Government Shutdown

Government
9:28 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Rep. Ed Whitfield on Affordable Care Act, Gov’t Shutdown: ‘It’s Always Easy Looking in Hindsight'

Credit U.S. Congress

U.S. Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield says a different focus for the Republican Party may have been more effective in negotiations during the 16-day partial government shutdown earlier this month. Whitfield made his remarks in a weekend WKMS interview.

Whitfield said Republican uproar over the Affordable Care Act was understandable because, he said, the overreaching public law is riddled with problems the federal and state governments are battling. Because of that, though, Whitfield said he believes portions of the law upon which Republican scrutiny is centered will fall apart regardless of Congressional opposition.

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Government
6:56 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Furloughed Illinois Workers Must Repay Unemployment

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Illinois officials say federal employees in the state who were furloughed during the government shutdown have to repay unemployment insurance benefits.

Illinois Department of Employment Security says preliminary data shows of the almost 3,000 workers who applied for unemployment insurance 577 were paid benefits that total more than $231,000. The department says it’s sending those employees notices that the money must be repaid. If it isn’t, department officials can take steps to recover the money like garnishing tax refunds.

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Politics
4:28 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Paul Talks Gov't Shutdown, Olmsted Project During Western Ky. Visit

Rand Paul in Murray

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he’s confident another partial federal government shutdown won’t occur when the stopgap deal that reopened the government expires in January.

Paul made his comments in Murray as he visited western Kentucky Monday, for a series of events.

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Government
7:05 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Kentucky Towns Concerned About Funding Cuts to River Gauges

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Officials in some towns along Kentucky's rivers are worried about being left blind the next time a waterway reaches overflow levels because of spending cuts.

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Government
6:21 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Illinois Delaying Release of September Unemployment Rate

The Illinois Department of Employment Security is delaying the release of its September employment data because of the partial government shutdown.

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Government Shutdown 2013
6:48 am
Thu October 17, 2013

McConnell-Reid Deal Includes $3 Billion Earmark for Kentucky Project

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 8:45 pm

A proposal to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid includes a nearly $3 billion earmark for a Kentucky project.

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Government Shutdown 2013
6:47 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Beshear Blames “Out Of Touch” Politicians On Shutdown

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is taking Congress to task over damage done to the  state  by the government shutdown. The Democratic governor blames what he calls  out-of-touch elected officials for creating a mess in order to score political points. His sharpest criticism of the shutdown at  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Government
5:05 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Whitfield Says He'll Vote for Senate Plan to Reopen Government and Avoid Debt Ceiling

Credit U.S. Congress

Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-01) will vote in favor of a bipartisan Senate plan that will reopen the U.S. Government and increase the U.S. debt limit.

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Government
2:10 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Governor Steve Beshear: Federal Budget Deal Kicks 'Can Down the Road'

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 4:25 pm

FRANKFORT — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear offered sharp criticism of Congress, chiding the nation’s lawmakers for being out of touch with their constituents and for causing needless pain across the state through the ongoing federal shutdown.

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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Wed October 16, 2013

As It Happened: The Fight Over The Debt Ceiling, Shutdown

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the Senate floor after agreeing to the framework of a deal to avoid default and reopen the government, on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 9:23 pm

Update at 10:18 p.m.: House Approves Bill:

The crisis is over. With about two hours before the country reached the debt ceiling, the House has approved the bill and it is now it's way to the White House. We've posted separately on that development and we are putting this live blog to bed.

Our Original Post Continues:

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