A nationwide debate on the execution of mentally ill death row prisoners erupted across the country after a federal appeals court last week granted a last-minute stay of execution to convicted murderer and diagnosed schizophrenic Scott Panetti in Texas.
Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 2:41 pm
Kentucky Republican Rand Paul introduced a resolution Wednesday in the U.S. Senate declaring war against the Islamic State.
Paul said he believes the president should have come to Congress before authorizing military action against the terrorist group.
"Our founding fathers wanted to make it difficult to go to war," explained Paul. "They wanted to have the authority of Congress, you had to have some consensus from the public at large before going to war, and they didn't give the power unilaterally to the president. The president for the last four or five months has been acting illegally and unconstitutionally."
The U.S. began air strikes in Iraq and Syria a few months ago. Senator Paul argues the current war must be made valid or be ended.
The Bowling Green Republican says he does support a military campaign against ISIS, claiming the American embassy and consulate are threatened.
Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 3:35 pm
When Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) first entered politics in the 1960s, he started out as moderate — pro-abortion rights, pro-union, in support of the civil rights movement. With time, McConnell shifted to the right as the Republican Party shifted.
"I was just really startled by this when I started looking into it," Alec MacGillis tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I knew that he had started out as somewhat more moderate — but I didn't realize just how moderate he really was."
Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 4:46 pm
At 72, after 30 years in the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell has finally realized his life's ambition.
He never wanted to be president — he just wanted to be Senate majority leader. And when he ascends to that perch come January, McConnell will finally have a chance to shape the chamber he says he deeply loves. McConnell declared his first priority will be to make what's been called a paralyzed Senate function again. But the politician who became the face of obstruction over the past four years will have to persuade Democrats to cooperate.
Kentucky House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark says he won’t seek re-election to the leadership position when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.
The Louisville Democrat has served as Speaker Pro Tem for more than two decades. He said in a press release the decision for his successor would best be made in Governor Steve Beshear’s final year instead of in the next governor’s term.