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Everyone knows Sen. Mitch McConnell had a great election night in Kentucky last week. As for the state's other Republican senator, Rand Paul, that's a different matter.

That's because while McConnell was cruising to a big re-election win on his way to becoming Senate majority leader, things did not go so well for Paul. He was hoping Republicans, who already control the Kentucky Senate, would also take over the state House — a result that would grease the path for a state law allowing him to run for both re-election and the presidency at the same time.

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Fort Knox will not receive child immigrants, despite being mentioned by lawmakers, including Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. Kentucky 3rd District Representative John Yarmuth issued a statement Monday stating the Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed it is not considering Fort Knox for housing of children fleeing violence south of the border. The Depart of Defense had submitted Fort Knox as a site large enough to house the immigrants, but HHS has final say.

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Republican efforts to win control of the Kentucky House got a boost from a national figure Saturday.

The incoming U.S. House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, was in Bowling Green to raise money for the Republican Party of Kentucky House Trust. McCarthy visited the commonwealth at the request of the state’s 2nd District Congressman, Brett Guthrie of Warren County.

Speaking to reporters before the fundraiser, Rep. McCarthy said what happens in state legislatures can often trickle up to the nation's capital.

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul warns Kentuckians that the rapid expansion of Medicaid recipients in the Commonwealth through the Affordable Care Act may result in the closure of some hospitals.

The Republican made his comments at a press conference in Owensboro Wednesday.


U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will be ​in Paducah Tuesday performing pro bono cataract surgeries.

Lawsuit over Hemp Seeds Heard Today

May 16, 2014
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Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner says he’s looking forward to a court hearing today over his department’s lawsuit against the federal government. James Comer sued three government agencies—including the U.S. Justice Department—over a 250 pound shipment of hemp seeds being held by federal customs officials in Louisville.

Though Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is currently the front-runner to gain the Republican nomination for President in 2016, he might encounter even more resistance from traditional conservatives after a video surfaced in which he draws parallels between former Vice President Dick Cheney’s role at Halliburton and the Iraq War.

In the video – originally pointed out by Mother Jones magazine – Paul says the following while speaking at Western Kentucky University on April 7 2009, five years ago to the day:


Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator Rand Paul has become the first Republican presidential hopeful to assemble a 50-state network, a little less than two years before the 2016 primary season begins.

The Washington Post reports that Paul has more than 200 people on his team nationwide.


A bill that would allow U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to run for both the Senate and the Presidency of the United States passed Tuesday out of the Republican-controlled Kentucky Senate. 

Rand Paul Backs State Bill to Restore Felon Voter Rights

Feb 19, 2014
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U.S. Senator Rand Paul has given a boost to a state bill that would restore the voting rights of some felons.

Paul spoke before the Kentucky Senate State and Local Government Committee in support of the measure, which then cleared the committee. Paul says the majority of felons affected by the bill are nonviolent drug-users who are victims of the War on Drugs, and he appealed to lawmakers’ compassion.