As the Democratic National Convention wraps up, Kentucky Democrats are trying to present a more unified front for President Barack Obama.
In this year’s primary, 42 percent of Democrats who cast ballots voted uncommitted rather than for the president. That created a problem for delegates to the party’s national convention, since uncommitted isn’t a candidate.
Appearing on Fox & Friends, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., defended the Affordable Care Act on Monday.
The liberal congressman has accused Republicans—particularly Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell—of misleading the public about President Obama's health care law, but Yarmuth had a civil exchange on the Fox News Channel.
In a summary reversal that had no oral arguments, justices ruled 5-to-4 against the state along the same lines it did for the controversial 2010 decision that allows for unlimited spending by companies and unions in federal campaigns.
Locally, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., have sat on opposite sides of this debate.
McConnell issued a statement praising the high court's ruling as a victory for the First Amendment and exaggerated claims of corporate control.
In another important victory for freedom of speech, the Supreme Court has reversed the Montana Supreme Court, upholding First Amendment free speech rights that were set out in Citizens United. As I pointed out in an amicus brief that I filed in the Montana case, a review of Federal Election Commission records of independent spending supporting the eight Republican presidential candidates earlier this year showed only minimal corporate involvement in the 2012 election cycle.
A Kentucky Congressman wants to change the Constitution to effectively overturn the Supreme Court on political speech. But is that a good idea? Commentator and researcher Caleb Brown of the Bluegrass Institute says if you care about freedom of the press, everyone’s speech should get equal protection.
Kentucky Republicans will hear from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie tomorrow at the state GOP's annual Lincoln Day Dinner. Christie had been touted as a potential presidential candidate in this year's Republican primary, but he opted not to enter the race. He’s still being talked about as a potential vice presidential running mate. His visit has captured the attention of Democrats who accuse Christie of "pandering to the extreme right wing base." Democratic U.S. Representative John Yarmuth has scheduled a press conference today to discuss the visit.