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Government
7:19 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Rand Paul, James Comer to Notify Justice Department That Hemp Permits May Start in Kentucky

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 2:14 pm

Sen. Rand Paul and Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer are playing a game of chicken with the federal government over the growing of industrial hemp in the state.

Encouraged by the state’s Industrial Hemp Commission, Comer and Paul plan to draft a letter to U.S. Department of Justice indicating that Kentucky will proceed with adopting regulations and issuing permits for farmers to begin planting the controversial crop as early as next February, unless they are told otherwise.

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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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Politics
3:43 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

McConnell Aide: 'Holding My Nose' to Work Campaign

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Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign manager has acknowledged the validity of a January recording on which he's heard saying he is "holding my nose" to work for the Kentuckian's re-election campaign.

McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton is a tea party insider who managed Sen. Rand Paul's Kentucky campaign in 2010.

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Politics
2:50 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Comer: Stressing Social Issues Not the Key to Election Success for the GOP

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Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner says Republicans need to focus on the economy in order to win statewide office, as opposed to stressing social issues.

In an interview at WKU Public Radio Wednesday, James Comer said the GOP has alienated a lot of key voting groups by making hot-button social topics the cornerstone of their campaigns.

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Politics
10:13 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Former Shock Jock and Rand Paul Aide Resigns Over Past Comments

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An aide to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul who spent years working as a radio shock jock has resigned because of some of his past comments, including one that President Abraham Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth's heart was "in the right place."
 

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Politics
2:05 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Poll: Rand Paul Strongest Republican For Iowa Voters in '16 Presidential Election

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Among voters in Iowa — a key primary state — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is the strongest Republican in the field of prospective 2016  presidential candidates,  says a new poll by Quinnipiac University.

Kentucky's junior senator leads current Vice President Joe Biden by five points among Iowa voters— and he trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democratic frontrunner, by only four points.

Those totals are better than Sen. Marco Rubio, the Floridian who is also a leading Republican contender for the 2016 presidential election.

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Politics
3:19 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Rand Paul Begins Tour of Early Primary States

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Sen. Rand Paul, R. Ky., opened his presidential exploration tour Friday with a series of speaking engagements in Iowa.

Paul will then address a party banquet in New Hampshire and round out May with a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. He returns to Iowa in June, then heads to a South Carolina fundraiser.

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Politics
8:25 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Paul Considering 2016 Presidential Bid

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Kentucky’s junior Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul says he’s considering a 2016 presidential bid but will not make a decision before next year.

Paul told attendees at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor he wants to be part of the national debate and that being considered a potential candidate gives him what he calls a larger microphone on issues.

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Politics
8:16 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Senators Introduce Bill to Preserve Tailwater Fishing

Senators from Kentucky and Tennessee have introduced legislation to preserve tailwater fishing in the dams of the Cumberland River. The legislation, called the Freedom to Fish Act, would prevent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from installing barriers along portions of the river that would block fishing access to tailwaters.

Dams are popular fishing spots because small fish get trapped and attract larger ones like catfish and bass. Corp officials say boating too close to the spillways at the dams is a safety risk and that barriers will go up this year. Anglers in both states have been voicing outrage over the plan.

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