President Obama

From NPR: The latest and last NPR Battleground Poll for 2012 shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holding the narrowest of leads in the national sample, but trailing President Obama in the dozen states that will decide the election.

Senator Rand Paul says his party needs to break away from its base when it comes to war.

In the past, politicians have had a tough time breaking from the base to change party opinion. Think Bill Clinton and welfare reforms.

But Rand Paul says Republicans need to take a similar step on war, and tone down the hawkishness of recent years.

“"Well one issue I'’ve sided with President Obama on is that I think the war in Afghanistan should end," says Paul. "There aren'’t many other Republicans saying that, but I think it is time to come home.”"

SIU Receives Clean Coal Grant

Jun 8, 2012

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is getting a nearly $300,000 federal grant money meant to develop clean-coal technology. 

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Kentucky has become the latest in a growing number of states where Democratic voters have chosen not to vote for President Obama in primary elections.

On May 9th, Barack Obama made history and headlines, becoming the first sitting president to openly support gay marriage. As expected, media outlets jumped on this announcement, a contentious social issue with favorability weighing almost an even split for and against in the polls. Commentator Richard Nelson argues that overall media coverage appeared bias, praising Obama for his “evolution” on the issue, without considering the other 50 percent or so who disagree on the issue. In his commentary, Nelson takes the opposing view and argues that the right recipe for marriage should include God in the mix.

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Afternoon Round-Up 4/06/12

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Kentucky Politics:

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign opens its first Kentucky office tomorrow in Louisville with an open house.

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President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign opens its first Kentucky office tomorrow in Louisville with an open house. Spokesman Frank Benenati says the president is serious about competing in all fifty states.

"As we did in 2008 we're going to be playing in all 50 states. And we're in the business of expanding the electorate. From Kentucky to New York to Arizona and everywhere else we're going to be reaching out to folks telling the story of the president's successes and contrasting that with what the Republicans would like to do."

President Declares Kentucky a Disaster Area

Mar 7, 2012

President Barack Obama has declared a disaster area seven counties in eastern Kentucky, releasing federal funding for people affected by last week's tornadoes and severe storms.  The White House and Governor Steve Beshear says damage surveys are continuing, and more counties may be designated.  Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other forms of recovery assistance.  Governor Steve Beshear and Lieutenant Jerry Abramson will be traveling again today to visit the stricken locations.  Tornadoes last Friday k

Nearly all of Kentucky's state-level Republican lawmakers have signed a legal brief in support of a lawsuit challenging President Obama's health care overhaul.  State Representative Tim Moore says he's tired of sitting on the sidelines on what is perhaps the biggest issue facing the country.  More than 300 lawmakers from 17 states, including nearly 60 from Kentucky, signed a friend-of-the-court brief libertarian Cato Institute attorneys will file today with the U.S.