.gov/files/documents/amdt37.pdf">amendment to the farm bill</a> approved by a bipartisan vote in the House on Thursday.<p>The proposal was introduced by Kentucky Republican Congressman Thomas Massie along with Democrats Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Jared Polis of Colorado, and passed by a 225-to-200 vote. It applies only to states that have authorized the crops cultivation.<p>A majority of Kentucky’s congressional representatives have been vocal supporters for easing federal restrictions on hemp, which is illegal to grow in the U.S. due to its genetic relation to marijuana. Opponents against the language argued the amendment will hamper law enforcement efforts because the crop is difficult to distinguish between its cannabis cousin.<p>But Massie says hemp is not marijuana, adding the amendment will help move the research forward to one day allow farmers to grow the crop legally.<p>"People think it’s about drugs but when they get done laughing about the word hemp and realize industrial hemp is not marijuana they realize it’s a jobs bill and an opportunity for Kentucky farmers," he says. "What this amendment does is it carves out a very small exception for universities to do research without running afoul of the drug laws. And I hope it’s a precursor to allowing all of the farmers in Kentucky to grow industrial hemp."<p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:33:02 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 32331 at http://wkms.org Libertarian PAC to Target Kentucky House Speaker Pro Tem http://wkms.org/post/libertarian-pac-target-kentucky-house-speaker-pro-tem <p>The leader of a political action committee that helped a Kentucky congressional candidate get a GOP nomination may now focus on ousting a state lawmaker.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 12:50:19 +0000 Associated Press 18324 at http://wkms.org Libertarian PAC to Target Kentucky House Speaker Pro Tem Rand Paul Influence Helps Secure GOP Primary WIn http://wkms.org/post/rand-paul-influence-helps-secure-gop-primary-win <p>Many political pundits are ready to crown U.S. Senator Rand Paul as a Kentucky kingmaker following the Congressional primary victory of Thomas Massie.<br /><br /> Paul endorsed tea party candidate Massie, who won the Fourth Congressional GOP primary yesterday. The endorsement was Paul&rsquo;s first in his home state since becoming Kentucky&rsquo;s junior senator in 2010.<br /><br /> And while Massie&rsquo;s campaign benefited from a Super PAC that spent more than a half million dollars in the primary race, former GOP consultant Les Fugate says Paul deserves some credit too.<br /> Wed, 23 May 2012 19:47:44 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 18096 at http://wkms.org Rand Paul Influence Helps Secure GOP Primary WIn the morning cram [Texas Tea (party) edition] http://wkms.org/post/morning-cram-texas-tea-party-edition <p>I suppose everything is bigger in Texas if one kid there can change a whole in election in Kentucky.</p><p><strong>NPR reports</strong> a 21-year-old college student from Texas gave half-a-million dollars to a Super-PAC, and now <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/05/22/153342541/how-a-college-kid-may-have-helped-pick-a-congressman">Thomas Massie</a>&nbsp;will likely represent Kentucky&#39;s 4th Congressional District.</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 14:21:53 +0000 Gary Pitts 18091 at http://wkms.org the morning cram [Texas Tea (party) edition] Massie Wins 4th Congressional District http://wkms.org/post/massie-wins-4th-congressional-district <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); ">Tea party candidate Thomas Massie has won the GOP nomination in Kentucky&rsquo;s Fourth Congressional District.&nbsp;</span> Wed, 23 May 2012 12:24:44 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 18087 at http://wkms.org Massie Wins 4th Congressional District 4th District Republicans on Kentucky Tonight http://wkms.org/post/4th-district-republicans-kentucky-tonight <p>The entire GOP field in Kentucky&rsquo;s fourth district congressional race had their say on KET last night.&nbsp;&nbsp;Lewis County Judge Executive Thomas Massie is considered one of the front runners in the seven person Republican primary. He commented on the use of private sector knowledge in Washington on KET&rsquo;s Kentucky Tonight.</p><p> Tue, 15 May 2012 13:47:55 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 17973 at http://wkms.org 4th District Republicans on Kentucky Tonight Conservative Group Supports Massie in 4th Congressional District http://wkms.org/post/conservative-group-supports-massie-4th-congressional-district <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; font-size: small; ">A national conservative organization has thrown its support behind Thomas Massie in Kentucky’&#39;s Fourth Congressional District GOP Primary.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; font-size: small; " /><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; font-size: small; " /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; font-size: small; ">The Club for Growth announced its endorsement today, saying members believe Massie would best emulate U. Tue, 01 May 2012 17:07:31 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17816 at http://wkms.org