Mitch McConnell

Government
7:50 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

McConnell: Hemp Seeds May Come from Ukraine as Planting Deadline Looms

Sen. Mitch McConnell speaks Tuesday at Murray State.
Credit John Null

Kentucky universities with permission to grow industrial hemp are hitting roadblocks to obtain seeds, as planting season nears an end.

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Politics
9:45 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Northern Kentuckians Share Thoughts on Heroin Epidemic With U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell

Credit Jonathan Meador

Republican U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell heard testimony on Friday from Northern Kentuckians on how to tackle Kentucky’s burgeoning heroin epidemic.

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Politics
12:42 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

New PAC Aimed at Educating Rural Voters on Issues

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A new political action committee seeks to educate Kentucky’s rural voters about the voting records of their federal elected officials – namely Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Government
4:52 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

McConnell Explains Different Positions on Filibuster Rule Change While Visiting Western Ky.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says his position on changing the filibuster rules in the Senate hinges on intention versus action.

McConnell has been publicly critical of Senate Democrats' move to make it more difficult for the minority party to hold up action on key presidential nominees.

In 2005,  McConnell, then Senate Majority Whip, had pushed for doing the same thing Democrats did yesterday. He addressed his positions with WKMS reporter John Paul Henry.

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Politics
3:05 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Paul Praises Bevin, Despite Endorsement of McConnell

Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator Rand Paul has endorsed Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's 2014 re-election, but he still has kind words for McConnell's GOP primary challenger, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin.

Paul referred to Bevin as a "good, honest, Christian man" and says he doesn't have anything bad to say about him.

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Environment
2:15 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

McConnell Urges TVA to Keep Coal-Fired Plant

McConnell and Johnson

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell met Wednesday with Tennessee Valley Authority president William Johnson to seek continued operation of the Paradise Fossil Plant, a coal-fired generator in Muhlenberg County.

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Government
12:22 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

McConnell Urges Passage of Coal Jobs Legislation

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says his Saving Coal Jobs Act must be passed, in order to ease U.S. Environmental Protection Agency restrictions that he says are stifling the industry.

The five-term Republican said the number of Kentucky coal miners has decreased from 18,600 to 13,000 in the years since President Barack Obama took office.

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Syria
12:24 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

McConnell Opposes Military Strikes Against Syria, Wants to Explore Diplomatic Options

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says a Russian diplomatic proposal that would secure and eventually destroy the Syrian chemical weapons stockpile is worth exploring.

McConnell drew parallels to the destruction of chemical weapons housed at the Blue Grass Army Depot near Lexington during his remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday.

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Education
2:35 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Education Committee To Hold Hearing On Charter School Reform

A Kentucky legislative education committee will hold a public hearing on charter schools next week.

The request came from the Kentucky Charter Schools Association, which was created by its chairman, Hal Heiner, this year. Heiner said for the past three years charter school legislation has been rejected by the state legislature. He said House Democrats on  the education committee have refused to give charter schools a fair hearing.

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Politics
12:20 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

For Kentucky's Senators, the Issue of Syria has Different Implications

A Western Kentucky University political analyst said the ongoing debate over possible U.S. military action in Syria comes at an opportune time for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

Political Science Professor and Warren County Republican Party Chairman Scott Lasley said Paul has long talked about the U.S. needing to adopt a less aggressive foreign policy. Sen. Paul--who is considering a presidential run--has been a vocal opponent of U.S. military involvement in Syria, saying it’s not in America’s interest to get involved in another nation’s civil war.

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